Frequently Asked Question

What is the most popular style of engagement ring?

The Traditional round shape Tiffany solitaire setting continues to be the favorite among brides-to-be.

What is the most popular style of anniversary ring?

The 3-stone diamond ring representing your Past, Present and Future. This popular style is known by all 3 diamonds having the same shape, the center diamond being larger than the 2 side diamonds

What are the most publicized brands of designer jewelry?

At Lee Michaels, our customers are excited about David Yurman, and John Hardy for building designer jewelry collections.

What are the most popular diamond shapes?

Round is the perennial favorite, but Princess, Emerald and Oval & Cushion shapes are also popular diamond shapes this season.

How do I clean my pearl jewelry?

After wearing your pearls you should always wipe off with a damp cloth. This is due to the fact that perfumes, makeup, etc. are harmful to the pearls themselves. Also, every 3 years, pearl strands and bracelets need to be re-strung at your local jeweler.

How do I clean my gold jewelry?

Your gold jewelry can be cleaned at home using a solution of ammonia and water. The jewelry should be dipped into the solution, taken out, and scrubbed lightly with a soft toothbrush. Then you should wipe it off with a soft cloth or you can bring your jewelry to your jeweler for a professional cleaning. This applies only to all-gold jewelry.

How do I clean my diamond jewelry?

Your diamond jewelry can be cleaned at home using a solution of ammonia and water. You can soak the jewelry for a few moments, take out, and scrub lightly with a soft toothbrush. Then you should wipe it off with a soft cloth or you can bring your jewelry to your jeweler for a professional cleaning.

Does Lee Michaels offer custom jewelry design and creation?

Yes. Lee Michaels has in each location professional craftsmen to help you create your one-of-a-kind piece. Any sales associate can assist you in customizing your piece. Call your nearest Lee Michaels and speak to one of our associates for details.

Do you offer appraisals and insurance valuations?

Yes! Every purchase at Lee Michaels over $1000 includes a free insurance valuation. For all of your other jewelry and watch appraisals and insurance valuation needs, we invite to you visit your local Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry Location.

What is platinum?

Platinum is one of the most precious metals found today. It is a white metal that is mixed with other metals to provide strength. Platinum is becoming one of the most popular metals used in jewelry designs.

What is the difference between 14K and 18K gold?

14K gold 585 parts gold and the balance is made up of alloys which could be copper or metal. 18K is 750 parts gold and the balance is also made up of alloys (i.e., 75% gold, 25% alloy).

What is white gold?

White gold is actually yellow gold mixed with nickel to give a white appearance.

How can I tell the quality of a pearl necklace?

The quality of pearls is determined by several factors: millimeter size, lustre of the individual pearls (sheen of pearl), blemishes on pearl surface, and symmetry (roundness of pearl). Click here to learn more about selecting pearls.

Why does my gold jewelry discolor my skin?

The acid level in your body reacts with the metal in the jewelry causing oxidation that leaves a residue on your skin. This is a normal reaction with all gold jewelry.