By AML Publisher
Photos courtesy of Belle Vie Photography
Click here to view an online gallery of Farnan’s sapphire pieces on Facebook.
Unless you live in a cave, you are most likely privy to the excitement and anticipation surrounding the upcoming Royal Wedding! Yes, April 29th is a date that will have the world watching as England’s Prince William marries his long time love, the gorgeous Kate Middleton in what will be the most watched Royal Wedding since the Prince’s late mother, Princess Diana, wed Prince Charles in July of 1981. It is estimated the wedding will be viewed by over a billion people across the globe!
Their royal engagement has caused a media sensation—catapulted by the Prince’s choice to present Miss Middleton with his late mother’s famous 18 carat sapphire engagement ring.
No sooner had the dashing young Brits had their official engagement photo session with the media, than the world of sapphire jewelry took center stage.
For Main Liners who want to feel a connection to this historic wedding, Wayne’s Farnan’s Jewelers has launched a special promotion for the month of February, appropriately entitled the “Royal Sapphire Celebration.”
Farnan’s has dedicated an entire case in their showroom of sapphire jewelry pieces ranging in price from $550 to $8,000. Included in the collection are a number of white gold, sapphire and diamond rings that are an affordable interpretation of Miss Middleton’s ring. In addition, on Saturday February 12th Farnan’s will host an Open House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with traditional British fare catered by Wayne’s A Taste of Britain. For those looking for last minute Valentine’s gifts, it’s the perfect chance to see the special gem collection.
“Many of the sapphires we have here are diamond cut so they are a very intense, blue color-high quality and also most notably we are offering various price ranges. Really something for everyone, an affordable interpretation of what everyone is talking about—the most famous engagement ring in the world. It has certainly ignited our passion for sapphires in general here at Farnans,” enthused Claire Farnan Nalence.
Sapphires are excellent gems to include in family heirlooms present and future as they have a high durability-measuring 9 out of 10 on the Mohs scale of hardness. The Mohs scale was developed by Friedrich Mohs in 1812 and has been a valuable aid in identifying minerals ever since.
Farnan Nalence, whose family owned business began in downtown Philadelphia in 1915 and now thrives in its well known location on Wayne’s North Wayne Avenue, decided April’s Royal Wedding was the ideal time to celebrate one of the world’s most popular gemstones. “The style Kate (Middleton) is sporting, which is of course the late Princess Diana’s engagement ring, is very traditional. We are seeing that across the board—whether its an engagement ring or a cocktail ring or every day—the concept of surrounding the stone with a singular band of diamonds is on trend and will continue to be. Princesses set trends, with Kate Middleton, being no exception. For us, this is an exciting celebration of the gemstone and the Royal Wedding at the same time.”
Farnan’s “Royal Sapphire Celebration” Open House
When: Saturday, February 12th 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Farnan’s Jewelers, West Wayne Avenue
Selection: $550 and up
Why: To celebrate the upcoming wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton and showcase a special collection of sapphire jewelry, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Fare: Catered by none other than Wayne’s ‘A Taste of Britian’ which will provide complimentary British tea sandwiches, scones and more to patrons.
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Farnan Jewelers is located at 105 North Wayne Avenue, Wayne PA. Phone: 610-687-1323. Hours: Tuesday through Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.; Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.