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May 20, 2020

Stay In Date Ideas During Quarantine

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If you and your significant other normally go out for date night, social distancing may have put a wrench in your normal routine. However, staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t mean that you can’t still have a fun, romantic date night– there are so many ways to go on a date while you and your love stay safely at home. So, what should you do for your date-night-in when you can’t have a date-night-out? Read on to see our top stay in date ideas! 


A Fancy Dinner In For Two

Make an at-home dinner date more romantic by going all out with your attire, cuisine, and ambiance. Dress up like you would for a fancy date night out on the town, start the date with an elevated cocktail or a wine tasting, and order takeout or cook some delectable dinner fare. Be sure to set the mood with your music and lighting. A great playlist and some well placed candles can help your date night feel even more special. 


Game Night 

Have a lively, lighthearted date-night-in by planning a game night for two. If you have board games at home, pull them out and pick out a few favorites to play during your game night in. If you don’t have many board games at home, you can order them online in advance of your date night. Or, you can go virtual. There are plenty of computer and smartphone app versions of classic games that will allow you to play something new without having to wait for an order to come in the mail. 


Go Camping At Home 

Going camping at home together is a fun way to mix up your routine. If you have a backyard, you can set up a tent and sleeping bags outside and enjoy a night under the stars. If you don’t have a backyard, you can still get the camping experience by setting up a fort or a small tent inside your living room. To make an indoor camping experience feel a bit more like an outdoor getaway, consider adding some traditional camping flair to your night. For example, you can tell scary stories, make s’mores, or pack a picnic to enjoy in your fort or tent. 


Go on a Double Date Over Video Chat


If you love to double date, you can still meet up with your favorite double date duo while you all stay safely at your own homes during the coronavirus pandemic. Set up a time to meet up on Zoom or Facetime, then catch up over video chat while you enjoy brunch or a lovely dinner. 


Share Your Favorite Films 

A movie night is a classic date-night-in option. To make this date night idea a bit more intimate and memorable than it would be if you just watched some of the new releases on Netflix, consider sharing your favorite films with each other. You can each make a list of a few of your favorite films, then swap between your picks during your movie marathon. You can share what you love about your favorite movies before or after you watch them together, which will help you learn more about each other. 


Paint and Sip at Home

A paint and sip class always makes for a fun date night out. While most in person classes are currently closed due to COVID-19, luckily, you can replicate the paint and sip experience at home while safely quarantining. Round up some art supplies and an excellent bottle of wine. Then, find a painting tutorial online, settle in, and get creative. Once your masterpieces have dried, you can decorate your home with your new works of art. 

A Step-By-Step Guide to Buying Loose Diamonds

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When you shop for a loose diamond, you have thousands upon thousands of diamonds to choose from. Having so many options is wonderful for you as a consumer, since it allows you to find a diamond that perfectly fits what you’re looking for in terms of aesthetic, quality, and price. Then, on the other hand, having so many options can also be a bit daunting, as it can be hard to know where to begin. But if you’re not sure how to start shopping for a loose diamond, read on. Below, we’re sharing exactly how you should buy a loose diamond in our easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to buying loose diamonds. 

Step 1: Decide on Your Budget

First, set your budget for your loose diamond. We recommend setting your budget first because it helps you narrow down your options immediately and it also ensures that you don’t overspend unnecessarily. 

Everyone’s budget is different, so remember that you don’t need to adhere to any imaginary “rules” that dictate how much you should spend on a diamond. For example, there’s a myth that you need to spend the equivalent of 2 to 3 months of your salary for your engagement ring’s center diamond. But you don’t have to spend any particular amount on a diamond, no matter what it’s for. You should simply come up with a budget that’s comfortable for you and your financial situation, whether you’re shopping for a diamond engagement ring or any other type of diamond jewelry. You can spend 2 to 3 months salary on a diamond if that works for you, or you can spend more or less. Just come up with a budget that you’re happy and comfortable with, then stick to that when you shop. 

Step 2: Choose Your Shape 

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If you’re buying a loose diamond that will be worn in jewelry, your diamond shape is very important for the style of your jewelry. So, we recommend choosing your shape early in the shopping process if the loose diamond you purchase will be worn in jewelry, such as in a diamond ring or a diamond pendant. 

Diamonds come in many shapes and each shape has its own unique style. Round is by far the most popular diamond shape– over 50% of all the diamonds sold today are round cut diamonds. Round brilliant cut diamonds are loved for their classic look and their extraordinarily high brilliance. Since round diamonds are timelessly beautiful and quite popular, round is an excellent option if you’re unsure of which diamond shape to choose. However, if you’re looking for a diamond with a more unique or stand-out look, you have many other options in the fancy shaped diamond category. 

“Fancy shaped diamond” is a jeweler and gemologist term for any diamond shape other than round. Some examples of fancy shaped diamonds include princess cut diamonds, asscher cut diamonds, cushion cut diamonds, marquise cut diamonds, oval shaped diamonds, radiant cut diamonds, pear shaped diamonds, heart shaped diamonds, emerald cut diamonds, and trillion cut diamonds. A fancy shaped diamond can instantly give a piece of jewelry a more distinctive, eye-catching look, since all fancy shaped diamonds are less commonly worn than round cut diamonds. And, on top of that, fancy shaped diamonds can help you maximize your budget, since fancy shaped diamonds are also always less expensive than round cut diamonds per carat. 

If you’re thinking of buying a loose fancy shaped diamond, take some time to look at your options and see which shape speaks to you. If you need some help getting a general idea of the styles of fancy shaped diamonds, here are some style notes on each fancy shape: 

Princess Cut Diamond: A Modern, Chic Shape With Clean Lines

Asscher Cut Diamond: A Unique, Art Deco Era Vintage-Style Shape 

Cushion Cut Diamond: A Romantic Vintage-Style Shape 

Marquise Cut Diamond: A Highly Distinctive, Elegant Shape 

Oval Shaped Diamond: A Sophisticated, Classic Shape 

Radiant Cut Diamond: A Contemporary, Highly Glamorous Shape

Pear Shaped Diamond: A Slender, Eye-Catching Shape With Antique Origins

Heart Shaped Diamond: An Incredibly Romantic Modern Shape

Emerald Cut Diamond: An Elegant, Retro Era Vintage-Style Shape 

Trillion Cut Diamond: An Enchanting and Unique Modern Shape

Step 3: Understand the 4Cs 

You don’t need to be an expert gemologist to buy a beautiful, high quality diamond. But you should understand some basic diamond education if you want to be sure you’re buying a diamond that has the qualities you want. So, before you start seriously considering purchasing any diamond, you should understand diamond quality. And the best way to get an understanding of diamond quality is to understand the 4Cs. 

The Four Cs of diamonds are diamond cut, diamond color, diamond clarity, and diamond carat weight. The 4Cs are four different qualities of a diamond, and you’ll find these qualities noted on every diamond grading report. If you understand what each of the 4Cs can tell you about a diamond, you can choose a diamond with much more confidence. Here is an overview of what each of the 4Cs can tell you about a loose diamond:

Diamond Cut: A grading of how well a diamond was cut. Diamond cut grade is ranked on a scale of Excellent to Poor.

Diamond Color: A grading of how colorless a white diamond is. Diamond color grade is ranked on a scale of D to Z. 

Diamond Clarity: A grading of how flawless a diamond is internally and externally. Diamond clarity grade is ranked on a scale of FL (Flawless) to I (Included). 

Diamond Carat: An objective weight measurement that can give you an idea of diamond size. 

While the summary above can give you a basic understanding of what each of the 4Cs means, it’s important to get a working understanding of the 4Cs before you purchase a diamond, because you’ll want to balance them according to your budget and preferences. Diamonds with the best diamond gradings in every category will be beautiful, but they’ll also be extremely expensive. And diamonds that have slightly lower gradings can be incredibly beautiful to the naked eye, but they will be much more affordable. So, you don’t necessarily need to spend more to get a beautiful diamond if you know how to balance the 4Cs to your advantage.

If you’d like to learn how you can understand the 4Cs and use them practically when you’re buying a diamond, we highly recommend viewing our Practical Guide to Understanding the 4Cs of Diamonds. This guide gives an in-depth explanation of each of the 4Cs, explains what jewelers and diamond experts recommend you prioritize when selecting a diamond, and provides helpful practical tips on how you may want to balance the 4Cs to get a diamond you love that’s within your budget. 

Step 4: Consider Diamond Certification 

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If you’ve bought loose diamonds or gemstones before, you’re likely well aware that they generally come with a grading report. But if it’s your first time buying a loose diamond, you may not know much about grading reports. However, it’s very important to understand diamond grading reports before you begin the loose diamond buying process because, once you do, you’ll probably want to make sure that you only purchase a diamond that comes with one. 

A grading report is a type of diamond certification that gives you an accurate assessment of the diamond’s qualities, including its 4Cs. Grading reports are done by independent grading labs such as the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), not by the jeweler who is selling the diamond. So, diamond grading reports are objective assessments of diamonds, which is important, since that objectivity helps protect your interests as a consumer. 

We generally recommend that you buy a certified diamond that comes with a grading report, since that report is an official documentation of your diamond’s qualities. If your loose diamond comes with a grading report, you’ll have a better understanding of its qualities and you’ll have paper proof of them (which is important for insurance purposes or for when you want to resell a diamond). 

Step 5: Buy Your Diamond Online or in Person 

After you set your budget, decide on your diamond shape, gain an understanding of the 4Cs, and consider diamond certification, you’re armed with the knowledge you need to confidently select a diamond you’ll love. So, it’s time to purchase your loose diamond. 

In the modern era, there are two ways to shop for a diamond: online or in person. At 1-800-LooseDiamonds, we offer our customers both options, since you can shop our loose diamonds online through our convenient Diamond Search Engine or visit our Los Angeles showroom to view our loose diamonds in person. 

Whether you want to shop for a diamond online or in a physical jewelry store all comes down to personal preference. Many people love the ease of shopping for a diamond online. With tools like our Diamond Search Engine, you can quickly and easily sort through thousands of diamonds by setting your exact preferences. Then, other people prefer to shop for a diamond in a brick-and-mortar jewelry store, since they want to see a diamond’s purity and brilliance in person before they make a diamond purchase. However you like to shop, we’re always here to help you find your perfect diamond at 1-800-LooseDiamonds. You can visit our online store by clicking here or get directions to our Los Angeles showroom by clicking here

April 16, 2020

Beautiful and Unique Places to Propose in Los Angeles

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If you’re planning on proposing in Los Angeles, you’re in luck: LA is a city that’s brimming with gorgeous, unique, and romantic proposal spots. The City of Angels is as varied in culture as it is in terrain, which means you have a bevy of excellent proposal locations to choose from, no matter what atmosphere you’re looking for. So, Los Angeles has many excellent proposal spots– but which location should you choose? Read on to see our top recommendations as we share our list of the best places to propose in Los Angeles.

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

If your sweetheart loves classic Hollywood movies, there’s no better place to propose than the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The Roosevelt, built in the 1920s, is a gorgeous Spanish Colonial-style hotel that’s rich in Hollywood history. It was the site of the first ever Academy Awards and it was frequented by Old Hollywood stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, and Carole Lombard. On top of being historic and beautiful, the Roosevelt is also ripe with proposal location options. Choose from locations such as the Roosevelt’s spectacular lobby, their center courtyard, their romantic restaurant, and their poolside cabanas to find your perfect proposal spot.

Descanso Gardens

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Propose amongst the beauty of nature by taking a trip to Descanso Gardens, located just 20 minutes from Downtown LA. Descanso Gardens, one of the best gardens in Los Angeles, features over 160 acres of natural scenery. Their diverse array of flora includes a Rose Garden, a Japanese Garden, a Camellia Collection, an Ancient Forest, and much more, so you can choose your ideal natural backdrop for your dream proposal. Since Descanso Gardens is expansive, we recommend taking a solo trip to the Gardens before you propose so you can scout out some prime locations before your couples’ visit.

Space Shuttle Endeavor at the California Science Center

There are many museums and cultural centers to choose from for a Los Angeles proposal. But one of the most unique is the California Science Center. The California Science Center is home to many fascinating exhibits, but our favorite for a marriage proposal is their Space Shuttle Endeavor exhibit. The Space Shuttle Endeavor provides quite a grand, wondrous backdrop for when you get down on one knee.

The Micheltorena Stairs

The Micheltorena Stairs, located in Silverlake, are a picture-perfect place to propose. To pull off a surprise proposal at these vibrantly painted stairs, consider this proposal idea: grab breakfast or coffee at a hip local eatery, then suggest you go for a stroll around the neighborhood so you can make your way to your proposal destination.

The Pacific Wheel at the Santa Monica Pier

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The Santa Monica Pier has a fun, nostalgic feel that makes it a superb place for a more whimsical proposal. There’s a lot to do at the Santa Monica Pier, but our top proposal location recommendation there is on the Pacific Wheel. The Pacific Wheel is a 130 foot ferris wheel that overlooks the ocean, the beach, and the city in the distance. For maximum romance, time your ferris wheel proposal for golden hour, when the glow of the setting sun will make the beautiful scenery look even more magical.

The Griffith Observatory

Take advantage of the beauty of LA’s city lights by proposing at The Griffith Observatory at night. The Griffith Observatory is an observatory and exhibition space that’s perched at the top of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park. From the observatory, you can see magnificent views of Hollywood (including the Hollywood sign), Downtown Los Angeles, the Pacific Ocean, and, of course, the stars. Use the Observatory’s quarter-operated telescopes to scope out the stunning scenery before presenting your love with their engagement ring.

The Gardens The Getty Center

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If your love adores art, gardens, architecture, or all of the above, The Getty Center is your perfect marriage proposal location. The Getty Center is simply a lovely place to propose, as you can enjoy fine art, incredible food, and breathtaking natural beauty before you pop the question. The Getty Center is a fairly expansive spot, so there are also many proposal locations to choose from within the Getty. But our favorite is their Central Garden, an ever-evolving garden that features a stone waterfall, over 500 varieties of plants, and a spiraling centerpiece formed with hedges.

Honorable Mentions

Haven’t found your perfect wedding proposal spot in Los Angeles? Here are a few more romantic places and proposal ideas that didn’t quite make the top of our list:

  • Horseback Riding in Malibu or at Griffith Park
  • Disneyland (Technically in Anaheim, But Still Within the Los Angeles Area)
  • On a Gondola Ride at the Venice, CA Canals
  • Hiking Runyon Canyon in the Hollywood Hills
  • El Matador Beach in Malibu
  • Vasquez Rocks
  • The Chateau Marmont
  • The Huntington Botanical Gardens

April 13, 2020

Your Detailed Guide to Engagement Ring Settings

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You have two elements to consider when shopping for an engagement ring: your center diamond and your ring setting. While your center diamond is the star of your engagement ring, your ring setting is equally important, since your setting defines your ring’s style. And, when chosen carefully, your setting can also enhance the beauty and shimmer of your center diamond, making it look even more gorgeous.

As you shop for your engagement ring setting, you’ll see that there are hundreds upon hundreds of different designs for you to choose from. With so many options, searching for your perfect engagement ring setting can feel a bit overwhelming. However, know that while there are many different unique settings to choose from, there are only a handful of engagement ring styles. Almost all engagement ring settings will fall into one of the following style categories: solitaire, pave band, channel set band, three stone, halo, and split shank. Once you understand these style categories and narrow in on the ones that interest you most, shopping for an engagement ring setting will become much easier. So, to help you find your perfect setting style, below, we’re taking a closer look at the six most popular engagement ring setting styles.

1. Solitaire

Classic Style Solitaire Engagement Ring in White Gold, Pictured With 1.50 Carat Round Cut Diamond

This setting style features only one stone, hence the name “solitaire.” Solitaire engagement ring settings are truly classic. Their simple, timeless design allows the beauty of your center stone to take full focus and truly shine.

While solitaire engagement rings have a very simple design, there is still variety within this category. The most classic type of solitaire ring features a sleek unadorned metal band and a raised prong setting. While the classic version of the solitaire is the most popular, you’ll also find solitaire designs with bezel settings, solitaires with engraved bands, solitaires with twisted or curved bands, and more.

2. Pave Band

Emerald Cut Engagement Ring Setting With Pave Band in White Gold, Pictured With 2.50 Carat Emerald Cut Diamond

Pave bands feature small diamonds that rest in pave settings, which are petite mini prong settings that hold their enclosed diamonds closely together to create seamless brilliance. Pave engagement rings can feature a partial pave design, where the diamonds only adorn the part of the band, or a full eternity-style pave design, where the diamonds rest along the entire band. Pave engagement rings may also sometimes feature gemstones other than diamonds. However, that’s somewhat rare, since pave settings don’t offer much protection for fragile gemstones, making pave settings a better fit for diamonds, which are highly durable.

A pave diamond ring is both classic and glamorous. Pave bands are delicate and elegant, while adding a serious dose of shimmer to your engagement ring’s design. Many people love the added brilliance you can get from the small stones on a pave band. The brilliance offered by small diamond side stones can make your engagement ring look larger overall, since our eyes perceive more brilliant jewelry as being larger.

3. Channel Set Band

Engraved Diamond Ring With Channel Set Band in White Gold, Pictured With 1 Carat Princess Cut Diamond

At first glance, a channel set band on an engagement ring or wedding band may look very similar to a pave band. Both channel set bands and pave bands will feature diamonds or gemstones along the band. The difference between these two band styles is how the gemstones are set in the band. In a pave band, which features pave settings, gemstones are held in place by mini prongs. In a channel set band, which features one or more channel settings, gemstones rest inside a channel of metal that holds them in place.

A channel set band provides added brilliance like a pave band, but a channel set band has a different style, as it looks more sleek. Then, channel set bands are also smoother than pave bands, which makes them less likely to snag on clothing, and they provide a bit more gemstone protection than pave bands, making them a good fit for those with a more active lifestyle.

4. Three Stone

Classic Style 3-Stone Engagement Ring in White Gold, Pictured With 1.50 Carat Center Oval Cut Diamond

Three stone engagement rings feature, as you might guess from their name, three center stones. In this design, your primary center stone is flanked by large side stones, creating a trio of center stones.

Three stone rings are a traditional engagement ring style, and they come with a lovely meaning. The three stones used in a three stone engagement ring are meant to represent your past, present, and future as a couple.

5. Halo

Classic Cushion Shaped Halo Engagement Ring in White Gold, Pictured With 1 Carat Cushion Cut Diamond

Halo engagement rings are loved for their highly glamorous look. Halo engagement rings feature halo settings, which enclose your center stone in a halo of smaller stones. These smaller gemstones or diamonds create an optical illusion, making your center stone look larger than it actually is.

A classic halo ring design will feature one halo setting that echoes the shape of your center stone. But there are also double halo settings, triple halo settings, floral-inspired halo settings, and halo settings that feature different shapes from their enclosed center stones.

6. Split Shank

Modern Style Split Shank Diamond Engagement Ring in White Gold, Pictured With 1 Carat Round Cut Diamond

A split shank engagement ring setting features a split band, which splits into two or more bands. Note that “shank” is simply a jeweler’s term for an engagement ring’s band. Typically, a split shank band will split into two bands upon the upper shank, widening to meet the ring’s center stone. But a split shank band can split anywhere and feature any number of splits.

Split shank bands are elegant, unique, and modern in style. They’re quite eye-catching, while still being sophisticated and chic.

Ready to find your perfect engagement ring setting? Browse our full collection of beautiful engagement rings.

April 9, 2020

A Practical Guide to the 4Cs of Diamonds

Filed under: Jewelry Education,Loose Diamonds — Elan Lamden @ 3:07 PM

Shopping for a loose diamond can sometimes feel overwhelming. It can be challenging to sort through your different options, especially if you’re unsure of what you’re looking for in a diamond. However, shopping for a diamond doesn’t have to be stressful. If you gain some basic diamond education, you can shop for a diamond with confidence, and even have fun while doing it. So to help you understand some important diamond basics, we’ve written this practical guide to the 4Cs of diamonds. This comprehensive guide will include the definition of the 4Cs, some more in-depth information on each of the 4Cs, and how you can use your knowledge of the 4Cs in practice to find a diamond you’ll love.

What are the 4Cs of Diamonds?

The Four Cs

The 4Cs of diamonds are cut, color, clarity, and carat. These 4Cs were invented by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in the early 1940s. The GIA, a gemological knowledge institute and grading laboratory, created these 4Cs for their grading reports. Cut, color, clarity, and carat weight are the four main things evaluated on a GIA diamond grading report. But though the 4Cs were invented by the GIA, they’ve been adopted by grading laboratories across the world. The 4Cs are now the standard way of evaluating the qualities of a diamond.

So, in essence, the 4C’s of diamonds provide four different ways of looking at a diamond’s qualities. Here’s a brief overview of what each of the 4Cs evaluates:

The 4Cs at a Glance
Cut: A grading of how well a diamond was cut.
Color: A grading of how colorless a white diamond is.
Clarity: A grading of how flawless a diamond is internally and externally.
Carat: An objective weight measurement that can give an idea of size.

Notice that three of the 4Cs (cut, color, and clarity) are gradings. These three elements of a diamond will be graded on scales. While some people may assume that a diamond has to have the highest possible grading in every category to be beautiful, this is far from true. Diamonds with gradings that fall a bit lower than perfect can be incredibly beautiful to the naked eye, and we’ll talk more about this as we move into our closer look at each of the 4Cs.

Understanding the 4Cs

1. Diamond Cut

A grading of how well a diamond was cut.

Diamond cut is commonly confused with diamond shape, which is not one of the Four Cs. Diamond shape is the shape a diamond was cut into, such as round, oval, princess, emerald, and so on. Diamond cut, on the other hand, is a grading of how well the diamond was cut into its shape by its diamond cutter.

Diamond cut is the quality grading that most jewelers and gemologists recommend prioritizing, since diamond cut has a large impact on a diamond’s shimmer. If a diamond is well cut, it will capture and emit light beautifully. If a diamond has been poorly cut, it will not reflect and refract light well, making it look dull and dim. You can see how well a diamond has been cut by looking at where it falls on the following scale:

Diamond Cut Grading Scale
Very Good

As we mentioned above, it’s recommended that you prioritize your diamond’s cut when selecting a diamond. We generally recommend going with a cut grade of Excellent or Very Good if you want your diamond to have beautiful sparkle. Very Good diamonds are usually quite close to Excellent diamonds in scintillation, but they’ll have one or two dimensions that keep them from being graded as Excellent. So Very Good cut diamonds offer a good value, while still providing high brilliance.

2. Diamond Color

A grading of how colorless a white diamond is.

Diamond color is a grading that can tell you how colorless a white diamond is. Truly colorless white diamonds, which are extraordinarily rare, will rank at the top of this scale, which goes from D to Z:

Diamond Color Grading Scale
D – F: Colorless
G – J: Near Colorless
K – M: Faint Yellow
N – R: Very Light Yellow
S – Z: Light Yellow

The diamond color scale is divided into categories: Colorless, Near Colorless, Faint Yellow, Very Light Yellow, and Light Yellow. Diamonds that fall into the top category of Colorless (D, E, and F color diamonds) are highly rare and are therefore priced at a premium. When you move into the next category, Near Colorless (G, H, I, J), prices usually drop considerably, even when you go from an F to a G.

When you see the word “yellow” used to describe a diamond, it can be a bit unnerving. But if you’re worried that you’ll end up with a diamond that will look too yellow for you, know that color is very easy to spot in diamond gemstones, even to the untrained eye. All you have to do is look at a diamond to see whether or not it looks yellow to you. And if you don’t want to pay a premium for a diamond that’s within the Colorless range, know that diamonds in the Near Colorless range can look beautifully white to the naked eye. So Near Colorless diamonds (G, H, I, J) are often considered an excellent value, as they can look quite white while costing much less than Colorless diamonds.

There is one special consideration to keep in mind as you consider which diamond color you’ll select for your diamond: shape. Different diamond shapes show diamond color differently. Emerald cut, asscher cut, and round cut diamonds can actually hide a bit of color, so you may be able to go lower on the color grading scale with these shapes. On the other side of the coin, pear shaped, princess cut, oval shaped, cushion cut, radiant cut, marquise cut, and heart shaped diamonds all show color more noticeably. So if you’re shopping for one of these diamond shapes for your engagement ring or another piece of diamond jewelry, you may need to go with a higher color grade to avoid an unwanted yellow tint.

3. Diamond Clarity

A grading of how flawless a diamond is internally and externally.

Diamond clarity is a grading of how flawless a diamond is. Internal flaws within a diamond are called inclusions and external flaws on a diamond are called blemishes. It’s natural for diamonds to have some flaws, since they form slowly over time in the earth. Almost every diamond has some flaws, but how many they have is ranked on the following scale:

Diamond Clarity Grading Scale
Flawless: FL
Internally Flawless: IF
Very Very Slightly Included: VVS1 to VVS2
Very Slightly Included: VS1 to VS2
Slightly Included: SI1 to SI2
Included: I1, I2, I3

Here’s the thing about flaws on a diamond: they can be challenging or impossible to spot with the naked eye. The gradings above use magnification to categorize diamonds and many diamonds with lower rankings are what’s called “eye clean.” Eye clean diamonds may have flaws, but you can’t see them with the naked eye. Whether or not a diamond is eye clean is what’s important to most people, and there are plenty of VS1, VS2, and even SI1 and SI2 diamonds that are eye clean. So, diamond clarity is one area where you usually have more breathing room to go down a bit in grading to help your budget, while still getting a diamond that looks beautiful to you.

One thing to consider about diamond clarity grade, however, is (again) shape. Brilliant cut shapes can hide minor flaws well, since you mostly see shimmer when you look at a brilliant cut diamond. But step cut shapes (like emerald cut and asscher cut diamonds) show flaws much more clearly, since you can see into the center of these shapes. So if you’re shopping for a step cut diamond, you’ll want to prioritize diamond clarity.

4. Diamond Carat

An objective weight measurement that can give an idea of size.

Many people assume that diamond carat refers to size, but carat is a weight measurement that’s used specifically for diamonds. A diamond’s carat weight can give you a general idea of a diamond’s size, however, since diamonds that weigh more will be larger. But diamonds that are the same carat weight may not necessarily be the same size, since their mass can be distributed differently. Notably, some diamond shapes actually look larger per carat than others, since they have more of their mass on their table (their top). Some diamond shapes that tend to look larger per carat include oval cut diamonds, marquise cut diamonds, pear shaped diamonds, and emerald cut diamonds.

Carat weight is easy to understand. So, let’s skip right to what you need to consider when selecting your carat weight: your budget. Out of all of the 4Cs, carat weight has by far the largest impact on a diamond’s price. The higher the carat weight, the more expensive the diamond. With that said, let’s move into our closing section: how to balance all of the 4Cs to find a diamond you’ll love that’s within your budget.

Finding a Diamond You’ll Love: Balancing the 4Cs

Once you understand the 4Cs, selecting a diamond is a balancing act. You want to look for a diamond that’s beautiful to you (in size and quality) while staying within your budget. So when you shop for a diamond, set your budget first. Then, consider what’s most important to you in a diamond and prioritize that. Is size your biggest priority? Consider going down in some other qualities so you can go up in carat weight. Is quality your biggest priority? You may want to go down in carat weight so you can make a highly graded diamond fit in your budget. Then, if you want something in the middle of these two ends of the spectrum, play around with your diamond quality and carat weight options to see what you can find. By using the tips we shared above, you can decide exactly how you want to balance your diamond’s 4Cs to find a diamond that’s perfect for you.

Ready to find the perfect diamond for your diamond engagement ring or another diamond piece? Shop our expansive selection of loose diamonds.

March 5, 2020

Chinese Diamond Market

Chinese Diamond Market

Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Chinese diamond market has come to almost a full stop.  The country’s diamond bourses are almost completely empty.  For example, even importing rough diamonds has become all but impossible.  While diamond dealers hope for big sales when the virus is contained.  However, at the present moment, all that can be done is to manage a difficult situation.  Lin Qiang, the president of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange mentions that “there is always a demand for diamonds in China, but currently, consumers can’t go shopping, [as] hardly any shopping malls [are open].  And that, “when the epidemic is over, the backlog of demand will be unleashed.”

Diamond Bourse Still Open

While the bourses are still open the Chinese diamond market continues to suffer.  The bourse has been allowed to operate since February 10.  However, when authorities permitted businesses to restart, many people have decided to work from their homes.  In other words, some have self-quarantined themselves.  For example, “most members are still not at work — especially foreign members.  Our Indian members are still in India. Even if they came back at the end of this month, they would have to stay at home under quarantine for 14 days. Therefore, we think that business will return to normal in mid-March at the earliest.”  That said, officials at the bourse continue to take people’s temperatures, as well as implementing other plans to contain and isolate the virus spreading.

Health Scare and Market Instability

During the Lunar New year period, Chinese consumers typically travel and shop.  However, due to coronavirus fears the season was cut short.  Also, the outbreak led to companies to prolong their closures due to restrictions and the lack of demand for luxury goods.  Liang Weizhang, the general manager for the Guangzhou Diamond Exchange explains that “the traditional shopping season for diamonds and jewelry did not happen this spring.”  And that, “stock is a big challenge for the companies, from brands to wholesalers, [and] they may cut their purchasing budget in the first quarter.”

Tight Borders and the Chinese Diamond Market

The Guangzhou Diamond Exchange mentions that due to the tightening of border controls, the Chinese diamond market has taken a hit.  Chinese diamond dealers say that the virus has “played havoc” with China’s ability to import rough diamonds entering via Hong Kong.  Thus, creating new challenges for the Chinese diamond market.  Guangdong has a large diamond manufacturing sector and accounts for 75 percent of China’s rough diamond processing.  For example, the diamond exchange, working in tandem with customs officials, were able to expedite a channel enabling clearance of all goods within a few hours.  Liang Weizhang said that “the current market is still quiet due to the difficulties of face-to-face business gathering.  Also, he predicts that there will be a “retaliatory growth” after the epidemic is over.

Challenges in Hong Kong

While the Chinese diamond market has taken a hit, so too have diamond dealers in Hong Kong. The city is a mega-hub for supplying diamonds and luxury goods to mainland China.  As well as being a large retail market on its own accord.  Furthermore, tourism from China has completely stopped.  Moreover, the organizers of the Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show and the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show have both been forced to reschedule their March and May events respectively.  Diamond dealers worry about the success of the delayed trade shows will fair.

The India-China Connection

China accounts for a whopping 36 percent of India’s diamond exports.  And now, the dire situation could even have an impact on Chinese merchants’ ability to procure Mumbai-based suppliers’ credit.  In a report earlier this month, a supplier was quoted as saying that the “share of diamond exports to the region has been declining for some time due to reasons other than coronavirus.”  And that, “Nonetheless, rescheduling of the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show and [the coronavirus] will adversely impact exports and dampen the domestic industry in the fourth fiscal quarter ending March 31.”


Manufacturing Trouble Continues

While the crisis continues many Indian diamond manufactures have been working with smaller Hong Kong teams.  For example, Sunrise Diamonds, a local branch of Mumbai-based manufacturer Shairu Gems Diamonds is doing just that.  Due to the outbreak of the virus, almost all of Sunrise’s Indian workforce went home for the Chinese New Year and opted not to travel back to China.  Expressing that they will return when the situation normalizes.  Another such company, one Dharmanandan Diamonds is a cutting specialist, said that 4 of the 11 Indians in its Hong Kong office stayed in their home country after the holiday.  And that the rest of the team are made up of locals.  “We are open, but activity in Hong Kong is very limited most of the time,” Sutariya said in an email. And that his Chinese customers are slowly opening their businesses again.

Chinese Diamond Market Closing Offices

One company that has completely closed its Hong Kong office is Kiran Gems.  And that most of its worker force returned to India.  Furthermore, asides the Hong Kong trade shows, the virus outbreak has caused the postponement of the Antwerp Rough Diamond Days.  Also, due to happen this week at the city’s Antwerpsche Diamantkring, according to a local official.  Due to this, only a small contingent of Chinese buyers will attend the Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair.  One insider notes that “the [May] Hong Kong show will be a [test] of the trading sentiment.” And that “the purchasing will not be at the level of the 2019 March Hong Kong show, and it will take a few months for the business to be fully restored.”

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February 25, 2020

Jewelry Sales and Luxury Jewelry

Jewelry Sales

Jewelry Sales are off to a strong start in 2020.  Luxury jewelry and watches at LVMH increased by 7% in 2019.  As well as a strong year for Bulgari.  For example, jewelry sales rose to EUR 4.41 billion ($4.85 billion).  This was partially driven by Bulgari’s Fiorever collection.  Sales of Jewelry like the brand Bulgari contributed a large amount of its success after its launch at the end of 2018.  For example, the brand’s Serpenti Seduttori watch line was a huge success.  As well as its Chaumet and Hublot brands.

Jewelry Sales and Luxury Watches

Luxury Watches preform well in 2019 fiscal year.

Increase in Luxury Brands Profits

With regards to in-store jewelry sales as well as watches gained 3 percent, with a profit of 5 percent.  Estimated to be at EUR 736 million or $809.9 million US.  In this instance, the sale of jewelry excludes revenue from Tiffany & Co.  LVMH agreed to acquire Tiffany & Co. in November 2019, with the transaction is expected to finish come 2020.  Furthermore, in the fourth quarter, profits from jewelry sales saw a 4 percent gain, some EUR 1.14 billion or $1.26 billion US.  Additionally, while jewelry sales and watches did well, many analysts worry over fears of social unrest, like Hong Kong for example.  Asia is LVMH’s largest market.

Sales of Jewelry Steady

The sales of jewelry remain steady despite worries of Hong Kong.  The consultancy group Cowen mentions that, “the overall environment was more challenging for watches and jewelry, given the group’s high sales exposure to Hong Kong.” And furthermore that, “we do expect watches and jewelry could remain pressured due to Hong Kong.”  For example, the LVMH’s group revenue for 2019 increased some 15 percent to a record EUR 53.67 billion or $59.06 billion US.  Additionally, its sales of jewelry continue to reach double-digit increases.  Net profit grew 15% to EUR 11.5 billion or $12.66 billion US.

Luxury Jewelry

In the luxury jewelry world, more expensive items like watches and diamonds have garnered more popularity among consumers.  Especially within the last five years.  This comes from a report by Watches of Switzerland.  For example, timepieces priced above GBP 10,000 or $13,073 US accounted for 37 percent of the sales in the men’s market in 2019.  Furthermore, when comparing this s with 34 percent in 2014.  The items that cost between GBP 5,000 or $6,542 and GBP 10,000 increase to 36 percent from 33%.  At the same time,  the same price category has jumped even further for women’s watches.  Thus growing to 7 percent from 2014.  Also, less expensive timepieces under GBP 5,000 have seen a decrease in sales.

Watches and Luxury Jewelry

The best selling type of luxury jewelry watch metal is steel.  For example, of the watches, LMVH sold in 2019, 42 percent of men’s watches were made primarily of steel materials.  In second place were combination materials of both steel and gold, seeing a 20 percent increase in 2019 in the men’s category.  Additionally,  there was a 39 percent increase in women’s watch sales.  Lastly, timepieces made in leather or precious metals became less popular over the last 5 years.

Most Popular Colors

With regards to the most popular color, men prefer black, followed by dark blue.  The black and dark blue color watches accounted for 61 percent of sales in 2019.  Consequently,  women were moving away from the classic colors, with purchases falling from 66 percent to 74 percent over the quarter.  New funky colors like pink, champagne, blue and brown rose 31 percent in 2019.

Women’s Watch Preferences

While most women still prefer diamond-set dial markings the Roman, Arabic, and baton styles continue to remain less popular.  Furthermore, Watches of Switzerland company notes that the size of the timepiece important.  With the larger size being more popular.   While trending jewelry sales continue to improve, “the trend of women buying men’s watches continues to increase,” and that “gender classifications of watches is increasingly less relevant today.” Watches of Switzerland entered the US market with its purchase of Mayor’s jewelry stores in 2014.  Furthermore, they mention that they have plans for a large expansion into the luxury jewelry sector.  Adding that it will open up to 7 new locations in the USA this year.


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January 24, 2020

Diamond Studs in Los Angeles

Diamond Studs

One can find diamond studs at on year-round sale. Additionally, 1800 Loose Diamonds can be found in the world-famous Los Angeles Jewelry District.   Furthermore, the most popular shape of diamond stud is the round brilliant diamond shape.  Moreover, one should know that diamond stud earrings do come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  Such as, the princess cut diamond is also a popular shape of earring.  Furthermore, when looking to buy, one should shop around to get the best price. For example, is a diamond wholesaler with the best prices on the market.

Diamond Studs

For instance, diamond studs in Los Angeles can be found certified by Gia.


Paying Less for Diamond Stud Earrings

One can expect to pay significantly less for their diamond studs at a wholesale diamond dealer like than that of a mall retail store.   Above all, when looking to buy a set of diamond stud earrings, one should always consider their budget first.  Furthermore, shop around for the very best price online.

Sample Price for Studs

For example, a starting set of GIA certified diamond stud earrings costs around $800.  Moreover, one can expect about 0.80-carat studs for this price.  Also, one should note that the small details in diamonds make all the difference in price.  For example, one should know the 4 C’s, carat, cut, color and clarity strongly affect how much you will pay for your diamond studs.

Buying from a Diamond Wholesaler

Generally speaking, buying from a diamond wholesaler is a good idea when buying diamonds.  For example, a diamond wholesaler dealer typically only sells diamond in bulk.  Additionally, they sell diamonds to brick-and-mortar stores, or even to online companies. For example, buying wholesale directly from is a sure way to get a great deal.  If you live in or frequently to Los Angeles, please visit our office showroom.  For people who travel to big cities with wholesale diamond dealers, places like Chicago, New York, or Miami are also great places to buy from.  Consequently, if you do not live in a big city, rather a small town, you may want to try to purchase online, as online prices are the absolute best prices on the market.

Buying a Diamond Wholesale

What does buying wholesale mean?  Often times, consumers may question what that means.  For example, when shopping people may encounter “wholesale stores” or “discount stores.” However, these stores are retail stores with little mark up in prices.  Moreover, typically they offer better prices than other retail outlets, but they are not truly wholesalers.  A wholesaler will sell in bulk only to retail stores, such as traditional brick-and-mortar companies  and online retailers.  Their prices are lower than what the average individual will pay for a single loose diamond because they make their profits by selling in large quantities. Most true wholesalers focus solely on selling to their multi-diamond customers and will only entertain a one-time, one-diamond shopper as a favor to a friend. In fact, if you see that your intended “wholesaler” is selling “to the public,” then your wholesaler is really a retailer.

The Difference Between Wholesale and Retail

What is a good deal?  Wholesalers diamond dealers absolutely offer the best prices open on the market.  For example, the mark up of a wholesale diamond dealer is oftentimes only a 5%.  Hence, that is a great deal.  And, that is still a significantly better price than retail.  Additionally, wholesale diamond dealers can get you a better price that would equal to or even lower than that online.  The reason some wholesalers can offer better prices than retail is that they oftentimes do not have premium retails storefronts, with expensive rent and additional overheads.

The Rapaport Diamond Report

In the diamond industry, diamond wholesalers use the Rapaport Diamond Report.  The Rapaport Diamond Report is an industry-standard price report for all shapes, grades, colors, and sizes of diamonds.  While many people ask what their discounts off the list may be, it is much more complex that asking what the percentage off is.  For example, the diamond report only goes up to six carats and then jumps to 10 carats only. Access to these weekly reports is available for industry insiders only and to Rapnet subscribers.  While you can ask your diamond dealer to share the wholesale price, oftentimes, consumers are unaware as to why certain items are priced as they are.  For example, poorly cut diamonds may trade at a significant discount while well cut diamonds may be hard to locate and bring premium prices.

Understanding Discounts

Consumers shopping for diamond studs should expect to pay a slight markup over standard Rapaport prices.  This is because diamond stud earrings require a matching pair, which brings a premium price.  For example, even the Rapaport diamond price list mentions that the prices they propose are the “average” prices one should expect to begin negotiating on.  Therefore, for special or unique diamonds, even wholesalers have to pay above Rap prices.  While it is always worthwhile when trying to negotiate, expect your final price to something reasonable.

Buying Diamond Studs Online

In today’s jewelry and diamond industry, many wholesalers have their own internet sites in which anyone, both retailers and consumer can purchase their diamonds at the same prices.  For instance, many jewelry and diamond websites will state that their diamonds are sold at wholesale prices both to the public at discounted prices.  Consider these discounts come with a caveat, you must purchase them online, sight unseen.  This means an individual will get the absolute lowest wholesale price but only if they buy online and have it delivered to their home.

Buying Studs in a Store

Consumers should know that the prices in store, can be more expensive.  You will still get a wholesale price, but no one can compete with online prices.  that could be lower than in a traditional retail outlet. The same is true of the price you will be offered by a wholesaler you meet in person. And it is up to you to know whether it’s a good price.


Tips for Buying a Diamond Wholesale

The best way to find a wholesale diamond dealer is to check their references.  Most likely, consumers will not find wholesale diamond dealers in a shopping mall.  Most diamond dealers work in business buildings that have may or may not have showrooms.  1800 Loose Diamonds is located in the world-famous Los Angeles Jewelry District in a business building.  Almost all real wholesale diamond dealers are located in cities like Los Angeles, New York, Antwerp, Chicago, or even Miami.  In order to make your purchase quickly and in confidence, one must know what they want.  If you do not know, you belong in a retail setting.

Knowing What You Want

Wholesale diamond dealers are not in the business endless conversations.  The purpose is to get a great deal, not to spend hours shopping, as that is not what wholesale is equipped for.  Customers should at the very least, know the 4Cs, the shape of diamond they want, and the price they want to spend before going to their jewelry district.  , and calculate the price you should expect to pay elsewhere for the type of diamond you plan to eventually purchase.  While you deserve to have your time, consider that you are looking for a deal.  Your dealer should be attentive to you, ask questions to better help you, and most of all listen to your concerns.  Furthermore, when purchasing a diamond, remember that this is a business transaction.

Buying your Diamond from a Reputable Source

In the case of 1800 Loose Diamonds procures their diamonds directly from miners in Russia, Canada, and other Kimberley compliant countries.  Therefore, we can offer significant discounts on diamonds.  Likewise, this includes diamond studs in Los Angeles and other stores that offer our product.  Contact us for any of your diamond needs.

Budget for your Diamond Stud

The first thing to do when buying diamond studs is to figure out your budget. Likewise, do note that the need to splurge is not necessary for the budget-conscious customer.  This is because earrings are typically seen from a distance rather than up close. Therefore, the quality of the diamonds is less important than that of an engagement ring. Furthermore, many diamond stud earrings that do not qualify as eye-clean for engagement rings, are perfectly acceptable as diamond studs.

How to buy Diamond Stud Earrings

Firstly, choose the metal type of setting you want to buy for your diamond studs.  For example, do you want diamond stud earring set in 3 or 4 prong style, and with or without a basket.  For example, a 3-prong martini has three prongs and offers a minimalist look.  Typically, the 3-prong does not come with a basket and is set using tension only.  Moreover, a 4-prong setting offers more support for the diamond and typically has a basket underneath the prongs.  Furthermore, one can enhance the look of the diamond studs by using earrings jackets.

The Best Shine for Earrings

When buying diamonds, the shape of the diamond stud has a lot to do with the value.  Furthermore, GIA certified diamonds maintain their value the best.  Likewise, GIA certified triple excellent round diamonds offer the best luster and brilliance. For example, one can expect to pay around $3500 for a starting pair of round diamond studs for a grand total of 1.00 carats.

Buying Diamonds for Mothers Day

For instance, before spending hours looking for gifts, consider buying diamond studs for mother’s day.  In this case, if you need a timeless and beautiful gift that lasts a lifetime, diamond stud earrings are a wonderful option. For example, you can create a pair using any shape of diamond that matches your mom’s unique style.  In like manner, you can choose ready-made sets of diamond earrings from 1800 Loose Diamonds.  Furthermore, unlike many online vendors, has a physical real store located in the world-famous Los Angeles Jewelry District.  we suggest here are from the best vendors in the industry. Their settings and jewelry are made with both care and precision.


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January 21, 2020

Best Jewelry Website

Best Jewelry Website for Engagement Rings

Creating the best jewelry website is not easy.  Furthermore, having a successful online presence is not simple, as it requires catering to many potential customers.  The best jewelry websites do not have a one size fits all solution. Rather it is should pay attention to details.  Nevertheless, there is a bevy of ways to strengthen a jewelry website company in the online world.  Thus leading to an increase in views on your products.  A great jewelry website is typically going to be the first impression one makes on their clients.  Therefore it should show the very best your brand has to offer.   For example, is one of the best jewelry websites to shop on.  Additionally, they have a stellar yelp and google reputation as an online jewelry company.


Best Jewelry Website

The best jewelry website has a variety of functions to tinker with.

The Best Jewelry Websites are User-Friendly

Having a user-friendly jewelry website is paramount for any jewelry business. makes it easy to shop for fine jewelry.  Furthermore, it is one of the best websites specializing in engagement rings, rings, earrings, tennis necklaces, and tennis bracelets.  As well as a variety of other kinds of fine jewelry.  Having a website that functions correctly and is easy to navigate is important for the user experience to be pleasant.  Moreover, the best jewelry websites should be simple and not overwhelming.  For example, if your jewelry website company has an online store, the way in which a consumer will search for jewelry and diamond is of the utmost importance.  The best jewelry website makes certain that going through the check out process should be absolutely seamless.

Buying from a Jewelry Website Versus Brick and Morter

While many companies are working on how to create the best jewelry website many others are not interested in doing so.  For example, many fine jewelry companies cannot utilize their jewelry website to function as an e-commerce platform.  This is because many jewelry stores are specialty stores in which their jewelry products can only be seen and purchased in store.  While this may still be the case, consequently, it is still of the utmost importance to have vital information regarding your store’s location. For example, sample photos of jewelry and other specials works, as well as contact information.  Additionally, while not all jewelry stores can afford to put together complicated and expensive jewelry websites one should look for a certain degree of professionalism.  1800 Loose Diamonds located in the world-famous Los Angeles jewelry district is just such a company.  With one of the best jewelry websites online today.

Professional Pictures make the Best Jewelry Websites

While not all companies can claim the mantle as having one of the best jewelry websites, many things can help make that a reality.  For example, the best jewelry websites will have professional pictures of their fine jewelry. has an extensive online inventory of jewelry products.  Using old, messy and outdated pictures will only drive away customers.  Hence, it is imperative that your jeweler uses a professional photographer to capture the beauty of the item they are trying to sell.  Furthermore, the best jewelry website often times opts to display their best merchandise first.  Therefore, it is of the utmost importance to jewelry products to look their best online.

Presentation is Everything

When shopping online, presentation is everything.  Moreover, it may even be the only interaction the consumer has before making a purchase. For example, exclusively works with a jewelry photographer with extensive experience in photographing jewelry.

Great Online Reviews Make All the Difference

An indispensable part of your online presence is your reputation.  What other people say about your company has a tremendous effect on how consumers interact with your website.  You can make ostentatious claims about the greatness of your product, but if consumers are not sharing in those sentiments, it can be a detriment to your success.  It is of the utmost importance that your Yelp, Google, Twitter and Facebook pages have been claimed and are active.  These are the typically the most popular review sites a consumer may want to check out.  While reviews tell a large part of your business, interacting with your pages is also vital.

Social Media Interaction

By doing this you can keep up with customer’s requests and respond to reviews in a timely manner.  Moreover, they are many other prominent sites to consider when doing research while trying to find the perfect diamond engagement ring.  Such sites include wedding wire, Ivouch, Trustlink, the Better Busines Bureau, The Yellow Pages, The Insider Pages, and City Search.  It is important to request your customers to leave reviews.  Furthermore, explain to them how important reviews are for small businesses as they help inspire consumer confidence.  Lastly, vendors can highlight their positive reviews on their website and on social media platforms.

Investing in Social Media

As a business owner, it is a well-established fact that in order to grow your online presence you must have a social media presence.  Having a prominent social media presence will help grow your brand. Moreover, it does take a considerable amount of time, money, effort and strategy to develop this.  For example, in order to get a product viewed algorithms are used to target the right clientele.  This is done oftentimes by marketers using the “pay to play” marketing strategy.  This allows vendors to target specific demographics.  1800 Loose Diamonds has invested more than a considerable amount of time and content to the products available to see online.  Such media content includes promotional content of fine jewelry, customer testimonials and interesting and up to date news about the diamond and jewelry industry.

Developing a Brand Name has a large online presence with a solid brand and reputation.  Furthermore, developing a brand story is not easy as it requires taking time to garner a solid reputation. As well as crafting a product that has resonated with their clientele.  1800 Loose Diamonds was established in 1987 in the world-famous Los Angeles Jewelry District and is a family run business founded by David and Michelle Lamden.

About 1800 Loose Diamonds

Since opening, 1-800 Loose Diamonds has provided unrivaled customer service, price, quality merchandise, and overall satisfaction.  For example, 1-800 Loose Diamonds employs professionally trained diamond gemologists on site who have been certified by the Gemological Institute of America (G.I.A.).  Our goal is to provide high-quality jewelry merchandise and diamonds at the best prices on the market.  Additionally, our inventory provides all qualities of diamonds from flawless to industrial grades.


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December 22, 2019

Cuban Link Chains

Cuban Link Chains

Cuban link chains and cuban link necklaces come in a variety of styles to choose from.  They come in many different lengths, width, and materials.  For example, a diamond Cuban Link Chains can be found in silver, gold plated, 10k, 14k, and 18k gold.  For instance, the best way to describe a chain necklace would be that there are a series of linked loops with an interlocking pattern of metal wire.  The classic and most popular of chain styles are usually the Figaro chain and the Mariner Chain. Also, many styles of the Cuban link chain come with diamonds and are highly sought after.   Additionally, Cuban link chains can come in a variety of widths.  Such as 8 millimeters, 10 millimeters, and 12 millimeters.

Rose Gold Cuban Link Chain

A Cuban Link Chain can come in a variety of colors. For example, rose gold.


Styles of the Cuban Link Chain

A Miami style diamond link chain has a rounded look to it, and thick on both sides.  The Miami diamond link chain differs from the curb link and its weight and linking technique.  Note these two styles are both called of link chains however, they differ.  For example, the Miami Cuban link chain is also known in Spanish as Cadena de Eslavon Cubano.  Whereas, the curb standard curb style link chain typically has a thinner and flatter wall.   Another notable difference between the Miami style link chain and the regular curb link chains is the weight.  For instance,  a 10mm Miami Cuban chain with a length of 26” inches should weigh approximately 200 grams in 10k gold purity. Also, it is important to note that a 10mm chain curb link chain with 26” inches would weigh around 70 grams, a substantial difference in cost.

Cuban Link Chain

This is a Miami Diamond Cuban link chain. For example, this style is called Miami because of its origins. specializes in these chains.



Handmade Versus Machine Made Cuban Link Chains

Today, many necklaces and chains can be made using a machine.  For example, while the machines help to expedite the manufacturing process the quality of the jewelry is less substantial than handmade jewelry.  For example, handmade jewelry whether necklaces, chains or even diamond engagement rings are usually meticulously cared for and inspected.  Although machine-made chains are in high demand the price is reflecting of that.  For instance, handmade diamond chains are available but come with a significantly higher price tag.  For example, people who love antiques or vintage made jewelry prefer this.  Consequently, many quality jewelers today have done away with machine-made jewelry completely as to maintain their prestige.  Therefore, when searching for a link diamond necklace, buying handmade is of the utmost importance.  While the machines that have helped mass produce jewelry, the quality suffers tremendously.

Ideas for Buying a Cuban Link Necklace Gift for Men

In today’s high fashion world, many people are often looking for a gift for their significant other. offers a variety of styles of Cuban link chains at the very best wholesale prices.  Typically, a necklace is a great gift for anyone.  Likewise, right now the most trending type of diamond necklace would be the Cuban Link Chain.  Especially in the hip hop scene.  For example, this style of chain has been a staple of style since the early hip hop days.  For example, the most popular of the styles being the Miami Link Chain, as its origins and its popularity comes from the city of Miami.  Celebrities such as Rhianna and Jay Z are wearing this type of chain as an essential piece.


Size for Link Necklace

When buying a necklace, a consumer should know the size, color, metal purity and style they are after.  For example, this item is a Miami style rose gold necklace.

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