W. Kodak Jewelers: The Engagement Ring Experts in Hoboken

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Perhaps you’re in the market for an engagement ring, or think you might be — congratulations! Or, maybe you’re newly engaged and looking for wedding bands —  let the planning begin! Choosing an engagement ring or band that you’ll love and also fits the *ahem* budget, is really important. Neither one of those two factors should be sacrificed. That’s why working with the local Hoboken jewelry experts at W. Kodak Jewelers {with two locations: 60 Newark Street and 1123 Hudson Street in Hoboken} is THE place to go when navigating this exciting, {although sometimes stressful} time in your life. Keep reading to learn all about Hoboken’s own W. Kodak Jewelers’ custom engagement rings — and their exclusive offer for our readers.

 

W. Kodak Jewelers is offering Hoboken Girl readers an exclusive $300 gift card towards an engagement ring or wedding bands purchase. Head into one of their 2 locations in Hoboken and start shopping, and make sure to tell them Hoboken Girl sent you!

Tips To Keep in Mind When Diamond Shopping

When it comes to diamond shopping, it’s easy to get intimidated by the many factors that go into making the decision. But W. Kodak Jewelers gave us some of their inside information that finding “the one” isn’t so complicated. It’s all about deciding what is most important to you when it comes to a diamond engagement ring. 

Decide on a Budget

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Kodak Jewelers believes that an engagement ring’s worth comes from the meaning behind it; money should not play a major role in determining which ring to propose with. Deciding on a budget early can allow you to fully explore all your options when it comes to center gem characteristics and ring designs. There is no hard and fast rule about how much you “should” spend on an engagement ring, other than that you should spend what feels comfortable. W. Kodak Jewelers assists their customers in finding a diamond or other gemstone that balances size with quality at a price that works within their budget. They can also educate you about diamond substitutes like moissanites or sapphires, which can be a budget-friendly option. You can also consider a variety of flexible payment options, including interest deferred financing.

If you and your partner are set on a diamond engagement ring, it is important to know how diamonds are classified. Diamonds are graded according to the four Cs: carat, cut, clarity, and color. Striking a balance between these characteristics can help ensure the best diamond for the engagement ring.

Choose a Precious Metal

The main choices for engagement ring metals are platinum, white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold. Platinum and white gold are the most popular choices, but rose gold is continuing to rise in popularity. Platinum and white gold look very similar when new, but platinum is more durable and strong, and for a ring that will be worn every day, can be a good choice for longevity. 

Diamond Ring Shapes

Round diamonds are the most brilliant, classic, and popular shape for diamond engagement rings, but are often the most expensive diamond shape per carat weight. Fancy shaped diamonds — any shape apart from round — are great alternatives for those looking to make their ring appear larger or more unique. Elongated shapes like oval, emerald, pear, marquise, and radiant diamonds have more surface area per carat weight than round diamonds do, making them appear to take up more real estate on your finger.

The 4 Cs

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If you and your partner are set on a diamond engagement ring, it is important to know how diamonds are classified. Diamonds are graded according to the four Cs: carat, cut, clarity, and color. Striking a balance between these characteristics can help ensure the best diamond is used for your engagement ring.

Nothing will affect a diamond’s overall appearance more than its cut. The cut of a diamond doesn’t refer to its shape, but to the balance of proportion, symmetry, and polish achieved by the diamond cutter. Carat weight is often the first thing new diamond buyers look at, but it shouldn’t be the only factor considered when comparing diamonds. Different diamond shapes of the same carat weight will appear to be different sizes, since different shapes carry carat weight differently. For example, the elongated shape of oval diamonds can make them appear larger than round diamonds of the same weight.

A diamond’s clarity refers to the presence of natural microscopic characteristics on and within the diamond. Internal characteristics are considered “inclusions”, and characteristics on the surface of the gem are known as “blemishes”. When a diamond crystal is growing deep beneath the earth, tiny traces of natural elements are almost always trapped inside. 

Color refers to the natural body color visible in a diamond. Colorless diamonds are icy white and look gorgeous set against cool white gold or platinum bands. However, some people prefer a slightly colored diamond to match the warm tones of yellow gold or rose gold ring settings. 

Intricate Details

Beautiful detailing like hand engraved designs, milgrain, and lustrous beads of precious metal will add to the overall shimmer and visual interest of your ring.

Regular Cleaning

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Once you have your diamond ring, keeping it clean will help maintain its appearance and sparkle. For an at-home solution, jewelry cleaner, polishing cloths, or a few drops of dish soap in warm water should work just fine. After cleaning, use only a soft, lint-free cloth to dry your rings and remove any excess oil and film. Always be careful to avoid snags when drying. W. Kodak Jewelers offers complimentary in-store ring cleaning as well.

Protect Your Investment

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It’s important to protect your jewelry from the unexpected with jewelry insurance. Jewelry insurance protects your W. Kodak jewelry from circumstances that most homeowner’s and renter’s insurance policies don’t cover. W. Kodak Jewelers include a complimentary insurance appraisal with engagement and wedding ring purchases. You can visit their website to build your custom engagement ring online or visit them in person to shop and have your dream ring added to your custom Wishlist.

About W. Kodak Jewelers

Founded by Woodrow Kodak nearly 50 years ago, W. Kodak Jewelers is well into their second generation of ownership under Woodrow’s sons Bradley and Creighton Kodak. This family-owned + operated business is proud to be one of the premier luxury jewelers in New Jersey, based on its reputation of service, quality, and value.

Their attention to detail, exceptional service, and vast selection provide customers with an unmatched experience. They have a knowledgeable team that always has their clients’ best interests in mind, offering only the highest quality jewelry and services.

As authorized dealers, they use original parts in jewelry and watch repair, including watch movement parts, straps, and dials. Their jewelers and watchmakers have exquisite attention to detail, going as far as to matching replacement diamonds when necessary.

W. Kodak Jewelers will also reset or redo a current engagement ring if the owner would like to change the look up for an anniversary or simply reinforce what’s already there, if it ever becomes problematic.

Contact + Shop with an Exclusive Discount

W.Kodak Jewelers is offering Hoboken Girl readers an exclusive $300 gift card towards an engagement ring or wedding bands purchase. {Not applicable on prior purchases and exclusions apply.} Head into one of their 2 locations in Hoboken and start shopping, and make sure to tell them Hoboken Girl sent you!

Interested in learning more or comparing diamonds in person? We recommend making an appointment at one of their showrooms to get a personalized consultation with W. Kodak Jewelers specialists. You can book an appointment at the location of your choice directly on their website, or by calling 201-710-5490 for the downtown location or 201-710-5000 for the uptown location.

This post is sponsored by W. Kodak Jewelers.


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