Pro Tips: Diamond Fluorescence

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!

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.

May Emerald Birthstone

May Emerald Birthstone

Happy birthday May ladies! May birthdays fall right in the heart of spring, and the emerald is the perfect gem to symbolize and celebrate this month.Today we’re highlighting the Emerald, prized for its brilliant and beautiful green color.

Emerald color can range from light green to a deep, rich green. The most desirable emerald colors are bluish green to pure green with strong to vivid color saturation and medium to medium-dark tone.

Some fun facts about this beautiful gemstone:

  • Emerald is the symbol of rebirth, and is believed to give good fortune, foresight, and youth
  • The emerald was mined in Egypt as early as 330 BC, but some estimate that the oldest emeralds are 2.97 billion years old
  • These gems are highly prized and intensely colored ones can be quite rare

Take a look at some of our top gifting ideas!

1. Emerald & diamond  halo pendant

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2. Emerald & diamond halo earrings and pendant

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3. Gold emerald & diamond pendant

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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.

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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.

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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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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

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.

 

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:

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  • 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.