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Monday, July 20, 2009

New Blog!

Our blog has moved!

Did you know that there's a gift for every anniversary from 1 to 20 and then every five years after that up to at least the 75th anniversary?! For instance, various traditions say you might give your spouse amethyst, turquoise, wood or iron for your 6th anniversary.

Learn about the other anniversary gifts, as well as upcoming information on jewelry periods, techniques to repair your jewelry and birthstones, on Jewelry Expert.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Technorati Set-up


Hey everyone! Just ignore this post -- working on getting the blog in some directories.


Friday, June 12, 2009

Jewelry Maintenance

Every day we see rings with broken prongs, chains that have been stretched, watches that have water in them and earrings that have lost backs. And these are the lucky ones. Sadly, we often have heartbroken customers who have completely lost an earring or the diamond from their engagment ring.

Perhaps even more sad is the fact that they could have avoided such heartbreak if they had just taken their jewelry in to have it cleaned and checked by a local jeweler.

As you wear your jewelry, the metal gets worn down and stones become scratched and can even break.

When rings are worn, the prongs holding the stones in place get rubbed and knocked against things (like desks, doors, countertops and other rings) making them thin. The bottom of the ring can also become thin with years of wear.

When chains are tugged on by children or get caught in clothing, the links become stretched and the chain is weakened. Bracelets also have a tendancy to wear out when the individual links rub against each other.

That's why it is important to have your jewelry checked before things like this begin to happen. We recommend at least once a year, but two or three times isn't bad.

When jewelry is brought in to us, we inspect each piece under the microscope to ensure that stones are tight in their setting and no breaks or cracks exist in the stones or metal. At this point, we either inform the customer of problems with their jewelry or we polish and clean it for them. If problems exist, we provide an estimate to repair them.

Some jewelry stores charge to clean and check, but we do not, so contact multiple jewelers if you're unsure where to take your jewelry. Also, find a store that has a jeweler in-house so you are getting a professional's opinion on the condition of your jewelry. If you're not sure where to go, look for jewelers who are American Gem Society members.

We like to say that a piece of jewelry is kind of like a car: from time to time it needs to be cleaned and serviced for it to last.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Update on Burmese Ruby and Jade Ban

National Jeweler, a leading magazine in the jewelry industry, this week published an update on the Burmese ruby and jadeite ban.

In September 2008, the U.S. government banned the import of rubies and jadeite from Myanmar (also known as Burma). The ban was intended to cut off funds to the country's oppressive government.

However, leaders from various jewelry organizations are urging congress to reconsider the ban stating that it is not achieving the intended goals.

Instead of economic sanctions on the government, leaders such as Doug Hucker, the president of the American Gem Trade Association, say the ban is hurting thousands of miners in Myanmar -- many of whom are trying to resist the harsh government.

In an attempt to lift the ban, the AGTA and other organizations have written to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with their concerns. They are encouraging others to write to Congress members as well.

If you're interested in writing a letter, visit National Jewelers' website for more information on contacting the right people.

The full article is available at: http://www.nationaljewelernetwork.com/njn/content_display/colored-stones/color-market-reports/e3i1dc51bcd151aa706e386a2307f565906