Monday, April 30, 2012

Great Gifts Under $500

Diamond Nexus offers gifts for all price ranges, and if you are looking for the perfect gift for under $500 then here are some excellent ideas~

In the Mood Hoop Earrings
The In the Mood earrings sell for only $415 and are available in 14k White or Yellow Gold. Each earring has 8 round brilliant man made diamond simulant accent stones for lots of pizzazz!

Mimza Earrings
 The Mimza earrings are part of the Diamond Nexus Black and White collection. These refined yet spunky earrings are only $345, are made in our affordable lorian platinum and feature a total of .76cts in each earring, for a dazzling effect for day or evening wear.

Witchcraft Pendant

The sophisticated Witchcraft pendant is set in 14K gold and comes in a variety of carat sizes. The cost of this pendant begins at $445 for the 3.31tcw pendant. For any woman who has it all, this pendant will compliment all jewelry and be a perfect statement pendant to wear every day!

Diamond Nexus offers Facebook fans an exclusive sale!

Diamond Nexus is excited to be offering a Mother's Day Deal of the Day app on our Facebook page!

There will be a new item released every day for the next 10 days! Check out these amazing prices and hopefully you will find the perfect gift for your mother~ Mother's Day is May 13th so don't delay. Each daily deal is only valid for 24 hours~

How to clean your jewelry from Diamond Nexus

Jennifer London, Social Media Coordinator from Diamond Nexus is here to offer some helpful tips to keep your jewelry looking great for years~ With proper care and cleaning, your gorgeous man made diamond simulant jewelry will always be the center of everyone's attention!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Royal Anniversary

By the Green Queen
We all remember the hubbub over the British royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton last year.  Some of us couldn’t wait to snap up every last detail of wedding info that we could find, while others couldn’t wait to see it all over and done with.  Whichever camp you found yourself in, you couldn’t deny that Royal Wedding Fever had a huge impact on fashion and wedding design.

So now here we are, a year later.  How much of the royal influence is still around?

Well for starters, anyone who has walked by a bridal shop in the past year has probably seen one of these:

Once considered old-fashioned, bridal sleeves came back in style with the Duchess of Cambridge’s stunning Alexander McQueen gown.  This trend continued to grow throughout the year with the release of the film Breaking Dawn, featuring another retro-style wedding dress with long sleeves.  Although long-sleeved bridal gowns are still rarer than strapless alternatives, more people have begun to realize how sophisticated and romantic the long-sleeved look really is.

Then, of course, there’s the ring.


The Lady of Kensington ring, Diamond Nexus’ homage to Princess Diana, was released in 2008 when we first unveiled our lab created rubies, emeralds, and sapphires.  Almost exactly three years later, Prince William used his mother’s original engagement ring to propose to Kate Middleton.  In the past year and a half since then, the popularity of this gorgeous affordable engagement ring has increased roughly 150%.  Really, is anyone surprised?  This thing is beautiful, glamorous yet refined, and works equally well as either an engagement ring or a cocktail ring.  And every time somebody mentions its name around the office, Meg pops up like a meerkat.

Lady of Kensington?  WHERE?!

And then there were…the hats.

That’s right.  Just when you thought it was safe, IT’S BACK

I don’t know what it is about hats, but people seem to love trying them on and finding the perfect one.  Not just work hats and gardening hats, but pretty hats.  There’s an element of playfulness in it, like we’re all six years old and playing dress-up again.  At the royal wedding, everyone’s goal was to have the most impressive hat of all.  (Princess Beatrice won by a landslide with the biggest “What the--?” accessory we’ve ever seen.)  While most of those are far too…ahem…elaborate for daily wear, there does seem to be an increase in “fun” hats on the market.  That is, hats that are bigger, floppier, and fancier than necessary, just because we like them that way.

Of course, there are different schools of thought regarding why people wear celebrity fashions.  Sometimes people want to emulate the stars they most admire.  Other times, people just see the new styles and decide they look interesting; they don’t particularly care about famous associations at all.  Whichever your approach, the royal wedding gave fashionistas all kinds of fun new trends to work with, and continues to do so even as the first anniversary approaches.

Justice In Blood Diamond Trial

By Chris Foley

In the news today is a reminder of the bloody Sierra Leone War – a war that was fought for control of the diamond trade.  Warlord Charles Taylor has been convicted by a special United Nations court for his role in atrocities ranging from sexual slavery to mass murder and from using child soldiers to amputation of limbs.
Although the war ended a decade ago, its effects are far-reaching and devastating.
The Revolutionary United Front funded the war and all of its atrocities by the theft and sale of the country’s diamond resources.  For that reason, the term “Conflict Diamond” or “Blood Diamond” came into common parlance.  A Blood Diamond is any diamond that made it into circulation through the hands of warmongers like the ones in the Sierra Leone War.
Since the war ended in 2002, there are many who think they never have to worry about getting a blood diamond.  Unfortunately that is not the case – for two reasons.
First, diamonds are unmarked and untraceable.  When they go into circulation, there is no way to tell what their place or date or origin might be.  Since the DeBeers cartel had a policy of hoarding diamonds to keep the prices high, thousands and thousands of blood diamonds are only now making it to market.  They are everywhere – and they are indistinguishable from any other diamond out there.  While certain precautions can help, no retailer can guarantee that the stones they are selling did not originate in the Sierra Leone War.
Secondly, Sierra Leone is not the only source of blood diamonds.  There are many other hotspots around the globe that saw diamonds used to fund their conflicts – and slavery, theft, and atrocities to get the stones in the first place.  Just this week, new information came out linking Zimbabwe and China to the use of diamonds to help their military efforts. 

And there are countless other examples.  I urge you to take a look at an interview I did with the author of the book Blood Diamonds, Greg Campbell.


That is merely three minutes of the hour I spent with Mr. Campbell – an eyewitness to the brutality of the Sierra Leone War.  At this point, we have decided not to put the more horrific parts of his descriptions online, but I urge you to get his book if you have an interest.
Before I started working at Diamond Nexus, I had no idea about the dark side of the diamond world.  Nor was I aware that science had made such a perfect alternative available to the public.  I love hearing stories about our more affluent customers, who purchase from Diamond Nexus - not because they cannot afford to buy a mined diamond, but because their consciences will not allow them to.   The fact that they saved so much money is just icing on the cake.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Definitions of stone terms

Ever wonder what all of the different parts of your man made diamond simulant are called? Here are some easy to remember explanations that make describing your Diamond Nexus stone much easier!

Asscher Cut Stone

Crown - the top portion of the stone cut from the girdle to the top.

Table - the flat surface at the top of the stone.

 Culet - the bottom tip of the stone.

Facet - one or many flat surfaces on a polished  gemstone.

Girdle - the outer most edge of a stone.

Pavilion - the bottom portion from the girdle to the bottom tip of a gem.

Polishing - the process of faceting gems often referred to as cutting or polishing.

The Marketing Team!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

What’s In A Name? Part 2

By the Green Queen

Welcome back to “What’s In A Name?”, where we explore the secret inspirations behind the names of some of your favorite Diamond Nexus jewelry.  (Not to mention the weird associations that my brain makes as it hops from name to name.)

You may recall that last time, I mentioned how the Briar Rose ring references the fairytale Sleeping Beauty, especially when paired with the Aurora.  The story referenced by the Mina ring, however, is considerably darker.

Mina Engagement Ring
One of the first things I noticed when I saw this ring in person was the vertical halo that surrounds the base of the center setting.  It reminded me of a similar design that I’d seen on the Lucinda engagement ring.  When I thought of literary pairings that include a “Lucinda” or “Lucy,” I immediately thought of Lucy and Mina from Bram Stoker’s Dracula.  I could have also gone with Lucy and Susan from The Chronicles of Narnia, but it just so happened that on that same day, we released our new Twilight ring to be featured on our Celebrity Lookalikes page.  I thought that a tribute to Dracula would be a fitting balance, so “Mina” became the new ring’s name.

Next in the Parade of Nerdiness: Secret Meetings

Secret Meetings Pendant

This Lorián Platinum circle pendant is based on the design of the 14k gold Rivendel pendant.  So when I thought of a name that would complement “Rivendel,” what did I think of?  The Council of Elrond.  (Yes, I loved Lord of the Rings.)  But that was a bit of a clunky name for a pendant, so I thought of another way to phrase it.  “Hm.  Well Elrond did say that it was a ‘secret council.’  And a council is basically a meeting.”  Hence the name “Secret Meetings.”

And since it wouldn’t be a nerdfest without a little SCIENCE…

…ladies and gentlemen, meet the Helios!

Helios Ring
This gorgeous ring is so named because it looks like a helium atom to me.

 See what I mean? 
Helium is found in great abundance in the sun, though is a bit rarer here on Earth.  That’s why, when it was first discovered in 1868, it was named after the Greek titan of the sun, “Helios,” whose name literally means “sun.”

Monday, April 23, 2012

Meg's Pick of the Week~ Her Prom Jewelry!

By Meg Strobel

This weekend was a real lark! Each year, a friend of mine hosts an absolutely devine fancy
dance party lovingly referred to as "prom". It's always fabulous, and there is always a theme, this year's theme: Cry Baby! For those of you unfamiliar with the movie, check out the trailer here: 
 It's one of Johnny Depp's earlier films and it takes place in the 50's. It's lush with controversial divisions between "squares" and "drapes," and choc-a-block full of crazy characters, wild costumes, inspired dialogue, and plenty of quirks, making it a great theme for a wild dance party!

I chose to attend as a square because, seriously, who can resist an opportunity to wear victory rolls out of the house? With a little help from my gal pal Jodi (the bell of the ball later chosen as Prom Queen) my hair was looking authentic 50's in no time! I chose a pale pink formal dress that had been gathering dust in my closet and embellished it with a few silk flowers from the craft store. But, what about the jewels you say?

Here I am~ Pretty in Pink!
Here's a silly pic of my and my prom date.  :)

Any excuse to break out the bling is a good excuse, and knowing my jewels from Diamond Nexus are eco-friendly, conflict free, and affordable made me feel fabulous too! For the party I picked traditional yellow gold settings with canary diamond simulant embellishments. For my ring I chose to wear the Fantine with an awesome 2.04 Round Brilliant Center. On my wrist, the simple, elegant, oh so chic adoration tennis bracelet, and for my ears- fantastic, fabulous 2 carat martini studs. Ice from head to toe!

Fantine with Canary 

Wearing the canary jewels made me feel so feminine and flirty, and wearing them in traditional yellow gold was fabulous. Yellow gold with yellow diamonds and a pink dress- I really felt like a princess! What do you think of my dress? What would you have chosen to wear for a theme party like this, and what kind of jewels would you pair with it?

Fabulous and chic at an affordable price

By Christina Waller~Retail visual merchandiser/Jewelry advisor

Who hasn’t looked on the Tiffany’s website and daydreamed, or thought about how amazing a Harry Winston piece would look on their hand.  Well, your dreams can become a reality with Diamond Nexus.

Tiffany Lucida Solitaire ring- 1.00 CS  $11,100

Diamond Nexus Lareda ring- 1.00cs 14k WG  $795

I don’t know about you, but I can think of A LOT of different things to spend that extra $10,000 in savings on!

Harry Winston Classic Round-starting at $15,000

Diamond Nexus Endless Days Round-1.49cs 14k WG  $990

This setting is the ultimate classic.  Diamond Nexus and Harry Winston both offer it in so many cuts and center stone sizes.  But the most expensive one through DN will still only set you back $1,785.00!
Tiffany Lucida with side stones-1.00cs  $12,900

Diamond Nexus Carlotta Princess-1.00cs 14kWG  $1,035

Attain the look of Tiffany’s…without the accompaniment of that hefty price tag.  Our Carlotta is also available with a round center stone. 

Tiffany Metro Hoop- $13,500

Diamond Nexus Chantal Hoop WG-$895

Why pay thousands of dollars when you can have the same look for so much less?  For the price we offer, you can afford to buy a few different pairs of earrings!

When going through and looking at all of the prices on other jeweler’s websites, I was quick to discover that all of the prices were starting points.  That means that you are paying a lot of money for stones that aren’t even their best quality!  With Diamond Nexus, you never need to worry about that.  ALL of our man made diamond simulants are the same D color, IF rated, and ideally cut quality. 

While our settings are high quality 14K, we can also do 18K and Platinum that all the other pieces I featured from other jewelers are set in.  And trust me, our pieces done in these metal upgrades are still going to be far less than our competitors.  For the most accurate pricing on these metal upgrades, any of our retail locations or Live Chat representatives can provide you with it.

Being fabulous and chic, truly has gotten so much more affordable thanks to Diamond Nexus.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

New Phones

Here at Diamond Nexus, we’ve recently upgraded our offices and call center with new phones!  The new phones have loads of fancy features that help enhance our responsiveness to our customers, and they come with really big user manuals, so you know they must be cool.

There’s just one problem.  The old phones have begun to pile up in the corner of an abandoned cubicle.  And they…well, they look suspicious.  We think they might be holding secret meetings and plotting something.


What do you think?

Our Esteal of the week looks very similar to Angelina Jolie's Engagement Ring!

Fans of Angelina Jolie's new engagement ring are definitely partial to the emerald cut stone. By amazing coincidence, one of our incredibly-priced E-Steals rings that is about to go on sale on April 19th is a near-perfect lookalike!

View our Esteals of the week this week by clicking here: Esteals

Check out the Tristan ring, with a 1.06 carat Emerald cut center stone which is a slimmed-down version of Angelina's celeb ring starting at just $399! If you don't score the incredibly priced E-Steal in time, you can easily get the same look by ordering the Tristan and changing the center stone to an emerald cut.  Just call us at 1-800-509-4990.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What’s In A Name? Part 1

By the Green Queen

As the primary person to name new items for Diamond Nexus, I get to have a little fun with those names now and then.  I can’t claim credit for every name, (anything that references an ’80s pop song was before my time here,) and some names are assigned in a bit of a rush without much meaning behind them.  But other names…well, there’s a story there.

Welcome to Part 1 of the continuing series: “What’s In A Name?”  Here, you’ll get to learn about the secret inspiration behind the names of some of our jewelry, from affordable engagement rings to earrings and pendants.

You may be asking yourself, “What’s so hard about naming a piece of jewelry?  There are plenty of names in the world to pick from.  Like…um…”  The thing is that after about a dozen or so new names, your brain starts to feel a little confuzzled about where to find the next one.  There are nearly 700 named items on the Diamond Nexus website, not including discontinued pieces.  (Also not including matching bands, loose stones, or other things that don’t have unique names.)  Furthermore, there’s a bit of a trick to finding a name that feels “right” for a particular piece.  I mean, you wouldn’t use the name “Rambo” for a petite engagement ring.  So sometimes, I do a bit of creative digging and free-association to find the right moniker.  This both amuses and confuses my coworkers.

So first up is the Briar Rose ring.

Briar Rose Engagement Ring
At the time when this ring came out, Diamond Nexus had a rather limited selection of the hot new trend of twisted band rings.  In fact, one of the very few such rings we had was the Aurora.  The new ring not only had a twisted style band like the Aurora, but was absolutely encrusted with accent stones…also like the Aurora.  Plus, it had a bit of a fairytale tangled-vine look to it.  I remembered the story of Sleeping Beauty in which the princess’ name was “Aurora” but the good fairies called her “Briar Rose” during her years in hiding.  Thus, the new ring was called “Briar Rose” as a complement to the “Aurora.”

Next up is the Bistro ring 
Bistro Engagement Ring

Again, free-association is fun.  With this popular ring, I found myself looking at it and wondering how I could make special note of its unusual feature: the chocolate colored accents.  So I thought to myself: “Chocolate stones.  They’re Baguette cut.  Chocolate baguettes.  Hm.  Sounds like something you’d get in a French café.  Or a BISTRO!”

Now I’m hungry.

But before I go find some chocolate-dipped pastry…the Secret Love ring.

Secret Love Engagement Ring

 Remember the 2004 film version of Phantom of the Opera with Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, and Patrick Wilson?  Remember the part near the end where the Phantom gives Christine an engagement ring and sort of…threatens to murder her lover if she doesn’t agree to marry him?  (Come on, Phantom.  This is not a foundation for a healthy marriage.)  But she breaks through that bad boy’s emo shell of violence and rage with an act of kindness and compassion, which takes him completely by surprise and inspires him to let the lovers go.  After initially running away, Christine returns for one brief moment to give back the engagement ring before departing with her beloved Raoul.

But who did Christine REALLY love?

There’s all kinds of debate about this aspect of the story.  Was Christine really in love with the Phantom, who represented sensuality and dark desires?  Did she choose Raoul in the end because he represented daylight and freedom, and she felt imprisoned by the Phantom’s darkness?  Would things have turned out differently if the Phantom hadn’t tried so hard to control her and everyone around her?  Everyone’s interpretation is different, but the film’s epilogue clearly showed an interpretation in which the Phantom’s love for Christine never died, even though he kept himself hidden away for the rest of their lives.  Alone and forgotten, he still held onto his secret love.

So yeah.  Long story short, the “Secret Love” ring looks kinda like the ring from the movie.

The Nexus Design Studio gals having fun!

Missy and Chelsea assist customers in creating unique, one of a kind custom jewelry with the Nexus Design Studio . But what you all might not know about these fabulous women is that they are a ton of fun! I just love their positive energy and can honestly say that they are always so smiley and cheerful. They are great fun  to work with, and any time I need some willing volunteers for anything photo or video related, they jump to the task!

Diamond Nexus is lucky to have them on the team and we know that if anyone has any custom jewelry needs, that these ladies will be extremely helpful. Sometimes, designing a custom piece of jewelry can be confusing, but never fear, these women know their stuff and will follow along with you the whole way, from beginning to end, to ensure that each and every custom design is to your liking.

So if owning a custom piece from Diamond Nexus is your dream, just contact them at this link: to get started on owning your very own , one of a kind, custom jewelry!

Rapper Wiz Khalifa pops the question to Model Amber Rose!

There was no question that the answer would be yes when Rapper Wiz Khalifa presented his beautiful girlfriend, Model Amber Rose with an extraordinary Oval cut solitaire set in Rose Gold in March.The ring reportedly cost  in the upwards of $500,000!

We wish them all the happiness in the world, but it is too bad more celebrities didn't take the time to research where their mined diamonds came from. Diamond Nexus offers affordable engagement rings made with eco-friendly man made diamond simulants. Customers world-wide are making the smart choice and minimizing their environmental impact on the planet, while still wearing a gorgeous ring with lots of bling!

Tiffany Style Solitaire with an Oval cut center

Blake's Herbs

Written by Blake Swanson
 Diamond Nexus Employee,  inspiration of the first "World's Best Husband" T-Shirt and rumored defeator of Chuck Norris

There is no doubt that if you're cooking at home, and you don't want your dinner to taste like junior high cafeteria food, you're going to use herbs while you cook.  Being a self-described cheapskate, I typically would cringe when pricing out the cost of fresh herbs at the grocery store.  Sure dried spices are inexpensive and seemingly last a lifetime, but it just doesn't taste the same.  Many of my personal recipes call for fresh herbs added at the end.  My solution:  plant my own herbs!  Not only is it extremely cost effective, but it's dual purpose as they also double (at least in looks) as a small house plant.  So far I've planted mint, cilantro, basil, chives, oregano and parsley.  Keep in mind herbs need to be watered much more often then a normal plant, and it's important to regularly feed them with a traditional plant food.  Also, I've found (by trial and error) that it's important to keep them in direct sunlight!   As a bonus--they all smell great!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Another Look at Angelina's Engagement Ring

Diamond Nexus is excited to be able to show another view of Actress Angelina Jolie's engagement ring. It has a large tablet shaped center stone, accented by graduated smaller stones cut to match the center.

Diamond Nexus offers customers the chance to recreate celebrity looks for less with their Nexus Design Studio. For anyone interested in this style, they can contact the Design Studio for a free quote at this link:

Saturday, April 14, 2012

See Angelina's New Engagement Ring!

The first glimpse of the actress' new diamond ring

 The news of one of Hollywood's hottest couples getting engaged has finally surfaced! Brad Pitt presented Angelina Jolie with a unique Table cut diamond ring worth a reported $250,000!

Jolie was seen wearing a diamond on her ring finger while at a benefit Wednesday night at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This stunner was hard to miss~ Marisa Guthrie, senior writer for The Hollywood Reporter reported the story first, and since then the buzz has centered around the unusually cut stone chosen for the ring.

Beverly Hills jeweler Robert Procop confirmed to USA Today that he collaborated with Brad to create the perfect engagement ring for Angelina: “Brad had a specific vision for this ring, which he realized over a yearlong collaboration with Robert. He wanted every aspect of it to be perfect, so Robert was able to locate a diamond of the finest quality and cut it to an exact custom size and shape to suit Angelina’s hand. . . . Brad was always heavily involved, overseeing every aspect of the creative design evolution. The side diamonds are specially cut to encircle her finger. Each diamond is of the highest gem quality.”

What is the Antique Table Cut Diamond? A table cut diamond has a flat top, like an ordinary table. All four of the sides have a simple facet similar to a bevel. These diamonds were initially created in the 16th century, but were more commonly seen from the 17th through the earlier 18th century in jewelry.

For customers who love the look of antique cut stones, Diamond Nexus can custom make nearly any stone cut with our Nexus Design Studio at a fraction of the cost of what Brad Pitt spent on Angelina's engagement ring. So the look of Hollywood glamour has never been easier to get than with now, with Diamond Nexus' affordable engagement rings, which are also the eco-friendly engagement ring choice of people across the planet.

Too bad this philanthropic couple hadn't checked into an option like ours and used the saved money to much better use. But we wish them much happiness as they plan their wedding, which will no doubt be fabulous! They have an adorable brood of children to hopefully be part of thier nuptials. We can imagine how cute they will all be,  in mini-tuxes and dresses!

Friday, April 13, 2012

A castle made to commemorate lost love

Miami's Coral Castle
In the early 1900's, a 26 year old man named Edward Leedskalnin was all set to marry his 16 year old love. She dumped him one day before the wedding. This heartbroken young man decided that instead of basking in sadness, he would instead build a tribute to his love for her.

The castle is built of over a thousand tons of sculpted coral. The mystery lies in the fact that Leedskalnin quarried and carried all of the coral himself, sculpting into the night for 28 years. Noone knows how he managed to complete this daunting task alone, but it stands beautifully against the Florida skyline, complete with gates, benches and even a tower lookout.

When the Coral Castle was completed he called it " Sweet Sixteen". Flocks of visitors come each year to witness this profound creation for themselves. A true tribute to one person's ability to love so deeply and remain dedicated their entire life.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Anti-diamond graffiti outside of South Africa's 'Jewel City'

California street artist ABOVE spray painted an anti-diamond message outside of the world's largest diamond trading centers. This was done as protest against "blood diamonds" which have caused destruction to human life and the environment.

During an interview with the website Arrested Motion, ABOVE said:

"I was able to get away with this diamond wall heist because I told the owners I would paint in big letters 'Diamonds are a woman's best friend' on the exterior of their building.  The owners loved the idea and all quickly agreed. The next day I had started painting but what the owners didn't know is that I lied to them and was hijacking their wall. I assume the owners were too busy trading diamonds inside the mega centre they never took the time to come out and see I was painting a controversial word play about the diamond trade and how it's fueled so much bloodshed in wars making it one of man's worst enemies."

Diamond Nexus man made diamond simulants are lab created and eco-friendly diamond alternatives. So we know that no harm has come to anyone or anything for our customers to own and proudly wear our gorgeous jewelry.

That being said, I have to admit that this is one of the coolest ways I have seen to demonstrate against the blood diamond industry. It makes a powerful statement.

Psych: Shawn’s Grandmother’s Engagement Ring

By The Green Queen

Warning: although I tried really hard to keep this post as spoiler-free as possible, there may be a few of them included below.

It can sometimes be hard to get a good look at engagement rings featured in T.V. shows, but fans of the show Psych got an excellent close-up in a recent episode.

This gorgeous antique reportedly belonged to the grandmother of the show’s unlikely hero, Shawn Spencer.  Although Shawn hasn’t yet popped the question to his girlfriend, Detective Juliet O’Hara, he’s still keeping the ring around “just in case.”  (If he doesn’t lose it inside a toy for the millionth time.)

What struck me upon seeing the close-up, though, was how this ring is a near-perfect match to our own “Jessica” ring, a petite engagement ring that was just introduced to our new 10k affordable engagement collection a couple weeks ago.

Jessica Engagement Ring

The only major difference is that instead of metalworking to accent the band, the “Jessica” features 80 Round Brilliant cut Diamond Nexus accents. (And the fact that the “Jessica” only costs $550, whereas I’m pretty sure that an antique mined diamond solitaire costs way more than that. Well…I don’t know, maybe Shawn’s grandparents originally paid around $550 back in the '40s or whenever they got married. Inflation can be funny.) Check out the episode, then check out the ring and see for yourself! By the way, if we find out in a later episode that Shawn’s grandmother was named “Jessica,” I am going to start freaking out a little.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Letters to Mom For Mother's Day

We asked our fans to write letters about their mothers and what makes them special. We said that we would post them to our blog. What we got was an outpouring of truly touching and thoughtful stories that moved us. Thank you all for contributing to our Mother's Day project. 

From all of us here at Diamond Nexus, we would like to wish you all a very Happy Mother's Day~ 

Krystal~"My birth mother wasn't ready to be a mom at such a young age. She gave me to my paternal grandmother and walked away. I spent most of my life calling my father's sister "mom" because she was the only parent I had. She cared for me as if I her own and made sure to raise me on the best path possible. We were unable to afford the costs of legal adoption as she was a single mom with two other children. For my 18th birthday, I asked for one thing..her last name. She told me she would look into it, but told me she wasn't able to file for me. On my birthday, I receive a present in a box bigger than I was. This box contained leaves, my brother and sister's shoes, bricks and an envelope. In the envelope were court documents with the following Mondays date as my court appearance. That Monday my last name was changed to Brown. My mom was the only one who watched me graduate Highschool, start college, love, be heartbroken, then love again. She knew I wanted to marry Clayton before I did. She is my rock and I couldn't ask for anyone better. I love you Mom ♥"

Tim~"I used to love when my mom would cook for me when I was sick and nurse me back to health. God I wish I was a kid again cause loving her children was and still is my mothers passion in life. I'm always her baby boy even at 36..." 

Toby~ "My biological mother passed away from cancer when I was 11, she 38. Mother's Day was always a tough time even the first year as I was still in elementary and they made things for Moms in class. That was 1980. I have to say I'm fortunate to ...have had wonderful women role models growing up, and some, well not so much. lol I am fortunate enough to have a wonderful mother-in-law, who I can tell anything to...and have! lol She's a great lady with a wonderful personality and sense of humor. To Joanne! Happy Mother's Day!"

Tausha~ "My mother is Melissa Nunley. She is loving, outgoing, and understanding. We have so much in common that is really hard to find something that we don’t like to do together. My mom is best friend, we tell each other everything no matter what it is. My mom has always been there for me no matter what. When I found out that I was pregnant with my oldest daughter I was a sophomore in high school, and my... boyfriend was wanting out of the relationship I was broken and I didn’t know what I was going to do but my mom was there to help me through and when I had her she was the one holding my hand and telling me everything was going to be ok. And when my marriage was going down the drain and I felt like it was never ever going to get any better my mom made my day and took me and my daughter out on the town. She has always supported me in whatever I wanted to do with my life. She pushed me to go back and finish school and get my education. My mom has been a big inspiration to me because I have seen her struggle and somehow she always pushes her way through it all. and even when I had my second daughter she was still there holding my hand and telling me that everything was going to alright. I hope and pray that someday I will be a good mom just like her, she has been there for me through the thick and thin and I want to be just like for my daughters, my mom is my guardian angle and I know that, god has blessed me with a wonderful mother! I love you momma!"

Diamond Nexus: See the revolution for yourself!

Diamond Nexus was chosen by brides from The Knot as a "Best of Weddings" jeweler for the second year in a row, and has an A+ rating from the BBB. And that's just where it begins. Check us out to see how we're changing jewelry as the world knows it.

Diamond Nexus Brand New Press Release about the Intersecting Hearts Matching Bands

Diamond Nexus Releases Matching Wedding Bands for Michael Nashef Designer Affordable Engagement Ring Collection

Diamond Nexus recently launched the Intersecting Hearts Collection. Now, the collection will be expanded with matching designer wedding bands. 

Leila Engagement Ring and Band


(PRWEB) April 10, 2012 

Diamond Nexus recently launched the Intersecting Hearts Collection. Now, the collection will be expanded with matching designer wedding bands.

“The Michael Nashef collection showcases engagement rings in styles inspired by nature. We created these romantic designs with matching wedding bands that fit perfectly flush with these inexpensive engagement rings for the perfect look of elegance and modern sophistication,” stated Gary LaCourt, CEO.

The Intersecting Hearts design was originally inspired by the engagement ring that Nashef designed for his wife’s engagement ring. The uniting of two hearts, which overlap and resemble two budding leaves create a blossoming look that stands as a metaphor for the lifelong commitment of love between a couples.

“Releasing matching bands for our latest collection has been something we have been extremely excited about at Diamond Nexus. Customer response to these new styles has been extremely positive. So we know that everyone is going to be thrilled to see what the matching bands look like,” commented Jennifer London, Social Media Coordinator.

“I invite everyone to visit us on Facebook at to share their opinions on the new rings and bands, and let us know what they think. It is a great way to hear what customers love about the new designs and where they might want to see us expand with upcoming designs as well,” London said.

The Intersecting Hearts Collection from Diamond Nexus can be viewed at this link: 

Diamond Nexus was founded in 2004 with the purpose of bringing to the public the powerful benefits of the lab-created diamond simulant revolution. They have over 250,000 customers worldwide that have awarded them an "A+" rating with the BBB, and are the ninth largest online jewelry retailer in America according to the 2011 IR500 list. For two years in a row brides from The Knot have selected them as their Best of Jeweler. Diamond Nexus currently has two retail locations: their flagship store at Woodfield Mall in suburban Chicago, Illinois, and a second store at Mayfair Mall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2009 the company was named the official jeweler and crown maker of the Miss Universe Organization as part of NBC/Universal’s “Green is Universal” environmental initiative.

Jennifer's Favorite Rings from Diamond Nexus

Customers like to ask us what our favorite pieces of jewelry from Diamond Nexus are. For me, it can change, depending on my mood and the style I am feeling more drawn to at the time. But certain styles always call to me.

I am crazy about anything with a Pear cut, Asscher, Princess or Cushion Cut. Halo set rings really make me smile whenever I put one on my hand. So when we came out with the Palm Springs I was beside myself. I wanted that ring so badly! Though I have not bought it yet, whenever a customer asks to see a photo, I usually like to borrow one to take new photos, even though I probably have tons saved in our album for Customer Requests.

Palm Springs Engagement Ring
Another ring that I really adore is the Felicia Engagement Ring from our new 10K Value Collection. It has a halo setting, low profile for easy wear and twisted band for added feminine appeal. It is so elegant, and fits perfectly with a matching band or even two matching bands, as I would probably wear it. The Felicia is really a sweet and romantic design!

Felicia Engagement Ring

An affordable engagement ring that has tons of sparkle is the new Sara Michael from the new Michael Nashef line called the Intersecting Hearts Collection. It has a cushion cut center in a lovely accented halo setting, and a split band. It is so very romantic and one of my favorites from the new collection.

Sara Michael Engagement Ring

So, these are a few of my favorite rings. I would love to hear what all of your top favorites are! Every girl needs atleast their top 5 rings ;)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

What Missy from the Design Studio wears from Diamond Nexus

Missy, who works in the Nexus Design Studio just loves her three piece set from Diamond Nexus. She pairs the Champagne Nights with an Athena pendant (replacing the center with an Asscher cut stone) and Asscher cut studs for a classic and timeless look.

"Asscher is my favorite cut stone. I wear these earrings and necklace almost everyday because it goes with everything! I get so many compliments on how they sparkle. I have the 0.99ct each, 1.98ct total weight earrings in 14k white gold and the pendant is the Athena pendant with a 2.4ct Asscher stone in 14k white gold. The Champagne Nights is one of my favorites because of the Canary center stone and how the stones on the prongs sparkle. These 3 pieces look great when worn together or as seperate staple pieces."