In this selfie age, pictures from our phone’s camera sweep across our social media pages. Millions of user hashtag #jewelry in hope of sharing their artistic creation with a sole aim of getting likes in exchange for promoting a specific piece or brand. Jewelry is more than just a materialistic item; it is an expression of personality, moments cherished and love shared. It is only natural that people take to social media to post images that share a story of their lives.
Taking a picture of your jewelry using a smartphone seems so easy and basic. It is believed that capturing pictures is as accessible as your smartphone, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. In trying to capture the true beauty of your piece in a photo, there are few tips or guidelines that you should consider before hiring that final share button.
- Check your smartphone camera settings: Setting up your camera phone is important to capture a complimenting picture. Do not use zoom or flash. Zoom will distort the image and pixelation causing a blurry, unflattering photo. Flash will flatten out your jewelry design. External light is recommended for jewelry rather than direct light from the flash.
- Prepare your jewelry: It is essential to properly prepare your jewelry before taking a picture. It doesn’t matter what settings or camera you use. You need to clean and stage-create your jewelry. Firstly, clean and polish your jewelry or better yet make it professionally cleaned. Not only will your jewelry be picture perfect it will also preserve its originality. Secondly, strategically place your items, previewing any special features like gemstones, stamps etc. Make sure it’s best assets are represented. Whatever stage background you use must compliment the colors of your piece.
- Use light appropriate to the environment: Lighting is everything. It is what helps capture the shine and glitter within the image. External shooting in the shade is a better option. Sounds absurd, but surprisingly you will get a natural light that won’t leave a glare or sharp contrast. You can also use the direct sunlight in addition to a white backdrop or foil to bounce the sunlight on to the piece.
- Steady Camera hands: Setting up your perfect picture scene is only half of the process. Taking a quality picture is the other half. Make sure you snap the right angles and get a clear and clean view of the item.
The diamond ring from a prior experience, outdated gold bracelets or a sapphire necklace that you adored—when you were in high school. The reality is we all have jewelry that we no longer wear and is just collecting dust in our jewelry box.
Selling your jewelry is more common now than ever, but it is still a tough choice to make. These were items you once cherished and though you may be ready to part ways with the old jewelry, knowing where to start is important.
Let’s take a look at a few helpful tips to help you sell your jewelry
- Research and Be Informed: Knowing how eager you are to sell your jewelry is the first question you want to ask yourself when starting this process. If you are looking to get instant cash today, your options may be limited and you run the risk of not receiving the true value after selling it. Pawn shops are the number one place to receive same day cash on all jewelry but don’t be so quick to sell to the first buyer. Shop around to see which one will give you top dollar. If you are willing to take your time and want top value for your jewelry, have a couple of better options.
- Know The Worth: While it is best to rely on the expertise of a jeweler you can trust, you should also educate yourself on the real value your item may hold. Getting your item appraised may sound ridiculous before selling the item but it actually will give you an exact value for your piece of jewelry. A jewelry appraisal provides good information about the sale and business facts and not the emotional value of your piece.
- Be Realistic: While you may preset a dollar amount in your heart and mind, the dollar value of the item depends on the item being presented by itself. It all boils down to the amount listed once appraised, not the emotional connection you hold with the item. This is usually where some buyers might want to re-evaluate their sale. You can speak with your jeweler about gaining more value by resetting the item. The money spent may just be an investment you will get a higher return for win the long run. If that doesn’t work you may opt to pass down the item to a loved one as an emotional heirloom.
When it comes to your engagement ring, there are some critical things you should and should not do to take care of your prized possession. Your engagement ring is one of the single most important pieces of jewelry you will ever wear, and it is important to take care of it properly in order for it to truly last a lifetime. Regardless of the gemstone type, metal color or style your engagement ring is, there are some common practices you will want to put into place to keep your ring looking bright, shiny and as good as new. Here is a quick guide on how to care for your engagement ring.
- Keep your ring nice and clean.
First, make sure you properly clean your ring. The best way to get your engagement ring cleaned is taking it to a professional jeweler that has the equipment. It is also important to remember to take your ring off before working with strong agents such as bleach or cleaning products. That goes for anything else that is hard or dirty on your hands as well, such as gardening or even camping. These simple practices will extend the life of your engagement ring and keep the diamond or other gemstones vibrant.
- Try not to touch your ring’s center gemstone often.
Next, and maybe something that you don’t often think about, try not to frequently touch the center stone. By touching the center stone, you are transferring oils from your hand, dirt and more to the stone, making the stone appear less bright. Dust and particles can get stuck under the diamond itself as well.
- Store your ring someplace safe.
A large part of taking care of your ring is proper storage as well. Storing your engagement ring in a safe place will ensure that nothing happens to it, it doesn’t get lost or it doesn’t get scratched. Having a designated jewelry box or small try or dish to put your ring in will make sure that it is safe and sound. Another important consideration is that if you have an engagement ring that has a diamond, it can scratch your other jewelry. It is a good idea not to just toss your engagement ring in loose with a jewelry box filled with other jewelry.
- Take advantage of inspections.
A highly recommended practice is to also have a professional jeweler conduct an inspection on the engagement ring a couple of times a year. A jeweler will be able to tell if there is anything that needs to be fixed or attended to after you have been wearing the engagement ring every day. Jewelers can take scratches out, shine it up and give you options for your ring’s maintenance. It is also a great idea to get your ring insured with your jeweler. Adding an insurance plan to your engagement ring can ensure that it will be attended to and that you will never have a large, upfront expense with it in the future.
At Master Jewelers, we take our ring care and quality very seriously. We know that an engagement ring is one of the most important things you will ever wear, and it is a piece of jewelry you want to last for generations to come. Following these simple tips and practices can help extend the life of your engagement ring, and we can help. Stop by our showroom for professional cleaning and a full inspection of your ring. Our experienced experts will help you keep your diamond clean and extend its life for years to come.
When it comes to engagement rings, there are many options available when it comes to the gemstone, color of metal, size and design. Perhaps, you are single and dreaming of a future engagement, have been seriously dating a significant other, recently been proposed to, or looking to update your rings in a vow renewal. Whatever stage of life you find yourself in, an engagement or wedding ring is one of the most special pieces of jewelry you will ever wear.
Because an engagement ring is so symbolic and important, it is important not only to select the right ring, but select a ring that fits. It is important to note that most often, the ring doesn’t fit right away. Even if you pick out the ring and size yourself or a significant other surprises you with your ring, many couples find themselves back at a jewelry to make sure the fit of the ring is absolutely perfect. Because the ring itself is precious, it is important to be educated and know what to look for when it comes to figuring out the right fit of your ring.
First, it is important to note that the fit of your ring will not be exact from day to day. For example, your fingers often get smaller in the cold and expand in the summer or in heat. Some days it will feel as if the ring is a little too small, or vice versa- a little too loose. While the fit won’t be exact, the size you should aim towards is for the ring to go on your finger without forcing it, but provide a level of resistance when taking it off. If you are getting your engagement ring sized in the winter, it is important to remember to not make the ring too tight, as your fingers will most likely expand in the summer months.
Jewelers use standardized sizing rings to determine the proper fit of your ring. Rings are typically sized in ¼ sizes, used to determine the best fit for the ring. Many people run into trouble when their knuckles are larger than the rest of their finger. If this is the case, jewelers can add sizing beads to the inside of the ring. This allows the ring to fit over the top of the knuckle and rest on the base of the finger without twisting around as much (since rings are most often top heavy).
Another consideration is simply personal taste and comfort. Some individuals like their rings looser than others. It is important to find a trusted and experienced jeweler who can resize and make changes to your ring to get it exactly the way you like it. Another consideration when it comes to size is what material the ring is made out of, such as metal or plastic. Each person will have their own taste and preferences when it comes to fit, so it is important to have a discussion with your jewelry and stop in and have the ring looked at.
At Master Jewelers, we have over 20 years of experience designing and selling custom, quality jewelry pieces for the greater Indianapolis area and beyond. Stop by our showroom today in Indianapolis or reach us online to start the process of resizing your ring. Our team of artisans believe that every love is unique, and so should every engagement ring. We will tailor your ring to you, so you are happy with the final result. Contact us today to get started finding the perfect engagement ring with the perfect fit.
The Thanksgiving season brings many things to look forward to, including turkey, stuffing, family gatherings and more. In addition to Thanksgiving traditions, many brave the lines and elements to participate in Black Friday- the Friday after thanksgiving known for doorbuster deals on electronics, clothing and more. However, the Saturday after Thanksgiving also brings fun shopping traditions as well. The Saturday after Thanksgiving is known as Small Business Saturday, a day to support shopping local in the community.
With all the hype surrounding the Thanksgiving Day season, there are many reasons to take the opportunity on Saturday to shop local. Here are the top four reasons to put down the leftover turkey legs and get out and shop local.
- Shopping local makes an economic impact on the community in which you live.
Where you invest your dollars, you are investing in life that is happening around you. Shopping local allows your your local community to thrive and provides an economic boost that allows for a number of benefits such as enhanced community infrastructure, schools, hospitals, etc.
- Shopping local provides jobs for more residents.
When you get out and shop local, you are providing means to create more jobs for more residents. More jobs leads to a stronger community with more opportunities to work and grow.
- Shopping local provides unique products and services.
Shopping local allows you to receive goods and services that big box stores or companies may not provide. With local businesses, you receive unique products and services, and you as a customer benefit from a wider selection.
- Shopping local allows for committed owners.
When you shop local, you allow the owners of the businesses to commit to the community with their time and resources. This commitment leads to new levels of growth in the community.
We at Master Jewelers are a small shop, serving the Indianapolis, Indiana community and beyond since 1992. For over 20 years, we have helped individuals and couples find the perfect jewelry pieces to make a statement, pop a big question and create memories that last for a lifetime. Our team is committed to serving the local community, not only through creating and helping to select the perfect jewelry items, but we are also committed to giving back.
At Master Jewelers, we support three local initiatives to give back and make our world a better place. We currently support organizations that are making a difference in the lives of underprivileged children, older adults suffering from dementia and other debilitating diseases and families with loved ones suffering from serious illnesses. We believe that it is our obligation as a small shop to help our community in which we work, play and live. For more information on our causes and how you can get more involved, click here.
This Saturday, come out and shop local. At Master Jewelers, we will be handing out gift cards up to $500 in value for the first 50 customers who come into the store. Doors open at 10 am. We will also be doing behind-the-counter tours of our shop at both 11 am and 1 pm. It is an event you and your friends and family will not want to miss!
With the holiday season quickly approaching, there comes holidays, family gatherings and many marriage engagements. After all, the holiday season is the perfect time to pop the question, surrounded by family and friends, to take a leap and make the commitment to spend the rest of your life with the person you love. The holiday season is the best time to reflect, keep the ones you love close and dream for the future and the next year ahead. When it comes to planning the perfect engagement for your significant other this holiday season, it is important to plan ahead and keep these four keys in mind.
- First, decide how you want to propose.
When you are starting to think about getting down on one knee and asking the big question, it is important to decide how you want to propose. Does your significant other like surprises or would she be overwhelmed to be thrown off guard? Would she enjoy a proposal in public or be embarrassed if you asked her in a public setting, such as a sports game or public park? It is important to consider what your significant other likes and is comfortable with. Whether it is just you two with a low key proposal on your apartment couch or a helicopter ride overlooking the city, each proposal is special and unique in its own way, and is perfect when it matches the couple.
- Decide when you want to propose.
Next, it is important to start thinking about when you would like to propose and get engaged. For many, the holiday season is the perfect time when people have time off of work, can travel and can celebrate with the couple. However, it is also important to keep in the back of your mind when you and your soon-to-be-spouse would like to have a wedding. Depending on when you would like to have the wedding can determine how long or short the engagement is. Some couples talk prior to the engagement about when they would like the wedding to be.
- Decide how you want to share the big news.
In addition to thinking about when and where you would like to propose, how you share word of the engagement is also to think about beforehand. Would you like to host a party after the proposal with family and friends? Will you share the big news on social media? Some couples want to share the news right away, while others keep the news to themselves. While there is no right or wrong way to get engaged or share the news, this is something you can start to think about while planning the perfect engagement.
- Decide what the perfect ring will be.
Perhaps, one of the most important elements of planning the perfect engagement is selecting the perfect engagement ring for your loved one. When it comes to engagement rings, the options can seem overwhelming. However, there are many ways to reaching a decision on the right ring. Ask your significant other what style she likes, examine the other jewelry she currently wears or take a look at her Pinterest boards for hints. Engagement rings come in many metal colors, styles and shapes with a option of gemstones.
At Master Jewelers, we know that an engagement ring is one of the most important pieces of jewelry you will ever decide to purchase. Our experts can walk you through the process step-by-step of choosing the ring that is right for you and your loved one. Stop by our showroom in Indianapolis or visit our store online to view our engagement ring options. If you don’t see what you are looking for, we also offer a full-service, in-house design studio that can design a one-of-kind custom ring, unlike anything else out there. Remember to keep these four keys in mind, and your engagement will be absolutely perfect!
There are a number of significant milestones in each of our lives that go on to shape the person we become, what we believe, how we live our everyday lives and who we interact with. Graduating from school, getting that first job or buying a first home are all important milestones that many of us experience at one point in our lives. In addition to these milestones, one of the biggest milestones of all is getting married. Whether you decide to pop the question to your significant other at a young age, at an older age or somewhere in between, deciding to spend your life with another person is one of the greatest decisions you will make.
With an engagement comes engagement ring shopping. Because engagement ring shopping represents one of these greatest life milestones, it is important that you go with a jeweler you can trust. Here are some keys signs to look for while deciding on a jeweler to go with to help you purchase an engagement ring:
- Select a jeweler that will take the time to walk you through the process step-by-step.
This is a very important factor to look for while selecting a jeweler to help you pick out that perfect engagement ring for your significant other. Go with a jeweler that will take the time to explain the process, show you your options and help you reach the style you are looking for. It is important that you do not feel rushed during the process or pressured into buying something that isn’t the right fit for your loved one.
- Select a jeweler that has years of experience in the industry and in-depth expertise.
With years of operation comes an experienced staff, advanced knowledge of metals and gemstones, and a proven track record of satisfied customers. While ring trends may come and go, experienced jewelers stand the test of time and offer the best quality products and services available.
- Select a jeweler that uses conflict-free diamonds and sources its metals from environmentally-conscious foundries.
At Master Jewelers, we strive to purchase only conflict-free diamonds and source our materials from foundries that are environmentally-conscious. It is important to find a jeweler that cares about the effect they are having on the environment and supports reputable, conflict-free business.
- Select a jeweler that offers custom design options.
Many big box jewelers only offer mass produced ring options. At Master Jewelers, we take a different approach. We offer our customers a full service, in-house design experience, providing custom jewelry design and allowing you to craft a one-of-a-kind engagement ring for your significant other. From sketching the ring to creating the wax model to picking out the individual gemstones, Master Jewelers master artisans walk you through the custom design process from start to finish. Custom design allows your loved one to stand out from the crowd and wear a ring that was truly designed with her in mind.
At Master Jewelers, we walk you through the engagement ring selection process step-by-step. Master Jewelers has been serving customers since 1992, and has over 25 years of expertise in the industry. We believe business and ethics should go hand-in-hand, supporting conflict-free business practices. Lastly, we have a robust custom design service, allowing you to bring that engagement ring you’ve been dreaming about to life.
Thinking about popping the big question? Whether you have started looking for engagement rings for your special someone for a while now or are just beginning to consider the idea, there are some key questions each person should ask in order to pick out an engagement ring. Here are the top eight questions you should ask yourself before choosing your perfect ring.
- What is my price range?
Before looking through the never-ending list of engagement ring options, it is important to sit down and figure out exactly how much you can, or would like to spend, on an engagement ring. There are beautiful options for every price point. Once you have an idea of what you would like to spend, you can save or budget accordingly. Securing a price point will allow you to narrow down your options.
- What gemstone am I looking for?
Another question to ask is what kind of gemstone you are looking for in a ring. While a diamond is the traditional gemstone of choice, a diamond isn’t the only kind of gemstone you can select for an engagement ring. Many couples are choosing other precious gemstones, such as rubies, sapphires or topaz. Many rings also offer a combination of gemstones, creating a unique and personalized look.
- What metal am I looking for?
In addition to selecting a gemstone, you will need to narrow down what kind of precious metals you are looking for. Some options include gold, rose gold or silver, depending on the look you or your significant other is going for. A good way to determine which metal to choose for your significant other is to look at the current jewelry she is already wearing. If she frequently wears a silver-toned necklace or earrings, there is a good chance that selecting an engagement ring made from a silver-toned metal, such as white gold or platinum, will compliment her current jewelry and choice in style.
- Am I looking for a ring from a particular designer?
Some brides-to-be will be looking for an engagement ring from a particular jewelry designer, such as Dora, Elma Gil, Metropolitan or Romance. Each ring designer has its own unique style and offers its own characteristic bridal look.
- Am I considering a custom designed ring?
Some individuals are looking for a truly one-of-a-kind, custom designed ring. With a custom designed engagement ring, you are in the driver’s seat from start to finish, beginning with the conceptual stages, to choosing the exact gemstones and metals, to bringing to creation to life. Master Jewelers can walk you through the process step-by-step, offering best-in-class expertise and years of experience.
- What style am I looking for?
Style is also an important consideration when looking at engagement ring options. Are you looking for a classic-looking, vintage or halo ring? Are you looking for a princess cut or solitaire ring? While the options can seem overwhelming, experts in the industry can walk you through the choices and help you select the ring that is right for you and your significant other.
- Am I considering a wedding band to go with it?
An additional consideration when it comes to engagement rings is if you are looking to purchase a wedding band to go with the engagement ring. Many engagement rings come in bridal sets with the wedding ring included, or a complimentary wedding band that can be purchased at a later date to go with it. It is important to look ahead at wedding band options while engagement ring shopping to plan ahead, both from a budget and style standpoint.
- Am I looking for a warranty to go with the ring?
Many jewelers offer warranties to go with the purchase of an engagement ring. It is important to look for a jeweler that provides a warranty on their items, free of charge. Ask potential jewelers what their warranty policies are when you are considering purchasing a ring.
No matter what engagement ring you decide to go with, asking these eight valuable questions will help you get there. Contact Master Jewelers experts to help you walk through these questions and select your perfect ring. Get started today!
When it comes to engagement rings, the possibilities are endless. Engagement rings come in countless different styles, with many different metal and gemstone options, to fit the individual personality of each soon-to-be newlywed. With a never-ending number of options, it can be hard to know where to even start or even to know what your significant other likes when it comes to engagement rings.
You know everything about your significant other–what kind of pizza to order, favorite color, movie choice and more–and yet, you are struggling to know where to begin when it comes to this extremely important choice in jewelry. In fact, it is more than a choice in jewelry. This ring signifies a lifelong decision and has the question of your lifetime riding on it.
For those looking for valuable clues as to what your significant other is looking for in an engagement ring, here are some practical hints.
Look at her Pinterest boards. Look and see if she has any Pinterest boards with saved photos of engagement rings. If she has any engagement rings saved on her Pinterest account, there is a good chance that she will be drawn to engagement rings that have a similar look and feel. Some jewelers will even help you look through her profile to select rings that are close matches!
Observe her style and what she wears on a daily basis. Does she like to wear bold colors and patterns, or is she drawn to a more quiet and subdued style in clothing? Taking the time to observe what she wears on a daily basis can provide you with insight into her style and what she finds appealing. If she is drawn to simplicity, a ring loaded with diamonds and intricate details may not be what she is looking for.
Ask her family or friends. Those who love her and are closest to her will know her best. Try asking her parents, a sibling or another relative what they think she will like in an engagement ring. Of course, you do not want to ruin the surprise if you are planning a surprise proposal, but these family members and friends can offer great opinions about what they think she will like. In the end, you will make the final decision, but the advice of others can be of great value to some individuals looking for help.
Ask her. Some couples have a fully open dialog about the engagement ring, while others like to keep the choice in a ring a surprise. However, even if you are looking to keep the ring selection and proposal a surprise, you may be able to ask her what she likes and dislikes without giving anything away. Does she like a square cut in diamond? Oval? For some, hinting around with questions is enough to get an idea of what she is looking for in an engagement ring.
Ready to start looking for that perfect engagement ring? Get connected with a master jeweler that can walk you through the engagement ring selection process step-by-step. These jewelry experts have years of experience selecting the perfect ring for couples, no matter the style or budget. Get started now!
When it is summer, it is wedding season. Since attending a wedding is likely on your agenda in the near future, it’s important to find the perfect outfit to be the perfect wedding guest this season.
In fashion, there aren’t really any rules anymore, but there are still taboos when it comes to wedding fashion. It is recommended to not wear white, off-white, black, or red. More specific or culturally-diverse weddings typically have attire that is either self-explanatory or have detailed information available directly from the wedding couple. The venue, season, weather, and time of day should also clear up any confusion regarding what to wear. But we have some suggestions for common dress codes in different settings.
Beach Wedding: This is the perfect occasion to wear that easy, billowy sundress. Long or short, it doesn’t matter as long as it’s paired with wonderful accessories. The best shoe for a beach themed wedding is a fashionable wedge. Men can wear a light-colored or lightweight suit without a tie; a less formal button-down shirt, a tropical print shirt or Guayabera shirt worn untucked with pants or Bermuda shorts in linen, cotton or twill would also be fine.
Garden Party Wedding: Most people attending a garden wedding aren’t trying to be groundbreaking; they just want to look pretty. Florals and bright-colored dresses are best. Dressing for a garden or outdoor wedding is very similar to dressing for the Kentucky Derby. etc. For men, khakis or seersucker pants paired with a blazer are perfect. Ties are not required but are a nice touch.
Cocktail Party Attire: For semi-formal events, wearing a knee-length cocktail dress, as well as evening separates, is suitable. If you are wearing a long dress, it should have little-to-no beading. If you are wearing a short cocktail dress, it can have a little sparkle. Use this to wear dramatic accessories, such as jewelry, handbag or clutch, and shoes. Men should wear a dark suit with a shirt and tie. If it’s a more fashionable event, he isn’t required to wear a tie.
Black Tie Affair: This means that formal attire is required. In most cases the wedding will start after 6 p.m. Ladies have two options: A full-length gown or a short cocktail dress. Think of dressing up for the Oscars red carpet. This is the time to bring out the bling. A fabulous piece of statement jewelry is encouraged. Men should be dressed in tuxedos with black tie and likely a cummerbund. He can wear a white dinner jacket with black dress pants in the summer or a dark suit.