June 2018

What Your Jeweler Thinks About Lab Created Diamonds vs Mined Diamonds

By Sean Dunn June 23, 2018
Lab Created Diamonds

It is a great topic of conversation and one I wish more people would ask about. I had this subject come up literally a few days ago when a client was considering upgrading his wife's 3 carat natural diamond studs to 5 carat natural diamonds studs. The couple first asked about the price of the synthetics and if you could tell them apart. It ended being a great discussion that touched upon many things including the environment, human rights, value retention of diamonds and why we are interested in also carrying synthetic diamonds as a high end independent jeweler.

Can you tell the difference between natural diamonds and lab created diamonds?

It would be extremely difficult if not near impossible for any jeweler to visually identify the difference between natural and synthetic diamonds but there are sophisticated testers and labs like the GIA that can definitely tell the difference.

What Lightbox Jewelry Means for Lab Created Diamonds

By Jenna Fish June 23, 2018
Lightbox Jewelry - Lab Created Diamond Jewelry

World’s largest diamond miner, De Beers, company mission has been protecting and promoting natural mined diamonds with the industry’s ‘real is rare’ campaign. Recently, they announced the launch of their new jewelry brand Lightbox Jewelry offering synthetic, lab created diamond jewelry at a fraction of the price of a normal mined diamond. The brand sources the diamonds exclusively from Element Six, located in the UK and known for being a world leader in the field of synthetic diamond manufacturing.

Mined diamonds vs. lab created diamonds has been a hot topic recently, and this new initiative only adds to the controversy. Not only is De Beers promoting lab created diamond jewelry, but their transparency and pricing is disrupting the entire industry. Lightbox Jewelry is being completely linear with their pricing—reasoning that they can make laboratory diamonds every day of the week, resulting in a modest $800 per carat retail. In contrast, the procurement of Natural Diamonds is quite expensive with DeBeers spending $2 billion to mine only 10 thousand diamonds over 1ct last year. Natural diamonds are rare and take millions of years to form, each one being as unique as a snowflake. The real disruption Lightbox Jewelry is causing is not....

Jewelry Gifts for Animal Lovers

By Jenna Fish June 22, 2018

Animal lovers are everywhere. Some raise their pets like children, others adopt pets to save them from shelters and yet others spend their downtime working with humane societies to be around animals. The animal lovers in your life deserve a gift that matches their love for furry creatures, while making a classy statement about their affection for their four-legged friends. J.R. Dunn Jewelers has several lines of jewelry gifts for animal lovers that are sure to delight. These pieces never go out of style and are perfect for birthdays, holidays or to honor the life of a cherished pet.

J.R. Dunn’s Commitment to Animals

J.R. Dunn began partnering with the Humane Society of Broward County in 2015, in an effort to help more animals get adopted. The program is called “Diamond in the Ruff”. Each week, J.R. Dunn covers the adoption fee for one animal from the local humane society to help them get adopted...

Why a Rolex® Watch Is the Perfect Father’s Day Gift

By Jenna Fish June 15, 2018
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 m114300-0004

Rolex watches are synonymous with sophistication, quality craftsmanship, and luxury. They are coveted by men and they are worn proudly. All Rolex watches are made with the most exclusive materials and crafted with the utmost precision, leading to a masterpiece of a watch that exudes sophistication and class. No matter who you’re buying a gift for this Father’s Day, whether it be your dad, your grandfather, your husband, an uncle or another father-figure, a Rolex watch is a timeless gift that is sure leave them speechless. They bring a joy that is unmatched when it comes to receiving gifts, and you are sure to make this Father’s Day memorable when you purchase one for a special man in your life.

It Shows How Much You Care

You wouldn’t buy one for just anyone. Purchasing a luxurious timepiece like a Rolex is a way to show your dad or husband that you care about him in a big way and that you love him tremendously. It also shows that he is special to you in a way that no one else is. Father’s Day is all...

How to Pick a Band to Go with Your Diamond Engagement Ring

By Jenna Fish June 13, 2018
Tacori Sculpted Crescent Wedding Band and Engagement Ring

You’re engaged! Congratulations! Now that the initial shock and excitement of being newly engaged is wearing off, you’re moving on to the fun and chaos of wedding planning. Between picking a venue, finding the perfect dress, and selecting your wedding party, picking a wedding band can often get pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. You may be overwhelmed at the thought of selecting the ring that will forever represent your love for your spouse, but you shouldn’t put it off or stress too much about it. The following tips from the jewelry experts at J.R. Dunn will give you some insight on how to pick the perfect wedding band to go with your gorgeous new engagement ring.

Join Us for Our Tacori Bridal Event: June 23rd and 24th

By Jenna Fish June 11, 2018

Tacori Bridal Event - J.R. Dunn South Florida

It’s that time of year again! Our Tacori Weekend will take place in our South Florida showroom on Saturday, June 23rd and Sunday, June 24th. See the latest styles in Tacori engagement rings, wedding bands, and jewelry—straight from California. Whether you know exactly what you want or just want to get a little inspiration, stop by and sip a little champagne on us while you browse our gorgeous, sparkly selection.

Not only will you be able to enjoy this huge selection of engagement rings, wedding bands, and jewelry, but we’re also giving away American Express gift cards for every Tacori purchase, with value up to $1,000! Or if you’d rather, we will also be offering interest free financing.*

Tacori rings and jewelry are handcrafted in California by skilled artisans, not mass produced by machines. Each piece in the collection is unique and beautiful—featuring tiny details....

Timeless Diamond Engagement Rings

By Jenna Fish June 7, 2018


A. Jaffe Engagement Ring Setting

Getting engaged is one of the most exciting events in a couple’s life. It marks the beginning of a life together that will include a wedding, maybe a growing family, establishing a home and many more wonderful milestones. The first step towards proposing and getting engaged entails selecting an engagement ring. With so many styles and trends available today, it can be hard to narrow down your options. J.R. Dunn Jewelers has a wide selection of luxury jewelry, including gorgeous diamond engagement rings and gemstone engagement rings, to mark the first step towards tying the knot: your engagement.

While styles shift and change over time, and while some ring trends come and go, there is nothing quite as classic and elegant as a diamond engagement ring. No matter what cut you prefer, how big you want the center stone or what type of metal you desire, J.R. Dunn has a wide array of stunning and timeless diamond engagement rings that will offer you the perfect first step toward building a life with the one you love. Take a look at some of the most timeless and classic diamond engagement rings we carry.


Round-Shaped Diamond Engagement Rings

Round diamonds are about as classic as they come. While the shape is round, the cut is likely “brilliant,” meaning that it is cut to reflect light brilliantly. Round-shaped diamonds make up the majority of diamonds, accounting for 75% of all diamonds sold. Due to the way round diamonds are cut, they tend to sparkle and shine more than any other cut of diamond. Here are three of the most classic and timeless round-shaped diamond engagement rings that J.R. Dunn has to offer.

California-made Tacori is almost synonymous with classic diamond engagement rings, and this particular ring is no different. The Petite Crescent Bloom Twist Engagement Setting features a ribbon-like twisted band embellished with diamonds, a diamond halo around the round center stone and more diamonds underneath the mounting. You can customize the size of the center stone and the precious metal used. This sophisticated, elegant look will be stunning and breathtaking for years to come.

The A. Jaffe Diamond Engagement Ring Setting is sure to astound everyone who sees it. Available in stunning yellow gold, this engagement ring features a round center stone atop an open gallery that is lined with diamonds. The band features multiple pave diamonds down the sides and a gorgeously-textured band interior.

For ultra-simplicity and timelessness, you can't go wrong with this Simply Tacori Solitaire Engagement Ring. The four prong setting has a clean top view with a plain metal band and gorgeous details from the side profile of the ring. Its classic look makes it perfect for anyone who wants to capture the pure delight of a timeless engagement ring.

Tacori Petite Crescent Bloom Twist Engagement Setting A. Jaffe Diamond Engagement Ring Setting

Cushion-Cut Diamond Engagement Rings

Cushion-cuts combine a square-cut diamond with rounded corners. For the first century of its existence, cushion-cut diamonds were the most popular of all the cuts, and today they are the second most popular cut when it comes to classic shapes. They are versatile and work well in almost any ring style, and they are loved for their antique feel paired with the modern look of a perfectly cut and incredibly sparkly diamond.

Henri Daussi Cushion Halo Engagement Ring

This Henri Daussi Cushion Halo Engagement Ring is both elegant and sophisticated, while simultaneously being dramatic and spectacular. A cushion-cut center diamond in the size of your choice is surrounded by a halo of diamonds. The band is lined with two rows of smaller diamonds, making this white gold diamond engagement ring breathtakingly beautiful and fit for the most incredible woman.

This unique Tacori Diamond Bloom Engagement Setting is a playful take on a cushion-cut ring. The center diamond is actually round, but it is surrounded by a halo of pave diamonds that give the look of a cushion-cut center stone. The ribbon-style band features several more diamonds, and the side-profile view shows off a classic Tacori artistic design under the center stone.


Unique-Cut Diamond Engagement Rings

Pear-Cut Engagement Rings

MARS Fine Jewelry designers’ attention to detail and eye for sophisticated design holds true in their Pear-Shaped Diamond Halo Engagement Ring Setting. This striking ring features a pear-shaped center stone which sits atop a 14kt white gold, yellow gold or rose gold band. Diamonds line the top of the band, bringing even more shine and sparkle to this already regal ring.

Emerald-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Another classic, timeless diamond engagement ring by Tacori is this Dantela Emerald-Cut Bloom Engagement Setting. An emerald-cut diamond is surrounded by a crown of diamonds and stunning diamonds line the band with spectacular sparkle. The side profile has more diamonds and some structurally artistic features, and the signature crescent profile complete this incredible diamond engagement ring.

Marquise Diamond Engagement Ring

This Marquise Diamond Engagement Ring Setting by Robert Pelliccia is dramatic and classic all at the same time. The marquise-cut center stone is a dazzling feature that is only further intensified by the 18kt white gold diamond-enhanced band. This ring is stunningly simple, yet breathtaking and extravagant all at once, and it is sure to delight any recipient.

Oval-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

For a classic take on a timeless symbol of love, take a look at Tacori’s Oval Solitaire Engagement Ring Setting. There is nothing quite as classic as a simple yet beautiful solitaire engagement ring, and this ring exemplifies that. The oval-cut center stone stands atop a band of 18kt white, yellow or rose gold or platinum. Underneath the center stone are gorgeous sculptural elements and diamond accents that further extend the remarkable timelessness of this ring.

MARS Ever After Pear-Shaped Diamond Halo Engagement Ring Setting Tacori Dantela Emerald-Cut Bloom Engagement Setting Tacori Oval Solitaire Engagement Ring Setting

Regardless of what kind of diamond engagement ring you’re looking for, J.R. Dunn can help. Whether you’re shopping online or in-store, our sales professionals can help you define your vision and explore various options. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by the endless options of engagement rings—get in touch with us today and let us help you pick out the perfect diamond engagement ring.


How to Master the Art of Stackable Rings

By Jenna Fish June 1, 2018
The Art of Stacking Rings

Layering accessories is becoming trendier with each passing year. Stackable rings are one such trend that we don’t see going away anytime soon. J.R. Dunn carries a variety of stackable rings, from simple to ornate, and we encourage experimentation with mixing and matching them with other stackable rings in your jewelry collection.

Different Types of Stackable Rings

Thin & Delicate – The most common type of stackable rings are thin, delicate, and very simple. This diamond and turquoise ring relays a quiet beauty and is perfectly paired with several other thin and delicate rings or a larger, more ornate ring. Thin and delicate stackers can also have jewels or gems all the way around, an initial or other singular design, or three stackables combined into one ring.