Shop Our Beautiful Collection of September’s Birthstone Jewelry

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Padis Jewelry store has a great selection of sapphires, which is September’s birthstone.  The word sapphire comes from the Greek word “sappheiros” and means blue stone. However while blue may be the most well-known color of sapphires, the gemstones are made from any color of corundum except for red, which are rubies.

Blue sapphires got a lot of attention after the famous blue sapphire engagement ring that Princess Diana received from Prince Charles in 1981 but the stone has been around for centuries.  It was believed to protect its owners from envy and harm by the Ancient Greeks and Romans, and in the Middle Ages, the stones were worn by the clergy and thought to symbolize Heaven.

In addition to blue, fancy sapphires range in color from green, violet-blue, yellow, orange, pink and purple hued stones.  Sapphires are mainly mined in Sri Lanka, Ceylon, Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, Cambodia, Madagascar, Tanzania, Australia, and the U.S. (Montana).

The most famous blue sapphires were from the Kashmir region of India/Pakistan and mined over a hundred years ago.  Very few examples of Kashmir sapphires exist today and then mainly in museums or in photographs.  The stones have a beautiful cornflower blue color.  One 22.66 carat cushion-cut Kashmir sapphire set in a pendant surrounded by diamonds was sold in 2007 at auction for a record $3,064,000. While that breaks down to $135,000 per carat, and was a new record for a sapphire, some gemologists said it was far from the best example of a Kashmir sapphire but rather indicated the stone’s rarity.

While we may not carry Kashmir sapphires, we do have a stunning selection of sapphires that are a part of the Padis Signature Collection.  Visit our website to view our jewelry and for contact information.

Padis Jewelry, a family-owned business, has been a trusted source for buying exquisite certified loose diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry since 1974.  We are one of the only jewelers in the area that offers such an exclusive selection of top names in the industry as well as such a large inventory.  For an opportunity to view one of San Francisco and the Napa Valley’s most impressive collections, please contact us to schedule a visit.

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Find a Wide Selection of A.JAFFE Designs at Padis

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Padis Jewelry is proud to be a recognized elite retailer for A.JAFFE, which means we offer a more extensive design selection than other retailers.  Meticulously designed and masterfully crafted, A.JAFFE engagement rings can be customized to “represent the woman who wears it.”  The designs of the rings range from vintage to modern, antique to contemporary and are crafted to be admired from every angle.

A.JAFFE was established in 1892 when A. Abraham Jaffe set up a shop in downtown New York City and was one of the first jewelers to move his business to West 47th Street, which became an epicenter for the international jewelry world.  Every master jeweler working for the company has at least ten years’ experience and has been trained in the skills and knowledge passed down through the generations.  Each A.JAFFE ring takes up to 80 hours to create and includes the jeweler’s signature design, “a subtle squaring of the shank to minimize twisting and maximize comfort.”

All of the diamonds in an A.JAFFE design are mined in countries that fully participate in the Kimberley Process Certification scheme, which is the international system in place to eliminate the trade of “conflict diamonds.”  Also A.JAFFE jewelry is set in gold that is 100% nickel free to ensure they are hypo-allergenic.  Their 18 karat white gold is alloyed with 40% more palladium than other jewelers to ensure their rings remain bright white for many years to come.

Once you visit our website to browse our A.JAFFE collection, we invite you to come in to one of our three showrooms in downtown San Francisco or our store in St. Helena, CA in Napa Valley.  Jewelry this stunning must be seen in person.

Since 1974, Padis Jewelry has been a trusted source for buying exquisite certified loose diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry.  We are one of the only jewelers in the area that offers such an exclusive selection of top names in the industry as well as such a large inventory.  If you are a lover of beautiful jewels, please schedule a visit to San Francisco and the Napa Valley’s finest jewelry showrooms.

Source: ajaffe.com/about-us

Three Stone Engagement Rings at Padis

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A popular option in engagement rings is three stone rings set with a center diamond and two outer diamonds or gemstones.  Many people chose the design as a way to symbolize the past, present and future with the center and biggest stone representing the present surrounded by the past and future.  Three stone rings are available in a wide range of styles from vintage to modern.

A traditional graduation is when the two outer stones total the carat weight of the center, middle stone such as a one carat center stone and two ½ carat side stones.  Another arrangement is for all three stones to be the same carat weight.  A slightly graduated three stone ring has a smaller degree of carat difference between the three stones.

Three stone rings offer the advantage of providing a lot of bling and can make smaller carat rings appear to be much bigger.  They also give you the opportunity to get a couple of different style stone cuts, add two colored gemstones to the ring and so forth.

We encourage you to visit the Padis Jewelry website to browse through our selection of three stone engagement rings from some of the top designers in the industry.  You will find names such a Simon G., Tacori, Scott Kay, Verragio, A. Jaffe and much more.   Our site highlights several Verragio Venetian rings including an 18K white gold pavé diamond three stone setting, featured with a 1 Ct round center stone (not included in price). Another completely different style is from the “Simply Tacori” collection that epitomizes contemporary, minimalist looks with heirloom flair.  The ring features an 18K white solitaire setting with pavé prongs.

After you are done browsing through our stunning collection, take the next step and set up an appointment to visit one of our three San Francisco showrooms.  Also if you plan to vacation in the Napa Valley area this summer, be sure to visit the Padis Jewelry Padis Romance store in St. Helena, CA.

Padis Jewelry, a family-owned business, has been a trusted source for buying exquisite certified loose diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry since 1974.  We are one of the only jewelers in the area that offers such an exclusive selection of top names in the industry as well as such a large inventory.  For an opportunity to view one of San Francisco and the Napa Valley’s most impressive collections, please contact us to schedule a visit.

The Precious Metals Used in Jewelry Settings

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Padis Jewelry offers a stunning collection of jewelry designs from the top names in the industry.  As such when you shop with us for your wedding rings or other fine jewelry you will find it set in several precious metals including gold, platinum and sterling silver.

In gold, the term karat is used to measure the gold content or purity of the gold and the most expensive is 24 karat, which is 100% pure.  Since it is less dense than lower karats of gold, it is soft and pliable making it unsuitable for most jewelry.

Many luxury designs are set in beautiful 18 karat gold, which contains .750 gold content (18/24) and 25% of other metals such as copper, nickel, zinc and others.  Less expensive but also commonly used in fine jewelry is 14 k gold consisting of .585 gold (14/24).  The other ten parts are typically five parts copper and five parts silver.  White gold contains at least one white metal such as zinc, manganese or palladium.  It is also treated with rhodium to give it luster and its white look.  Typically 4% silver and 21% copper is added to 18 k rose gold to give it a rose color.

The rarest (30 times rarer than gold) and most expensive precious metal used in jewelry settings is platinum.  The metal is 95% pure and will not tarnish or fade and also provides a brilliant silvery-white luster to beautifully reflect the radiance of diamonds.  Jewelry made of platinum is stamped PT or plat in the United States.

Silver is the most inexpensive of the precious metals commonly used in jewelry and is estimated to be approximately 1/50 the price of gold.  As pure silver is very soft, most silver jewelry is alloyed with copper and must contain a minimum of 925 parts silver for every 1000 parts of material and is marked 925 or sterling 925.  Visit the Padis Jewelry website to browse our gorgeous collection of jewelry or to get contact information to set up an appointment to visit one of our showrooms.

As a family-owned business, Padis Jewelry has been a trusted source for buying exquisite certified loose diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry since 1974.  We are one of the only jewelers in the area that offers such an exclusive selection of top names in the industry as well as such a large inventory.  If you are a lover of beautiful jewels, schedule a visit to San Francisco and the Napa Valley’s best jewelry stores.

Source: mygoldguide.in/why-gold/gold-purity-tips-difference-between-24k-22k-18k-gold

Find Michele Watches at Padis

 

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Along with our large collection of certified loose diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry, Padis Jewelry offers a selection of stylish, designer timepieces.  One of our popular brands we carry is Michele watches that are exclusively designed for women and beautifully combine luxury with glamorous style.

According to the company’s website, Michele watches capture the vibrant Miami lifestyle and pay homage to the art deco-influenced designs of South Beach.  The watches are available in a choice of models from stainless steel to gold and are renowned for their bold, brilliant hand-set diamond cases and luminous mother-of-pearl dials.

Another nice thing about a Michele watch is that it can be customized to express your unique style and personality.  You just need to decide on a watch head based on the style and size that works for you and then select a bracelet or strap from a wide array of offerings to complete your look.  The interchangeable bands are easy to take off and put on to give the watch a whole new look.  Michele straps are made from high-end leathers and exotic materials including genuine alligator as well as yellow, gold plated and chrome stainless steel link bracelets.

With a design philosophy that blends timeless elegance and contemporary fashion for a classic and feminine style, we are sure you will love your new Michele watch for many years to come.   Please visit our website to take a look at our selection of Michele watches, and while you are there, browse through our other timepieces and jewelry.   Also use our online form to set up an appointment to visit one of our three showrooms in San Francisco’s jewelry district.  If you are vacationing in Napa Valley this summer, be sure to stop in to our Padis Romance store in St. Helena.

As a family-owned business, Padis Jewelry has been a trusted source for buying exquisite certified loose diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry since 1974.  We are one of the only jewelers in the area that offers such an exclusive selection of top names in the industry as well as such a large inventory.  If you are a lover of beautiful jewels, schedule at visit to San Francisco and the Napa Valley’s best jewelry stores.

Halo Engagement Rings Offer a Variety of Options

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For the last several years, halo engagement rings have been very popular and are just behind the most popular choice of a solitaire.  This may be due in part to the renewed interest in vintage and antique designs.  Halo engagement rings first became popular during the Victorian era and then again in the Art Deco period of the 1920s.

It case you do not know, a halo ring has a center stone that is encircled by a collection of round pavé or micro-pavé diamonds or in some case colored gemstones.   All of these small stones increase the sparkle and help to draw attention to the center stone and make it look like it is a much bigger carat size.  For someone who wants a unique look, the Halo ring offers many different styles and finish options.  You ring can be a classic circle of stones on a plain band or elaborately decorated with stones or filigree along the shank of the ring.

Another advantage to a halo design is that the cost of an average halo engagement ring can be slightly lower than that of a solitaire.  Also if you like bling, a halo ring can take up more space on your finger and attract more attention.  Keep in mind that you will want to buy a halo ring from a jeweler who is known for their craftsmanship as you want the stones to be evenly and securely set.

At Padis Jewelry we have a large selection of halo rings from some of the top luxury brands.  Our inventory includes names such as Verragio, Simon G, A Jaffe, Gabriel & Co, Tacori, Jeff Cooper Design, Scott Kay, and much more.   Contact us to set up an appointment to visit one of our San Francisco showrooms to see our stunning collection of certified loose diamonds and ring settings.

Padis Jewelry, a family-owned business, has been a trusted source for buying exquisite certified loose diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry since 1974.  We are one of the only jewelers in the area that offers such an exclusive selection of top names in the industry as well as such a large inventory.  For the opportunity to view one of San Francisco or the Napa Valley’s most impressive collections, please contact us to schedule at visit.

Tips for Buying an Engagement Ring

 

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Shopping for an engagement ring is exciting but it can also be a bit overwhelming.  If you are looking for the perfect ring for your intended, this may be your first major jewelry purchase and one that you really want to get right.

Even before you set foot in a jewelry store or start browsing online, you need to think about how much you want to spend – set a budget and stick to it.  Most experts agree the “three month salary rule” is probably out-of-date but stay in your comfort zone.  Knowing what you want to spend is also helpful for your jeweler as it narrows down the selection.

While some couples opt to shop for an engagement ring together, there are plenty of people who still want to surprise their girlfriend with an engagement ring.  If that’s your intention, think about what style of ring would best suit her lifestyle and preferences.  In addition try to find out her ring size.

Other considerations to think about include the metal color of the setting and the shape of stone you think your girlfriend would prefer such as round, princess, oval, etc.  To learn how diamonds are graded, read up on the 4Cs – cut, color, clarity, and carat weight.

Moreover at Padis Jewelry, we highly recommend choosing a reputable jeweler that you can trust.  Find out how long they have been in business, are their diamonds certified, and are they a member of the American Gem Society (AGS)?  Read online reviews and ask friends and family for recommendations.

At Padis Jewelry we are proud to say that we have been selling jewelry to the San Francisco area for more than forty years and are family-owned and operated.  We are also one of the 5% of jewelers in the U.S who is an accredited member of the AGS, and we have two GIA Graduate Gemologists on staff at all times.  Please contact us to set up a visit to one of our three San Francisco showrooms or our St. Helena store.

Padis Jewelry, a family-owned business, has been a trusted source for buying exquisite certified loose diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry since 1974.  We are one of the only jewelers in the area that offers such an exclusive selection of top names in the industry as well as such a large inventory.  For an opportunity to view one of San Francisco’s most impressive collections, please contact us to schedule at visit.