Archive for January, 2008

Rhodium…what is it good for?

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

When most people think of “plating” jewelry, there is usually a bad stigma attached to it. But that is not always the case. Rhodium is a wonderful almost magical metal that can change aged and tarnished jewelry into beautiful, bright treasures. Rhodium is a very white hard metal that is found in PLATINUM ore. It also holds the title as the worlds most expensive metal at over $7,000.00 per oz. To give you a point of reference platinum is only about $1,550.00 per oz. Rhodium has been used for over 50 years to improve the color of white gold and sterling silver. It also creates a highly durable, tarnish resistant, super white finish when used to electroplate jewelry. White gold is actually yellow gold (all gold that is mined is 24 kt. yellow) that has been alloyed with nickle, palladium, copper, or other metals to create an off-white metal. What gives white gold it’s bright-white color is the rhodium finish that is the final step when working with the metal. Sadly though the rhodium will eventually wear off jewelry after some time and must be re-applied. That is where we come in. We are fully equipped to bring your white gold wedding sets, rings, etc. back to their original glory. The process is pretty tough and rhodium can be temperamental. Humidity, temperature of the Rhodium and cleanliness of the jewelry to be plated must be perfect. Since Rhodium can be contaminated very easily a three step process is needed to get the best results. First we clean and polish all items to be plated and allow them to clean for up to 24 hours. Then the items are electro cleaned to remove fingerprints, dirt, dust and anything else that may be a contaminate. Next the item is given an acid bath that will actually give the jewelry a microscopic etching to allow the Rhodium to adhere to the item. Finally the Rhodium is charged and heated to around 120 degrees and the jewelry is dipped into it for 20 seconds. Easy right? No, results can be good or not. Sometimes no matter how careful we are it has to be redone to get the best results. I do give all items Rhodium finished a 1 year warranty against any problems. If you would like to bring your white gold jewelry back to life stop by and we will make them look better than new.DSCN0254.JPG

Rhodium…what is it good for?

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

When most people think of “plating” jewelry, there is usually a bad stigma attached to it. But that is not always the case. Rhodium is a wonderful almost magical metal that can change aged and tarnished jewelry into beautiful, bright treasures. Rhodium is a very white hard metal that is found in PLATINUM ore. It also holds the title as the worlds most expensive metal at over $7,000.00 per oz. To give you a point of reference platinum is only about $1,550.00 per oz. Rhodium has been used for over 50 years to improve the color of white gold and sterling silver. It also creates a highly durable, tarnish resistant, super white finish when used to electroplate jewelry. White gold is actually yellow gold (all gold that is mined is 24 kt. yellow) that has been alloyed with nickle, palladium, copper, or other metals to create an off-white metal. What gives white gold it’s bright-white color is the rhodium finish that is the final step when working with the metal. Sadly though the rhodium will eventually wear off jewelry after some time and must be re-applied. That is where we come in. We are fully equipped to bring your white gold wedding sets, rings, etc. back to their original glory. The process is pretty tough and rhodium can be temperamental. Humidity, temperature of the Rhodium and cleanliness of the jewelry to be plated must be perfect. Since Rhodium can be contaminated very easily a three step process is needed to get the best results. First we clean and polish all items to be plated and allow them to clean for up to 24 hours. Then the items are electro cleaned to remove fingerprints, dirt, dust and anything else that may be a contaminate. Next the item is given an acid bath that will actually give the jewelry a microscopic etching to allow the Rhodium to adhere to the item. Finally the Rhodium is charged and heated to around 120 degrees and the jewelry is dipped into it for 20 seconds. Easy right? No, results can be good or not. Sometimes no matter how careful we are it has to be redone to get the best results. I do give all items Rhodium finished a 1 year warranty against any problems. If you would like to bring your white gold jewelry back to life stop by and we will make them look better than new.DSCN0254.JPG

I can see your crack.

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Get your mind out of the gutter I am talking about gemstones. One very important thing that we do upon taking in repair work is to thoroughly check the items before they are left with us. Two days after Christmas this nice lady came in our store with a men’s blue stone ring that needed to be sized. The stone was a created sapphire. Upon inspection of the center stone I noticed a large crack right across the center. The crack was so bad that i would not take the ring in for sizing due to the risk of further damage. The customer had not noticed the damaged stone and was in complete shock and horror when I pointed it out. Since the ring was not bought form us I suggested that she return it to the store where it was bought from, they would probably exchange it or at least fix it. Problem solved!! Wrong, this particular ring was bought online. O.K., again I suggested that she contact the seller and inform them of the problem and see how it could be solved. She left our store only to return the next day with cracked ring in tow. So what happened I asked? It appears that the company that she bought the ring from was no longer in business, gone, disappeared. I took the ring in to see what I could do. That was almost three weeks ago and I have still not found any supplier that can match the stone for this ring as it has an odd shape and cut. The future of this ring up in the air. The worst part of this situation was when the lady saw a ring we had in stock that looked very, very close to her broken one…..and it was $116.00 less with a lifetime guarantee.
Lessons to learn. #1. Be very, very careful when you buy jewelry online most places do not have an exchange or return policy.

#2. When looking for jewelry, check your local jeweler first. Chances are they can get you exactly what you need for the same price or less.

Also if there is a problem you have a live person that you can go to.

#3. Cracks in gemstones are bad, no matter what kind of deal you are getting.DSCN0244.JPG

I can see your crack.

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Get your mind out of the gutter I am talking about gemstones. One very important thing that we do upon taking in repair work is to thoroughly check the items before they are left with us. Two days after Christmas this nice lady came in our store with a men’s blue stone ring that needed to be sized. The stone was a created sapphire. Upon inspection of the center stone I noticed a large crack right across the center. The crack was so bad that i would not take the ring in for sizing due to the risk of further damage. The customer had not noticed the damaged stone and was in complete shock and horror when I pointed it out. Since the ring was not bought form us I suggested that she return it to the store where it was bought from, they would probably exchange it or at least fix it. Problem solved!! Wrong, this particular ring was bought online. O.K., again I suggested that she contact the seller and inform them of the problem and see how it could be solved. She left our store only to return the next day with cracked ring in tow. So what happened I asked? It appears that the company that she bought the ring from was no longer in business, gone, disappeared. I took the ring in to see what I could do. That was almost three weeks ago and I have still not found any supplier that can match the stone for this ring as it has an odd shape and cut. The future of this ring up in the air. The worst part of this situation was when the lady saw a ring we had in stock that looked very, very close to her broken one…..and it was $116.00 less with a lifetime guarantee.
Lessons to learn. #1. Be very, very careful when you buy jewelry online most places do not have an exchange or return policy.

#2. When looking for jewelry, check your local jeweler first. Chances are they can get you exactly what you need for the same price or less.

Also if there is a problem you have a live person that you can go to.

#3. Cracks in gemstones are bad, no matter what kind of deal you are getting.DSCN0244.JPG

Precious Metals

Friday, January 11th, 2008

dollar_bag.jpgWhat is going on with precious metals? Gold, Platinum and Silver are all at or near record highs. Today Gold reached nearly $900.00 per oz. Silver was over $16 per oz. and the shocker of them all was Platinum that went past $1,550.00 per oz. What does this mean? OUCH FOR ME, OUCH FOR YOU. Unlike diamonds and colored stones, metals can’t be “discounted”. Why, because no matter who the supplier is or where you buy from, all metals cost the same per oz. to everyone!! Typically every decade or so metals tend to go up and peak then go back down and stabilize. The only thing that we can all do is ride the wave. One metal, my favorite, that has made a comeback is PALLADIUM!!!! Over the past couple of years while the other “big boys” have gone up and up, Palladium has been fairly stable. At around $350 to $375 it is a bargain and you can find it used in everything from engagement rings, wedding bands, earrings, necklaces and bracelets. It is slightly whiter that platinum, lighter weight and 12% stronger. I fear that Palladium will eventually follow suite to the other metals but for now it is a deal!!! By the way, in case you were wondering, we do not go through and change the prices on our jewelry when metals fluctuate. Everything is priced based on what it was bought for. The only changes that we have had to make so far are some adjustments to our repair prices. Very minor changes and when metals return to a more stable price, we will follow suit.

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Precious Metals

Friday, January 11th, 2008

dollar_bag.jpgWhat is going on with precious metals? Gold, Platinum and Silver are all at or near record highs. Today Gold reached nearly $900.00 per oz. Silver was over $16 per oz. and the shocker of them all was Platinum that went past $1,550.00 per oz. What does this mean? OUCH FOR ME, OUCH FOR YOU. Unlike diamonds and colored stones, metals can’t be “discounted”. Why, because no matter who the supplier is or where you buy from, all metals cost the same per oz. to everyone!! Typically every decade or so metals tend to go up and peak then go back down and stabilize. The only thing that we can all do is ride the wave. One metal, my favorite, that has made a comeback is PALLADIUM!!!! Over the past couple of years while the other “big boys” have gone up and up, Palladium has been fairly stable. At around $350 to $375 it is a bargain and you can find it used in everything from engagement rings, wedding bands, earrings, necklaces and bracelets. It is slightly whiter that platinum, lighter weight and 12% stronger. I fear that Palladium will eventually follow suite to the other metals but for now it is a deal!!! By the way, in case you were wondering, we do not go through and change the prices on our jewelry when metals fluctuate. Everything is priced based on what it was bought for. The only changes that we have had to make so far are some adjustments to our repair prices. Very minor changes and when metals return to a more stable price, we will follow suit.

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BIG HUG.

Monday, January 7th, 2008

We made it through Christmas and New Year!!  Did you?  I would like to thank all our friends who came to see us this year.  Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your Christmas.  We would not be here without you!!!  By the way, have you seen our updated website?  Our web Guru has been busy adding some pages and improving a few things.  There is still more to come, keep a look out.  This year is going to be great.  We have alot of fun things planned for YOU, including a Diamond Remount show, The Great diamond give-a-way (where you could win a .75 ct. diamond ring), and an old fashioned Pig-Picking this spring.  With much, much more.  For the guys we are also setting up a birthday/anniversary email reminder that will arrive 10 days before “HER” date.   If you have any suggestions or comments please email me at” hollandsjewelers@hollandsjewelers.net.

BIG HUG.

Monday, January 7th, 2008

We made it through Christmas and New Year!!  Did you?  I would like to thank all our friends who came to see us this year.  Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your Christmas.  We would not be here without you!!!  By the way, have you seen our updated website?  Our web Guru has been busy adding some pages and improving a few things.  There is still more to come, keep a look out.  This year is going to be great.  We have alot of fun things planned for YOU, including a Diamond Remount show, The Great diamond give-a-way (where you could win a .75 ct. diamond ring), and an old fashioned Pig-Picking this spring.  With much, much more.  For the guys we are also setting up a birthday/anniversary email reminder that will arrive 10 days before “HER” date.   If you have any suggestions or comments please email me at” hollandsjewelers@hollandsjewelers.net.