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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.

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.

Saying “Happy Valentine’s Day” With Diamond Engagement Rings

Out of the 365 days in a year, the most romantic day by far is always February 14th. Likewise, with all of the countless actions and words that a person can do, nothing says “I love you” more than wanting to spend the rest of your life with someone in marriage. Therefore, it stands to reason that the most special gift you can buy your girlfriend this Valentine’s Day would be a diamond engagement ring.

 

It’s actually easier to shop for diamond engagement rings than any other potential gift of gold jewelry if you think about it. That may sound counter-intuitive, but odds are if someone is thinking about buying an engagement ring, it’s because they have a pretty solid idea that the answer is going to be yes. Not only have they probably been talking about what it would be like to be married and the type of wedding they have been envisioning, another topic of conversation most likely was the kind of ring she has always wanted. Compare that with walking into a jewelry store and the only thing you know is that you want to buy her…something. Where do you even begin?

1 CTW Diamond Solitaire

1 CTW Diamond Solitaire

 

That being said, picking the right ring takes a little more than pointing at the display case and saying, “I’ll take that one.” There is a lot to consider, most of which fall into the four categories of cut, color, clarity and carat. It’s ok if you don’t have a firm grasp on what all of that means, because the person behind the counter will know for you. Most importantly, all four C’s are industry standards. Just like there are certain technical details when you are buying a new computer or television that are universal, the way that diamonds are graded in these categories are standardized, so if she has said that her lifelong dream is a two carat pear shaped diamond solitaire engagement ring, the sales associate will be able to show you a variety of different options that fulfill her desire.

 

There is one other practical reason to making Valentine’s Day the day you hand her a diamond engagement ring and ask her to marry you: when she asks you, in the future, if you remember the proposal, you’ll at least get the date right.

 

Now Is The Time To Shop For Valentine’s Day Gold Jewelry

You may have promised yourself, after all of your Christmas shopping was over, that you wouldn’t go near a store again for another six months. Unfortunately, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and failing to find the right gift of gold jewelry might make an already cold winter downright frosty. Don’t make the mistake that so many other people will by waiting until the last minute to do your shopping. Now is the time to find the newest styles of diamond jewelry and the widest selection to choose from.

 

Open Heart Pendant

Open Heart Pendant

 

Christmas has become the busiest time of year for jewelry stores, and it might be easy to believe that the rush which started on Black Friday will just continue right through the first half of February. However, designers have traditionally used the approaching holiday as an unofficial start to their calendar year, so many of their new designs are not released until after the first of the year. People buying gold jewelry for Christmas gifts can be shopping for a wide variety of people – loved ones, children, co-workers – so the selection needs to be varied. Valentine’s Day is for lovers, however, and the jewelry that is featured then is created with that romance in mind.

 

Another advantage to doing your shopping early is the same reason why you should always shop early: the personal attention from the sales help. The first few weeks of the New Year are always slow in the retail world, as people are paying off their holiday bills and beginning to concern themselves with their taxes. Fewer people in the stores means more time for you to see all the gold jewelry that is available, ask any questions that you might have, and know that you are getting the perfect gift.

 

Keep in mind, too, that even though there may be many other gift ideas which can be purchased online, gold jewelry is best bought in person at a jewelry store. Jewelry is an art and no two pieces are alike. By being able to hold them in your hands and see them up close, you’ll be able to find the one that is perfect for her; the gift that is as unique and special as she is.

 

 

A Valentine’s Day You’ll Never Forget!

Last week we told you all about our Valentine’s Day Special. Now we want to pinpoint a special theme you could have for your Valentine’s day and in order to do that, you’ll need a bit of a history lesson.

 

One of the primary theories of where Valentine’s Day came from is that the ancient Catholic church wanted to replace a pagan holiday, that of Lupercalia. This was a spring festival of cleansing, likely to have predated the Roman Empire, that was to get rid of evil spirits and held typically between February 12-15th. This is believed to derive from the Roman god, Lupercus, an anthropomorphic wolf creature and is associated with the Greek god Faun. Ironically, given the European tales of devious wolves and sheep, Lupercus was a god of shepherds. Through history the festive rites progressed, until about the late Republic of Rome in which they climaxed with sacrificing two goats and a dog on the alter, men wearing the skins of goats, running around the city walls, and lashing young women and girls to ensure fertility, aid them in childbirth and prevent sterility. Later the Roman Catholic Church was convinced that young women’s names wold be drawn by lot to be selected for young men. The following point has been debated by researchers, but a popular theory, regardless of the particulars of the festival, is the Roman Church– at the direction of Pope Gelasius in 496 A.D. declared February 14th to be St. Valentine’s Day in order to replace the festival of Lupercalia.

 

Now the dedication to St. Valentine’s Day has permeated our western culture and is unlikely to stop in the next century. Starting in grade school with the dramatic Valentine card exchange and the barely edible yet ever popular box of heart-shaped message candy and for those who are a bit older with some disposable income, exchanging jewelry, chocolate, flowers and other gifts demonstrating love.

 

Maybe you’ve met someone special and you’re hoping to spend the rest of your life with them or maybe you want to show a family member that family is forever, that is where the infinity symbol is a great unisex symbol that can be used by both men and women.

 

The infinity symbol is actually a complex mathematical representation and symbolically is correlated to the Möbius band, shown above, and the Ouroboros- a legless dragon shown in a circle eating its own tale. Mathematically the concept of infinity was introduced to denote ‘many’ and the symbol is believed to have derived from the Roman numeral for 1,000 represented as CIƆ. Now it represents potential infinity, where an end can never been seen.

 

 

Joseph Lazarus- DeviantArt

 

Your love can be demonstrated with any number of beautiful Amidon Jewelry pieces. Here are just a few suggestions.

 

For the gents there is this lemniscate, another reference to the symbol of infinity, designed 7 mm titanium and blue anodized polished ring.

 

If you want to pair the concept of infinity and eternity together there are these matching his and her rings. The men’s band features two rows of diamonds running the full circumference of the ring, hence why it’s referred to as an eternity band and the woman’s ring is a the classic infinity symbol. Both are sterling silver and hold popular blue diamonds. Amidon Jewelers has other fancy colored diamond jewelry to choose from.

 

But, if that those suggestions doesn’t float your boat check this out. The classic white diamonds set within a contemporary infinity design set in these beautiful, matching sterling silver ring and pendant, $99.00 each.

 

Amidon Jewelers is here to help you have that magical Valentine’s day that you’ll remember for the rest of your lives. Stop by and see us, and inquire on how any of our infinity designed jewelry will qualify you for our Valentine’s Day Special.

Valentine’s Day Guide for Single Ladies

Whether you’re single on Valentine’s Day due to circumstances or choice, we know it can be difficult if you’re a single lady. The motorized shopping carts at the grocery store may tempt you to help the staff take down the Valentine’s Day displays a few days early. Don’t do it! We know you’re strong, and based on the fact that you found our site and blog, you’re obviously intelligent!

Amidon Jewelers is here to help you make it through Valentine’s Day as a HAPPY single lady. Yes, you may wish you had a significant other by your side, but just because you don’t doesn’t mean there aren’t other special people who want to spend Valentine’s Day with you. Who? Take out your cell phone and look through your contact list. We’re willing to bet there are more than a couple single girls on the list who may be feeling the same way you do. So invite them over, and use some of our ideas (below) to make this Valentine’s Day memorable!

1. Throw an Un-Valentine’s Day Party! Consider it Halloween in February, and make gory costumes mandatory. Decorate your house with decorations from any holiday BUT Valentine’s Day, and have a blast!

2. Have an anti-Valentine’s Day movie marathon. Be sure to add the following your list:

a. My Bloody Valentine
b. Fatal Attraction
c. Obsessed

 

3. Reserve a table for ten at a local restaurant, and take full advantage of the sweetheart specials! Why should couples be the only people to enjoy the 2-for-1 deals? And who says you need to eat an entrée? Start with drinks and appetizers and then skip to dessert! It’s YOUR day and YOU make the rules!

4. Spray paint a Nerf gun’s arrows silver, dress up like Cupid and wander the streets shooting targets. Be sure to target people who look like they could use a smile in their day, but avoid couples. Location suggestion: The laundry mat.

5. Compile the best single (and strong) lady music tracks burn mixes for all your friends! Here are a few tracks to get you started:

a. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor

b. Survivor – Destiny’s Child
c. Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson

 

 

6. Barhop for the evening friends and have a contest for who collects the most phone numbers. At the end of the night, have a number burning ceremony. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher nearby, because with all those numbers you may build quite a blaze!

7. Together with your friends, compose your must-have list for your future mates. Be sure to include at least 10 characteristics you are looking for in your future/soul mate. After composing your list, read it aloud to your friends and make a pact not to date anyone who defies your list.