Mother’s Ring: A Forever Keepsake For Mom

Every mother can agree that her family is one of her greatest sources of joy! There are many ways to celebrate a mother and her dedication to her family, including the gift of a personalized mother’s ring. Mom rings are the perfect gift for birthdays, Christmas, anniversary, and of course Mother’s Day. If you are searching for a special gift for your mom, for the loving mother of your children—or even for grandma, personalized jewelry is always an excellent option.

What Is A Mother’s Ring?

Mother’s rings have evolved a bit over the generations, and at present day are a ring that most often features the birthstones of all the children in the family—and both parents if you wish. If purchased as a keepsake for grandma, the ring could feature the birthstones of all of the kids, and all of the grandkids—or only one of the two.

These rings are unique because the variety of birthstones ensures that mom’s ring is unique, and also quite colorful. If more than one of the kids has the same birthstone, you can opt to have two rings of the same stone—or just one ring to represent both children.

The Classic Mom Ring

The classic mom ring features all birthstones in a straight row, sometimes separated by diamonds—or intricate band designs. Most feature round gemstones, but heart shape and square cut gemstones are popular alternatives. While this classic design is fairly simple, it is easily identified as a keepsake ring designed especially for moms. However, contemporary designs may be a better fit for mom.

Contemporary Mom Rings

While the classic design is beautiful, it may not be the best match for mom’s sense of style—but not to worry. As with all of our jewelry, these keepsake rings can be personalized to complement mom. While all birthstones will still be present, we can design the band and layout of the rings in a stylized manner. From cutout bands, innovative design, and an endless options of settings—we can easily design a ring that mom will love.

Don’t Forget The Band

While the gemstones, size, and cut are sure to be top of mind, you must not forget the band. In fact, the band plays an important role in the overall design. From smooth, to textured, decorative, cutout, and more!

You must also choose from gold, white gold, or platinum to best suit mom’s style. In most cases, mom will prefer the same precious metal for all of her jewelry.

What If The Family Is Still Growing?

If you would like to buy a ring for mom or grandma, but your family is still growing, you still have plenty of options. One of the most common options are stackable bands. These bands could feature one stone per band, that when placed together creates a unique design—or you have limitless options in decorative bands that feature multiple gemstones. If the family grows unexpectedly, you can have the stones arranged in a new setting.

A Family Affair—Including More Than Just The Kids

It is not uncommon to make a moms ring a family affair, by adding mom’s birthstone, both parents, grandparents, and blended families. This option is also excellent for small families, and moms that only have one child. There are many ways to approach this method of personalization, and no way is right or wrong. A few options to consider include:

• Making mom’s birthstone larger than the kids
• Adding both parent’s birthstones, also larger than the kids
• Having the size of each gemstone correspond with the age of each family member
• Placing mom’s stone in the center, with the kid’s stones surrounding mom
• Creating a tier for grandma, parents, and grandkids
• Selecting a variety of cuts for a truly unique ring—round, pear, oval, square, heart, and more!

These are just a few options, but the options truly are endless.

Think Outside The Box—Rings Aren’t Your Only Option

If your family is large or mom doesn’t wear a lot of rings—or a colorful ring just isn’t her style. Not to worry, because we still have plenty of options. Necklaces are also an excellent way to celebrate mom or grandma, and the design options are far more flexible. Not only can the designs be larger, but you can even choose individual charms for each birthstone. Speaking of charms, bracelets are another great alternative to rings.

Which Ring Will Mom Like?

With the sentimental value of personalized mothers’ rings, you really can’t go wrong—that being said, you want to design a ring that suits her personal style. While you want the ring to be a surprise, search for the opportunity to get some input. Browse through our website together to see the types of rings she likes, or ask her best friend or close family member to find a casual and creative way to determine her preference in design and style.

The Perfect Time To Give The Gift Of Personalized Jewelry

Mother’s rings are a popular gift for Mother’s Day, holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions—however every day is the perfect day to celebrate the ones you love. These personalized rings are available for purchase all year-round, and any time you want to do something extra special for your wife or mom. We have rings at all price points, making it a gift that kids can save up to purchase for mom as a family.

While mom and grandma are sure to love their personalized mother’s rings, these rings often become a cherished family heirloom. These unique keepsake rings are also a popular talking point that provides moms with a daily reminder of her loving family and the many heartfelt stories she has to share.

Looking for the Perfect Ring? Shop Verragio

Here at Kranich’s Jewelers, we are committed to providing couples with both classic and unique engagement rings. By seeking out the most innovative jewelry lines by some of the most well-respected jewelry designers in the industry, our team is able to find engagement rings as timeless and as special as the love you share with your partner.

While some designers offer multiple jewelry selections, others specialize solely in wedding and engagement rings – such as our line of rings by the revered Barry Verragio. We are proud to offer this globally celebrated line in our store, and are excited about the endless options for personalizing each ring to perfection in your eyes.

Barry Verragio

Barry Verragio is an expert in his field, and one of the most innovative fine jewelry designers in the world. He began his career as a jeweler, whose passion for the artistry of jewelry led him to the esteemed Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. It was there that he fell in love with the elegance of ring design. Now, with over 25 years of designing some of the most unique wedding and engagement rings in the world, you can rest assured that a Verragio ring is a ring she will love.

Inspired By the Beauty of Women

Each and every ring in his ever-evolving collection is inspired by the undeniable and often effortless beauty of women. Everything from his unique shapes, layered approach, innovative design elements – to his multiple options for personalizing each ring for the bride to be – is designed to be elegant, classic, sophisticated and beautiful. He never designs a ring for the sake of designing a ring, and goes back to the drawing board if a design is not as unique as the bridge he envisions; the beautiful woman whose finger it will be gracing.

A Layered Approach to Engagement Ring Design

A Verragio ring is designed with multiple layers. While the layers of each ring, or each of his current collection of rings, is unique, each layer can be personalized so that the bride can truly experience the brand’s motto to “make it yours.” The current five collections are the Parisian, Venetian, Insignia, Classic and Couture. Each layer of the ring can be personalized to allow the bride to express her personal sense of style.

While most rings are designed with only one precious metal, Verragio engagement rings are unique because each layer can be made with a combination of White Gold, Rose Gold, Yellow Gold or Platinum. In other words, the design of the band is highlighted by contrasting metals. The combination of metals allows you to create a ring with endless possibilities, and that doesn’t even include the options in diamonds and gemstones.

No need to worry about what the custom design will look like, as your jeweler has the ability to allow you to see how each layer varies with varying combinations of precious metals. Keep mixing and matching until it is just right. The most common layers of a Verragio ring include:
• Halo
• Tiara
• Lace
• Beading
• Shank

Not every ring has each of these layers – and don’t worry about understanding what each layer means. Your trusted Kranich’s jeweler will walk you through all of the distinct differences that make your engagement ring special.

The Engagement Ring Band is an Essential Part of the Design

Verragio engagement ring bands differ from most. While most designers offer an intricate setting with a plain band, Verragio dazzles with both the band and the setting. Not only is every wedding ring and engagement band designed in multiple precious metals, but each band is designed to be stunning from every angle. While most bands are fairly simple, a Verragio band is a full-circle design. It looks beautiful from the top, either side and even from the bottom of the ring when your hand is facing up.

Since the gemstones and intricate 360-degree design encompasses the entire band, the rings can be resized up to 1 ½ sizes with Verragio’s patented sizing system – without ever being cut.

We Must Not Forget the Diamond

What would a wedding or engagement ring be without a stunning diamond? As if the endless options in the wedding band aren’t enough, you still need to consider the diamond. Each Verragio ring features a focal gemstone in one of the classic cuts – round, square, oval, princess or pear. While the setting is predetermined, you can, of course, choose from varying quality and colors of diamonds. Study up on the 4 C’s before you begin shopping, so that you can truly understand the differences in Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat Weight.

Should You Bring Your Bride-to-Be Ring Shopping?

Verragio rings are for unique brides, or fiancés who desire something unique for their bride-to-be. While a more standard design has enough options to choose from, the endless options in Verragio rings can make shopping feel a bit overwhelming. Since each ring is a custom design, and therefore does not qualify for a standard refund or exchange, it might be best to ensure your bride has a bit of input – but the choice is of course always up to you. You could even bring her browsing one day to simply gauge a few of her likes and dislikes.

Your wedding ring is a symbol of your lasting love, so selecting the perfect ring is a must. Rings are also a significant investment, so you want to invest time and attention in designing a ring that your bride will cherish for years to come. We know there are a lot of important decisions to make when shopping for the perfect ring, which is why Kranich’s Jewelers is committed to making the process as fun, exciting and easy as possible.

The Things Nobody Tells You About Engagement Ring Shopping

While your love cannot be defined by a material object, engagement rings and wedding rings sets symbolize your commitment and eternal love. Shopping for the perfect ring requires much thought and consideration, and often takes more than one trip to the jewelry store. To speed up the process, and reduce your level of stress – turn to the tips below.

Determine Your Budget

An excellent place to start is by determining your budget. Your wedding ring is an investment, in both finances and your partnership. Engagement rings are available for all budgets, but the average ring costs 2 to 3 months’ salary. Financing is available in most jewelry stores, but you may want to save up – or set aside your next bonus check to ensure you have a nice down payment.

Determine Her Ring Size

Determining her ring size is a bit trickier than you might think. Pay attention to the rings she wears on a daily basis, and to which one she wears on her left hand ring finger. Try to sneak one of her rings away for a few hours while you head to jewelry store to determine sizing.

Ask for Help Determining Her Style

While you are sneaking a peak in her jewelry box, snap a few pics so that you can get a better idea of her style – but remember that diamond engagement rings are often more formal than everyday rings. Your best bet is to reach out to a friend or family member who knows how to keep your impending proposal a secret. If you are lucky, she has already discussed her ring dreams with one of her friends.

Learn the Basics of Diamond Shopping

Expect to be overwhelmed by your options, but ease your stress by learning a few basics before you head to the jewelry store. For starters, learn a bit more about the 4 C’s:
• Cut – what shape diamond does she want, and how many diamonds total?
• Color – white diamonds aren’t the only option, in fact diamonds come in every color of the rainbow
• Carat Weight – carat weight is directly related to the size of the primary diamond, if you have multiple diamonds you will have an overall carat weight and an individual carat weight
• Clarity – clarity refers to how “perfect” the gemstone is under magnification. Even if the inclusions aren’t visible, she may prefer a rare beauty.

While this may seem self-explanatory, the varying options in each of the 4 C’s will drastically affect the cost of the ring.

Consider Other Gemstones

While diamonds are available in all colors of the rainbow, a diamond engagement ring is not your only option. Consider rubies, emeralds, and sapphires– either as complementary gems or as the centerpiece. Depending on your bride’s sense of style, you could forgo diamonds altogether.

She Will Need a Wedding Band Too

While the engagement ring is your top priority, you will also have to select a wedding band. Some rings are sold in sets, some can be mixed and matched – and all options can be fully customized. Weigh the pros and cons of a plain wedding band so that you can invest more in the engagement ring, but also consider the stylistic benefits of a complementary design.

Know Your Precious Metals

While the diamond, design and setting is certainly top of mind – don’t forget to consider the precious metal the band and setting is made from. The most popular choices are:
• Gold
• White Gold
• Rose Gold
• Platinum

Don’t Forget You

Many couples opt to have a common theme in their rings, at the very least having the same precious metal. That being said, since many men wear little to no jewelry, there is often a bit of flexibility when it comes to selecting the wedding band you will wear. Also determine how much you want to spend on your wedding ring.

Think Ahead

While your current focus is on getting an initial “yes,” also think ahead a bit to whether or not you plan to give the gift of jewelry for anniversaries. A popular trend is to invest in additional bands to celebrate milestone anniversaries. While you certainly wait to select those upgrades, consider if the current ring is easily complimented.

Select a Trusted Jeweler

There is a reason that Kranich’s Jewelers has been in business since 1903 – it’s because we are a trusted Pennsylvania jeweler. While it might be tempting to go with a less-known or even an online-only jeweler, you want to protect your financial investment by selecting a jeweler who you can trust to be honest about cost, quality, service and ongoing needs.

Take Your Time

Shopping may not be your favorite pastime, but don’t feel obligation or pressure to find the perfect ring on the first try. If you are lucky, a ring will capture your attention and simply feel right from the second you lay eyes on it – but you may need some time to think it over. Make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to get it right before you plan your proposal.

Understand Your Jewelers Return & Exchange Policy

Just in case you don’t get it right, you need to know that you can return or exchange the ring you purchase. At Kranich’s, we want both you and your bride-to-be to be happy, which is why we offer a 30-day return policy on all of our in-stock jewelry – restrictions apply for special and custom orders.

Family owned and trusted since 1903, Kranich’s Jewelers is home to the largest selection of diamonds and fine jewelry in the region. Whether you’re shopping online or in-store at one of four locations, you can expect great value and honest service when you’re shopping our selection of engagement rings. Shop our selection today, and discover why so many of our customers become customers for life after working with Kranich’s Jewelers.

Simon G: The Only Name in Fine Designer Jewelry

Simon G was established in 1981, and has gone on to become one of the most celebrated brands in the nation. What began as one store in California has grown into a globally recognized fine jewelry brand – and here at Kranich’s Jewelers, we couldn’t be more proud to be named an Authorized Dealer of this exquisite brand.

We carry multiple lines of Simon G engagement rings, earrings, pendants and more. If you are searching for a distinct and timeless piece of fine jewelry, you simply can’t go wrong with Simon G.

Simon G’s Early Career

Simon G moved to America with dreams of going to college to become an engineer. His parents had taught him the importance of honest, hard work – and that if he could build something with his hands that he would never go hungry. With only $200 to his name, he could not afford to go to college, so he began to build his savings by working for a relative in the diamond district of New York.

Once he learned how to set diamonds, he was hooked. The money he was saving for college was instead invested in jewelry making materials. He began creating unique designs, selling them door-to-door. When he moved to California, he launched the Simon G brand – which grew to be so popular that jewelry stores around the world wanted to sell his designs in their stores too.

The Simon G Difference

Simon G turned his hobby and passion into his life’s work, and he considers his work to be his legacy. His approach to design each and every item with the same enthusiasm he would have if he were creating it for himself, or for someone he loves. His goal is always to create a timeless selection that will be passed down through the generations. He is considered one of the most creative jewelers in the industry, with an undeniable signature style. His designs are perfect for every milestone in life, or anytime you simply want a striking piece of fine jewelry.

Simon G Engagement Rings

Simon G engagement rings feature only conflict-free, top-quality diamonds with GH or higher color – and SI or higher clarity. He also works with colored diamonds, and a variety of gemstones. He knows that each bridge desires a ring that is unique, but that also reflects her style. His settings and bands are detailed and intricate, and each ring is designed to be breathtaking from all angles. Currently, he features eight separate lines of engagement rings: Passion, Garden, Fabled, Mosaic, Duchess, Delicate, Caviar, and Simon Sets – allowing for an endless number of possibilities for brides-to-be.

Simon G Wedding Rings for Men

While all wedding ring jewelers offer wedding bands for men, few have the creativity that modern men desire in their ring. Many men wear little jewelry, and therefore opt for plain wedding bands. While there is nothing wrong with plain, it is possible to create a stunning men’s ring that is both stylized and masculine. Simon G rings for men have a variety of textures, are available in mixed metals, and if you want, feature diamonds in a creative way. They are rings are modern men are excited to wear, complementing their unique personality.

More than Wedding and Engagement Rings

Simon G specializes in wedding and engagement rings, but also designs earrings, pendants, and bracelets that make the perfect gift for ladies of all ages. He designs jewelry that is perfect for every occasion – anniversaries, birthdays, holidays or just the celebration of everyday life. Just as with his signature rings, Simon G’s fine jewelry is designed to be a wearable work of art. From classic to contemporary, nature-inspired, and intricate mosaic patterns – there is something for everyone.

Mixed Metals

While some designers work primarily with one or two precious metals, or only in polished metals, mixed metals are an essential part of Simon G’s design process. While some of his pieces are made solely from one precious metal, he often mixes and matches platinum, 18-karat yellow gold, white gold and rose gold. The goal is to create striking designs that highlight gemstones and all aspects of the design. From polished gold, to textured, or even wood-grain finish – his innovation is never-ending.

A Custom Design for Every Occasion

If you love the signature style offered by Simon G, but are searching for a custom design, your Kranich’s jeweler will work with you to create a custom engagement ring, pendant, earrings, or more. You can mix and match the features you like from a couple of different rings, mix and match metals, create a colorful design featuring your favorite gemstone, or create something entirely new.

Kranich’s Jewelers – Your Authorized Simon G Jeweler

Kranich’s Jewelers is honored to be an Authorized Simon G dealer. Our commitment to quality, integrity – and stunning fine jewelry is why our family owned and operated jeweler has served Central Pennsylvania since 1903. When you buy a piece of Simon G fine jewelry from Kranich’s, you can rest assured that each piece is authentic, and that all beadwork, filigree and engraving is expertly crafted with the Simon G standard for quality and care.

Simon G is just one of the signature brands we carry, and we have fine jewelry to fit every style and budget. You can shop in-store or online, or simply browse a bit online before you shop in-store. Feel free to call or stop in during business hours to discuss custom designs, or ask questions about the fine jewelry we offer. At Kranich’s, we create customers for life.

Engagement Ring Shopping 101: Simple Solutions to Finding the Perfect Ring for Your Special Someone

Congratulations! You have met that special someone you want to commit to and partner with for the rest of your life.

So now only one obstacle remains between you and your happy ever after – asking for their hand in marriage. While planning the perfect proposal may sound like the most challenging part, engagement ring shopping often comes with at least a few unexpected surprises. Don’t let a few hiccups and inconveniences come between you and your fairy tale ending. Here are some tips that will help you along with engagement ring shopping.

The 4 C’s of Diamonds

Even unique engagement rings have at least four things in common: the 4 C’s. While you have likely heard of at least one or two, it is best to have a basic understanding of what you are looking for in terms of:

  • Cut:

If this is your first time shopping for jewelry, then you may be unaware of the different shapes and proportions. The most common cuts include round, oval, emerald, radiant, princess, pear, brilliant and marquise. While some of these cuts are self-explanatory, they vary greatly in overall proportion.

  • Color:

White diamonds are the top pick in both antique and contemporary diamonds, but a growing number of brides desire a unique color. However, even white diamonds range from clear to yellow. Diamonds come in every color of the rainbow, and selecting a colored gemstone can make even a standard setting standout.

  • Carat Weight:

Carat weight refers to the weight of the diamond, and therefore the size of the diamond. If the ring has multiple diamonds, you will have both a combined carat weight and individual carat weight for the center diamond.

  • Clarity:

While ring shopping, you may find that even rings with the same carat weight can vary greatly in price – which is often directly related to the difference in clarity. Since diamonds are nature-made, they may have flaws or inclusions that are indicated by a rating scale of Included through Flawless. A Flawless diamond will cost significantly more than a diamond with more inclusions. The good news is, that many flaws are seen only under magnifications – so if you can’t afford a rare flawless stone, you still have plenty of stunning options to choose from.

Diamonds Aren’t Your Only Option

Diamonds are the top choice for engagement rings, but they certainly aren’t the only option. Dependent on your bride-to-be’s personal style, you may also want to consider unique engagement rings that include other beautiful gemstones – like sapphires, emerald, or rubies. This could include a ring where the diamond is the feature stone complemented by a gemstone, or vice-versa.

The Gemstone Isn’t Your Only Deciding Factor

Finding the perfect gemstone may be your first order of business, but you have more to consider than the 4 C’s and gemstone. You must also choose the perfect:

  • Setting
  • Design
  • Number of feature stones
  • What precious metal the band is made from
  • Accompanying wedding band

Even if you have a solid understanding of the design you are searching for, the precious metal of the band is also key. Your most common choices include gold, white gold, and platinum. To avoid the need to resize the ring after purchase, try to determine what her ring size is before you go shopping. Keep in mind that each finger, and maybe even each hand has varying ring sizes.

You Might Need Some Help Engagement Ring Shopping

Between contemporary, colored, custom designs, and antique engagement rings – you may need someone who can help you select the perfect ring for your beloved. Although you may know your loved one better than anyone else, you may not be certain of her style in jewelry. Even if you are familiar with her general style and fashion sense, engagement rings are worn for a lifetime and often passed down through generations. In other words, your soon-to-be-betrothed may prefer a timeless classic.

Don’t hesitate to ask a trusted friend or family member who may already be aware of her preference in engagement rings for help. To ensure that the perfect ring is selected, many couples go ring shopping together, either pre or post engagement. At the very least, keep your ears open in case your loved one drops any hints.

You Can Design Your Own Ring

While our in-store selection of wedding bands and engagement rings is impressive, you can design a one-of-a-kind ring for your one-of-a-kind love. Your jeweler will work with you to create a custom design, you can combine your favorite features from multiple rings, or you can design your ring solo. You can even design a ring with a combination of heirloom gemstones that are reset into a new design.

Know How Much You Are Comfortable Spending Before You Arrive

Having a clear understanding of your budget will help you avoid the disappointment of selecting a ring that is outside of your budget. Be upfront with your jeweler regarding your budget, so that they can guide you towards rings in the cut, color, carat weight, and clarity that match your budget. Keep in mind, that the multiple variants within each of the 4 C’s will greatly affect the cost of your gemstone. For example, a small carat weight but colored diamond could be more expensive than the same ring in a white diamond. On the flipside, a white diamond with a high carat weight with many inclusions may be more affordable.

Shopping for the perfect engagement ring can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Work with a team of jewelers you can trust and head to Kranich’s Jewelers. Family owned and operated since 1903, our jewelers are some of the best in the business. We understand how serious and deeply emotional shopping for the perfect engagement ring can be. That’s why we promise our exceptional service and honest advice to guide you towards a stunning diamond engagement ring that compliments your love unlike any other. So go ahead, pop the question with confidence and dazzle that special someone with a new diamond engagement ring from Kranich’s Jewelers.

 

Peridot: August’s Birthstone

August Birthstone: PeridotPeridot is an olive green color stone which is also known as the birthstone of August and zodiac stone for constellation Libra.  Peridot, when put under artificial light gives a nice green glow that makes it such an adorable gemstone. You can’t resist its charms!

The name Peridot comes from ‘faridat’, an Arabic word which means gem and its use can be traced back to the second BC when the Egyptians bestowed upon the gem for its luminance properties. It was believed to have shielded its wearer from terrors. This stone comes in color ranging from yellowish green to dark lime green and the darker the color, the more precious the stone is deemed.

In the early days, Peridot was found in the Red Sea of St Johns and today, we still find small quantities of the precious stone there. In Arizona, the San Carlos Apache reservation is another significant source of Peridot and is mined by the Native Americans. New Mexico, Pakistan and China are also places one can find huge quantities of this valuable stone although the Pakistan originated ones appear to be more popular.

While Peridot has been confused with other gemstones due to its likeliness in color (particularly emerald), it actually is different in color. However, many jewelers still refer to it as ‘evening emerald.’ It is considered the most unique and scarce gemstones and a perfect choice for men’s jewelry. Interestingly, Peridot is excellent for a couple’s 16 years of marriage anniversary.

Why anyone would choose Peridot:

  1. An exceptional gift: As regarded as the birthstone of August, Peridot accessory is an excellent gift choice for the special person in your life.
  2. Beauty: If you are out looking for something stunning and gorgeous, then Peridot should be your most sought after item in this regard.
  3. Remedial Power: It is believed that Peridot gemstone has therapeutic characteristics such as bringing prosperity, peace and good fortune when worn as an accessory.

What more? Peridot is said to have helped dreams become reality and has been blessed with emblem of fame, might and energy. Today, we find this stunning stone being used in medieval churches for decorating treasures in the cathedral. It is quite important to note that the green hue produced by the stone determines its value. A slight shade of brown in the stone lowers the value and brings noticeable flaws.

With its uniqueness in style, beauty and charm, accessories made from the birthstone of August are definitely worth a buy and will make for a perfect gift for years to come.

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Ruby: July’s Birthstone

July Birthstone: Ruby GemstoneThose born in July are lucky; when they wear their birthstone, they get to wear ruby. This stone reacts beautifully to being cut and set because it has one of the highest hardness ratings, just shy of diamonds, it is a long-lasting, resilient stone that is difficult to scratch and remains sparkling and clean no matter what type of punishment it’s put through. Love rubies? Here are some interesting facts about this gem:

  • The word “ruby” is derived from the Latin word “rubens,” which means, simply, “red.” While that might not be very exciting, that word in Latin often has the connotations of “passion” and “vitality,” which are carried through to this gem.
  • The best rubies in the world are found in Myanmar.
  • The color in a ruby is caused by chromium in the stone where the ruby is forming. How much chromium there is and what other minerals are present can affect the shade of the ruby. Some rubies are a very light pink, while others can be a deep red. The most common color is bright red with a slight bluish tone.
  • A truly flawless ruby can be worth more than a diamond, as it is extremely rare to find a ruby that does not have a single flaw. Jewelers will often use the presence of a flaw to identify a natural ruby.
  • Rubies are actually technically red Sapphires. They have the same chemical composition and structure—the only difference is the specific color.
  • In the bible, rubies are often referenced as a symbol of both purity and beauty. They are also a symbol of enduring wisdom.
  • Rubies were used to create the very first lasers. Today, synthetic rubies are often used both in laser applications and in the production of microelectronics.

The ruby has an incredibly long and rich history. They make appearances in the bible, would be given by one Indian family to another in order to promote peace between enemies, and have even played a role in the development of modern electronics.

A ruby’s classic red, slightly blue color is the color of love and affection. Besides being July’s birthstone, rubies are a beautiful stone, almost universally loved for their rich color and remarkable history.

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Kristen & Ethan’s Engagement Story

Congratulations to Kristen and Ethan on their recent engagement! Ethan proposed to Kristen with a beautiful Kranich’s Jewelers diamond engagement ring in the picture below.

Diamond engagement ring

In Kristen’s words, here’s how their engagement story went:

“Ethan and I have known each other since we were toddlers and have been dating for about four years now. This past Wednesday, he took me fishing at Raystown Lake and up to the Ridenour Overlook afterwards, where he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I said yes, of course! He completely caught me off guard. Going to the lake and overlook is something we do often together every summer. He did good (ring & proposal)! It was the perfect evening, weather and all.”

Mike & Jill’s Picture Perfect Engagement Story

We would like to congratulate Mike & Jill on their engagement!  We loved their engagement story so much, we wanted to share it with you.

Engagement StoryIn Jill’s words, here’s how their engagement story went:

“Our engagement story starts a few months ago actually.  I saw a ring online that I liked and showed it to Mike, not thinking much of it.  It turns out that he purchased the ring that night! The way the ring was laid out wasn’t really my style, so Mike took it to Kranich’s to have it reset in a design he imagined.  From what he tells me, the staff was very eager to help him with the redesign because it was such a gorgeous stone that wasn’t being shown off as well as it could.

Engagement StoryFast-forward a few months, and it’s a Sunday night.  Mike and I are in our living room watching television, and I could tell he was being a little strange. He was sitting all the way across the room and said he didn’t want to come sit on the couch with me.  Honestly, I thought he was mad!

As we were watching TV, my phone lit up.  I’m a social media marketer, so my phone is always lighting up, but I took a look at it anyway.  It said I had a new follower on Instagram, so I opened it up.  The account’s name was @meyouandlou.  It turns out, Mike had created that account (our dog’s name is Louie), and uploaded about 50 photos from our relationship.  There were photos from trips we had taken, photos of our favorite dinners we had made, and even our new home we just bought together.  He was telling our story through the captions, too.  The last photo said “But there’s just one thing left to do…” And when I read that, Mike got down on one knee and proposed!

Our ring is a 3.04 yellow diamond surrounded by two trillion cut diamonds and halos of round diamonds.  We thank the team at the North Atherton Kranich’s for helping Mike design such a lovely ring!”

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David & Anyssa’s Engagement Story

engagement storyCongratulations to David and Anyssa on their engagement!

In David’s words, here’s how their engagement story went:

“Anyssa and I have been friends since we were very young.  In fact, our parents were even friends before we were even born.  My earliest memories of Anyssa and I were probably when we were in the neighborhood of three or four years old, playing at her house, or library story hour, or something like that.  I am told we went trick or treating a few times also.  I remember going to bible school with her during the elementary years and becoming good friends into high school.  The funny thing is, we were always just friends, hanging out at peoples’ houses and spending time together in groups.  I always thought she was very pretty, but it just never happened in high school.  There was, however, a short time I developed a crush on her during my senior year (her junior year).  I never told her how I felt, probably because I was too nervous.  I do remember writing lyrics to a song that a band I was in wrote together.  Our singer thought the song was about God, because the first line said, “All my life I knew you, but I never noticed you, at least not like that.”  We love God in this relationship, but that line was about her!

When college came, we kind of went our separate ways.  We never had any falling out and we kept in touch here and there, seeing each other at Christmas parties and summer bonfires, but we weren’t good friends like we were in high school.  For a few summers, we did work at the same summer job:  a warehouse where it was entirely too hot and not much fun, but a lot of our friends worked there with us.  The summer after I graduated college, I worked there with Anyssa and I also started to attend her church.  So, I was seeing her quite a bit.  We started to hang out with friends in groups and even a little bit on our own as well. At the beginning, I didn’t think anything of it; we were just old friends re-connecting.  A little into the summer though, I could tell things were different.  We were spending a lot of time together and we both realized that we had developed feelings for each other.  We went through some dating phases, holding hands and having a first kiss, and having a really fun time.  I loved spending time with Anyssa that summer.  She was so much fun, and there was always a beautiful smile on her face.  It went on like that the whole summer, us being together, but not really officially. That fall, I was set to move to Pittsburgh to attend graduate school to get my masters degree in counseling.  I told her that I didn’t think long distance would work and we “mutually” decided to just be friends.

Well that didn’t go so well.  By Thanksgiving, I had realized I had truly made the biggest mistake of my life.  Due to so many circumstances, I knew that I wanted the long haul with Anyssa Bell.  She is truly an amazing person who is beautiful, funny, outgoing, and has a love for God that makes me want to do the same.  I figured we could just jump right into a relationship over my Thanksgiving break:  WRONG!  It wasn’t that easy.  Things had changed and she said she was hurt from what happened over the summer, me never committing. There are a lot of other details, but the moral of this story is never give up.  When I came home for a month for Christmas, I knew that my goal was to make Anyssa my girlfriend.  With some persistence (and flowers) we became official on New Years.

The next year was the best year of my life.  We spent so much time together and I am so incredibly grateful.  The grace that she has walked into my life with is absolutely remarkable and I can truly say I am one of the luckiest people of the face of the earth.  We made many trips and had many meaningful conversations and we grew closer to each other and closer to God as well.  We were even baptized together in September.  I knew then that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her.

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On New Years Eve, our one year anniversary, I started to get ready for what I was planning to do that night.  In our hometown, there is a part near the river, which is unofficially called the duck park.  We went there a lot in the summer to hang out.  Actually that was the first place where I think both of us recognized our feelings for each other over a year ago.  That morning (with some help) I decorated the pavilion of the park in Christmas lights and other things to make it look memorable.  A while earlier, I had given the ring to a little five year old girl named Addison, who Anyssa has been involved with since she was a baby.  Addison goes to our church and she is very important to Anyssa, in that she has babysat her and spent a lot of time with her and her family.  I was hoping Addison could hold on to it.  That night, we went to eat and then had plans to go to the duck park (since it’s her favorite place) to throw a message in a bottle into the river holding our New Year’s resolutions.  At dinner we both wrote them down, but didn’t show them to each other.  When we got to the park, she was wondering what was going on with lights in the pavilion, but I think she realized I was up to something when she noticed rose petals leading up to the pavilion.  When we got up there, I said, “This would be a great time to propose, but too bad I don’t have a ring.” Then, out of nowhere, Addison came running up to us and gave us both and hug, and then handed me the ring.  I told Anyssa I loved her and wanted to spend the rest of my life with her.  Then I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me.  She said YES and it made my night a whole less stressful.  I was so grateful I almost forgot the last part.  After some pictures where she was crying and I was probably crying, we made our way down to the river.  She read me her resolutions, where there were about ten.  Then I read mine.  Remember we didn’t show these to each other during dinner.  I only had one:  Marry Anyssa.

We’re planning on getting married October 18th, 2014.  We didn’t want to wait to spend our lives together.  We’re both very excited for the life ahead and grateful we can spend it together.”

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