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Josh Marion

Josh Marion
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Josh Marion is the Director of Business Development at Ritani. A diamond industry expert who has worked for jewelry retailers since 1999, Josh is passionate about innovation and exceeding customer expectations. In his spare time, he loves biking, traveling and relaxing with his family.

Because they are both classic and versatile, diamond studs make the perfect jewelry gift - even if they are a present to yourself. However, with such versatility, the style options for diamond stud earrings are practically endless. It can be hard to know exactly which diamond shape, what level of diamond quality, and which setting style will suit your or your loved one best. Use this handy buying guide to help you as you research and eventually decide on a gorgeous pair of diamond earrings. Quality Guidelines for Diamond Stud Earrings As you may have heard, the quality guidelines for diamond studs...

Have you ever been suspicious that a loose diamond you were sold wasn't real, or wondered whether your diamond jewelry was genuine? With such a high-value purchase, it's almost impossible not to be a little apprehensive about the authenticity of your diamond. Many people consider at some point that the diamond they purchased is not real, especially if it does not come with a GIA certificate. Looking to buy a real GIA certified diamond? Start here. There are two great ways to help assuage worry and uncertainty about the genuineness of a diamond. First would be to completely stay away from...

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Engagement season is over, wedding season is approaching, and that means it’s time for a diamond trends roundup for 2015. Here are some of the hot trends and exciting new diamond products I’ve been noticing lately that are sure to change the market forever. Cat Diamonds Recently I discovered something odd when I was looking at our loose diamond orders. I saw a shockingly high number of custom ring orders that involved a round cut center stone and two trillion cut side stones. This is a common engagement ring style, but I had to take a closer look at what was going on...

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A useful tip to know when shopping for loose diamonds is that diamond prices are always changing. Much like gold or antiques, prices for diamonds and gemstones fluctuate depending on market trends, seasonality, and other factors. An unfortunate side effect of this knowledge is that many otherwise savvy diamond shoppers will take it to mean that there is no way to approximate an average diamond price.  While a specific, catch-all dollar amount can be hard to pin down because of the changing market and diamond seller markups, a reasonable dollar range estimate is always possible. When you break diamond pricing...

Unlike cars and homes, insuring jewelry is still somewhat of an unknown to the general public. Many see it as unnecessary, not cost effective, or they don’t even know that jewelry-specific insurance exists. Recently, Ritani partnered with Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company – a 102 year old company specializing exclusively in jewelry insurance – to provide their Perfect Circle® jewelry insurance. With online fine jewelry purchases on the rise, we want to make our customers feel more secure. Because of the price tag on many fine jewelry items, buying them online can feel like a gamble. Does my homeowner’s insurance cover my...

Loose Diamonds

Without a doubt, one of the most common questions I get is a variation on this theme: “I know diamonds are expensive, but is there any way for me to save money while I’m shopping for one?”. It’s true that the phrase “discount diamonds” should raise an eyebrow to anyone shopping for a high-quality stone, but that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to save some dollars while buying diamonds. If you’re a savvy shopper who knows what they want, there are plenty of tricks you can use to save money on your purchase. Read on for my advice on how...

With millions of couples getting engaged over Valentine’s Day weekend, you can expect your Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to be flooded with proposal pictures and engagement ring selfies. This recent phenomenon of ring photos has become many couples’ preferred method for sharing the news of their engagement with family and friends. A sparkling snap of the engagement ring, paired with a cute caption and posted to social media, seems to have replaced the traditional good news phone call. Of course, with any fad comes a lot of competition and over-saturation. I’ve seen some entirely un-friendly conversations go on between friends...

Asscher cut and emerald cut diamonds – both are beloved for their vintage sparkle and step-cut faceting. However, the two shapes can be difficult to tell apart, especially when many third-party grading reports classify an Asscher cut as a “square emerald”. You can imagine the surprise when a customer purchases what is marketed as an Asscher cut diamond, only to see it categorized as an emerald cut variation. So, what is the difference between an Asscher cut and a square emerald? How about the difference between an Asscher and a rectangular emerald? These are questions that are asked by customers...