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Personalize your Father’s Day Gift this year with Engraved Jewelry

Father’s Day is right around the corner.  How will you show your dad this year that he is – and always will be – your personal hero?  Sure, Dad can always use another tie or golf accessory or “World’s Greatest Dad” mug, but if you want to give him a gift that really shows that you’ve put some thought into it, engraved jewelry is the perfect way to personalize your Father’s Day gift and show Dad just how much you love and appreciate him.

 

To be honest, moms are easier to shop for.  Mom is always delighted with new jewelry for Mother’s Day, or any occasion.  But we tend to forget that dads love (and deserve) nice jewelry, too, and there are plenty of Father’s Day gift options in this category to suite Dad’s personal taste and lifestyle, from the simple, casual, outdoor man to the executive, and everything in between.  So your search for that perfect Father’s Day jewelry gift should start with these “lifestyle” factors in mind, and then you can begin to personalize your gift from there.

Choosing the particular piece of jewelry, such as a watch or men’s bracelet is the first step, keeping in mind that virtually any jewelry can be personalized with engraving, provided it has enough surface to do so.  If you’re dad’s not really a jewelry guy, you can still personalize his Father’s Day gift this year with custom engraving on a variety of other items, as well.  Think plaques or mock awards, desk accessories like executive pen sets, or even certain types of fishing gear.  Get creative, and you’ll soon find you’ve come up with a truly one-of-a-kind Father’s Day gift that shows Dad he’s one-in-a-million.

Whether you choose to go with a special sentiment or add some humor with a funny saying or an “inside joke”, engraving gives you the opportunity to tell Dad just how you feel in a gift that will remind him each and every time looks upon it.  Custom engraving does require a little lead time, but there’s still plenty of time to personalize that perfect gift for Dad this Father’s Day if you get the process started now.  Your local jeweler can help you to find just the item you’re looking for to suit your dad’s taste and style, and do the engraving for you on site, quite affordably.

Make this the year you really “wow” him with a personalized Father’s Day Gift from the heart.

Show Mom She’s More Precious than a Diamond this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8th.  Are you prepared to show Mom just how important she is? It’s difficult to put a “value” on what our mothers mean to us all, but the value of a diamond is universally recognizable.  Why not show Mom she’s even more precious than the most universally valued of Mother Nature’s creations this Mother’s Day, with the gift of diamond jewelry?

Diamond Pendant For Mom!

Diamond Pendant For Mom!

Traditional Mother’s Day jewelry can take many forms, with the classic Mother’s ring or pendant topping the list of most desirable gemstone jewelry.  But diamonds can make a mom feel pretty special, too, especially when they come in the form of a well-thought-out and heartfelt Mother’s Day gift.  Moms are renowned for their “it’s the thought that counts” philosophy.  While that’s wonderful in the days of our youth, bringing home handmade cards and macaroni portraits, now that you’re an adult, she may (rightfully) expect a little more consideration.

A pendant, earrings, or diamond tennis bracelet all make great Mother’s Day gifts.  It’s a great idea to collaborate with siblings, if possible, to expand the budget and get Mom a truly impressive piece of diamond jewelry.

If your mom’s not really the diamond type (Really?) – or if she already has plenty of diamond jewelry (Too many diamonds?  No such thing…) – then you might want to consider alternative gemstone jewelry.  Spring is upon us, after all, and bright, sparkling pastel gemstones such as amethyst, citrine and blue topaz compliment the season, as well as spring wardrobes, nicely.

So, how do you choose a piece of fine jewelry for Mother’s Day that’s sure to “wow” her?  If you’re unfamiliar with diamond and gemstone jewelry, it’s true it can be a little intimidating, but never fear.  It’s just jewelry shopping – not rocket science.  Though, naturally, you want to know that you’re getting the most value for your money (Mom taught you to be a responsible consumer, after all.)

The first step is to choose a reputable jewelry store, whether that be a local shop or online.  It’s simple enough to evaluate a jewelry website and research customer reviews, and know that you’re dealing with a trustworthy retailer.

The next step is to step back and think about your mom.  What’s her favorite color?  What’s her style?  Which piece of diamond or gemstone jewelry is the one that’s really going to make her face light up?  Regardless, she’s going to be delighted – it’s the thought that counts, after all – but you’ll know you’ve outdone the macaroni artwork when she continually wears her new diamond or gemstone jewelry.  We still recommend the handmade Mother’s Day card.

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.

Watch Repair For The Next Generation

My son is graduating college

Professional Jewelry Services at Amidon Jewelers

Professional Jewelry Services at Amidon Jewelers

this fall, and I have been searching to find him the perfect gift. It is more than just a present of “Congratulations.” You see, his father passed away several years ago, and so for most of his childhood, it has just been the two of us. I know it has been a struggle for him, watching his friends grow up differently than he did, and I wanted to somehow let him know how special he was. That was when I remembered the watch.

 

The men in my husband’s family had never been the type to wear fine jewelry. They certainly appreciated it, and my husband had a fantastic eye for finding the most beautiful pieces, from the diamond engagement ring he proposed with to the pearl necklace he surprised me with on our tenth anniversary. The one piece of jewelry that was important to the men, however, was a watch that my grandfather-in-law had gotten as a gift many years ago. It had been passed down from father to son, and my husband had worn it proudly.

 

After the funeral, I put it away with so many other things I couldn’t bear to look at. Remembering it now, I went up to the attic and started searching through the boxes. It was a bittersweet occasion, as many smiles as there were tears, and eventually I found the watch. Unfortunately, after all this time packed away, it had stopped working. I wanted my son to have this watch, but I didn’t want to give him a broken gift.

 

Talking with a girlfriend, she mentioned that the last time she had been downtown, she saw that the local jewelry store offered watch repair. I was cautious, because the watch was so old, it might be impossible to find someone who knew how to fix it or know where to get the parts. The repairman had the proper tools for the job, and even before he opened the case, he told me the story of the manufacturer, the history of this model, and, most importantly, that he could fix it.

 

I picked it up today and it looks and run beautifully. I can’t wait to give it to my son, a gift from both me and his father.

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.

 

 

Valentine’s Day Diamond Jewelry For Him

My fiancé likes to joke with me about shopping for Valentine’s Day. He says that it’s impossible for him to surprise me with anything because I already know that it’s going to be candy, flowers and some kind of diamond jewelry. Compared to me – and women everywhere, for that matter – I think he and most men have it easy. It’s easy to find romantic gifts for women, but I don’t think there’s anything too romantic about power tools, and if I try to give him flowers, I know he’ll forget to take care of him. That’s why I’m going to surprise him with some diamond jewelry of his own.

1/2CTTW Men's Diamond Wedding Band

1/2CTTW Men’s Diamond Wedding Band

 

I’m lucky that he is conscious enough about what he wears and how he dresses that he is always looking for new ways to accessorize. Men’s jewelry has become more popular over the last several years, and I was actually surprised to see how many different styles of jewelry there was to choose from. Most people think men’s jewelry begins with fashion watches and ends with wedding bands, but there are complete lines of diamond rings, bracelets and necklaces to choose from, as well as more traditional items like cuff links and tie tacks.

 

I knew that as adventurous as he might be when it comes to fashion, he wouldn’t want anything too flashy. The last thing I wanted to do was make him think I was dressing him to look like Mr. T. I wanted to make sure that it would be something he would like to wear and that would also be a reminder of me. When I went to my local jewelry store and was talking to the woman working there, she directed me to their collection of men’s jewelry made from aircraft steel.

 

Far from being generic jewelry that could be worn by either gender, these pieces have a very masculine look and feel to them. Plus, I knew the uniqueness of it would really appeal to him. I can’t wait to see the look in his eyes when he opens the gift and sees the necklace I bought him, and I really can’t wait to tell him how easy it was to shop for him.

 

 

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.

 

 

Warm Up The Winter With Diamond Earrings

One of the most challenging parts of winter is that all of the fun stuff happens early. Winter isn’t even a week old when Christmas rolls around. New Year’s Eve follows just a week later and then – BANG – that’s it. Unless you’re a sports fan or a fanatic about Presidential birthdays, there really isn’t anything to help get you through a long cold winter. That is the perfect reason to surprise her with a gift of diamond earrings.

 

Phantom 105, 1CTTW Diamond Stud Earrings

Phantom 105, 1CTTW Diamond Stud Earrings

The most romantic reason to buy anyone a gift, especially a gift for that special someone in your life, has nothing to do with what the calendar says. Certainly, there are expectations to fulfill on birthdays and Christmas that are the perfect occasion for gold jewelry and diamond necklaces, but it is the unexpected gift that means the most. The pure surprise of an unexpected gift is a reward unto itself, and when she asks you why, you get to give her the best two word answer ever: “Just because.”

 

Just because: you love her and want her to have something special. Just because: you know how much she has always wanted a pair of diamond earrings. Just because: it’s been a long cold winter and you want to see her smile. Just because: she wore that new dress last week when you went out to dinner and you knew that a brand new pair of earrings would complete the outfit perfectly. Just because: you want to tell her thank you for sharing her life with you.

 

Diamond stud earrings are one of the most iconic pieces of jewelry out there. They are wildly versatile, going great with everything from jeans and a sweatshirt to that little black dress. They are, in fact, probably one of the few ideas, jewelry or otherwise, that a person could feel comfortable buying for their loved one without having to worry if it will be something they like or will go with what they already own. Love and passion are emotions of impulse and creativity. They are filled with surprise and wonder. Show her how deep your love is by surprising her this weekend with a beautiful new pair of diamond earrings.