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March 31, 2014

brO’s Ticket Giveaway!

It’s finally here, Baltimore! OPENING DAY! Our beloved Orioles are back and kicking off their season against the Boston Red Socks today at 3:05 p.m. Opening day is quite the event for Baltimore residents, so much so that many people take off work just to be at game and pre-game festivities.

Happy Opening Day, Baltimore!

All of us at Samuelson’s Diamonds are O’s fans, after all our store is within walking distance of Camden Yards. To celebrate opening day we’re hosting a brO’s ticket giveaway. Enter for your chance to win four tickets to the June 28th Os’ game for you and your friends!  The winner will also receive a $50 gift card to Pickles Pub for pre-game drinks and snacks!

Entering is easy! Just submit your information below to be automatically be entered into the random drawing. That’s it. You can even earn extra entries by tweeting about this giveaway, following Samuelson’s Diamonds on Twitter and answering a quick question for us.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The contest will run from Monday, March 31, 2014 – Wednesday, April 2, 2014 (11:59.p.m. est) and we’ll announce a winner no later than Friday, April 4, 2014. So, whether you’re a guy looking for a night out with your friends, or lady who’s looking to surprise her significant other with this awesome prize – be sure to enter now! Happy Opening Day, and let’s go O’s!

Official rules: One (1) person will be randomly selected to win four (4) tickets to the June 28, 2014 Baltimore Orioles Game (game start time 4:05 p.m.) and a $50 gift card to Pickles Pub. Giveaway runs from Monday, March 31, 2014 – Wednesday, April 2, 2014. A winner will be announced no later than Friday, April 4, 2014. The winner can pick up their prize at our showroom located at 419. W. Baltimore Street Baltimore, MD 21021 (just blocks from Camden Yards). 

March 25, 2014

Happy Maryland Day!

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March 25th is Maryland Day! On this day 380 years ago, settlers disembarked from two small sailing ships—the Ark and the Dove—onto Maryland soil for the first time.  We love all things Maryland here at Samuelson’s Diamonds and think our state is pretty dang cool. Check out these 20 reasons why Maryland is such an awesome state.

Happy Maryland Day!

March 17, 2014

All About the Claddagh Ring – Our Tribute to St. Patty’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day (and weekend prior) is a very popular holiday here in Baltimore. Between bar crawls, irish strolls, parades and 5Ks, the residents of Charm City love to celebrate this holiday – afterall, Baltimore is home to a lot of Irish descendants . The city saw an increase in Irish immigrants in the mid 1800′s since Baltimore’s Locus Point became a popular port for ships coming from Europe.

Diamond Claddagh Ring

The Irish brought along lots of traditions with them, including many wedding traditions. They even have their own wedding ring tradition, the Claddagh ring. Similar to an engagement ring the Claddagh ring represents love, loyalty, and friendship.

Traditional Claddagh Ring

The Claddagh’s distinctive design features two hands clasping a heart, and usually surmounted by a crown. The elements of this symbol are often said to correspond to the qualities of love (the heart), friendship (the hands), and loyalty (the crown). The way in which a Claddagh ring is worn conveys the wearer’s relationship status.

- On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the fingertips, the wearer is single and may be looking for love. (This is most commonly the case when a young woman has first received the ring from a relative, unless she is already engaged.)
- On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the wrist, the wearer is in a relationship. (This suggests that the wearer’s heart has been “captured”.)
- On the left hand with the point of the heart toward the fingertips, the wearer is engaged.
- On the left hand with the point of the heart toward the wrist, the wearer is married.

The Irish have lots of fun wedding traditions in addition to the Claddagh ring. Check them out here.  If you’re looking for a specific engagement ring or wedding band then Samuelson’s Diamonds can help. Our mission is to meet all of our customer’s needs and have created many custom rings to do so.  To learn more, make an appointment with one of our expert staff members today.

We hope you enjoyed this little history lesson – now get out there and enjoy your {snowy} St. Patrick’s Day.

March 10, 2014

FS Weds: A Wedding Showcase

On Sunday, I had the privilege of  attending FS Weds, a bridal show put together by the Four Seasons Hotel located in downtown Baltimore. This was a very exciting opportunity for me – after all I am the marketing manager here at Samuelson’s and I’m a bride-to-be – so I got to do a little work and a little play at this bridal show. I was offered tickets on short notice and luckily my amazing fiance’ agreed to go with me (the free lunch and drinks help to get him onboard).

FS Weds Event

VIP Luncheon

The VIP luncheon was an awesome experience. We enjoyed a multi-course lunch prepared by Executive Chef Oliver Beckert with wine and Champagne pairings. Each course was delicious and we ate every last bite (especially the desert)

Trio of Tomatoes: Chilled tomato consomme // fried basil // tomato & burrata salad // aged balsamic // wood fire roasted bruschetta // olive tapenade

Pan Roasted Halibut: carrott quinoa // cara cara oranges // frisee // blood orange sauce

Mango Meringue Cake: mango mousse // pineapple run parfait

During our meal, we watched gorgeous men and women modeling the latest fashion trends in the wedding industry. My biggest take was that non-traditional wedding dresses are trendy now. Julie Sabatino, founder of The Stylish Bride mentioned she has dressed lots of her brides in blush and even silver. There was also a Q&A with experts from the wedding industry including celebrity wedding planner, Marcy Blum (she did Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedwick’s wedding), The Stylish Bride founder, Julie Sabatino, Sade Awe, founder of The Bridal Circle and Kim Forrest from WeddingWire.

The day ended with a first access to Baltimore’s best wedding vendors including photographers, videographers, florists, make-up and hair artists, planners, cake decorators and many more! Oh and did we mention the SWAG bag was pretty sweet, too!

I did notice the show was missing a jeweler so maybe you’ll see us participating in next year’s event. Follow the Four Seasons Baltimore on Facebook for information next year’s FS Weds bridal show.

March 4, 2014

Congrats to our Photo Contest Winner!

A big congratulations are in order for Vanessa and Neal – the winners of our Mix Event Photo Contest and a $500 gift certificate to Samuelson’s Diamonds. The couple pulled in 232 votes by the time the contest ended at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 3. They answered the question “when he proposed and I saw my ring I said” with the response “SUCKER!” and everyone LOVED it.

Way to go, Vanessa and Neal!

Vanessa & Neal

The race for first place was tough and one couple, Aubrie and Barry put up a good fight. Coming in second place with 210 votes (by close of the contest), we just had to award them for their hard work and effort. Congratulations to Aubrie and Barry for their runner up finish and a $250 gift certificate to Samuelson’s Diamonds! They answered the question “I’m only a bridezilla when …?” with the answer “people make me boring.” Awesome job, Aubrie and Barry!

Aubrie & Barry

Thank you to everyone who participated:  Katey & Matt // Danielle & Jared // Caitlin & Andy // Keisha & Jay // JoAnna & Brandon // Sarah // Januwa & Alfonzo // Valerie //

Each of our participants received a 20% off coupon for stopping by our booth so we hope to see everyone in our store very soon.

 

February 20, 2014

Team Samuelson’s Favorites – Baltimore Restaurant Week

Photo credit: Flickr Kathleen Tyler Conklin

Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week kicked off on Sunday, February 16, 2014 and close to 100 Baltimore-area restaurants are offering menus at a fixed price of $30 or $20 for three-course dinners, and $15 for two-course lunches.

Since Samuelson’s Diamond’s is right in downtown Baltimore (on Baltimore Street) you can guarantee our team members frequent lots of Baltimore restaurants for happy hours, date nights, and Sunday brunches. Most of our customers live in downtown Baltimore too and hit up local resturants in their neighborhood to celebrate special occasions or when they need a fun night out.

Baltimore Restaurant Week gives couples the perfect opportunity to finally check out that place they’ve been wanting to try – and for a great price. With over 100 excellent restaurants to choose from we asked for some recommendations from our team members and even customers in an attempt to help make the decision of where to dine a little easier on you.

Team Samuelson’s Recommendations

Cara Ensor: Samuelson’s Diamonds Sales Rep

La Tavola Italian Restaurant – Little Italy: I loved the seafood dish I had there and the portions were perfect (not too much, not too little). Plus, we had excellent service! Check out their restaurant week menu here.

Roy’s Restaurant- Harbor East: We celebrated my birthday this year at Roy’s and it was delicious! In addition to a great menu, they have awesome drinks you have to try. Oh, and they offer valet so you don’t need to stress about finding parking. Check out their restaurant week menu here.

 

Dianne Harvard – Marketing Manager

RA Sushi Bar Restaurant - Harbor East: RA is a great spot for a happy hour with friends, or a date night. The atmosphere is super fun, and if you get there before 7pm swing by the bar to enjoy their incredible happy hour drink selection (I recommend the Cucumber Emperor’s Margarita). Their restaurant week menu includes the Viva Las Vegas Roll, which is one of my all time favorite sushi rolls … ever. Check out their restaurant week menu here. 

Mt. Washington Tavern – Mt. Washington:  If you’re looking for a place outside of the hustle and bustle of downtown, but still in Baltimore City then Mt. Washington Tavern is a great spot for you.  Since its reopening in November of 2013 (after a fire) the place has been better than ever. Their restaurant week menu includes Sea Salt and Caramel Ice Cream which I throughly enjoyed during my visit. Check out their restaurant week menu here. 

Customer Recommendations

Chris Walbert: Engagement Ring and Wedding Band Customer

Maggie’s Farm – North of Downtown: Maggie’s Farm is located in Lauraville, a great area but one that not many think of for great dining. Delicious, adventurous food and great drinks paired with a cozy, warm atmosphere make Maggie’s Farm a great place for a date night. Check out their restaurant week menu here.

 

Shannon Smith: Engagement Ring and Wedding Band Customer

Shannon shared some of her and her hubby-to-be’s favorite downtown spots via Twitter (she had quite a few) – Blue Hill Tavern, Oceanaire, Oregon Grille, Rusty Scupper, Sotto Sopra, and Waterfront Kitchen

 

Renee Beck: Diamond Studs Customer

Renee is a healthy Baltimore eater who reviews restaurants for the Baltimore Examiner, shares delicious recipes, and finds the hidden healthy gems of Charm City. Similar to Shannon, she shared her favorites via Twitter and had more than one recommendation. B&O American Brasserie, The Food Market, Mezze, Regi’s American Bistro, Sotto Sopra, TEN TEN American Bistro, Wine Market Bistro.

 

Hopefully, these recommendations help to narrow the choices down a bit for you – so get out there and make a date night with your significant other. You have until February 23, 2014 to enjoy these deals so make your reservations soon (restuarants book up fast). And if you decide to take advantage of any the lunch special at any downtown or Mt. Vernon restaurants you’ll be close by, so feel free to stop in to our store and say “hi”.

Do you have any recommendations? Tell us, we’d love to hear them.

February 11, 2014

We’re Nominated – Baltimore Sun Readers’ Choice Awards

Great news! We’ve been nominated for The Baltimore Sun Readers’ Choice Award for Best Jewelry Store! Head over and give us a vote. You can vote once per day from now until Friday, Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. Thanks for your support:)

Click here to vote for us!

February 7, 2014

Canton Club – Pedal for Patterson Park Charity Event

We’re very excited to be a sponsor of Canton’s Club Pedal For Patterson Park event. Canton Club will host their 6th Annual 24-Hour Cycle-thon on Feb 7th-8th to benefit the Friends of Patterson Park.  There will be 24 consecutive 1 hour cycling classes and all proceeds from the event will be used for Youth Programming in the park and for other maintenance items that are needed in order to improve the communities fitness experiences within Patterson Park.

There are still classes open so register now: http://www.eventbee.com/v/pedal4pattersonpark

As a corporate sponsor of the event, we have donated a pair of beautiful diamond stud earrings for one of the raffles that Canton Club will be doing during the event. Anyone registered for the event, can make a $10 donation to be entered into the raffle to win this awesome prize, valued at $595.00. If you’re interested in entering the raffle, just let a team member at Canton Club know when you go there for your class.

So, here’s your chance to get a great workout, help an awesome local cause, AND get a chance to win a nice, new shiny pair of diamond earrings. Thanks for supporting this event!

 

January 21, 2014

{The Mix Event Giveaway} And the winner is …

Congratulations to Sumi Tohan – the winner of our Mix Event ticket giveaway! Sumi has won a pair of tickets to Charm City Wed’s The Mix Event, being held at the American Visionary Art Museum on February 22, 2014 from 7-10pm.

Thanks for everyone who participated in our giveaway, we really enjoyed hearing your favorite parts of wedding planning:

Melissa Rascona – “Favorite part of wedding planning has to be searching for different venues and imagining what the backdrop of my big day will look like!”
Tiffany Manley – “Shopping for that perfect dress”
Lisa Gee – “My favorite part is planning the big day with the love of my life.”
Jessi Weaver – “Finding unique decorations!”
Jessie Hemmelgarn – “My favorite part is going to be when it’s over, on the day I marry my fiancé!”
Jess Benward – We’re loving collaborating our wedding ideas and working together to agree on something that is perfect for US. Coming together is really elevating the whole experience….oh yeah…and deciding on the dress;)”
Aaron Shiller – “Picking out the flowers and writing my vows”

If you’re still interested in attending the show, tickets are only $30/couple; $20 solo, and can be purchased here. Also, check out the other vendors and keep an eye on their Facebook pages for ticket giveaways.

 

November 22, 2013

Shop Small with us on Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is November 30 this year, and we’re getting super excited to celebrate with all our customers making the decision to shop small.

What is Small Business Saturday all about?

Small Business Saturday was first observed on November 27, 2010 and was created to encourage holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local. Check out the video below for a more detailed look. 

 

Why is it important to Shop Small?

There are plenty of reasons to shop small – below are some of our favorites:

1.  When you shop small and local more than 50% of the money you spend stays in the community
2.  71% of small business owners give to local charities that improve their neighborhoods.
3.  Because of small businesses, 65% more jobs have been created over the past 17 years.

You can see more reasons why Small Business Saturday is important here and here.

How is Samuelson’s Diamonds celebrating Small Business Saturday?

We’re encouraging everyone to kick off their holiday shopping with us! Stop in on November 30, anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for some shopping and snacks. Dogs, chips, dips, and other refreshments will be provided. You can also pick up a free jewelry cleaning kit and an exclusive coupon for 20% off of purchases in the month of December.

Samuelson’s Diamonds will also be offering a Small Business Saturday Special: Raven watches (for men and ladies) only $39.99. Pick up the perfect gift for that Raven’s fan in your life:

You can learn more about Small Business Saturday on their official website. Be sure to like us on Facebook for updates on our Small Business Saturday celebration.

See you on November 30!

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