Archive for February, 2008

Keep it clean.

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

230705_steam1.jpgWhat is the best way to keep your sparklies sparkling? Common question, simple answer. Regular cleanings and check-ups are as important to your jewelry’s life as oil changes are to your car’s life. You wouldn’t drive your car day after day, month after month, year after year, without regular scheduled maintenance. Yet I see countless pieces of jewelry daily that have had no cleaning or care in years, even decades. At least once a year your jewelry should have a good “bath” and inspection to check for loose stones, weak prongs or other potential problems. If you don’t have time to come by and see us then I have a few tips for home jewelry cleaning. One of the best and least expensive methods of cleaning is the use of common house hold products. Stay away from Clorox and like chemicals that may contain fluoride. Toothpaste is bad for your jewelry, no matter what you have heard. Most toothpaste contains fluoride. Good for teeth, bad for gold. Clorox, chlorine and fluoride break down the metals that are used to alloy most jewelry. We clean your jewelry at our store with a simple mixture of ammonia and water. To make this at home use some sort of container with a lid, like Tupperware, and mix 50/50 ammonia and water. You jewelry can sit in this solution for weeks on end with no problems. Avoid cleaning opals, pearls or silver in this concoction as it may cause damage to the stones and discolor the silver. Also, stay away from those little ultrasonic cleaners that lots of jewelry stores peddle, they do not work. If you want a good ultrasonic cleaner it will cost around $1,000.00. For the same effect simply shake you jewelry in the container with the ammonia and water mixture. Finally, for the best cleaning you can do at home, for a reasonable price, you may want to invest in a mini steam-cleaner. These are jewelry cleaning powerhouses that are priced around $100.00. The pressure from the steam, these tiny machines produce, will blow away most any lotion, dirt or gunk from your jewelry. Sorry this ran long but this is probably the #1 asked question, now hopefully you have some useful answers.DSCN0258.JPG

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Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Keep it clean.

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

230705_steam1.jpgWhat is the best way to keep your sparklies sparkling? Common question, simple answer. Regular cleanings and check-ups are as important to your jewelry’s life as oil changes are to your car’s life. You wouldn’t drive your car day after day, month after month, year after year, without regular scheduled maintenance. Yet I see countless pieces of jewelry daily that have had no cleaning or care in years, even decades. At least once a year your jewelry should have a good “bath” and inspection to check for loose stones, weak prongs or other potential problems. If you don’t have time to come by and see us then I have a few tips for home jewelry cleaning. One of the best and least expensive methods of cleaning is the use of common house hold products. Stay away from Clorox and like chemicals that may contain fluoride. Toothpaste is bad for your jewelry, no matter what you have heard. Most toothpaste contains fluoride. Good for teeth, bad for gold. Clorox, chlorine and fluoride break down the metals that are used to alloy most jewelry. We clean your jewelry at our store with a simple mixture of ammonia and water. To make this at home use some sort of container with a lid, like Tupperware, and mix 50/50 ammonia and water. You jewelry can sit in this solution for weeks on end with no problems. Avoid cleaning opals, pearls or silver in this concoction as it may cause damage to the stones and discolor the silver. Also, stay away from those little ultrasonic cleaners that lots of jewelry stores peddle, they do not work. If you want a good ultrasonic cleaner it will cost around $1,000.00. For the same effect simply shake you jewelry in the container with the ammonia and water mixture. Finally, for the best cleaning you can do at home, for a reasonable price, you may want to invest in a mini steam-cleaner. These are jewelry cleaning powerhouses that are priced around $100.00. The pressure from the steam, these tiny machines produce, will blow away most any lotion, dirt or gunk from your jewelry. Sorry this ran long but this is probably the #1 asked question, now hopefully you have some useful answers.DSCN0258.JPG

Three little words.

Friday, February 15th, 2008

IT’S FROM HOLLAND’S!!!!! those three little words work almost as well as “I LOVE YOU”. Make sure you give your honey a kiss and tell them you love them. I am double lucky, my wife has a birthday today on top of Valentine’s day. Like most guys here it is V-day and I didn’t get her a gift…yet. One of the best things about being at the Jewelry store is being at the Jewelry store. My wife has a wish list a mile long so I can pick out something from her list, wrap it up, and presto I’m a hero! Problem solved, death averted. It’s not too late for you, we are here till 5:30 or later. If your wife/girlfriend, husband/boyfriend has a wish list, come by and we will get you ready. If there is no wish list, we have our “A” team here to help. Remember, it is better to give than receive but to receive you’d better give!Unknown Namegabriel.jpg

Three little words.

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

IT’S FROM HOLLAND’S!!!!! those three little words work almost as well as “I LOVE YOU”. Make sure you give your honey a kiss and tell them you love them. I am double lucky, my wife has a birthday today on top of Valentine’s day. Like most guys here it is V-day and I didn’t get her a gift…yet. One of the best things about being at the Jewelry store is being at the Jewelry store. My wife has a wish list a mile long so I can pick out something from her list, wrap it up, and presto I’m a hero! Problem solved, death averted. It’s not too late for you, we are here till 5:30 or later. If your wife/girlfriend, husband/boyfriend has a wish list, come by and we will get you ready. If there is no wish list, we have our “A” team here to help. Remember, it is better to give than receive but to receive you’d better give!Unknown Namegabriel.jpg

Cover your assests

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Each year there are over 4 billion dollars worth of jewelry thefts reported to insurance companies. Are you insured? Are you insured enough? If you currently have insurance on your jewelry, but it has not been updated in the last three years, then chances are that your jewelry will be insured for 10% to 15% less then their current market value. Getting your jewelry insured is one of those things that you don’t think about until you need it, then it’s too late. Most good jewelry stores provide appraisals for items bought at their store free of charge. If one is not given to you, ask for one. We also do appraisals. All items must be thoroughly cleaned and inspected for any problems including prong wear, thin mountings or other potential notable issues. After that is complete a detailed evaluation is made of the item that includes metal type, stone size, quality, treatment if any, etc. At no time are any stones removed from their setting for appraisals, all gemstone weights are estimated and are within 3% of actual size. All information is compiled to form a current value of the item and the ability to replace it if it were lost. I often see appraisals that have been “doctored” up. That means that the value of the item insured does not reflect the amount paid, it has been inflated to make the buyer feel good. But in fact it only adds to the insurance premiums that will never be recovered if there is a problem. One last tip, make sure your insurance company covers loss as well as theft. More times than not stones are lost out of their mountings rather than stolen and most insurance companies will not cover loss. Now for a shameless plug. We use Jewelers Mutual to insure our store and all our jewelry. Jewelers Mutual is a great company that specializes in jewelry insurance. One of their main benefits are the yearly jewelry check up reminders, they mail to you, that require you to get your jewelry inspected by your jeweler. This in turn will allow you, if there is ever a loss or theft, to have your personal jeweler handle your replacement not some appointed puppet of the insurance company. That way you can get exactly what you need and replace items to your specifications. Check out: jewelersmutual.com for details and rates.DSC00342.JPG

Cover your assests

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Each year there are over 4 billion dollars worth of jewelry thefts reported to insurance companies. Are you insured? Are you insured enough? If you currently have insurance on your jewelry, but it has not been updated in the last three years, then chances are that your jewelry will be insured for 10% to 15% less then their current market value. Getting your jewelry insured is one of those things that you don’t think about until you need it, then it’s too late. Most good jewelry stores provide appraisals for items bought at their store free of charge. If one is not given to you, ask for one. We also do appraisals. All items must be thoroughly cleaned and inspected for any problems including prong wear, thin mountings or other potential notable issues. After that is complete a detailed evaluation is made of the item that includes metal type, stone size, quality, treatment if any, etc. At no time are any stones removed from their setting for appraisals, all gemstone weights are estimated and are within 3% of actual size. All information is compiled to form a current value of the item and the ability to replace it if it were lost. I often see appraisals that have been “doctored” up. That means that the value of the item insured does not reflect the amount paid, it has been inflated to make the buyer feel good. But in fact it only adds to the insurance premiums that will never be recovered if there is a problem. One last tip, make sure your insurance company covers loss as well as theft. More times than not stones are lost out of their mountings rather than stolen and most insurance companies will not cover loss. Now for a shameless plug. We use Jewelers Mutual to insure our store and all our jewelry. Jewelers Mutual is a great company that specializes in jewelry insurance. One of their main benefits are the yearly jewelry check up reminders, they mail to you, that require you to get your jewelry inspected by your jeweler. This in turn will allow you, if there is ever a loss or theft, to have your personal jeweler handle your replacement not some appointed puppet of the insurance company. That way you can get exactly what you need and replace items to your specifications. Check out: jewelersmutual.com for details and rates.DSC00342.JPG

Secret Admirer

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

What does a dog have to do with jewelry?  I’m glad you asked.  Below is a picture of the newest member of our family, Nola.  She reminds me of a customer that visits our store each Valentine’s day.  Our customer doesn’t look like a dog, but rather he has a similar dog that come in with him.  For as long as I can remember this particular person has bought a gift for his wife for Valentine’s day and signed the dogs name to it.  Cute, and his wife loves it.   There are so many creative ways to “mix things up” for Valentine’s day.  We can do special deliveries or simply disguise your gift so that even a nosy recipiant will not have a clue what they are getting.  Part of the fun is the giving and how creative you can make that “WOW” moment.  Flowers are nice, but honestly when was the last time you heard  someone brag about the flowers she got as a gift that lasted a whole week.  Sure the candy last longer than the flowers, but it lingers in all the wrong places and it’s hard to get rid of.  Jewelry works for the young and the old, married or not, husband or wife and it’s calorie and fat free.  For the last two weeks we have been shopping for you and we now have all the Earliest Spring styles in store.  So far this year the colors that are hot are Iris Blues and Blush wine hues.   Next week I am going to write about our new 74 facet diamonds.                             DSC00336.JPG

Secret Admirer

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

What does a dog have to do with jewelry?  I’m glad you asked.  Below is a picture of the newest member of our family, Nola.  She reminds me of a customer that visits our store each Valentine’s day.  Our customer doesn’t look like a dog, but rather he has a similar dog that come in with him.  For as long as I can remember this particular person has bought a gift for his wife for Valentine’s day and signed the dogs name to it.  Cute, and his wife loves it.   There are so many creative ways to “mix things up” for Valentine’s day.  We can do special deliveries or simply disguise your gift so that even a nosy recipiant will not have a clue what they are getting.  Part of the fun is the giving and how creative you can make that “WOW” moment.  Flowers are nice, but honestly when was the last time you heard  someone brag about the flowers she got as a gift that lasted a whole week.  Sure the candy last longer than the flowers, but it lingers in all the wrong places and it’s hard to get rid of.  Jewelry works for the young and the old, married or not, husband or wife and it’s calorie and fat free.  For the last two weeks we have been shopping for you and we now have all the Earliest Spring styles in store.  So far this year the colors that are hot are Iris Blues and Blush wine hues.   Next week I am going to write about our new 74 facet diamonds.                             DSC00336.JPG

Treasure Chest

Monday, February 4th, 2008

If you are looking for a way to display and store your jewelry then come by and take a look at our large selection of hand made jewelers chest. We have a superb collection of beautiful jewelry chests crafted from exotic hardwoods, featuring spacious drawers, compartments and dividers for organizing your rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and studs. Each chest is lined with rich, stain resistant velvet cloth that provides the ultimate storage solution for any collection of fine jeweler. We also keep in a few watch winders, watch cases and humidors (cough, cough). There are quiet a few companies out there that make jewelry chest but we have found that the three we use have the most consistent quality control. We still return around 20 % of the chest that we order based on flaws. Marguerite and Ginny remove each chest from its box and gives it an inspection. We look for variations in the finish, uneven drawers, hinges that don’t wobble, scratches, nicks and interior cleanliness. Believe me when I say that nothing gets past them. The cases that pass our inspection we keep for you. Each chest is a true work of art and worthy to hold all your valuables for years to come.DSCN0247.JPGDSCN0249.JPG