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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!

Say “Yes!” Again

Resetting Your Diamond at Michael C. Fina

We understand that there is no other ring that will ever replace the first in your memories, but sometimes your style may change.  Say “Yes!” again with a new setting for your diamond.  We feature the largest selection of designer engagement rings on the East Coast in our Ring Gallery.  We have something to fit every style!

Stop by our store on Park Avenue (at E. 59th Street) to view our entire collection in person.  If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our expert consultants, please email appointments@mcfina.com.

One-of-a-Kind

Tacori One-of-a-Kind Rings at Michael C. Fina

We are happy to be showcasing three one-of-a-kind rings in our Designer Ring Gallery, created exclusively by Tacori for Michael C. Fina.  These platinum rings, all featuring signature Tacori designs, are available at our retail store at 500 Park Avenue, E. 59th Street between Madison & Park.

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Platinum & Padparadscha Sapphire Ring

Platinum Emerald Cut Engagement Ring

Platinum & Blue Sapphire Ring

If you are interested in viewing the rings, please stop by our Park Avenue location or email to schedule an appointment with one of our expert jewelry consultants.

One of Our Own…

A huge congratulations to our very own jewelry consultant Lauren on her recent engagement!  She has helped so many couples get engaged during her time at Michael C. Fina and it is only fitting that she now gets to celebrate her own engagement with you!

Her fiance Erik surprised her with a GORGEOUS Christopher Designs engagement ring (see below).  And be sure to check out the video of Erik popping the big question above.

Congratulations and best wishes to Lauren and Erik!  We couldn’t be happier for you and wish you many years of love and happiness!

 

Platinum & Diamond Setting by Christopher Designs

Beyond the 4C’s – A Diamond’s Charisma

 

If you have been shopping for a diamond engagement ring, chances are you have already heard plenty about the 4C’s, the four basic criteria for assessing a diamond’s quality: Carat, Color, Clarity, and Cut.

As you have also probably learned, the 4C’s 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 4C’s in our personal grading of a diamond, but insist upon a more highly refined assessment of each gem’s distinctive quality.

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.

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.

At Michael C. Fina, we never rely on a grading report; however, we do provide complete, detailed technical profiles of every diamond we carry from the foremost gemological research laboratories so that you can make your final decision 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.

 

If you would like to make an appointment to purchase a diamond engagement ring at Michael C. Fina, please email appointments@mcfina.com.

Five Things You Should Know About Diamonds

At Michael C. Fina, we love helping you find that perfect engagement ring.  However, we also know that there are many misconceptions about diamonds, and we would not want those misconceptions to confuse you or steer you in the wrong direction.  We want our customers to be properly educated before making such an important and momentous purchase, so we sat down and talked with our jewelry consultants who are experts on all things diamonds and jewelry.  They were able to tell us the five things you should know about diamonds – misconceptions be gone!

 

1. Weight Isn’t Size

Like we tell ourselves on the scale, weight doesn’t mean size.  Depending on proportions, diamonds with the same carat weight can look very different.  Like people, diamonds can be short, fat, tall, thin and everywhere in between.  Carat weight is simply the number on the scale.  Though it is a nice starting point, it doesn’t mean everything.

2. Diamonds Can Chip

Diamonds are tough.  Like Sylvester Stallone or Arnold Schwarzenegger tough.  But do you remember at the end of Rocky when he is crying in the ring?  Or Jingle All the Way?  Even the toughest have weak points.  Diamonds may be the hardest natural material, but that doesn’t mean they can’t chip or crack.  Even household tasks like washing dishes or gardening can damage a diamond at fragile points like edges.  Only a diamond, however, can scratch another diamond – like Stallone against Wesley Snipes in Demolition Man.

3. Cut It Out

Though a diamond is natural, man controls the way it looks.  This is because the cut is the only thing that can determine the brilliance and the sparkle of a diamond.  That shine diamonds are known for?  That is all done by a person.  Each cut will have its own special look because each is created by the unique touch of an artisan.

4. False Report

When choosing a diamond, put reports aside.  Just look at it.  Color and clarity determine the rarity of a diamond, not the beauty.  Every diamond has a unique look with a special set of characteristics that no other diamond has.  Just as you don’t choose the person you marry based on statistics, you shouldn’t base your diamond purchase on the numbers.

5. Diamonds Are Old

Really old.  Diamonds are the oldest things you can purchase.  Your diamond has been around for roughly 3 billion years – or about 2/3 of the time the Earth has existed.  Think about this – your diamond was around before the first human walked the Earth, before the first dinosaur, a couple billion years before the first animals and sometime just before or after photosynthesis started.  How is that for a symbol of everlasting love?

 

For more information about purchasing a diamond at Michael C. Fina, please visit our website.  If you would like to make an appointment to purchase a diamond engagement ring at Michael C. Fina, please email appointments@mcfina.com.

It’s that time of year again…

Michael C. Fina is hosting their Fourth Annual Designer Jewelry Sample Sale!

Stop by 545 Fifth Avenue on August 1-2 from 11:00am-8:00pm for up to 70% off the retail prices of select designer engagement rings, wedding bands, fashion and fine jewelry!

Hundreds of unique designer pieces ranging in styles from modern to classic, romantic to vintage, will be available in platinum, white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, sterling silver and titanium.  A selection of center diamonds in multiple cuts and sizes will also be available at various price points.

Please remember to arrive early to beat the crowds and shop from the largest selection of jewelry at the sale!

 

Please visit our website for more detailed information.  Any questions? Please leave a comment below!

 

 

Sunny Disposition

 

It’s official! Yellow gold engagement rings and wedding bands are making a comeback in 2012!  With newly engaged celebrities such as Miley Cyrus sporting their fine gems in yellow gold bands, it is no doubt that yellow gold engagement rings are on the rise!

 

How do you feel about this trend? Do you prefer yellow gold or white gold/platinum? Tell us what you think!

 

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Michael B. – Princess 3-Sided 18K Yellow Gold Basket 3-Row Pave Setting

Erica Courtney – Gorgeous & Engaged 18K Yellow Gold Candy Pave Setting

Michael B. – Quintessa 18K Yellow Gold Quintessa Halo Setting

 

 

View other yellow gold jewelry at Michael C. Fina.

Get Kim’s Look!

Weighing in at a staggering 20.5 carats, Kim Kardashian’s engagement ring should be the biggest buzz in jewelry!  Get Kim’s look with these rings!

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Tacori – Platinum & Diamond Semi Mount

Jeff Cooper – Platinum 3-Stone Semi Mount

Jewels By Star – Platinum 3-Stone Emerald Semi Mount