deBebians Jewelry Appraisals

When you purchase an item from over $1,000, we will provide you with a written appraisal by one of our staff GIA graduate gemologists. This appraisal will give a detailed description of your item. Everything from a detailed description to a photograph of your item to the current retail replacement value will be listed on the appraisal. This is what you will need in order to have your piece of jewelry insured.   Please note that if you make a purchase under $1,000, you can request for us to do an appraisal on your item at no cost.

Here is a sample appraisal for you to see:

jewelry appraisal los angelesNote how we break down the information as much as possible to give you detailed information on your item. Total carat weight, color, clarity, side diamond information, metal etc are all listed. If you choose to insure your item, your insurance company will ask for this document as it provides the current retail replacement value.

Things to keep in mind:

  1. Keep this appraisal in a safe place
  2. Have the appraisal updated every few years
  3. Make sure that the appraisal is done by a graduate gemologist
  4. Send a copy of your appraisal and be sure to keep the original

Please keep in mind that we also offer appraisal services. If you have jewelry and would like it appraised, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Follow this link for more information on our appraisal services.

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Jenny McCarthy Engaged to Donnie Wahlberg

Donnie Wahlberg engaged

Photo credit: Jenny McCarthy’s Instagram/Heidi Gutman/ABC

TV personality Jenny McCarthy shared some exciting news on The View yesterday. The host is engaged to Donnie Wahlberg, best known as a member of boy band New Kids on the Block. McCarthy, 41, and Wahlberg, 44, have been dating since July 2013.

Jenny McCarthy engaged

Photo credit: Jenny McCarthy’s Instagram

Sharing the news with her co-hosts, McCarthy jumped up and down and exclaimed, “I just got engaged.” The controversial host showed off her stunning engagement ring, which features a yellow sapphire center stone surrounded by diamonds. She also revealed that the singer and actor proposed to McCarthy with the help of her 11-year-old son, Evan.

McCarthy shared a photo of the happy couple on her Instagram account after announcing their news. The photo was captioned with, “Thank you for all of the sweet wishes. @donniewahlberg and I are grateful and blessed.”

McCarthy was previously married to her son’s father, Jay Mallory Asher from 1999 until 2005. She was also linked to actor and comedian Jim Carey from 2005 until 2010. This will also be a second marriage for Wahlberg, who was formerly married to Kim Fey from 1999 until 2008. They have two children together.

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Nick Carter Marries Lauren Kitt

nick carter lauren kitt wedding

Photo Source: Lauren Kitt’s Instagram

Nick Carter, who is best known as one of the members of the vocal harmony and pop group, the Backstreet Boys, married his long-term girlfriend, Lauren Kitt on April 12th in Santa Barbara, California. Carter had proposed to Kitt with a stunning pear engagement ring in Florida on February 23rd, which we discussed in a blog post at the time.

nick carter married

Photo Source: Nick Carter’s Instagram

Kitt revealed to In Touch Weekly that her $10,000 strapless wedding gown was designed by Inbal Dror, an Israeli designer. The Moroccan-themed wedding took place overlooking the ocean at sunset and was attended by Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough, and AJ McLean from the Backstreet boys. McLean’s daughter, Ava, was the flower girl for the ceremony. Sadly, Nick’s younger brother Aaron Carter was unable to make the affair due to a flight delay.

Carter, 34, shared a photo on his Instagram account after the nuptials with the caption “To all the haters that thought it wouldn’t last…I LOVE Mrs Carter! @laurenkitt #ilovemywife #ilovebeinghusband.” The cheeky photo shows the newly married couple displaying their wedding bands on their ring fingers.

He also shared a heartfelt tweet directed to Kitt, 29, which stated, “Happiest day of my life 4-12-2014 I married my best friend and woman of my dreams. Lauren Kitt Carter honeymoon time!”

Though this wedding may have broken the hearts of women all over the world that are stuck in the early 2000’s (I know I am), I wish this couple all of the happiness in the world. The Backstreet Boys will be going on their 20th anniversary tour titled In A World Like This Tour, starting in late May. The tour will consist of over 120 shows, which will take place in Asia, North America, and Europe.

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Example of Updating or Resetting an Engagement Ring (with Photos)

reset engagement ring before and after

Like all fashion, engagement rings also go through trends, and what was popular years ago can look dated today. One way to update an engagement ring is to reset the center diamond into a new setting. Pictured above are the old and new engagement rings of a client who decided to reset her 1.04 ct. emerald cut diamond into a new setting.

The new setting was custom designed for the client and features u pave diamond setting, with G color and VS clarity diamonds, a diamond halo, and a prominent split shank, crafted in platinum. Notice how the halo setting makes her emerald cut diamond appear larger. Overall the new ring is much more contemporary.

The client mailed us several gold pieces for scrap, in addition to her original engagement ring, that were applied as a credit on her order. The eight round accent diamonds in the old engagement ring were reused to create a white gold diamond wedding band, pictured below at left.


If you like these rings, check out our similar styles: Emerald Cut Halo Split Shank Engagement Ring and Diamond White Metal Flat Landmark Eternity Band.

Custom engagement rings are our specialty, and we can turn around a new ring in as quickly as 2-3 weeks. If you’re interested in resetting your diamond into a custom engagement ring, please contact us for a free quote.

Also, we can make almost any of our engagement rings to fit your center stone perfectly, and you can have your center diamond reset locally. In a few short weeks, a new, sparkly engagement ring can be adorning your finger.

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Favorite Three Stone Engagement Ring Settings

Three stone engagement ring settings are among the most popular choices for bridal jewelry. The three diamonds can be representative of the past, present, and future. They can also symbolize the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit of the Holy Trinity, making these rings increasingly favored among Christians. I have selected three of our favorite styles of 3 stone engagement rings, which are also beloved by our clients.

1. Round Three Stone Engagement Ring with Baguettes

three stone engagement ring settings

Style # HE3514

A round brilliant diamond is one of the most classic and timeless diamond cuts. This delicate band features two tapered baguette diamonds, which complement the shape of the center stone immaculately. This ring is traditional, yet elegant.

2. Emerald Three Stone Ring with Trillions

3 stone engagement rings

Style # HE176

Two trillion cut diamonds hug the center emerald cutdiamond. For the woman that loves a little extra finger coverage, this ring is a wonderful option. Each trillion diamond weighs approximately 0.25 ct each, or collectively 0.50 cttw.

3. Round Halo Three Stone Ring

three stone engagement ring setting

Style # HE3514

This halo ring adds a significant amount of total carat weight to your ring without adding a large amount to the price tag. The three largest diamonds are each surrounded by a diamond halo while the band also features u pave set diamonds.

We have numerous other three stone engagement rings that feature various other diamond shapes. However, we can customize any of the settings that you see on our website. If you are interested in customizing one of our settings or in creating a completely custom engagement ring, please contact us at your convenience.

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Sparkling Diamond Jewelry for April Birthdays

This is to all the lucky ladies born in the month of April.  You know who you are!  How lucky are YOU to have DIAMOND as your birthstone!  Can you say jealous? My birth month is December and I’m stuck with either zircon or turquoise. Not to say that those aren’t nice…Persian turquoise is gorgeous.  However, I would love to have my birthday in April for a chance to get some gorgeous diamond birthstone jewelry!

Just for fun, I decided to think about what I would hope for IF my birthday happened to fall in April.  Here are a few of my top favorites…

1. Round Diamond Stud Earrings for Women

Round Diamond Stud Earrings for Women

Style # ERS17514

Diamond stud earrings are a perfect gift.  Yes, I chose a pair that is quite large… but hey, it’s for your birthday, right?  Diamond studs are something you can wear 24/7.  You can dress them up or down.  Just remember when you are buying them that they are sold by total carat weight so make sure you divide that by two!

2. Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

Style # HE135

If I had a birthday in April and was perhaps going to get engaged, this would be the ring for me!  I love the look of the graduated diamonds in the shank and the gorgeous hand engraving.  Typically I don’t love antique style jewelry but this is absolutely gorgeous.

3. Floating Round Diamond Solitaire Pendant Necklace


Style # DSPR20I-4

Any lady with an April birthday would love to receive this diamond solitaire necklace.  This is a classic piece that will never go out of style.  Personally I love the bezel style setting the most!

4. Halo Studs with Diamonds

Halo Studs with Diamonds

Style # HSED-03

What could be better than diamonds surrounding diamonds?!?  Ugh, nothing!  :)  Halo diamond stud earrings are a fabulous gift for anyone with an April birthday!

If you have an April birthday or need to buy a gift for someone special with an April birthday, look no further!  We have lots of diamond jewelry options that will please anyone with an April birthday!

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How to Wear a Basket Style Engagement Ring

As engagement rings are increasingly becoming more ornate and larger overall, basket designs are coming to be the standard for diamond engagement rings. Those who appreciate the little details in and around their ring will be a fan of a basket design setting because there is more to look at. Baskets can be set with pave diamonds and or hand engraved for a more antique style. The most important decision when thinking about how to pair an eternity band with a basket style engagement ring is if you will need a curved band or not. deBebians offers both standard wedding bands and curved bands to match each and every one of our styles.  Below are two different options of how to pair a wedding band with your basket style engagement ring.

halo engagement ring with wedding band

Style # HE225 was modified for an oval center diamond. On the right, it is paired with a u pave eternity band.

Style # HE225 is a bezel halo ring that features a very ornate, larger basket style design that extends outward from the shank. The basket does make for a more antique design but it also prevents a standard wedding band from sitting flush with it and or requires a very extreme curved wedding band. With this ring, I personally like it with standard wedding band, such as a u pave eternity ring, because you are able to get a full view of both rings and can appreciate their different styles. This arrangement gives you the opportunity to continue to look at the detailing of the basket design as well as display more diamonds because the eternity is visible from all angles.

halo ring wedding band

Style # HE104 can be paired with our curved wedding band, which is style # CWB-01.

Style # HE104 is a cushion halo basket designed engagement ring. We manufacture this mounting with a variety of diamond and metal combinations, with all of them featuring a more modest basket design.  This kind of mounting is easily paired with a pave diamond wedding band with a curve. The style # for the matching curved half eternity ring is CWB-01. This mounting will sit flush as the curve is designed to fit around the basket perfectly. In this arrangement, you would see less of the wedding band from the top view.

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Favorite April Birthstone Jewelry Under $500

As someone that was born in April, I not only know that the diamond is the birthstone of this spring month, I also know that diamond jewelry can be a little bit on the expensive side. I have selected a few of my favorite April birthstone jewelry that are currently available for under $500 and won’t break the bank.

1. Black Diamond Studs

Black Diamond Studs

Style # BDSE-01 currently start at $275.00.

These black diamond studs are available in 14 karat white or 14 karat yellow gold. You may also select the type of setting that the recipient will prefer. The diamonds measure approximately 3mm across making them ideal to be dressed up or dressed down.

2. Diamond Puffed Heart Necklace

Diamond Puffed Heart Necklace

Style # P198 currently starts at $495.00.

This necklace features 0.20 cttw of sparkling white diamonds that exhibit G-H color and SI clarity. This necklace is perfect for a woman that prefers necklaces.

3. Black and White Diamond Domed Yellow Gold Landmark Eternity Ring

Black and White Diamond Eternity Ring

Style # BWDL-13YD currently starts at $426.00.

Our landmark eternity rings feature flush set diamonds and/or gemstones and have a clean, sophisticated look. This ring has a 3mm width and features black and white alternating diamonds the entire way around the ring. Choose between 14 karat yellow, rose, or white gold.

4. Princess Cut Kite Diamond Setting Pendant

Princess Cut Kite Diamond Setting Pendant

Style # DPPK-20SI currently starts at $464.00.

Diamond solitaire pendants are among the most classic and timeless pieces of jewelry that any woman can own. This necklace features a kite set princess diamond that weighs 0.20 ct. Choose between 14 karat white or yellow gold.


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Outdoor Wedding in a Desert Garden

This week will be a bit of a change of pace for blogging since I went to my cousin’s wedding in Las Vegas this weekend.  The venue was at a really beautiful eco-friendly garden north of the Las Vegas Strip, and I thought some of the photos I took at the venue could be great ideas for others who are still planning their wedding days.

The landscaping was pretty incredible and was really full of possibilities for photo opportunities with various kinds of structures, plants, and flowers all around.  It was a place that was really ideal for doing the post-wedding photo shoots with family and the newlywed couple.

Tree in Garden

One of the few shady refuges.

The photo of the tree above is a prime example of how it was such an idyllic location.  Most everything was out in the open and there weren’t that many places for shade save for a few little spots like these.  Various different types of plants were carefully placed though to make a beautiful, calming scene.

Alcove with Wall Trellis

Alcove with Wall Trellis Adorned with Flowers

Locations within the garden like this alcove ornamented with flowers climbing up a wall trellis make excellent backdrops for photos and sweet moments.

Garden Archway

Garden Archway

Parts of the garden with archways like this are ideal for making intimate, sentimental scenes with family or with your beloved.


Windmills and Water Towers

This particular garden had a focus on being eco-friendly and sustainable, so it also had some educational structures that artfully illustrated the benefits of wind power like the collection of windmills in this photo.  Unique structures like this can make your wedding and any photos taken at the venue a distinct moment in time and extra special.

Outdoor Wedding Altar

Outdoor Wedding Altar

The altar is one of the most important parts of the wedding because it is the focal point for the entire ceremony.  The stage area is skillfully surrounded by all sorts of flowers and the draped linens on top soften the scene to make it exceptionally romantic.  Strands of crystal hung from metal wires attached to the top of the structure creating a dazzling yet simple curtain.  The flower arrangement at the top was pre-arranged by the florist and hung just before the ceremony.

Bride and Groom's Table

Bride and Groom’s Table

The reception was nearby in a building toward the entrance of the garden complex.  The motif of the wedding ceremony was carried over to the reception with the floral arrangement also appearing as the backdrop to the newlywed couple’s table at the reception.

Table Setting

Table Setting

The tables were all magnificently ornamented with desert themed centerpieces featuring flowers suited for the climate and succulents.  Each table was themed with a gold animal figurine that was emulated in miniature form with each of the name placards given to each of the guests.

Candy Bar

Candy Bar

One of the highlights for many of the guests was the candy bar, which had several little treats to satiate guests while they wait for the reception to start or for food to be served.  The table was equipped with little baggies so that the guests could gather up as many malt balls, gummies, mint chocolates, gumballs and other goodies as they wanted to take home with them.

Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake

The wedding cake was also desert themed ornamented by succulents.  To suit the various tastes the guests had, the layers of the cake were in different flavors.  As according to custom, the top layer was saved for the bride and groom, but the remaining two layers consisted of chocolate with chocolate filling and vanilla with salted caramel filling.

I hope you enjoyed this look at my cousin’s wedding and find some inspiration in the decor and theme that she chose to celebrate her special day with.  Weddings are pretty personal occasions and they should be representative of who you and your beloved are as a couple.  For my cousin and her new husband, they found ecology to be important to them and that informed how they put together their ceremony and wanted to share that part of themselves with all of us.

If you would like to see more wedding inspiration photos, please check out our tumblr.  In addition to posting shots of our products, we also blog and reblog various wedding inspiration pictures ranging from dresses to cakes to decorations.

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How to Start Your Stackable Eternity Ring Collection

stackable eternity rings

Style # BLDUSE250S-14 is one of our most classic and versatile eternity rings.

Many women want to add a stackable eternity ring to their bridal set to either freshen up the set or add a little extra flair. I wrote a blog recently in which I discussed how I chose the ladies wedding bands that I selected. I wanted a plain band and an eternity ring so that I could seamlessly mix and match the rings with my engagement ring. I can also add rings to the set over the years without any problem.

When selecting the first band for a ring stack, I recommend a classic and versatile ring, such as this u pave eternity band. It will pair beautifully with any number of other rings and will never look dated. It can be worn alone or next to one or even many bands.

We recently had a customer treat herself to three u pave eternity bands. She selected one in each metal type (14 karat white gold, 14 karat yellow gold, and 14 karat rose gold). She will be able to wear all three of these bands together for a bold look, or she can pair one or two of the rings with an engagement ring, a plain band, or another style of eternity ring.

If you are thinking of starting an eternity ring stack, I definitely suggest choosing a ring that you can mix and match with many different styles of rings. This way you will not limit your bridal set in any way. If you would like to speak to one of our GIA graduate gemologists or jewelry experts before placing  an order, please give us a call at your convenience.

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