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Engagement Story – Jessica & Doug

Jessica and Doug recently shared their proposal and engagement story with us.  We loved it so much we wanted to share their memorable and heartfelt moment with you.

Engagement and Proposal Story

In Jess’s words, here’s how their proposal story went:

“My boyfriend, Doug, decided he would propose to me on our trip to Disney World. Prior to the trip, my Grandmother gave him one of my Great Grandmothers rings to use for the engagement as they both knew it would mean so much to me. Doug had it cleaned, re-sized, and fixed, before we left. Our second night in Disney, we ate at a restaurant on the water. The food, service, and atmosphere were great! After supper the chef brought us a huge dessert platter and told me it was in celebration of our special occasion. Needless to say, I was confused. Now, they had just sung Happy Birthday to someone 2 tables down from us. So I was about to tell the gentleman that he must have had the wrong table, when Doug, beaming from ear to ear, got up from the table, came around to me, knelt down on one knee, pulled out the ring, and asked me to marry him! I said yes (of course) and was about crying (my hands were visibly shaking) when he put the ring on my finger! It’s beautiful. The staff gave us the dessert, ‘just engaged’ buttons, and champagne, and the whole room clapped for us and congratulated us. It was amazing! We’ll never forget it!”

 

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How To Choose The Perfect Engagement Ring: Diamond Shape – Part I

Weekly Wednesday Jewelry LessonChoosing the perfect engagement ring can be challenging.  You want to find a ring that will truly represent all of the feelings you have for your significant other.  You want to make it heartfelt, memorable, special, unique, and beautiful — all in one ring.

To help you with this important decision, we will be writing a three part series on how to choose the perfect engagement ring.  Breaking it down into three parts can assist you in finding the right engagement ring for your loved one. The three parts will be:

1. Choosing The Right Diamond Shape (Part I & Part II)

2. Choosing The Mounting For Your Diamond

3. Choosing The Best Value

Choosing The Right Diamond Shape: Part I:

Choosing The Right Diamond Shape

 

 

We will be discussing ten different diamond shapes.  Here are pictures and descriptions of the first five: round, princess, marquise, emerald and radiant.  Stay tuned for the other five diamond shapes next Wednesday.

Round Diamond Shape:  

Round Diamond Shaperound cut diamond

Also known as brilliant, this shape reflects more light than any other shape.  The classic round cut diamond was first designed by Marcel Tolkowsky. Its 58 facets brings out so much sparkle and shine, which contributes in making it one of the most popular diamond shapes today.  Various styles of the Round cut diamond engagement rings include half-bezel, modern 3-stone, half-moon, etc.

Princess Diamond Shape:

princess diamond shapeprincess diamond shape

This square diamond is the second most popular shape and represents more of a contemporary style. Sporting 58 facets, the princess cut diamond first originated from a Dutch jeweler. It resembles an inverted prism with four beveled sides and is usually square or rectangular in shape.

Marquise Diamond Shape:

Marquise Diamond ShapeMarquise diamond shape

The Marquise diamond is French for “little boat”, because it resembles the hull of a sailboat.  This breathtaking ring, with its elliptical shape and tapered ends, first appeared in the 18th century.  With its lean and elongated look, it appears much larger than a round diamond would of the same carat size.

Emerald Diamond Shape:

emerald diamond shapeemerald diamond shape

Timeless, elegant and sophisticated best describe this emerald ring.  The diamond is rectangular in shape and features step cuts comprised of larger facets that act as mirrors.  Clarity is most emphasized in an emerald diamond than any other diamond shape.

Radiant Diamond Shape:

radiant diamond shaperadiant diamond shape

The radiant diamond shape was perfected by Henry Grossbard in 1977.  It has the same faceting as round and princess cuts, but it is rectangular rather than square.  Its signature characteristic is its trimmed corners. The radiant diamond exudes brilliance and most appeals to those looking for a unique style.

Read our next article: How To Choose The Perfect Engagement Ring: Diamond Shape – Part II

 

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Cleaning Your Jewelry at Home

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There are many different ways to clean your different types of jewelry, but here are a few ideas that will help keep your jewelry sparkling between your visits to the store.

Cleaning Jewelry with Diamonds, Rubies and Sapphires:

Diamond, Ruby and Sapphire Jewelry

Step 1:  Take one cup of warm water and put a few drops of ammonia into it.

Step 2: Then, take the piece of jewelry and let it sit in the water for five to ten minutes.  You can leave it in longer if you would like, but approximately five to ten minutes will be efficient.

Step 3: Once you take it out, use an old toothbrush to gently brush over the diamonds to help get all the dirt out.  To make sure you are getting your jewelry nice and clean, dip your toothbrush into the water with ammonia before you brush it over the piece of jewelry.

Step 4: Once you have all the dirt and oils off the jewelry piece, press a paper towel against it.  This step makes sure the water doesn’t leave little spots.

Cleaning Jewelry with Gemstones:

Gemstones

Step 1: Use hot water with a little bit of dish detergent.

Step 2: Let the piece of jewelry sit in the water for five to ten minutes.

Step 3: Take the toothbrush and brush over the gemstones gently, because you don’t want to scratch your piece of jewelry.  You need to be extra careful with emeralds, tanzanites and other softer stones, because they can easily scratch.  Do not apply too much pressure when using the toothbrush.

Step 4: Once you have all the dirt and oils off the jewelry piece, press a paper towel against it.

Cleaning Jewelry with Pearls and Opals:

Pearl and Opal

Step 1: Use hot water with a little bit of dish detergent.

Step 2: Don’t let the jewelry soak in the water this time.

Step 3: Use the soapy water to gently brush over the pearls or opals with your toothbrush, but be careful not to scuff them by pushing too hard.

Step 4: Once you have all the dirt and oils off the jewelry piece, press a paper towel against it.

Ultimately, bringing your jewelry into the store makes it shine the best, because jewelers have expensive machines that help them clean the jewelry.  However, for those times in between your visits to the store, you can follow these simple steps to help keep your jewelry looking great!

Feel free to stop into any of our four Kranich’s locations to have your jewelry cleaned at anytime free of charge.

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Why Infinity Jewelry Can Make The Perfect Gift

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Two interlocked circles.  This may be the first thing you think of when you hear infinity or infinity jewelry.  You also may be thinking, “How is something I learned in my mathematics class a good gift for my girlfriend or loved one?”  But many people don’t realize that it means so much more than that.

The infinity symbol represents the symbol of eternity and unity.  The meaning of an infinity necklace, infinity ring, infinity earrings, or an infinity bracelet all has a similar symbol that suggests a feeling of forever.  It can be best described as a feeling of love between two people without any limits.

Infinity Jewelry Collage

We all hope to find a love that will last a lifetime.  Infinity Jewelry is the perfect way to share that hope with loved ones.

The symbolism of infinity originates from ancient times.  Like its meaning, it has transcended time.  The infinity symbol of “everlasting love” was first illustrated in Egypt, over four millennia ago.  Their infinity jewelry was designed to look like a snake eating its own tail, which symbolized the infinite and continuous renewal.  Their infinity rings were circles, showcased with precious stones.  In the 1600s, John Wallis, an English mathematician, created the infinity symbol that looks like the number 8 on its side.  As you can see, the infinity symbol has been expressed for many centuries.

Infinity Jewelry has become very popular over the past several years.  Infinity jewelry can make a very special anniversary or birthday gift for your significant other.  It can also be a meaningful gift for a best friend whose friendship you treasure.

Even though infinity jewelry has the same infinite symbol, there is still an endless amount of styles you can choose from that will allow anyone to find the right infinity jewelry piece for their loved one.   There are various infinity designs and different combinations of colored gold and colored diamonds.  Infinity jewelry can also be set in either sterling silver or white gold.  Black and silver infinity jewelry is a current trend that many people love.

black and silver infinity collage

We carry a variety of infinity jewelry pieces on our Kranich’s Jewelers Website.  Our selection includes infinity bracelets, infinity rings, infinity earrings, and infinity necklaces.  You can browse through all of our infinity jewelry here: Kranich’s Infinity Jewelry.

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Ruby Gemstone: 40th Wedding Anniversary Gift

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Today, rubies are often worn for fashion, engagement and even medicinal purposes.  It is a traditional wedding anniversary gem for the 15th and 40th anniversaries. Further on in this article, we share a special story of how Ralph decided to buy his wife a ruby ring for his wedding anniversary.

Here are a few reasons why Rubies are so extraordinary:

July’s traditional birthstone is the Ruby.  Rubies are considered to be a precious gemstone because of its rarity in nature. The biggest ruby in the world is 40,920 carats and weighs 8184 grams.  Their rich color and rarity has made them a renowned gemstone to the world for 100s of years.

The word ruby is derived from the Latin word “ruber” for red.   Rubies are composed of the corundum, which is a mineral form of aluminum oxide. The red color is a result of traces of the mineral chromium.  Corundum is the second hardest substance on the Mohs hardness scale and has a rating of 9.

Rubies come in all shades of red but will never be found in any other color because corundum in any other color is actually a Sapphire.  The most desirable shade of ruby is pigeon’s blood which is a very pure red with hints of blue.

Rubies can come in all shapes and sizes and are usually cut using a step or brilliant style. Some rubies are also cabochon cut, which means the top of the gem is smooth and domed.  A very rare form of cabochon cut ruby is a star ruby which reflects the image of a sharp six rayed white star across the top.  This is caused by a natural imperfection, or inclusion in the gem.

Rubies can make a terrific 40th Wedding Anniversary Gift.

Many times, when a couple has been together for 40 years, there are not a lot of unique gifts to give one another that have not already been bought.  However, recently, a customer came into Kranich’s looking for a 40th wedding anniversary gift.  The gentleman said he wasn’t sure what he wanted to get her.   His wife’s birthday was in July, along with their anniversary, so he wanted to find her something really special that would show his love an appreciation for the time they had spent together.  We suggested a ruby, because it was her birthstone and the traditional anniversary gift for the 40th anniversary.

The customer was immediately taken with the idea, because the deep red color of the gem reminded him of the roses she had been caring for in their garden for many years.  He looked at just about every ruby ring we had in the store, but none seemed to capture the sentiment he was looking for in a 40th wedding anniversary gift, until he came across this beautiful ring from Simon G.

Exquisite Simon G. Ruby and Diamond Ring

Immediately, when the ring was placed in his hand, he declared that it was perfect and that it reminded him of their relationship.  40 years is a long time and like all couples they had seen their share of difficulties, but like the two bands that went apart and around then came back together to cradle the ruby, he had learned that when they pulled together they could overcome any obstacle.  He said that through it all their love for each other helped them make it and their love for one another is represented by the two diamond bands that flow under the ruby.  He said all four rows were together in the beginning and all four will be together at the end.  He then finished by saying, “…And as far as the ruby, I’m trusting what you said about her birthstone and the 40th  Wedding Anniversary gift because I have no idea about that.”  We all had a little laugh and told him we were sure she would like it.  Thanks to Ralph for letting us share his story.

 

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Diamond and Gold Heart Pendants this Valentine’s Day

Upon research, diamond heart pendants have come a long way to become the Valentine heart symbol of love that they are today. Two main theories have come forward claiming to be the originator of the current symbol. One theory traces the origin to a now extinct plant seed pod found in the ruins of 7th century Cyrene. The second theory comes from the Catholic church during the 17th century claiming the shape popular today comes from Saint Margaret Mary Alocoque who saw the symbol surrounded by thorns in a vision.

The symbol then began appearing in jewelry during the Victorian era first as a symbol of condolence typically given after a loved one’s death, and later given as a symbol of love representing one heart laying on top of another.

At Kranich’s Jewelers we offer a full selection of diamond jewelry available for Valentine’s Day, none more popular this time of year as our heart shaped necklaces. Here is a small selection of pendants featuring a gold heart.

  • Open Diamond heartThe first diamond heart pendant, 134970 is set in 14 karat white gold. It features an open heart shape boasting 2.00 carats total weight round cut diamonds which are prong set.
  • Next, we feature an elegant 14 karat white gold pave diamond heart pendant, item 140003. Dangling from the right side of a classic heart shape, the pendant features .80 carat round cut diamonds that are pave set. The setting helps give the pendant a sparkling quality viewed at any angle.
  • The following diamond heart pendant is then set in 10 karat white gold. Our gold heart item number 142068 features .08 carat total weight round cut diamonds highlighting the left side of this playful necklace.
  • And finally this diamond heart pendant, item 120358 is set in 18 karat pink gold. It features 2.08 carat total weight diamonds round cut and prong set.

Perfect for any occasion or ensemble, one of these diamond heart pendants offers versatility and style for any special someone for Valentine’s Day.

For any additional questions you may have about any of the diamond heart pendants mentioned in this post 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.

JCK Las Vegas

JCK Las VegasAs you may or may not know, one of the biggest annual jewelry events of the year took place just a few days ago.  JCK Las Vegas opened its doors at their new home at Madalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 3rd and lasted through the weekend until the 6th.

All of your favorite designers found at Kranich’s Jewelers were in attendance including Simon G. Jewelry, Verragio, Scott Kay and many more.  New offerings were also available from the Forevermark Diamond Collection coming soon to all Kranich’s locations.

Every year JCK Las Vegas remains a premier event unveiling the latest in fashion and bridal jewelry for the upcoming season.  Look for new selections from all of your favorite designers coming to kranichs.com in the following weeks.

For questions about the new styles arriving 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.

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.

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.

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.