Michael C. Fina

2014 Ring Olympics

2014 Ring Olympics at Michael C. Fina

The 2014 Winter Games are here…and at Michael C. Fina, that means the Ring Olympics are back!

A new round will be posted each day on our Facebook page and Instagram so fans can vote for their favorite rings in each “event.”  Be sure to check back each day to cast your vote!

Featured Rings

Platinum – Snowboarding Event

Hearts On Fire – Platinum Pave Diamond Halo Engagement Ring from the Acclaim Collection

Jeff Cooper – Platinum Baguette & Emerald Setting from the Nikole Collection

Tacori – Platinum Crescent Ribbon Twist Setting from the Crescent Silhouette Collection

JB Star – Platinum Pave Oval Double Halo Diamond Setting from the Vintage Micro Pave Collection

Yellow Gold – Ice Hockey Event

Michael C. Fina – 18K Yellow Gold Cathedral Solitaire Setting from the Embrace Collection

Temple St. Clair – 18K Yellow Gold Princess Bezel Setting from the Classic Setting Collection

Erica Courtney – 18K Yellow Gold Bezel-Set Diamond Halo “Cristina” Setting from the Gorgeous & Engaged Collection

MaeVona – 18K Yellow Gold 5-Prong Pave Setting from the Aviemore Collection

Rose Gold – Snowboarding Event

Erica Courtney – 18K Rose Gold & Pave “Ellen” Setting from the Gorgeous & Engaged Collection

MaeVona – 18K Rose Gold 2-Row Pink Pave Setting from the Cava Collection

Michael B. – Cushion Halo Setting in 18K Rose Gold from the Royal Trois Collection

Mark Patterson – Pave Diamond Setting in 18K Rose Gold from the Promise Collection

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!

Come Visit Us On Park!

Taking the next step in its 77-year evolution as a family-owned and operated retail destination, Michael C. Fina has moved to 500 Park Avenue.  Previously located at Fifth Avenue and 45th Street, the company that began in 1935 as a silver merchant is now celebrated for its unique collection of engagement rings, wedding bands, and its wedding registry.

 

“We’ve set the tables of clients’ grandparents, their parents, and now them.  Our store spans three generations and so do our clients.  We’ve become an icon to New Yorkers when they are getting married,” said Steven Fina, President, Michael C. Fina.  “We’ve become part of families’ traditions, and not many companies can say that, especially retailers in Manhattan.”

 

According to Mr. Fina, many similar businesses have closed in recent years while Michael C. Fina has continued to grow and evolve.  Couples, including first families and royalty, have been choosing its registry programs for decades, due to the concierge-level service and the exclusive designers offered, including Hermes, Bernardaud, Christofle, and Saint-Louis Crystal.  Michael C. Fina’s Ring Gallery houses the largest selection of engagement rings and wedding bands on the East Coast from top design houses such as Tacori, Hearts On Fire, Mark Patterson, and Michael B.  Classic and elegant jewelry pieces from designers like Temple St. Clair and Mikimoto are also showcased.

 

As the company continues to help New Yorkers build their own distinctive lifestyles, its new location in an upscale Park Avenue shopping area ensures that the company will continue its evolution for many future generations.

 

For more information about our new store, please visit our website.  To view more pictures, please visit us on Facebook.  If there are any questions or concerns, please email askafina@mcfina.com.

 

 We can’t wait to see you on Park!

 

 

Getting Married in 2013

Top Wedding Band Trends 2013

Like engagement rings, we certainly know what we’re talking about when it comes to wedding bands.  Discerning New Yorkers no longer just want the simple platinum or gold band.  They want to be trendy.  They want something unique.  They want something to show their personality.  They realize they want the best because this is something they will be wearing for the rest of their lives.  That is why they come to Michael C. Fina.

Once again, we sat down with our manager and jewelry expert, Richard Wubnig.  He predicts the wedding band trends for 2013.  (Gentlemen, you’re included this time!)

1. Stackables (Her) – Stackable rings are fun.  They tend to be on the thinner side, but that can vary.  Women like to wear stackable bands because their husbands can continue to add to them year after year for babies, anniversaries, or just because!  You can get bands with different color metals or different stones, which truly creates a look uniquely your own.  By switching the order of your bands each day, you can change your style each day!  These gorgeous rings are great for stacking and are by Michael C. Fina, Mark Patterson, and Alex Sepkus.

2. Alternate Colors (Him) -  Men are moving away from the simple, plain bands of their fathers.  They want something a little more unique, a little more modern.  Rings with different colored metals, like carbon chrome or red gold, are becoming very popular with our male clients.  Sarah Graham and Furrer-Jacot create rings just for men who are looking for something a little different.

3. Wider Bands (Her) – It’s no secret that most women love diamonds.  And they want a lot of them.  Many women are now choosing wider bands with multiple rows of diamonds for their wedding band.  These women tend to choose to wear their engagement ring and wedding band separately, so they still want something substantial to wear on their left hand.  There is certainly nothing wrong with something this sparkly, like this ring from Hearts On Fire!

4. Organic-Colored Metals (Her) – Some people are just looking for something a little different.  They still like the classic looks of yellow or white gold, but don’t want something that looks like all of their friends’ rings.  Many women are turning to metals that don’t have a high polish, but rather choosing rings that look a little more organic and have more of a matte finish.  These yellow gold and white gold rings by Anne Sportun are perfect examples!

5. Multi-Shaped Diamond Bands (Her) – No one ever said you had to pick just one kind of diamond!  Different shapes add a whole new dimension to your engagement ring and your overall bridal look.  You’re supposed to smile when you look at your wedding band, so you should definitely have something fun and different!  These rings from A. Jaffe and Tacori would be gorgeous additions to any engagement ring!

Will you be wearing one of these trends when you get married in 2013?

Our Favorite Things – Right Hand Sparkle

Ladies, indulge in a little something for yourselves this holiday season!  Right hand rings are perfect for holiday parties, date nights, or even just to show off that fantastic new manicure!

What style of ring will you be wrapping up for yourself this year?

 

Temple St. Clair – Royal Moonstone Collection 18K Yellow Gold Diamond Granulation Ring

Hearts On Fire – Intermingle Collection 18K White Gold Double Row Right Hand Ring

Tacori 18K925 – 18K & Sterling Black Onyx Ring

 

Want to see more styles?  View more fashion rings at Michael C. Fina.

Our Favorite Things – Seeing Stars

The Illa Collection from Hearts On Fire will make her shine bright this holiday season!

Featuring the world’s most perfectly cut diamonds, these jewelry pieces will sparkle more than any other.  Wouldn’t you want to give her the gift of perfection?

 

Illa Collection 18K White Gold .33ctw Illusion Earrings

Illa Collection 18K White Gold 2.30ctw Constellation Ring

Illa Collection 18K White Gold .23ctw Illusion Circle Pendant

 

Shop Hearts On Fire jewelry at Michael C. Fina.

Our Favorite Things – Yellow Gold

We love warm hints of yellow gold during the holiday season!  (Well, we love it all year round, but that is besides the point!)

Add some yellow gold (and diamond and pearls too) to your wardrobe this winter.  And don’t worry about mixing it with other metals!

 

Hearts On Fire – Copley Collection 18K Yellow Gold 0.21ct Copley Heart Pendant

Temple St. Clair – Classic Gold Collection 18K Yellow Gold Olympian Linked Bangles

Mikimoto – Olive Collection 18K Yellow Gold Pearl Earrings

 

View more yellow gold jewelry available at Michael C. Fina.