Taking the Leap

Furrer Jacot Men's Wedding Band with Diamonds

February 29 only comes around every four years.

According to an Irish tradition that dates back to the fifth century, the rules of engagement are reversed on this day and women can ask their man for his hand in marriage.  The whole tradition started when St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick about how long some women had to wait for a man to propose to them.  His solution?  Let women propose one day every four years…February 29.

So, ladies, would you take the leap and propose to your man?

If you plan on popping the question, head to our website to find the  perfect “mangagement” ring.

 

 

Gem of the Month – Amethyst

Gem of the Month - AmethystsAmethysts are the most valued quartz variety, and they can come in a wide range of purple shades.

Amethysts are February’s birthstone, and are also popular gems when celebrating 6th and 17th anniversaries.

Fun Fact: Early Greeks often associated this “wine-colored” gem with Bacchus, the god of wine.

Want to learn more about amethysts? Visit GIA.edu.

Want to shop? Head to our website to check out some striking amethyst looks.

 

Falling in Love with a Diamond

Choosing a Diamond for Your Ring

Valentine’s Day is now less than a month away!

Are you planning on popping the question this year? Aside from her style (and your budget), there are a few things that you need to know before making the big purchase.

First…The 4C’s

If you have been shopping for a diamond engagement ring, chances are you have already heard plenty about the 4Cs, the four basic criteria for assessing a diamond’s quality: carat, color, clarity and cut.

Good to Know, But…

As you have also probably learned, the 4Cs are just a starting point, a useful but oversimplified introduction to some of the important technical factors to consider when selecting a diamond. At Michael C. Fina, we consider the 4Cs in our personal grading of a diamond, but insist upon a more highly refined assessment of each gem’s distinctive quality.

…Love Can’t Be Measured…

Nine times out of ten, you will know a gemstone is right within seconds of seeing it, even if you cannot say why. Only once you have fallen in love with your diamond do we at Michael C. Fina specify its qualities. We supply an exhaustive grading report for every individual diamond we sell, but we never let a grading report dictate what you buy, or influence which gemstone you fall in love with.

…Which Brings Us to the Michael C. Fina 5th C: Charisma

Remember, you didn’t fall in love with her based on a technical report, and you shouldn’t choose her diamond based on one, either. At Michael C. Fina, we feel strongly that your initial emotional response to a particular diamond’s CHARISMA is of paramount importance, and is usually more accurate than a decision based on a list of numbers and grades.

A Wise Investment

At Michael C. Fina, we never start with a grading report, but we provide complete, detailed technical profiles of every diamond we carry, so that you can make your final decision and investment based on thorough knowledge. We will help you every step of the way as you consider all of these factors toward determining which diamond is exactly right for you…and for her.

Interested in making an appointment to purchase an engagement ring? Please visit our website.

 

Caring For Your Ring – Part 2

Jewelry Workshop - Caring for Your Engagement Ring

This may sound a little weird, but when it comes to caring for your ring, we want you to think of it as a car. You wouldn’t buy a brand new car, and then drive it every day for a year without ever bringing in for a tune up or oil change, would you?

Chances are, you wear your engagement ring every day. It probably actually gets more miles than your car. It’s going to have some normal everyday wear and tear, but there is one way to prevent anything more serious happening to your ring. We recommend that you make an appointment at Michael C. Fina twice a year to have your ring serviced.

We have an in-house jeweler available five days a week to look at your ring and make sure it looks and feels brand new at all times. He will clean your ring, make sure the prongs are tight and no diamonds or gemstones have come loose. This is also a good time to let the jeweler know if your finger size has changed at all. It’s very important that your ring fit you correctly. Proper fitting minimizes unforeseen damages due to unnecessary movement on the wearer’s hand.

Your ring should also be polished during a regular servicing appointment. This will get rid of dings and scratches, and will also restore the piece to its original condition.

Do you have any questions about servicing your engagement ring? Would you like to make an appointment with our jeweler? Please email workshop@mcfina.com.

For more information about our repair services, please visit our website.

 

*Please note – during these appointments, our workshop manager and jeweler will examine the piece and may determine that a more in-depth repair is needed. Many times, this will incur additional costs. Estimated costs will be determined by the workshop manager. In more extreme cases, and due to the nature and elements of some pieces, the manager may determine that Michael C. Fina will not be able to perform the repair request and will make a recommendation for you.

Caring for Your Ring – Part 1

Caring for your Engagement RingCongratulations! We know many of you recently got engaged during the holiday season, and we want to be sure you know how to keep your ring looking like new all year long. You probably haven’t been able to stop staring at the new addition on your finger, and it’s guaranteed that you will be showing off that sparkler A LOT in the coming months.

We sat down with Chris, the jewelry and workshop manager at Michael C. Fina, to get some tips and tricks for caring for your new engagement ring. Chris has worked here for almost 10 years, so he’s seen it all when it comes to engagement rings.

Been engaged for awhile now? Already married a few years? Don’t worry, these tricks will work for you as well.

You’ve heard of the 4Cs. Now remember the 3Ss – Swimming. Showering. Sleeping. To keep your ring in tip-top shape, you shouldn’t be wearing your ring doing any of them!

Swimming – Whether it’s a pool or the ocean, wearing your ring while swimming is not a great idea. Even if you’re just sunbathing, sunblock can cause your ring to slip right off. You certainly don’t want the ring getting sucked into a pool filter, or ending up at the bottom of the ocean. Leave the ring at home, or in safe in your hotel room if you’re on vacation.

Showering – Your ring can fall down the drain, but soaps and shampoos can also get caught in or under your ring. You might not notice a buildup, but it can happen, causing your ring to look a little worn or your diamond a little cloudy. If the buildup happens under the band, this can also cause skin irritations. Remember to take your ring off before hopping in the shower, but please don’t leave it on the edge of the sink!

Sleeping – Most people don’t think that sleeping may harm your ring or diamond, but it can! Prongs can get caught on sheets or blankets, causing them bend. This could then cause the diamond to loosen in the setting. Loose or broken prongs can also scratch you or your partner. Better off leaving your ring on your nightstand as you catch your Zzzs.

Other times to avoid wearing your ring? At the gym, cleaning the house, gardening, moisturizing, and primping.

 

Do you have a question about caring for your ring? Email Chris at workshop@mcfina.com or visit our website.

Be sure to check back next week for more tips!

Gem of the Month – Garnet

Sterling Silver Garnet Necklace

Did you know?

Garnets come in a variety of colors, including oranges and greens. However, the red garnet is the most commonly known and the most widespread.

Garnets are January’s birthstone, and they are also a popular gem when celebrating a second anniversary.
Want to learn more about garnets? Head to GIA.edu.

Want to shop? Check out our website for some classic garnet looks.

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