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Fancy-Cut Diamonds: For a Sophisticated & Unique Look

by on November 17th, 2013

Asscher-Cut Diamond Ring

3.40ct Asscher-Cut Diamond Ring with Pavé Surround

Asscher, cushion, and radiant are just a few of the diamond cuts that come to mind when I think about diamonds that are truly exceptional and stunningly beautiful. They seem to intrigue the eye and compliment the wearer differently than a round stone. These diamond shapes have the ability to show off striking parallel step-cut lines, smooth pillow shaped corners, or brilliant fire radiating from many angles of the stone.

The round brilliant, while being the most popular diamond cut, will always air to the sense of classicism and pay homage to earlier circular diamond cuts. Without a doubt, the round will forever be revered. On the other hand, Fancy-shaped cuts are derived from advancements in diamond cutting techniques and a desire for uniqueness.

When a rough diamond is formed by Mother Nature, it is not always ideal for the stone to be cut into a round. Why? Perhaps the shape of the crystal is better suited for another shape or the crystal’s potential depth of color could be showcased if faceted to highlight a fancy colored diamond. Nevertheless, master diamond cutters have to analyze the rough material and take into consideration shape when envisioning the potential beauty for a stone.

If you find yourself dreaming of something special and sophisticated, consider a Fancy-cut diamond from Betteridge: you might just fall in love.

Cushion-Cut Diamond Ring

5.14ct Cushion-Cut Diamond Ring with Split Shank

Give Dad Memories for Father’s Day

by on June 10th, 2013

As Father’s Day quickly approaches, I found myself asking the question, “What am I going to get dad this year?”

My dad is certainly one of the guys who seem to have everything. I began thinking of the really special memories I have made with him and they all seem to steer back to being outdoors. Father and son elk hunts in New Mexico, fishing in Texas, and sporting clays tournaments are some of the best times we have had together. When I saw the William Henry “Spearpoint” folding knife, I didn’t see just another gift for dad, but a chance to bring those memories back to him and create new ones as well.

William Henry "Spearpoint" Damascus Steel Folding Knife

William Henry “Spearpoint” Damascus Steel Folding Knife

The Rolex Explorer: 60 Year Anniversary

by on February 8th, 2013

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With the sixtieth birthday of the Rolex Explorer around the corner, the iconic and robust look of the original Rolex Explorer has changed very little since its premier in 1953. Dedicated to the first explorers to climb to the summit of Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay, the Explorer has been a pivotal part of Rolex heritage.

The combination of the brushed steel case and bracelet, along with the smooth bezel and luminous black dial represent the iconic DNA of the Explorer. This look is a very strong but classic approach to watch design that has stood the test of time. The Explorer is powered by a mechanical self-winding movement with Paraflex shock absorbers, a Parachrom hairspring, and a bidirectional self-winding perpetual rotor for efficiency and durability.

As the May anniversary of the Everest climb approaches, this piece will continue to represent the desire for exploration- new experiences and overcoming obstacles.

It is the perfect fit for the graduate with the world ahead of him, or the trailblazer with an unmarked route.

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Bvlgari’s B.Zero1: Where Jewelry Meets Wearable Art

by on October 31st, 2012

Bulgari ‘Monete’ Antique Silver Coin Pendant Necklace

Growing up in the jewelry industry I have been exposed to some incredible pieces of fine jewelry- from vintage diamond brooches and exquisite line bracelets to large diamond drops. Although these pieces are wonderful, they are not always wearable for everyday enjoyment.

This is where the Bvlgari B.Zero1 collection comes into play. Whether you favor your little black dress or jeans and a simple blouse, these designs will be sure to complement your outfit. The Bvlgari B.Zero1 collection can be worn to accent the ears, neck, wrist, and hands with comfort and clean intriguing designs. Pendants, hoop earrings, cuff bracelets, and banded rings are a few elements of the collection.

Bvlgari’s use of 18-karat pink, yellow, and white gold with diamonds and colored gemstones makes for a very wearable new take on classic materials. But what if you want something new and different? Maybe you want a beautiful piece of gold that is complemented by colored ceramic, or even exquisite marble in blue, green, or brown. Well this collection does just that.

The versatility of the collection makes it a wonderful addition to any wardrobe, and the attention to detail and comfort is sure to stand out wherever you are enjoying them. You will find these pieces not only accent your wardrobe but also your lifestyle.

Bulgari’s B.Zero1 Marble Rings