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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Keegan & Ashley’s Romantic Engagement Story

“The ring from Kranich’s Jewelers stole her heart (only after I did of course).”

Engagement RingThis is a picture of the breathtaking engagement ring Keegan surprised Ashley with when he proposed to her.  Here’s how their engagement story went in Keegan’s words:

“After some planning and scheming, Ashley and I took a walk on Cocoa Beach after dinner just before sunset. During our walk, she stumbled over what appeared to be a wine bottle nestled just under the sand. Seeing there was still a cork in the top, we turned back and pulled the bottle up to investigate. To our surprise, there was a letter rolled up neatly inside. “Should we open it?” she asked. “Absolutely!”  I replied as cautiously as I could.

After my excitement ripped the cork in half, leaving half of it still wedged in the bottle neck, I handed the bottle over to a more delicate set of hands. As we knelt in the sand, she maneuvered the half cork around the letter inside the bottle and freed the tightly bound bundle. As she began reading, it became obvious we had stumbled upon someone’s secret poem! We laughed as she read it line by line until midway through the Shakespearean/Dr. Sues poetic letter. That was when she realized that what she had stumbled upon was written about her.

Engagement RingTears of joy weld up in her eyes as she started slowly reading aloud. As she finished she turned to me and I to her, both kneeling in the sand. I held out before her the ring and with the encouraging words “You need to stand up for the next part”. “I don’t think I can” she replied through tears of joy. From there, on our knees as the sun set behind the beach, she answered my question just how I had hoped: Yes.”

Congratulations to Keegan and Ashley! Here are a few more pictures from their romantic day.

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How To Clean Your Silver Jewelry in 7 Steps

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Silver jewelry conveys a beautiful and elegant shimmer. Unfortunately, silver will begin to tarnish when it is exposed to humidity. It is important to clean your jewelry every so often to help get rid of the dark black coating of tarnish.

Here is what you will need to clean your silver jewelry:

1. A cup of boiling water

2. A tablespoon of baking soda

3. A half cup of white vinegar

4. A tablespoon of white salt

5. A bowl (size depends on how much silver you have to clean)

6. A sheet of tinfoil

7. A type of polishing cloth

How To Clean Your Silver Jewelry

Follow these 7 simple steps to clean your silver jewelry:

Step 1: Boil your water.

Step 2: Take your sheet of tinfoil and line the bottom of your bowl with it. Make sure the shiny side is facing up.

Step 3: Pour 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of white salt into the bowl. Then add a half cup of vinegar slowly.

Step 4: Mix the baking soda, salt and vinegar until the salt and baking soda is dissolved. This step is important, because you don’t want to scratch your silver jewelry.

Step 5: Add your cup of boiling water into the bowl.

Step 6: Gently drop each piece of silver jewelry into the bowl. Then, let your jewelry sit in the bowl. Carefully flip your jewelry over to make sure each side comes in contact with the tinfoil.

Step 7: Take each piece of silver jewelry out of the bowl and buff it with your polishing cloth delicately.

 

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

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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Alex & Melody’s Engagement Story

Engagement StoryCongratulations to both Alex and Melody on your recent engagement! We are very happy for the two of you. Thanks for sharing your beautiful engagement story with us.

Here’s a picture of the ring Alex bought at Kranich’s Jewelers for his fiancé, Melody:

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

“My fiancé, Mel, and I have been dating for 5 years, and this past December, I decided that I wanted to propose to her. After trying to pry and figure out what my fiancé would want in a ring, I was finally ready to buy my ring. I picked out the ring, and after a few months, I had payed it off, and was able to bring it home.

One evening, I took my fiancé out to a nice dinner, and asked if we could stop by to say hello to my sister while she was working. When we got to the church, that I told her we were going to, I brought her into the sanctuary where I had a friend of mine play a song on the piano, while I danced and sang to her. I asked her to marry me, she said yes, and we walked out of the sanctuary.

A few months prior, I had contacted our close friends and family, asking them to be a part of our engagement. As Mel and I walked out the door to the sanctuary, around 60 people were waiting just outside the door, ready to give hugs and congratulations. We spent the rest of the evening celebrating and spending time with friends and family.”

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How To Choose The Perfect Engagement Ring: Choosing The Best Value

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For this week’s Wednesday Jewelry Lesson, we will be discussing how to choose the best value for your engagement ring.  The last three weeks, we covered how to choose the right diamond shape and how to choose the mounting for your diamond.  If you missed any of these posts, you can read them here:

Choosing The Right Diamond Shape Part I

Choosing The Right Diamond Shape Part II

Choosing The Mounting For Your Diamond

Choosing The Best Value:

There are many thoughts on buying a diamond, but in the end it comes down to what makes you happy or what will make the person you are giving it to happy.  There are some people who don’t mind their diamond being a little lower quality, because they want as big of a diamond as they can find, while there are other people who want the perfect diamond.

When you look at diamonds, they are evaluated by the 4 C’s.  They are Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat.  Here is a little bit of information about each of them and how they affect how a diamond looks.

Cut:

The first, and to most people believed to be the most important, is the Cut of the diamond.  The quality of the cut gives the diamond life and helps it sparkle.  When a diamond is cut poorly the light does not refract correctly and the diamond is not as bright and sparkly.  There are some diamonds that are cut too “deep” which means the diamond, when looking at it from the side is deeper than normal.  This cut causes the light to enter the top of the diamond, bounce around inside of the diamond, and then mostly go out the side of the diamond instead of the top.  When a diamond is cut too shallow, the light goes into the diamond and bounces around and then mostly goes out the bottom of the diamond.  When a diamond is cut to the right specifications and using the right angles, the light bounces around inside of the diamond and then mostly comes back out the top or table of the diamond, giving sparkle and life to the diamond.

Clarity:

The second one of the C’s is Clarity.  The clarity of a diamond is important, with respect to being able to see birthmarks or imperfections with the naked eye or not.  Almost all diamonds have some sort of birthmark inside of them, but the key is whether you can see it with the naked eye or not.  When you can see a birthmark with the naked eye, it is said to have a clarity of I, for included.  When you cannot see anything with the naked eye, but you can pick up slight inclusions under 10 x magnification, the diamond is said to have a clarity of SI, for slightly included.  When you get past that, you will find VS (Very Slightly Included), VVS (Very Very Slightly Included), and IF (Internally Flawless).  The difference between a VS and VVS stone is so minor that it takes trained professionals to determine the difference and sometimes even the trained professionals cannot agree on it.

Color:

The third C is Color.  This is of course important, because you want your diamond to sparkle but you always want it to be white, unless it is a colored diamond.   The color scale of diamonds starts at D and follows the alphabet up to Z.  The ground of D-F is known as a colorless diamond, while the group of G-J is known as a near colorless diamond.  The diamonds that are rated from K-N are considered to have a slight tint and you can normally see a touch of yellow in the diamond.  The color of a diamond is important because you want it to look as nice as possible, but in the end most engagement rings fall somewhere in the near colorless range, because they are a great looking diamond with a terrific value.

Carat:

The fourth and final C is Carat weight.  Carat weight is the measure of how much the diamond weighs.  When a diamond weights near 0.50 ct, it is considered to be a ½ ct and a 1 ct is when a diamond weighs near 1.00 ct.  When you look at a diamond, it is important to see how it appears.  There can be diamonds that weigh more, but might look a little smaller than one that weighs less, because it is cut a little deeper than the next one.  As we talked about before, you don’t want one with a cut so deep that it doesn’t sparkle much, but slight differences in cut can affect how a diamond appears in size to the naked eye.

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All in all, as we mentioned before, the most important thing to remember when picking a diamond is to get something you will like or that you will like giving to someone else.  The diamond has been and will be a symbol for years to come of love, achievement, remembrance, and celebration, which makes it the perfect gift when promising your love or showing someone how much they have meant and mean to you.

 

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How To Choose The Perfect Engagement Ring: Choosing The Mounting For Your Diamond

Weekly Wednesday Jewelry LessonFor this week’s Wednesday Jewelry Lesson, we will be discussing how to choose the best mounting for your diamond.  The last two weeks, we covered how to choose the right diamond shape.  If you missed either post, you can read them here:

Choosing The Right Diamond Shape Part I

Choosing The Right Diamond Shape Part II

Choosing The Mounting For Your Diamond:

The mounting is the metal composing the ring, without a center diamond. Engagement ring mountings are a significant part of a ring’s design.  It is the focal point of the ring, holding the precious diamond. There are so many varieties to choose from when searching for a mounting for your engagement ring. Today, we are going to discuss seven of the most traditional mountings. We hope to help you better understand the differences between each type of mounting.

Solitaire Mounting:

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If you are looking for a classic and simple mounting, then the solitaire mounting is the way to go.  It includes one center diamond with no accent diamonds on either side. A prong setting is a common technique for mounting a solitaire diamond.

Three Stone Mounting:

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The Three Stone Mounting is a popular choice for an engagement ring, because it has very special meaning. It includes one center diamond with two accent diamonds on each side.  Each diamond symbolizes the past, present and future of your relationship.

Channel Set Mounting:

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A channel set mounting is when there is one diamond in the middle with smaller diamonds in a channel on both sides of the center diamond. The side diamonds are set next to each other in a groove inside the ring. This is a very secure setting, because it helps prevents the diamonds from getting snagged.

Pave Set Mounting:

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A pave set mounting is when there are small diamonds on top of the metal band on each side of the center diamond. They are so tiny and close together, that it is very hard to see the small amount of metal placed between each pave diamond. It makes it appear as if the surface of the ring is blanketed with diamonds.

Halo Mounting:

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A halo mounting is when there is a halo of smaller diamonds showcasing the larger center diamond.  Diamonds along the side of the center diamond is optional. You can also choose to have a double halo of diamonds around the center stone.  Halo mountings can visually enhance the center diamond, creating a much bigger and more radiant appearance.

Bezel Set Mounting:

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In a bezel set mounting, a metal rim surrounds the diamond by its girdle to keep it in place. This type of setting can be used for any type of diamond shape. It is great at protecting the girdle and can often create the illusion of a much larger diamond.

Shank Mounting:

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A split shank mounting creates the look of two separate bands. It is when the shank splits from the head of the ring. Split shanks display a striking look and can compliment many types of diamond shapes.

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If you are looking for an engagement ring with a vintage look, then a filigree mounting is the perfect choice. Filigree is a delicate kind of jewelry metalwork. It can be made with tiny beads or twisted threads, or both used together. There are countless number of filigree designs to choose from for your ring.

 Make a Custom Engagement Ring Mounting

If none of these mountings seem to be the right one for your engagement ring, you can always get it made custom for you.  We can make a custom mounting that will best suit your style.  Call us toll free at 888-944-4575 or visit our website at kranichs.com.

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