Jewel + Jasper on Carat Weight

J&J Carat Weight

Jewel: So Jasper, what is carat weight?

Jasper: That’s a great question. It’s our body weight. It is measured by carats.

Jewel: How does our weighting system work?

Jasper: A carat is divided into 100 points. For example, a 50-point diamond weighs 0.50 carats. But we have different value depending on our marks, colors, shapes.

Jewel: Where did the name carat come from? Why are we not called something else?  

Jasper: The word carat derives from the Greek word ‘keration’ meaning fruit of the carob. Because of their uniform size. The weight of an average carob seed is 200 milligrams. The weight of one carat is precisely 200 milligrams, or 0.2 grams.

Jewel: How can we differentiate this?

Jasper: Carat Weight defines our weight, not our size, The term ‘carat’ is often misunderstood to mean the size of us. The size of us relate to the dimensions or measurement in terms of length, width and height.  The carat weight is the standard unit of measure that defines the weight of us. For example, when a tall thin guy may weigh heavier than a short fat one, the carat weight is bigger but not necessary bigger look.

Jewel: Hmmm…. then what is used to measure our value?

Jasper:  Once we found from the earth, we are sent to the sorter. There they put us in different categories like sizes, shapes, colors, and with various internal characteristics.

Jewel: But how does that measure the value?.

Jasper: When we’re in rough form it’s hard to determine our value until we polished and graded by GIA. The seller/buyer uses the guideline from Rapaport to sell or buy us. When we are untouched we only can use the estimate value sometimes our quality may end up better than estimate. Our characteristics make up unique and different. which is priceless!

Jewel:  It looks like beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Jasper:. Your right Jewel. The grading system provide a way to compare and evaluate diamonds, but numbers alone can’t describe a diamond’s mysterious and captivating beauty .


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Perfect By Nature

Diamond in the Rough jewelry represents nature’s mystery and beauty.

Untampered, untouched, just as nature intended. Our jewelry created around a one of a kind diamonds, resembles the same beauty found in landscapes, weather conditions and plant life. We’ve pulled inspiration from twelve pieces to show that there is beauty in everything. Once a month we will reveal another image to be added to the gallery. You can follow the series by searching the hashtags #ArtofRough & #NaturesDiamond


DIY Nature Wedding Centerpieces

Planning a wedding can be stressful and expensive. Why spend money on pricy centerpieces that will stay on your guest’s dining room table for a week after your big day is over when you can create lasting memories and lasting centerpieces that your guests can have for as long as they can keep them alive! (:

With few supplies you can create this beautiful nature inspired table setting. This is such a simple project you can even include kids.

All you need is sand, rocks or moss to hold your plants in place, glass holders of your choice and air plants. You can purchase all of these items on Amazon and buy in bulk to save money!

First, pour as much sand as desired into each glass holder. Next place air plant into sand to keep in place. It’s as easy as that! To add to the ambience of your table you can alternate votives and air plants.


Keeping with a natural theme, you can also DIY your place cards. Simply adding a green apple to each setting and making leaf cut outs to display the guests name. You can even get creative with faux calligraphy when writing your guests names. Little details like tying ribbon to the stem of the apple add the perfect finishing touch.  

When these simply DIYs come together, you are left with a enchanting table setting that will WOW your guests and at the end of the night, they can choose an air plant to take home! All that’s left to do enjoy your big day! 

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All White Everything


For as long as we can remember, the essence of purity and grace has been the color white.

In the wedding sphere, on the runway, or on the streets, white makes a riveting statement all around. Thanks to such a classic hue, the rules of when and how you can wear all white is very important in how you wear it. White can be played off as edgy or traditional and classy. Styling tricks include mixing textures, layering ensembles, and teaming up various prints and shades against each other. We know it’s not the most revolutionary of trends in the fashion world but white continues to remain as a staple color and a favored tone to many fashionistas. It’s all in the layers and quality of textures to bring forth the ethereal, softness in white.

So ditch the other colors and aim for all white staples this summer. White makes transition from day-to-night easily just be conscious of keeping your garments clean. As we all know, white isn’t an easy job to clean.


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White will be the perfect fashion choice for this summer.
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Jewel + Jasper on Inclusions


We are so happy announce the new series of the Jewel & Jasper. Listen to their conversation and see what you learn. They are the perfect duo to explain all you most asked questions.


Jasper: Do you know what an inclusion is Jewel? It’s a flaw.

Jewel: No I don’t know what it is because I have no flaws. I fit in, I’m pretty and shiny just like everyone else.

Jasper: Who wants to fit in when you can stand out! These flaws are my birthmarks. They are what makes me special, unique and valuable.

Jewel: Huh, I never thought of it like that…I though that will make us less value than the flawless one.

Jasper: I embrace my natural beauty and am one of a kind.

Jewel: You’re right! So how did you get those little black dots, lines and marks on you?

Jasper: Well, we are made from carbon, usually graphite. When we are being formed, we may not totally crystallize leading to the presence of small dots of black carbon. These black spots have been classified to be those of graphite, pyrrhotite and pentlandite.

Jewel: Tell me more!

Jasper: There are all different kinds of marks: both pinpoint and cloud/feather inclusion are not visible to the naked eye. Pinpoint inclusion are minute crystals usually white in color present inside me. These resemble a small point of light and are, by far, the most common of all flaws found in us.  We can also contain clouds or feathers . The presence of three or more pinpoint inclusions close together can create an area of cloudiness in the diamond. presence of many pinpoints covering a large area can affect the clarity of us.

Jewel:What about your outside? Why isn’t it clean cut like mine?

Jasper: As you know, we take a long time to form. On our way to the earth’s surface we acquire etch channels. These lines are from the high temperature fluids. They make etches into my crystalline structure which often leave parallel lines or irregular shaped tunnel looking structures.

Jewel: What about me?

Jasper: Even though you are cut you can have blemishes. These flaws are present on the  surface of you and can occur naturally. However, these are more likely to be caused due to the external environment, when you were being cut and polished.

Jewel: What else??

Jasper: You can also have scratches. These are fine lines found on the surface. They may have been present naturally or caused when you were polished and cut. While minor scratches can be removed through proper polishing, deep scratches can rarely be removed by treating the diamond.

Jewel:Wow! I didn’t know any of that. So even though I’m polished , I can still have flaws?

Jasper: Yes. Although most not visible to the naked eye, very few of us are perfect; most of them have some marks or imperfection.

Jewel: So, we are both precious, just in our own way?

Jasper: You got it!

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What style reflects you?

Rock your Style

Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.Oscar de la Renta


Personal style can take as long as a lifetime to find. As the years change so do fashion and trends. Whether you choose to change with them or stay true to your first fashion choices determine your style. The main personalities we base our personal style on are all different. These are a few of the main fashion “categories”.

Beginning with Classic style, this is usually identified with basic tee shirts, trousers and blazers are staple pieces in your wardrobe.

Preppy style usually overlaps with classic mixed with a little girly. A-line skirts, colored shirts, pearls and ballet flats are basics for classic/preppy dress.

Minimalists are as the word suggests -minimal. They are basic dressers. Usually all black or one solid color with accessories that are not over the top.

Romantic style doesn’t necessarily mean they are looking for love. when dressing for this style flowers, hearts, ruffles, flouncing, soft fabrics are usually their go to.

Bohemian or “Boho” styled women usually go for anything fringe, breezy/earthy fabrics, long gowns or skirts and loose fitting cloths.

Trendsetters or trendy personalities are usually the women who aren’t afraid to try something new! Fashion forward styles aren’t anything new for them.

Next is punk style or edgy which is to be anti-materialistic. Leather, spandex and leopard, skinny jeans, band tees and vintage.

Last but not least, eclectic style. They are a melting pot of each and almost every style. Patterns and prints mixed with bold accessories, minimal pieces paired with bold colors, leather and lace. Throwing caution to the wind, these women never say never!

Whether you are an exact representation or a mix of a few, you personal style reflects you. Simple and modern, classic and elegant or edgy and fun. One thing that always matches is a diamond. Like finding your own style, finding the perfect ring to match is always a difficult task, as it should be. It should be something unique that fits well, you! After all, you are one of a kind, a diamond in the rough; and that’s what you deserve!

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Over the past month we’ve been working to upgrade the way you view our jewelry.

We’ve added an additional ‘on hand’ view – literally!! to each and every bridal ring to help you find your perfect match.

We would love to hear your feedback on the new feature we just added. Simply send your feedback to and you will automatically be entered for a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree towards our non-bridal collection.

Not sure what jewelry we have? Visit our pinterest board for an idea of our differnt collections. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Describe to us and we will will customize a digital look book just for you.

At Diamond in the Rough everything is personalized, we treat you like a VIP! We look forward to hearing from you!


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Unique Gift for Mom

We know how special your mom is, she plays different characters in the house, mom, wife, teacher and baby sometimes :). She is lovely no matter what and it’s time for us to show our appreciation.

Don’t worry about your mom’s style , we got you covered with a unique Mother’s Day gift to spicing her up! This simple Champagne Bubbles pendant necklace will match her everyday outfit, it’s perfect and effortless piece of jewelry she will cherish forever!


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Champagne Bubbles Necklaces

Just little hint: Sometimes it may help lower your budget by sharing the cost and joy with your brothers and sisters :).

Anything you choose will be perfect because she know you love her! And it’s the thought that counts, right?

We wish all the moms a Happy Mother’s Day! 

Love for All Seasons: Spring Shower Edition

Don’t be put off by our title, spring brings forth some of the most beautiful floras around.  We gathered up a few tips and tricks, along with visuals to help move along your romantic spring wedding. Our first and foremost advice for a spring wedding is to book early! It is a popular time to get married so secure a spot when you decide on this season immediately. Besides, how can you give up the blooming flowers, bright sunny days, chirping birds, and wedding bells?

Spring2Colors: Spring wedding colors are normally pastels but if you dare, go for punchier palettes such as fuchsia, coral or royal blue! Shades of blush, peach, baby pink, and tan are the favored pastel hues.

Spring CollageFeaturing Diamond in the Rough’s radiant Grace Ring, a gorgeous addition to any spring wedding.

Attire: Short sleeve, sleeveless, or strapless dresses are very popular for spring. If you want to add some serious wow factor, consider a beautiful chiffon gown, as the favor of the fabric will add a little bit more weight and warmth. Or opt for a tea-length dress; it’s flattering, adorable and charming all at the same time!

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SpringFloralsVenue: Spring weddings can be tricky because the weather is so unpredictable. You can choose to play it safe with an indoor ceremony and reception. Or you can take a leap and have the ceremony and/or reception under the blossom-laden boughs of your favorite tree. But if you do choose an outdoor wedding, embrace the light rain, pitch some tents, and revel in a full-blown soiree. You know what they say.. a wet knot is harder to untie!

Weather to watch out for: March can be cold and blustery, even snowy, April is notoriously rainy, and May can be any combination of rainy, cold, hot, and humid. Incorporate fun umbrellas and tents when you are outdoors, and expect the unexpected.

This is the last of our Love for All Seasons write-up and the most whimsical out of the bunch. We do hope our tips and suggestions assisted in your spring wedding inspiration. Remember a little bit of light rain never hurt anyone!

Do tell us about your spring wedding at for a possible feature!

Photos via Style Me Pretty, Brides Flower Glossary and Diamond in the Rough


Want to mine for diamonds? In Arkansas, you can!

The only diamond-producing site in the world where the public can hunt for diamonds is Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park. The policy is quite simple, you find it, you keep it. You will be able to hunt for diamonds atop a 37.5 acre plowed field of a gem-filled volcanic crater. Also on the grounds is the Diamond Discovery Center, where exhibits and a community program who teaches you the three most popular methods of searching for diamonds.


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Spring into action, make magic happen!

                Oh freezing cold air, we are so over you! Anyone else vouch for that? Now that winter is coming to an end, we can finally appreciate the exciting sun rays that spring has to bring. We mean HAS TO! It is time to pull out those “warm weather” labelled boxes with shorts, sandals and tank tops inside. Add a few new items to the rack and call it the blissful season! The best way to show spring and summer how happy you are is to be spring and summer! Freshen up your wardrobe with new trends such as a pair of knee-high gladiator sandals, long cardigans and hats. These are the top 4 picks this season that has us yearning to get outside!

Although, some would say that matching too much could be considered old fashion, we created this look to appear as earthy yet modern. From our Sodwana Collection (matching necklace and bracelet) paired with this neutral, flower-embroidered dress is feminine and definitely cute in our eyes!


If you want to be comfortable but still stylish, try a wide collared shirt like this white shimmery one by Ermanno Scervino along with shorts. It is extremely chic and with knee high gladiator sandals added, this look is even more fashionable. Adding to this look is Diamond in the Rough‘s colorful, stacked bangle of rough diamonds and bangles never go out of style.


The best outfits are the ones that are versatile. For something you can wear to work and for some fun after, this long sleeve dress is for sure a double-take! Jason Wu killed it with this designer piece. Pair it with both DITR‘s Orielle earrings and diamond ring and you are off to life’s runway!


This spring expect to see a lot of pastel colors, specifically ones like this beautiful, pale-sky color.  This gorgeous jumpsuit by Emilia Wickstead works perfect for weekend activities. Juxtaposed to this is a combo of the macle ring and studs from our Orielle Collection. We believe all three really go hand-in-hand together.


Well, winter season wasn’t all that bad. We just hope it was nice to you and that our top 4 picks has inspired you to try something new this spring. There is this clarity that comes when you can actually walk around outside and enjoy some fresh, warm air. So do please get outside, feel the warmth from the sun, and have some fun!

DIY Valentine’s Beauty Hinting Tips


With Valentines day approaching in less than a week… how nice would it be to hint to your significant other what special day is coming – celebrating love together.  By adding hearts to your mani/pedi or putting a little face paint around your eyes with Valentine’s day symbols. This will remind your honey what day is coming soon. None of these last minute runs to the mall/gift shop, or eating sloppy joes at home because you couldn’t get a reservation at a favorite restaurant. We all know someone who has been there, and we want you to enjoy the day together. So this week just be creative and out of the ordinary with pinks, reds and hearts because that’s exactly what love LOVES to do and that is to be special in it’s own way.

DIY Valentines Beauty Theme

DIY Valentines Beauty Themes


What helps you say “YES” to a proposal?

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What helps you say “yes”?

Whether you’re the girl who has played dress up in your mother’s clothes and heels, dreaming about your big day since you were just a child or you’re the girl who isn’t a hopeless romantic yet you found the love of your life. When you meet ‘the one’, the idea of marriage should seem almost effortless. The simple act of your beloved, getting down on one knee, telling you that he can’t live without surely is enough. However, how much is just enough?

The survey we have for you today does not question your commitment or your intentions to be with the person you love. It’s simply helps us learn about you and what you prefer as an engagement ring. But before you fill us in on your preferences, here are 5 rules we’ve gathered together for you, to help remind all the ladies and gents the procedure to follow before going forward with a proposal. Continue reading