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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

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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.

Brides: The 27 Best Places to Register

Wedding registry can be stressful. Luckily, Brides Magazine has compiled a helpful list of the best places to register for everything you could possibly want on a wedding registry. Michael C. Fina made the list and we’re honored. Here’s the best part, there’s more to the Michael C. Fina registry experience and you’re going to want to hear all about it.

Michael C. Fina Wedding Registry

Wedding Registry at Michael C. Fina

First things first. Our consultants are the best in the business. When you make an appointment at Michael C. Fina to set up your wedding registry you can rest assured that you’ll leave with a registry full of beautiful pieces to complete your home with a sense of style that’s true to you. Our flagship store at 500 Park Avenue features the most comprehensive, curated selection of the finest tableware and home decor items on the entire East Coast. We feature designers you’ve known and loved for years as well as up and coming, quality designers, all selected carefully to create a cohesive registry to perfectly complement your style.

Convenience is key when it comes to managing your registry, and you’ve got full control no matter when it is. Whether you visit us on Park Avenue, give us a call, or send us an email, we’re here to help you every step of the way. Changed your mind about a pattern? We’re on it. Need more of a certain place setting? We’ve got you covered. We’ll make sure your registry is updated quickly and consistently when you need it to be.

You also retain full control after all is said and done. Our unique Hold Registry™ allows the registered couple to review all purchases made on their registry before any orders are placed and shipped. This process allows the couple to fine tune their final order and avoid the inconvenience of returns or exchanges. For more information on our registry processes, click here.

The icing on the cake, of course, is the ease of transitioning from selecting home decor items to choosing your wedding bands. Michael C. Fina has hundreds of styles from over 20 top designers so there is a perfect fit for any couple. Additionally, couples that register at Michael C. Fina receive 15% off their wedding band purchase.

Michael C. Fina wedding registry

To make an appointment or create a registry at Michael C. Fina, visit us online, give us a call at 1-800-289-3462, or email us at info@mcfina.com.

Meet Erica Courtney

 

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For 30 years, Erica Courtney has been designing feminine and elegant fine jewelry to suit every style and taste. After moving from Dallas to Los Angeles in 1989, Erica’s business blossomed and she continued to evolve, introducing fine gold and platinum gemstone jewelry to her collection. Each piece is designed personally by Erica to ensure that it fits flawlessly into her collection.

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1.  What inspired you to begin designing?  What influences your designs?

Truthfully, boredom inspired my first piece. It was snowing in Dallas and I was stranded at home so I started gluing Swarovski crystals on a pair of sunglasses.

2.  What is the first piece you designed?

Sunglasses hand-designed with Swarovski crystals

3.  How would you describe the style of your collections?

My collection is very feminine, sophisticated and has an assortment of the most magnificent colors in the world of gemstones.

4.  What is your signature piece?

My signature piece of jewelry would have to be my cocktail rings. Most designers don’t spend as much time as I do on the details…..I design every single millimeter of each of my rings!

5.  What materials do you use and why?

Right now, I’m mostly utilizing gold and lush gemstones. My passion is using gorgeous and colorful collector gemstones. necklaceandearrings

6.  What is an outfit incomplete without?

A ring! We express ourselves and communicate in so many ways and our hands are definitely a common source. I like having something fabulous and sparkly on my “talkative” hands.

7.  Name one thing a person should splurge on:

A cocktail ring because even cheap wine tastes better when there’s a gorgeous ring to stare at while you’re sipping it.

8.  What is your favorite gift to give?

Sweet treats that I personally bake.

9.  What is your best style tip?

As long as you have a stylish purse, killer shoes, and a gorgeous piece of jewelry, then the rest can come from Target because no one will know the difference.

10. What is the most fun piece of jewelry to redesign?

I like the challenge of redesigning outdated pieces that my clients have no hope for. Presenting them with their newly designed treasures and watching them fall in love again with their updated pieces is priceless.