Category: Wedding Jewelry
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Ready to start shopping for an anniversary band? Check out our online inventory of anniversary bands or make an appointment today!
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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With the roaring 1920s alive in the blockbuster film Great Gatsby, diamond lovers everywhere are clamoring to find jewels worthy of Daisy Buchanan. Although the majority of the jewels in the film are diamond and pearl, colored stones were the iconic look of the 1920s. The art deco style was the most noted fashion trend of the decade, bringing a modern twist to jewelry.
Mervis Designers Sasha Primak, JB Star, Jeff Cooper and Henderson all boast looks worthy of the big screen. You can also view more of our art deco pieces HERE.
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Halo engagement rings are all the rage-and have been a huge trend in jewelry for the better half of the last decade. What exactly is a halo and why are halos so popular?
A halo engagement ring is a style of ring where the center stone (or side stones) are surrounded by smaller stones, forming a circle (a halo) around the stone itself. The halo ensures that the center stone appears larger and more vibrant, achieving the look and feel of a larger stone at a fraction of the cost of an increase in carat size (Money saving tip!). This setting also tends to enhance the brilliance of the diamond, improving a stone’s visual appearance.
You can choose from two different types of halo settings; one where the halo circles flush against the center stone and the other, where there is a slight gap between the halo and center diamond.
A new trend for 2013 is the double halo, made popular by Jeff Cooper’s spectacular engagement ring that features two rows of halos around the center stone. Not only is this ring a visual stunner, it is a unique piece for this summer.
The halo ring is a seriously fabulous way to get a lot of bling without the huge price tag. Check out some of the fabulous halo rings we have at Mervis! Like what you see? Make an appointment! Please also check out Mervis Diamond on Wedding Wire!
Spring is finally here after long months of winter and what better way to say HELLO spring than with some fabulous bling! Our favorites are Tacori, Jeff Cooper and Verragio, all designers who specialize in halos, vintage and three stone rings.
Some of our favorite rings for spring:
Just because your ring is an unusual style or shape doesn’t mean it will be impossible to find a matching wedding band- most designers, especially Tacori, Jeff Cooper and Verragio, make rings that match all of their engagement styles specifically for that reason. If you don’t like the exact match, all of the rings come from a specific collection that will have a similar look and feel of your ring, so you can always mix and match. Plus, you can always match a ring with a simple plain band of platinum or even an eternity band!
If you have any additional questions, please let us know, and we would love to help you find the perfect ring at Mervis Diamond Importers!
There is no “magical” number as to how much you should spend on an engagement ring. For years, the “accepted” amount was 2-4 months salary, depending on who you asked. That is a reasonable and acceptable starting point to base your figures around but there are several other factors you need to consider.
The average engagement ring costs about $5,400. The average couple spends $1,900 on his and hers wedding bands.
At Mervis, our settings for rings start around $1,200 and go up from there. We carry a range of rings that fit above, below and on the average cost of an engagement ring, so we can cater to any price point.
The most important things to consider are these:
How much can you comfortably afford to spend?
No one can answer this question but you. This will depend on a multitude of factors: take home salary, amount in savings, monthly expenses. If you have a lot in savings, you may plan on paying for the ring in full. If you don’t have much in savings and are afraid to deplete your savings, Mervis offers amazing financing options. This way, you can put a down payment on the ring and put a little bit towards the ring each month.
What type of ring do you want?
What style ring are you looking for? If you aren’t sure, there are many ways to get more “bling” for a few less “bucks”. You can always go for the ever popular halo trend, which is comprised of a series of small diamonds surrounding one larger center stone to make the center stone appear bigger/blingier. The solitaire is always a good, classic choice if you aren’t sure what she wants- you can always add on details after choosing a simple stone to start. If you have NO clue what your girlfriend wants, you can always ask her or her friends and family-there are NO RULES when it comes to an engagement.
Would you prefer a larger stone that is less quality, or a higher quality stone that is smaller for your money?
There are two factors to consider here: the person you are buying the ring for, her style, and also your personal preferences. If you KNOW your girlfriend has her heart set on two carats and you can’t afford that, would she rather a spectacular 1 carat that is close to perfect or a 1.5 carat that has visible flaws? Obviously, those two are the extremes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a lot of diamond for your money. You can go slightly down in color and clarity to increase your carat size, or even go down in carat size but up in color and clarity. Check out our downloadable diamond money saving tips here.
Does shape of the stone or metal really matter?
If you are on a tight budget and don’t have a particular metal or stone shape in mind, this can aid your shopping experience. Platinum is the most expensive metal out there, so if you are looking to cut costs but love the COLOR of platinum, look for a white gold ring. It is a very similar look with a much lower price tag. Most people tend to go towards white gold- over 72% of engagement rings are white gold. Another thing to keep in mind is the shape of the diamond itself: round brilliant diamonds, although the most popular, are the most expensive per carat because you cut away the highest percentage of the rough diamond to form the round brilliant. Round stones make up 55% of the chosen stones for engagement rings.
At the end of the day, there is no “rule” for how much you should spend on an engagement ring beyond what makes you comfortable. Pick a budget, start looking at rings and if that budget is hard, we will work around it. If you find that what you want is out of your price range and your budget is more flexible, we can work with that too. At the end of the day, we want to create a beautiful ring to last a lifetime with you and your loved one.
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