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:
- 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
To learn more about this beautiful gemstone – check out the American Gem Society article found here.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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.
To learn more about this gorgeous gemstone – check out the American Gem Society article found here.
Pantone has recently announced the 2018 Color of the Year – Ultra Violet. For those of you who have a passion for purple, this color trend is for you!
Ultra Violet is a blue-based purple that is rich like the night sky. It communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.
We thought it was fitting to share our favorite jewelry pieces that show off this beautiful purple hue!
Are you feeling this year’s color? Visit one of our 10 Michaels Jewelers locations to see more gemstones that exhibit this Ultra Violet hue.
Still need a gift for that special someone? Not to worry! Let our specialists help find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.
A Gift that Sparkles
A Pop of Color
Diamond & Emerald Necklace
Diamond & Emerald Earrings
Diamond & Ruby Necklace
Diamond & Ruby Ring
Diamond & Sapphire Necklace
Diamond & Sapphire Ring
Diamond Friendship Bracelet
Topaz & Diamond Friendship Bracelet
Diamond Friendship Bracelet
We hope that these gift ideas help you find the perfect gift for that special someone in your life! Plus- We’re opening early and staying late, just for you! View our Holiday Hours here.
Our 2017 men’s holiday gift guide is finally here! Today we’re sharing all of our top jewelry and accessory picks for any man in your life.
#1 Visconti Pens
We love the classic design of Visconti’s Rembrandt collection. These pens are made from natural variegated resin, and show off the brands Italian design and craftsmanship. They come in seven colors, and are available in our Westfarms and Meriden Michaels locations.
Visconti Rembrandt Pens
#2 Cuff Links
Our second gift recommendation is a classic pair of cuff links. These Morgan Grant Armor Cuff Links feature a sterling silver design.
Morgan Grant Armor Cuff Links
#3 Designer Watch
Our next gift idea is a watch – select a model that fits their needs as well as their style. We have 3 recommendations, all at different price points. First, we’re featuring the Citizen Eco Drive Watch, which comes in at $469. Next is the Bulova Curv – $747, and for the luxury watch connoisseur, the Rolex Submariner is a great choice- $7950.
Citizen Eco Drive Watch
Bulova Curv Watch
Rolex Submariner Watch
#4 William Henry Knives & Pens
William Henry knives and pens are a great luxury gift for men. This American brand is based on creating timeless personal style for men through unique accessories. Plus – you can find unique one-of-a-kind edition pieces at a William Henry Trunk Show. Today Only (Dec 15th) – Visit our Westfarms location from 2:00PM-9:00PM & receive 10% off during the trunk show!
William Henry Knives
#5 Leather Bracelets
Our final gift recommendation is a simple leather bracelet. The bracelet we’re featuring is sterling silver and black braided leather. This style has a sapphire accent and magnetic closure. This bracelet is also available in brown braided leather.
Sterling & Leather Men’s Bracelet
That wraps up our 2017 Men’s Holiday Gift Guide! We hope that these recommendations help you find the perfect gift for any man in your life. Happy Holidays!