Barney's Blog

By James Elligson 12 Dec, 2016

Sapphires have become one of the hottest gemstones around the world. Although they are the designated birthstone for September, they are one of the most popular stones for so many reasons. The vibrant colours available in Sapphire are unlike most any stone in the mineral kingdom. Sapphire is a variety of stone from the Corundum species, (the same species as Ruby.) It is one of the hardest minerals on earth measuring in at a “9” on the Mohs hardness scale, (where diamond is a perfect 10) This allows sapphire to keep its sharp edges and beautiful shape through years of wear, where other softer stones loose its edges, scratch more easily and chip more readily.

By James Elligson 02 Sep, 2016

Emerald Mining

The world’s largest emerald mine; the Belmont in Itabira, Brazil, is actually a family business that began as a cattle ranch.

In 1978, the ranch’s owner; Mauro Ribeiro, was using a bulldozer to build a small dam and pond to provide water for his cattle. During the excavation, Ribeiro unearthed some emeralds but didn’t recognize them.


By James Elligson 24 Aug, 2016

Canadian Diamonds

Canadian mines now supply 10% of the world’s diamonds, Bloomberg reported. That makes Canada a major diamond producer.

Canadian diamonds are sought after because a large percentage of them are bridal quality gems. That makes Canadian diamonds more valuable than most, the nation’s output accounts for 15% of the value of the world’s diamond production.

This extra value is why giant corporations; like the world’s largest diamond producer DeBeers and the international mining giant Rio Tinto, have been willing to spend fortunes digging for diamonds in the Northwest Territories. Currently two diamond mines; Diavik and Ekati are operating in the region; a third mine Gacho Kue – a joint venture of De Beers and Mountain Province Diamonds is scheduled to begin production in 2016.

Despite the new mine the industry is not growing; DeBeers closed another Northwest Territories mine Snap Lake last year, because of falling diamond prices. Production at another Canadian mine operated by the Stornoway Diamond Corp in Renard, Quebec, began in summer 2016, Mining Weekly reported. The Renard mine is the first outside of the Northwest Territories.

Canada’s Largest Diamond

The largest diamond mine in Canada is Diavik in the Northwest Territories; owned by international mining giant Rio Tinto and Dominion Diamond Corporation. Around 100 million karats of rough diamonds have been mined at Diavik since it opened in 2003.

The Diavik is also one of the world’s remote mines; it is located 300 kilometers northeast of Yellowknife and 220 kilometers south of the Arctic Circle, in the Barren Lands - a region where temperatures sometimes drop to 50 degrees Celsius. Daivik is currently producing around eight million carats of diamonds a year.

The most famous stone unearthed there is the Daivik Foxfire, Canada’s largest diamond. The Foxfire is a 187.7 carat gem-quality stone that means it weighs 1.324 ounces or 37.54 grams. In contrast a typical diamond is around .50 carats or .004 ounces or .1 grams.

Strangely enough the Foxfire was discovered by accident, Bloomberg TV reported . Rio Tinto miners only noticed the big stone; because it was the wrong shape to fit through their ore processing machine. Had it been a regularly shaped stone, the Foxfire would have probably been thrown away at the mine. Instead it was taken to New York and cut; before being put on display at the Kensington Palace in London.

Ethical Diamonds from Canada

The biggest selling point for stones from places like Daivik is something that Canadians are well known for: ethics. Unlike diamonds from Africa, Canadian stones are not mined in warzones; or used to finance dictatorships and human rights violations.

Another attraction to Canadian diamonds is the commitment to protecting the environment. Daivik gets 56% of its electricity from a $30 million wind farm built in 2012. Rio Tinto and Dominion Diamonds also entered an environmental agreement with Aboriginal groups and the federal and territorial governments. The agreement binds the miners to protecting water and wild life.

The demand for Canadian diamonds is growing because of their reputation for being conflict-free and environmentally friendly. This provides Canadians with jobs while meeting a growing demand for ethnically-mined gemstones.

Where to Find Canadian Diamonds

Canadian diamonds are now sold under several brand names in jewellery stores and online. Unfortunately since demand for these stones is growing, some unscrupulous sellers are trying to pass off gems from other parts of the world as Canadian.

The best way to ensure that you are getting a Canadian diamond is to insist upon a stone with a Diamond Dossier from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Such a gem should have a number microscopically engraved by laser on the outer edge of the diamond. This inscription is invisible to the naked eye; so it will not affect the gemstone’s value.

A GIA-certified gemologist can read this inscription and type the number into the GIA’s website. The website contains a database that will provide the history of the diamond and verify its origin. That way you can be confident you are getting an ethical diamond from Canada.

Taking the time to locate a jeweller that employees GIA-certified gemologists; and only sells stones with Diamond Dossiers and laser inscriptions, is the best way to ensure that you will be getting ethical diamonds. That way you can support Canada’s diamond industry and get a gem you can trust.

By James Elligson 29 Jul, 2016

When it comes to gold jewellery, what you don’t know can cost you a lot of money. There are serious differences between types of gold that can greatly affect a piece’s value.

The price of gold jewellery is usually determined by the amount of the metal used in the piece. Not surprisingly, more gold usually means a higher price, and less of the metal a lower price.

Levels of gold in jewellery vary because gold itself is very soft. It requires to be mixed with other metals such as copper, silver, zinc, and sometimes palladium or nickel. White gold often receives a plating of Rhodium, to be hard enough for jewellery use, and to appear extra white and brilliant.

The types of Gold Jewellery              

Gold jewellery is usually graded by what is known as karat weight. The karat or "K" is a measurement of the percentage of gold in the piece. The weight is usually listed on the piece in the form of a jeweller’s hallmark, and often mentioned in advertising.

Here are the common karat weights for gold jewellery used in North America:

·        24 karat 99.99% pure

·        22 karat 91.7% pure

·        18 karat 75% pure

·        14 karat 58.5% pure

·        12 karat 50% pure

·        10 karat 41.7% pure

Legitimate gold jewellery should have the karat weights stamped on it somewhere. The weights can tell you a lot about the jewellery including where it was made. There are other karat weights out there but they are not commonly used in Canada or the United States. Nine karat gold rings are sold in the United Kingdom; but not in the US or Canada, for example.

Always be careful with karat weights because any fraudster can buy a stamp and put a false karat weight on a piece. That is why a lot of the cheaper jewellery is inaccurately priced. You should be especially leery of any piece of jewelry that is not stamped with one of the common karat weights.

This fraud is why you should always have gold jewellery examined by a Graduate Gemologist; preferably one trained and certified by the Gemological Institute of America. A GIA certified Graduate Gemologist can perform scientific tests to verify gold content.

You should be especially careful with older jewellery and pieces from foreign sources. Some of them may have been graded to unusual standards, or contain a false stamp.

The Types of Jewellery Gold

You have to be very careful with gold jewellery, because a lot of it is merely gold plated, or contains a limited amount of gold.

·        Gold Filled Jewellery is a term that refers to a piece in which a small amount of gold covers a base metal alloy usually brass. Gold filled jewellery should have the karat weight stamped somewhere on it.

·        Gold Plated Jewellery is created by using a process called electroplating to put a thin layer of gold on brass or steel. One way to spot gold-plated jewellery is to look to see if the finish is wearing off. If the gold finish is wearing off, the jewellery has probably been plated.

·        White Gold is usually a combination of gold mixed with another metal. It is usually coated with rhodium to protect it. One way to tell real white gold to look to see if it is yellowish, real white gold is often yellowish.

·        Rose Gold refers to a mixture of copper and gold that is sometimes called Russian gold. You can tell Rose Gold because it is usually has a slight reddish hue.

It can be real difficult for an amateur to tell the kinds of gold jewellery apart. That is why you should always buy jewellery from a jeweller who is a Graduate Gemologist. It is also why you should have gold jewellery appraised by a Graduate Gemologist. That way you can actually know if it is gold, and how much it is worth.
By James Elligson 04 Dec, 2015

Once you have chosen the perfect ring, popped the question and exchanged “I Do’s,” it is important to take care of your diamond wedding rings. The investment is a symbol of your relationship and, with daily wear, should be properly cared for to ensure it lasts as long and stays as beautiful as your love.

5 Tips to Ensure Proper Care for Your Diamond Wedding Rings

 

  1. Keep it Clean : Exposure to skin oils, creams, soaps and hair products can cause buildup on your diamond that will make it appear dull and may cause damage over time. Mix warm water with a few drops of ammonia and soak your diamond rings to remove the residue. Rinse and dry with a soft cloth.
  2. Store it Properly: Avoid storing your diamonds with other jewellery which may lead to scratches and damage. Instead, place it in a fabric lined box, pouch or wrap it in tissue paper to protect it and your other jewellery.
  3. Wear with Care : Take off your diamond ring when participating in rough work, exercising or using household cleaners. Diamonds are forever, but they can still be chipped by a hard impact at the wrong angle.
  4. Inspect from Time to Time : Check your diamond regularly to ensure it is secure in its setting and get it repaired immediately if you notice any prongs are loose or if there are other signs of damage.
  5. Visit a Professional : If possible, visit a diamond expert once a year to have your wedding rings properly cleaned. Minor repairs can be performed and a professional cleaning can be done to keep your diamond in great shape, year after year.

 

If you want a professional to clean or repair your diamond wedding rings or other jewellery, Barney’s Jewellers are here to help. Located at Westmount Mall in Waterloo, our diamond experts can keep your rings looking their best.

By James Elligson 04 Dec, 2015

Once you decide to pop the big question, the hard part begins! You have to try and find a ring that is as beautiful and unique as your partner. The task can seem daunting with so much information, rules and varying opinions from family and friends. You don’t have to worry; with a little research and a visit to your local diamond experts , you will be able to find the perfect ring for your perfect partner.

Choosing Diamonds when Shopping for Your Engagement Ring 

Here are some tips to help you buy the best engagement ring for your special someone:

  • Set a budget : People talk about a lot of rules and numbers when they discuss purchasing the ring. The important thing is to spend an amount that you and your fiancée are comfortable with for your budget and long-term goals. There are beautiful rings available at all price points, so you won’t have to sacrifice getting a fabulous ring to save your credit score.
  • Look at your options : You are already taking a step in the right direction by reading this post! Start doing research online, look at different ring styles and begin to familiarize yourself with the terminology for the settings and designs that you prefer. You don’t have to master all the lingo, but it will help you feel more at ease and prepared when you buy the ring.
  • Pay attention : Consider other jewellery your loved one owns and their wardrobe overall. Do they prefer fancier pieces or understated looks? Is their other jewellery detailed or simple? Is it large or discrete? Start to take notice. The engagement ring should be special and make a statement, but it should also reflect your darling’s unique style and fit in with their daily lifestyle.
  • Ask for help : Your soon-to-be fiancée’s friends or family may have a better idea about their expectations and preferences than you. If you are stumped on finding the right style, bring along a friend or relative you trust to help you decide. Ask someone you get along with well and who will not take control of the shopping trip.

  If you are looking for an engagement ring for your love in Waterloo Ontario, visit Barney’s Jewellers at Westmount Mall today or contact us here . Our experts can help you find the perfect ring for your sweetheart.


By James Elligson 04 Dec, 2015

There is a lot of information and terminology associated with engagement rings and it can be overwhelming as you first start to shop. Understanding a few simple things about diamonds will help you choose the perfect stone for your special someone. Learn the basics about diamonds to make shopping as easy as possible.

 Tips for Buying Diamonds: The Four C’s 

  • Colour : Even if you want a classic ‘clear’ or ‘white’ diamond ring, there are a range of colours to consider. D-F diamonds are considered colourless and should be set in platinum or white gold. Diamonds are called near colourless when they are classified as G through J and can still suitably be placed in a platinum or white gold setting. Stones within the K-M grade have a slight yellow tint and are known as faint colour diamonds. They may be set in yellow gold. Those that fall from N-R have a very light colour, visible as a yellow or brown tint, and are more affordable than the higher grades. Diamonds that are S-Z grade are known as light colour and are often considered too coloured for a white diamond.
  • Cut : The cut refers to how well a stone’s angles are cut, rather than the shape of the stone. It should be balanced with enough width and depth so that light can enter the diamond and be reflected properly back through the top. If it is cut too deep or wide, the light will not properly reflect, making it appear dull and less brilliant.
  • Clarity : The number of small imperfections or “inclusions” a stone has will determine its clarity rating. Ratings are determined when inspected under 10x magnification and range from flawless to imperfect.
  • Carat : This is the easiest factor to measure and is tied to the weight of the diamond. Each carat has 100 “points” so you can buy a diamond that is between full carats, for example 1.25. The higher the carat weight, the more rare and therefore, more expensive the diamond will be. However, two diamonds with the same carat weight may have a big difference in price based on the previous three C’s.

If you are shopping for diamonds in Waterloo , Ontario, visit us at Westmount Mall or contact us today. Our diamond experts can help you find the perfect ring for your loved one.

How To Buy Diamonds

  • By James Elligson
  • 04 Dec, 2015

Understanding a few simple things and you'll make the best decision

How To Buy Diamonds

There is a lot of information and terminology associated with engagement rings and it can be overwhelming as you first start to shop. Understanding a few simple things about diamonds will help you choose the perfect stone for your special someone. Learn the basics about diamonds to make shopping as easy as possible.

 Tips for Buying Diamonds: The Four C’s 

  • Colour : Even if you want a classic ‘clear’ or ‘white’ diamond ring, there are a range of colours to consider. D-F diamonds are considered colourless and should be set in platinum or white gold. Diamonds are called near colourless when they are classified as G through J and can still suitably be placed in a platinum or white gold setting. Stones within the K-M grade have a slight yellow tint and are known as faint colour diamonds. They may be set in yellow gold. Those that fall from N-R have a very light colour, visible as a yellow or brown tint, and are more affordable than the higher grades. Diamonds that are S-Z grade are known as light colour and are often considered too coloured for a white diamond.
  • Cut : The cut refers to how well a stone’s angles are cut, rather than the shape of the stone. It should be balanced with enough width and depth so that light can enter the diamond and be reflected properly back through the top. If it is cut too deep or wide, the light will not properly reflect, making it appear dull and less brilliant.
  • Clarity : The number of small imperfections or “inclusions” a stone has will determine its clarity rating. Ratings are determined when inspected under 10x magnification and range from flawless to imperfect.
  • Carat : This is the easiest factor to measure and is tied to the weight of the diamond. Each carat has 100 “points” so you can buy a diamond that is between full carats, for example 1.25. The higher the carat weight, the more rare and therefore, more expensive the diamond will be. However, two diamonds with the same carat weight may have a big difference in price based on the previous three C’s.

If you are shopping for diamonds in Waterloo , Ontario, visit us at Westmount Mall or contact us today. Our diamond experts can help you find the perfect ring for your loved one.

Barney's Blog

By James Elligson 12 Dec, 2016

Sapphires have become one of the hottest gemstones around the world. Although they are the designated birthstone for September, they are one of the most popular stones for so many reasons. The vibrant colours available in Sapphire are unlike most any stone in the mineral kingdom. Sapphire is a variety of stone from the Corundum species, (the same species as Ruby.) It is one of the hardest minerals on earth measuring in at a “9” on the Mohs hardness scale, (where diamond is a perfect 10) This allows sapphire to keep its sharp edges and beautiful shape through years of wear, where other softer stones loose its edges, scratch more easily and chip more readily.

By James Elligson 02 Sep, 2016

Emerald Mining

The world’s largest emerald mine; the Belmont in Itabira, Brazil, is actually a family business that began as a cattle ranch.

In 1978, the ranch’s owner; Mauro Ribeiro, was using a bulldozer to build a small dam and pond to provide water for his cattle. During the excavation, Ribeiro unearthed some emeralds but didn’t recognize them.


By James Elligson 24 Aug, 2016

Canadian Diamonds

Canadian mines now supply 10% of the world’s diamonds, Bloomberg reported. That makes Canada a major diamond producer.

Canadian diamonds are sought after because a large percentage of them are bridal quality gems. That makes Canadian diamonds more valuable than most, the nation’s output accounts for 15% of the value of the world’s diamond production.

This extra value is why giant corporations; like the world’s largest diamond producer DeBeers and the international mining giant Rio Tinto, have been willing to spend fortunes digging for diamonds in the Northwest Territories. Currently two diamond mines; Diavik and Ekati are operating in the region; a third mine Gacho Kue – a joint venture of De Beers and Mountain Province Diamonds is scheduled to begin production in 2016.

Despite the new mine the industry is not growing; DeBeers closed another Northwest Territories mine Snap Lake last year, because of falling diamond prices. Production at another Canadian mine operated by the Stornoway Diamond Corp in Renard, Quebec, began in summer 2016, Mining Weekly reported. The Renard mine is the first outside of the Northwest Territories.

Canada’s Largest Diamond

The largest diamond mine in Canada is Diavik in the Northwest Territories; owned by international mining giant Rio Tinto and Dominion Diamond Corporation. Around 100 million karats of rough diamonds have been mined at Diavik since it opened in 2003.

The Diavik is also one of the world’s remote mines; it is located 300 kilometers northeast of Yellowknife and 220 kilometers south of the Arctic Circle, in the Barren Lands - a region where temperatures sometimes drop to 50 degrees Celsius. Daivik is currently producing around eight million carats of diamonds a year.

The most famous stone unearthed there is the Daivik Foxfire, Canada’s largest diamond. The Foxfire is a 187.7 carat gem-quality stone that means it weighs 1.324 ounces or 37.54 grams. In contrast a typical diamond is around .50 carats or .004 ounces or .1 grams.

Strangely enough the Foxfire was discovered by accident, Bloomberg TV reported . Rio Tinto miners only noticed the big stone; because it was the wrong shape to fit through their ore processing machine. Had it been a regularly shaped stone, the Foxfire would have probably been thrown away at the mine. Instead it was taken to New York and cut; before being put on display at the Kensington Palace in London.

Ethical Diamonds from Canada

The biggest selling point for stones from places like Daivik is something that Canadians are well known for: ethics. Unlike diamonds from Africa, Canadian stones are not mined in warzones; or used to finance dictatorships and human rights violations.

Another attraction to Canadian diamonds is the commitment to protecting the environment. Daivik gets 56% of its electricity from a $30 million wind farm built in 2012. Rio Tinto and Dominion Diamonds also entered an environmental agreement with Aboriginal groups and the federal and territorial governments. The agreement binds the miners to protecting water and wild life.

The demand for Canadian diamonds is growing because of their reputation for being conflict-free and environmentally friendly. This provides Canadians with jobs while meeting a growing demand for ethnically-mined gemstones.

Where to Find Canadian Diamonds

Canadian diamonds are now sold under several brand names in jewellery stores and online. Unfortunately since demand for these stones is growing, some unscrupulous sellers are trying to pass off gems from other parts of the world as Canadian.

The best way to ensure that you are getting a Canadian diamond is to insist upon a stone with a Diamond Dossier from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Such a gem should have a number microscopically engraved by laser on the outer edge of the diamond. This inscription is invisible to the naked eye; so it will not affect the gemstone’s value.

A GIA-certified gemologist can read this inscription and type the number into the GIA’s website. The website contains a database that will provide the history of the diamond and verify its origin. That way you can be confident you are getting an ethical diamond from Canada.

Taking the time to locate a jeweller that employees GIA-certified gemologists; and only sells stones with Diamond Dossiers and laser inscriptions, is the best way to ensure that you will be getting ethical diamonds. That way you can support Canada’s diamond industry and get a gem you can trust.

By James Elligson 29 Jul, 2016

When it comes to gold jewellery, what you don’t know can cost you a lot of money. There are serious differences between types of gold that can greatly affect a piece’s value.

The price of gold jewellery is usually determined by the amount of the metal used in the piece. Not surprisingly, more gold usually means a higher price, and less of the metal a lower price.

Levels of gold in jewellery vary because gold itself is very soft. It requires to be mixed with other metals such as copper, silver, zinc, and sometimes palladium or nickel. White gold often receives a plating of Rhodium, to be hard enough for jewellery use, and to appear extra white and brilliant.

The types of Gold Jewellery              

Gold jewellery is usually graded by what is known as karat weight. The karat or "K" is a measurement of the percentage of gold in the piece. The weight is usually listed on the piece in the form of a jeweller’s hallmark, and often mentioned in advertising.

Here are the common karat weights for gold jewellery used in North America:

·        24 karat 99.99% pure

·        22 karat 91.7% pure

·        18 karat 75% pure

·        14 karat 58.5% pure

·        12 karat 50% pure

·        10 karat 41.7% pure

Legitimate gold jewellery should have the karat weights stamped on it somewhere. The weights can tell you a lot about the jewellery including where it was made. There are other karat weights out there but they are not commonly used in Canada or the United States. Nine karat gold rings are sold in the United Kingdom; but not in the US or Canada, for example.

Always be careful with karat weights because any fraudster can buy a stamp and put a false karat weight on a piece. That is why a lot of the cheaper jewellery is inaccurately priced. You should be especially leery of any piece of jewelry that is not stamped with one of the common karat weights.

This fraud is why you should always have gold jewellery examined by a Graduate Gemologist; preferably one trained and certified by the Gemological Institute of America. A GIA certified Graduate Gemologist can perform scientific tests to verify gold content.

You should be especially careful with older jewellery and pieces from foreign sources. Some of them may have been graded to unusual standards, or contain a false stamp.

The Types of Jewellery Gold

You have to be very careful with gold jewellery, because a lot of it is merely gold plated, or contains a limited amount of gold.

·        Gold Filled Jewellery is a term that refers to a piece in which a small amount of gold covers a base metal alloy usually brass. Gold filled jewellery should have the karat weight stamped somewhere on it.

·        Gold Plated Jewellery is created by using a process called electroplating to put a thin layer of gold on brass or steel. One way to spot gold-plated jewellery is to look to see if the finish is wearing off. If the gold finish is wearing off, the jewellery has probably been plated.

·        White Gold is usually a combination of gold mixed with another metal. It is usually coated with rhodium to protect it. One way to tell real white gold to look to see if it is yellowish, real white gold is often yellowish.

·        Rose Gold refers to a mixture of copper and gold that is sometimes called Russian gold. You can tell Rose Gold because it is usually has a slight reddish hue.

It can be real difficult for an amateur to tell the kinds of gold jewellery apart. That is why you should always buy jewellery from a jeweller who is a Graduate Gemologist. It is also why you should have gold jewellery appraised by a Graduate Gemologist. That way you can actually know if it is gold, and how much it is worth.
By James Elligson 04 Dec, 2015

Once you have chosen the perfect ring, popped the question and exchanged “I Do’s,” it is important to take care of your diamond wedding rings. The investment is a symbol of your relationship and, with daily wear, should be properly cared for to ensure it lasts as long and stays as beautiful as your love.

5 Tips to Ensure Proper Care for Your Diamond Wedding Rings

 

  1. Keep it Clean : Exposure to skin oils, creams, soaps and hair products can cause buildup on your diamond that will make it appear dull and may cause damage over time. Mix warm water with a few drops of ammonia and soak your diamond rings to remove the residue. Rinse and dry with a soft cloth.
  2. Store it Properly: Avoid storing your diamonds with other jewellery which may lead to scratches and damage. Instead, place it in a fabric lined box, pouch or wrap it in tissue paper to protect it and your other jewellery.
  3. Wear with Care : Take off your diamond ring when participating in rough work, exercising or using household cleaners. Diamonds are forever, but they can still be chipped by a hard impact at the wrong angle.
  4. Inspect from Time to Time : Check your diamond regularly to ensure it is secure in its setting and get it repaired immediately if you notice any prongs are loose or if there are other signs of damage.
  5. Visit a Professional : If possible, visit a diamond expert once a year to have your wedding rings properly cleaned. Minor repairs can be performed and a professional cleaning can be done to keep your diamond in great shape, year after year.

 

If you want a professional to clean or repair your diamond wedding rings or other jewellery, Barney’s Jewellers are here to help. Located at Westmount Mall in Waterloo, our diamond experts can keep your rings looking their best.

By James Elligson 04 Dec, 2015

Once you decide to pop the big question, the hard part begins! You have to try and find a ring that is as beautiful and unique as your partner. The task can seem daunting with so much information, rules and varying opinions from family and friends. You don’t have to worry; with a little research and a visit to your local diamond experts , you will be able to find the perfect ring for your perfect partner.

Choosing Diamonds when Shopping for Your Engagement Ring 

Here are some tips to help you buy the best engagement ring for your special someone:

  • Set a budget : People talk about a lot of rules and numbers when they discuss purchasing the ring. The important thing is to spend an amount that you and your fiancée are comfortable with for your budget and long-term goals. There are beautiful rings available at all price points, so you won’t have to sacrifice getting a fabulous ring to save your credit score.
  • Look at your options : You are already taking a step in the right direction by reading this post! Start doing research online, look at different ring styles and begin to familiarize yourself with the terminology for the settings and designs that you prefer. You don’t have to master all the lingo, but it will help you feel more at ease and prepared when you buy the ring.
  • Pay attention : Consider other jewellery your loved one owns and their wardrobe overall. Do they prefer fancier pieces or understated looks? Is their other jewellery detailed or simple? Is it large or discrete? Start to take notice. The engagement ring should be special and make a statement, but it should also reflect your darling’s unique style and fit in with their daily lifestyle.
  • Ask for help : Your soon-to-be fiancée’s friends or family may have a better idea about their expectations and preferences than you. If you are stumped on finding the right style, bring along a friend or relative you trust to help you decide. Ask someone you get along with well and who will not take control of the shopping trip.

  If you are looking for an engagement ring for your love in Waterloo Ontario, visit Barney’s Jewellers at Westmount Mall today or contact us here . Our experts can help you find the perfect ring for your sweetheart.


By James Elligson 04 Dec, 2015

There is a lot of information and terminology associated with engagement rings and it can be overwhelming as you first start to shop. Understanding a few simple things about diamonds will help you choose the perfect stone for your special someone. Learn the basics about diamonds to make shopping as easy as possible.

 Tips for Buying Diamonds: The Four C’s 

  • Colour : Even if you want a classic ‘clear’ or ‘white’ diamond ring, there are a range of colours to consider. D-F diamonds are considered colourless and should be set in platinum or white gold. Diamonds are called near colourless when they are classified as G through J and can still suitably be placed in a platinum or white gold setting. Stones within the K-M grade have a slight yellow tint and are known as faint colour diamonds. They may be set in yellow gold. Those that fall from N-R have a very light colour, visible as a yellow or brown tint, and are more affordable than the higher grades. Diamonds that are S-Z grade are known as light colour and are often considered too coloured for a white diamond.
  • Cut : The cut refers to how well a stone’s angles are cut, rather than the shape of the stone. It should be balanced with enough width and depth so that light can enter the diamond and be reflected properly back through the top. If it is cut too deep or wide, the light will not properly reflect, making it appear dull and less brilliant.
  • Clarity : The number of small imperfections or “inclusions” a stone has will determine its clarity rating. Ratings are determined when inspected under 10x magnification and range from flawless to imperfect.
  • Carat : This is the easiest factor to measure and is tied to the weight of the diamond. Each carat has 100 “points” so you can buy a diamond that is between full carats, for example 1.25. The higher the carat weight, the more rare and therefore, more expensive the diamond will be. However, two diamonds with the same carat weight may have a big difference in price based on the previous three C’s.

If you are shopping for diamonds in Waterloo , Ontario, visit us at Westmount Mall or contact us today. Our diamond experts can help you find the perfect ring for your loved one.

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