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Maintenance and Damage Protection

Your fine jewelry is valuable to you for many reasons. Of course, it’s precious for personal reasons: because of who gave it to you, from whom you inherited it or for the memory of when you treated yourself to that special piece. It holds monetary value too — value that can either increase or decrease depending on how you care for and store it. Whether you plan to perhaps trade a piece in eventually, have it remade or keep it until you pass it down to the next generation, it’s always going to be important to care for your jewelry...

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Jewelry 101: Bracelets and Anklets

It can be lots of fun to dress up your wrists and ankles with a bit — or a lot — of shine and shimmer. Bracelets are a versatile, easy-to-wear fashion accessory, while anklets add a subtle touch to an often-overlooked body part. Knowing a bit about different types of bracelets and anklets can make it easier to navigate your options at the jewelry store. In both cases, you should weigh style against how they’ll feel on you. Bracelet types BANGLE AND CUFF BRACELETS Bangle bracelets are round, solid bracelets that slide over the hand, fit loosely on the wrist,...

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Diamond Clarity: How it Works

Most diamonds have some inclusions or blemishes, which are typically microscopic markings within a diamond or on its surface — and which affect a diamond’s “clarity” and value. No two diamonds are exactly alike, and this has to do with their clarity. The grade of clarity a diamond has depends on if it has any inclusions or blemishes, which are common. Put simply, the higher the clarity of a diamond, the fewer inclusions or blemishes. So-called “flawless” diamonds, or those with no inclusions or blemishes, are the most highly desirable — and the most expensive. Think of an inclusion or...

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Non-traditional Engagement Rings

Engagement ring options beyond the diamond solitaire First of all, what are we talking about when we say “traditional engagement ring?” When most Americans hear the words “engagement ring,” they usually think “diamond” and most likely, envision a solitaire setting. But what if you or your special someone is in the minority camp of engagement ring shoppers? You want something a little different. But what? There certainly are a lot of options  to choose from, which can be liberating – but also a little overwhelming. So, here’s a general overview of some options to get you started. Diamonds, but different...

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Engagement Ring Style Guide

Think of an engagement ring as “wearable art” to make choosing a style for your fiancée-to-be a more thoughtful, and even easier, process. While many men start with the diamond as the base for their thinking about an engagement ring, exploring the style of ring she’ll adore will take you closer to the perfect choice. You need to consider “the art of the ring.” While an engagement ring is a symbol of your love for your fiancée-to-be, don’t forget that it is also a wearable piece of art. Consider what type of art would be the perfect complement to her...

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5 Tips for Finding Your Most Beautiful Diamond

Knowing and weighing all your options will help you find the most beautiful diamond for your engagement ring. You can make yourself crazy trying to read all the information about diamonds and how to find the one you want. But sometimes you may not have the time to go through it all or you need a way to quickly remind yourself of everything you’ve learned. When you’re looking for the most beautiful diamond for your engagement ring, keep these five things in mind. 1. Cut Experts agree, the diamond’s cut and polish are the most important considerations when it comes to its...

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Necklaces to Fit Your Style

Jewelry lovers have many styles and lengths to choose from when it comes to necklaces. Chain necklaces Chain necklaces are available in many precious metals, such as platinum, sterling silver and various colors of gold. Chain necklaces are a popular jewelry choice for women and men. CHAIN TYPES ANCHOR CHAINS: Double links of uniform size connect to create a heavy, sturdy appearance. BEAD CHAINS: Small metal balls are linked by bits of wire between the beads. BOX CHAINS: Square links interlock to present a boxy design. Very thin versions of box chains are popular, especially for displaying pendants. BYZANTINE CHAINS:...

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Jewelry Repair: What You Need To Know

When a piece of jewelry is damaged, it’s a good idea to get it repaired as soon as possible before more damage occurs or additional links, stones or other decorative elements fall off and are lost. Be sure to collect any loose pieces you can, as our jeweler may be able to use them in the repair. What can jewelers fix? The most common repairs include: Ring sizing Ring prong re-tipping or replacement Ring head/setting replacement Ring setting/stone tightening Chain repair Clasp replacement Stone replacement Polishing and cleaning Pearl restringing Warranties When you consider purchasing a piece of jewelry, you...

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Men

As the holiday gift-buying season bears down, it wouldn’t be surprising if the ones left on your list are your father, husband, son or another male relative or friend. Finding holiday gifts for men — ones they’ll really appreciate — can be a challenge. The jewelry store may not be the first place that pops into your mind, but it can be a treasure trove of possibilities when gift shopping for men. Here are some great holiday gift ideas for men. Which ones do you think the man you’re shopping for would appreciate most? BRACELETS/CUFFS: Available in many styles and...

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HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS

You can never go wrong with a thoughtful piece of jewelry this holiday season to express your love and appreciation for that special someone in your life. From statement-making earrings for the woman who loves to live on the wild side, to simple, dainty stackable rings for the woman who isn't about the glitz and glam, give the gift of sparkle this year. Stocking Stuffers Add a little sparkle to brighten their season. Stackable Rings and Bracelets Help her start her own arm party or ring stack by giving the gift of stackable jewelry. The more the merrier when it comes to...