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Josh Marion

Josh Marion
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Josh Marion is a diamond industry expert with over 20 years of experience who has been featured in various media outlets including ABC News, Inc. Magazine, The New York Times, and Fox News. As Vice President at Ritani, he oversees operations in Mumbai, NYC, and Hong Kong, ensuring that all Ritani diamonds are of the highest quality and available at the best price.

We tend to insure the most expensive things we own, such as our cars or our homes. But what about our jewelry? Jewelry insurance is an unknown concept to many people, even though an engagement ring is among one of the most expensive things you will buy or own in your lifetime. An engagement ring is also highly susceptible to damage or loss. Think about it. It's worn out and about daily, which increases the risk of something happening to it, whether it is loss, damage, or theft. And even if you don’t wear your jewelry out, it isn’t exactly safe at home. In fact,...

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...

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Diamond fluorescence is a topic that many shoppers ask about. It’s a contested topic within the diamond industry itself, and experienced jewelers tend to have differing opinions about it. Here at Ritani, we’ve been crafting diamond jewelry for 20 years. Our diamond experts are here to provide objective answers to 12 of the most common diamond fluorescence questions. Some jewelers say that fluorescence always has a negative effect on your diamond’s quality and appearance. But here at Ritani, we believe that diamond fluorescence is actually more a matter of personal taste. In fact, if you understand it correctly, it can...

Have you ever been suspicious that a loose diamond you bought wasn’t real, or wondered whether your diamond jewelry was genuine? If the stone came with a certificate from the GIA or AGS, you can rest assured that it’s legit. However, if the diamond was a gift or an inheritance and you don’t have the certificate, you’re right to wonder. If you’ve got a stone you’re in doubt about, here are 7 ways to check its authenticity. The Magnification Test The Fog Test The Black Light test The Newspaper Test The Temperature Test The Water Test The Conductivity Test Should you try the scratch test? People used to think...

Ideal cut diamonds are cut from diamond rough, shown here, in the palm of an expert diamond cutter | Ritani.com

Ideal cuts are truly the elite of the diamond world; an Ideal cut diamond reflects nearly all the light that enters it and emits the most sparkle. They represent the top 1% of diamonds in terms of both quality and sparkle. If you’re looking for the best cut diamond to buy, the Ideal cut is it. In this post, we’ll teach you the traits and grading requirements of Ideal cut diamonds. How does a diamond get an Ideal cut grade? Just as the name says, a diamond has to be cut perfectly to receive an Ideal grade. This means the diamond’s...

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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...

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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...