12 Days of Christmas Gifts

Twelve Days of Christmas Gifts | Cecil's Fine Jewelry

Many of us know the childhood, “Twelve Days of Christmas” carol by heart– it’s a classic! As lovely as some of those gift suggestions are though, not everyone wants to unwrap three French hens come December 25. Instead, visit Cecil’s Fine Jewelry to find your true love a gift that’s quieter, cleaner and much more easy to admire.

On the First Day of Christmas: Engagement Ring

The best way to pop the question this holiday season is with a one-of-a-kind ring for your once-in-a-lifetime love. With fan favorites like Hearts on Fire, Memoire, Peter Storm, A. Jaffe and more; you’re sure to find the ring that makes your loved one’s dazzle dreams come true.

On the Second Day of Christmas: Earrings

Two turtle doves are hard to come by, but two diamond hoops aren’t! Visit Cecil’s to see how Mémoire put a twist (literally) on a classic pair of wear-with-everying earrings.

On the Third Day of Christmas: Gift Certificate

It turns out that stress-free holiday shopping does exist, and it starts with a Cecil’s Fine Jewelry gift certificate. They make the perfect present for everyone on your list, and as a bonus: nobody’s ever received agift certificate that’s not in their size!

On the Fourth Day of Christmas: Men’s Bands

You said “yes” to marrying the man of your dreams, but now it’s his turn! From gem stoned to two-toned, our men’s bands are as tough, masculine and sophisticated as the man who wears them.

On the Fifth Day of Christmas: Five Golden Rings 

Give a nod to Mr. Frederic Austin by following his gift-giving suggestions– at least for the most part. Five separate golden rings can add up, but with Hearts on Fire’s Illa Wraparound Comet Ring, you get all the “wow” of a stacked look, for a portion of the price.

On the Sixth Day of Christmas: Custom Jewelry

This holiday season, you can enter Cecil’s Fine Jewelry as a shopper, and leave as a designer. Whether you want to start from scratch or customize a classic, our team of experienced jewelers is here to help bring your visions to life with custom pieces, beautiful and exclusive to you.

On the Seventh Day of Christmas: Alex Sepkus Bracelet

As a designer who believes that jewelry is meant to be fun, not serious, who better to inspire holiday spirit from than our own Alex Sepkus? Your Secret Santa will twinkle like tinsel after receiving a hand-crafted bracelet from this Italian designer.

On the Eighth Day of Christmas: Repaired Jewelry

Give her most sentimental jewelry a second (or third or fourth) chance by bringing it by Cecil’s Fine Jewelry. We have a full-time bench jeweler on staff who works with gold, platinum, sterling silver, palladium, semi-precious and precious stones; and can help you bring new life to a beloved, old piece.

On the Ninth Day of Christmas: Marco Bicego Necklace

With the days getting darker sooner, make your loved one’s wardrobe brighter with one of our favorite Marco Bicego beauties. Hand-crafted in Italy then hand-chosen by Cecil’s Fine Jewelry’s staff, these 18K pieces are sure to make any recipient swoon.

On the Tenth Day of Christmas: Watch

If your special someone is resolving to be on time or simply more stylish, we have the solution to both. Handsome and powered by any light, our Citizen Eco-Drive watches are a style that’s, ironically enough, timeless.

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas: Engraved

You wrote your letter to Santa, and now it’s time to write yours to someone who means a lot more to you. Visit Cecil’s Fine Jewelry to commemorate your message forever. We provide engraving services on the inside of rings and on the outside of jewelry in an array of fonts and styles.

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas: Cecil’s Fine Jewelry Staff

You’ve made your list and you’ve checked it twice, but have you visited Cecil’s Fine Jewelry for a gift that’s twice as nice? From hand-selecting each and every piece in our store to customizing them to best fit your style, our experienced staff loves serving you through all of life’s most special occasions.

The Dos and Don’t of a Holiday Proposal

The Dos and Don’t of a Holiday Proposal | Blog | Cecil's Fine Jewelry

Some call the time between Halloween and Valentine’s Day “the holidays,” but here at Cecil’s Fine Jewelry, we have our own name for it– engagement season. Be it the family get-togethers or the twinkle lights, serious couples everywhere have proposals on the brain. Before you drop on bended knee though, read through our dos and don’ts of things to keep in mind.

DO: Consider your future fiancée.

This is the moment she’s always waited for, so don’t forget to consider her personality when you plan the proposal. Some people might love hearing that long-awaited question while surrounded by family at Thanksgiving, while others may prefer a more private moment.

DON’T: Let TSA ruin your surprise.

Whether you’re headed home for the holidays or to a tropical destination, if you’re flying pre-proposal, now might be the time to apply for TSA pre-check. This will help you forgo more invasive screening, including emptying out the contents of your carry-on, that could spoil the surprise. And take it from us– no matter how secure your checked bag might be, don’t leave your future betrothed’s ring in there!

DO: Arrange for ring insurance.

Think about it. You spring for insurance on other large purchases like your home or car. Why not an engagement ring? Jewelry insurance is relatively inexpensive, and if it helps you travel with peace of mind, it’s worth every penny. Visit Beverly, Cecil’s Fine Jewelry’s Graduate Gemologist, for an appraisal, hard copy and alternate copy for your insurance company.

DO: Think about the entire day.

The day doesn’t end after she says, “I do.” You two will want some time to revel in the rush of your new engagement but will likely also want to celebrate with loved ones soon. Consider your holiday schedule and pop the question at a time that works within that. As a bonus, everyone has celebratory champagne on hand this time of year!

DON’T: Forget to ask for help.

You want to be careful about selecting those who will be “in the know,” but having a few co-conspirators never hurt. A best friend may know the most swoon-worthy proposal and nobody can hide a ring box under the tree quite like Mom or Dad.

DO: Go with the flow.

Between winter weather, holiday parties and more stressed schedules; the likelihood of your special moment going exactly as planned is slim. And that’s okay! Stay calm, roll with the punches and evaluate as needed. The holidays are a time to celebrate, so do so in the way that makes the most sense for you two!

DON’T: Settle for a ring that doesn’t fit.

Oops! You didn’t get her ring size exactly right. That’s fine for celebratory festivities, but make sure her ring is a reminder of your relationship– the perfect fit. Stop by Cecil’s for your in-house ring sizing.

DO: Visit us.

At Cecil’s, we hand-select each and every piece of jewelry that we have and do our best to help make every customers’ experience special. View some of our favorite stunners online, then visit us in store to find the ring your future bride is sure to love.

5 Times to Not Wear Your Engagement Ring

5 Times to Not Wear Your Engagement Ring | Cecil's Fine Jewelry Blog

Once you took one look at that dazzling diamond on your left-hand ring finger, you silently vowed to never take it off. And we don’t blame you! After all, if anyone understands what it’s like to love a piece of jewelry, it’s the staff at Cecil’s Fine Jewelry. But If you want to keep that beauty shining bright, there are times when you should safely tuck your engagement ring away.

 

At the Gym

Between the potential damage from your hard-earned sweat and the malleable nature of diamond jewelry, always be sure to think twice before keeping your special sparkler on during a workout. Pressure from weights against your hand could bend your band, distorting the look and increasing the possibility of your diamond popping right out of its setting. And when it comes to contact sports, take it from us– ring avulsion is as bad as it sounds.

 

While You’re Cleaning

Take a moment to think about the chemicals you use around your house. If they can eat through dirt, grime and buildup, they can easily eat through the finish and polish on your precious piece. On that note, we’ve all heard the horror stories of rings rolling into the garbage disposal or down a sink drain while a well-meaning wife does the dishes. R.I.P, ring!

 

During Your Skincare Routine

Moisturizers, lotions, sunscreens and body wash are all great for your skin, but when it comes to your engagement ring; they do more harm than good. Buildup from these products creep into the crevices of your ring, clouding your diamond with a layer of film. Instead, protect your most precious ring until your hands have completely dried, and beware of slipping when you go to put it back on.

 

When Swimming

Repeat after us– “I will never ever wear my engagement in water.” The cold water in pools, oceans, lakes and rivers causes your fingers to temporarily shrink, and that ring that was once the perfect fit, can easily find a new home at the bottom of a body of water. And if you’re wondering about hot tubs or heated pools, the answer is still a “no” from us. Although it would be easier to find if fallen, the chlorine and chemicals can cause damage and discoloration to your platinum, gold or white-gold band.

 

In the Kitchen

Last but not least, don’t wear your engagement ring while cooking dinner– or any meal for that matter. Not only can sticky residue lodge itself underneath your diamond, but germs and bacteria can too. And just like when swimming, you risk losing your ring to the sink drain when rinsing anything during meal prep.

 

While following these steps is the best way to keep your engagement ring in mint condition, we also understand that life happens. That’s why, here at Cecil’s Fine Jewelry, we do everything we can to help you with safekeeping the ring that holds your heart. From appraisals performed by our Graduate Gemologist, to ring sizing and jewelry repair; we have the special services needed to protect your most special accessory.

Tennis Bracelets: History and How To

Tennis Bracelets: History and How To | Cecil's Fine Jewelry

Timeless, gorgeous and as flexible as it is stylish; tennis bracelets have been glamorous gals’ go-to for decades. That doesn’t mean there aren’t questions associated with this classic though! What characteristics should you look for when purchasing one? How do you style it once it’s purchased, and how in the world did this small stunner get its name? We’re glad you asked.

The History

You may not consider your favorite diamond-encrusted piece of jewelry as sports wear, but tennis legend Chris Evert begged to differ. During a particularly long rally in the 1978 U.S. Open, Evert’s bezel-set “eternity bracelet” snapped off her wrist and went sailing across the court. Like any style setter would, she asked officials to stop the match until the lost bracelet was found, and the rest is history. “Tennis bracelets” became the  new moniker linked to lightweight diamond danglers everywhere, and jewelers began rapidly producing different cuts, carats, settings and metals to accommodate the new popularity.

The Fit

Part of a tennis bracelet’s allure is the loose, flirty fit associated with it. It should feel more loose than your typical bracelet, but there should never be risk of it rolling off your hand. The sweet spot is found when your arms are resting by your side. If the bracelet slips down to where your hand begins, and you can still slide a finger easily in the space between your arm and your arm’s newest addition, you’ve found your perfect fit.

The Essentials

Like many classics, tennis bracelets are designed to be able to wear anytime, anywhere; but in order to do that, you’ll want to be sure that your wow-worthy eye-catcher is worth the investment. First and foremost, make sure the bracelet’s secure. You don’t want to experience the same feeling Chris Evert did when her’s careened across the court. Look for a bracelet that boasts both a clasp and a safety latch, and double check that the setting is secured. Then, look at your potential piece’s movement. Go ahead and dance around with your hands in the air. Outside of the looks you received, did anything else seem odd? Did the links awkwardly catch, or did the movement seem fluid? It’s this flexibility that keeps your tennis bracelet from snapping, so don’t be stingy with testing!

The Style

Whether at the office, out on the town or at the U.S. Open; a tennis bracelet’s versatility has continued to prevail year after year. Whether worn alone to highlight your arms or stacked with a watch or other diamond bracelets; there aren’t many style rules for these sparklers. Simply pair it with other accessories with similar styles, and get your army party started.

The Find

Both simple and sleek yet bold and beautiful, tennis bracelets are notoriously popular gift picks. Where do you do that picking though? That’s important too! Here at Cecil’s Fine Jewelry, we make it easy for you. Our expertly trained staff will help you find the most beautiful bracelet for your budget, but we won’t stop there. From appraisal to sizing to an entirely custom design, Cecil’s is here to be your jeweler for life.

Pairing Perfection: Engagement and Wedding Rings

Pairing Perfection: Engagement and Wedding Rings | Cecil's Fine Jewelry

Your engagement ring has been the center of your hand’s attention since the day your S.O. popped the question– and rightfully so! But with your big day around the corner, you’re ready to upgrade that wow-worthy ring to become a dynamic duo, and your friendly staff at Cecil’s Fine Jewelry is here to help. From traditional solitaires to three-stone stunners, learn some pairing tips and tricks from the pros.

 

If you have a solitaire:

No matter the cut of your diamond, solitaire engagement rings are classy, simple and ultra-versatile. While this type of ring will look lovely alongside any band, brides-to-be can easily upgrade this set from “simple” to “statement-making” with the addition of some sparkle. A timeless, traditional look can be created with a diamond band, or you could introduce something less expected, such as a curved ring, that frames the center diamond.

 

If you have a halo or three-stone ring:

If the unusual shape of halo or three-stone rings are causing you to feel stuck, the answer may be closer than you expect. The secret is to opt for a wedding band that shares a similar element with your engagement ring. So, if your center diamond is a round cut, lean into that style and accent it even further with round diamonds on your band à la the Hearts on Fire’s Fulfillment Band. And as a failsafe, you can never go wrong with a pavé band.

 

If you have a gemstone engagement:

Brides who swoon over eye-catching colored stones should consider incorporating that same, fun flair into their wedding bands. If your center stone is sapphire, an alternating sapphire and diamond band is a good way to create a seamless combo, without competing for attention against your engagement ring.

 

If your ring is unusually shaped:

We’ve seen a surge in unusually-shaped engagement rings over the past decade, and we’ve found that often, the “less is more” adage rings (pun intended) true when it comes to pairing. Whether a simple, pavé pretty or a custom band that complements your engagement’s curves, you’ll make a statement with this outside-of-the-box beauty!

 

At the end of the day, shopping for the perfect pairing for your engagement is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so have fun, follow your heart, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Our jewelry team is expertly-trained and can’t wait to be your jeweler for life.

5 Summer Style Staples

5 Summer Style Staples | Cecil's Fine Jewelry

As we transition from July into August, the only things hotter than this Arkansas summer are the trendy styles we’ve selected for our store. From classic to colorful, take a look at some of our favorite finds this season.

Vibrant Hues

If you’re looking to “summer up” your wardrobe, pops of bright and bold jewelry are an easy way to do it. And thanks to pieces like our Alex Sepkus candy rings, colorful accessories just got even classier.

Flower Power

Our love for floral finds just keep on blooming! Ranging from understated silver and gold, to loud and proud pinks and purples; this season’s bouquets look absolutely gorgeous as your outfit’s finishing touch. Oh, and there’s zero watering required. It’s a win-win!

Layered Looks

Perfect for your 9 to 5 or a night out, layered necklaces continue to reign as a style staple for runway models and “real world” ladies alike. Mix and match with dainty delicates like our Hearts on Fire Aerial Eclipse Pendant and Color Merchants Triple Diamond necklace, or purchase your piece pre-layered like Marco Bicego’s Supreme Three Strand stunner.

Beads & Tassels

The bead and tassel-laded looks from a few years ago? They’re here to stay– especially for summer! If you’re packing for a beach vacation, go bright and bold, but don’t shy away from this trend if you’re not! Neutral blacks, whites and metal tones are quick ways to take this style from “summer vacay” to sophisticated.

Statement Hoops

A good pair of hoop earrings are always a classic, but this season, we’re seeing a surge of style icons upgrading their looks. From unique shapes to bold colors, we predict you’ll be shouting, “Hoop Hoop Hooray” by early fall. Our personal favorites? These Hearts on Fire Fulfillment Hoops.

Whether you’re a trend follower or trend setter, Cecil’s Fine Jewelry has the hand-selected pieces your wardrobe has been waiting for. Find your favorite selection online, then visit us in store to try before you buy!

Why You Should Buy Your Engagement Ring In Person

You Should Buy Your Engagement Ring In Person… Here’s Why

Between cuts, carats, and the proposal itself, there’s a lot to consider before getting down on one knee. The last thing you need on your mind when making one of life’s biggest decisions, is the fear of whether or not “NotFakeDiamondRings.com” is a reputable engagement ring source. When you’re ready to propose to the love of your life, remember that buying in-store has several advantages…

 

What You See is What You Get

Not all diamonds are created equal, and when you order online, what you see is not always what you get. Since there are so many different factors that go into a “good” diamond, there’s no substitute for seeing it in person, and comparing and contrasting its beauty. This way, you can see, touch and fall head-over-heels for the ring that’s supposed to signify your eternal love.

 

Comfort Counts

We don’t want to be pessimistic, but the internet is… the internet. Instead of filtering through the good and bad diamonds sold by both good and bad merchants, visit us. We love jewelry, and love to share that knowledge, experience and passion with our customers. Our expert jewelers can evaluate your style and budget, and guide you in the direction of your perfect “I do” piece, that you may not have ever known existed.

 

Customize Your Creation

There are countless engagement ring trends that come and go, but here at Cecil’s, if you can’t find the perfect, one-of-a-kind ring for your once-in-a-lifetime love, we’ll create it! Our team of experienced jewelers can help bring your vision to life by creating a custom piece that is beautiful and exclusive to you.

 

Long-Term Relationships

Diamonds may be one of nature’s toughest materials, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t need a little TLC! Unlike online counterparts, our trusted jewelers at Cecil’s Fine Jewelry maintain a relationship with you long after you pop the question. That way, from sizing to appraisal to repair, we’re your jewelry team for life.

Shopping for an engagement ring should be an experience you’ll remember forever. After all, she’ll be wearing this ring forever! Visit us today to pick your special sparkler, and we’ll make sure your memories are preserved and maintained– as all things precious should be!

Accessorizing Your Wedding Dress

The Do’s and Don’ts of Accessorizing Your Wedding Dress | Cecil's Fine Jewelry

The flowers are ordered, the catering is scheduled and the only thing left on your special day’s “to do” list is the finishing touch– jewelry. Sure, your wedding dress will take center stage, but your accessories can be the supporting roles needed to take your wedding’s look up a notch (or nine or ten). Before you buy, consider these style tips for accessorizing your happily ever after.

Tie in your tones.

That color wheel you learned in elementary school art class? Dust it off because now’s the time you’ll need it! Similar to the way certain colors pair better together, certain metals match up better than others. For example, if your dress is pure white, gold might be too harsh of a color clash. Instead, opt for silver, platinum or pearls. If your dress leans on the ivory side of the shade though, a yellow gold will highlight the warm, cream color of your fabric. Don’t forget to consider the details on your dress either! If your gown’s embellished with silver, pick out jewelry that’s predominantly the same metal.

Consider the whole look.

When picking out your wedding-wear, remember to keep your entire day’s look in mind– from head to toe. Those dangly diamond earrings may be gorgeous, but if you’re wearing your hair down, few will get to admire them. Instead, a classic pair of stud earrings complimented with a statement necklace may be your best bridal look.

Less is More.

It’s your special day, and you want to make it unique to you– we love that! But few people can pull off the veil, tiara, statement necklace, shoulder-grazing earrings and “bride” sash combination all at once. If you want to make a statement, focus on one area to accentuate with larger jewelry pieces, then tone the other accessories down to let it shine.

Notice the neckline.

When shopping for your bridal bling, always remember your gown’s neckline. For a sweetheart or strapless dress, a bold necklace is ideal. On the other hand, if your dress has an illusion neckline or sleeves, you may choose to ditch the necklace altogether and invest in a sparkly pair of statement earrings.

Be Yourself.

Instead of layering on the trends or following people’s advice on what to wear, remember that this is your day! Whether it’s big and bold or delicate and dainty, choose jewelry that expresses your style and personality. You’ll feel relaxed and in your comfort zone– which is really the best look you could hope for!

Visit Cecil’s Fine Jewelry.

Between meetings and wedding showers, taste testings and venue hunting; there are enough details to make any bride-to-be’s head spin. So take a few off your plate! Visit Cecil’s today, and our expertly trained staff will help you select the most beautiful bridal-wear from our hand-selected pieces.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day Gift Guide | Cecil's Fine Jewelry

Although we think moms should be celebrated every day of the year, Mother’s Day marks a day to go above and beyond for the most special lady in your life. Whether she’s your mom, sister, wife or grandma, get her a gift as unique and beloved as she is by shopping through our top 5 personalities, and what our team at Cecil’s Fine Jewelry thinks she’ll most love.

The New Mom

New moms may be exhausted, but they still desire the gift of glamour… just maybe one that’s not easily pulled, swallowed or chewed upon. The perfect solution? Our Hearts on Fire stackable rings. Gorgeous together, separately or paired with a wedding set; these trendy-meets-classic stunners will give her something to admire during those late night feedings.

The Animal Lover

She’s never met an animal she doesn’t love, and that trend’s not changing this Mother’s Day! From bulldogs to yorkies and everything in between, our Dog Fever line will turn man’s best friend into mom’s best accessory.

The Go-Getter

We all know and love this kind of mom. She’s the one up at the crack of dawn, coffee in hand, ready to tackle the day and check items off her “to do” list. Essentially, she’s Wonder Woman. The perfect gift for this go-getting gal is one that pulls double duty– a Citizen watch that’s as gorgeous as it is useful. As a bonus? She’ll think of you every time she lays eyes on it.

The Sentimental Mom

There’s nothing she loves more than her family… so get her a reminder of that! Melt her heart with Cordova’s Encore color line. You can mix and match birthstones, diamonds and initials for a unique piece of jewelry that can be grown from generation to generation. It’s truly the gift that keeps on giving!

The Politely Picky

Although we’re confident that your favorite lady will adore anything you choose for her, you can’t go wrong with a Cecil’s Fine Jewelry gift certificate. It’s the perfect, stress-free way of saying, “See? I really do listen!”

5 Engagement Trends You Need to Know

5 Engagement Trends You Need to Know | Cecil's Fine Jewelry

Spring has finally sprung here in Arkansas, and although we enjoy the sunshine and warm weather that come with it, there’s one thing that tops our list of things we love about spring– love.

 

Early spring tends to be the time when couples choose to commemorate that love with an engagement, and if you’re looking for the perfect one-of-a-kind ring for your once-in-a-lifetime love, we have it! Hold on to your wallet because we’ve got our exclusive list of this year’s most popular engagement ring styles that she’s sure to love.

 

Oval Diamonds

Oval diamonds are considered classics for a reason, and they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon! This simple-yet-stunning cut is ideal for the bride who wants something unique, without the sacrifice of a traditional engagement ring.

 

East-West Setting

We predict that, in 2018, more and more brides will be opting for the oval cut mentioned above, but with an original spin– literally! Brides are swapping out their vertically-placed center stones for horizontally-faced ones, and in turn, amplifying their engagement rings from “unique” to “statement-making.”

 

Intricate Halos

Whether because of the vintage-inspired look or simply because it makes a diamond look larger, halo designs surrounding round or cushion diamonds have been growing in popularity over the past years. Now, we’re spotting more and more distinctive twists on this trend by decking out their halos with flowers, curves, petals and intricate details unique to the wearer.

 

360° Brilliance

Although the “bigger is better” mentality that’s been popular in years past is beginning to fade, brides-to-be haven’t marked glitz and glam off their wishlist just yet… it’s simply relocated. Intricate side details or diamond-accented baskets or shoulders on a ring ensure that her sparkler shines from all angles.

 

Rose Gold

Millennial Pink is everywhere this year– including on your finger! This gold and copper alloy has rapidly gained popularity due to its durability (it’s stronger than yellow and white gold!), affordability and appearance. With a warm and romantic style that’s flattering on all skin tones, it’s easy to see how this flirty look has been a staple of 2018 trends.

 

Whether you’re a trend-setter looking for a ring with all of these items and more, or you tend to prefer more of an understated look, we’re confident that our hand-selected bridal pieces at Cecil’s Fine Jewelry will be exactly what you’re looking for your “I do” moment. Take a scroll through some of our inventory here, then visit us in store to find your ring worthy of forever.