Jewelry gift for Mother’s day!

Mother's DayFine jewelry has been the gift of choice for women for the holidays for as long as there have been holidays! It is a gift that is treasured, and kept for a lifetime. It doesn’t matter if it is the first piece, or if a woman already has a large collection, a gift of jewelry is always welcome. Jewelry as a gift can suit almost every relationship, and is perfect for most occasions, such as for Mother’s Day gifts. There is even a special mother’s ring that many women love, with a stone for each child that matches their birthstone. It is also perfect because there is little chance of buying the wrong size, and lasts forever!

What makes jewelry such a good choice? There are many reasons – the list is almost endless!

  • Fine jewelry has an actual value, and has always represented wealth
  • Receiving jewelry has always been equated with being loved or treasured
  • A gift of jewelry can be worn every single day if preferred, as a constant reminder of the giver and the sentiment involved.
  • It is a lavish gift that can be seen and appreciated – raise your hand and show off that beautiful 3 stone ring
  • Fine jewelry lasts – where a new iPhone may be great, it will need to be replaced, where that 3 stone ring will be here for a lifetime, and may even be passed down to a future generation
  • And many more!

3 stone rings make a perfect choice for Mother’s Day gifts, and can be selected in a favorite stone and setting. Imagine the delight when your mother opens a box with an oval ruby 3 stone ring, set in 14kt gold! You can choose a 3 stone ring showcasing her birthstone or favorite gemstone, paired with dazzling diamonds.

A gift of jewelry doesn’t have to be expensive to be appreciated. Taking your time to match what you know about the ladies likes and dislikes with a specific design, in the best of materials, will guarantee that it will a hit. There are delicate designs for those who prefer them, as well as sturdier ones for a piece that will receive daily wear. You can select fine jewelry of platinum for those who have delicate skin or allergies. There are so many choices in style, design and material, that it is possible to find the perfect piece, at an affordable cost, for that perfect woman!

Please come and visit us at our store in Fort Collins, CO and we can help you find the perfect Mother’s Day gift!

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This Mother’s day, Gift your mom her favorite jewelry!

Mother's dayEvery woman, from young to old, loves jewelry! When it comes time to choose Mothers Day gifts, what better choice could there be than to select an exquisite piece of fine jewelry?

Whether you are looking for something for your wife, mother or daughter, your local jeweler will be able to help you find the perfect gift of jewelry. Does the woman in your life love necklaces, and has a whole collection to choose from? Or is this going to be the first piece of a collection that she will keep for a lifetime?

We can help you with the many fine points of your choice. Do you, or the woman you are buying for, prefer a certain type of metal – platinum, gold or silver? You are probably familiar with gold and silver, but what do you know about fine jewelry made of platinum?

Platinum is naturally white, and retains its color for a lifetime. There is no color to carry over onto a diamond or pearl, meaning that their color stays pure. Because platinum is such a rare metal, a ring, necklace or other gift of jewelry is quite valuable, and will retain its value.

The choice of what type of stone or gem for Mothers Day gifts is a usually a matter of personal preference. Everyone has heard that “diamonds are a woman’s best friend”, and they are always a great selection.

Some women, however, prefer something different. Emeralds are quite valuable, and many women prefer their deep green color. There are other reasons for the choice – an emerald is the birthstone for May, and can be picked either because the woman herself, or one of her children, was born in May. They are also said to bring good luck to the wearer. The hard exterior of the emerald helps to protect it from scratches. Another frequently chosen gem is the ruby. A ruby can range from a bright red color to a dark reddish brown, and is often associated with love, passion or power.

Of course, pearls have always been a favorite gem for necklaces, and have always been considered elegant. Pearls can come in single strands or multiple, in many different sizes. They make delightful Mothers Day gifts, and will always be a treasured possession.

Fine jewelry is always a thoughtful gift, and one that will last a lifetime. Taking a little extra time when making your selection will provide you with something that will bring a smile to the face of any woman you love!

Please come and visit us at our store in Fort Collins, CO and we can help you find the perfect Mother’s Day gift!

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Diamonds – April Birthstone

april-birthstone-diamond-290x300As the April birthstone, diamonds are the ideal gift for a loved one. And now you have more choices than ever. Get creative and give the ultimate gift of beauty: a fancy-color diamond. Fancy-color diamonds are natural, rare and truly exotic gem of the earth. Diamonds in hues of yellow, red, pink, blue, and green range in intensity from faint to vivid and generally the more saturated the color, the higher the value. In fact, diamonds sparkling with intense color are rare and may be priced higher than a colorless diamond of equal size. Because fancy-color diamonds are very desirable, color is sometimes introduced in a laboratory. These are correctly called color-treated diamonds. When purchasing a fancy-color diamond, the shopper should ask if any enhancements or treatments were used to improve its color and/or clarity.

HISTORY OF THE DIAMOND AS THE APRIL BIRTHSTONE

Diamonds are a thing of beauty and the ultimate gift for a loved one. Thought to be one of the hardest substances on the globe, diamonds date back billions of years. The diamond is the traditional birthstone of April and holds significant meaning for those born in that month, thought to provide the wearer with better relationships and an increase in inner strength. Wearing diamonds is purported to bring other benefits such as balance, clarity and abundance. It’s also symbolic of eternal love, and those fortunate to call April the month of their birth will enjoy the following history behind this rare gem.

DIAMOND GEMSTONES

Adopted from the Greek word “adamas,” meaning invincible, diamonds come in a wide range of colors such as black, blue, green, pink, red, purple, orange and yellow. The color is dependent upon the type of impurities that are present in the stone. Yellow stones have minuscule traces of nitrogen while blue ones contain boron.

THE ORIGIN OF BIRTHSTONES

It’s uncertain how the specific months became connected with the various stones. However, some speculate that their origins date back to biblical times when the breastplate belonging to a priest was decorated with 12 assorted colored gems. As time wore on, the 12 gems became associated with the zodiac and the months connected to it.

This started the tradition of wearing a colored stone each month as a sort of good luck charm. Initially people wore all twelve stones, rotating according to the month of the year to derive the greatest benefit of each stone. Believing that the various gems held magical powers for the individual born within a given month, people started to wear the stone associated with their birth month for the entire year. In 1912, the American National Association of Jewelers designed a list dedicating different gems to various months. What was once thought to be controversial based on its commercialism is now widely accepted as the official birthstone list.

THE HISTORY AND BELIEFS SURROUNDING THE DIAMOND

As told through the Encarta, Sanskrit texts dating back before 400 B.C. found that people associated significant value and wonderment with crystals. There is also significant research that dates back to the 1330s showing diamond cutting in Venice. The diamond trading business flourished towards the 15th century with the opening of Eastern trade routes. Ancient theories touting the magical powers of diamonds were prevalent: some thought lightning bolts formed diamonds, while other theories asserted that diamonds were the tears of god.

THE HEALING POWERS OF DIAMONDS

During the Middle Ages, diamonds were thought to hold healing powers and to cure ailments stemming from the pituitary gland and brain. By heating the crystal and taking it to bed, it was thought to draw out the harmful toxins that were crippling the body. It was believed that diamonds could also have an effect on an individual’s balance and clarity and could boost their energy when combined with other crystals like amethyst.

The diamond as the April gemstone has garnered the hearts of many and is the most coveted crystal to date. Deemed as the King of all birthstones, diamonds make the ideal choice for an April birthday gift. She’ll love you for it!

Birthstone information and imagery gathered from: http://www.americangemsociety.org/april-birthstone

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A Little Green (Diamond) for St. Patrick’s Day

Everybody loves to celebrate the Green on St. Patrick’s Day.  How would you like to celebrate with these Green Diamonds?

green diamonds

Photo courtesy: http://www.modernjeweler.com/web/online/Diamond-Gem-Profiles/Green-Diamond/2$267

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What to Consider in an Engagement Ring

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Picking out an engagement ring can be one of the most stressful tasks that someone can have.  You want the perfect ring for when you ask for your partner’s hand in marriage, but picking out a personal piece of jewelry can be daunting.  You may question whether they will actually like the ring you pick out or whether you should ask, then have them pick out the ring with you.  Fortunately, we can help make your decision easier when you are ready to start shopping for a ring.

Choosing a Ring

There are several things to consider before you begin to seriously looking at our selection of diamond engagements rings.  The first thing you should do is set your budget.  This will help you decide what you can afford to buy.  Your budget is not only based on your income, but it will also be based on the type and grade of diamond you wish to purchase.

When you are ready to look at diamonds, we can show you the basics of buying a diamond, sometimes called the “four C’s.”

  • Carats
  • Clarity
  • Cut
  • Color

Buying diamond jewelry really isn’t complicated, but knowing what you are getting for your money is important.  After all, you wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it or being aware of the features it has, so you shouldn’t do so with the ring either.  This piece of bridal jewelry is an investment, not only in terms of your life, but monetarily as well.  While you don’t have to be an expert, we can show you want you need to know to help you pick out the right ring when it is time to buy it.

Decisions to Make

Along with knowing what you can afford, you will need to decide the shape of the diamond and whether the setting should be gold, platinum or silver.  Platinum settings are becoming increasingly popular and they make for an absolutely stunning piece of jewelry. Paying attention to the jewelry your partner owns will help you make some of these decisions.  If they own a lot of gold necklaces, than a gold setting is a good bet for their engagement ring.

Before you decide to pop the question, come see us and we will help you find the perfect ring to present to your partner.  We want to be your personal jeweler and to be known as the best jeweler in Fort Collins, CO.

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Discover Diamond Shapes for Engagement Rings

Diamond Shapes for Engagement RingsOne of the decisions you need to make when selecting from diamond engagement rings is the shape of the diamond.  The shape and cut of a diamond are two different things, but some people may assume these terms are interchangeable.  The shape of a diamond refers to its physical appearance, while the cut of a diamond refers to its ability to reflect light.  When contemplating which shape to choose, you may wish to consider how it will complement your loved one’s hand.

Diamond Shapes

Diamonds come in many different shapes, including the 10 most common that you will see when selecting one for a piece of diamond jewelry.  The most common shapes are:

  • Round
  • Cushion
  • Princess
  • Emerald
  • Radiant
  • Asscher
  • Heart
  • Pear
  • Oval
  • Marquise

When you are ready to look at diamond shapes, we will be glad to show you what we have and help you match it up with a setting.  However, before you choose a shape for bridal jewelry, you will want to consider the shape of your soon-to- be fiancée’s hand.

Hand Shape and Diamonds

The shape of the hand can affect how the diamond ring will look on it.  If your loved one has short fingers, then you should consider an elongated diamond, such as the pear, marquise or oval shapes.  The band of the ring shouldn’t be too wide; otherwise the fingers can appear to be shorter.

If your girlfriend has long fingers, then a square shape diamond can help her fingers appear to be shorter.  Square shapes include radiant and princess shaped diamonds.  If she has larger hands, a thin setting and a narrow shaped diamonds, such as the emerald or marquise shapes, will look disproportionate.  Round and heart shaped diamonds will help larger fingers look thinner.

Style of Diamond

When you come to our store to look at the different diamond shapes we have, you will also want to consider if your loved one is a traditional type of woman or if she likes unconventional things.  This can help you decide which diamond shape will be best for her.  A woman who is more traditional will probably enjoy a round diamond solitaire ring.  If she likes to think outside of the box, then a colored diamond may be more to her liking.  Come see us when you are ready to buy her ring because we want to be your personal jeweler and be known as the best jeweler in Fort Collins, CO.

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March Birthstones – Aquamarine and Bloodstone

AQUAMARINE

The name aquamarine is derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea. This gemstone was believed to protect sailors, as well as to guarantee a safe voyage. The serene color of aquamarine is said to cool the temper, allowing the wearer to remain calm and levelheaded. Its pale, cool color beautifully complements spring and summer wardrobes. Aquamarine is most often light in tone and ranges from greenish blue to blue-green; the color usually is more intense in larger stones. This gemstone is mined mainly in Brazil, but also is found in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan, and Mozambique.

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BLOODSTONE

The second birthstone for March is bloodstone, a dark-green jasper flecked with vivid red spots of iron oxide. This ancient stone was used by the Babylonians to make seals and amulets and was believed to have healing powers — especially for blood disorders. It is sometimes called the martyr’s stone as legend tells that it was created when drops of Christ’s blood stained some jasper at the foot of the cross. Generally found embedded in rocks or in riverbeds as pebbles, primary sources for this stone are India, Brazil, and Australia.

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Information courtesy American Gem Society: http://www.americangemsociety.org/march-birthstones

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SUSAN RETURNS TO BELGIUM

Dear Friends,
My spring trip to Antwerp Belgium “World Diamond Capital” will be April 24, 2014. Twice a year I travel 10,000 miles to hand select diamonds for our customers. With our excellant connections overseas I am able to cut out the middleman, and save money in the process. Seventy percent of the world’s diamonds are cut and traded in Antwerp-now would be a perfect time to have me hand select a stone or stones just for you! Call now for your appointment.

Best Wishes,
Susan Harrison

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Thank you for the best Christmas EVER!!

We, here at Harrison’s Jewelry Emporium, want to say thank you CUSTOMERS! You were so much fun to work with this past Christmas season. Despite the cold, snow and construction, you came out! Thank you for making our 35th year in business the BEST EVER!

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January Birthstone – Garnet

Photo courtesy American Gem Society - http://www.americangemsociety.org/january-birthstone

Garnet, the birthstone for January,  signifies eternal friendship and trust and is the perfect gift for a friend.  Garnet, derived from the word granatum, means seed, and is called so because of the gemstone’s resemblance to a pomegranate seed.  References to the gemstone dates back to 3100 B.C., when the Egyptians used garnets as inlays jewelry.  Garnet is the name of a group of minerals that comes in a rainbow of colors, from the deep red of the pyrope garnet to the vibrant green of tsavorites.  Today, the most important sources for garnet are Africa, Sri Lanka, and India.

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