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!

Is It True That Millennials Don’t Like Diamonds?

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Millennials are the largest generation since the baby boomers, and are effectively changing the jewelry industry. The most common trend among millennials is that they are simply not buying diamonds — the precious stone that humans have obsessed over for thousands of years. Because of this, it’s a common belief that millennials simply don’t like diamonds.

But is this really true? Unlikely.

There are a number of reasons that millennials aren’t as highly represented at major jewelry store counters.

  1. First, millennials are getting engaged later in life, if at all. Marriage simply isn’t a huge priority for the millennial generation. Many delay marriage well into adulthood, leading to fewer engagement rings being purchased at this point in time.
  2. Many young people still have relatively low incomes, too. As many of these young adults are either in college, pursuing post-graduate degrees, or have recently graduated, they haven’t had much time to build up their bank accounts. With the rising costs of living, many people — not just millennials — have limited their jewelry purchases and cut their diamond purchases in lieu of more economical pieces.
  3. Millennials also prefer responsibly sourced jewelry. Diamond sourcing has been a problem in the past, but millennials have brought attention to the unethical practices of diamond mining in some parts of the world. Some diamonds are sourced from countries struck by war or poverty.Millennials are very aware of where their goods come from and feel much more positively about lab-created diamonds. Among all genders, 80% of millennials feel either happy or neutral toward the concept of lab-grown diamonds. Far lass older people feel that responsibly sourced jewelry is important, which explains the generational divide in consumer behavior.
  4. However, millennials are finding more unique pieces more to their liking. Many twenty-somethings do want diamond jewelry, especially for bridal jewelry. But rather than going to big-name jewelry stores, millennials are gravitating to local jewelers or custom jewelry services to find one-of-a-kind rings, necklaces, bracelets, and more.When it comes to fine jewelry, diamonds aren’t always a requirement for millennials. Their jewelry purchases tend to be more eclectic.

Looking for the best custom jewelry Indianapolis has ever seen? We can source our jewels based on the wants and needs of the customer to create special, custom jewelry. Whether you’re looking for diamonds or something totally different, McGee & Co. has something in store for you.

Birthstone Spotlight – October

October’s birthstone is OPAL!

yellow gold opal ringThe opal has long been a sought-after gemstone, with the earliest known opal artifacts dating back to about 4000 B.C. Some of the first beliefs surrounding this unique stone include its capability to amplify feelings, promote spontaneity, and enhance psychic abilities. Opals are also known as symbols of hope and purity.opal earrings set in yellow gold

Most opals come from Australia, with Lightning Ridge being one of the most famous mines. Opals are described by their background color (bodycolor) and how their play-of-color displays against it. The five types are: White or Light Opal, Black Opal, Fire Opal, Boulder Opal, and Crystal or Water Opal. Fire Opals have a warm bodycolor and don’t often show play-of-color. Boulder Opals have dark bodycolor and parts of the surrounding rock are incorporated into the finished gem.

One of the more delicate gemstones, opals need protection from scratches, household chemicals, and temperature changes. Clean your opals with warm soapy water to help keep their brilliance. Avoid ultrasonic and steam cleaners. 

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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.

Birthstone Spotlight – September

September’s birthstone is SAPPHIRE!

White gold sapphire and diamond pendantHistory & 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!

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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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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

Celebrating our 28th Anniversary!

On 8/8/88, Bob and the crew opened the doors to McGee & Company Fine Jewelers. They had one goal, live up to the motto (now trademarked) “Built on Service, Dedicated to Quality.” Twenty-eight years later, and we’re still striving to accomplish that mission daily.

We are proud and delighted to have been a part of the Greenwood and Johnson County community since then and we are honored that you have let us play such a big part in all your special moments.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the past 28 years and here’s to another 28 (and then some)!

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Birthstone Spotlight – August

 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!

 

Happy Birthday, August Babies!

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