online reviews

How to Buy Jewelry from Flash Sale Sites Like Gilt Groupe, Hautelook, Ideeli, Rue La La, Ajaline and More…

It seems like a perfect fit: you, a retail-is-for-suckers kind of person, plus gorgeous designer jewelry at 25-75% off the suggested retail price should equal a match made in heaven, right? But…

Retailer Spotlight: Review of IcedOrchid.com

I get approached by a number of online retailers, wanting to get a mention or a link. But unless I have personal experience with ordering and receiving great quality merchandise, I can’t in good conscience recommend someone or something sight-unseen. So when…

Review of iDiamonds iPhone Application

A new diamond price application for iPhone users launched recently. Called iDiamonds, the app states that it wants to be “The Suggested Retail Price for Consumers”. It has…

Review of I Do Now I Don’t.com and Portero.com

I still get a lot of questions from people about how to sell their jewelry. I recently wrote a post about it, outlining some channels you can use, and steps to make it as painless as possible. I have since discovered a couple…

Virtual Purchase: Great Quality $2000 Round Diamond

Last week, I helped a friend search for a diamond. Unfortunately, she lost her diamond from the setting, due to prongs breaking on her ring (fairly common, see my recent post about…

Virtual Purchase: 3-Stone Diamond Ring

What:  For this Virtual Purchase, I am focusing on a ring with 3 round diamonds: a center diamond that is larger, with proportionally smaller round diamonds on the sides, in white gold or platinum in several total weights (adding all the carat weights of the stones together, abbreviated as TW):  1/2 ct TW, 1 ct TW, and 2 ct TW.  I didn’t [...]

Designer Spotlight: Mark Patterson

Mark Patterson creates beautiful jewelry in colored gems and diamonds.  I worked with his designs for a number of years when I was with a couple of independent jewelers.  The first designs I fell in love with were mostly colored gemstones that were used with varying intensities and pave-set into designs that showed off the amazing [...]

Virtual Purchase: 1/2 Carat TW Round Diamond Stud Earrings

Several times a month, I am going to do a “virtual purchase” of a piece of jewelry.  I will  articulate a jewelry purchase scenario, and go through the decision-making process of what, how and where I choose to “purchase” the item. What:  This week’s virtual purchase will be a pair of 1/2 carat tw (total weight) [...]

Virtual Purchase: 1 Carat Round Diamond

Several times a month, I am going to do a “virtual purchase” of a piece of jewelry.  I will  articulate a jewelry purchase scenario, and go through the decision-making process of what, how and where I choose to “purchase” the item. What:  This week I am looking for a 1.00 carat round diamond, loose.  My “customer” wants [...]

Online Review: Amazon.com Cuff Links

It was my husband’s birthday this past week, and I needed gift ideas.  For men, there just aren’t a lot of options for jewelry gifts.  I just did a blog on Women’s Jewelry Essentials, but Men’s Essentials make a much shorter list: Wedding Band, Watch, Cuff links, maybe a nice Pen.   Where to begin… Luckily, he [...]