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  • Tech Jewelry Geared toward Safety for Women

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    If you think about it, jewelry makes for the perfect safety device. You wear it on your person throughout the day, you can get to it at a second’s notice and it looks fashionable the whole time its keeping you safe.

     

    Safer is the Latest Tech Jewelry designed to help women stay safe on the streets. 

    If a woman feels threatened, all she has to do is press her SAFER twice. This will send out an alert to pre-selected people called Guardians, who will then be able to track her movement in real-time on maps.

    A woman can also enable the alert to go out to other SAFER app users (the SAFER community) so that more people can come to her assistance. The larger the community, the quicker help will reach the woman who needs it.

    Read more about SAFER here. 

     

     

     

  • Swatch Launches the World’s Smallest Bluetooth Chip

    Who out there remembers Swatch? Colorful, fun and affordable watches born in the 80’s, they were all the rage.

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    Swatch is a Swiss watchmaker founded in 1983 by Nicolas Hayek and is subsidiary of The Swatch Group. The product line was developed as a response to the “quartz crisis” of the 1970s and 1980s, in which Asian-made digital watches were competing against traditional European-made mechanical watches. [Wikipedia]

    In a business rebound, the Swatch Group has built the world’s smallest low-energy Bluetooth chip, designed to improve the autonomy and connectivity of watches and small devices. The R&D news comes as the Swiss watchmaking industry hopes to recover from its longest slump since the 1980s.

    The tiny integrated circuit, designed by EM Microelectronic, Swatch Group R & D and the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) in Neuchâtel, measures just five square millimeters but its surface is packed with five million transistors. [SwissInfo.com]

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  • 2,500-Year-Old Gold Jewelry Discovered by Two Amateur Treasure Hunters

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    Metal detectors are patient folk. Most of what they discover is worthless. But every once in a while, they hit the jackpot. Which is exactly what happened to two lucky treasure hunters in Staffordshire, England.

    According to JCK:

    The haul—currently on display at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, in Stoke-on-Trent, near where the pieces were found—reportedly includes three necklaces and an 18k gold bracelet, believed to have dated from the Iron Age.

    “This unique find is of international importance,” Dr. Julia Farley, curator of British and European Iron Age Collections for the British Museum, said in a statement. “It dates to around 400 to 250 B.C., and is probably the earliest Iron Age gold work ever discovered in Britain. The [necklaces] were probably worn by wealthy and powerful women, perhaps people from the continent who had married into the local community.”

    Take note, all you treasure hunters out there: with a little patience and persistence, your bounty awaits!

     

  • Oscars 2017 in our Scottsdale Studio

    As in years past, our staff was glued to the Oscars last night (down to Warren Beatty’s unfortunate announcement snafu). As jewelers though, our focus tends to be on the obvious: stunning, jaw-dropping jewelry.

    We gave the award for the most over-the-top bling to Charlize Theron, who donned a pair of statement earrings by Chopard that featured a 25-carat pear-shaped D-flawless diamond and 26-carat heart-shaped D-flawless diamond, 4.55-carats of pear-shaped diamonds and 4.35-carats of brilliant-cut diamonds set in 18k white ‘Fairmined’ gold from the “Garden of Kalahari Collection.”

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    (And not to be undone by the Oscars, we’re currently working on our own three stone D Flawless ring for a client…more to come!)

  • The Most Amazing Image of the Graff Diamond

    We can’t stare longingly and lovingly enough at the recent images of the Graff Diamond in a recent Forbes article. And can you blame us? Not only is it massive but stunningly brilliant. But this recent Graff picture just blows our socks off!

    This is a diamond that is not only large but has achieved the highest grades in all attributes that matter.The D color grade means it is colorless, the top of the color scale for colorless or white diamonds.It is flawless, the top of the clarity scale.The diamond has a classification of Type IIa, meaning it is almost or entirely devoid of impurities and has the highest thermal conductivity. They make up between 1 and 2 percent of all natural diamonds.

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    A heart shape diamond must be perfectly faceted and entirely symmetrical to ensure a perfect silhouette and exquisite scintillation, Graff Diamonds said. “The exceptional size of the heart required the development of special tools and new technologies. The process was incredibly risky and tense.”

  • What Jewelry do Angels Wear?

    Well, we don’t quite know the answer to that because you know, angels don’t share a lot of fashion secrets with us lowly humans.

    BUT we came a little closer to the answer when looking at Beyonce’s show-stopping gown at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards in NYC on Aug. 28. Each year, ups her fashion game and this year was no exception.

    Some of the earthly details of this angelic outfit?

    She wore $12,580,000 of diamonds!

    That staggering price tag was spread across just four pieces of Lorraine Schwartz jewelry, including a $1.8 million Colombian emerald, intense pink diamond and paraiba earrings, a $9 million 12 carat fancy pink diamond ring, a $1.5 million 20 carat wrap around diamond ring, and a marquise and pear shape diamond ring worth $280,000. [Source: People.com]

     

     

    Look at those earrings!

     

     

  • Why Complete Trust in your Jeweler Matters

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    In light of recent allegations that mega company Signet Jewelers has frequently swapped real stones for fakes when customers brought their jewelry in for repairs, we wanted to take a moment to highlight the importance of smaller jewelers like ours, where trust is built into the very foundation of our business.

    Joseph Schubach is a third generation jeweler who has been immersed in the jewelry business since he was a child. With decades of experience in both jewelry design and customer service, Joe’s ultimate goal is to give all his clients a shopping experience that’s easy, trustworthy and rewarding.

    From Joe:

    Jewelry is an incredibly personal purchase. It’s important that all our customers receive the guidance and support they need to make the right jewelry decisions. There are several principles that my father taught me that his father taught him. These principles are as timeless and true today as they were back in the early 1900’s:

    • Always treat people with the utmost respect.
    • Provide excellent service and the best value possible.
    • Stay true to your word since your reputation is all that you really ever have.

    At Joseph Schubach Jewelers, we continue to hold these fundamentals with the highest regard. They continue to be the centerpiece of our business philosophy, something we consider a must in today’s high-speed, low-touch world.

    So the next time you think of a jewelry purchase, consider a smaller Scottsdale-based company whose very reputation is built on trust, impeccable service and design.

  • Cadmium Concerns back in the Marketplace

    This piece of jewelry sold attached to a child’s dress tested 984,000 parts per million or 98.4 percent cadmium. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times)

    We’ve written about the dangers of cadmium in the past. Cadmium is a toxic metal that’s been the subject of many jewelry and toy recalls. Yet with all the media attention this metal has received, it still finds its way into countless pieces of jewelry, sold at popular stores throughout the US. These pieces are frequently found in children’s jewelry and on children’s dresses, as decorative pieces.

    “Of 27 pieces of jewelry packaged with dresses the State Department of Ecology randomly purchased last October and tested, five had extraordinarily high levels of cadmium and lead. Ecology purchased the dresses both in brick-and-mortar stores, and online. The dresses are marketed specifically to parents of young children — the very group at the greatest exposure risk, either from swallowing the jewelry, mouthing it or frequent hand-to-mouth contact.”

    As we know, young children frequently put jewelry in their mouths, but even hand to mouth contact can cause considerable harm.

    What’s is the harm exactly?

    Cadmium and lead accumulate in bone and soft tissues in the body and remain for a very long time. Cadmium can lead to cardiovascular, skeletal and kidney damage. Lead affects brain development and damages the cardiovascular, immune and reproductive systems. Both metals are toxic at very low doses.

    It’s time to re-examine those little adornments found on dresses (especially this Easter season) as well as any children’s jewelry. Know your source!

    Source: Seattle Times

  • Wow, What a Watch

    Backes & Strauss Piccadilly Princess Royal Colours watch

    This watch is less about the bells and whistles of time pieces we’ve featured in the past and more about ornate and colorful beauty.

    According to the Telegraph:

    With its patchwork of yellow, purple, orange and even green diamonds, the Piccadilly Princess Royal Colours watch from Backes & Strauss is among the most elaborate and strikingly colourful high jewellery watches to be found anywhere.

    No two watches from this line look alike. Each watch is created using hand-picked fancy-colored diamonds and uses a range of various cuts (Baguette, Cushion, Marquise, Oval, Pear, Princess, Ascher, Emerald, Heart and Ideal Cut). Each piece contains 225 stones (to mark every year since Backes & Strauss was founded) and takes hundreds of hours of our master craftsmen.

    Keeping time has never looked so amazing!

     

  • Spinel – Lesser Loved but Highly Prized Gem

    Sure, the name isn’t particularly glamorous as, let’s say, a sapphire or a ruby. But don’t let that fool you. The Spinel is all gem, baby.


    A traditionally lesser-loved stone, the spinel is fast capturing the attention of the contemporary fine jewellery market. The Hope Spinel sold for £962,500 at Bonhams in September 2015; a new world record for a spinel. The stone once belonged to famous gem collector Henry Philip Hope and had not been on sale for 98 years.

    In ancient times, southeast Asia’s mines yielded exceptional large spinel crystals, which became the treasured property of kings and emperors, often passing through many hands as spoils of war. – GIA

    Source: The Telegraph

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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