September Sapphire Birthstone

September Sapphire Birthstone

Sapphires have been cherished for thousands of years for their color, durability, and luster! September’s birthstone symbolizes wisdom, loyalty and nobility.

Most think of the royal blue variety, but this gemstone can occur in all colors of the rainbow (except red, which is classified as a ruby). This gives September babies a full spectrum of options when choosing the shade that best represents them.

Here are some fun facts that we love:

  • One of the world’s most famous blue sapphire engagement rings is the one worn by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, which previously belonged to the late Diana, Princess of Wales
  • Sapphire comes in many colors, including the rare pinkish orange variety known as Padparadscha, meaning “lotus blossom”
  • Long mineral inclusions that intersect can create the star effect when stones are cut as cabochons
  • They are remarkably hard and measure 9 on the Mohs scale, second only to diamond

Care & Cleaning for Sapphires:

  • Warm, soapy water is always safe
  • Ultrasonic and steam cleaners are usually safe for untreated, heat-treated, and lattice diffusion treated stones
  • Fracture-filled, cavity-filled, or dyed material should only be cleaned with a damp cloth

Styling Sapphires

Sapphires make great gifts for anyone born in September or celebrating a 5th or 45th wedding anniversary. Whatever your reason for buying sapphire, you can’t go wrong with this brilliant gemstone!

1. Everyday staples laced with the beauty of blue sapphires! This perfectly paired set will make the perfect gift.

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2. Sapphire and diamonds make the perfect pair – Layer up tennis bracelets for a stylish look heading into Fall!

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3. Add a pop of color to any outfit! This sapphire and diamond ring is sure to make a statement

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To learn more about sapphires – check out the AGS article found here.

 

Hint Hint

Okay, so you’ve found your dream engagement ring from Michaels Jewelers. In order to take home that bling, you’ll probably want to drop a hint.

Design your own engagement ring

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If you want to distract your partner with something shiny, here are some surefire ways to drop a hint.

Drop a Hint: Instagram Inspo!

Share your sparkling find via Instagram by browsing our feed for inspo, and save your favorites to a dedicated engagement ring collection. A DM is your best best if you’re trying to keep things low-key.

You can also tag your significant other in an Instagram post using #michaelsjewelers.

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Drop a Hint: Repin on Pinterest

Pinterest is a great source for engagement ring and wedding inspo. Once you’ve figured out your unique style, it’s time to drop a hint.

Pin a ring or two to your board or repin one of our curated pins. Make your board public and share it with your significant other or keep it private and invite them to be a collaborator.

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Have your hopes set on a ring from Michaels Jewelers? You might want to save these popular pins to your board:

White Gold Solitaire 

Radiant Cut Halo

Oval Cut Halo

Platinum Marquise 

White Gold Crossover 

Drop a Hint: Love at First Site

You can also drop a hint via our website. If you find yourself torn between a few rings, add them to your wishlist and share it with your significant other! Simply find a ring you like and click the heart icon next to each ring to add it to your wish list.

michaels-jewelers-websitePro tip: To save your list for future reference, either create an account or log in.

Let us know how you popped the suggestion in the comments below or on our social channels: Instagram or Facebook

Make an appointment with one of our specialists today!

Pro Tips: Diamond Fluorescence

Have you ever noticed the term “Fluorescence” when shopping for a diamond? Did you know that some diamonds show effects under ultraviolet light?

For most people who purchase diamonds, fluorescence will be a non-issue, but some might be confused by the term. Diamond fluorescence is a characteristic in which a diamond displays a glow (usually blue) when exposed to ultraviolet light. More rarely, they emit a yellow or orangy light. According to the GIA, about 25% to 35% of diamonds exhibit some degree of fluorescence.

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Our expert Blake, General Manager Michaels Jewelers Trumbull, shared the effects of diamond fluorescence and what to look for when selecting a diamond.

1. Strong fluorescence can make a diamond look hazy/milky and oily with less transparency in natural light. It may appear like a film on the stone, almost as though there are really bad finger prints you can’t wipe off

2. Slight fluorescence can actually improve the appearance of color in a diamond to make it look naturally whiter – This may save a little bit on the cost of the stone. However, to ensure the best reflection, refraction and dispersion, and to maximize these aspects of a diamond with superior cuts, you ideally don’t want any fluorescence conflicting with that

3. Overall, fluorescence is neither good nor bad. A diamond’s beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Leave us a comment below with any additional questions related to diamond fluorescence and what you’d like to see next in our Pro Tips series!

April Diamond Birthstone

April Diamond Birthstone

Happy birthday April ladies! Continuing on with our birthstone series, today we’re highlighting the diamond, the most prized gemstone of all!

Diamonds come in a variety of colors including yellow, red, pink, blue, and green. Generally speaking, the more saturated the color, the higher the value. Fancy-color diamonds are very desirable, but they’re more rare.

Some fun facts about this beautiful gemstone:

  • Diamond is the only gem made of a single element – It’s typically about 99.95% carbon
  • Over the centuries, diamond was thought to be an antidote to poison. It’s now the universal symbol of love!
  • Whether you’re celebrating an April birthday or a 60th or 75th wedding anniversary, giving a diamond means giving a perfectly beautiful gift that will truly stand the test of time

Take a look at some of our top gifting ideas!

1. Bezel set diamond ring & pendant

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2. Diamond heart friendship bracelet

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3. Tiffany & Co diamond XO necklace from our Estate Collection

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4. Yellow gold pear shape diamond ring

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To learn more about this beautiful gemstone – check out the American Gem Society article found here.

 

2018 Jewelry Trends

2018 Jewelry Trends

Spring is quickly approaching, and we’re loving all of the fashion and accessory trends we’re seeing for the season! So to get in the spring mood, we’re sharing our top jewelry trends for 2018. 

Statement Pearls

We’re seeing pearls everywhere this season from embellishment on clothing to statement jewelry. This Tiffany & Co. pearl necklace is a great way to try out this trend. 

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Brooches

Next, brooches are making a comeback in a big way! Brooches can be worn on the left or right over the bust, as an embellishment at the center of a buttoned collar, on a jean jacket, or on your favorite scarf. The options are pretty much endless. Try this platinum Edwardian Filigree Pin for a unique look.

Picture1Vintage Pieces

Vintage jewelry is truly one-of-a-kind, and you can discover unique cuts of diamonds and intricate designs that may have come over from Europe hundreds of years ago. Check out this vintage Tiffany & Co necklace that just arrived in our Estate Collection!

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Learn more and browse our Estate Collection at Michaels Jewelers here!

The Chain Drop

The chain drop earring has become a celebrity staple on the red carpet this award season! It’s sleek, yet it still makes a statement. These Freshwater Pearl drop earrings are a great affordable option to style this trend.

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Cameos

Cameos have become a street style favorite in fashion’s flashiest cities, and we will see more of this trend throughout the season! This 10K white gold cameo pin has beautiful detail, and allows you to style two trends in one – the brooches.Picture2

Inlay & Enamel

Lastly, we’re seeing jewelry incorporating color and illustration with the use of enamel and inlay. They’re definitely having their moment in the style spotlight. This stunning Hidalgo ring features diamonds and blue enamel.

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Discover unique, one-of-a-kind pieces like these during our Spring Estate Event! Our touring trunk show will be visiting each Michaels Jewelers store a different weekend showcasing hundreds of designer, era & signature pieces. View the full event schedule here.

Be sure to check out our Spring Estate Catalog below!spring-estate-catalog

That wraps up our top jewelry trends for 2018. Be sure to let us know in the comments which trends you’ll be trying out! 

 

 

Get The Look – Oscars 2018

Get The Look – Oscars 2018

We saw a lot of colorful looks at the 2018 Oscars! The major trends included sparkling drop earrings with pear shaped gems or filigree designs & diamonds with white metals.

Samara Weaving

We saw Weaving opt for rose gold earrings with rubellite & amethyst. Get the look with these Judith Kipka drop earrings, which feature round briolette cut pink sapphires & mother of pearl.

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Allison Janney

Best Supporting Actress nominee, Allison Janney, wore more than 125 carats of diamonds on the red carpet! The standout piece is the 55.26 carat diamond necklace set in platinum. Make a statement with this platinum Riviera diamond necklace inspired by Janney’s look.

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Nicole Kidman

We saw actress Nicole Kidman stun in these cluster diamond chandelier earrings weighing in at 23.52 carats. These white gold & diamond spiral drop earrings are a great option to get Kidman’s look.

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18K WHITE GOLD SPIRAL DROP DIAMOND EARRINGS

Gal Gadot

We’re loving the glamorous aquamarine necklace that Gadot wore on the red carpet! This 27-carat aquamarine drop necklace features over 1,000 diamonds, which played up the sequins on her gunmetal gown. Get her look with this Victorian aquamarine necklace from our 2018 Spring Estate collection.

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Share your favorite Oscars’ styles in the comments below!

Tips to Restyle Your Outdated Jewelry

Tips to Restyle Your Outdated Jewelry

Do you have any outdated, broken jewelry or perhaps something that just isn’t your style? Transform your jewelry into something new with these restyling tips. 

1. Add gemstones – By adding diamonds or colored gemstones you can turn your jewelry pieces into contemporary and chic designs.

2. Change the form – Earrings can be made into pendants, and gemstones from outdated rings can be incorporated into a new design to create a contemporary necklace or bracelet.

3. Create multiple pieces – Re-design outdated jewelry pieces to create heirlooms for your family members. For example, a pair of earrings can become two pendants and can be given as a meaningful gift to children and grandchildren.

4. Change the primary metal – The original materials from your heirloom  can be incorporated into a new design alongside modern materials used in fashion-forward design, such as enamel and titanium. 

Redesign Event

Its time to clean out your jewelry box! Transform your jewelry into something new during Michaels Jewelers’ One-Day Only Jewelry Styling & Redesign Event! Our specialists will work with you to create the perfect jewelry design and our skilled craftsman will make your new design come to life while you wait!

Check out the full event schedule here.

 

5 Valentine’s Day Engagement Rings

VALENTINE’S DAY ENGAGEMENT RINGS

Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular proposal days! This day is all about love, and there’s something extra romantic about proposing on this holiday. Popping the question is where love begins and lasts forever! If you’re thinking about proposing this February 14th, we’ve got sparkling Valentine’s Day engagement rings.

You’re sure to get a YES! with one of these beauties. Find the perfect Valentine’s Day engagement ring:

1. A unique Valentine will love this halo design.

Halo Design Engagement Ring

2. A playful Valentine will adore this radiant cut halo.

Radiant Cut Halo Engagement Ring

3. An romantic Valentine will be yours with this cushion halo.

Cushion Halo Engagement Ring

4. A confident Valentine will appreciate this round diamond.

Round Halo Engagement Ring

5. A classic Valentine will say yes to this stunning solitaire.

Solitaire Engagement Ring

What is a Treasure Chest Grown Diamond?

Treasure Chest Grown – A New Choice in Diamonds

Treasure Chest Grown diamonds are physically, chemically, and optically identical to their mined counterparts. The only difference is origin. It’s impossible for the naked eye to differentiate between a grown diamond and a mined diamond. Even a gemologist with a microscope cannot tell the difference!

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Treasure Chest Grown diamonds are graded by the same leading independent labs that grade mined diamonds. “Lab Grown” and a report number is laser-inscribed on the girdle of each diamond. *All lab grown diamonds over 0.25 carat are graded and laser-inscribed.

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How Treasure Chest Grown Diamonds Are Made

Treasure Chest Grown diamonds are produced by utilizing two gem-quality diamond creation processes: Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) and High Pressure-High Temperature (HPHT). In both processes, a diamond seed is placed in an environment that contains carbon. Under suitably controlled conditions, the diamond grows, atom-by-atom, layer-by-layer.

Lab Grown vs. Mined Diamonds

Both have the same physical, chemical and optical properties and emerge as rough diamonds. Both have the same hardness, specific gravity, refractive index, and dispersion; are polished using the same equipment and techniques; and have the same brilliance, fire, and sparkle. Both are, in fact, diamonds!

Our Quality

The cut, color and clarity of our colorless, near-colorless and fancy color diamonds are consistent with very high quality mined diamonds. In fact, all of our colorless lab grown diamonds are type IIa, which is the purest type of diamond found in nature and accounts for only 2 percent of the global production of mined diamonds.

What is a Treasure Chest Diamond?

Treasure Chest Diamonds are the pride and passion of Michaels Jewelers, but what exactly makes a Treasure Chest Diamond so unique and special? For those who have done a little research on diamond buying, you will know that cut determines 60% of the value of the diamond and 100% of the sparkle. Michaels Jewelers strives for excellence and wanted to represent a collection that was as perfect as one could achieve.

So in 1948, Michaels Jewelers introduced “Treasure Chest” diamonds with the assurance that they would always represent the finest cut diamonds in the world and have superior light performance when compared to any other diamonds.  It begins with our exclusive relationship with the best cutters in the world that cut from only 1% of the finest diamonds they receive.

Michaels provided the customer further peace of mind by guaranteeing the grading on all of its diamonds. This includes color, clarity, and cut. This guarantee now extends to the value proposition with Michaels 120% price guarantee on all Treasure Chest Diamonds.

Today, Michaels offers a variety of Treasure Chest Diamonds:

Treasure Chest Ideal

This diamond receives the highest possible cut grade from the world’s most scientifically vetted laboratory the American Gem Society Laboratory. It is ideal in proportions, ideal in polish, ideal in symmetry, and ideal in light performance. The coveted AGS platinum grading report is combined with the optimal alignment demonstrated by the hearts and arrows pattern.

Treasure Chest Hearts & Arrows

Treasure Chest Hearts & Arrows maintains the standard of superior alignment of the Treasure Chest Ideal. This more affordable option comes with the AGS platinum report and you are guaranteed that every aspect of the cut grade will be very good or better.

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Treasure Chest Princess Cut & Cushion Cut

The princess cut is recognized as the most brilliant of the fancy shaped diamonds. After decades of research and refinement we can now offer our customers a princess cut that receives the highest possible cut grade from the American Gem Society Ideal Light Performance, Ideal Polish and Ideal Symmetry. The Treasure Chest Cushion is the only cushion cut on the market cut specifically for brilliance. It is backed with the AGS grading report and Michaels’ exclusive Love for Life Guarantee.

Treasure Chest 89

The Treasure Chest 89 Diamond has 89 facets versus the traditional 58 facets of a round brilliant cut diamond. This light dispersion creates the absolute maximum brilliance and sparkle in the Treasure Chest 89 Diamond. This beautiful pattern creates prisms of light which is what the eye sees as scintillation. In return, the Treasure Chest 89 Diamond appears to be a higher color and better clarity than and ordinary round brilliant diamond.

Treasure Chest Wedding Bands

All of our wedding bands have diamonds that are perfectly matched for cut, color and clarity. We carry different total weights and qualities, including our precision Hearts & Arrows, to meet any budget.

Treasure Chest Jewelry

We have partnered with some of the finest designers in the world to create a full line of Treasure Chest Jewelry. Crafted from the finest materials, using the best artisans these pieces feature the Treasure Chest Hearts & Arrows diamonds. Every diamond .002ct (2/100th of a carat) and larger are guaranteed to be cut to the “Treasure Chest” standard.

Treasure Chest Grown

This is the newest addition to the Treasure Chest family! Treasure Chest Grown Diamonds are physically, chemically, and optically identical to their mined counterparts. The only difference is origin. It is impossible for the naked eye to differentiate between a grown diamond and a mined diamond. Even a gemologist with a microscope cannot tell the difference!

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Stay tuned for a full blog post covering Treasure Chest Grown!