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.

A Look at Bridal Jewelry From 1850

Vintage Bridal Jewelry

Preusser Jewelers traces its roots back to 1850. That’s when William Preusser founded this company in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a frontier town of 5,000 people. Today, we pride ourselves on being a trusted name for fine fashion jewelry, bridal jewelry, and more. In today’s blog, we harken back to our roots and talk about bridal jewelry from around 1850.

Rings

Until 1852, jewelry of any kind was handmade. That’s something Preusser Jewelers can appreciate. Bridal jewelry, in particular, was fashionably constructed of 18-karat or 22-karat gold. Rings were embellished with colored gems, such as sapphires, rubies, chalcedony, amethyst, garnet, and topaz. Pearls were also popular. Diamonds weren’t quite en vogue just yet.

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Necklaces

Necklaces were very elaborate in terms of bridal jewelry. Many designs depicted flowers, leaves, and butterflies because Victorians loved nature. Seed pearls were all the rage in 1850. These tiny little gems were used by designers to create flowers with petals while gold or silver formed leaves. Pearls also went into butterfly wings. Elaborate seed pearl necklaces draped the front of the dress and stretched to the middle of the bride’s back.

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Talk to Preusser Jewelers About Custom Bridal Jewelry

At Preusser Jewelers, we care about your personal tastes when it comes to bridal jewelry. Our master craftspeople can custom-make unique and stunning pieces using time-honored techniques and current technology. Call us at (616) 458-1425 or contact us online for more information.

Top Five Valentine’s Day Jewelry Presents

Pick the Perfect Gift from Preusser Jewelers

Valentines Day present

With Valentine’s Day coming up, you’re probably looking for present ideas that will convey your love and appreciation to your valentine. Jewelry presents are always a smart choice, but there are so many options: rings, pendants, bracelets, earrings, necklaces. Then there’s many different metals and stones to consider. This list of the top five jewelry presents from Preusser Jewelers will help you decide.

1. Stackable Rings

Wearing multiple rings on one finger has become a popular trend. Rings can be paired based on metal, gemstones, or personal taste. Whether you’re buying a ring to add to their collection or you are buying a new set, there are many styles to choose from.

Small bands are a simple option. Rings with complementing gemstones can produce a dramatic effect. Keep in mind that some rings of this type are worn further up the finger, and some are even worn on the thumb, so you may need to choose a size that is different than the recipient’s standard ring size. If you are uncertain about the sizing of your item, Preusser Jewelers suggests giving the ring, and then have her come in and let us fit the ring to the finger it’s going to be worn on. That way, her Valentine’s Day gift will be a perfect fit.

2. Stud Earrings

Simple stud earrings are always a classic gift. They are available in all three colors of gold, and platinum. Whether they are diamonds, or gemstones, studs are timeless! If they prefer a certain gemstone, or don’t seem to have a preference, you can never go wrong with studs!

3. Birthstone Jewelry

Speaking of gemstones, you usually can’t go wrong with a piece of jewelry featuring your close companion’s birthstone. You might choose a ring, pendant, bracelet, or earrings. Giving jewelry that includes someone’s birthstone is an easy way to make them feel special.

4. Heart Shaped Jewelry

Since the most common symbol associated with Valentine’s Day is a heart, it makes sense to give heart-shaped jewelry to mark the occasion. The most popular choices are rings, earrings, and pendants. The gemstones most often featured in this type of jewelry are diamonds, rubies, even morganite.

5. Bracelets

Other popular items given for Valentine’s Day are bracelets. Women’s bracelets come in a wide variety of styles, including bangles, charm, cuff, and the classic tennis. If your partner already has a small collection of bracelets, take a peak in their jewelry box to guide your selection of gold color, diamonds and gemstones.

Let Preusser Jewelers Help You Select the Perfect Present

Since 1850, Preusser Jewelers has offered fashion-focused and elegant fine jewelry. Our friendly, experienced staff can help you find just the right gift for your valentine. Our jewelry store is conveniently located in downtown Grand Rapids, accessible from both major expressways.

Unique Engagement Rings

Selecting A Unique Engagement Ring

A unique rose-gold engagement ring.

Unique engagement rings are becoming a significant trend in the jewelry industry. If you are selecting an engagement ring, you should consider non-traditional options. In this blog, Preusser Jewelers offers some interesting options and shares why this unique trend is here to stay.

Why Choose A Uniquely Designed Ring?

As more and more celebrities choose interesting wedding rings, the public has become intrigued by these fashion-forward options. From colored center stones to intricate and interesting settings, these rings have helped combine traditional elegance with modern taste. Striking and often conversation starting, these settings allow wearers to embrace their uniqueness.

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Colored Center Stones

It is not uncommon to see a modern engagement ring sporting a colored center stone. A colored center stone helps draw attention to the center of the ring and often means something specific to the wearer. If you cannot see yourself easily donning a ruby ring on your hand daily, consider the sapphire. It comes in all colors and tones and is very durable. If you like the look of color, but do not want to commit to a colored center stone, consider colored side stones or the addition of a colored stone band. These are both beautiful options to update your more traditional engagement ring.

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Unique Settings

Intricate settings are also very popular when it comes to unique engagement rings. Custom jewelry is perfect if you want to achieve a unique and dynamic engagement ring. An experienced jeweler can create a ring that elevates traditional style. If you do not want a ring that is too complex, consider utilizing double diamond bands instead of the standard engagement ring and separate band. This is a timeless and elegant take on the engagement ring.

Contact Preusser Jewelers

If you are ready to look into non-traditional ring options, Preusser Jewelers is the best option for you! From custom rings to elegant designer options, we have a jewelry style perfect for any customer. Contact us today for more information.

Updating Your Wedding Rings

Updating Your Wedding Ring Set

Wedding rings on a black background.

If you are interested in updating your wedding ring set, you should know that you have options. In this blog from Preusser Jewelers, you will learn how you can easily update your ring set and will get great advice from our highly experienced staff.  

Start From The Center

A simple way to update and upgrade your current ring is to update your center stone with a new diamond. If you feel that your current diamond is not bright enough, you could choose a better cut and a higher color grade. By working with Preusser Jewelers, you can feel confident that the new setting supports the stone you have selected.

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Modifying Your Current Ring  

If you would really like to update the appearance of your ring, you can change your setting. If you have decided that you want a larger center stone, you should be aware that the setting will most likely need to be modified or entirely remade. By choosing Preusser, you know you have selected the perfect jeweler. We have a master jeweler in-house who understands how to design a new ring or update your original.

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Band Update

If you are looking for a more simple solution, talk to Preussers about finding or creating a band that implements your favorite stone, and design elements. Preussers can help you select a new band that fits well with your existing ring, or craft one specifically for you.

Contact Preusser Jewelers

With a commitment to quality, innovative design, and high-quality materials, Preusser Jewelers is the perfect jewelry store to assist you in making your upgrading dreams come true. Contact us for more information today.