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.
You’ve reached your next big milestones in your marriage: the 15th wedding anniversary. Being married for 15 years has required a continual evolvement and maturity of your relationship. As you celebrate this occasion, here are some 15 wedding anniversary ideas and symbols to help you plan a wonderful and meaningful celebration.
The traditional gift to mark the 15th wedding anniversary is crystal. Crystal represents a clear and sparkling love between husband and wife. Crystal can be a dazzling reminder of the love you’ve shared for 15 years, sturdy enough to last another 15. Say cheers to 15 years together with crystal barware. A piece of crystal jewelry will also look nice on her, with a nice crystal pendant necklace that will shimmer in any room. A crystal chandelier that your wife has had her eye on for your home would be a great surprise.
Watches and timepieces are the modern spin on the 15th wedding anniversary. Your relationship has stood the test of time, which is why the watch is the modern gift. A wall clock makes for a perfect gift for the occasion. Many come with a place to put a photo, and you can get it engraved with cute details, like your wedding date. A pocket watch with engraved inscription on the back.
Three gemstones are commonly connected with 15th wedding anniversary tradition: the ruby, garnet, and alexandrite. So if crystal and clocks don’t appeal to you, consider jewelry. In keeping with rubies and garnets, the official color of a 15th anniversary is red, although the alexandrite is known for changing color. They only turn red at night, but that can be fun, too.
The flower that symbolizes 15 years of marriage is the rose. Red roses stand for love and deep passion. There are also lavender, white, and orange roses. Lavender roses stand for majesty; white roses represent purity or innocence; orange roses stand for energy and fascination. Whether it is a full bouquet or a single red rose, this classic flower can add an elegant touch to your 15th wedding anniversary.
Celebrating your 15th wedding anniversary is a big milestone in your relationship. Make sure that you showcase your enduring marriage with thoughtful and meaningful gifts that will be memorable for the next 15 years.
You’ve decided to buy a gold ring. Now what? Let’s take a look at some of the most important factors you should consider when buying a gold ring.
Gold karat is a number that tells you how many parts pure gold are in a jewelry piece, out of a total of 24 parts. For example, 10 karat gold rings contain approximately 42 percent gold (10 divided by 24), and the rest is other metals like zinc, nickel, or other alloy metals. This means that higher karat gold is more expensive as it is purer. That is why it’s important to take price into consideration when deciding on a karat.
The typical Karats you will see are 10 karat, 14 karat and 18 karat gold.
Here is what makes up each karat type:
10 karat gold is made up of 42% pure gold, 58% alloy
14 karat gold is made up of 58% pure gold, 42% alloy
18 karat gold is made up of 75% pure gold, 25% alloy
From the ground pure gold starts with a yellow color. How do jewelers make white gold, rose gold and yellow gold jewelry? To adjust the color of pure gold, it is cut with nickel, tin, and silver to create white gold. The beautiful rose golds that have become very popular over the last few years, are cut with copper alloy. The classic yellow golds are cut with brass and bronze alloy.
When shopping for gold jewelry pieces, you should also consider the durability of gold. Since pure gold is very soft, the lower the karat of the gold, the harder and more durable it will be. Low karat gold rings, such as 10k or 14k, are suitable for everyday wear as they are harder to scratch. Additionally, ring parts made of low karat gold are not bent or broken easily. High karat gold rings, such as 18k and 20k or higher, are a good choice for jewelry items that you will not wear often. They will look more yellow than low karat gold, but they will scratch more easily.
Whether you’re shopping for yourself or looking to buy a gift for that special someone, it’s important know about gold and how it’s made so that you will leave with the perfect piece.
Before you hit a milestone at year 15, don’t forget to celebrate your 14th wedding anniversary. A marriage that has lasted 14 years is one that shows a steadfast and enduring love. The 14th wedding anniversary is one symbolically marked by luxury and extravagance. The traditional gift suggestion for this marriage year is one of ivory while the modern gift choice for this special anniversary is gold.
These days, ivory has been marked as an unsafe gift due to the poachers and hunters that have killed elephants just to take their ivory horns. Nowadays, it best to give an imitation ivory gift. You can also take a unique spin on this gift and give other gifts such as: Ivory bed sheets, ivory scented candles, ivory stationary, or even a piano where they can play on those ivory keys!
However, the modern alternative — gold — is now considered the popular choice to give on the 14th wedding anniversary. Looking for something in the gold arena? Try a beautiful gold band with a message engraved inside. This will display a meaningful symbol that can also be passed down through generations. A set of gold earrings or a gold pendant necklace will also be cherished by your wife. For your husband, a gold watch is sure to hit the mark. Be sure it matches his style. You might also consider a pair of gold cufflinks for your gentleman spouse.
In addition to the traditional or modern gifts, there is also the gemstone opal and the beautiful dahlia flower as symbols to represent this long term union. The opal is considered a stone representing hope, innocence and purity. It has strong connotations of happiness, faithfulness, loyalty and confidence. The dahlia flower symbolizes dignity, grace and elegance; and on the 14th wedding anniversary, it signifies a bond and commitment that lasts forever, as a couple stand strong together with their moral values.
There are many different styles of engagement rings. However, the pear-shaped engagement ring is one of the most popular trends of 2017. You might be thinking it’s hard to wear a ring that has a unique shape. But with a little bit of knowledge and know-how, anyone can rock a pear-shaped engagement ring. Let’s see what the most important points are to remember when selecting an engagement ring with a pear-shaped diamond.
Pear-shaped diamonds have an oval outline with one pointed end. This diamond shape, which resembles a drop, may not be as sought-after as the classic round shape, but many people select it because of its elongated form. Pear-shaped engagement rings have rocketed in popularity in the last few years. Pear-shaped diamonds are a good choice for all types of hands, but the people that would most benefit from this shape are those who would like to somewhat accentuate the length of their fingers.
The absolute best setting for a pear-cut diamond ring is a 6 prong setting, which is two prongs on each side of the pear’s lobe and a top bottom prong. The lower prong should completely protect the delicate and vulnerable ‘V’ on the pointed end of the pear. If the point is left exposed on a pear-shaped diamond ring, the stone can catch on hair and clothing and has increased risks for chipping.
The next best setting for pear diamonds is a 5-prong setting. This setting just has one less prong on the widest portion of the top of the diamond and is sometimes used on smaller carat stones. With the somewhat delicate pointed tip of the pear diamond, whatever setting you choose make sure that there is a V-prong protecting the tip.
Next, you will want to consider how the wedding bands will look with a pear-shaped engagement ring. The typical approach is to get a regular wedding band and just “make it work” around your engagement ring. However, with a pear-shaped engagement ring, consider having a contoured or notched wedding band to create a beautiful close fit. A contoured and notched wedding ring will follow the overall shape of your engagement ring, and additionally have notches in the contoured band that allow the engagement ring’s finer details to sit perfectly against it.
The pear-shaped engagement ring is easy to rock if you know these few simple facts. The most important thing is to enjoy wearing your engagement ring every day and to cherish its symbolism forever.
You’ve reached a lucky spot in your marriage, your 13th wedding anniversary. Being married for 13 years has required a continual evolvement and maturity of your relationship. The number 13 is associated with luck, but it is not just luck that has helped you to this celebration. As you celebrate this occasion, here are some 13 wedding anniversary ideas and symbols to help you plan a wonderful and meaningful celebration.
The traditional gift to mark the 13th wedding anniversary is lace. Lace signifies refined beauty and elegance, just as a marriage of 13 years signifies a beautiful love. There is an obvious choice for the woman in your life. However, you may want to consider other items, such as lace tablecloths, curtains, or other lacey home decor. Filigree lace jewelry is another great choice that will last a long time. Most men won’t view a lace gift as being masculine, so avoid giving gifts made of actual lace in favor of gifts that have laces. A new pair of running shoes or sport cleats, or fine leather shoes is a great idea for the man in your life. The lace idea can extend beyond footwear; a new baseball glove or a football are manly gifts, and each has its own version of laces.
The contemporary gift for the 13th wedding anniversary is fur or textiles. A leather winter coat with a fur — or faux fur — collar is suitable. Fur-lined boots may be the perfect gift for your wife. Really wanting to add to your relationship? Maybe it’s time to get your first “fur” family member, a pet! If you’re wanting to get a gift that is more in the textile family, consider a monogrammed canvas item, such as a tote bag, travel kit, or towels. This is a beautiful, personalized way of showing your love.
The opal is the gemstone for the 13th wedding anniversary. The opal’s shifting light colors makes it unlike any other gem. Consider a custom piece of jewelry with the opal as its centerpiece, such as a pendant necklace or ring.
The flower that symbolizes 13 years of marriage is hollyhock and the chrysanthemum, both signifying ambition, honesty, and sincerity. A bouquet made up of hollyhocks and chrysanthemums would make a thoughtful and romantic gift, or can be planted in your garden to be a constant reminder of your honesty and sincerity to each other.
Celebrating your 13th wedding anniversary is a big milestone in your relationship. Make sure that you showcase your enduring marriage with thoughtful and meaningful gifts that will be memorable for the next 13 years.
If you have been browsing recent trends in engagement rings, you have seen that the three-stone ring has risen in popularity in recent years. Because ring designers are using more subtle side stones to accent the main center diamond, the three-stone engagement ring is now back in style.
The three-stone setting is a versatile setting that can be used for engagement, but also for other occasions such as your wedding anniversary. The three stones, set closely together, symbolize the your relationship’s past, present, and future.
These stones can either be all the same size or, as is often the case, the center stone is larger than the two side stones. The most popular diamond shapes for this setting are the round brilliant cut and the princess cut. It’s possible to personalize this setting with colored side stones, such as sapphires, rubies, emeralds, or other birthstones.
Also called a trilogy or trinity ring, three-stone settings are perfect if you’re in the market for a ring with a custom feel. While a trio of round-cut diamonds are the most popular version of this setting, three-stone rings occur in a wide variety of diamond cuts, sizes and colors. Personalize this symbolic style by experimenting with different combinations of stones until you find one that feels like you.
The three-stone engagement ring also allows you to use heirloom stones as part of your setting. If you have a family wedding ring that you are trying to incorporate into your engagement ring, the three-stone ring is the setting to consider. Visit Master Jewelers to talk with our jewelers about creating a custom design for your three-stone engagement ring setting. Your bride-to-be won’t be disappointed.
The timeless and elegant look of a three-stone ring, along with a personalized touch, make the three-stone setting the perfect choice for your engagement ring.
Are you getting ready to celebrate your 12th wedding anniversary? Make it memorable with presents that will be cherished for a lifetime. Below is our gift guide to honor 12 years of marriage.
Silk is the traditional gift for the 12th wedding anniversary. Silk represents luxury and elegance, so be sure that the gift you choose is both luxurious and elegant. Silk lingerie could be a gift for both your wife or husband, and will set the mood for a romantic evening. A silk tie for your husband would be a great addition to his wardrobe. A monogrammed silk handkerchief offers a fresh take on an old-fashioned gift. A silk-lined jewelry box would be a great surprise for your wife, especially if it was filled with new jewelry pieces.
Looking for that modern gift to give for your anniversary? Pearls are the contemporary take on the 12th wedding anniversary gift. Every woman needs a strand of pearls. You can also consider an elegant oyster dinner at a great local restaurant. If you are looking for something more adventurous, you can plan a surprise trip to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for a great vacation in paradise.
Jade is the gemstone that represents the 12th wedding anniversary. Jade represents luck, prosperity, and wisdom. It is believed that Jade is also a protective stone and can guard against accidents, misfortunes and help one release negative thoughts. Consider creating a custom-designed jewelry piece using the jade gemstone as its centerpiece.
The peony is the flower that represents the 12th wedding anniversary. The beautiful blooms of the peony represents good fortune and a happy marriage. Send your wife a magnificent bouquet of peonies on your anniversary day to brighten her day.
The 12th wedding anniversary showcases your enduring marriage. Make your 12th wedding anniversary stand out with thoughtful and meaningful gifts.
Are you drawn to the big engagement rings that celebrities and even royalty have been spotted with recently? Do you want to make a big splash with a small budget? It may surprise you to know that these two very different types of engagement ring shoppers both connect with the brilliantly beautiful halo ring.
The halo engagement ring is most noted for the ring of smaller diamonds framing the center diamond of the engagement ring. The halo engagement ring is an elegant look which also makes the center diamond appear larger. A diamond halo is an exceptional accent to any engagement ring and any shape center diamond.
The halo engagement ring made its debut in the 1920s, when the style known as Art Deco became prominent. Their current resurgence has rocketed halo rings to second place behind the classic solitaire as the most favored style of engagement ring. Halo rings are almost as classic as solitaires, but with a stylish twist.
There are many different shapes of a halo ring. The shape of the halo greatly influences the appearance of your engagement ring.
- Single Halo (Round). Round cut diamonds in a halo setting produce a timeless look that’s luxurious and eye-catching. A round halo borders your round brilliant cut diamond, emphasizing its classic shape. An art deco-inspired affect, the sparkling halo enhances the center stone’s radiance.
- Oval. With fancy cuts such as the emerald, radiant, and oval, the effect of a halo setting is just as majestic. A vintage halo makes for a truly show-stopping engagement ring, as it makes your diamond appear larger than it actually is.
- Cushion Cut. A cushion-shaped halo bordering a round cut diamond is a very different look, though just as beautiful. Many people love the shape of a cushion diamond, but as these don’t tend to sparkle as much as the round brilliant cut, a cushion halo might be seen as a blend of the pair’s stunning qualities.
- Double halo. Double halo styles are a relatively recent addition to the category, making them a glamourous modern twist on an enduring concept. The double halo ring magnifies the light of the entire ring by having an outer halo and an inner halo.
- Pear-shaped or marquise. These shapes can be very appealing for narrower shapes. These cuts are often chosen because they elongate the finger and add a sense of delicate elegance.
- Octagonal. Wanting a more vintage look? Try an octagon halo. It will not only be unique, but it will also take her breath away.
You’ve officially made it over a decade of marriage when you have reached your 11th wedding anniversary. Why not celebrate the occasion with gifts that will be remembered for a lifetime? Below is our gift guide to honor 11 years of marriage.
Steel is the traditional gift for the 11th wedding anniversary. For your husband, consider a great tool kit or tool chest. A steel watch would be great for those wanting to spruce up their husband’s style. For your wife, a great steel art piece or other steel home accessories can be used for decades to come. Perhaps a brand new stainless steel appliance for your kitchen will warm her heart. Also, a great steel vase for anniversary flowers will add to any beautiful bouquet.
Looking for that modern gift to give for your anniversary? Fashion jewelry is the contemporary take on the 11th wedding anniversary gift. Whether it’s something that is flashy or a piece that is timeless, consider getting a custom design at Master Jewelers. A custom-designed ring, bracelet, necklace or earrings for your wife will make a beautiful addition to her wardrobe. For him, consider a custom ring, watch, or cufflinks.
Turquoise is the gemstone that represents the 11th wedding anniversary. No matter where it is found, turquoise is always associated with strong, positive traits such as purity and healing. Consider an artisanal turquoise artwork or custom-designed turquoise jewelry piece.
The morning glory and the tulip are the flowers for the 11th wedding anniversary. The morning glory is a symbol of love and affection. The tulip symbolizes elegance and grace. Eleven beautiful tulips in a slender stainless steel vase would make an ideal anniversary gift
Your 11th wedding anniversary is an occasion that should be celebrated. Make your 11th wedding anniversary one to remember with thoughtful and meaningful gifts.