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Jewelry Appraisals

When was the last time you had your fine jewelry appraised? If it’s been more than five years, now is the time to have it re-appraised.

Why? There are many reasons to have your fine jewelry appraised, but of these the most important is for insurance purposes and condition. The value of your jewelry can fluctuate greatly over time. If it has been a few years since your last appraisal, your jewelry could be insured for less than its replacement value. That means you’ll be risking a substantial financial loss if your jewelry is lost, stolen or damaged.

Although we only appraise what we personally sell at Eiseman, we do evaluate for purchase of any fine jewelry or timepiece.

Appraisals are also often performed to determine the value or authenticity of a piece for estate purposes, family distribution or other settlements. It’s also a good idea to seek an evaluation if you’re planning on selling or gifting a piece of jewelry, or if you’re planning on putting it into a trust. If you are re-mounting a stone or modifying a piece of jewelry and therefore significantly altering its appearance and value, you should also have an appraisal.

The gemologists at Eiseman Jewels recommend having your jewelry appraised every three to five years. We are happy to consult with you to determine the type of appraisal you need, whether it be for retail replacement, fair market value, liquidation or estate. When you purchase from Eiseman, we will then evaluate your jewelry and research the market before writing an appraisal for you at no charge. Appraisals should not cost, but if you are charged the price is contingent upon the number of pieces and time to assess the jewelry. We recommend that you ask the appraiser for the cost upfront and for the cost of updating the appraisal.

Wherever you decide to have your jewelry appraised, proceed with caution if an appraiser claims to be “GIA certified.” The Gemological Institute of America only provides certificates of quality, origin and authenticity. Many appraisers have completed the GIA Graduate Gemologist program, in which they’ve learned to identify and grade diamonds and gems. After graduation, they may seek formal appraisal training through various associations or other schools.

To see if Eiseman can assist you, simply call Michael Johnson at (214) 369-6100 to schedule an appointment.

engagement ring trends in 2017

Choosing an engagement ring is a momentous decision. It’s a piece you’ll want to love 20 years from now just as much as you do the day you receive it. At the same time, your ring should also be a faithful reflection of your personal style.

That sounds like a tall order, but it’s one that the experts at Eiseman Jewels having been helping couples with for over 50 years. If you’re planning on getting engaged in 2017, read on to learn about the styles we predict will be most popular in the coming year.

The Solitaire

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The classic solitaire is the epitome of simplicity and sophistication, and it will never go out of style. This ring continues to be a popular choice for couples regardless of the shape of the stone. Rather than spending a majority of the budget on the ring itself, many couples are opting to place the emphasis on choosing a desirable quality center diamond.

The Three-Stone Ring

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A three-stone engagement ring features a large diamond framed by two perfectly matched side diamonds. Apart from looking stunning together, these three stones symbolize your past, present and future as a couple.

As you might imagine, setting a row of diamonds on a band elevates a ring’s sparkle and shine factor dramatically. The most classic three-stone engagement rings feature round brilliant diamonds, but this enduring style looks beautiful with any stone shape, metal or setting.

The Halo

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Traditional halo styles have been popular for years, but couples are now springing for more distinctive designs, such as double or ornate halos. Designers are also updating their halo designs by using diamonds of varying shapes and sizes. A cushion-cut halo or a halo with colored gemstones is a stunning way to make your ring stand out from the crowd.

Aside from their beautiful artistic touches, halo settings are also popular because they pair beautifully with every diamond shape and cut. The small diamonds in the halo give the ring a vintage feel, so while halos are very of-the-moment, they also offer a timeless appeal.

The One-Of-A-Kind Ring

If you’re looking for a ring that no one else in the world has, consider a custom-designed engagement ring. Truly unique and packed with personal significance, custom engagement rings are a popular choice because their possibilities are endless.

Couples can work together with the experts at Eiseman Jewels to create a ring that embodies their personal style and personality. Customization is one trend that will never go out of style!

To shop an exquisite selection of engagement rings, or to discuss custom options, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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Finding the perfect holiday gift for that special person in your life can be stressful and confusing. There are so many options, it can be hard to know what to choose.

Luckily for you, the experts at Eiseman Jewels have put together this gift guide to help you delight your loved one this holiday season. 

GIFTS FOR HER

Messika Double Ring

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If you’re looking for a chic piece that she doesn’t already have in her jewelry box, look no further than Messika’s 18-karat white gold Glam’azone ring. This unique piece can be worn two ways: with both rings on one finger or with each ring worn individually.

Lika Behar Gold Hoop Earrings

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These easy-to-wear 24-karat yellow gold Lika Behar hoop earrings will quickly become the shining stars of her everyday jewelry wardrobe.

Tudor Watch

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The Tudor Glamour Date Watch is a go-anywhere, do-anything luxury timepiece that can keep up with a woman’s active lifestyle. It features a black diamond-set dial, steel bracelet and self-winding mechanical movement.

Emerald Cut Engagement Ring

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It’s impossible to go wrong with a recommendation from Richard Eiseman himself. His choice for the gift of the season? This absolutely breathtaking 13.49-carat emerald cut diamond engagement ring. The center stone is flanked by two trapezoids cut stones for a total diamond carat weight of 15.29.

Sloane Street Necklace

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Want to profess your love and appreciation with something a little more exotic? Try this 18-karat white gold pendant necklace that features a gorgeous combination of Ethiopian opal beads, apatite beads, black opal, blue opal and triangular crystal opal with a pavé diamond rim.

GIFTS FOR HIM

Drive de Cartier 

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This beautiful Drive de Cartier watch is brought to life by the in-house Cartier Manufacture Movement. Its unique cushion-shaped 18-karat pink gold case, brown semi-matte alligator skin strap and sapphire crystal make it an extraordinary gift with which to celebrate the season. 

Breitling Avenger Hurricane 

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For the man who is bold, adventurous and ready for action, the Breitling Avenger Hurricane is the ideal gift. This robust military timepiece is constructed from a futuristic material called Breitlight®, which is 5.8 times lighter and significantly harder than steel, making it ultra-light and ultra-sturdy. It’s equipped with a military-style 24-hour display, and its all-black look is enhanced by yellow accents and aviation-inspired numerals.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King

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If you’ve got a watch buff in your life, chances are he can’t wait to get his hands on the new Oyster Perpetual Rolex Air King. It features a distinctive black dial with large 3, 6 and 9 numerals marking the hours, an Oyster case crafted from a solid block of corrosion-resistant 904L steel, and a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. 

Still having trouble selecting the perfect gift from our picks? Don’t fret. Our in-store experts are here to help you find a one-of-a-kind piece to wow any recipient this season. Stop by NorthPark Center in Dallas to visit us at Eiseman Jewels

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If you were born in June, your birthstone is the timeless, elegant pearl. Whether you loop them, layer them, dress them up or dress them down, you can never go wrong with pearls.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to style this classic gem.

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With a little black dress

Pearls and LBDs go together like ice cream and cake. Strapless dresses and pearl necklaces make an especially good match — the simple neckline of the dress won’t compete with the jewelry. Don’t be afraid to layer short, long and even choker necklaces with your black dress and pearls.

With an updo

A gorgeous pair of pearl earrings and a chic chignon have long been a go-to evening look for elegant, well-dressed women.

With a professional suit

Pearl earrings and a pearl ring pair beautifully with a pastel blouse and your favorite suit. Pointed-toe pumps finish off the look effortlessly. Similarly, a simple, long strand of pearls looks striking with any menswear-inspired ensemble.

With a wedding gown

Pearl hair accessories, earrings and necklaces are a timeless choice for brides to wear on their wedding day.

With jeans and a T-shirt

A long pearl necklace is the perfect piece to dress up any outfit — even a simple fitted tee and jeans. Wrap a strand of pearls around your neck several times to create a chunky choker look. Alternatively, you can hang a strand around your neck and tie a knot about halfway down.

With other necklaces

Wear long pearls with other necklaces of varying lengths. Try pairing them with silver or gold thin chains or pendants in all lengths. You could even wear four or five relatively simple necklaces at once for a funky layered look.

For a beautiful selection of pearl jewelry, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

Baselworld 2016

Baselworld is the most highly acclaimed watch and jewelry show in the world. It’s where the crème de la crème of the diamond, gemstone and pearl industries unite to showcase their most spectacular pieces. We at Eiseman Jewels attend in order to find those rare and unusual diamonds, gemstones and gold for our clients.

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Each year at Baselworld, we visit with the industry’s most important diamond houses and rare gemstones dealers and scout the millions of square feet of space to discover the finest new goldsmiths, pearl harvesters and designers. And we could not be more excited to share the treasures we found with you — they will begin arriving at the store in April.

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Baselworld is also where we first see new releases from many of our watch manufacturers. By attending, we are able to procure the new models, limited-editions and hard-to-find pieces from Rolex, Ulysse Nardin, Breitling and Louis Moinet. A significant number of the worldwide brands were present, and trends and developments in the world of timekeeping were at the forefront of the event.

 
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This year, Rolex presented several new Oyster models — including the Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41, Oyster Perpetual Datejust 28, Oyster Perpetual PearlMaster 39 Diamond and Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master— and reintroduced the AirKing 40. But the brand’s most talked-about debut was the new version of their Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona in 904L steel with a monobloc cerachrom bezel. Look for these new models in our store in the coming months.

For more than 170 years, Ulysse Nardin has been a leader in innovative technology and creative designs and movements, and this year, the company introduced several new references. The Grand Deck demonstrates an unmistakably nautical design showcasing a technological breakthrough for the Marine Chronometer family. The new Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar created buzz for its great design and good looks, but also for its impressive mechanical achievement.

Louis Moinet recently rewrote thehistory of the chronograph with the discovery that watchmaker Louis Moinet actually invented the chronograph in 1816 — years before the world had come to believe it had been invented. At Basel, new introductions included a new reference of the Louis Moinet Memoris Chronograph Starry Night. Other Notable Models include the Moinet Oil Derrick and Derrick Gaz Tourbillon.

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Jewelry trends included lots of rose gold and warmer metals with white and chocolate diamonds. Long chains and layered looks were still going strong.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to see all the beautiful pieces we find on our travels. To see them in person, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.



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For those lucky enough to be born in September, the sapphire is your birthstone. It is said that those born in this month share the same attributes as the dazzling blue gemstone itself: analytical, observant and precise—all features reminiscent of a sapphire’s clarity.

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THE HISTORY OF THE SAPPHIRE

Sapphires have been popular and sought-after since the Middle Ages, when they were believed to protect loved ones from harm and represented loyalty and trust. Medieval clergy wore sapphire jewelry to symbolize heaven and attract heavenly blessings, while medieval kings believed sapphire rings and brooches protected them from harm and envy. Sapphires have always been worn by royalty to symbolize holiness, wisdom, virtue and good fortune.

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FAMOUS SAPPHIRES

The most famous royal sapphire is the engagement ring given to Lady Diana Spencer by Prince Charles in 1981. The ring, which is now worn by the Duchess of Cambridge (also known as Princess Kate), features an 18-carat oval blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds.

Another very famous sapphire rests on the Imperial State Crown worn by Queen Victoria in 1838. It can be found among the British Crown Jewels in the Tower of London. This gem is called St. Edward’s Sapphire because it once belonged to Edward the Confessor, who wore the stone on a ring during his coronation in 1042.

In 1796, French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte gave Josephine de Beauharnais a sapphire engagement ring. The ring, which sold at auction for almost a million dollars in 2013, features a pear-shaped sapphire next to a pear-shaped diamond on a simple gold band.

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Birthstones make thoughtful gifts because of their beauty and personal significance. Sapphires symbolize wisdom, which makes them fitting (and stunning) graduation gifts for new grads.

Sapphires are traditionally given as a 45th wedding anniversary gift—but no one wants to wait that long! They make a beautiful gift for any romantic milestone.

Since ancient times, blue sapphires have represented a promise of honesty, loyalty, purity and trust, and they are one of the most popular engagement gemstones today.

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SAPPHIRE FACTS

  • Deep blue sapphires have been associated with royalty for so long they may have contributed to the name of the color “royal blue.”
  • Sapphires are among the most durable naturally occurring elements in the world, scoring a 9 out of 10 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. The only thing found in nature that can scratch a sapphire is a diamond. Their durability makes them an excellent choice for engagement rings and other jewelry worn every day.
  • Because of their hardness, sapphires also have industrial uses—Apple Watches feature lab-created sapphire glass in their screens.
  • In 13th century France, people believed that sapphire transformed stupidity to wisdom and irritability to good temper.

 

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Almost every woman has a few extra-special pieces in her jewelry box that she hardly wears because she’s saving them for a special occasion. At Eiseman Jewels, we believe beautiful jewelry should be part of every day. After all, a gorgeous piece of jewelry can make any occasion special!

Here are a few of our favorite jewelry pieces for a casual summer night out—and the perfect occasion to wear each.

PICNIC IN KLYDE WARREN PARK

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These pretty sterling silver and diamond hoop earrings are the perfect finishing touch to your look for a casual lunch in the park.

STROLL THROUGH THE DALLAS ARBORETUM

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Give those lush botanical gardens a run for their money with these gorgeous diamond, crystal and 14-karat gold chandelier earrings.

SEE A RANGERS GAME

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Show your team spirit by wearing the Rangers’ colors in the most elegant way possible: with these stunning diamond and ruby earrings.

ROCK OUT AT A CONCERT

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There’s no better way of showing that you dance to the beat of your own drum than with these artistic turquoise and diamond earrings.

HAVE DINNER AT REUNION TOWER

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Even if the only thing you’re celebrating is the fact that you’re having dinner at Reunion Tower, these incredible diamond earrings will add the appropriate amount of sparkle.

Visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas to discover the perfect jewelry for any occasion.



Eiseman Peridot

If you’re lucky enough to have been born in August, peridot is your birthstone. Its soft green glow has earned this gemstone the title “The Evening Emerald.” Treasured for its lush green hue, peridot is associated with peace, prosperity, happiness and love.

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THE LORE

Peridot is traditionally said to harbor healing properties, to ward away evil, protect against nightmares and instill power and influence. Egyptians called peridot “the gem of the sun” because of its beauty and bright color. It was believed that peridot glowed with its own inner light even after sunset.

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THE COLOR

Peridot is one of the few gemstones that occur in only one color: green. The intensity and tint of the green vary depending on how much iron it contains. Individual peridot gems can be found in shades ranging from yellow green to olive to brownish-green. The most desired and valued color is dark olive-green.

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FUN FACTS ABOUT PERIDOT

Peridot gems form deep inside the Earth and are brought to the surface by volcanic activity—the only gemstone to do so other than diamonds. In Hawaii, peridot symbolizes the tears of Pele, the goddess of fire.

Today, most peridot comes from Arizona, but it is also found in China, Myanmar and Pakistan.

Jewelry designer Temple St. Clair utilizes fine peridot stones sourced from Myanmar and Pakistan and cut in Germany. Their vivid green color is all-natural—never treated.

Peridot rates at 6.5-7 on the harness scale, and is best cleaned with warm soapy water.

In ancient times, it was believed that peridot was a gift from Mother Nature to celebrate the annual creation of a new world.

Peridot is traditionally given as a 16th wedding anniversary gift, but is also commonly given to new brides and those celebrating birthdays.

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Eiseman Ruby Birthstone

If you were lucky enough to be born in July, the ruby is your birthstone. Said to represent love, passion, courage, heat and power, rubies have been the prized possessions of emperors and kings throughout the ages.

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It has been said that the ruby’s red glow comes from an internal flame that cannot be extinguished, making it a symbol of everlasting love. Legends also say that, when worn on the left hand, a ruby will bring good fortune to its wearer. Given that rubies are rarer and more expensive than diamonds (and the mythology about love and passion associated with them), they make perfect engagement rings and anniversary bands.

7.04ct_vivid_red_oval_ruby_ring.jpgCoined the King of Gems, the ruby is one of the most highly prized gems throughout history—but that doesn’t mean they should only be brought out for special occasions. Any day you wear a ruby becomes a special occasion!

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Fun Facts About Rubies

  • The word “ruby” comes from the Latin word  rubens, which means red.
  • In 2011, an 8.24-carat ruby ring belonging to Elizabeth Taylor sold at auction for $4.2 million, with the price per carat amounting to approximately $500,000.
  • A ruby is a traditional gift for 15th or 40th anniversaries.
  • Ancient tribes believed that a ruby thrown into a pot of water would cause it to boil instantly.
  • Rubies are extremely strong, registering 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness. They are as strong as sapphires and only a tad softer than diamonds.
  • The history of ruby mining dates back more than 2,500 years.
  • Rubies without imperfections are exceptionally rare and command prices even higher than diamonds of a similar weight and quality.
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Spring marks an exciting time at Eiseman Jewels—the beginning of bridal season! This year, we hosted our first-ever Perfect Pairs wedding band event at our newly designed Eiseman store at NorthPark Center to celebrate the start of the season. From April 2-4, our highly trained staff and jewelry designers were on hand to answer questions about wedding bands and showcase our brand new collections.

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We were honored to be able to share in every couples’ excitement as they came in to pick out wedding bands for one another. Models stunned in custom bridal collections by Nardos Imam. We also helped mothers select jewelry to go with their gowns and grooms choose the perfect groomsmen’s gifts, such as one-of-a-kind knives, beautiful cufflinks or classic timepieces. It was the perfect celebration of love, spring colors and sunny days ahead for us all!

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Everyone who purchased a band received a gift certificate toward their next jewelry purchase, a bottle of Moët & Chandon, discounts towards Bell’Invito Stationers and Suite 206 Luxury Event Rentals and a Parigi Restaurant gift certificate for dinner on us.

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We wish all the happy couples love and prosperity in their new lives together and hope that Eiseman can serve as your family jeweler for years to come.