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How to Buy a Diamond Ring with Kate Hemphill

Learn about private jeweler Kate Hemphill, one of Howcast's diamond engagement ring experts, in this video.


Hi, I'm Kate Hemphill. I'm a private jeweler and aesthetic consultant based out of New York City with a combined experienced 10 years of experience in the jewelry industry. My expertise ranges from retail to wholesale, antique acquisitions to contemporary design, collection consultations, and celebrity styling. My love affair with jewelry began as a little girl, when the first thing I would do when I went to visit my grandparents' house was to dig into my grandmother's jewelry box and pile on as many necklaces and bracelets as I could manage. To this day, I am rarely seen without a few sparkling pieces on.

For me, jewelry is one of the most important avenues of expressing personal style. Everyone should have a few signature pieces that defines their own style. For me, it's probably my collection of big, chunky, gold 1940s bracelets. But whatever yours may be, make sure it's timeless and unique. I always advise my clients to invest in one or two important pieces, rather than a few smaller insignificant pieces that may be trendy and you might only wear it a few times.

Living in New York City, we are surrounded by inspiration, from the story jewelers at Fifth Avenue to the fashion houses and the style icons who represent them. Everywhere you look, there's art and architecture to admire. What I love about jewelry is that it incorporates all of those elements, and it always has a story to tell.

My goal is to help each one of my clients to find their style through jewelry. If you have something sitting in your jewelry box and you're not wearing it, let's redesign it or sell it. Invest in something that you love and you want to wear every day. Or perhaps you're looking for something special to celebrate birthday or anniversary. I can help you express that sentiment and affection through an antique gold locket or perhaps a diamond eternity band.

Visit me at for more advice and inspiration. But today, I am here to help guide you through one of the most important purchases you'll ever make: your engagement ring. My videos will help to simplify how to understand diamonds and select the perfect ring.

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