Archive for May, 2009


Saturday, May 30th, 2009

We drank the Kool-aid and followed the masses.   Hollands Jewelers now has a facebook page, YEAH US.  In this day and age we need all the friends we can get.  Let us be yours.   Search:  Hollands Jewelers and you win.

PS.  Mr. Rogers is our hero

Are allergy buggin you

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Got the jewelery allergy blues, well you’re not alone.  Many people have allergic reactions to different metals, especially white gold.  The main culprit for this reaction is not the gold contained in the item but rather the alloy metals that are combined with the gold.  That green or black ring around your finger and neck or red burning and itching is not the “funk”  that even Jimmy Swaggart can’t remove, it’s your skin fighting off the metals that are threatening to invade it.   Kind of like James T. Kirk and the Klingon’s.   Can you fight this problem, or should you just put your beloved jewelery away in a box never to see the light of day again.   I say FIGHT.   The least expensive way to improve the wear ability of jewelery is to Rhodium plate them.  This liquid metal member of the Platinum family group will put a “coating” on the items but it will typically wear off in a year or so.   The best way is to reset your rings into a different metal.  Platinum, palladium and silver are all considered “hypoallergenic” and should do the trick.  However, in some uber rare cases even these noble metals may cause minor reactions, you have been warned.  To be totally honest, sometimes a good old fashioned cleaning is all your ring may need to remove all that “crud” it has collected over the past 10 years.


Milestone Markers

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Graduation means it’s one year to your kids being out of the house. Celebrate : ) by giving them a lasting gift that they’ll have long after they’ve moved out into the “real world”.  My parents gave me a cross and chain when I graduated in the dark ages of 1993.  Back when bubble gum was a rock.  I wore that necklace for nearly 15 years, then I decided to take it off and save it for my son to give him one day.  I know it’s kind of cliche, but that piece of jewelery is the only gift I remember from my graduation.   We have made some beautiful birthstone rings for class ring substitutes this year as well as crosses and our private label “Holland” watches.   Give the gift that will be remembered long after the “graduation money” has been spent.  PS: pre-school, kindergarten and middle school graduations also count.


Blog has moved.

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

I am no longer updating this page.  We have redone our blog page and it is now located at:



Twitter this

Friday, May 15th, 2009


In my spare time, haha, I try to do things that have to do with the internet side of business.  Today if you don’t have a website, blog and facebook page for your company than you may be getting left behind.  I was encouraged recently to “Twitter” and since I have as much useless knowledge as the next guy, I thought I’d share it with you.   If you are looking then: is where you’ll find all the ins and outs of the jewelery business and other things that will make you appreciate your job even more.

Bi-Color Tourmaline

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009


Watermelon, or bi-color, tourmaline are typically crystals that have two or more colors in the same structure.   When looking for bi-colored gems keep a few things in mind.  1.)  The more contrast between the two colors on each end of the  gem, the better.  2.) An even, straight, center transition line in the gem is preferred.  Most stones that contain two colors have their color lines crocked or off-centered.  This is not so good.   3.) Finally, depth of color.  The darker the colors, the better.  Pictured below is a bi-colored tourmaline that has found a home in our store.  It is, without a doubt,  the finest example of a watermelon tourmaline I’ve ever seen.  Absolutely perfect with intense colors and near perfect split.  Notice the dark green on one end and the almost red color on the other.  We are in the process of  designing a pendant mounting for the gem that is made of pink and green gold with diamond highlights.   Pictures will follow.