You’ll never forget that special moment when you said “YES.” The ring was slipped on your finger and from that day forward, it has been a romantic symbol of the love and devotion you and your partner share.
It’s natural for your taste and lifestyle to evolve, however, and your ring may no longer take your breath away. You might have a marquise or princess cut diamond, but would now prefer a round brilliant. Or maybe you’d like to modernize the setting or enhance the band.
From a modest refresh to an extravagant transformation, Carats offers you limitless possibilities for upgrading your ring, expertly guiding you through every step of the process. Here are just a few ways you can achieve a whole new look at Carats:
Heirloom is defined as, “a valuable object that has belonged to a family for several generations” and always holds a very special place in our hearts. Heirloom jewelry has memories attached to it that we want to preserve and protect, as it is passed down through the family often times for several generations. Because of the unavoidable wear and aging of the jewelry, it’s important to take the right steps in protecting it from deterioration.
Here are some quick tips to make sure your heirloom jewelry and its stunning beauty will last as long as the memories it holds.
The iconic diamond engagement ring has been given as a token of love and commitment since the early Renaissance. It carries tremendous meaning and is the cornerstone of the modern American jewelry market. Engagement ring clientele includes millennials seeking personalized designs, Generation Xers with classic styles in mind, and married couples celebrating the longevity of their relationship by upgrading their original rings.
This season’s must-have jewelry trends are bringing fashion shifts across all areas of fashion. Here’s a look at our top 5 spring jewelry trends of 2017 and how you can use them in your daily jewelry practice.
It’s all in the details
We’ve seen a stretch of seasons carrying larger-than-life jewelry statements across the fashion world, and this year stars are downsizing for their spring and summer statements. Expect to see small jewelry with large detail. Layers of thin rings, skinny cuffs and delicate necklaces. Accessories of tiny size, making a subtle, indirect but impressive impact on an overall look. Rose gold has also, quickly become a popular detail in spring and summer jewelry this year!
Pearls, pearls, pearlsPearls are taking on a new look with designers incorporating pearls into bold, trendy designs. The
secrets of our mothers and grandmothers are being born again with some amazing pearl jewelry designs. Naturally, pearls are collectively flattering for any skin complexion. Some say it’s almost like wearing a light diffuser around your face. With this fresh approach on pearls, we’re going to see pearls trend as a jewelry box essential once again.Throwback jewelry
1970’s jewelry is coming back with a passion! Expect to see jewelry that is wearable but has some significant weight to it. Chunky gold necklaces, some thick bangles, even statement pendant necklaces or animal themed designs. Many inspirations you would have seen in the 1970’s styles. Interest in high-end, vintage jewelry designs have also shown to be a hot jewelry trend this year.Bright and colorful
Colored diamonds are becoming one of the fastest growing jewelry trends of 2017. Pink and yellow stones have been particularly popular, but you’ll begin to see an array of colored stones through the spring and summer of 2017. The demand for colored stones is high as they are rare and have had an amplified presence on high-profile individuals. Get ready to get wild with color!Bring in the rings!
The more the better! That’s right, ring stacking is hot again with celebrities staking multiple sets of rings to create a complete look. Don’t be afraid to mix and match metals, show your pinky some love and be sure not to overcrowd the knuckle rings. So find some delicate rings to stack, bring out grandmother’s pearls, get ready for a blast from the past and discover new and daring colors in your jewelry selections this spring!This Is What Dreams Are Made Of
Three of The World’s Most Expensive Diamonds
Every girl dreams of having a big, beautiful chunk of rock that sparkles and shines more than any other! The more expensive, valuable and rare the rock- the more precious it becomes. We would all love to own one of the world’s most treasured gems, but most of us will only dream of it. Here are three of the most expensive diamond jewelry pieces in the world! Sit back, enjoy, and dream a little!Heart of The Ocean
The Heart of the Ocean is undoubtedly the most recognizable piece in this list. The Heart of the Ocean
was made indisputably famous by the movie Titanic. This iconic necklace was crafted by the infamous jeweler, well-known around the world, Harry Winston. The blue diamond itself weighs in at 15 carats and that kind of beauty doesn’t come without a weighted price tag. The Heart of the Ocean prices at $20 million dollars. Even its knock-offs are selling high, at $3.5 million, because of its value and cinematic fame.The Perfect Pink
The high-grade color, cut, and clarity of this remarkable pink diamond is only a part of what makes this 14.23 carat, rare pink diamond so magnificent. What makes this diamond even more exceptional is that it belongs to the small 10% of pink diamonds that weigh over .20 carats. Throughout history, only 18 known diamonds were valued at 10 carats or more. With the two colorless white diamonds (weighing 1.73 and 1.67 carats) and the white gold ring of 18 carats, this perfect and precious piece is priced at $23.2 million.The Graff Pink Diamond
Another pink beauty, the Graff Pink Diamond is considered one of the most expensive pieces of jewelry in the world being priced at $1.85 million per carat! Laurence Graff bought the impressive ring from “Heart of the Ocean” jeweler, Harry Winston, for the hefty price of $46.2 million. At 24.78 carats and a rare type II color, this extraordinary diamond is considered to be one of the most precious diamonds to ever be discovered. The notable diamond and two shield-shaped diamonds are all mounted on a premiere platinum ring.Who wouldn’t want to have one of these in their jewelry box? To come close to owning one of the most coveted jewelry pieces in the world, we all may need some time to save up. In the meantime, browse our striking selection of fine jewelry and inspiring diamond jewelry pieces!
The American Dream of one man, Greg Twarowski.
Greg’s story began in Poland. Even as a young boy he was passionate and driven. From making deals with other children to negotiating the house rules with his mother, Greg’s entrepreneurial spirit was always at the forefront. His search for opportunity is what eventually brought him to Sarasota, Florida in 1990.
Miles from his homeland, Greg new that in order to succeed in the United States he would have to work hard, remain positive, and pursue a trade that he was passionate about. With a charming personality and a love for fine jewelry he quickly found himself as an entrepreneur in the wholesale market. With several years as a successful businessman in the wholesale market Greg extended his passion for Fine Jewelry to include Watches. It seemed only natural to open a retail store. As Greg became more familiar with the industry he expanded his product offerings, added fine jewelry repairs, and he also offered custom design services for his customers. This has resulted in a successful full service fine jewelry store.
Greg is happy to call himself a Sarasota resident for over 25 years, and the owner of Carats Fine Jeweler & Watches. It’s this community and our loyal customers that have made this American Dream possible. Thank you.
If you are planning a Siesta Key vacation, don't forget the most important activity: Have fun! A trip to Siesta Key will no doubt be one of your fondest vacation memories.
Visit Carats Fine Jewelry and Watches, located on Bay Street in Sarasota right off Siesta Key. You'll find the perfect piece to commemorate your special Siesta Key vacation and have a souvenir that you'll be wearing for years to come.
Stop by Carats today and one of our expert jewelers can help you find the ring of your lady's dreams!
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Browsing for a wedding ring online is a great way to do research, but when it comes time to buy your wedding rings, it's a better idea to shop at a credible, local jeweler like Carats. Although you may know your ring sizes, that's not a guarantee that the ring you order online will fit properly and then you'll have to take it somewhere for resizing. Skip the hassle and explore the wedding band possibilities in person at a local establishment.
Narrowing down materials
Through pictures, you can see what wedding band materials including gold, silver, platinum, palladium and titanium look like, but you don't fully understand what they'll feel like when you're wearing them. There are distinct differences between each material and until you hold them in your hand and try them on your ring finger, you can't be certain which one is the best choice for your wedding ring.
Finding a comfortable wedding ring
While women may wear rings on their left hand ring finger prior to receiving an engagement ring or wedding band, men rarely do so it's important to find a wedding ring he'll be comfortable wearing. Many of today's rings offer a comfort band with a curved surface instead of the traditional flat that men may find uncomfortable. The wedding bands chosen for the bride and groom need to work comfortably with their lifestyle too and not interfere with daily tasks and the only way to know this detail is by checking a variety of band shapes, styles and materials.
Discovering personal style
Many couples choose to have matching wedding bands, but this isn't necessary for every bride and groom. Expressing your unique, personal style, even when they don't perfectly match your partner's, makes the wedding ring more significant, especially since it means that you and your partner each accept what makes you both unique. It's becoming more popular for men and women to include gemstones in their wedding rings, but not all gemstones are suitable for bands because of their fragile nature. Another way to add personal style to a wedding ring is by combining different materials into the ring for a two-tone effect, including inlays, stripes or ribbed edges and using a unique woven or wave pattern.
When you choose a wedding ring from an experienced local jeweler like Carats, the jewelers can create a custom band that meets and exceeds your expectations. Contact us or stop by today to see how we can help find your perfect wedding ring!