Before Buying an Engagement Ring

Planning to propose can be a daunting task buying an engagement ring. Between settling on the details of the proposal and conquering your nerves, you need to select the perfect ring for the occasion. We have compiled a list of the questions which you must ask yourself and your jeweler when purchasing an engagement ring.

Before Buying an Engagement Ring

How much money can I afford to spend?

You will want to begin with an assessment of your bank account, then determine the ideal ring that fits your price range. Also think about the personal significance which this piece of jewelry will hold for your betrothed and future generations. Communicate your budget to a jeweler immediately, so they can help you choose a stylish and high-quality ring with your financial preferences in mind.

What shape would she like?

Your significant other will most likely have a distinct style, from her wardrobe to her values. This aspect should ultimately influence the shape of the engagement ring you buy for her. To gather some clues, notice the clothes that she wears on a daily basis. Take some notes, and make sure you bring them to the appointment with your jeweler. They will be able to recommend a particular shape based on this information.

Which metal would work best for her?

Choosing the most appropriate metal for your engagement ring will involve another glance into your significant other’s closet. Specifically, you will want to focus on the colors that she wears most often – and the jewelry she already owns. Again, once you tell the jeweler what you have observed, they can help you pick the right metal. Another note: if your significant other has sensitive skin, you should also let the jeweler know.

When Shopping for an Engagement Ring

What are the four C’s of this diamond?

After your first meeting with the jeweler, they will prepare a selection of the diamonds that fit your established specifications. You will want to ask about the cut, color, clarity, and carat weight of each stone, so that you can get the highest possible quality for your engagement ring. The jeweler should be able to walk you through the aspects of each diamond and help you make the correct choice.

May I see the grading report on this stone?

You will also want to inquire about the grading report on each stone that the jeweler has chosen. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) appraises every diamond for some important characteristics, including the four C’s, any treatments on the stone, and light performance. The jeweler should readily present this document to you, and then explain each part for the particular stone in question.

What are my payment options?

Purchasing an engagement ring will be a large investment, so you will certainly wonder about paying for it. Each jeweler approaches this situation from a different perspective, and they all have different rules. While some jewelers will request an upfront deposit, others will provide payment plans or special discounts. Ask your jeweler which fits their clientele better.

General Questions

What kind of maintenance do I need to perform, and how often?

When you have decided on the engagement ring that you’ll purchase, your attention should turn towards preserving this crucial asset. Talk with your jeweler about the steps which are required to keep your diamond in sparkling condition and maintain the beauty of the setting. They will let you know their personal tips, or even offer in-store services for this important step.

Will you be able to repair the ring, if needed?

Over time, your engagement ring will get damaged from wearing it every day. No matter whether the stone is misplaced or scratched, a jeweler should have the skills to fix the ring without any hassle. Before you buy the ring, ask the jeweler if they will repair your piece in the store.

What types of warranty can I get?

It is important to know exactly which repairs will be covered by the jewelers’ warranty on your engagement ring. These typically include lost stones, broken prongs, or polishing services. You should have a discussion with your jeweler about the warranty which they provide on engagement rings – and more specifically, your distinct piece of jewelry.

Modifying the ring later, and how easy is it?

Your engagement ring might initially look like a dream, but you may want something better within a few years. Some couples choose to add stones during their marriage, change the size of the ring, or engrave something special in the band. Regardless of your intentions, you will want to know the modifications which the jeweler can make on the unique ring you have chosen. Also ask the jeweler about the costs to implement these modifications.

Located at 829 Asbury Drive in Mandeville, Anne Dale Jewelers has helped several couples find the perfect engagement ring over the past 40 years. The store offers a large selection of diamonds in the newly renovated engagement ring gallery. We can answer all these questions and more. Just call (985) 626-4266 to book an appointment with our GIA-certified gemologist and a master goldsmith today.

Valentine’s Day

Most people associate Valentine’s Day with images of heart-shaped objects, candy, flowers, and other romantic symbols.

But the origins of this holiday are not as rosy as their modern interpretations would let on.

Instead, they are deeply shrouded in historical legends that involve curious rituals and even conflicting stories about the man whose name the February 14 commemoration bears.

The ancient Roman calendar included a holiday to encourage the health and fertility of the city’s people, on which men and women selected their potential mates’ names from a jar. Around the fifth century, the current pope outlawed this ritual in favor of honoring Saint Valentine.

Some mystery surrounds the exact identity of the Saint who deserves the credit for bringing lovers together, though. Historians recorded three different narratives about a man named Valentine being martyred on the same day, February 14.

The most popular tale depicts Saint Valentine as a Roman priest who married young soldiers against the emperor’s wishes, and he was executed for his crimes. As a result,

Valentine became regarded as the patron saint of romantic love.

If you are searching for the perfect gift to impress your Valentine, look no further than Anne Dale Jewelers. The family-owned and operated jewelry store, now located at 829 Asbury Drive in Mandeville, features a wide selection of diamond jewelry including bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and of course, engagement rings. You can also find classic pearl designs and colored gemstone pieces, such as sapphire, ruby, emerald, and tanzanite creations. A local north shore community’s jewelry store since 1999, servicing the cities of Covington, Abita Springs and Madisonville.

Since 1983, Anne Dale and her husband Michael have offered a unique experience to their customers. Each client receives the opportunity to interact with the gemologist and the master craftsman right in the store, as they understand that only the highest quality of jewels went into their purchase.

The store is open Tuesday through Friday from 11am to 5:30pm, (also by appointment) on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.

Linking Diamonds to the Art of Love

Since Americans celebrate Valentine’s Day near the middle of the month, it is no wonder why February has been long used to honor love and romance.

And there is perhaps no better way for a man to declare his love than a piece of diamond jewelry. By doing so he understand Diamonds and the Art of Love.

To find out how diamonds became associated with matters of the heart, let us consider some beliefs rooted in Greek mythology.

Greek tradition held that the god Eros, who ruled over passionate love and desire, shot diamond-tipped arrows to bring couples together. Even the word diamond can be traced to the Greek word adamas, which signified an insurmountable and enduring force. This certainly defines love, especially in marriage.

Other sources mention the fact that diamonds are naturally formed under the pressure of the earth, and many couples find their love has been strengthened by the hardships they face together. Diamonds also are not formed overnight – neither is love.

Located at 829 Asbury Drive in Mandeville, Anne Dale Jewelers offers a vast selection of engagement rings in the store’s newly expanded gallery. For the past 40 years, the family owned and operated jewelry store has helped Northshore couples find the perfect piece to represent their eternal commitment.

Anne, a registered GIA gemologist, and her husband Michael, a master craftsman, put their personal touch on every engagement ring in the showcase. This way, you’ll know that you are getting a special and unique design made from the finest materials.

The store is open Tuesday through Friday from 11am to 5:30pm – Saturdays between 10am and 2pm also by appointment. 

It would be safe to say as a independent jeweler that most of our jewelry business is derived from the store’s 40- year history and its loyal clients. Others might have discovered Anne Dale Jewelers by searching on the Internet when in need of our jewelry services.

However, our greatest joy (and most beloved challenge) comes from our word-of-mouth client referrals. When a long-time client suggests our jewelry business to their friends and family members, these referrals create a competitive excitement in our jewelry shop.

Anne Dale thrives on being the perceived underdog in the head-to-head competition against the area’s more highly advertised jewelry stores. With their high traffic locations and built-in generational customer bases, sadly many have lost (or never had) the passion of their store’s founders. Michael and Anne Dale have built their business from a position of love and passion for over 40 years.

How a Private Jeweler competes against the big budget jewelers?

Simply, Anne Dale Jewelers does not spend tens of thousands of dollars advertising nor do we pay outrageous rents. Big name jewelers may win in the amount of jewelry items sold, but high volume was never our goal. In fact, we are the opposite of mass-produced and aggressively-advertised jewelry.

A premier private jeweler like Anne Dale offers something that far exceeds the competition, both online and when compared to big-name jewelry stores. Here are some reasons why.

The Quality

High-volume jewelry stores often buy jewelry, diamonds and gemstones in bulk. While this may be an efficient way to get a cheap price, quality is often sacrificed in the process. On the other hand, you can expect a local jeweler to hand-select the best values in premium diamond jewelry. Private jewelers will source gold, diamonds, and other jewelry findings from select reputable suppliers.

The Experience & Service

Big-name jewelry stores can spend a lot of money on their locations, advertisements and storefronts. However, this business model can create a crowded and noisy store environment. When you become just another face in the crowd, sadly there is nothing special about you – or the selection to choose from, for that matter.

For the owners, it is a numbers game. You may get lost in the volume and find yourself waiting for a while.

A local private jeweler will do jewelry repairs and alterations right in the store. This means you will not wait long to get your ring back, and you won’t have to worry about it being lost in shipping. In addition, the slower environment is usually much friendlier and more helpful. At Anne Dale , you can schedule private appointments for one-on-one consultations and enjoy the full attention of a private jeweler.

The Choices:

When it comes down to the number of choices available for diamond engagement rings, big-name jewelers often carry branded pieces that are mass-produced. These have typically been acquired through buyer groups, so they are available in multiple store locations. When you choose a private jeweler, you can design your own custom engagement ring. The options are endless. This allows us to provide insight and assistance throughout the process, as you create a truly one-of-a-kind diamond engagement ring.

The Price:

Especially when it comes to real fine jewelry, the saying “you get what you pay for” does not always apply. Unfortunately, at big name jewelry stores, you often can get much less than you paid for. If you want to make a simple change or personalize the piece in any way, you can expect to pay extremely high customization fees. Their business models simply revolve around inventory turnover on the SKUs (product) in store.

Visit Mandeville’s premier private jeweler at Anne Dale, and let us create the perfect diamond engagement ring of her dreams today.

In-House Jewelry Repair

In-House Jewelry Repair

There are many differences between chain jewelry stores and a local jeweler like Anne Dale Jewelers. One of the most prominent services is in-house jewelry repair, along with a higher level of professionalism and expertise, security, communication, and pricing. These jewelry store services usually included jewelry repairs such as ring sizings, diamond setting, tightening loose diamonds and gemstones, prongs, polishing, jewelry cleaning, inspection, watch batteries, watch adjustments, evaluation and estate jewelry and insurance appraisals.Four benefits that separates Local Jewelry Repairs done on-site vs. high volume chain jewelry stores.

Jeweler repair on site

  1. Peace of Mind – This means having the confidence that your family heirlooms are not being handled by third-party carriers or a distant unknown jewelry repair shop. Most jewelry stores do not have a professional repair shop on site, so these large jewelry operators use service centers that are often out of state!
  2. Communication – At Anne Dale Jewelers , you are communicating with an expert jeweler or GIA Certified gemologist who offers in-house services. You communicate your desires directly to us. Our text line is one way we can constantly reach out to you with updates, estimates and links with suggestions.
  3. Reduced chance of lost jewelry – When a jeweler outsources jewelry repair services, items will change hands quite frequently. This fumbling increases the chance that the jewelry may be lost or misplaced. At Anne Dale, all jewelry repairs are documented with a detailed description that produces three copies: one for our client, one for the front of the store, and another for our shop foreman. We are fully insured and have built in security measures to assure peace-of-mind. Also all jewelry is photographed, so the chance of our in-house jewelry repair service losing an item are slim to none.
  4. Fair, clear, and detailed prices – Jewelry repairs that are not done on the premises cost more to insure when transporting. Outsourcing is expensive and the jewelers often charge more. Sticker shock on simple jewelry repairs can blind side both the sales associate and the customers at off-site jewelry repair shops. At Anne Dale, we let you know the price right from the very beginning and will itemize the jewelry findings and craftsman labor.

We offer the best in-house jewelry repair in Mandeville, LA. We also offer watch battery, watch bands and adjustments in a professional jewelry shop near you.

Bring your jewelry for repair and restoration to us today.

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