The Science Behind the Sparkle

Jul 31, 2015

It’s a well known fact that a diamond’s sparkle is simply undeniable! While it may come as a shock to some—rough, also known as natural diamonds, look nothing like the perfectly polished centerpieces of engagement rings found in jewelry stores around the country. In fact, natural diamonds are actually rather dull! So what is the cause… Read more »

The Dramatic Difference Between Antique, Vintage & Estate Jewelry

Jun 8, 2015

One would think that the terms Antique, Vintage and Estate are rather common in the world of jewelry, yet the three are confused and misused quite often. But no need to fear! The estate jewelry experts here at Charles Schwartz & Son are here to help! With over 125 years of experience handling estate jewelry, you could say that we… Read more »

Art Deco: the Glamorous Style of an Industry Icon

Mar 3, 2015

Over the past year Art Deco jewelry has gotten a great deal of attention with the release of The Great Gatsby film, along with Tiffany & Co’s widely publicized role in the movie’s jewelry wardrobe. Many have declared that Art Deco jewelry is making a comeback… but did it really go anywhere? There’s no question that The Great Gatsby film’s debut has… Read more »

Ways to Enhance Your Ring’s Sparkle

Mar 3, 2015

When looking at engagement rings, many couples make the all-too-common mistake of sacrificing cut, clarity or color for the presumed king of the 4C’s—carat. It is an all too common misconception that bigger is better in the world of diamonds. Though large diamonds have an undeniable wow factor, focusing solely on a diamond’s carat and ignoring the… Read more »

Demystifying the Old Mine Cut

Feb 23, 2015

The Old Mine Cut, also known as an Old Miner’s Cut, is considered a rarity in today’s jewelry fashions.  It’s justifiably coveted by diamond collectors and jewel connoisseurs for its history, elegance and romantic appeal.  The name “Old Mine Cut” refers to the date in which the diamond was cut, the mines that diamonds were… Read more »

12 Surprising Truths About the Halo Craze

Dec 17, 2014

The halo engagement ring: you’ve heard of it, you’ve seen it around—it’s the hottest engagement ring style on the market today…but why? The answer to this is simple—the halo engagement ring brings everything to the table; it’s modern and timeless, adaptable yet iconic. Though the halo setting has been criticized as yet another trend or fad… Read more »

9 Diamond Shapes You Need To Know

Dec 15, 2014

As the oldest established jeweler in our nation’s capital, Charles Schwartz & Son has over 125 years of experience as Washington DC’s source for the finest designer jewelry, estate jewelry and custom creations. Have you ever wondered what a Marquise diamond is, or why Princess-cut diamonds are typically cheaper than Round-cut diamonds? Our diamond experts… Read more »

Karat vs. Carat

Dec 1, 2014

When comparing diamonds, one of the first things you’ll hear is the 4C’s of diamonds—Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat. Out of the 4C’s, a diamond’s carat weight is the most common to consider when comparing one diamonds to another. What is a carat—is it the same as a karat? Some believe that “carat” and “karat”… Read more »

The Anatomy of a Diamond

Nov 14, 2014

As the oldest established jeweler in our nation’s capital, Charles Schwartz & Son has over 125 years of experience as Washington DC’s source for the finest designer jewelry, estate jewelry and custom creations. Have you ever wondered where diamonds come from, or what the 4 C’s really mean? Our diamond experts here at Charles Schwartz have… Read more »