Holiday Gifts Under $150

Holiday Gifts Under $150

Today we’re sharing our top holiday picks under $150. These gift ideas are perfect for any woman in your life, and can be cherished for years to come.

#1 STERLING SILVER & DIAMOND ANGEL PENDANT  – $149

First up is this sterling silver diamond Angel Pendant coming in at just under $150. This necklace is 18 inches in length with .10cttw in diamonds. Perfect for any seasonal outfit or worn all year round!

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Sterling Silver Diamond Angel Pendant

#2 PANDORA LAVISH SPARKLE RING – $125

Our next pick is the PANDORA Lavish Sparkle Ring as seen in O, The Oprah Magazine Favorite Things Issue. This ring features sterling silver with cubic zirconia stones, and gives a contemporary look with antique-inspired textures.

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Pandora Lavish Sparkle Ring

#3 ALEX AND ANI NORTH STAR CHARM BANGLE – $32

Our third holiday gift idea is the ALEX AND ANI North Star Charm Bangle. Carry the North Star as a constant and dependable guide – its direction never fails you. This bracelet comes in a silver or gold finish, and can be layered for a fun stacked look. *Available in our Meriden, Waterbury, and Torrington Michaels Jewelers locations.

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Alex And Ani North Star Charm Bangle

#4 PANDORA ROSE TIMELESS ELEGANCE EARRINGS – $100

We also wanted to feature the PANDORA Rose Timeless Elegance Earrings for all of the rose gold tone lovers out there! These earrings feature a halo of cubic zirconia stones surrounding a danube-cut center stone.  PANDORA Rose can be described as a unique metal blend consisting of copper and silver with rose gold plating. This timeless design is also available in sterling silver.

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PANDORA Rose Timeless Elegance Earrings

#5 STERLING SILVER FASHION PENDANT – $99

Our final holiday gift guide pick is this sterling silver fashion pendant. This necklace is 18 inches in length, and has a brushed finished tear drop slide. It can be dressed up or down, and is great for any occasion.

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Sterling Silver Fashion Pendant

Well, that’s a wrap for our holiday gift guide under $150. We hope that these ideas will help you find the perfect gift for any woman in your life. We would love for you to share your favorite jewelry piece from this guide in the comments below! Happy Holidays!

Top Holiday Jewelry Trends

Top Holiday Jewelry Trends

The holidays are almost here!  We’re here to guide you to the perfect gift so we’ve put together a few of our favorite holiday jewelry trends to help you with your holiday gifting needs!

1. Personal Pendants: 

Personalized pendants are one of the top jewelry trends this season because they have personality. These personalized pendants include name plate necklaces, monograms, zodiac signs, and specialty pendants that make a statement.

2. Long Earrings:

This is one of our favorite trends! Fun and fashionable long earrings can be taken from day to night. Make a statement with a cascading style or try a pair with mixed metals.

3. Pearl Accents:

Pearl accents are one of the top holiday jewelry trends this season! These classic beauties are making a comeback among jewelry designers. As opposed to the classic pearl designs, we’re seeing delicate accents paired with trendy designs like the “Y” bar necklace featured below.

4. Statement Rings:

Lastly, we’re seeing statement rings make a comeback. There have been a lot of ring trends lately, from stackables to multiple rings on one hand. While we love these other trends, statement rings are a standout this holiday season.

 

We hope that these holiday jewelry trends and ideas help you get a strong start to your holiday shopping! Let us know what your favorite jewelry trends are in the comments below, and be sure to check out more fun styles at Michaels Jewelers.

December Birthstones Highlight

December babies are extra special, not only do they get to share their birth month with one of the most magical times of the year, they get not just one – but THREE birthstones!

All with hues of blue (inline with the winter blues), Tanzanite, Zircon & Turquoise showcase are all relatively inexpensive but each have their own unique and beautiful characteristics that stand apart from one another.

Here are some quick facts on each of these beauties:

TANZANITE

  • Can only be found in one part of the world – Tanzania (hence the name)
  • Tanzanite was first discovered in 1967 by Maasai herders who found blue crystals in the Merelani Hills near Arusha, Tanzania – making this one of the ‘youngest’ gemstones known to man
  • Color will range from pale blue to intense ultramarine with violet undertones
  • Tanzanite is also a popular gift to commemorate the 24th wedding anniversary
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Tanzanite & Diamond Pendant 

BLUE ZIRCON

  • Zircon was first found in Australia 4.4 BILLION years ago, making it the oldest mineral on earth
  • Zircon can be found in an array of colors ranging from yellow to red, green, brown and blue
  • Color differences in zircon are caused by impurities, some of which (like uranium) can be slightly radioactive. These gems are also treated with heat to stabilize the radioactivity
  • Since the Middle Ages, people have believed that zircon can induce sleep, ward off evil and promote prosperity
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10kyg Edwardian Blue Zircon Pin

TURQUOISE

  • Turquoise color ranges from powdery blue to greenish robin’s egg blue
  • Turquoise buried in Ancient Egyptian tombs is among the world’s oldest jewelry
  • Turquoise is colored by copper, which creates some of the most vivid blues and greens in gems
  • Ancient Egyptians called turquoise “mefkat,” which also means “joy” and “delight.
William Henry Turquoise Knife

To learn more about these gorgeous gemstones – check out the American Gem Society article found here .

7 Reasons to Buy Estate Jewelry

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Our Estate Collection is truly one of the most unique, eclectic and utterly amazing grouping of jewelry that we have come across.  We have are consistently sourcing new pieces to bring in new pieces to showcase in our semi-annual Estate Shows.  Many people don’t realize how special this grouping of jewelry really is.  With that, we have compiled our top 7 reasons to buy Estate Jewelry:

  1. Truly, One-of-a-kind Pieces –  Estate Eras span hundreds of years – many pieces hand made and custom-made for an individual.  These are the pieces reproductions are made of.  So why not own the real deal?  Discover unique cuts of diamonds, intricate designs that may have come over from Europe hundreds of years ago.  Who knows, one of these treasures could have been owned by a Royal family!
  2. Well-Made and Here to Stay – As mentioned above, these pieces have really stood the test of time having survived wars, famine, depressions, remissions and more.  Our Estate pieces were well-made and were (and are) luxury pieces that were designed to last – something you can pass down generations to generations in the future
  3. Serious Deals – We purchase all of our estate merchandise from customers from our Michaels stores and other jewelry stores across the country. Customers are usually looking to liquidate jewelry they no longer wear or inherited items that don’t fit their style. We also attend auctions and shows where we may purchase additional pieces which means we negotiate deals on each piece, we then pass these savings on to you.  Many of our Estate pieces sell at upwards of 60% off retail/market value.  However, some of these items can be limited edition watches or pieces that just aren’t made any more.  In that case, these items are truly invaluable.
  4. 100% Authentic – Our lead appraiser is certified by the American Gem Society and has over 40 years experience.  Each item brought into our hands is carefully appraised and valued.  With over 130 years in the industry, you can trust buying from Michaels Jewelers
  5. Diamonds, Diamonds Diamonds – We have a collection of loose diamonds that we have added to our Estate Collection that gives our clients an opportunity to buy selected diamonds we’ve purchased advantageously from private estates, individuals and banks at significant savings.  Looking for an engagement ring or perhaps to upgrade your ring?  Do you want to create a new piece of jewelry but thought it would be out of your price range?  Check out this collection for some serious deals
  6. Personal Concierge – Do you have a very specific limited edition watch or perhaps a piece that you saw somewhere but can’t seem to find?  Let our Estate Concierge be your personal shopper and search our connections of other Estate Dealers from around the country to find exactly what you are looking for.  Contact them today at estate@michaelsjewelers.com
  7. You’re Sure to Find Something You’ll Love – We have over 600 pieces in our touring trunk show and we literally add new items in everyday we promise you’ll find something!  Our pieces range from under $100 and up to tens of thousands of dollars – we have a piece for every price range and every occasion.  Older jewelry not your thing?  We have modern pieces from some of the top designers such as Tiffany, David Yurman and Cartier as well as collections of almost-new pieces that will really wow you!

To learn more, view our event dates or to view our Estate Collection, click here or to view our full catalog click here.

Why We Love the Edwardian Era

In 1901, Queen Victoria’s son, Edward VII took the throne and officially begun the Edwardian Era (1901-1915), following the Victorian Era.  The reign of King Edward VII brought a new romance defined by lightness, delicacy, predominately filigree work and mostly set in platinum.  There was quite a bit of knife-edge metal work to add a lacy emphasis, giving the Edwardian Era jewelry more intricate and detailed design.

Diamonds were mainly used and can be seen accented with pearls.  We also saw a new technique called ‘milgraining’ which gave pieces a more decorative look.  Check out some of our favorite pieces from this elegant, feminine era:

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18kwg Edwardian Diamond Ring, $995
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14kwg Edwardian Filigree Pin with Old European Center Diamond, $895 
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Platinum Edwardian Diamond Cluster Ring, $2,950

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Platinum Edwardian Diamond & Pearl Necklace, $4,750

 

 

Check out our website for our Estate Show schedule and come see our full collection of Estate Pieces!

 

Check out our Estate Trunk Show Tour to see our full collection of Estate Pieces!

 

Buying Guide: 10 Tips From The Pros On Buying Wedding Bands

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With our Wedding Band Event around the corner, we wanted to share 10 Tips From the Pros (our Managers) on buying Wedding Bands and Anniversary Bands:

1. Buy from a reputable jeweler! Buy from a jeweler who wants more than to just make a sale. Deal with one who wants to help you celebrate life’s most memorable moments, for a lifetime and more importantly, make sure they have a good reputation and proper credentials.  We recommend checking out the American Gem Society to find a jeweler who is certified to what is the upmost standard in the jewelry world.

2. Plan ahead and order early, if necessary! With so many designs and custom fittings available, you may choose something that will require additional time. Many special orders can take upwards of 4 weeks or more and you want to make sure you have plenty of time before the wedding to make sure your ring is perfect. 

3. Make sure it is what you want. Do you want his and her matching bands? Though matching bands are certainly available, it is not necessary to mach perfectly to either your engagement ring or your significant other’s ring.  Today, we find that more people are choosing non-traditional bands that include alternative metals or a different style that complements the engagement ring but gives it a new look.  Also – another element to consider is what you do for a living.  If you or your significant other works outside or with their hands, it may alter your decision as to what style works best for you everyday lifestyle.  

4. Decide what is most important to you. Is the quality of the diamonds more important than the size? Do you want Platinum or Gold? What is your budget? All of these factors will determine what the best value may be for you.  There are so many different options at all price points – ensuring you can find the perfect ring that matches all of your criteria.

5. Find a band that fits your engagement ring. If your engagement ring is set with a higher mounting, a curved band may be the best option so the wedding band runs flush with the engagement ring.  Another option would be an insert or wrap which are two wedding bands soldered together to frame your engagement ring.

6. Customize it! Michaels Jewelers offers many additional services such as custom sizing and inside ring engraving.  Did you see something on Pinterest or in a magazine?  Bring a picture of your dream ring to our store and let our associates help your design the perfect ring.  With our custom ring design, we can create your dream ring – the possibilities are endless! 

7. Make sure it matches your metal type! You should consider matching your metals so they age the same over time.  When it comes to the style of the ring, that’s where you can let your creativity kick in.  Today, we find that mixing and matching different styles can complement your engagement ring.

8. Consider having your engagement ring and wedding band soldered together to prevent friction, wear and keep them always aligned. Don’t worry; this process can be easily reversed if you wish to upgrade your ring in the future.

9. Don’t be afraid to add some color. Diamonds are the traditional stone when it comes to bridal however don’t be afraid to add in your favorite gemstone.  We love alternating deep hues of Sapphires or Rubies to give your wedding band a pop of color.  Does a birthstone have significance to you?  We have the ability to create any wedding band using gemstones.  

10. Take advantage of our special events! Michaels Jewelers’ Wedding Band Event  takes place from March 24th-April 29th.  During this time, when you buy one wedding band, you will receive a coupon up to $500* towards your second band!  Plus – our weekend trunk shows will showcase hundreds of different styles and you have the opportunity to meet our vendors who can help you pick out the perfect ring.  See below for trunk show dates:

March 24th – 25th – Meriden & Orange
March 31st – April 1st – Waterbury & Torrington
April 7th – 8th – Westfarms & Manchester
April 21st – 22nd – Avon & Danbury
April 28th – 29th – Trumbull & Bristol

 *See store for details

Why We Love the Victorian Era

Why We Love the Victorian Era

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Our Estate Show is upon us and we have some really exciting new pieces to share.  Our buyers have been working hard over the past few months to bring some of the most unique and intricate pieces we have ever seen!  Some of these items are from the Victorian Era, one of our favorite eras. Here’s a few fun facts about the Victorian Era and some of our favorite pieces you should definitely check out for yourself:

  • Many of the eras were named after royalty – you guessed it, the Victorian Era was named after Queen Victoria and was from 1831-1901
  • Pieces from this era were all handmade – something we rarely see with modern jewelry – its amazing to see these pieces have lasted over a hundred years!
  • This era was also known as the “Romance Era”, an emphasis on sentiment, hearts and floral designs were extremely common in earlier in this era
  • Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, died in 1861 so we find that black enamel and jet jewelry grew in importance as Victoria remained in formal mourning by dressing in black every day until the day she died, 40 years later (talk about true love!)
  • Cameos, slide necklaces and memoir pieces were also very common during this era

Here are a few of our favorite pieces from our Victorian Era Estate collection:

10960075 copy14kyg Victorian Era Slide Necklace with Oval Stone Cameo Slide and Seed Pearl, $2,495

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18kyg Victorian Era Mourning Pin with Black Onyx and Seed Pearls, $1,100

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18kyg Victorian Era Enameled Oval Brown Zircon & Diamond Ring, $3,950

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14kyg Victorian Era Carved Cameo Pin/Pendant, $2,295

Don’t forget to stop in to view our collection of hundreds of Estate Pieces this weekend and check out our website for our full Estate Show schedule