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Summer is the time to let loose, enjoy friends and family, and have some serious fun, but all that action can have an unwanted effect on your baubles. Arming yourself with proper jewelry care techniques ensures that you can keep your jewels safe and in top condition so that you are free to do what really matters – have fun! 

Jewelry Care Tips to Avoid Hidden Dangers

Summer means lots of beach time, lots of pool time, and lots of sunshine. Unfortunately, that also means lots of hidden dangers for your jewels. While a dainty diamond necklace and some dazzling gold hoop earrings pair perfectly with a cute summer dress and sandals, many summer activities can do serious damage to your delicate jewelry.

Before You Make A Splash

The harsh chlorine of the swimming pool and the corrosive saltwater at the beach can be damaging to your ring’s stones and metals, while the sunscreen you are sure to be lathering on will be equally destructive. The same goes for bug spray. All of these harsh liquids, even perfume, can not only give your lovely jewelry an unpleasant sticky surface, but can tarnish the shine on the metals and dull the sparkle on your stones. Do your favorite accessories a favor and keep them off while swimming and sunbathing.

Summer Heat Waves

The warm summer weather itself doesn’t do your jewelry any favors. Not only do we sweat more in the summer, which can leave dirty residue and body oils behind on our jewels, but the humidity can cause precious metals to tarnish more quickly than they otherwise would. Proper care is a necessity under these harsh conditions.

No matter how cautious you are, keeping your jewelry cleaned is extremely important. Wipe each piece off after use with a soft, damp towel and be sure to follow up with a professional cleaning once your vacation is through to catch any damaging residue that you may have missed.

Careful Packing Can Extend the Life of Your Jewelry

One of the biggest jewelry problems of the summer is how to travel with your jewels – pick pieces that are versatile enough to mix and match yet luxe enough to dress up even the most casual of summer outfits so you don’t have to travel with your entire jewelry collection. 

The safest way to pack your jewelry for travel is in a cloth jewelry roll, which allows you to keep everything in one convenient location yet safely separated so pieces don’t get tangled or scratched. They roll up neatly and take up little room, letting you bring your favorite summer accessories along without sacrificing valuable suitcase space.

DIY Jewelry Packing Options

If you want to skip the extra expense, you can always fashion your own roll out of a soft towel. Simply lay out your rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings and roll up the towel, tying down the sides to secure everything in place. Tuck the towel into your bag and hit the road! 

Safety Is Always a Top Priority

When we go on vacation or out with friends we like to be seen in our best but keep safety in mind this summer as you head out for some fun. Expensive jewelry like sparkling diamond necklaces or shimmering ruby earrings are not only at risk of getting lost or damaged but can attract a lot of the wrong kind of attention. 

If you’re planning on being in an area you aren’t familiar with or doing something hazardous to your jewels like swimming in a chlorine pool, consider leaving your jewelry off until conditions are more favorable. If you are staying in a hotel, take advantage of an in-room safe so that there is no risk of your precious pieces becoming lost or stolen when you aren’t wearing them.

For added security and peace of mind don’t forget to insure your fine jewelry. While it won’t get your precious possessions back, insurance will help replace them if lost or stolen. Be sure to review your coverage carefully so you know what is and isn’t covered, and check with your favorite jeweler for policy recommendations.  

Let Ella Rose Help You Spice Up Your Summer Wardrobe 

Now that you know how to care for your jewelry while you soak up the summer sun and fun, it’s time to head over to Ella Rose to spice up your summer wardrobe with some exquisite new pieces for your collection. Visit us online today to explore the season’s hottest trends, such as this adorable moissanite bolo bracelet that will pair perfectly with any summer outfit. Our risk-free shopping experience makes sure that you are 100% happy with your purchase. 

At Ella Rose, our mission is to provide customers with affordable fine jewelry made from ethically sourced materials, making it easy to find jewelry that you love. 

Moissanite has become an extremely sought after diamond alternative! Ella Rose wants to provide you with the knowledge you need before purchasing a lab grown diamond or  moissanite. Read about how both of these stunning gemstones are created and their benefits below!

How are Lab Made Diamonds Created?

It is crucial to understand the growth process of a naturally-mined diamond in order to interpret how lab diamonds are grown. The two processes are nearly identical– except one takes place in a lab, while the other is done beneath the earth’s surface.

It is believed that diamonds began to manifest underground where carbon dioxide was trapped approximately 100 miles down below billions of years ago. When carbon dioxide meets temperatures greater than 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit, while under at least 727,000 pounds of pressure per square inch, diamonds begin to rise closer to earth’s crust via volcanic explosion. From there, the diamonds are mined and sold to manufacturers, where they are sorted, cut, polished and graded. 

Lab grown diamonds can be created utilizing two different processes. One of them is High-Pressure-High-Temperature (HPHT) and the other is Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD). HPHT diamonds can be created by using three machines, providing the incredibly high temperatures and pressure that is essential in the creation of a diamond. A small diamond seed is placed into a carbon environment, exposing it to high-pressures and temperatures. The carbon begins to melt and proceeds to form a diamond. CVD diamonds are created a bit differently because it’s typical to use a thin slice of an HPHT-generated diamond that is then sealed in an 800-degree chamber filled with carbon-rich gas. Ionization is used to break down the molecular bonds found in the gases, causing the pure carbon to cling to the seed, which begins to crystalize. Therefore, we are left with another pure carbon diamond.

 

Benefits of a Lab Grown Diamond

Lab-made diamonds have a few benefits that you should take into consideration. For starters, diamonds grown in a laboratory leaves a smaller ecological footprint than diamonds that are mined simply because you’re not leaving behind a large hole in the earth’s crust. In addition, lab-grown diamonds are always going to be ethically-sourced because there are zero conflicts involved in the growing process since it’s all done in a laboratory. Not to mention, cultured diamonds are financially attainable because the supply and demand is consistently a non-issue due to mass production. Physically and chemically, lab diamonds are not different from natural ones. However, due to the fact that they are created in mass quantities in labs, they are less expensive than earth diamonds.

 

What is Moissanite? 

Moissanite is not a diamond, rather, an entirely different gemstone! Moissanite is best described as a naturally occurring silicon carbide crystal and often referred to as the gemstone from the stars due to its magnificent brilliance. In 1893, Moissanite was discovered by Henri Moissan while he was examining rock samples from a meteor crater in Arizona.  Natural Moissanite is incredibly rare, therefore, the Moissanite used in jewelry today is created in a laboratory. After several years of trial and error, Moissanite production has been perfected, leading to a significant increase in quantity. 

Moissanite is crafted from silicon carbide, which is extremely rare. It has only been found in a few environments, which includes meteors, the Green River Formation in Wyoming, and occasionally as inclusions inside diamonds. Due to its rarity, all moissanite products made today are created using a lab-created synthetic version of silicon carbide. The process of creating moissanite uses a patented thermal growing process. 

Comparing Moissanite and Lab Grown Diamonds

When held side-by-side, the two are similar, but not identical. For starters, moissanite is close, but still not quite as hard as a diamond. However, moissanite does provide incredible durability. In fact, moissanite is perfectly suitable for everyday wear, which is why many people choose it as a center stone for their engagement ring. Also, this gemstone has a higher brilliance than diamond. Not only does moissanite have a different faceting pattern, but it also radiates a rainbow-like iridescence in certain lighting. With a higher refractive index than diamond, some find the colorful sparkle of this stone to be mesmerizing, while others find it to be too colorful when compared to a diamond. Moissanite is significantly less expensive than a lab-created diamond, which oftentimes leads people to believe this is a direct correlation to the quality of the stone. However, the true reason for their attainable cost has to do with the fact that they can be created in mass quantities in a fairly short amount of time. Therefore, the supply for moissanite will likely never compromise it’s demand.

Shop Ella Rose!

Ella Rose welcomes you to explore our collection of premiere moissanite engagement rings, fashion rings, necklaces and more! Visit us online or give us a call for inventory inquiries or speak to one of our certified gemologists for more information on moissanite and lab-grown diamonds.

Impact of Diamonds on Environment

The Diamond Impact

The diamond mining process has caused controversy for many years. The current practices of diamond mining have caused immense damage to the environment and several economies. The most well-known diamond mines are located around Africa. However, diamond mining happens all over the world, including the United States.

Environmental Issues

To mine one carat of diamond, you must move 1,750 tons of earth. There is little regulation in other countries, resulting in irreversible damage. From river pollution to large sinkholes, the damage doesn’t stop there. Between 1956 and 2003, river pollution increased by 36% in some areas. After serving their purpose, many diamond mines are left unrepaired. When this happens, erosion takes place causing the wholes to grow even larger. Beyond losing land area, the pollution resulting from diamond mining also leaves long-term effects. Once a mine closes, there’s little obligation for the company to repair the land area they have destroyed.

Economics in the Diamond Business

For many people, diamonds symbolize the backbone of their wealth. This fortune comes at a cost, though. Sometimes diamond mines are located in poverty-stricken warzones. Diamonds produced in those mines are called “Blood Diamonds.” Their name means they are oftentimes sold to finance insurgencies. Many conflicts in the diamond industry have caused civil wars, violence, and unfathomable damage to many lives.

When you zoom in on who is actually profiting, you begin to realize that it’s not the miners that are risking their lives day in and day out. It’s the diamond manufacturers that are seeing direct profits. The diamond business in Africa has led to several civil wars, resulting in countless casualties. It’s extremely common for wars to break out in the diamond mining areas and the government does little to nothing to put it to an end. Even though the profits from diamond mining have a huge pay off in many countries, the people risking their lives will likely never see this fortune. By knowing where your diamonds come from, you’re helping to change the cycle.

Responsible Diamond Mining

In the best cases, regulations are involved and companies are held responsible for their actions, resulting in responsible diamond mining. Here at Ella Rose, we source our diamonds from places who participate in responsible diamond mining. By choosing an Ella Rose ring, you are supporting ethical and responsible sourcing. You’re also giving back to your own economy.  Therefore, by saying no to diamonds that pose as a threat to the economy, you are choosing to support responsible diamond mining.

For years, diamonds have been the symbol of love, commitment, and unity. Purchasing the perfect diamond can be overwhelming and exciting all at the same time. You are taking your relationship to the next level and committing yourself to the one you love. Ella Rose makes it easy for you to not only commit to her but also to commit to the planet in which we live.

Eight Things Nobody Tells You About Buying an Engagement Ring

You’ve found the person that supports you in all of your endeavors, makes you laugh uncontrollably and loves you unconditionally. You know they are the missing piece to your puzzle and you can no longer imagine your life without them in it. You’re ready to take your relationship to the next level and pop the big question. Finding the perfect ring seems a bit overwhelming and the last thing you want to do is disappoint your significant other. A ring is a lifetime and we’ve come up with a foolproof guide to help you become an expert buyer before you even step foot in the door.

Research, Research, Research

You would be amazed to learn how much research goes into purchasing an engagement ring. You should become knowledgeable on the four C’s (cut, color, clarity, and carat), to choosing the correct metal for the ring setting. Before you start looking to buy, you should figure out a basic idea of what you want. Pick out a canter gemstone, stone shape, metal and style or setting. Spend time talking to the jeweler and learning about the quality of each gemstone to ensure that you are getting the best quality within your budget.

Diamond’s Aren’t Always a Girl’s Best Friend

The wedding industry in perpetually evolving and more couples are choosing alternative gemstones rather than diamonds. With modern generations being so experience-based, many couples would rather save that large sum of money to travel, buy a home, or start a family. Today, alternative gemstones range anywhere from moissanite to sapphire. So, explore your options and find the gemstone that best suits your style and your budget.

It’s Time to Call in the Ladies

It’s amazing how blind you may have been to the subtle hints she’s been casually dropping about engagement rings. But don’t worry because behind every girl there’s a best friend who knows every detail. It’s essential to make it special, so getting the approval from her longtime friends could never hurt. They will give you the confidence boost you need before you pop the question and you’ll know that the ring is perfect.

Stick to Your Budget

Engagement rings are expensive. Your ring doesn’t have to break the bank though. Set a budget and stick to it. You may discover yourself becoming sidetracked by a selection of more expensive rings that are way out of your budget. Stick you your gut and don’t feel pressured to spend more than what’s feasible to your situation.

Ask Permission No Matter What

No matter how long you’ve known your significant other’s parents. It will be a bit awkward to ask their permission for their daughter’s hand, but its the right thing to do. Although, it may seem like an outdated tradition, many people continue to honor it. Her parents will likely gain even more respect for you because it takes a lot of courage to stand up for what you love.

It’s All About Her, But It’s About You Too

This experience is going to change both of your lives forever, and the ring should serve as a reflection of your relationship. Marriage brings two whole people together to create one unique unity. Keep that in mind while you are mentally preparing for one of the biggest moments of your life. The engagement ring you choose should be about what she wants, but should also represent a part of you too. That way, every time she glances down at it, she is reminded of your love and devotion to her.

Plan the Proposal

Once you have the ring in your hand, it’s time to start planning out your proposal. think about some of the special places the two of you have shared special moments. Figure out which people you want present to celebrate with you after she says yet. Maybe you want both of your parents present to see the raw emotion on her face. It’s also a good idea to hire a photographer to be hidden to capture this unforgettable moment and of course that gorgeous ring.

Don’t Stress

These tips are designed to take the stress of the unknown out of the equation. We’ve gone over everything you’ll need to know as you begin your journey. Whatever you do, don’t stress yourself out over it. Relish in all of the magic that this moment has to offer. This is the beginning of a brand new, magical adventure and you should enjoy all it has to offer.

 

Sunset Safari

On September 20th, the Nashville Zoo hosted an event called the Sunset Safari. Ella Rose had the opportunity to attend as a benefactor and show our support! Therefore, the Sunset Safari was an excellent way to continue our efforts in standing up for the Conservation Act. Except this time, on a more local level.

What the Nashville Zoo Means to Ella Rose

The Nashville Zoo is home to over 350 different animal species and a frequent hot-spot for the King’s family. Founders, David and Kristy, love bonding with their three-year-old son, Mason at the zoo. Teaching Mason to have a positive relationship with animals has always been a priority for them. Hence, why they hold annual passes. With another little one on the way, they wanted to take their involvement to the next level and become a sponsor for such a precious cause.

The Nashville Zoo’s mission is to inspire a culture of understanding and discovery of our natural world. Through conservation, innovation, and leadership, these values are adjacent to those of Ella Rose.  The King’s want their children to grow up loving nature and appreciating all it has to offer. David and Kristy King want to pass down the essential importance of learning to conserve the land and protect animals, to their children.

Conservation Fund

Ella Rose’s mission is the dream to create timeless, affordable and ethically sourced wedding rings. Through their love of science and nature, brothers David and Jonathan King, chose to create precious heirlooms utilizing natural-colored gemstones and lab-grown moissanite. Not to mention, five percent of the proceeds from each Ella Rose purchase is directly donated to the Conservation Fund for environmental preservation.