Choosing the Right Ring!

Unless a couple decides to elope, a proposal usually comes before a wedding. In most cases, a future groom will plan the perfect proposal and ask the woman of his dreams to marry him! But what would a perfect proposal be without the perfect ring?

When it comes to a traditional proposal, a man with a plan walks into a jewelry store before proposing and buys THE ring. In some cases, the guy has an idea of what his future fiancée wants in a ring, but sometimes, he may need a little direction.

If a couple hasn’t discussed rings, consider the “4 Cs” as your guide!

What “cut” of diamond do you want? According to the Gemology Institute of America (GIA), “Diamonds are renowned for their ability to transmit light and sparkle so intensely. We often think of a diamond’s cut as shape (round, emerald, pear), but a diamond’s cut grade is really about how well a diamond’s facets interact with light” (http://gia4cs.gia.edu/), “A diamond’s cut is crucial to the stone’s final beauty and value. And of all the diamond 4Cs, it is the most complex and technically difficult to analyze.” Because the cut of a diamond is hard to determine, to ensure quality, have a jeweler explain what cut the diamond you are considering buying is,

The next “C” is “color.” In addition to “cut,” diamonds are graded by “color.” The scale runs from D to Z, with D being colorless and Z having increased visible color. Most of the time, color isn’t detectable by the naked eye. If a diamond gives off a yellowish hue, it is probably a poor quality diamond. Again, the more colorless, the more expensive the diamond gets.

The third “C” on the list is “Clarity.” The GIA says, “Natural diamonds are the result of carbon exposed to tremendous heat and pressure deep in the earth. This process can result in a variety of internal characteristics called ‘inclusions‘ and external characteristics called ‘blemishes.’ Evaluating diamond clarity involves determining the number, size, relief, nature, and position of these characteristics, as well as how these affect the overall appearance of the stone. While no diamond is perfectly pure, the closer it comes, the higher its value.

The GIA Diamond Clarity Scale has 6 categories, some of which are divided, for a total of 11 specific grades.

  • Flawless (FL) No inclusions and no blemishes visible under 10x magnification
  • Internally Flawless (IF) No inclusions visible under 10x magnification
  • Very, Very Slightly Included (VVS1 and VVS2) Inclusions so slight they are difficult for a skilled grader to see under 10x magnification
  • Very Slightly Included (VS1 and VS2) Inclusions are observed with effort under 10x magnification, but can be characterized as minor
  • Slightly Included (SI1 and SI2) Inclusions are noticeable under 10x magnification
  • Included (I1, I2, and I3) Inclusions are obvious under 10x magnification which may affect transparency and brilliance

Many inclusions and blemishes are too tiny to be seen by anyone other than a trained diamond grader. To the naked eye, a VS1 and an SI2 diamond may look exactly the same, but these diamonds are quite different in terms of overall quality. This is why expert and accurate assessment of diamond clarity is extremely important (http://gia4cs.gia.edu/).”

The last “C” is “Carat.” Carat size is what we mean when talking about the size of a diamond. Larger diamonds are more rare and most of the time, more expensive, but if the quality of diamond (as referenced with the above mentioned “Cs”) isn’t good, a smaller, higher quality diamond, will cost more. So it’s not always “the bigger, the better” when it comes to diamond size.

After the 4 Cs are considered, the final step is deciding what shape of diamond is desirable. The round diamond is most common and traditional, but there are also emerald shaped diamonds, square, cushion, marquise, pear, radiant, heart-shaped, oval and many more. When it comes to the shape of a diamond, it’s really personal preference.

Just remember, have a jeweler appraise any diamond you are considering buying and setting into an engagement ring to insure you’ve selected the exact diamond you want.

While choosing the right ring may feel overwhelming, remember, at the end of the day the “Yes!” is the most important part!

It’s hot!

Sure is hot out there! The swimming pool seems like the “IN” place to be right now. Remember, yellow and white gold do not like chlorine. We have had people in lately needing to have their rings loved on with a rhodium finish because they have been wearing their rings in the pool. We totally understand that a girl wants to wear her jewels. GO FOR IT! But you may want to come in to Glitters, so we can clean and check your jewelry.

Best In Gold!

We are so proud of Heather B. Moore! She won “Best in Gold” at the Couture Design Show on Saturday, June 6th, 2010.

Come in to Glitters to start customizing your own Heather Moore jewelry! We have specialists to help you design your own jewelry.

Introducing Heather Moore

Glitters now brings you the heather Moore completely customized handmade jewelry and gift items. Let us help you design your own personal keepsakes to last a lifetime. Every piece is hand-stamped using turn of a century tooling in a variety of shapes and sizes. And, its politically correct green! Using all recycled metals – 14k and 18k golds as well as sterling silver. Group them with gemstones and you have your very own one of a kind treasure.

These are perfect for everyone, for birthdays, anniversaries, celebrating newborns, milestones or whatever you want. The possibilities are endless.

View our gallery.

From one generation to another

Congratulations! You’re engaged! Your Glitters ring is gorgeous! And, I’m going to be here to help you celebrate your weeding, your anniversaries, your children, and all your special occasions. Then, someday my girls will do the same for your children. -Diane

How many thousands of times over the years did those of you long-time friends hear Diane say those words? How prophetic! Our greatest thrills at Glitters are seeing the next generation continue the family tradition and become engaged with a Glitters ring. After all these years, we’re event seeing grandchildren. It is so gratifying to truly be your “family jeweler,” just as Diane envisioned. Send us your children – we’ll love them too.

Fit for the red carpet

Glitters presents the cutting edge of contemporary fashion. The award shows already seem a distant past; however we couldn’t help enjoying, with smug satisfaction, so much of the jewelry could have come right out of Glitters’ showcases. The earrings were still “dropping”; they’re just not as long. Hoops of all sizes, many larger than ever.

Shorter earrings put the emphasis on the neck, where a couple of very different looks were popular. One has been a favorite of Glitters for a long time – that’s the diamonds-by-the-yard.

They’ve evolved from the simple bezels to much more intricate reversible designs, and some of the “stars” cascaded multiple layers from the neck down.

Another neckline favorite is the big medallion, some with vintage feeling; others big, bold, and yellow. Yes, while white metals remain prevalent, fashion-forward jewelry lovers, as well as celebrities, are making the move to rich yellow gold designs. And, to add color – gemstones accent colorful gowns and everyday clothes, as well.

Tis the Season

It’s Spring! That’s reason enough to celebrate. Spring brings a season of wonderful celebrations: Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day, graduations, confirmations, engagements, anniversaries.

Mother’s Day is approaching rapidly – May 11th. We can trace this ritual, not to greeting card companies, but to the ancient Greek who celebrated spring with offerings to Rhea, mother of Zeus. We all know how our mothers are always giving and rarely asking for anything in return. “Our girls know” how to melt your Mom’s heart with a beautiful piece of Glitters fine jewelry, whether she be a soccer Mom, an executive Mom, or a fashionista Mom.

Yes! Dad, too, would like jewelry for Father’s Day. It’s silly to argue that real men don’t wear jewelry when the likes of David Beckham, Brad Pitt and a host of other celebrities are all doing it. Beyond the perennial men’s staples like cuff links, watches and money clips, I bet Dad would love a new “macho looking” ring or bracelet or chain.

Even though weddings are year-round events nowadays, May and June are still the most popular, so many of us are about to celebrate anniversaries. What better way to make this a special occasion than with diamonds. On your wedding day, you say: “I Do.” Diamonds on your anniversary say: “I forever do.”

It’s all about creating beautiful memories for young people going through rites of passage like confirmations and graduations, and moving on the new adventures. Glitters loves being a part of those memories.

Now’s the Time!

With gold prices racing to an all-time high, it’s a good idea to review your jewelry insurance coverage and possibly trade in those unwanted pieces.

Have you noticed what’s been happening to the price of gold? If you haven’t yet, we recommend that you update the insurance coverage on your jewelry, so that you are adequately protected in case of loss.

Just bring your jewelry to Glitters and we’ll be happy to help you reevaluate your insurance reports. You  won’t believe what a “treasure chest” you have. While you’re at it, gather up your outdated and broken gold jewelry.

You may never have the opportunity to get so much return on your scrap gold jewelry again. So, bring it to Glitters and we will exchange it for new jewelry or store credit. Spend it now or spend it later. It’s better than a tax refund!

Make Room for a Brand New Brand! The Glitters Brand!

We are so excited to add our name to watches with such style & versatility. We have sporty models with exchangeable bands. We have dressy diamond bracelet models with really beautiful diamonds and design. The Glitters watches are beautiful! They’re oh, so affordable! They’re oh, so Glitters!

P.S. You’ll want one on your holiday Wish List.

How Karatage Affects Price, Quality and Appearance

How does the purity of gold jewelry affect its price, quality and appearance? What part do other metals play in provenance, value and wearability of gold jewelry?

Pure gold – commonly referred to as 24-karat (24K) gold – is rarely used in jewelry. More often, gold jewelry contains other metals that will make the gold stronger and more durable. Most fine jewelry in the U.S. is either 14K (58%) gold or 18K (75%) gold.

Jewelry made of 20K to 24K gold is dazzling, almost otherworldly, but gold of this purity is extremely malleable, easily bent, scratched or dented.

Most people prefer 14K or 18K gold jewelry. Glitters can help you determine which is right for you. You’ll pay more for 18K gold, which has a richer, more brilliant color than 14K; on the other hand, 18K is less durable.

Pure gold in its natural state is a rich, brilliant yellow, but by alloying gold with other metals new hues can be produced. Rose gold contains copper; green gold contains silver; white gold has a mixture of silver, zinc and nickel. White gold is traditionally used for bridal jewelry because it’s white color complements diamonds so beautifully. Rose gold is currently becoming very fashionable, especially in two-tone or tri-color designs.

Gold is intrinsically valuable. Prices have a history of fluctuating wildly. Beyond that, there are other things that help determine the value of gold jewelry, including design, craftsmanship, and just old-fashioned BEAUTY which, of course, is in the “eye of the beholder.”

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