How is my diamond graded?

This is a great article is from the Hearts on Fire website explaining the diamond grading process... When purchasing certified diamonds, it is important to understand how your diamond is graded so you can clearly assess the value. However,…

How to clean your diamond jewelry

Here is a great article from the Gemological institute of America website explaining how to clean your diamond jewelry at home.... "Diamonds are among the hardest natural minerals on Earth, yet they require special care to keep them shining…

Why are diamonds so expensive?

As long-time jewelers, we receive many questions about diamonds from our customers, one of the most popular is, "why are diamonds so expensive?" The answer is almost as faceted as a diamond itself! Here are a few factors that contribute to…
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How to Clean Your Diamond Jewelry at Home

  Diamonds are grease magnets. When worn often, soaps, lotions, and oils will accumulate on the diamonds and significantly reduces the light return. If your diamond jewelry looks like it has lost its luster, it may just be…

The History of Engagement Rings

Have you ever stopped to think about the meaning behind engagement and wedding rings? It turns out this special symbol has a rich history going back centuries. If you had been born in another time -- the 13th Century, perhaps -- your…

Hearts on Fire® Ring Sizing Tips and Tricks

So What Size Ring Does She Wear? Once you know what style diamond engagement ring you want to buy and are comfortable with your budget, you have to handle the most basic question – what size ring do you get? You obviously don't want it to…

Buying a Diamond in Store Vs. Buying Online

Online purchases are great for endless products but not for one of the most important purchases of your life. Here are 10 reasons why a diamond should be purchased in a store: Do you ever wonder why there are different prices for diamonds…

Tips on finding the perfect engagement ring

Scientific approach is to know the whys and the Engineering approach is to know the hows. You know why you want to get an engagement ring and we will show you the hows to find a ring that is worthy of her hand. 1. Finding the perfect ring…

Gold 101

14k and 18k yellow gold are made by mixing in various proportion of copper and silver (in fact, you can make up to 15 different shades of the mix). White gold is an alloy of gold and at least one white metal, usually nickel, zinc or palladium…

Eternal Love in the City of Eternal Love

  From David and Mary-"Lovelock Bridge in Paris": I ran five minutes down the street from our hotel to the Pont des Arts, a famous pedestrian bridge connecting the Louvre to the French Institute. Couples come to this bridge and…

Engagement Ring Shopping

Here is a great blog post from the Hearts On Fire Blogsite which provides some insight for those beginning the search for the perfect ring. Most men will invest time in research before going out to begin the engagement ring buying process.…

Emerald Facts

The word emerald comes from the Latin smaragdus which means green. Emeralds come in various shades of green, from deep darkish green to soft green, fine grass green and light green. Reflecting the color of spring, emerald is the birthstone…

Characteristics of Coated Jade/Jadeite

GIA just did a study on the characteristics of coated jade and jadeite. If you have jade that you're not sure about, bring it to Vardy's -- he just got an FTIR Spectrometer so he can check your jade on site and determine if it is type A, B,…

Best of Silicon Valley 2014 -- Metro Active Magazine

The results are in! We are proud to announce that Vardy's has been voted to Metro Active's Best of Silicon Valley 2014 Best Jewelry Store. Thank you to our customers and to every one who took the time to vote for us, without all of you we…

What is the Kimberley Process?

The Kimberley Process has been designed to deter the trade of conflict diamonds. Conflict diamonds, or "blood" diamonds, are gemstones sold to finance violent rebel movements in Africa. Conflict diamonds have been linked to atrocities in Angola,…

Can a Diamond Chip or Crack?

Although diamonds are the hardest substance known to man, it is still possible to scratch or chip your diamond. Diamonds are extremely hard, highly refractive, and formed of crystalline carbon which is normally colorless. It grows and crystallizes,…

Lets be perfectly clear.....

The "diamond wizard" Maarten de Witte from Hearts on Fire flew in for a visit. His fascinating stories and inside knowledge on diamonds wowed us with passion! Here is his latest blog: "Lets be perfectly clear....." by Maarten de Witte What's…

Why We're Different

Our jewelry is handmade in our family-owned store in Cupertino, California. We are accredited jewelry professionals as well as a certified Green Business. We carry the best selection of colored gemstones in the Bay Area and can cut your emeralds, rubies, sapphires and other gems in our workshop.

We source diamonds or other fine jewelry from the world's best vendors like Hearts on Fire (TM). We are a top producer for Hearts on Fire (15 years and counting) and are one of only 25 HOF certified repair centers in the world.

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