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6 Unique Jewelry Gifts To Give Under The Mistletoe

fine jewelryThe holidays are right around the corner and many couples are searching for just the right gift to give the love of their life. But with all of the special occasions you’ve celebrated together, it can be difficult to choose a gift that has emotional and material value.

Fine jewelry is one of the most classic and elegant holiday gifts. Beautiful jewelry can be customized according to style, metal, or diamond. Fine jewelry can even be engraved to ensure your significant other knows how much you mean to them.

With these thoughts in mind, here are three fine jewelry ideas for both men and women to make your loved one shine bright this holiday season:


  1. Birthstone pendant. A birthstone pendant is a custom jewelry design that’s automatically personal to the woman you love. What’s more, a birthstone pendant tells her how glad you are she was born and how happy you are to have her in your life. Remember: up to 61% of men consult with their girlfriend prior to choosing a ring, but with a birthstone, you won’t have to worry about whether it’ll make her feel unique. It will.
  2. Heart-shaped jewelry. No piece of fine jewelry is quite as classic as the heart-shaped necklace. The heart itself declares your love, but with small customizations, you can personalize your design to fit the woman in your life perfectly. Surround a heart-shaped pendant with gemstones or make her shine with gold. Any design you choose can’t go wrong.
  3. Charm bracelet. Charm bracelets are incredibly romantic and help tell the story of the two of you as a couple. Choose to only include a few charms to leave your personal story up to the future or fill it with charms that remind her of how you met, your first date, and your first anniversary.


  1. Dog tags. Dog tags have incredible potential for custom engraving. You can engrave either side with his initials, an inspirational quote, the date you first met, or words that tell him how much he means to you.
  2. Watches. Watches are unisex, but are often the go-to choice of jewelry for men. They can be casual, colorful, simple, high tech, or classic, which means you can easily find a timepiece to match your man’s personality. For special occasions like Christmas, consider choosing a quartz or sterling silver watch and engraving it with something meaningful.
  3. Cufflinks. Like watches, cufflinks are one of the most popular styles of jewelry for men. Consider getting him cufflinks inscribed with his initials for a little extra shine for those nights out on the town.

Fine, custom jewelry is a wonderful and meaningful gift that can lift anyone’s spirits during the holiday season. For more jewelry designs and gift ideas, contact McGee Jewelers today.

Why Rose Gold Is An Incredibly Popular Choice For Bridal Jewelry

jewelerIn the United States, up to 75% of all brides receive engagement rings made from diamonds and gold. Not every bride is the same and many prefer silver, but there is one type of gold engagement ring that has been growing in popularity in recent years: rose gold.

From jewelry to electronics, rose gold has slowly been taking over multiple industries because of its soft, peaceful color and unique flair that stands out among the others. What’s more is that rose gold, when used for engagement rings, come in a variety of styles that can make any bride happy.

If you’re still deciding whether to choose a silver, gold, or rose gold bridal jewelry, here’s why you should consider opting for rose gold:

  1. Rose gold has a vintage look

    Rose gold has a wonderful, vintage and romantic look to it unlike other metals, and not just because of its pink hue. Rose gold was incredibly popular during the 1920s during the American age of wealth. Stylish women and men flocked to their jeweler for vivid colors like rose gold to incorporate them into fine jewelry designs.

  2. Rose gold is incredibly affordable

    Because rose gold is made up of approximately 22.5% copper and 75% gold with a little silver to make the color more subtle (higher percentages of copper alloy makes the color a brighter red), rose gold comes at an affordable price point.

  3. Rose gold compliments all skin tones

    Many brides of various ethnicity will often compare gold and silver to their skin tones to see which color looks the best. Whether you’re dark skinned or light skinned, warm-toned or cool-toned, rose gold compliments every bride.

  4. Rose gold can be used in any design

    Rose gold can be used in a wide range of outstanding bridal jewelry and various types of wedding rings. With multiple types of stones, finding a ring with a jeweler that’s custom fit to your style will be far easier than you think.

Rose gold is not only a timeless and romantic color, but it also makes for an incredibly unique and beautiful engagement ring. For more ideas about how you can incorporate rose gold into your custom jewelry design, talk to your local jeweler today.

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.

Happy Birthday, August Babies!

August’s birthstone is PERIDOT!

Peridot [per-i-doh] artifacts and mining date back to as early as 1500 B.C. Ancient Romans were big fans of Peridot. Cleopatra also loved Peridots, but probably because she mistook them for her favorite gem – emeralds.

Some of the legendary uses of Peridot were to calm anger and sooth nerves, ward against evil, and nurture friendships. Peridot was believed to bring luck, success, and peace to its wearer. With lore like that, it’s no surprise that relics decorated with Peridot can be found in Medieval churches in Europe.

As opposed to stones like sapphire and garnet that come in many colors, Peridot only comes in green. It can range from yellowish green to brownish green to true green. Yellowish green is the color most often found in jewelry.

Miners can find Peridot around the world, including Myanmar and China. One of the largest sources on Earth is here in the U.S. –  on the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona. Some Peridot gems have even been found in meteorites!

You can safely clean your Peridot jewelry in warm, soapy water. Avoid steam cleaners and ultra sonic cleaners. Stop in today to see our selection of Peridot jewelry!

sterling silver bracelet with peridots
Sterling silver tennis bracelet with peridot.
white gold pendant with peridot and diamonds
Pendant with Peridot center stone and diamond accents
white gold ring with peridot and diamonds
Freeform ring with Peridot center stone and diamond side stones

Looking for a Jeweler You Can Trust? Ask These 3 Questions

local jewelersFor many people in America, the engagement ring is the symbol of love and fidelity. It is the promise of a lifetime of commitment and happiness given physical form. That is why so many people place so much importance on finding the most beautiful ring available.

Of course, this can result in a great deal of pressure on the party buying the engagement ring. That is why 61% of people consult with their partners before choosing which of the engagement rings is for them.

All too often, however, another important advisor is neglected: local jewelers. While many people are wary of jewelers because of the high-pressure sales techniques used in some chains, many local jewelers will go out of their way to make sure the engagement ring you choose is a perfect fit.

This five-minute guide is designed to give you the tools to tell when a jeweler has your best interests at heart.

  1. Ask About Expertise
    You can tell a lot about a jewelry store by the people they hire. Do they have an in-house expert on fine jewelry? An in-house custom jewelry designer? Whether you are working with local jewelers or a big chain, the people working there should be able to answer all of your questions, or at least point out the employee you can.
  2. Ask About Certification and Appraisal
    Whether you are looking for a wedding band or custom jewelry, it is important to make sure that your jeweler is going through the proper channels to have their diamonds and precious gems verified.

    You should always ask for a third party certificate when buying diamonds. There are a number of reputable and independent labs that offer the services, including the Gemological Institutes of America, American Gem Society and more. The certificate should say if the stone is natural and what treatments have been applied, as well as listing color, carat, and diamond quality.
  3. Ask About the In-House Services They Offer
    It is important to know what a jeweler can and cannot do. A gemologist has expertise in precious and semi-precious stones and can be amazingly helpful when trying to find the right stone for your personal tastes and your budget. A Bench Jeweler can resize and even repair your ring. The more services that are offered, the more likely they are to be invested in the quality of your ring and ensuring your happiness.

Local jewelers are your best tool for finding the perfect engagement rings for your partner. Using these tips can help you feel more at ease when looking at engagement and wedding rings.

Don’t Forget Your Skin Tone When Shopping For Your Wedding Ring

beautiful jewelryWhen shopping for beautiful jewelry, women often look for metals that complement their skin tone. However, when it comes to engagement and wedding rings, the color of the band is often forgotten in lieu of the diamond. This can be a detrimental mistake as skin tone often influences what colors we look best in.

Before you choose your engagement ring or the engagement ring of your partner at your local jeweler, consider the two categories of skin tone — cool and warm — and how the metal in different types of wedding rings and engagement rings might complement them.

Cool Skin Tones
A person has a cool skin tone if their veins appear blue through the surface of the skin. People with cool skin tones tend to look particularly beautiful in rose gold, white gold, and silver. Rose gold, in particular, is a popular choice for people with cooler tones. However, keep in mind is that rose gold is a contemporary color choice in terms of engagement rings and wedding bands. Therefore, you should think about the long term and whether or not you’ll still love the color choice of your ring years in the future.

Warm Skin Tones
On the opposite side of the spectrum are warm skin tones, which is when a person’s veins appear green beneath the surface of the skin. Of those American brides who received engagement rings, 75% of those rings were made from gold and diamonds. Those with warm skin tones look incredible in beautiful jewelry made from yellow gold. However, rose gold isn’t an exclusive color for those of cool skin tones. Those with dark skin bring out the feminine quality of rose gold and the color looks wonderful when placed in contrast either with pale or dark skin.

Beautiful jewelry made of different metals can complement people of different skin tones. However, when it comes to an engagement or wedding ring, the choice is ultimately yours. If a particular metal feels good to you and you love a specific ring, then listen to your heart. After all, your ring is a symbol and it should be a symbol you love.

Consider a Claddagh Ring For Your Engagement

fine jewelryWhether you’re Irish or not, the Claddagh ring is considered a beautiful piece of fine jewelry whose symbolism has been enjoyed by a myriad of women (and men!) for over 400 years. Characterized by a pair of hands clasping a heart with a crown placed above, the Claddagh ring is designed to represent love (heart), loyalty (crown), and friendship (hands).

For those of Irish heritage, the Claddagh ring is fine jewelry worn to elegantly represent the wearer’s romantic relationship status without the use of Facebook. On which hand one wears the ring is of utmost importance.

The right hand
Wearing the Claddagh ring on the right hand typically means the wearer is not engaged or married. To wear the Claddagh ring on the right ring finger with the heart faced away from the wearer indicates that the wearer of the ring is looking for love. However, to wear the ring with the heart faced toward the wearer indicates that he or she is in a relationship and is not available.

The left hand
To wear the Claddagh ring on the left hand, traditionally on the ring finger, with the heart facing outward means the wearer is engaged. During the wedding ceremony, the ring is then turned by the bride and/or groom to have the heart face the wearer as a physical representation of their marriage.

Choosing a Claddagh ring
Claddagh rings come in a variety of styles at a variety of prices. Although typically made of a simple silver or gold band, for the one-third of people buying diamond jewelry who are willing to spend over $1,000 on their loved ones and for those who are looking to purchase Claddagh rings as engagement rings or bridal jewelry, diamonds can be integrated into the design by a custom jeweler.

Claddagh rings as wedding jewelry
For the Irish, Claddagh rings are a traditional piece of fine jewelry. However, they can be worn by anyone, especially on their special day. While originating in Galway 400 years ago in a village by the same name, Claddagh rings aren’t restricted to the Irish. If you like the symbolism of the ring and would love to use it in your wedding ceremony, you should absolutely consider it!

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.