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Jewelry Care and Maintenance

  • Why you shouldn’t use toothpaste to clean your jewelry

    This is an often disputed jewelry cleaning tip. Some swear by it, some swear at it (after they see the scratches it can cause).

    This video points out some of the hazards of using toothpaste on jewelry (especially softer metals like gold).

    We advise going to your jeweler and having your jewelry polished professionally…no toothpaste needed and no scratches!

  • What exactly is an inclusion…and is it always a bad thing?

    Inclusions. It’s generally a word you don’t want to hear when it comes to choosing a diamond. Inclusions are the blemishes, flaws and beauty marks in a diamond (or other gem).

    Most think inclusions should be avoided at all costs. But unless you have all the money in the world to spend on a flawless diamond, inclusions are often just part of the picture when buying a diamond.

    And that’s not a bad thing. 

    Yes, the type of inclusion is one of the factors used when determining a diamond’s clarify grade but most don’t realize that these characteristics (conversely) make a gem distinctive and special (think snowflake).

    The use of the diamond you choose also makes a difference. Whereas some might never consider a diamond with inclusions for their engagement ring, they might be fine considering that same gem used for earrings or a pendant.

    Get to know your inclusions. (There are many different types.) If you can find a diamond that fits your needs and your budget, an inclusion or two may not only be a good thing but a special thing.


  • The Cushion Cut – a Brief History

    Ah, the cushion cut diamond. A longstanding favorite among our clients (as well as us–we love the cut!). But how did the cushion cut come to be? What gives it such a captivating appeal? Let’s take a look at how this stunning cut came to be.

    First, what is the cushion cut exactly?

    Well its shape is somewhere between the rectangle and the oval shape. And while it may seem like a modern cut, it actually has quite the history. Cushion cuts were very popular from a good portion of the 19th century until the early 20th century.

    The core of the cushion cut is the “old mine cut” (a square cut with round corners), generally with a high crown, a small table and large facets. This “old mine cut” usually possesses 33 crown facets and 25 pavilion facets.

    So what is the modern cushion cut then?

    Consider it a cross between the old mine cut and a modern oval cut. But instead of the old mine cut’s  58 facets, the modern cushion cut possesses 64 facets. The cushion cut also has an open culet (which is the bottom of the gem) and more of a rectangular to square shape, with rounded corners and a facet plan that provides the gemstone’s depth.

    The cushion cut should not be confused with today’s brilliant cuts, intended to maximize the light returned to the human eye. While the cushion cut is not quite as brilliant or fiery as other modern cuts, it contains within it a classic, romantic look that maximizes a gem’s luster.

    How about some examples? 


  • The Correct Way to Wear a Wedding Ring

    A lot of people (ahem, guys) ask us about the “rules” when it comes to wearing a wedding or engagement ring. Sure, tradition comes into play but there’s also room to play within those rules–so remember, nothing is set in stone (excuse the jeweler’s pun!).


  • Is the Asscher Cut Right for You?

    The Asscher cut was created in 1902 by the Asscher Brothers of Holland. It consists of a stepped square cut gem with four cropped corners. Its look is often compared to a hall of mirrors because of depth of field it creates.

    The most famous Asscher-cut diamond was worn by actress Elizabeth Taylor. The 33.19-carat Krupp diamond was bought for the actress by Richard Burton in 1968 for $305,000.

    It’s Art Deco origins provide an old school glamour appeal and can be seen on today’s celebrities (such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Alba, for example).

    Who likes an Asscher cut engagement ring? A woman with an understated yet classic approach to fashion. She probably also has a love for all things vintage and clean lines.





  • A Hidden Ring Continues to Hold Powerful Meaning

    A touching and painful story about the lengths that people will go to hold on to a beloved piece of jewelry in the most dire of circumstances.

    According to NPR:

    From the outside, it looked like any of the other mugs in the Auschwitz museum.

    But on the inside, this one had a secret — faithfully kept for seven decades.

    A false bottom concealed a gold necklace and a gold ring inlaid with stones.

    The enameled mug was one of more than 12,000 pieces of kitchenware that Nazis stole from people sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp in occupied Poland.”



    Tests revealed that the ring has the properties of gold 583, used in products made in Poland in the 1920s.

  • Jewelry Care in the Summer

    On a blindingly hot summer day, your first thought is cooling off in the ocean (or pool) and often, your last thought is the damaging effects of chlorine and saltwater on your precious jewelry.

    This article breaks it down in no uncertain terms; take it off first! A gold ring placed in undiluted chlorine can disintegrate in minutes!

    Chlorine and Gold Jewelry

    One chemical that is often found in daily life is not usually thought of as harmful or destructive to something as solidly built as jewelry. Chlorine, whether it is found in chlorine bleach used for cleaning, in the swimming pool or in the hot tub can degrade gold jewelry to the point of disintegration. The actual damage to the jewelry piece is due to something commonly called stress corrosion cracking. Whether there is already stress in the joints of the jewelry or it has been repaired, these existing stress points cause a failure in the integrity of the jewelry when exposed to chlorine. A gold ring, placed in undiluted bleach, can disintegrate within minutes of exposure. The higher the karat of the gold in the jewelry, the longer it takes for the chlorine to cause stress fractures.

    Read more about the effects of chlorine and saltwater on your jewelry.


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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