Thursday, July 30, 2015

How to Choose Her Wedding Band

If you're reading this blog, there's a good chance you are close to saying "I do." Congratulations! One of the last steps before tying the not is often picking out wedding bands. The engagement ring celebrates the day you said "yes," but your wedding bands are for the day you say "I do!"

Brides can choose or design a wedding band that truly reflects their personal style and that reflects their marriage. Today's brides have metals, colors, shapes and multiple bands to consider when selecting a wedding band.

Enhance your beautiful engagement ring and show off your personal style with these tips to picking out your perfect wedding band:

Do you want a ring that perfectly matches your engagement ring or would you like something that pops on its own? Contrasting engagement rings and wedding bands are trending and help create a totally unique look. If you love rose or white gold but have a yellow gold engagement ring, you might appreciate the mixed metal look with your wedding band.


Colored gemstones in your wedding band can highlight your personal style and touch on things that are important to you like the birthstone of your partner or a month that is special to you. Ruby, emerald and sapphire are popular gems for a bridal set.

If you are active or like to travel with minimal jewelry, you might like the option of a wedding band that you can wear without your engagement ring. It's a nice option to leave your engagement ring in the jewelry box at times.

Your options now stack far higher than one simple band! The only thing better than one perfect wedding band is two! More than one band can perfectly frame and complement your engagement ring.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Easy Jewelry Care Guide

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We at Preciosa Jewelry believe jewelry is to be enjoyed, admired and worn regularly-- but also be well cared for to last a lifetime and more. We can connect emotions, memories, and special people in life to a precious jewelry piece. That is why we nourish that connection and work to preserve jewelry  for generations to come. 

Our lifetime maintenance covers almost any jewelry mend that will ever need to be done due to daily wear and tear. We will perform a complimentary cleaning and inspection of your jewelry as often as you would like. We recommend one inspection every six months to make sure your jewelry remains in good condition.  When necessary, our jewelers may perform complimentary maintenance tasks related to normal wear such as cleaning, tighten stones, adjusting clasps and the annual polish. If repairs outside of normal maintenance are necessary we will review the items with you and provide a repair estimate.

Easy Jewelry Care Guide: Take Care of Your Jewelry at Home 

On a regular basis between professional cleanings and inspections, you can perform basic maintenance on your jewelry at home to keep it in great condition. 

Avoid harsh conditions. Everyday chemicals and extreme temperatures take their toll on jewelry. We recommend removing fine jewelry before using harsh household cleaners or performing hard work with your hands. Designate a safe spot or space in your jewelry box to keep your jewelry safe while you work.

Clean it up. Clean your jewelry often with warm water, mild soap, and a soft brush. Pat dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.  

Store with care. When storing your jewelry, look for a lined jewelry box or individual bags to avoid scratches or tangling.  

Prioritize professional visits. Visit us annually to have your jewelry professionally cleaned and checked for any broken or loose parts in need of repair- before it's too late. Set that calendar notification now so you don't forget or make it part of your spring cleaning routine.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Father's Day Gift Ideas for Dad

Father's Day is coming up Sunday, June 21, and we at Preciosa Jewelry are sharing our favorite gift ideas for dad. Skip the tie and give him a gift he will both love and put to use. 

Portable Briefcase BBQ Grill
Briefcase Grill from Uncommon Goods

For the dad who loves to grill, this is a great gift he can take on the go. This stainless steel charcoal grill can be taken anywhere from tight Chicago urban spaces to picnics on the green. Buy at

Give Dad a Quality Watch
Men's Bulova Watch from Preciosa Jewelry
The right watch can be worn often and passed down for generations. Practical and beautiful, a quality timepiece is a Father's Day gift he can put to good use. We can help you pick one for his lifestyle whether he travels often, loves the outdoors or favors a specific brand.

Drink Rocks
Drink Rocks from Area Ware
Take dad's evening beverage to a new level with drink rocks. Pull these geometric soapstone and marble shapes from freezer to add sophistication to any home bar. Purchase them at

Make Him Stand Out in Cufflinks
Cufflinks from Preciosa Jewelry
Whether dad saves them for the best of occasions or wears them regularly for business, gorgeous cufflinks are a beautiful and affordable way to say "thanks." There is a set to match dad's interests and personal style-- and to match your budget!

Functional Graham iPhone Case
Graham iPhone Case

This sturdy case is an efficient all-in-one find: it keeps his phone safe while letting him stash credit cards, a driver’s license, and cash in it, too. The soft brown leather is a quality touch with a vintage feel worthy of dad. Tip: take advantage of the free monogram option. Buy at

Visit us at Preciosa Jewelry 7 days a week at either Chicago location for help picking out the perfect gift for Dad: 4618B Kedzie Ave or 6950 W. Archer Ave.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Top 5 Spots to Propose in Chicago

If you are thinking about popping the question but need help settling the final details, this blog is for you. We love working with Chicago couples on their road to engagement and a big part of that process (besides the engagement ring!) is where to propose. Where you pop the question is an opportunity to reflect on your past and even make a statement about where you are headed together. Your proposal location can involve your fiance's favorite things or include something you love together. 

To help your proposal planning process, we at Preciosa Jewelry are sharing our Top 5 Spots to Propose in Chicago: 

Romantic Horse Drawn Carriage Proposal
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 Take in the sights of the city during a romantic ride in a horse-drawn carriage. At the perfect spot in the carriage or at a favorite landmark in the middle of the Chicago, drop to one knee for an intimate moment in the middle of a busy setting. Hint-- make the moment more romantic with fresh flowers! 

Propose in a Private Helicopter Overlooking Chicago
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Charter a private helicopter for the ride of your life. Take in Chicago with your loved one breathtaking views of Millennium Park, Sears Tower, Navy Pier, and the Chicago skyline. Find your perfect moment for a private surprise proposal in the sky! Have your time together and celebrate with friends down on the ground. 

Plan a Very Chicago Proposal at Millennium Park
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No Chicago proposal guide is complete without spotlighting Millennium Park. The award-winning park is iconic to Chicago and is a haven for lovers of art and the outdoors. Check out Pritzker Pavilion for an architecturally stunning backdrop to your proposal.

Propose to Your Animal and Travel-Lover at Shedd Aquarium 
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Plan the perfect proposal for the animal lover in your life at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. Turn a fun day date into the day she said "yes" one of the largest indoor aquariums in the world, with over 25,000 fish and 5 million gallons of water. Plan your proposal in front of the 3,000,000-gallon Oceanarium or near the spectacular recreations of the Amazon and the Caribbean. If you'd like you proposal to be a bit more intimate, propose mid-stroll around the Museum Campus Chicago waterside just outside the aquarium.

Go Big with a Buckingham Fountain Proposal
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Bring the Palace of Versailles to your Chicago proposal by popping the question at the Buckingham Fountain, one of the largest fountains in the world. The fountain is one of Chicago’s most popular tourist attractions and for good reason. Propose in front of the Buckingham Fountain or elsewhere in Grant Park's 319-acre greenspace.

Still need an engagement ring or more ideas for your Chicago proposal? Visit us at Preciosa Jewelry 7 days a week at either Chicago location: 4618B Kedzie Ave or 6950 W. Archer Ave.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Perfect Gift Ideas for Mother's Day

Mother's Day 2015 is Sunday, May 10th. We love Mother's Day as a day to celebrate our own moms, be pampered ourselves (for those of us who answer to mom) and enjoy a beautiful spring day doing the things we love!

Whether you're looking for a gift for mom to say "thank you" or want to share ideas with those you love, we've put together a few favorite pieces of jewelry for Mother's Day. Which would you love to wear? 

"God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers." Rudyard Kipling 

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Colorful Stud Earrings - Shop earrings>

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Amethyst Ring

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Genuine Onyx Ring

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Wedding Day Jewelry Ideas

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Your wedding jewelry can be almost as important as your wedding dress: it shows your style, makes a  statement and can even set the tone for the wedding. We at Preciosa Jewelry work with Chicago brides every day and have narrowed down a few of our favorite wedding day jewelry. Which is your favorite bridal look?

Timeless and Elegant: Pearl Necklace
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Simple and Classic: Pearl Earrings
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Sparkle and Shine: Bridal Bracelet
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Show Your Style: Pendant
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Imperial Lace Necklace>

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Necklaces to Transform Your Look

Necklaces are the perfect way to upgrade an outfit and make a statement. Layered, pearl, statement or pendant, the options are endless but the impact is big. Visit Preciosa Jewelry for necklaces that transform your look, boost your confidence and express your personal style. 

Here are a few of our favorite necklace looks:
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Make a statement.
Make a statement with a stylish name or word design. This necklace is perfect for layering.

Perfect pop of color in this pendant!
Add color with a gemstone pendant.
Perfect for work (and your plans after), a gemstone pendant is stylish and refined. Wear your birthstone or match your outfit. With gemstones in all colors of the rainbow, the options are endless.

Keep it classic with pearls.
Pearls add a classic, timeless look to any outfit. A quality pearl necklace can be enjoyed for a lifetime and handed down for generations. Add a modern twist to a classic necklace by layering different sized pearl necklaces.

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Keep it simple with a statement necklace.
Statement necklaces are totally trending right now. They're bold and fun-- and they can be the main star of a simple outfit. We love this Imperial Lace Necklace with a little black dress or jeans and a fun silk top. 

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