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DIY Mermaid Nails

I've been promising you guys a new makeup tutorial, and here it is - a beautiful DIY mermaid mani! It's so perfect for Summer, and I promise you, it's quite easy to do. I was so inspired by the samples I recently received from Nail Social Nail Brand. I have to say, when I first saw the colors, I knew they were a little bit out of my typical comfort zone. Honestly, I haven't worn sparkly blue nail polish since college, which was quite a while ago for me. For years I've stuck with pinks, reds, and purples; with the most adventurous of my manis being hot pink (and only when hot pink was very on-trend). None the less, I was ready to try this "24K Mermaid" polish. Objectively speaking, as blue sparkly nail polishes go, it was pretty after all.

It was beautiful on, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that under different lighting it went from a true blue to a sparkly greenish blue that looked even more...mermaid-ish if you ask me. When it came time to take i…

How to Source Fine Diamond Jewelry

Fine diamond jewelry can be hard to come by because there are so many jewelry and diamond retailers out there, some of which have no problem selling you sub par diamonds or fake diamonds while pretending that those items are actually of the highest quality. To shop for the best diamonds available and to be certain that you are truly getting the value that you deserve, continue reading for a few helpful tips on how to source fine diamond jewelry.

Shop Only from Reputable Online Retailers

First off, you can shop for high quality and beautiful diamonds of all carat sizes and cuts online. However, in order to ensure that you are purchasing fine diamond jewelry, you really need to be careful about where you shop. Because you can’t see the items in person like you can at a brick and mortar retail location, you need to do your research into an online retailer before you spend your money on an expensive piece of diamond jewelry. This website is just one example of many reputable diamond retailers who operate online and can guarantee the quality of the diamonds that they sell.

Be Aware of the Four C’s in the Diamond Industry

A lot of people think that they have to spend a lot of money on diamond jewelry, but the truth is that you can actually get a high quality diamond at an affordable price, particularly if you know how to shop for the right product. That starts with being aware of what the “Four C’s” of the diamond industry are. These refer to cut, clarity, color, and carat. Together, they determine the quality of a diamond. A good place to look is the GIA diamond grading system, as it factors in these Four C’s, and it has also become the diamond industry’s standard for all professional jewelry salespeople. If you know what these diamond grades are, you will be able to ask about them before making a purchase, and that will prevent you buying diamonds that are not really worth their high price.

Shop from Well-Known Retailers

Another way to ensure that you are sourcing your diamonds from the best places is by purchasing them only from reputable retailers that have been in the industry for a long time and have been able to satisfy customers along the way by proving the quality of their products. Understand that, even though the quality of retailers’ diamonds will ultimately determine the prices that they charge, you can also often work with these professionals to negotiate a price that works for your budget.

If you are smart about shopping for diamonds, you can be certain that you will be sourcing them from the most reputable sources, and that you will be getting the highest quality diamonds for the price that you are willing to pay. So keep the above tips in mind the next time that you are shopping for a beautiful piece of diamond jewelry for someone you love or for yourself.

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