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The Things Nobody Tells You About Engagement Ring Shopping

While your love cannot be defined by a material object, engagement rings and wedding rings sets symbolize your commitment and eternal love. Shopping for the perfect ring requires much thought and consideration, and often takes more than one trip to the jewelry store. To speed up the process, and reduce your level of stress – turn to the tips below.

Determine Your Budget

An excellent place to start is by determining your budget. Your wedding ring is an investment, in both finances and your partnership. Engagement rings are available for all budgets, but the average ring costs 2 to 3 months’ salary. Financing is available in most jewelry stores, but you may want to save up – or set aside your next bonus check to ensure you have a nice down payment.

Determine Her Ring Size

Determining her ring size is a bit trickier than you might think. Pay attention to the rings she wears on a daily basis, and to which one she wears on her left hand ring finger. Try to sneak one of her rings away for a few hours while you head to jewelry store to determine sizing.

Ask for Help Determining Her Style

While you are sneaking a peak in her jewelry box, snap a few pics so that you can get a better idea of her style – but remember that diamond engagement rings are often more formal than everyday rings. Your best bet is to reach out to a friend or family member who knows how to keep your impending proposal a secret. If you are lucky, she has already discussed her ring dreams with one of her friends.

Learn the Basics of Diamond Shopping

Expect to be overwhelmed by your options, but ease your stress by learning a few basics before you head to the jewelry store. For starters, learn a bit more about the 4 C’s:
• Cut – what shape diamond does she want, and how many diamonds total?
• Color – white diamonds aren’t the only option, in fact diamonds come in every color of the rainbow
• Carat Weight – carat weight is directly related to the size of the primary diamond, if you have multiple diamonds you will have an overall carat weight and an individual carat weight
• Clarity – clarity refers to how “perfect” the gemstone is under magnification. Even if the inclusions aren’t visible, she may prefer a rare beauty.

While this may seem self-explanatory, the varying options in each of the 4 C’s will drastically affect the cost of the ring.

Consider Other Gemstones

While diamonds are available in all colors of the rainbow, a diamond engagement ring is not your only option. Consider rubies, emeralds, and sapphires– either as complementary gems or as the centerpiece. Depending on your bride’s sense of style, you could forgo diamonds altogether.

She Will Need a Wedding Band Too

While the engagement ring is your top priority, you will also have to select a wedding band. Some rings are sold in sets, some can be mixed and matched – and all options can be fully customized. Weigh the pros and cons of a plain wedding band so that you can invest more in the engagement ring, but also consider the stylistic benefits of a complementary design.

Know Your Precious Metals

While the diamond, design and setting is certainly top of mind – don’t forget to consider the precious metal the band and setting is made from. The most popular choices are:
• Gold
• White Gold
• Rose Gold
• Platinum

Don’t Forget You

Many couples opt to have a common theme in their rings, at the very least having the same precious metal. That being said, since many men wear little to no jewelry, there is often a bit of flexibility when it comes to selecting the wedding band you will wear. Also determine how much you want to spend on your wedding ring.

Think Ahead

While your current focus is on getting an initial “yes,” also think ahead a bit to whether or not you plan to give the gift of jewelry for anniversaries. A popular trend is to invest in additional bands to celebrate milestone anniversaries. While you certainly wait to select those upgrades, consider if the current ring is easily complimented.

Select a Trusted Jeweler

There is a reason that Kranich’s Jewelers has been in business since 1903 – it’s because we are a trusted Pennsylvania jeweler. While it might be tempting to go with a less-known or even an online-only jeweler, you want to protect your financial investment by selecting a jeweler who you can trust to be honest about cost, quality, service and ongoing needs.

Take Your Time

Shopping may not be your favorite pastime, but don’t feel obligation or pressure to find the perfect ring on the first try. If you are lucky, a ring will capture your attention and simply feel right from the second you lay eyes on it – but you may need some time to think it over. Make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to get it right before you plan your proposal.

Understand Your Jewelers Return & Exchange Policy

Just in case you don’t get it right, you need to know that you can return or exchange the ring you purchase. At Kranich’s, we want both you and your bride-to-be to be happy, which is why we offer a 30-day return policy on all of our in-stock jewelry – restrictions apply for special and custom orders.

Family owned and trusted since 1903, Kranich’s Jewelers is home to the largest selection of diamonds and fine jewelry in the region. Whether you’re shopping online or in-store at one of four locations, you can expect great value and honest service when you’re shopping our selection of engagement rings. Shop our selection today, and discover why so many of our customers become customers for life after working with Kranich’s Jewelers.

The Diamonds Grading History from an Idea to an Institution

If you are reading this blog, odds are you have heard the of the 4 C’s of diamond evaluation before. Well have you ever wondered where the 4 Cs came from? Well, as I don’t have as strong a background in the history of the jewelry industry as others and being a little curios, I decided to do a little investigation on the subject. I found out not only where the term came from, but what exactly the 4Cs are and it all starts in the 1940’s.

Robert M. Shipley

Robert M. Shipley: Founder of the Gemological Institute of America

The beginnings of the 4Cs were laid out by Robert Shipley, founder of the Gemological Institute of America. Originally based out of the Shipley home in 1931, the GIA continued to grow through 1940 when Richard T. Liddicoat, who is recognized as the “father of modern gemology”, joined the staff. It wasn’t until 1953 that Richard introduced the GIA diamond grading system which was a practical approach to grading the quality of diamonds on the basis of color, clarity and cut.

So what are the 4Css? Let’s start with Carat. A carat weight is the unit of measurement based on a base unit of 100 points. So that being said, a diamond with .50 carats is considered a 1/2 carat diamond. Next let’s move to color. The color of a diamond ranges from a scale of D meaning colorless to Z meaning near colorless. Clarity measures both any internal inclusions as well as any external blemishes. The final C is Cut. Cut measures the brilliance and fire of the diamond, in other words, the “sparkle” factor.

So now you know a little more about the 4Cs. If you are interested in learning more about them, I recommend you visit the GIA online at gia.edu. They have a wealth of information on the subject. For any additional questions you may have about the 4 C’s 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.

Kranich’s Acquire Amazing Simon G Kunzite Pendant

Simon G. And Kranich BrothersMichael and Charles Kranich purchased a very unique Simon G pendant at the JCK Trade Show in Las Vegas last week. The Simon G pendant features a very rare Kunzite gemstone. Michael Kranich says the Kunzite is a color he has never seen before. Simon G says it took him two years to find this stone. It is not a typical Kunzite. The oval shaped Kunzite is a dark, rich, bright pink color and weighs 32.64 carats. This stone has amazing clarity and brilliance. It is truly a one of a kind gemstone. Simon created an elegant mounting to frame the Kunzite. The stone rests in an 18 karat tri color white, yellow and rose gold mounting with 169 round white diamonds and 17 fancy yellow diamonds as accents. The Kranich’s are very pleased to have acquired such a stunning piece of jewelry to display in their stores. One lucky customer will make it their own!

For questions about this extraordinary piece by Simon G. 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 Sparkles!

A diamond is perhaps the oldest thing that you will ever own: a piece of carbon transformed under intense heat and pressure over a billion years ago deep within the earth and pushed violently to the earth’s surface in a powerful volcanic explosion.

Diamonds have captivated us for more than three thousand years. In Ancient India, diamonds were considered objects of great power and beauty. A diamond could even transfer its strength to a warrior who wore it into battle. Other cultures held similar beliefs. The word “diamond” comes from the Greek “adamas,” which means unconquerable (and is also the root of our word “adamant”). Some ancient people even believed in the diamond’s ability to uncover evil or hidden poison and to expose guilt by displaying slight variations in color.

Early diamonds were kept uncut or polished. But early shamans recognized the brilliant quality that resided beneath the dull surface and many likened this quality to the perfect soul of man, hidden within an imperfect façade. Others described these gems as the teardrops of God.

Diamonds made their way to Europe along the trade routes, many of which passed through the magical port city of Venice. It is here that we find the earliest known evidence of cut stones, but these cut stones were worn only by the nobility up until a few hundred years ago. A watercolor from 1616 shows the future emperor of India, Shah Jahan, showing off a distinctive diamond turban clip. The Hylle Jewel and the Imperial Orb of Emperor Matthias of Austria are other early examples of the budding diamond trade. Before long, beautiful diamonds began to be used in innumerable ways, such as on fine diadems, crowns, necklaces, rings, brooches, and gospel covers and even on religious statuary and sculptures. The world had fallen in love with the diamond.

Over the years, through advancement in technology and changes in aesthetic sensibilities, new styles of diamonds have come into vogue. Now the most popular diamond cut in the United States is the Round cut—and perhaps for good reason. The round cut is arguably the most perfect proportionally, which makes it the most beautiful optically. It also has the highest level of light refraction making it the shiniest diamond cut.

The princess cut was created in the 1960s, making it a very modern style which has grown in popularity in recent years. The top of the diamond is square, while the profile resembles an inverted pyramid. The princess cut is worn by many celebrities, including Lara Spencer, Penny Lancaster, and Star Jones.

The Asscher cut is much rarer than the round cut. Most of the early examples were designed for royalty, thereby giving this cut a vintage quality that many appreciate. It has Old World charm and harkens to the Art Deco period. An antique Asscher is quite difficult to find; in fact, an enthusiast would have to scour antique shops to locate one. While the round cut makes your eye scan the surface of the radiant stone, enjoying its brilliance, the Asscher cut draws your eye into the heart of the diamond, which is why many feel the Asscher has an attractive depth other cuts may not so much embody.

The diamond’s story is captivating and ever evolving. Today you can find diamonds from the classical and ever-loved diamond ring, to encrusted cell phone covers, dollar-sign bling, to fashion-rocking diamond-decorated swimsuits. Diamonds have found very important practical purposes in stonemasons’ saws, surgeons’ tools, dentists’ drills, polishers for car engines, and heat conductors in copper wires. It is safe to say that the diamond’s place in modern society is both secure and changing, enabling great technological advancements, bringing beauty and happiness to important occasions, and of course, symbolizing enduring love.

-Darby Lezhava

For questions about your diamonds or 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.

10 Engagement Rings, 10 Weeks, 10 Lucky Verragio Fans

Would you like a free designer Verragio ring from their upcoming Venetian line?  Yeah, I thought you might.  Check out this post that originally appeared on PRweb.


Verragio, manufacturer of engagement rings and wedding bands, will be giving away 10 engagement rings to 10 of its fans on Facebook beginning March 24th through their newest sweepstakes.

New York, NY (PRWEB) March 23, 2010 — Verragio is giving their fans on Facebook another 10 chances to win an 18K gold and diamond engagement ring during a new sweepstakes titled “Ten Verragio Rings, Ten Weeks, Ten Winners.” Each engagement ring that will be given away will be from Verragio’s new Venetian Collection beginning March 24, 2010.

The Venetian Collection by Verragio

With Barry Verragio’s latest Venetian collection, Verragio will offerengagement ring and wedding band designs that go beyond the typical engagement ring styling to provide a unique look reminiscent of fine Italian lace. The rings in the Venetian Collection will join Verragio’s Couture, Insignia, Paradiso and Classico Collections as another option to the engagement ring shopper who is looking for a ring style that is transcendent of time.

“Giving away 10 engagement rings to our loyal Verragio fan base is not only a token of appreciation for their support,” says Barry Verragio, “But also a great way to introduce them to the newest Verragio Collection before they are even available in retail establishments.” The Venetian Collection will be available in authorized retail establishments beginning May 2010.

To become eligible for Verragio’s engagement ring giveaway, you must become a Fan of Verragio on Facebook. Specific rules of the contest will be posted on March 23, 2010. Ten winners will be selected at random and announced on the official Verragio Fan Page.

About Verragio:

Verragio specializes in engagement rings and wedding bands of the highest quality and beauty. Verragio is the creator of the Lumino Setting, a revolutionary setting technique that reveals all sides of a diamond, opening up every facet to light. Available in platinum, gold and palladium, the Verragio Collections can be seen only in carefully selected, authorized retail establishments located in the United States and Canada.

For questions about the latest line from Verragio or 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.

How are diamonds formed?

By a vast margin the most popular gemstone on earth, diamonds are synonymous with elegance and permanence. Anyone who looks at one knows that diamonds are beautiful and radiant, but looking at one curiously gives no indication as to how the stone came to exist, or under what conditions it was formed. For true diamond lovers and aficionados, this article is for you!

Diamonds are typically formed in the earth’s mantle, the layer below the crust that is largely a mess of volcanic rocks and gasses. Carbon-containing minerals are put under the extreme pressure and heat found inside the mantle, and over a process of 1 billion to 3.3 billion years, a diamond is formed. Coal is a remarkably fertile source of carbon found abundantly in the earth’s mantle, and it is from these humble deposits that many diamonds are formed. However! Not all diamonds are formed from coal, but rather from any carbon-rich mineral! As we do not typically mine that far deep in the earth, the diamonds we have found in mines dotted all around the world were carried to the surface by volcanic activity. When the magma from these fissures in the earth cool into igneous rock, diamonds are sometimes found within.

There is, however, another set of circumstances found naturally on Earth that can create diamonds. Very small diamonds known as ‘microdiamonds’ are also found at the site of meteoric impacts with our planet, as the heat and pressure created by falling megatons of rock can, in small measure, replicate the kind of heat and pressure found deep within the earth. Even more fantastically, some diamonds – such as the black ‘carbonado’ diamonds – might have even been formed in space and deposited on our planet by impacting the rocks where they were born!

As you can see, diamonds truly are a timeless treasure, formed under exceptionally rare conditions and taking billions of years to attain their unique beauty, shimmer, and luster. Here at Kranich’s Jewelers, we have perfected the art of using diamonds to their fullest potential in ways that are as unique and timeless as the stones themselves. For all your diamond wishes, take a look at our vast selection of diamond jewelry and bring these magnificent stones into your life today!

For questions about your diamonds or for more on any specific piece from Kranich’s Jewelers, visit Kranichs.com or call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to help you.

Boy Finds Treasure in The Back Yard

In case you missed it over the weekend, here is a nice story out of the Boston area about a young boy who found a missing engagement ring and wedding band while playing in the back yard.

Ryan Baima, 3, loves to dig in his yard, and it was while he was digging recently that he made an incredible discovery.

He brought a ring, caked with dirt, over to his mother.  Luna Baima says she didn’t think much of it, until Ryan asked if she wanted the other one.  That’s when it clicked in her head, that her son had likely just found someone’s engagement ring and wedding band.
Luna began asking neighbors about the rings, and one neighor remembered that 33 years ago, a woman named Joan Mulligan had lost her rings while weeding in the yard.

To read the complete article from WBZTV click HERE.

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

Kranich’s Jewelers Featured in iPhone App

Kranich’s Jewelers is featured in an app that creates diamond jewelry

New Red Box Diamond® iPhone app connects shoppers’ dreams and jewelers fulfillment ability

iPhone ArtIn order to make shopping fun, exciting and convenient, Kranich’s Jewelers has recently joined an exclusive list of Red Box Diamond retailers registered on the first Apple iPhone application of its kind, Live Diamond Try On.

iPhone users can browse for the perfect diamond from Red Box Diamonds, design a beautiful yellow gold or white metal ring around it, and then try the ring on “virtually” using a photo of their own hand taken with the iPhone camera. They can lay the resulting image on top of their hand and watch the jewelry sparkle at actual size. Live Diamond Try On lets our customers shop for their dream diamond engagement ring anytime, anywhere. They can do it alone, with that special someone, or while out with friends. They can explore how different diamond shapes, styles and of course sizes – up to 5 carats – look on their hand. All for free!

Once you have found the most spectacular diamond ring, customers can locate us right from the app to find out more information about the real thing.

In addition to providing beautiful, personalized engagement rings, Kranich’s Jewelers also offers Red Box Diamonds, a diamond brand providing trust, confidence and security to diamond purchasers.

iPhone 2In the same way trust is important to any lasting relationship, our Red Box Diamonds offer consumers confidence in their diamond purchase. With a Red Box Diamond, consumers can have a high level of comfort knowing the value added benefits that accompany every diamond, which include a grading report from a reputable independent gemological laboratory, serial number laser engraved on the girdle of the stone, free loss protection for a full year with renewal options, and trade-up opportunities.

For more information about Red Box Diamonds or Live Diamond Try On contact us at kranichscorp@kranichs.com or visit us at Kranichs.com. Become a Facebook fan or follow us on Twitter.

For questions about the iPhone application or for more on any specific piece from Kranich’s Jewelers, visit Kranichs.com or call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to help you.

How Much is my Diamond Ring Worth? That’s a Good Question!

Ritani RingBefore you purchase a new diamond ring, anniversary ring, or engagement ring, you should have an idea of what you’re searching for, and some idea of how not to be fooled by a convincing fake! Kranich’s Jewelers would like to introduce you to the ‘Four C’s’ of diamond selection, a handy guide to valuing diamonds and telling them apart from synthetic stones!

The ‘Four C’s’ represent: color, clarity, cut, and carat weight, and these are the four value factors that professional gemologists and jewelers use to describe stones. These four factors, when taken together, provide a rough estimate of a stone’s value.

‘Color’ represents the letter value that is ascribed to the color the diamond bears before it is set. All diamonds contain microscopic discolorations that can be seen by a professional gemologist. The better the letter, the better the overall color of the gem. Values of D, E, and F are for diamonds that are virtually colorless. G, H, and I are for diamonds that are very nearly colorless, while K, L, and M represent gems with a slight tint, grades N, O, P, Q, and R being fairly tinted, usually a slight yellowish color, and lastly, grades S through Z being used for diamonds that are noticeably tinted, so much so the discoloration can be seen by the naked eye.

Cubic zirconia, moissanite, and other diamond replicas will frequently be unnaturally clear and colorless. Grown in a lab setting, these stones are not subject to the same imperfections that natural diamonds from the earth are.

‘Clarity’ represents the overall integrity of the gem, or in other words, how free of scratches, chips, interior cracks, or other flaws, all known as inclusions, it is. Most such flaws are only visible through a gemologists’ scope or other looking device such as a jewelers’ loupe. Clarity is an important factor, even if you can’t tell the difference between a clear and unclear gem at a glance, and the clearer the diamond, the more it’s worth. You should be carefully to know the flaws your diamond has, because each one is a possible weak spot on the diamond to be mindful of.

Replica or simulated diamonds will likewise be unnaturally free of such internal and external flaws. Real diamonds are created under extreme pressure and heat that leaves scars; simulants are created in laboratories under precise and controlled conditions.

‘Cut’ is possibly the most subjective to your diamond’s monetary value, but for many people it’s the most important when determining personal value. The fashion in which the diamond has been shaped is its cut, and you probably know many of them by familiar names like ‘princess’, ‘heart’, ’emerald-cut’, ‘pear’, ‘round brilliant’, ‘cushion’, ‘marquise’ and so on. While a poor cut can negatively effect the value of a diamond overall, a well-crafted shape does little to affect the price of the gem. Still, various cuts mean different things or bear different significance to different people, and has a lot of bearing on what stones are purchased or passed on. Another more important component of the cut of a diamond is it’s ability to reflect light. The more optimum the facets of a diamond are, the more sparkle and fire is generated while the light is reflected back out of the stone. It will cause the diamond to dance in the light, therefore be much more eye appealing and noticeable. Conversely, a poorly cut diamond will appear dead and lifeless.

Imitation diamonds frequently receive the same cuts as the genuine article, though a sloppy cut can be indicative of a stone of lesser value. However, this is the hardest factor by which to judge a stone on sight.

‘Carat’, lastly, is a simple expression of how much the diamond weighs. Obviously, the larger and heavier the diamond, the more monetary value it has. One carat is equal to 1/5 of a gram. Generally you will find that larger diamonds vastly out value their smaller cousins, as larger diamonds are rare and, thus, more in demand. In fact, one large diamond is frequently worth double, triple, or many times over more than its’ equivalent carat weight in smaller diamonds, and the price goes up exponentially the larger the diamonds get!

Thanks to replica stones being relatively cheap, they can be created in large sizes and sold for prices anywhere from fair to drastically overinflated, in such cases as they are being passed off as genuine. Use your common sense; if a diamond seems too big to be as cheap as it’s being sold for, chances are good it’s not a real diamond at all!

Naturally, the only way to be completely sure how much your diamond ring is worth is to take it to be valued by a certified gemologist or AGS Jeweler, who will consider all of these factors when judging the value of your stone and be able to tell you definitively if your stone is a genuine diamond. Alternatively, if you’re still looking for that perfect, gem, shop in confidence with Kranich’s Jewelers and be assured to get a clear, brilliant, well-cut diamond at a value price!

 

To learn more or for questions about any specific piece, please call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to assist you.