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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.


Visit Ellis Fine Jewelry now to order the best diamonds at the most approachable prices.

Pairing Rings and Bracelets

Everybody wants to sport the complete look once in a while; dress up in apparel whose every item complements the others. It helps to know how to pair different pieces of jewelry together, and one of the most important parings is the ring and the bracelet.

Rings and bracelets lie close to each other when worn, and it’s important that they complement each other in order to avoid an incoherent look.

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Designer Mark Schneider shares some tips on pairing rings with bracelets.

How to Pair Statement Rings and Bracelets

It can be challenging to create a cohesive look. From choosing a blouse that matches your shoes and earrings that complement your necklace, there are a lot of different elements to consider when creating an outfit. One of the most overlooked yet crucial combinations in an outfit is rings and bracelets. Because rings and bracelets share the same space on your body, it’s even particularly important to pay attention to the nuances of constructing a unified look. After all, your outfit is often your first impression. So why not make it fabulous?

1)Keep it Light

The key to wearing bracelets and rings is to keep it light. Avoid jewelry overload by being selective about your bracelets. Statement rings are bold and beautiful, and because of that they deserve to be the center of attention. Even beyond that, it’s important to allow them to be the center of attention. In other words, let your gemstone ring truly shine by choosing bracelets that are thin, subdued and complementary. Such choices will ensure that your hand and wrist don’t appear overwhelmed by accessories. View full post


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What Diamond Shapes Work Best

Looking for a diamond? Many of us will immediately think of the classic round diamond shape. Although, round brilliant cut is the most popular shape. But they are a number of other shapes available. Most diamond shapes are round, square (cushion), rectangular (princess, Asscher, emerald, radiant), heart-shaped, pear-shaped, oval, or marquise (like a pear but pointed on both ends). The distinction between a diamond’s shape and cut may be confusing at first. The shape refers to the appearance of the stone, and the cut to the diamond’s ability to reflect light.

Choosing which shape you want is really a question of personal preference and can be tricky for many people.. What shape visually appeals to you the most?

In the following article by Jonathan Brownell, he explains in detail a comprehensive list of the most popular diamond shapes and their characteristics.

The Most Popular Cuts of Diamonds For Engagement Rings

The traditional round diamond has 57/58 facets, 57 without a Culet and 58 with a Culet. This is the traditional pattern that has been cut for about a hundred years. As time has passed, the precision with which the pattern is cut is about the only thing that has changed. The pattern is still the same.

When looking to purchase a traditional round, the goal is  to get a diamond that is balanced. Seeking optimal light performance in a traditionally cut stone is not a good approach and is going to leave you frustrated. What you want to be looking for is a good value for the weight, color, clarity, and cut. See full post here:

What diamond shape and cut work best for you? Consider the hand that will wear it, your taste and your lifestyle. These are the most important factors when choosing a ring that you will cherish for a lifetime.

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Is Estate Jewelry for Me?

We answer the question with a resounding “YES!!”  Do you like uniqueness?  Do you like beauty?  Do you like incredible value?  Yes to all or one, means that Estate is definitely for you!  One of the things that makes us such an interesting and fresh store to shop in is our incredible Estate Collection.  At Ellis Jewelers in downtown Concord, we spend a lot of time sorting through Estate Jewelry and the pieces that people sell to us for those “diamonds in the rough” (please excuse the obvious jewelry pun….couldn’t resist).  We choose only about 1 out of each 100 pieces as the most unique and beautiful, make sure they are in excellent condition, and place them in our cases for you to enjoy.  Since they have been “loved” before, we are anxious to give them their next happy home.

Unusual Pieces

Estate Platinum Ring



Our Estate Collection is known for its one of a kind pieces.  Without doing too much research, we can usually tell which pieces appear to have been custom made.  The platinum diamond ring shown in the picture embraces a lot of what we consider to be “Estate.”  Besides being gorgeous, it is an incredible antique-styled setting with a 1.25 carat diamond as its center.  Since the metal used was platinum, it could have easily been designed and the diamond set, thus us believing that there’s a good chance it was a custom piece.  It has that old look which remains classic today.




“New” Estate Pieces

Estate Diamond Necklace
Once a Set of Earrings


Many of our sales associates also have the gift of jewelry design as well.  We are able to look at a piece of jewelry and imagine it as something else.  When you have a piece of jewelry that you just are not wearing, whether it’s a ring that you inherited that’s just not your style or you’re an earring person but were given a bracelet as a gift, it’s possible to turn it into something else.  Right now in the store, we have “recreated” several of our Estate pieces.  Recently we acquired several different-styled earrings.  Some were missing its pair.  The one in the picture had been an earring that we reworked to become a beautiful necklace.  The diamond drop necklace features three marquise cut diamonds, each surrounded by a sparking halo.  Truly gorgeous and a piece that was “reinvented” from the forward thinking of our staff member.




Budget Friendly Pieces

Blue Topaz Estate Ring



Our Estate Collection offer such value!  Because we they have been previously owned, these pieces are half, sometimes more, the cost of a piece that is brand new.  And since most of these pieces would have to be custom made anyway because they are just not made anymore, the value is even greater!!  This gorgeous blue topaz and yellow gold ring has an amazing depth to it, making it a fascinating and extremely budget conscious piece.





These pieces are just a fraction of our store selection.  If the thought of these Estate treasures appeals to you or has raised your curiosity, please come down and see what we have.  We are proud of these pieces and are always wanting to show them.

Be the first to be in the know…we are currently planning our first ever Estate Auction in just a couple of months.  The staff at the store has been busy preparing for this new event.  We will be auctioning off many of our gorgeous Estate pieces.  The auction will be available on-line and bids will also be taken over the phone and in person in the store.  More details will be coming in the near future.  It will be a chance to have some fun bidding on the items that you already have had your eye on and purchase them at tremendous value.  We look forward to having you join us in this unique endeavor.

Do We Have Bridal Jewelry? You Bet We Do!

Our bridal collection at Ellis Jewelers is something to behold!  Be it a loose stone and mounting, diamond wedding band, ring guard, or anniversary band, our selection is tops! We offer the latest styles in engagement rings, bridal sets, and matching wedding bands – ones just right to suit every taste.  From modern to classic, we offer a wonderful selection to help you express your love for one another to last for all time.

Below are some gorgeous engagement rings; engagement rings being the discussion of this blog. The first one is a ring that we can create and customize just for you.  The second and third are ones available directly in our store.  Come in to see them and try them on!

Our Carizza Line

One bridal line that we are very proud to offer is our Carizza Line.  It is newer to our store and is just beautiful!  The pieces are in 18K white, yellow or rose gold, with some pieces in two-tone as well.  Each diamond on each piece is hand selected for highest quality and is set with care.  The rings are all customized with Euro-shanks; a feature which helps to minimize spinning on a woman’s finger.  The detailing on the mountings is just exquisite and must be seen to appreciate.  Right now we have an emerald cut, cushion cut, pear shaped and rounds diamond each mounted in a unique setting just waiting for the right finger!  Or we can customize the ring shown in the picture by helping you choose the perfect loose diamond.

Carizza Mounting with Emerald Cut Diamond


Estate Bridal Rings

Our Estate collection is one of the finest around.  We have some incredible pieces, including bridal rings.  Check out this gorgeous ring new to our Estate collection.  It is an antique mounting set with a stunning 1.25 Carat ,VS2, H in color Diamond.  It has that one of a kind look and would be perfect for the new bridal.  It is also perfect for that “already married” couple looking for a special gift to celebrate their marriage.  For those wanting a timeless look at an amazing value, Estate rings offer just that!

Estate Platinum Ring








In-store Selection

The selection we have of diamond engagement rings is extensive.  We have many classic solitaires in several diamond shapes – include round brilliant and princess cut.  We also have an amazing hexagonal halo mounting available in white or yellow gold just waiting for the stone of your choice.  This is one of our store favorites and is worth the trip down to see its real beauty.  Come in to see some other unique diamond rings, such as our round brown diamond ring, our halo sideways mounted marquis cut diamond, and our radiant diamond mounted in leaf and antinqued inspired mounting.

Hexagonal Halo Mounting with Diamond








We are very proud of our diamond ring selection at Ellis Jewelers.  We take a lot of time to research current trends by listening to our clients, attending jewelry shows, and reading the latest jeweler’s news.  We also make sure that we have a wide variety of styles for every budget, including our Estate collection.  Whether you are looking for a classic style or something a little trendy, we can help you choose the engagement ring just for you – one that expresses your love in its own special way.  Our experienced staff is ready to put that smile on your face that will last a lifetime.

Come Meet Us at the Charlotte Bridal Showcase

This Sunday, January 26th, from 12:00pm to 5:00pm, come down to the Charlotte Bridal Showcase and meet the people of Ellis Jewelers at Booth 304.  The Charlotte Convention Center will be magically transformed into a beautiful room of flowers, table settings, bridal dress boutiques, hair stylists, caterers, and of course dazzling bling!  All the specific details can be found at the Charlotte Bridal Showcase by clicking here.  Information at the website includes information about registering, directions, prizes, and booth locations.  The event is sponsored by Belk, Party Reflections, and The Knot.

Congratulations to all the newly engaged couples!  We are excited to meet you and to show you our collection of sample engagement rings, ladies wedding bands, and gentlemen’s wedding bands.  While most of you will have already received your engagement rings, finding the right wedding band to fit your diamond ring can be tricky.  We will have a host of wedding bands for every style of engagement ring – halo, antique, solitaire – you name it!  It’s one of the things we specialize in.  And we also are there to give our expert and advice on fit and style should you ask for it.

Engagement Rings

We always bring a large assortment of engagement ring samples.  As I said before, we do know that most of the brides-to-be already have their engagement rings, but you’d be surprised how much fun it is for their      mom’s, grandmom’s, bridesmaids, and friends to come and try on our selection of samples!  And since all of our engagement rings are paired with a matching wedding band, it helps us to look at the bride’s ring and make a comparison to find the perfect matching wedding band.  We’ll showcase a cz sample selection of a wide variety of stone shapes in the latest mounting styles.



Ladies’ Wedding Bands


We will also have a large assortment of sample cz wedding bands on hand to complement your engagement ring.  Once you’re engaged, it’s NEVER too early too early to pick out your wedding bands and tuck them away for safe keeping.  It’s one less thing to worry about at such a busy time!  We are experts in finding the perfect fitting wedding band for your engagement ring.  Stop by our booth and try some on to get ideas what will look great and to rule out what doesn’t.



Gentlemen’s Wedding Bands


Even though this is a “Bridal” showcase, we must not forget about the grooms!  They are, of course, the other half of the equation.  Many brides bring their faithful groom to this event, and we would be remiss if we didn’t have bling for them to try on!  We will be there with sample cz gents wedding bands as well.  A lot of times it can be the first time the gentleman has even put on a ring!!  And most are very unsure of their wedding ring finger size.  We’ll help you out with this, too.  We will have a set of finger sizers to help you determine your size, which is definitely a must know for the bride.  Traditionally, it is the she who purchases the groom’s wedding band.  Some guys will go for a bling ring like the one shown on the left.  We love that look!  Others will go the more conservative route, choosing a plain white or yellow gold band, and, today, alternative metals such as tungsten and titanium are very popular.


Come out of the cold this Sunday and warm with up with us by our sparkling, fire-filled samples of rings.  And come show us your beautiful rings!  We are always interested in seeing what you have chosen for your forever ring.  Safe travels, and we’ll see you then.




Yes! We Still Have It!

The rush is on!  With the countdown to Christmas getting smaller and smaller, we want you to know that at Ellis Jewelers we are still ready!  We can still find the perfect gift to put that smile on her face on Christmas morning.  Our selection this holiday season is extensive and gorgeous.  We have no doubt that you’ll find the piece that you are looking for.

Spectacular Diamond Engagement Rings

If it’s an engagement you’re wanting to celebrate this holiday season, we are the place to come.  Right now we have several beautiful and unique diamonds mounted and ready to go out the door.  We have worked hard to find engagement ring styles that are one of a kind so you’ll both feel special.  Please come in and look out our new Carizza diamond collection.  We have an incredible emerald cut diamond mounted in a double halo which is just exquisite.  In the same line we have a gorgeous pear mounted also in halo style with a split shank.  For the couple looking for something just a bit different in diamond shape, there are no prettier rings.

If you are looking for tradition in your engagement ring, we have many solitaire diamonds in white gold and yellow gold ready to be placed on her finger.  Or if custom design is your wish, there is still some time to pick out the perfect stone and with our huge in-store selection, choose the mounting of your choice.

Amazing Right Hand and Fashion Rings

This year in particular, we have worked hard to find the most beautiful rings designed to wear on your right hand.  We have a fire opal ring surrounded by a halo of diamonds that would look lovely on any lady’s finger.  For those of you not familiar with the fire opal, it is an amazing orange color.  We also just added a thick band with emeralds and diamonds in a two-tone white and yellow gold to our showcase.  It’s the perfect colored ring for this holiday time of year!  We also have a beautiful rose gold and morganite ring which would add an unexpected look to her jewelry wardrobe.  And these are just three of our large selection of right hand and fashion rings all still available at the store.

Extensive Selection of Colored Gemstone Jewelry

Between our new selection and our estate selection, this year we have almost everything you could ask for.  Ruby bracelet?  Got it?  Lapis earrings?  Got it.  Pink tourmaline necklace?  Got it.  We have just about every colored gemstone in the store in your favorite style of jewelry – be it a necklace, a pair of earrings, a ring, or a bracelet.  Come in and see our beautiful color.

Lots of Stocking Stuffers

If it’s just a smaller, staple items that you need, we have those too.  We have a large selection of gold and sterling silver chains and charm bracelets.  Plus, the charms or pendants that go with those chains.  We have sports jewelry for moms that cheer on the sidelines and for the daughters that play.  Also, we have a huge assortment of Karisma charms to choose from if your lady has some pieces already.

It’s not too late to come in and let us help you find the perfect gift for that lady in your life.  Our friendly and knowledgeable sales associates are ready to listen and make suggestions.  We are open on Christmas Eve until about 4:00pm.  And don’t forget to let us do the wrapping!

What’s New at Ellis Jewelers for the Holiday Season 2013

At Ellis Jewelers in downtown Concord, we strive hard to keep our store fresh and new!  We are always updating our jewelry selection to make sure we keep up with YOU and to make sure you don’t get bored with us.  This holiday season we have some exciting new lines to let you know about.  They are gorgeous and fashionable and trendy but classic.  Fine pieces to add to your jewelry wardrobe.

Dazzling Diamonds

Our Dazzling Diamonds collection is brand new to our store and just beautiful.  It’s a unique line that features diamonds that move and shimmer and catch the light from different directions.  We like to think of it as “diamonds in motion like the beat of her heart!” As you move, so will the diamonds!  Prices start at just $299 for these white gold and diamond pieces.  We have many pendants to choose from and have personally chosen the chains to match.  Several have matching earrings.  A perfect addition to any lady’s Christmas list.

Carizza Diamonds

Brand new in our store are some absolutely beautiful diamond rings from the Carizza line.  They are 18K gold rings with high quality diamonds.  The diamonds are hand selected and go through a rigorous inspection.  All the rings have a “euro-shank” which helps to prevent the rings from spinning on your finger. In the store, we have engagement rings already mounted with diamonds ready to go for the holidays, along with the matching wedding band.  We also have diamond right-hand rings and stackable rings.  They are truly spectacular, definitely worth coming in to try on.

New Additions from Belle Étoile, Elle and Karisma

Several of our fine fashion jewelry lines such as Belle Étoile, Elle, and Karisma are always updating and designing and creating new pieces.  That is why we love having them in the store.  Always new eye candy with the same great quality.  And selection is everything.  If you already own pieces of these lines, it’s worth another look to see what’s new.  Belle Étoile is a great sterling silver line that has uniquely bold pieces to build your outfit around and also refined pieces that match every outfit you have.  Elle is that ‘go to’ sterling silver jewelry, that is beautiful and matches absolutely everything!  It is fashioned after the women’s magazine Elle and each piece has a symbolic ruby.  Karisma provides a way of having a different piece of jewelry everyday by changing the charm from your base piece.  So many charms to choose from, too.  Each of these lines has something new for the holidays!

Colored Gemstone Jewelry

We have the prettiest selection of colored gemstone jewelry.  Such a feast for the eyes.  Whether it’s rings, necklaces, bracelets, or earrings that you are looking for, we have added so many special pieces.  We have sapphires, rubies, and emeralds.  We have fire opal, morganite, and pink tourmaline.  And we have so many more that all deserve a look.

Stop by to our store to try on what’s new.  We are more than happy to take you throughout the store so that you can see what the trends are for this season.  Remember that we size all of our rings complimentary, and we also wrap our jewelry if it’s a gift.  Happy December!

No Worries! We Have Diamonds for All Budgets!

Have you heard about all high profile fine diamonds purchases made throughout the world in the past several months?  These gems are definitely spectacular, and their price tags have been nothing short of spectacular as well!

According to a post on an oval shaped flawless diamond that is 118 carats sold in Hong Kong for an amazing $30.6 million!

118 Carat Oval Shaped Diamond

And in May, 101 carat pear shaped flawless diamond went for  $26.7 million in Geneva.

101 Carat Pear Shaped Diamond

And if that doesn’t impress you, a fancy 5.3 carat blue diamond was purchased at auction in London for $9.6 million.  The highest price per carat record ever!

5.3 Carat Blue Diamond

At Ellis Jewelers, we marvel at these beautiful gems and enjoy hearing about the details of these incredible purchases.  It increases our knowledge of diamond industry and helps us to make sure that we offer what you, the true client, really wants in a loose diamond or diamond engagement ring?  And please realize that despite for how much these high profile gorgeous diamonds sell, we definitely have a diamond for every budget.  You don’t need to break the record on price per carat when you come into our store.  We will listen to your needs and your budget and help you choose a beautiful diamond that puts a smile on your face.

Loose Diamonds

If you’d like to build your own diamond engagement ring, we have just about every size loose diamond in our store.  Sizes start at about a quarter carat and move up.  We select only the finest diamonds for our clients but if you need to alter your diamond quality to keep within your budget, we have access to all diamond qualities.  We believe in letting you look at each diamond individually, so that you can find the one that appeals to you most.  We want to make sure you see the life of your diamond i.e. the way the light comes into that diamond and dances around.  Then once you’ve selected the correct diamond for you, choose from our huge selection of mountings to place it in.  Then voilá, you have created your own custom diamond engagement ring!

Our Engagement Ring Creations

In our store, we also pride ourselves in having an eye for jewelry design.  Very often we will come across a mounting that is so special that we want to pick the perfect stone for it ourselves.  We look through our beautiful selection and choose the perfect gemstone match for the mounting.  Most of the time we select white diamonds of the correct shape and size.  Occasionally, we have also been know to select other gemstones as well.  We have mounted rhodolite garnets, sapphires, and rubies in these mountings.  These rings with a diamond appeal to most budget, and if you are willing to move outside the box just a little a colored gemstone engagement ring will be even more appealing.

Estate Diamond Engagement Rings

We have an extensive and magnificent Estate diamond engagement ring case in our store.  We purchase only the finest pieces for others to enjoy.  These pieces are unique and unlike any others we have in our current, new selection of rings.  And because these have been previously owned, we offer them at terrific prices.  There is definitely something in this collection of rings for every budget.

At Ellis Jewelers we want you to feel comfortable with the budget you have for your diamond engagement ring.  There are not many who can turn up at an international auction and purchase the largest diamonds ever made!  We are happy to show you the different options of diamond engagement rings from which to choose.  Whether it be creating your own custom ring, choosing one of our own Ellis creations, or selecting a one of a kind Estate ring, there is sure to be a ring just right for you wear to symbolize your love.

Choosing the Perfect Engagement Ring


So it’s time. Time to take the next step in your relationship and seal your love with that diamond engagement ring! And it’s still true…nothing says forever and lasts forever like that diamond on her finger. Choosing that diamond need not be daunting. At Ellis Jewelers in Concord, we are here to help you enjoy the exciting search for that ring. Our team’s knowledge and sincere friendliness, as well as our extensive selection of diamonds and engagement rings, make it fun and easy to find that perfect ring. We aim to put a smile on your face and make your dreams come true.

Here are some simple tips to help you narrow in on your search for that perfect ring.

White or Yellow or Even Rose?

Knowing the color of the gold or the type of metal (gold, platinum or palladium) is a great starting place. While white gold is still the most popular for an engagement ring, we have seen more interest in yellow gold and also rose gold. Platinum and palladium are white metals and are possible choices for your ring.

Diamond Shape?

Diamonds come in many different shapes with a round brilliant and princess cut being the most popular. Other shapes known as fancy shapes are the emerald, radiant, asscher, cushion, oval, and pear. Knowing the shape you like or even the shape that you don’t like can give you a giant head start when picking your diamond engagement ring. And we have all these beautiful shapes available to show you, so even if you’re not sure of the shape we are happy to show you our selection to help you choose your favorite.

Simple or Decorative Diamonds?

This part of your ring may be, in fact, the hardest feature to choose. At Ellis Jewelers we have so, so many mountings waiting for loose diamonds as well as a wide selection of diamond engagement rings already put together. We have simple, polished gold mountings, mountings with diamonds along the band and several “halo” styled mountings and even more! And we usually suggest that you don’t rule any mountings out until you’ve put a beautiful diamond in it. We are happy to show you our extensive collection right within our store and how to choose a look that’s right for you.

Classic or Vintage?

One of the hot new trends in diamond engagement rings is detailed engraving on the mountings and wedding bands. It is a beautiful look and really gives the engagement ring a vintage feel. We offer so many different styles that you’re bound to find one just perfect for your diamond. And, of course, we also have so many of the classics – from Tiffany style solitaire mountings to the round halo style to the channel set diamond engagement.

Always remember you have love on your side when choosing your diamond engagement ring so you really can’t go wrong. Knowing all the answers to the above tips is not a must but simply meant to be a guideline. Our team at Ellis Jewelers will help you find the perfect engagement ring to fit your taste and lifestyle. And if by some chance the ring you choose isn’t just right, we will always stand by our guarantee – we will take that ring back and start again to make sure you leave with the piece of your dreams. After all, we pride ourselves in being in the happiness business.