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Special Hearts On Fire Event

Special Hearts On Fire Event at Michael C. Fina

On February 12-13, Michael C. Fina will be hosting a special trunk show event…just in time for Valentine’s Day!  The store at 500 Park Avenue will be unveiling the largest collection of Hearts On Fire designs in the world, including the newest 2014 collections.

February 12-13

Wednesday & Thursday, 10am to 7pm

500 Park Avenue (E. 59th Street between Madison & Park)

Secure your appointment for this two-day only event by emailing events@mcfina.com today!

Master Diamond Cutter

Brian McHardy, Master Diamond Cutter at Hearts On Fire (Michael C. Fina)

Brian McHardy was born in 1953 in South Africa. His family history in the diamond industry dates back 4 generations to the late 1800’s, where his great-grandfather, William McHardy, was appointed the first general manager of Premier Diamond Mining Company at the newly discovered diggings at Cullinan in 1903. Premier Mine would become the world’s focus with the discovery of the largest gem quality rough diamond ever found, and still enjoys that distinction today. The prosperous mine would go on to produce many more large diamonds, and still today accounts for 25 % of world production. The McHardy House at Premier Mine in South Africa where four generations of McHardy’s have lived was declared a national monument in 1986. Family photographs still grace the walls and the furniture and decor have all been preserved and it is now open to the public.

William passed away in 1913, but not before grooming his son, Donald, for the job of general manager. Donald McHardy (Brian’s grandfather) was born at Premier Mine and remained at the helm of the company until Premier was bought out by the De beers Corporation in 1935.  At this time he was commissioned by Sir Earnest Oppenheimer to become the resident director of De Beers operations at Kimberley to oversee the 7 mines reputed to be the richest diamond find in the world. His passing in 1965 marked 65 years of service to the company.

In the tradition of the family, Donald McHardy’s son James was born and raised at Premier Mine. After a formal education he entered the employ of DeBeers and began training as a diamond classifier. His keen eye would serve him well and he soon rose to the head of his department. His training would eventually take him to London in 1956 to train diamond sorters at the newly formed Central Selling Organization, the marketing arm of DeBeers.

Brian McHardy, son of James, was born and raised in South Africa and spent most of his formative years divided between Premier Mine at Cullinan and the mines at Kimberley. His exposure to the diamond industry led him on a course to pursue a career in diamond cutting. In 1969 he entered into a diamond cutting apprenticeship program with Gustave Katz, one of the most prestigious diamond cutting houses in the country at the time. He spent ten years at Katz honing his diamond skills in all aspects of the cutting industry.

Brian immigrated to America in 1980 after been offered an opportunity to run a diamond cutting facility in Los Angeles. In 1985 he started Premier Diamond Cutting Works which he still owns and operates today.

In addition, for the last fifteen years Brian has worked as a global trainer and master diamond cutter with the Hearts On Fire Company. He has been with them since its inception in 1996 as part of a team that developed in-store training programs designed to teach sales associates product differentiation and selling techniques. His passion for diamonds combined with forty 44 years of diamond cutting experience has enabled him to present the training programs in a concise and engaging manner. Brian has conducted training sessions and diamond cutting demonstration worldwide and has appeared on television programs including several segments of “Bill Nye, The Science Guy”, currently in syndication.

Brian has been married to his wife, Susan, for 38 years. He has 2 children and 4 grandchildren. His hobbies include horses, motorcycles, music and travel.

 

For two days only, Michael C. Fina will be featuring the world’s largest collection of Hearts On Fire diamond jewelry.  During the two day event, guests will have the chance to meet and speak to Brian McHardy.  The event will take place at Michael C. Fina (500 Park Avenue) on February 12-13 from 10am to 7pm each day.  To secure an appointment, please email events@mcfina.com.

How will you sparkle in 2014?

Top Engagement Ring Trends at Michael C. Fina for 2014

Will 2014 be your year to get engaged?  We’re sure you’ve been diligently searching our website and Pinterest boards to find your “perfect” engagement ring, so we’ve decided to do some work for you.  We’ve predicted six engagement ring trends that are sure to be hot in 2014.  Find your favorite, take notes, and start dropping hints!

1. Art Deco – Aren’t you “jazzed” about this trend?  Vintage styles have been popular for years, but Art Deco styles will be extremely popular in 2014.  The strong lines and intricate details bring you back to another era.  This vintage appeal shows no signs of slowing down!  If you love the look, check out this stunning platinum Tacori engagement ring fit for a princess!

2. Floral – Add a touch of romance with florals and blooms on your engagement ring.  Inspired by nature, some of these rings will have an organic feel to them as well.  Many women will love the ultra-feminine style of floral engagement rings.  This platinum “Juliet” ring by Penny Preville showcases a bold leaf design and is inspired by the most famous love story of all time!

3. Yellow Gold – Yellow gold is making a comeback!  2013 was all about rose gold and 2014 will be all about yellow.  Pure gold is yellow in color and some women love this natural, warmer look.  Another thing about yellow gold that many women might like?  The sentimental feel of it.  Many women who got engaged and married in the 1980s sported yellow gold rings, so women today might want to match their mothers!  Want a yellow gold ring with a ton of sparkle?  Check out this 3-sided pave engagement ring from Michael B.’s Princess Collection.

4. Twisted Bands - Some women love a classic style, but want a little bit of a unique, modern update to their ring.  The streamlined, sensual design of a twisted band accomplishes this.  Looking for the “perfect” twisted band?  We love this platinum ring from the Refined Collection by Hearts On Fire.  It shows off The World’s Most Perfectly Cut Diamonds!

5. Cushion Cut Diamonds – Celebrities have been all about the cushion cut recently!  (Thank you, Kim & Kanye!)  A striking blend of the oval and princess cut shapes, the cushion cut is a rounded square design that has surged in popularity in recent years. Commonly seen in antique rings, the cut has a classic look that differentiates it from the standard round cut. The overall shape varies from a rounded square shape to a longer, more rectangular design.  One of our favorite and classic designs for a cushion cut diamonds is this platinum pave halo setting from Mark Patterson’s Promise Collection.

6. Mixed Metals – The mixed metal look is for the woman who loves the look of more than one color metal…or for the woman who can’t decide which metal she loves more!  Many women wear jewelry in all different colors, so this trend is perfect for them.  This adds a modern, unique touch to your jewelry!  The flowing lines of the Eriskay ring by MaeVona brilliantly mix platinum and 18K rose gold!

Which trend do you love the most?

Our 2013 Diamond Dash

Michael C. Fina’s fourth annual “Diamond Dash: Dash for a Diamond & a Cure” was held on Saturday, October 26, 2013.  Congratulations to this year’s winners, Rachel & Jordan!  They were the lucky recipients of a $20,000 platinum and diamond engagement ring from Hearts On Fire!

Want to see more from this memorable day?

Check out a recap of the day on the fabulous proposal blog How He Asked!

Also check out a slideshow from the award-winning photography team at Photomuse!

 

Congratulations again, Rachel & Jordan!

Our Gift to You This Season!

Round Diamond Stud Earrings at Michael C. Fina

Upgrade your holiday!

*Receive a FREE pair of diamond studs (0.25ctw) with any online engagement ring purchase of $5,000 or more.

Your new diamond stud earrings will be eligible for Michael C. Fina’s upgrade policy!

Trade in any pair of diamond studs purchased at Michael C. Fina and we will credit you the full price towards the purchase of a larger pair.

For more information about upgrading your diamond studs and our lifetime diamond upgrade policy, please email appointments@mcfina.com.

*May not be combined with any other discount, promotion, or offer. Only valid on engagement ring settings or complete engagement ring purchases of $5,000 or more. Not valid on wedding bands, loose diamonds, other gemstones, repairs or engravings. Not valid on previous orders and cannot be used with orders where store credit or gift certificates are used as a form of payment. Not valid on international orders. Offer valid through December 31, 2013.

Visit our website to view our large selection of diamonds and designer engagement rings.

The Fina Touch – Now Online!

Your favorite designer engagement rings & wedding bands are now available on michaelcfina.com!

We are excited to announce that your favorite designer engagement rings and wedding bands are now available for purchase on our website!  We have been helping New Yorkers get engaged and married for over 75 years, and now we can celebrate these special milestones with couples all over the country!

Find out why you should purchase a diamond engagement ring from Michael C. Fina…without ever leaving the comforts of your own home or office!

 

The Fina Touch

Every diamond at Michael C. Fina is personally hand-inspected, sorted, and selected by the Fina family.  There is no compromise in our commitment to bringing you the very highest quality available.  The reputation of our family name has been built and depends on this promise.

Diamond Upgrade Policy

Michael C. Fina is dedicated to ensuring your satisfaction forever.  We understand that there is no other ring that will ever replace the first in your memories, but should you wish to purchase a diamond that is even one more dollar more than the original, we will credit the full price of the first diamond toward your purchase of another.  This policy only applies to diamonds that have been purchased at Michael C. Fina.

Helping You Achieve Your Dreams

Another benefit to purchasing her engagement ring at Michael C. Fina is the GE Capital Luxury Card.  The Michael C. Fina credit card is offered by GE Capital Retail Bank and is a symbol of our exceptional service and quality for which Michael C. Fina is known for.  When you open your Michael C. Fina credit card account, we can offer you flexible plans to help achieve your dreams.  You can apply for the card online or in our Park Avenue store.

After the “Yes!”

The sparkle in your diamond is a direct reflection on us.  We invite you to come to us to have your engagement ring cleaned as often as you would like.  We also offer a complimentary first resizing as well as appraisals so you may update your insurance.

Ethically Engaged

It is crucial to us at Michael C. Fina that the diamonds we purchase retain and reflect purity in every way.  We strictly adhere to World Trade Organization and Kimberley Process guidelines on conflict diamonds and we guarantee that all of our diamonds have been purchased from legitimate sources and not involved in funding conflict.
Our membership in and stellar standing with the Jewelers Vigilance Committee further ensures that our diamonds and precious metals come only from sources committed to full compliance with all of the laws and regulations upholding the jewelry industry’s highest ethical standards.

A Proud Member

American Gem Society ~ Better Business Bureau ~ New York State Jewelers Association ~ Platinum Guild ~ Jewelers Vigilance Committee ~ Jewelers of America

When YES means forever, give her Michael C. Fina.

Diamond Engagement Rings at Michael C. Fina - Now Available Online

Do you have any questions or concerns about purchasing a designer engagement ring or wedding band on our website?  Please email info@mcfina.com or call 1-800-289-3462.

Top photography courtesy of John & Joseph Photography Inc.