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Comeau Jewelry Company is proud to announce that we will be holding our Annual Estate Jewelry Event Friday September the 20th at our Pittsburg Kansas Store from 9:30 am -5:30 pm, and at our Joplin MO location from 10:00 am to 5 pm. Beneficial Estate Buyers from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will be bringing in a gorgeous selection of Vintage Jewelry for sale, from Victorian to more Modern times, at our unique trunk show. Prices begin at $250, for your own unique piece of historic treasure. We would love to see you there.

Fancy Cut Diamonds are the top trend in Engagement Rings today! They are for the bride who wants to stand out, she does not want to look like every other girl, she is special, and wants her ring to be special as well. The top 3 fancy diamond shapes right now according to demand are the Oval Brilliant Cut, the Pear Brilliant Cut, and the Emerald Cut. At Comeau Jewelry Company we love helping brides find their perfect fancy-cut diamond, and finding what is perfect for their own personal style.

Are you ready to embrace your own fancy-cut diamond? Read on to find out more.

Ovals: Created by Lazare Kaplan in the 1960’s, oval diamonds are modified brilliant cuts. Because the two shapes possess a similar fire and brilliance, the oval is an ideal choice for a customer who likes the look of a round diamond, but wants something more unique. Oval diamonds have the added advantage of an elongated shape, which can create the illusion of greater size as well as slightly longer and more slender fingers.

An oval diamond often has a greater surface area than a round diamond of the same weight. For example, an average 1 carat oval diamond has a 10% larger surface area than an average 1 carat round diamond. This means that you can get a diamond that looks larger, for a lower price!

Pear Brilliant Cut Diamonds: are a combination of a round brilliant cut and a marquise brilliant cut, with a tapered point on one end. Like marquise and oval cuts, the pear shaped diamond comes in a variety of slim to wide cuts, and has the added benefit of making the wearer’s fingers appear longer and slimmer. Ideally, a pear shaped diamond should possess excellent or very good symmetry. The point should line up with the apex of the rounded end. The shoulders and wings (the upper and lower curves on the right and left side of the diamond) should form uniform, symmetrical curves, with no straight edges. The rounded top should not appear narrow or squat, but like a semi-circle.

Evaluating color in pear diamonds is subjective. Many buyers may actually prefer the ever so slightly warmer colors of a near colorless diamond over the cool colorlessness of a D-F diamond. In fact, most of the premium in price associated with pear shaped diamonds at the higher end of the color scale is driven by supply and demand; customers want the D-F color grades, and are willing to pay a premium to get them. In a world without diamond color grading, the price premium for higher grades would be much lower, as the actual differences in color are difficult to perceive.

Emerald Cuts: Sleek, elegant and beautifully understated, an emerald cut engagement ring is a great choice for someone who’s romantic and sophisticated. With the rising awareness of fancy shaped stones, more and more couples are drawn to the unique look of emerald cut engagement rings. Easily identified by a rectangular shape and step cuts, emerald cut diamonds are unconventional stones with timeless charm.

If you’re shopping for an emerald cut engagement ring, there are a few important things to consider in terms of a diamond’s 4Cs, starting with clarity. The long, rectangular facets that are characteristic of emerald cut diamonds make inclusions more easily visible compared to other diamond cuts. Color is another quality that requires special attention. An emerald cut diamond’s distinctive cut produces less scintillation, or sparkle, than other diamond cuts. This makes the diamond’s color more prominent.

There’s no limit to the ways to wear an emerald cut engagement ring. The angular shape is at home in virtually any design, from vintage-inspired Art Deco style mountings to contemporary rings with minimal adornment.

Something about the crisp geometry of emerald cut diamond engagement rings exudes a sense of sophistication. It’s the reason they appeal to stylish celebrities who can ignite a trend with a single red carpet outing. Amal Clooney, Sarah Jessica Parker and Beyonce are a few of the famous women who wear engagement rings that feature this distinctive diamond cut.

 

There is no such thing as too many rings! The stack-able ring style has been popular for decades. The more the merrier! The most chic way to wear your stackable bands is to mix your metals, mix your gemstones, mix the textures, fill your fingers with wearable art, an expression of who you are. The rings don’t have to fit together flawlessly, there can be plenty of “negative space”. The most important question you need to ask yourself is “Do I love it?”. If the answer is yes, then the rings are for you.

 

What’s your style? Do you love Vintage, Ultra Skinny, Hand Engraved, Ornate, Gemstone, Organic, Modern, Classic, Statement, or Minimalistic?

Newsflash! Nobody is just one thing. That is why stack-able bands are so perfect. Jewelry is an expression of who you are. You can mix and match your jewelry and your metals to fit your mood, your personality, your style of the day.

Also, at least once a week, we hear brides feel they have to stick with the metal of their engagement rings. Stack-able rings offer a fantastic way to mix in another metal to your wedding set, allowing you to expand your jewelry collection to a metal finish outside of your engagement ring.  Mixing in another metal can immediately give an older wedding set a fresh look.

The new comeaujewelrycompany.com has made the custom jewelry process even easier! You can now make your own custom jewelry appointment quickly and easily online. Simply go to comeaujewelrycompany.com and find the “Custom Jewelry” icon at the top of the page. Click the icon and find the “I would like to make an appointment” section of the next page. Enter in you First and Last Name, your email address, your phone number, and the kind of jewelry you would like made. You will quickly receive an email back from us and your appointment will be set during a time that is convenient for you. If you have any question about the custom jewelry process, we put together the following Q&A for our customers.

Chris Keller is Comeau Jewelry Company’s Joplin Store Manager and Resident Jewelry Designer. He is a plastic’s engineer by education as well as a Graduate Gemologist through the Gemological Institute of America. He has created hundreds of stellar designs for our clients over his career with Comeau Jewelry. Most of our new clients are unfamiliar with the steps of creating a one of a kind piece of jewelry and are curious about the unique journey that is taken through the process. We sat down with Chris for a one on one interview about the most commonly asked questions jewelry designers encounter.

How much does creating a custom piece jewelry cost? Is it expensive?

Chris: Usually it is a little more expensive, but not as much as you would think.  As in any manufacturing process whether it be a house, a car, or a piece of jewelry, it is going to be more expensive to manufacture a one-of-a-kind versus 100 or 1,000 of a particular item.  However, designer pieces can actually be a little less expensive to custom make something similar to because of the premium these designers put on their pieces.  You can even put your own twist in these instances as well.

What kind of custom jewelry do we create with our Create Bar? Are there any restrictions?

Chris: There are very few restrictions. We have the ability to create custom fine jewelry using a wide variety of precious metals, such as Platinum, Palladium, White Gold, Yellow Gold, and Rose Gold. Other alternative metals, tungsten, titanium, and cobalt aren’t an option using our CAD system.

What are the steps to the custom process?

Chris: The first step is to sit down with the client and go over what their likes and dislikes are. We have a lot of live and prototype mountings in the store to get design cues from as well as ideas of our own and the clients.  Another helpful tool can be the internet and websites such as Pinterest to gather ideas from.  The second step is to CAD the initial design concept we come up with after step 1.  This will generate a computerized rendering (lifelike image of the piece) and we will also be able to quote exactly what it will cost to make the piece.  The client can also make changes to the rendering until they are satisfied with the result.  The third step is to 3D print the wax.  This will generate a life size wax model of the piece.  The client can try it on and we can even put your stones into the wax to even further create the visual.  Once the client approves the wax, we move onto step four which is casting the piece in the preferred metal and setting all the stones into the finished casting.  After a final polish, it is ready to be worn!

What happens to my stones/jewelry during the custom process, are they sent off?

Chris:  We only send the wax off to be cast.  The stones are set here in house by one of our highly skilled and experienced jewelers.

Do you have a favorite piece that you have created?

Chris:  That’s a tough question to answer.  There are definitely a few that certainly stand out, but I honestly would say my favorite piece is whatever I am working on that given day.  Each custom piece is so unique and there’s always something different that draws me to each particular piece.

Are there limits to what we can design? How many stones can be used per piece of jewelry designed?

Chris: Depending on the specific design, you can use as many or few of your own gemstones as you would like.  If the design calls for more gemstones than you have, we can match the quality and provide the remaining quantity needed.

Will it be more economical to create a custom piece of jewelry if I provide all of my own stones?

Chris: It can certainly save money to use your own gemstones.  However, in cases of very small gemstones, it can often cost more in labor to pull them out of an old setting and reset them into a new setting than the gemstones are worth.  If they are gemstones that are sentimental to the client, then you can’t put a price on that.

What are the benefits of creating a custom piece of jewelry?

Chris: There are several benefits to having a custom piece of jewelry made.  By having a custom piece made, you end up with a high quality, made in the USA piece that no one else is going to have.  It’s truly one-of-a-kind and it is not something you are going to see on 100 other people.  You and your custom piece of jewelry will be the envy of all your friends and family!