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  • Test your Gold Bar Knowledge

    You’ve seen them before (well, at least in photos) but…

    How much do you know about gold bars?

    1 kg gold bar

    Well just because we’re experts in custom design doesn’t mean we know either. So after a little research, we’ve discovered:

    • A gold bar (also called gold bullion or a gold ingot) is a quantity of refined metallic gold of any shape that is made by a bar producer meeting standard conditions of manufacture, labeling and record keeping.
    • Gold bars are categorized as either cast or minted (see image below), with both differing in their appearance and price. Cast bars are created in a similar method to that of ingots whereas molten gold is poured into a bar-shaped mold and left to solidify.
    • When molten gold is poured into bar shapes, it often results in malformed bars with uneven surfaces which, even though imperfect, make each bar unique and easier to identify.
    • To prevent bars from being stolen or counterfeited, manufacturers have developed methods to verify genuine bars, such as branding bars with registered serial numbers or providing a certificate of authenticity. 

    If you want to learn more about gold bars, you could buy one. A 400 ounce gold bar costs more than $500,000…maybe looking at pictures is better ; )

    A minted bar (left) and a cast bar (right)

    A minted bar (left) and a cast bar (right)


  • Layering (Stacking) your Necklaces Like a Pro

    We’ve shared several videos over the years on the topic of necklace layering (or stacking) but many have commented that when they do it themselves, it can look “too much” or “clumsy.”

    This video shares advice for those who are looking for subtler layering techniques so you don’t feel like Mr. T ; )

  • Trending in Custom Design – Stainless Steel Jewelry

    On the heels of finishing yet another stainless steel custom design ring, we must say: we’re impressed with the dazzling end result. The metal is white in appearance which adds a level of urban appeal and vividness.

    Stainless steel in custom design offers several other benefits:


    Affordability. This modest metal is more affordable than gold or silver yet ultra durable.

    Easy maintenance. Stainless steel is a hardy metal and doesn’t require careful attention, like gold or silver. It also outperforms gold or silver when it comes to durability. It’s a powerful alloy that can withstand serious wear and tear. This ultimately means a bigger return of investment.

    Allergy-free. More people are becoming aware of metal allergies. Luckily stainless steel is hypoallergenic and extremely safe to wear.

    According to WGSN (Worth Global Style Network), this modest metal is gaining popularity through “industrial beauty” and “post-nature” designs.


  • US Gold Figures Show Humble Increase, Affected by Government Shutdown


    What is the Gold Market?


    The Gold Market refers to the buying and and selling of gold worldwide. Gold has been used as a trading commodity for over a thousand years. Even today, its essential value makes it a smart choice for moving wealth internationally and investing long term.

    How is the Gold Marketing Currently Doing?


    Currently, the gold market is expressing minor gains. U.S. gold jewelry sales rose only 1% in the first quarter of 2019, possible due to the prolonged government shutdown.

    A recent report states that “the prolonged government shutdown hit demand in January, as demonstrated by a drop in gold jewelry imports that month.”

    This was the ninth quarter in a row that U.S. gold jewelry sales have expressed year-on-year growth, although the 1% amount is less than the 4% recorded in the final quarter of last year.

    According to JCK:

    “The higher-end jewelry segment remains robust,” the report said. “And independent retailers in more affluent and/or Hispanic-dominated areas reported a strong quarter.”

    But the numbers weren’t as good from mass-market retailers, which are “less resilient,” according to the WGC report.


    The United States is the world’s third-largest gold jewelry market.

  • Watching Jewelry Videos Can Be Relaxing

    Have you ever watched Fireplace TV? It goes a little something like this…

    Deceptively relaxing, perhaps bordering on the boring, TV like this can have a positive effect on our brains.

    According to Motherboard:

    To some extent, escapism is just human nature, and TV offers it up on a silver platter. Media psychologist Pamela B. Rutledge agreed that a bit of distraction can be rejuvenating, and that anything that lowers stress can be a good thing. “Television provides an escape, since we travel into a new world, we have the sense of being present in the imaginary world.”

    Watching jewelry spin around in circles would fall under the category of “peaceful TV” or “slow TV” where not much happens…but that’s okay. There’s also no violence, loud noises and rapid edits that tire out the mind.

    Okay, time for full disclosure:

    This is all a shameless plug for Schubach TV. Our videos have been watched close to a million times on YouTube. We theorize that not only do people like checking out jewelry to potentially buy, they also simply enjoy the quietude of watching pretty things spinning in circles.

    Ready to unplug? Check this out!

  • It was everything I dreamed of and more.

    Hi Jen,

    First, thank you so much for working with Terrance for weeks on getting my ring just right. It was everything I dreamed of and more. I have been telling all of my guy friends who are thinking about proposing to work with you all because you guys really do amazing work!
    I sent you some of my favorite photos, feel free to use all of them or some of them.

    Thank you again!

  • Oval Halo Engagement Ring – Extra Sparkle Included!

    What is a Halo Ring?




    The beloved halo ring indicates a type of setting where a center gemstone (moissanite, lab-grown, naturally mined diamonds, etc.) is encircled by round pavé or micro-pavé gems (or faceted color gemstones).

    A center gemstone tends to look larger in a halo setting, sometimes as much as half a carat larger. This makes a halo ring a good choice for someone who wants to visually boost that center stone.

    Famous celebrity halo engagement rings include: Kate Middleton (Lady Di’s ring), Kate Holmes and Leann Rimes.

    The halo ring pictured is a custom design ring for a recent client. She had an idea of what she wanted and we worked with her until it was a perfect fit.

    Get Your Dream Ring!


    If you can dream it, we can design it. Send us your idea, whether its an image you found online or a picture floating around in your mind.

    Looking for a blingy ring but don’t want to break the bank? Think again! Whatever your budget, we can suggest eco-friendly, affordable metals and gems to bring your dream ring to life.

    We specialize in custom design that goes that extra mile, ensuring that every detail is just right. Simply contact us and we’ll guide you along the way.

    Your love is one-of-a-kind. Shouldn’t your engagement ring be too? 



  • Fun Fix-it Hacks for Jewelry


    Jewelry is amazing to wear but frankly, it can have a darker side. Like tangled necklaces or your hair getting repeatedly stuck on an overly aggressive necklace clasp. Here are a few  fun hacks to keep jewelry wearing simple and care free.

    Hair that gets stuck on your necklace. Ouch…what a pain. But it doesn’t have to be. If its the actual chain that’s giving you a problem, try putting on some can candle wax on the troublesome area. It’s tarnish free.

    Another option (if the clasp is the issue) tape wrapped gently around it will do the trick. Not a permanent solution but at least its a pain-free evening.

    The Dreaded Pile of Knotted Necklaces. We’ve all been there. And we all think we can fix it quickly…then more time goes by, with agitation levels slowly increasing. It’s like a Rubix Cube but with no solution! Well, here’s one: baby powder.

    Simply drop your Chain of Confusion on a clean plate and sprinkle the knot with baby powder. The knot instantly becomes looser and easier to detangle. But don’t forget to rinse it off afterwards.

    A bracelet fastener with no one around. Frustrating but not to worry. The old paper clip trick to the rescue. Simple open a paper clip and thread it through the catch. You’ll be able to latch easily from there.

    So there you go: quick and easy jewelry hacks so you can make the most of your jewelry wearing.



100 Years in Jewells Business

Today, Joseph Schubach builds upon his family's experience and continues the tradition with Joseph Schubach Jewelers, offering both intimate jewelry brokering in his Scottsdale, Arizona showroom and full-service online sales to clients from around the world, where he has maintained that personal customer connection in the virtual world.

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