Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Our favorite pieces to celebrate new years in style

New year’s eve is one of our favorite days because of all of the glitz that goes along with it. Who doesn’t love when it’s encouraged to wear excessive sparkle!?  This biggest party of the year is only a few days away, so here are a few fabulous fine jewelry pieces to complete your look.



from Hamilton Jewelers

Friday, December 16, 2016

5 Unique Proposal Ideas for the Holiday Season

love-1858087_1920The holidays are a magical time to celebrate friends, family and good cheer. It’s no wonder the most wonderful time of the year is also the most popular time for proposals.  If you’re not sure how to create a magical, movie-like holiday proposal, consider these ideas for an extra special holiday.

Christmas Tree Magic

If you have a tree farm in the area, ask if you can set up a little proposal area after hours. String lights in some of the trees , put down a nice blanket and a bottle of champagne and lead her towards your “secret” spot. Family and friends can hide in the surrounding trees for an even greater surprise.

If you can’t find a farm, search for a nice clearing in the woods and do the same.

Fireside Surprise

If you’re looking to go for pure romance, consider renting a cabin for a few nights. Surprise her one night by setting up a romantic “picnic” in front of the fireplace.  This cozy atmosphere provides the perfect backdrop for a special and intimate proposal.

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Imagine, you’re putting up the last ornament…but wait…there’s one left! This one happens to be a small box that you give to your significant other, and when she opens it, viola! The ring of her dreams. Another unique part about this proposal is that the box ornament will remind you of this special moment every time you put it up.

Special Sleigh Ride

It doesn’t get more magical than riding in a sleigh, I mean, there’s even a song about it. Treat her to a ride around the park or to a place that is meaningful to the two of you and have your families wait at your destination.  It will surely be the surprise of a lifetime when you get on one knee surrounded by your loved ones.

lightsFestive Light Show

Part of the beauty of the holidays is the bright lights and decorations that exude good cheer. Millions of twinkling lights provide the perfect backdrop to a festive proposal. If you can’t find a professional light show near you, make a small personalized one with the big finale reading ‘Will you marry me’.


from Hamilton Jewelers

Friday, December 9, 2016

How to Build a Great Watch Wardrobe


With the holidays here, you are most likely contemplating the perfect gift — or maybe even a self purchase. We know that a watch is a great, timeless investment — one that can hold its value for years to come.

While our customers often have varying degrees of passion about watches, some have gotten hooked on the singular statement a watch can make, and have purchased multiple timepieces — making him or her a “collector” of sorts. We are often asked how many watches one needs to have to be considered a collector, or to have a true watch wardrobe. The thing is, it is less about the number of watches you own and more about what types of watches you own that help in building a watch wardrobe.


Generally, most people opt for either a classic work-type watch as their first timepiece, or a sportier watch. These are often the most versatile, and can go from day to night to weekend without a hiccup. It is safe to say that everyone building a wardrobe should have at least one classic dress watch perfect for work, and one sportier, rugged watch that can go out hiking or skiing on weekends.

From there, you build up. Women may want a diamond or gemstone watch for elegant evenings, especially if they do a lot of socializing. They also may want to add a fashion-forward watch — one that makes a color or artistic statement. Other genres of watches also appeal to both sexes, but men often find themselves attracted to pilot or military-inspired watches and there is an entire segment of brands that offer such timepieces. This is where a person’s real likes or dislikes, interests or hobbies come into play. There are car-inspired watches, colorful watches, three-dimensional space-age looking watches and so much more.


We advise you, if searching for a watch as a self-purchase or a gift, to consider what styles you already own, what is missing from your collection (or that of the person you are buying for) and what excites you in terms of look and style. The key to having a watch wardrobe is wearing the watches, and if you don’t love them, you won’t wear them. So buy what you like. We invite you to stop in any time to take a long look at what we have to offer in all watch genres.

from Hamilton Jewelers

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Top Engagement Ring Tips from a Professional Jeweler

romance-couple-1209046_1920You’ve found the one, and you owe cupid a huge favor.  Maybe you’ve even planned the proposal and asked family and friends for their blessing.  No matter what your circumstances, buying an engagement ring can be a daunting and overwhelming task.   Here are some pointers to get you started in the right direction – – some practical, some romantic, and some steeped in history & tradition.  We should know a thing or two….we’ve been helping happy couples for over 100 years.

Give yourself plenty of time.

Most people typically shop 1 – 3 months prior to their planned date of proposal….give yourself plenty of time so that you don’t feel pressure and have time to plan the perfect proposal, too!  You may decide that you want a custom-designed one-of-a-kind ring, and that takes extra time…it’s always best to be ahead of schedule so that you can enjoy the selection and buying process.

ringblog Know the bride-to-be’s style.

What kind of jewelry does she already wear? Is she more classic or modern? Feminine or sophisticated?  Do her pieces tend to be more delicate or chunky? Simple or ornate?  Observe her demeanor, her body language, her dress, and any references she makes about jewelry, fashion and style.  She will be wearing this ring 24/7 every day of her life. It will need to go with everything from jeans to evening wear and everything in between.

Separate fact from fiction.

There are many factors to consider when making this lifetime investment.  Good online resources for unbiased and knowledgeable information are: and  Trust in your jeweler is critical so be sure to shop with reputable establishments who can provide both a great shopping experience and valuable education about your purchase.

wallet-669458_1920Have a sense of your budget before shopping.

You don’t need the exact number, but have a range in mind, be it monthly payments on an installment program, financing the entire purchase, or any combination of either.  You may be pleasantly surprised that financing offers now allow you to find the perfect ring for less than you may have imagined.  In the end, try to purchase the nicest ring that you can afford and be sure you’re comfortable with the payment or expense; being uneasy about debt is not something you want on your mind right now.

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You don’t need to obtain a gemology degree, but you should have a basic understanding of what contributes to a diamond’s value and appearance.   And as fundamental as it sounds, there IS a fifth “C”…. Confidence in your jeweler.  Ask for referrals – – be sure you’re buying from a reputable jeweler who is a member of either the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or the American Gem Society (AGS).

The order of things.

First, select the gemstone:  traditional diamond or something different?  There are no rules…follow your heart and dare to be distinctive!  Then select the shape – –  that will help you determine the best possible setting to showcase the fire and brilliance of your gem.  Lastly, select the metal of the setting, also sometimes called the mounting, and you can begin to narrow your search.   Precious platinum is a great option for many because of its durability and lasting value. A great way to preview different designs is to use a Ring Builder tool that will let you digitally create a ring step by step.

ringbuildConsider a personal touch.

There are many things that you can do to add a very personal element to your ring:  perhaps someone in your family has gemstones that you want to include in the design of your ring.  Or consider a beautiful engraving crafted inside the ring.  A really distinctive option is to have your diamond laser engraved with a special message – – work with your jeweler for a creative solution that suits your style.

Protect your investment

After all that hard work of finding the perfect ring and hearing the all-important “yes”, you now need to be protective of your investment.  You shouldn’t assume that you have coverage in case of loss – – always check with your insurance carrier.  Your jeweler can coach you here as well to be sure you are safeguarding this very special purchase.


Work on an epic proposal idea!

This is your moment and you don’t want to risk a thing…be sure to give the proposal scene and how you will present the ring lots of thought.  From getting family and friends involved, or a romantic getaway, to a billboard in Times Square, you want to do something memorable…and have a great story to last a lifetime.

Hamilton Jewelers has been helping couples create their dream engagement rings for over 100 years and we are happy to share our expertise with anyone looking for guidance. We hope you found these tips useful in your search for the perfect ring. If you would like to learn more about our engagement ring and bridal services, feel free to visit our online Bridal Salon, or visit us at our locations in Princeton, NJ or Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

from Hamilton Jewelers

Monday, December 5, 2016

Phillips Auction House Wraps Up Year With Record Watch Sales


It’s been a wild and wonderful ride at auction this year for timepieces. As the month of December sees several final auctions, we are already getting great results — results that bode well for the argument that a watch is a fine investment in your future.

Just this week, Phillips Auction House sold, among others, several watches previously owned by watch lover and musician Eric Clapton. The auction, which concluded on Tuesday, November 29, along with a Rolex Milestones auction the House held the evening before, achieved almost $25.5 million in sales.


In its sale a couple of weeks ago, Phillips, in association with Bacs & Russo, sold a Patek Philippe watch that achieved a world record — selling for $11 million. The watch had been made in 1943 and a was a stainless steel Reference 1518 perpetual calendar chronograph with moon phase. In that auction, a total of nearly 180 watches from more than a dozen different brands sold — to the tune of $27.8 million.


According to Aurel Bacs, senior consultant with Phillips, the world record accomplishment “is a strong testimony that the watch market is universally accepted as an important pillar of the international art collector community.”

from Hamilton Jewelers

Friday, December 2, 2016

Blue Beauties: December’s Birthstones

If you were born in December and have a hard time making up your mind, you’re in luck! December babies have three beautiful birthstones to choose from; Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise. Let’s look a little deeper at what’s behind these stones:


This bluish-purple stone is one of the newest to be discovered and is only available in one part of the world, Tanzania, making it rare and extremely coveted. The color of tanzanite can range from a pale blue to an intense blue with violet undertones that can rival sapphire.

A softer stone, it is recommended that you wear tanzanite as a necklace or earrings, but with proper care, a tanzanite will look beautiful no matter how you wear it.


A beautiful yet underrated stone, zircon is affordable and comes in a variety colors- spanning red, orange, yellow, green, blue and brown, making it a good choice for many pieces in a collection.

Zircon is the oldest mineral on earth, dating back more than 4.4 billion years. During the Middle Ages, people believed zircon could induce sound sleep, ward off evil and bring prosperity. Blue zircon, in particular was popular during Victorian times and frequently adorned English estate jewelry from the 1880s.

Blue zircon is still the most common among buyers, but if you want to start a collection of beautiful and colorful gemstones, zircon is a great choice.


Admired since ancient times, turquoise is known for its distinct color, which ranges from powdery blue to a greenish robin’s egg blue.

The earliest evidence of turquoise comes from ancient Egyptian tombs which contain elaborate turquoise jewelry dating back to 3000 BCE. They used turquoise in everything from rings and necklaces, to ornamental pieces and art. It’s no wonder that the Egyptians called the stone mefkat, which meant “joy” and “delight”.

Ancient Persians also decorated extensively with turquoise believing it offered protection. Native Americans used it in sacred ceremonies to communicate with the spirit of the sky and attached it to their bows to improve a hunter’s accuracy.

Now, it is a beautiful stone used in many modern, sleek jewelry designs. When purchasing turquoise jewelry, keep in mind that it is a softer stone and is sensitive to sunlight and solvents like makeup and perfumes.

from Hamilton Jewelers

Thursday, December 1, 2016

3 Things You Need to Know About Buying Watches as Gifts


watchesA nice watch can be a great gift for several people on your list, but finding the right one can be a bit tricky.  We want to help take the stress out of the shopping experience by offering a bit of advice about what to look for when buying a watch for a loved one.

1. Think about the person you are buying for, especially their hobbies and interests. Are they sports lovers? If so, what kind? There are a lot of watches that offer chronographs for timing laps, or tachymeters for tracking speed, for instance. Is he or she an dive-, auto- or aviation-lover? If so, water-, car- and pilot-inspired watches work beautifully.


2. Consider where the person lives and what the climate may be. These factors will help influence whether you select a watch with a metal bracelet, or a rubber or leather strap. Warm climates are often suitable for bracelets, so the strap doesn’t get clammy or sticky on the wrist. Colder climates may call for the warmth of a leather strap. Rubber straps work in all climates and in cases where the person is very active. Interchangeable straps are a great concept because they enable versatility.

3. Don’t forget to take age and career into account when selecting a watch. Generally, teenagers and young adults are more interested in what is stylish and trendy, than the functions of the watch, while older people may want a larger, easy-to-read dial. Additionally, lifecycle may come into play. Buying for someone just starting a career versus someone already well entrenched in his or her career may mean the difference between a fashion statement and a “success” statement.


While these three easy tips will help you out, we also urge you to keep your own budget in mind. You should have a set amount you want to spend already figured out and stay within that range. Now that you are thinking about your loved one’s interests and personality, we invite you to visit our store and take a close up look at the gift of time.

from Hamilton Jewelers