2.00 Ct Pear Cut VVS1 Diamond Engagement Wedding Ring Solid 14k Yellow Gold

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2.00 Ct Pear Cut VVS1 Diamond Engagement Wedding Ring Solid 14k Yellow Gold

2.00 Ct Pear Cut VVS1 Diamond Engagement Wedding Ring Solid 14k Yellow Gold

Classic and elegant, this diamond engagement ring will win her heart – and her hand. Expertly crafted in cool 14K white gold, the eye is drawn. Heart shape diamond center stone standing tall in a traditional four-prong setting. Smaller round accent diamonds line the ring’s slender shank, completing the design. The perfect look for the sophisticated bride, this engagement ring captivates with 0.60 ct. t.w. of diamonds and a polished shine.

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Jewelry Buyer’s Guides

Welcome to the Zales Jewelry Buyer’s Guides! We’ve assembled a series of helpful articles and resources to assist you in your search for the ideal piece of jewelry. Whether you’re looking for a diamond engagement ring, a set of wedding bands or even a fashion pendant or earrings, our Jewelry Buyer’s Guide will provide you the information you wish to have to navigate the world of fine jewelry.


Selecting the perfect piece of jewelry requires careful consideration of style, personal taste and budget. Many times it can feel overwhelming to consider all the choices in metals, diamonds and gemstones. We understand how intimidating it can be. So we encourage you to peruse our buying guide which covers basic jewelry education and information on topics including:


With the knowledge gained from the Jewelry Buying Guide, you are able to with a bit of luck purchase that special piece for yourself or for a loved one. At Zales, it’s our goal to help you find that ring, necklace or bracelet that is as beautiful as it is meaningful.

Gemstone Jewelry Guide

Overview

Vibrant and sparkling, gemstones add color and brilliance to any jewelry wardrobe. Gemstones are found and appreciated nearly everywhere around the world, and the perfect gemstone has the ability to perfectly express one’s personal style.

Simply put, a gemstone is the naturally occurring form of mineral used for personal adornment. Throughout the ages, gemstones have represented wealth and power. Today, gemstones are an affordable way to shine.


Precious vs. Semi-Precious Gemstones

The impression that some gemstones are precious and others are only semi-precious is familiar to those who purchase colored stones. “Precious” stones were considered the big four – diamond, ruby, sapphire and emerald. These gemstones traditionally commanded higher prices due to their extraordinary color, brilliance and extreme rarity. All other gemstones were considered “Semi-Precious,” as they were thought to be less commercially valuable. Today, On the other hand, this distinction is considered insignificant due to the range of quality, availability, size and cost of gemstones in today’s marketplace.


Natural, Lab-Created and Simulated Gemstones

Genuine gemstones are those mineral varieties found or mined in natural settings. Like diamonds, natural gemstones contain impurities and imperfections that can diminish overall appearance and value.

Lab-created synthetic gemstones usually feature the same molecular composition to their naturally occurring mineral counterparts, but they are grown in a controlled laboratory environment. They are chemically, physically, and optically identical to gems found in nature, and there’s really no way to tell them apart. Lab-created gemstones feature the same to better brilliance as a natural gemstone, On the other hand, the laboratory cultivation process leads to less impurities and fewer imperfections. Lab-created gemstones don’t have the rarity of natural gemstones, which makes them more affordable.

Simulated gemstones are look-alike substitutes for genuine gemstones. Because simulated stones are imitation and not made from the same minerals, they cost less and usually have no flaws, but they may not behave in the same way as their natural counterparts with respect to brilliance, sparkle, hardness or longevity.

Zales uses both genuine and high-quality lab-created gemstones in its gemstone jewelry selections. All lab-created or simulated gemstones are clearly indicated in the product descriptions, so that you can not deceive the consumer.

Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness

Created by German geologist and mineralogist Friedrich Mohs, the Mohs scale determines hardness based on the ability of a harder mineral to scratch a softer mineral. For example, a diamond (hardness = 10) will scratch garnet (hardness = 6.5-7.5), but not the other way around. Therefore, a diamond is harder than garnet. Harder stones are best for jewelry that’s designed to be worn Continuously. There are other ways of judging hardness, but the Mohs scale continues to be used in the gemstone and mineral industry.

Birthstone Guide


Throughout the ages, people have had the desire to adorn themselves with items of beauty and significance, and birthstone jewelry has long been a preferred choice.


Civilizations including the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Persians, Incas and Aztecs strongly believed that gemstones possessed many attributes, including curative powers and even the power to convey the soul to peace in the afterlife. Even as the value of gemstones is consistent across history, the story of their integration as birthstones is less clear.

Interestingly, there’s no definitive source for the assignment of gemstones as individual birthstones by the world’s peoples. On the other hand, there are a selection of legends and lists that document differing groups of birthstones. They include:

  • Mythical birthstones are said to come from the ancient Tibetan culture and date back thousands of years.
  • Biblical birthstones were mentioned in the Bible’s Old Testament and suggests that the twelve birthstones can be traced to the twelve tribes of Israel.
  • Ayurvedic birthstones date back to ancient Indian culture and those who believed that specific stones have medicinal effects.
  • Zodiac birthstones have evolved over thousands of years as astrologers have assigned gems of certain colors to the twelve signs of the zodiac. These gems are thought to help people influence the planets in their favor.
  • Modern (traditional) birthstones came into existence 1912, when the American National Association of Jewelers developed the list as a way to settle on a standard. This list of traditional birthstones is still in use today.

Giving a gift of birthstone jewelry is both thoughtful and meaningful. And birthstone jewelry is perfect for most any occasion. Typically, birthstone jewelry is given on a special birthday, graduation day or even an anniversary. Birthstones are also used in personalized jewelry, including couple’s rings, mother’s rings and family rings and pendants. Continuously, a person’s birthstone is chosen as the center of their high school or even college class ring.

Clearly, birthstone jewelry continues to be a favorite for a wide range of reasons. It is attractive, meaningful, and offers the potential of positive mental and physical effects. For these and other reasons, consider the gift of birthstone jewelry 

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