THE ROMAN JEWELERS PROMISE TO OUR BRIDAL CUSTOMERS

Photography by Vanessa Joy

 

Roman Jewelers is committed to our relationship with you (and your ring) and we look forward to providing you with extraordinary products and services for many more years to come. Read on to find out why you should choose Roman Jewelers as your partner and learn about our value-added offerings.                                  

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A Special Campaign to Support Our Local Nonprofit Organizations

JP4_6854February is a month that is all about love. From National Heart Month to Valentine’s Day, there are so many opportunities to show others how much we care for them. At Roman Jewelers, we felt it was a wonderful time of year to launch our Share Your Heart campaign. On Thursday, February 1, 2018, we invited over 40 local nonprofits to be a part of this special launch that was held at our Bridgewater location. Organizations from Hunterdon and Somerset Counties were introduced to the one-of-a-kind heart pendant that we specially designed to help support their fundraising efforts throughout the year.

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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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10 Reasons We Love Fine Jewelry

As Marilyn Monroe sang, diamonds (and really all fine jewelry) are a girl’s best friend. There’s no better feeling than getting a beautiful new diamond bracelet, or trying on a pair of birthstone earrings. Here are a few specific reasons why we love fine jewelry.

1. There’s something for every occasion.

Whether you need something as simple as a gift for your niece’s birthday, or as elaborate as a necklace for your wedding day, there’s a piece of jewelry for you. Fine jewelry comes in a wide variety of styles, colors, and choices; because of this, there’s something that’s appropriate for every occasion, need, and price point.

2. It completes any outfit.Strand of white pearl necklace

I dare you to find a piece of clothing that doesn’t go well with a pair of simple diamond studs. A piece of fine jewelry adds the finishing touch to any look, making it complete. Not only are there certain universal pieces that go with almost anything (like simple diamond earrings or a strand of pearls), there is also jewelry to complement even the most complex of outfits. No matter what you’re wearing, jewelry is the cherry on top to your look.

3. It can reflect the wearer.

Perhaps the best part about fine jewelry is that it shows off the style of its wearer. This is true for every piece a person wears: whether you’re donning a custom designed engagement ring or an Alex and Ani bangle, the jewelry you choose to buy and wear reflects you.

4. It can be as formal as you want it to be.

Most pieces of fine jewelry can be dressed up or down however you want them to be. Pearl studs, for example, can be worn casually in day-to-day events, formally during one’s wedding, as part of your everyday business look, and everything in between. Fine jewelry is versatile in its wear.

5. It’s customizable.

Whether you’re creating a completely new custom piece, renovating antique family jewelry, or merely getting your jewDouble heart diamond pendantelry engraved, one of the most wonderful things about fine jewelry is its ability to be personally yours. Customizing a piece of fine jewelry  makes it as unique as the person who wears it—and what could be better than that?

6. If it breaks, you can fix it.

You know that old “you break it, you buy it” rule? This certainly doesn’t apply to fine jewelry. When a fine bracelet, necklace, or pair of earrings breaks, you don’t have to buy a completely new piece. Instead, you can bring it into a jewelry repair shop to get it as good as new.

7. Each piece has a personal meaning and story.

While this is especially true for custom designed pieces, every piece of fine jewelry has its own unique story of how and why it was purchased. Fine jewelry isn’t just jewelry, it’s a memory.

8. It’s universal

In every culture, people wear jewelry. You don’t need to speak a certain language or know any particular customs to appreciate fine jewelry, no matter where it is from. You can even say that fine jewelry is the glue that binds the world together—it is an untouchable universal aspect of life.

9. It commemorates the special moments in life.

Engagement rings, wedding bands, anniversary bands. What do these three items have in common? They all are celebrations of life’s most wonderful moments. Fine jewelry celebrates birthdays, engagements, unions, and more. A piece of jewelry is a memorial Close up on diamond engagement ringto the beautiful reason behind its purchase (whatever this reason may be).

10. It becomes a part of you.

The jewelry you wear can become a part of your signature look. More than that, it can become a part of you. Jewelry that you wear regularly is there for every moment of your life, and you can start to even feel incomplete without it. With each wear, a piece of jewelry becomes less of an accessory and more of a part of the wearer.

To inquire about getting a piece of your own fine jewelry, contact us at our Bridgewater or Flemington location. Contact information available here .

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Andy and Christine’s #GreatEngagement

Andy and Christine standing on a beach
Congrats to Andy & Christine

When Andy and Christine were set up on a blind date back in September of 2012 it was less than ideal timing for the pair. Christine had just moved to New Jersey where she was starting a new job. Andy, on the other hand, had just moved out-of-state to Connecticut for a three-year medical residency. Thankfully, they both still accepted the set-up and enjoyed their first date at a local Somerville pizzeria. The pair hit it off immediately and that first date ended up being the very last ‘first’ date for them both.

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MOTHER’S DAY PROMOTION BENEFITS CHARITY AND ENLIGHTENS KIDS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF GIVING

Kid standing with with a gift bag in Roman JewelersRoman Jewelers in Bridgewater & Flemington, NJ just made a donation to the Make-A-Wish foundation, New Jersey Chapter but with it, did much more.  A recent Mother’s Day promotion went viral and allowed the Jeweler to donate $3,000 to the charity. In addition, it taught what co-owner, Sophie Shor calls, “A nice lesson on giving….not just to Mom, but to other children.” She hopes that it will inspire kids to continue their altruistic ways in the future.

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John & Sarah’s #GreatEngagement Story

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Close up picture of John and Sarah

John and Sarah first met when Sarah walked into John’s Motorcycle Dealership on Main Street in Lebanon back in December of 2013. Unbeknownst to Sarah, John told his brother and staff that day he was determined to find out who she was when she left, but he didn’t know her name or anything about her.

Later that spring, every evening after work, Sarah would walk her dogs down Main Street as John would be closing up his shop. Day after day, for several months, they would catch each other’s eye but never speak. Over time they would wave to one another, then say hello, and eventually have small talk in the street. It became obvious to everyone else that they were interested in one another – each always looking for one another, but being too shy to make a move toward actually going on a date. Finally in July of 2014, John asked Sarah out – she said yes – and they were virtually inseparable from then on.

Almost immediately after they began dating John knew Sarah was the one. The two welcomed their beautiful daughter, Madeline, into the world on December 8th, 2015, and John knew that he wanted to incorporate her into the proposal. So when the couple decided to have a nice quiet Christmas Eve at home with their newborn, John knew it would be the perfect moment. That evening, John put the ring in the next clean diaper in the changing area. Of course, Madeline decided that she didn’t need a diaper change for hours – keeping John anxiously waiting! Finally, the moment of truth was upon them. Sarah got up to change Madeline and saw the beautiful ring as she opened the diaper.

John proposed to Sarah with a very special ring. It was a family heirloom, one of his late mother’s prized pieces of jewelry. John knew it would have meant a lot for his mother to know it was going to someone like Sarah. Roman Jewelers repaired the ring after John & Sarah became engaged and replaced the prongs holding the large center diamond. John and Sarah’s wedding bands were both purchased at Roman Jewelers in Bridgewater. John’s wedding band is a custom made white and rose gold Simon G band. Sarah’s band is a 18k white gold, .5 carat three-sided diamond band.

Sarah had John’s wedding band engraved with “Ti cercerr per sempre 3.19.16” which is Italian for ‘I will always look for you’, in reference to how the couple first met. Back in those early days when Sarah would run home from work to walk the dogs in hopes to see John, and John would stand outside his shop waiting for Sarah to pass by.

What a truly romantic #GreatEngagement story! Congratulations, Sarah and John!

Have a family heirloom you want to repair or redesign? Let Roman Jewelers help you make it the perfect ring.

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It was a pleasure to work on this heirloom ring for this beautiful couple! Congrats to Sarah & John.
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Heather and RJ’s #GreatEngagement Story

Image of Heather and RJ in the middle of a field
Congrats to Heather and RJ on their #GreatEngagement

In today’s fast-paced world it’s rare to sit down for a coffee with someone for more than fifteen minutes, let alone six whole hours! That’s the amount of time recently engaged couple Heather and RJ spent with one another during their first coffee date three and a half years ago. After meeting, these New Jersey lovebirds immediately hit it off during what they both thought would just be a quick light-hearted meeting.

Eight months prior to their proposal, RJ began planning the big day, incorporating Heather’s Christmas gift in the planning. For Christmas 2015, his present to Heather was a series of hand painted watercolor paintings he had done of different dates that the two of them would go on over the next year. Some of the dates were things Heather knew about ahead of time but RJ kept a few secret from her.

One mystery date, in the month of August, was a scavenger hunt that RJ planned with another couple, boys vs. girls. It started at the location of their first date and led Heather on a hunt with clues along the way. The last clue brought Heather to a park that the two had visited on Mother’s Day with their families. That clue held the treasure of a gold ‘love’ charm by Helen Ficolra, one of Heather’s favorite designers. After she opened the charm she was so excited about the gift she accidentally dropped in under the gazebo she was standing in! Luckily, she was able to retrieve it and added the charm to her necklace. Once the necklace was on Heather’s friend blindfolded her and led her down a garden path.

At the end of the path RJ waited, and when Heather’s blindfold was removed he proposed to her with a beautiful center round cut diamond in a vintage setting. The timeless ring look perfectly captured Heather’s personality. Heather will be using her great grandmother’s wedding ring as her wedding ring, which will go beautifully with the engagement ring.

RJ and Heather will be getting married at the gorgeous Laurita Winery in New Egypt, NJ on September 9, 2017.

Congrats Heather and RJ on your #GreatEngagement!

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Jorge and Rachel’s #GreatEngagement Story

Close up image of Jorge and RachelTwo worlds collided in this #GreatEngagement story in Jorge’s own words.

I am Dominican blooded but was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. My family moved and lived there, from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, for 8 years. I have lived in Bridgewater, NJ ever since. Rachel was born in Delaware and is from Chadds Ford, PA. And this is our story….

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Johnny and Shannon’s #GreatEngagement Story

Picture of Johnny and Shannon
Congrats to Johnny & Shannon

Both lifelong New Jersey residents, Johnny and Shannon had quite the history with one another leading up to their engagement.

It all started 22 years ago when Johnny and Shannon both attended the same church and school in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Before the two became an item, Johnny was best friends with one of Shannon’s brothers. Despite spending a lot of time with Shannon’s brother in their house growing up, Shannon and Johnny never really thought much of one another.

However, that changed one summer when they all decided to go on a fishing trip with Shannon’s uncle. It was then that Shannon and Johnny first hit it off. When that summer came to an end, over 2 years ago, Johnny brought Shannon back to the beach where they went fishing and asked her to be his girlfriend.

Flash forward to the proposal. Johnny knew he wanted to ask Shannon to marry him on the same beach where it all started. The only issue was that it was mid-November and not exactly easy to nonchalantly suggest a beach day. In order to avoid any suspicion, he made some subtle hints that eventually led Shannon to suggest a trip to the beach herself.

When the day came the two began walking on the beach and Shannon immediately brought up how Johnny had asked her out right there two years prior. While Johnny wasn’t planning popping the question just then, he knew it was the right moment.

He asked Shannon if she was surprised when he asked her out and then proceeded to get on one knee and surprise her again at that very same special spot.  Johnny presented Shannon with a Hearts on Fire round cut diamond that he had purchased at Roman Jewelers with the help of Shannon’s sister and brother.

Shannon and Johnny are getting married on August 5th, 2016, at Millington Baptist Church, where they met those 22 years ago!

Congrats, Shannon and Johnny, on your #GreatEngagement!

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Why a Custom Engagement Ring?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Sketch of a custom engagement ringThere are so many things to consider when it comes to buying an engagement ring. Between the diamond, setting, band, and other details, there are countless options. And sometimes, the right combination of these options just can’t be found.

Custom engagement rings are usually for those who can’t find what they want in a display case or those who just want to create something original. The custom ring-making process allows a customer to work side-by-side with a skilled jewelry team to design and create a jewelry piece that has everything they are looking for.

First, one of our designers will meet with the clients to discuss what they are looking for in their custom engagement ring. This designer will then sketch a draft of the potential ring, and edit it according to the customer’s feedback and critique. Once the drawing is finalized, it is sent to a digital model maker, who translates the design into a 3-D, computerized version. From there, we create a wax model to be approved by the customer, cast the ring, and set it with diamonds to create the finished product.

Not only does custom jewelry design allow you to get exactly what you want from a ring stylistically, but it also gives an engagement ring greater meaning and purpose. Custom jewelry design lets you bring your own story and personality to your engagement ring, to create something that represents you rather than the company it was purchased from. The magic of a custom engagement ring is that it is as unique as the relationship it commemorates, something that cannot be said for a regular store-bought ring.

For more information on custom engagement rings, or to inquire about making your own custom engagement ring, visit Roman Jewelers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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How to Buy a Designer Watch

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]tag_watch_350x350The best designer watches are all about luxury and sophistication. Because of quality, attention to detail, and precision with which the best designer watches are made, they last a lifetime and usually are passed to the next generation.

In the world of watches, complexity and price go hand in hand. So the more you are willing to pay for a watch, the more choices you’ll have. And believe us, there is an overwhelming number of choices when it comes to some of the best watches, from around the world.

When you are ready to treat yourself,  (a designer watches is the ultimate treat) there are a few considerations. First, decide on your budget. Then think about if you will wear the watch for special occasions, work, or, perhaps, sports activities. Think of your style; do you prefer a high-tech gadget or a traditional elegant watch? Quartz or mechanical? Digital or analog or, maybe, a combination of the two?

One thing for certain; when you buy one of the best designer watches, you are buying the highest quality materials, craftsmanship, precision, and, with it, prestige.

If budget is a strong consideration, but you still want one of the best designer watches, consider a quartz watch. As a matter of fact, the majority of watches being manufactured today are quartz. Quartz technology allows for extremely accurate measure of time, as the quartz crystal within a watch is powered by the watch’s battery. Quartz watches have a pretty simple mechanism compared to a mechanical watch.

A mechanical watch movement is a piece of art in itself. Most of the world’s best designer watches are mechanical watches. Mechanical watches are also known as windup watches. These watches keep accurate time by using a spring mechanism and are battery free. In these watches, the energy is stored in a spring. That spring can be either wound up automatically or by hand. From the spring, the energy is transferred to a series of gears, pins, wheels, pivots, and teeth. The mechanisms are complicated and it takes a long time to produce these watches, thus making them much more expensive compared to quartz watches.

Roman Jewelers is your source for the best designer watches, including many prestigious Swiss brands.

Stop at Roman Jewelers and see for yourself the best of the best in designer watches. Try them on, get a feel, find your style, and enjoy![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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