Valentine's Day Jewelry Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the Diamond in Your Life

We may be biased, but diamond jewelry is a great idea.

Oh, Valentine’s Day. How can a day that’s meant to be about love end up being so stressful? Of course, it doesn’t have to be. The perfect gift could be flowers and chocolate, cooking a nice dinner, or even cleaning the house. But sometimes you need to go that extra step to really sweep her off her feet.  And I can’t think of a better way to do that than with diamond jewelry.

Now, unless you’re thinking along the lines of our final recommendation (no pressure), I definitely recommend keeping the gifted piece simple, elegant and timeless. This is always my preferred route for surprise jewelry, unless you have a clear idea of a unique style she would love. There is also no need to break the bank for a “just because I love you” Valentine’s Day gift… unless you want to of course.

Starting from the ears and working our way down.

Where else would we start? Diamond stud earrings are a versatile, classic and modern addition to any outfit. They can be worn 24/7, are comfortable and, no matter the size, they always look great. This is one of the great things about diamond stud earrings; you can create a pair for almost any budget.

Style: The classic style is a 4-prong diamond stud earring, but there are endless options, including 3-prong “martini” style studs, studs with a diamond halo around them and perhaps a pair of bezel set diamond studs. These all work well, and are worth considering if you know her style calls for it.

Metal: When it comes to the metal to be used, definitely opt for white gold or platinum, unless she wears exclusively yellow gold or has a stated preference toward it. For the most part, 14k white gold will work well here as there’s not a lot of wear and tear on these pieces. We also make diamond stud earrings in 18k white gold or platinum, if you are looking for something more.

Shape: The most common diamond shapes used for earrings are round and princess cuts, but of course any diamond shape would work beautifully.

Clarity: With diamond earrings, it is common to use a lower clarity diamond (such as I1), as the diamonds are not usually looked at too closely or for a long period of time. This also allows you to maximize the size of the diamonds and can work well if the diamonds have nice, white and well placed inclusions. My preference is to stick to the eye-clean clarity range, being SI2 or above, to make sure they really shine.

Colour: As far as colour goes, keep as close to white as possible. I+ colour is best in my opinion.

Confused? Check out our diamond education section for further explanation on any of the above terminology.

A neckline like that deserves some attention.

If she already owns a pair of diamond stud earrings, a necklace is a great option that can easily compliment her day-to-day jewelry. As with earrings, you can make a necklace for almost every budget.

The classic option is a diamond solitaire pendant. This can be made from any diamond shape but is typically round or princess cut. If she has a pair of diamond earrings she wears all the time then match them in shape (unless you know there’s something else she’s been dreaming of).

Other options for a necklace include a pendant with a halo around it, a bezel set diamond pendant, or perhaps a bezel set diamond “floating” on the chain.

If you really want to go all out this Valentine’s Day, you can always go for more than one diamond. Two, three… or how about 95? A beautiful “tennis” or “riviera” style necklace is essentially a string of diamonds and can be graduated in the sizes used (larger at the bottom and smaller as the strand goes up and around the neck) or can be a uniform size across. Tempting, isn’t it?

Our diamond quality recommendations for necklaces are very similar to those for earrings, but as you spend more on the necklace (and especially if you are going for an option with multiple diamonds) we recommend leaning toward the nicer categories. A necklace is front and centre after all.

If her ring finger is bare… and you’re ready for it.

Finally, Valentine’s Day might be the perfect time to take your relationship to the next level. She might only be expecting flowers and chocolate, but imagine her reaction when she gets a commitment from you like no other? We are always here to meet with you to discuss all the options you have for this most precious of diamond jewelry gifts.

Wishing you and your loved one a very special Valentine’s Day this year, and be sure to let us know how you are celebrating the day in the comments below!

Katie and Jon Engagement Photo with Graffiti Wall

A Toronto Engagement Ring Story: Jon & Katie

Part of our ongoing series profiling Kimberfire’s diamond engagement rings in Toronto, and the awesome people who wear them.

Will you be my partner in crime?

I’ve seen Katie pull off many a stylish ensemble – and pretty soon, she will be all dressed in white. Artistic, and a natural beauty, Katie describes her fiancé, Jon, as “sweet, rambunctious and caring … and he can always make me laugh.”

Jon was drawn to Katie’s easygoing, positive personality and fell in love with her adventurous spirit and ambitious drive, as well as her creative and silly side.

Katie and Jon Engagement Photo

The couple initially met through an online dating site. After a few emails back and forth, they realized that they worked in neighboring office towers and decided to grab a coffee and meet in person. After their coffee date ended, Jon wasted no time, and asked Katie out right away. On many of their dates, you could find them gallivanting across the city of Toronto, checking out funky restaurants, jazz clubs and art galleries.

Katie still remembers having their first kiss in the middle of David Pecaut Square. Jon must have remembered that kiss as well because that’s where he proposed to Katie.

Katie can’t pin point an exact moment when she realized that Jon was ‘the one’. What she does know however, is that over time, Jon went from being her goofy boyfriend, to best friend, to true love.

“I’m lucky to have him as my partner in crime for the rest of my life.”

Katie would say that her engagement ring buying process (rather than just the ring itself) represents her relationship with Jon, ‘to a tee!’ Jon and Katie started discussing diamond rings a few months before he proposed. Being the artistic type, Katie had many ideas on the cut she wanted.  Initially she desired a marquise diamond with baguette diamonds on the side. Then, she had her sights set on an emerald cut diamond with a skinny band.  “Poor Jon, I basically made him so confused. So, just as he does with everything else, Jon tried to ground my decision making process by taking me to try on a few rings.  That’s when I realized that I wanted something simple – round cut with a halo.”

Enter Kimberfire

Jon and Katie are both ‘entrepreneurial wannabes’ and do their part to support small businesses. When they found out that Jonathan Goldberg had left investment banking to launch a fine jewelry business, they just knew they had to get their ring from him.

Jon went to Jonathan Goldberg with an idea or three… for a ring design. After a few design tweaks and some recommendations on clarity, colour and carat, Jonathan Goldberg brought the idea to life! The end result was a beautiful 19k white gold ring with a round diamond in the middle and a single halo around the perimeter. The diamonds sit in a beautiful vintage setting that sports a skinny band with diamond embedded throughout. Instead of traditional nickel, palladium was used for the alloy, ensuring a very bright white finish. Katie couldn’t be happier and said, “I absolutely LOVE my ring!”

Katie's Kimberfire Engagement Ring in Toronto

Katie also commented that, “even after I received the ring, Jonathan provided nothing but top notch customer service. When I mentioned that my ring felt a bit loose, he got it sized for me right away. Additionally, he added two sizing balls to the inside of my band to stop my ring from twisting on my finger! Such a great idea!”.

Katie says her ring definitely reflects her personal style, which she describes as ‘sophisticated and classy.’  Katie prefers her style to always be timeless as opposed to trendy. Katie’s timeless taste reflects the vintage setting and classic cut of her engagement ring.

We wish this happy couple all of the joys and happiness in their journey together and appreciate them sharing their story with us (and you!).


(Photo Credits: Laura Nicholson Photography)


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Aerial Photo of Diavik Diamond Mine in Canada

Canadian Diamond Engagement Rings: What You Need To Know

Oh, Canadian Diamonds…

We get some requests for (and many questions about) Canadian diamonds for use in engagement rings and other jewellery. Here are some of the most important things to know about this precious natural resource residing in our home and native land.

A Diamond Producing Nation

Many people are surprised to find out that Canada has diamond mines. In fact, Canada is the 3rd largest diamond producing country in the world!

The image shown above is an aerial view of the Diavik diamond mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Producing 8 million carats annually, it’s been in production since 2003. An interesting fact about this mine is that it’s only accessible by road for two months of the year – when the surrounding lakes are frozen enough to allow for the construction of a road stretching 375km long, from Yellowknife.

Conflict Free Guarantee

Canadian diamonds are known for their guaranteed “conflict-free” origin. In order to verify this origin, many certified Canadian-mined diamonds have a unique identification number laser inscribed on the stone itself (don’t worry, this is invisible to the naked eye, is on the side of the diamond and doesn’t affect its brilliance in the slightest!).

Canadian Diamond Laser Inscription

Canadian Born, But Not Necessarily Bred

Just because a diamond was mined in Canada does not mean that it was cut locally. The majority of Canadian-mined diamonds are actually shipped overseas to the major diamond cutting centres of Belgium, India and Israel before they are brought back here to be placed on the hands of Canadian consumers. This is because the cost of manufacturing in Canada is prohibitive for the smaller stones, and the local manufacturing skill is lacking for the larger ones.

Do Canadian Diamonds Cost More?

As you can imagine, mining in Canada is more costly than in some other countries. There are also additional costs associated with the tracking and certification process Canadian diamonds undergo. Some retailers choose to price their Canadian diamonds at a significant premium over non-Canadian goods. Other retailers choose to price the Canadian goods almost on par with diamonds of other origin knowing that they’ll sell faster. The presence and extent of a premium on these diamonds  really varies from retailer to retailer.

Not All Canadians Are Created Equal

Just like diamonds of other origin, Canadian-mined diamonds come in all shapes, sizes, clarities and colours. There is a common misconception that Canadian diamonds are “higher-quality” than non-Canadian diamonds. This belief stems from the fact that on average Canadian diamond mines produce a greater percentage of higher-quality diamonds than mines in other parts of the world. However, chances are that you are buying a single diamond… not an entire mine (but if you want to, let’s talk)! Each diamond is graded on the 4C’s individually, and this is how they are compared. A high-quality diamond from elsewhere will be much nicer than a poor-quality diamond from Canada.

Plenty of Fish in the Sea (and Diamonds in the World)

So should you buy a Canadian diamond engagement ring? Not necessarily. The guaranteed conflict-free origin is a significant pro and the fact that the diamonds were born right here in Canada is great, but you must evaluate each diamond on its own merit in order to arrive at the best selection for you or your loved one.

I had a client recently who spends a lot of time up north for work, from where he would frequently return to his girlfriend (now fiancée!) with gifts of Inuit art. As Canadian diamonds are mined in northern Canada, he was set on popping the question with one of them in hand. For him, purchasing a Canadian diamond was a no-brainer, and we focused his selection on only those. It truly is a personal decision!

Kimberfire Canadian Diamonds

At Kimberfire, we are here to assist you whether you are set on purchasing a Canadian diamond or are open to other options. Let us know your preferences when making an appointment and we’ll make sure to have all the bases covered so that you can make a confident decision.

Why wait until your appointment though? If you have any questions that still need answering please ask them in the comments section below and we’ll get right on it!


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A Brilliant Way to Buy a Diamond

Hey there,

I’m Jonathan Goldberg, the founder & CEO of Kimberfire – a better way to buy diamonds, custom engagement rings and fine jewelry in Toronto, ON, Canada. I thought I’d start off our blog with introductions to myself and to Kimberfire. Please check back often for future posts catered to both men and women on diamonds, engagement rings, diamond jewelry, marriage proposals, personal style and more! Who knows what we’ll come up with.

Diamonds and high-end diamond jewelry are my passion. I am an internationally trained diamond grader with experience working in a diamond-cutting factory in the Middle East, in diamond sector business development in the busy diamond-trading centre of Antwerp and in the wholesale diamond trade in North America. Yes, I actually sat for hours each day cutting diamonds from rough stones into the polished diamonds we’re accustomed to seeing in jewelry – it was an awesome way to learn all about them!

As a break (at times fun and at times not so fun) between all that luxury goods sector experience and founding Kimberfire, I went back to school for my MBA (fun) and spent 3 years at one of the large Canadian banks as an investment banker (had its moments!).

While in banking, my friends who were getting engaged would always ask me about the best place to buy a diamond engagement ring. Should they buy online? Should they go to one of the many retail stores? A common phrase I heard was, “I don’t want to spend thousands of dollars at ‘X’ on a ring online without seeing it, but I don’t want to pay the prices being asked by ‘Y’ and ‘Z’ locally.”

I would always agree with them – as no two diamonds are alike! I have manufactured diamonds with my own two hands and I will not buy one without thoroughly inspecting it in person first. Diamonds come with many different types of inclusions and quality of material, even within the same clarity grade. The diamond that I approve of in person is the one I want to take home with me to give to my loved one.

Friends, and friends of friends, were thrilled when I navigated my relationships with diamond manufacturers and suppliers to source their perfect diamond – at the most competitive prices. They were ecstatic that I was able to find diamonds at the lowest prices possible (those typically only seen online) while also providing the opportunity for them to see their diamond in person alongside someone they trust, the same way they would be able to at only the highest-end stores. These were the fundamentals that shaped Kimberfire.

Kimberlite is the rock in the earth where diamonds are found. Fire is the scintillation and brilliance of our hand-picked diamonds. ‘Kimberfire’ is not only a new word for diamond, but also a new and brilliant way to buy one.

I look forward to meeting you and to building a relationship that will last through many of life’s memorable moments to come!

All the best,