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  • The Significance of a Thumb Ring

    Thumb rings are once again rising in popularity. Celebrities such as fashion guru Rachel Zoe, Nicole Richie, Vanessa Hudgens, Jessica Alba and Paul Walker can be seen sporting them.

    But what do rings worn on the thumb signify and is it a look you’d like to try?

    In his book “Mystic’s Musings,” Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev warned women to never wear any rings on their thumbs as it “will lead to attracting occult forms.” We’re not so sure about that. But it can send a message apparently.

    According to Spiritual Cookie, thumb rings can signify power and dominance.

    By putting a ring of strength on the finger of control, a person with a thumb ring may express a need to have control over things. They may have a strong need to do things their own way. An example of this could be a fashion stylist or designer who enjoys influencing  others regarding what to wear eg. fashion designer Rachel Zoe.

    Some say that the placement of the ring signifies sexual preference or relationship status.

    But perhaps the best “inner meaning” for wearing a thumb ring according to one wearer?

    “I think it means I like thumb rings.”

    Two thumbs up for that response!

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  • Allowing Mistakes in Jewelry Making (and Life)

    We’re perfectionists here at Joseph Schubach Jewelers, but mistakes can happen. Custom design jewelry making is a creative process, after all. And like all artists, we need to push the boundaries to get the look we want. It’s those very boundaries that allow us to learn and improve…but its not always seamless.

    This video details one student’s process where a mistake becomes just another form of education.

    Now if we could only apply that same “it’s good to make mistakes” philosophy to life!

  • Can Clip Earrings EVER be Comfortable?

    If you wonder why I look forlorn, its the earrings!

    If you wonder why I look forlorn, its the earrings!

    Many of us wonder how our mothers wore clip earrings back in the day. Seriously, how did they manage to get through an entire evening without screaming “take these damn things off of me now!”

    Cut to years later, when you find a pair of cute-as-heck clip earrings at a vintage shop. Can I withstand the pain, like my foremothers before me, you ask yourself?

    Yes, you can! 

    But there’s a secret your mom probably didn’t know about: foam backing.

    Simply find the kind of adhesive-backed foam used for eyeglass nose pads, found in most eyeglass repair kits. (They’re also sold separately.) These little pads have a backing that, once peeled off, exposes a strong adhesive site. Trim the pad to fit the backing of your clip earring then carefully (after removing the adhesive strip) place on the back of your earrings.

    Voila! Comfort.

    Another tip to keep in mind: if you do choose clip earrings, opt for lighter or smaller size earrings. These will naturally put less weight and pull on the lobe.


  • How to Wear Screw Back Earrings Comfortably (Yes, it’s possible?)


    What are screw back earrings and why would you choose to wear earrings that require a more effort to put on?

    Screw back earrings are a type of earring back that requires being screwed on rather than pushed into a backing. The earring post itself is threaded, which enables the backing to be rotated until it is completely screwed on.

    Why would you choose a backing like this? One reason, for sure: security. These earrings are near impossible to lose because they require the process of unscrewing to loosen them (unlike traditional backings which can work their way off the earring).

    Screw backs are commonly seen on rings of higher value as well as children’s earrings (since children have an uncanny way of testing jewelry to its limits!).

    How to wear screw back earrings comfortably? 

    Of utmost importance is the level of tightness. Screw backs can be worn comfortably when screwed in tight enough to stay firmly in place but not too tight that it hurts within minutes of wearing it. Its a tough balance to strike, so keep experimenting.

    main view of Classic Wire Basket Moissanite Earrrings With Screw Backs

    1.50ct t.w. Moissanite, 14kt White Gold With Screw Backs Classic screw back, wire basket earrings with 1.50ct t.w. (dia equiv) Charles and Colvard created round moissanite, 14kt yellow gold.


  • How to Wear Gold Jewelry

    This touching and distinctive video details one woman’s journey, as she seamlessly integrates heirlooms her mother passed down to her with more modern pieces. The common theme: gold and its deeper meaning for the woman who wears it.


  • What is a Euro Shank on an engagement ring?

    Of all of the ring terms out there, one could say “shank” is the least attractive sounding. But don’t let that fool you: it can a whole other level of visual sophistication and comfort to your engagement ring.

    The shank itself is the bottom portion of the ring. The euro-shank (formally known as the a European Shank) is a flattened bottom portion of the ring (as opposed to the traditional round ring shank. This gives the visual impression of a more square ring.

    Why would you want that? Well, this design concept tends to reduce the range the ring is likely to pivot or move while on the finger. It also provides a contemporary look to your ring, which appeal to those looking for a more “mod” appearance.

    Check out the video below for a good example of the beauty and practicality of a euro-shank.


  • How tightly should your ring fit?

    There are a lot of myths out there when it comes to how tightly a ring should fit. And for good reason: we believe that (just like the love in our life) there’s one perfect fit.

    But unfortunately, our finger is more fickle than that. It expands and decreases in sizes, even throughout one day. It also changes based on weather, diet and water retention.

    The idea is to find a good fit. So how do you find it?

    According to Wedding Bee: 

    To help you find that almost perfect fit, you should work with an experienced jeweler to get your finger professionally sized. And I’m not talking about going to a jewelry store that has some plastic sizer and an inexperienced sales associate. When you’re going to be wearing something as meaningful and expensive as a wedding band, you want to make sure you do it right.

    We wholeheartedly agree: when you are fitted for a ring, the jeweler should utilize various methods and tools to help you find the most most comfortable fit.

    Another sizing tip: the best time of the time to have your finger sized is between lunch and dinner (since this is when your finger is at its largest size).

    Remember: the fit of a ring is very personal opinion. While there are methods to identify a match for you, ultimately the choice is based on how it feels. Just like the love of your life, only you know the real perfect fit.

    A fit for life.

    A fit for life.


  • How to Pack Summer Jewelry, Tangle-free

    It’s happened to all jewelry lovers. Though we’re often not quite sure how. You packed your jewelry neatly only to unpack a mass of metal when you arrived at your destination. What the heck happened? Did your jewelry get in a catfight while you weren’t looking? 

    The next thing you know, the start of your vacation is spent untangling your jewelry with a surgeon’s precision. Nobody wants that!

    Here are some quick and easy tips for packing jewelry so you can get back to enjoying your vacation:


  • What metals are used in US coins?

    Sure you understand metals when it comes to jewelry and custom design…but what about the metals residing in your change purse? [Crickets chirping.]

    Don’t worry! We’re ready to help.

    So what is a quarter made of? What about the quaint dime? The humble penny? Do they still make copper pennies? Did they ever make copper pennies?

    According to AZO Materials:

    Coins available from the United States mint are made from a variety of metals. Exotic metals such as silver and gold were used by the United States mint for making coins.

    However, due to the increasing price of these metals, they are only used now for making bullion coins or collectors’ coins. Other metals such as copper, nickel and zinc are used to make ordinary coins. Initially, pennies were made from copper.

    Coins that have a silver color should not be mistaken for silver. These silver-colored coins are the quarter, nickel and dime coins, made using copper-nickel combination. In the past, only the faces of the coins were plated, which caused the coins to rust.


  • Jewelry, jewellery or jewelery?

    How could something so beautiful be such a pain when it comes to spelling it? Well, first of all: because there are a few different ways to spell the word, depending on where you live. Secondly, there are a lot of misspellings!

    According to Ginger, here’s a look at just how much “jewelry” is misspelled:


    The simpler spelling (and the one we prefer: jewelry) was made popular by early-19th-century educator and lexicographer Noah Webster.

    Jewellery is still used and considered British and Australian English. (So if you’re in London or Brisbane or many other portions of the world, you may be purchasing jewellery instead of jewelry). In Canada, you may witness both spellings.

    So two different types of spellings still exist…and a whole lot of misspellings!


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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