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  • How to Spot Fake Jewelry

    The market is flooded with fake jewelry. And that’s not a bad thing: fake jewelry has its place and can be a fun and flamboyant form of adornment. But when you think you’re getting a particular metal or gem and its something else (like a cheaper grade metal or a fake stone) well, then you got yourself a problem.

    This fairly in-depth video quickly and easily displays the ways you can detect fake jewelry so you don’t fall victim to a dupe.


  • Why wear your watch on your non-dominant hand?


    It may seem like common knowledge…but it’s not. So:

    Why wear your watch on your non-dominant hand?

    Well, for several pragmatic reason:

    First, the obvious. Wearing a watch on your non-dominant hand means you can go about your daily activities easier, since your dominant hand is doing much of the busy work.

    Second, it protects the watch. That’s right: since your dominant hand is going about more tasks, there’s less risk of injury or breakage.

    And lastly, it gives your non-dominant hand a little more to do. When you use your non-dominant hand more frequently, it can increase brain power. While we don’t know if checking your watch would fit in this category, it can’t hurt, huh?


  • Accessories – How much is too much?

    One of the most common jewelry wearing questions: how much is too much? Conversely, how little is too little?

    The answer is strategizing and balance. Let’s now forget: a “hey now” piece.

    Let this video be your guide.


  • Understanding Amber


    Amber ain’t your average gem. On some levels, its strange to think of it as a gem at all.

    That’s because it’s….tree resin! That’s right. OLD tree resin. As a matter of fact, amber must be a million years old to qualify as amber.

    And that is why most amber you’ve stumbled across probably isn’t really amber but composite and reconstituted resin alternatives…so not the real deal. (Remember: if the price is a little too good to be true, it’s probably not amber.)

    Many have bespoke engagement rings with amber as the primary gem of choice. And why wouldn’t you pick a million year old gem for long-lasting love?

  • Dainty Jewelry – Does it Work for You?

    Some people are intimidated by dainty jewelry. Seriously. Because I’m one of them. I’m not a dainty sort of person so bigger pieces seem to match my personality type better.

    But then my aunt sent me a beautiful (and very dainty) necklace. Forced to look past my fashion reservations, I paired it perfectly with a floral summer dress I’m quite fond of. Voila…I look pretty darn good wearing dainty jewelry. Who knew?

    This video does a smart job of showing how many types of dainty necklaces there are out there (many) and how they can be worn by any woman looking for a sweet and delicate touch to her wardrobe.

  • Myth: DON’T Mix your Jewelry Metals

    Undoubtedly you’ve heard this age-old piece of jewelry wearing advice: don’t mix your metals! Get ready to throw these tips into the bin along with “don’t wear white after Labor Day” or “don’t mix navy blue with black.”

    This video details the basics when it comes to mixing metals and layering the right way (stop at three when it comes to delicate necklaces).


  • How to Heal with Rose Quartz



    If you’re not the type to believe in the powers of gemstones, that’s fine. You’re part of the majority. But even disbelievers notice something about the mystical benefits of rose quartz.

    Rose quartz has been used in civilizations throughout time. Ancient Rose and Assyria were the first to use it in jewelry making. It was used as a symbol to show that a business deal had been reached. For the Ancient Native Americans, this “love stone” could allay anger and disappointment. The Egyptians even believed this magical stone could prevent aging!


    Today, people who believe wear rose quartz as a way to heal a broken heart and provoke unconditional love. It helps in this regard by bringing your consciousness to a higher level, taking you up and beyond petty grievances with others and promoting compassion instead.

    Connected with the element of water, rose quartz instills healing properties, which are naturally fluid. These stones can wash away toxic energies and emotions long trapped inside of you. Deeply feminine, rose quartz radiates a pink that heals and cleanses, as well as promotes a “higher love” residing deep in all of us.

    Does this make a rose quartz believer out of you? Probably not. But as many figure it, believing in a healing talisman couldn’t hurt. Sometimes its the most minor of beliefs that can make a big spiritual difference in our lives.

    And regardless of your belief system, its a beautifully pink and radiant stone, begging for appreciation and reverence, don’t you agree?

  • Pros and Cons of Plastic Disc Backs

    Protect your piercings with every pair of earrings you wear.

    Protect your piercings with every pair of earrings you wear.


    Undoubtedly, you’re familiar with plastic disc backs for earrings. Some think they are discardable and do just that–toss them. But before you get rid of these types of backings, realize there are quite a few benefits to wearing them, including protecting you from the dreaded ear lobe droop.

    Plastic Disc Backs for your Earrings – The Benefits


    • They’re easy to grasp and hold while putting on your earrings. This helps the busy woman who doesn’t want to futz with her accessories every day.


    • They support your earrings and keep them positioned correctly. If you’ve worn earrings most of your life, your piercings probably need a little support and protection. Plastic disc backs not only keep your earrings in an exact place but also protect your lobes from the weight of the earring by distributing the weight correctly.


    • They keep your earrings safe. Plastic backs keep your earrings extra secure–more secure than traditional metal backings. If you’re wearing a pair of earrings that are dear to you, then plastic backs are the way to go.


    Yes, there are some cons to plastic disc backs. Some are sensitive to plastic so these types of backings would not be a good fit for those with this tendency. Also, if you’re wearing small stud earrings, there’s a chance you can see the plastic backings when you wear them–not a good look!

    The takeaway? Choose your earrings and their backings carefully. The beauty of your ear lobe depends on it!





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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