Whether royal blue or hot pink, sapphires are one of the most popular stones among jewelry buyers. Read ahead to learn more about this dazzling gemstone.
What are sapphires made of?
Sapphires mostly consist of the mineral conundrum. What’s so special about sapphires is that by adding small doses of other elements, sapphires can be altered to form almost any colour of the rainbow. For example, blue sapphires get their colour by adding tiny amounts of titanium and iron into conundrum while pink sapphires are made by adding small amounts of chromium.
Why We Love Them
Sapphires are only rightly a favourite among jewellery buyers. They come in a variety of colours and shades, meaning everyone can find something that dazzles them. Another feature found in some sapphires is a colour shift that seems a different shade in changing light conditions. Bicolor sapphires, on the other hand, flaunt two distinct colours all the time. Sapphires are also one of the hardest stones out there (found just below diamonds on the Mohs Hardness Scale). This makes them durable and resistant to scratches and thus perfect for jewellery for everyday use.
How to Choose Your Sapphire
So now that you’ve decided that you want a sapphire stone on your ring, what exactly should you look for while buying the stone?
Perhaps the most important feature is to check out several colours and find on that speaks to your taste and preference.
Unlike diamonds that are scrutinized under magnification for inclusions, it is taken for granted that most sapphires do have trace minerals in them. So the goal is to make sure that there are no visual inclusions visible to the naked eye.
Unlike diamonds, sapphires have no standardize cut to maximize their sparkle. Instead, sapphire is cut custom. Lighter colours are cut thick to deepen their colour’s intensity, and darker stones are cut thinner to brighten the stone.
Carat refers to the weight of the stone and not the size. Sapphires are denser than diamonds, and so a one-carat sapphire is usually smaller than a one-carat diamond.
At Master Jewelers Indiana, we have over 20-plus years working with gemstones. Sapphires are a popular favorite for many good reasons. Come in or check out our Sapphire jewelry online. Remember, we are here to design it for your style.
2020 brought with it not only some design trends that dominated the fashion industry but also trends driven by a change in consumer demand. Read ahead to see the top 6 consumer jewelry trends that came with this year.
- Ethical, Responsible, and Sustainable Jewelry
Consumers worldwide have increasingly started to purchase from jewelers selling ethical and sustainable jewelry. Consumers want to feel confident that the products they use don’t harm the Earth and that workers have treated fairly along every step of the manufacturing and supply process. Jewelers have thus started to change their practices and boast their existing eco-friendly practices. Recycled precious minerals, ethically sourced stones that are not from conflict areas and transparency in the manufacturing and sourcing process are some of the ways jewellers are doing this.
- Secondhand Jewelry
Continuing with sustainability, there has been an increase in the market of pre-owned jewellery. More young customers are attracted to buying worn jewelry not just because of sustainability but also because of the increased affordability of the market.
Increasing numbers of customers are now interested in buying unique gemstones. Along with increasing sales of the usual sapphires, rubies and emeralds, demand for stones such as amethyst, aquamarine, citrine and moonstones is also experiencing an increase. More and more young couples look at these affordable semi-precious stones to allow a larger and more unique centre stone for their rings.
- Stackable Rings
After the bracelet stack trend of 2019, stackable rings are a major jewellery trend for 2020. It gives the wearer the ability to create a customized, personal look. Following the gemstone trend, gemstone stackable rings are in demand along with minimalistic slim metal bands.
- Lab-Grown Diamonds
Synthetic diamonds are an emerging trend in the jewelry market. The increased demand is partly because they are much more affordable and cost up to 30% lesser on average. Another factor is that they are seen as more ethical, as they completely remove the risk of the diamond being sourced from a conflicted area or the mining process being harmful to the environment. The demand for lab-grown stones has increased so much that many major traditional jewellers have begun trading them alongside traditional stones.
Stay tuned to 2020 Summer Trends Part 2, Master Jewelers has more summer Jewelry fun in store.
Gold rates have started hitting record highs as the financial uncertainty of the situation has caused people to start hoard the precious commodity. Selling jewelry has never been easier as there is no shortage of choices on how to sell, ranging from your local pawn shop or to an online jewelry store. Even eBay has added a new section to its website called the Bullion Center, a place for people to trade bullion including but not limited to gold and silver coins and bars. No matter where you decide to sell your metal, here are some tips to keep in mind while doing so.
Check out all your options: Always get a quote from at least a couple of local jewelry shops to have a base price in mind while negotiating offers. This also makes sure you’re not cheated out of your jewelry’s actual worth.
Always read the fine print: Consumers are always advised to make sure they read all the terms and conditions while making a deal especially online. Even legitimate online dealers can cause you to lose money by surprising you with hidden costs.
Don’t mix karats: ‘Gold parties’ are a relatively new way to sell gold. Though they may be convenient, you may not always get the most for your gold as many cuts have to be paid. At some places, it is weighed together and valued according to the jewelry of the lowest karat.
Beware rogue buyers: “Hotel” buyers are known to move from town to town setting up camp in hotel ballrooms, promising high buying rates but end up paying a lot less before disappearing.
Check credentials and look for reviews: Always check these before dealing with a potential buyer. Legitimate buyers always have a state-issued license to buy gold and are required by law to ask for picture ID when buying from you.
Observe the scale: Though pawn shops and jewelry shops are regularly checked for compliance to weighing regulations, hotel or house-based buyers could pay you less for more gold by altering the units used while weighing your jewelry.
Is it scrap or history? Before scrapping your jewelry, you should check whether your item a valuable antique that could attract a way higher price than its scrap value.
Master Jewelers, a jeweler you can trust, will purchase your gold jewelry. With over 20 years of plus experience in jewelery industry, you know the value of jewelry is more than just money. Visit us online
Looking for a holiday gift for her?! ‘Tis the season to shop. You definitely can’t go wrong with jewelry this holiday season. Whether it’s for a mother, wife or daughter or all of the above, Master Jewelers has something for everyone on your list.
Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be overwhelming or disappointing. It should be filled with love and joy as you are picking out a gift for the people you hold near and dear to your heart. Master Jewelers knows the importance of your gift while enjoying the time you spend trying to find what you are looking for.
Here are Tips to help you get started this holiday season.
Stuck on what to get your mom? Don’t worry we have plenty of options for you to choose from. Typically buying a gift for your mother is a challenge because we want to give her the world. Trying to match your mother’s love with a gift is next to impossible so get her something she will cherish. A beautiful pendant necklace always sends a bold statement. Make sure you purchase a piece she can connect to like a birthstone, favorite color or beautiful design to match her style.
Out of ideas on gifts for your wife this year? Well, you are in luck. Master Jewelers has a variety of bridal sets to help upgrade your wife’s Bling this holiday season. If she already has that left finger full, don’t panic. Purchase her a just because ring. Find something off the wall unique that represents just her. Our Brown and White Diamond Ring is perfect for a just because ring for her. It complements several attires well. The Squared Shank Diamond Band screams sophistication. Sleek and modern it is a great option for everyone.
Want to surprise your daughter with something special? You know what they say Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Every girl’s fine jewelry collection has to start somewhere, who better than her father to give her, her first piece. Diamond earrings always add sparkle and charm to a girl’s world. Earrings are a great option because they come simple or extravagant to match your daughter’s style. Don’t be afraid to custom design jewelry for her. There is only one of her, and she deserves to have a one of kind piece to symbolize that.
First wedding anniversaries is a day filled with just as much love as your actual wedding day. Catered to reminiscing about all the special details and love shared on that perfect day, your first anniversary is one to cherish and remember. It is an exciting milestone because the marriage is still new, and the honeymooners are learning what this new union means to them.
While there are many tokens that represent the first anniversary keepsakes, Gold is the most traditional. First-anniversary gift is usually not extravagant as the newlywed couple is commonly focused on their next step and investing in their future. None the less, the day is still one to be celebrated just like it was on the original day
Here are a few pieces of key advice to help you celebrate your anniversary in style.
Picking a gift out for your spouse is generally a task someone should do out of thought and love. While it suggests gold as a traditional gift, you must keep your spouse’s style in mind. After all this gift is to represent your love for them. What says I love you more than I know what you like. If this means getting them rose gold versus traditional gold, then so be it. Find an additional piece of jewelry like earrings or a necklace, whether it be for daily wear or a special evening wear, she will love it just the same.
Same rules apply here. Get him something that will make him smile and let him know you pay attention to him. Finding something to represent you love isn’t easy, but the thing to remember is you know him best. Gold Ring or even a white gold bracelet would be a great daily reminder of the love you two share. Don’t see a piece that comes close to your vision? You can always custom design a piece of jewelry for your loved one.
Treasuring your loved one is more than one special day. As your love reigns on so will your jewelry to paint the visual picture of your love story. Master Jewelers is dedicated to helping you celebrate your love. With years of expertise in bridal jewelry, we know our job isn’t done after you say “I Do”. Visit us online or at our Indianapolis showroom today.
The fall season is officially underway. Fall is known for bonfires with family and friends, candles, spiced lattes and pumpkin carvings. With the ushering in of fall also comes oversized sweaters, scarves, boots and jackets. The fall season is especially known for its brisk weather style and the flipping of a seasonal wardrobe it brings. Whether your go-to fall style is leather riding boots, leggings or cashmere tops, necklaces and pendants provide the perfect accessories to complement any outfit this fall season.
Necklaces and pendants provide any fall outfit with a touch of sophistication and class. Whether you are wearing a bedazzled necklace or a pendant that makes more of a statement, others are sure to notice the shimmering beauty. While the terms “necklaces” and “pendants” are often interchanged, they are similar pieces of jewelry, but have their own unique defining features.
Both pieces of jewelry are designed to be worn around the neck. However, a necklace is a piece of jewelry that is made out of a metal chain with gemstones that can be hooked together on the chain itself. The chain and gemstones attached to one another form the necklace, and can be made from a variety of metals such as gold or silver or be made out of a materials such as beads. There are different types of necklaces, usually based on the chain length and the size of the gemstones. For example, a choker is a kind of necklace with a short chain that sits higher up and closer to the neck.
A pendant, on the other hand, is a charm, or additional piece, that hangs down from the necklace, creating a bolder look that draws the eyes in. Examples of pendants can include things such as a locket or gemstones that hang from the necklace. Some popular pendant options include an amethyst two-tone pendant and a celestial diamond pendant.
Necklaces and pendants direct the eyes up to the individual’s face and can accentuate any outfit. Whether you are looking for something professional to wear to the office or are looking for a statement piece to wear to a black tie event or gala, necklaces and pendants provide the perfect way to accessorize and dress up.
At Master Jewelers, we offer a wide variety of necklaces and pendants made with the best quality materials from environmentally- conscious foundries and conflict-free diamonds. Whether you are looking for an anniversary gift or an everyday way to show a loved one how special they are to you, necklaces and pendants provide a great gift and will last a lifetime.
To view a full product listing of the necklaces and pennants available at Master Jewelers, click here. Visit us online or stop by our show room in Indianapolis to view the stunning options we have available for every individual’s unique style. One of our experts would be happy to walk you through the selection process step by step. Choose from one of our many options, and if you don’t see what you are looking for, we have a full service in-house custom design studio to help bring your creation to life. Contact us to get the process started today.