Different Styles of Diamond Earrings

Diamond Earring

Diamond earrings look great on you, whether they are for a wedding, formal occasion, or just to add sparkle to your ensemble. There are many types of earrings to choose from, so you can pick your favorite style! You can achieve many different kinds of effects with these shimmering gems. In today’s blog, Preusser Jewelers discusses the different styles of diamond earrings available.

Studded Diamond Earrings

Studded diamond earrings are a model of simplicity. Studs often feature a single gem set in precious metal for each earring. They fit neatly against your ear and don’t get in the way. Stud earrings are perfect if you have an active lifestyle or you want to wear diamond earrings every day. Stud diamond earrings, also called solitaires, are the ideal gift for all ages, face shapes, and skin tones. They create a classic yet subtle effect that looks great for every style. Don’t believe that studs mean smaller gems! You can find studded earrings up to 2 or more carats in weight.

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Halo Diamond Earrings

Halo diamond earrings have a large central gem surrounded by a circle of smaller diamonds. They look like an angel’s halo! These earrings are a step above studs in that they have more than one gem in them. They are more sparkly than studs. Halos are also an excellent choice for jewelry to wear every day at work. They may also dangle below the ear. Try a halo with a diamond in the middle surrounded by colored gemstones, or the other way around for something different.

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Drop Diamond Earrings  

Drop earrings are also called dangles. These types of diamond earrings are more elaborate than studs as you could find two, three, or even four or more diamonds lined up in a row dropping down the design. How many diamonds dangle depends on the size of the gems. Drop earrings are perfect for formal occasions as well as a night out on the town! Think dressing up to attend a theatrical performance, symphony concert, or a wedding. Drop earrings with diamonds make a statement.

Hoop Diamond Earrings  

Hoop diamond earrings are a classic, and you have two basic choices here. Small hoops add a bit of glimmer to your ensemble and work perfectly for everyday wear. Larger hoops have a row of 10 or more gems and give your accessories extra sparkle. Diamond earrings in a hoop shape can have multiple hoops, asymmetrical designs, or two or more hoops side-by-side.

Diamond Earrings at Preusser Jewelers

Preusser Jewelers has a wide variety of diamond earrings, including ornate, minimalist, hoop, stud, and drop designs. Come by our showroom in downtown Grand Rapids to see our collection, including designer pieces or custom jewelry made to your specifications.

Unique Jewelry Designs to Show Off Your Michigan Pride

Preusser Jewelers is Michigan’s oldest jeweler. We opened our doors in 1850 in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. Our expert craftspeople love making custom jewelry that brings out your personality and sense of style. We also sell dynamic pieces not found anywhere else. In today’s blog, Preusser Jewelers talks about unique jewelry that shows off your Michigan pride.

Stunning Sparkles

Diamonds sparkle, pure and simple. Unique diamond jewelry shines like the summer sun. A necklace, tennis bracelet, or beautiful dangle earrings reflect sunlight and mimic the sparkle in your smile. Diamonds are a classic element of jewelry design that works everywhere. Whether you are celebrating July 4th with evening fireworks over Mackinac Island or you are enjoying a summer afternoon sunbathing at the Great Lakes, your diamonds will shine with eye-catching sparkle.

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Michigan Pride at Preusser Jewelers

We can even help you choose or create jewelry that reflects your pride in your favorite Michigan college or university. Think blue sapphires for Michigan or green emeralds for Michigan State. Contact us online, come by our showroom, or give us a call at (616) 458-1425 to discuss your options.

Common Questions About Custom Jewelry

Two jewelers working on a custom piece

As you search for the perfect piece of jewelry, whether it’s an engagement, anniversary or a birthday, you might consider going the custom jewelry route. You have the ideal piece of jewelry in mind, but searching for that diamond in the rough can be tiresome and frustrating. Creating a custom piece ends the search. However, this process can also be complicated. In today’s blog post, Preusser Jewelers talks about some common questions surrounding custom jewelry.

How Do I Pick a Design?

The design process is the most critical aspect of the custom process. You might be tired of searching for the perfect piece, but without the right design you wind up right back where you started.  This just adds to your perceived frustrations. At Preusser Jewelers, our skilled craftsmen will help you create an ideal design for custom jewelry that you’ll love. We work with the highest quality metals and stones. Our jewelers make your beautiful design a reality with our highly skilled craftsmanship.

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How Does the Process Work?

Typically, the process of creating a custom piece begins with a consultation. First, you meet or speak on the phone with a designer to give him or her a better idea of what you are looking for. Then, the person will move on to the sketching phase where they construct hand sketches that show you what your design will look like.

Once you approve the sketch, the jeweler moves to the rendering process, giving you a more realistic vision of your custom piece. After that, you typically see a wax model after the rendering, which eventually gives way to the actual manufacturing process. After just a few more weeks, you have your beautiful custom piece in hand.

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How Long Does the Process Take?

The entire custom jewelry process at Preusser Jewelers takes, on average, three to five weeks. At Preusser, we want you to be involved during the whole process, from talking to the jeweler through the completion of the piece. Our goal is to produce a piece of jewelry that you will love. Depending on the complexity of the project, that can take time. However, we can assure you that the final product will be well worth the wait.

How Much Does Custom Jewelry Cost?

As you would expect, custom jewelry is generally more expensive than ordinary jewelry because it also includes very particular design and labor work. Because this is a custom process, there isn’t a set cost for custom jewelry. Depending on the metal you choose, the stones you want, and the design itself, prices may vary significantly.

Contact Preusser Jewelers for More Information

If you are looking for traditional or custom jewelry, Preusser Jewelers has your solution. For more information on what we bring to the table, get in touch with us at (616) 458-1425 or contact us online today.

Information About Jewelry Appraisals from Preusser Jewelers

What You Need to Know About Jewelry Appraisals

Jewelry appraisal

You may need to get a jewelry appraisal for liquidation, consignment, taxes, inheritance or estate purposes. Or you may need one for scheduling on your homeowners or renters insurance policy. No matter the reasons for the appraisal, you want to be sure you get a quality appraisal for a reasonable price, with all the necessary documentation. Preusser Jewelers provides the information you need, so you can be sure you are getting a fair and accurate appraisal.

An appraisal is a document that describes an item, determines its relative quality, and assigns a value to it. Descriptions usually cover the visible, measurable and analyzable facts about the piece, such as gemstone or diamond weight, materials, and markings. Jewelry appraisals should describe gemstone quality, count, shape, size, grade, weight, metal type, etc.  

A complete appraisal will usually include laboratory work to inspect and gather facts about the piece, or include a lab report. If done for homeowners or renters policies, the item is appraised for current market values, plus a small cushion percentage to allow for market fluctuations.  They do need to be updated every 4-5 years, so you know the piece is being accurately covered. You don’t want to over-insure your jewelry, with a high retail, which will not help you if the piece is lost, stolen or damaged. That will only make your premium higher than it should be.

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Please contact us for more information.

Types of Jewelry Appraisals

To be sure you’re getting the most accurate appraisal, you need to understand the differences between the various types of jewelry appraisals. If you’ve ever watched The Antiques Roadshow, you’ve learned a little about the differences between fair market value and insurance appraisals. The reason for the appraisal will determine what type is needed.

●     Fair Market Value Appraisals

Fair market value appraisals estimate what the piece could sell for if a buyer was found. Besides the intrinsic value of the piece, changes in the popularity of certain jewelry will affect the value. The value must represent the item’s value in its used condition. Charitable donations and estate planning generally require fair market appraisals. These will run lower than having an appraisal for replacement purposes.

●     Insurance Appraisals

Most jewelry appraisals are done for insurance replacement at moderate retail. The reason people insure their jewelry is to be able to replace the item, so the appraisal should reflect the realistic cost of replacing an item in a jewelry store that sells the same type of jewelry. Insurance appraisals should be updated every 4-5 years to make sure the piece still has adequate insurance coverage.

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●     Immediate Liquidation Value Appraisals

Divorce settlements and some types of estate dispersals may require this type of appraisal. Less common types of immediate liquidation value appraisals include probate and loan collateral appraisals. These usually reflect low values because of the situations that create their need. Values can be estimated at wholesale or in some situations much lower than wholesale.

Typical Jewelry Appraisal Costs

Appraisal services are charged a fee per piece, based on design, and stone count. Please contact us for more information.

How Can You Get the Most Accurate Jewelry Appraisal?

The best way to ensure you’re getting an accurate jewelry appraisal is finding a trustworthy appraiser. Characteristics of trustworthy jewelry appraisers are:

Good Credentials – A professional jewelry appraiser should be certified or titled by a respected national appraisal organization, like the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers. They should also have a Graduate Gemologist diploma from the GIA or its equivalent.

Broad Knowledge and Experience – A qualified jewelry appraiser must understand manufacturing techniques and recognize their contributions to the value of an item. A wide range of jewelry experience over several years will lead to a more knowledgeable appraiser. It’s also equally important for an appraiser to have solid experience in the appraisal business.

Choose Preusser Jewelers for All Your Jewelry Appraisals

If you need a professional jewelry appraisal in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area, visit Preusser Jewelers. Our staff includes a senior charter member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers and a GIA graduate gemologist. We have a long esteemed reputation of providing fair and accurate appraisals. Contact us for more information.

Learn All the Details About Custom Jewelry Design

All You Need to Know About Custom Jewelry Design

Custom jewelry designing

Sometimes, no matter how much you look, you just can’t find the perfect piece of jewelry that’s just what you had in mind. You might like the stone, but not the setting. Or maybe you like parts of the design elements from two different pieces. You also may have inherited a fine jewelry piece that just isn’t your style. The staff at Preusser Jewelers are ready to help in any of these situations.

A History of Exceptional Custom Jewelry Design

Our design philosophy has grown over our long and successful history in Grand Rapids. As the longest-serving jewelry store in Michigan, we have watched many jewelry trends come and go, and we have kept up with each new change while preserving our appreciation for the past.

This outlook makes us uniquely qualified to cater to all tastes. If you’re looking for a piece of custom jewelry that captures the classic feel of fashions from a bygone era, we have a deep creative well to pull from to make the perfect piece for you. We can also clean or customize pieces of classic or vintage jewelry.

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Time Honored Techniques, State of the Art Tools

We can turn your vision into a unique and stunning piece of custom jewelry. Our skilled craftsmen utilize time-honored techniques and state-of-the-art tools in an expertly designed studio environment to make custom pieces that are truly breathtaking.

Our craftsmen work with 18Kt. and 14Kt. yellow, white, and rose gold and platinum. Any of these options can give your custom piece a dazzling appearance, even on the most understated style.

We can also use jewelry you have inherited or purchased second hand and redesign it into something that you can truly be proud of. Whether you want to keep its original character, or use an existing piece of jewelry as a base to make something brand new, our skilled craftsmen can complete the work with the highest regard for quality and detail.

Custom jewelry doesn’t always mean we make the piece from scratch. We have many semi-mounts, which are mountings with cubic zirconia in the center, so you don’t have to view a ring with nothing in the center. All of the accent stones are real. This way, you can choose the stone you want for the center, in terms of quality. Also the mounting can be ordered to fit larger or smaller stones for the center, or a different shape, and in the color of gold you want, or even platinum.

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Personal Service

Whether you want something classic, something modern, or a unique combination of both, we can make it perfect. Our designers are well equipped to follow your instructions and add a flare to your creative concepts. You can be as involved in the process as you’d like — from sketches to wax carving, casting and finishing. Having an in-house studio means that you’ll get personal service from designers you know and trust. The entire process will usually take three to five weeks.

Contact Preusser Jewelers for Custom Jewelry

With a commitment to innovative design and high-quality materials, Preusser Jewelers is the perfect jewelry store to assist you in creating that perfect piece of custom jewelry. Some of our happiest moments are seeing the joy on our customers’ faces when they see their completed custom jewelry pieces for the first time. Come into our store or contact us so we can show you the world of possibilities in custom jewelry design.

Preusser Jewelers Recommends Perfect Gifts for New Mothers

Gift Suggestions for New Mothers from Preusser Jewelers

“Push Presents,” also known as “Baby Baubles” gained popularity in the United States in the 1990s. These are gifts usually given by a partner to a new mother to mark the occasion of her giving birth to their child. The trend was started by celebrities, but the gift doesn’t have to be expensive. Preusser Jewelers has lots of ideas (like jewelry featuring the new baby’s birthstone) that any new mom will treasure for years to come.

All You Need to Know About Push Presents

In general, the practice of giving gifts to new mothers isn’t a new one. New moms in England have traditionally been given diamond rings. Gold is a common gift for new mothers in Greece and India.

The basic thought behind the practice is expectant mothers get a lot of presents at baby showers, but those gifts are actually for the new baby. Some feel that the mother should be given a special gift too.

These tokens typically come from her partner, but may also be given by her close friends, siblings, or parents. If the new baby has older siblings, the gift may even come from them, and dad or grandparents may want to do something special also.

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Perfect Gifts for New Mothers

As we already mentioned, the gift to the new mom doesn’t have to be expensive. It doesn’t even have to be a material item. Gifts of your time, such as free babysitting would be a much-appreciated gift for the new mom. She could use this time for a date night, going shopping, or just some time to herself to do things she can’t when taking care of an infant.

Small gestures can also mean a lot. Dropping off a meal for the family is always a welcome surprise. Walking the dogs, picking up deliveries, taking the trash out or other chores the dad would usually handle will free him up to spend more time with the new mom and baby.

Jewelry Gifts for New Moms

If you do want to give a woman jewelry to mark the occasion of her journey into motherhood, it should have sentimental value. Jewelry items that she can wear every day would be perfect! Here are some suggestions:

  •     A stackable ring with the baby’s birthstone and accented with diamonds
  •     Engraved pieces such as a ring or necklace with the baby’s name and birthdate
  •     Lockets with the baby’s picture inside
  •     Pendants with baby’s initials
  •     Simple jewelry such as charm bracelets centered on the new baby

We offer custom jewelry design so you can create a personalized gift for the new mother. For instance, we could create a custom piece featuring the baby’s birthstone matched with the mother’s birthstone. With custom design, the possibilities are almost endless. Keep in mind custom jewelry takes about 4 to 6 weeks.

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Get the Perfect Jewelry Gifts for New Moms at Preusser Jewelers

If you decide to give a jewelry gift to that special new mom in your life, you can find the perfect item at Preusser Jewelers. Our courteous, knowledgeable staff can help you choose that special gift from our wide inventory, or we can help you get started on a custom piece. Contact us today for more information.

Advice for Picking the Perfect Piece of Jewelry She Will Love from Preusser Jewelers

How to Pick the Perfect Piece of Jewelry She Will Love

Perfect Gift Jewelry Happy Woman

If you a planning to give the gift of a beautiful piece of jewelry to a special woman in your life, it can be difficult to know how to select the perfect item. Whether it is a gift for your wife, your mother, or your soon-to-be fiance (hopefully!), the process of choosing the right piece of jewelry may leave you feeling nervous and unsure how to decide. Whether you are looking for a beautiful piece from a designer collection or a unique custom design, the friendly experts at Preusser Jewelers are here to help. Read on for advice on how to pick the perfect piece of jewelry that she will love.

What does she love already?

Is there a particular piece of jewelry that she already loves? Perhaps a favorite pair of drop earrings with uniquely colored diamonds. Perhaps a beloved tennis bracelet, with simple modern style in white gold. Look for items that she already loves, and draw on the features of those items to find new pieces that she will enjoy just as much. If you are in doubt, take a picture of her favorite pieces and consult with our experienced in-house design studio. We will help you select the perfect piece to complement her collection.

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What gemstones does she prefer?

As you consider the pieces of jewelry in her collection and the items that she enjoys wearing most, take note of the gemstones that she prefers. Perhaps she selects only diamonds for her rings and earrings. Perhaps she has a number of emeralds in her collection, a beautiful complement to her striking green eyes. Consider the gemstones that she loves, and use this information to guide your choice of the perfect gift.

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Does she prefer a particular precious metal?

There are many different types of precious metal that can be used for creating jewelry. From Platinum to silver to gold, the particular precious metals that she prefers will be an important part of your selection of her gift. Take note of the precious metals she prefers, for rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets, and choose complementary precious metals for her special gift.

Preusser Jewelers Quick Tip: If you are buying her a ring, sizing is very important! If possible, borrow a ring she wears often and bring it with you to your jeweler to have it sized, so your gift will be a perfect fit!

Preusser Jewelers is Here for You

At Preusser Jewelers, we want you to find the perfect item to give to the person you love. Our experienced jewelers will take the time to go over all the details with you, from setting to sizing, so that you can feel confident you have selected the perfect gift! At Preusser Jewelers, we are proud to have been serving the community of Grand Rapids for more than 150 years, and we are looking forward to your visit! Contact us today to see how our experienced jewelers can help.