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!

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.

 

August Birthstone Highlight

August Birthstone Highlight

August not only has Peridot as a birthstone, but the recent addition of Spinel! Spinel was added to the August birthstone lineup in 2016, and it adds a multitude of color choices, while peridot was the original birthstone for August since 1912.

Some fun facts about these gemstones:

  • Peridot was believed to ward off evil spirits by the ancient Egyptians who called it “gem of the sun”
  • Peridot is one of the oldest known gemstones & thought by the ancients to protect against spells & curses
  • Yellowish green is the most popular hue of Peridot but can range from brownish-green to pure green
  • Peridot only measures 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs Hardness scale, but finished gemstones are fairly robust and easy to wear
  • Ancient gemstone merchants revered spinel, and it was widely sought after by royalty. It was then known as ‘balas ruby.’ It wasn’t until the late 18th century that we developed the technology necessary to distinguish spinel as a separate mineral from ruby
  • Spinel ranges in hues from orange to red, pink, purple to blueish-green – making this a very versatile stone. Vivid red is the most desirable color of spinel gemstones

Caring for & cleaning Peridot:

  • Warm, soapy water is the best method for cleaning peridot
  • Ultrasonic and steam cleaners are not recommended for this gemstone

Peridot Style Inspiration

Whether you’re gifting this classic gemstone or incorporating it into your summer wardrobe, it will leave others green with envy! Check out our summer styling inspo:

1. Treat the August birthday girl to this perfectly paired pendant and ring set

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2. Complete any outfit with this dainty 14KYG peridot & diamond pendant

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3. Showcase your bold style with a gemstone ring that’s uniquely you

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To learn more about these gemstones – check out the American Gem Society article here!

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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Source: GIA.edu

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!

July Ruby Birthstone

July Ruby Birthstone

It’s officially summer and we’re excited to share the next gemstone in our birthstone highlight series! Referred to as the king of precious stones, ruby is the red variety of the mineral corundum.

Check out some fun facts about this stunning gemstone:

  • Color is the most significant fact affecting a ruby’s value – fine gems are vibrant red to slightly purplish red
  • Corundum may show a star effect, which usually appears as a six-ray star pattern across a cabochon-cut stone’s curved surface
  • It’s the symbol of wealth and nobility
  • Ruby is the gem for the 15th and 40th anniversaries
  • It’s relatively hard, which means it’s a more durable gemstone and great for everyday wear

Caring for & cleaning rubies:

  • 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

Ruby Style Inspiration

We’re loving this vibrant gemstone for summer whether it’s paired with a fun outfit to make a statement or kept simple to add a pop of color.

1. Make a statement with this one-of-a-kind gold ruby ring from our Estate Collection

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2. Keep is simple with this delicate ruby and diamond necklace

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3. Hop on the vintage trend and mix and match styles – great for stacking or worn on their own

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To learn more about rubies – check out the GIA article found here.

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!

January Birthstone Highlight

Today we’re highlighting the January birthstone, garnet. Red garnets have a long history, but this gemstone comes in a wide variety of colors from greens, oranges, pinkish oranges, deeply saturated purplish reds, and even some blues. The price of the piece will likely increase for more rare colors like green or blue.

Here are some quick facts about this gemstone:

Garnet

  • The garnet is so durable, remnants of garnet jewelry can be found as far back as the Bronze Age
  • The garnet symbolizes deep and lasting friendship
  • Can also be used to toast a 2nd wedding anniversary
  • Find a cut that spreads light evenly over the surface of the garnet. This will help bring out the overall beauty and color of the gemstone.

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14K White Gold Garnet & Diamond Ring

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14K Yellow Gold Grossular Garnet & Diamond Bracelet

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