Guide to Caring for Your Jewelry

Jewelry is one of the most cherished accessories. Knowing how to care for your treasured jewelry can make a huge difference. Speaking of caring for your jewelry, given below are few tips on how to care for your precious jewelry.

Be Careful with Light and Heat

Light and heat can affect a gemstone’s color. Few gemstones like amethyst, kunzite, topaz and shell cameos have bad effect of direct heat. Delicate materials like ivory gets bleached under extreme exposure to light.

Amethyst Gemstone

Amethyst Gemstone

Keep the Jewelry Away from Chemicals

Exposure to chemicals can discolor gold, silver and platinum. Every day products like perfume, hairspray or lotion can discolor jewelry. Have you ever thought to that extent? Apart, jewelry should be taken off before getting into a swimming pool as well.

Treat Gems with Special Care

Colored gemstones  are treated to improve the appearance of color and clarity. Knowing if your gemstone is treated is the first step to know how to care for it.

Safest Cleaning Methods are the Easiest

Engagement Ring

Engagement Ring

Rather, the most interesting fact about jewelry care is that the safest cleaning methods are the easiest ones. Some colored gems can be cleaned with warm water, mild dish soap and a soft brush. Rinse your jewelry in a glass of water to remove cleaning solutions. Remember, with soft gems you need to use a new makeup brush and warm water to clean them.

They say jewelry is a woman’s best friend. So your jewelry should be cleaned frequently and checked in every six months. For more information, visit Alter’s Gem Jewelry or head over to www.hellodiamonds.com

Bridal Jewelry Trends For 2017

Bridal jewelry trends are always changing.  While flipping through an old catalog or fashion print book, you will certainly be able to identify the changes between modern and vintage fashion jewelry. It’s difficult for us to decide what are the differences exist, considering change happens at a rapid pace. Bridal Jewelry is no exception.

Diamond Rings

When we think of diamond rings, the image of a gold band and a mid-sized diamond in the center comes to mind.  There is a sense of glamour attached to it. There have been exciting new allowances in style that have given birth to modern wedding band styles. Eternity bands are one of the classiest versions of wedding bands. These bands include small diamonds, at least three in a row, set against a dark band. There are several variations used in creating various looks, but the basic set up keeps simplicity and modern glamour at the forefront of its design.

Diamond Eternity Bands Beaumont TX

Beautiful White Gold Diamond Eternity Band

Diamond Necklace

Layered necklaces are a hot trend in bridal jewelry this year, allowing you to mix and match several elements to create a visual appearance which is unique itself. For those have basic needs, classic strands of pearls never go out of style.

Beautiful Bracelets

Bare arms demand beautiful bracelets to bring your bridal ensemble together. Selecting bridal necklace, will make the selection for your bridal jewelry easy. If you have go with a bold and vivid cascade necklace, your selection in bracelets should be bold to balance your wedding day look.

Layered necklaces should be paired with bracelet clusters. An elegant tennis bracelet matched with a classic diamond pendant and matching earring is a classic bridal jewelry trend.

Diamond Bracelet Beaumont TX

Open Silhouette Diamond Bracelet

Head- Turning Earrings

Your bridal necklace will influence your choice of bridal earrings. If you have decided to go bold and brilliant with your necklace, don’t go over the top with the earrings. It should be sparkling, but lighter in design to avoid a “top -heavy” look. With classic diamond, a pair of drop earrings will highlight your bridal accessories.

Bridal jewelry has been a space of incredible invocation. Alter’s Gem Jewelry, a premium jewelry store in Beaumont, TX that sells an extensive collection of engagement rings, wedding bands and diamond bracelets in Texas. For more information, head over to www.hellodiamonds.com

Top 5 Gemstones : A Complete Guide

“Gemstones have a beauty unlike anything else, their color speak, say what words fail of.” To have a detailed insight into gemstones and its significance, check this detailed infographic below:

Top 5 Gemstone Guide

Birthstone Jewelry: Ideal Birthday Present for Someone Special

While you think, you have seen it all, there are options to please someone celebrating a birthday – whether it is a birthstone or any other piece of jewelry.

In simple words, you can give birthstone jewelry as a gift to make a birthday special. Birthstone jewelry is encompassed a lot more these days. In fact, rings, pins, bracelets, earrings, pendants, necklaces or any other jewelry, with the right birthstone would be the perfect choice. The larger the gem and the higher the level of design, the better. For instance, a 3- carat aquamarine set in a white gold ring with diamond accents is far-fetched from the tiny ring you may think off.

Every birthstone has a special meaning that could have a special connection for the person who wears it.  Ask your jeweler for custom jewelry design advice when choosing a special birthstone gift. You be given advice on how to select the stones, the metals and styles to design a unique birthday gift.

Hearts

A heart necklace, from a heart pendant to conventional heart shaped outlines in precious metals.

Diamond Heart Pendant

 

It is a Secret

Ask the jeweler to place a small diamond with the inside of a ring. It is a secret as only you and the wearer will know.

Inscription

If the wearer has a quality that you like, have it engraved on a piece of jewelry. A less conspicuous alternative is to engrave the word or a person’s name on the inside of the ring, or on the backside of a pendant.

Engraved Jewelry Piece

Design star

Ask your jeweler if you can work with you to choose from a several styles and decide which gemstone and metal the gift receiver would like.

Pair up

Couple rings are a fusion of the engrave and design a ring options, letting you modify a ring with the couple’s birthstones and if wanted, their engraved names.

Birthstone jewelry is unique and a nice gift to give someone. If in case you want to make one for yourself or anyone else, get in touch with Hello Diamonds.

Visit Alter’s Gem for further information on birthstone jewelry. Head over to www.hellodiamonds.com or call 409-861-3005 for further details.

Modern-Day Motherhood: Thanking Her with A Precious Gift

Mother’s Day celebrates motherhood, paying tribute to the caring roles of women and the support, care and love of families.

Changing Roles of Mothers

The role of mothers has shaped the way their kids live and who they have become, throughout human evolution. Motherhood has never been plain sailing and is often regarded as the hardest job.

A mother’s basic role was to ensure her child’s safety and security, in the early 1900’s.  Everyday life was tough and often revolved around strict schedules where mothers and children worked hard to support their families. As time progressed, a more natural approach to raising children was encouraged. A physical contact and affection become the new normal, and where moms stayed at home to take care of their kids while their husbands went to work.

Modern mothers have returned to work but the role of a mother is still filled with different challenges and responsibilities. The relationship women have with their mothers changed over time to become more open, less suppressed.

To thank your mother for making you the person you are today, the ideal jewelry gift for her would be a diamond or gold locket with a picture of you inside.

Heart Locket Alters

Heart Locket

A Love Story

A mother- daughter relationship is the original love story as it is filled with emotion. You adored her and wanted to be just like her as a toddler. Nothing more embarrassing than mom, as a teenager. As adults, it comes full circle and your mom becomes your best friend if you are lucky.

The shift in the relationship between mothers and daughters, is in part down, a less hierarchical approach to family relationship. Recent generation mothers have focused on becoming independent women through the freedom and empowerment in making decisions rather than outdated expectation passed down the generations. It becomes easier for children to see their mothers as individuals too.

Like Mother, Like Daughter

The way a mother raises her own child is influenced by her own childhood experiences, modern mothers have a much healthier relationship with their own mothers than their predecessors and look to their own mothers for advice on raising their kids. These modern family bonds turn into friendships that go beyond the traditional form of parenting.

Thanks to the earning power of today’s women, they can afford the luxuries of life to show their mothers how much they appreciate them. And what mother is not fond of jewelry and doesn’t want one that expresses the precious bonds of motherhood and families?

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a gratitude to the lady you love most. Come to Alter’s Gem Jewelry and explore our beautiful collection of diamond and birthstone jewelry pieces.

Adorable Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

A mother always holds a special place in a child’s heart. She is the one responsible for making you the person that you are today and she will be the one to always be by your side at the moments of distress. Show her how important she is to you and your love towards her by gifting her one of this adorable jewelry from our mother’s Day special edition collection.

Diamond Studs:

Nothing lifts the mood of a sulking day better than a pair of diamond stud earrings. Consider gifting a pair of classic diamond ear studs for your mom. These sparklers are sure to dazzle all your childhood memories together and will become the perfect epitome of your love and respect towards your mom. Consider the size of the solitaire diamond when purchasing the studs as the price of these diamonds is directly proportional to the size of the diamond.

Diamond Pendants:

Your mother has always been your guiding angel, she has helped you tread the most difficult path of your early years, and she had been there through thick and thin to help make you the person that you are today. Acknowledge the love of her and gift her elegant solitaire diamond pendant to show your appreciation and unconditional love towards her. This elegant classic piece of jewelry will make her feel proud to be a mom.

Mother Diamond Pendant

Unique Angel Wing Pendant:

Your mom is one of a kind woman in your life. Celebrate her uniqueness this mother’s day by gifting her unique angel wing pendant embellished with her birthstone. This angel wing pendant is symbolic of endurance, protection and unconditional love. Also, one can always customize these pendants with little messages engraved on them.

Angel pendant

Mother’s Ring:

A mother is always amused by the amount of love that she receives from her children. A mommy ring is just the right thing to amuse her this mother’s day. A mother’s ring in infinity knot, embellished with her birthstone alongside the birthstone of her children is the best gift a mother can ever get. This ring is a perfect epitome of the unconditional bond of love that the mother shares with her child.

So, get the perfect gift of love for your mom and express your love to her this mother’s day.

Visit Alter’s Gem for further information on diamond jewelry. Head over to www.hellodiamonds.com or call 409-861-3005 for further details.

Glamor and Elegant Engagement and Wedding Jewelry for Men

If women’s jewelry is termed as ‘glamor’, the word for men’s jewelry is ‘understated elegance’. Even though there is equalization of both the genders, flashy and sparkly stuff for men’s jewelry is in. Weddings and engagements are events where style still rules over flashy designs. So, the wedding and engagement jewelry has to be elegant and stylish at the same time.

There are a couple of things in the category men can choose from for themselves.

  • Men’s Diamond Band

Some of the most ideal and exclusive engagement and wedding jewelry for men is the diamond band. As rings don’t look graceful on a man’s finger, the diamond band is the next best thing. Like every piece of jewelry, the band has two kinds, the diamond band and the traditional wedding bands.

Men Wedding Band Alters

Men Wedding Band

Some of the most exclusive diamond bands are the ones in white. In most countries like India and the Middle East, yellow gold is the popular jewelry metal but in the US, the white metals are the ones that suit the men the most. The diamond studded rings are not studded with diamonds all around, unlike the women’s rings. The most exclusive designs in the men’s engagement and wedding jewelry collections are the ones with a single studded stone in the middle of the ring.

There are a few selections you can find online, and they look so good that you will have a hard time choosing the perfect one. There are a few selections like 14k white gold, 18k white gold, 14k yellow gold and so on, you can look at.  People often find jewelry at high prices at the malls and the same stuff for half the price online. With the vast difference in prices, they prefer buying stuff online.

  • Men’s Solid Wedding and Engagement Bands

These are common amongst the wedding fare around the world. Diamonds are not a part of the wedding culture for most families. They prefer the old tradition of exchanging solid wedding bands. For these families, the ideal options are the plain simple gold and platinum bands.  With the present times, the metals are changing and with the high benchmark, it has gained tremendous popularity all over the country.

Men Wedding Band Alters gem

People have access to exclusive metals like Titanium when it comes to their wedding and engagement jewelry. These days men are comfortable with diamond jewelry in whichever form. You know, it is a known fact that the minute someone thinks of jewelry, they automatically relate it to women. It is quite rare seeing a man wear any sort of accessories like earrings or a necklace.

Visit Alter’s Gem for further information on diamond jewelry. Head over to www.hellodiamonds.com or call 409-861-3005 for further details.

Estimating The Value Of Emerald

Here is a little guide for how to buy precious emerald and estimate its correct value.

Alters Infographic

 

Visit Alter’s Gem for further information on diamond jewelry. Head over to www.hellodiamonds.com or call 409-861-3005 for further details.

How To Ensure Maximum Cash For Your Jewelry?

There are a few moments in life when we feel compelled to sell our jewelry for some extra cash. Selling ones priced jewelry takes a lot of courage and letting go off. But more than letting go the emotional bonding, the person selling the jewelry is haunted with the mind-numbing question of getting a fair price for the jewelry?

Before we start giving you pointers on how to sell your prized possessions for the best deal, let’s first take a look at the facts that determine the price of the jewelry.

  • Estate jewelry or previously owned jewelry is not considered as valuable and as worthy as a new jewelry.
  • Classic Estate jewelry can still command a good price if it is in good condition and in fashion currently.
  • Vintage or antique estate jewelry is regarded as a collector’s item, and can surely get a premium price.
  • Last but not the least, you always get an amount lower than what you have spent on buying the jewelry.
White Round Cut Cushion Halo Diamond Vintage Engagement Ring

White Round Cut Cushion Halo Vintage Engagement Ring

Let’s begin with our little checklist for you to ensure that you do get a fair price for prized possessions.

  • Ensure that there should not be any damage done to the jewelry which you intend to sell. If there is some repairable damage, it should be fixed immediately.
  • Clean the jewelry with a gentle detergent using circular strokes with a soft toothbrush. Rinse it under water thoroughly and then carefully wipe it with a muslin cloth. If you are not sure of how to do it, then you can always seek professional help at a very reasonable charge.
  • Know the details about your jewelry in terms of the weight of metal used in making the jewelry; the weight, grade and rarity of the gemstone or diamonds used as this will help in determining the worth of your jewelry.
  • When you have made up your mind about selling your jewelry, then it is the time to visit certain jewelers who buy preowned jewelry. Visit at least three to four jewelry boutiques to know the real selling price of your worthy possessions. You should sell your jewelry to the store offering highest price.
  • Invoice of the jewelry carries all the details about the jewelry, the diamond and other gemstones used along with the authentication certificate of these, so it is always wise to carry them whenever visiting a potential buyer.
  • Auctioning off the Vintage and antique jewelry is an eminent way to get the most out of your pre-owned jewelry. One can always take the help of auction houses to do the deed.

With the above checklist in mind, you are sure to strike a good deal when selling your jewelry for cash. So, just relax and seize your opportunity for learning a new experience.

Visit Alter’s Gem for further information on diamond jewelry services. Head over to www.hellodiamonds.com or call 409-861-3005 for further details.

All About Promise Rings or Purity Rings

Promise Ring

A promise ring is a ring that shows a commitment of an individual towards the promise made. This is quite popular among the younger generations of the 21st century.

A promise ring is more adorned than a wedding ring but smaller in size when compared to an engagement ring. Promise rings can be found in diamonds, precious and semi-precious gemstones. A promise ring signifies two main uses: firstly, a commitment of a lifelong love towards a single partner and commitment to self-abstinence before uniting in holy matrimony.

Reasons to buy a promise ring:

  • Firstly, a promise ring is more affordable than engagement rings, so they are easy on the pocket for young couples who are yet struggling in establishing a career for themselves and help them to save themselves from getting into debts that would be difficult for them to pay off.
  • They are great for young couples who have strong feelings for each other but are not yet ready to enter into matrimony.
  • Promise rings are available for both him and her, as many couples like to wear coordinated promise rings as to show the world about their commitment to each other.
  • Individuals wear promise rings to signify their personal promise to an attainable goal or a personal pledge.

Promise Rings

Best Promise Ring:

  • A ring that sits comfortably on the wearer’s finger is the best promise ring. It should reflect one’s personal style statement. Couples who plan to wear the promise ring for a couple of years should invest in a good quality ring that stays intact and can withstand the daily wear and tear caused by wearing it day in and day out.

Choice of Metal:

  • Promise rings are supposed to be worn for a longer period of time, so it is important to choose the metal wisely.
  • Promise rings made of gold are subtle and usually do not cause any skin irritation.
  • If the expenditure is not a concern for you than investing in a platinum ring should be greatly considered as it looks extremely beautiful and stands the test of wear and tears quite well.
  • Another option would be of choosing rings in sterling silver or even white gold for those who don’t appreciate the look of yellow gold.

Promise Ring

Engraving:

Promise rings can be engraved with a message that signifies the promise on a personal level. They are also less adorned with diamonds and gemstones as they tend to signify the promise in the most subtle way.

Promise rings may be simple in appearance and small in size but they sure are great in the meaning of the promise to the wearer.

 For all your jewelry needs, browse Hello Diamonds and get GIA approved jewelry at the most approachable prices.