How Colored Gemstones are Valued

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Colored gemstones are a popular choice for jewelry, prized for their beauty and rarity. However, understanding how colored gemstones are valued can be a complex process. In this article, we’ll explore the factors that affect the value of colored gemstones. Read more about determining authenticity in gemstones in Westlake’s guide here Color Color is the […]

Diamond Engagement Rings: History and the 4Cs

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The modern diamond engagement ring as we know it today was popularized by De Beers, a diamond mining company. In the late 1930s, De Beers launched the famous “A Diamond is Forever” advertising campaign, which promoted the concept of diamond engagement rings as a symbol of eternal love. The campaign was a huge success, and […]

5 Jewelry Gifts to Say “I Love You” on Valentine’s Day

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It’s the one day of the year when love (and jewelry) is on everyone’s mind. And for many, it can be overwhelming. Maybe you’ve been married for years, you just started dating a couple of months ago, or you are in what some would call a “situationship”. No matter who you are, there can be […]

Westlake Gold’s Guide to Designer Diamond Jewelry Brands

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Diamond jewelry is an ever-growing market, and fine jewelry remains a big part of life’s biggest celebrations—engagements, weddings, coronations, graduations, job promotions, and more. Jewelry is a fitting tribute to moments we want to revisit and remember forever. Here is Westlake’s guide to diamond jewelry brands that pioneered the market today: Tiffany & Co. Tiffany […]

Determining Authenticity in Gemstones and Pearls

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When buying gemstones and pearls, it is important to know if they are genuine or an imitation. Valuation Very similar to how diamonds are priced, colored gemstones with better clarity will cost more per carat. Having a gemstone with a better cut is often worth a bit more, and the bigger the stone, generally, the more […]

Types of Gold Jewelry: A Brief Guide

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Learn more about different types of gold jewelry in our latest guide. Solid Gold Solid gold jewelry (colloquially referred to as ‘real gold’) is the most valuable form of jewelry you can buy. You’ll often see solid gold jewelry denoted as a number followed by ‘k’ or ‘ct’. For example, 9k gold or 9ct gold. This is referring […]

How do I know if my Gold Chain is Real? A Brief Overview

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A gold chain is a must-have timeless piece of jewelry regularly worn by both men and women for many occasions. Many people pay high prices for real gold chains for many reasons, including the items lasting longer, retaining more value as an investment, and often as a flex or symbol of wealth. The ancient Egyptians believed […]