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Diamonds and Secrets

Diamonds are associated with strength and courage but they’re also associated with privacy and class. A diamond is a mysterious substance and one that has the beauty to match it. One could spend minutes just looking at it and wondering what it could tell if it had a way to. Here are some things that aren’t written on a diamond’s face.

Only one diamond in a million weighs more than or equal to 1 carat

Naturally-occurring large diamonds are rare, like really rare. Taking into consideration how each natural diamond has formed over billions of years deep within the Earth, it is no surprise that they are usually small and sparsely found. Large diamonds like the Cullinan are not only rare but extremely valuable. So, of all the diamonds that make it to the top of our rings, very few are actually large enough to match or surpass the standard weight measure for diamonds – a carat.

The largest uncut diamond ever found weighed 1.36 pounds

The Cullinan Diamond is the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever found weighing 3,106.75 carats or about 1.36 pounds. King Edward VII famously had the large rough diamond cut into several polished gems, many of which stayed very popular over the years.

The largest clear cut diamond is the Cullinan I

Also known as the Great Star of Africa, the diamond weighs 530.2 carats and forms part of the 9 major diamonds derived from the single rough diamond, the Cullinan. It is now set at the top of the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross (which was redesigned in 1910 to accommodate the stone).


A rough diamond usually looks like an ordinary pebble

Most people will just walk past the unseemly rock without glancing twice at it. A popular fable in Asia told by a black coal-ish stone refers to the refining of an ordinary looking stone into a sparkling diamond through pain and tribulation on the polishing wheel. However, many people don’t consider the idea that they might not know a diamond at first sight. Think of how many diamonds were left undiscovered until the right person with an eye for it came along.


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Engagement Rings – Not Just Diamonds Anymore!

When we think of an engagement ring, our minds quickly picture the image of a diamond! Nothing signifies an engagement of a man and a woman like that beautiful stone in a beautiful setting!  Right?  Well, yes, definitely …. BUT … at Ellis Jewelers we would like you to know that in this day and age there are many other other choices for your engagement ring.  Who says an engagement ring has to have a diamond in the center??  We are a very versatile and current jewelry store.  We love granting your custom requests.  If you can think it, we can make it, and if that means an alternative stone choice for the center, we are more than happy to oblige!


Women the world over love Morganite, and it has quickly become a steadfast favorite in the world of alternative engagement ring center stones.  It is loved for its fine pink tones which radiate charm, esprit and tenderness.  And when paired and set in rose gold, the effect is absolutely gorgeous!  One gorgeous ring currently found in our store would make an amazing engagement ring.  It is set in a vivacious rose gold mounting and has a 5 CT cushion cut Morganite stone in the center, surrounded by a 2/3cttw halo of diamonds running around it and down the side of the ring.  Come in our store to see how beautiful and unexpected, but classic this ring could be as an engagement ring.


One of the most popular colored gemstones would have to be the Sapphire.  Coming in varying shades of blue, it is becoming more that just a stone in a fashion ring.  We have seen a marked increase in women choosing the sapphire for the center stone in their engagement ring and also for the side stones.  When combined with a white diamond, the effect is truly stunning!  We can use your sapphire or find one to your specifications and place it in the mounting of your choice, as a solitaire or with side stones.  The result will be an incredible engagement ring sure to be admired by others!


Another beautiful and fashionable colored gemstone is the Emerald.  Loved for its intensive green color, legend holds that it symbolizes spring and rebirth and has mystical powers of luck, healing and eternal love.  With all those features, who wouldn’t want to wear it as a center stone on her engagement ring?  In fact, we have created many custom engagement rings with this stone featured as the center stone.  What exquisite engagement rings they make.  A little unexpected yet still classic and traditional!

Don’t be shy when choosing the engagement ring of your dreams.  In this day and age, people long to be different and also may want the same for their engagement ring.  We will listen to create exactly what you would like and pay close attention to every detail.  Alternative center stones are a bit outside the box, but if you’re one who enjoys stepping outside, come down to Ellis Jewelers and let us custom design and make your one-of-a-kind engagement ring!