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Friday, October 2, 2015

Infographic: How to Save on a Diamond – Prioritizing the 4 C’s

Fall is upon us, and this means engagement season is close behind. For those venturing into the world of diamonds for the first time, many will find buying one can often be an intimidating process. The initial step usually entails familiarizing yourself with The Four C’s (Color, Clarity, Cut, and Carat Weight) and how these characteristics are used to determine a diamond’s worth. Once you’re well versed on the fundamentals, the question then becomes: “How do I find the best value within my budget?”. To answer that, we’ve put together the following infographic below providing a refresher on the Four C’s as well as tips to finding the “sweet spot” in each category in order to save a considerable amount without sacrificing on a stone’s visible quality.

How to Save on a Diamond: Prioritizing the 4 C's

Below are a few key takeaways:


More expensive diamonds have little to no color. A diamond’s color is graded using a system of letters. A higher letter means that the diamond has less color. D – F diamonds are considered colorless or near perfect. While diamonds in the G – J category are those that are near colorless. If you’re on a budget, find a diamond that sticks to the G – J category. The difference is often negligible and you’ll end up saving a small fortune.


Most diamonds come with natural blemishes, inclusions, or a general cloudiness. Clarity refers to the lack of these inclusions. The higher the clarity, the fewer the marks. Clarity grade ranges from FL, a perfect diamond, to I3, obvious, visible inclusions . If you go for something between VS2 and SI2, you’ll save quite a bit of money without a noticeable difference to the naked eye.


The cut of a diamond refers to its proportions and finish, both of which are used to capture and reflect light. It’s difficult to budge on a diamond’s cut. Lower cut diamonds will drastically decrease the visible quality. You’re better off spending more money on a higher cut diamond and saving as much as possible on the other C’s.


The weight and size of a diamond is measured in carats. However, it’s important to note that prices increase significantly at every whole carat. For diamonds under 2.00ct, they also increase greatly at every .50 carat. As an example of how one can save, shoot for a diamond that’s just less than 1 carat, such as .9 carat or .85 carat. You’ll be able to trim the total price without a visible difference.

On a side note, the shape of a diamond can also help you get the most out of your money. Fancy shaped diamonds or those with geometrical shapes will make your diamond look larger than round diamonds. Additionally, if you invest in a ring setting with a halo, your diamond will look larger and more brilliant.

posted by Firenze Jewels at 3:44 pm  

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Top 5 Wedding and Engagement Ring Trends for 2015

2015 Wedding and Engagement Rings


With wedding season in full swing, new bridal jewelry trends have emerged shaping purchasing decisions. Based off customer feedback and inquiries we’ve put together a list of five top trends for wedding and engagement rings in 2015:

Fancy shaped center diamonds such as cushion and asscher have taken the limelight. Many subsequent bridal jewelry trends for 2015 revolve around these new favorites.

Fancy cut centers are often being paired with classic style settings featuring modern clean lines. The halo setting continues to be a top engagement ring style, particularly among budget-conscious couples looking to maximize a diamond’s brilliance.

Fancy shapes have made their way into wedding rings as well. Eternity rings remain a top style with fancy shaped diamonds going all the way around matching or complimenting their engagement ring’s center stone. The growing stackable ring trend has also influenced wedding ring selections as couples consider how a wedding band fits with an existing piece.

Antique style rings continue to be favorite choice. There is still a great appreciation for pieces featuring elaborate milgrain detailing. Intricate etching and designs have also extended into men’s wedding bands as well.

Platinum and white gold remain the top metals of choice, but combining white metal with a hint of rose gold has also been a growing trend this year.

Lastly, here are a few tips for creating the perfect bridal ring set: For a seamless feel, we recommend looking for a wedding band with similar contours as the engagement ring. Also be sure to choose the same metal type. It’s ok to get creative, but just note that a wedding band typically should not overpower an engagement ring.

Which is your favorite bridal jewelry trend for 2015?

posted by Firenze Jewels at 3:05 pm  

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July

Wishing you a Happy 4th of July!

Please note our showroom will be closed July 3rd and July 4th.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Lucky in Love

Happy St. patrick's day

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Oscars 2015 Jewelry Highlights

Hollywood’s leading ladies brought out their biggest and brightest jewels for the 87th Academy Awards. Bold gemstone earrings and statement diamond necklaces commanded the most attention on the red carpet. See our picks for Best Jewelry at the 2015 Oscars:

Margot Robbie The Zip Antique Colombine necklace

Focus star Margot Robbie opted for plunging black Saint Laurent gown with sheer sleeves and sported a sleek new long bob. The actress paired the gown with The Zip Antique Colombine necklace inspired by the Duchess of Windsor in the 1930s. The nekclace contained 150 diamonds and 300 sapphires set in 18k yellow gold and featured a fully functional zipper.

Naomi Watts earrings

Academy Award Presenter Naomi Watts radiated in a shimmering black and silver Armani Privé dress. Watts, who was part of the all-star cast in Oscar winning film Birdman, accessorized with a striking pair of art deco inspired dangle earrings featuring over 50 carats of sapphires surrounded by round brilliant cut white diamonds 55.90ctw in white gold.

Lupita Nyong'o Oscars 2015 earrings

One of the most talked about looks of the evening, Lupita Nyong’o glistened in a custom ivory Calvin Klein gown embelished with an astonishing 6,000 white pearls. The gown reportedly took hundreds of thousands of hours to create and many fittings. Nyong’o completed her look with a pair of teardrop diamond earrings.

Julianne Moore Oscars 2015 earrings

Best Actress Oscar winner Julianne Moore wore a custom beaded white Chanel gown featuring 80,000 small white hand painted resin sequins. Moore’s sleek updo revealed a set of pear-shaped diamond cluster earrings 14.38ctw set in platinum.

Gwenyth Paltrow Oscars 2015 earrings

Oscar Winning Actress & Presenter Gwenyth Paltrow donned a pale pink custom Ralph & Russo dress with a large rose motiff on her left shoulder. Although the dress received much criticism, she scored big with jewelry. G.P.’s straight slick back hair revealed bold pair of ‘Fire Phoenix’ earrings consisting of two pear-shaped cabochon rubellites weighing 101 carats surrounded by an array of white and yellow diamonds, blue, pink and purple sapphires, spinels and paraiba tourmalines in white gold. The star also wore a ring featuring a rare 6.27ctw pigeon-blood Burmese Ruby with white and pink diamonds set in white and rose gold.

Nicole Kidman Oscars 2015 diamonds

Nicole Kidman accented her shimmering Louis Vuitton dress with over $7 million worth of diamonds. The baubles included a pair of emerald cut diamond studs 7.11ctw set in platinum, a diamond and platinum bracelet 82.14ctw, an emerald cut diamond and platinum ring 16.5ctw, and a 5.36ctw diamond and platinum band.

Reese Witherspoon oscars 2015 earrings

Best Actress in a Leading Role nominee Reese Witherspoon accessorized a black and white Tom Ford dress with a pair of  floral inspired diamond and platinum cluster earrings, three diamond and platinum rings and a diamond and platinum six row bracelet.

Anna Kendrick OScars 2015 necklace

Anna Kendrick accessorized with marquis and pear-shaped diamond cluster earrings and a diamond five row necklace perfectly tucked into the collar of her custom peach Thakoon dress.

Dakota Johnson Oscars 2015 diamonds

50 Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson paired a bright red Saint Laurent gown with over 100 carats of diamonds worth $2 million. The stunning gems included a pair of 10 carat diamond stud earrings, a 13.56ctw radiant cut diamond ring and a Forevermark by Natalie K The Center of My Universe™ 11.32 ctw three row bracelet stacked with two other diamond bracelets from the Forevermark line.

Jennifer Hudson Oscars 2015 earrings

Jennifer Hudson arrived in a strapless yellow Romona Keveza column dress accented with a bold pair of diamond and emerald earrings.

posted by Firenze Jewels at 3:33 pm  

Friday, January 30, 2015

Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

The Ultimate Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Introducing our Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift Guide. The gift of fine jewelry is a timeless expression of love. Finding the right piece however, can sometimes prove to be daunting. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a scintillating collection of jewelry pieces that are a surefire way to win her heart on the 14th.

Click on the images below to shop the collections, or explore the full gift guide in the link above.

diamonds by the yard necklaces

A Touch of Brilliance

Wear one alone, layered or paired with a favorite pendant. Diamonds by the yard necklaces are an everyday jewelry piece that will certainly delight.

Ear Candy

Diamond hoop earrings have an effortless way of adding a dash of stylish flair any woman can appreciate.

Diamond Hoop Earrings
Diamond Stackable Rings Stack With Sparkle

Tell your love story through a unique collection of stackable rings. Compliment a wedding ring or mix and match creating a style your very own.

Sweeter Than Chocolate

Desired for its soft, warm hue, and excellent price point, rose gold jewelry makes an exquisite addition to any jewelry collection.

Rose Gold Jewelry
Charles Krypell Ivy Love Collection Express Your Love

The Ivy Love Collection by Charles Krypell features a selection of beautifully handcrafted pieces with a discreet yet powerful message expressing your love.

posted by Firenze Jewels at 3:46 pm  

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

2015 Golden Globes Jewelry Winners

Shoulder grazing chandelier earrings and icy white diamond statement pieces were clear favorites among Hollywood’s leading ladies at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards. View the top jewelry highlights of the evening and vote below:


Naomi Watts Golden Globes 2015

Naomi Watts radiated in a canary yellow strapless Gucci dress paired with a pavé-set diamond serpent necklace weighing 76 carats in 18k white gold. The Aussie actress seems to be creating a signature look with serpent jewelry. We’ve spotted the star on at least two other occasions wearing similar pieces.


Julianne Moore  Golden Globes 2015
Golden Globe winner Julianne Moore shimmered in a Givenchy Haute Couture metallic gown. The Still Alice star accessorized with over 80 carats of diamonds including a 44 carat asscher cut diamond bracelet, a diamond eternity ring 7.7ctw, an oval shaped diamond eternity ring 4.74ctw and a second diamond bracelet 24.3ctw.


Reese Witherspoon Golden Globes 2015
Although Reese Witherspoon didn’t snag Best Actress in a Drama award, she scored big in the jewelry category. The Wild star accessorized a silver Calvin Klein gown gleaming with metallic beads with over $1 million in diamonds. The dazzling baubles included a pair of diamond platinum earrings ($600,000), a diamond bangle bracelet ($200,000) and a diamond platinum ring 6.75ctw ($695,000).


Jessica Chastain Golden Globes 2015
Golden Globe nominee Jessica Chastain glowed in dark bronze Atelier Versace gown. Her loose waves hairstyle inspired by vintage Hollywood glamour, revealed a pair of diamond chandelier earrings featuring 194 round brilliant cut white diamonds 12.91ctw in 18k white gold.


Laura Prepton Golden Globes 2015
Orange is the New Black star Laura Prepon opted for a black Christian Siriano gown accessorized with Simon G Jewelry. The pieces include a diamond fringe necklace, a pair of diamond dangle earrings in 18k white, two diamond rings featuring white, rose and yellow gold and a two tone diamond bangle.


Jennifer Lopez Golden Globes 2015
Jennifer Lopez donned a silver art deco inspired Zuhair Murad dress complete with cape. JLo chose a bold pair of diamond chandelier earrings and a three stone diamond ring to accent her look.


Amal Clooney Golden Globes 2015
Amal Alamuddin wore a black Dior Haute Couture dress with a pair of white gloves she sewed herself. Mrs. Clooney completed her look with a pair of 26.62 carat diamond chandelier earrings in platinum.


Viola Davis  Golden Globes 2015
Golden Globe nominee Viola Davis paired a crystal embroidered red strapless Donna Karan dress with a 39 carat vintage diamond and platinum bangle.


posted by Firenze Jewels at 3:03 pm  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Ring in the New Year

Ring in the New Year

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