Learn the Basics of Loose Diamonds Right Now

Are you familiar with the four C’s affiliated with loose diamonds? If you are planning on buying any sort of diamond jewelry in the future, you should certainly take a minute to educate yourself on the lovely certified loose diamonds your local jeweler has for sale.

Cut- The individual cut of the stone refers to not only its overall shape, but also has everything to do with the facets cut into the stone. These facets are what make the diamond sparkle and should be perfectly symmetrical.

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Color- Some people think that all white diamonds are the same. Wrong! Most white loose diamonds have traces of brown or yellow inside of them. This may take away from their value, but are not necessarily noticeable to the naked eye.

Clarity- The clarity of a diamond has to do with the number of imperfections in the stone. Since diamonds are formed within the earth, often they get some battle wounds on their way to the earth’s surface. The more damage, the less valuable the stone.

Carat Weight- The carat weight of loose diamonds refers to how much it weighs. With every other C remaining constant, the value of the stone will increase as the carat weight increases.

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A Surge in Custom Jewelry Sales During the Holidays

Holidays are the season of giving and gifting. Jewelers usually experience big sales during this time of the year. But of late off-the-shelf pieces have been receiving much less attention than personalized custom-designed jewelry.

Mostly engagement rings and wedding bands, people hoard local jewelers with requests for custom jewelry. This is part of the mass deviation from generic diamond jewelry and popular styles.

According to Luke Whittaker, the key for jewelers is to listen to their customers. Read this interesting piece from the Daily Astorian.

The holiday season is an important season for businesses across the spectrum, but the season of giving is particularly important for jewelers big and small.

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Thirty-three percent of all engagements happen between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, according to WeddingWire, a wedding planning site. That fact, plus Christmas presents, means the period accounts for 36 percent of jewelry store sales, according figures from the Economics & Statistics Administration.

“Twenty-five percent of engagements happen during the holidays, which is significant,” said Holly, co-owner of McHone Jewelers along with her husband Kevin.

“We do 25 percent of our business during the holidays. That’s typical,” she said. Crafting custom jewelry is the focus for the business, located at 1150 Commercial Street in Astoria.

“We’re always busy with custom pieces around the holidays,” she said. The nature of the giving season lends to increased sales.

“Then there’s the sentimental nature of giving something personal,” McHone said. “Jewelry is very popular for that.”

Alternative stones, metals popular

Since opening their doors more than 12 years ago, the family-run jewelry business has witnessed trends in the industry and has built their business around listening to the customer.

“We still predominantly see diamonds for engagements and wedding,” McHone said. “But saphires in any color are becoming more popular. If you want something different, you can go with a sapphire and make it more unique.” A preference for silver has since shifted to varying colors of gold.

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“Everybody wanted white gold,” McHone said. “But now they’re going more with yellow gold.” Aside from traditional silver and gold rings, the store started carrying alternative metal pieces about eight years ago with a growing demand for more durable rings. With a hardness twice that of traditional gold and silver, alloys such as titanium have become more popular, particularly for those in more rugged occupations including logging and fishing.

“They’re a great alternative for guys who use their hands a lot,” McHone said. Titanium is also corrosion resistant and more durable for when working in the wet environments that are prevalent in the Pacific Northwest. The store also creates jewelry with local stones and agates.

“A lot of people love that we have Oregon stones,” McHone said.

“We have Oregon sunstone, opal and agates. Keeping it local is very important not only for Oregon customers but also our tourists.”

Designing the perfect piece

The material and shape of a ring is not only influenced by personality, preference and budget, but also profession. A ring designed for the rigors of logging or fishing profession would come with a different set of considerations compared to a piece destined for someone medical field, where wearing gloves necessitates a lower profile.

“A lot of people in the medical field need a lower profile because they’re putting gloves on all the time,” McHone said. The custom jewelry is designed using a computer-aided design and drafting program (CADD).

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“We can do just about any design you can think of. We design just about everything with CADD program,” McHone said. “And we then mill a wax model or we use our new 3D printer.” The possibilities for custom jewelry creation are nearly limitless, one customer, a Coast Guard rescue swimmer, had a ring crafted from a piece of steel he hung off of while in the helicopter. It typically takes four to six weeks from design to construction when it comes to custom jewelry. In-house laser repairs is also available making extensive jewelry repair possible.

“We’ve just always tried to keep evolving and changing with technology within the business, not just designs,” McHone said.

“The most important aspect is listening to the customer, so they get what they want.”

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A Look at the Most Popular Jewelry Trends of Last Year

2016 has been a mixed bag for all things political but when it comes to jewelry and fashion, ain’t nothing wrong with it! The year was witness to many trends that will shape up the fashion industry for years to come. With that sentiment, here’s a list of what was popular in 2016, courtesy of Jennifer Heebner.

12 Jewelry Trends for 2016: The 5th Annual List of What to Buy, Sell, and Stock in the Year Ahead

Black and white: With a newer jet-black rhodium being used by designers and some decidedly rock-star-chic styles coming out of the Paris Fashion Week shows for spring, this evergreen color combination will live on in Art Deco–inspired jewels, enamel, and silver or white gold with rhodium effects.

Studs and earring jackets: These have shaped up to be a consumer fave! Wearing studs solo offers some versatility, while the addition of jackets builds up another cool look. Easy to understand, studs and earring jackets are available across a wide range of price points.

Chokers and other statement necklaces: These are a holdover from 2015, thanks to their appearance at the Oscars last February and an abundance of spring 2016 styles—think knits to lingerie to lightweight denim—that demand a statement piece around the collar.

Gold layering pieces: The price of gold is luring more artists away from silver and back to the warmer metal. There are some looks—delicate charm bracelets and dainty pendant necklaces—that just translate better in gold, and when prices are more reasonable, who wouldn’t prefer to make a layered statement in a richer metal?

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Petite Piece Sign Charm Bracelet

Oversize earrings: These were popular at the Oscars and will help complete many new spring 2016 ensembles, from complicated X-inspired necklines to simple white shirts.

Asymmetry: From mismatched earrings to trails of tiny stones to modern cluster styles, asymmetry is one of jewelry’s coolest trends. Asymmetrical looks appeal to youth through their message of individuality and reflect super-creative uses of minimalist materials.

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Whimsical designs: Think Alison Lou’s cheeky faces, Nora Kogan’s cutesy word jewels, and even rainbow color combinations. Whimsy is here to stay—and will help change consumers’ view of jewelry stores as stodgy and unapproachable.

Fancy cuts: These are particularly evident in the modern cluster styles from designers such as Ilana Ariel and Ruth Tomlinson and are also making for chic entry-level engagement rings from Jennie Kwon, among other artists.

Fancy Cut Diamond Earrings

Fancy Cut Diamond Earrings

Ethically sourced materials: Thanks to the patience of artists and individuals who care about everyone in the pipeline, ethically sourced looks will continue to become a priority. Stephen Webster and Chopard are pioneers with their support of Fairmined gold as was Eric Braunwart in the gemstone arena. More designers are getting involved through uses of recycled metals and ethically obtained stones, and jewelry stores can do the same. (For more information, read “Fairmined, Fairtrade, and the Ethical Gold Rush.”)

Stacking rings: These are an easy and cost-effective gift, especially considering the range of cute styles available from design houses such as Wwake, among others. Plus, they are fun to stack and build up bigger statements when couture features cutouts and casual options. 

The color gray: Why gray when Pantone’s colors of the year are with pink and blue (aka Rose Quartz and Serenity)? Because the colors of the year indicate the hues that new clothes will be made in, so jewelers should offer complementary shades for consumers to color-block with their attire. Gray—by way of silver, platinum, white gold, and palladium—will easily coordinate as will gray diamonds and milky stones such as moonstone and labradorite, among others. But gray is just one option—there are lots of other fun colors to suggest.

Feminine silhouettes and motifs: Many spring fashions speak to super-feminine looks such as ruffles and lingerie and motifs such as flowers, so accessories should be equally soft. Think cabochons, a continued use of fringe, deconstructed or blown-out forms (like the plaid trend), bows, tiny charms, and sweetly styled shapes such as half moons.

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Holiday Proposal: How to Do It Right

It’s holiday season! The time of countless romantic escapades and marriage proposals. If you ask us, this is the perfect time to pop the question. There are plenty of occasions that keep popping up and the jewelry stores are running discounts! Here’s all you need to take care of when planning a holiday proposal:

  1. Create or choose a backdrop. While the whole season forms the perfect backdrop for a proposal, you could take it a step further and pinpoint the exact moment you want to get down on your knee. It could be a romantic picnic or at the Christmas dinner. You may even want to build it all up with a poem or riddle on a greeting card.
  2. Get the ring. The holidays are the perfect time for shopping. So you can hop down to the nearest jewelry store and take advantage of the holiday deals. Many stores offer special discounts on engagement rings but you have to be quick or stocks do tend to run out this time of the year.
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  4. Do you want it to be a surprise? Hey, who wouldn’t? Make sure to keep the engagement ring well hidden before the proposal. Find an obscure and hard to reach location that you know your loved one will never look. Or you could just hide it in plain sight and make it that more exciting. If nothing sounds right to you, just give it to a close friend or family member to safeguard but of course that means you’ll have to let them in on your little secret!
  5. Avoid conflicting schedules. Talk about any personal or family schedules coming up during the holidays. You don’t want to prepare for a proposal on the wrong date! Make sure you know of any family birthdays or anniversaries round the corner.anniversary-band-offer
  6. Don’t forget to get the size right. Size does matter when it comes to engagement rings! Get the ring size wrong and you’re gonna have to spend hours getting it altered at your jewelers’. Don’t rush this part at all. Take help of her friends or borrow one of her rings for a short, secret trip to the nearest jeweler. They will help you get the size right so you won’t have to worry about it.
  7. Ask for help. Don’t be afraid of depending on friends for the minor things. Take your friends’ help to ensure everything is booked and there are no delays in your plan. Ask for their suggestions and make backup plans just in case, especially if you’re going to be traveling.

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Last but not least, don’t forget to check out amazing holiday discounts at Wyatt Austin Jewelers. There is hardly a better chance to buy the perfect engagement ring for your loved one. Shop now and you might even win a free luxurious Mexican vacation! For details, visit Wyatt Austin Jewelers

The store is located at 1701 E. Woodfield Road #110, Schaumburg, IL 60173

For further details, call 847-985-4046

Jewelry Hallmarks – What and Why?

Ever wonder what the markings on your jewelry tell? What secrets are they spilling? Whose history lies hidden in those strange figures? Perhaps, not that far. But what exactly are those markings and do you know all you need to know about them?

Master Gemologist James Greene has the answer. Read on

What Are Jewelry Hallmarks?

The jewelry hallmark is what describes the item’s metal content as well as the quality thereof. If you happen to own a piece of precious jewelry, your accessory should have a jewelry hallmark on it. It is usually found on gold, platinum or silver jewelry pieces and will detail the karat content of the metal. Some jewelry hallmarks will also show the maker’s mark or country of origin on the item. To sum it up, the jewelry hallmark is the identifying mark on the piece of jewelry which details the quality of the item and often cites where it came from. 

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Why Are Jewelry Hallmarks Important?

Jewelry hallmarks are important in the jewelry world for a few different reasons. First, they signify what the item is made of which helps the wearer to determine the metal content of the jewelry piece that they have on. It is important to note that although hallmarks are used to identify the metal content, this does not in and of itself dictate the true authenticity of the item. Jewelry hallmarks can be easily duplicated and the jewelry item can be sold as something other than what it really is. With that said, it does provide a way for the purchaser of an item to look at a gold necklace or bracelet on sale at a jewelry store, turn the item over and determine what the metal content supposedly is, simply by looking at it.

Another reason for having jewelry hallmarks on rings, necklaces, bracelets and other beautiful jewelry pieces is to show the maker’s mark on the item. If you decide that you want to buy a ring designed by a specific jewelry designer, you will most likely want the item to have the jewelry hallmark on it which shows the maker’s mark as well. Not every piece will have a maker’s mark, or even a hallmark for that matter, but many items do which provides the buyer with some shred of evidence to go by when trying to purchase a specific item.

Hallmarks are a way for the jewelry owner to determine the period in which they were crafted. There are a few different ways to determine the time period factor and the hallmark is one such way. If you are searching for a jewelry item from a certain time period, a jewelry hallmark which shows such information is probably very important to you.

The United States does not have nor does it require a hallmark system of any kind as do most countries. Jewelry can be manufactured in the US and legally sold without a hallmark, trademark, or quality stamp of any kind. However, if a piece of jewelry has a karat stamp (14k 18k Platinum) then it must have a trademark, as is required by law. Therefore, if you have a piece of jewelry with no markings at all the only way to find out for sure is to have it tested by someone who has the knowledge and equipment to do so.

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Know Your Jewels: Categories

Jewels have been a part of human lives for so long that it’s hard to imagine not enough people know much about jewel types and categories.

Precious jewels are diverse and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. However, owing to marketability and popular demand, you might not find all designs on display at a jewelry store. The majority of dealers tend to favor designs that are in vogue and sell like hot cakes. With some knowledge about jewel categories, you might be at a better position to ask for styles that suit your personality more than those popular ones.

Jewelry Passion has some interesting information to share regarding jewel categories.

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The classic style

This kind of jewels offered in almost all jewelry shops and boutiques are either originals or replicas of designer models. Different materials can be used in their making; usually precious metals and stones, but also Murano glass or Swarovski crystals. These ornaments are easily fitted into any personal style and can be used in formal and casual situations alike.

The ethno style

This is one of the most popular styles in the past few years. The designers in this style have no claims for creating high-art pieces and instead go for different traditional compositions. This is how African, Japanese and Indian elements made their way into fashion. Of course producers try to use materials that correspond with the traditions of the culture they are portraying: glass beads, wood, bone, coconut shells, pearls, plant seeds, etc. The accent falls on the lively compositions. These jewels are suitable for casual wear only.

The natural or eco style

The interest that this style evokes is growing with each passing day, because the number of people who wish to live in harmony with nature is also growing. All eco-style ornaments are made out of 100% natural materials, such as wood, leather, shells, rocks and gems, etc. The ornaments themselves differ in size and ensemble, but being “natural” always draws plenty of attention and positive energy.

The artistic style

Jewels in this category are often non-traditional and this can sometimes be quite charming. These ornaments are highly valued because of the original artistic thought of the author and the exquisite workmanship involved in their creation. The combination of seemingly irreconcilable materials is the key to creating these uniquely beautiful specimens of the jewelry art. The products of this category are not suitable for daily or casual wear, but mostly for fashion reviews or photo-sessions.

The eccentric style

This is a special category of contemporary jewels that blend unusual materials, new technologies and brave designer decisions. They are products of a perfect combination of materials,  fresh, attractive colors and a unique designer approach. They are among the more expensive jewels on the market, but true connoisseurs know that price is not always the leading factor. Such an accessory immediately gives accent and draws attention.

Keep in mind that these categories are vague and there are many different sub-styles within each of them.

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Wedding Day Preparations: Choosing the Perfect Tiara

The tiara is the perfect headpiece for a bride. It’s the cherry on top of the lustrous bridal jewelry and a luscious wedding dress. It provides a divine finish to the whole ensemble; and face it, when else are you certainly going to get away with wearing a tiara and not coming off as laughable?

Choosing a tiara, however, is not that simple. To help you on this little but important task, we have some sound advice from Maria Doulton

The meaning of tiaras

According to jewelry historian Geoffrey Munn, tiara originally referred to the purple band with white decorations worn by Persian kings. “But now,” he writes in his book Tiaras, a History of Splendour, “the word is used as a generic term that embraces diadems, circlets, wreaths and kokoshniks [traditional Russian head dresses].”

The Ancient Greeks wore gold wreaths known as stephanoi, which took the form of lifelike sprays of oak, ivy, laurel or olive, and even included insects. These are perhaps the closest in style to modern-day tiaras, though over the centuries a wide range of styles of head ornaments has evolved, including coronets, diadems, aigrettes, hair combs, headbands and circlets.

 

A brief history of headpieces

A tiara is the most flattering and magnificent jewel a woman can wear. Sitting high on the head, it is a lofty and highly visible indicator of royalty or status. Of course, such a prestigious jewel comes with a rich history, one that was revived the very instant the world had their first glimpse of Kate Middleton’s tiara as she stepped onto the aisle of Westminster Abbey – a 1936 Cartier London platinum and diamond Halo headpiece with scroll motifs, loaned to her by Her Majesty the Queen. Downton Abbey further fanned the flames of tiara mania, and in particular Lady Mary’s wedding tiara, which further piqued our interest in tiaras and all aristocratic paraphernalia. The very finest examples are hugely valuable. The most expensive tiara in the world belonged to Princess Katharina Henckel von Donnersmark, whose emerald and diamond headpiece from the early 1900s became the most valuable tiara ever sold at auction in 2011 when it changed hands for £7.8 million. 

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The market for bridal tiaras has always existed, and the connection dates back to the golden wreaths given by Ancient Greek women to the gods as thanks for marriage. In Medieval times, tiaras were often loaded with Christian and Gothic symbolism and were a token of betrothal and the promise of a good marriage.

In the 17th and 18th century, high-ranking ladies, a status that implied an obligation to defend the realm, wore diadems in the form of stylized helmets. The extravagant excesses of the Rococo styles under Louis XV gave way to the Neoclassic look revived by Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821). Napoleon’s obsession with jewels and rank encouraged a tiara-making furore, a tradition still alive at Chaumet, Napoleon’s jeweler of choice. During this era, new styles of wearing head ornaments emerged from the simple gold wreath that Napoleon wore on his coronation to cameo-laden diadems. The vogue for head ornaments spread from Paris to the rest of Europe and beyond.

 

Advance planning essential

Whether you are after a spectacular antique tiara, perhaps the very one that Lady Mary wore for her Downton Abbey wedding, or a contemporary creation, make sure you plan well in advance.  In fact, start planning your tiara along with the wedding dress. Wear a top with a similar neckline to that of your wedding dress so that you can see the effect of the tiara and your bodice combined. Bear in mind that the style of the tiara and the dress should be complementary. Lady Mary got it just right: her 1920s dress, with its clean, unfussy lines and straight neckline, was perfectly matched with her diamond tiara, worn as a headband with a simple veil draped on top.

Where can I buy a real tiara? 

A good place to start your tiara hunt is at Bentley & Skinner on London’s famous Piccadilly. Experts in tiaras and fine antique jewels, Bentley & Skinner are by Royal Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, so you will be in good company.

 

Top tips for tiara shopping

Omar Vaja, Bentley & Skinner’s jewelry specialist, explains that choosing a tiara is all about proportion. As the largest jewel you are ever likely to wear, getting the proportions right is key. Petite brides should avoid large tiaras but opt for smaller, tall but light ones that sit high on the head creating the effect of height, like their American tiara from 1890 (£45,000) or their Belle Epoque headpiece from 1900 (£39,750).

A tiara that has a central focus is perfect for round faces, like the late Victorian natural pearl and diamond one from 1910 (£145,000) or the early 20th century American scroll tiara with its charming ribbon motifs (£45,000). Angular faces are flattered by softer shapes or a headband style such as the 1800s one that was worn by Lady Mary in her Downton Abbey wedding (£145,000). Tall brides should avoid dwarfing the groom with an extra five inches of headgear. 

Also bear in mind the setting of your wedding. A large, imposing tiara would look out of place at a simple, country church wedding while a St Paul’s Cathedral ceremony would call from a sufficiently grand and magnificent tiara such as the Downton Abbey tiara worn high on the head.

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Tiara hairstyles and trying it out for size – and comfort

Working on the set of our tiara video made clear the need to do a dress rehearsal with your hair stylist. Tiaras can be complicated to place in the hair, often requiring weaving the hair through the frame and securing ribbon, bands or grip fastenings. And most important, you want to be comfortable in your tiara so check for balance and weight by wearing the tiara around the house for several hours. Different tiaras can be worn in different ways meaning that there is not one simple up-do solution but a specific hairstyle for your bridal look.

And even if you are lucky enough to have a tiara in the family, it may need adjusting or adapting to your hair style or head shape, something that could take a few months.

 

Transformable tiaras – the versatile choice

Consider choosing a tiara that can be transformed into other more wearable jewels as it is not often you can wear a tiara, unless of course you are a member of the royal family. Most antique tiaras do transform and several of those from Bentley & Skinner are versatile. The Downton Abbey tiara becomes two brooches while the pearl and diamond late Victorian one easily transforms into a necklace as do several others.

 

Made-to-measure tiaras

Paris’ famed Place Vendôme is home to Chaumet, which has been making tiaras since 1780 for the likes of Napoleon’s brides, making this temple of jewels the destination in Paris for bespoke tiaras. The Chaumet museum is a rich archive of sketches, working models and historic tiaras, jaunty feathered aigrettes and all manner of headpieces for weddings that continue to inspire brides today. This year the house presented a simple and very natural wheat motif tiara with an air of classic Greek antiquity that is worn as a less formal head band (POA). A perfect choice if you are aiming for a goddess look on your wedding day or a barefoot beach wedding. An unusual new addition to the tiara array was the Passion Incarnat diadem (POA) which is more of a head band than a tiara. Featuring red spinel lilies, the main flower detaches to form a brooch or necklace.

Paris’ oldest jeweler Mellerio dits Meller has been making jewels for royalty since 1613 and has created this pretty Monte Rosa tiara for modern day princesses. The tiara transforms into earrings, a pendant and a bracelet (€120,000).

Invest in a tiara for your wedding day and as well as having a true fairy tale princess jewel, you can wear the jewels in other ways as you start your own family tradition to hand down to your daughter.

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SPA FOR YOUR JEWELRY-Wyatt Austin Presents Preferred Jewelers International SPA WEEKEND

#wearepreferred #preferredspaday – Trending hashtags on Twitter and Instagram for the event and a chance to win a Preferred 105 round diamond halo pendant worth a $5,000 retail value – read more for details

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Between September 22 and 24, Wyatt Austin Jewelers – like every other Preferred Jewelers International member – will be hosting a one-of-a-kind event at its store – PJI’s SPA WEEKEND.

All of our esteemed customers are invited to visit and have up to FIVE pieces of jewelry cleaned and inspected for FREE. Along with the complimentary cleaning, every customer will receive a free jewelry cleaning kit.

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You are also encouraged to post photographs of your splendid jewelry on Instagram with #PreferredSpaDay #WeArePreferred and a hashtag mentioning your jeweler for a chance to win a stunning .80 cttw round phantom 105 Halo pendant worth $5,000 in retail.

The even aims to promote good jewelry etiquette and maintenance. Good cleaning habits lead to long-lasting jewelry and a hassle-free experience.

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Giving your jewelry a good cleaning every now and then is the key to happy jewelry but there are many myths surrounding jewelry maintenance.

The Gemological Institute of America presents a MYTH-BUSTER endeavoring to dispel every myth once and for all!

  1. Ultrasonic Cleaners

 

MYTH: You can clean all of your jewelry with an ultrasonic cleaner because it’s specifically made for jewelry.

 

FACT: Your jeweler may use this type of professional cleaning machine at his shop, but it requires care to use it correctly and appropriately at home. How does an ultrasonic cleaner work? It sends low frequency wavelengths through a liquid solution to remove the dirt and buildup on your jewelry. It is especially helpful for removing dirt in hard-to-reach places like beneath diamonds. However, many types of gemstones can be damaged by an ultrasonic cleaner, though use of just the solution will assist in removing most compounds. See our do’s and don’ts on ultrasonic cleaning before you start, to avoid any unnecessary harm to some of your most prized jewelry pieces.

 

  1. Ammonia-based Household Cleaner

 

MYTH:  Ammonia-based household cleaners are good for cleaning all types of gems and jewelry.

 

FACT: Organic and porous gemstones (like coral, pearl and turquoise) should not be exposed to the harsh chemicals found in ammonia-based cleaners (like window cleaner). However, it is safe to clean most diamond jewelry with a mild solution containing ammonia unless the diamond has been treated with a non-permanent substance like a coating. Use a soft, clean toothbrush that is reserved for cleaning your jewelry. Be gentle – you don’t want to loosen any stones, especially if the setting is fragile or older as in estate jewelry. Also, try to not clean your jewelry too close to an open drain in the sink. If you are cleaning by a sink, be sure there is something to prevent your jewelry from falling down the drain.

 

  1. Commercial Jewelry Cleaning Solution or Over-the-Counter Jewelry Polish

 

MYTH: Commercial jewelry cleaning solution or over-the-counter jewelry polish is great for cleaning jewelry at home, as long as the metal type is listed on the bottle.

 

FACT: Most diamonds can be safely cleaned with a commercial jewelry cleaning solution, but that doesn’t apply to all of your jewelry and gemstones. Begin by looking at the ingredient list on the container. Avoid harmful chemicals like chlorine and other bleaching agents as they can damage some gemstones and metal alloys. Also, don’t use abrasives, like those found in some metal polishes or toothpaste, as they can erode the metal and scratch some gems.

Be sure to consider the precious metal alloy used in your jewelry. Gold is a soft metal. Take a look at an older gold ring, for example. It’s not unusual for the shank to become thinner due to normal wear. Commercial cleaning solutions specifically made for jewelry are a good choice for most gold jewelry items. If the jewelry is set with gemstones, you still need to use caution as some gemstones should not be placed in the solution. Using warm water with a few drops of mild dish soap is the safest alternative if your gold jewelry contains delicate or porous gemstones or pearls.

Platinum is a metal that doesn’t tarnish and can withstand jewelry cleaning solutions. It has a high density that makes it a very durable metal choice. Sterling silver is also quite popular as a jewelry metal because it is versatile and affordable. However, it takes on an aged appearance as it tarnishes over time. A jewelry cleaner specifically made for silver jewelry, or use a polishing cloth designed for silver jewelry with delicate, porous gemstones or plating, a smart choice to freshen up those tarnished pieces.

Regardless of the gemstone or metal type, it is always safe to use a soft cloth to wipe away the dust and oils that may have built up on your jewelry over time.

 

  1. Warm Water and Gentle Soap

 

MYTH: All gemstones can be cleaned with warm water and mild dish soap at home.

FACT: This cleaning method is safe for most gemstones.

While this gentle cleaning method is a good choice for most gemstones and jewelry, there are a few important exceptions. Porous gemstones (such as coral or turquoise) and delicate pearls (natural or cultured) should always be kept away from any chemicals. Caution must also be used when cleaning most treated gems. Each gemstone has its own specific cleaning needs. If you have any questions about how to clean jewelry, GIA’s Gem Encyclopedia has beneficial information at your fingertips.

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With jewelry cleaning projects that make you roll up your sleeves, there’s only so much you can try before you know it’s time to bring in the professionals!

Visit our store at 1701 E. Woodfield Road #110, Schaumburg, IL 60173 during SPA WEEKEND and have up to five pieces cleaned and checked for free plus learn all there is to know about professional jewelry cleaning!

Log on to our website Wyatt Austin for more details or call (847-985-4046) to book an appointment.

Event from: September 22, 2016 to September 24, 2016 (All Day)

THIS IS HOW TO OWN JEWELRY DURING A RECESSION

The going can be incredibly hard during a recession. Unemployment spreads far and deep, crime runs rampant, there is little hope in sight and everything seems utterly depressing!

Following some tested strategies, you might, however, be able to catch the silver lining! It is no secret that people usually resort to selling their possessions to make ends meet during times of economic crisis and with the right planning, you might actually be able to lend a helping hand while also ensuring your own safety and peace of mind.

Here is Irit Zeevi with some very sought-after tips! Have a look

  • Buy pewter – Pewter has become very popular and is a fast growing niche in fashionable jewelry. A combination of tin, copper and antimony, pewter affords buyers the look of silver jewelry while costing considerably less than both silver and gold. In many cases, pewter jewelry is lead free, which also means its tarnish free. Cross pendants as well as other stylish men’s jewelry are now available in pewter. Buying jewelry made from pewter makes both money and fashion sense.
  • Versatility – Whether you are buying jewelry simple because of its beauty or using it to create style, choosing jewelry that is versatile in purpose is a win-win situation. Consider buying pieces that match the majority of your outfits. For example, men’s leather necklaces and bracelets are suitable for creating a casual and sophisticated style and are equally the perfect addition to a dressier look.

Men Pendants

  • Affordability – Buy only jewelry that you can afford! A recession is a time of financial stress. It is an awakening of sorts when consumers are forced to choose between what they need and what they want. While you may prefer the Tiffany & Co. styles, at the time, it may or may not be financially feasible. Instead, search for an alternative piece of jewelry that looks the same but cost significantly less. If you only have eyes for expensive jewelry, sales and promotional events are great times to buy jewelry at a fraction of the cost.
  • Choose quality over quantity – No longer does quality mean higher prices. Over the years, the quality of fashionable jewelry has increased making jewelry ownership more affordable and accessible. A financial wise decision would be a leather necklace that is suitable in creating many styles over a handful of multicolored necklaces that are limited in both style and versatility.

Multicolored Pendants

  • Estate sales – Estate sales are wonderful venues for finding rare pieces of jewelry. Vintage as well as other unique styles make up the majority of jewelry pieces found in estates sales. The classified section of your local newspaper is a great resource for finding estate sales in your area.
  • Pendants – Pendants, pendants, pendants! Oh, my! In the world of jewelry fashion, pendants are hot ticket items. Why? Not only are they highly affordable, pendants are versatile as well. Popular with both men and women, pendants are available in a wide range of styles and metals. Owning a handful of different styled pendants gives you the opportunity to create several different looks. Popular men’s pendants include the Celtic cross pendant as well as other statement pendants. As an alternative to expensive diamond cross pendants, women have created a niche for Swarovski crystal pendants.

Diamond Pendants

  • Budget your time and money – We have all heard the idiom time is money. Your time is extremely valuable and before you buy jewelry, it is best first to decide on a budget. Do not spend countless hours looking at jewelry you cannot afford. Consider this important question: What’s the absolute highest price you’re willing to spend on a particular piece of jewelry? After you have made your decision, do your best to avoid the temptation of buying outside of your price range. Stick to your budget and only look at jewelry choices within your price limit.
  • Be resourceful – When life gives you lemons, it is time to get creative. While having less money may temporarily curb your appetite for buying expensive jewelry, it does not mean you have to stop buying jewelry all together. Consider borrowing jewelry from family and friends. Since everyone’s taste in jewelry differs, you are sure to have endless opportunities when considering the jewelry of others.

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