As the saying goes, “what goes around, comes around”. This is true with jewelry as well as clothes. Of course, timing on these trends is of utmost importance. With an acute eye for fashion forecasting, we are here to tell you about all the vintage jewelry trends that are back in style. This way, you can be your most fashion forward self and be ready to dazzle in the upcoming season.Continue Reading
Since Biblical times, each month of the year has been assigned one precious gemstone known as a birthstone for the month. The association of gems with birth months comes from the breastplate of Aaron which held a different gem for each of their tribes of Israel, each of which was celebrated in a different month. Christian culture associated each disciple with a month and kept the tribe’s gem for that month. Other gems are linked to the twelve signs of the zodiac which do not quite coincide with today’s.. Many cultures throughout history have believed that birthstones hold magical powers or protection for the wearer, and this belief has permeated modern jewelry myths to this day.
The month of August is classically linked to a particularly extraordinary gem: the Peridot.
What Is Peridot?
Peridot (pronounced PEAR-A-DOE) is a beautiful gem of the mineral olivine, known for its distinctive vivid green coloring. The intensity of yellowish-green is deeper with more iron content, It’s value is more because of this beautiful coloring. Peridot has the nickname “evening emerald,” as it glows prettily under lamplight.
The gem peridot has been found in numerous locations throughout the world, and is also one of the first known gems to also come from outer space! Extraterrestrial peridot found in Pallasite Meteorites is not large enough or strong enough for use in jewelry but is evident as flecks of olivine crystals. Peridot is softer than many gems, with a hardness of 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Most peridot mined for jewelry is from China, Myanmar, Tanzania and the United States.
The History Of Peridot
Some think “peridot” comes from the Arabic word for gem, “faridat.” Valued in many ancient and medieval cultures, peridot can be traced back to the second century BCE in priests’ jewelry and chalices, and even further back to the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. In fact, a small island off the coast of Egypt once known as Topazios (now Zabargad) is the oldest recorded source of peridot. Cleopatra was famous for her vast collection of emeralds, which historians now believe must have included many specimens of peridot.
The Power Of Peridot
Some believe gemstones hold supernatural powers providing good luck and protection to the wearer. The birthstone of August, peridot is associated with harmony, good health, and peacefulness. Supposedly, peridot can calm anger, free the mind of envious thoughts, and ease depression. It symbolizes strength and has been used for hundreds of years as a protective charm that shields its owner from evil spirits. Specifically, peridot that is set in gold is thought to ease “terrors of the night”, protecting from nightmares and restless sleep.
Whether you are drawn to this gorgeous gemstone for its purported benefits, its lovely color, or because you were born in the month of August, there is no doubt that Peridot has a colorful history as a valuable gemstone. Contact Argo & Lehne Jewelers today for more information about our assortment of Peridot and other birthstone jewelry. View our collection here (https://www.argolehne.com/?s=peridot&post_type=product)
Show images of the three sale peridot items. Find these three pieces at an exceptional value all this month in our 97th Anniversary Sale.
As one of the world’s most popular gems, many ask what makes a ruby so beautiful and how does one tell if the ruby they are looking at is of high quality? This is a great question! You don’t need to be a gemologist to understand the quality and value of a ruby, but we all might benefit from more education shopping for rubies. In this article we will tell you all you need to know about rubies and answer the common question “How Can You Tell The Quality Of A Ruby”.
The History Of Rubies
Many cultures have considered rubies the gemstone of kings. Historically, the stone was worn in many battles as it was thought to be a stone of protection. Some cultures even went as far as inserting the stone into the skin as they believed this would protect them. Ruby goes back as far as the Bible and is still ever so popular. With its intense red color it only makes sense that it also symbolizes wealth and passion. It is the birthstone of July and Cancer and both the 15th and 40th anniversary stone.
Shopping for wedding bands is such a wonderful and personal experience for the bride and groom. Your wedding rings symbolize the joining of two unique individuals into one union and what better way to personalize them further with an engraving?
There are so many options for what to engrave on your wedding rings. At Argo & Lehne Jewelers, we think the most important thing is that your engravings signify something special to both of you. These inscriptions will be on the inside of your wedding rings, meaning primarily for your eyes only as a constant reminder of your bond and love. Although your engraving can be almost anything (as long as it will fit inside the band), here are a few ideas to consider:
- A Special Date – A special date can be your wedding day, the day you met, or a day that might be completely random to anyone else but has special meaning to the two of you. Dates are very popular to engrave, especially the wedding day date as for generations to come it will be on the ring and signifies the start of married life.
- Nicknames – Do you have a name you call one another? Engraving is a great way to always remember that affection and name that only your husband or wife calls you. This is a less traditional option but can be very sentimental and unique.
- Initials – The use of each other’s initials adds a timeless inscription symbolizing the joining of two individuals. The nice thing about using initials is that you also will have room for your wedding date as well given the small area inside wedding bands.
- Last name – Two last names often become one after marriage. You can begin that joint voyage with a last name engraving.
- Sentiments – “Forever Yours,” “I do,” and “Happily Ever After” are examples of sentiments that echo your commitment. A sentiment from your vows or something you always say to each other is also very personal.
- Verses, Song Lyrics, or Poetry – Many couples have a special bible verse, song, or poem that perfectly represents them. Using the bible verse or song title is something you can work with the engraver on to see what will fit the best.
- Shared Phrases – Splitting a message into two rings, so the message is only complete when they are read together, is also a great way to signify your togetherness.
- Secret Message – A word or phrase may not have any meaning to anyone else, but the two of you due to a past shared experience.
How to Engrave Your Wedding Rings
Take some time to consider your engraving. Don’t forget to consider the limited space available. Once you have settled on the perfect choice, write the engraving down and double-check all spelling before turning it over to your jeweler. Upon return delivery, check carefully to make sure the engraving is correct. Didn’t get your wedding rings engraved initially? No matter where you are in your love story, it’s never too late to have your wedding rings engraved.
There is no right or wrong answer for the perfect engraving for your wedding rings. Your rings should be as unique as you are. Argo & Lehne Jewelers welcome the opportunity to be a part of your wedding story.Continue Reading
Cocktail rings are and always have been a symbol of independent women! During the 1920’s, alcohol was strictly prohibited in the United States. As a result, secret trendy bars popped up everywhere. People flocked to these hideaways for fun and illegal cocktails. It was the first time in US history that women stepped onto the bar scene. They did it in style, wearing long pearl strands, stackable bracelets, and large flashy rings meant to be seen as they sipped their forbidden beverages. Although prohibition has long been in our rearview mirror, the cocktail rings remain timeless. These rings are still big and bold and as unique as the women who wear them!
So how do you choose the one that is right for you? At Argo & Lehne, we always encourage individual style, and there are so many beautiful and unique options in vintage cocktail rings. Here are a few things to consider when selecting your vintage piece.
What To Consider When Buying A Vintage Cocktail Ring
When considering purchasing a vintage cocktail ring there are a few factors that need to be looked at in order to make sure that you find your perfect ring. Doing some preliminary research can lead you to your special piece that you will love for years to come!
You will be able to find a beautiful vintage cocktail ring in any price range. Because of this, you should think about your budget before beginning the search. This will help you narrow down the selection so you can spend time focusing on rings in your price range. At Argo & Lehne, we have a wide assortment of vintage cocktail rings, ranging from more dainty and demure styles to beyond WOW!
Platinum vintage princess cocktail ring set with an approximate .80 carat center diamond and 42 other diamonds. Total diamond weight estimated 2.07 carats. Current size 6 1/4.
You can expect to see some visible wear and tear in many vintage cocktail rings. It’s what adds to the character of a vintage piece and holds stories of past decades. You should make sure that the ring is in good condition, however. No stones should be missing and the enamel shouldn’t have any cracks in it. You’ll also want to make sure the prongs are not bent or out of place. They should be secure with no loose gemstones. Of course many of these items are fixable but unless you really know what you are doing it would be difficult to price additional work into your total cost. Selecting a ring that is in good condition or better is a smart way to purchase. We pride ourselves on the flawless presentation of our vintage jewelry pieces and will make sure it is in tip top condition!
You want to make sure that you are purchasing from a reputable seller like Argo & Lehne Jewelers. If you are buying from a fine jeweler, you should check their credentials. For example at Argo & Lehne Jewelers we are a member of the AGS (American Gem Society), GIA (Gemological Institute of America) and the BBB (Better Business Bureau). You can also look at a jeweler’s reviews as well as their longevity. If they have been in business for a long time more times than not it is because they have been a reputable jeweler. If you have purchased or are thinking to purchase a vintage piece, we are always here to help. We clean jewelry and check stones complimentary while explaining the condition of the piece. If any repairs need done to the item we will let you know.
Make sure you ask about what metals and alloys the ring is made of to prevent any hidden nickel allergies. Metal will determine how much upkeep is needed for the ring. For instance, a sterling silver ring will tarnish over time and needs to be stored in airtight storage when not worn, and a platinum vintage ring will be less maintenance when not being worn.
Your comfort is key. The whole purpose of the cocktail ring is to make you feel like a queen, so make sure you’re comfortable in it. Trying on vintage cocktail rings at Argo & Lehne is a wonderful way to spend a morning or afternoon, seeing how the light catches the ring and how comfortable it is on your hand. Book a Consultation with one of our sales associates here: https://www.argolehne.com/contact/
The Perfect Vintage Cocktail Ring
The bottom line is to choose the ring that makes you feel bold, stylish, independent, and fearless when wearing it! Cocktail rings can be a wonderful topic of conversation and tell a lot about a woman’s style.
If you need help searching for a vintage cocktail ring, then get in touch with vintage jewelry experts at Argo & Lehne Jewelers today. We will work with you to find the right cocktail ring for your style and budget. Get in touch today to get started.
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Spring is when new light begins to shine in our house windows and we feel this incredible urge to clean everything in sight. We really start to see all the dust that has settled over the winter months, especially here in the Midwest.
It’s time to get organized! Don’t forget that jewelry drawer full of earrings with lost backs or mates, the unwanted and unused jewelry and our every day pieces that need a scrubbing. For me, there is nothing more satisfying than having my home and goods completely organized. Talk about an instant mood changer. And with the popularity of professional organizers like Marie Kondo, I know many others feel the same way. However, with jewelry, “does it spark joy” is just the first question. There are other things to think about. So, I bring you my sure-fire method for spring cleaning your jewelry box and getting your jewels in tip top shape.Continue Reading
With so much time spent at home these days, you need to make sure your diamond jewelry stays sparkly and clean to brighten your day! Keep it shining like new and well cared for by cleaning it regularly. There are a variety of jewelry cleaning products on the market and Argo & Lehne sells the Hagerty line, but you probably have everything you need at home. Check out these tips on how to clean and avoid damaging your diamonds.Continue Reading
This Cyber Monday you can stay home and safe while shopping our beautiful selection of jewelry. To celebrate our new e-commerce we will be hiding cozy winter woolies throughout our website. These snuggly gifts will have promo-codes to be used online at checkout to save*. In addition, for each cozy gift redeemed, we will donate that item to those who really need warmth this season through LSS Faith Mission’s emergency clothing fund for men in need.
Each snuggly item will offer a different discount and may be found anywhere throughout the site! Enjoy the hunt and we hope you find great savings while locating your perfect pieces of jewelry.
The cozy gifts can be found on the website ONLY on Cyber Monday and must be used the same day!
Thanks for shopping with Argo & Lehne Jewelers and thank you for helping us help those who really need it this season.
LSS, Faith Mission lives out their faith by ensuring all people in need of shelter, food and other resources are received and treated with unconditional kindness, respect and dignity. This year with Covid they are really focused on helping those who come through their doors with emergency clothing. Their strongest need is for men’s gloves, socks, sweatpants and coats. To learn more about LSS Faith Mission visit their website.
*Only one promo can be used at checkout. Only one promo per email address. Not to be combined with other discounts and only available on Cyber Monday, November 30.Continue Reading
As 2020 has been a year to reflect, we anticipate an uptick in personalized jewelry gifts this holiday season. This month we will dedicate each Friday to inspire and advise on thoughtful gifts for all your loved ones during our 9am Fireside Chats. So, kick back, get cozy and enjoy our chats live or at your convenience on our Facebook page. Jump to the bottom of the post to find out how to be entered to win one of four fabulous prizes to include an Argo & Lehne gift card.