The 411 on Lab-grown Diamond Studs

It all starts with a natural diamond seed Diamond studs are a must-have for a lot of women. Sometimes though, the size of stud you want is different than what you want to spend. In this situation, I highly recommend lab-grown diamonds. It’s a great way to get the size you want at a price […]


GIA, or the Gemological Institute of America is a nonprofit organization dedicated to research and education in the field of gemology and jewelry manufacturing. GIA’s mission is to protect both buyers and sellers of gemstones by setting and maintaining the standards used to evaluate gemstone quality. The institute carries out its mission through constant research, […]

EGL vs GIA: The Battle of the Grading Reports

As you start your diamond research, one of the first things you learn is to always look for a grading report. But… which grading report and from which lab? There are hundreds of labs out there, many in different countries and with many different standards. With so many conflicting information out there, we’re here to […]


People have been pawning their valuables for at least the last 2000 years and thanks to reality TV pawn shops have gained their own little spotlight in the public eye. That being said, there are still a lot of misconceptions about what pawning is and how these loans actually work. I own a pawn shop […]