Working With Us
Frequently Asked Questions
While there is a lot of information regarding stones online, not all stones are created equally. Every stone that we use is selected with a great deal of consideration for each client depending on their design needs. While we are always happy to create meaningful pieces using family stones, we prefer to select the stones whenever possible, in order to guarantee quality and appropriate ft for each piece.
We only buy colored stones from suppliers who are AGTA members. AGTA members are screened and must adhere to the organization. We’ve been seeing a lot of fun color lately. Mostly we work with sapphires (they come in all colors and we can source some unique colors domestically from Montana) but emeralds & tourmalines have been rising in popularity at M. Flynn. Keep in mind, some gems are better suited for daily wear. While diamonds are usually pretty straight forward because of their grading system, the colored gemstone market offers us so many choices, price ranges, and cut options, which can be fun but sometimes overwhelming to buyers. The AGTA adheres to strict standards of ethics. Stones are always fair trade and all stone enhancements must be acceptable by AGTA and disclosed to the buyer.
14K GOLD VS 18K GOLD VS PLATINUM
The gold used in jewelry is mixed with different alloys to make the metal more hard. 14K gold is mixed with more alloys than 18K gold. Although 18K gold is a more pure gold, making it more yellow, 14K is harder and a more toned-down yellow.
Platinum is naturally white, while gold (even white gold) is yellow by nature. Some benefits of platinum are that it’s white by nature, it’s a heavier metal, and it’s more durable, requiring less polishing. Gold is less expensive than platinum, is naturally more shiny than gold, and scratches less easily. Both can be polished up and worn for many years.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PLATINUM & WHITE GOLD
Platinum is colorless metal while white gold needs to be plated in order to remain white. We suggest customers buy platinum to pair with fine diamonds. White gold works well with older stones that may not be as white as modern cuts. White gold is also a consideration when weight of ring is a factor. As labor is the biggest cost when a ring is commissioned, price of the metal is not a great factor for our customers.
We typically work with and prefer to pair precious stones with Platinum, 14K or 18K White, Rose or Yellow Gold & Palladium.
PAIRING AN ENGAGEMENT RING WITH WEDDING BAND
If you are purchasing an engagement ring, it’s always good to consider how it might stack with a wedding band. You should always keep in mind that the rings, if worn together, will rub together. For instance, stones from a wedding band can dig into the side of the engagement ring or metal rubbing next to each other can cause some wear and discoloring. next to each other can cause some wear and discoloring. Next, we often recommend simply complementing the engagement ring with the wedding band. Often times we suggest that clients consider wearing their rings on separate hands if they would like to have more of a selection of styles for their wedding band.
When choosing a band, keep in mind that eternity bands cannot be easily re-sized.
HOW TO ACCURATELY DETERMINE YOUR RING SIZE
Having an accurate ring size is very important to our pricing and design process. We offer ring sizers to our customers or you may choose to send us a ring that has been worn comfortably on the same finger. Most jewelry stores are happy to measure, too. Ring size is particularly important for eternity band or other rings that have details or stones around the shank. An incorrect ring size may prove to be difficult to repair and may add a cost of material to the ring.
When measuring for a ring, keep in mind that while all fingers are shaped differently, a ring should feel tight going over the knuckle so that it does not easily slide of but snug enough on the base of the finger to not spin. It is normal for fingers to fluctuate in size and for rings to ft better on one day than the next.