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Product Spotlight – Belle Etoile

Belle Etoile Sterling silver jewelry is designed to show the latest in European fashion trends. It is hand crafted and enhances the wardrobe of all modern women. Some of the most popular pieces here at Kranich’s Jewelers include selections from the Italian Enamel Collection, the Italian Rubber Collection and the Color Stone collections. Additional pieces fall into the Seashell Pearl Collection and the Italian Resin Collection all of which can be found here at Kranich’s Jewelers.

For those of you already familiar with this wonderful design, we may have a surprise for you. This past Friday, Belle Etoile announced a sneak peek of their 16 new collections debuting this June on their Facebook page. I’m sure there will be more photos coming this week during JCK Las Vegas but for now, enjoy these photos that we have saved for you here and remember any style you may be interested in can be preordered here at Kranich’s and shipped out as soon as the styles are released.

For more about our selection of Belle Etoile Jewelry or for more on a specific piece offered at Kranich’s Jewelers, visit Kranichs.com or call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to help you.

Tennis Anyone?

5 Carat 4 Prong Diamond Bracelet

5 Carat 4 Prong Diamond Bracelet

We all know that diamonds are not just for engagement and wedding rings. Diamond earrings are always an alluring selection, but let’s focus on a style that has been popular for almost the entire lifetime of some blog readers, the diamond tennis bracelet.

The in-line thin diamond bracelet that features a symmetrical pattern of diamonds is what is referred to as a tennis bracelet. According to Diamond Bug, in 1987 Chris Evert, the former World No. 1 woman tennis player and the winner of 18 Grand Slam singles titles, was playing in the U.S. Open. She was wearing an elegant, light in-line diamond bracelet, made by jeweler-to-the-stars George Bedewi, which accidentally broke and the match was interrupted to allow Chris to recover her precious diamonds. The “tennis bracelet” incident sparked a new name for the item and sparked a huge jewelry trend. Tennis bracelets continue to be worn by various tennis stars like Serena Williams and Gabriela Sabatini and are a widely popular style nation wide.

Three Carat Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Here at Kranich’s Jewelers, we have an extensive selection of tennis bracelets in varying diamond weights as well as selections from top designers such as Simon G. Jewelry. Visit your local Kranich’s Jewelers location or Kranichs.com and see our diamond tennis bracelets for yourself.

For more about our diamond tennis bracelets or for more on any specific piece offered at Kranich’s Jewelers, visit Kranichs.com or call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to help you.

It’s A BlackOut by Luminox

Swiss made watch manufacturer Luminox has become famous thanks to their Navy SEAL watch design which was developed by founder, Barry Cohen and Officer Nick North specifically for night missions. Now the designers at Luminox have taken it a step further with the BlackOut Series. Here is some more information about the design from a press release dated August 2009 from Luminox.

Luminox F-117 NIGHTHAWK 6400 SERIES A.6402.BO Watch

Luminox F-117 NIGHTHAWK 6400 SERIES A.6402.BO Watch

Luminox – maker of the world’s most luminous timepieces thanks to the proprietary Luminox Light Technology (LLT) utilized in them – is proud to introduce the all-black BlackOut series of timepieces – ideal ESSENTIAL GEAR for professionals and athletes. Luminox watches are known to be Always Visible and always glow, so the notion of going dark would seem to be contrary, but not to worry, the watches still glow continuously for more than 25 years, this time in a new blue color on the hands and hour markers for night viewing. The LLT-micro gas lights are glowing in blue – Blue by Night. The look of the watches is completely blacked out, but telling time is still easy thanks to a tone-on-tone look via matt black dials and polished black numbers. With two models in the series, both are water resistant to 200 metres and, like all Luminox watches, Swiss made.

COLORMARK CHRONOGRAPH 3080 SERIES Blackout

COLORMARK CHRONOGRAPH 3080 SERIES Blackout

A key color for Luminox because of the covert nature of the wearers of the brand – SWAT teams, Navy SEALS, Stealth fighter pilots, and other professionals — black is a natural for the newest line, which has two important models.

The BlackOut SEAL watch is part of the Navy SEAL-3050 series. As a big exception compared to all other Luminox Watches the Luminox logo Shield is also black. The 44mm watch features a carbon-reinforced polymer case, screwed down caseback, protected crown, extra-hard mineral crystal, and is equipped with a polyurethane strap.

The other model in the new series is the BlackOut Stealth – paying befitting homage to the jet fighter that bears its name. Part of the EVO F-117 Nighthawk™ 6400 series, this watch is as sleek in its styling as the jet, and takes some styling cues, as well. The Blackout Stealth is crafted of black PVD plated stainless steel with a black dial and black PVD coated steel bracelet for as stealth a look as the jet. The 45mm watch is built with a screwed back, screw-in crown, rotating bezel, and antireflective sapphire crystal

Luminox originally entered into the cooperative relationship with Lockheed Martin nearly a decade ago, and today offers the F-117 Nighthawk™, the SR-71 Blackbird™, the F-16 Fighting Falcon, the F-22 Raptor (just recently introduced) and now the Blackout Stealth.

Luminox COLORMARK 38MM 7050 SERIES A.7051.BO

Luminox COLORMARK 38MM 7050 SERIES A.7051.BO

Both models employ Luminox Light Technology, with 25 years of night visibility. Luminox timepieces are manufactured like few others. The proprietary Luminox Light Technology and the additional quality control steps Luminox mandates require extraordinary attention to detail and care in manufacturing

For more about the Luminox BlackOut designs or for more on any specific piece offered at Kranich’s Jewelers, visit Kranichs.com or call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to help you.

Congratulations Seniors

And so another semester has come to an end. All of us here at Kranichs Jewelers wish to congratulate all of the 2011 graduating seniors and we look forward to seeing you again the next time you visit your alma mater. LET’S GO STATE!Penn State Old Main
For more on any specific piece offered at Kranich’s Jewelers, visit Kranichs.com or call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to help you.

May Flowers Aren’t the Only Pretty Thing This Month

Dazzling Oval Emerald and Diamond Ring

Dazzling Oval Emerald and Diamond Ring

It would be hard for me to forget the birthstone of May because it is my wife’s birth month. The May birthstone is emerald which has the most intense color of all green gemstones.

 

Do you or someone special in your life celebrate their birthday in May? If so, a great gift for this occasion may be some emerald jewelry. Perhaps a pair of emerald stud earrings or an emerald pendant would make the perfect gift with the special meaning of a May birthstone.

For any questions you may have about birthstone jewelry or for more on any specific piece offered at Kranich’s Jewelers, visit Kranichs.com or call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to help you.

Royal Wedding Bells are Ringing

It’s almost here. The royal wedding is April 29 and as expected, demand for the sapphire engagement ring has increased. The ring that Prince William gave to the future princess is an 18 carat white gold ring set with an oval sapphire center and round cut diamond side stones.

Sapphire and Diamond Kate Middleton Style Ring

Sapphire and Diamond Kate Middleton Style Ring

Since the announcement I have seen countless variations on this style come across my desk to photo for our customers. I even saw a version where the blue sapphire center was replaced with a green emerald which led me to discover that the princess style ring is actually available with almost any center stone.

So what makes this ring so popular? It is a very pretty ring, but I’m sure the royal connection might have a little more to do with it. Scot, one of our associates here at Kranich’s Jewelers in the Logan Valley Mall store, informed me the reaction is almost identical to the last royal wedding, which was the first time the sapphire ring was featured in the public eye. Sales of what was then referred to as the Princess Diana ring continued to remain strong for years after the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

What’s old is new again so be sure to keep us in mind if you are looking for a ring similar to the royal sapphire and diamond engagement ring. We have a wide selection of designs that are perfect for the princess in your life. Browse our entire collection of Kate Middleton Style Rings HERE

For any questions you may have about Kate Middleton Style Engagement Rings or for more on any specific piece offered at Kranich’s Jewelers, visit Kranichs.com or call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to help you.

Happy Birthday April!

Diamond Birthstone

April Birthstone - Diamond

All you lucky people born in the month of April have a dazzling birthstone that everyone loves. The April birthstone is of course diamond. The name diamond is a derivative of an ancient Greek word meaning proper, unalterable, unbreakable or untamed. This obviously refers to the strength of a diamond, but it is their beauty that makes them so desirable in the world of jewelry.

Do you or someone special in your life celebrate their birthday in April? If so, a great gift for this occasion may be some diamond jewelry. Perhaps a pair of diamond stud earrings or a diamond circle pendant would make the perfect gift with the special meaning of an April birthstone.

For any questions you may have about birthstone jewelry or for more on any specific piece offered at Kranich’s Jewelers, visit Kranichs.com or call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to help you.

Blue and White Weekend at Kranich’s Jewelers

Penn State Lion Paw Pendant With Blue Enamel

Penn State Lion Paw Pendant With Blue Enamel

This weekend Penn State will hold their 2011 Blue White Weekend festivities. The free football scrimmage on Saturday has scheduled kickoff at 2:00 pm. Admission and parking to the spring game FREE for all visitors

Here at Kranich’s Jewelers, we are proud to be a part of the Penn State Community and always enjoy this spring tradition. We have been serving the Penn State faithful from our Downtown State College store on College Avenue since 1976 and then later from our Nittany Mall location which opened 15 years ago. So during blue and white weekend in Happy Valley, we here at Kranich’s Jewelers are showing our Penn State Pride celebrating the start of Penn State football all month long both in store and online at kranichs.com.

During the month of April, take and additional 20% off all Penn State Gold Jewelry by using the code PENNSTGOLD at checkout on Kranichs.com. Also, take 10% off all Penn State silver Jewelry by using code PENNSTSLVR at checkout.

So visit our Penn State Jewelry section now on Kranichs.com and see our large selection.
Of licensed PSU jewelry and if you happen to be in town during Blue and White Weekend, stop in one of our locations and take home a piece of Penn State Jewelry the same day!

For questions about events going on at Kranich’s Jewelers during Blue and White Weekend or for more on any specific piece offered at Kranich’s Jewelers, visit Kranichs.com or call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to help you.

Why Should I Clean My Jewelry?

Most people wash their cars, vacuum their carpets or dust their furniture. Why do we do this? Sure we like things that look nice, but in each of these cases, the actions usually extend the life of the item you are cleaning. Washing the car extends the life of the paint job. Cleaning carpets makes them last longer before replacement and dusting your furniture helps remove the airborne contaminants that your furnace filter may have missed which can cause excessive wear on your furniture. Proper care is your responsibility whey you own beautiful items and this also applies to jewelry. Over time natural oil from skin, airborne contaminants, lotions and moisture all contribute to tarnish of your jewelry

So now that we know why we should clean our jewelry, let’s look at how to go about cleaning it. First, before cleaning your jewelry yourself, check the setting of the jewelry making sure it is secure. You don’t want to be cleaning your piece and have a stone falling out. If you notice a problem with your piece, take it to your local jeweler where they can repair your piece and will probably even clean it for you.

Kranich's Jewelers Jewelery Cleaner

Kranich's Jewelery Cleaner is available at all Kranich's Locations

If you are close to a Kranich’s Jewelers location, I suggest asking one of our associates for a container of our Kranich’s jewelry cleaner. We even give you a brush to help get those problem areas you may encounter, but if you are a do-it-yourselfer, I have found some interesting methods on the internet and here are a few of them.

When cleaning diamonds, pour vodka in a glass bowl and swish the jewelry inside. If it is very dirty, use a soft toothbrush to clean these problem areas. Gold can be cleaned using a cup of warm water with dish soap and 2 tablespoons of household ammonia. Let your gold jewelry soak in the mixture for 10 minutes and then use a soft cloth to wipe the jewelry dry.

An interesting method for cleaning silver uses a glass casserole dish. Line the bottom of the dish with aluminum foil and add two tablespoons of baking soda, a tablespoon of salt and boiling water inside the casserole dish. Add the silver jewelry and let sit until water cools. Remove the silver pieces and buff them with a soft cloth

One final thing to consider is when should you bring your jewelry to a professional jeweler? A good rule of thumb would include any antique or delicate jewelry. There are certain methods available to professional jewelers that are simply not available to the public making it easier for them to restore your investment to its former beauty. When in doubt, just ask your local jeweler. Professional cleaning is often inexpensive and at some retailers is even included in the price of your original purchase.
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For questions about caring for your jewelry or for more on any specific piece offered at Kranich’s Jewelers, visit Kranichs.com or call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to help you.

Somebody is Getting a Present Tomorrow!

Simon G. Diamond PendantCoinciding with our designer jewelry shows going on now, which feature Simon G. Jewelry, we will be announcing the winner for our second Facebook fan contest. Keep your eyes on your email boxes tomorrow to see if you have won this elegant diamond pendant from Kranich’s Jewelers and Simon G.  and from all of us at Kranich’s Jewelers we would like to wish all a happy holiday season.

For questions about Simon G. Jewelry or for more on any specific piece offered at Kranich’s Jewelers, visit Kranichs.com or call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to help you.