Know your Jewelry

  • Activities that Damage your Fine Jewelry

    Your beautiful fine jewelry should be able to withstand regular wear without taking on too much damage! However, to increase the lifespan of the piece and maintain its beauty for longer, there are certain activities that you should avoid while wearing them. Cleaning with harsh chemicals When clea... View Post
  • Why is my necklace pendant fixed to the chain?

    Generally, necklaces consist of two different parts: the chain and the pendant. For the most part, these are not connected. Typically, the pendant is free-floating and can be worked off of the chain with little effort. However, in some cases, the pendant is fixed to the chain, making it one compl... View Post
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  • The 4 C's: A guide to diamond classification

    Learn more about the 4 C's that determine a diamond's value when you read our infographic about the diamond grading system created in the 1940's by the Gemological Institute of America. View Post
  • Know your Metals

    When purchasing jewelry, it’s important to know what metal it is made from. Most metals in jewelry consist of alloys where the listed metal type is only part of the concoction. For allergy reasons, there are some alloys that many people cannot wear. However, knowing the type of metal in a piece of jewelry is also helpful in letting you know how to take care of it. Not all metals are created equal, especially when it comes to jewelry.

    Sterling Silver

    Sterling silver is a very popular metal for affordable fashion jewelry. It is a white metal, and consists of pure silver, nickel, and several other metals. Because of the alloy, it is more sturdy than pure silver. It is prone to tarnishing, but looks beautiful when maintained.

    Platinum

    Platinum is a very dense, sturdy metal. It is a white metal, which means it is a color similar to silver. It is rarer than gold, which means it is more expensive as well. While it is sturdy, it is not scratch resistant. Wearing a platinum piece often will cause it to develop a patina, which reduces its shine. However, if that should happen, the piece can be polished to its original shine!

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  • How to Clean your Diamond Rings at Home

    You should bring your rings in to be professionally cleaned and inspected by a jeweler every 6 months, but you'll also need to clean it at home in order to keep it bright and shiny. 

    For the best results, clean your ring every 2 weeks. It's simple enough that you can let it sit while you go about your household chores. Here's how.

    Mix dish soap and warm to hot water in a small bowl or cup.

    Let the ring sit in the water for 20-30 minutes.

    Take it out and scrub it gently with a toothbrush. When you do so, be careful to avoid any colored stones (think non-diamonds) so as not to scratch or otherwise damage them. 

    Rinse the ring with water and dry it completely.

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  • How to Take Care of Your Pearls

    Limit use of pearl rings and bracelets

    We know—you want to wear your beautiful pearl jewelry every day. However, we use our hands for EVERYTHING. Your hands come in contact with all types of chemicals that can harm your pearls. Not to mention, your hands graze all kinds of surfaces that can scratch the luster right off of your pearls. Because of this, you should limit how often you wear your rings and bracelets, in order to maintain their beautiful shimmer.

    Defend them from acidity

    Pearls are vulnerable to acidity. If you wish to keep your pearl jewelry healthy, you should limit their exposure to acidic chemicals.

    A great way to shield them from everyday chemicals such as cosmetics and hairspray is by applying your makeup, hair products, and perfume, and allowing them to set prior to putting on your pearl jewelry. Don your pearls as the last step of your daily routine, and your pearls will thank you.

     

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  • Different Types of Pearls

    When considering what type of precious gem to purchase for a loved one, maybe your first thought wasn’t the pearl. However, pearls have been worn and enjoyed for several millennia, and they remain a treasured modern accessory.

    Likely, you already know about the origin of pearls—the mollusk. If you’ve heard the term “the world is your oyster, and you are the pearl,” that’s the process they’re referring to. However, jewelers in the 17th century were also aware of the origin of these brilliant and gorgeous gems—which is why many of today’s pearls are cultured.

    Learn about the several types of cultured pearls available today!

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