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Buying jewelry, tips on care

May we Shop for You?


What if the diamond you choose for that engagement ring, anniversary upgrade, or investment, is specially hand-picked by a local jeweler who can be your shopping agent? We are part of a special group of independent jewelers who can offer this service. There is no additional cost for the program and we personally travel to Antwerp, Belgium, the Diamond Capital, to find the best buys for our customers. Get the royal treatment & buy with confidence, because you deserve the best! Ask us about the Antwerp Diamond difference.

Faye’s Diamond Mine Antwerp Broker Program →

Sneak Peek at the Jeweler’s Bench


It looks like a clip from “How It’s Made” – but this is an actual behind-the-scenes look at the intricate work done by our master jeweler, Mark Lutz (winner of the 2016 Arkansas Jewelers Craftsmanship Award), when doing retipping & maintenance repairs on a ring. We’re ready and able to take care of resizing or repairs on your precious heirlooms AND your newly-received treasures! Stop by the store for a free estimate.

Watch now on our YouTube channel →

You may also be interested in our in-house Custom Design services! Click here for an easy questionnaire to see if a redesign, or a brand new creative project, is just the fit for you.

November Birthstone Beauties


TopazNovember’s birthstone’s don’t usually make the top of everyone’s list of favorites. We would love to change that!

Ancients believed that topaz could cool boiling water, hot tempers, and high fevers – a fitting tribute to its fiery glow. It was also thought to prevent colds – making it the perfect birthstone for cold & flu season!

Topaz is famous for its warm, golden, autumn-like tones. Like a diamond, topaz in its purest form is colorless – it’s the gases and other minerals trapped inside the crystals that give it color. The composition of a topaz makes it highly sensitive to treatments such as heat and irradiation that can change or enhance the color. This is how we get the hugely popular blue topaz.

Topaz is mined from prehistoric granite deposits all over the world, but especially in Brazil, Russia, and parts of Europe & the US.

If topaz is your birthstone, now is the best time of year to let it shine. It’s a great choice for a beautifully-set pendant that can be the centerpiece of your fall wardrobe. Topaz is a hard stone but always avoid impacts that could cause cracking. Clean gently with soapy water – ultrasonic and steam cleaners can discolor or damage the stone.

Faye’s Pinterest board | November →

Faye's Diamond Mine Pinterest - November

Alternate Birthstone: Citrine

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Nina introduces the Junes Birthstones!


Did you know June has three very fascinating, uniquely iridescent, and MAGICAL birthstones – which is your favorite?
June birthstones at Faye's Diamond Mine Clinton AR
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Hard Facts About Diamonds


Jewelry shoppers are more concerned than ever before about the goods they buy. Like many luxury items, diamonds & gemstones often come from less developed parts of the world, and conscious buyers (and jewelers) can make an impact on the sustainable and responsible growth of the jewelry trade.

The diamond industry alone supports an estimated 10 million people worldwide, making it a major source of income for workers and their families in diamond-producing countries, jewelry artisans, manufacturers, and retailers. It’s important for all of these that safeguards are in place for ensuring quality and sustainability.

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What is the Kimberly Process?

In recent years, professional jewelers collaborated with governments to stop the misuse in some African countries of precious resources that provide vital sustenance for so many. The Kimberly Process, established in 2003, has corrected the process of diamond trading so that rough diamonds cannot be exported from any country without a unique serial number attached to a tamper-proof package. Diamond imports are not allowed through any national border without this certification, and professional jewelers require evidence of the “system of warranties” before any diamond transactions. Governments in 74 countries now regulate the import & export of diamonds in alliance with the World Diamond Council, to ensure that goods from non-compliant countries or suppliers never reach the market, and that the diamond trade in developing countries maintains fair standards for workers.

Impacting the World

Approximately 65% of diamonds on the market – representing a value of $8.5 million – originate in Africa. In countries like Botswana, where diamonds were discovered a year after national independence, this revenue now supports huge social advances including free public education for all children through age 13. Thanks to their rich diamond resources, they have emerged from a third-world country to having one of the fastest-growing GDP’s in the world. In some countries, diamond mining companies were among the first to provide free HIV/AIDS treatment programs for their employees, and produce vital funding for prevention & treatment clinics in AIDS-stricken communities. As the living standards and quality of education improves in rural regions, diamond-producing countries are becoming better equipped to manage their natural resources, empowering young people with skilled job training and building local economies.

The way diamonds and other precious gems are mined and processed is changing – and it has a huge impact on growing African towns & communities. Learn more: Sharing the Rough

In India alone, diamond processing employs over 1 million people. Because so much of the diamond’s worth is in the quality of its cut, hubs for the precision science of diamond cutting & grading in several countries, including Belgium and Israel, experience a demand for specialized tech jobs. And since natural, gem-quality diamonds are a relatively small percentage of all diamond finds, the overall value continues to rise.

Diamonds from the Independent Jeweler

Independent jewelers (that’s us!) follow strict guidelines about the precious goods they buy, to ensure that they come from responsibly-sourced origins. They operate within exclusive buying groups holding to the most stringent standards, often buying directly from the source. Quality assurance and real value are the top priorities, because that’s what gives such meaning and worth to the precious jewels shared with loved ones, and passed down through generations.

Faye and Lori in Antwerp

Lori & Faye have visited the diamond cutter’s tables in Antwerp many times, to hand-select diamonds they bring back to the store. We are eager to answer your questions about the diamond buying process, and love our customers to be involved in the experience!

Antwerp Diamond Program →

Antwerp Diamonds: www.fayesdiamondmine.com →

The timeless pursuit of pulling something ancient and precious from the earth, and crafting it into a valuable treasure, is what sets fine diamonds apart from anything man-made. This chain that links the hard work of people from all walks of life, around the globe, is meant to be protected and wisely cherished – just like the heirloom that is passed down through generations or the diamond ring that represents a promise of forever.

Diamond Engagement Rings in Clinton, Arkansas

Many of our diamonds come with special unique identification markings. As a GIA accredited jeweler, we can provide details about the diamond’s origin, as well as full grading reports, assuring you a quality & unique heirloom.

Questions about diamonds? Ask us! Stop by or send an e-mail to faye@fayesdiamondmine.com.

Watch Nina’s video on Jewelry Safety Checks!


Nina gives a quick tutorial on what we look for to make sure your rings are in good shape, and why it’s important to bring them in regularly for our Complimentary safety check & cleaning.

Trouble seeing this video? Check it out on our YouTube Channel.

Is DIAMOND your Birthstone?


Top 10 Reasons Why Diamonds May Be the Most Amazing Thing Ever

We get to celebrate diamonds all month long! It’s April, and that means a feature-focus on the most enthralling, most enduring precious jewel known to man. Having a diamond for your birthstone has more than a few perks – and here are some reminders of just what a marvel a diamond is.

  1. Diamonds are among the oldest things in existence. Most diamonds on earth were created during the formation of the planet, when the temperatures & pressures at the core were so high they could crystallize the pure carbon into the hardest material in existence.
    Millenium Diamond
  2. Diamonds can be formed in supernovae (exploding stars), meteor impacts, and volcanic eruptions.When you look at a diamond, you’re seeing a snapshot of the universe’s most spectacular power.
  3. Diamonds aren’t the rarest gem. But take a look at just how hard it is to get one.It takes on average a million parts earth removed to each single diamond mined. Only 20% are used in jewelry. Out of these, only one in a million is as large as a carat. A 1-carat diamond of gem quality is so rare that approximately 2,000 tons of earth are removed to find just one.
    Beau Sancy Diamond
  4. Diamonds are the hardest substance known anywhere.On the 1 to 10 scale used to measure hardness, it’s the only thing around that measures 10. It’s 58 times harder than the next thing down on the list. Only another diamond can scratch a diamond.
  5. Diamonds come in all colors.Traces of minerals or gases that are trapped between the diamonds atoms respond to pressure, heat, or radiation with changes in color. Pure colorless diamonds are still the most desirable, but red is the rarest of all. Small amounts of nitrogen create a yellow tinge, while the gas boron gives off a blue color. Pink diamonds are still something of a mystery; unlike other colors, they contain no impurities. An atomic phenomenon is believed to trap the light spectrum, leaving only one color to escape.
  6. The biggest diamond ever discovered is 2,500 miles wide.That’s no joke. It’s in a white dwarf star named “Lucy.” (“You said how many carats?” – Read more…)
  7. The biggest diamond discovered on earth measured over 3,000 carats.Before cutting, the gem value of the Cullinan diamond in today’s money is estimated at $2 billion. This superstar didn’t sacrifice quality for quantity; its gem-quality clarity and near perfect color purity landed parts of the finished product among the British crown jewels. (World’s largest diamond found – Read more…)
    Cullinan diamond
  8. Long before De Beers, the diamond was one of the most priceless things known to man.The diamond giant De Beers helped make diamonds available to the general public, and told the world that “a diamond is forever.” But in the 1st century, Roman historian Pliny wrote, “Diamond is the most valuable, not only of precious stones, but of all things in this world.” The Mughal Empire of India, the most jewel-rich kingdom in history, amassed collections of diamonds that have been passed down through royalty to the present day.
  9. About 90% of diamonds are cut in only 4 places in the world.Most gem-quality diamonds, in their natural state, still aren’t up to par for wearing in jewelry. Fine diamonds are the result of nature’s collaboration with an experienced diamond cutter. This exclusive profession is often passed down in families. Their artistry, skill & many years of painstaking practice bring out the best of a diamonds natural beauty.
    Centenary diamond
  10. A diamond’s value is timeless.As one of the world’s most precious substances, they have been greatly desired across the globe for countless ages. They are changeless and astonishingly durable. The powerful symbolism they embody only adds to their tremendous intrinsic worth. Diamonds don’t get old – only more valuable. That’s why they perfectly represent love, power, and the majesty & mystery of the universe.
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