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Engagement Ring with a Sapphire

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What do you think about using sapphire for an engagement ring-Yes or No?

First of all, sapphire occurs in all colors (when it is red it is ruby).  Technically sapphire is a variety of corundum and ruby is the red variety of corundum.  Sapphire is all of the other colors (other than red) of corundum.

Sapphire is hard (on s scale of 1 to 10, sapphire ranks a 9) and hardness refers to it’s resistance to scratching and thus it’s durability.

So if you want an alternative to diamond, then sapphire is a good consideration.  Customers can choose from genuine sapphires in many colors in our store.  We have a rainbow of sapphire colors in various yellows, oranges, greens, violets, blues and pinks.

Here are a few pictures of sapphire in rings that would work for an engagement ring.  What do you think of these?

Greek Pink Sapphire, Wedding Ring, Springfield, MO - Manolis Jewelers - Photography by Packy Savvenas

Greek Blue Sapphire Wedding Ring, Springfield, MO - Manolis Jewelers

Faces of Manoli's Jewelers

Faces of Manoli’s Jewelers

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Some of the faces at Manoli’s Jewelers.  Our precious daughter-in-law, Amy.  Our longtime friend and salesperson, Karen Mitchell. Manoli the inspiration of Manoli’s Jewelers and Valerie who is Manoli’s wife, business and life partner and graduate gemologist.


Rose-Cut Three Diamond Band

Unique Diamond Ring

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A truly unique diamond ring that is handmade by Margoni from Greece.

If you like to wear unique jewelry then our jewelry from these designers and Manoli’s Jewelers is for you.

See more of our unique jewelry at Greek Jewelry 

benchmark wedding bands sale

Benchmark Wedding Bands Sale

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All of our Benchmark wedding bands are half price……as long as you can wear a size 10…..then you are in luck.

Don’t wait, come check them out soon.

We are discontinuing our collection of Benchmark bands and that is the reason for this huge markdown in prices.

chlorine dangerous for your jewelry

Chlorine is Dangerous for Your Jewelry

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Pool and Hot Tub alert! Chlorine is bad for your gold and silver jewelry!

Chlorine and chlorine-like-chemicals such as bromine attack the alloys used in karat gold, leaving the metal brittle and thus susceptible to breaking in areas that have been stressed, such as the bend in a prong or stretched segment of a shank.

Chlorine has an oxidizing effect on silver causing it to turn black.

So remove your jewelry and put it in a safe place to prevent these problems.

Then have a great pool party!

Manoli Valerie and our son Dino

Manoli and Valerie Receive Presidents Award for Volunteer Service

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Who is Manoli’s Jewelers?

We are the recipient of the 2007 president’s award for volunteer service.

Presidents award for volunteer service 2007







Letter from the whitehouse








We received this because of the efforts that we put forth to help our son, Dino, who was serving in Iraq, in the Marines Weapons Co 3/24. One day he called us at the store and told his mother, Valerie, that they needed fire retardant underwear, so we started raising money for that. He then told us that they needed raincoats and we got those and then he told us that they needed spot lights for their humvees and we sent those to his unit.

We did this with the help of Debbie Fisher whose son, Travis, was in Iraq with our son, Dino.
And, of course,with all of the people who donated money to help us with this.

“Below is an excerpt from an email that I went to another father detailing what we had done”

My son Dino is a Marine and he just returned from his 7 months in Iraq and he came home in one piece. Due to the fact that he was hunting for ied’s and he was in the lead humvee and two of his guys were badly burned over 70 % of their bodies-he asked me to send him some Nomex underwear so I and a friend started e-mailing friends and family and raised about $17,000 and sent about 200 pairs of flame retardant underwear-we actually found a new type that was softer and supposed to be better than Nomex. Then he asked for 32 raincoats which we sent-we were able to find dark green finally. Then he asked for spot lights that they could put on heir humvees so they could see better at night and we sent a lot of those-I don’t remember how many plus extra bulbs. I feel very good knowing that we might have made someone feel more secure.

We did not solicit this recognition. Another father of one of the Marines that served with our son heard the story and asked if it would be ok if he submitted our story for the award and we said yes.award

One carat round diamond engagement ring

EGL International Diamond Grading Reports

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A lot of news lately about lawsuits and potential lawsuits involving jewelers who sell diamonds that have EGL international diamond grading reports.

A customer looked at a diamond in our store recently and then proceeded to tell us that she could get a similar diamond somewhere else in Springfield, MO of a certain color and clarity but at a lower price than our diamond.  The price did no make sense to us, so we asked her to find out who graded the diamond and to let us know.  She then came in later and told us that it had an EGL diamond grading report.  Valerie then told the customer to google EGL grading reports for herself.  The EGL is not the same as the GIA.  The GIA created the system that is used today and Valerie has been a graduate gemologist for over 30 years. 

Established in 1931, the GIA is the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. A public benefit, nonprofit institute,the GIA is the leading source of knowledge, standards, and education in gems and jewelry.

Martin Rapaport, as of Oct 1, 2014, decided to no longer use any grading reports from any of the European Gemological Laboratories “EGL”   RapNet is the largest online diamond trading network that allows diamond trade professionals to buy and sell diamonds online.

The EGL International is not the only company that grades with very lax standards.

We at Manoli’s Jewelers prefer to use GIA and AGS diamond grading reports in our store.  If you have any questions about this diamond grading issue contact us at 417-882-0394.