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Traditional Wedding Anniversary Gifts

First: Paper

Second: Cotton

Third: Leather

Fourth: Fruit or Flowers

Fifth: Wood

Sixth: Candy or Iron

Seventh: Wool or Copper

Eighth: Bronze or Pottery

Ninth: Pottery

Tenth: Tin

Eleventh: Steel

Twelfth: Silk or Linen

Thirteenth: Lace

Fourteenth: Ivory

Fifteenth: Crystal

Twentieth: China

Twenty-Fifth: Silver

Thirtieth: Pearls

Thirty-Fifth: Coral or Jade

Fortieth: Ruby

Forty-Fifth:  Sapphire

Fiftieth: Gold

Fifty-Fifth: Emerald

Diamond Dictionary

 Table, Crown, Girdle, Pavilion, Culet, Facet

AGS- The American Gem Society, founded by Robert M. Shipley in 1934, is a non-profit professional organization of jewelers in the US and Canada. Its goal is to encourage ethical practices, advance knowledge and improve and maintain the image of the jewelry industry. AGS maintains the AGS Labs to develop and promote acceptable standards for grading a diamond's cut.

Diamond Certification

A certificate is a written professional gemological report from an accredited laboratory that explains and describes all of a diamond's attributes including: shape, diameter, length, width, weight, depth percentage, table percentage relative to the diameter, girdle characteristics, culet description, polish and symmetry conclusions, clarity, color, and fluorescence. A certificate also contains a front and back diagram of the diamond with a plot of its inclusions.

Diamond Care

Diamonds may top the Mohs scale of relative mineral hardness but they still need basic care and maintenance to continue looking their best. Diamond jewelry that is worn every day, such as an engagement ring or a tennis bracelet, can become smudged or dirty from soap, hand creams and natural skin oils, all of which will dim its brilliance and fire. Even special-occasion pieces like chandelier earrings or riviéra necklaces can become dulled after time if they are not cleaned and cared for.

Diamond Re-cutting

Our master diamond cutter is able to enhance a diamond that you already own in miraculous ways. Some contemporary cuts can have technical problems in the way that they were cut originally; marquise, oval and pear shapes sometimes have an area in the diamond towards the center that is lacking in brilliance; creating what is known in the trade as a "bow-tie effect". This is often a result of poor or sloppy craftsmanship in the original cutting of the diamond.

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