The Foundry Journal

By Category: Style Guide Articles

The Foundry Journal

In the News

Style Guide

Diamond Industry

Style Guide Articles

Diamond Foundry photographer honored by Netflix Originals

The photographer behind Diamond Foundry’s website photography is now featured in a new Netflix Originals: Esquire: If You Love Great Design, You Need to Watch This Show

Foundry Diamonds Out & About in NYC

When Wendi Murdoch, China top actress / UNEP & Gucci Ambassador Li Bing Bing (Wikipedia), and the “art world’s high-roller specialist” (WSJ) and Christie’s Vice Chairman Xin Li go out for dinner in NYC, who is hanging in there (right lower corner on photo)? A Diamond Foundry diamond set in a piece by Charles Del…

Now Available for Designers: Unique Semi Rough Diamonds

Diamond Foundry is now making available “semi rough” diamonds featuring original, ‘as grown’ rough diamond opened up with select polished facets to showcase the one-of-a-kind nature of each diamond. Designers who enjoy creating one-of-a-kind pieces will enjoy working with these dramatic pieces. View our current inventory of semi-rough diamonds. View dramatic video of a semi-rough…

Vogue: VOW Is Your New Source for Ethical (And Gorgeous!) Engagement Rings

Vogue covers the introduction of VOW in detail, including that “there’s also a try-on system (similar to Warby Parker’s). You will be able to choose three mock rings to try on in the comfort of your own home at no cost, with no obligation to purchase. If you’re in the market for a ring—or you…

Launching VOW: engagement rings for the modern world

We are excited about today’s launch of VOW: engagement rings for the modern world. This is the first product of Diamond Foundry teaming up with Vrai & Oro’s founder Vanessa Stofenmacher (recently named a Forbes 30 under 30 winner) and her really talented team. At Diamond Foundry, we set out to reinvent diamond jewelry from…

Observer: A collaboration that’s a tough one to top

The Observer notes in its Style & Design section: “This is reportedly the first time a major retailer has agreed to a collaboration with a cultivated diamond company and it’s certainly going to be a tough one to top.” “Diamonds might be a girl’s best friend, but they certainly don’t have the same cheerful relationship…

Diamond Foundry XO Barneys New York

Our cultivated diamonds are now available at one of America’s iconic department stores. Innovation meets beauty in three exclusive designer collaborations showcasing the elegance and versatility of unique, certified diamonds cultivated in California. Barneys New York was started in 1923 by its founder pawning his wife’s engagement ring. His motto was “No bunk. No junk.…

The Making of a Brand

When NYC based brand marketing team arrived at photography, they engaged none other than Platon and Jamie Chung. Enjoy the look behind the scenes!

Popular Diamond Jewelry by Cities

We have started compiling listings of which jewelry is popular in which city. Look up your city to see: New York, New York Los Angeles, California Chicago, Illinois Houston, Texas Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Phoenix, Arizona San Antonio, Texas San Diego, California Dallas, Texas San Jose, California Austin, Texas Indianapolis, Indiana Jacksonville, North Carolina San Francisco, California…

Lab Grown Diamond is Best for Millennials

It’s no secret that Millennials demand greater transparency and authenticity from the market than their parents did.  Whether its fair-trade coffee, sweatshop free clothing brands, or eco friendly cleaners, Millennials want ethical products.  It shouldn’t come as a surprise then, that Millennials who buy diamond jewelry seek the most ethical option available – lab grown diamonds. …

The Best Diamond Shapes: Asscher Cut Diamond

Of the ten best diamond shapes most commonly used today, only one is named after a diamond cutter.  Joseph Asscher, son of the renowned artisan Joseph Issac Asscher of Holland, developed the standard Asscher cut diamond in 1902. When the world’s largest rough stone, the Cullinan, was discovered in 1905, King Edward VII invited Joseph…

The Best Diamond Shapes: Round Brilliant Cut Diamond

A round brilliant cut diamond isn’t just one of the best diamond shapes – it’s the diamond shape. Created in 1919 by engineer and diamond cutter Marcel Tolkowsky, the round brilliant utilizes an ideal ratio to maximize its “fire” and brilliance. Unlike the old mine cut and other earlier ancestors, the round doesn’t focus on…

Trending Diamond Engagement Rings for February

February is the month of love, and it’s no wonder that our diamond engagement rings have spiked in popularity. In particular, these last three weeks have been all about Zaven, whose elegant, stone-studded designs are making major waves. (You can check out our exclusive interview with Zaven here.) Whether its the timeless Alyssum Pave Halo or the unique Four…

What Can a Little Bird Tell You?

Quite a lot, actually. “There’s definitely been a long history of people calling themselves jewelry specialists, but we’ve never seen the exact concept of Little Bird – Diamond & Engagement Ring Expertise,” says Danielle Mainas, co-founder of the San Francisco-based company, which offers engagement ring consultation services for the confused, the overwhelmed and the generally…

10 Fascinating Diamond Facts to Impress Your Friends

Diamonds have been around for a while – like billions of years. It isn’t surprising that, in all that time, they’ve managed to rack up a pretty cool history. Some of these anecdotes are so old, they’re practically antique! Take look at our ten vintage diamond facts to impress your friends at the next hip young person party.    1. The name…

Why We Wear our Wedding Ring on the Fourth Finger of the Left Hand

In ye oldie times, before science demystified things like thunderstorms and pregnancy, people believed all sorts of crazy stories. Oh yes, these were the days of grand metaphors like “the rain is God’s tears” and “childbirth is a punishment.” One of the most complicated systems to understand was, of course, the human body. Many cultures…

Millennials Want Conflict Free Engagement Rings

Say what you will about millennials, but those artisanal beer drinking, fixed gear bike riding, crossbreed dog owning, environmentally conscious hipsters are changing the jewelry industry for the better. They want ethically made, conflict free engagement rings, and they’re willing to pay more for them.  New Consumer Ethics According to Jewelers’ Circular Keystone Magazine, millennials…

5 Handmade Engagement Rings for an Active Lifestyle

Whether it’s rock climbing, yoga or soccer, many women today lead active lifestyles that aren’t suited for long-term engagement ring maintenance. Even hobbies like pottery, woodworking and knitting can damage a band and endanger the diamond. (Like me, you might also be the type of person who slams into table corners and walls, jeopardizing any and…

Choosing a Custom Engagement Ring Based on Your Girlfriend’s Personality

Choosing a custom engagement ring might sound tough, but it’s a lot easier if you just think of your future wife as a “type” instead of as a whole person. (We’re kidding.) Honestly though, it helps to bang out the basics of your girlfriend’s style and lifestyle before you go crazy with the details. What does she wear?…

4 Beautiful Mixed Metal Rings by Independent Jewelry Designers

Mixed metal engagement rings and wedding bands have become a thing in recent years, which is great because they upset jewelry purists. Anything you can do to overturn the establishment is inherently ethical, even if it’s just wearing jewelry. Independent jewelry designers make some of the most beautiful and interesting mixed metal rings available, probably because they’re already…

The Role of Jewelry in Viking Culture

History Channel specials and Medieval Christian manuscripts depict Vikings as a singularly ravenous and violent lot, but historical evidence suggests that they were also a highly sophisticated society of artists and artisans. When they weren’t out discovering new continents or reciting complex skaldic verses, the Vikings excelled at woodwork and metalwork. They were great makers…

The Original Green Wedding Rings

Today, we use the phrase “green wedding rings” to mean environmentally friendly rings made of recycled metals and ethical diamonds. But did you know that the first wedding bands were actually green?  Unlike engagement rings, which are relatively recent, wedding rings are super ancient. Often accredited to the Romans, the practice of wearing rings made of precious metals…

Yes, Offer Your Fiancé Engagement Ring Guidance

If you were a woman 200 years ago, getting married was basically the best thing that could happen to you. It meant that you could move out of your family home, run your own household, and enter into society as a married woman. It also meant that you were financially protected for as long as…

Demystifying Ring Resizing

Ya’ll, we need to talk about ring resizing. It may sound tedious, but understanding the ins and outs of this oft-ignored practice can help you save a lot of money in the long run.  The Story I was eating dinner last week with some friends from college. Okay, okay – so we were actually eating pizza and…

A Brief History of Earrings

It’s weird that human beings shove precious metals and gems into their ears. I’m not suggesting that it isn’t beautiful and interesting, but it’s weird. Really, who came up with that? Pet Theories Maybe the people who invented earrings were like the pre-history version of the writers’ room at WB headquarters – the ones who came up with the 1996 classic, Space…

Stop, Don’t: 5 Antique Cuts for Pure Diamonds

We make pure diamonds. Not cubic zirconia. Not white sapphire. Diamond. You can do anything with our lab created diamonds that you might with a mined diamond. You can put them in lasers. You can wear them as jewelry. You could, if you wanted, shape them using antique cuts like “Old European” or “Gold Mine.” This sounds…

The Engagement Ring Guide for Guys, Part 2

If you haven’t already read part one of this series, I recommend that you do that first. Part one explains diamonds, which your engagement ring will almost certainly include. Part two is dedicated to metal color, diamond shape, ring size, and style preference – basically, everything else. I hold the very unpopular opinion that if…

The Engagement Ring Guide for Guys, Part 1

It’s not your fault that you don’t know anything about engagement rings. Nobody teaches this stuff, and – with a bit of luck – it won’t be one of your more repeatable skill sets. Maybe you’ve already asked your dad for advice, and he responded with some version of, “25 years ago, when I bought…

When You’re Queen B, You Can Wear the Crown Jewels on Your Feet

Listen, Beyoncé’s style is basically second to none. Her fashion misfires in the early 00s are clearly the fault of her mother, Tina Knowles, who tried to dress Beyoncé like the oldest sister in a weirdly close-knit family for much of her Destiny’s Child career. Today’s Beyoncé is all booty shorts and crop top graphic…

Jewelry in the Victorian Era

The jewelry trends of the Victorian era were set by – you guessed it – Queen Victoria herself. With a reign that spanned over 60 years, Queen Victoria was hugely influential in the history of jewelry design. The rise of Britain’s Middle Class after the Industrial Revolution meant that, for the first time, common people…

Eco Jewelry Conundrum: Platinum vs. White Gold

So, you’ve decided to buy eco jewelry. That’s great. Not only are lab created diamonds more sustainable, but recycled metals are another environmentally friendly option. Buying jewelry made of recycled metals helps reduce the devastating effects of mining, and many of our award winning independent jewelry designers chose to craft with it. However, if you’re pale as the…

Art Nouveau is Punk Rock: The Revolutionary Ramifications of a “Total” Art

Art Nouveau was to art what the Ramones were to music, i.e. a total establishment shakedown. In 1976, the Ramones blew apart an overproduced, under-inspired popular music scene with an album that both revived and revised 50s and 60s style rock music. Critics praised the Ramones for their authenticity – for making music alive again.…

Simulated Diamonds: White Sapphire, Moissanite, Cubic Zirconia

Simulated diamonds aren’t diamonds. They’re rocks that look like diamonds. They can be natural gems, like white sapphire; natural minerals grown in labs, such as moissanite; or lab-created monstrosities like cubic zirconia. While they may seem like legitimate substitutes, simulated diamonds eventually reveal their inferior natures.  Moissanite Pronounced mois-en-ite, this naturally occurring silicon carbide was originally discovered by…

Ring Anatomy: Learn Lingo of Our Diamond Designers

Diamond designers have a language all their own. It’s not just the “sticky up-y part;” its the prongs. It’s not the “side of the ring,” but the shoulder. Shopping for a ring can be daunting, especially if you intend to customize it. (Many of our designers offer customizable rings in our catalogue.) To narrow in on…

The 4Cs of Diamond Grading

Until the middle of the twentieth century, there was no agreed-upon standard by which diamonds could be judged. GIA created the first, and now globally accepted standard for describing diamonds by: Color, Clarity, Cut, and Carat Weight. Today, the 4Cs of diamond quality is the universal method for assessing the quality of any diamond, anywhere…

Eco Jewelry Conundrum: Which Metal Should You Choose?

Great job! You care about sustainable jewelry practices, so you’ve chosen to buy eco jewelry. You researched all your options. You chose a stunning lab created diamond. But which metal should you choose for your perfect ring? Happily, we’ve reviewed the four most popular metal choices to help you decide. As ethical jewelry enthusiasts, we promote the use of sustainable precious…

A History of Diamonds: A Bibliography

Interested in learning more about the history of diamonds and the diamond mining industry? Check out our list of recommended reading. Diamonds in Nature: A Guide to Rough Diamonds illustrates the range of crystal shapes, colors, surface textures, and mineral inclusions of rough, uncut, naturally forming diamonds. Diamond: History of a Cold Blooded Love Affair: For…

Say What Now? A Dictionary for Diamonds

The world of diamonds is filled with insider language and slang. Here’s a quick and handy reference dictionary to help you navigate! American Gem Society (AGS): An educational institution for gemological studies. The AGS Labs were created primarily to develop and promote universally-accepted standards for grading cut. Blemish: A clarity characteristic that occurs on the surface of a…

More Than Just A Circle: Diamond Shapes and Cuts

While diamonds can be cut in many different shapes, each has its own unique traits. Understanding the most common diamond shapes can help you make an informed decision about what kind of diamond you wish to purchase. Click on a Shape to Learn More Antique Cuts Standard Cuts Diamonds come in a wide range of shapes,…

No Sustainable Diamonds: Mining Before Diamond Foundry

Up until a few years ago, the only way to get diamonds was by mining for them. Even today, there are currently a large but finite number of commercially viable mines operating in the world. The fifty largest mines account for approximately 90% of global supply. There is no way to mine diamonds sustainably, and so…

Can You Still Smash the Patriarchy with a Diamond Engagement Ring?

A few months ago, a man approached me on a beach in Tel Aviv and asked if I was married. I said “no” because I’m not. But also, weird. Regularly, I don’t entertain pickup lines. I think they’re lazy, and I hate meeting new people. However, this man—let’s call him “Gal”—was so beautiful that it…

The Anatomy of a Round Diamond

As you may have noticed, buying a diamond comes complete with a heaping pile of intricate facts and details that only make sense to industry insiders. Facts like, “a modern round brilliant diamond has 57 facets plus the culet. The faceting pattern for a round brilliant is fairly standardized, so the degree which each facet conforms to…

What is Filigree?

If you are one of the six people who know what filigree is  – congratulations! You are probably my boss or a Medieval Italian princess with a time machine. However, if you, like me, are an uncultured plebian from the 21st century, then you’ve probably already confused “filigree” with “filament.” Don’t worry; it’s an easy…

5 Stunning Royal Engagement Rings

The Royals live a life of abundance and luxury, so it’s no surprise that they propose with the most stunning engagement rings available. From Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano of Spain to Queen Elizabeth II of England, check out these amazing engagement rings (and proposal stories!) from the Royals of Europe.  Margrethe II of Denmark A student at no less than five…

Can I Wear a Ring to Show Commitment, but not Marriage?

The world is changing. Marriage is no longer a prerequisite for cohabitation, childrearing or even homeownership. Many couples cite political, emotional or historical reasons for delaying or abandoning the marriage contract. According to a Huffington Post article, “the number of couples living together has more than doubled since the 1990s,” though TIME reports that “the…

The Role of Jewelry in Ancient Chinese Culture

The ancient Chinese were fancy, ya’ll. Wafer-thin pendants, jade hairpins, nephrite accessories – holy cow! It’s no wonder that the Mongols, who were literally living off of rats and mutton in the Asian Steppes, wanted a piece of the immaculate wealth of their southern neighbors. You can only craft beautiful silver earrings that look like flower-baskets…

×
×
Contact us

Please leave this field empty.

We look forward to hearing from you. If you would like to speak by phone, please leave a call-back number in your message.

Create an account

Receive member pricing, track orders, etc.

Please enter corrent email

Reset your password

Enter your email address below and we'll send you a new password.

Please enter corrent email

Save and share your favorite jewelry, please sign in:

By proceeding, you agree to our
Terms & Conditions.