Choosing an Engagement Ring–see hundreds at Roman Jewelers Event 4/27 – 4/28

An engagement ring is one of the most important purchases a couple will make—and often one of the first when they begin their journey as husband and wife. Roman Jewelers understands this better than anyone and has worked for 30 years to simplify the process by providing education and guidance from our qualified sales team, competitive pricing and financing and the large selection of diamonds and ring settings, you’ll see in Central New Jersey.

April 27th and 28th, Roman Jewelers will also be hosting it’s MILLION DOLLAR DIAMOND EVENT.  Here, you will have the opportunity to view additional merchandise since our store will be partnering with our trusted suppliers to bring in EVEN MORE than what is normal in our showcases. We will have some engagement rings settings starting as low as $1,999—but we will also have larger diamonds—over 2 carats—for those who choose. Special pricing and financing will be available.

Because choosing a diamond requires the most consideration, our staff will gladly walk you through ”the 4 C’s“: cut, color, clarity, and carat weight—if you need a refresher. It’s important to also know that two diamonds graded equally along the 4 C’s are not necessarily equal—the unique properties of a diamond can look very different and are a personal choice. A diamond truly must be seen.

Beyond the 4 C’s, you must consider what shape of diamond you’d like to choose. Rounds are classic, but Ovals are quite popular lately and offer a larger look that compliments some ladies very well. There are also princess, pear, emerald shapes, as well as many others. It is important to choose a diamond shape that not only reflects the style of the wearer, but also complements the ring’s setting and the wearer’s hand.

Beyond the diamond, you must choose a type of precious metal for the setting of the engagement ring. There are many options when it comes to precious metals, and they come in a variety of different colors and prices. The preference of the wearer and price of the precious metal are of importance in this selection. However, one should also consider choosing a metal that matches the skin tone of the wearer. During the Roman Jewelers Event, there will be hundreds of rings to choose from. You’ll find the perfect one.

The type of setting, which is the method by which an engagement ring’s diamond is secured in the ring, is another component to consider when choosing an engagement ring. The most common type of ring setting is a prong setting in which a small, claw-like prongs grip the diamond to hold it in place. Other setting types include bezel, tension, pavé, halo, flush, and many others, each with its own unique look and attributes.

The most important thing to keep in mind when selecting an engagement ring is the woman who will be wearing it, so seeing it and being a part of it’s creation will truly make the selection more meaningful. If you’d like to register for our event, please do so here: https://www.romanjewelers.com/make-an-appointment.html

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Perfect Imperfection: Baroque Pearls and What I Love About Them

Strand of white baroque pearlsDo you remember the movie Forrest Gump? For those who do (and perhaps even those who have never seen it) you’ll recall Forrest’s iconic line: “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get.” I like to think of this line every time I look at pearls, because the same concept applies to them—you never know what you’re going to get. Since pearls are created entirely by nature, they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Similarly to opening a box of chocolates, when you open an oyster to find a pearl you never know what you’re going to get. Often, you’ll find a perfectly round pearl. But you’ll also sometimes find  a totally irregular pearl—one that’s shaped unlike any other. These kinds of pearls are called Baroque pearls, and (in my opinion) are the most interesting type of pearl.

I’m the first to admit that I’m a complete perfectionist. I look for precision in everything I do–  in my everyday work, in the places that I visit, in nature, but most of all in jewelry. When it comes to jewelry design, I like clean lines and perfectly shaped jewels. But, interestingly enough, I am completely fascinated by  imperfect Baroque pearls. Not only does their perfect imperfection look stunning in jewelry design, Baroque pearls also have a fascinating history and background.

Let’s start with their name—baroque. Even the sound of the word evokes an image of something unique and extravagant. Where exactly does baroque come from? According to various dictionaries, the word originates either from French (where baroque means “irregular shape”) or the Portuguese word barroco (meaning “irregular pearl”). In English the word “baroque” points to a style in music, architecture, and the arts (known as the Baroque Period) that existed in Europe from the early 17th century to the late 18th century. The period was known for featuring many decorative parts and details in its artwork and architecture. The baroque style was filled with creativity, new art forms, embellishments, and adventure. These elements are also present in Baroque pearl jewelry, making its name very fitting.

Today, the attraction of Baroque pearls lies in the very nature of their imperfection. The different shapes and sizes of baroque pearls makes them extremely intriguing and beautiful—not to mention unique—when put together. Baroque pearls allow for unleashed creativity and pure imagination in jewelry design. If you like jewelry that is unique and different, baroque pearl necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets are the choice for you!

As with any pearls, the most valuable baroque pearls come from the South Sea and Tahiti. Lucky for designers and jewelry lovers, a high percentage of the pearls harvested in these areas are baroque.

Akoya Pearls are the close cousins of South Sea and Tahitian pearls—similar in nature but smaller in size. Akoya pearls are saltwater pearls, and the name “Akoya” comes from the oyster that produces them. That oyster is known as the “akoya oyster”and is found and farmed mainly in Japan and China. Akoya pearls are frequently white or cream in color, with overtone colors of rose, silver, or cream. 

The most valuable and cherished pearls are South Sea pearls. As the name implies, these pearls are found in the warm waters of the South Sea that surrounds Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines. These pearls are produced by the silver or golden lipped oyster, known as the Pinctada Maxima oyster. Both golden and white South Sea pearls are very rare.

Exotic black pearls (which come from the black lipped pearl oyster) are called Tahitian pearls. Like the name suggests, these pearls come from Tahiti, but also several other French Polynesian islands. Though they are often referred to as black pearls, their color can actually vary from light creamy white, to gray, to green, to iridescent peacock, to deep black. Tahitian pearls come in so many different shades and colors that matching them into a finished strand is an enormous task. Quite often, a jeweler has to go through thousands of loose Tahitian pearls to create a single strand. Strand of Black Tahitian baroque pearls

Pearls can also come from freshwater lakes, rivers, and ponds. These pearls are logically called Freshwater Pearls. The majority of cultured freshwater pearls come from China, and (similar to Tahitian pearls) range in color from light shades like soft pink, lavender, peach, and white to dark shades like peacock and black. 

Even though pearls are intended by nature to be perfectly round, the fact that they sometimes turn out irregular only allows for creativity and distinctiveness in jewelry making. In the world of jewelry-making, where uniformity and perfection are often strived for, Baroque pearls offer a unique take that is beautiful in its own right.

Even for someone like me, a perfectionist through and through, the individuality of Baroque pearls is highly appealing because it allows an appreciation for nature’s imperfections. But don’t let me sway you– what do you think? Do you prefer perfectly round or imperfectly baroque pearls?

For more information on beautiful baroque pearls, or to inquire about purchasing your own pearl jewelry, make an appointment with Roman Jewelers today.

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Jewelry Repairs Require Expertise

A jeweler in the Roman Jewelers repair shop
Igor Furhman, Master Jeweler, Roman Jewelers works on all types of jewelry repairs

By Sophie Shor

He put your engagement ring on your finger five years ago, and you have been wearing it every day since. You never take your wedding band off, even when you go to the gym. You diamond bracelet is always on your wrist.  And your favorite hoop earrings match all of your outfits perfectly and you wear them quite often. That is wonderful. Enjoy, but please make sure that you periodically have your jewelry inspected for any wear and tear by Roman Jewelers.

Every piece of jewelry eventually yields to wear and possible damage.  Maybe you need to replace lost or chipped gemstones or refurbish the worn or damaged parts?  Quite often, the areas that need special jeweler’s attention are hinges, clasps, prongs, ring shanks, bracelet links and chains.  And don’t forget your pearl necklaces and bracelets! These need to be re-strung periodically and the clasps checked.

And that is where a good jeweler comes in, examining your jewelry and making recommendations. Years of experience in restoring and repairing your jewelry; that is what a really good jeweler will offer you.

Feel free to stop by at Roman Jewelers in Flemington or Bridgewater, NJ. We will gladly look at your jewelry and give you advice on the best way of restoring and repairing your jewelry pieces. Our jewelers are some of the finest, most experienced master craftsmen in the industry.

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November’s Birthstones: Topaz and Citrine

Citrine Tacori ringCitrine Ring from Tacori 18k925

 

By Anna Sacca

Every person born in the month of November has double the reason to celebrate. There’s not just one, but two gemstones associated as the month’s birthstones. So if you were born as a Scorpio or Sagittarius, rejoice because brightly hued topaz and citrine gems are your stones.

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May’s Birthstone is the Enticing Emerald

Let’s celebrate May by learning about this month’s birthstone – the emerald. The radiant gemstone ranges in ravishing shades of green, which include blue to yellow undertones. Generally, deep green emeralds are more coveted than diamonds.

The name “emerald” was derived from the Greek root “smaragdos”, which literally means “green gemstone”. Some of the earliest people to appreciate emerald were ancient Egyptians who excavated the gemstone near the Red Sea, in a location now known as “Cleopatra’s Mines”.

Much like Cleopatra, the most famous fashionista of ancient times, Hollywood’s most glamorous gals, including Angelina Jolie and Elizabeth Taylor, have adorned themselves with emerald jewelry on the red carpet. Jolie famously paired gorgeous teardrop earrings at the 2009 Oscars with a simple black gown. The green really popped against the black dress. Jewelry aficionado Taylor had a stunning suite of emerald and diamond pieces in her $150 million dollar jewelry collection. Many were gifts from husband number five, Richard Burton.

Here at Roman Jewelers, we are proud to carry emerald bracelets, necklaces, earrings, pendants and rings designed by Simon G. His collection includes fashion-forward designs that feature highly saturated gemstones that look magnificent in any setting.

A red-carpet earring look, designed by Simon G is pictured above.

To learn more about the Simon G. collection at Roman Jewelers, please visit https://www.romanjewelers.com

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February’s Birthstone is Amethyst

Roberto Coin Amethyst & Diamond Necklace
Roberto Coin Amethyst & Diamond Necklace

February can be bitterly cold, but getting that perfect piece of jewelry can warm the hearts of those you love. There are lots of exciting things going on this month like the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II on 2/6, Valentine’s Day on 2/14 and a great deal of birthdays that deserve very special attention.  

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A quick lesson on Pearls

Photo of Martha Stewart's "Weddings Good Together" editorial
Martha Stewart Weddings Good Together editorial recently featured Mikimoto’s Akoya Special Edition Value set ($3,950). The signature Akoya cultured pearl strand necklace and matching stud earrings perfectly complement a strapless gown and can be enjoyed and passed down?

Pearls are classic and still contemporary and probably one of our stores best sellers. Pearls are not only beautiful, but they are facinating. Each pearl is, of course, unique, but what makes each pearl strand different and what are the different types of pearls? Here is a quick lesson on pearls…

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Q: Can you provide quick tips on caring for jewelry?

Close up of a jeweler restringing a strand of pearls
Restringing Pearls ensures the next generation will enjoy them.

A: OF COURSE!

Once you’ve made a investment in a piece of fine jewelry, it deserves to have a beautiful, long and healthy life that brings joy every day. Caring for jewelry will not only extend the life of your jewelry–and ability to pass it down to the next generation–but it is really a very simple thing to protect an important and personal investment.   Below are some simple, basic guidelines for the care and cleaning of your fine jewelry:

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Tiara, anyone?

Emerald and diamond tiara created for Princess Katharina Henckel von Donnersmarck around 1900 Have discretionary $5 to $10 million dollars? If you do, get an airplane ticket to Geneva, Switzerland and attend the Sotheby’s auction on May 17. The emerald and diamond tiara will be offered at an auction there.

The tiara was created with 11 pear-shaped rare Colombian emeralds that collectively weigh over 500 carats. The emeralds are thought to have been included in the personal collection of Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III, before the tiara was created for Princess Katharina Henckel von Donnersmarck circa 1900.

I don’t think any of you will be ready to jump on that offering. So for now, enjoy the picture. It is truly a magnificent piece of jewelry.

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