Archive for May, 2010

Discover your Apatite

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Windex Blue is term that is best used to describe the vivid color of Apatite.  This gemstone is mined mostly in Madagascar but can also be found in Brazil, Canada, India, and Mozambique.  Shades of  blue are some of the most desirable for jewelery but apart from a Paraiba tourmaline, no other gem has the unique body color of an Apatite.  The mineral also comes in hues of white, pink, violet, yellow and green.  Apatite’s are only a 5 on the hardness scale, close to that of an opal, and require similar care.  It is best to set them in pendants and earrings, however a secure ring setting worn carefully will work too.  We are currently exploring some suppliers for this gem and are now in the process of setting some stones that are in the store now.  If you are looking for that special gemstone like nothing you’ve ever seen, then Apatite is for you.

Annual Inspection

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

When was the last time your rings were inspected?  Most of us don’t think about getting our rings checked until it’s too late.  Weekly we get clients that come into our store that haven’t had their jewelry cleaned or checked in 10 to 20 years or more.  What could possible go wrong, isn’t jewelry forever?  Diamonds are forever, everything else has a limited life time.  A good rule of thumb is to have everything cleaned and checked at least once a year.  Arrange these inspections around your anniversary, birthdays or holidays to help you remember.  It’s a free service that we provide and besides the peace of mind you’ll have knowing that your rings are secure, they’ll look great too.  We had a lady come into the store last week for a battery for her watch.  While waiting for the battery to be installed we offered to clean and check her rings.  Upon inspection I noticed that her solitaire engagement ring was originally a six prong setting.  However, now there were only two prongs holding her diamond in place.  That and a handful of “gunk”.  It’s a sickening feeling to look down at your hand and notice an empty place where your diamond used to be.  So put us in your books and stop buy for your free jewelry inspection, we’ll be here!