Category Archives: Raymond Lee Jewelers

Emerald Engagement Rings

Emerald engagement rings have never been out of style. While sapphire engagement rings tend to get more coverage (thanks, Duchess!) emerald engagement rings are just as gorgeous. But I didn’t always see it that way. Did I covet every emerald ring that we bought for our estate collection at RLJ? Duh. But I thought they were relegated to cocktail parties and birthstone rings. I remember when Halle Berry got engaged with an emerald engagement ring, I had some qualms – could an emerald properly withstand a lifetime of love and happiness as a center stone? Emeralds are a precious gem, Read More →

Yellow Gold Engagement Rings

Before I started working at Raymond Lee Jewelers, I knew exactly what kind of engagement ring I wanted. It was a round brilliant halo with a plain platinum band set in an invisible gallery (floating style) setting. I was specific, I know. But banner ads back then were really effective on impressionable young diamond-lovers. Fast forward to me, strolling through the showcases at RLJ daily, like I was Belle in the library, marveling at the sheer variety of diamonds. Friendos, I literally didn’t know all those different shapes – let alone colors – existed. So when oval diamonds stole my heart first, and Read More →

Champagne Diamond Rings For The New Year!

The new year is here! And good riddance to 2016. Hopefully by now your champagne hangover has subsided. If it hasn’t, I am here with a little of the hair of the dog that bit you. Champagne diamonds, by their strictest definition, are those graded by GIA as “Fancy yellowish brown.” This means they fall on the fancy color spectrum and their predominant hue is brown, but with yellow undertones. Those fancy brown diamonds with orange undertones are considered “cognac” diamonds, euphemistically. The term chocolate diamond is a proprietary name for brown diamonds. Contrary to some belief, these diamonds aren’t Read More →

Jewelry Chain Stores – Why to Skip Them

The onset of November means a few things around here. Firstly, that I’m plying anyone who comes within a 50 foot radius of my front door with leftover Halloween candy. Why do I always buy the extra bag? WHY? And why do I inevitably open it for the last two Trick or Treaters? If you have a hankering for plain M&M’s (lol, like anyone ever does) or Smartees, please meet me at the J. Parker this Friday. I’ll be the woman enthusiastically embracing the return of poncho + legging season. The second thing, of course, is that ENGAGEMENT SEASON IS Read More →

Big Engagement Rings Are Tacky?

Did you say big engagement rings are tacky? Oh, sorry I thought I misheard you – I was quite distracted by my own reflection in the enormo table facet on this rock I’m rocking currently. Perhaps I intended to mishear you. Because A. I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life and B. we’ve discussed this already. You know I love you, but tackiness is in the eye of the beholder. I know women who just abhor emerald cuts, which I always considered above reproach. But one of my friends described them as “Dynasty-level 80’s relics.” She’s wrong, clearly, because Read More →

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