Friday, November 4, 2016

Houston's Hidden Gem - Uptown Diamond

Photos by Meredith Foley of This Lavender Life
Jewelry exclusively from Uptown Diamond
Ruby Necklace - 27.38ct Natural Rubellite in 18k white gold with 2.97ctw of diamonds, VS1 clarity, F color
Diamond Hoop Earrings - Set in 18k white gold with 3.54ctw of round diamonds, VS2 clarity, G color
Pearl Ring (my favorite piece!) - Set in 14k white gold with 12.50mm pearl with 3.55ctw of round diamonds, VS2 clarity, G color. This ring is a 1920's vintage designer ring, that was inspired by the flapper dresses. When the ring moves, the diamonds move and shake with it, just like the dresses did during the roaring 20's! It is a breathtaking piece! 

Happy Friday! What better way to kickoff the weekend, then talking about diamonds...big diamonds. They say diamonds are a girl's best friend, and I definitely cannot agree more. 

I had the pleasure of visiting Uptown Diamond, and talking with the Principal Rick Antona, and President Grayland Noah, last month. To say I was wow'd when I left, would be putting it mildly. When I first entered their discrete location, all I could think of is that this is the best hidden gem in Houston. When you think diamonds, or even jewelry for that matter, what comes to mind? Large billboard advertisements, pushy store personal, an oversized store with a plethora of jewelry that doesn't quite fit the bill of what you were looking for, you'll get none of that at Uptown Diamond. 

Uptown Diamond is the epitome of the best man cave you've ever seen, mixed the most beautiful and unique jewelry. How's that for interesting? Sports paraphernalia line the walls floor to ceiling - jerseys, baseballs, helmets, championship rings (they do in fact make them for a number of collegiate teams, as well as professional teams), photos with the who's who - you name it, they have it, and it doesn't stop there. Scotch is conveniently located at the bar, flat screen TV's programmed to ESPN are whispering in the background, and of course there's a jewelry case effortlessly filled with stones of all shapes and sizes (the biggest ones were my favorite). It's a match made in heaven for both men, and women.  

That's only the beginning of what sets Uptown Diamond apart. They have a unique, hands on approach, that involves the buyer, start to finish, in the process of making their piece. Who wouldn't love to be involved in creating their engagement ring (!!!!), wedding band, push gift, or diamond tennis bracelet? The customer truly is their #1 priority. Uptown Diamond, takes pride in educating their customer. They want each and every customer, regardless of budget, to be happy with their purchase, and they approach each unique client with the same level of transparency. They want to teach you and help you understand what you're looking for, what you're getting, how to get the most value out of your money, and aid you in creating the piece of your dreams.  They also have a lifetime money back or upgrade guarantee, no questions asked. No other jeweler does that. 

A lot of jewelers have to outsource to larger companies, but not Uptown Diamond, everything is done 100% in house. They have certified gemologists and designers on hand, all of which have decades of experience in the industry. They have a 3D printer that creates a wax mold of the ring you design, so you can easily see exactly what you are getting. Want it bigger, need it smaller, want to make a few tweaks here and there - this lets you do exactly that. 

They recently published a book called, "The Perfect Diamond Buying Guide," which outlines all you need to know about buying diamonds. Inside it walks you through the entire process, teaches you about the Four C's (color, clarity, cut, carat), settings and styles, tips for buying, and so many more educational tools. If you and your significant other are in the market to get engaged, or if you just want to treat yourself to a little something special for making that bonus, this book is a must have. It's also a great stocking stuffer, or strategic gift for that man in your life to drop a subtle or not so subtle hint! Click here to get a free e-book copy. 

Schedule a visit to Uptown Diamond to see for yourself just how unassuming, and amazing this jeweler truly is! 

This post is sponsored by Uptown Diamond. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands and companies we love at Ashley Nicole Style.

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