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!

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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.”

Engagement Story

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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Engagement Story – Kate & Gustavo

Recently, Kate shared her amazing engagement story with us.  Even though their original plans had changed, Kate and Gustavo created a very memorable trip together.

Engagement StoryHere’s how Gustavo proposed to Kate (Written in Kate’s words):

“Gustavo and I had planned to go to New York for Thanksgiving, but plans changed when our hotel was damaged in Superstorm Sandy and closed for business.  Instead, we decided to take a quick trip up to New Haven, CT, since both of us had always wanted to visit Yale’s campus.

On our first morning in town, we were headed out of the hotel when Gustavo said he had forgotten his watch up in the room.  I waited downstairs for quite a while and had almost decided to go back upstairs to see what was wrong when he finally came back down.  (Now that I know the rest of the story, this was when he was going back up to get the ring and trying to figure out the best place to hide it in his jacket!)

After breakfast, Gustavo suggested we take a walk through campus.  It was a beautiful autumn day, and I was having a great time seeing all the old buildings and statues around Yale.  We entered into an empty plaza (since it was Thanksgiving, the majority of students were gone), and Gustavo took the opportunity to get down on one knee and propose.  I was completely surprised by the proposal, but of course was overjoyed & immediately said yes!

Even though neither of us attended Yale as students, we’ll always remember the beautiful campus and the spot where we became engaged.”

Here is a picture of the beautiful ring Gustavo gave to Kate:

Engagement Story

 

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

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Last week, we covered what makes round, princess, marquise, emerald and radiant diamond shapes unique engagement ring selections.  You can find last week’s post here: How To Choose The Perfect Engagement Ring: Diamond Shape – Part I.

This week’s Wednesday Jewelry Lesson, we will be discussing the next five diamond shapes. We will highlight what makes pear, oval, heart, assher and cushion diamond shapes a great engagement ring choice.  We will also provide pictures of the various diamond shapes.

Choosing The Right Diamond Shape: Part II:

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Pear Diamond Shape:

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Resembling a teardrop, this diamond is a hybrid between the marquise cut and the round brilliant.  Worn with the tip pointed towards the nail, the pear diamond can create the illusion of a long, slim finger.  Highly popular during the Renaissance period, the pear diamond displays sparkle from every angle with its 58 facets.

Oval Diamond Shape:

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The Oval shaped diamond is based on the traditional design of the round brilliant.  With its 56 facets, this diamond is full of brilliance and passion. Oval diamonds are very popular as their length can emphasize long, lean fingers.

Heart Diamond Shape:

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Also known as the most romantic diamond shape, the heart is the ultimate symbol of love. The heart shaped diamond is a brilliant cut and requires symmetrical lobes to form the heart shape.  It is basically a pear shape diamond with a cleft at the top.  Consisting of 59 facets, it sparkles with effortless elegance.

Asscher Diamond Shape:

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Created in 1902 by the Asscher Brothers of Holland, the asscher diamond was designed to draw the eye into the diamond.  It is a square step cut that displays deeply cut corners that gives it an octagonal outline. Although the asscher cut may not be a popular traditional choice, it is still very fashionable and has gained recognition when it was featured on the show, “Sex and The City.”  With its 72 step facets, the asscher diamond is sure to glow with brilliance.

Cushion Diamond Shape:

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If you are looking for an engagement ring with an antique look, the cushion diamond is perfect for you.  This classic cut has been radiating beauty for almost 200 years.  Also known as the pillow cut or the candlelight diamond, this square shaped diamond features larger than normal facets.  The cushion cut is a current engagement ring trend worn by many women.

 

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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:  

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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!

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