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.

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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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John & Cathy’s Engagement Story: The Right Diamond for the Right Romance

We would like to wish a congratulations to John and Cathy on their recent engagement!

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Below, John shares with us how he met and proposed to Cathy and how he chose the perfect engagement ring for her.  You can watch their engagement story here: John Proposes to Cathy

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“Cathy and I met in the Fall of 2013 and instantly clicked. On the fourth day of dating I said to her “mahal kita”, which means “I love you” in Tagalog. She replied with “mahal din kita”, which means “I love you, too”. Cathy moved to the US in 2011 from the Philippines, her native country. We carried on a long distance relationship over Skype video chat, phone calls, and PMs every day since then. I would visit her one month, then she’d visit me the next. We discussed marriage quite a bit, and what we both want out of life. We are the same age and have been through past relationships, but never married. I had almost given in to the thought of being a bachelor forever. Then I met Cathy, the love of my life.

I surprised Cathy with a wedding proposal on a trip down to Washington, DC from State College, PA. I planned a weekend at Hyatt Dulles to pop the question after dinner with a special proposal video for her to watch. I even set up a camera to record the proposal. I had her sit and watch the video as I kneeled down. At first she thought I was just showing her a new app generated video on my phone until she learned what the video was really about. I presented the ring and she said yes! Cathy plans to move to State College, PA to be with me after the wedding. I work as an IT Systems Analyst for Penn State University, and Cathy plans to use her RN to find a nursing position locally.

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There are so many factors in selecting a diamond and setting for engagement rings. I’m such a geek that I extensively researched diamonds online to understand all of the grading specifications and get a good idea of what affects the price of a diamond. I built an array of diamond criteria to match my budget. I took this knowledge to all of the local jewelers in State College and Bellefonte, PA. I was disappointed with how little sales associates wanted to work from my perspective of focusing on getting the right diamond instead of just selecting something in a display case. That is until I met Mickey from Kranich’s Jewelers in downtown, State College. Mickey was willing to listen and spend the time to find a dozen diamonds from his suppliers to match what I wanted. Better yet, he beat everyone else’s price in town. In a couple days I stopped back in to choose just the right diamond from the those he had shipped to him. It was a beautiful 1/2 carat diamond with an ideal cut, polish, and symmetry that sparkled wildly in the light.

Cathy absolutely loves her engagement ring and we plan to marry locally in February of 2014, then have a larger church wedding in Washington DC for family in the summer.”

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Joe & Emily’s Engagement Story

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We would like to congratulate Joe and Emily on their engagement! Emily recently shared with us how Joe proposed to her.  Here’s how it went in Emily’s words:

“For Joe’s birthday I surprised him with tickets to his first ever Steelers football game! We mapped out our plan to drive 6 hours to spend the weekend in Pittsburgh with his grandma and go to the game. It was my first time going to Pittsburgh so Joe decided he wanted to take me into the city Saturday night and we’d go to a nice restaurant for a “fancy date night”. When Saturday approached, we dressed up, drove into the city and parked at the bottom of Mt. Washington to take The Incline up the side of the mountain. Well I had no idea, but Joe was beginning to get a little nervous at this point because as we waited 45 minutes in line, he could see the spot at the top of the mountain where he was planning to pop the question. Once we reached the top of Mt. Washington we began walking to the restaurant, or so I thought!

Instead we came to a beautiful scenic overlook and Joe insisted on us stopping to take a picture. After we snapped a few photos, I was expecting us to rush to get to our dinner reservation on time, but Joe had other plans. As we walked to the end of the scenic overlook he turned and faced me and I could tell he seemed nervous. At that moment my heart started racing a thousand miles an hour and I knew what was about to happen. As Joe reached in his pocket and got down on one knee he shared with me reasons he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me, making memories with me and pursing dreams with me, and then he said that in order to do that, he first needed to ask me one more question. He asked me to marry him! And I of course said YESSS!!!!!

engagement storyThe moments that followed were such a blur to me, I was so surprised, shocked, excited and joyful I couldn’t hardly handle it! We spent a few moments taking more pictures with the beautiful sun setting over the city and of course admiring my new beautiful ring!

And then we walked down the street to enjoy a fantastic dinner at the LeMont Restaurant just the two of us. We had a private table overlooking the entire city of Pittsburgh and Joe had beautiful flowers waiting for me! Once we finished dinner we spent the rest of the evening calling all of our family and closest friends to share the news with them.

The next morning I woke up still in shock that I was engaged!!! And as I laid in bed I began texting my sister pictures of my ring… little did I know Joe had her waiting in the next room to surprise me!!!  My sister and her husband drove through the night to surprise me and spend the whole next day with me and Joe. She’s a wedding photographer and so she also surprised us by offering to go ahead and take some engagement pictures for us that day! We had such a blast taking pictures right after getting engaged!

Two weeks after the proposal we were in my hometown for an engagement party and Joe surprised me YET AGAIN! As a slideshow of all of our pictures together scrolled through, all of the sudden a picture of our proposal appeared! I was speechless! “Wait… what?? How did he?! Who?!” It turns out Joe and my sister secretly hired a Pittsburgh photographer, Zack Wilson, to document our whole proposal without me knowing it!! This was such an incredible surprise and I am beyond thankful to have such beautiful images to remember a once in a lifetime moment!!”

Here’s a few more pictures of Joe, Emily, and Emily’s Kranich’s Jewelers Engagement Ring.

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Photo Credit Zack Wilson Photography and Katelyn James Photography

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College Sweethearts Engagement Story – Garrett & Sarah

engagement storyCollege Sweethearts, Garrett & Sarah, recently got engaged on their college campus at Virginia Tech.  We loved their engagement story so much, we wanted to share it with you!

engagement storyIn Garrett’s words, here’s how he surprised Sarah with the perfect proposal:

“Sarah and I met at Virginia Tech during my freshman and her sophomore year through a group of mutual friends, but it wasn’t until after knowing each other for a year that we started dating. Virginia Tech is where we met and where we fell in love.

We were planning on going back to Virginia Tech for a football game and to celebrate Sarah’s 25th birthday with all our friends. I had decided this would be the perfect weekend to propose. I contacted Sarah’s girlfriends, who played along and told her that they would be getting into town late and we’d have to waste some time when we got there. Once we arrived to Blacksburg on Friday afternoon, we walked around campus and conveniently ended up at our favorite place, the Duck Pond. I had also arranged for a friend, who is photographer, to capture the moment. Everything went as planned and I popped the question on the edge of the pond, ducks included! She said YES! A toast was held at our gracious host’s home, where she had chilled champagne waiting. We spent the rest of the weekend celebrating with friends and watching the Hokies win!

The ring was designed around an heirloom round cut diamond, given to me by my mother, from her mother who had it set in a Methodist cross. While visiting Kranich’s, I noticed a wrap for an engagement ring in the display case that incorporated two rubies coming off the sides at an angle. I decided I wanted to use maroon (dark red ruby) and orange (citrine), our alma mater colors, without appearing like a championship ring. Overall I was ecstatic with the outcome! The employees at Kranich’s quickly located a jeweler who could wax mold a custom ring in the tight time frame, everything was handled professionally and most importantly, on time!”

Here’s a picture of Sarah’s stunning ring:

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Patrick & Sarah’s Beautiful Engagement Story

engagement storyCongratulation to Patrick and Sarah on a beautiful engagement! Find out how Patrick proposed to Sarah below:

Patrick and Sarah met in the spring of 2011 in South Africa as Penn State students exploring their “wild” side.  After experiencing those ten amazing weeks together, they knew there was something special between them, and they started dating shortly after their return to Pennsylvania. In their free time together, over the last two years, they spent countless hours together walking in the woods, practicing their most favorite shared past time together, nature photography.

It was a sunny afternoon in the middle of summer, when Patrick asked Sarah if she’d like to go to Bald Eagle State Park. She said yes, expecting nothing less than the usual routine, and off they went. They went on a walk along the water, sharing stories and taking pictures, grilled lunch over an open fire, and started a game of Rummy 500. Before it was time to leave the park, Patrick went from sitting to crouching on one knee, and Sarah was blown away. He presented Sarah with a ring and asked like you would expect “will you please marry me?” In disbelief the worst words a person on one knee could expect escaped out of Sarah’s mouth, “no, no, no!” Her answer was of course yes, though, and it’s been history since!

Check out the beautiful wedding rings they purchased at Kranich’s Jewelers:marquise cut engagement ring and diamond wedding band

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