Platinum Palladium White Gold

Admin M-Diamonds - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Don’t Know How to Choose Between Platinum, Palladium or White Gold for an Engagement Ring?

These Pointers will help your decision

I’m a very lucky gal in that I get to play and see all kinds of magnificent jewelry pieces on a daily basis and having been in the jewelry business for 20 years, I’ve seen how different kinds of jewelry wears over time. I have noticed many customers who come in to Mark Diamond’s Jewelers requesting white gold for their engagement rings either have done their research and really know that’s what they want or they’ve been shopping elsewhere and have been grossly misinformed about the other noble metals.

Traditional metals that are used in jewelry are part of the “noble metals” group; the platinum group, silver and gold. These metals contain several metallic chemical elements that have outstanding resistance to oxidation, even at high temperatures.

Since pure 24k yellow gold is naturally yellow, it has to be alloyed with other metals in order to make it “white gold”. For instance 14k white gold can be alloyed with silver, palladium and nickel in order to make it “white” in appearance. Although all white gold is typically plated with a rhodium finish, this plating will eventually wear off and will need to be re-plated.

However a pro to owning white gold is that it is a much less expensive alternative to platinum and it scratches very differently. Every scratch made in gold actually removes metal like taking your finger nail and scratching a piece of chalk. You end up with chunks of chalk under your nail.

Palladium is slightly harder than platinum on the Mohs scale and is slightly more scratch resistant than platinum. Compared to platinum, palladium jewelry is generally less expensive (about 0.6-0.8 times) and more in line with the cost of gold jewelry.

Another thing to look at is the density of the metals themselves. Platinum is very dense per volume compared to palladium. The weight of a finished piece in platinum is much higher (and therefore more costly) than the same piece made in palladium.

A downside to owning palladium vs. white gold rings is that white gold rings are typically harder and more scratch resistant than palladium rings because of their alloy composition.

Why isn’t palladium jewelry more popular since it offers such great luster which enhances gems?

Platinum is much rarer than both gold and silver — so rare, in fact, that all of the platinum ever mined could fit into your living room. Palladium, well it is even rarer than that!

Well firstly, palladium is typically more lightweight and doesn’t offer that usual feel of durability or heft that platinum or gold offer. Secondly, most bench jewelers are not very well versed in working with palladium. It has slightly different properties for casting and soldering that many jewelers do not have experience with and therefore often prefer to avoid.

Here at Mark Diamond’s Jewelers however, our bench jeweler knows how to work with palladium and actually wishes there was more of it out there.

Now knowing the pros and cons of each, well personally, I’m a platinum girl. I love the feel of it and how well it wears. Of course my husband still remembers to this day that he bought my ring when platinum was the highest per oz it had EVER been!

In order to keep the cost down, 14k or 18k white gold is definitely the most popular, however keep in mind, depending on the wearer depends on how often you will need to maintain it by retipping, rebuilding and/or re-plating.

Come into Mark Diamond’s Jewelers and we’ll show you the difference.


Michelle Diamond-Reece, Mark Diamond's Jewelers President



Make Your Gameday Outfit Complete with Your Team Colors!

Admin M-Diamonds - Saturday, September 23, 2017

As Fall rapidly approaches, images of leaves, sweaters, Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Ugg Boots flood Social Media pages, and America’s football teams rush their home fields in pursuit of the coveted Super Bowl Champions Title and the huge ring that accompanies it.

Most of us will never acquire a trophy with the majesty of the Jostens’ Ring, but fans can certainly show their support through many pieces of jewelry that can be worn year-round and not just through the Playoffs.

Just about every organization has licensed their logo to major jewelry manufacturers and all sorts of insignia, from charms to be soldered to charm bracelets, and watches that have team emblems on the face can be purchased.

For those who prefer to be subtler about their team spirit, fine pieces of jewelry can be designed into one of a kind creations. For Seattle Seahawks’ fans an oval shaped peridot surrounded by a halo of blue sapphires is an elegant design that will make a beautiful pendant, earrings, ring, or better yet, an entire ensemble.

Denver Broncos fans who also have an affinity for lesser known, but gorgeously unique gemstones can represent their pride with Carnelian, a bright orange, opaque stone that would make striking eyes in a bronco shaped brooch.

Also, for “America’s Team,” The Dallas Cowboy fan can slip on a beautiful, yet simplistic stackable band with alternating diamonds and sapphires that make a delicate accent while displaying the ultimate team spirit.

Whatever team is your home team, here at Mark Diamond’s Jewelers, we can create the most elaborate or most simplistic piece of jewelry to represent your love of the game!


Fia Bauer, Mark Diamond's Jewelers Team Member




Introducing Tacori Journeys, Your Journey Awaits!

Admin M-Diamonds - Monday, September 18, 2017

Introducing Tacori Journeys, Your Journey Awaits!

Most of you heard about our Tacori Journeys launch event a few weeks ago, but for those of you that didn’t or were unable to attend, here’s the exciting new scoop!

If the beauty in Tacori pieces wasn’t enticing enough, they’ve added an entirely new element to their name. With insider access to exclusive hotel prices and a travel voucher that can be applied towards savings on your stay, Tacori Journeys is just another way to create unforgettable memories.

Sound too good to be true? Too complicated? I promise it’s not! Here’s how it works: with each qualifying Tacori purchase, receive a Tacori Journeys travel voucher that can be used towards savings on destinations around the world. It’s that easy! Your Tacori Journeys travel voucher awards you membership points that allow you to deduct savings from your points balance to arrive at the lowest available discount rate. We would be happy to demonstrate some comparisons for you in our brand-new concept area.

We are all so excited about this because Tacori Journeys marries two of our favorite things, jewelry and travel, to help you make unforgettable memories. From the proposal, to walking down the aisle, to sinking your toes into the sand on your honeymoon, Tacori wants to help you mark the memorable moments of your life.

And Tacori Journeys is not just for engagement rings! With your qualifying purchase of Tacori fashion jewelry, you’ll also receive a travel voucher that you can use for that girls getaway you’ve been planning.

If you’ve visited our store, you know we have an amazing selection of not only bridal pieces, but also fashion pieces for special occasions or even every day staple pieces. So go ahead, buy that piece you’ve been eyeing to celebrate your recent promotion or just because! Your Tacori jewelry purchase can help you save on your next travel experience, and who doesn’t love a great getaway?!

We look forward to sharing the excitement with you during your next visit to Mark Diamonds Jewelers! Your journey awaits!

Alexis Deitch, Mark Diamond's Jewelers Team Member