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How to Make the Right Decision When it is Time to Buy Fine Jewelry

Purchasing fine jewelry is a big moment in your life. The right piece can make all the difference in expressing your care and affection for that special person in your life. But even if you acknowledge the importance of finding the right jewelry store, you may have trouble when it comes time to get started on your search. The good news is that with a few tips, you’ll be one step closer to finding the right fine jewelry.

It is helpful to understand some of the basics preferences of jewelry before you commit to making a final purchase. For example, knowing some entry-level statistics can help you become a far more informed consumer when it comes time to look at fine jewelry for you or that special person in your life. When it comes to lab-created diamonds and other forms of fine jewelry, millennials are far more positive about lab-created diamonds than older generations. In fact, wholly 80% of millennials feel either happy or neutral towards the idea of lab-grown diamonds. Keeping age groups in mind will help you to determine the time of jewelry purchase is most likely to deliver style and satisfaction.

When you are looking for jewelry stores, you should always keep a few basic factors at the top of your mind. First and foremost, it is crucial to ensure that the jewelry shop you choose has all the necessary indicators of legitimacy. This means checking to see that they have the qualifications, certifications, and experience to deliver a top-notch experience again and again. If they do not, then that is usually a good sign that it is time to move on to finding someone else to purchase your fine jewelry from, as there is no shortage of options available to you on today’s market.

It may be helpful to ask around for a recommendation from a trusted friend, family member, or relative before you go searching for the right fine jewelry stores. If a shop has a list of strong positive testimonials from past customers, that is usually a good sign that they deliver a quality product, and furthermore, shows that they value customer service. If you have any friction in a jewelry store interaction, then that is not a good indicator of quality. The sales process should be clear, easy, and transparent. Trying to cut corners by choosing the first local jewelers you come across only leads to unnecessary stress, headaches, and frustrations. It is well worth your time to search around for the right supplier.

If you are looking for personalized jewelry, wedding rings, or other fine jewelry but you are just not sure how to get started or who you can trust, then do not hesitate to get in touch with us today. With years of experience and industry-specific knowledge, our team of specialists would love to help you find the right fine jewelry to create an experience that you and your loved one will not soon forget. No matter how small or large your needs may be, we have you covered.

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What To Consider When Getting Personalized Wedding Rings

A diamond is a go-to jewel where engagement is a concern, but where wedding rings matter, customized jewelry always tops the list. Around 38 million Americans will buy fine jewelry and watches every year with 52% of brides admitting they would not mind a colored stone for their engagement like Halle Berry and Jessica Simpson. If ‘unique’ is your middle name, find the modalities surrounding choosing personalized wedding rings for you and your bride.

A wedding band is likely to be customized using engraving, which is what we are going to discuss, but there is so much more you can do with engraving to make the bands personalized wedding rings that you and your bride will treasure forever.

Choose a Font That Defines You

Fonts are a great way of creating your personalized wedding rings. There are dozens of fonts to choose from. To give you a good idea of what can work best, look at a word document and go through the fonts. Search through and see which one looks like something you would want to represent you and your soon-to-be wife.

Some stores also offer custom fonts. If you like using your creativity, you can choose one of the fonts available in the store or if they allow it, bring your own font. The idea here is to get something that perfectly shows your love for each other, so whichever font you choose will be perfect.

Wedding Band Size

The size of your ring will play a role in how you want to have it customized. If you are thinking of engraving the inside of the ring only, then you can go with the standard ring size and things will work out fine. Rings that need to be engraved on the outside will, however, require you to have a bigger ring in terms of size to give your local jewelers store enough room for customization. A larger ring is also unique in its own way, which adds character to the bands you choose and makes them truly yours.

Shop By Metal

Several metals are perfect for wedding bands. Before you choose one, make sure that your partner is not allergic to the metal. If they are not allergic to any, you are in luck. The most common metals used for wedding bands are platinum, white gold, rose gold, yellow gold, and palladium. Any of these will be great as long as you and your partner agree on it.

Stone or No Stone?

You might want to do something special for your bride’s wedding ring on top of having it engraved with a sentimental message. You can choose a ring engraved with diamonds in a unique pattern that you know she will love and treasure. You can do anything from having the diamonds set up straight, intertwined with a plain band, shaped into flowers, or a heart shaped ring. Your local bridal and wedding jewelry stores will show you the designs they have available for you to choose from. If you want to go with something more traditional, you can select the plain bands which will match yours. Adding a sentimental message will make it unique to you and your partner while keeping things simple and sophisticated.

Color Connotation

Having diamonds on your bride’s ring is a great idea, but if you want to add a little extra edge, consider using a different stone. Choose something that will be significant to your bride or to you to add some personal meaning to the ring that only you and your bride know of. For instance, you can choose their birthstones such as aquamarine, sapphire, and amethyst. A gemstone that evokes a special place for the two of you is also a great idea.

Personalized wedding rings are an excellent way to make your bands hold sentimental value. You will both treasure them since they signify something you both love and will want to remember forever.

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A Quick Guide to Choosing Bridal Jewelry

Wedding jewelry is an integral part of any bride’s completed look, which means significant attention must be kept when choosing such items. That’s why we’re here to go over some of the strategies you can incorporate to choose outstanding bridal jewelry.

Don’t Overdo It

The first and most important thing to remember when choosing bridal jewelry is that sometimes less is more. You don’t have to accessorize every part of your body. It’s easy to gravitate towards flashy jewelry — and there’s nothing stopping you from admiring it! But when it comes to your bridal look, make sure you’re choosing pieces that enhance your natural beauty.

Match Metals to Your Other Accessories

Every time you are choosing wedding jewelry, consider it as one part of the entire bridal outfit. This means that it should be consistent with other accessories you will be wearing. If your wedding shoes have silver accents, jewelry made of silver will likely look more cohesive.

Color of Gems

The color of the gems in the jewelry that you will choose is very important, and it could depict the theme of your entire wedding. Think about your engagement ring and what could complement that. If your future husband has an engagement ring as well — studies show that 29% of men would wear an engagement ring — consider working together to find gems that form a cohesive look between the both of you.

Customization

You don’t have to go for one-size-fits-all wedding rings and other jewelry. Custom wedding rings are the best in the industry as they do not only meet the standards of having jewelry during your wedding, but they meet your tastes and preferences. Custom wedding jewelry stands out in the crowd and makes you look unique. As long as you’re keeping your vision in mind, your custom jewelry will turn out beautifully.

Consider Your Personality

When you’re choosing bridal jewelry, remember that not even a wedding should make you act differently than you normally do. Let your personality shine through, and select wedding jewelry that reflects it. This is your day, and your accessories should enhance you and all of your wonderful traits.

Choosing bridal jewelry should be a fun experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. If you’re planning for your big day, make sure you consider some of these tips on your hunt for the perfect wedding accessories.

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Planning Your Wedding? Check Out These Top 5 Wedding Trends Of 2018

top bridal stylesWhether you’re planning a wedding for the end of this year or you’re looking ahead for next year, it’s always fun to take a look at some of the latest wedding trends and top bridal styles. So far in 2018, many weddings have taken on contemporary details while others have stayed with the tried and true timeless pieces.

To help inspire you for your own wedding ceremony and celebration, here are some of the top 2018 wedding trends thus far this year.

  1. Potted plants as aisle decor. The bohemian style has been especially trendy in recent years and this shows with the recent trend of potted plants as aisle decor. Not only do potted plants give your wedding an extra splash of green but they can also be reused later as wedding gifts or even in your own home.
  2. Mason jars. You’ll see some wedding planners talk about how mason jars are overused. But when it comes down to it, mason jars are still one of the most popular wedding trends. And it makes sense why. Not only are they inexpensive but they also have a rustic charm to them that works with every wedding theme.
  3. Dramatic details. Love the idea of embroidered details in your dress? You’re not the only one. Many brides this year have taken to including dramatic details in their wedding to make their ceremony as customized as possible. For instance, some brides may have the same wedding dress as you, but not every bride will have the same details you choose to include in it.
  4. Moody flowers. Flowers are one of the most important parts of a wedding. And until recently, many bridal bouquets have often been the same: pretty roses and bright colors. But this year brides are going all out with their bouquets. Moody colors like dark purple, orange, and white anemones have been especially popular with their bold looks.
  5. Custom bridal jewelry. Custom bridal jewelry is one of those trends that hasn’t gone out of style. Approximately 38 million Americans will buy fine jewelry or watches every year. There’s nothing quite like wearing bridal jewelry that’s so uniquely yours. There’s nothing that says ‘this is your special day’ more than wearing personalized bridal jewelry.

McGee Jewelers offers some of the top bridal styles for custom wedding rings, engagement rings, and fashion jewelry. To learn more about our custom jewelry and other bridal jewelry, contact McGee Jewelers today.

September Birthstone Spotlight

September’s birthstone is SAPPHIRE!

white gold ring with sapphire center and diamond side stonesHistory & Folklore

Derived from the Latin word for blue, “sapphires” were believed to be the guardians of love. Ancient Persians believed the Earth rested on an enormous blue sapphire, and its reflection caused the blueness of the sky.

Traditionally, sapphires have been worn as amulets to protect against disease and to grant peace and happiness. A gift of sapphire represents loyalty and love. With all this symbolism, it’s no wonder that the British Crown Jewels are full of large blue sapphires!

Facts about Sapphireswhite gold hoop earrings with oval sapphires and diamond side stones

Fine sapphires were originally mined in India, specifically in the Himalayas. Newer sources of sapphires include Thailand, Australia, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Myanmar, and Kenya.

The most valuable sapphires possess an intense, light violet-blue color. However, beautiful sapphires can come in a range of colors, such as pink, yellow, green, and purple. The pinkish-orange sapphire even has its own name – Padparadscha, which is Sinhalese for “Lotus Flower”.

With a hardness rating of 9, sapphires do well in all types of jewelry settings and have even become quite popular as a center stone for engagement rings. You can safely clean your sapphire jewelry in warm, soapy water or bring your pieces in for professional cleaning and inspection. We’ll get you bright and shiny in no time!

Happy Birthday, September Babies

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January Birthstone Spotlight

January’s birthstone is GARNET.

Although the history of garnet as jewelry can be traced from the Egyptians to ancient Greek and Roman empires, the origin of the word itself is up for debate. One theory claims a derivative from the Latin word “granatus”, in reference to pomegranate seeds. Another notion of the word’s origin comes from the middle English word “gernet” which means dark red.

Because garnets have such a rich history, they also have a rich lore. Traditionally seen as a healing stone, garnets are said to help with the circulatory system, fevers, and general good health. Another interesting tidbit – Noah supposedly made a garnet lantern for the front of the ark to guide him during his voyage.

Most people are familiar with the beautiful deep reds associated with garnets. However, garnet is actually a name that encompasses a six minerals with a common crystal structure, but different chemical compositions. Just a few: Spessartite is a reddish orange – yellow orange, Rhodolite is a light to dark purplish red, Tsavorite is a light to dark green.

Clean your garnet jewelry in warm, soapy water. Ultrasonic cleaners are usually safe. Never use in a steamer.

Happy Birthday, January Babies!