May 20, 2015
Did you know that chlorine in a pool, a hot tub or household cleaners can damage your gold jewelry? Even the salty ocean water can damage your jewelry. If you are a water baby, you may be at risk of losing a diamond from your ring or permanently damaging your jewelry. If possible, take off your jewelry before activities that will put your jewelry at risk such as swimming, gardening, or other outdoor activities.
Do you remember the day you first got your gorgeous diamond ring? It was so sparkly, and absolutely perfect. You may have noticed that it doesn't sparkle quite the same and for some, it may not be as white as it used to be. To regain that shine, it may be as simple as a quick clean and rhodium plating. All white gold rings will need to be re-rhodium plated at some point in their life. The on-site Spectrum Fine Jewelry service studio can have your rings looking good as new in no time. You may even ask about our “Back to Factory Specs” service that also includes rounding the ring back out, checking and tightening the prongs and removing scratches and dings.
- Choose wisely. Pack light and take only the jewelry you’ll wear while traveling and at your destination. The 4-carat diamond ring you save for special occasions? Probably not. The pearls that go with everything? Definitely.
- Make a list. List all the jewelry you’ll take with you. Make two copies. Take one copy with you and store it separately from your jewelry. Leave the other copy at home. Also helpful: take pictures or a video of your jewelry.
- Carry it on. Never put jewelry in checked baggage. Instead, wear it or stow it in your carry on bag. If you wear it, take extra care by slipping a pendant inside a sweater or turning your ring so only the band shows.
- Keep it with you. Put your jewelry in a favorite bag you’ll carry while traveling. Don’t leave your jewelry in an unattended car or suitcase. When checking into your hotel or condo, don’t hand your jewelry bag to hotel staff. Carry it personally.
- Use the safe. Always store jewelry in the hotel safe when not wearing it.
- Insure it. Jewelers Mutual expertly insures your personal jewelry against loss, damage, theft and mysterious disappearance wherever your travels take you, worldwide. So get the right insurance. Then relax, be yourself and have fun.
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May 15, 2017
April 29, 2017
They summon us to eat, work, wake, pray and even gather; bells provide the music to the soundtrack known as life.
Back in February, when we went to Tucson, we discovered The Bell Collection. We were enamored by the display of dainty bells hanging from above, calling us to take a closer look at each one.
April 14, 2017
According to GIA, in 2015, Christie’s and Sotheby’s had reported an estimated $1.2 billion in gemstone and jewelry sales, in addition to the $70-$80 million by Bonham’s of London and Tiancheng in Hong Kong.
Gemstones and fine jewelry continue to set records at large auction houses by collectors all over the world. Gemstone collecting continues to grow in popularity and if you’ve wanted to start your own collection, but are unsure where to start, we’ve got a few tips on how to define a collection.