How to Customize Jewelry at a Jewelers Shop For Your Partner

custom jewelry designWhether you’re taking that big step and buying that engagement ring or simply just want
to get something special for someone, you want to make sure a piece of jewelry is unique, beautiful and speaks your feelings. Before you make that big jewelry purchase, see about getting it customized.

Here are some things you can choose in some custom jewelry designs to give to your special someone.

Style
Usually the first thing that draws the attention of people, the style remains an essential part to choosing any piece of fine jewelry. It’s important to take into consideration the type of life your special person leads before choosing a particular style. If they work with their hands a lot, a thick band with a particularly big jewel might be a bad choice for an engagement ring. Or if they have a rather minimalist style to their wardrobe, they might not fancy a huge, fancy necklace with a long chain.

Take notice of the types of jewelry they normally wear, and you can usually find a style and setting for a new piece that compliments it well.

Stone
Especially if you’re talking about engagement rings, the stone is an important process in the custom jewelry design process. A stone in an engagement ring does not always have to be a clear diamond. In fact, around 52% of brides said they wouldn’t mind having a colored stone for their engagement ring.

Adding a colored gemstone instead of a clear diamond is the perfect way to make your ring more unique and allow it to really speak. If you’re totally stuck on which color could work best, speak to a custom jewelry designer and they’ll be able to help give you some ideas.

Metal
One of the custom jewelry design choices that often gets overlooked is the metal. Whether it is the band of a ring or the chain of a necklace or bracelet, the metal can really make way for some interesting and special pieces. Gold is still a staple of high-end jewelry, but white gold and platinum are becoming good contenders.

Again, this mostly is left up to what your special someone prefers. Take notice of what kind of metal they are usually wearing. Is it more steel and silver colored or more gold? Figuring this out will make the metal choices much easier.

Choosing a unique piece of jewelry can be a bit nerve-wracking a time. There’s a lot that going into finding a nice ring or bracelet. But if you know your partner well enough, soon everything will start to fall into place.

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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

March Birthstone Spotlight

March’s birthstone is Aquamarine!

Aquamarine and Diamond pendantAs a member of the Beryl family of gemstones, Aquamarine is a color variety like Emerald and Morganite. Its name is Latin for seawater and Aquamarine quickly became a talisman for sailors, who would throw the gems into the sea as payments to Poseidon for safe journeys. Legendarily, Poseidon would gift Aquamarines to mermaids. Folklore has also long associated Aquamarine with healing and sustaining youthful love. This gem makes a perfect gift for married couples and it is the traditional anniversary gift for the 19th year.

Aquamarine gemstones typically undergo a permanent heat treatment to improve color. The rich deep blue color is the most valuable.

Use warm, soapy water to clean your Aquamarine jewelry. Ultrasonic and steam cleaners are usually safe if no inclusions or feathers are present in the stone.

Aquamarine and Diamond ring

Aquamarine and Diamond earrings

Happy Birthday, March Babies!

 

February Birthstone Spotlight

February’s Birthstone is Amethyst!

 

Amethyst and Diamond Pendant

Amethyst, the purple variety of quartz, has a full history and folklore. Scholars believe the name comes from the Greek word amethustos, which means “not drunken.” According to Greek mythology, amethyst was the rock crystal of the dyed tears of Dionysus, the god of wine and mischief. Bacchus is his Roman counterpart. Both Greeks and Romans wore amethyst to prevent intoxication, going as far as to make cups out of it to help keep them sober.

With its rich purple color, it is unsurprising that amethysts have long been linked to royalty and crown jewels. The Bible mentions amethysts several times and in the past, Christian bishops often wore amethyst rings. Leonardo Da Vinci was another amethyst enthusiast; he believed the gem could make evil thoughts disappear and increase intelligence.

Amethyst and Diamond RingMajor sources of amethyst include Brazil, Uruguay, and Zambia. Their colors can range from pale lilac (sometimes referred as “Rose De France”) to deep purples. Today, most amethysts undergo a permanent heat treating process to enhance the color.

Amethyst has a hardness rating of 7, which means it is suitable for all types of mountings, even rings and bracelets. Clean your amethyst jewelry with warm soapy water. Ultrasonic cleaners are usually safe, but steamers are risky.

Happy Birthday, February Babies!

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There’s More Than One Finger To Wear an Engagement Ring…

bridal jewelryWhile the left-hand ring finger is considered off-limits for any jewelry until somebody pops the question, this long-held notion may be coming to an end. According to a report from Brides.com, more brides are opting for an alternative way to wear their engagement rings, leaving prime real estate on the left hand, ready for any jewelry a woman chooses.

The reason why brides typically wear their engagement ring and wedding band on the left-hand ring finger is because, in Roman times, people believed that a vein, known as the vena amoris, ran directly from your left ring finger to your heart. However, even long after that myth was disproved, tradition still stands, and many will flaunt their wedding jewelry on their left hand.

The idea of an engagement ring didn’t even occur until 1477, when Maximillian of Austria proposed to Mary of Burgundy with a ring as a token of love and a promise of marriage. Before that, rings were not worn to symbolize marriage.

These days, there is no right or wrong way to wear bridal jewelry, and many choose to mix it up to fit their unique tastes.

While traditionally the engagement ring is worn atop of the wedding band, stacked, some brides choose to add even more dazzle to their fingers. They may choose to wear two wedding bands on either side of the ring for a more symmetrical touch. Some even have custom jewelry made to have the ring look even bigger. Whether you want a subtle, elegant band and stone or something flashy with a “wow” factor, it can certainly be done.

Other brides have decided to wear their rings on separate hands for balance, presumably. You can wear either ring on either hand and perhaps even add anniversary bands later to create a meaningful stack.

One of the biggest problems for left-handed brides is that their engagement and wedding rings may get in the way when they write. But in fact, in some Orthodox communities, it is customary to wear your bridal jewelry on your right hand. Conveniently, this leaves your dominant hand free for other tasks.

Some brides who work with their hands very often don’t like wearing a ring at all. While they may don it on special outings, some choose to wear their ring as a pendant from a matching chain to keep the hands free.

None of these ways are wrong. It is totally the decision of the bride. So if you have a unique idea for your bridal jewelry, consider visiting McGee Jewelers for a custom jewelry design that you’ll treasure forever.

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!

 

 

Why to Shop Locally for Your Fine Jewelry

local jewelersWhen looking for that perfect piece of jewelry, many people believe that they can find a great bargain online. While this is technically possible, more often than not these people end up disappointed. Online shopping is convenient, and you can sometimes find great discounted prices, but you also have to consider the downside. Certain items, like shoes, cars, and jewelry, really need to be seen in person before handing over your credit card.

Nearly 38 million Americans purchase fine jewelry every year, and of course some will turn to the Internet to do so. But by foregoing trips to your local jewelers, you’re missing out on the following things:

The Feel
When you visit local jewelers, you get a taste of authenticity. You also get the chance to examine a piece closely. If you’re looking at engagement rings or other bridal jewelry, this is especially important. You need the piece to be absolutely perfect.
The only way to truly appreciate a piece of fine jewelry is by looking at it in natural light. An internet photo just won’t do it justice.

Quality
When you’re looking at jewelry online, you can’t guarantee that you’ll receive exactly what you see in the photograph. Virtually all commercial photography goes through an extensive Photoshop-powered enhancement to make the product look better. In the worst case scenario, an internet jewelry dealer will send you a piece that is almost totally unrecognizable.

If you don’t see the piece in person, how can you determine the exact quality of the gemstones? How can you know exactly what color gem you will be getting, or exactly how it glitters in the light? When you go to a local or custom jeweler, you can examine the quality of the workmanship that went into the jewelry firsthand.

Custom Designs
At local shops like McGee and Co. Fine Jewelers, you’ll be able to explain the design you want in exact detail. That means you can craft one-of-a-kind custom jewelry designs.

Say that you want something elaborate or meaningful, but are unsure where to turn. While an online site may give you plenty of options to choose from when it comes to your “custom” piece, they cannot give you the same level of service that local jewelers can. You can also consult with your jeweler and check up on the progress.

For instance, our experienced jewelers know what your options are and will make sure that you are absolutely satisfied before the piece is made. We first opened our doors in 1988, and we have lots of experience in helping customers realize exactly what they want.

We can give you options that you may not have thought of, helping you create a piece of custom jewelry that can be cherished for years to come.

If you want an exceptional piece of custom jewelry that you can’t find anywhere else, a local store should always be your first choice.

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December Birthstone Spotlight

December’s Birthstone is Tanzanite (or Turquoise, or Blue Zircon, or Blue Topaz).

Tanzanite & Diamond RingOne of the world’s newest gemstones, Tanzanite was only discovered in 1967. The first Tanzanite crystals were originally Tanzanite & Diamond Earringsmistaken for sapphires and mines sprung up to capitalize on the new-found source. In spite of the mistaken identity, Tanzanite quickly became popular in its own right.

Because Tanzanite is commercially mined in only one location, the Merelani Hills of Tanzania, they are actually rarer than diamonds. Tanzanite is pleochroic, or shows one of three different colors depending on the direction from which the stone is viewed. Rough Tanzanite is usually brown and then the crystals are heat treated to bring out the rich blues and violets.
Clean your Tanzanite jewelry in warm soapy water. Avoid chemicals, hard blows, and ultrasonic or steam cleaners.

 

Happy Birthday December Babies!

Tanzanite & Diamond Pendant

 

Birthstone Spotlight – November

November’s Birthstone is CITRINE!

Found primarily in Brazil, Citrine, a variety of quartz, comes from around the world. Its name is derived from the French word for lemon. With a color range from pale yellow to reddish-brown, this sunny gemstone promotes happiness and cheer and blocks negative energy. Also believed to enhance creativity, Citrine was very popular during the Art Deco period between WWI and WWII. Be sure to protect your Citrine from scratches and prolonged exposure to heat.

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Happy Birthday, November Babies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!