Shop Local, Not The Chains!

Picking out the right piece of jewelry can be a huge decision both financially and emotionally. This is a piece of art you (or your loved one) will be wearing for years to come and might be passed down one day. When you choose to purchase from your local jewelry store over a chain, you’re choosing quality, education, and an overall better purchasing experience. Unlike the big chain stores, private jewelers purchase their gems from reputable sources, hand-picking what they’ll sell, versus the chains who purchase in bulk. Come in to CMI and you will receive the full attention of our staff, who will educate you on what you’re looking to purchase and find something that’s perfect for you!


Emerald is the May birthstone! The word “emerald” comes from the Greek word “smaragdos” which means green stone. The renowned female pharaoh of Egypt, Cleopatra, was known for her passion for emeralds. Elizabeth Taylor also owned dazzling emerald pieces, with her emerald pendant selling for $6,578,500! When choosing an emerald, look carefully at the color. The most desirable hue is bluish green to pure green with vivid color saturation. For cleaning and care, be cautious since it can be affected by extreme heat, light and chemicals.

Local Gems

PLACES TO GO : Natural Sciences Museum

After brunch, head over to the Natural Science Museum, just 10 blocks away in downtown Raleigh! What many people may not know is that this is the largest institution of its kind in the south east and a real gem to Raleigh. The downtown location includes the Nature Exploration Center and Nature Research center, filled with dioramas, theaters, and interactive experiences. The museum gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal with science and nature and showcases living collections and ever-changing featured exhibits.

PLACES TO EAT: Jose and Sons

If you love brunch as much as we do, you absolutely need to try Jose & Sons! This is a family owned restaurant created with the goal of fully embracing both their family’s Mexican heritage and the American south they grew up in. Because of this, you’ll find an alluring mix of Mexican specialties intertwined with southern comfort. They currently boast the “Best Bloody Mary in Raleigh” and have a mouth-watering menu of fluffy cornmeal waffles topped with fresh fruit or fried pork belly! This is one place you do not want to pass up!