February Birthstone Highlight

February Birthstone Highlight

Today we’re highlighting the February birthstone, amethyst. While amethyst is most commonly recognized to be a purple color, this gemstone can range from a light pinkish violet to a deep purple. The same stone can even have layers or color variants.

Here are some more fun facts about this gemstone:

Amethyst

  • It’s often associated with peace, courage and stability
  • English regalia were decorated with amethysts during the Middle Ages to symbolize royalty
  • Amethyst jewelry has been found and dated as early as 2000 BC
  • Use this gemstone to celebrate the 6th & 17th year of marriage

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Multi Color Gemstone & Diamond Friendship Bracelet

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Amethyst & Diamond Pendant

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Amethyst & Diamond Bracelet

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

Gifts For Gal Pals Under $100

GIFTS FOR GAL PALS

Galentine’s Day is an increasingly popular holiday where women celebrate their incredible friendships. What better way to show your gal pals how much you value their friendships than with an amazing Galentine’s Day gift. 

Find the perfect Galentine’s Day gift for your BFF’s:

1. Friendship Jewelry for proud BFF’s – Alex And Ani Best Friends Bangle Set – $48 & Be Yourself Bangle – $38

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2. ❤ Jewelry – PANDORA Two Hearts Ring – $45 & PANDORA Rose Two Hearts Ring – $60

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3. Crown Jewelry – PANDORA Rose My Princess Ring – $80 & PANDORA Rose Timeless Elegance Earrings – $100

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4. Keys to Friendship – Alex And Ani Key To Love Necklace – $38

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5 Valentine’s Day Engagement Rings

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?

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!

Caring For Your Jewelry

Whether you have just recently got engaged, received something sparkly over the holidays or just want to keep your existing jewelry shining bright, take a look at our tips on how to best care for your jewelry:

Jewelry boxes can collect dust and can quickly become disorganized – take a moment to wipe down your jewelry box and use a lint roller to roll up and pesky dust particles.

  • Organize your jewelry by category and make sure to store properly – remember, anything silver should be stored in an anti-tarnish pouch!  We recommend storing costume jewelry separately from fine jewelry, this can prevent additional tarnishing and helps you remember what’s fine jewelry vs costume
  • Find any jewelry that may not fit your style anymore?  We offer restyling – let us transform your outdated jewelry into something new and modern.  Another option is to bring your jewelry to be evaluated by our buyers – who knows what some of your jewelry can be worth!  We offer trades or cash for jewelry, scrap gold and more!

When was the last time you looked closely at your jewelry?  There may be some wear or damage to your precious jewelry that can easily be fixed.

Take your precious goods to any Michaels Jewelers location to have it inspected to make sure all prongs are tight and clasps are working properly to avoid losing stones or your jewelry all together.  There’s nothing worse than losing a cherished piece of jewelry.

Does your white gold look dull?  We offer Rhodium plating that will make your jewelry look brand new! Is your watch not running?  We can replace batteries on the spot!  Michaels Jewelers is a full service jeweler who can take care of any jewelry repair and restoration needs.

 

There are 3 easy ways to clean your jewelry:

1. Bring your jewelry to any Michaels Jewelers location for a complimentary cleaning & inspection.  Professional cleaning systems are far superior than any home treatment plus you get the benefit of having a professional inspect your jewelry for any issues (see above), plus its FREE!
2. Invest in an at-home cleaning system.  Our Michaels Jewelers Care Kit has all the essentials needed to make your jewelry truly shine.  At a $14.95 price point – receive an all purpose cleaner, 4 ply polishing cloth, anti-tarnish pouch and anti-tarnish strips.  Michaels Jewelers New Cleaning Solutions can be used on any jewelry – from silver to semi-precious and porous gemstones.  If you do not have a Michaels Jewelers Care Kit or New Cleaning Solution,  be careful and read the label on any jewelry cleaner to make sure that it is compatible with your jewelry
3. For For an easy DIY cleaning, soak your ring for a few minutes in mild dish soap and warm water, then scrub carefully with a soft toothbrush

 

Click below to see how our care kit works!

Michaels Jewelers’ Care Kit

 

If you ever have any questions related to your jewelry care, reach out to our professional jewelers who would be happy to help!
 

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.