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Coloring Your World With Diamonds

Our daughter’s sweet sixteen was coming up and my wife and I were stressing over what would be the signature gift. Along with typical birthday gifts, we wanted to find something special that she could keep forever and remind her of this day. We knew we wanted it to be some piece of fine jewelry, but that was the problem: how to find a piece of jewelry that was truly unique?

Blue Diamond Pendant

Blue Diamond Pendant

 

My wife came home one night from work very excited, but waited until after the kids went to bed to tell me what she had found. She stopped at the local jewelry store on her way home from work, just seeing if there was any inspiration among all of the diamond jewelry. We had discussed that something like a diamond pendant or maybe a diamond bracelet would be a good option, but we were having trouble finding one that we thought captured our daughter’s personality the best. While she was looking, one of the helpful sales associates approached her and struck up a conversation. When my wife told the young lady what our dilemma was, she brought my wife down to a display case we had somehow missed in our previous visits.

 

This case was filled with all sorts of colored diamond jewelry. Not only was there a full selection of diamond earrings, necklaces and bracelets, but all of the diamonds had color in them. Before my wife could even begin to get skeptical, the woman explained that all of the coloring happened naturally while the diamonds were forming. My wife said that when you looked closely, you could see that even all of the pink diamonds – the color she knew would be best – were slightly different from each other.

 

We went back that weekend and sure enough, I could see the slight variation from diamond to diamond, but within each diamond, the color was almost flawless. We settled on a beautiful pink colored diamond pendant. At the party, my daughter was blown away and almost in tears when she thanked us. That night, as we were all going to bed, she came into our room and thanked us again. And she was already wearing the pendant.

Beach Rules

Summer is in full swing! It is time for fun under the sun at the beach and mountains. It is always a good idea to take a few safeguards that can make sure that your beach day is super and full of activities.

 

DO WEAR SUNTAN LOTION

Skincancer.org reports that 3.5 new cases of skin disease are identified every year. Keep your family protected when having fun under the sun by taking precautions suggested by the FDA recommendations. Use a waterproof sunblock with a minimum 30 SPF. You should choose products approved by the FDA for effective UVA protection.

 

DO WEAR A PRETTY SWIMSUIT

This is the perfect time for the fashionistas out there to walk on the runway to present your beautiful fashion sense. Whether picking a last year piece, vintage, classic, or modern one-piece swimsuit, wear it with confidence. For entertaining, try mixing up the top and bottom of other swimsuits.

 

DO HAVE NO-FUSS HAIR

The sun, sea and sand can cause your hair to go from fashionable to not so fashionable in just couple of minutes. Forget the waving or flat iron and choose an easy style that will not interfere with swimming, playing volleyball or comforting in your cabana. An up-do bun can keep the twists at bay while the impeccable ponytail keeps the hair protected while still being stylish.

 

DO STAY HYDRATED

Sweating in the warm sun can quickly get to dehydration, which can cause tiredness, a slower metabolism and even lead to heat stroke. Stay safe at the beach and leave the sugary beverages, alcoholic drinks and the caffeinated iced-tea at home. Instead, bring a cooler full of bottled or recyclable bottles of water. Drink at least eight glasses of water through the day.

 

DO ACCESSORIZE WITH JEWELRY

It is important to keep it simple! Avoid wearing any gemstones that are absorbent and could be spoiled by salt water or chlorine, such as pearls. Take with you sterling silver or 14k gold in the form of a ring, necklace or earrings. Diamond engagement rings are safe to wear at the beach, though take the time to clean the ring in water at the end of the day to wash away any sand particles that may have become stuck between the diamond and the setting.  

 

SOME SIMPLE BEACH-GOER DON’TS

Do not forget to wear a hat and sunglasses for even more sun protection. Even if you are wearing sunscreen, a large hat can shade your face from the sun. The American Academy of Ophthalmology explains, “A number of scientific studies indicate that spending long hours in the sun without eye protection can damage your eyes by contributing to cataracts, macular degeneration, and growths on the eye, including cancer.” The organization recommends wearing sunglasses that are 99% and above UV-absorbent.

 

Another DO NOT: Do not forget to have a lot of fun!

 

Yard Sale Treasures

Yard Sale Treasures

Keeping costume jewelry separate from the good stuff this summer.

Are you headed out to peruse thru your neighbors unwanted items, or considering setting your own out?  Here are tips to keep you from tossing the best items, or help you spot a great find as you explore.

  • Be prepared, get your tools ready. Your basic toolkit, a small 10x magnifying glass and your smartphone.
    • If you’re shopping avoid using a large magnifying glass, if the seller gets an idea their item has extra value they may pull it from the sale.
    • That’s right; your smartphone will let you quickly look up an item in question.  It should be at a yard sale for approximately ¼ of a similar online listing like eBay.
  • Broken items can still be valuable.
    • Evan if it can’t be repaired, gold and silver items can easily be sold to Amidon for their value as scrap precious metal.
  • Take the time to look thru old jewelry boxes and collections of ‘junk’, one gold chain twisted in with a ball of fakes makes the whole $5 box worthwhile.
  • Never believe “It’s all costume!” check it out for yourself, often sellers don’t know the value of each item they have.
  • Look for markings, and know what they mean;
COMMON SILVER STAMPINGSSTERLINGSTER

925

.925

Note: Vermeil is often marked STER or 925 and is valuable as scrap silver, but gold plated for color.

COMMON FAKE AND PLATED SILVER STAMPINGS PLATE

SILVER EP

Electroplate

Patented

Silver Welded

Double or Quadruple plate

COMMON GOLD STAMPINGS

8K, 10K, 14K, 18k, 22k

333, 416, 417, 583, 585, 750, 916

karat may be denoted as k or kt

COMMON FAKE AND PLATED GOLD STAMPINGS

1/20 14K

P, HGPE, EP, (plated)

GF  (gold filled)

  • Pick up everything that looks like gold or silver.  Both are very dense metals and produce a dull thump when placed on the table.  Salt shakers that produce a brassy ring are going to be plated. It’s a quick test to use before scrutinizing every piece. Also keep in mind that plated items do not dent easy and often have the inner yellow metal showing on wear surfaces like the backs of spoons and bottom of tableware.
  • Have an idea what the weight is if shopping for scrap precious metal.  A stack of six nickels weighs just over an ounce.  At Amidon, with the gold spot value on 7-1, that’s worth about $11 for sterling, and $475 for 14 karat gold.

 

 

 

 

What’s Your Statement?

All around the world, women wear necklaces. Some are sentimental, like lockets with pictures of loved ones. Some are family heirlooms. Some pull together an ensemble. Some elevate an outfit from ordinary to eclectic. But all necklaces make a statement. Whether you’re a fan of the traditional statement necklace that stands out in a crowd, or you like a simple diamond pendant, we have the perfect piece for you.

We have a beautiful selection of glittery gemstone pendants, just in time for sundress weather. The simplicity of this White Gold and Blue Diamond pendant allows this piece to transition from the office to dinner out in the city.

 

Having a few jewelry staples during the summer can be invaluable. With a couple of favorite pieces, you have no farther to reach than your dresser to accessorize on a hot day, and it’s easier to pack for summer vacations when you don’t have to load up a bulky jewelry box. This Gold and Sterling Silver Elements Pendant is perfect with a pair of gold hoop earrings and will go with almost everything in your wardrobe.

 

Perhaps “forever” is the statement you’re making right now. The infinity symbol can signify friendship, love, or loyalty, and it’s a beautiful shape. Infinity pendants are very popular right now. Our Sterling Silver and Diamond Infinity Pendant is very similar to the one we’ve seen Reese Witherspoon wearing.

Script pendants are also extremely fashionable right now, and they seem to work both on and off of the red carpet, like Katy Perry’s look below. Give the gift of love, with this beautiful Sterling Silver and Diamond “Love” pendant.

Finally, for a statement that’s also a true treasure, this Marco Bicego Gold and Mother of Pearl necklace is a brilliant gift, to yourself or to someone you love.  The timeless pearls will always be in style, and it will look beautiful with any of your fine clothes.

Whatever your statement is, at Amidon Jewelers we’re sure to help you make it!

Summer Pleasures

 

With the sun shining and the kids out of school, many of us turn our thoughts to summer pleasures. Even if we don’t have kids or they’re all grown up, summer brings back memories, nostalgia, and the longing for simple beachy fun. Capture pleasure this season with the help of our summer recommendations.

 

This beautiful Amidon silver and diamond bangle looks perfect with a sundress or a tank top and shorts.

The Fruits of Summer

Berries. They’re so good, and full of antioxidants. Raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries. Did we mention that even baked in a pie, the antioxidants are still practically bursting out of them? And don’t forget peaches, another pie-worthy fruit. Or delicious eaten as is. Watermelons are full of vitamins A and C.

Ice Cream

Okay, it’s harder to make a nutritional case for ice cream. But the frozen treat is undeniably associated with summer. Do you know what America’s favorite flavor is? According to the Food Channel, vanilla is the runaway winner with 29 percent of the vote. Chocolate is way behind at 8.9 percent. Rounding out the top ten are butter pecan, strawberry, Neopolitan, chocolate chip, French vanilla, cookies and cream, vanilla fudge ripple and praline pecan. If you’re wondering what the difference is between vanilla and French vanilla, the latter flavor is made with an egg custard base, giving it a richer, caramelized taste.

 

 

This steel bracelet sets off a guy's tan, and holds up to surf and sun.

Beach Reading

What will you be reading at the beach this year? Or maybe on the porch, if the beach is too far away? Many book reviewers recommend J. Courtney Sullivan’s “The Engagements,” a book about four couples trying to understand marriage and the young copywriter who came up with De Beers’ tag line, “A diamond is forever.” We love books that feature jewels!

 

It’s also a good summer to reread F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” The recent movie version has spiked interest in 1920s fashions and the beautiful jewels of that era.

 

If you like a little horror in your summer, pick up “Joyland,” the new Stephen King novel. It features a college student working a summer job at an amusement park and the ghost that haunts the funhouse.

Summer Fashions

 

What to wear while you read a paperback and eat ice cream? We recommend a sundress, straw hat and some simple yet eye-catching jewelry. Silver looks great with a tan. A simple silver bangle goes with shorts and sandals or a pretty sundress. Summer hats call for dangling earrings. These beauties resemble delicate angel wings, and will bring a sparkle to your eyes.

 

These angel wing earrings look stunning hanging beneath your sun hat.

Preparing for the Empty Nest

Dear Moms who have their baby graduating high school and leaving home this year – We know what you are going through. A flood of emotions is coursing through your body, scared about where the future will take both you and your child, and excitement about what the future will bring. We at Amidon Jewelers have exactly what you need to start YOUR future out stylishly successfully!

Since the day your son or daughter started Kindergarten, if not pre-school, you have been the co-owner of Mom’s Taxi Service. Chauffeuring him here and there, from one practice or club to another, the amount of gas you’ve put in your car would get you around the world a thousand times. You’ve scraped melted crayons off your upholstery, and half-eaten cheeseburgers under your seats. It’s time to drive in style.

No, unfortunately Amidon Jewelers is not offering to give you a top-of-the-line luxury car with heated leather seats, GPS and a moon roof. We are, however, hoping you’ll turn this key to a future life of health and happiness.

 

When Dr. Seuss wrote, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” we’re sure he hoped it would hit a larger market than just the graduating seniors. Think, Mom! With your weeks now free of countless practices, school drop-offs and pick-ups, and weekend pizza parties, you have time to travel the world! Spread your wings and fly – To Australia? Europe? Anywhere you want! This silver and diamond wing pendant will help you fly with flair!

 

Over the years, we are confident there were plenty of times you wanted to reach out and ring your son or daughter’s neck. Whether it was due to missing curfew (and worrying you out of your mind), or because of the mud he tracked all over the house, with your love you also became exasperated from time to time.

While we can’t guarantee his college days will alleviate the feeling of wanting to ring his neck, we encourage you to ring yourself instead. How? With a gorgeous fancy diamond ring. Regardless of rain, every day will have sunshine when you wear this white, yellow and rose gold ring featuring its spectacular center yellow diamond.

Only time will tell what the future holds for your child as his future progresses. But time is in your hands now that you have a lot more of it to play with! Now’s the time (no pun intended) to play with it fashionably! Enjoy an evening out with the ladies or a leisurely trip to the spa unconcerned about the time except for how it looks on your wrist. Part of their “Adventurer Collection,” Bulova’s beautiful watch encourages you to take your time into your own hands and make every moment of your life an adventure!

2013 Prom Trends

Ladies and gentleman, THAT time of the year is upon us. The birds are chirping, the trees are beginning to show green, and slowly the flowers in our gardens are beginning to bloom. What season are we in? If you’re a high school girl or boy, you’ll likely think, ‘Prom Season!’

Saturday afternoons in the floral department at the local grocery or florist shop will become increasingly busy as teenagers dressed in gowns or tuxedos arrive to pick up their date’s corsage or boutonniere. Important accessories to help complete the prom attire package, the flowers on these pieces are often dyed to match the color of the girl’s dress. But how about the rest of HER accessories?

Mom and dad, this is where you come in. Sure, you’ve probably already helped cover the cost of her dress, hair, nails and shoes, but how about accessorizing your daughter with a piece of your own to help her make it a night she will remember?

The Prom Trends of 2013

High Necklines

As a parent, we’re sure you won’t be unhappy to see that necklines worked their way up on the body this year. Eliminating the need for a pendant or necklace of any kind, a dress of this style will be complemented perfectly by a stylish pair of earrings and/or bracelet. Amidon Jewelers has precisely the pieces you’re looking for.

Reminiscent of an infinity symbol, while wearing this Silver Diamond Bangle your little girl will never fail to remember that her mom and dad will always be there for her. Three diamonds accent the top of the bangle, each one representing one of you.

Turquoise has been an extremely popular color in recent years, and this year is no exception. Dads, remind your little girl that even though she’s almost out of high school she’s still “Daddy’s Little Girl” with a pair of Silver Diamond Earrings. These fancy diamonds will coordinate perfectly with her turquoise dress, and the hearts will remind her just how much she means to you.

Short Skirts and Asymmetrical Necklines

Complicating the accessorizing process a little further is this year’s trend of asymmetrical necklines. A fantastic pendant can really make this neckline POP, and the shape encourages the wearer to embellish herself with a great pair of earrings.

 

Playing off the criss-crossing lines which make up the asymmetrical neckline of her dress, we found this Imaya Silver Diamond Pendant. Diagonal silver stripes are intricately accented by diamonds on the middle stripe, and the see-through effect is exquisite.

 

Diagonal, silver criss-crossing lines once again make a bold impact in these Silver Diamond earrings. A masterpiece crafted of Sterling Silver, the front is studded with lines of diamonds weighing in at a total weight of a half-carat of. Whether she wears her hair up or down, you can guarantee all eyes will be on her glistening earlobes when she wears these beauties.

A Kiss is Just a Kiss

A kiss is just a kiss – that is until it is a Hershey’s Kiss. A childhood favorite, who doesn’t have sweet memories of peeling back the silver wrapper and letting the creamy milk chocolate melt in your mouth?!

Now you can keep those sweet memories close to your heart at all times; the iconic Hershey’s Kiss has been transformed into a line of jewelry, available at Amidon Jewelers.

If you’ve been holding back giving a kiss to someone special, for fear she’ll say ‘no’, then perhaps a shimmering jewel-toned kiss is the answer. You are guaranteed to bring a smile to any girls face, big or small, with one of these gems. White gold, yellow gold, diamond encrusted – even kisses for a cause – all make the perfect gift for a young girl’s first piece of jewelry, a tweener gift, commemorating a sweet 16 or to any woman that has a sense of style, flair and fun.

The Hershey’s Kiss line of jewelry at Amidon Jewelers replicates foil wrapped famous treat with the traditional blue and white paper tag, peaking out of the tip of every chocolate kiss. Earrings, bracelets, pendants, rings and even cufflinks are available to savor and share.

Kiss Stud Earrings

Designed in Sterling Silver this Small Flat Back Hershey’s Kiss stud type pair of earrings shines as an expression of Love. The Kiss measures 10MM in height and 4MM at the base. The Hershey’s Kiss earrings feature a comfortable push back closure. Available in diamond-covered as well.

Hanging Kiss Earrings

This Kiss measures 10MM in height and 4MM at the base. The Hershey’s Kiss earrings feature a comfortable lever back closure.

 

 

Sterling Silver Charm Kiss Ring

Available in several sizes, this particular hanging Kiss ring 15MM in height and 6MM at the base.

 

Sterling Silver Flat Back Kiss Ring

Available in several sizes, this Kiss measures 15MM in height and 6MM at the base.

 

Diamond Kiss Pendant

For the girl who really loves her Kisses, this 3D diamond pendant is designed in 14KT White Gold. The Kiss measures 20MM in height and 15MM at the base. The diamond color is G and clarity is SI. The Hershey’s Kiss includes a 22 inch (20 inch with a 2 inch extension) 14KT white gold cable chain w/ lobster lock.

Sterling Silver Hershey’s Kiss Cufflinks

Men like Kisses too!! Designed in sterling silver these flat back Hershey’s Kiss cufflinks shine. The Kiss measures 15MM in height and 6MM at the base.

And the best part, no calories!

View all of our Kisses.

Star Light Star Bright

Star Light, Star Bright

The First Star I See Tonight

I Wish I May, I Wish I Might

Have the Wish I Wish Tonight

Wow!  Who would have thought that a simple little rhyme written in the late 19th Century would have taken off all around the world and in popular culture the way it did?  From Pinocchio to Madonna, Star Trek to I Dream of Jeannie, these four lines have meant so much so many.

At Amidon Jewelers, we put our own spin on the rhyme.  We have countless pieces of stellar jewelry which twinkle like stars, if they don’t remind us stars in the first place, and we wish to see them on YOU!  Here are a few we believe you might wish to have in your jewelry collection.

While a black hole may usually have a different meaning, we filled the gap with gorgeous Black Diamonds.  These sparkling earrings feature over 2.00 carats of Black diamonds and .15ct of brilliant white diamonds set in White Gold.

 

Make your ears sparkle with these Imaya silver earrings featuring diamond accents.  With a center star cut-out, and black accent, these Sterling Silver earrings will add sparkle and interest to any outfit!

 

 

Shining like gold stars in a magnificent sunset, this Marco Bicego yellow gold bracelet showcases multicolor gemstones.  With a beautiful prism cuts, the gemstones are seemingly shaped by light, bringing a constellation down to your very own wrist!

 

 

Delicate diamond accents shoot across this silver bangle bracelet like a meteor shower shooting across the night sky.  Elegant in its simplicity, this bracelet will compliment jeans and/or evening wear perfectly!

 

 

This Sapphire and Diamond ring truly is a star.  Set in White Gold, not only is this ring star-shaped, but it sparkles like one as well!

 

 

Wearing these wings, you may be able to fly yourself to the moon!  This sterling silver pendant set features sparkling diamonds on a pair of delicate angel wings.

 

 

In this 14kt Gold Vermeil Diamond Pendant, you’ll have tiny constellations floating on your chest!  The three largest “constellations” showcase diamonds at their centers, adding shimmer to an already beautiful pendant.

 

Who knew the Man on the Moon had eyes made of Diamonds?  This beautiful crescent moon-shaped silver pendant is enhanced by its diamond accents and is a beautifully crafted piece.

 

 

At Amidon Jewelers we have a countless number of beautifully crafted jewelry pieces that can add a twinkle to your eye.  Visit our website to browse for the star of your jewelry collection.

 

Charmed, I’m Sure

Charm and romance have long been partners, all thanks to Prince Charming, of course. Though the prince of romance did have a point; why simply be kind to your beloved when you can take an extra step and be ever so charming.

 

That’s why charm bracelets always seem to come back in style, time after time.

 


After all, nothing is more personalized then the charm bracelet – a token for each special moment in her life. A wedding. The birth of a child. Graduation. The holidays. A dance recital. A birthday. A glamorous moment. Every moment captured with a jeweled token, right on her wrist.

 

Make any woman in your life – wife, girlfriend, daughter, niece or your mom – feel like a princess every day with a gift that was created especially for her.

 

Oh and, modern day fairy tales also include necklaces and earrings, customized as well.

 

 

Here at Amidon Jewelers we offer beads, jewels and charms from designers Pandora and Chamilia. Choose from silver, gold, Murano glass, Sarovski crystals and gemstones.

 

Pandora


The Pandora charm bracelet is as unique as the woman who wears it. The charming keepsake beads and jewels are designed in their on in-house studio in Copenhagen, Denmark. Innovative integrity and originality are at the heart of every Pandora jewel.

New designs are introduced by Pandora four times a year, allowing you to continually add to your beloved’s charm bracelet, for years to come.

Chamilia

Chamilia’s charms are as unique as their philosophy, ‘design is different here.’

The ‘it’ brand for customized jewelry, Chamilia offers handcrafted beads of 12k gold, sterling silver, Swarovski crystals, Italian Murano glass and colored stones. Bracelets, bangles and necklaces are available. In fact, over 600 beads are available from the Chamilia line. And a unique partnership with Disney means, yup you guessed it, all of Prince Charming’s favorite friends and memories can be remembered forever in a magical keepsake bracelet.

 

Founded in 2002 by Killian Rieder and Jeff Julkowski on the premise of putting jewelry design into the hands of the customer. Killian, a former designer with fashion icon Polo, wanted this brand to be personalized to allow women to change and customize it to fit the mood, moment or occasion, like a chameleon that changes in its environment.

 

Stop by our stores in person or call us to design your charm bracelet over the phone. Pick up or shipping options are available.

 

Prince Charming has nothing on you!