When it comes to diamond shopping, there are a lot of buzz words that are often tossed around that you may hear. Shape, clarity, cut, color and more add to the unique vocabulary of jewelry shopping. Many jewelers often boast that they sell ethically-sourced diamonds. “Conflict-free” is another term you might hear while deciding on an engagement ring, diamond necklace or something in between. Between all of the lingo you might come across either on a website or in a jewelry showroom, it can be hard to decipher just what everything means and how exactly jewelers are using these terms to define their product offerings.
Diamonds have been a highly valuable commodity for hundreds of years. In countries where diamonds are mined, diamonds can play a part in civil wars and internal conflict, as people fight over control of these valuable, precious stones. Diamonds can be a cause of civil war and significant division and bloodshed within a country. It is important to ask questions when it comes to the diamond you are considering buying. Without asking questions, you may indirectly be supporting unsafe, unethical mining practices and political unrest in foreign lands.
So what questions should you ask when considering purchasing a diamond? Without getting into the weeds, there are a couple simple questions you should ask that any honest, reputable jeweler will be able to answer. First, ask your jeweler if the diamonds they are selling are ethically sourced. When a diamond is “ethically sourced,” it means that the diamond has been mined in conditions that aren’t affiliated with civil war and bloodshed. Many jewelers sell diamonds that are not ethically sourced because they may be able to get them cheaper or have lowered standards when it comes to quality. Diamonds that are not surrounded by violence are considered to be ethically sourced.
Ethically sourced diamonds also meet labor laws and environmental standards. Ethically sourced diamonds cannot be mined using child labor or pose serious environmental threats. A second question to ask is if the diamonds are conflict-fee. While they are similar, “ethically-sourced” and “conflict-free” describe two slightly different aspects of the mining and sourcing process. The term “conflict-free” describes specifically when diamonds are not financing a war or a rebel group within a country.
It is important to talk with your jeweler about what types of diamonds they sell and how they were sourced. At Master Jewelers, we strive to purchase only “conflict-free” diamonds and source precious metals from “environmental-conscious” foundries. We sell Bright Crystal Diamonds, a premier and exclusive brand of diamonds that follow a clear path, coming directly from the mines, passing an extensive testing and refining process and ending up in a stunning diamond ring.
At Master Jewelers, we care not only about the experience of our customers, but we care about our jewelry pieces from start to finish as well. We follow along with the journey our diamonds take, from the mine to your hands. Stop by our showroom in Indianapolis today or take a look at some of our one-of-a-kind collection online. Discover the difference about what makes our diamonds unique and unlike any other. Besides being ethically sourced and conflict-free, they are some of the brightest diamonds in the world.
As the popular saying goes, diamonds are a girl’s best friend. There is something about a diamond that makes it unique and special, even beyond other gemstones. Diamonds signify something bigger than the stones themselves. A diamond represents love, ongoing commitment, and an incredible gift to someone you cherish. Diamonds are given as gifts to the person in your life you care about most. If you are looking to communicate to your loved one that they are special, diamonds are the perfect gift.
At Master Jewelers, we recognize the symbolic importance a diamond has. That is why we don’t settle for just any diamonds. All of our diamonds go through a meticulous process of refining and examining before being placed under the glass in our showroom or being displayed online. We sell only the brightest, biggest diamonds with a difference you and your loved one are sure to see.
What exactly makes our diamonds different than other jewelry shops around town or online? At Master Jewelers, we sell Bright Crystal Diamonds, a premier private-label with quality and excellence that is unmatched by other retailers or big box stores. Bright Crystal Diamonds are the brightest diamonds in the world. In order to qualify as a Bright Crystal Diamond, the diamond has to make it through a series of checkpoints in order to get from the mine into your hands.
Bright Crystal Diamonds are cut directly from mines in Russia and then sent directly to us to be set into our one-of-a-kind pieces. 99.1% of the diamonds uncovered in the mines are removed from the finishing process, with only the brightest, clearest diamonds making the cut. Russia is known for its brilliant diamonds uncovered from its mines. As far as the cut of the diamonds go, Bright Crystal Diamonds are cut for clarity, color and carat weight, and not just to make the biggest profit. For more information on the Four C’s of Diamond Buying and what we look for when selecting diamonds, click here.
There are no middle men or third parties, ensuring that our diamonds come only from conflict-free sources and are from environmentally-conscious foundries. Bright Crystal Diamonds are scientifically proven to be 96% brighter than the rest of the world’s diamonds and go through rigorous refining and testing, with only the best diamonds reaching the market. Bright Crystal Diamonds have an exceptional sparkle grade and are sure to wow your loved one.
Another factor that sets Bright Crystal Diamonds apart is the jeweler selection process a jeweler must go through in order to sell the world’s brightest diamonds. Bright Crystal Diamonds are sold at only the most ethical jewelers with a track record of selling quality products to customers. Master Jewelers has been selected as an ethical, leading jeweler to sell the Bright Crystal Diamond collection. We are proud to be a Bright Crystal Diamond retailer, offering our customers a unique shopping experience they cannot get nearly anywhere else.
Visit us online or stop by our showroom on the northside of Indianapolis to see the difference of a Bright Crystal Diamond. We will walk you through the process your diamond went through from mine to ring box. At Master Jewelers, your diamond will be unlike any other in the world with its own unique fingerprint, look and character. Whether you are looking for the perfect engagement ring, an anniversary ring or a “just because” special gift, our Bright Crystal diamonds will take your breath away.
When it comes to engagement ring shopping, the options can be endless. If you’re thinking about popping the question to your loved one soon and want to wow her with that perfect ring, there are many styles and looks to consider. Whether your significant other would go for a timeless, classic look, would want something more simplistic or would go for a bold, bedazzled look, selecting an engagement ring will be one of the most important decisions you will ever have to make.
In addition to a number of designer ring options, many individuals are looking for a more hands-on, custom approach to creating a unique, one-of-a-kind engagement ring. After all, what better way to tell your significant other that they are unique and loved than with a unique engagement ring that is unlike any other. A custom design allows you to to craft the perfect ring from start to finish.
One of the first steps in crafting a custom engagement ring is working with an industry expert to outline what you are looking for in the ring. An expert can help you draw a sketch of the engagement ring, kickstarting the process of bringing the creation to life. During this beginning phase, you will need to select what gemstones you would like to build the ring with. While you aren’t limited to selecting a diamond for an engagement gemstone, diamonds are far and beyond the most popular choice due to their durability and captivating glisten.
At Master Jewelers, we have a loose diamond search on our website that allows you to browse through diamonds that are ready to be set into a ring. When looking for diamonds to put into a ring, it is important to keep the four C’s of diamond buying in mind. The four C’s of diamond buying include the cut, color, clarity and carat weight.
Often incorrectly referred to the “shape” of a diamond, the cut of a diamond refers to the angles of the facets as well as how these facets interact with surrounding light. When a diamond “sparkles” in the light, you are viewing the fire (the prismatic colors), brilliance (the white sparkle), and scintillation (the flashes of light seen as the diamond or the observer moves.) Cut has the biggest impact on the value of a diamond.
Next is color. A diamond’s color is graded on a scale ranging from D (most clear) to Z (yellow or brown coloring). Diamonds can have different colors and interact differently with the light. After looking at a diamond’s cut and color, it is important to look at the diamond’s clarity. Clarity refers to how the diamond looks from the inside and outside. Diamonds can have inclusions or blemishes, affecting both the look and the value of the diamond.
Lastly is the carat weight of the diamond. A carat is equal to 1/5th the weight of a gram. The carat weight of a diamond plays a large role in the price. It is important to remember, however, that size isn’t everything. Jewelers take into account all four of the C’s when determining the value of a diamond.
Our online diamond listing includes everything you need to select the perfect gemstone, including a photo directory and details on the four C’s. For more information on the four C’s of diamond buying and to get started creating your custom engagement ring, click here. One of our experienced jewelers will walk you through the process step-by-step, ensuring that your engagement ring vision is brought to life.
While every wedding anniversary is a special event to be celebrated, wedding anniversary number 18 may be one that could be glossed over. Situated between the big 15 and big 20 year anniversary milestones, anniversary 18 could potentially be lost in the shuffle.
However, a couple’s 18th wedding anniversary is not one that should be forgotten–far from it. In fact, this special anniversary serves not only as a day of loving remembrance, but also as an opportunity to look ahead into the future and celebrate with your spouse. Your 18th wedding anniversary is the perfect chance to affirm your spouse and remind them that they are special, remembered and loved, with these perfect “forgotten” gifts.
To celebrate your 18th wedding anniversary, try taking your spouse out on a date or night on the town with unused gift cards. Take the gift cards or gift certificates you forgot you had in the back or your wallet or in the bottom of your purse and use them to remember this special day! Your 18th wedding anniversary is a great time to treat your spouse to a night of fun, delicious food or a shopping trip with these already loaded and ready-to-go gift cards.
Another way to celebrate your 18th wedding anniversary is to purchase the items that may be sitting in your spouse’s Amazon shopping cart or in your spouse’s favorite online store’s shopping wish list. Take this day as an opportunity to purchase the items your spouse has been wanting, but may have forgot about.
Do you have credit card travel points or cash back that you may have forgotten you have? Try checking your balance to see if you have points built up to take a weekend getaway trip, book a cruise or schedule a flight! Your 18th wedding anniversary is the best reason to plan a trip, with credit card perks helping you get there!
Try thinking back and seeing if you can remember a restaurant, cafe or dessert shop your spouse said that he or she has been wanting to try. Your spouse may even have forgotten that he or she wanted to go there! Surprise them with the perfect adventurous date, trying something new together.
You can also celebrate your 18th wedding anniversary by purchasing that piece of jewelry your spouse has been eyeing for awhile, but perhaps has “forgotten” about since your last conversation about it. Surprise her with that perfect amethyst pendant, blue topaz earrings or diamond and ruby ring. Jewelry is an ideal gift, reminding your spouse about this 18 year milestone upon each glance. Anniversary jewelry is a great way to make a statement and proclaim the love you have for your spouse.
No matter what you and your spouse decide to do to celebrate your 18th wedding anniversary, ensure that it is a special one and make timeless memories together. For more gift ideas to celebrate your 18th wedding anniversary, click here.
Are you approaching your 17th wedding anniversary? Make sure to celebrate the occasion! While the 17th wedding anniversary may not seem as important as the 15th, 20th or 25th anniversary, it definitely is still an occasion to honor and cherish. Whether you are more traditional or modern, there is a wide selection of gifts to choose from for this special anniversary.
Furniture is both the traditional and modern gift for the 17th wedding anniversary. Take a nice outing out to pick a romantic piece of furniture that you can lounge in together and end the night with a passionate night alone. Are you tired of waking up unrested? Consider ditching your old bed for a new one. Maybe even a new mattress size is in order. A good night’s sleep is always a great gift.
You can also splurge on new high ticket furniture items, such a new sofa, dining room table, or entertainment center. Maybe it’s time to get him his perfect man cave or create the perfect closet space for her. Or perhaps it is finally time to finish off the basement and get a great bar or entertainment area for everyone to enjoy.
A more modern 17th anniversary might include a gift of a porcelain vase or egg to display in your home for everyone to see. No matter which direction you choose, your spouse is sure to fall in love with you all over again.
The 17th wedding anniversary gemstone is the the pink tourmaline. Find the perfect piece of pink tourmaline jewelry, whether it’s a pair of earrings, a pendant necklace, or beautiful ring. Better yet, create your own custom jewelry piece featuring your choice of pink tourmaline gemstones.
Celebrating your 17th wedding anniversary is a big milestone in your relationship. Make sure that you showcase your enduring marriage with thoughtful and meaningful gifts that will be memorable for years to come.
Spring cleaning is in full swing, so you may be looking for ways to spruce up your diamond jewelry. Diamonds may be the hardest substance in the world, but they still can be scratched or damaged. It’s important to make your stunning diamond jewelry stay brilliant for a lifetime.
Use the following guidelines to ensure your jewelry retains its beauty for years to come:
- Don’t jumble your diamond jewelry with other pieces. Because of the hardness of diamonds, they can scratch other jewelry and each other. Make sure to separate diamonds from the rest of your precious gemstones.
- Keep your diamonds in a jewelry box that is lined with fabric or in a box with dividers or compartment for clear organization. This will help prevent any unnecessary scratches or damage.
- Don’t wear your diamonds when doing rough work. Even though a diamond is very durable, a hard blow can chip and damage it. Instead, store your diamond in a safe place.
- Diamonds look best when they are clean, revealing the diamond’s fire and brilliance. Clean your diamonds regularly, either at home or at your trusted jeweler.
- Keep jewelry away from chlorine bleach or other chemicals that can pit or discolor the mounting. Do not wear your diamond jewelry in chlorinated pools or hot tubs. The chlorine will not harm your diamond, but will discolor the mounting and your platinum, white gold, or even gold wedding band.
- Speaking of pools, it’s also recommended to take off your diamond ring when swimming oceans, lakes, or ponds. For one, cold water “shrinks” your fingers, making it that much easier for an already loose engagement ring to disappear during a swim
- Take advantage of your jeweler’s free cleaning and inspection programs they may offer. It’s good to evaluate if your diamond has become loose from its setting or may need resizing.
Chances are high that you likely got the latest smartphone, watch, or automated technology during the holiday season. Unfortunately, these great gifts won’t last forever. Technology goes through many updates and soon your treasured present will be obsolete.
Think of how many times you have bought the newest smartphone — it adds up, doesn’t it? Instead of running out to buy another tablet or laptop for your significant other, choose something that will last generations. Diamond jewelry is the perfect way to say that your love is timeless. From diamond engagement rings to bracelets, earrings and other pieces of fashion jewelry, the right fashion piece never goes out of style and never has to be upgraded.
It’s no wonder that millennials are buying diamonds more than any other generation. In last summer’s De Beers Diamond Insight Report, research showed that millennials bought $26 billion in diamond jewelry in 2015, acquiring more than their parents or even grandparents. In 2015, millennials’ purchases comprised 45 percent of retail diamond sales in four key markets (U.S., China, Japan, and India), and 41 percent in the U.S. alone.
While you might think that the younger generations are not interested in diamonds, millennials realize that diamond jewelry is truly a gift that lasts a lifetime. There is a significant “bang for your buck” factor when purchasing a gift that can be passed down through generations. That’s pretty smart thinking!
Want to own your own piece of timeless beauty? Stop by Master Jewelers Indiana and take a look at a piece that will stand the test of time. The right jewelry can do that, and shows them that you care about them in a way that will never go out of fashion and that will never need to be updated. It’s a simple investment that will last forever.
De Beers Diamond Insight Report
There are lots of things you need to know about finding the right diamond for your engagement ring, but diamonds have their own fun and interesting facts that you may not know about. It’s no wonder diamonds have been coveted for centuries by kings, queens, and mythological gods. These fun facts show you just how truly unique diamonds are in this world.
- The diamond is more than a billion years old. The Earth is estimated at 4.5 billion years old. The oldest diamonds are believed to have been crystallized around 3.3 Billion years ago. Diamonds were first discovered in India, and then subsequently in Brazil.
- Diamonds are the hardest natural substance on earth. In fact, diamonds are so hard that the only thing that can scratch a diamond is another diamond. Diamonds also have a high melting point (3547℃ / 6420℉) and boiling point (4827℃/ 8720℉). Diamonds form about 90 to 120 miles beneath the earth’s surface and are carried to the surface by volcanic eruptions.
- Diamonds are made of only one element: carbon. Under the immense heat and pressure far below the earth’s surface, the carbon atoms bond in a unique way that results in diamonds’ beautiful and rare crystalline structure.
- Diamonds come in every color. The color of a diamond is usually pale yellow to colorless, but can also be brown, blue, green, orange, red, pink and black
- Scientists have discovered a planet that they believe is composed mostly of carbon, and is one-third pure diamond. Discovered in 2004, the planet orbits a nearby star in the Milky Way. Perhaps even more amazing is that scientists have discovered a star that is essentially a diamond of ten billion trillion trillion carats. They named the star “Lucy” after the Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”
If you want to learn more about diamonds, ask your local jeweler about the diamonds you’re interested in purchasing for your jewelry pieces.
April is the arrival of springtime, and it is fitting that the birthstone for the month is the diamond. Unsurprisingly, the diamond symbolizes affection, strength, eternity, and — of course — everlasting love. For those lucky to be born in the month of April, the diamond is undoubtedly the most radiant and desired gemstone. Often used in engagement rings and as romantic gifts, the metaphysical properties of diamonds are clarity, balance and abundance.
The word diamond is derived from the Greek word “adamas” meaning “invincible,” which is an appropriate way to describe those born in the month of April. April babies are more likely to display strong leadership and have an assertive nature. These Aries or Taurus personalities are more likely to be extroverted. The diamond has been one of the most coveted gemstones for centuries. Its breathtaking brilliance is compared to that of the stars in the night sky. The glory of diamond is in its history, mythological significance and unique physical properties. The diamond has also earned the reputation of being the hardest naturally found mineral substance on earth.
Although the most common and desired diamonds are colorless, there are still a variety of different diamond colors. Diamonds in hues of yellow, red, pink, blue, and green range in intensity from faint to vivid. The yellow and pink diamond is the most common of the different diamond colors. You can see it among celebrity jewelry and popular trends.
Loved by all, diamond earrings would be a lovely present to give to your special someone. Diamonds have traditionally symbolized “everlasting love,” making diamond earrings or a diamond ring a great gift for your significant other. Diamond jewelry is classy, timeless and definitely a wardrobe staple. Don’t worry about what type of diamond jewelry to purchase, because even trendy designs are great pieces for the modern woman. Diamond’s are truly a girl’s best friend!
At Master Jewelers, we understand that our customers care where their diamonds come from and we share that concern with you. Every diamond we sell is certified conflict-free, assuring you that our inventory was procured through legal sources. The diamonds we sell have been obtained using legitimate means.
Conflict-free diamonds are those gemstones which were not obtained in association with human rights abuses, child labor, violence, or environmental degradation. Although the United Nation’s Kimberley Process only covers diamonds under the control of legitimate and recognized governments, conflict-free goes one step further by rejecting diamonds from governments that trade in diamonds to finance their conflicts.
Throughout the 1990s, most of the world’s diamonds came from Africa, particularly regions undergoing civil unrest. Rebel armies in parts of Africa were exploiting alluvial diamond fields to fund their wars against established governments, putting people and the environment in the middle of their conflicts. Alluvial diamonds are found just inches to a few feet below the surface, making them easier to mine, but having an adverse impact on the environment. The people working these fields were often very young and subject to exploitation, with some losing their lives or becoming permanently maimed as wars raged around them. Hence, the term blood diamonds came into being to describe these types of gems.
Since May of 2000, a system known as the Kimberley Process was enacted to provide proof to our vendors and suppliers that these diamonds cannot and do not enter the United States under any circumstances. Master Jewelers upholds to the highest standards of business and holds our vendors and suppliers to the same strict standards. We only do business with vendors and suppliers who comply with the Kimberley Process and United Nations resolutions pertaining to conflict diamonds. We will never purchase or trade with any dealer that does not provide proof that they adhere to the Kimberley Process.
Your concerns are our concerns. That is why we choose uphold the highest standards when it comes to conflict-free diamonds. Not only will you get the best custom ring design around, but you can rest assured that your diamonds have been purchased with the highest ethics.