Holiday Gifts Under $150

Holiday Gifts Under $150

Today we’re sharing our top holiday picks under $150. These gift ideas are perfect for any woman in your life, and can be cherished for years to come.

#1 STERLING SILVER & DIAMOND ANGEL PENDANT  – $149

First up is this sterling silver diamond Angel Pendant coming in at just under $150. This necklace is 18 inches in length with .10cttw in diamonds. Perfect for any seasonal outfit or worn all year round!

Angel Pendant

Sterling Silver Diamond Angel Pendant

#2 PANDORA LAVISH SPARKLE RING – $125

Our next pick is the PANDORA Lavish Sparkle Ring as seen in O, The Oprah Magazine Favorite Things Issue. This ring features sterling silver with cubic zirconia stones, and gives a contemporary look with antique-inspired textures.

Pandora Lavish Sparkle Ring

Pandora Lavish Sparkle Ring

#3 ALEX AND ANI NORTH STAR CHARM BANGLE – $32

Our third holiday gift idea is the ALEX AND ANI North Star Charm Bangle. Carry the North Star as a constant and dependable guide – its direction never fails you. This bracelet comes in a silver or gold finish, and can be layered for a fun stacked look. *Available in our Meriden, Waterbury, and Torrington Michaels Jewelers locations.

Alex And Ani North Star

Alex And Ani North Star Charm Bangle

#4 PANDORA ROSE TIMELESS ELEGANCE EARRINGS – $100

We also wanted to feature the PANDORA Rose Timeless Elegance Earrings for all of the rose gold tone lovers out there! These earrings feature a halo of cubic zirconia stones surrounding a danube-cut center stone.  PANDORA Rose can be described as a unique metal blend consisting of copper and silver with rose gold plating. This timeless design is also available in sterling silver.

Pandora Timeless Elegance

PANDORA Rose Timeless Elegance Earrings

#5 STERLING SILVER FASHION PENDANT – $99

Our final holiday gift guide pick is this sterling silver fashion pendant. This necklace is 18 inches in length, and has a brushed finished tear drop slide. It can be dressed up or down, and is great for any occasion.

Fashion Pendant

Sterling Silver Fashion Pendant

Well, that’s a wrap for our holiday gift guide under $150. We hope that these ideas will help you find the perfect gift for any woman in your life. We would love for you to share your favorite jewelry piece from this guide in the comments below! Happy Holidays!

Buying Guide: 10 Tips From The Pros On Buying Wedding Bands

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With our Wedding Band Event around the corner, we wanted to share 10 Tips From the Pros (our Managers) on buying Wedding Bands and Anniversary Bands:

1. Buy from a reputable jeweler! Buy from a jeweler who wants more than to just make a sale. Deal with one who wants to help you celebrate life’s most memorable moments, for a lifetime and more importantly, make sure they have a good reputation and proper credentials.  We recommend checking out the American Gem Society to find a jeweler who is certified to what is the upmost standard in the jewelry world.

2. Plan ahead and order early, if necessary! With so many designs and custom fittings available, you may choose something that will require additional time. Many special orders can take upwards of 4 weeks or more and you want to make sure you have plenty of time before the wedding to make sure your ring is perfect. 

3. Make sure it is what you want. Do you want his and her matching bands? Though matching bands are certainly available, it is not necessary to mach perfectly to either your engagement ring or your significant other’s ring.  Today, we find that more people are choosing non-traditional bands that include alternative metals or a different style that complements the engagement ring but gives it a new look.  Also – another element to consider is what you do for a living.  If you or your significant other works outside or with their hands, it may alter your decision as to what style works best for you everyday lifestyle.  

4. Decide what is most important to you. Is the quality of the diamonds more important than the size? Do you want Platinum or Gold? What is your budget? All of these factors will determine what the best value may be for you.  There are so many different options at all price points – ensuring you can find the perfect ring that matches all of your criteria.

5. Find a band that fits your engagement ring. If your engagement ring is set with a higher mounting, a curved band may be the best option so the wedding band runs flush with the engagement ring.  Another option would be an insert or wrap which are two wedding bands soldered together to frame your engagement ring.

6. Customize it! Michaels Jewelers offers many additional services such as custom sizing and inside ring engraving.  Did you see something on Pinterest or in a magazine?  Bring a picture of your dream ring to our store and let our associates help your design the perfect ring.  With our custom ring design, we can create your dream ring – the possibilities are endless! 

7. Make sure it matches your metal type! You should consider matching your metals so they age the same over time.  When it comes to the style of the ring, that’s where you can let your creativity kick in.  Today, we find that mixing and matching different styles can complement your engagement ring.

8. Consider having your engagement ring and wedding band soldered together to prevent friction, wear and keep them always aligned. Don’t worry; this process can be easily reversed if you wish to upgrade your ring in the future.

9. Don’t be afraid to add some color. Diamonds are the traditional stone when it comes to bridal however don’t be afraid to add in your favorite gemstone.  We love alternating deep hues of Sapphires or Rubies to give your wedding band a pop of color.  Does a birthstone have significance to you?  We have the ability to create any wedding band using gemstones.  

10. Take advantage of our special events! Michaels Jewelers’ Wedding Band Event  takes place from March 24th-April 29th.  During this time, when you buy one wedding band, you will receive a coupon up to $500* towards your second band!  Plus – our weekend trunk shows will showcase hundreds of different styles and you have the opportunity to meet our vendors who can help you pick out the perfect ring.  See below for trunk show dates:

March 24th – 25th – Meriden & Orange
March 31st – April 1st – Waterbury & Torrington
April 7th – 8th – Westfarms & Manchester
April 21st – 22nd – Avon & Danbury
April 28th – 29th – Trumbull & Bristol

 *See store for details

Our 2014 Fall Favorites – Must Haves For The Season!

Now that fall is officially upon us, it is time to pull out the boots, cozy up in your oversized sweater and overdose on all things pumpkin.  With that, don’t forget about updating your accessories! Take a look at some of our favorite fall pieces to keep you fashionable while picking apples, finding the perfect pumpkin or taking a stroll to enjoy the foliage.

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1. Michael Werdiger 14KYG Pave Diamond Ring with Roped Shank – Retail $1,195

2. Estate Piece – 18KY Blue & Green Enamel Bangle Bracelet – Retail $12,500

3. Alex and Ani Quill Feather Wrap Bangle – Retail $58

4. Charles Garnier Libby Pendant Sterling Silver Lattice Round  Necklace- Retail $165

5. Mi Moneda Joya & Stud Moneda in Gold Plated Pendant – Retail $398 (for complete set as pictured)

6. Michael Kors Rose Gold Plated Watch – See store for pricing

7. Estate Piece – Platinum Green Emerald Cut 19CT Tourmaline & Diamond Ring – Retail $4,900