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  • How to prevent the dreaded jewelry rash


    You know it when it happens. That red circle around your finger when you remove your favorite ring. Or that itchy sensation around your neck after donning that seriously cute costume necklace.

    Jewelry rash erupts whenever certain metals react with certain skins. More than just itchy, skin irritation from jewelry can discourage you from wearing that piece of jewelry…and that’s a fashion crime!

    Our advice?

    Invest in high quality jewelry.

    There. We said it.

    Jewelry rash is most commonly caused by cheap jewelry (mainly because of the nickel contained within it). And while we love the fun of costume jewelry like everyone else, we much prefer good jewelry that lasts longer and irritates less.

    Affordable jewelry often has a coating that prevents irritating nickel from causing a reaction. But that coating wears off eventually. In the case of high-quality jewelry? No chipping or wearing away. And no irritation.

    The takeaway? While we’d love to tell you to buy whatever jewelry strikes your fancy, when it comes to allergic skin reactions, you’re better off investing in solid jewelry built to last a long, long time instead.


  • Gem talk: What exactly is luster?

    Learning about gems is a science in its own right. But that doesn’t mean you have to go back to school to learn.

    Education at Joseph Schubach Jewelers is quick, easy and best of all…free! 


    So let’s talk luster. The terminology surrounding luster is a bit more complicated than the terminology surrounding brilliance (the amount of light reflected out of the crown of the gem to the eye). Brilliance is rather easy to describe: more or less. Luster language gets a little more dense.

    But first, what is luster? Luster is the manner by which light interacts with the surface of a gem. The word holds its origins in Latin. Lux (meaning “light”) and generally implies radiance, gloss or brilliance.

    A glass-like luster (called vitreous) is most frequently found in transparent faceted gems such as sapphire, emerald, ruby and tourmaline. Other “lustrous” names? Silky (such as tiger’s eye), resinous (think amber) and greasy (yep…that would be jadeite, unfortunately).

    That was pretty painless, right? Better yet, just call us for more information on luster. We love talking shop!

  • Rope Knot Necklaces – DIY to Easy Fashion

    (Okay, these necklaces are a bit more suited for summer fashion but that doesn’t mean you can’t make your necklace in winter and prepare!)

    What we like about knot necklaces? The casual, textured look it provides. Unlike metal necklaces, rope knot necklaces capitalize on material, making it more of a simple extension of your outfit, like a collar.


  • What can you recycle – post-holiday packaging advice

    According to the EPA, 80% of what people throw away during the time between Thanksgiving and New Years can actually be recycled.

    If you’re anything like us, you have a ton of it around you at this very moment. And its not just gifts unfortunately. It’s packaging.

    Before you go and toss that wrapping paper out (chances are, you can’t), take a listen to this helpful video:

  • Random Uses for Spare Jewelry Boxes


    We can only hope you’ve received a ton of jewelry this holiday and have a slew of jewelry boxes to reuse or upcycle.

    But what exactly can be done with your average cardboard jewelry box? What other uses does it contain within?

    Here’s a few possibilities for your used jewelry box:

    Change keeper. If you still use change in your life (think laundromat or toll booth), a pretty look box holding your change is both practical and pretty.

    Board game pieces. Many board game pieces are hopelessly strewn about, especially over the holidays. Keep game pieces in one piece and not underfoot.

    Barbie doll suitcases! 

    Special treasure boxes. Use for an important lock of hair, a secret note or a first tooth. Write a note to self on the inside of the box.

    Reuse for other jewelry. Of course, the obvious answer right? But not just jewelry. Think of other small items, like collectible stamps or pretty buttons that might find a happy home in a previously used jewelry box.

    What about you? What ways have you reused or upcycled jewelry boxes?



  • Wait…what is mokume? ( 木目金 )

    Is mokume a rare mollusk found only in the waters of the Red Sea? 

    Maybe mokume is a legendary beast that rises from the mountains of Japan once every hundred years?

    Um…a seaweed salad with red chili on top?

    Nope, mokume is a mixed-metal laminate with distinctive layered patterns. The word mokume literally means “wood eye metal,” a name borrowed from a type of pattern developed when forging swords and other weapons.

    An ancient metalworking technique, Mokume gane (gane meaning metal) is an ancient metalworking technique where layers of precious metal are alloyed together with pressure and heat, then twisted, carved and forged to create amazing and unique patterns.

    Our collection of mokume gane wedding bands are captivating, extremely well-crafted rings made to inspire. Created for couples who truly appreciate high-tiered craftsmanship, we guarantee a lifetime worth of love (for your spouse and your band!).

    Lashbrook Mokume 5mm Domed with 14KR, 14KW, PD, SS Textured Beadblast

    Lashbrook Mokume 5mm Domed with 14KR, 14KW, PD, SS Textured beadblast


  • Getting to Know Citrine (November’s Birthstone)

    Okay, okay…we’re getting to this a little late. We’re midway through November and just now addressing its beautiful gemstone, citrine. Well actually, topaz is considered November’s primary birthstone but since citrine and topaz look so familiar, they’re often confused.

    Citrine is a variety of crystalline quartz and range in color (yellow to red-orange). It was often considered a lesser-than gem due to its over abundance.

    But in the last few decades, this gem has increased in status. This is mainly due to the fact that fashion trends have consistently focused on earth tones and citrine pairs so nicely with that color family.

    As usual in the gemworld, shade matters. Less intense colors fall into the lower range of value (pale or smoky citrine, for instance) whereas the most desired gems are richly saturated (yellow, orange and reddish).

    Citrine is commonly referred to as  the“healing quartz,” because legend has it citrine promotes energy and vitality in whomever wears it. Citrine also helps foster wealth and abundance.




  • A (Quick) History of Hatpins


    Like other collectible items, hatpins have a detailed history of both functionality and craftsmanship.

    Hatpins have been around since as far back as the 1400’s. Their heyday was between the 1880’s and 1920’s. (Hair styles became short after that, making the pins unnecessary.)

    They generally ranged in size between 6 and 12 inches long (depending on the size of the hat they needed to secure to a woman’s head–sometimes the hats were quite big).

    Hatpins were either practical or quite ornate, made from material such as precious metals, gemstones and plastics.

    Did you know: In 1908, an English judge, fearing that their hatpins could be used as weapons in his court, ordered a group of suffragettes on trial to remove their hatpins and hats.

    Did you know: there’s a hatpin society in existence today? Check them out! 





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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