We all have those epic vacations that leave a special place in our hearts and change us forever. These trips are more than a vacation but an experience. They represent a new start or a closing of a chapter because you will never be the same.
Traveling is a chance for many to grow, make memories and accomplish dreams. No matter the reason for your trip, every adventure is never the same. Finding the right keepsake to represent the epic trip can be a challenge because it represents the precious memories made with friends and family or a loved one. The goal of a souvenir is to keep your memories of the trip alive, and Sometimes a T-shirt or airport knickknacks just isn’t enough to represent your voyage. Let’s look at a few different trips and why jewelry is the best souvenir.
Celebrating each other and your love is the main reason many couples embark on a romantic getaway. The best love stories are the stories left told by your loved ones. So many souvenirs end up buried in a closet or forgotten by the time we unpack them. Shot glasses break; T-shirts will fade or end up in a box somewhere because you can’t bring yourself to throw away the memories made. However, just like your love is forever so is jewelry. Update your original wedding set with an additional engraved wedding band to remember your adventure together. You can create a new family heirloom from the love and memories made by you and your partner. It is a great way to honor not only the love you share but an amazing story.
Perhaps the best keepsakes are the pieces designed to take an essence of paradise with you. This is something you will share with your friends and family, who you now hold a tighter bond with. Sure everyone can take a bottle of sand but finding a unique way to represent your bond is next to priceless. Unify your friendship or family ties by custom designing a piece of jewelry that will connect everyone to the time spent together.
These trips are usually the most inspirational. Mainly because this is where you learn about you by spending time with yourself. This time is so important to your personal growth and may even stimulate a change. Jewelry is the best souvenir for these trips because you can take it everywhere! It can be an everyday piece of jewelry like a bracelet or ring to draw inspiration and motivation through your day-to-day life.
Souvenirs capture precious memories made. Jewelry allows that one in a lifetime experience to be cherished for a lifetime. At Masters Jewelers, our expert team of artisans will help you find or create the perfect piece to represent your trip of a lifetime. Contact us today, we would love to hear all about your travels.
Pairing your jewelry during summer can be a task. Protecting your jewelry from damage and tarnish should be your top priority, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of the activities when you can show off a little bling.
Jewelry fashion is a piece of artistry usually pre-selected per season by top couture elites. It sets a tone and vibe based on the events occurring in the seasons. (i.e. royal wedding) No matter how simple or mundane your style is, fashion always plays a part. Summer fashion is usually creatively fun as it represents the joyful summer months.
With over 20 years of experience, the team at Master Jewelers understands that true fashion comes from originality and confidence. Interpreting your style through the fashionable guidelines makes fashion true for you. Here are a few fashionables jewelry options for every style.
For you, less is more. Pieces that allow free movement and are delicately bold are your favorite. Heavily layering the neckline is in this summer, which may be restrictive for your taste. A simplistic layer could be as equally fashionable pair with the right event/outfit. Don’t forget triangles are in.
Fashion is your thing! You don’t care how bold or abstract you are keeping up with the fashion of the season. The more bling the better. Don’t worry we have something especially for you this summer. Cuff Bracelets are one of our favorite pieces and is featured for this season. This airy design brings comfort and style. Make sure you complete your summer style with mixed match earrings.
The bolder the better. Change looks good on you. Customizing jewelry is a fashionable secret weapon that allows your style to evolve with the seasons. It gives you the ability to explore your originality and set your own fashion trends. It gives you the power to design the vision of artistry you hold. After all, what is fashion, if not an art?!
Regardless of your style, our expert team of artisans are available to assist you with any style for any event. Master Jewelers takes pride in celebrating you and your style. Every year our team attends the JCK convention to ensure we stay up to date with the evolving jewelry industry. Contact us today!
Family heirlooms, like fine jewelry, represent a family’s legacy. They symbolize traditions, tokens of lasted love, and cherished memories. Jewelry insurance is the best way to protect these timeless pieces.
Losing priceless family heirlooms is devastating. Insuring your jewelry will give you peace of mind knowing you won’t lose twice. The common jewelry we wear every day, like a wedding ring or even a special necklace, can be damaged from day to day wear. Insurance can help pay costly repairs or replacement in the event of misplacing or theft.
The time to purchase insurance is when you buy the keepsake. This means whether you are giving jewelry as a gift or it’s for you; it should be insured before you walk into the jewelry store to pick it up. If you are giving the gift, this will insure the time from the purchase to when the receiver instates their insurance. There isn’t any time to waste.
Before signing up for jewelry insurance, you will need to get an appraisal. A jewelry appraisal is an examination of the item to determine its worth. This will identify the amount of coverage needed to replace the item. The receipt cannot take the place of the appraisal. The appraisal is a more in detailed proof of worth versus the purchased amount.
Make sure to have your own records of the item. Take your own photos and copies of your appraisal report before submitting to the insurance company. Also, if you have a custom piece, include the value of labor, design work and materials. The value listed in the appraisal is based on current value. Getting your item reappraise every 18 months will help maintain the correct insurance on the item
Credible, established jewelers like Master Jewelers, offer appraisal services on site. Our GIA graduate Gemologists will provide you with an estate evaluation, insurance replacement appraisal, and fair market value for your heirloom jewelry. Contact us today to schedule a private appointment.
With summer around the corner, it is a great time to know how to care for your fine jewelry. You may not know that fine jewelry requires extra care during the summer versus the other seasons. This doesn’t mean you should neglect your jewelry in the other seasons, but it requires more TLC during the summer.
As the weather changes, so do your list of activities which usually involves fun in the sun, water, and sand causing more wear and tear. To make sure your jewelry is still shining after the summer months, here is a guide to basic cleaning and care tips for the summer months ahead.
Jewelry Care and Cleaning
Know your medals. Before you can care or clean for any piece of fine jewelry, it is vital to know what medal you are dealing with. Platinum, gold, and silver are unique medals that react differently to cleaning techniques and styles.
Absolutely! NO Chlorine or SALT WATER!! This is commonly overlooked. Remove all jewelry before entering any pool, hot tub, ocean, etc. The salt and chlorine can discolor medals like platinum or gold. Plus, they can impact your gemstone quality as it can erode its finish and polish.
Remove when in doubt! As the cliche goes,’ it is better to be safe than sorry.’ If you have any doubt, it is better to remove your jewelry. Numerous summer activities can leave your fine jewelry dull and dingy, or possibly damaged. Before you do activities like applying sun lotion or swimming, remove all jewelry. In fact, the best rule of thumb is that any time you get into your swimsuit, store your jewelry away.
Storage. Proper storage is just as vital as cleaning. Safekeeping ensures the vitality of the piece to last generations. It is important to wipe all jewelry clean with a soft and slightly damp cloth after wearing. This is to ensure it is clean before storage.
Store all jewelry in a dry, clean place. Do not lump your jewelry together. Make sure it is kept separated in a fabric-lined jewelry case or box. The case should have different compartments and dividers to prevent the pieces from getting scratched or causing each other to tarnish.
Schedule a professional cleaning after summer. To craft your jewelry, and preserve the design, it is recommended to get a professional cleaning once a year. However, it is best to schedule after the busy summer months. With the hustle and bustle of the season, it is naturally common for your fine jewelry to need a good cleaning. Finding a jeweler you can trust with the quality experience can be challenging.
At Master Jewelers, we take care and quality very seriously. We know that you want your jewelry to last for generations to come. Following these simple tips and practices can help extend the life of your jewelry, and we can help. Stop by our showroom for professional cleaning and a full inspection of your piece. Our experienced experts will help you keep your jewelry clean and extend its life for years to come.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner this year, and that means it is time to start thinking about a gift. When you were younger, finding that perfect Mother’s Day gift was easier and much more simple. Many times, you made a gift at school and would just bring it home to mom. Perhaps, you would color her a picture or give her a photo of you together in a frame. However, now with age, finding the right Mother’s Day gift can be more of a challenge. It can be hard to know where to even start. When selecting a gift for Mother’s Day, it is important to give a gift that symbolizes just how much you care about her and that you put thought into the gift.
Here are some easy ways to show your mother or the moms in your life that you care about them and want them to have a special day.
First, take time to put together a card. A card can be the perfect opportunity to write a heartfelt message to tell your mother just how much she means to you. Cards can be store bought or hand-made. Whether you have the time to write a lengthier message or just a quick note, a card will go a long way on Mother’s Day to make the occasion special. Mothers love to hear from their children and loved ones, and taking the time to put together a message from the heart will mean the world.
Take time out of your schedule on Mother’s Day. As we all may be able to attest to at one point or another, life can get in the way of showing your loved ones just how much you care. Between running errands, making appointments, cooking dinners and everything else in between, it can be easy to pack the schedule. Take the time on Mother’s Day and set it aside, spending time with your family and friends. Try scheduling your appointments before the weekend or afterwards, ensuring that you are able to connect and unwind during the holiday. The last thing you want is to feel rushed or hurried during your time with mom.
Take the opportunity to celebrate in mom’s ideal way. Ask mom how she would like to celebrate Mother’s Day. You can even start to collect hints earlier. Is there a play she has been wanting to see or a new restaurant she has been wanting to try? Take Mother’s Day as an opportunity to take mom to do something she has been wanting to do. This will be a very thoughtful gesture and go a long way.
Leave her with a timeless, thoughtful gift. A great way to show the moms in your life that you think that they are cherished and special is with a thoughtful gift. Jewelry is a perfect gift for Mother’s Day, particularly a necklace or pendant. A necklace or pendant serves as a wonderful reminder of Mother’s Day and that she is loved. Pendants can come in a wide variety of styles with many metal colors and gemstones. Consider getting your mother a pendant with her birthstone. You can also look and see what jewelry she currently wears to get an idea of the style she would like.
Whether your mother is looking for a bold statement or elegance, a pendant is the perfect gift to make this Mother’s Day special and one to remember. At Master Jewelers, we are here to help you find the perfect gift that mom will love. Contact one of our expert jewelers today to start the conversation!
Knowing your metals is a top tip for fine jewelry. Even when metals look the same, it doesn’t mean they are the same. It is easy to identify the difference between gold and silver, but how does one recognize silver versus platinum? If you are seeking silver- hued jewelry, which one is right for you? Let’s explore the difference between the two to help you decide.
From afar, both of the medals look identical. It is not until you get close you realize the two look completely different. Silver is more of a duller greyish color while platinum has a brighter shine. Their resemblance to each other comes from the fact that both have grey undertones, unlike white gold which has more of a yellow undertone than the gold.
Wear & Care
Even though Platinum and silver share the same undertone color, they do not have the same guidelines for care. In fact, this is where you see how different the two metals are. Professional cleaning is recommended for all fine jewelry, but sIlver requires a higher level of care and maintenance. It takes consistent polishing to keep it from tarnishing. Platinum, on the other hand, holds it shines. That is a quality that platinum holds over silver. It is also considered being the best option for those with sensitive skin.
The difference is that there is no contest between the two in this category. One benefit that platinum has over all other medals is its high melting point, and it is hard enough not to need alloys. Most platinum rings are above 90% pure. This is why they are so commonly used for everyday pieces, like wedding rings. Silver, while classic and posh, is weaker and tarnishes quickly. It erodes with wear and time.
Fine jewelry is an investment. Of course, everyone’s pocketbook is different, but if you can, don’t ‘go less’ trying to save cost. Platinum is definitely worth the money. One of the biggest benefits is its high melting point making it hard enough not to need alloys. Majority of platinum rings are above 90% pure. That is why they cost more and are worth it. Silver is one of the most affordable jewelry and is commonly used to add style. Many of its originality favors it.
Just because Platinum is a more reliable medal doesn’t mean silver isn’t a great option if it is right for you. Remember the key part of obtaining any fine jewelry is a jeweler you can trust. At Master Jewelers, we have over 20 years of experience designing and selling quality jewelry pieces. Our team of artisans will tailor your experience, so you are comfortable choosing the metal of your choice. Stop by our showroom or visit us online today to get your questions answered by a jeweler you can trust.
Whether you are looking to purchase a ring for yourself or you are looking to purchase an engagement ring for your significant other, it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to ring size. Ring size can seem slightly more daunting than shopping for clothes or shoes. Here is a quick guide that encompasses everything you need to know about ring sizing and how to find the optimal size that works for you or your special someone.
First, generally speaking, the US, Canada and Mexico, follow the same standard ring sizing and way of measuring rings. Standard ring sizing for the US, Canada and Mexico is measuring the inner circumference of a ring in millimeters. These millimeter measurements translate into standard ring sizes, ranging from 0 to size 16. While there are different ways of measuring the millimeter circumference, such as using a piece of paper, string or metal sizing rings jewelry shops often use, they all aim to achieve the same thing–finding the correct ring size that provides the person with an optimal fit.
Typically, women’s ring sizes fall between 3 and 9, with size 6 being the most common. Men usually fall between size 8 and 14, with 9 being the most common ring size. Rings can also typically be sized in half or quarter sizes, depending on the jeweler.
It is important to take some things into consideration when sizing a ring. First of all, you may not know that your finger size can fluctuate depending on the time of day and how cold you are. Your fingers will size smaller at the beginning of the day and if it is cold outside. It is recommended that you go to a jeweler or size your finger in the evening if possible to take into account this fluctuation. Also, if you are getting your ring size measurement in the winter, account for the summer months when your finger size will go up.
How tight is too tight? Largely, optimal ring size is a matter of preference. Some people like their rings looser while others prefer a tighter fit. Some individuals choose to leave their rings on night or day, shower and everything in between, whereas others take their rings on and off. Talk to your jeweler about your preferences to ensure that they take them into account when selecting a ring size.
While fit can be left up to preference, jewelry experts say that the ideal ring fit is one that goes on smoothly, but offers some resistance when you try to pull it off. Ideally, you don’t want the ring too tight that you can’t take it off, but you don’t want it loose enough to the point that it might fall off your hand.
If you are unsure of what ring size is right, start by talking to an expert jeweler. At Master Jewelers, we can help you pick the perfect fit. We also offer ring resizing for rings that are too big or too small. We want you to have a ring that is comfortable and that you are proud of. Contact us today to get started!
For couples that have been married a long time, your 24th wedding anniversary may not seem like a huge milestone in particular. The “golden” anniversary years such as 5, 10 and 25 seem to take the spotlight. However, there wouldn’t be a 25th wedding anniversary, or a 50th wedding anniversary for that matter either, without a 23rd and 24th wedding anniversary to usher them in.
When it comes to your 23rd wedding anniversary, this milestone is the perfect chance to reflect on how you have built a family unit together and will continue to do so together into the future. Families look different for every couple. First, you have the family unit between you and your spouse, acting as the cornerstone of your immediate family. Then, with your extended families, your overall family makeup can look quite different from the couple next to you.
It is important in the celebration of your 23rd wedding anniversary to take a moment to reflect on the meaning of “family” to you and your spouse and celebrate the family you’ve built and the extended family, or friends you have in your life. Afterall, many would agree that friends can be family as well. No matter if you have children, grandchildren or a family makeup in between, it is important to focus on the cornerstone that started it all- you and your loved one.
If you are looking for the perfect gift for your spouse for this upcoming wedding anniversary, there are some traditional as well as modern gifts that celebrate the 23rd milestone. The traditional 23rd anniversary color is silver. Silver symbolizes building up a family together. Topaz is also the gemstone of choice for your 23rd anniversary. Silver jewelry with topaz offers the best of both worlds, creating a perfect, one-of-a-kind look for your significant other.
Topaz is a stunning gemstone that is sure to captivate the eye of the beholder as well as everyone around. At Master Jewelers, we offer a wide selection of topaz jewelry. Whether you are looking for blue topaz earrings or a blue topaz ring, topaz is a showstopper that will leave your spouse breathless.
Don’t see what you are looking for? Call our shop or stop in our showroom in Indianapolis. We are one of the only jewelry shops that offers our customers a full, in-store custom studio experience. Our experienced jewelry artisans bring one-of-a-kind custom orders to life directly within our Indianapolis store. There is no outsourcing, as we do all of our work ourselves, from creating the mold to setting the gemstones.
By providing these services in-house, we are able to offer you a level of quality and customer service that many other jewelry shops can’t. We walk you through the process each step of the way. You can come in with ideas, drawings or with no idea where to start. We can guide you through the process and ensure that you walk away with exactly what you are looking for. Contact us or stop in to experience the difference when you are looking for your topaz 23rd wedding anniversary jewelry.
By the time you reach your 22nd anniversary with your spouse, you are probably able to finish each other’s sentences. Twenty-two years is a long time to celebrate being together and upholding your wedding vows. Afterall, you said your wedding vows over two decades ago. With your 22nd wedding anniversary, it can be the perfect opportunity to dig up your wedding vows and celebrate with your loved one in style.
There are countless ways to celebrate this special anniversary and significant milestone in your lives together as a couple. Perhaps, take this anniversary as an opportunity to plan a getaway trip together. Travel to a place you have both been wanting to go for awhile. Afterall, after 22 years, daily life has probably delayed taking some of the trips you have been wanting to go on. While excursions out of the country can be grand gestures, it doesn’t have to be abroad to be special. Perhaps you can take your loved one to a play that they have been wanting to see or a museum they enjoy that has a new exhibit.
The important thing to remember on your 22nd anniversary is that it is all about creating memories together that will last through this decade together and into the ones to come. Spend designated, set aside time together celebrating the past memories and events while looking forward to the upcoming ones. With your 22nd wedding anniversary, this person has been by your side through it all–through the ups and downs of life.
In addition to creating special memories with one another through a shared experience, special trip or date, a timeless gift is another way to show your spouse just how much you care. There are a couple of traditional gifts that go along with your 22nd wedding anniversary that make the perfect gift. Traditionally, copper is the classic 22nd wedding anniversary gift. Many couples give gifts such as a copper mug or copper door knocker.
Jewelry also makes the perfect 22nd wedding anniversary gift. The traditional and celebrated 22nd wedding anniversary gemstone is the spinel. Spinels come in a variety of colors, including red, blue, pink, orange and purple. Add a stunning dash of color to your wardrobe with spinel jewelry. Rings and pendants make for the ideal anniversary gift and will last a lifetime.
At Master Jewelers, we know just how special your 22nd wedding anniversary is. That is why our jewelry artisans put their decades of experience into your piece. We offer a wide selection of designer jewelry in addition to a custom, in-house jewelry studio. We can bring any piece or creation to life, walking you through the process from start to finish. We can help you select your gemstones, design the jewelry and make sure that the finished piece is exactly what you had in mind for your spouse. With a 22nd wedding anniversary, we will make sure it is one that you do not forget.
There are many intricate details that go into planning your wedding look. Of course, we would automatically assume that the dress is everything, but it is the jewelry you used to enhance your dress and style.
Picking your jewelry is just as important as picking the dress itself. It is a great way to add your style to your special day. With so many choices, here are a few tips to help you accessorize your perfect day.
Less is more
Don’t overdo it! No matter how much you love sparkling and bling. Keep this mantra in the back of your mind while picking out your jewelry. You don’t want to risk going overboard and allowing your jewelry to take your shine on your big day.
Match your Metals
It is important to know that matching your jewelry to the color of your dress matters. The color of your dress is how you decide to go with either gold or silver. A White gown is always best represented by platinum and silver pieces to enhance the bright hue. An Ivory color dress is best suited for gold or rose gold to bring out the creamy color. Champagne is another common shade of white that many choose from because it works well with different tones and colors. It matches with just about anything piece of jewelry whether it is rose gold, platinum or gold. This is something to think about when picking out your dress as well.
Pair with your neckline
Your gowns decolletage is the main focal point when matching your jewelry to your dress. It is the first thing people see when they see you. It should hold a strong statement to tie your style together.
V-Neck– Is a common cut because it is so versatile that it was made for decoration. You can pair it with a pendant, chocker or both if they are delicate enough to layer. If you go bold with this decolletage decoration, it is best to take it light and dainty for your earring.
Sweetheart or Strapless- This cut was made to show off and enhance your natural neckline. You don’t need to add any decolletage decoration nor should want to. It would look more appropriate to get with bigger, chandelier-like earrings. Maybe even add a bracelet instead.
Halter or Reverse Halter- This one mirrors the same rules of the strapless. The halter is your decolletage decoration, and to add anything to it would clash rather than enhance. It is probably best to add more bling to your hair or veil.
All rules from above still apply when adding gems. If you choose to add gems to your bridal jewelry, make sure that all your pieces match in some way or another. Think of something blue when adding color to your jewelry. This is a fun way to incorporate color into your look is through the gems that your wear. Beautiful sapphires are a gorgeous option and traditionally complements all shades of white. If you already have something blue pick something that resembles your personality like your birthstone or pearls.
Last but not least don’t get overwhelmed. If you still cannot find the perfect pieces, you can custom design a new family heirloom.
With over 20 years of experience, Master Jewelers will help you choose the perfect bridal jewelry with ease. Contact us today or stop by our showroom in Indianapolis to complete your wedding look.