October Birthstone Highlight

October Birthstone Highlight

Individuals born in October get to choose between two birthstones – opal and tourmaline! October’s birthstones offer a full spectrum of gems to suit anyone’s personal style.

Opal & Tourmaline overview:

  • Opal’s kaleidoscopic play-of-color can suit many changing moods and tastes to make this gem appropriate for anyone
  • Dozens of opal varieties exist, but only a few like Fire Opal & Boulder Opal are universally recognized
  • Color is the key factor of opal quality. Dark backgrounds provide more contrast against vivid play-of-color, making black opal more highly valued than milky white varieties
  • The most expensive tourmaline are the green to violet colors that are often called “electric” or “neon” by the trade
  • Tourmaline is desirable because of its range of color options, and it’s hardness makes for very wearable jewelry

Caring for & cleaning these gemstones:

Opal
  • The only safe way to clean opal is with warm, soapy water
  • Opals are sensitive to heat or excessive dryness
Tourmaline
  • Warm, soapy water is the best method for cleaning tourmaline
  • Ultrasonic and steam cleaners are not recommended

Gifting Ideas & Style Inspo

Opal makes a great gift for anyone born in October, but its array of colors makes this gem appropriate for anyone!

1. Perfectly paired 14K yellow gold opal jewelry set

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2. Dainty 14K yellow gold opal ring

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3. Shine bright in these opal and diamond halo studs

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Learn more about these gemstones from the American Gem Society here!

June Birthstone Highlight

June Birthstone Highlight

June is one of only two months that has three birthstones associated with it, giving the lucky people born in June a choice of gemstones!

June’s birthstones range from creamy-colored pearl and moonstone to the rare color-changing alexandrite!

Some fun facts about these gemstones:

  • A pearl is an organic gem that grows inside saltwater and freshwater mollusks
  • Pearls are also gifted on 1st, 3rd, 12th and 30th wedding anniversaries
  • Moonstone comes in a range of colors spanning yellow, gray, green, blue, peach and pink—sometimes displaying a star or cat’s eye
  • Alexandrite is a very rare color change variety of the mineral chrysobery
  • Alexandrite is also the traditional gift to celebrate a 55th wedding anniversary.

Take a look at some of our top gifting ideas!

1. Add-Her Pearl necklace

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2. Gold pearl ring from our Estate Collection

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3. Freshwater pearl earrings & lariat necklace

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

 

 

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! 

 

 

Tips to Restyle Your Outdated Jewelry

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.

 

The Best Jewelry From the Golden Globes

Today we’re sharing the best jewelry from the 75th Annual Golden Globes along with inspired pieces to get the look!

Two of the biggest trends on the red carpet seem to be statement earrings and necklaces. These pieces were the star of the show with most celebs wearing their hair up or pushed back to let these pieces shine.

Glamorous Earrings

We’re loving these glamorous drop earrings. Get Dakota Johnson’s look with the PANDORA Cascading Glamour Earrings

We have two great earring options that are inspired by Gal Gadot’s look on the red carpet! First, are these stunning 18K white gold diamond spiral drop earrings. Get the look for less with these PANDORA Shooting Stars Earrings.

Bold Necklaces

Make a statement with this two tone shimmering dangle necklace inspired by Greta Gerwig’s look.

Last but not least we’re featuring two necklace options so you can get Issa Rae’s look! First up is this platinum Art Deco Era emerald and diamond necklace. Second, is this gorgeous yellow gold emerald and diamond necklace .

Let us know what your favorite looks are from the Golden Globes red carpet! We’re looking forward to seeing all of the fun trends to come this award season.

Holiday Jewelry Tips from the Pros

Holiday Jewelry Tips from the Pros

It’s that time of year again!  With family and friends traveling to visit for the holidays it seems that there will be quite a bit of preparation, a ton of cooking and of course, what may seem like endless cleaning to be done.

Here are a few tips on how to keep your jewelry clean and safe this holiday season:

  1. Take your jewelry off while baking and cooking.  This is a must.  Let’s face it, we’re all preparing delicious treats using lots of butter and oil and if you’re like me, the only way to mix properly is with your hands.  Truth is, all of those oils will get stuck in the crevices of your jewelry which isn’t easy to get out and clouds your jewelry.  Make sure to take off rings, watches and bracelets before preparing your dishes to ensure they’ll shine brighter than the Christmas lights strung on your tree.
  2. Consider leaving your valuables at home when traveling.   Every time I leave for a trip, I gather all of my jewelry and anything valuable and store it in my safe.  We have enough to worry about like catching flights, beating traffic and with the hustle and bustle of holiday traveling – sometimes I feel like a chicken with my head cut off.  The last thing you want is to leave your precious ring in the restroom at the rest stop or have a bracelet fall off after going through the security line. TIP: After my fiance proposed, my mom bought me a faux version of my ring.  I thought it was a strange gift but I’d rather make sure to leave my ring in a safe spot at home and rock my mock ring than ruin the holidays if anything were to happen to my real version. 
  3. Make sure to remove jewelry before cleaning.  We all want our house to sparkle before guests arrive so we bust out the vacuum, detergents, carpet cleaners – anything we can get our hands on to make the house look pristine.  While all those cleaning supplies will loosen dirt and grime, they could do a number on your jewelry.  To be on the safe side, store your jewelry in a safe spot while you get to work.
  4. Have your jewelry appraised.  Despite being jolliest time of the year, we must face the facts, an FBI study found that more than 400,000 burglaries occur in the United States during the months of November and December each year (have you seen Home Alone?!).  On top of storing your valuables, make sure that your have had all your jewelry recently appraised and added to your insurance plan (most policies require an appraisal).  I use Jewelers Mutual who covers loss, theft, damage and mysterious disappearance.  Its a small price to pay for the peace of mind knowing that if the unthinkable happens, your jewelry is covered. TIP: Our certified appraiser* recommends to have your jewelry appraised every 3-5 years.  The reason for this is — the market changes constantly especially for gold and diamonds – who knows, your jewelry could be worth more than when you originally purchased it! 
  5. Have your jewelry checked and cleaned from a professional.  No matter what home cleaning solution I use, there is nothing quite like getting your jewelry cleaned by a jeweler.  Jewelers should be checking your jewelry before cleaning to make sure that there aren’t any loose stones or loose clasps.  I am guilty of being rough with my jewelry – I wear my ring to the gym and am constantly catching it and banging it on any and everything.  This will loosen the prongs and distort the shape of your jewelry.  Stop by any ten Connecticut Michaels Jewelers locations and have one of our pros check out your jewelry to make sure they’ll shine bright this holiday season.

We hope these tips help give you peace of mind over the holidays and keep your diamonds sparkling!

*Our appraiser, Donald Walsh is an American Gem Society Certified Gemologist Appraiser.