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How Much Should You Spend on an Engagement Ring?

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Most people have heard the rule of thumb that you should spend 3 months salary on an engagement ring. But as the styles of engagement rings change and progress, so do the rules of setting an engagement ring budget.

Related: Engagement Ring Shopping Tips Part 1

So many times now, purchasing an engagement ring is a joint venture. It’s not always a surprise engagement. Couples are making the decision together which helps in setting a budget and picking the perfect ring.

If you are purchasing the ring by yourself, we can offer some tips on a budget.

- You have to decide if an engagement ring is worth putting yourself in years worth of debt. If it’s not, spend some time saving up for the ring or look into financing options. You want to put as much down as possible to minimize your monthly payments.

- Decide what is most important to you and your partner. Is it purchasing a home in the near future? Maybe it would be best to buy a smaller ring and put the extra money towards a down payment on a home.

- Has your partner expressed the need for a large sparkler? If that’s the case, decide what you can cut back on in other areas of your life in order to afford the ring of his or her dreams.

- If you have an unlimited budget, follow your gut! If you know your partner well, you can pick out something that will fit their taste and be the perfect engagement ring for them to wear for the rest of their lives.  

We can’t give you a hard and fast rule for an engagement ring budget. What we can say is this… Be comfortable with your purchase. Once you’ve set a budget, come into our luxury jewelry store in Scottsdale and begin your shopping. Who knows? You may find a smaller, more intricate ring that fits the bill. You might find a larger ring that speaks to your heart and that’s why we have financing options so you can buy him or her the ring of their dreams.

Related: Engagement Ring Shopping Tips Part 2

If you have questions about our engagement ring selection, stop by our Scottsdale jewelry store and our associates will walk you through the process so you make the right choice for your significant other and for your budget.  

Know Your Diamonds Before Making a Purchase

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If you’re at all familiar with diamonds, you’ve probably heard of the 4 C’s. This is the process taken to determine the quality of diamonds. The price is based off of 4 categories, all of which can determine the price of the diamond due to its characteristics and beauty.

Related: Lab Created vs. Synthetic Diamonds

It’s important to know what you’re looking for in a diamond and to be aware of the 4 C’s when you go to select one. That way you’ll understand why a diamond is priced the way it is and you can ask questions to establish if it’s the right one for you.

Related: Have Your Diamond? What About the Setting?

Here are the 4 C’s of diamonds!

  • Cut: This describes how a diamond is shaped and formed by a jeweler so it has a beautiful shine and sparkle. Examples of diamond cuts include princess, emerald and cushion. Each of these will reflect light differently, but all have a brilliance of their own.

  • Clarity: Diamonds can be spotted or blemished depending on their quality. Clarity is defined by how clear the diamond is, allowing the natural characteristics to stand out. Clarity can not be changed by jewelers. What you see is what you get. The clearer the diamond, the higher the wealth.

  • Color: Much like clarity, this will change how the diamond looks. If the color of the diamond is off, light won’t be reflected as well. This can sometimes be countered by a brilliant cut, but you’ll pay much less for a diamond with imperfect color.

  • Carat: This defines the size of the diamond. I’m sure you’ve heard of all the celebrities with engagement rings with carats larger than their waist size. The carat is a huge factor in determining the price of a diamond.

When you decide to buy a diamond, it’s good to know what you’d be willing to sacrifice to stay on budget and still be able to get the look you want. Maybe you can handle a few imperfections if the diamond is larger. Or you can settle for a smaller diamond with perfect clarity that will shine like the stars in the sky.

No matter what you decide, make sure you’re going to a reliable jeweler. Our luxury jewelry store in Scottsdale comes highly recommended not only for our incredible quality of diamonds, but also because we know how to make our guests feel special. Each and every person that leaves with a diamond from our store knows where to return for their next purchase.

Related: Make Sure You Choose the Right Jeweler

If you’d like to become part of the Hamra family, stop by our Scottsdale jewelry store or call us at 480-946-5110. You can also view our extensive selection online, now offering online purchases!

Everything You Need to Know About Ring Sizing

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When your ring is purchased for you or you purchase a ring for someone else, it can be hard to get their ring size if you want the gift to remain a surprise. That’s where we come in! We can help you resize your ring so it fits perfectly, relieving you of the fear of a ring becoming stuck or losing it.

Related: Insure Your Jewelry in Case of Emergency

The main thing you need to know when purchasing a ring for someone when you aren’t sure of their ring size is you want to get as close as possible. This could mean doing some detective work such as bringing in another ring they wear or asking someone close to them that you can trust.

When resizing a ring, there’s two ways it can be done.

If the ring is too small…

Depending on how much the ring size needs to be changed, there are two options when enlarging a ring. One is by essentially stretching the metal, which will thin it out and enlarge the opening. The more common practice is to add a small piece of metal to open up the ring.

If the ring is too large…

This is the reverse of what happens when sizing down a ring. A piece of metal will be removed from the ring, allowing the jeweler to pull the two remaining sides together, creating a smaller circle. The prongs (if any) will then have to be tightened due to the stress put on the metal. Sizing beads can be soldered to the inside of the ring as well.

If you purchase a ring and it’s wildly over or undersized, have no fear. The right jeweler will be able to help you. It’s also important to discuss with your jeweler what you can do in the case that it’s not the perfect ring for your significant other or special person in your life. Many times, jewelers will offer you the opportunity to trade in rings or give you credit towards another.

Related: Consider a Colored Diamond Engagement Ring

If you’ve purchased a ring that needs to be resized, visit or call our luxury Scottsdale jewelry store at 480-946-5110. Whether you’ve made your purchase or still need to decide, we have a wide selection of high-end jewelry that is sure to include the perfect piece for you.

Jewelry Gifts That Are Sure to Please

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There are a few jewelry gifts that you can give knowing they’ll be loved and cherished. It’s also important that they get use! Intricate pieces do make great statements, but for everyday wear, sometimes it’s better to go with something understated with quiet elegance.

We’ve put together a list of our favorite pieces that can be worn with any outfit, any time of year to anything including work or a evening event.

  • A simple gemstone necklace - We’re huge fan of statement necklaces here at Hamra Jewelers, but for daily wear, smaller single stone necklaces can lend themselves to everyday wear better than a complicated, multi-stone necklace.

  • Bangle bracelets - Any single strand bracelet can elevate the beauty of an outfit. That’s why we love our bangles with diamonds or colored gemstones.

  • Pearl necklace - This is a piece that was once known for being the icing on the cake of elegant evening attire, but now translates into daytime as well. Don’t be afraid to throw on a pearl necklace or earrings and shine! Pair them with a ball gown or jeans and a t-shirt. Either way, you’ll radiate with your string of pearls.

  • Solitaire diamond rings - These aren’t exclusively used for engagement purposes. Rings with a single stone can be elegant and understated while also being brilliant and beautiful.

If you’re looking for the perfect gift that your loved one will enjoy year-round, come to Hamra Jewelers, the exclusive luxury jewelry store in Scottsdale. We can show you a range of jewelry from simple to lavish and everything in between.

With the holidays coming up, it’s important to start narrowing down your search for the perfect piece of jewelry! Our associates will spend as much time as you need to ensure you’ve picked just the right piece.

Sapphires Expected to Be a Big Hit This Winter

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Sapphires have a timeless elegance that makes each piece with the brilliant stone a piece you can wear for years. The best part? They go with anything! Especially the fall and winter colors that are coming into style in the coming months. Make sure you’re on trend with a beautiful sapphire piece!

Related: Get to Know Precious Stones

Ever since Princess Diana debuted her sapphire engagement ring, sapphires have continued to grow in popularity. They look great in any setting from rings to necklaces which is why we here at Hamra Jewelers have such a wide selection of sapphire pieces for you to choose from.

Here’s some facts about sapphires:

- Not all sapphires are blue. They can be found in nature as yellow, pink and orange. Blue are the most widely sought after.

- There are certain sapphires that will change color depending on the light.

- Sapphires are the birthstone for September (Nothing like a late birthday present!)

- In other gems, inclusions are considered negative, but some sapphires have inclusions that give them the ‘star effect.’

- Sapphires can be heated to intensify their blue color.

- They are believed to have healing powers for arthritis, colic and mental health.

Make time to stop by our store and see our brilliant sapphires in person. As a luxury jewelry store in Scottsdale, we pride ourselves on our unique and extensive selection of one-of-a-kind settings and pieces you won’t find anywhere else. If you’re looking for a sapphire, our Scottsdale jewelry store is the place to go.

Related: Discover the Healing Power of Gems

Our sales associates are known for their exceptional customer service and ability to help you choose an excellent piece for yourself or a loved one. Make this winter special by purchasing a beautiful piece of sapphire jewelry and watch as it accessorizes any fall or winter outfit perfectly.

Get to Know Precious Stones

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Each and every stone we sell here at Hamra Jewelers is unique in its own way. But they are categorized and labeled differently. For example, did you know that there’s a difference between precious and semi-precious stones? You may not know that only 4 gemstones qualify as precious, one of those being diamonds. Here’s the other 3….

  • Emeralds

  • Rubies

  • Sapphires

The rest of the stones including garnet, peridot, amethyst, citrine, blue topaz and turqoise are considered semi-precious. That’s not to say they aren’t as beautiful and captivating, they’re just more abundant than precious stones.

Related: Colored Diamonds Are a Big Hit

Each of our precious stone pieces showcases the stone in the best way possible. From our dazzling rings to our luxurious necklaces and bracelets, we have a jewelry piece for everyone.

Let’s take a look at each precious stone.

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  • Emeralds - These precious stones hold a lot of history and symbolic tones. Emeralds symbolize harmony, nature and life. They make a perfect gift for anyone with a new child, or beginning a new chapter in their life. The emerald is also the birthstone for May so consider getting that special person in your life an emerald piece of jewelry for their next May birthday.

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  • Rubies - The red precious stone has a special air of elegance. Their deep, red tones inspire the feeling of royalty and luxury. Rubies also symbolize passion, making them the perfect anniversary gift. The ruby is also a birthstone for July, bringing heat, fire and passion into any July birthday gift.

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  • Sapphires - The royal blue color of sapphires make them the perfect precious stone for flashy, eye-catching jewelery. That’s precicesly why Princess Diana’s ring was so sought-after and many replicas have been made. Sapphires represent a vow of loyalty and trust, also making them the perfect gift for the special person in your life, as well as someone with a September birthday.


Make a trip to our luxury jewelry store in Scottsdale and view our extensive selection of precious stones. You’re sure to find one that speaks to you and inspires you to enjoy the elegance of precious stones or give the gift of beauty to someone in your life.

Should You Be Wearing Hypoallergenic Jewelry?

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Have you ever taken your earrings off after a long day and had sore ear lobes? Maybe you didn’t even make it that long and had to remove them because your ears were throbbing or swollen. As you probably know, you have a metal allergy. Some people aren’t even aware that they’re having adverse reactions to their jewelry. Here’s some symptoms you may be experiencing… 

- Rash

- Burning

- Itching

- Swelling

- Blisters

The most common cause of jewelry allergies comes from nickel. Surprisingly, it’s one of the most common skin allergies. You may notice your neck itching or dry patches on your fingers after removing your rings. This is a sign of a nickel allergy.

Related: Platinum vs. White Gold

If you’re wearing nickel and finding yourself having a bad reaction, try wearing hypoallergenic jewelry. Very few people have allergic reactions to the following metals:

- Yellow gold

- Pure sterling silver

- Platinum

- Titanium

If you have jewelry that is causing one of the allergy symptoms listed above, consider taking your pieces into a jeweler who can coat them so the offending metal isn’t in direct contact with your skin.

Come browse our wide selection of hypoallergenic jewelry including diamond rings, exquisite bracelets and show-stopping necklaces. We can help you find the perfect piece in our luxury Scottsdale jewelry store that you can show off without the fear of an allergic reaction.

Discover the Healing Power of Gems

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There’s a large amount of people in the United States and around the world that are embracing alternatives to western medicine. From acupuncture to reflexology, there are many ways to deal with ailments apart from medications and surgery.

This unique belief in medical alternatives spills over into the world of gems as well. There’s been known to be great power in crystals and gems, using them in tune with nature to promote healing within the body. PicMonkey Collage.jpg

The following gems have been known to have healing benefits:

  • Amber - memory loss, heart problems, headaches

  • Amethyst - insomnia, arthritis, circulation

  • Aquamarine - liver problems, calms nerves, issues with stomach, teeth and eyes

  • Citrine - hearing, clear mind

  • Garnet - heart issues, lung problems, intimacy

  • Lapis - insomnia, depression, creativity

  • Onyx - spirituality

  • Pearl - calm, loyalty

  • Peridot - stress, anger

  • Ruby- emotional issues, happiness, passion

  • Sapphire - inner peace, pain, expression

  • Topaz - greed, emotions

  • Turquoise - healing, balance

While we can’t say for sure that any of these gems are scientifically proven to help with these problems, we do know that jewelry puts a smile on anybody’s face. A beautiful turquoise necklace or a token of appreciation, such as a pair of citrine earrings, can bring light to someone’s life. It may not cure them or rid them of their problems, but knowing that you put enough thought into their gift can raise their spirits.

Browse our wide selection of diamonds, precious stones and semi-precious stones and you’ll find the perfect gift for yourself or someone you love. Purchase a ruby to reignite the passion in your relationship or take home a pearl to show your loyalty. Our Scottsdale jewelry store has it all!

3 Signs You Need a New Jeweler

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Whether you purchase jewelry frequently, or are making your first big purchase, you want to have a good relationship with your jeweler. It’s not a one-time type of relationship. Most expensive jewelry pieces come with a warranty as well as cleaning services so you’ll be heading back to that store throughout the years.

We’ve met a few customers that have come to us because  they’ve had bad experiences with previous jewelers. Here are a few of the signs we’ve heard that have steered customers away from jewelers.

  • They’re too pushy

Although your purchase may be similar to purchasing a car, you don’t want to be pushed into making a decision. Depending on your purchase, it could be a piece of jewelry that you or your loved one wear everyday for the rest of your life. You don’t want to be pushed into making a decision quickly.

You also don’t want to be coerced into purchasing something out of your price range. Upselling may be part of the jewelers job, but you need to go in with a clear budget and stick to it. If the jeweler isn’t being respectful of that, I would advise going somewhere else.

  • They are vague when you ask questions

Any seasoned jeweler should be able to answer questions about cut, color, clarity and anything else you may think of. You aren’t the expert, they are. So if you feel they aren’t answering your questions adequately or are skating around the subject, take your business elsewhere. There’s nothing worse than purchasing a piece of jewelry only to find out it should have been priced much lower or you didn’t get the full story before writing the check.

  • They don’t offer warranties

A warranty is the most important part of a large jewelry purchase (besides having it insured after). If your jeweler is avoiding discussing a warranty, chances are that if you have a problem down the road, they won’t be helpful. It’s easier to do a one-stop-shop where you know you can take your ring back if you have any issues.

If you’ve experienced any of the above issues with a jeweler, you know how unsettling it can be. That’s why word of mouth can be so important. Check out our reviews and see how many customers have left happy, with a jewelry piece that they love!

We want the experience of jewelery shopping to be enjoyable and relaxing, not stressful and pressured. We’ll take the time necessary to make sure you end up with the perfect piece! We pride ourselves on our customer service, not just on your purchase day, but every day after that. We’re sure you’ll enjoy your shopping experience here at Hamra Jewelers in Scottsdale.

The Dos and Donts of Pairing Jewelry With Clothes

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Incorporating jewelry into your wardrobe is a great way to add some glam and sophistication to your look. But pairing jewelry with clothes can be rather tricky at times. Luckily, the experts at our Scottsdale jewelry store are here to provide you with all the dos and don'ts of pairing jewelry with clothes. Follow these tips to create a flawless look that even professional fashion consultants would be jealous of.

Do Mix and Match

Creating a fashion forward look is somewhat of an art form. Like most things in art, mixing and matching is generally a good thing. Don’t think that the color of your outfit must match the color of your jewelry (although it can). Play around with your look by wearing gold and silver pieces together, combining long and short necklaces and displaying custom designs with more generic pieces. If you’re wary about mixing your jewelry together, wearing a matching set is never a bad choice, either.  

Related: Should I Wear Gold or Silver Jewelry?

Don’t Go Overboard

It’s easy to get caught up in the beauty of jewelry and think that more is better. But, unless you want the focal point of your outfit to be your jewelry, it’s best to follow the less is more rule of thumb, especially if you’re wearing a more extravagant outfit. If you do wear a fancy outfit, it should be accented with classic pieces such as diamond studs or an understated gold or silver necklace rather than a statement piece. Too much glitz can sometimes be a bad thing.

Do Dress For the Occasion

Think about what impression your outfit is going to give. Extra large hoop earrings paired with business attire doesn’t say “powerful professional,” instead it screams “hot mess.”  Make sure your jewelry matches in terms of the level of sophistication and appropriateness.  Don’t wear an outfit meant for a glamorous event with jewelry meant for a relaxed evening in with friends.  While pairing chic and casual can be done, it only works if done right. Use your judgement and ask yourself if your jewelry and clothes send the statement you’re hoping for.

Don’t Wear Jewelry That’s Dingy and Dirty

No matter how amazing your outfit is, if you wear jewelry that’s dirty or in need of repair, your look won’t  dazzle the way you want it to. Instead of enhancing your outfit, dirty jewelry will actually distract from the overall intent of the clothes. Keep your jewelry clean to make the most of your designer duds.

Related: Your Jewelry is Dirty Than You Think

Remember, when pairing jewelry with clothes it’s best to pick pieces that you love and that match your overall wardrobe style. Bohemian jewelry paired with a preppy outfit just doesn’t mix well. Take time to think about your style of clothes and pick jewelry that will compliment the outfit rather than distract from it.

To find jewelry pieces that will never go out of style, visit our Scottsdale jewelry store. We guarantee we have jewelry that will pair perfectly with your individual style.

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