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  • How To: Travel with Jewelry

    There's nothing better than taking a vacation! However, in the midst of your luxurious getaway, it is important take extra precautions for protecting your jewelry.

    Jewelers Mutual, one of the top insurance groups for jewelry, shared some professional insights on how to safely travel with jewelry during all kinds of trips. So before you jet away to sunshine and palm trees, take the following into account.

    The easiest option is just to wear costume jewelry when traveling. This is the simplest solution because you won't have spend any time worrying about your valuable jewelry. Check out designers like ELLE Boutique, Officina Bernardi, Colore | SG, Toby Pomeroy and Les Interchangeables (all available at Morton & Rudolph Jewelers) for some stunning pieces that won't break the bank!

    If you do decide to bring your expensive jewelry with you, absolutely follow the golden rule of "less is more". Pick a few staple pieces and leave the rest of your glitter at home. The less you have to keep track of, the more peace of mind you'll have!

    The second rule to follow is to keep your jewelry with you, no matter where you go. When you're at the airport, either physically wear your jewelry or pack it in your carry-on bag, not your checked bag. When you arrive at the hotel, keep your bag with you and let the staff handle your other belongings. When you go to dinner, wear your jewelry and it show off - that's why you brought it! However, during the days you spend in the sun, keep your jewelry in the safe in your hotel room. The elements from the outdoors could potentially damage your jewelry - or worse, cause them to end up lost.

    Lastly, before you leave, make sure to have all the proper documentation and coverage on your jewelry. Some insurance policies only cover within the country, so if you're traveling the world, make sure your jewelry is covered wherever you go. Also, make sure your appraisals are up to date. We recommend updating them every five years, so that if you were to lose something, you would be able to regain its full value.

    With these things in mind, you'll have one less worry to leave behind on your relaxing getaway!

  • Top Engagement Ring Settings

    One of the most exciting times in a girls life is when her partner gets down on one knee, asks for her hand in marriage and pulls out the perfect ring to symbolize their love. Since there are so many options for engagement ring settings, it might be hard to know which one is the right one. Whether she is trendy or traditional, modest or extravagant, simple or unique, there is a style that is the perfect fit for her.

    One of the most popular engagement ring settings is the solitaire. Solitaires feature four, six or double prongs that surround the stone, designed to keep it securely in place. A solitaire is a more traditional look and keeps things simple, so that all the attention is on the diamond.

    The halo setting features a center stone that is surrounded by smaller diamonds. The halo of the smaller diamonds creates the illusion of one larger diamond, so if size is your main priority, this setting could be a great choice. When it comes to diamonds, we say the more the merrier!

    Three Stone
    Three Stone settings have a larger center stone, with two stones on either side. This setting is ideal for people who want more personality in their ring, or for the girl who wants a ring similar to princess-to-be Meghan Markle! With three stones, there are more options for variety and personalization, as you are able to select multiple different sizes and shapes. A three stone ring is also popular for the reason that three stones could symbolize the past, present and future of your relationship.

    In a pavé setting, the stones are set in rows that are fitted extremely close together with beads for a minimal metal look. The pavé name literally comes from the French word "to pave" and its smooth, paved feeling creates a brilliant effect. If you are a girl that loves a little sparkle from every angle, this could be the right setting for you.

    For the girl who likes a little extra security, the channel set ring has its diamonds held in place with metal on either side, so that only the tops of the diamonds are exposed. This setting has a more distinct and sleek look, as the stones are not held together by prongs or beads.

    Ready to find the perfect setting? Come see us at Morton & Rudolph and together we will find the perfect ring!

  • Beyond the 4Cs

    Here at Morton & Rudolph Jewelers, it is always diamond season! When it comes to buying an engagement ring, you want to make sure you find the right diamond for you. As a Forevermark® Retailer, we believe in going beyond the normal grading standards and selling diamonds that are classified as the finest and most beautiful in the world. Only 1% of the world's diamonds are eligible to be Forevermark® diamonds.

    It is important to know the value and character of your diamond. The four standards of grading (known as the 4Cs) are carat, clarity, cut, and color. Lets take a look at the different ways our Forevermark® diamonds surpass the standard grading of the 4Cs.


    Carat is the unit of measurement that determines how much a diamond weighs. Numerically, one carat equals 1.00ct. The larger the diamond, the higher the price, as larger diamonds are rarer than smaller diamonds. Many people think that the carat size of their diamond is the most important factor, however, the other three factors are equally, if not more, important.


    The clarity of a diamond is determined by its lack of inclusions or marks. These inclusions materialize as irregularities during the diamond’s formation process under intense heat and pressure near the earth's core and appear as large marks, cloudiness, or haziness. The clarity grading scale ranges from FL to I3. F meaning flawless to the trained eye under 10x magnification and I meaning inclusions.

    De Beers Group, the mining affiliate of Forevermark®, mines the rough diamonds before they are sold to diamantaires to be cut. Even from the very beginning, the clarity of these rough diamonds must be of superior quality. In fact, eligible rough diamonds must be assessed by an Authorized Forevermark® Diamantaire for anything that will affect the diamond’s ability to reflect or refract light.


    While most people think that cut pertains to the shape of a diamond (round, oval, cushion, heart), cut actually grades how well a diamond transmits light. The more sparkle a diamond has, the better cutting grade it has, which ranges from poor to excellent.

    The Forevermark® diamonds that are sold at Morton & Rudolph Jewelers are cut to spectacular standards. Once a diamond arrives at the Forevermark® Diamond Institute to be evaluated, the diamond’s initial polish must have a high degree of transparency to reflect and refract light. The diamond’s cut also must be precise enough to result in both outstanding symmetry and durability.

    Any diamond that shows signs of vulnerability to chipping or abrasions, durability issues, asymmetry, low polish degree, signs of burning, laser holes, or any other characteristic beyond perfection would be rejected by the Forevermark® Diamond Institute. Forevermark® believes in the diamond standard of perfection. The cut of Forevermark® diamonds is one of the many factors that sets a Forevermark® diamond apart from any other diamond.

    Forevermark® Diamond (left) vs. Standard Diamond (right)


    Diamond color refers to the lack of color in a diamond. Diamond colors range from D-Z, with D being colorless and Z having some light color.  The less color a diamond has, the more expensive it is, as a colorless diamond is a higher quality diamond.

    A Forevermark® diamond will never have a color grade past an L. These diamonds are extremely high quality, so a diamond with a color grade below an L would be rejected at the Forevermark® Diamond Institute. This further ensures the beauty you receive with a Forevermark diamond.

    Morton & Rudolph Jewelers stands by a tradition of excellence and takes pride in being quality fanatical. The quality of the diamonds we show to our customers are anything but standard and truly shine beyond the limits of the 4Cs.

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