How We Define High-End Jewelry

Fine Jewelry Preusser Jewelers

At Preusser Jewelers, we don’t sell just any kind of jewelry. We specialize in very fine, upscale jewelry for our customers. Our store is filled with delightful treasures made with diamonds and many beautiful color gemstones. Looking for the perfect engagement ring or wedding band? We’ve got them. Today’s post from Preusser Jewelers discusses what fine jewelry is.

Defining Fine Jewelry

You can get fine jewelry in many places. But is it really “fine”? Big box stores buy many styles in the thousands, and then are sold in hundreds of stores across the country. How well-made is that piece? Were the gems and precious metals ethically mined? Were the gems hand-selected for the best match and beauty? At Preusser Jewelers, we know they are. We have met the people who are the designers, like Simon G, Christopher Slowinski, and Peter Storm to name a few. 

Diamonds and Fine Jewelry

Just because a diamond is in a piece of jewelry doesn’t necessarily make it “fine.” Even if a diamond is tiny, it should still be well-cut so it refracts light as much as possible. That’s the sparkle factor! If it’s not, and looks like it has lots of specks in it, or to put it bluntly, frozen 

spit, is that fine jewelry? No. Even tiny diamonds should be well matched for size, cut, color, and clarity.

Fine Jewelry at Preusser Jewelers

Fine jewelry is perfect for life’s special occasions, and celebrations. Or you just simply LOVE jewelry! Anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, and engagements, births, (or if you are in the dog house!) jewelry can make that special day even better. Plus the receiver will always remember that occasion, every time they put it on. Also passing it on after you’ve gone, makes it even more special, and a happy memory. Stop by Preusser Jewelers today to see what we’ve got.

Why Preusser Jewelers Is the Top Choice Among Grand Rapids Jewelers

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Preusser Jewelers believes diamonds are forever. We should know. Our store opened in downtown Grand Rapids in 1850, and we’ve been open ever since. Check out why Preusser Jewelers is the choice in Grand Rapids and Michigan!

Knowledgeable Staff

Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can show you so many styles of fine jewelry. Look for fashion diamond and color rings, bridal jewelry, and more! Our store has many styles from well-known jewelry designers. Preusser Jewelers also has a master jeweler in house who can help bring your custom design wishes to life! As one of the best jewelry stores in Michigan, and the oldest, Preusser Jewelers can’t be beaten for quality and service. 

Fine Estate Jewelry

Preusser Jewelers offers pieces which we have purchased from estates, individuals, and trade-ins. Also, our estate department has jewelry on consignment. We consider every piece carefully, and they must meet our standards. We only offer unique and well-made jewelry that will bring its new owner (you!) much happiness! 

Appraisals

We can appraise your jewelry collection for insurance purposes, estate or tax reasons, or for liquidation. Our fees are reasonable, and we give you the most accurate valuation possible based on current market prices, demand, grade, and style. Don’t settle for an antique store that sells furniture, art, and jewelry. Rely on Preusser Jewelers, who knows what each piece is really worth. Call us for an appointment. Turnaround times are almost always short, depending on how many pieces are being evaluated.

Preusser Jewelers: The Finest Grand Rapids Jeweler

Check out our beautiful collections of various designers. We’re right here in downtown Grand Rapids, where we’ve always been. It doesn’t get any better than Preusser Jewelers, Michigan’s oldest jeweler. Contact Preusser Jewelers or call (616) 458-1425 for more details.

How to Custom Design Unique Engagement Rings

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The dedicated staff at Preusser Jewelers wants you to have the best experience possible as soon as you walk in the door. We want you to have the perfect piece of jewelry! A custom crafted engagement ring that will showcase your individual style. Today’s blog from Preusser Jewelers highlights custom designed engagement rings.

Start With the Diamond and Gemstones

Let’s face it. A unique engagement ring is all about the center stone! Choose it based on

the shape you love most, and imagine enjoying it for many years to come. Our diamonds

come with a lab report from GIA (Gemological Institute of America). Their standards are the highest in the world. 

Create the Setting

Once you have chosen the center stone, the ring can then be designed based on your

ideas. We can then implement them based on your style and your lifestyle! Certain styles

will work for some and not others. We can explain that so you understand what will be best

for YOU!

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Choose the Type of Metal

Preusser Jewelers can create unique engagement rings out of white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, or platinum. White gold and platinum enhance the shine of diamonds, while yellow and rose gold add warmth. Your skin may look better in some colors than others. 

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Make a Model

Once you have your design in mind, our jeweler will carve a wax form the design or we create a CAD image on a computer. That way you can make sure it’s what you want. This is when we tweak the design if needed. When you tell us “That’s it!”, we get to work. The hard part comes next, waiting to see the finished ring! Rest assured, we want you to be happy with our work. Intricate pieces may take longer to make, but the end result will leave you breathless! 

Contact Preusser Jewelers to Make a Unique Engagement Ring

Preusser Jewelers is Michigan’s oldest jeweler. Our expert staff will work with you every step of the way to create the perfect unique engagement ring. Contact Preusser Jewelers or stop by our store in downtown Grand Rapids for more information.

Why Preusser Jewelers Is One of the Best Jewelry Stores in Michigan

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Preusser Jewelers is not your average jewelry store. Our staff prides itself on first-class customer service for everyone who comes to our store. In today’s blog, discover why Preusser Jewelers is one of the best jewelry stores in Michigan. 

Selection

Preusser Jewelers offers ethically sourced diamonds, gemstones, and precious metals. See our selection of hundreds of diamond engagement rings, wedding rings, and eternity bands that showcase your special relationship!  Excellent quality, price and service is important if you want to be one of the best jewelry stores in Michigan!

 

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Custom Jewelry

Our in-house master jeweler and experienced staff can help you design the ring, necklace, or earrings of your dreams. Pick out your gems, setting, and precious metal, and we’ll get to work. We’ll have your custom jewelry done in about four to six weeks as one of the best jewelry stores in Michigan. 

Top Designers

Preusser Jewelers highlights collections from a dozen top designer jewelers. Many collections are Made in the USA! We sell some of the finest collections in Michigan and the Midwest.

 

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Experience

Our master jeweler has more than 30 years of experience. Preusser Jewelers has been in downtown Grand Rapids since 1850. Our staff has many years of experience and knowledge in the jewelry industry. See why our experience makes the difference in one of the best jewelry stores in Michigan.

See Preusser Jewelers Today

Stop by our store in downtown Grand Rapids today. We promise we’ll take care of you, talk to you about your options, and come up with the best possible jewelry for you. Contact Preusser Jewelers for more information, and find out how we became one of the best jewelry stores in Michigan!

Traditional Meanings of Gemstone Colors and Birthstones

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Gemstone colors bring out the personality of the wearer. You might want a look that brings out your unique eye color or skin tone. Perhaps you want to capture someone’s attention with a bright, sparkling gem. You might also want to highlight your personal birthstone with beautiful custom jewelry. In today’s blog, Preusser Jewelers talks about the traditional meanings of gemstone colors and birthstones.

Sapphires – Blue

Sapphires have long been the gemstone color of fidelity. It’s the symbol of hope and faith, and brings the wearer kindness and protection. Sapphire is the birthstone for September. 

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Rubies – Red

Medieval Europeans believed rubies signified health, wealth, wisdom, and love. Hindus saw rubies as a sign of royalty. Rubies are the birthstone for July.

Emeralds – Green

Emeralds have a rich vibrant green color. Ancients associated emeralds with peace, faith, and harmony. The deep green color may also signify growth and prosperity. Emerald is May’s birthstone.

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Amethysts – Purple

Purple is the gemstone color of royalty. It’s no surprise that amethysts frequently appear in royal jewels. Ancient Greeks and Romans believed amethysts bring success in sports and business. Amethysts represent the month of February.

Topaz

Topaz is the birthstone for November. The Imperial version is a stunning and unique peach-pink gold. It also comes in yellows, blues, and white. Citrine is also often used for November. Folklore says that wearing citrine can ward off evil thoughts.

Preusser Jewelers and Gemstone Colors

Please come and visit our store in downtown Grand Rapids for a wide selection of  beautifully made jewelry with many of gemstone choices. Contact Preusser Jewelers to start designing your perfect custom jewelry.

Colored Gemstones and September’s Birthstone: Sapphire

Preusser Jewelers Colored Gemstones Sapphire

It’s almost September, and we’re going to focus on beautiful sapphires! Preusser Jewelers highlights this gorgeous colored gemstone that’s more than just a rich vivid blue tone!

Sapphires as Colored Gemstones

Sapphires are stunning, and they come in fantastic colors! They’re September’s birthstone, and they gained popularity when Princess Diana chose it as her engagement ring, and again when her son Prince William gave it to Kate. Did you know sapphires come in every color of the rainbow? Everyone thinks they are just a deep blue color. A rich, intense blue is the most prized color, but sapphires also come in shades of green, yellows, oranges, pinks, violets, and shades of purple. When sapphires are so dark you aren’t sure what color they are, those are very poor quality. Sapphires are the second-hardest gem after diamond, which makes them a great option as an alternative to diamonds for a ring that is worn for a lifetime.

Stop by Preusser Jewelers Today

Come and see our beautiful collections of color gemstone rings, necklaces, and earrings at Preusser Jewelers. We’re located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. View our gorgeous sapphire jewelry and shop for your engagement ring, bridal jewelry, or a new piece for your collection.

How a Jeweler Makes Jewelry Repairs

Jewelry Repair Preusser Jewelers

Preusser Jewelers prides itself on being one of the top Grand Rapids jewelry stores. We provide custom jewelry, bridal jewelry, and designer collections for our customers. Our in-house craftspeople can make jewelry repairs on any beautiful, high-quality pieces. Today, Preusser Jewelers discusses the jewelry repair process here at our beautiful store in downtown Grand Rapids.

When You Need Jewelry Repair

Any jewelry that is worn very frequently, or every day, should be checked by one of our experienced staff. We recommend bringing your jewelry in to us every 6 months. A six-month checkup ensures your piece stays strong.

What We Look for in Jewelry Repair 

We can spot if a prong, shank, or clasp is getting worn out. Our expert craftspeople then recommend a solution and explain exactly what we’ll do. Jewelry repair takes a special touch, and our staff will do everything possible to return your jewelry to like-new condition.

Even Expensive Jewelry Needs Repair

Sometimes we hear “That ring was expensive, I shouldn’t have to do anything to it!” The purchase price has nothing to do with maintenance. Gold, platinum, and sterling silver can wear down over time, and stones can loosen and fall out.  People’s lifestyles and activities will determine how often servicing may be needed.  

Talk to Preusser Jewelers About Jewelry Repair

Our in-house master jeweler will estimate what needs to be done. An average jewelry repair takes approximately one week.  Please stop in and talk to us at Preusser Jewelers if you have any questions or concerns about your jewelry.

Why Preusser Is Your Grand Rapids Jewelry Store

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Preusser Jewelers has been in business for nearly 170 years. Our longevity is just one reason why we’re your premier Grand Rapids jeweler. Here is why you really should shop at our showroom in downtown Grand Rapids.

History

William Preusser started his business in 1850. We’ve been a downtown Grand Rapids jewelry store ever since. Our longevity comes from our devotion to customer service, top-quality jewelry, custom design studio, and amazing designer collections found nowhere else in the area. We have beautiful rings for any couple planning a wedding. We’re also your headquarters for engagement rings, unique jewelry, and wedding bands.

Custom Jewelry

Our in-house craftspeople can make almost any piece of custom jewelry you can think of. Not many Grand Rapids jewelry stores can say that. If you can think it, we can make it. Starting with a design, then choose sterling, gold or platinum, add some beautiful gems, and we can create custom jewelry to your exact specifications.   

Designer Collections

Preusser Jewelers carries some designer collections that other Grand Rapids jewelry stores don’t. We have Christopher Designs L’Amour collection, one of the finest design houses for luxury pieces, Peter Storm has a modern-retro theme, MichaelM designs streamlined and stunning, to name a few.  We have many wonderful collections at Preusser Jewelers. Come by and see what we have!   

Customer Service

Customer service is always a top priority at Preusser Jewelers. We are a full-service Grand Rapids jewelry store. Our expert sales staff can find the perfect diamond ring, necklace, or diamond earrings to fit your lifestyle. We can also help you design custom jewelry to match your personality or symbolize your relationship.

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!