Mollie’s Holiday Hot List 2022

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Hey, it’s Mollie!

‘Tis the season for sparkly, radiant, luxurious jewelry! If you’re looking to jazz up your outfit this year for that fancy holiday party, look no further than Richter & Phillips Jewelers! There is nothing I love more than a simple black top styled with a gorgeous pendant necklace, Hammer Set Floral Diamond Huggie Earrings and an Opal Diamond Ring for a little pop of color. Cheers!

You can find just about anything you are looking for at Richter & Phillips Jewelers, and that is why I love working with them!

Take a look below at some of the hottest pieces this holiday season and be sure to use code MOLLIE10 to receive 10% off your online order!

Hot for the Holidays

The New Studs In Town

Cluster studs illuminate with an elegant and playful sparkle, offering a wide range of looks from modern pavé discs to decadent designs with vintage charm.

Lustrous Clusters

Sparkle is intensified with radiant diamonds clustered together, making your diamonds appear richer!

Hammer Set Diamonds

Popularized in the Victorian era for its subtle sophistication, a hammer style setting showcases diamonds mounted flush in a bold surround. Styles range from robust to delicate and often include decorative carvings like moons, flowers, or stars. This setting offers an organic, old-world feel, while emphasizing the natural illumination of the shimmering gold and diamonds.

Stars Aligned

Celestial motifs are contemporary pieces that continue to mesmerize. Crescent moons symbolize positive change, empowerment, and femininity. Gifted as charms of good luck, star emblems symbolize well-wishes and encouragement to chase your dreams. A combination of stars, moons, and suns are representative of the loving bonds between family and friends. Layering on a combination of celestial charms, pendants, and emblems is an enchanting way to curate a fun, modern look with an imaginative twist.

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Mollie’s Must-Have

A piece you simply have to try on to appreciate! This ring is truly the “heart-shape” perfected. Modern symmetry and the flush design give this statement ring a bold but delicate look. Paved in diamonds, you won’t believe the variation of sparkle this beauty radiates. The perfect feminine and flirty addition to your ring collection.

Opal Obsession

Like a wearable fairytale, opal is the latest color craze and the hottest stone to add to your everyday jewelry stack. Opal is a shimmering, magical gemstone said to bring its wearer good luck and confidence. A kaleidoscope of colors, no two opals are the same, making each piece of opal jewelry a one-of-a-kind experience.

Make it Personal

The resurgence in meaningful jewelry has sparked our passion for personalization. Signet rings, lockets, initials, and engravable discs are excellent ways to add a sprinkle of sentiment into your everyday jewelry.

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But wait! There’s more!

These are only a few of Mollie’s fave pieces this holiday season.

Use code MOLLIE10 when shopping Mollie’s Hot List & receive 10% off your online order plus FREE shipping!*

*Offer only valid on select jewelry & only applicable online. Not valid on LAGOS or watches. Other exclusions may apply.

Wrists of Whiskey & Watches

A watch is a work of art

A skillful display of exquisite micro-engineering. But it’s also a celebration. It’s the meeting of a milestone, the reward for ambition, the bridge between generations. It’s the commemoration of life’s most meaningful moments. A watch’s wonder is more than telling time, it’s telling a story.

Wrists to Watch in 2023

In honor of our highly anticipated, annual event, Whiskey & Watches, we wanted to begin a new community tradition. Each year, we hope to spotlight standout individuals that we consider “influential wrists” that help make Cincinnati a unique city full of passion & opportunity.

Get to know our first 4 Wrists to Watch in these light-hearted, short form interview films.

The Trailblazer


Thriving as FC Cincinnati’s center forward, Brandon Vazquez is an expeditionist seeking new heights. Whether leading his team to victory or scouting his next adventure, Brandon plays rugged trailblazer on and off the pitch.

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HAMILTON – Khaki Field Mechanical

The new Khaki Field Mechanical is a faithful recreation of its original 1960s forebear and is true to Hamilton’s military heritage. Inspired by the military, built to last, this is the original soldier’s watch featuring a 42mm matt stainless steel case, three hand display, dark dial with light, luminescent numerals, indexes showing hours and minutes, and durable NATO strap.

Brandon’s take on the timepiece

“I chose this watch because it is an adventure watch. Something that you take on a road trip or hiking. Olive green is one of my favorite colors, so it instantly caught my eye. It’s a rugged look, with the khaki and stainless steel, 42mm, which fits perfect on my wrist. It makes me want to get my Defender and go. Go out and explore…”

The Illusionist


Contemporary artist, Gee Horton, plays illusionist with his hyper realistic charcoal and graphite portraits. His mesmeric ability to create living, breathing life from a blank sheet of paper is his finest act, wowing onlookers worldwide.

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NOMOS GLASHÜTTE – Tangente neomatik 41

An update for the wrist, the award-winning NOMOS classic Tangente is updated with a uniquely designed date ring, artfully displayed far out around the edge of the dial. Featuring two red dots that frame the current date, this highly precise, playful date display makes this timepiece unmistakably NOMOS Glashütte.

Gee’s take on the timepiece

“What I like about this watch is the aesthetic. It really resonates with me. There’s a minimalistic feel, but also a level of class and sophistication. It allows me to feel like I’m wearing a work of art. I’m wearing something that is timeless – no pun intended.”

The Old Soul


Presently vibing in a cool girl body, old soul, Marcie Hon, owns vintage clothing boutique, Down to Mars Vintage. The fashion design graduate resells vintage items, sourcing exquisite clothing from her personal travel adventures, ex-socialites, meticulous antiquing, and anything and anyone else fabulous in between.

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HAMILTON – Jazzmaster Lady Auto

The see-through case back of the Viewmatic presents the perfect opportunity to see contemporary watchmaking and quality craftsmanship working in harmony. Luckily, the front of this watch is just as captivating as the back.

Marcie’s take on the timepiece

This watch has a timeless design. It’s something that I can wear with any outfit, formal or casual. The tiny diamonds on the dial give a little sparkle and the stainless band is something that will never go out of style.

The Storyteller


UnheardOf founder, Phil Lipschutz, offers Cincinnati’s finest collection of rare, luxury sneakers and eccentric street styles. With influences of pop art, history, and high-profile brand collaborations, Phil stitches deeper meaning into his nationally recognized line of skate clothes through the art of storytelling.

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NOMOS GLASHÜTTE – Club Campus, Pink

Club Campus deep pink is expressive and striking. This robust all-rounder from NOMOS Glashütte is a reliable life companion.

Phil’s take on the timepiece

I think this watch is really cool because it’s fun, it’s unique. The pink face is pretty sick. I like knowing that it’s all made in-house. Like my brand, we try to make everything local. There’s few businesses that do anymore, so that’s pretty unique. It’s also very lightweight and it pops off with my matching shirt.

Jewelry Trends for Fall 2022

Fall in Love with Fall

Chilly weather, chunky sweaters, and moody, deep jewel tones. What’s not to love about fall? Well, the jewelry trends this fall season will give you even more reasons to love it! Featuring layers of thick gold, chunky statement pieces, luxurious animal motifs, & sleek hammer set diamonds, this season’s trends are encouraging us all to be bold & unafraid to standout. And personally? We are living for it!

So whether your favorite fall activity is curling up on the couch to watch Hocus Pocus for the fiftieth time, visiting a pumpkin patch and sipping on some warm apple cider, or donning your garb and popping by the Renaissance Festival, you are sure to love these trends & we are here to ensure you find what works best for you!

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Thick Layers of Gold

Layers of jewelry aren’t going away anytime soon and this fall is no exception. Except this season, what we’re layering is thick, chunky, yellow gold pieces. The trick is to layer them on so thick, it’s as if they could keep you warm from a chilly fall breeze!

Whether it’s mountains of paperclip chains, cluttered charm bracelets, or clusters of huggie earrings, the more gold, the better!

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Moody Blues & Other Hues

Colorful gemstones are always a staple and this season, you’ll be seeing a ton of deep, moody jewel tones ranging from deep reds to rich greens all the way to the blackest of blacks.

These pops of deep color are the perfect accent to the popular golds of this season, regardless of whether you prefer to wear these gemstones on your fingers, wrists, or neck.

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Animal Emblems

Nothing says luxury quite like animal emblems on jewelry. It doesn’t matter if it’s a bee, jaguar, dragonfly, or snake. There’s just something so majestic about pieces that incorporate these creatures. And that is precisely why the animal-themed jewelry trend is continuing into fall.

Expect to see such designs as ruby bees, diamond jungle cats, and emerald cobras this season.

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Sweater Weather Statement Pieces

With chunky, cozy sweaters making their annual debut, comes large and in-charge statement pieces too. In case you haven’t noticed, this season’s jewelry is all about standing out and being seen, and this trend is the very epitome of that.

Go big and bold with an oversized chain and pendant or simply add a few large bangles and cuffs to your bracelet stack. There are countless different ways to make a statement!

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Hammer Set Diamonds

Formerly called “gypsy set diamonds,” hammer set diamonds are probably the most subtle trend this season. Don’t think that means they’re boring, however!

Hammer set diamonds sit flush with the surface of the metal, similar to bezel settings, but with a different aesthetic. The result is classic, sleek, and a great everyday option for wearing diamonds. This style also helps to protect your diamonds so if you lead a more active lifestyle, you’ll definitely want to try hammer set diamonds!

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Mollie’s Hot List

Learn what Q102’s Mollie Watson is loving & wearing this fall season!

Mollie’s Hot List Fall Jewelry Trends 2022

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Hey, it’s Mollie!

Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE fall. In my opinion, it is the greatest season of them all. My closet is packed with big, chunky sweaters, boots and scarves—and this year, tons of gold chains, moody colors and animal emblem jewelry. Planning on wearing an oversized sweater with thigh high boots to an event? Make sure you pair it with layers of gold chains and stacks of gold bangles. Wanting something a little more….extra? Add a pair of bold earrings, rings or necklaces to your outfit to really make a statement!

You can find just about anything you are looking for at Richter & Phillips Jewelers, and that is why I love working with them!

Take a look below at some of the best pieces for fall and be sure to use code MOLLIE10 to receive 10% off your online order!

Mollie’s Fall Hot List

This season’s jewelry is all about making big, bold choices! From thick, gold layers to chunky, sweater weather statement pieces, all the way to animal emblems, moody jewel tones, & hammer set diamonds: This season is sure to be one you won’t forget!

And Richter & Phillips Jewelers has plenty of options to ensure that you’re stepping out in style this fall!

Check them out!

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But wait! There’s more!

These are only a few of Mollie’s fave pieces this fall season.

Use code MOLLIE10 when shopping Mollie’s Hot List & receive 10% off your online order plus FREE shipping!*

*Offer only valid on select jewelry & only applicable online. Not valid on LAGOS or watches. Other exclusions may apply.

Fall Wedding Season

Fall means pumpkin spice, sweater weather, & football games, but do you know what else it means? That’s right! Wedding season!

From unique gifts for your bridal party to a little something special for the groom, check out Mollie’s curated list for what’s hot this spring bridal season!

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Bridal Jewelry

Your bridal jewelry is not only an accessory for your dress, but is a special part of your day that you can cherish long after the wedding. These pieces may commemorate a loved one or serve as a reminder of the love you share for your partner.

There are so many options for memorable, cherished pieces that you can wear on your wedding, it can be a bit overwhelming.

Here are a few of our favorite bridal jewelry pieces that can be worn everyday after…

1. Repurposed heirlooms

You may have been gifted a special piece of your family (or new family’s!) history; a family diamond, a strand of pearls, an vintage gold ring. Wearing this piece on your wedding day can help you feel emotionally tied to your roots. Sometimes, the special piece may not be your exact vibe.

With custom design, you are able to update an established design or repurpose parts of your heirloom, curating a look that is both meaningful and personalized to your taste. Start by showing your heirloom to a Custom Design Specialist. They will be able to help you consider options until you find the perfect fit!

2. Diamonds by the yard

Diamonds by the yard are already a popular choice for most bridal gowns. Elegant, delicate diamonds bezel set in the color metal of your choice can be created in a variety of lengths, & diamond weights.

Especially complimentary to satin and lace gowns, the sparkling diamonds can be draped around your neck in single or multi layers or worn as a bracelet or anklet. Diamonds by the yard are a perfect “everyday” diamond look, darling enough to wear on your wedding day and practical enough to wear each day after.

3. Personalized gold

From charmed chains to the resurgence of the signet ring, personalizing a piece of gold jewelry is a great way to create a piece of bridal jewelry that you can wear every day! To personalize, engrave the gold with something meaningful, like your wedding date, time, initials, or venue coordinates!

4. Pearl necklace

Pearls never go out of style, especially for bridal. Modernize your pearl bridal jewelry by pairing it with an unexpected metal, like a paperclip chain. Graduated pearl necklaces, micro pearl chokers, and Tin Cup pearls strung of delicate gold chains are all beautiful bridal accessories that can be intentionally worn everyday after your wedding has ended.

5. Diamond stud earrings

A diamond staple for every jewelry box! Diamond studs are a classic look for everyday or a special event, such as your wedding. Receiving diamond studs also symbolizes a rite of passage for many occasions and is a perfect gift for a mother to gift her daughter on her wedding day. While you may switch up your earrings often, opting for diamond studs to settle in a second piercing is a great way to ensure your meaningful piece stays with you consistently.

6. Diamond tennis bracelet

With the rise of the micro-tenny bracelet, more brides are adding the diamond tennis bracelet to their wedding look. From 3-carat statement bracelets to a delicate strand of teeny sparklers, the diamond tennis bracelet is also considered an everyday diamond staple. The tennis bracelet is excellent for pairing with your stylish Apple watch strap or a fun addition to your everchanging bracelet stack. No matter how you wear your new treasured piece, you wedding day diamond tenny with be with you long after you say “I do.”

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Time for the Groom

Gifting your groom a watch is sentimental wedding tradition. Your chosen timepiece will be a beloved treasure that he can wear day after day. Gift him a beautiful piece that matches his wedding band!

To make this gift extra special, gift him a timepiece that coordinates with his wedding band, have the watch engraved with your ceremony time or select a timepiece that complements his personality or profession.

Mollie’s Top Picks for the Groom

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Bridal gifts for the whole squad

I can’t say “I do” without you!

Don’t forget those you hold dearest on your wedding day. Bridesmaids, mother of the groom/bride, grandparents and more all deserve a little something meaningful to keep this special day close to their hearts!

Best Bridesmaids Gifts for Fall 2022

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Explore Richter & Phillips’ Julie Vos Collection

Julie Vos pieces make the perfect gifts for anyone in your bridal party. Whether you want to keep it simple, or like to spice it up, there are plenty of options to choose from.

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Engagement Rings Explained

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Everything you need to know about engagement rings

Purchasing an engagement ring can be incredibly overwhelming. There are countless options for what to buy, how much to spend, and whether you should purchase online or in-person at a jeweler. It’s definitely a lot to take in, especially if you’re not sure where to start. Luckily for you, that’s why we’re here! This is a comprehensive guide of frequently asked questions on engagement rings including when you should buy, how to set your budget, engagement ring costs, what financing options are available, and the pros and cons of purchasing online versus in-store. We hope this helps answer any questions you may have!

How far in advance should I buy an engagement ring?

It’s best to purchase your engagement ring as far in advance as you can. Depending on what type of ring you’re getting (we’ll get into that more in a minute), it may take some time to create your ring and you don’t want to be left in a rush. It’s also good to have your ring early because you never know when the perfect moment to propose may appear. The sooner you have the ring, the more prepared you’ll be for when that perfect moment arrives. 

A good rule of thumb to follow is to purchase your engagement ring at least 2-3 months before you plan on proposing.

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What engagement ring should I buy?

This one is a bit tricky, as this depends entirely on your partner and their preferences. Definitely see if you’re able to creep their Pinterest boards and look at the types of engagement rings that they’ve been re-pinning. Some partners will even describe exactly what they want to their significant other.

A great option to have your partner visualize what they would like is to have them use our online 3D Engagement Ring Designer! This allows you to custom-design your own unique engagement ring. Once it is finished, you can then send our team of Custom Design Specialists an inquiry and they will reach out to you to discuss pricing and have it made! We’ve found that this makes the process of figuring out what to get your partner much simpler and smoother. 

If you want the engagement to be a total surprise and you’re not quite sure what types of rings your partner likes, don’t worry! You can never go wrong with a classic solitaire engagement ring with a simple band. All of these rings are stunning, go with anything, and give you the largest number of options when it comes to choosing wedding bands!

What size engagement ring should I buy? Can engagement rings be resized?

When it comes to buying an engagement ring and not knowing your partner’s size, it’s best to aim a little bigger just to be safe. If the ring is too big, you can still slip it on their finger during the proposal and they can still wear it for photos. If it’s too small, you don’t get the joy of doing either of those things. 

The average ring finger size for engagement rings is size 6-6.5. So if you’re unsure, go with one of those! Engagement rings can always be resized later. However, keep in mind that resizing works best when it’s only by a couple of sizes. It’s also more difficult for some rings to be resized than others. If you’re concerned, discuss it with your Diamond Specialist! They will suggest what will work best.

Is it weird to shop for engagement rings with my partner?

Absolutely not! Some people prefer to surprise their partner, which is awesome. But more and more couples are shopping for their engagement rings together. This ensures that your partner absolutely loves their ring and allows you to find one that you feel best encapsulates your relationship together. In fact, most of our couples tend to shop for their rings together. You should do whatever feels most comfortable to you!

How much do engagement rings cost?

The answer is: It depends on a lot of different factors. The type of band you’re looking at will affect price (a simple metal band versus an eternity band covered with diamonds) along with the number of stones (a solitaire vs. side stones for example) and the quality of your diamond. 

Diamonds all vary in price depending on their size and quality. Diamonds are judged based on the “4Cs:” Cut, Carat, Clarity, & Color. You could look at two diamonds that are the same exact carat size but vary wildly in price simply because they’re of different clarity and color. 

This may seem daunting, but this is actually a positive to engagement ring shopping! Because the pricing varies so much depending on your choices, you are able to make those choices depending on what works best for your budget. This helps ensure that you aren’t stuck paying an amount that you aren’t comfortable with.

How much should I spend on an engagement ring?

This depends entirely upon your budget and what you are most comfortable with. There is no right or wrong answer as to how much you should spend on an engagement ring. 

If you aren’t sure what your budget is, think of it this way: You may not know exactly what you’re willing to spend, but you likely know what you aren’t willing to spend. What price seems outrageous to you? You can go down from there and see what options exist below that number. Keep going until you find a price range that feels most comfortable!

What financing or payment options are available when I purchase an engagement ring?

Richter & Phillips offers special financing with approved credit through Wells Fargo. The Wells Fargo Jewelry Advantage credit card is issued by Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Apply online or ask your sales associate for details. We also offer one-year, interest-free layaway. We also offer a Price Protection Guarantee; if within 90 days of your purchase you find a diamond with the same specifications and is graded by the same gemological laboratory at a lower price anywhere in the United States, Richter & Phillips will match it and give you 10% of the difference.

Does Richter & Phillips Jewelers ever have any sales or discounts on engagement rings?

We have an annual Engagement Ring & Diamond Sale every year in the spring, usually sometime in March. During this sale, we offer 15-70% off engagement ring settings along with special pricing on loose diamonds.

We like to follow this sale up with our annual Wedding Band Sale every year in the fall, usually in September. During the Wedding Band Sale, we offer BOGO 50% off wedding bands. 

These are definitely the two biggest times of the year to save and are always a hit! To stay in the know and receive reminders for the sales, send us a message & we will add you to our email list!

If you do miss these sales though, don’t fret! We pride ourselves on offering the most competitive, fair pricing in the Cincinnati area with no middle-man markups.

Buying engagement rings online versus in-store

These days, it’s so easy to gravitate towards buying everything online. There’s something so convenient and gratifying about being able to purchase what you need while being warm and cozy in your bed. However, there are a lot of benefits when it comes to purchasing an engagement ring in-store as opposed to online.

When you purchase an engagement ring in-store, you get to see the exact diamond that you are purchasing. When you buy online, you may not be viewing that exact diamond or it may appear differently in person than it does in photographs. With such an important purchase, it is paramount that what you see is what you’re actually getting. 

A lot of online jewelers offer online diamond stock where you can choose your own diamond. Did you know that we have access to the exact same stock? They don’t actually own these diamonds. It’s an online inventory that every jeweler has access to. So if you find a particular diamond that you really like online, we can actually source that exact same one and get it in-store for you to view in-person with your own eyes to ensure that you like it. We do this all with no deposit required. 

If you’d rather scout out your options prior to coming in-store, use our online 3D Engagement Ring Designer! This way you can create the exact ring that you want and then send our team of Custom Design Specialists an inquiry where they will then send you pricing information about the ring. This can help save or shorten you a trip to the store, while still ensuring you get the exact ring that you’re wanting.

Still have questions? No worries! We are here to help! Send us a message and we would be more than happy to assist.

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Double Proposals & Why You Should Have One

What is a Double Proposal?

Have you ever taken a moment to stop and think about why only one person proposes? If it takes two people to form a partnership, why don’t both of those people propose? That’s where double proposals come in! What is a double proposal you may be wondering? A double proposal is when each partner in the relationship proposes to the other, allowing both people in the relationship to experience the magical moment of hearing those words, “Will you marry me?” And while traditional proposals are still a beautiful thing and there’s nothing wrong with wanting a traditional proposal, double proposals are on the rise and we are so here for it!

The Why:

Double proposals first gained popularity within the LGBTQIA+ community, as having both partners propose removes gender stereotypes from the proposal itself. Often, gender stereotypes are pushed onto same-gender couples by society, so engaging in double proposals helps members of the community combat these societal pressures. However, double proposals are quickly becoming popular among straight and straight passing relationships as well for the same reasons! Straight couples engaging in double proposals not only help to normalize them but also promotes inclusivity by combatting heteronormativity and gender expectations.

And while challenging gender roles is awesome, what truly makes double proposing so special is that it gives both partners the opportunity to declare their love for one another. A double proposal simply means double the love! It also allows each partner to express their love for one another in their own way. No two proposals are alike and having a double proposal provides the opportunity for each person to show their partner how much they mean to them in a way that best speaks to them. For example, one person in the relationship may want to show their love through a large, grandiose gesture while the other may prefer a more private, intimate proposal. Allowing each person in the relationship a chance to propose is just the perfect way to celebrate your partnership with each other.

A diamond ring? Or something else…

So say you’ve decided you would like to double propose. What do you propose with? Do you both propose with diamond rings? The truth is, it’s honestly up to you and how you’d like to express your love for that person! If your partner isn’t really a diamond ring type of person, you can always propose with a simple metal band or a piece of other meaningful jewelry such as a birthstone pendant. If they’re a watch collector, you can even propose with a timepiece! There’s truly no right or wrong answer, just as long as the choice feels most authentic to you and your relationship with your partner.

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Love lifts us up

Proposals are celebrations of love and partnership. At the end of the day, it’s up to you and your partner whether you would rather do a traditional or double proposal. Every relationship is different. The most important thing is that you are doing what feels the most authentic for you and your partnership. Regardless of which route you choose, we are here to help you celebrate such a momentous occasion and assist you in finding the perfect piece to initiate your proposal with!

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Popular Engagement Ring Styles for 2022

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So, you’ve been with your significant other for awhile now and you’re ready to start looking at rings. How exciting! But where to start? It can be tricky when there are so many different styles of engagement rings to choose from. But don’t worry! We are here to help!

While there are many different types of engagement ring styles trending currently, the biggest trend of all amongst brides to be is individuality. Now more than ever, engagement rings are becoming symbolic of both the individual wearer as well as the relationship itself. Many timeless engagement ring styles are making a comeback, but with a unique, individualistic twist.

Hidden Halo

Want an extra dose of sparkle? Then you may love a hidden halo. This innovative and unique take on the halo design offers a subtle pop of extra sparkle, while also accentuating the center stone and making it appear larger. Hidden halos work with any diamond shape and can also be used to mix metal colors!

So why opt for a hidden halo over an obvious halo? The truth is, sometimes less is more! If you want a larger stone, you may not want to over power it with side stones or other distracting accents. A hidden halo allows you to have that extra pop and sparkle while accenting your stone instead of detracting from it. It’s also a way to add extra diamonds while maintaining a more simplistic, minimalistic look.

If you find yourself loving the hidden halo trend, one brand to check out is Martin Flyer. They specialize in this engagement ring style and have a ton of different looks to choose from, ensuring you find the ring that best encapsulates you.

Trilogy Settings

You know what they say, good things come in threes. Why should your diamond be any different? Three stone settings represent your past, present, and future with your partner. Choose three diamonds for an extra sparkling setting or get creative with colored gemstones on the sides! To make this setting even more sentimental, use your partner’s birthstone as your side stones.

Trilogy engagement rings also allow for you to experiment with different shapes and pairings, further customizing your ring and making it even more unique to you and your relationship. Once you have a center stone shape you truly love, pair it with a few different side stone shapes until you find one you love. Side stones come in a large variety of shapes included but not limited to oval, trapezoid, half-moon, pear, baguette, and emerald.

Did you know that larger side stones can also accentuate your center stone? Yet another reason to give a trilogy setting a try! These rings offer so many different options, the possibilities are truly limitless, ensuring your engagement ring is truly unique to you.

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Fancy Shape Diamonds

With individuality at the forefront of engagement ring styles this year, it’s no surprise that fancy shape diamonds are more popular than ever. Offering a more unique look than traditional round diamonds, these shapes consist of distinct cuts such as pear, oval, asscher, and marquise, just to name a few. While we do still love a good round diamond moment (they’re a classic for a reason!), some find that these stones don’t flatter their finger shape or they simply want something a little different!

So which shape is best for you? The best answer is to try them all on! We find that many people have preconceived notions of which stone shape they prefer, then change their minds entirely once they’ve tried on a few different shapes. Even if you’re not yet ready to buy, we welcome you to book an appointment just to try some on!

Want to go extra big with your diamond? Opt for a large fancy shape diamond solitaire ring! This is a perfect way to showcase your personality, while still keeping your ring timeless and simple. It also makes it easier to pick a wedding band to match!

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Vintage Inspired

Who doesn’t love a reimagined classic? Vintage inspired settings are the perfect way to put a unique spin on timeless styles. While there are many different types of vintage inspired engagement ring styles, there are a few that have become increasingly popular as of late. Halo styles reminiscent of the Art Deco Era, floral and leaf motifs, and angular styled rings have all been making their way to ring fingers this year en masse. Classique has many vintage inspired settings that remain true to their era, while still possessing a contemporary flair.

These types of engagement ring settings are also a great option for repurposing family heirlooms. You may have a ring with stones that you love, but aren’t completely in love with the setting. We can take those stones and repurpose them into a style that better reflects your personality while still being reminiscent of the time period it’s from! This is also a great option for other pieces of jewelry whose stones you love that you may not wear all that often, such as brooches.

Regardless of the route you take, there is something just so romantic about a vintage inspired engagement ring.

Toi et Moi

“Toi et moi” is French for “you and me.” Originating in 1796, this two stone setting represents you and your partner and the love you both share. These rings truly evoke individuality with just how customizable they are. Opt for two diamonds or switch one out for the birthstone of your partner, mix & match shapes, there are so many different possibilities. Choose whatever feels most special and unique to you!

Not to mention that this style has become increasingly popular, especially among celebrities like Megan Fox and Ariana Grande, just to name a few. Megan’s iconic ring contains an emerald and diamond, representing hers and MGK’s birthstones respectively, while Ariana’s contains a pearl gifted to her by her grandmother. Regardless of how you design your own toi et moi engagement ring, these settings possess a sense of sentementality and individuality that are all their own.

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The Watch Brands You Should Know

You can derive a lot from the name on the dial: The history of the brand during the time they were used as a tool, a unique design cue that has become a trademark in today’s fashion, or perhaps a rare complication that they pioneered. There are many watch brands that have had their named solidified in history and in today’s households for these very reasons, but there are tens of hundreds of different luxury watch brands to choose from. Here at Richter & Phillips Jewelers, we have curated some of our favorite and most renowned watch brands and why you should consider them when making your next watch purchase.


One of the oldest and most well-known watch brands in the luxury Swiss watch industry, OMEGA has been making watches since the mid 1800s. OMEGA has been at the forefront of the watchmaking industry since their founding. Known for their craftsmanship and innovation, they were the world’s first watch brand to develop a minute repeater wristwatch and specifically chosen by NASA to have their watches as essential tools for the Apollo program after rigorous testing. Today, you may better know them as the timekeepers for the Olympics, as well as the signature watch adorned by everyone’s favorite British spy, James Bond (aka 007).

A great place to start when purchasing an OMEGA watch is with their signature Speedmaster and Seamaster collections. The Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional was, as you can guess, the first watch worn on the moon. Its design has largely remained the same for those watch collectors that like to have a part of history on their wrist. If you are looking for something that incorporates more modern functions such as magnetic resistance and a ceramic bezel, the Seamaster Professional 300M may be a better fit for you. Famously worn by James Bond, it can handle the daily needs of a spy while looking great in a suit or at the beach (action sequences and explosions may vary with use).  

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Considered a staple among Swiss watch manufacturers, Breitling has been making watches since the 1880s. Breitling is known for their innovations with the chronograph complication, a mechanical function that allows the wearer to time certain tasks by starting, stopping, or resetting to zero; this function was made famous for its use during WWI by the Royal Air Force. Many professional pilots in the 1940s also used this functionality in addition to a side rule calculator that allowed them to measure distance traveled, average speed, and fuel consumption, all conveniently available right on their watch.

These innovations are the beginning of what would be known today as the Navitimer collection. First commissioned to the AOPA (Aircraft Owners Pilots Association) and later introduced to the public, the Navitimer is a watch that perfectly incapsulates the functional purpose of its heritage in an elegant design for the modern watch collector. It is an icon in the Swiss luxury watch segment and was just recently updated at Breitling’s 2022 novelty showcase to celebrate the Navitimer’s 70th anniversary. Breitling’s successes in the aeronautical and military fields have made it a staple among such professionals.

Hot off the Bench


Founded in the early 1900s by Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex, TUDOR was created to offer an alternative and more affordable Swiss luxury watch that also upheld the standard and dependability for which Rolex is famous for. Beginning their debut with classic wristwatches for both men and women in the 1930s-1940s, TUDOR later introduced the Oyster Prince Submariners in 1954 and the Oysterdate Chronographs in 1971, thus solidifying TUDOR’s legacy as one of the premier watch brands for professionals at an affordable price.

 Today, TUDOR has once again, set its own mark in the luxury watch segment. With the introduction of the Black Bay in 2012, TUDOR has skyrocketed in popularity among professionals and watch collectors alike. The Black Bay collection pays tribute to the brand’s diving heritage by incorporating styling cues and features from past models. In 2015, TUDOR introduced a new in-house movement with modern materials that allows their watches to run for 70-hours at a time. This gives the wearer the ability to take off the watch Friday evening and pick up Monday morning without skipping a beat. These continued innovations and achievements have established TUDOR as a timeless, staple watch brand for any horologist’s collection.

Classics from TUDOR

Grand Seiko

Quickly growing in popularity over the past few years, Grand Seiko is a Japanese watch brand created by Seiko in the 1960s, with their main goal being to build the “ideal watch” – a watch that would specialize in precision, durability, beauty, and would compete against its counterparts in Switzerland. Grand Seiko introduced this concept with their first watch in 1960 and over time, has developed more accurate and reliable mechanical watches that hold their own against Swiss watch brands in competitions.

To this day, Grand Seiko is still at the forefront of watch development. Most known for their breakthrough with Spring Drive which is, to put it briefly, a movement that combines the energy of mechanics with the precision of a quartz watch. Moreover, their unique and beautiful designs are inspired by what we find in nature, thus creating a sense of simplicity and elegance that makes reading a watch a unique and more memorable experience.


NOMOS Glashütte

Nestled within the mountains in Germany, lies a small town by the name of Glashütte that has specialized in watchmaking for over 175 years. This is the place NOMOS calls home, and where 95% of their timepiece movements are handcrafted. Known for their minimalistic yet unique designs, NOMOS is also renowned for their attention to detail and their precision in crafting.

Previously, a single Swiss producer had been the only supplier of escapements for nearly the entire watchmaking industry. That is, until NOMOS engineered their own, which they refer to as the “swing system.” This ingenuity has enabled NOMOS Glashütte to stop relying on third party supply, allowing them to grow independently in addition to keeping their pricing fair and affordable, especially for their quality of work.

NOMOS Glashütte, while one of our newer brands, has quickly become a fan favorite at our store, which is no surprise given their renown within the watchmaking industry. Learn more about them in our blog!

Top Picks

We hope that getting to know some of the top watch brands in the horology industry aids you in choosing which timepiece is best for you. There are so many great brands out there, including ones we did not mention, that it’s very important to take the time to explore and develop your own impressions. No matter what you are looking for, there is certainly a watch out there for you.

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Mollie’s Hot List Summer Jewelry Trends 2022

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Ahhh….sweet, sweet summertime! Right now it is all about Y2K and boho Coachella-like pieces and I am LOVING IT. I am a huge fan of turquoise jewelry, especially during the warmer months because it really makes my tan pop! Check out the gorgeous Luvente Turquoise Bangle, perfect for your beach vacation or anniversary dinner celebration.

You can find just about anything you are looking for at Richter & Phillips Jewelers, and that is why I love working with them!

Take a look below at some of the hottest pieces for summer!


Mollie’s Summer Hot List

This summer season, the weather isn’t the only thing that’s hot; the jewelry trends are too!

From throwback styles like chains, chokers, and bright enamel to more boho vibes like raw shells, cuffs, natural turquoise, and fringe, we are loving the mixture and use of different styles this season. Whether you prefer the Y2K look or a more Coachella-like aesthetic (or maybe a mixture of both!), Richter & Phillips Jewelers has plenty for you to adore and adorn yourself with!

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Beach-Bound Tips

It’s vacation season! And we all know what that means, trips to sunnier shores and dips in the ocean. But what about your jewelry? While it’s super fun to be accessorized while soaking up the sun, you want to make sure you protect your treasured pieces as well. Below are some tips to help you out:

1. Saltwater is damaging

Proceed to the beach with caution when wearing your jewelry! The saltwater from the ocean is corrosive and will eat away at most metals. Rose gold is especially at risk for this along with anything that contains copper. Due to its corrosive nature, saltwater can also loosen stones and weaken thinner parts of jewelry, such as prongs.

2. Jewelry can slip off

I know what you’re thinking. “No, my ring is very secure!” And I’m sure it is! But, when submerged in cool water, our body temperature decreases which causes blood flow to redirect to our organs. This decreases the circulation in our extremities, such as our fingers, which causes them to shrink. So even if your ring is usually very snug, it may become loose while in the water, and no one wants to lose a diamond in the ocean (aside from Rose Dawson)!

3. Sand scratches

Maybe none of that applies to you because you’re less of a swimmer and more of a sunbather! Well, beaches still mean sand and sand means trouble for your jewelry. Due to sand’s rough nature, it can lead to scratches all along your jewelry. And I’m sure you know just how easily sand can get everywhere, even when you try to avoid it! If you insist on wearing your jewelry, just be sure that your pieces are solid metal, not plated, and that your stones have a Mohs hardness rank of 8 or higher.

In the words of Anakin Skywalker, “I don’t like sand,” and neither does your jewelry!

4. Shiny isn’t always a good thing

Who doesn’t love a little sparkle? Well, it turns out sea creatures aren’t exempt from loving some sparkle & shine! Be very cautious when wearing anything shiny in the water, as some ocean dwellers may mistake the shimmer for fish scales and pop by for a not-so-friendly visit!

5. It’s not just the water

The thing about beaches is, there’s salt everywhere, including in the air. Salt air can tarnish and damage jewelry. So even if you aren’t in the water or spending much time in the sand, your jewelry can still get damaged just by being near ocean air.

6. Sunscreen is important but…

Always wear your sunscreen! This much is true, but be careful with your jewelry when you do! Sunscreen can create an icky film on your jewelry that can be tricky to remove. Be sure to wait until your sunscreen is fully absorbed into your skin before donning your favorite pieces.

7. How to store your jewelry

With all that being said, the best preventative measure to take to ensure the longevity of your jewelry is to remove it before going to the beach. However, since even the sea salt air can damage it, it’s best to store your jewelry in a dry, ventilated place such as a fabric-lined jewelry box. If you insist on taking your jewelry on the go with you, keep it in a soft fabric pouch or small fabric-lined box that closes securely.

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Best Watches for Summer

When it comes to summer timepieces, “is it waterproof?” should be the first question you ask. And there’s no watch more resistant to water than a diver’s watch. Whether you have a scuba trip planned, love lounging by the pool, or just want to ensure your watch is durable for everyday wear, you can never go wrong with a diver!

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Timeless Anniversary Gifts

Whether it’s been 1 year or 30, every anniversary matters. Show that special someone just how much you treasure them by gifting them with a little treasure of their own!

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5 Tips to Choose a Watch You’ll Love

Over the last five years, watches have become more of a fashion statement with today’s generation and have rejuvenated a part of our culture we haven’t seen in years. People have grown accustomed to wearing a device on their wrist and, as a result, it has turned into another form of expressing one’s personality. Like the clothes we wear or the music we listen to, watches are another medium for us to explore and incorporate in our everyday lives.

With ever-evolving wearable technology, it’s no wonder people are looking to luxury watches to bring back a sense of permanence and individuality. If you are someone trying to get away from the sea of smartwatches, looking to mark an occasion, or simply want to try something new, a luxury timepiece is a great option for you. I had the pleasure of working with the experts at Richter and Phillips Jewelers to help gather 5 important tips to help get you started with buying your first luxury watch.

1. What Should You Know Before Buying a Watch?

Before you start looking at the wide variety of options the luxury watch industry offers, it’s important to note how these watches are different from your typical apple watch or mall watch brands. The top differences being the build and meticulous detailing.

Most offerings from the Swiss watch industry are mechanical. This means there is no battery or electronics controlling the time-keeping function or other complications. As a result, your watch will stop running if you do not wind or wear it for a while. The beauty of a mechanical watch comes from the handcraftsmanship and, as with any handcrafted item, there is a small degree of error when it comes to time accuracy. A digital watch, for example, is connected to a time network, whereas your mechanical watch relies on winding. But, the simple routine care of your luxury timepiece will be able to ensure the watch’s continued accuracy.

The primary benefit of luxury watches is longevity and unique design. Brands such as Breitling, NOMOS Glashütte, and Omega, have been designing watches for over a century and some of their earlier watches still function today. Because of this quality craftsmanship, your luxury timepiece will become a beautiful piece of heritage for you to pass down for generations.

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OMEGA Speedmaster Moonwatch

42 mm, stainless steel case & bracelet, master chronometer certified

TUDOR Black Bay 41

41 mm, steel case, self-winding mechanical movement

NOMOS Glashütte Tangente Sport neomatik

42 mm, stainless steel case, water resistant to 1000 ft.

2. Consider what kind of timepiece will best fit your lifestyle

Through your research, it is important to consider where and how you plan to wear your new watch. Do you have an active lifestyle? Are you mostly in the office? Is this only for special occasions? Considering your career, hobbies, and intent behind the timepiece will help you narrow down the models that best complement your needs.

For example, The Omega Seamaster Professional is designed to support an active lifestyle. This men’s luxury timepiece is water-resistant and has a ceramic bezel to help withstand scratches and daily wear. Whereas Tudor’s Glamour line is more suitable for a business style setting offering a sleeker, simpler design with a variety of options for materials in both men’s and women’s luxury watches. While you continue to explore designers and their collections, ensure you select watches that incorporate functions that best fit your lifestyle and offer the appropriate amount of protection for your timepiece.

Seiko Presage Luxe Automatic Timepiece

3. How much should I budget for a luxury watch?

The luxury watch industry is not just for the elite. The varying materials, designs, and craftsmanship of each timepiece all play a role in creating a wide range of quality watches. Brands such as Omega, Breitling, and Tudor, normally fall within $3,000 to $10,000. Whereas Swiss Brands such as Tissot and Hamilton or Seiko out of Japan, offer great quality watches starting at around $300.

The experience of buying a luxury watch is a momentous occasion, especially for your first! Everyone’s budget will vary by comfort level. Some people select a goal timepiece and set their budget this way. Otherwise, find a range that you are comfortable with and center your research within those parameters. Our observations around a typical first budget for a luxury timepiece is $3k – $6k. But, this can also depend on the brand of watch you are most passionate about pursuing.

Watches for any budget

Tissot Tradition


42 mm, white dial, Arabic numerals

Seiko Luxe Prospex Automatic


42.6 mm, black dial, stainless steel bracelet & case

Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic Auto


42 mm, stainless steel case, black goat leather strap

4. Consider the care & upkeep of your desired watch

You did your research, you spoke with our specialists, and now you have taken home your first luxury watch. Now what? The care for a luxury timepiece is probably easier than you think, however, it is an important aspect to consider when selecting which timepiece to purchase.

The watch industry has made great strides over the years in the manufacturing process to ensure your watch’s durability and reliability. Typically, you can wear your watch for its intended purpose without worrying about damage or causing harm to the components. However, we do recommend bringing your watch in for service on occasion to make sure everything is running properly.

Each brand will have their own guidelines offering care and keeping regulations for your specific timepiece. Rolex is the brand best known for their top-notch care guidelines, including the industries leading five-year warranty and a recommended ten-year service interval. That way you can focus on enjoying your new watch without worry.

5. Trust yourself, and truly focus on what means most to you

This is probably the most important point to remind yourself. With Instagram and other social media platforms becoming a bigger part of how we interact with each other, it is no surprise that we use it as a means of making rash buying decisions. Whether it’s the latest offering from Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Nike, or trying to keep up with the latest trends within our circle of friends, buying new luxury watches are no different. We all have had that feeling of not wanting to miss the latest offering from our favorite brands. Focus on buying what you feel is going to be an enjoyable purchase and future experience for yourself and not based on what other people are gravitating towards. After all, a luxury timepiece is no short term purchase. Your watch is an influential piece of your daily wardrobe and will become an everlasting part of your legacy.

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