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Custom Design Jewelry: A Heartfelt Valentine’s Day Gift Idea

Valentine’s Day, the celebration of love, is quickly approaching. Make this year something special for the special someone in your life by choosing custom designed jewelry to show your love. It’s far easier than you would think. Just do a few simple things and you’ll be creating the perfect gift for her!

 

Custom Mountings from Amidon Jewelers

Custom Mountings from Amidon Jewelers

First, you need to decide what type of fine jewelry you would like to create for her. The options are as many as there are stars in the sky. Once you’ve decided on the jewelry, a gemstone ring or a meaningful pendant, for example, you can begin to look for a jeweler.

 

While you might be tempted to go to the mall, don’t. The chain stores often don’t offer custom design jewelry. Find a local jeweler, who quite likely is or employs an experienced artisan, highly trained to create custom designed jewelry of all kinds. Make sure the jeweler is reputable and can produce any documentation or certification of the stone and precious metal values to insure your investment is worthy.

 

Once your jeweler is found, before you go visit the store, do a little research on some basics of fine jewelry and custom design. If you are choosing a diamond creation, be sure to learn the 4 C’s of diamonds; Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat. These are all very important to the value of loose diamonds and the end custom design. Also, precious metals have different applications and density. For instance, you would set a diamond in silver, a very soft compound. Research the assortment of metals available and right for your custom design.

 

Next, visit the jeweler. Discuss your design in detail and if possible, a sketch is very helpful to the artisan. One thing to keep in mind is that the jeweler is a trained professional and knows what will and will not work in a custom design. If he or she makes a suggestion for structural integrity, it’s likely a good idea to take it. You don’t want to lose a stone or have your custom design jewelry piece break.

 

Now you can sit back and wait. Yep, custom design can take time. Be sure to allow the time for its completion well prior to Valentine’s Day, in case of any changes or flaws. Custom design jewelry is more than the perfect Valentine’s Day gift idea, it’s the perfect statement of your love.

Make This Valentine’s Day Special for Your Kids

When our children were small, Valentine’s Day was simple. We gave chocolates, maybe a stuffed animal or toy and that was it. Now that those children are growing into young adults, Valentine’s Day gift ideas are a bit more difficult to come by. The answer is simple: Teen Jewelry.

 

Message Jewelry for Teens

Message Jewelry for Teens

In today’s jewelry market, the available variety of teen and children’s jewelry is more vast than ever before. The ongoing popularity of charm bracelets offers a Valentine’s Day gift idea that is sure to please any young lady. Pandora Charm bracelets have taken the world of fine jewelry by storm over the past decade or so, offering bead charms of nearly every interest you can imagine from sea turtles to the Eiffel Tower. Whatever your young lady might be into can be found in a Pandora Charm Bracelet bead. Another benefit to the gift of a charm bracelet is that it is a gift that keeps on giving. You can give different beads and charms as the special young lady in your life grows and her interests change.

Of course, young women always appreciate a new pair of diamond earrings or a birthstone ring, or the time tested and highly popular gift of a heart-shaped gold locket.

 

Let’s not leave out the young man in your life. As he grows toward manhood, fine jewelry can be a vital part of his image. Especially today, when “bling” is all the rage, most young men will appreciate a designer watch or gold chain necklace. Even a trendy “dog tag” necklace may be a super Valentine’s Day gift idea for your growing boy. Another popular choice for the fellows is a classic ID bracelet or for those with pierced ears, a nice diamond stud or pair of affordable diamond earrings may be the perfect gift.

 

As we watch our children grow into adults, it becomes increasingly harder to find the right gift to satisfy an often hard-to-please teen. Affordable fine jewelry is one of the most popular Valentine’s Day gift ideas for teens and young adults and can create memories that will last a lifetime. So this Valentine’s Day, as your son’s voice squeaks and your daughter can’t get off of the phone, keep in mind that affordable fine jewelry is often the best Valentine’s Day gift idea you could have.

Affordable Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

It’s not always easy to figure out the perfect Valentine’s gift, especially when you’ve been with your love for a long time. Early on, it was easy. Diamond earrings, charm bracelets, or a dazzling gemstone brooch was guaranteed to please with little effort. Well, now she’s become a bit more difficult to please when it comes to gift giving. Let’s think outside the box – the jewelry box.

 

Diamond Earrings

Diamond Earrings

You’ve spent years buying her beautiful jewelry and chances are good that some of the older pieces could use some attention. Most fine jewelers offer professional cleaning and jewelry repair services that can bring new life to old, tired and broken jewelry. While it may not be your normal practice, have a peek into her jewelry box or drawer and see if you can’t revive some of her older pieces that she can no longer wear due to a broken clasp, a missing stone or a kink in a chain. You may just find a hidden treasure that will bring a smile to her face and a memory to her mind.

 

An alternative Valentine’s Day gift idea also involving her older, broken jewelry is to use the pieces to create an entirely new piece. Custom designed jewelry is more popular today than ever due to the increased use of the internet and design programs at your local jeweler. But, before you decide to take her broken serpentine necklace to be melted down, make sure that she doesn’t already have plans for her old fine jewelry. You need to be slick about it to keep the new piece a secret but if you can’t, it’s better to ruin a surprise than to melt down a piece she intended to fix or that meant the world to her, even broken.

 

We all know how hard it is to come up with really good Valentine’s Day gift ideas for someone who has everything. Fixing an heirloom watch that hasn’t kept time for decades, or reviving a right hand gemstone ring with a broken prong in the setting might be your answer. One thing to consider when deciding on jewelry repair or custom designed jewelry as a Valentine’s Day gift is that these services take time. Make sure to allow enough time to complete the job so that the gift is ready to be the greatest Valentine’s Day gift idea to date.

Fine Jewelry: Special Meaning Without Lifelong Commitment

While certain pieces of fine jewelry are symbolic of ultimate love, a diamond engagement ring for instance, other jewelry is only as symbolic as you make it. If you’ve just started dating someone and wish to impress her with fine jewelry for Valentine’s Day, you need not worry that it might mean more to her than it does you as long as you are careful about the type of jewelry you give. Fine jewelry shows just how special she is to you but that engagement ring or any ring is likely off the table for now.

 

Past, Present, Future Diamond Ring

Past, Present, Future Diamond Ring

Every woman on the planet cannot have enough earrings. Affordable diamond earrings will not only please her very much but she will know that she is someone special to you without going overboard by thinking she needs to start shopping for a wedding gown. Gemstone earrings might be another alternative that will thrill her. A very popular gemstone choice is to go with birthstones. By doing so you are showing her that you’ve paid attention and know when her birthday is.

 

Bracelets are another Valentine’s gift idea that is very special but non-committal. The variety of diamond and gemstone bracelets available at most fine jewelry stores is sure to have many that she would love. Gold or silver bangle bracelets have been popular gifts for decades. Stackable and versatile, she will appreciate the thought you’ve put into an accessory so useful.

 

If you’re a little further along in the relationship and would like to show her a little bit more love, nothing beats a heart-shaped pendant accented with diamonds to show that she means the world to you. When you visit your local jeweler, you’ll find that they often have a huge array of affordable pendants to choose from that will show your love for her without indicating that the next step in the relationship is down the aisle.

 

Valentine’s Day offers an opportunity to show her just how much she means to you at this point of your relationship. While love may be a part of it, if you’re not ready to commit to a lifetime with her, be sure to stay away from diamond rings entirely. Even right hand rings have the never ending circle that, more often than not, symbolizes your commitment to her. It’s best to choose other types of jewelry until you’re ready to slip a diamond engagement ring on her finger.

Men’s Jewelry Will Please The Meanest Mr. Scrooge

With the holidays right around the corner, some of us are struggling to find the perfect gift that will bring a smile to the face of that one grumpy family member. Jewelry could well be the answer you’ve been looking for. Men’s jewelry is more popular than ever and has become the gift of choice for many people with hard-to-buy-for men in their lives.

 

Amidon - Gifts for Men

Amidon – Gifts for Men

For the man about town, a set of affordable gold cufflinks will finish off his high class look, add just a touch of “bling” and show the world that he is in control. The sports nut is sure to appreciate a tie clasp with the logo of his favorite team. And that is just the beginning. You will be surprised and pleased by the variety of affordable men’s jewelry at your local jewelry store.

 

While some men do not wear jewelry on a regular basis, that doesn’t mean that a gift from a favorite niece or nephew, or even from a sister can turn that guy around to accessorize. Many men limit their jewelry wearing to only a wedding band so keep in mind that a more subtle statement with jewelry is in line for this fellow. A simple bracelet or necklace may be the perfect bit of men’s jewelry that will bring a smile to his face.

 

Another very popular choice for giving affordable jewelry to the man who has everything is a bit more personal: a personalized ID bracelet expressing a personal message from you. ID bracelets have evolved over the years and have become the ideal accessory for a man who isn’t a frequent jewelry wearer. He will appreciate the sentiment and be touched by your thoughtful gift.

 

Men’s jewelry has grown into its own in the past few decades. The days of low cut satin shirts, cheap gold chains and disco music is over. (Thank goodness!) The bold pinky ring has given way to tasteful men’s rings that express a bit of personality. Today’s man can accessorize with class and style without looking overdone. A subtle bracelet, a tasteful chain necklace or for the young hipsters, a pair of impressive CZ stud earrings may turn you into the favorite gift giver of the season!

Holiday Budget Too Tight? Sell Gold Jewelry for Cash!

The holiday season can be really tough for those of us without a visible disposable income. Gift buying can truly break the bank. It’s not easy to buy gifts for all of our loved ones but still keep up with the bills and everyday financial obligations. One way to come up with a little spending cash is to sell your gold jewelry for cash.

 

Cash for Gold!

Cash for Gold!

Many jewelers today offer top dollar for old, broken or rarely worn gold jewelry. Simply go through your jewelry box or drawer and find all of the old jewelry that you will never again wear and take it to your local jeweler to get cash for your old gold jewelry. While it seems that most of your broken jewelry is worthless to you, to a jeweler, the gold is as valuable as ever and can easily be melted down and turned into a new and exciting jewelry design. That broad serpentine necklace you wore in the 80’s has still got value and the numerous broken pieces that have been gathering dust for years can put a little cash in your pocket.

 

Often, for a quick dollar, folks will head over to the local pawn broker to sell things that they no longer use, but jewelry is a bit of a different animal. While pawn brokers will buy jewelry in good repair, they often do NOT purchase broken or out-of-style pieces of gold jewelry for cash. Most pawn shops are in the business of turning things quickly, and want to sell items right away to make their money back. Gold jewelry that needs work is generally not an interest for pawn brokers. Keep that in mind while trying to get cash for gold jewelry.

 

In order to supplement your gift buying budget, selling gold jewelry for cash is a viable and often lucrative option. Understand, though, that selling grandma’s old gold brooch to a jewelry store very likely means you will never see that piece again. Be sure to choose the gold jewelry that has no sentimental value, broken or not. Selling gold jewelry for cash is, more often than not, a final sale. As mentioned, most jewelers will melt down the old, broken and out-of-style gold jewelry to create new, trendy and beautiful gold jewelry to sell.

Heirloom Jewelry Value Far More Than Monetary

When your mother handed you the most valued jewelry piece in her collection, her mother’s gold heart-shaped locket, tears flowed from your eyes. For decades, your mother has told you the story of the day she was given the locket, and how only weeks later, your grandmother passed on and your mother has cherished the piece since. You clutch it close to your heart, looking deeply into the eyes of your aging mother as she tells you to take great care of the family heirloom. You tell her there is nothing you will care for more. In the back of your mind, your thoughts turn to your own daughter, and a future gift.

 

Heirloom Quality Jewelry at Amidon Jewelers

Heirloom Quality Jewelry at Amidon Jewelers

While you have a tradition started by generations before you, anyone can turn a valued piece of fine jewelry into an heirloom piece. Certainly, we’ve all heard about antique pocket watches passed on from generation to generation, and many families continue to use engagement rings and wedding bands worn by an ancestor, but any valuable, fine jewelry can become an emotionally valuable and cherished heirloom.

 

Wedding sets are a very popular choice for many people hoping to create a generational heirloom. Women’s diamond engagement rings and wedding bands right alongside men’s wedding bands can easily be passed along to increase the meaning of an engagement and wedding. Passing an engagement ring to a daughter or son when the time comes is a long standing tradition in many families around the world. In fact, many brides and grooms claim that, as they exchanged rings, they felt the presence of the long passed relatives who had worn the wedding rings for a lifetime.

 

Valuable timepieces, pocket and wrist watches, have long been traditional heirloom pieces. While pocket watches have lessened in popularity in the past few decades and wrist watches have become more of a fashion statement than a functional timepiece, the value of antique and family heirloom watches continues to increase. Many jewelers offer maintenance and watch repair services to keep that family heirloom ticking for years to come.

 

Brooches and pins are more popular jewelry items often passed from generation to generation. Through history, many high end jewelers and artisans created such pieces with heirloom hopes in mind. In today’s market, you can find the same type of unique and valuable brooches and pins that will serve well to begin your own tradition.

Add Sparkle to the Holidays with Fine Jewelry Gifts

When you’re shopping for the holidays, you might not think about fine jewelry as an option for more than your special someone. Well, that isn’t necessarily true. Everyone loves jewelry, diamonds, pretty gemstones and the dazzling sparkle that fine jewelry brings to the holidays. You will be surprised by just how affordable fine jewelry can be for the whole family!

 

LeVian Jewelry

LeVian Jewelry

For the young males in your family, there are many choices of affordable fine jewelry that are sure to bring a smile to the face of the most pubescent crazy kid in your family. Identification bracelets have been popular for decades and can be engraved to express more than just a name. Dog tag necklaces have also gained great popularity over the past few decades, brought forth by our military efforts overseas and made fashionable by our pop stars. There are few teens that wouldn’t appreciate a gold dog tag or ID bracelet as a holiday gift this year.

 

There is a plethora of affordable fine jewelry to thrill the young women in your family. Everything from children’s rings to diamond earrings can be found with an affordable price tag and the simple beauty to adorn a young lady with class and elegance. Pandora bracelets are a very popular gift choice for women in general but for a young woman in her teens, the gift of a Pandora beaded bracelet can lead to a traditional and highly anticipated gift of additional and meaningful beads given for every gift giving occasion.

 

Another fine jewelry gift idea for young people in your family that is certain to please is birthstone jewelry. Many fine jewelers carry a large variety of right hand rings inclusive of a range of birthstone styles in addition to bracelets, necklaces, earrings and pins featuring the stones representative of birth months. Be SURE to have the right month for the right person! There is nothing more embarrassing than giving birthstone jewelry to a loved one only to find out you’ve picked the wrong stone. Your jeweler can help you find the right stone, but it’s up to you to know the correct birth date!

 

Fine jewelry is a wonderful way to add sparkle to the holidays and surprisingly affordable. If you’re diligent in your shopping, you can make the whole family think you must have won the lottery, while only you know the truth.

 

Shopping For Last Minute Valentine’s Day Fine Jewelry

After all the time I spent shopping for Christmas gifts, I wanted to make sure I took as much time as I could before I started looking for something to get my girlfriend for Valentine’s Day. I knew I could procrastinate because I already had a pretty good idea of what I was going to buy her. Of course, the calendar started flipping too fast and the next thing I knew, I only had a few days left to find that special piece of fine jewelry. Turns out, I didn’t have to panic after all.

Sterling Silver and Diamond Heart Bracelet

Sterling Silver and Diamond Heart Bracelet

 

I told the sales associate the same thing that I’m sure he heard from every other guy who came rushing into the store at the last minute: I wanted to get her something special that wasn’t the typical Valentine’s Day gift. He asked me what kind of jewelry I thought she needed. The problem was, when I pictured her all dressed up for when we went out, I already saw her wearing diamond earrings, gold necklaces and fashion rings. I didn’t want to get her something she already had, but I couldn’t think of anything she didn’t have.

 

He showed me a selection of diamond tennis bracelets and I realized if it wasn’t for him, I never would have thought of that. I remember when I was younger, they seemed to be much more popular, but I guess times change and so do fads. The bracelets he showed me were all stunning, and they ranged from simple silver chains with a single mounted diamond to thick bands with diamonds studded all around.

 

What made me most excited about the diamond bracelet I selected for her was that I know it is something she can wear all the time. If she was dressing up for a night out or just wearing casual clothes around the house, it would go with everything. She could even play sports with it. I mean, they don’t call it a tennis bracelet for nothing! I just hope I’m as lucky when it comes to finding the flowers and chocolate as I was picking out the jewelry for her.

 

 

Take The Stress Out Of Shopping For Diamond Engagement Rings

The number one reason why people have such a hard time shopping for diamond engagement rings – besides the little voice in their head that tells them she might still say no – is because they feel they don’t know enough about jewelry to make the right decision. Exclusive of wedding jewelry and homes, most people expect to buy a few of everything throughout their life, including such big ticket items as cars and home electronics, so they build up confidence and knowledge through repetition. For some guys, the first time they ever walk into a jewelry store is when they are looking for diamond engagement rings.

 

A. Jaffe Diamond Engagement Ring

A. Jaffe Diamond Engagement Ring

What makes this situation even more challenging for people marrying now than it was for their parents and grandparents is the fact that they do more of their shopping online. These days, everything can be bought online, from groceries to automobiles, so people have become attuned to a “one size fits all” mentality that allows them to compare quantifiable data. They choose a model that has what they want, they find the best price, they click on it, and it’s done.

 

Diamond engagement rings don’t work that way. Yes, there are different criteria, including the cut of the diamond, the color and the clarity, as well as the carat count, which has an industry standard. Every diamond that becomes part of an engagement ring is classified and comparable, but you don’t need to hold a big screen television in your hands to determine if it’s the right one for you. You need to see it in person.

 

This sounds like it should make an already tense experience that much more stressful, but there’s a hidden ace up the sleeve of the jewelry store, and that is the person behind the counter. Diamonds are these people’s lives. They can show you all of the different options that fit her desires and your budget. They can explain how diamonds are graded, they can answer any questions that you have and best of all, they give you that experience of holding that ring and imagining how it will look on her finger. You knew enough to choose the right woman, trust them to help you choose the right diamond engagement ring.