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Perfecting the Proposal

Posted on in Blog by Kamie Pamulapati


Perfecting-the-Proposal

There are many times in life when it’s ok to make mistakes….proposing isn’t one of those times. As both brides and grooms know, getting engaged is a life-altering, momentous occasion. It’s a moment you will remember forever, a story you will share again and again, and a family tale that will be told from one generation to the next.

And it all begins with the proposal.

Related: Go Modern With A Colored Diamond Engagement Ring

Whether you choose to go over the top or plan something a little more intimate, remember to keep your partner in mind at all times. Often times, the best proposals aren’t the ones that are flashy and over-the-top; the best proposals are the ones that are personal and heartfelt. Incorporating inside jokes, special moments and your partner’s favorite items can take an ordinary proposal to the next level.

For those of you who are not natural romantics at heart, we’ve come up with a list of proposal ideas designed to help you get in touch with your lovey-dovey side, and leave your significant other speechless.

4 Amazing Proposal Ideas

1.  Scavenger hunt: Who doesn’t love a good old fashioned scavenger hunt? Recreate your dating history by sprinkling clues all over town that lead to your favorite spots as a couple. End it at the very first place you met on your knee, ring in hand.

2. Time Capsule:  A time capsule is a great way to safekeep treasures, and it’s an even better way to propose. Incorporate a time capsule into your proposal by filling it with cherished mementos of the two of you. Just before you bury it, turn to your partner and say, “It’s missing something….a picture of us on the day we got engaged.” Then pull out the ring and wait for the tears to pour. And don’t forget to take a picture afterward!

3.  Personalized Puzzle : Buy a personalized puzzle that creates a picture of the two of you with words “marry me” spelled out underneath. Then spend an evening with your partner putting it together. The best thing about this proposal idea is that you have a nice memento to hang on your wall to remember the occasion years from now.

4.  Sweet Surprise: Buy your sweetheart of box of chocolates and replace one of the chocolates with a ring. Chances are he or she will think it’s just another sweet gesture on your part….until they open the box. Be prepared to present the ring and all the reasons why you can’t imagine your life without them.

While each proposal idea is amazing on its own,  we suggest putting your own unique spin on whichever one you end up choosing. Adding in that extra special touch will make your partner fall in love with you all over again.

While we can’t be there for your proposal (unless you propose in our store), we can help you pick out the perfect ring. Stop by our jewelry store in Scottsdale to see our dazzling diamond pieces.

 

Insure Your Jewelry

Posted on in Blog by Kamie Pamulapati

Insure Your Jewlery


You protect your house, your family, your car… all of your other big ticket items, but what about your engagement ring or fine jewelry? Chances are, it makes the top 10 list of most expensive things you own, and should be protected with an insurance plan.

But where do you go to get one? How do you know which plan fits your needs best? Here at Hamra, we direct our customers to The Perfect Circle, a division of the Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company.They specialize strictly in jewelry insurance policies, both personal and business, and do an excellent job of making sure the clients of our Scottsdale jewelry store are properly covered.

 Related: Keep Your Engagement Ring Shiny and New

 For a personal jewelry insurance policy there’s some things you should know…

Why should I insure my jewelry?

-Accidents happen!

-This is the most important piece of jewelry you own, you should treat it as such.

-It’s an inexpensive way to give yourself peace of mind.

What will my policy cover? The right policy will cover:

-Loss

-Theft

-Damage

What questions should I ask?

-Can I use a jeweler of my choice for repair or replacement?

-Do I have a deductible?

-Will you replace the ring or give us a check?

-What if my ring is an irreplaceable family heirloom?

-What if the ring I originally purchased is no longer available?

-Are there any special circumstances in which you would not cover my ring?


As we sell our one-of-a-kind engagement rings in Scottsdale and get to see the overwhelming sense of pride that comes with a purchase so special, we hope that each client examines all options when it comes to protecting their precious investment.

Repurpose Old Jewelry

Posted on in Blog by Kamie Pamulapati

Repurpose-Old-Jewelry

 

Our clients frequently come to us with the request to repurpose old jewelry. As a jeweler in Scottsdale, we know how precious certain gems can be to someone. We also understand the wish to reuse and recycle it into something new you will love again. There are many reasons people want to take a piece that may not fit their current needs or aesthetic and turn it into something they can cherish and wear with pride.

If you have jewelry that fits into one of these categories, you may want to look into repurposing your own as well.

-Heirloom jewelry that doesn’t appeal to your personal sense of style

-Older jewelry with a broken or deteriorating setting

-Gems that you want to wear in a different form of jewelry

-Seeking a change in the type of metal setting (silver, gold and platinum)

There can be many additional reasons behind the motive to repurpose your jewelry. Many of our customers have a personal tie to the gems and don’t want to let go of them, but don’t enjoy wearing the current piece as is. That’s why we give you the option to meet with one of our designers and come up with a piece designed to your own specifications.

There are many options when it comes to what we can do for you. We can:

-Change the setting within the same type of jewelry

-Redesign the jewelry completely (turn a ring into a pendant)

-We can separate a piece of jewelry with many stones into a few different pieces.

If you’re unable to decide how you want to repurpose your jewelry, our designers are available to sit down with you and collaborate on a design that will bring new life to your special gem. We want all of our customers to love their jewelry no matter what shape, size, color or setting they’re in.

Come by our store or call 480-946-5110 to learn more about repurposing your jewelry.

Out With the Old, In With the New

Posted on in Blog by Kamie Pamulapati

Jewelry

 

Not all pieces of jewelry are legacy pieces meant to be handed down from generation to generation. So what do you do when your jewelry has run its course? Of course, there’s the option to take it to a pawn shop and get pennies on the dollar for your piece. Another option? Bring it to Hamra!

As an established Scottsdale jeweler, we have an expansive knowledge on jewelry, which allows us to appreciate the pieces our customers bring in.

While we will take a look at most jewelry that is brought into our store, we are looking for some specific pieces right now, including large diamond and gemstone jewelry and luxury watches.

Our showroom is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 6 pm and on Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Come stop by and see our stunning collection!


Stacking : The Newest Jewelry Trend

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If you’re a fashionista, you know that what’s in and what’s out is constantly changing. Leopard print?....So last season. Ombre hair?...Still on trend.  Jeggings?....The verdict is still out.

At Hamra, we make it our business to know what’s popular in fashion, especially when it comes to jewelry. Our favorite trend right now? Stacking! You can stack rings. You can stack bracelets. You can stack necklaces. The more, the better!

Stack Your Bracelets

We’re especially excited about stacking bangle bracelets. We have a selection of dazzling, high-end bangles that can be stacked to create a statement your admirers will never forget.

Stack Your Rings

Stackable rings are also a huge hit this season. You no longer have to pick and choose which pieces to wear. Wear them all! Stack them strategically with complimentary pieces to highlight their beauty.

Stack Your Necklaces

Necklace stacking can be done a few different ways. You can take two similarly sized necklaces and wear them together or have them combined with one clasp so they are worn as one piece. You can also choose to wear a short necklace and pair it with a longer necklace with a pendant. The contrast is intriguing and the options are endless.

Multi-tone stacking

Multi-tone stacking is also a huge trend this season. Gold and silver no longer need to be worn separately. Two tones such as rose gold and white gold can make a striking statement. Wearing all yellow gold or silver can be considered too ‘matchy matchy.’ The battle of the two tones is now considered a fresh way to accessorize.

Why "Man-Gagement" Rings are Taking Over

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Engagement rings are no longer just for the ladies, now make way for a new men’s trend: the “man-gagement” ring. Used to describe a man’s pre-wedding ring, man-gagement rings have risen in popularity over the last few years.


According to a recent survey by XO Group Inc, 5% of men are now sporting man-gagement rings prior to their wedding.  Traditionally, only women have worn any type of pre-wedding rings...but that’s not the case anymore.

 

Many jewelry stores are now picking up on this growing trend by offering engagement rings in a variety of styles for both women and men. With more options to choose from than ever before, men will never again have to settle for something that fits versus something with style. Goodbye plain gold band, hello sparkling, sophisticated piece of jewelry!

 

Related: View our large selection of men’s rings


If this trend is for you, Hamra Jewelers is the one place where you can get it all: simple, sparkly or somewhere in between. We have everything from silver to gold, platinum and gemstones as well as custom designs. Even if you’re not planning on walking down the aisle anytime soon, there’s still something special waiting for you at Hamra. Stop by and see!

Your Jewelry is Dirtier Than You Think

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Dirty-Jewelry

If you wear an outfit and end up spilling on it, of course you’ll throw it in the washer, but what about your jewelry? Imagine all the things your jewelry is exposed to…

  • Dirt

  • Sweat

  • Food

  • Chemicals

  • Makeup

  • Soap

We’re here to tell you that cleaning your jewelry regularly can save you a lot of trouble in the future. Certain factors such as sweat, salt water and chemicals can begin to break down your setting or even your gem.

Related: Care For Your Jewelry Properly This Summer

Here at Hamra, a luxury jewelry store, we have multiple options to clean your cherished jewelry. Pick from any of the following options:

  • Sonic cleaner: This is a vibrating machine that loosens grime and dirt without harsh chemicals. It can clean even the tiniest places, removing buildup between your gem and prongs.

  • Steam cleaning: We recommend using our steam cleaning services for semi-precious stones, emeralds and pearls because the sonic cleaner simply cannot be used.

Jewelry Cleaning Tip: Be extra careful with pearls. They are very susceptible to damage and degeneration when handled improperly.

  • Hand cleaning: Sometimes, machines are just too rough on certain gems to be used safely. In these cases, we will use a brush and clean your fragile pieces by hand.

While you will find resources on Pinterest, in blogs and from Sally-knows-it-all down the street telling you how to clean your jewelry at home, we always recommend professional cleaning to ensure your jewelry is cleaned properly and safely.

Bring your jewelry into our store to see just how much your piece can sparkle again with new life.

Protect Your Jewelry this Summer with SPF: Sparkle Protection Factor

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You lather yourself with SPF before going to the beach or pool so why not give the same care to your jewelry? Chemicals and environmental factors at summer hot spots can leave your ring dingy or even damaged. Here are some things to look out for as you enjoy your summertime fun.

  • Chlorine is harmful to metals, including gold. Thin prongs are especially susceptible to deterioration when exposed to chlorine for extended periods of time. Certain gems also react differently to certain chemicals. If your jewelry is submerged, clean it with warm water and a gentle cleanser to remove any remaining chemicals.

*Jewelry Care TipHave your prongs checked regularly, whether exposed to chlorine or not. Prongs are usually the first part to weaken on a piece of jewelry.

  • Salt water can have a similar corrosive effect on jewelry. Lotions can become trapped in jewelry dulling your stones. The best advice we can give is to store your jewelry safely when visiting a pool or a beach. You don’t want to spend your beach day combing through sand, looking for your beautiful new colored diamond necklace.

  • Sweat is another factor to consider as it does contain salt which, similar to ocean water, which can eat away at the soldered points on your jewelry.

  • Have your jewelry cleaned regularly. Whether you have an at-home ultrasonic cleaner or choose to use a professional cleaner, you want to make sure all environmental dirt and grime is removed frequently so it doesn’t result in build up or deterioration of the metal or gemstone.

The Do's and Dont's of Pearl Care

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Pearls are classic and among the most elegant gems you can buy, but as organic gems they require special attention and care to give them the longest life possible. By following these tips you can ensure your pearls will be in shape to be passed down from generation to generation, becoming a family heirloom.

Pearl Care Do’s

1. Put pearls on last.

Perfumes, lotions and hair spray can be harmful to your pearls. Chemicals can degrade the surface of the pearl, taking away the natural luster and damaging the surface.  After applying makeup and perfume, wait 15 minutes for your skin to absorb any excess before putting on your pearls.

2. Take pearls off first.

This will help make sure you don’t accidentally wear them in the shower as steam can have adverse reactions

3. If you don’t have designated pearl cleaner, have your pearls professionally cleaned.

Tarnish remover, steam and ultrasonic cleaners should not be used on pearls. A jeweler can clean your pearls safely. For spot cleaning, use a soft, damp cloth.

4. Be aware of materials your pearls come in contact with.

Plastic has chemicals known to be harmful to pearls. Keep your pearl jewelry in soft cloth pouches or the box they came in. Types of wool can also damage pearls so be aware of winter clothing and its texture.

Pearl Care Don’ts

1. Don’t keep pearls in a warm setting.

Don’t leave  pearls close to a heat source such as a fireplace, too close to electronics or an attic. A good rule of thumb is, if you can feel a significant amount of heat difference between the room temperature and where they’re sitting, don’t store your pearls there.

2. Don’t store pearls in dry places.

Pearls need to a small amount of moisture to stay in tip-top shape. Keeping your pearls in a safe-deposit box or storage unit can deprive them of natural moisture in the air.

Colored Diamonds

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Diamonds are as diverse as the people who wear them. They come in every shape, size and color you can imagine. While white diamonds go with any outfit, you can now accessorize to match or compliment the colors in your outfit.

Pricing

Colored diamonds, also known as fancy-colored diamonds, can be some of the most valuable. Remember the Hope Diamond from Titanic? Gems like the Hope Diamond can value at more than one million dollars per carat.

The price range will vary widely for fancy-colored diamonds because they can come from nature or be made in laboratories. For a perfectly colorless diamond, it must be formed with pure carbon. Other additives are what change the color. For instance, boron makes a blue diamond and nitrogen will form a yellow colored diamond. Red diamonds are the most rare and expensive because their color comes from “changes in electron structure as it comes to the surface.”**

Popularity

Colored diamonds in general have gained in popularity in the past few years, but black diamonds have made the biggest jump in sales. The dark gem claimed its high fashion status in 1996 when jewelry designer Fawaz Gruos released a collection featuring black engagement rings and pendants. Black diamonds can give any piece of jewelry an edge, setting it apart from the typical colored gems.

 Related: TLC For Your Engagement Ring

 At Hamra we have a large selection of colored diamonds from yellow to black and everything in between. Browse our extensive jewelry collection and see if a fancy-colored diamond is the stand-out accessory you’ve been looking for.



** Information courtesy of Diamond Price Guru

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