Best Quality Jewelry: How To Tell the Difference Between Jewelry Quality

Your life is full of special occasions every day. You don’t need a reason to indulge in luxury jewelry; the cause for celebration is all around you. Pearls, gold hoops, stud earrings, gold jewelry, chain necklaces; there’s a lot of jewelry out there to buy.

When you’re searching for jewelers that offer the best diamonds, how can you determine each piece’s value? Today, let’s discuss the difference between low-quality jewelry brands and the retailers that offer leading value (AKA the best affordable jewelry brands). Then, we’ll show you unique pieces that you can add to enhance your jewelry selection that will go with every outfit and occasion.

Characteristics of Low-Quality Jewelry 

It’s a good idea to know some of the trademark qualities of low-quality jewelry pieces. By knowing what to avoid, you’ll have a better idea of what features to seek in fine diamond jewelry at jewelry stores. Let’s examine the characteristics of poorly-made jewelry.

Lack of Hallmark Presence 

In high-quality jewelry, pieces will display something called a “hallmark.” This mark helps authenticate the value of the piece by representing a certain quality of metal used in its production. For example, a ring containing 18-karat gold may display an indented “18 Kt” marking on the inner side of the band. 

When a piece features low-caliber materials, it may have a lack of hallmark. This is one feature to look for, especially when you purchase second-hand jewelry.

Cloudy, Dull Gemstones 

Do you know your four Cs? One of the more essential characteristics of fine diamonds is clarity. When a diamond or other gems are low in quality, it will look cloudy or dull instead of clear. You may want to avoid diamonds with a milky look and gemstones with a foggy appearance.

Breaking or Bending Prongs

Let’s say you purchase a wedding ring from what you believe to be a reliable jeweler. Soon, you realize the prongs are loose, or worse, breaking. Over time, you notice that this compromises the diamond’s safety. 

Loose or breaking prongs are one sign of poorly crafted jewelry. When searching for high-caliber jewelry, prioritize retailers that handcraft their jewelry with attention to detail. 

Tarnishing or Discoloration 

Have you ever purchased a piece of jewelry that you liked, only to notice it began to lose its luster fairly quickly? When you buy a piece of jewelry made with poor materials (such as sterling silver), it will likely begin to discolor quickly. You may notice your skin has a reaction to the alloy metals if the material is especially cheap (especially in areas like your ear lobe with low-quality earrings).  

Yellow-Tinted Diamonds 

Another one of the four Cs in diamond jewelry is ‘color.’ When you’re looking for the best diamond jewelry, colorless is always more preferable. With that said, you can recognize that a piece of diamond jewelry is inferior if you notice it has a yellow tint to it. 

Recognizable Features of High-Quality Jewelry 

How can you tell when a jewelry line is reliable? Knowing a few features of valuable jewelry can help you to make jewelry purchases you enjoy for decades to come. Let’s look at the qualities to prioritize when you search for the most premium diamond jewelry. Then, we’ll show you a few pieces of fine handcrafted Noémie jewelry you can revel in wearing. 

Hallmark Present 

Remember, quality materials will always represent their value in a hallmark. When you’re evaluating pieces of jewelry for reliability and longevity, the hallmark is a symbol that can assure you of a jewelry piece’s authenticity. 

On that note, when you’re considering which material is the best quality for you, you may wonder whether 14-karat or 18-karat gold is better. We recommend 18-karat gold for its purity and durability. At Noémie, we proudly handcraft our pieces with 18-karat gold to ensure your jewelry contains the best quality. 

Nearly Colorless Diamonds 

Diamond jewelry is a delicacy everyone should have the pleasure of enjoying. When you’re on the lookout for diamond earrings, bracelets, or a necklace that’s ideal for everyday wear, you’ll want to ensure each piece displays quality stones. 

One way to determine the value of a diamond is to examine its color. Better yet—buy a piece of diamond jewelry that comes with an IGI diamond certificate explaining its color grade, clarity, carat weight, and cut. By choosing a diamond that appears colorless, you’ll know you picked a beautiful stone.  

Valuable Materials 

Whenever you purchase jewelry of any kind, the materials used in its production matter. Are your diamonds ethical in nature? Is the metal a high-quality material that will last through all the seasons of your life?

When selecting jewelry, opt for ethically sourced or lab-created diamonds and 18-karat gold and platinum metal. With these, you’ll have a clean conscience while you enjoy the best jewelry.

Clear, Radiant Stones 

If you’re purchasing second-hand jewelry, it’s a good idea to examine diamonds for their color and clarity. You shouldn’t have to settle for foggy stones with visible inclusions. Valuable diamond jewelry will be clear and radiant, free from visible inclusions.

Other Factors That Impact Fine Jewelry’s Value 

How can you ensure you receive the best jewelry pieces at the right price point? Other factors that can help you determine the value of your diamond jewelry purchase lie in how the retailer manufactures and sells their pieces. 

Plenty of retailers fall into irresponsible overproduction of low-quality designs that drive the price up for jewelry fans like you. At Noémie, our founders made it a priority to use thoughtful product assortment and production to offer you elegant diamond jewelry within your price range.

Five Unique Pieces of Jewelry To Fall in Love With 

Do you want to enhance your jewelry collection? Perhaps your current accessories are dull and you want to replace them with timeless diamond jewelry. Let’s look at five unique jewelry pieces that look great with current trends and beyond. 

1. Chevron Diamond Ring 

Perhaps you recently got engaged. We know your relationship is one that’s unique to you and your partner, so why shouldn’t your wedding bands be distinctive? 

When you’re looking for a minimalistic, eye-catching band, our Chevron Diamond Ring is an excellent choice. This angular piece displays VS quality diamonds along the 18-karat gold band. It’s an excellent ring to wear alone or to pair with a delicate engagement ring. 

2. Crescent Moon Studs

Are you someone who prefers to incorporate statement pieces into their everyday wardrobe? Perhaps you like to choose jewelry that represents particular themes. If you delight in the celestial, consider our Crescent Moon Studs.

Our Crescent Moon Studs feature delicate graduating diamonds along the crescent shape to make a captivating accessory to your everyday wardrobe. Wear them alone or pair them with our Crescent Moon Necklace for a coordinated look.

3. Sapphire and White Diamonds Tennis Bracelet 

Perhaps you’re someone who prefers to make an entrance. Your home features eclectic decor and eye-catching details. You enter a room with charisma. If so, there’s no need to settle for jewelry that subdues your personality. You can have fine jewelry that communicates your zeal for life before you speak a word.

Our Sapphire and White Diamonds Tennis Bracelet is the perfect example. A typical tennis bracelet features white diamonds around the band, yet this tennis bracelet is unique. Instead of white diamonds, this bracelet displays fiery pink sapphires scattered with white diamond accents. In 18-karat rose gold this bracelet makes the perfect complement to a sapphire eternity band or gift for a loved one. 

4. Custom Letter Pendant Necklace 

Maybe you prefer to have signature pieces that everyone recognizes as a part of your trademark appearance. If so, you may enjoy our Custom Letter Pendant Necklace.

This pendant necklace displays the letter of your choice engraved in 18-karat gold encircled by radiant white round diamonds. It’s a simplistic way to remember a loved one or to stay true to yourself. Wear it alone or layer it with other necklaces for a more bohemian look.

5. Vintage Diamond Band

Here’s another unique band you’ll enjoy if you like nostalgic styles. Our Vintage Diamond Band celebrates the beloved styles of the past with its whimsical design. Inspired by the Art Deco period, this band is perfect for those who delight in the jewelry’s historic designs. It’s an excellent pair for a romantic engagement ring.

Noémie Offers Quality Jewelry for You To Adore  

We know it can be difficult sometimes to discern whether the jewelry you’re considering purchasing is truly valuable. The label doesn’t always represent the product you receive. For that reason, it’s an excellent idea to shop for fine handcrafted jewelry with retailers you can trust. We hope you’ve taken our recommendations into consideration. 

At Noémie, we care about you receiving diamond jewelry that matches its description. You’ll always receive an IGI certificate and grading report from a trained gemologist to authenticate your purchase. You deserve quality diamond jewelry in your collection that holds high value at the perfect price point for you.  

Sources:

Sapphire Quality Factors | Different Types & Colors of Sapphire | GIA

What is Diamond Clarity | The 4Cs of Diamond Quality | GIA

IGI Diamond Report | Diamond Grading Report | IGI

Best Price Jewelry: How To Determine Jewelry Pricing

If you're someone who enjoys purchasing fine diamond jewelry, you may want to ensure you're getting the best value from your purchases. Like many shoppers, knowing the most affordable jewelry brands is likely important to you if you want high-quality pieces without an astronomical price tag. You want the best deals and lowest prices for unique pieces.

Today, let's talk about how retailers and jewelry stores price their jewelry. Then, we'll show you how Noémie offers paramount quality. 

How Do Jewelers Determine Prices for Their Jewelry 

Have you ever compared two diamond rings with the exact same characteristics only to find that one of them was much more expensive? You might have wondered how one retailer offers the same product for less. 

Maybe that pair of stud earrings or chain necklace you’ve been eyeing is made of sterling silver, which is why they’re much cheaper than the other brand that’s made with white gold.

Maybe the gold jewelry you’re looking at is made with gold vermeil or 14-karat gold; these are all factors to consider with pricing and why prices range from low to high.   

There are a few factors that individual retailers and large jewelry brands consider when determining the prices for each piece of jewelry. Let's examine these factors to understand pricing.

They Factor in the Price of Materials

At the very minimum, it makes sense that retailers need to cover the cost of their supplies to make money. Even if they purchase these materials wholesale, gold, platinum, pearls, and diamonds all have a base cost to cover before the design, production, and crafting stages. 

Some smaller jewelry retailers function off of a formula that charges four times the materials plus the cost of packaging. This formula considers travel costs, product loss, selling pieces wholesale, marketing, and a host of other expenses. 

They Consider Their Employee Salaries and Overhead 

Jewelers with a physical storefront have to factor in the hourly wages or salaries of employees and a salesman or jewelry consultant. They also must factor in sales commissions to profit after a salesman makes their cut on a piece of jewelry. 

In addition to employee wages, jewelry brands with a storefront must also factor overhead costs such as rent (which is much higher in big cities, such as New York City), energy, plumbing, and maintenance into their pricing to provide a suitable environment for themselves and their customers. 

They Consider Production Costs

In addition to employee salary, overhead costs, and the costs of supplies and materials, retailers consider their production costs. Growing diamonds and crafting handset diamond jewelry takes time, energy, and resources that they should regard. You can’t always buy jewelry for a bargain price with all of these factors. 

They Factor in Product Assortment 

Have you ever wondered how jewelry stores decide which pieces to make? This step is called product assortment, and it's what allows a retailer to offer a wide variety of products to their customers. 

When retailers experiment with new designs and pieces of jewelry (such as gold chains or maybe a topaz piece), they have to adjust prices in case those pieces don't perform as well as their best-selling pieces or similar items.

Why Noémie Jewelry Offers Excellent Quality for the Price 

Now that we've peeked behind the curtain of jewelry pricing, you may be wondering if any fine jewelry retailers offer quality jewelry at affordable prices. With all the markups a jewelry seller could make, you may think it would be difficult to find.

Let us introduce ourselves. At Noémie, keeping costs to a minimum for you is something we strive to do. There are several things we prioritize to make this possible. Let's take a look at these priorities.

Thoughtful Product Assortment 

Some jewelry brands may prefer to keep up with every new trend. In doing so, they use resources and time to keep up with current styles. This strategy can be costly and waste products in some cases, meaning your price goes up. 

For this reason, we like to be thoughtful about our assortment. We'll offer you the most tried-and-true designs so that you can have the jewelry you desire at an affordable price. 

Responsible Production 

Some retailers must factor in production costs at a third-party facility. We own our own production house so that we can avoid unnecessary markups. It allows us to oversee more of the production process so that each piece of diamond jewelry is of the best quality when it gets to you. 

No Markup for Salesmen 

Remember how we mentioned that jewelry stores with storefronts have salesmen who earn sales commission? While we have a physical location where you can see your favorite Noémie pieces up close, we don't have salesmen. As a result, we can offer you better prices than those that have to factor in that extra cost. 

We Offer Lab-Grown Stones at Discounted Prices 

Ensuring that your diamonds are conflict-free isn't just good; it's the right thing to do. At Noémie, all of our diamond jewelry features ethically sourced diamonds. Still, we offer lab-mined diamonds as an alternative for those who want to be explicitly clear where their gemstones originate. 

Others enjoy lab-created diamonds for the price tag (it’s basically discount jewelry that’s still high-quality). At Noémie, our lab-created diamonds are a fraction of the cost of their authentic counterparts. These diamonds are molecularly the same as earth-grown stones, making lab-grown gems an outstanding choice for those on a budget.

Nine Classic Pieces of Diamond Jewelry for Your Collection 

Here are a few pieces of fine jewelry you can purchase to enhance your collection and elevate your wardrobe. 

1. The Diamond Crescent Necklace 

As far as diamond necklaces go, this one is an excellent choice. If you love simplicity and radiant diamonds, our Diamond Crescent Necklace may be ideal for elevating your jewelry box. Wear this necklace alone or pair it with gorgeous crescent studs.

2. Tennis Bracelet 

Are you the type of person who loves wearing bracelets? If you are, you may want to consider completing your collection with our Tennis Bracelet. This piece features dazzling stones close-set throughout the length, making it perfect for elegant and leisurewear. 

3. The Huggie Baguette Earrings 

When you're searching for the ideal pair of miniature hoops, our Huggie Baguette Earrings are a fantastic option. Each huggie earring displays stunning baguette-shaped diamonds for a delicate and divine look. 

4. The Halo Pavé Ring 

Are you beginning to talk about engagement with your partner? If so, you may be starting to look at custom wedding rings or engagement rings. If you're someone who enjoys glamour, our Halo Pavé Ring could be an excellent engagement ring option for you. It looks terrific by itself or paired with a simplistic eternity band. 

5. The Trois Hoop Diamond Earring

You may be the sort of person who loves layered jewelry and eclectic fashion. You might have dreamed of having multiple piercings on each ear but never gotten around to making it a reality. If this sounds like you, our Trois Hoop Diamond Earring may be the right piece for you.

Each hoop displays elegant round diamonds set in 18-karat gold. You can customize these earrings by selecting rose gold, yellow gold, white gold, or black gold. 

6. Criss Cross Engagement Ring 

If you're getting engaged soon, you'll likely be searching for engagement ideas and the perfect jewelry to represent your relationship with your partner. Consider your partner's style when choosing a ring. Do they enjoy bold, eclectic styles? If so, our Criss Cross Engagement ring in 18-karat gold or platinum is an option worth considering.

This ring features a glowing center stone with multiple crisscrossing bands lined with accentuating white diamonds that shine with exceptional clarity. It's a perfect choice for those who want a ring that represents their one-of-a-kind relationship. 

7. The Single Star Diamond Necklace 

If you love earthy elements and celestial themes, you deserve to represent that passion with fine jewelry. Consider adding our Single Star Diamond Necklace to your jewelry box. 

This necklace features a focal stone in the star's center with smaller diamonds surrounding it. It makes a lovely addition to any look in 18-karat white gold, yellow gold, or rose gold.

8. The White Diamond Lightning Bolt Stud 

Are you searching for unique accents to your daily look? Our White Diamond Lightning Bolt Studs can add a subtle electrifying presence to your wardrobe. Wear them alone or pair them with other hoops and studs. 

9. The Blue Sapphire and White Diamond Tennis Bracelet 

If you adore vibrant jewelry, our Blue Sapphire and White Diamond Tennis Bracelet is a bracelet you'll love. This piece is remarkably unique and is a terrific option to consider when you're searching for a gift for a loved one. 

Noémie Offers the Best Jewelry at an Incredible Price

Now that you know a bit of the rationale behind the way retailers price their jewelry, you may have a better idea of which brands are more trustworthy. At Noémie, we strive to reduce costs so that you can have fine diamond jewelry at a price that's within your budget. Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, or an engagement, we have the jewelry you want. 

You deserve affordable quality pieces that will be a part of all the memories you encounter in your lifetime. 

Sources:

platinum | Color, Symbol, Uses, & Facts | Britannica

Gold Purity Guide: Difference between 24k, 22k and 18k gold | My Gold Guide

Buying Guide: White, Yellow and Rose Gold Engagement Rings | GIA

The Importance of Getting a GIA Certified Diamond

Diamond jewelry is one of life's more refined treasures. Whether you're a diamond novice or an experienced collector, each new piece is an exciting investment. 

When you have the opportunity to treat yourself or a loved one to diamonds, it's crucial to know what kind of quality you're receiving with your purchase. Not everyone is honest about the specific details, and it's an appropriate choice to have a third party evaluate your piece for authenticity.

Purchasing jewelry with GIA-graded diamonds is one way you can be confident in your jewelry purchase. Let's explore more about GIA, and then we'll look at certified and graded diamond jewelry for any life event.

What Is a GIA Diamond? 

The Gemological Institute of America makes up the reputable GIA acronym. This institute's mission is to connect people to understanding gems and protect diamond buyers with their International Diamond Grading System. 

GIA is an independent, non-profit organization that focuses on conducting gem research and setting standards for determining diamond quality. One of their primary functions relevant to our discussion today is their diamond grading. 

Have you heard of the four C's? Color, cut, clarity, and carat weight are four standards that are now universally known for evaluating diamonds. GIA created this standard that so many use today. Let's look more at what they do for grading diamonds.

The GIA Grades Diamonds

It's essential to note that the term "GIA-certified" is technically a misnomer. To be accurate, the GIA grades diamonds based on set criteria. While many people use the word "GIA-certified," remember that this refers to a grading process, not a certification.

When jewelers or individuals submit a diamond to GIA for grading, these stones undergo rigorous examination and receive a document detailing their specifications. When you purchase a diamond with a GIA report, you're getting a thorough description rather than a certification.

You Can Test Whether Your Diamond Is a GIA Diamond 

Jewelers can submit the diamonds they source to GIA for grading to ensure they sell you quality stones. This measure helps them to be confident in their pricing and their guarantee to you as a buyer.

Did you know that you can also test jewelry of your own? If you've received an heirloom piece of jewelry, you can send it to GIA to have it graded. When you receive your report, you'll have a better idea of its worth and specifications.

GIA Ensures Anonymity for Unbiased Results 

You might be wondering how retailers can submit their diamonds for evaluation and grading without an amount of bias involved. Thankfully, GIA uses an anonymous process to ensure fair, objective results in their grading documents. It's one more factor that can help you feel secure as you consider buying diamond jewelry that's perfect for you. 

Why To Prioritize a GIA Diamond 

Perhaps you'd like to know a few reasons why you might benefit from choosing a diamond that has a GIA grading report. Let's look at a few possible scenarios.

To Make a Wise Wedding Purchase 

Are you getting engaged or married soon? When it comes time to purchase the engagement ring for your partner or select your wedding bands, you'll probably have a budget in mind. 

If you've budgeted a moderate-to-high amount for your bands, it might be because you prefer an elaborate diamond with an exquisite cut and premium color and clarity. A GIA report can help you confirm that the diamond ring you buy from a retailer is the real deal. 

To Ensure a Diamond's Four C's Are as Advertised

Do you have an anniversary coming up? Perhaps you want to recognize your partner's recent promotion or milestone within their job. If you buy diamond jewelry to commemorate the occasion, you may look at the four Cs to judge whether a piece is valuable. When you receive the GIA report with your jewelry, you can be sure you chose an excellent article.

To Evaluate a Piece of Heirloom Diamond Jewelry 

If you've recently received an heirloom diamond necklace from within your family, you may be wondering what it's worth. Sending your necklace to GIA to have it graded can help determine how valuable this family artifact is.

What Is IGI Certification?

The International Gemological Institute is another organization that grades diamonds based on strict international standards. At Noémie, we proudly offer you engagement rings that are GIA graded and fine handcrafted diamond jewelry that is IGI certified. Simply put, ordering the diamond jewelry of your dreams from Noémie means you can feel confident in your purchase every time. 

IGI and GIA Diamonds for Every Occasion 

We know your life holds multiple momentous occasions that are worth celebrating. You can commemorate these milestones with quality IGI and GIA diamond jewelry from Noémie. Let's look at our favorite options for each event in your journey. 

GIA Graded Diamond Engagement Rings 

If you're approaching engagement with your significant other, you may be starting to look at rings together to find the perfect band for your relationship and tastes. Here are some of our top GIA engagement rings.

The Halo Pavé: This style features a brilliant focal stone with elegant pavé diamonds surrounding the stone and accenting the entire band. You can customize your carat amount to get the most out of this thrilling engagement ring. 

The Solitaire: Our Noémie Solitaire Band is a timeless option for those who love traditional engagement rings. This ring features a stunning 1.5-carat focal stone set in high-quality 18-karat gold. 

IGI Certified Diamond Jewelry That's Perfect for Anniversaries 

Celebrate the milestones all around you with exquisite diamonds. Maybe you've met a personal goal and want to revel in your journey, or you want to recognize your partner's hard work. These pieces can help you turn those dreams into reality. 

Emerald-Cut Diamond Band: Emerald-cut jewelry is well-loved for its unique symmetrical style. This option is ideal for those who enjoy uniquely cut gems and geometric motifs. 

Custom Letter Necklace:  Give your loved ones a custom letter necklace to celebrate their hard work and recognize their individual charm. Pavé diamonds surrounding their initial will warm their heart.

Diamond Eternity Band Ring: Celebrate a wedding anniversary with our Diamond Eternity Band Ring in a one-carat size. It's a perfect upgrade to accent your partner's engagement and wedding bands. 

Certified Diamonds for "Just Because" Occasions 

Maybe you have a friend or relative with a birthday coming up. Perhaps someone you love recently had a baby, and you want to honor them with a gift that's just for them. These Noémie IGI pieces can help you celebrate. 

Five Diamond Necklace: If you're looking for a piece of diamond jewelry that's understated and remarkable simultaneously, this necklace is for you. Each stone is bezel-set to create a delicate piece of jewelry perfect for everyday wear.

Tennis Bracelet: We think everyone should get to experience the magic of wearing a tennis bracelet at least once. When you choose a Noémie IGI tennis bracelet, you're guaranteed to receive a quality diamond line bracelet worthy of its legacy. 

Trois Hoop Diamond Earrings: This earring set is unique in its design. If you have singly-pierced ears, each stud can provide the illusion of multiple piercings. With three diamond-studded hoops attached to one post, this earring set is one-of-a-kind. 

Quality Certified Diamonds for Life's Romantic Moments 

Are you ready to make things serious with the person you've been seeing? Maybe you want to surprise your beloved with a diamond necklace as an expression of your love for them. These diamonds can help make your romantic moments memorable. 

The Composite Emerald Cut Necklace:  This brilliant diamond necklace displays a handcrafted, expertly cut emerald stone on an 18-karat gold chain. Surprise your soulmate with this necklace when you're feeling grateful for them.

The Single Baguette Ring: Do you want to promise your love to your partner? Perhaps engagement is something of the future, but you want to let your partner know how much you adore them in the present. Our Single Baguette Ring can help you express your affection and devotion. 

You Deserve Trustworthy Diamond Jewelry 

When momentous occasions come up in your life, you may want to celebrate them with diamond jewelry. When it's time to buy jewelry for yourself or your loved one, you can be sure you're buying quality diamonds through a GIA grading report or IGI certification. 

At Noémie, we're happy to source and craft exquisite diamond jewelry that's always VS clarity and F/G color grade. Our GIA grading reports and IGI certifications can help you feel confident in the diamond ring, necklace, earrings, or bracelet that will help you celebrate life's memorable milestones. 

Sources:

IGI Diamond Report | Diamond Grading Report | IGI

What Is a GIA Diamond? | GIA

How to Read an IGI Natural Diamond Report | IGI

Where Can You Buy Fine Jewelry Online?

In the modern era, the way we do life has changed. 30 years ago, there was no online fine jewelry market. If you were searching for fine jewelry, you'd have to plan for a road trip on a Sunday to go to a large city (such as New York City or Los Angeles), depending on where you lived. Shopping for an engagement ring or diamond ring was a luxury experience, though simultaneously difficult. Now, you can hop on your computer Monday morning and buy a piece of jewelry in minutes.

After arriving at that store, you'd walk inside and need to speak with a jeweler about each piece that caught your attention. You might be in the market for diamond studs or other gemstones (such as opals, topaz, or amethyst). Then, if you weren't ready to purchase anything on that particular day or didn’t see anything in your price point, you would have planned to make the same trip again on a later date.

Thankfully, online shopping makes this process a breeze in the current age, depending on where you shop. Online stores have similar items (if not the same items) as what you’d find in jewelry stores. 

Today, let's talk about the online buying experience versus the traditional in-store experience regarding fine jewelry. Then, we'll show you why Noémie makes your online jewelry buying experience seamless and enjoyable. 

Can You Buy Fine Jewelry Online? 

You could probably guess that the internet is full of low-quality jewelry. But you deserve to wear valuable necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets that last. Whether it’s jewelry for special occasions or everyday pieces, the perfect jewelry can be yours with the click of a button. That's why it's essential to find the most qualified retailers where you can purchase fine jewelry made of precious metals and the best quality diamonds.

Perks of Searching Online for Fine Jewelry 

There are a few significant perks to shopping online for fine jewelry, compared to a storefront. If you enjoy shopping solo and taking your time browsing, you'll enjoy the experience of looking online for fine jewelry. You’ll have plenty of options! When you look online, you can also avoid some pressure to decide before you're ready. You have all the time you need to compare diamonds and prices without obligation, which isn’t always the case when you shop in person.

Benefits to Exploring Fine Jewelry Options at a Storefront 

If you're more traditional, you may prefer browsing fine jewelry options in a storefront. One of the benefits of looking in a store is seeing pieces that catch your interest right before your eyes and seeing tester rings. You may also like that stores have a jewelry consultant to talk you through everything. 

However, when shopping at a storefront that doesn't have an online presence, you risk paying markup fees for the cost of the building, paying employees, and other expenses. You might only be able to shop for consumer brands/brand names that are super popular and expensive. When shopping at primarily online stores, you may be able to escape this kind of upcharge.

The Best Option for Finding Quality Fine Jewelry Online 

Noémie creates the most effortless experience for browsing selections of fine handcrafted jewelry online. While we have a storefront, our most significant presence is online, meaning we can reduce storefront expenses on our end and costs on your end. Plus, we provide top-notch service and conflict-free diamonds. 

Other stores rely on markups to make a profit, so you'll pay more with them. We decided to optimize our production to offer you high-quality fine jewelry at affordable prices. We source, design, craft, and sell each piece directly to you, and you can trust that we put care into each step. We consider ourselves to be artisans of fine jewelry. 

The Noémie Fine Diamond Jewelry You'll Love Wearing

What are you waiting for? Your life doesn't need a special occasion as a reason to purchase a dainty diamond necklace. Treat yourself to a holiday by the sea and fine jewelry that excites you. 

Bracelets 

Are you looking for more straightforward jewelry details to enhance your daily attire? Try a fine diamond bracelet.

Tennis Bracelet: The tennis bracelet is a piece of jewelry as spectacular as its name is famous. Our Noémie Tennis Bracelet features an excess of VS clarity diamonds with an F/G color grade. 

We hand-set these gorgeous stones in your preference of 18-karat yellow gold, rose gold, or black gold. It's the perfect everyday accessory for loungewear after yoga or a romantic night out on a boat under the stars. 

Sapphire Tennis Bracelet: This variation of the well-known tennis bracelet design is perfect for those who love filling their lives with color. Sections of white diamonds offset a majority of sparkling pink sapphires that line this bracelet, making it a unique piece to add personality to your wardrobe. 

Necklaces 

Necklaces can add a subtle charm and creatively share your personality. See which might look best on you. Whether you’re into pendant necklaces or want something simple, we have options.

Five Diamond Necklace: You deserve to experience more simple beauty throughout your days. Our 5 Diamond Necklace is a delicate piece that accents your apparel with a straightforward charm. The necklace features five brilliant miniature diamonds bezel-set in an evenly-spaced arrangement, creating a pleasant symmetrical effect. If you desire a necklace that you can wear night and day, our five-diamond necklace is ideal. 

Zodiac Necklace: Your zodiac represents all the elements of your essence that make the world brighter. Why not celebrate that? Our Zodiac Necklace is excellent for daily wear. It displays a unique zodiac image in the center surrounded by glittering diamonds around the pendant. Wear it proudly to embrace who you are. 

Rings 

Do you need a few more rings in your go-to collection? Adding timeless bands can refresh your typical wardrobe.

Vintage Diamond Band: Buying fine jewelry is one way to make your wardrobe more timeless. If you enjoy celebrating styles from throughout the decades, Our Vintage Diamond Band is an excellent choice for you. In your choice of 18-karat gold or platinum, this band has a whimsical touch that won't ever expire. 

Baguette Diamond Band: Baguette-cut diamonds are rare and excellent. If you've been searching for the perfect addition to your diamond collection, our Baguette-Cut Band is a terrific choice. Each stone displays excellent clarity, reflecting parallel rays of light. These baguette-cut diamonds encircle the entire band, making it a breath-taking piece of jewelry from any angle.

Earrings 

There's nothing so elegant and romantic as diamond earrings. Here are some options you might enjoy wearing.

1920s Split-Hoop Diamond Earrings: If you delight in styles from the past, these earrings may suit you well. This design draws inspiration from the city of Paris in the 1920s. Each parallel hoop connects to a cluster of miniature fine diamonds in the center. These are classics for an evening at dinner or an awards show. 

Huggie Baguette Earrings: If you can't get enough baguette-shaped diamonds, here's an earring for you. Our Huggie Baguette Earrings are an excellent option for everyday wear. With stunning diamond clarity, each baguette-shaped stone lining the hoops is a masterpiece. Wear them for yourself to find out how elegant they feel.

Custom Jewelry 

Buying fine jewelry doesn't mean you have to purchase pre-made pieces. You can opt for custom-made jewelry that's of the same caliber. 

Why should you choose custom-made jewelry when there are so many brilliant Noémie pieces to enjoy wearing? There are a few reasons you might opt for jewelry that fits your needs:

  1. Custom jewelry is inherently personal. When you elect to purchase custom-made jewelry, you can feel even more connected to your purchase. Not only will it be a valuable, long-lasting piece of fine jewelry, but its unique nature gives it the potential to be an heirloom one day. You can choose the material (14-karat gold, 18-karat gold, platinum, etc.).
  2. Custom jewelry makes an excellent gift. What makes a better gift than fine jewelry? The answer is custom-designed fine jewelry. If you have a special occasion coming up, you can make it a day to remember. Think of their style and preferences for diamond jewelry, then customize a piece that's perfect for their personality and daily apparel. 
  3. Custom jewelry puts creativity in your hands. It's not every day that you get to have a voice in the creative direction of a piece of fine jewelry. You can take advantage of this opportunity to make something that suits you well. You'll love wearing it and feel proud of yourself for customizing each element.
  4. Custom jewelry is ideal for wedding jewelry. Making your day unique to you is crucial. There are so many wedding elements that you'll share with the millions of other newlyweds in the world. Why not have a brilliant detail that's only for you and your partner? By designing your jewelry together, you'll have bands that are as extraordinary as you are. 

Noémie's Storefront Experience 

If you'd prefer a storefront experience, Noémie can provide that for you. Our Bleeker Street location in New York offers a selection of our favorite pieces for shoppers to peruse up-close. 

Get to know fine diamond necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings at a leisurely pace, and we'll be nearby to help you decide on a selection if you'd like. 

Find Your Next Favorite Piece of Fine Jewelry at Noémie

You deserve to have a seamless shopping experience while searching diamond jewelry selections for the best pieces. At Noémie, it's easy to browse our collections to find elegant jewelry displaying time-tested diamond cuts. Fine jewelry should be high-quality and special; that’s why fine jewelry is made of real gemstones and metals, not cubic zirconia and sterling silver.

Perhaps you're looking to get creative and customize your own fine diamond band to wear daily. Or, maybe you want a pair of sophisticated diamond earrings to enhance your date night ensembles. Regardless of the occasion, at Noémie, we're happy to help you find the jewelry you desire both online and in person.

Sources:

A List of Precious Metals | Thought Co.

9 Pros and Cons of Online Shopping – Green Garage

Fashion Trends by the Decade | CR Fashion Book

Our Nine Favorite Non-Traditional Engagement Rings Designs

No two couples are the same. Despite this, many choose wedding jewelry based on historical customs. There's nothing wrong with desiring a traditional diamond engagement ring if that's who you are; many diamond ring shapes are timeless for a reason.

Still, you might dream of something different. Perhaps you feel that a distinctive design, stone, or setting might symbolize your unique relationship more authentically. Let us introduce the idea of non-traditional engagement rings. Then, we'll explore nine of our favorite Noémie ring options for you and your partner to adore. 

What Is a Non-Traditional Engagement Ring?

There are a variety of ways to execute a non-traditional engagement ring. Ultimately, the sky's the limit when it comes to dreaming up potential alternatives for the typical white diamond stone that many choose. Here are a few markers of a non-traditional band.

Unique Shape 

Within the varieties of gemstone cuts, there is room for some customization. Still, you might desire an even more unique cut, opting for one of the following:

  • Asprey Cut: This cut may appear similar to a cushion-cut diamond, but it involves a unique hand-cutting process that uses no machines. 
  • Ashoka Cut: An Ashoka-cut stone is a modification of the cushion-cut diamond, opting for a rectangular shape with 62 facets.
  • Jubilee Cut: Typically, jewelers only cut this style into larger-sized gemstones. This cut debuted in the early 1900s to honor Queen Victoria of England.
  • Bead Cut: This infrequent cut resembles a disco ball with its spherical appearance. 
  • Eighty-Eight Cut: One belief native to Chinese culture is that the number eight holds significant symbolism for good fortune. Appropriately, this cut features eighty-eight facets in an octagon shape. 

Uncommon Band 

Usually, a diamond ring includes a singular plain gold or platinum band. If you're looking for something personal to you, you might opt for something most people haven't seen before. 

Perhaps you'd choose a stone surrounded by crisscrossing diamond bands. You might select a band that has unique designs carved into the sides. You can be as creative as you like with this element or go with the tried and true band options. 

Alternative Stone 

Essentially, an engagement ring is considered non-traditional when a couple opts for a diamond alternative or unique gemstone to be the focal stone in the band. Some may also choose to have several smaller gems rather than one central stone. 

Talk with your partner about what you both desire. You may opt for one of the four primary precious gemstones, or you might choose a semi-precious stone that better expresses your tastes.

Reasons You Might Choose a Non-Traditional Ring

Are you considering going with a non-traditional engagement ring or wedding band? Here are a few common reasons you might choose something one-of-a-kind over the usual selections:

  • You want to customize your wedding and engagement. You want these events to clearly represent your style and tastes.
  • You enjoy other gemstones over diamonds. Perhaps you've always wanted vivid amethyst or sapphires over white diamonds. 
  • You're prioritizing a smaller budget. Some semi-precious gemstones are available at a fraction of the cost of diamonds.

Nine Noémie Rings for Non-Traditional Romantics

Are you ready to explore a few options for non-traditional engagement rings? We're happy to show you nine favorites in our assortment of Noémie rings. 

1. Half White Diamond, Half Sapphires 

Some people pick a favorite color, but what should you do when you love them all? Our Half-White Diamond Half-Multi-Color Sapphire Eternity Band offers a mixture of precious colorful stones and classic diamonds. On one side, we've included pink, blue, green, and orange sapphires with round white diamonds on the other. It's an incredible choice to represent a relationship that bends the status quo.

2. Gold Heart and Diamonds Ring 

Maybe you have a traditional engagement ring, but you're searching for a wedding band that feels like your personality. Our Gold Heart and Diamonds Ring features gold hearts in between a grouping of pavé-set diamonds. It's a precious symbol of pure love.  

3. Diamond Chain Link Ring

Choosing a band in your design style is essential for some people. If your tastes lean toward more glamorous, bold choices, you may want a ring to match. Our Diamond Chain Link Ring is a perfect selection. Although it features traditional white diamonds, the band's chain-link shape makes for a gorgeous complement to an engagement ring.

4. Princess-Cut Multi-Sapphire Eternity Band 

Perhaps you love multi-colored stones, but you desire a traditional cut. Our Princess-Cut Multi-Sapphire Eternity Band is a delightfully bright choice that combines a timeless shape with non-traditional sapphires. Customize your band by selecting 18-karat white gold or rose gold, and you'll have the multi-colored band of your dreams.

5. Open Heart Sapphires Ring 

Want to go for an unusual shape with uncommon stones? Our Open Heart Sapphires Ring serves as a valuable reminder that love begins with an open heart. The brilliant sapphires make it a unique, colorful band that can help you treasure your one-in-a-million relationship. 

6. Black Diamond Eternity Band Ring 

Some prefer to walk on the darker side. If that's the case in your relationship, our Black Diamond Eternity Band Ring could be the perfect ring to exchange during your proclamation of love on your wedding day.

7. Sapphire Eternity Band 

Are you looking for a band that displays your favorite colors? Our Sapphire Eternity Band allows you to select gorgeous pink, blue, or orange sapphires with your choice of 18-karat rose gold or black gold. 

8. The Bohemian Dancer Ring 

Here's a genuinely original band. Our Bohemian Dancer Ring displays diamonds in an eternity fashion, along with dangling white diamonds staggered throughout the band. It's a perfect choice for those who enjoy enchanting styles.

9. Custom Diamond Ring Builder 

We know you want a ring that you feel is perfect for you. No one wants to spend their marriage wearing a band they don't thoroughly relish. At Noémie, we make it possible for you to navigate our easy-to-use Custom Diamond Ring Builder to create a diamond ring design experience that's individual to you. 

You can select your desired cut, along with carat size, metal color, and pavé style. As a bonus, you can also have your ring engraved with a personal message at no extra cost. 

Ways To Personalize Your Engagement and Wedding Band 

Some people enjoy searching for new, unusual styles to reflect their tastes and personalities within their partnership. Others may wish to choose more timeless, traditional engagement and wedding bands but still desire some amount of personalization. Let's look at a few ways you can customize your wedding jewelry without going entirely non-traditional. 

Play a Part in the Design Process 

If you have a diamond cut or design in mind that you don't see in our selections, we're more than happy to talk with you about your desired style and vision for your wedding jewelry. Using our custom design experience, our experts will consult with you to help you navigate your preferences with no strings attached. 

Select a Metal Color That Matches Your Tastes

Selecting wedding jewelry that you love doesn't have to mean making extravagant changes to traditional styles. You can personalize your band by choosing a metal color that most closely matches your tastes. At Noémie, we offer platinum and the best quality 18-karat gold in rose, yellow, and white gold. Within these choices, you may find a metal color that's perfect for you. 

Go for an Unusual Style 

There's nothing wrong with round-cut diamonds. However, you may find yourself daydreaming about marquis-cut stones and pear-cut diamonds. You can personalize your diamond ring by opting for a cut that's timeless but a little less common than typical engagement ring cuts. In the end, you'll be thankful you did.

Have Your Band Engraved 

Let's explore one more simple way to make your diamond ring more personal to your relationship. Perhaps you have an inside saying between you and your beloved. Maybe instead of expressing the common "I love you," you both exchange a phrase like "forever" or "you're my favorite." With most of our Noémie rings, we offer complimentary engraving to help you make your band one-of-a-kind. It's a personal touch that can make exchanging rings that much more memorable. 

Your Band Should Be as Singular as Your Love

At Noémie, we believe every journey is singular. In the end, your engagement and wedding day will become a part of your treasured memories, and the eternal promises you made to one another will remain. You don't have to choose the jewelry everyone else expects. You can honor your relationship by choosing exciting bands you'll both adore for years to come.

Sources:

28 Engagement Ring Shapes and Cuts: Trendy Ideas For 2021 | Wedding Forward

gemstone | Definition, History, Types, & Facts | Britannica

Amethyst Description | GIA