Tag Archives: Jewellery

Should You Ever Buy an EGL Diamond?

Well if that’s not a trick question I don’t know what is! Asking “Should you ever buy an EGL Diamond?” Implies several other questions. Is an EGL diamond superior or inferior to other diamonds? Is this because it’s certified? or certified specifically by EGL? What’s EGL? What’s certification? What kind of wormhole have I opened? Henri Daussi Engagement Rings Well, the short answers are: Sometimes Sometimes Sometimes A diamond grading lab Please check here A reasonably sized one. EGL is one of the major gem grading labs. They issue a large portion of the certificated for diamonds in the trade, along Read More →

Why You Shouldn’t Get a Knockoff Engagement Ring Designed

If you read through my posts about Cartier, you know how I feel about knockoffs. Not a fan. Not for designer jewelry, not for designer handbags, and certainly not for Swiss (“Swiss”) watches. When it comes to engagement rings though, my feelings had gone unexamined until a few weeks ago. I was monitoring the RLJ Insta feed, responding to comments, answering questions, sending bow-down emojis, etc. when I came across an @mention that caught my eye. Someone tagged their BFF or BF, I didn’t stalk that hard, and said “we could have the Pawn Shop make this!” Hold up. I Read More →

Star Power

Oh, the star. This celestial symbol is one of the perennial favorite motifs of the jewelry world. And it doesn’t elicit the same polarized response in jewelry lovers as, say, the heart. Seriously, some women are really, really against heart shaped jewelry. But the star seems to nab mostly positive feedback. It’s more timeless – a woman can wear a star piece from adolescence (or childhood, whenever she started wearing fine jewelry) without it looking cheesy or juvenile. It’s a favorite among designers (you’ll see a Chanel piece below.) And it’s found in nature – not just in the sky, Read More →

Jewelry Trend: Ring Stacks

The ring stack is to jewelry trends what maxi dresses are to fashion trends. They popped up in a big way, but they aren’t going anywhere any time soon. Especially now that the fashion set knows that maxi’s are simultaneously: comfortable, gorgeous, fashionable, conducive to non-leg-shaving. Ring stacks are exactly the same way (except for the leg shaving). Now that this trend has officially reached saturation, its devotees and late-adopters alike are all “This is awesome.” So no, I don’t think the ring stack is going anywhere for the foreseeable future. Further proof, the ring stack phenomenon has infiltrated bridaly jewelry, Read More →

TBT: Vintage Eye Candy

So when this blog started, it was the official outpost of Raymond Lee Jewelers. And when RLJ started, we were exclusive sellers of estate jewelry. Over the past thirty two years, that selection has grown to include vintage, antique, and estate jewelry. This includes a portion of our engagement ring selection, like our beautiful antique engagement rings and our vintage pieces. Our in-house-designed engagement rings are new, as are our designer engagement rings. So expanding our engagement ring selection (to the point where we needed to open up an entirely new store!) meant that we focused more and more on Read More →