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Protecting Your Purchase — What to Ask Your Insurance Company

When one of your precious pieces of jewelry is damaged, lost, or stolen, it’s critical to know what questions you need to ask your insurance company in order to be adequately compensated. 1)  How do I submit a claim?  Contact your insurance agent and confirm that you are indeed covered for the item in question.  It is…

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Are Diamond Cut and Shape the Same Thing?

    When engagement ring shoppers begin to look for the perfect diamond, they will often hear the terms cut and shape used interchangeably. However, they are in fact not synonymous. There are ten diamond shapes, including the classic round brilliant, the modern princess and the vintage-inspired cushion (see https://dominionjewelers.com/diamonds-101/cut-shape/). And although these shape descriptions are…

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What Is a Cert, and Do I Need One?

  A diamond grading report, commonly known as a “cert”, is a document prepared by an accredited gem laboratory that provides an independent, unbiased evaluation of a diamond. The cert confirms such details as cut grade, color, clarity, and carat weight, the precise measurements of the stone, and whether a diamond exhibits fluorescence. It often…

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Diamonds are Indestructible, Right?

  Wrong. Most people are aware that diamonds enjoy the reputation of being the hardest and toughest materials on earth. But it is a common misconception that they are virtually indestructible. In fact, diamonds can be scratched, chipped and even broken if they are poorly cut or not treated with proper care. For example, if…

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What if She Doesn’t Want a Traditional Diamond Engagement Ring?

  Some women prefer a bit of color in their engagement rings. This popular trend is evidenced by the many requests for designs imitating Princess Kate’s striking sapphire and diamond ring that once graced the hand of Princess Diana. Browse Engagement Rings Now! There are several precious gemstones that are beautiful alternatives to the traditional…

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Purchasing an Engagement Ring: Online vs. a Reputable Jeweler

Purchasing an Engagement Ring: Online vs. a Reputable Jeweler - Dominion Jewelers

  It’s a cyber-world for shoppers these days, with opportunities for bargains virtually everywhere.  But is buying online the best and safest way to make one of the largest and most important purchases of your life?  Here are a few considerations to help you feel competent and confident in making this decision: If I buy…

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Same Sex Custom Jewelry and Wedding Rings

  At Dominion Jewelers, our knowledgeable design staff has worked with many same sex couples and will offer a variety of options for you and your partner for designs that are not only beautiful and finely crafted, but yours alone. Whether you desire two engagement rings, two wedding bands, or any combination thereof, we can help…

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Cleaning Your Wedding Ring & Engagement Ring

Cleaning Your Wedding Ring & Engagement Ring - Dominion Jewelers

  One of the most frequent questions we are asked at Dominion Jewelers is “how do I keep my jewelry looking like new?” Our clients are often surprised to learn how very easy and inexpensive it is to keep their fine jewelry at its brilliant best. We suggest a mixture of one-part Windex (or any…

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