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  • The Spirit of Giving this Christmas

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    Giving. We hear a ton about it each holiday. And we think we have it covered, right? “I’m a giving person” you say. And undoubtedly, you are. But giving is a constantly evolving process. Its not a fixed amount of generosity but something that expands and grows as you expand and grow.

    What does that mean? It means giving can (and should) be a little uncomfortable. You can and should be giving outside of your limits. That doesn’t have to mean financially per se, but personally.

    A small story as an example: a friend of mine adored a pair of earrings of mine. Every time I wore them, she swooned and touched them and sighed.

    My aunt had given them to me so they had meant a lot to me, especially since she had passed several years before. You can guess where this story is going: I gave that pair of earrings to my friend for Christmas. She wears them religiously. On some levels, I feel that’s where they belong: with her. (My aunt would have appreciated this act as well, I’m sure.)

    Was it easy? No. Sometimes I still want those earrings back! That’s when giving is uncomfortable: when you don’t really want to do it but you do it anyway.

    So remember that this holiday: give past your comfort zone. Do something you really don’t want to do for others. Because ultimately giving is not about you, it’s about them.  

  • Custom Design and a Touch of Spirit

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    I was particularly struck by this quote by J. Donald Walters and how it applies to our work. Walters is an internationally known author, lecturer, and composer and considered as one of the world’s foremost authorities on meditation and yoga. A spiritual guru, if you will.

    How does a man so seemingly different than a custom design jeweler relate to our work so well? Because yes, custom design has a spiritual element. When we create a piece for a client not only does their heart and soul go into the final product…but so does ours.

    Now, people have all sorts of things custom designed. But think about jewelry for instance. Or more specifically, think of wedding jewelry. When else would you want something imbued by the spirit of the wearer and the maker? How could a box store ever compete?

    We’re proud of the work that we do in our Scottsdale studio. Three generations strong. And there’s a reason its been the backbone of our family for so long: the spirit of what we do exceeds the final product, like this wise author has touched upon.

    If you’re looking for jewelry steeped in spirit and soul, look no further. We can create a piece of jewelry that becomes bigger than the piece of jewelry itself. Contact us for more information. 

  • Bling in Motion

     

    We’re so proud of this recent custom design engagement ring, we’re practically beaming!

    Interested in a custom design ring like this? We can make your dream ring a wearable reality.

    How to get your dream ring:

     

    It’s simple. Share your ideas, images or Pinterest boards with us. Or have a one-on-one custom design consultation with a member of our team. We’ll combine your favorite elements to create a completely unique ring just for you.

     

    Choose your gemstone:

     

    Mined diamonds
    Moissanite
    Other lab grown diamonds (Pure Grown, Brilliant Earth)
    Custom cut gemstones (sapphires, rubies, etc.)

    Choose your metal:

     

    14kt or 18kt gold

    Mocha gold
    Platinum
    Rose,white or yellow gold
    Palladium

    Share your ideas via:

     

    Pinterest boards
    Collected images
    Written or drawn ideas

    Be involved in the process:

     

    Review your personal project page for updates.
    Provide feedback throughout the entire process.
    Share updates with friends and family.
    Review a 3D print of your piece to ensure complete satisfaction before it’s made.
    See a professional video of your piece after it’s complete.
    Have fun…custom design is a genuinely creative process!

     

    Unsure of what you want?

     

    That’s okay too. Our seasoned team of custom designers is waiting to talk to you. We’ll ask you just the right questions to get you started with the magical process of custom design jewelry.

    Call (888) 724-8222 or reach us at support@schubach.com. We generally respond within 24 hours (and never share your email address). Or, use our online support form.

  • Emerald Cut Goodness

    We’re so proud of this recent custom design engagement ring, we’re practically beaming!

    Interested in a custom design ring like this? We can make your dream ring a wearable reality.

     

    How to get your dream ring:

     

    It’s simple. Share your ideas, images or Pinterest boards with us. Or have a one-on-one custom design consultation with a member of our team. We’ll combine your favorite elements to create a completely unique ring just for you.

    Choose your gemstone:

     

     

    Choose your metal:

     

    • 14kt or 18kt gold
    • Mocha gold
    • Platinum
    • Rose,white or yellow gold
    • Palladium

     

    Share your ideas via:

     

    • Pinterest boards
    • Collected images
    • Written or drawn ideas

     

    Be involved in the process:

     

    • Review your personal project page for updates.
    • Provide feedback throughout the entire process.
    • Share updates with friends and family.
    • Review a 3D print of your piece to ensure complete satisfaction before it’s made.
    • See a professional video of your piece after it’s complete.
    • Have fun…custom design is a genuinely creative process!

     

    Unsure of what you want?

     

    That’s okay too. Our seasoned team of custom designers is waiting to talk to you. We’ll ask you just the right questions to get you started with the magical process of custom design jewelry.

    Call (888) 724-8222 or reach us at support@schubach.com. We generally respond within 24 hours (and never share your email address). Or, use our online support form.

     

  • 25 Random Things you (Probably) Didn’t Know about Jewelry

    You think you know your jewelry, do you? Well, think twice. We’re guessing you probably only know one, maybe two of these facts (we knew only a handful more so not to worry, grasshopper).

    Expect to learn that:

     

    In some cultures, people ate whole pearls to remedy illness.

     

    All diamonds turn to graphite over an extremely long period of time.

     

    Opals can actually be up to 30% water.

     

  • Is ALL Cheap Jewelry Ugly Jewelry?

    Is ALL Cheap Jewelry Ugly Jewelry?

     

    Well, of course not. There’s a time and place for cheap jewelry. Sometimes you just need those wacky red, white and blue star earrings for July 4th or dangling Santas for the holidays.

    This woman reviews her recent haul of cheap jewelry and uncovers some sweet pieces for the occasional wear:

  • Cooking and Jewelry = Not Perfect Together

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    What’s wrong with this picture? (Take it off!)

     

    With the first of the “big” holidays approaching, we expect many jewelry wearers to be knee deep in kitchen preparations. And many will already be dressed beforehand, with a mere apron serving as a protection against the “elements” of Thanksgiving (steaming heat, splattering grease and hard knocks on unyielding frying pans).

    How about some friendly holiday advice?

    Take off your jewelry before even entering the kitchen. 

    While many jewelry aficionados know better than to wear jewelry into a pool or the bathroom, most don’t think of one of the most dangerous zones in the household for jewelry: the kitchen.

    Not only can cooking oils and fats stain metals, but food can get lodged into the setting of your engagement ring. And it doesn’t stop there: detergents can cloud up your gems, slowing dimming their inner fire.

    And let’s not forget about potential loss. The bathroom isn’t the only place with a drain waiting to cause trouble, afterall.

    The takeaway? Get into the habit of removing jewelry before entering the kitchen. It’s that simple. Take a few minutes before dining to don your glittery best. You’ll provide your guests with an extra treat by showing them another layer to your holiday look!

  • Jewelry Cleaning Tips (from Queen Martha Stewart)

    Sure, we’ve shared a bunch of jewelry cleaning tips over the years. But…these tips are from the Queen of All Things Domestic, Ms. Martha Stewart. Does she give any mind-blowing advice? Well, she does advise ammonia (which we don’t hear often) and covering your drain with a cloth…that’s a good one!

     

  • A Brief History of Hair Jewelry

    There’s something about “hair jewelry” that makes me cringe a little. Like “dusty ice cream” or “peanut butter and snails.” It just doesn’t seem right. But like many things in life, we have to look at the context, historically speaking.

    Queen Victoria made hair jewelry popular by wearing a locket of her beloved Albert’s hair around her neck after he passed away.

    The Victorian era ran with this morbid phenomenon and instead of just wearing a locket containing a snip of hair, began creating entire pieces of jewelry consisted of human hair…like, the whole piece (I’m not quite sure how they managed the clasp).

    According to Nat Geo: 

    It could be a brooch, or a pendant with hair woven in the middle, or even a bracelet of hair. In its heyday, hair jewelry was considered both sentimental and fashionable. It caught on in Europe sometime before the 19th century, and then fell into vogue in the United States around the Civil War.

    While we do custom design, we’ve yet to encounter any requests for hair jewelry. But you never know, right?

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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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