Monthly Archives: January 2014

Add these to your Wish List…

 

G. Thrapp Jewelers is making shopping extremely easy for your significant other this year. We have an online “Valentine’s Day Wish List” that you can fill out telling us what your heart desires as far as jewelry. When you submit it, we give it to your significant other with a 15% discount! But before you fill it out, we wanted to introduce you to our top Valentine’s Day gift picks in hopes that you’ll include them on your wish list! Enjoy!

Estate

The idea of estate jewelry is romantic in itself – it’s a tiny piece of history that you get to share with someone who lived long before your time. G. Thrapp Jewelers is home to one of the best Estate collections in the Midwest – and the best part is that most of the pieces have been collected from Indianapolis families (as opposed to a trade show). These pieces are one-of-a-kind items encompassing many different time periods. Our Estate case boasts jewelry from the best design houses in the industry such as Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier. Over the years G. Thrapp has sold a variety of Art Deco rings and bracelets, English crystals, Edwardian pins and broaches and Victorian cuff bracelets. Our case is full of unique pendants, broaches, line bracelets and rings.

We have found that pieces from this collection are perfect for the fashion forward woman who has everything. We say that because all the pieces are one-of-a-kind. Women who draw inspiration from different eras are likely to fall in love with our extensive collection of estate jewelry.

Cartier Watch | Estate Jewelry Indianapolis

Estate Rings | Estate Jewelry Indianapolis

Cynthia Ann Hearts

G. Thrapp Jewelers is Cynthia Ann’s number one account in the nation. Last November, we hosted a Cynthia Ann trunk show, and her revitalized vintage heart padlock collection was a best seller. Cynthia Ann introduced the hearts into her collection to bring forward and incorporate a touch of history (as seen in the religious medals). Originally the Antique English padlocks were worn on a bracelet and given to a loved one as a symbol of affection. Before going off to war, gentlemen would leave the bracelet locked around his loved one’s wrist and he would hold the key until his return. The heart shaped padlock was fashionable in the Victorian and Edwardian periods and Cynthia Ann has embellished the locks to bring them into today’s fashionable standards.

The locks are a perfect, one-of-a-kind gift for women of all ages. They are more than religious metals; they are also a fashion statement and a token of love. These pieces are great to layer and you can always add on a new charm to your favorite piece! Our buyer, Dana Friedman, wears her heart padlock on a short chain, and wears her Cynthia Ann religious medal on a longer chain. If you desire a complete look or already have a medal and a heart padlock, Cynthia Ann also has lovely medals, earrings, and bracelets that we adore!

Cynthia Ann Designs | Designer Jewelry Indianapolis

 Samantha Louise Earrings

If you’re an avid fan of G. Thrapp Jewelers, you will notice that Samantha Louise practically ALWAYS makes it onto our top gift picks. We love Samantha Louise Jewelry because she’s an Indianapolis native designer, and her collection includes pieces that are great for women of all ages. Sales associate, Mary Leppert said, “Sometimes it can be difficult to find colored stud earrings, but Samantha Louise earrings have an elegant, fresh design that incorporate colors in a way that is unlike anything else in the industry.”

G. Thrapp Jewelers carries a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors but one thing is true of all of them – they are all simple, elegant and very wearable. Perfect for the woman who believes that “simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.”

Samantha Louise Jewelry | Jewelry Stores Indianapolis

Bebe&Tay

Unique to G. Thrapp, Bebe & Tay is a distinctive jewelry line created by owner, Gary Thrapp’s wife, Barbi. Since most stones are unique, no two pieces are alike. Her signature line includes healing bracelets using natural stones and charms, featuring trees of life and other religious symbols. Her pieces are trendy and well-priced for those that yearn for the latest jewelry styles, but can’t afford to spend well into the hundreds.

Bebe&Tay’s blush pink pearl bracelets with a pave heart diamond truly embody the spirit of Valentine’s Day. Many wearers of her bracelets like to create a stacked look featuring her creations.

Bebe & Tay Bracelet | Indianapolis Jewelry Store

Heather B. Moore

“This collection is not about impulse jewelry; it’s about documenting all that’s important in your life and remembering what shaped you. I am so honored to have the opportunity to make heirloom pieces. And just how all treasured things are passed down through families, this is how your story will be told.” – Heather B. Moore

Whether you are purchasing jewelry for someone young or old, a mother, sister, or daughter, these pieces are great for all ages. Marketing Director, Lauren Bauer, says, “You can truly make a Heather B. Moore necklace your own. I am pretty simple when it comes to jewelry so I chose a short chain with an initial charm, a stone, and a diamond to fit my current taste. In the future, I’ll most likely want to add charms to represent those memories just like Heather B. Moore envisioned.” Like Lauren said, one of the best parts about buying a piece of Heather B. Moore’s charm collection is that you can keep adding on to it, year after year.

Heather B Moore Charms | Indianapolis Jewelry Store

Now that you have heard all about our favorite jewelry pieces for Valentine’s Day, you can go fill out your very own Wish List!

The Many Facets of Diamonds..

 

 

Before you take the plunge to buy THE ring, it is important to understand all facets of each diamond shape (ha), how the ring will look on your fiancé’s hand, and your fiancé’s taste. At G. Thrapp, we want to make sure that you choose an engagement ring that you and your fiancé will treasure for years to come. Below you will find details about each diamond cut, past trends, and trends we expect in 2014.

 

 

Diamond Shapes | Engagement Rings | Jewelry Stores Indianapolis

 

Round Brilliant

‪The round brilliant is the most popular diamond because of its versatility and its sparkle. The round stone is a perfect fit for the tradition, timeless, classic woman in your life. Light performs better in a round than any other shape and it is the only diamond that the GIA has a cut grade for. This shape is the industry’s ideal image of a diamond.

The round stone looks incredible in a simple setting, a vintage setting or a modern setting. For those of you that are unsure what will make your fiancé happy, it is hard to go wrong with this shape. Round diamonds are the best seller at G. Thrapp Jewelers, accounting for nearly 60% of diamond sales in 2013. We make sure to keep a large selection of varying carat weights on hand at all times.

 

Diamond Rings Indianapolis | Engagment Rings Indianapolis

 

Oval

‪The oval diamond is becoming increasing popular because it is a bold, unique version of the traditional round brilliant. The oval stone creates an illusion of larger carat weight (an added bonus).

It is often found on the finger of an innovative, creative woman who is dependable but always willing to take chances. This shape is best showcased surrounded by smaller round stones in a delicate, halo setting. In 2013 we saw an increase in sales of oval diamonds and in 2014 we expect to see a rise in setting both oval and marquise in more unique, East/West settings.

 

Oval Diamonds | Jewelry Stores Indianapolis

 

Princess

‪The princess shape is traditional with a modern, trendy edge. This contemporary shape is the most brilliant of all square cuts and it compliments most setting styles.

The princess diamond looks fantastic on women with longer fingers and continues to be one of the top selling diamonds because of its timeless beauty and versatility.

 

Scott Kay Princess Diamond Ring

Cushion

‪A Cushion diamond is square with rounded corners and is perfect for those who care about clarity. The cushion cut’s large facets allow for more scintillation (some say, the more sparkly, the better!) Because of its large facets, it is one of the most brilliant cuts among all square and rectangular diamonds. It is no surprise that the cushion cut was G. Thrapp’s second most popular diamond cut in 2013 and we expect the trend to carry through 2014.

This diamond offers a flash of sparkle and is considered to be effortlessly romantic and feminine for the traditional woman in your life.

Slyvie Diamond Ring | Cushion Cut

 

Radiant

‪The Radiant is a vibrant and lively combination of round, emerald and princess cuts, which makes it the ideal compromise for a woman who is looking for something ‪traditional with a unique twist. G. Thrapp sold several cushion and radiant diamonds in 2013 and we expect to there to be a higher demand for these, “fancy cuts,” in 2014. Fancy cuts are often set in petite, dainty engagement settings which are also expected to be extremely popular in 2014.

Martin Flyer Radiant Diamond Ring | Jewelry Store Indianapolis

 

Pear

‪Also known as tear drop diamonds, pear shape diamond rings are an up and coming trend. Most often, the pear cut is set in simple settings or delicate halo settings. If you are interested in a rare, colored diamond – this cut really showcases the natural color of diamond. In 2013, G. Thrapp sold nearly every color of diamond; yellow, pink, green and blue, and a number of these were pear shaped diamonds.

If you are looking for something a little out of the ordinary for the unique woman who plays by her own rules, this is the ring for you!

 

Sylvie Engagement Ring | Pear Diamond | Jewelry Store

 

Marquise

‪This unique diamond shape has the largest surface area of all the diamond cuts. Marquises are unique, distinctive and dramatic. The length of this diamond cut slenderizes fingers and creates an illusion of a larger size.

The marquise diamond has gained immense popularity in the past few years, and in 2014 we expect to see more people choosing to set marquise in East/West settings.

marquise diamond ring | tacori | engagement ring indianapolis

 

Emerald

‪This shape is one of the first cuts to ever be used in jewelry. It is a rectangular stone with long parallel facets that shows off the diamond’s clarity better than any other diamond cut. The art deco period yielded the term “emerald” cut even though diamond cutters had been cutting this shape for many years. The emerald cut was originally used for the emerald gemstone to prevent it from chipping during the cutting process.

Made popular by style icons of the 1900s, the emerald cut is perfect for the woman who loves fashion and draws inspiration from vintage glamour. This retro diamond shape is elegant but confident and helps to elongate shorter feelings like Asscher and Cushion cuts.

Sales Associate, Julie Wilson, proudly sports a beautiful emerald cut engagement ring alongside many stacked bands.

Emerald Diamond Ring | Christopher Desings | Engagement Ring

Asscher

‪Made popular in Sex & The City, the Asscher cut is similar to the Emerald cut but it is square. This cut is perfect for a trendsetter with a Vintage flair.

If you chose an Asscher cut it is important to select a diamond of higher clarity so you can truly appreciate it’s the stone’s beauty.

Asscher Christopher Designs | Engagement Rings Indianapolis

 

 

Trillion

‪The trillion cut diamond has gained a lot of attention lately due to its bright, lively and rare shape. The bold, triangular shape is a great centerpiece for a one-of-a-kind engagement ring – at G. Thrapp, we generally see it used as side stones to compliment a unique solitaire.‬

Trillion Cut Diamond Ring | Jewelry Stores Indianapolis

Heart

‪Sentimental girls gravitate toward the heart cut diamond but it is not often used in engagement rings.‬

heart shaped diamond | indianapolis jewelry store

 

For the Whimsical Woman…

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It is no surprise that Megan Thorne has been featured in Vogue, Brides and Lucky. Her creations are instantly recognizable because they combine whimsical, antique and contemporary design into a truly unique piece. Because of the intimate size of the operation, Thorne touches every piece and she enjoys connecting with every couple as their personal stories shape the design of their rings. It is this intimacy with her craft and materials that brings forth the integrity of every piece.

Her bridal collection is perfect for women who have an appreciation for art and intricacy. She is not afraid to go against the grain and break the rules of the “traditional” engagement rings. The wearer of a Megan Thorne ring wants something that is uniquely her own.

Sales associate, Julie Wilson said, “Women are really drawn to Megan Thorne, they love her pieces and they tend to come back looking to add to their collection. Most of the pieces we sell at G. Thrapp are yellow or rose gold.”

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Sales Associate, Michelle Farmer loves Megan Thorne’s designs because they are so incredibly unique. Her favorite ring is the emerald cut, picture frame ring because of its feminine, unique setting. It doesn’t look like anything else in the market.

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Sales Associate and Watch Specialist, Joshua Shanafelt said, “I love the style of Megan Thorne’s engagement collection. Surprisingly enough, a few of my clients have reset their original diamond into a Megan Thorne ring and worn it as a right hand ring. They usually will then purchase a larger carat weight diamond for their original engagement ring.”

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To see more Megan Thorne pieces, view her engagement ring and wedding band collections online, or stop into G. Thrapp Jewelers at 56th & Illinois!

G. Thrapp’s 10 Steps to a Successful Proposal

 

 

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Being that G. Thrapp Jewelers has been in the jewelry business for 30 years, we know a thing or two about the in’s and out’s of getting engaged. Based on that extensive knowledge, we have compiled a list of things men should do when preparing to “pop the question”:

 

1. Ask for her hand

Chivalry isn’t dead. Most women expect you to have asked for her father’s blessing long before you propose. Don’t worry – this doesn’t have to be as formal as it sounds. Here are some ideas:

-pull her father aside next time you are at their house

-invite him to meet you for a beer after work

-offer to take both of her parents to dinner

 

2. Make it a surprise

If you don’t remember anything else on our list, remember this! Too frequently men bring in their girlfriends to pick out a ring. For all of you guys out there, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to impress your soon to be fiancé and everyone else you know with your keen sense of style. She will brag about how you picked out the ring on your own for years to come. G. Thrapp Jewelers has experienced sales associates that are trained to help you through the process of picking out the perfect ring – without her help!

 

3. Establish a price range

It is important to realize that prices are negotiable to a certain extent. Don’t be afraid to do a little online research to see what engagement rings cost. Also, look to word of mouth and online search engines to find a reputable jeweler that you can trust.

Remember not to stretch your budget too far. Make sure you establish a firm price with the sales associate you’re working with so they can present you with diamonds and mountings that fit within that range.

 

4. Find out her ring size

Try to swipe a ring from her jewelry box and take it to the jewelry store for them to measure. Just make sure she doesn’t catch you!

If that isn’t an option, your jeweler can always size the ring after you propose. While you’re getting her ring sized, you can introduce her to the store and staff and browse the wedding band selection. At G. Thrapp, we enjoy meeting the bride-to-be and establishing a relationship with her as well!

5. Research her style

If you aren’t aware, there’s a website where your girlfriend most likely shares her hopes and dreams in the form of a “pin.” It’s called Pinterest. It is a good idea to get on her Pinterest account, click on a board titled something like “My dream wedding” or “A girl can dream,” and see if she has pinned any engagement rings. By looking at her engagement ring pins, you can get an idea of the style of diamond and setting she likes.

You can also refer to what kinds of jewelry she wears on a day to day basis. Does she like silver, gold or platinum? Is her style traditional or glitzy? Don’t be afraid to ask her mom or her best friend for some help in this category.

 

6. Choose a reputable jeweler

Buying an engagement ring should be a fun adventure – never intimidating and NEVER boring. It is important that you chose a jeweler that you feel comfortable with so you know that you are buying a quality ring that your fiancé will love! At G. Thrapp Jewelers, our sales team is dedicated to providing the experience people deserve, not just what they expect.

 

7. Pick the ring setting

There are so many different styles and settings to choose from so it is important that you have a broad idea of what you are looking for! Do you think she will want a solitaire setting (single large diamond) or a multi-stone setting? Do you want the ring to look modern, simple, classic or vintage? Your sales associate will help guide you through all of these questions and make sure you find THE perfect ring.

 

8. Select a diamond

Now comes the fun part – you get to pick a diamond that YOU love. You are probably sitting at your computer thinking, “a diamond is a diamond” but there is much more to it. Diamonds are evaluated by the four C’s: color, cut, clarity and carat weight. At G. Thrapp, we show you a variety of different diamonds based on your price point and shape selection and you will be able to pick the one you like the most!

 

9. Insure the ring

This doesn’t seem like something you need to worry about just yet, but when you spend thousands of dollars on a ring, getting it insured is important. G. Thrapp Jewelers has an in-house appraiser who will fill out all the paperwork you need to send to your insurance company.

 

10. Think of a clever proposal 

Our only tip for this piece of advice is to make sure you find a way to incorporate special moments of your relationship into the proposal. She is going be sharing this story for years, so make it one worth talking about. For great proposal ideas, check out the knot’s “50 Romantic Ways to Propose”!

 

Ok guys…Get ready… Get set… PROPOSE!

 

Normal Business Hours Resume

We hope everyone had a great holiday! We are now back to our normal business hours.