Genevieve Antoine Dariaux, French style guru and author of A Guide to Elegance once said, “There is just one piece of jewelry that is equally becoming to everybody, lovely with almost every ensemble, appropriate for almost any occasion, and indispensable in every woman’s wardrobe. Long live the pearl necklace…”
Here at McKenzie & Smiley, we couldn’t agree more. The June birthstone is timeless, elegant, and always in style.
Pearls have been coveted for ages; the first fresh and saltwater stones were harvested over 6,000 years ago and their natural rarity meant they were a symbol of wealth. While the process of culturing pearls has made them more widely available, they are still considered very special stones and are often reserved for life’s most important occasions.
Pearls are said to symbolize wisdom gained through experience. They are thought to attract wealth, bring luck, offer protection, and strengthen relationships. In Eastern cultures, the beautiful June birthstone is also considered a symbol of transformation, signifying its wearer’s generosity, purity, and honesty.
In ancient Greece, pearls were associated with unity and love and were believed to lead to a harmonious marriage.
Just like the stone itself, this ancient marriage symbolism stands the test of time. Pearls are still considered the perfect bridal accessory…and as the June birthstone, they’re even more perfect for summer weddings!
Pearls are often passed down through generations to be worn on the big day — in fact, many brides receive their first strand of pearls from their mother or mother-in-law as a wedding day gift. It’s a fitting tradition, as legend says wearing pearls on your wedding day will guarantee a happy marriage.
Whether you are the bride yourself or a bride’s relative looking for a special, sentimental gift, there are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing pearls.
The most important thing to consider is if a pearl is natural, cultured, or synthetic. You also want to consider its luster, shape, color, surface, and size. These are all things we are happy to explain and assist you with on your next visit to McKenzie & Smiley.
The wonderful thing about pearls is that it’s hard to go wrong. No matter the design, a single or double strand necklace, simple or chandelier drop earrings, or pearl bracelets are all equally as elegant and timeless.
As Coco Chanel once said, “A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls.” So whether you’re the bride, Mother of the Bride, a bridesmaid, or simply looking for a timeless and beautiful piece of jewelry rich with symbolism, the pearl is the perfect stone for you.
Stop by McKenzie & Smiley this summer to shop our collection of cultured pearls. We’re here to help you find something special.
What’s that well-known Irish proverb? “Luck will always be on your side if you’re wearing diamonds”? Okay, so maybe we made that up…but if you have to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, we think it may as well be in the form of a gorgeous gemstone. These three stunning stones are sure to bring you the luck of the stylish this month and all year round. Make sure to read until the end, because we’ve got a special St. Patty’s Day treat for you in stores!
Green Jade is considered a stone of abundance or “stone of fortune.” In ancient cultures, jade was thought to increase physical strength, vitality, and longevity (so greens really are good for your health!). The smooth green stone is also a symbol of love and virtue and can be used to instill confidence and calmness.
There are two types of jade gemstones: jadeite and nephrite.If you’re looking for a higher quality piece, make sure you find darker shades of jadeite rather than milkier or minty green. The most valuable form of jade is known as “imperial jadeite,” which carries a vivid, deep green hue.
Emerald is one of the four precious stones alongside the diamond, ruby and sapphire. As with jade, deeper shades of green denote a more valuable emerald gem. Considered the “stone of truth,” emeralds have also been said to symbolize abundant love, fertility, and Spring in both ancient Aztec and Roman cultures…making it the perfect stone for March!
We carry several stunning emerald pieces, including the beautiful 1.82 oval ring pictured above.
The June birthstone is a rare an extremely valuable gem (rarer than diamonds and a higher pricetag than the other precious stones, which means you’ll usually find it in 2 carats or less). Alexandrite actually changes colors depending on how you view it. In natural light, Alexandrite appears blueish-green or a dark yellow-green; under a lightbulb, it takes on a reddish-purple hue. Because of it’s color-changing property, it’s often referred to as “emerald by day, ruby by night.”
The alexandrite gemstone has been associated with good fortune and is also said to enhance creativity, focus, and self-confidence.
Lucky for you, there is a pot of gold (or green!) at the end of the rainbow! Just show this coupon in-store to save 25% on your next purchase, valid until Friday, March 17th.
*Offer excludes Pandora, Tacori, Rolex. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion.
Two-tone designs are always in style! Even if all your jewelry is white, a two-tone piece doesn’t clash. Rose gold is used perfectly in this engagement ring design, accenting the gorgeous curves and drawing the eye to the center diamond.
What’s better than one band of diamonds? Two bands of diamonds! It’s twice as pretty and gives any engagement ring a more modern, architectural feel.
Elaborate details on the sides mean your ring will look amazing from every angle. We love the way this setting cradles the center diamond and dances around the band.
There’s a reason why this pink gold is so popular—it’s feminine rosy hue flatters all skin tones.
Colorful diamonds are a beautiful choice for your engagement ring. Fancy colors like yellow and pink, stand out from the crowd without feeling too over the top. If you’re looking for a modern statement, try chocolate or black diamonds.
Designs inspired by nature really took root (see what we did there) during the Art Nouveau period. Now, engagement rings feature flowers, leaves, vines and other details taken right from the world around us. This rose halo adds a feminine touch to this ring.
Tacori is taking over McKenzie & Smiley Jewelers! Never has there been so much Tacori in one location near you! Tacori is flying in over $500,000 of their hand crafted engagement rings, wedding bands, earrings, and other fine jewelry. For two days only you will be able to privately view everything Tacori has to offer and enjoy a cash rebate with every purchase, don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event!
At McKenzie and Smiley Jewelers we’re constantly keeping up to date with the newest trends in jewelry, but every once in a while we find a new line that offers just a bit more. Ronaldo Designer Jewelry is one of those lines. Every bracelet in the Ronaldo line has a story behind it, one that is sure to inspire and uplift the woman who wears it.
Ronaldo Designer Jewelry handcrafts beautiful 14k wire bracelets in a multitude of different styles, but let’s take a look at just a few of our favorites! In order from left to right we have: The Let It Shine, The Power of Prayer, The Love Knot, The Little Princess, The I Love You, and Forever Fellowship. Each bracelet includes a beautiful explanation of the design and it’s meaning.
The Let It Shine Bracelet:
A beautiful bracelet with many ups and downs, twists and turns. Ronaldo says it is not how many times you are down, but how many times you face adversity and get back up. Let It Shine is one of Ronaldo’s favorite bracelets, because behind every dark cloud right around the corner is a silver lining.
The Power of Prayer Bracelet:
The Power of Prayer Bracelet® is our company’s all-time best seller. This bracelet has seven beads, one for each day of the week. When you wake up wearing it, the Power of Prayer Bracelet® will remind you to say a prayer for that day, and then again, by looking at it before going to bed at night, it will remind you to say a short prayer to thank God for the blessings of that day. After your first week of following this routine, you will be finding yourself thanking God for the blessings you have received and less about worrying about what you don’t have.
The Love Knot Bracelet:
The inspiration behind this bracelet is the recognition of the obvious physical differences between men and women, combined with our recognition of the fact that incredible strength comes from combining each person’s unique gifts. The three flat wire strands of the Love Knot Bracelet© represent the female side of your loving relationship, because those wires are all smooth and shiny. The three diamond cut wire strands represent the male side of your loving relationship, because those wires appear at first to be unrefined. Together, once woven tightly, these vastly different strands make an incredible tight bond.
The Little Princess Bracelet:
The Royal Collection Series was inspired by the spirit and elegance of Princess Diana. It is the top collected series, and features the Princess, The Little Princess, The Buckingham, The Duke, The Duchess, The Squire, The Lady, and the Windsor bracelets. Ronaldo considers this series the “Crown Jewel” of his entire collection in the bracelet category. This style, though in a petite width, brings the same grace and elegance as that of the rest of this collection. The delicate beauty is highlighted by the uniformity of the weave.
The I Love You Bracelet:
The “I Love You” bracelet comes in attractive Argentium Silver or 14K Gold artist wire “X” pattern. The X’s are reminders of the way some people sign the bottom of cards and letters to remind you that you are loved.
Mix and match any of our stackable bracelets for your own unique look. This is part of the “Love Series”,
which includes The I Love You, The Love Knot and The 3 Times the Love bracelets.
The Forever Fellowship Bracelet is a symbol of two people forever joined in bonds of fellowship. Either, it be by the bonds of family or friendship. It’s a little way to let that special someone know that your bond is forever shared. As life twists and turns, no matter what, you’re still connected.
With the continuous loop around the bracelet, Forever continuous support, Forever continuous love and fellowship, Forever and ever.
Available now at the Madison St. location!