Give a Gift That Sparkles

These locally owned fine jewelers know what she’ll want this holiday season.

Azar Jewelers

1. Swirl Ring
This pave ring contains white diamonds set in 18-karat white and black gold.


2. Emerald Ring
This 18-karat white gold ring features dazzling emeralds surrounded by sparkling diamonds.
3. Engagement Ring
A custom-designed platinum engagement ring, this piece features a round brilliant-cut diamond.

4. Sapphire Ring
The centerpiece of this 18-karat white gold ring is a shimmering sapphire that’s surrounded by diamonds.

Advice from Kristen Milne, G.G., manager:
“When shopping for loose diamonds, it’s best to always refer to a diamond report. GIA is the most respected grading laboratory. In addition, it’s important to shop around and do your research.
Jewelry is often a big purchase, so make sure you are comfortable with what you are buying and know who you are buying it from.”

M.J. Miller & Co.

1. Sapphire and Tsavorite Necklace:
This gorgeous necklace has a melange of sapphire colors. The mixture consists of 16 pinks, 16 orange/yellow and 14 blue stones, with compliments of 18 tsavorite (green) garnet and 112 round brilliant diamonds weighing 9.25 carats in total.

2. Ruby and Diamond Bracelet:
Brilliance for the wrist! This bracelet features seven large and six small deep-red oval rubies weighing 10.65 carats in total, all wrapped up in 5.65 carats of round brilliant-cut and marquise-cut diamonds.

3. Opal Ring:
Exceptional from any vantage point, this 5.24-carat Black Opal beauty displays a fiery aurora borealis of colors, including red, orange, magenta, yellow, green and blue. An 18-karat yellow-gold bezel and split-shank pave setting anchor the 308 round brilliant-cut diamonds that accent this Australian treasure.

4. Diamond Hoop Earrings:
Set in 18-karat rose gold, these “In and Out” hoops are lovingly wrapped in a pave setting of 4.40 carats of meticulously placed round brilliant-cut diamonds.

Advice from Michael Miller, owner:

“Full-service jewelers are more and more a thing of the past. Finding a store that not only can sell you jewelry, but service your needs, is more important than you may realize. We suggest you know your jeweler like you know your doctor. Build a relationship with them. Buying jewelry for most people is a ‘blind’ purchase; let your jeweler educate you. Make sure you get all of your questions answered.”

State Street Jewelers

1. Gold Wedding Bands by Tacori:
These 18-karat gold bands by Tacori are beautifully handcrafted in California in the trademark crescent silhouette design. Choose any color from rose, white or gold to platinum and more.

2. Ring by Hearts On Fire: This 18-karat white gold Right Hand Ring is from the Aerial Collection by Hearts On Fire, “the world’s most perfectly cut diamonds.”

3. Watches by Baume & Mercier:
These fine watches are from Baume & Mercier, watchmakers since 1830. Pictured from left to right are the Ladies Linea watch in stainless steel with an interchangeable bracelet, the Gents Clifton watch with a black leather strap and moon face, and the Gents Classima watch with a brown leather strap.

Advice from Martha Sanchez, manager:
“When making such an important purchase, you should work with a jeweler who listens to your needs. A fine piece of jewelry is something that should give the wearer years of happiness before it’s passed down as an heirloom. By shopping at an independent jeweler, you will receive more-personal care. The people you are working with have a vested interest in making your shopping experience the best.
Additionally, when doing a custom design, it’s helpful to do some research. If you have a diamond or gemstone that you would like to make into a new piece of jewelry, you can come into the store and try on already-made items for an idea of both the overall size of the piece and the color of metal you like. The results are truly one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry made to your exact specifications.”

Steffan’s Jewelers

1. Enrichment Dream Engagement Ring
This ring shimmers with the brilliance of a perfectly square Dream diamond – a Hearts On Fire exclusive patented cut. The center stone is set on a delicate band and that holds 20 Hearts On Fire diamonds.

2. Transcend Premier Custom Halo Engagement Ring
A vintage, square-shaped halo design surrounds a round center diamond in this Transcend Premier Custom Halo Engagement Ring. This ring gives the illusion of a cushion-cut diamond, with all the brilliance of a round Hearts On Fire signature cut.

3. Triplicity Dream Engagement Ring
This majestic setting holds a large Dream, or square-shaped, center diamond and has smaller diamonds set on either side, creating the illusion of horizontal triangles. This setting is a beauty for the bold, modern woman.

Advice from Max Cannon, sales manager:
“The most important thing to keep in mind when buying a ring is that clarity and color do not make a diamond sparkle. Cut is the single most important element that captures light and returns it to the eye.
Consumers have been trained to seek out the highest clarity and the whitest color and pay a premium for these two aspects, but they can end up disappointed with a poorly cut stone that lacks brilliance. We’ve never met a woman yet who doesn’t want her diamond to sparkle.”

Studio 2015

1. Beaded Earrings by Bree Richey
These brushed sterling-silver drop earrings each contain a faceted grey onyx bead.

2. Dangle Earrings by Nina Nguyen
These sterling-silver dangle earrings are coated in 18-karat yellow gold, with two free-form geodes and 20 pear-shaped labradorites.

3. Sterling Silver Necklace by Nina Nguyen
This sterling-silver necklace is set on 18-karat yellow gold, surrounding a turquoise stone.

4. Citizen Eco-Drive Stainless Steel Navihawk A-T Watch
This men’s watch is durable yet classy, with digital displays and a black polyurethane strap. Fueled by light, this watch never needs a battery.

Advice from Stacey Dougherty, product manager:
“Look for a gift that the recipient would love to wear, matching their style and flavor. A great way to do this is to create a custom piece with special sentiments that are personal to your story. When in doubt, anything with diamonds is a great choice, because who doesn’t like sparkle?”