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  • Fun Hacks for Indian Jewelry

    A friend of mine recently attended an Indian wedding. She decided she wanted to wear culture-specific jewelry (even though it wasn’t required). Afterwards she joked that it wasn’t that easy to keep in place, especially the Maang tikka which is worn on the head. 

    Interestingly (after the fact, unfortunately) she found this video and shared it with me. Its fun to wear different types of jewelry but as always, consider the practical element so you can have a good time while wearing it!

  • The Wedding Band – Symbolism and Significance

    The wedding band has been around for a long, long time. Back in the time of the Romans, a wedding ring was worn on the left hand ring finger because there was thought to be a vein there (called the “Vena Aromis” or Vein of Love) directly connected to the heart.

    Symbolically, a ring is a circle with no beginning or end–a natural representation of infinity. Like eternal love, it goes on and on. There is also a sense of oneness, wholeness to the circle of the ring which reflects another level of meaning.

    When a wedding band is custom designed, you decide its symbolism and significance. That means that every aspect of the ring can represent your love in its own unique way. Below is a custom design wedding band with wide floral design and intermittent diamonds (which symbolize faithfulness, love, purity, innocence).

  • Metal allergies and buying the right jewelry

    An allergy to metal may seem rare, but its not. Maybe even you have scratched your ears or wrists a little after wearing certain costume jewelry, for instance. And for obvious reasons: the jewelry sits on your body for prolonged periods of time causing the irritation to worsen.

    The most frequent metal allergen? Nickel, which is known to cause significant local contact dermatitis (skin reddening and itching).

    Other frequent metal allergens include: cobalt, copper and chromium, not only found in jewelry but also cell phones and clothing items.

    Some may think they are allergic to gold and silver but that’s almost always not the case. More likely, it is the alloy ingredients (the other metals, along with gold and silver) that are causing the irritation.

    Here’s a list of the basics when choosing non-allergenic metals for your custom design jewelry.

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    Source for table: eBay

  • Lab Grown Sapphire – Could it be any more blue?

    Blue is one of those uber-rich and mesmerizing colors. The deeper, the better. And what gem captures it better than the beloved gem we call sapphire? Whether mined or lab grown, the blueness of sapphire is what draws our eyes toward it, almost hypnotizing us with its heavenly shade.

    So what makes a sapphire blue?

    Interestingly, its the impurities in sapphires that create its majestic color. Like rubies (both rubies and sapphires derive from the mineral corundum), sapphires are allochromatic.

    This means that when this gemstone goes through a developmental process within the earth’s crust and titanium enters the picture, a divine blue is created. Another impurity that factors in? The amount of iron, which affects the shading of blue.

    The sapphire is also incredibly strong. It’s hardness is only second to the diamond.

    If you were born in September, you can proudly call sapphire your birthstone.

    Take a look at the Radiance Lab Grown Sapphire below. (Don’t look too long though–you might be carried away by its spell.)

  • Packing your Jewelry for Vacation

    The summer’s not over yet! We need to embrace the rest of the season before it fades into Fall, so hopefully you still have a holiday in the works, even if its local.

    But regardless of where you go, packing jewelry can be a challenge. No one wants to untangle necklaces on vacation or search for the right backing for an earring. The simple tips listed on this travel video show you just how easy packing your jewelry can be.

  • The bennies of an emerald cut diamond ring

    The emerald cut. Dramatic, classic and just plain eye-catching. But is the cut for you?

    Here are some benefits of the emerald cut ring:

    More bang for your buck. Emerald cut engagement rings are less expensive than their round or princess-cut diamond counterparts(generally about 15 – 25% less). That’s because this type of cut is generally in less demand, which means more savings for you.

    The slenderizing effect. Diamonds (or other gems that are emerald cut) are elongated which gives the illusion of a more slender, longer finger. Perfect for women who are looking for a “whole hand effect” when wearing their prized piece.

    More bling appeal. Emerald cut engagement rings simply look larger because of the design of the  cut. An average 1 carat emerald cut stone has up to 5% greater surface area than a 1 carat round cut gem. This means the top of the ring looks bigger, hence extra bling appeal for you and all who lay eyes on it!

    So is a emerald cut engagement ring for you? Check out the video below for a closer look. Or call us up. Our expert staff can help you decide the best cut for you, your lifestyle and your personality.

  • How to remove a belly button ring

    Yes, we can custom design belly button rings! But an important step to know beforehand? How to remove a belly button ring, especially your starter.

    First, wait until your belly button has healed properly before removal (critical step). Then, unscrew the top ball of the belly button ring. Gently slide the ring into the piercing from bottom to top. Secure the ring by replacing the ball then wipe the area down with a clean saline wipe. It’s that simple!

    Need a visual? Watch below!

  • Differences in Jewelry Appraisal Value – Caveat Emptor!

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    I came across a story this morning that made me realize the importance of getting a valid, substantiated appraisal of your jewelry’s worth before you purchase. (Afterward, its often too late as this story details.)

    The short version: a couple went on a cruise and on one of the stops (Belize City) found a set of tanzanite jewelry they fell in love with. The cruise line recommended the company (Diamonds International) so they thought they were safe when they made a substantial purchase.

    But when they returned home, they found out the tanzanite jewelry they purchased was worth a fraction of the value they were quoted by Diamonds International. Luckily they get a portion of their money back (after much wrangling and press attention).

    The takeaway? Get your jewelry appraised by a certified jewelry appraiser. And do you due diligence in advance. Research the appraiser for training and reputation.

    We like the list of appraisers at the American Gem Society.

    According to their website:

    “Our certified jewelry appraisers are the best in the business. As a nonprofit dedicated to protecting you, the consumer, we put each appraiser through rigorous training and certification process.”

    Jewelry is an investment and needs to be treated as such, with the same care and research. A little homework and the input of an expert is often all it takes to ensure your investment is truly worth its while.

  • The Jeweler’s Loupe – a Quick and Easy Lesson

    Learn the loupe! Don’t just leave the job to your jeweler. When you’re purchasing something important as an engagement ring or other heirloom, the loupe provides invaluable insight into your new piece of jewelry.

    (Loupes aren’t just helpful for a new jewelry purchase. They make an ideal tool for at-home jewelry repairs as well.)

     

  • How to Remove a Ring from a Finger (with a little help from Windex)

    We’ve seen it before and we’ll see it again. A stuck ring on a hand that undergone some changes. Whether you’ve gained weight or deal with arthritis (which can cause joints and surrounding tissue to swell), when a ring becomes stuck, you just want the darn thing off.

    Before you start pulling at maniacally, try these simple little tricks we found at ASSH.

    1. Squirt some Windex – yes Windex – on the finger and ring. Or, use any lubricant such as soap or oil.
    2. Elevate the hand overhead for 5-10 minutes with ice around the ring and finger.
    3. Use dental floss or a thread to compress the swollen finger as shown:

    a. Slip the thread or floss under the stuck ring with the bulk of it toward the fingertip.

    b. Beginning at the top of the ring, snuggly wrap the finger with the thread/floss around and around, compressing the finger, all the way up and over the knuckle.

    c. With the end that was under the ring, begin to unwrap the thread or floss with the ring sliding over the knuckle as you go.

    If you are still having trouble, the ring can be cut off with a ring cutter in most jewelry stores, fire departments and emergency rooms.

     

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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