With the holiday season coming just around the corner, it is the opportune time to start solidifying holidays travel plans, meal preparations and what gifts you are going to get loved ones this year. Gift giving can be a tricky task–especially if you have picky friends or family with a particular taste or specific requests when it comes to their gifts. For some, it is hard to even know where to begin. After all, we’ve all been given that one Christmas sweater gift that takes up space in the back of our closet or a ceramic dish we aren’t exactly sure what to do with.
At Master Jewelers, we have put together the perfect holiday shopping gift guide to relieve some of the stress and pressure of finding that perfect gift. When it comes to the perfect gift, jewelry is a great option. Jewelry is a gift that tells a loved one just how much they mean to you, and is something that can be passed down from generation to generation. These jewelry gifts are classic pieces and will stand the test of time. Here are five gift ideas that will go a long way this holiday season to put a smile on your loved one’s face.
The Perfect Gift Guide
Rings make the top of the list on our perfect gift guide this holiday season. If you are thinking about popping the big question, our selection of engagement rings would make the ultimate holiday gift. Our engagement rings come in countless styles with diamonds in many cuts and colors. The holidays are also the opportune time with deals and discounts to upgrade a wedding ring or pick out a gemstone ring, such as a blue topaz ring or a ruby ring.
Bracelets are also a great option when it comes to picking out the perfect gift. Bracelets can dress up any outfit and can be worn for any occasion. Bracelets such as our Black Spinel and White Sapphire Bangle Bracelet offer breathtaking beauty and will leave your loved on speechless.
Earrings the perfect, petite gift. Whether you get a loved one studs or dramatic dangle earrings, earrings can be a great way to communicate how much you care. Whether you are looking for Diamond Teardrop Earrings or Eleganza Rose Quartz Earrings, we offer the best selection and competitive prices.
- Necklaces & Pendants
Necklaces and pendants are also a solid option when it comes to picking out the perfect gift this year. Necklaces are a romantic choice in jewelry and something that a loved one can break out on special occasions or wear every day. Necklaces and pendants can range from simple, elegant pieces to pieces that make a bolder statement.
- Custom Jewelry
If you really want to wow others with your gift, you can’t go wrong with a custom designed jewelry piece. At Master Jewelers, we offer a full service, in-house design studio right in Indianapolis. Our experts will walk you through the creation process step-by-step from start to finish. Select the very gemstones and design of the piece, and we will bring it to life!
At Master Jewelers, we know that the perfect gift can make a timeless statement of love and adoration to a significant other, friend or family member. This gift guide is only just the beginning. Stop by our showroom in Indianapolis or view some of our collections online to see what we have to offer. We believe every love is unique, and so should gifts this year.
When couples reach their 20th wedding anniversary, they have reached a great milestone in their lives. After all, a 20th wedding anniversary represents two whole decades of doing life together side by side with a beloved spouse. A 20th wedding anniversary encompasses 20 entire years, packed with the ups and downs of life. Perhaps, during these past 20 years of marriage, you have celebrated new jobs, promotions, the birth of children, the birth of grandchildren, traveling the world and all the small moments to be celebrated together in between.
While 19 wedding celebrations have probably come before this important anniversary mark, the 20th wedding anniversary deserves to be celebrated in a unique and significant way. According to popular tradition and the recommendations of former generations passed down, the traditional gift to give your spouse for your 20th wedding anniversary is china. China dishes or platters make a great gift to commemorate this special anniversary.
The official gemstone to give your spouse for a 20th wedding anniversary is an emerald. With a striking deep green hue, a piece of emerald jewelry is the perfect gift to celebrate and cherish this anniversary. Creating a custom piece of jewelry, such as a pennant or bracelet, with emerald gemstones incorporated is a beautiful option for those looking to gift their spouse a one-of-a-kind creation. Contact our in-house artisans to start building a custom design.
If you’re looking for modern take on the traditional 20th wedding anniversary gift, the official “modern gift” for a 20th wedding anniversary is platinum jewelry. Consider purchasing a platinum watch, pennant or ring for your loved one to capture the moment. Platinum is an excellent choice in metal, as it is strong and resistant to the wear and tear of everyday wear.
A platinum watch is classic and timeless, as your loved one can wear the gift year round. Platinum jewelry is a stunning addition to any outfit and will complement any style. To take a closer look at some of the platinum jewelry pieces we currently offer, click here.
No matter whether you decide on emeralds, platinum, fine china or something in between, a 20th wedding anniversary is a chance to connect with your spouse and reflect on the past as well as the many memories to come in the future.
Interested in talking with an expert to assist you in picking out the perfect anniversary gift? At Master Jewelers, we are dedicated to helping our customers select a piece of jewelry that is right for them and their loved ones…and if we don’t have exactly what you’re thinking, we’ll create it! Our full-service, in-house custom jewelry design studio provides you with all the tools you need to put together a one-of-a-kind creation.
Weddings today take on all different styles and feels. Depending on the couple, the wedding might be a black tie affair or laid back with jeans and boots. Some couples serve guests a plated meal on fine china, while others prefer a backyard BBQ. Some couples take a new, contemporary approach to their nuptials while others select a more traditional one.
Wedding traditions can be kept or broken, and are passed down from generations. Some common wedding traditions include the father of the bride walking the bride down the aisle, tossing the bride’s garter at the reception and doing the couple’s first dance, among others. In addition to the wedding traditions that have been handed down from generation to generation, many of today’s couples tying the knot are setting their own traditions and common practices.
One newer tradition you can see today are the spouses-to-be exchanging letters and gifts hours before the wedding ceremony. Often sent over to the bride/groom while the parties are getting ready, a letter and gift provide the perfect opportunity to tell your loved one how you feel in the moments leading up to the wedding.
A popular gift option is to get something for your spouse-to-be that they can use/wear during the ceremony. Some couples get each other a fragrance to wear on the wedding day or perhaps a watch or cufflinks. Jewelry is also the perfect wedding day gift. Surprise your soon-to-be spouse a pendant necklace or bracelet to complement the wedding ring you are about to put on her finger. Earrings are also a great choice, adding more dazzle to the wedding day bliss.
At Master Jewelers, we offer a wide range of pieces to complete the wedding day look, such as blue topaz earrings and amethyst two-tone pennants. For an additional special touch, we also offer custom jewelry design, allowing you to craft the perfect piece of jewelry for your loved one. Our experts who have years of experience in the industry can walk you through the process step-by-step, from the design to the creation. Select the gemstone, cut, color and metal to create something that your significant other and spouse-to-be will treasure forever.
Whether you are going the traditional route or paving your own path when it comes to your wedding, jewelry is the perfect gift to symbolize the day you exchanged your vows in front of your family and friends. From the wedding day to the every day after that, a necklace or bracelet will represent that sweet day that you will always look back on.
It has been often said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. At Master Jewelers, we would argue that jewelry of all kinds and of all gemstones are a girl’s best friend. Many couples today are looking for a customized jewelry shopping experience and are looking to design a custom piece of jewelry from scratch. From the metal, to the gemstone, to the cut and color, the options are endless when it comes to designing a custom piece of jewelry for your loved one.
In addition to having a showroom in Indianapolis and an online shop, Master Jewelers also offers a full service jewelry studio with the ability to create anything you or your significant other can think of. With our custom service, our artists and technicians can bring a drawing, idea or concept to life. Master Jewelers’ design service is full service and is completed in-house, ensuring that your custom piece receives the highest attention to detail it deserves.
Going custom can make your engagement ring, anniversary gift or special surprise that much more special, as you are creating a piece of jewelry that is unlike anything else in the world. Custom jewelry is the perfect, unique gift for your unique and special loved one- a winning combination.
If you are thinking about going custom, our experts can answer any questions you may have. We walk you through the entire process step-by-step from start to finish. Our custom designed pieces follow a four-step process, including sketching a design, creating a wax model, casting the piece in a metal of your choice and then finishing and setting the gemstones. For more information on the four-step process, click here.
At Master Jewelers, we are committed to using the highest quality materials in our pieces, whether it is a custom one-of-a-kind, unique piece or one of our pieces from our line of designers we carry, such as the Tesoro Collection, Allison Kaufman, Elma Gil and Galatea. We also strive to purchase only “conflict-free” diamonds and source precious metals from “environmental-conscious” foundries.
Master Jewelers also completes jewelry repairs as well as appraisals and gold purchasing for those looking for additional services. No matter what your needs are, the staff at Master Jewelers will make sure that you are taken care of and receive the very best expertise in the industry. Start by contacting one of our experts to learn more about creating a piece of custom jewelry.
When you have been married for a long time, wedding anniversaries seem to come and go, especially when you get into the “double digits.” However, each wedding anniversary is truly special and is a significant event that deserves to be celebrated, including your 19th wedding anniversary. When a couple reaches their 19th wedding anniversary, they have almost been married a full two decades, a beautiful and celebrated milestone of love and ongoing commitment to one another.
With the 19th wedding anniversary being a significant milestone in a couple’s marriage, it deserves to be celebrated and cherished in a unique way, unlike any of the anniversaries that have come before it. When it comes to your 19th wedding anniversary, rings make the perfect gift. Rings symbolize an ongoing, never-ending circle of love and unity with your spouse.
After reaching your 19th wedding anniversary, you and your spouse have probably received rings, most likely an engagement ring or wedding band from when you first said your vows many years ago. The 19th-anniversary milestone is a great chance to remind your spouse how much you love them and that the commitment you made to them 19 years ago still rings true today.
Designer rings can complement, or replace, engagement/wedding bands depending on your style and taste. Some spouses select a ring with gemstones that complement that original ring set from the wedding day. Others replace their engagement rings or wedding bands completely for a fresh, updated look on the old. Whatever your style or preference, a hand-crafted ring is a perfect gift to get your loved one for this major anniversary.
When it comes to rings, there are a number of options available when it comes to the choice of metal, gemstones, cut, color and style. At Master Jewelers, we offer a wide range of rings, designed with anniversaries and special events in mind.
For those looking for a majestic option, a Blue Chalcedony ring is the perfect fit. Other popular options include an Eleganza Black Pearl Ring for a bold option or a Horizontal London Blue Topaz ring, a sleek stackable ring that can be paired with others. Jewelry pairings and combinations are something important to consider when looking for an anniversary ring. An anniversary ring can complement the jewelry your significant other already owns or can be purchased in combination from a selection of pennants or bracelets.
For a full product listing of all of the rings we offer, click here. All of our rings are hand selected and crafted by our artisans, all of whom have years of experience in the industry and can work with you and your spouse to select the perfect ring. Contact our expert jewelers today to start picking out your ideal 19th wedding anniversary gift for your spouse.
The summer days have been winding down this year, as the fall season is officially underway. Fall means many things to different people. Fall is the season of pumpkin spiced lattes, warm knit sweaters, changing leaves and family and friend bonfires. Whether your family has plans to go to the apple orchard and pick some apples or whether you are organizing a friendly pumpkin carving competition, the fall season has something for everyone to enjoy.
One of the biggest things the team here at Master Jewelers looks forward to about the fall season is the NFL football season. The football season is filled with tailgating, sofa-side snack parties, and game day spirit. Whether you are an avid fan and never miss a game or have hometown pride for your local team, the football season draws people together to engage in friendly competition and conversation.
At Master Jewelers, we take our sports seriously–especially when it comes to the Indianapolis Colts football team. That is why we have an entire Game Day Jewelry Collection dedicated to our favorite football team on our website, offering a range of hand-crafted pieces. Master Jeweler’s exclusive Game Day Jewelry Collection offers a wide selection of Colt’s bracelets, necklaces, and pennants–the perfect touch to dress up your game day couture.
All of the pieces are designed and made right in our custom studio, using only the highest quality materials. We strive to purchase only “conflict-free” diamonds and source precious metals from “environmental-conscious” foundries. Check out the horseshoe necklaces and wow your family and friends with a dazzling display of blue and silver.
Master Jewelers is a proud sponsor of the Indianapolis Colts and the NBA Pacer Basketball team on FOX Sports Indiana. We are committed to our customers and our community, serving the greater Indianapolis area and beyond with our one-of-a-kind custom jewelry pieces as well as designer jewelry.
Whether you are looking for the perfect engagement ring for your significant other, are looking for an anniversary gift she will always treasure or are on the hunt for the perfect game day piece, contact our experts at Master Jewelers. One of our experienced professionals will walk alongside you to select the piece that you are looking for.
Social media has revolutionized the world as we know it today. From status updates to video streaming, social media has connected the world in ways that were unthinkable just 20 years ago. Social media makes it easy for people to stay connected, not only to friends and family but also to brands, companies, and products that they admire. People are heading to social media to preview products and select similar products, services or ideas based on the content they are drawn to. Specifically, many individuals are turning to social media to help select an engagement ring and gather inspiration.
According to The Knot, a leading online wedding planning platform, out of almost 13,000 respondents, the national average cost of an engagement ring in 2016 was $6,163. The finding, released in The Knot 2016 Real Weddings Study, was up from the national average of $5,871 spent on an engagement ring in 2015. The budget for engagement rings is continuing to increase from year to year. One explanation, according to The Knot Executive Editor, is that social media is impacting how people, particular millennials, are looking for and purchasing engagement rings. Social media platforms showcase the plethora of beautiful engagement rings and styles available, including custom jewelry, allowing couples to find the perfect ring that fits them and what they are looking for.
Couples are using social media not only to draw wedding inspiration but are also using social media to make engagement announcements and showcase their own picturesque love stories, with engagement rings being one of the largest focal points.
While research has established that social media is playing a role in the engagement process and even could be partially responsible for the rising ring budgets, how can specific social media platforms aid in engagement ring shopping? Here is a closer look at some of the most popular social media platforms and how individuals are using these platforms to find the ideal engagement ring.
Pinterest: Pinning Down the Perfect Engagement Ring
Many brides-to-use utilize Pinterest to create “boards,” or organized collections of photos to search for the perfect engagement ring. Using Pinterest boards, individuals can search for, “pin” (save) engagement ring images and organize the board of photos as private or public. If a board is public, anyone can access and see the board. Pinterest, the most popular social media platform when looking for engagement rings, provides an easy way to collect engagement ring inspiration and select the metal color, style, and design that a bride is looking for. Some jewelers will even review your significant other’s Pinterest boards with you to help create that look your loved one is looking for.
Close behind Pinterest is Instagram. Many brides-to-be are turning to Instagram to help find that perfect engagement ring and generate ideas for the look and feel they want to go for. Using hashtags on photos such as #shesaidyes, Instagram users can search through photos of others’ engagement rings and proposals to help generate ideas. Many jewelry companies and wedding vendors are also beginning to use social media to reach prospective and current customers directly as well as showcase their beautiful engagement ring options.
Facebook is another social media platform that many are using to see others’ engagement rings and announce engagements and marriages. Facebook is a platform many are using each day to stay connected and view these significant milestones in others’ lives, with the potential to influence their own. The BRIDES American Wedding Study 2016 discovered that 62% of individuals posted a photo of their engagement ring on social media after the proposal.
With Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook providing a platform for individuals to show off their engagement rings and share their unique proposal experiences, social media is influencing engagement ring shopping more and more. From finding ring ideas to interacting with jewelry brands, social media sites continue to give brides and grooms-to-be more resources to find that perfect ring.
Want to read more on the effect of social media on engagement ring shopping? Go back and read the first part in this two-part blog series for statistics on the role social media plays in today’s engagements and weddings. You can also click here to learn more about what makes a quality, one-of-a-kind engagement ring.
The emergence of the internet within the last couple of decades has had a profound impact on how people live, work, play and interact with others. In fact, the emergence of social media, in particular, has immensely affected not only how people interact and stay connected with one another, but also has affected why people do what they do… including why people buy what they do. Social media, including platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, among others, introduces a paradigm shift in the way people interact with companies and how they ultimately reach the decision to purchase products.
The millennial generation especially, defined as those born in between the years 1980 to 1994, has grown up through the creation and widespread emergence of social media. Now, as millennials are growing up, graduating college and finding jobs, social media is affecting these major life milestones. One major life milestone many millennials currently find themselves in is dating and choosing a spouse to marry.
All it takes is one scroll through Instagram or a quick look through Facebook to see that millennials are becoming engaged and are using social media to pick out the perfect ring. How are millennials using social media to help them reach a decision and purchase an engagement ring? Let’s take a closer look.
Taking a Closer Look
Research shows that millennials are using social media to find the perfect #bling for their significant other. First off, millennials make up the largest generation in the US today, with a population of 80 million individuals. Millennials represent a significantly large market looking to date, get engaged and marry.
With the introduction of plastic rings, tattooed on rings and other jewelry alternatives gaining popularity, many are under the assumption that millennials are not buying diamonds. However, the research shows otherwise. According to JCK research, millennials represented a 41% share of all diamond sales in the US last year. The stage is set and the market is there for millennials looking to buy a one-of-a-kind engagement ring.
How specifically is social media coming into play in the engagement ring-buying process? BRIDES, a Condė Nast publication, released the American Wedding Study 2016 about the effects of social media in the engagement process. The study, polling women 18 and older who were either engaged or were soon-to-be-wed, were asked about social media’s involvement in their engagements. The study found the following results:
* “Social media is the number-one way brides-to-be are connecting with wedding brands and products during planning, with 82% doing so versus 75% in 2014.”
This study finding reveals that brides-to-be are taking to social media to brainstorm ideas for their weddings and interacting with brands, including jewelers, prior to making purchasing decisions with their soon-to-be spouse. Individuals are now interacting with jewelry brands that are active on social media to look for engagement rings or wedding bands.
* “33% of brides are connecting with brands and products through Instagram.”
Instagram has become a popular platform for brides and grooms-to-be, allowing them to interact with brands to draw wedding inspiration from or to start planning a wedding.
* “Pinterest remains the most popular social media platform for brides-to-be, with 72% using it to find inspiration and/or help planning their wedding, up from 67% in 2014.”
Pinterest is the most commonly used social media platform for brides-to-be. Pinterest boards allow brides-to-be to create dream engagement ring lists, bridal party colors, reception ideas and more from one location.
* “After telling close friends and family, 62% of brides-to-be changed their social-media status to “engaged.”
Social media is a big platform and way people communicate major life milestones, such as a new engagement, to friends and family.
* “After receiving an engagement ring, 62% posted a picture of it to social networks.”
* “Friends and family of the bride and groom are more frequently seeing the couple’s engagement news on social media – up to 54% from 46% in 2014.”
The engagement ring is a significant part of the engagement process, with over half of couples surveyed in this study showing off the ring to friends and family via social media. This study shows that not only are individuals using social media platforms as a resource to find the perfect engagement ring, but they are using social media to showcase the ring and the engagement announcement as well.
* “70% used social media to find wedding inspiration and their wedding style.”
Whether brides-to-be used Pinterest, Instagram or a combination of other social media sites, 70% of respondents stated that they used social media to select their wedding styles and the look and feel of the big day.
* “53% show wedding vendors their ideas on social media (e.g., Pinterest) to use at their wedding.”
Wedding vendors, including jewelers, must be prepared. Half of the brides-to-be in this study said that they showed vendors designs and styles they found on social media.
According to The Knot, a leading wedding planning website, 79% of brides share the news of their engagement on social media within three days of the proposal. One thing is for sure–social media, including Instagram and Pinterest, among others, are becoming bigger players in the engagement and wedding season.
From the American Wedding Study 2016, research is showing that social media has a substantial effect on engagement ring shopping, engagement ring selection and engagement announcements. Social media allows couples to find styles and designs that the bride is drawn to, and then provides a starting point in the conversation with jewelers to help pick out that perfect ring.
Looking for more specifics on what role social media plays when buying an engagement ring? Stay tuned for the second blog in this two part series on how social media is affecting engagement ring shopping. You can also click here to learn more about what makes a quality, one-of-a-kind engagement ring.
* Statistics Source: http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/brides-american-wedding-study-2016-unveils-latest-wedding-trends-spending-habits-engaged-2149673.htm
The month of June brings with it many occasions: The end of school, the start of summer, and Father’s Day. Father’s Day can sometimes be one of the toughest occasions to buy a gift. Most moms appreciate the smallest of gifts on Mother’s Day, but fewer dads are impressed by a flower bouquet than mothers. But a universal gift for Father’s Day (or any day) is jewelry. Taking the effort to find something special for dad shows that you care. Nice jewelry is something that any age of parent can wear proudly, especially if it fits his personality and sense of style.
For those seeking jewelry shopping ideas for Father’s Day, consider the following functional and fun selections for every interest and formality level.
- Cufflinks. Cufflinks look classy and have the added bonus of keeping sleeve length looking even and your cuffs easier to button instead of having to manipulate those tricky smaller buttons that require significant amounts of dexterity. A classic style of cufflink is made of silver, silver with 18K gold. Many include stones in the middle like black onyx or blue topaz. If you want something that will blend in better, diamonds can be the gem of choice.
- Money clip. A money clip is a great tool for keeping cash in one place. It’s easy to grab the clip when it’s time to pay for something and you may need to use your wallet for other things. You can keep other items such as credit cards or ID in the clip, something that can be handy on occasions where you don’t need to bring your wallet and everything in it along, or have the bulge of your wallet be seen. Money clips can be found in a variety of attractive design styles, including something simple clips and made of silver, or others with attractive lines.
- Watch. Telling time is good, but your phone or the wall clock can do that. But a sharp-looking watch can also show that your dad is a lover of fine things. It is also an item that people can wear in any condition or any wardrobe choice.
- Custom Ring. You can’t beat a custom-designed ring for your dad. Even a simple design and gemstone choice of his birthstone or even references to special memories, such as school, a fraternity, sports teams or military service will go a long way. Dad will be impressed with his unique custom design.
Unlike diamonds, many gemstones have limitations on how they should be cared for and cleaned. It’s important to know how to care for your precious gemstone jewelry just as you do for your diamond jewelry. Below are some tips for keeping your precious gems in great condition for many generations to come.
- Make sure your precious gemstone jewelry is separated from your diamond jewelry. Due to the hardness of a diamond, it is best to keep other gemstones away and separated from diamonds to avoid any scratches or other damage. Make sure your jewelry box has dividers or compartments where you can store gemstones separately. Pearls and opals draw moisture from the air, so storing your opal or pearl jewelry in a dry area, such as a safe deposit box, can sometimes do more harm than good. When traveling, protect your jewelry pieces from scratches or other impact damage by padding it in a separate box or case.
- It’s important to give extra care and attention to jewelry featuring certain high risk gemstones like emeralds, opal, pearls, and tanzanite. Certain cleaning solutions and polishing techniques can have a negative effect on these type of gemstones.
- Apply your perfumes, colognes, and hairsprays before you put on gemstone jewelry. Not only will these chemicals reduce gem brilliance, they can be highly destructive to some gems, such as pearls, which react violently to acid and alcohol. If possible, wear your perfumes and colognes in areas that won’t come in contact with your gems. In the case of pearls, try to keep them out of contact with skin whether you’re wearing perfume or not.
- Just as the sun’s harmful rays can damage our skin, light and heat can affect a colored gemstone’s color brilliance and durability. Over time, they can also fade or damage some gemstones, such as amethyst, tanzanite, and topaz. Pearls and other delicate materials, such as ivory, will bleach under extreme exposure to light. Other gems, especially amber, can darken over time when exposed to too much light.
- Perspiration is often harmful to pearls. If it’s impossible to keep your pearls away from your skin (for example, if they’re on chokers or bracelets), it’s best to wipe them clean with a damp cloth immediately after wearing them.