JEWELRY PURCHASING TIPS & CONSIDERATIONS
We are a small company who believes in creating timeless, unique pieces to honor special occasions. As opposed to commercially produced pieces, we put a lot of time and consideration in selecting stones and executing designs to ensure the highest quality. Below we have put together some of our frequently amd asked questions and tips to consider before purchasing a ring. Thanks for your interest!
While there is a lot of information regarding stones online, not all stones are created equally. Every stone that we use is selected with a great deal of consideration for each client depending on their design needs. while we are always happy to create meaningful pieces using family stones, whenever possible we prefer to select the stones in order to guarantee the quality and appropiate fit for each piece.
While diamonds are still the favored stone in an engagement ring, our customers also choose high-quality natural colored stones like pink sapphire, blue sapphire or ruby.
Ethical Sourcing of Diamonds-
While we offer some stones from Canada and colored stones from the U.S., all of our diamonds are purchased from dealers who participate in Kimberley process, an international body that monitors the diamond trade and controls the import/export of rough diamonds. We also carry a large assortment of Estate and vintage jewelry. We often recommend using these older and recycled materials for customers who like the idea of repurposing stones and metals.
Difference between Platinum and White Gold-
Platinum is colorless metal while white gold needs to be plated in order to remain white. We suggest customers buy platinum to pair with fine diamonds. White gold works well with older stones that may not be as white as modern cuts. White gold is also a consideration when weight of ring is a factor. As labor is the biggest cost when a ring is commissioned, price of the metal is not a great factor for our customers.
We typically work with and prefer to pair precious stones with Platinum, 14K or 18K White, Rose or Yellow Gold & Palladium.
Paring an engagement ring with wedding band-
If you are purchasing a engagement ring, it's always good to consider how it might stack with a wedding band. You should always keep in mind that the rings, if worn together, will rub together. For instance, stones from a wedding band can dig into the side of engagement ring or metal rubbing next to each other can cause some wear and discoloring. Next, we often recommend simply complementing the engagement ring with the wedding band. Often times we suggest that clients consider wearing their rings on seperate hands if they would like to have more of a selection of styles for their wedding band.
Sizing a band-
When choosing a band keep in mind that eternity bands are cannot be easily re-sized.
How to accurately size a finger-
Having an accurate ring size is very important to our pricing and design process. We offer ring sizers to our customers or you may choose to send us a ring that has been worn comfortably on the same finger. Ring size is particularly important for eternity band or other rings that have details or stones around the bag. An incorrect ring size may prove to be difficult to repair and may add cost of material to the ring.
When measuring for a ring, keep in mind that while all fingers are shaped differently, a ring should feel tight going over the knuckle so that it does not easily slide off but snug enough on the base of the finger to not spin. It is normal for fingers to fluctuate in size and for rings to fit better on one day than the next.