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Why Do We Propose With Diamond Rings?

local jewelersDiamonds weren’t always the centerpieces in engagement rings; however, they did begin to flood local jewelers’ shops in the 1870’s when miners in South Africa began discovering huge diamond deposits. This allowed the diamond to go from a rare gem to a fairly common item. But even after they became widely available, diamond engagement rings didn’t really take off until the 1930’s.

Traditions Throughout Time
There are many different traditions involving engagements. It is said that the practice of engagement rings was to have started in Ancient Egypt. Ancient Egyptians believed the circular shape symbolized an eternal cycle, making it the perfect symbol for everlasting love. The fourth finger on the left hand was believed to have a vein that went directly to the heart, so this is the finger the ring was — and still is — worn on.

In England, one tradition was for the man and woman to break a piece of silver or gold, each keeping half to symbolize their engagement. Up until the 19th century, some women in America received thimbles for their engagement. After the wedding, they would cut off the bottom of the thimble and wear it as a ring.

The first known case of a ring being required was in the 12th century. Pope Innocent III stated that all weddings must take place in a church and the bride had to receive a ring.

How an Ad Campaign Influenced the Diamond Engagement Ring
Diamond engagement rings gained popularity thanks to an advertisement campaign by a jewelry company called De Beers in 1938. The demand for diamonds had been on a decline and the company knew they needed to do something to increase business. New York ad agency N.W. Ayer helped them create a campaign that would change the world of diamonds forever.

The campaign featured some of Hollywood’s biggest stars wearing diamonds and had fashion designers promoting diamond rings. People rushed to local jewelers and diamond sales went up by over 50% in the first three years of the campaign.

“A Diamond is Forever” became De Beers’ slogan and they still use it today, almost 70 years later. The slogan reiterated that a diamond is a symbol of eternal, unbreakable love. Within 20 years of the start of the campaign, 80% of brides had diamond engagement rings.

Engagement Rings Today
Engagement rings are the most common tradition to officiate an engagement in America. Every year, 38 million Americans will purchase fine jewelry or watches. Jewelers can work with customers to ensure their jewelry is exactly what they want. Nowadays, people have the opportunity to have custom jewelry made. While diamond engagement rings are still the most in demand, other colored stones are gaining popularity.

Whether you’re looking for an engagement ring or a wedding band, local jewelers will be able to assist you with all of your wedding jewelry needs.

Surprising Engagement Ring Facts From Around The World

engagement ringsEngagement rings are a sign of love, promise, and most of all future marriage. However, engagement rings have an interesting tale to them. The tradition of giving a betrothed a ring began in 1477 when Maximilian of Austria gifted his fiancee, Mary of Burgundy, a ring in the promise of marriage.

Since the engagement ring’s introduction in 1477, cultures around the world have shaped it according to their heritage and history. The following are some interesting facts about engagement rings around the world. How many facts about this fine jewelry do you know?

  1. In West Bengal, India iron bangle bracelets are worn as symbols of engagement rather than rings.
  2. The Irish use the Claddagh ring to symbolize various meanings depending on which hand the ring is worn on and which direction the heart on the ring is facing. To indicate engagement, the wearer (man or woman), must wear the ring on their left hand with the heart turned inward.
  3. In France, diamonds aren’t the preferred choice of soon-to-be brides. The women prefer semi-precious stones.
  4. In Chile, both men and women receive engagement rings when they’re to be married and wear them on their right hands. During the ceremony, the couple then places the rings from their right hands to their left.
  5. Engagement rings are typically worn on the left hand in England, France, Canada, and the United States. In Russia, India, Norway, and Germany the engagement ring is worn on the right hand.
  6. In Argentina, rings are exchanged among couples during engagement, but wedding rings are not exchanged during the wedding ceremony.
  7. In China, many couples don’t engage engagement rings at all. Instead, they often exchange money and other betrothal gifts.
  8. While the engagement ring is associated with Austria, the wedding band was first seen in Egypt where rings were sometimes worn as a symbol of a contract in marriage. The circle was a sign of eternity.

There are many types of wedding rings and engagement rings in the world and just as many ways to wear them. Culture is passed down through generations and influences us every day. Consider your own heritage and how it may influence how you wear your engagement ring.

Mother’s Day Picks – Staff Favorites

I asked our sales associates for their Top Mother’s Day Picks.

Adam’s favorites are these elegant tennis bracelets. We’ve currently got three in stock – one each in 14k rose, yellow, and white gold. .70 total carat weight, regular price: $2795, Mother’s Day Special: $1695 + tax.

3 Diamond Tennis Bracelets
Adam’s Pick – Diamond Tennis Bracelets


Carolyn picked this amazing 14k two-tone ring that features Round Brilliant Cut and Princess Cut Diamonds, .74 total carat weight. Regular price: $3985, Mother’s Day Special: $2799 + tax.

three row diamond ring with two-tone gold
Carolyn’s Pick – two tone ring with round and princess cut diamonds


Doug’s pick is this stunning pendant from LeVian. .17ctw of Chocolate and Vanilla diamonds are set in 14 karat Strawberry Gold. Regular price: $825, Mother’s Day Special: $599 + tax.

LeVian Pendant
Doug’s Pick – LeVian pendant with Strawberry Gold, Chocolate and Vanilla Diamonds


Stephany picked out this fabulous pendant with a pear-shape opal center stone and diamond halo set in a 14k white gold mounting. 1.19ct Opal, .13ctw diamonds. Regular price: $879, Mother’s Day Special: $615 + tax.

pear shape opal pendant with diamond halo
Stephany’s Pick – opal pendant with diamonds


Last, but certainly not least, is Bob’s pick! He chose this gorgeous vintage brooch. Made of 18k white gold, this pin features .40ctw of diamonds. Regular price: $1895, Mother’s Day Special: $948 + tax.

white gold diamond pin
Bob’s Pick – vintage diamond brooch

These are just a few of our favorites for the Mothers in your life. Of course, we have a huge range of styles and prices available. Come in and let us know what we can do for you.

April Birthstone Spotlight

April’s birthstone is diamond!

Diamonds, they’ve been prized for millennia. What is about diamonds that has captivated us for so long? Maybe the ancient myth that they were pieces of stars fallen to Earth has stuck with us. Maybe the fact that there is no natural substance harder than diamonds impresses us. Maybe the thought of its being the only gemstone made of a single element (carbon – the foundation of life) makes it special. Whatever the reason, diamonds have made their mark on popular culture and our ideas of romance and success.

As a symbol of fearlessness and invincibility, diamonds are a popular choice for crown jewels and accessories for royalty. Symbolic of love, diamonds are intertwined with our thoughts of engagements and weddings.

Anyone who has shopped for a diamond probably knows of the 4Cs, carat, cut, color, and clarity. All of these characteristics describe a diamond and ultimately affect its worth.

Carat – the weight of the diamond. Are you replacing a .05ct accent stone in your ring mounting? Looking for a 1.00ct center stone for your engagement ring? Trying to decide on earrings featuring .50ctw or .75ctw? The size of the stone is one of the first things that affects the price. Balance a larger stone with a less desirable traits and give yourself some wiggle room on price.

Cut – Round Brilliant, Princess, Oval, Marquise, there are many different shapes of diamonds. The better the cut (regardless of shape), the brighter the stone.

Color – Graded on a D-Z scale. The closer to colorless (D-F), the higher the value, except in cases of fancy colors.

Clarity – Internal features and surface irregularities (inclusions and blemishes) affect a diamond’s clarity grade. There are 11 clarity grades on the GIA grading scale. The better the clarity, the higher the value.

Stop by our showroom today and speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members about how to get you the best diamond for your dollar!

Happy Birthday, April Babies!


Make Sure the Ring is as Beautiful as Her: How to Choose an Engagement Ring

custom jewelryA lot of guesswork can go into choosing the perfect ring for your special someone. As it turns out, finding the ideal engagement ring for her might require a lot more time and consideration than you originally thought. Since you plan to dedicate your life completely to this person, you want to make sure this piece of custom jewelry represents all of your feelings of love and devotion. Luckily, there are some tips to help you along with your decision.

Know What She Likes

You want this piece of fine jewelry to stay on her finger the rest of her life, so finding one that suits her tastes is critical to picking the right engagement ring. Pay attention to the types of jewelry she wears every day to gauge what kind of style she prefers. You can gain a lot from looking at the simple pieces of jewelry she puts on at the start of every morning, making your jewelry purchase easier. The good thing is engagement rings come in all different types of custom jewelry options. Typically, around 75% of brides have engagement rings made from gold and diamonds, but many other options out there exist.

Find Out Her Ring Size

The best ring in the world won’t do much good if it can’t fit on her finger. There are a few ways to measure her ring size without her knowing. You can borrow one of her rings that she wears on the same finger and trace the size. Or you can take it to local jewelers and they can measure the size for you. If she doesn’t typically wear a ring on that finger, chances are one of her friends or family members will be able to tell you her approximate ring size.

When in Doubt, a Jeweler Can Help

It’s their job to know the best of the best when it comes to current custom jewelry styles. If you find yourself facing brick wall after brick wall, talking with a quality jeweler can help you get things straight in your mind. They’ll know about the best cuts and shapes for the diamond, help you decide on a setting and band that fit your loved one’s lifestyle, and show you the various metal options you can use to put it all together.

When it comes to finding an engagement ring for someone you love, you want to make sure every “I love you” can be seen in that piece of jewelry on her finger. We hope you found these tips useful to discovering the perfect ring for your perfect loved one.

To look at different type of ring options to choose from, visit mcgeejewelers.com

The Most Unique Bridal Jewelry Trends to Try Out in 2017

wedding jewelryYour engagement ring is one that you will wear forever to symbolize the love between you and your spouse. No matter if you are a bohemian bride or just want a unique engagement ring to show off on Instagram, there are plenty of fine jewelry options out there that will give you the engagement ring of your dreams.

Here are some of the most unique trends in wedding jewelry that will make your entire bridal party jealous.

Rose gold
Many brides think that their engagement rings can only be set in gold or silver, but this is absolutely not true! Go for something a little unique and have a rose gold setting instead. This shade flatters all skin tones and looks absolutely stunning with a simple, classic solitaire diamond.

Colorful stones
Who says that you have to settle for a classic white diamond for your bridal jewelry? Over half of all brides say that they would wear a colored stone in their engagement ring, such as celebs like Halle Berry or Jessica Simpson. Some colors to consider include ruby, yellow diamonds, black onyx, or sapphire.

Floral accents
Love nature? Incorporate some details from your garden right into your ring. One of the top trends in wedding jewelry right now includes rings with flowers, vines, and vines that circle around the center stone for a feminine touch.

Square bands
No matter the stone, implementing a square band is an extremely sleek and modern touch. It is much more comfortable than a round ring as it won’t pinch the skin on your fingers.

Pear cut diamonds
Pear and marquise diamonds are making a comeback! The best part about them? They instantly slim your fingers and look exceptionally elegant with a thin wedding band.

Double shanks
If you are looking for outstanding bridal jewelry, consider going with a double-shank band, because nothing makes a stronger impression than two diamond encrusted bands! This design also gives any engagement ring a more architectural, fashion-forward look.

Mixed metal
Can’t decide what color you want in your wedding jewelry? Don’t worry, you don’t have to! Simply choose a mixed metal band that incorporates rose gold, silver, and gold into one band. Plus, it will match everything!

Does this list give you some inspiration for the ring you are looking for? Visit McGee and Company Fine Jewelers today to get the ring of your dreams!

Why Are People Upset About Amanda Seyfried’s Engagement Ring?

local bridal and wedding jewelry storesIt isn’t out of the ordinary for significant others to consult with each other about engagement rings before the question is popped. In fact, 61% of guys do just that. Wedding jewelry is a very personal choice, and while some like to be wowed with large-diamond engagement rings, some prefer more modest bridal jewelry.

Amanda Seyfried, for example, has been recently seen wearing a simple gold band on her left ring finger following her engagement to actor Thomas Sadoski.

The actress and singer, well known for her film debut in “Mean Girls” and her most recently released film, “Fathers and Daughters,” has been criticized for her modest, dainty band. Social media has been blowing up since the ring was spotted by paparazzi, with Internet users calling the ring “disappointing” and suggesting that her marriage will end in divorce. These online trolls helpfully suggested that she’ll get a bigger, better ring next time around.

Many people live vicariously through the celebrities whose lives are constantly flashing before us, but it is good to take a step back and remember that they are only human and have wants and needs just like ours. Seyfried has been proudly sporting her engagement ring — as she should! — and it appears as if she is happy with it.

Not all jewelry has to be expensive, even the jewelry worn by wealthy celebrities. Every couple to be wed deserves the bridal jewelry that they want, not what others want for them. That’s why why browsing local bridal and wedding jewelry stores can help you find something uniquely special, and not just a representation of what popular culture thinks engagement rings should look like.

Custom jewelers are able to help you design your own special ring, with whatever stone, setting, and band you desire. Even better, they can help you find the perfect ring without breaking the bank.

By consulting with jewelers at local bridal and wedding jewelry stores, you can ensure that the ring materials will be sourced and transformed according to the right specifications.

At McGee and Company Fine Jewelers, our family jewelers would be honored to help you find or create the exact ring that you want, whether is is flashy or minimal. Regardless, it will be statement-worthy and unique to you.

When it Comes to Engagement Rings, There is No One-Size-Fits-All

jewelry repairDiamonds and gold are certainly the most popular engagement rings out there for American brides, but that’s often due to a societal expectation. Many brides are willing to try something more unique, like a colored stone or a lab-grown diamond. If you’re looking to pop the question soon but want a more custom jewelry design, be sure to talk to your local jewelers.

Jewelers have eyes for design and will more than likely be happy to help you create a custom piece. Much like jewelry repair, you can replace a stone, resize a band, or even engrave a meaningful message. Many people choose to repurpose family heirlooms with sentimental value for their brides, adding a personal twist.

Contrary to popular belief, fine jewelry does not necessarily have to be extremely expensive. While about a third of people are willing to spend over $1,000 for diamond jewelry, it’s possible to find a special non-diamond stone that is just as beautiful and won’t break the bank.

Some more non-traditional stones can look similar to diamonds, like moissanite, which is softer than a diamond, scoring a 9.52 on Moh’s Scale of Hardness, while diamonds score a perfect 10 as the hardest substance on earth. Moissanite also has a heightened sense of brilliance that will reflect light in a flashier, more colorful way.

Opting for something completely different can be a crap-shoot, but the majority of men say that they discuss what their partner would like before buying the ring. Some options to consider include morganite, which usually ranges from pink to orange-pink and is one of the most popular non-diamond rings today.

Garnets are usually a deep red color, but can be found in virtually any color. That’s because garnet is not just one mineral, but a term used to describe several very closely composed minerals.

If you happen to have a specific stone in mind, consult with your jeweler to see if the stone would be best used in an engagement ring. Since most brides choose to wear their rings every day, the gem you choose should be durable enough to hold up to her everyday life. If you choose a stone too soft, it is more susceptible to surface scratches. While jewelry repair and stone replacement is always an option, that could cost you more in the long run than you initially saved. It’s better to be safe and pick a gem that will last a lifetime.

Searching for the perfect engagement ring or custom jewelry repair in Indianapolis? Then contact McGee Jewelers and find the perfect fit.

GORGEOUS Wedding Photos!

We were delighted to take part in a styled shoot by Lemongrass Photography.

We loaned the jewelry while some other vendors contributed their time and talents. The venue was the Indianapolis Zoo, what a magical place to get married! Sophia’s Bridal selected some stunning dresses and the flowers by Julie’s Flowers of Geist are unbelievably beautiful. Elegant styling by Trendsetters (hair) and Makeup by Ashley Neu rounded out the looks. Fantastic work, everyone!


Dress: Sophia’s Bridal: www.sophiasbridalandtux.com
Photography: Lemongrass Photography: www.lemongrassphotography.com
Hair: Trendsetters: http://trendsettershairdesigngroup.com
Makeup: Makeup by Ashley Neu: www.makeupbyashleyneu.com
Flowers: Julie’s Flowers of Geist: www.juliesflowers.com
Venue: Indianapolis Zoo: http://www.indianapoliszoo.com/events-and-groups/private-group-events/weddings-receptions
Jewelry: McGee’s: http://www.mcgeejewelers.com

Popping the Question? First Choose a Diamond Shape

engagement ringsWedding season is upon us and love is definitely in the air. Before popping the question, 61% of men consult with their girlfriends prior to purchasing wedding jewelry. Nowadays, women aren’t the only ones sporting engagement rings. A recent study reveals that 29% of men agreed that they too would wear one. To help decide which diamond shape best suits your spouse, here is a little information about the different diamond shapes.

Being the most searched for diamond shapes today, the round, brilliant cut diamond is the most popular diamond of all. For just about 100 years, diamond cutters have developed advanced techniques to enhance the brilliance of a round diamond. Not only is it the most popular diamond shape, but it also allows more flexibility in balancing cut, color, and clarity grades. You can get all these things and still have the fire and brilliance you desire.

The most popular, non-round diamond is by far the princess cut diamond. This unique, yet stunning cut makes it a top choice for engagement rings. It features pointed corners, and when choosing a color, remember that its hue may be visible in its corners. While typically found in a square shape, you may find local jewelers with varying square or rectangular shapes.

Its pavilion is what makes this diamond shape stand out from the rest. It is cut with rectangular facets to produce a unique optical appearance. Similar to the princess cut, emerald cuts can also vary in how rectangular they are. If you prefer emerald cut engagement rings with a distinct square shape, ask the diamond cutter to highlight the clarity of the diamond.

Almost identical to an emerald cut, the Asscher-cut is definitively square in shape. It also has a pavilion that is cut with rectangular facets the same way an emerald-cut is. When deciding on color grade, keep in mind that while a J-color, non-round diamond has a higher price tag, color may be visible in the corners.

The shape of this diamond can capitalize on karat weight and give the appearance of a much larger diamond. When paired with round or pear-shaped stones on the side, this brilliant-cut diamond looks stunning. One added bonus is that the shape of a marquise diamond gives the illusion of a longer, slender finger.

In the fine jewelry industry, the cushion shape has been popular for more than a century. Also referred to as “pillow-cut” diamonds, this shape has rounded corners and large facets to enhance its brilliance. They range in shape from square to rectangular and have large facets to highlight clarity.

Contrary to belief, not all women prefer a diamond as an engagement ring. In fact, 52% of surveyed brides said they would wear a colored stone. Some of the most outstanding bridal jewelry have been a unique balance of tradition mixed with custom jewelry design. All in all, when choosing the shape of the stone, make sure it is as special and stunning as the person it is intended for.