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Great Jewelry Ideas for Your New Daughter-in-Law

Posted on in Blog by Daniel Henderson

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Weddings are very special and important moments in the lives of all who are involved. Even if you are not the bride to be or the groom, you may still be experiencing a change in your family by adding someone new. As this person enters the family, you may find yourself wanting to do something special for them to help them feel accepted and welcome.

This is especially true for parents who are welcoming a new daughter-in-law into the family. It is not uncommon for the new mother or father-in-law to present their new daughter-in-law with a special gift that helps to capture the moment and make it significant. By giving her a thoughtful gift of love, you will help her to know just how important she is to you and your family.

For occasions such as these, jewelry is often considered an appropriate gift. Jewelry is a much more long-term and memorable gift than almost anything else you could possibly give her. A necklace, bracelet or ring will not only remain with her throughout her life, but can also be handed down through the generations…maybe even to another future daughter-in-law.

As you consider different jewelry ideas for your gift to your new daughter-in-law, think about something that will send a strong sentiment of love without going too far. The last thing you would want to do is buy her an elaborate piece that makes the ring your son gave her look small or insignificant.

People will often choose a simple necklace or bracelet to give to their daughter-in-law. A nice gemstone necklace is a great idea to show your appreciation for this new relationship in your life. Gemstones and pearls are more appropriate as a gift from parents-in-law than diamonds.

Find a necklace or bracelet that you can have a message engraved upon. It might be a nice sentiment or maybe just initials. Either way, it serves as a nice reminder to your daughter-in-law where the piece came from and why it is significant.

Be sure to visit Hamra Jewelers to take a closer look at the many different styles and designs we have to offer. We are sure that we have a piece of jewelry here that can send the right message to your future daughter-in-law.

For more information, give us a call at 480-946-5110.

The Perfect Ruby Gift for Your Valentine

Posted on in Blog by Alexandra Salazar

Jewelry is absolutely the way to go when it comes to the perfect romantic Valentine’s Day gift. Flowers and candy come and go, but a beautiful piece of jewelry is timeless. It represents more than just the holiday itself, but all of the meaningful feelings behind the holiday.

This year, if you really want to make a statement with a piece of jewelry, consider giving rubies. Rubies are the perfect gemstone to attract the eye of your Valentine and all of her friends. Known as the “King of Gemstones,” rubies continue to rise in value because of their rarity and their high quality. There are not many fine, untreated rubies to be found which makes them very special.

Rubies are known to represent passion, love, and strong emotion. The deep redness matches the tone and feeling of Valentine’s Day perfectly. Besides their beauty, rubies are also very durable gems making them even more valuable.

Hamra Jewelers is proud to offer a wide variety of gemstone jewelry including many ruby pieces. Each piece is designed and crafted with great attention to detail, style and elegance. As you consider a special gift for your Valentine this year, we invite you to look at the many ruby pieces we offer.


Consider our Ruby and Diamond Bangle Bracelet made with 18k white gold and featuring 4.08 carats total weight in rubies and 1.51 carats total weight in diamonds.

 

For an extra special gift, consider our Oval Ruby and Diamond Ring, custom made in with a platinum and featuring a gorgeous 3.03 ct oval shaped vivid red natural ruby with 1.08 carats total weight in diamond accents.


 

Or how about our Ruby and Diamond Necklace with an 18k yellow gold accent and featuring 1.38 carats total weight in beautiful, timeless rubies and .24 carats total weight in accent diamonds.


These are just a few of the many different ruby pieces we offer at Hamra Jewelers. Stop by to see what else we have and pick out a memorable Valentine’s gift for your significant other. Feel free to give us a call if you have more questions at 480-946-5110.

 


What the Heart of the Ocean Would be Worth Today?

Posted on in Blog by Alexandra Salazar

Who can forget that moment of desperation the first time we watched as the older Rose from the movie Titanic let the Heart of the Ocean slip through her hands and into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean? No matter how wrapped up you may have been in the romance and emotion of the film, there was a small part of you that was screaming “No!” from deep inside.

What some didn’t realize as they watched the movie is that The Heart of the Ocean was actually a fictional diamond based loosely on the Hope Diamond worn by Louis XVI of France. Still, the image of a beautiful blue diamond was captivating and kept our imaginations running wild. We may have even imagined ourselves as Rose and what we would have done with a piece of jewelry like that.

Related: How Diamonds are Graded?

For a moment, let’s pretend that The Heart of the Ocean was a real diamond and that it actually still exists. What would a diamond like that be worth today?

First, let’s compare it to the Hope Diamond, which served as the inspiration for The Heart of the Ocean. The Hope Diamond is over 45 carats and is nearly 10 grams in size. It has been worn by royalty and even purchased a few times before it made its way to its current resting point in the Smithsonian Institution’s Natural History Museum in Washington D.C.  Experts value the Hope Diamond at approximately $350 million.

In the movie Titanic, a reference was made to the Hope Diamond comparing it to The Heart of the Ocean. The claim was that the Hope Diamond was smaller, meaning that if The Heart of the Ocean was in fact a real diamond, it could be worth closer to $400 million.

At the time of the film’s release, the story and appearance of The Heart of the Ocean inspired two different reproductions of the necklace. The first was made from a 171 carat sapphire that was shaped like a heart and surrounded by 103 diamonds. After it was made, Celine Dion was allowed to wear it to the 1998 Academy Awards ceremony where she performed a song from the movie. The necklace was eventually sold at an auction for $2.2 million to an unknown collector.

The second reproduction was created by famous jeweler Harry Winston. He used a 15 carat real blue diamond in his piece. His necklace was valued at over $20 million.

Fictitious or not, The Heart of the Ocean will always have a place in history because of the popularity of the movie Titanic and because of the two now famous reproductions of it.

While blue diamonds are very rare, Hamra Jewelers does offer sapphire stones set in necklaces, bracelets, and rings. If you like the look of The Heart of The Ocean, come check out what we have to offer.

Great Groomsmen Gift Ideas

Posted on in Blog by Daniel Henderson

Those who participate as groomsmen at your wedding are so much more than just escorts for the bridesmaids. They are friends that represent who you are, your background and your personality. Even though you may be moving forward in life with a new best friend, your groomsmen will always hold a special place in your heart.

What better way to thank your groomsmen not only for standing by you as you embark on this new chapter of your life, but also for playing such a major role in getting you to where you are today than by giving them a special gift. Selecting the right kind of gift is important.

Here are some ideas for great groomsmen gifts:

·      Executive Golf Putting Set – perfect for your buddy who loves golf so much, he needs to be  able to putt whenever he wants.

·      Personalized Playing Cards – you don’t have to gamble to appreciate these.

·      Engraved Chef’s Knife – for the groomsmen who spends his spare time in the kitchen or grilling.

·      Smartphone Projector – let him watch his favorite sporting events or YouTube videos on the big screen.

·      Watch – nothing shows more class or sophistication than a nice watch that your friend will cherish for years to come.

·      Cufflinks – something that can be useful and add some class long after the wedding is over.

·      Personalized Decanter – this might be one gift that you will have to give before the big event…maybe at the bachelor’s party?

·      Whiskey Ice Ball – for the groomsmen who likes to keep his drink cool and pure for as long as possible.

The most important thing to remember as you choose gifts for those in your wedding party is that they convey the right message. It has been said that giving the act of giving the gift tends to say more than the gift itself. This is true, but be sure to take the time to give something that will have special meaning for your friends.

For fine jewelry and luxury watches, be sure to visit Hamra Fine Jewelry and Timepieces. We offer a wide variety of special items that can work into any budget. For questions, give us a call at 480-946-5110.

Add Some Color to Your Wardrobe With Jewelry

Posted on in Blog by Daniel Henderson

When you are looking to make a little more of a statement in how you dress, consider adding the color and sparkle of jewelry. The right colored gemstone can take your wardrobe into an entirely different direction. Just the smallest hint of yellow, red or blue from a clever layer of jewelry can make such a difference.

Yellow diamond rings bring out the brightness in any ensemble while rose gold jewelry can heat things up when layered with the right scarf or sweater. Red beads on a necklace or bracelet are always a great way to create a focal point against neutral colors. Or, try using a combination of colors to add sophistication and elegance to your evening gown.

Related: Get to Know Precious Stones

No matter what you choose to wear when it comes to colorful jewelry, there are a few things to keep in mind. As you prepare to go shopping for jewelry to accent and improve your wardrobe, consider the following:

·      Your Sense of Fashion – Not just any piece of jewelry will do when it comes to adding color to your wardrobe. This is especially true if you choose a piece that is much more flashy or bigger than what you are used to wearing. Do not choose jewelry based on color alone. Make sure it is something you feel comfortable wearing.

·      Formal or Casual – As you consider your choices of necklaces or pendants, be mindful of the settings you will most likely be wearing them. You will not want to buy something too formal if you are the type of person who participates in mostly casual events. When your jewelry is too formal for the occasion, you will not feel comfortable wearing it.

·      Your Natural Color – Be sure to consider what you already have going for you, including the color of your hair, skin tone, and eyes. There are definitely certain types of colored jewelry that will look better with certain types of colors. It never hurts to try several pieces of jewelry on to find the color that looks best on you.

·      Sets or No Sets – When attending a very formal event, a set of jewelry that matches gives a very formal and well-put together look. Many jewelry shops and companies offer matching sets that consist of a ring, necklace, bracelet and earrings that share design and color. However, these sets do not always look great in everyday wear. In fact, pieces that do not match tend to be better for a casual look.

Related: Signs You Need a New Jeweler.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to finding the right jewelry to add vibrancy and color to any wardrobe. We invite you to take a look at the many different pieces we offer at Hamra Jewelers. Let us help you find the perfect piece for your next event.

How Diamonds are Graded

Posted on in Blog by Daniel Henderson

Spend just a few minutes in any jewelry store and it becomes very apparent that there is something more than just size that affects the price of a diamond. Diamonds go through a process before they receive their final grade. The criteria used in grading a diamond include the following:

·      Cut

·      Clarity

·      Color

·      Carat weight

 

These 4 important factors are often referred to as the 4 C’s in diamond grading.

Cut

When someone talks about the cut of a diamond, they might be referring to one of two different things. The cut of the diamond describes the actual shape of the diamond, such as a “princess cut.” However, when it comes to the grade of the diamond, the cut is describing the reflective qualities of the diamond.

The cut of the diamond plays a crucial role in how well a diamond is graded. The angle at which the diamond is cut determines how it reflects light. A good cut gives the diamond its brilliance and brightness.

 

Clarity

Not every diamond is perfect. In fact, most have flaws either on the surface or within the diamond. The clarity grade of a diamond takes into account how many flaws are in the diamond and how those flaws affect the overall appearance of the diamond.

When determining the clarity of a diamond, each one is examined carefully using magnification. Clarity grades between “F” and “I1,2,3” are given based on how visible flaws are. A diamond with a clarity grade of “F” means it is flawless and is worth much more money.

 

Color

When it comes to diamonds, the less color found in them the better. Diamonds with little to no color in them allow more light to pass through them, which adds to their sparkle. It is very rare to find a diamond with no color whatsoever.

There are some people who prefer some color in their diamonds. A hint of yellow, for example, can give the diamond and entirely different look making it more desirable to some.


Carat Weight

Another important factor to consider when grading a diamond is its weight. Because the formation of a diamond is so rare and requires such specific circumstances, its value goes up with its weight. A diamond’s weight is measured in carats. One carat is equal to 200 milligrams.

When you are looking to purchase a diamond, it helps to know what the different grades mean to help determine the best price. For more information, give Hamra Fine Jewelry a call at 480-946-5110.

Payment Options for Bigger Items

Posted on in Blog by Daniel Henderson

There are those moments when you finally find that one piece of jewelry that speaks to you, only to realize that the price is more than you can handle all at once. This might be true for a young couple about to get married who have their sights set on a particular wedding ring, or for the watch collector who has been searching for the next addition to their growing collection.

Fine jewelry has a wide range of pricing based on design, quality and brand, there are often moments where the buyer needs the option to make payments instead of paying all at once.

Most jewelers, including Hamra, offer credit or financing options for those who find themselves in this situation. In most cases, the financing is done through one of several financial institutions that offer these particular programs. Set up much like a credit card, a line of credit is established that allows the purchaser to make monthly payments that include interest.

 Related: Engagement Ring Budget

Convenience of Payment Options

If we take the example of the young couple who are looking for a wedding ring. It may be that they are looking together or that one is looking on their own to purchase for the other. Young people who are just starting out in life face a tough dilemma when buying a wedding ring. They often cannot afford to buy the ring they really want all at once, but they are also hesitant to pay less for something that is low-quality and not up to their expectations.

Payment options are the perfect solution in this situation. By financing the ring, the young man or woman can pay a low monthly installment on the ring and eventually pay it off. This allows them to move forward with the wedding process, without having to sink all of their money into a ring.

 

What to Be Careful Of

At the same time, while monthly payments may seem intriguing, it is very important that the person financing the jewelry is realistic when it comes to what they can afford. Some payments may seem small enough to begin with, but soon become too much to handle. Before committing to a payment option, be sure to carefully look at your income to debt ratio to be sure you can handle an additional monthly expense.

Related: Ring Sizing

The Hamra Difference

At Hamra Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, we have helped hundreds of people purchase the jewelry they really wanted by helping them set up payment options. We take the time to review the process with our customers carefully so they are fully aware of the situation. Our goal is to help you find the right piece at the right price so you can truly enjoy it.

For questions about payment options, please feel free to call Hamra Jewelry at 480-946-5110.

Picking Out the Perfect Engagement Ring for Your Girlfriend

Posted on in Blog by Daniel Henderson

There are no words to describe the feeling you have when you know you have found “the one.” When you have made the decision and you know that you want to ask your girlfriend to become your wife, your heart is full of love… and a little bit of nervousness, too. The next step is picking out the perfect engagement ring, and we have some advice on how to make that process a little bit easier on you.

First, visit a jewelry store that has a wide selection of designer engagement rings and also has the ability to accommodate unique custom designs. Visit with the staff there and let them show you different options within your price range. Take note of different styles that you like and that remind you of your girlfriend, but keep an open mind. What you like might not always be what she likes.

Related: Do I Need to Buy a Wedding Band with Her Engagement Ring?

If you want to keep the ring a surprise, you might consider talking to her family members or very close friends to find out if they know what she likes in a ring. She might have friends or family members that can nonchalantly get some ideas from her about diamond shapes and ring styles.

If you are not as focused on the surprise element as much as making sure that you get exactly what your girlfriend wants, you might want to bring up the topic of engagement rings in conversation and ask her what she likes and does not like. Other couples enjoy going shopping at jewelry stores together so that they can compare options and so that the guy can see firsthand what his girl loves.

Knowing your budget and finding out what general style your girlfriend is looking for will go a long way. The details of picking out a diamond and deciding between a custom setting versus a designer ring will come as you shop.

Related: Trendy Engagement Rings.

Each member of our team at Hamra Jewelers is trained and qualified to assist you in finding the perfect ring for your girlfriend or loved one. We love spending time with our customers and helping them explore their options and learn about the variety of rings and diamonds we have available to suite their needs. We have found that most of the time, when you find the right ring, you will get that same feeling you had when you knew you found the right girl.

Do I Need to Buy a Wedding Band With Her Engagement Ring?

Posted on in Blog by Daniel Henderson

So you have finally settled on an engagement ring. You have found something that is as unique as the story that brought you and your fiancée together. Now the question becomes whether to add a wedding band along with the engagement ring and if so, do you need to buy the wedding band now.

First of all, there is no right or wrong answer here. A decision like this will usually boil down to a decision between you and your fiancée. However, if you are having trouble making that decision, here are a few things to consider:

Will it be a long engagement?

If you know you will be engaged for quite a while before the actual wedding occurs, a wedding band would be a very nice touch to make the wedding that much more special. It will add to the significance of the wedding and ensure you she has something to slip on at the ring ceremony.

Related: Our Favorite Proposal Video.

Did you buy your engagement ring as a set?

Whether you go ring shopping alone or with your soon to be fiancée, you may stumble upon an absolutely perfect ring that is part of a set. In this case, it would be appropriate to buy the set together. If you are not able to pay for both pieces at the same time, talk to the jeweler about buying the engagement ring first and then the wedding band later.

Will a band enhance the ring?

Not all engagement rings are designed with a wedding band. You may find that the engagement ring alone does not seem or feel complete. If you are able to find a wedding band that adds to the engagement ring to enhance it and make it even more beautiful and personal, then go for it!

Related: Trendy Engagement Rings.

Will both rings be worn all of the time?

Some women will only wear their engagement ring on special occasions, but wear their wedding band as their “everyday” ring. By having both a wedding band and engagement ring, you are providing some variety and for your bride to be.

Remember, there are no rules when it comes to choosing a wedding ring. Many people choose to do things that are completely different from what tradition may dictate. The most important thing to consider is what the ring will mean to the person you are giving it to.

To learn more about wedding ring options, we invite you to visit Hamra Jewelers. Come see our endless selection of wedding rings and bands. If you have a specific question, give us a call at 480-946-5110.

Trendy Engagement Rings

Posted on in Blog by Ale Johnson

Trendy Engagement Rings

One thing we know for sure about engagement rings – trends will definitely come and go as quickly as you can say “I do.” At least once every 2-3 years, a new style of engagement ring will emerge and rise to the top of the most wanted list, giving pause to every bride to be as she considers whether this new style has become “the ring.”

For the groom, who shoulders the enormous task of choosing and buying the ring, these trends can often lead to confusion and self-doubt. As they go about seeking just the right ring for their girl, they can become overwhelmed with trying to stay up to speed on trends and fashions.

To help both the bride and groom sift through the many choices of rings and hone in on what is most trendy, we provide the list below of trendy engagement rings of 2014.

 

East – West Settings

Taking an oval or marquise cut diamond and setting it horizontally, parallel with the band, has become a huge trend in the last year or two. Setting it horizontally adds a completely different look and can even make the stone appear bigger than it really is.

 

Antique Look

Some things just never get old. That is certainly true when it comes to the highly detailed design of an antique engagement ring. The advantage to an antique ring is that it increases the chance of the ring being one in a million. They are almost always more intricate and definitely draw attention to themselves.

 

Pear Diamonds

This is a cut and style that continued to make its comeback in 2014. Pear shaped diamonds have always been and continue to be for the princesses in the world. They are designed to be dainty with a royal feel.

 

Floral Accents

We continue to see more and more styles of engagement rings that surround the center stone with flowers, petals, and vines giving them a unique and fresh look.

 

Peach Hue

From pink to yellow to blue, hued gems and diamonds have made a huge splash in the engagement ring world over the last few years. In 2014, we saw the rise in popularity of the peach hue gems. They are very feminine and in hot demand.

There are many factors to consider when choosing the right engagement ring. While certain people are looking for the hottest trends, others are more concerned with finding something unique. At Hamra Fine Jewelry, we carry a wide selection of engagement rings and can help you choose one that is elegant and fits within your budget. If you have questions about the latest styles and fashions, give us a call at 480-946-5110.

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