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Most Popular Christmas Gifts 2016 | A Christmas Soapbox Rant

Do a quick Google search on the top selling gifts ever, and you’ll notice something… The “most popular” gifts of yesteryear are the ones that got thrown out, replaced, and given away. How many of us are still enjoying Beanie Babies and Furbies? How many people are still playing original Gameboys and Xbox 360s? When the next gadget comes along, we move on. We forget that brief rush of excitement. We forget who gave us the gift. And we want… THE NEXT. SHINY. OBJECT. And that’s totally fine. The Christmas rush feels good. But – if I can rock the boat for minute here – Christmas is also about old fashioned things. Like love. And family. And, no matter what...

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Myths, Dangers, and FAQs of Buying a Diamond

Here is a smorgasbord of wisdom about on concerns, questions, and lesser-known dangers that you will face as you shop for a diamond.Let’s go:“THE SAME THING, ONLY CHEAPER”If something is significantly cheaper than the “same thing” somewhere else, it’s most likely not the same thing at all. If you skipped it, revisit this post and read about the misconceptions about grading systems and diamond “certificates.”The old saying “If it’s seems to good to be true, it probably is” is very true in jewelry. “I GOT A GREAT DEAL!”This has to do with “sales,” or the illusion of a sale, that you’ll find at many jewelry stores. Some stores will get products, give them a ridiculously high price for a few...

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Size Matters? Understanding Carat Weight when Buying a Diamond

If you follow the instructions about buying from a jeweler you trust, buying a diamond based on cut, and buying one that looks clean and white, then carat weight takes care of itself.You can simply buy the biggest diamond that your budget allows.It really is that easy. Go as big as you can, or want to. This brings up the age-old questions: Does size matter? And should you compromise on other factors to get a bigger size?Well... It depends. When most people say they want a "big" diamond, what they usually mean is a diamond that looks big and impressive. That perception can come down to cut and sparkle.When you buy a diamond that sparkles like crazy, it will look...

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Insider Diamond Secrets: Get More Value from Diamond Color & Clarity

There’s one important thing you need to know about diamond color and clarity: You don’t need an extremely high color or clarity grade to get a stunning diamond. When it comes to color and clarity, what most people want is a diamond that looks white and clean to the naked eye. You absolutely do not need a D color, Internally Flawless diamond to achieve that. The best way to explain this is with a crash course in how color and clarity grading are done. Below are the standard color and clarity grading charts from the Gemological Institute of America.GIA Color Grading ChartGIA Clarity Grading ChartTHE SECRET OF “THE HIGH-VALUE SWEET SPOT”People who have a bigger budget to work with may...

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