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A Shopping Guide for Jewelry

A jewelry shopping guide.

So you're looking for gift ideas when shopping for the ones that matter most? In this blog, we will cover ideas to help you determine what to look for as a gift. These helpful ideas will pinpoint what to look for.

Firstly, consider what type of jewelry your recipient would like. Some people prefer simple, classic looks while others may opt for something more ornate or unique. You should also consider the wearer’s lifestyle and whether they will wear this item often or only on special occasions. So let's jump into it.

Customized Jewelry that means something 

Customized jewelry

Jewelry can be a great way to express love, and admiration or simply say 'I'm thinking of you'. Consider customizing the piece with an inscription like initials or dates. This will show a special meaning to your partner or loved one that they can keep forever. Engraving a piece of jewelry is a popular way to express someone's character and style, as well-crafted pieces become family heirlooms that are both timeless and meaningful.

At Vernon Jewelers, we specialize in creating custom pieces for all occasions. From engagement rings to anniversary gifts, our experienced jewelers can assist you in designing the perfect piece of jewelry for your special someone. With access to the best selection of diamonds and gemstones around, as well as a wide range of classic and contemporary designs. For 139 years in business, our team has taken pride in creating handcrafted jewelry with superior-quality materials that last a lifetime.

Birthstones & gemstones - An excellent choice as a gift for their birth month.


For example, sapphire for September or opal for October. These can be set in earrings, necklaces, and rings to match the occasion or style of your recipient.

Birthstone jewelry is a popular choice for anniversaries, birthdays, and other occasions. Birthstones have long been used to represent different months, adding a special meaning or connection to the wearer. And with so many choices like birthstone rings, bracelets, and earrings, you can find something that works for any style or budget.

Its also pretty cool to know about the month you where born in . Did you know that in January the main birthstone is Garnet, which symbolizes love and friendship? Or in March it’s Aquamarine, a stone associated with courage and good luck? Whatever gift you choose to give this special occasion, trust that Vernon Jewelers has something for everyone.

Choosing a Ring & Getting the Right Size

Ring sizing near me

Sizing for a ring

Accuracy is key, and this might be the only time to be sneaky to try and figure out what size your recipient wears. Ask friends or family what size they think their finger size is and then you can refer to our sizing guide to ensure the correct fit.

When it comes to a ring size, you have to make sure that the item fits perfectly around the finger and is comfortable enough to stay on. Choosing a ring is not always an easy task and there are some key elements you need to consider before making your purchase. Consider the shape of the hand, the width of the band, the weight of the metal, and most importantly – the size.

The last thing you want is for your special someone to not be able to wear the beautiful piece but even if it doesn't fit, you can always exchange it. At Vernon Jewelers we are happy to do an exchange if the ring does not fit or if you want a different size.

What types of metal should i look at?

Platinum, Gold, Tungsten, Silver, Titanium, Cobalt, Stainless Steel

Gold – this metal is one longest-lasting precious metals known to mankind and is a symbol of power and wealth. It adds elegance, luxury, and sophistication to any piece of jewelry.

Silver – if you’re looking  for a more affordable option, silver is the way to go. It’s also very versatile and looks great with most skin tones. Silver is known to be hypoallergenic, so it can be worn by people with sensitive skin or allergies.

Platinum – this metal is often chosen for its strength, shine and durability.  It is the most expensive of all three metals, so it’s perfect for special occasions like anniversaries or engagements.

Titanium - Another popular option is titanium, which is a strong and lightweight metal. Its gray color gives off a modern look, making it perfect for anyone looking to make a understated yet stylish statement.

Quartz - If you’re looking for something a bit more unique, you can opt for quartz. Quartz are mixed metals often used to create interesting patterns or designs. They’re perfect if you like the look of two different colors without having to mix them yourself.

Ceramic - Ceramic is another popular choice, as it’s incredibly durable and lightweight. It also comes in a variety of colors, making it easy to find something that will match any outfit or style.

Cobalt - Cobalt is a strong, durable and scratch-resistant metal that’s perfect for anyone who loves the look of silver but wants something more resilient.

Tungsten - The last option you have is tungsten, which is a very dark metal that’s perfect for someone who prefers something bold and modern. It’s also known for its durability and strength, making it ideal for anyone looking for an everyday piece.

There are a few other options out there on the market but these are the main ones to look for when shopping for jewelry. No matter what metal you choose, Vernon Jewelers has something for everyone. 

What kind of Diamond's are on the market to choose from

cushion diamonds, Radiant diamonds, Princess cut diamonds, Asscher diamonds, Round diamonds, Heart diamonds, Trilliant diamonds, Oval diamonds, pear diamonds, Emerald diamonds, Marquise diamonds, Baguette diamonds,

If you’re looking for something a bit more extravagant, diamonds are always a great choice. There are different types of diamonds on the market, so here’s a quick overview of the main ones to look for

Cushion diamond - These diamonds are characterized by their rounded corners and larger facets, giving them a pillow-like appearance. They’re perfect for anyone looking for something timeless and elegant. The cut of this diamond was once know as the Old mine cut,  which is why it’s sometimes referred to as an Old Mine Cushion. Back in the early 1700's after most of India's mining was drying up. Brazilian people maximized the the carat retention with rough crystals often produced in the mine's there.

Round Diamond – these are the most popular type of diamonds and are known for their sparkle and brilliance. They come in a variety of sizes, so you can choose one that fits your budget and style. These diamonds where first created in the 17th century and it was not until 100 years ago that the cut became what it is as we know of it today.

Pear diamonds - These diamonds are tear-drop shaped and come in a variety of sizes. They’re perfect for anyone looking for something that is unique yet still timeless. The pear shape diamond was created by the famous French jewelry house, Tiffany & Co. in the early 1900s

Radiant diamonds - These diamonds are square or rectangular in shape and have 70 facets, giving them a radiant sparkle. They’re perfect for anyone who likes something with a bit of extra shine. The Radiant cut diamond was created by Henry Grossbard in the late 1970s . He wanted to combine the tradition of the emerald cut with modern faceting techniques for maximum brilliance and what a dazzling design it is.

Heart diamond -These diamonds are shaped like a heart and are perfect for anyone looking for something romantic. The heart shape diamond was created by Marcel Tolkowsky in the late 1920s and became popular in the 1940s with celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor adoring this iconic shape. 

Emerald diamonds - These diamonds are known for their deep green color and step-like facets. They’re perfect for anyone looking for something unique and eye-catching. The emerald cut diamond was created by the Belgian Jeweler, Joseph Asscher in the early 1900s. This type of diamond is also sometimes referred to as a “step cut ” due to the unique stepped facets that give it its signature sparkle.

Princess diamond - These are often referred to as square diamonds due to their shape, which is quite similar to that of a square. They’re known for their intense brilliance, making them perfect for anyone looking for something with a lot of spadazzle. This type of diamond was created 1979 in Israel by "Lzzy itzkowitz. Lzzy was the first to use brilliant faceting arrangement on a square diamond. The Princess cut has now become one of the most popular cuts in the market.

Trilliant diamond - These diamonds are triangular in shape with pointed edges and brilliant faceting. They’re perfect for anyone looking for something unique yet still timeless. This type of diamond was created by the American Jeweler, Henry D. Morse  in the early 1940s. He wanted to create a diamond that had both traditional and modern features, giving it its signature appearance.

Marquise diamond - These diamonds are shaped like a boat, with pointed edges and a brilliant cut. They’re perfect for anyone looking for something unique. The marquise shape was invented by King Louis XIV of France in the 1600s, who wanted a diamond that would look like a boat. This type of diamond has since become one of the most popular cuts and is often referred to as an “Navette” cut due to its resemblance to a small ship.

Asscher diamond - These diamonds are square with cropped corners and a deep pavilion. They’re perfect for anyone looking for something unique yet timeless. The Asscher cut diamond was created by the famous jewelry house, Tiffany & Co., in the early 1900s. This type of diamond is also sometimes referred to as a “square emerald cut

Oval diamond - These diamonds are oval shaped and have a brilliant cut. They’re perfect for anyone looking for something elegant and neutral. The oval diamond was created by Marcel Tolkowsky in the late 1950s and is often referred to as an “extended round cut” due to its elongated shape. This type of diamond has since become  one of the most popular cuts and is often seen in engagement rings.

Baguette diamond - These diamonds are rectangular in shape and have a stepped cut. The baguette diamond was created by the famous jeweler, Louis Cartier in the early 1920s. This type of diamond is becoming increasingly popular as it can be used to accentuate larger center stones or to  create a unique and eye-catching design.


Inside Vernon Jewelers

These are some of the most common  diamond cuts and shapes available on the market today. Each type of cut has its own unique characteristics that make it special. So when shopping for jewelry, this blog article should help give you ideas and inspire you when looking for that special gift. Be well assured, that when you walk through our doors. We will dedicate time in helping you with the right gift for the ones you care most about. Here at Vernon jewelers. ITs the little things that matter since 1884.

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