EDUCATION

EDUCATION

Find expert guidance on diamonds and jewelry. Learn the 4Cs of diamonds, how to buy an engagement ring, and what factors determine the price of a ring. From precious metals to jewelry gift ideas, we give you the tools you need to make the right choice.

HOW TO BUY AN ENGAGEMENT RING

See how to select the perfect ring for your beloved. Learn the difference between a solitaire and a halo style, as well as how to decide on a budget.

THE 4Cs OF DIAMONDS

Let's begin with what are called the "4 C's" of diamonds- Carat (weight), Clarity (purity), Color and Cut. Together, they help determine the beauty and value of a stone.

HOW TO BUY A WEDDING RING

Your wedding rings symbolize your union, commitment, and love for one another.
Choose a ring that you'll cherish wearing every day through all the years ahead and the many memories you'll create together.

GIFT BUYING GUIDE

A gift of jewelry can say so much. A simple "I love you", a tender "I miss you", or a "just because." Whatever the occasion, Neves Jewelers can help you find the perfect gift.

PRECIOUS METAL GUIDE

See the differences between platinum, gold, palladium and cobalt. Learn which metals are hypoallergenic and which make the perfect choice for an engagement ring.

JEWELRY CARE

There are easy ways to keep your rings and other jewelry sparkling—and a few tips you should take to protect the diamonds and gemstones from being lost. See our suggested cleaning tips and recommended jewelry checks below, or simply bring your valuable jewelry to us regularly for cleaning and inspection.

Pearls

Pearls can be round, oval, pear-shaped, or baroque. Necklaces are classified as either uniform, where all pearls are approximately the same size, or graduated, where the size of the pearls changes uniformly from both ends toward the center.

Birthstones

January: Garnet

January: Garnet

The garnet group of related mineral species offers gems of every hue, including fiery red pyrope, vibrant orange spessartine, and rare intense-green varieties of grossular and andradite.

February: Amethyst

February: Amethyst

Purple variety of the mineral quartz, often forms large, six-sided crystals. Fine velvety-colored gems come from African and South American mines.

March: Aquamarine

March: Aquamarine

Blue to slightly greenish-blue variety of the mineral beryl. Crystals are sometimes big enough to cut fashioned gems of more than 100 carats.

April: Diamond

April: Diamond

This hardest gem of all is made of just one element: carbon. It’s valued for its colorless nature and purity. Most diamonds are primeval—over a billion years old—and form deep within the earth.

May: Emerald

May: Emerald

The most valued variety of beryl, emerald was once cherished by Spanish conquistadors, Inca kings, Moguls, and Pharaohs. Today, these fine gems can be found in Africa, South America, and Central Asia.

June: Pearl

June: Pearl

Produced in the bodies of marine and freshwater mollusks naturally or cultured by people with great care. Lustrous, smooth, subtly-colored pearls are jewelry staples, especially as strands.

June: Alexandrite

June: Alexandrite

The color-change variety of the mineral chrysoberyl. Bluish green in daylight, purplish red under incandescent light; hard and durable. Top quality Alexandrite is rare and valuable.

July: Ruby

July: Ruby

Traces of chromium give this red variety of the mineral corundum its rich color. Long valued by humans of many cultures. In ancient Sanskrit, ruby was called ratnaraj, or “king of precious stones.”

August: Peridot

August: Peridot

Yellow-green gem variety of the mineral olivine. Found as nodules in volcanic rock, occasionally as crystals lining veins in mountains of Myanmar and Pakistan, and inside meteorites.

September: Sapphire

September: Sapphire

Sapphires come in several colors but the most well-known is blue. In some ancient cultures they believed the world sat atop a blue sapphire and the sky drew its color from reflections off the gemstone. Others thought the sapphire could heal the body and calm the spirit. Today, sapphire symbolizes wisdom, virtue, good fortune and holiness for royalty. In an engagement ring, sapphire reflects faithfulness and sincerity.

October: Opal

October: Opal

Shifting play of kaleidoscopic colors unlike any other gem. Opal’s microscopic arrays of stacked silica spheres diffract light into a blaze of flashing colors. Color range and pattern help determine value.

October: Tourmaline

October: Tourmaline

Shifting play of kaleidoscopic colors unlike any other gem. Opal’s microscopic arrays of stacked silica spheres diffract light into a blaze of flashing colors. Color range and pattern help determine value.
Comes in many colors, including the remarkable intense violet-to-blue gems particular to Paraíba, Brazil, and similar blues from Africa. One of the widest color ranges of any gem.

November: Topaz

November: Topaz

Colorless topaz treated to blue is a mass-market gem. Fine pink-to-red, purple, or orange gems are one-of-a-kind pieces. Top sources include Ouro Prêto, Brazil, and Russia’s Ural Mountains.

November: Citrine

November: Citrine

A yellow-to-golden member of the quartz mineral group. Deep golden varieties from Madeira Spain can resemble costly imperial topaz. Thought by ancient cultures to increase psychic powers.

December: Turquoise

December: Turquoise

Ancient peoples from Egypt to Mesoamerica and China treasured this vivid blue gem. It’s a rare phosphate of copper that only forms in the earth’s most dry and barren regions.

December: Zircon

December: Zircon

Optical properties make it bright and lustrous. Best known for its brilliant blue hues; also comes in warm autumnal yellows and reddish browns, as well as red and green hues.