Rings Are More Than Just a Diamond

When you’re looking for the perfect engagement ring, finding the perfect combination of diamond and mounting for your soon-to-be fiancee is important. Whether you’re looking for something traditional or modern, fashionable or durable, let CMI Jewelry help you find the best choice.

Gold- This rare element is prized for it’s beauty and rarity, with 14kt and 18kt being the most popular types in America. Yellow gold makes a beautiful setting for any stone, just keep in mind it’s soft, so care must be taken.

White Gold- White gold is gold that has added metals, which makes it look “white” and adds strength. White gold can cost less than half of comparable platinum jewelry, and still provides sturdy jewelry that resists bending.

Platinum- Platinum is a pure white metal known for its rarity and workability. It’s the densest but also softest of the white jewelry metals, so while its look is stunning, it’s not as scratch resistant as white gold. Due to it’s rarity, use in pure form, and heavy weight it is the most expensive of jewelry metals.


Opal is the October birthstone and the accepted anniversary gemstone for the 14th year of marriage.

Opal has symbolized hope, innocence and purity through the ages. Medieval writers believed opal could render its wearer invisible when the need arose. Opal was thought to banish evil spirits and favor children, the theater, amusements, friendships and feelings. Opal was also said to have a beneficial effect on eyesight.

White opal has a white or light body color with flashes of many colors. Black opal has a black, dark blue, dark green or gray body color with vivid flashes of color such as red, pink and bright green.

Local Gems


The NC State Fair is always one of the best events of the year, and this year marks the fair’s 150th anniversary. Running from October 12-22, there’s lots of fun, from rides and games, to live music, to competitions and festivals.

PLACES TO EAT: Brantley’s Restaurant

If you’re heading to the fair, stopping by Brantley’s is a MUST. Brantley’s Restaurant serves up classic fair food, including hamburgers and corn dogs- plus Brantley’s is owned by one of our favorite customers.