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11 Things NOT To Do When Wearing Your Engagement Ring

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People ask us all the time, “How can I make sure my diamond doesn’t get damaged?”  Proper care and treatment of your engagement ring or wedding band will allow your ring to sparkle for decades to come.  Have other questions about how to care for your engagement ring?  Speak to one of our diamond experts today!

  • Put On Lotion, Makeup and Hair Products:

Build up of makeup, lotion, hair products and creams can mask the brilliance of the diamonds in your ring.  Hairspray and some hair chemicals can eat away at gold and also dull the surface of diamonds and gemstones.

  •  Swim:

There are many dangers when it comes to swimming with a ring — chlorine in some swimming pools can also cause damage to your ring, especially if its prolonged.  It may cause the metal to deteriorate.  Another potential problem is swimming in cold water may cause your ring to come loose and fall off – in a pool, it can be rescued- but if you lose your ring in the ocean or a lake, good luck getting it back.

  • Clean The House:

This is similar to lotions and hair products. Bleach and other chemicals used to clean your house can damage the setting of your ring.  Some cleaners can even change the color of the setting or diamond itself.

  • Do The Dishes:

Harsh chemicals and dish soaps can discolor, dissolve, or otherwise damage the stone or metal bands.

  • Operate Heavy Machinery:

If you have a job that involves manual labor, like construction work, keep your ring at home in a safe place. This will help avoid breaks, splits, cracks, and looseness that are caused by bang-ups.

  • Play tennis or golf:

If you have a tight grip, are left-handed and have diamonds all around your band, remove your ring before playing.  You could knock out stones and cause excessive wear and tear to your ring.

  •  Gardening:

The hidden rocks in dirt can chip the diamond or knock the setting loose–on top of getting your stone super dirty!

  • Sleep:

Depending on the shape and size of your ring, wear it to sleep at night can be a bad idea. If you have an over-sized stone with lots of edges, remove it before going to bed and avoid scratching you or your bed partner’s face in the night.

  •  Lifting Weights/Crossfit/Yoga: 

While wearing your ring is probably okay for most cardio, lifting weights and using weight machines creates a risk for dings and cracks in the stone. It can also scratch up the band.  With crossfit, pull ups and burpees and rope climbs are NOT things you should be doing with an engagement ring on.

  • Clean The Oven:

Oven cleaner “Easy Off” is a notoriously harsh product (it burns skin to the touch!) and the damage on wedding rings can be catastrophic. Don’t risk it with gloves. Remove your ring completely.

  •  Cooking/Baking:

You actually CAN wear your ring for most cooking and baking projects-but if you are using your hands with something sticky or gooey, like dough, remove your ring.  It’ll make a mess out of your ring and be a pain to clean.


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Wedding Trend: Emerald

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When Pantone announced the 2013 color of the year, it was only a short amount of time before emeralds became the most sought-after gem of the year. The emerald, also May’s birthstone, is a vibrant play on a traditional engagement ring and quickly becoming the hottest trend around.

Celebs like Halle Berry, Zoe Saldana and Olivia Wilde all feature emeralds on their engagement rings or wedding bands, and it is no wonderful this trend is catching on.

The emerald holds more romantic connotations than the diamond. Revered for its connection with ancient Roman goddess of love and beauty Venus, the emerald is thought to preserve love and is a symbol of hope. In Eastern traditions, emerald green is the hue associated with the heart chakra.

We love the vibrant green color. Do you?  Check out some of our amazing emerald engagement rings and jewelry.


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Old, New, Borrowed, & Blue: How to Make Old Traditions New


Old, New, Borrowed, & Blue: How to Make Old Traditions New

Weddings are chalk full of traditions. Really, a wedding ceremony itself — with the symbolic wedding rings, vows, aisles, white wedding gowns, and a following wedding reception — is all tradition. So, when bride’s start to question if they want to have a “traditional” wedding, by having a wedding it is traditional. But, the little traditional details can of course be picked over to cater to the bride’s beliefs and wants, and each of these traditions can be modified and otherwise modernized. One of the more fun and widely known traditions comes from the Victorian rhyme “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in your shoe,”  listing the popular traditions and superstitions of the time. These traditions pulled together as one is a popular tradition today that is easily tweaked and made unique for the bride-to-be.

What do they mean? The something old in this tradition is meant symbolically link the bride to her heritage and past, a past that then looks forward. The something new is this looking forward: It is a symbol of looking to the future with optimism. Then something borrowed is meant to represent borrowing happiness. The intention is that the bride would borrow something from a woman in a happy marriage and borrowing something from her would then bring happiness and longevity to the marriage of the new bride. Next, something blue is a symbol of good fortune and fidelity. And finally, the sixpence in your shoe is supposed to bring prosperity to the marriage.

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How to Pick the Perfect Wedding Band

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Congratulations! Your partner said yes-now on to the next biggest step before actually tying the knot: finding the perfect wedding band. Like choosing an engagement ring, this too is a gift from the heart. You will be exchanging this band with the love of your life. This band will spend an eternity on your finger, marking your undying commitment to each other.

Matching your engagement ring isn’t as difficult as you would think.  Many designers make intentional paired pieces that coordinate in design and diamond shape to make the matching process easier.  If your ring did NOT come with a matching wedding band, or if you do not care for the exact match, picking the perfect band is easy at Mervis Diamonds.  Our vast selection of diamonds and designers will surely wow you – but if we don’t have exactly what you are looking for, we will create it especially for you.

The most important things to decide when choosing a wedding band are what is most important to you in your band?

Do you want a band to:

  • Match your engagement ring
  • Match your partner’s band
  • Fit flush against your engagement ring

Key elements to consider:

  • Match your band for design elements (stone size, engraving and carving details, etc)
  • Diamond details – if you have an engagement ring with diamonds halfway down the band, three quarters down the band or all the way, you will want your wedding band to mirror this
  • Match metals – different metals have different hardnesses and putting varying metals next to each other might damage one (or both) of your rings
  • Will you wear your ring by itself or only as a matched set
Want to know more about picking the perfect wedding band?  Check out our FREE downloadable wedding band guide!
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Detail and Design: Verragio Rings

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In all the world, there is no other relationship exactly like yours. Of all the people who have met, fell in love, and devoted their lives to one another, your love is unique. Shouldn’t her ring be unique as well?


Verragio engagement rings and wedding rings are all about the individual. There are six collections of rings (Couture, Eterna, Insignia, Paradiso, Parisian, and Venetian), but buyers are encouraged to “mix and match” elements from different collections, to create a ring that captures the individuality of each relationship. You can further customize a setting with accent stones (like emeralds, sapphires, rubies, or nearly any colored gemstone) for a truly one-of-a-kind ring.

All Verragio engagement rings are intricately detailed and meticulously designed. A beautiful, scrolling lacework is the signature of every Verragio ring. A choice of possible metals (rose, yellow, and white gold, as well as platinum) only adds to the variety of design possibilities, and accents of a complementary-colored gold can be used to highlight the setting pattern even further.

A lifetime commitment deserves a lifetime warranty. Any and all Verragio engagement rings purchased through an authorized retailer is guaranteed to be free of any defects in workmanship or materials, and if there is a problem, Verragio will make it right, so you can rest assured that her ring will be perfect in every way.

Whether she loves the 360 degrees of sparkling diamonds, the exquisite designs and craftsmanship, or the endless customization possibilities, she is guaranteed to love what Verragio has to offer. Visit one of our locations today, and start creating the ring of her dreams. One that is every bit as unique as your love.

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Growing Mervis Diamonds as I Stand on the Shoulders of Giants

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In standard cocktail party conversation, people ask me repeatedly the same question: “What’s it like working with your family? I could never do it!” They continue to tell me that it’s an honorable thing to do and give it the same sort of admiration that one would confer to a shoemaker, who learned his craft from his father, and the trade goes back generations in the family. The general notion I hear is that working with your family is a relic of the past, and its beauty lies in simple nostalgia alone. They seem to recognize little benefit beyond that and are quick to pass on the opportunity because of the many perceived problems.

As someone who grew up steeped in our family’s diamond business, I see things differently. Graduating from college and then grad school, my peers and I were taught to “seek out a career, not a job.” We were told to consider your long term goals and build skills and experiences that help you get there. That was the mantra. In that context, working at Mervis Diamond fulfills that basic requirement of building a career. I am constantly challenging myself and our status quo to grow our company and position ourselves for a brighter future.

I differ from my peers, however, in that my work doesn’t build a career in a vacuum. Rather, my energy builds on the legacy and careers of my father, uncles, cousins, grandfather, and the many family members that have contributed to our business before I set foot in the door.  I take great pride in the fact that any success we find today with our latest marketing campaign or new product line is only made possible by the innovations my grandfather put into place 40 years ago. To paraphrase, Sir Isaac Newton, it is only “by standing on the shoulders of giants” that I am able to accomplish what I do.

There’s a profound difference between superficial nostalgia for the past and a genuine appreciation and love for your daily work and your family that facilitates your success. Primarily, our business provides engagement rings so that others can begin to build families of their own. It feels good to know that our family serves our community, and we encourage people to stop every once in a while and recognize the ones they love with gifts. Whether it be diamonds or a hand-written note, the sincerity of a gift and the thoughtfulness behind it shouldn’t be forgotten amidst our busy lives. This is what we stand for.

My grandfather Morris Mervis was a master of gift-giving, always finding just the right thing for the right moment. With every gift was an exceptionally long card written in perfect script, each line rhyming with the next and playing on countless inside jokes he had with the recipient.  His gifts to me were mostly inexpensive, but I have a thick folder of his cards that I will keep forever. He built Mervis Diamonds with the same sincere care for customers that he poured into my letters. This is the legacy I am proud to carry on.

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Solitaire Doesn’t Just Mean Single Stone

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A large percentage of engagement rings purchased at Mervis Diamond Importers are solitaires.  Most of the time, they are from men who have no idea what their girlfriends want.  They know her personality tends to go towards simple and classic lines, so they assume the best possible bet is a solitaire.  Unfortunately, most of the time, the girl who wants “classic and simple” wants exactly that-but wants simplistic and classic lines with refined detailing — NOT a plain solitaire.

There are many ways to have a solitaire without it being a single stone on a totally plain band.  While this is perfect for some, many want the single stone with pave stones down the band to accentuate the center stone and give the band a small amount of detail.

Check out some fabulous ways to update the solitaire to make your ring still scream traditional, classy and simple-but in a refined, updated way.



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Ring Trends: Design, Rose and Halo!


Women love their engagement rings-but we have seen quite a few trends emerging in the 2013 engagement ring market.  Halos, rose gold, delicate accents and platinum are all major parts of the engagement rings dc women love.

Bling It On!

Engagement rings in lately have been known to sport some MAJOR bling.  We’ve found the bigger the bling, the more attention it gets.  We love this Jeff Cooper Designs Tara engagement ring.  The double halo makes the center stone look even bigger, but the split shank and cushion shaped halo are seriously gorgeous and feminine touches.  Combine that with the classic, refined simplicity of a platinum ring with diamonds?  It’s a ring to knock ANY woman’s socks off.



Rose Gold!

Engagement rings worldwide have been popping up all over with a flash of blush colors-rose gold engagement rings to rose gold accents on platinum rings are the hottest trend of the summer.  With a delightfully delicate and girly flair, rose gold is a unique way to show your feminine side.  We love this Coast Diamond rose gold halo with white gold accenting the halo itself.  The white gold around the cushion shaped halo brightens the center stone but the pave detailing on the pinkish band is the perfect mix of fabulous and feminine.  Plus, the pink tones flatter any skin tone and instantly make your hands appear skinnier and tan-who wouldn’t want that?!



Engraving, Carving and Detailing!

With one of the hottest movies of 2013 being The Great Gatsby, it is no wonder women searching for engagement rings have been going gaga over detailing!  Tacori, Verragio and Jeff Cooper have all taken detailing to the next level.  We love the delightful feathering of the Anneliese Engagement Ring by Jeff Cooper.  A cascading pattern of diamonds and delicate beads make this ring truly spectacular.

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What is an Anniversary Band?

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A question we get a lot at Mervis is: “What is an anniversary band and how is it different from a wedding band?” Honestly? Nothing. An anniversary band is a wedding band, just given on an anniversary, not on your wedding day. The main difference most brides and wives find between a wedding and anniversary band is that often, with an anniversary band, she will interchange the anniversary band between her left and right hand. Although not all, some anniversary bands are wider and can be worn alone.

two bands stacked

Why An Anniversary Band?

Anniversary bands can be worn alongisde a wedding band, as a different version of your wedding band, or own its own as a super fabulous wedding band.  You can even wear it as a spectacular right hand ring!  The possibilities are endless with an anniversary band.

If her ring has a strange shape to it or the stone pertrudes, you have two options for a wedding band:  a band that sit flush against the ring or a plain straight band.  If your wife has one of these rings, the perfect first option for an anniversary band is an alternative to her wedding band.  If she loves the way her wedding band looks that fits flush against her ring, get her a second she can wear on the other side.  Not only does this instantly take her ring to the super popular halo trend, it creates an entirely new piece of jewelry for her to show off!

Flush fit band

Ready to start shopping for an anniversary band?  Check out our online inventory of anniversary bands or make an appointment today!



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2013 Engagement Trend: Rose Gold Engagement Rings!

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Rose gold is one of the hottest engagement ring trends for 2013.  Rose gold engagement rings are an extremely popular choice for many reasons: affordability, unique color, flattering tone and the delicate feminine appeal.

Most women love the color pink, and the soft pinkish red tones of rose gold are flattering on any skin tone.

Rose gold is a gold and copper alloy and it is also known as pink gold and red gold.   Although all three names can mean the same thing, the main difference between red, rose, and pink gold is the copper content – the higher the copper content, the stronger the red coloration.

At Mervis, we are able to customize our engagement rings to be any metal.  Therefore, if you see an engagement ring or wedding band you love, we can make it in rose gold.

If you love the idea of rose gold but don’t want an entirely pink ring, many designers use rose gold as an accent.  We love seeing some of the feminine additions to gorgeous platinum bands.  Mixing metals is a great way to make your ring stand out.  The pop of rose or yellow gold on a platinum or white gold band gives the ring an interesting added detail.  However, an important fact to be aware of is mixed metals have varying hardnesses so you should be sure to get your ring checked regularly, especially if it is a mix of two metals.    Because rose gold is formed by adding slight amounts of other metals to the gold, rose gold is a stronger gold than pure 24k gold so it is best to use rose gold as an accent on a platinum band.

Here are some of our FAVORITE rose gold rings for 2013!

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