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Happy February! If you haven’t been to see our showroom yet, this is the perfect month to visit us! Our showroom is stocked with incredible designer jewelry – whether you are looking for an engagement ring, wedding ring, or a luxury gift for the one you love. At CMI we have stunning pieces to fit every price range, paired with an expert, no-pressure staff to help you find the perfect gift. Visit CMI Jewelry Showroom and fall in love!



February’s birthstone is a popular choice among gemstone lovers – amethyst. The amethyst is a variety of quartz that comes in shades ranging from pale lilac to purple so dark it almost appears black. Amethyst is a durable and readily available stone that can be worn daily. Ancient Greeks believed amethyst prevented intoxication, and it also symbolizes peace, tranquility, and protection. Amethysts also adorn the Crown Jewels, along with Greek and Egyptian ornaments.

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Galaxy Fun Park

If you’re looking for a day of fun with your family, don’t miss out on going to Galaxy Fun Park. This place has something for everyone – trampolines, glow-in-the-dark miniature golf, indoor laser tag, go karts, and of course lots of fun arcade games.

The Lost Cajun

Right next to Galaxy Fun Park is the Lost Cajun, featuring comfort food and large portions. They start you start with a taste flight of their Cajun Classics: Seafood Gumbo, Crawfish Etouffee, Lobster Bisque, Chick and Sausage Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice, and Jambalaya. We love the Po ‘Boys, and highly recommend the beignets. Plus, they ship all of their ingredients and bread in directly from Louisiana!


At CMI Jewelry, we specialize in all types of luxury jewelry – from stunning colored gemstones to precious metals. However, we built our business on diamonds, and our 10,000 square foot showroom is packed with stunning diamond jewelry and a massive selection of engagement rings.

When you’re looking for the perfect diamond, size is definitely not all that matters. When selecting our diamonds, we always consult the 4Cs to make sure we are providing you the best quality stone. The 4Cs are: cut, color, clarity and carat.

The “cut” refers to the diamond’s proportions and finish. Some of the most popular diamond cuts include round, oval, princess, pear, and emerald, although there are many more. The color of diamonds can range from yellow to colorless – the less color, the better. The clarity is the measure of a diamond’s inclusions, which are very tiny natural marks within the diamond. You want a stone with less inclusions; a stone with no inclusions is considered flawless. The carat is the size of the diamond. Diamonds are measured in increments called points – 100 points equal 1 carat.

All of these characteristics are what contribute to the ideal diamond. At CMI we select diamonds that meet all 4Cs, not just one. Come in to meet with one of our experts to learn more and find the diamond you have been searching for.



If you love bright and lively colors, you will love August’s birthstone, the Peridot! Peridot is typically a brilliant lime green, although it can also come in brown or olive tones. Peridot is the child of volcanic action, and is often combed from the black sands in Hawaii.

In the past, peridots were favored by pirates, considered amulets against evil, and also used for medicinal purposes. It is now known for being the accepted gift for the 16th year of marriage.

Care should be taken with peridots, and they should be protected against scratches, sharp blows, household chemicals and extreme temperature changes.

Local Gems

PLACES TO GO : Whiskey Kitchen

Whiskey Kitchen is a quaint, centrally located spot that has outdoor dining and is dog friendly. You can find great events and specials on their website, but our favorite is their Flight Night which is every Wednesday, and offers 3 full shots of whiskey for just $10. While the libations are certainly a draw, you certainly won’t want to miss the food menu either. Our recommendations include the Fried Cauliflower, Pickle Jar, Mussels in Coconut Broth, or if you want to splurge, the Whole Fried Fish.

PLACES TO EAT: Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

Royale is a French-American bistro located downtown offering a full menu of French dishes and a full selection of drinks. They offer delicious weekly specials, such as bottomless Moules Frites night every Wednesday, which features hand-cut french fries and incredible mussels, and Beef Wellington Night every Saturday. They also have wonderful salads if you’re looking for something lighter.

Every Wednesday is bottomless Moules Frites (mussels and fries) night, which features hand-cut french fries, Saturday is Beef Wellington night. Also if you’d like to try something on the lighter side they also have great salads.



Raleigh’s Jewelry Store

At CMI Jewelry Showroom, we understand that when it comes to where you purchase your jewelry you have many choices. That’s why we strive to provide you with the best quality as well as the best service. Known as the best jewelry store in Raleigh, we offer jewelry for every occasion at any age, from your engagement, to marriage, to anniversaries, to just having something special to wear or gift someone. CMI is a locally owned jewelry store and showroom and has a professional and friendly staff that does not work on commission! For a local experience but world-wide product, choose CMI Jewelry Showroom.


This month’s birthstone is Amethyst! Amethyst is a variety of quartz which comes in pale lilac to nearly black-purple shades. It’s been said to have a sobering effect on the wearer, not only those who imbibed but on those over-excited by love’s passion. Amethyst has symbolized peace, protection and tranquility. Because royalty has always adored the color purple, amethysts abound in the ornaments of ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and in the British Crown Jewels. Be sure to add this gorgeous gem to your collection today!


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PLACES TO GO : Re-Store – Habitat for Humanity

Shop at The Habitat for Humanity Restore where they turn one man’s donation into another man’s treasure! While there, you might run into some of us from CMI picking up knick knacks for one our next home renovation projects! At the Restore, they help keep our community green and clutter-free by accepting donations and selling them back. They take everything from used furniture and appliances, to decor and building supplies! A new ReStore just opened on Glendale Ave. so be sure to check it out! There’s something new every time you go! If you’re looking for the most extensive inventory, try the largest ReStore in Raleigh off N. Raleigh Blvd!

PLACES TO EAT: The Peddler Steakhouse

If you’re in search of a great meal, head to The Peddler Steakhouse, where everything is aged to perfection! Each steak is aged for a minimum of 28 days, cooked over charcoal, and cut at your table by request. Our owners Kim and Tim always recommend getting a larger cut.The restaurant has served customers at it’s original location on Glenwood Avenue since opening it’s doors in 1969. You’re sure to love the nostalgic atmosphere and experience a romantic evening every time.As the first restaurant in Raleigh to have a salad bar, The Peddler Steakhouse is famous for more than steaks. Don’t forget to try the Famous Smoked Oysters!