How to Wear Diamond Rings When You Have an Active Lifestyle

Diamond Ring with Emeralds

Diamond rings are beautiful, one-of-a-kind creations that are precious and delicate, but they can still fit into your active lifestyle. Whether you spend your weekends on Lake Michigan, love to swing a golf club, or spend lots of time with your children, you can have your jewelry and be active, too! Preusser Jewelers takes a look at how to wear diamond rings when you have a busy lifestyle.

Low Settings

High-profile settings for diamond rings often get in the way of an active lifestyle. Tall settings can snag on clothing, scratch your children, or become damaged after hitting surface after surface. A lower setting keeps the diamond out of harm’s way and reduces the chances of accidents happening when you’re out and about.

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Bezel Setting

A bezel setting protects the gem in a diamond ring without sacrificing the size of the stone. Bezeling features a metal band to completely encircle the gem to protect it from chipping. This style also keeps the gem close to the band without raising it very much. A bezel setting brings out the depth of the gemstone’s character and plays with light just as well as other settings.

Thick Band

Leave dainty, thin bands behind when you have an active lifestyle. Thick bands for diamond rings can be more resilient and less delicate, compared to a small band. Chipping on a thin band affects the entire ring more so than a thick band. Having a thick band reduces the chances of a complete break, and it allows you to get the ring repaired before further damage occurs.    

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Six Prongs

Standard solitaire diamond rings have four prongs to keep the gem in place. Consider settings with six prongs to make the diamond more secure. If one prong breaks on a four-pronged setting, the diamond could fall out and become lost. Six prongs allow for one prong to weaken or break while keeping the stone in place.

Diamond Rings from Preusser Jewelers

Preusser Jewelers is your jewelry store for diamond rings in downtown Grand Rapids. Come by our showroom to see our fantastic selection of jewelry, or talk to us about having custom jewelry that fits your lifestyle. Contact us online or call (616) 458-1425 if you have any questions!

Alternative Engagement Rings to Showcase Your Unique Relationship

Alternative Engagement Ring

Traditional engagement rings are a simple gold band with a single diamond. However, there are so many more choices in today’s market that let you showcase your unique relationship. Preusser Jewelers highlights alternative engagement rings for you and your fiance to explore as you prepare for your big day.

Engraved Engagement Ring

Engraved engagement rings have an inscription on the inside. Writing might showcase a Bible or spiritual verse, a saying about love, or the couple’s names. You can make the engraving as unique as you are! Say a few poignant words, keep it light and funny, or simply have your initials as a way to identify the ring.  

Rose Gold

Rose gold engagement rings are a growing trend. Rose gold has a light brown color that isn’t quite as red as copper. Rose gold shimmers with the natural glow that comes with yellow gold. Pair rose gold with a diamond setting of your choice for something different that stands out. Pavé bands with multiple diamonds are popular, while traditional settings are also an excellent choice. Pair rose gold with morganite for complementary yellow-brown colors.

Colored Gemstones

Colored gemstones continue to be a dominant force in engagement rings. Rather than have a diamond as a centerpiece, go with a colored gemstone of your choice surrounded by diamonds. Think a classic emerald or sapphire, or choose a deep red ruby or yellow topaz. Purple amethysts stand out, while aquamarine enhances sparkling blue eyes.  

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Eternity Band

An eternity band serves as both an engagement ring and wedding band. Eternity bands have gems around the entire circumference of the ring, whether you want gemstones totaling less than 1 carat or gems to be ¼ carat each. The size of the gems often determines the width of the band.  

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Custom Jewelry from Preusser Jewelers

Highlight your special relationship with a unique piece of jewelry found nowhere else. Custom jewelry from Preusser Jewelers gives you endless possibilities for bands, settings, and gems. Contact us online or come by our store in downtown Grand Rapids to see what our artisans can do for you!

Wedding Ring Buying Guide

Diamond Wedding Ring

Wedding rings can be so much more than just a simple metal band! You have so many choices when it comes to jewelry that symbolizes your love and commitment with your partner. In today’s blog, Preusser Jewelers offers a wedding ring buying guide for couples planning a wedding.

Precious Metal

Precious metals for wedding rings usually come in two basic types: You have gold and then platinum. But there are actually three different colors of gold to choose from. Yellow gold is the traditional color of wedding bands, and white gold looks like silver with a soft luster. Rose gold is gaining prominence as a copper-colored type of gold. Platinum shimmers more brightly than white gold and doesn’t wear off or fade as much as white gold. These are the most common choices for wedding rings, but we can custom-design your item using other types of precious metals to make your wedding ring unique!

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Diamonds

Diamonds work wonderfully in wedding rings and not just engagement rings! Think about a pavé band filled with a row of diamonds or as part of a bridal set that matches or contrasts your engagement ring. An eternity band has diamonds all around the ring to symbolize everlasting love. You might consider a design with diamonds on only half of the ring in case you need to resize the ring later. Diamonds add sparkle to a men’s or women’s wedding ring! 

Bridal Sets

Bridal sets combine two or more rings. Women wear two different rings on the same finger, one as an engagement ring and another as a wedding ring. Some sets allow both rings to fuse together. Two rings morphing into one increase the wow factor!  

Bands

Bands vary in width from 2 to 8 millimeters. Comfort-fit rings slide over your knuckle easier because the inside of the ring is rounded. Comfort-fit rings tend to fit a bit looser than standard bands. Selecting the correct band is one reason why it’s essential to get your finger sized properly ahead of getting the wedding ring you want. 

Lifestyle

Your lifestyle may determine the type of wedding ring you want. Active people may want something understated and flat, such as a plain band or a pavé band. For something flashier, bridal sets with larger diamond settings are the way to go.

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Timing and Budget

Start your search for wedding rings early once you decide to get married. Early shopping lets you determine a budget and shop for rings within your price range. It also gives you an idea of what you can afford in plenty of time for your big day.

Wedding Rings at Preusser Jewelers 

Preusser Jewelers has a wide selection of wedding rings, from plain bands and bridal sets to pieces from designer collections. Our in-house artisans can custom-make a wedding ring to your exact specifications. Contact us online or stop by our showroom to see how we can help you.

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.

White Gold Rings that Look Great on a Modern Bride

White Gold Ring

If your choice is white gold for your ring, it becomes a classic with diamonds. Quite often if the ring itself is yellow or rose gold, the prongs which hold the center stone will be white gold. This is because of its strength. The refraction off of the white gold will not interfere with a near-colorless or colorless diamond. White gold even shimmers on its own! Today, Preusser Jewelers discusses the many ways that white gold rings look fantastic on couples who choose it.

White Gold Rings with Diamonds

Diamonds are a wonderful choice for white gold rings. A pavé band with rows of tiny diamonds has a very twinkly sparkle. Pavé is French for paved. These diamonds are not “chips” and they have the same faceting as the center diamond. Diamonds and gemstones can be set in many different ways, from prongs to bezels and flush set or channel and more! When you choose a custom diamond ring in white gold (or rose and yellow), you are sure to create a design as unique as you are.

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Skin Tones

Also, your skin tone can be a perfect place to start, as our experienced staff will help you choose rings to fit both you and your lifestyle. We can match your skin tone with a mix of white gold and gemstones. The combinations are endless with colored gemstones and diamonds.

White Gold Rings at Preusser Jewelers

Preusser Jewelers has a wide selection of white gold rings in many styles. All of our styles are available in rose, yellow or platinum as well. See our showroom to find one with diamonds and/or colored gemstones. Contact us online or give us a call, and we can give you helpful information before you even come in our store!

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.

Colored Gemstones to Celebrate Summer


Summer means all-night parties, spending the day at the beach, big concerts, and just plain fun. The hottest months of the year also mean the hottest jewelry styles. When you consider what jewelry to wear out and about, think about beautiful colored gemstones. Bright gems complement, match, or contrast your outfit and accessories.
Preusser Jewelers explains some fantastic options for colored gemstones to wear with your warm-weather ensembles.

Alexandrite

June is a great birthstone month, as it has two gems to choose from! Alexandrite is one of the rarest gems, which changes color in different lighting. The color can also be described as “emerald by day and ruby by night”. Natural alexandrite appears has a green tone in natural daylight and reddish-violet in lower light. As you can imagine, the rarity makes it more expensive!

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Pearls

Pearls can be classic or really cool, depending on you. A strand of pearls are classic, or for a fun piece, mix them with gold or even rubber in a bracelet! (Yes we have some!) You can also add a pair of pearl earrings or a ring to complement your ensemble for a night on the town. Pearls can be classic or modern, elegant or casual. Whether you want them for special occasions or for everyday use, pearls are a perfect choice.

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Colored Gemstones from Preusser Jewelers

As Michigan’s oldest jeweler, we have a wide selection of gemstone jewelry for any occasion. Come to our showroom to see our selection or talk to us about custom jewelry. Contact us or give us a call at (616) 458-1425 to start the conversation.

2019 Bridal Jewelry Trends

Bridal Jewelry Ring

Bridal jewelry trends may change from year to year, and 2019 is no exception. One thing is certain: your jewelry will look fantastic when all is done. That’s what we do best. We guide you and your partner in choosing the best jewelry for each other, according to your lifestyles. In today’s blog post, Preusser Jewelers talks about 2019 bridal jewelry trends as you research your favorite pieces to wear on your big day.

Custom Wedding Rings

While yellow, white or rose gold, and platinum are all great choices (plus you can have two or three colors of metal in the same ring!), consider custom bands that complement your personalities. One growing trend is to use color gems or your own birthstones in your wedding rings. Custom bands make your bridal jewelry as unique as you are.

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Bridesmaid Jewelry

The bride always stands out from everyone else at a wedding, and should! She gets to wear the most stunning dress and jewelry, whether borrowed or new! Brides today are also changing up the way they want their bridesmaids to look. No longer do they always wear matching dresses and jewelry. This opens up a much larger range of style. The bride now has

many options for color and design, and each allows their attendees to still be individuals. So you can guess what that does for jewelry!  

Colored Gemstones

Colored gemstones are still a unique choice for the center stone in your engagement ring. When Princess Diana chose her stunning blue sapphire engagement ring, it made a statement. When Prince William proposed, everyone saw that Kate, now the Duchess of Cambridge, wore Princess Diana’s ring. Gemstone engagement rings continue to be unique in 2019. Look for bridal jewelry with rubies, emeralds, sapphires, or other colored gems. Consider adding colored gemstones to a wedding band to create a different tone, and add diamonds for extra sparkle.

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Bridal Jewelry at Preusser Jewelers

No matter what your preferences are in bridal jewelry, we have a wide range of options at Preusser Jewelers. We can assist couples with custom jewelry of their own design, or you both can peruse our collections in downtown Grand Rapids. Come by our showroom, contact us online, or call us at (616) 458-1425 for more details.

What You Should Know About Estate Jewelry

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If you are familiar with the auction scene or have had a large amount of jewelry passed down in your family, you’ve probably heard the term estate jewelry before. When it comes to estate jewelry, there are some essential pieces of information you need to know, both if you are selling jewelry or looking to buy. In today’s blog post, Preusser Jewelers discusses what you should know about this type of jewelry.

What Is Estate Jewelry?

Before we get into the details, it’s important to distinguish what estate jewelry. Many people have heard the term, but not everybody knows what it really means. It’s actually very simple. Estate jewelry is, essentially, pre-owned jewelry, and you shouldn’t confuse it with antique jewelry.

Typically, antique jewelry is jewelry that is at least 100 years old. While estate pieces are not antique unless they reach that point, professionals use the term estate jewelry for pieces a decade old or older.

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Do Your Research

When buying estate jewelry, the most useful thing you can do is conduct proper research. In most instances, estate pieces are sold after a person passes away and they leave their jewelry behind. The most common places that you find this type of jewelry is at auctions, estate sales, and even antique stores. It’s essential to do proper research before buying a piece. That way you can verify its age and value. The best place to look for this jewelry is at estate sales because it is easier to authenticate than at antique stores or auctions. The dilemma is a simple one. You might find the best deal at an antique store, but you might not be getting the highest quality piece.

Know the Market

If you’re selling estate jewelry, the best thing you can do is know your market. You might not live in an area that has a big auction scene or antique stores that garner a lot of interest. As noted earlier, the best place to sell these pieces is through an estate sale because it is easier to authenticate. However, for sellers in a tough area, online sales are always an option.

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Before selling any piece, however, you should get it appraised so you know its actual value. Arguably the biggest mistake made by people selling old antiques or jewelry is that they sell pieces without knowing their real value. When this happens, you leave money on the table.

Contact Preusser Jewelers for More Information and Tips

If you are looking for jewelry solutions, both traditional and custom, Preusser Jewelers can help. For more information on our collections, get in touch with us today at (616) 458-1425 or contact us online today.

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.