product review

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…

Celebrate Mom: Jewelry Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

While I cringe a little at the nature of each new retail holiday replacing the last (February 15th? Sweep away that V-day merchandise and get the St. Patrick’s Day stuff out!), this is one Holiday that I can get behind. I mean, everyone knows that Mom…

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…

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 [...]

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 [...]