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  • Simple Rules when Pairing Jewelry with Clothing

    Fashion can get complicated! But it doesn’t have to be. Jewelry pairing advice requires a little know-how and a touch of common sense. This quick and easy video touches on several points when matching jewelry with clothing (like if you have a busy neckline, focus on wearing a pair of complimentary earrings and not a competing necklace).

    With that said, dare to break the rules when you feel compelled! Most fashionistas know that stepping outside the box is what really creates a unique and personal style.


  • The Hammer Finish on your Custom Design Jewelry – Is it Right for You?

    The Hammer Finish – It Tells a Story


    The texture of the metal on your custom design ring is an often overlooked detail. And it shouldn’t be. The metal of your ring encompasses a lot of finger real estate. And the texture of that metal can either enhance or detract from the complete look of your ring.

    Hand-wrought (another term for hammered) jewelry has a particular feel to it; it speaks of the artistry behind your custom design ring. The process is done with various types of hammers (no surprise there) by strategically striking the metal with the a ball peen hammer. There are many different types of hammer finishes, from bold to subtle.

    The hammer texture also has a long history so it creates a rustic, organic feel to a piece of jewelry, as if you can imagine watching the jeweler creating your piece. This age-old technique conveys the craftsmanship behind the piece (as opposed to work that is produced via computer or machine).

    There’s a certain flow or wave to hammered metal look as well. When rotating the ring, the pattern moves in a visually appealing manner, giving the piece a certain aliveness that’s unmistakeable.

    Is the hammered finish right for you and your custom design engagement ring (or wedding band, where it can look particularly appealing)? Only you can be the judge. But if you’re unsure, we’re happy to guide you!

    Meanwhile, here’s an example:

    A Platinum and OEC diamond Solitaire with Two Rose Gold Band with Hammered Finish

    This is high bench crafted solitaire, so sleek and fluid, set with an amazing OEC diamond. Shown with two delicate pink sapphire and rose gold stackers, with a hammer finish.


  • What is Pavé? (Engagement Ring Tips)


    An absolutely stunning custom made cushion and pave diamond setting with 2 ctw of micropave diamonds, set in platinum.


    You’ve heard the term before but maybe you’re not sure exactly what it is. Well, let’s get the pronunciation out of the way. It’s pronounced “pa-vey” and its a French word that means “paved.”


    So what is pavé?


    Pavé (or pave) is a type of setting that consists of many small gemstones attached to an engagement ring (or other types of jewelry) by small droplets of metal. The end result gives the setting a look of being paved with diamonds (or another gemstone of choice).


    What are the benefits of a pave setting for your engagement ring?


    Well, cost would be one reason to go with a pave setting. Because the individual stones are smaller, they’re more affordable. Yet you’re not sacrificing sparkle, since a pave setting provides a ton of that.

    Another benefit of pave setting is surprisingly easy care. The small gems are held together quite tightly by tiny prongs and are generally secure over the course of time.

    Above is a great example of a pave setting. It’s a custom made cushion and pave diamond setting with 2 ctw of micropave diamonds, set in platinum.

    Considering a custom design engagement ring with a pave setting? Give us a call or send us an email and we can talk in more detail. We create amazing rings with pave settings all the time and we’d love to bring you closer to your dream ring.

  • 2 DIY Methods to Clean your Costume Jewelry

    If you’re anything like me, you have a ton of costume jewelry (along with my fancier custom design pieces). Costume jewelry is play jewelry after all. It’s perfect for fun events (think costume parties) or other activities where you don’t want to risk the loss of your more cherished items.

    But recently, I noticed several of my costume pieces were looking a little…gray. That doesn’t sound fun, right? After a little research, I found out a few quick and easy DIY ways to clean up my jewelry to get it party-ready again.


    DIY Methods to Clean your Costume Jewelry



    Lemon juice. I decided to used the plastic bottle variety of lemon juice for this experiment (real lemons are expensive and are meant to accompany my adult beverage) and it worked just fine. Simply dilute one part lemon juice and one part water and soak your costume jewelry in it for 15 minutes (not much longer–it is an acidic wash and can do damage).

    Baking soda and salt. Another easy at-home remedy for your cheap, sparkly things, simply combine one tablespoon of baking soda and one table spoon of salt in a glass bowl. Then add one up of heated water and watch the wonders of chemistry take place (you’ll see bubbles). For an added benefit, line the bowl with aluminum foil for an even stronger chemical reaction.

    The last step for either of these DIY steps (don’t forget this one): a good buffing with a soft cloth. Don’t forget this step since it provides that extra shine.

    After I tried these steps, my costume jewelry came back to life again. Yay! More parties in my future for 2019.

  • Cooking and Jewelry = Not Perfect Together

    What's wrong with this picture? (Take it off!)

    What’s wrong with this picture? (Take it off!)


    With the first of the “big” holidays approaching, we expect many jewelry wearers to be knee deep in kitchen preparations. And many will already be dressed beforehand, with a mere apron serving as a protection against the “elements” of Thanksgiving (steaming heat, splattering grease and hard knocks on unyielding frying pans).

    How about some friendly holiday advice?

    Take off your jewelry before even entering the kitchen. 

    While many jewelry aficionados know better than to wear jewelry into a pool or the bathroom, most don’t think of one of the most dangerous zones in the household for jewelry: the kitchen.

    Not only can cooking oils and fats stain metals, but food can get lodged into the setting of your engagement ring. And it doesn’t stop there: detergents can cloud up your gems, slowing dimming their inner fire.

    And let’s not forget about potential loss. The bathroom isn’t the only place with a drain waiting to cause trouble, afterall.

    The takeaway? Get into the habit of removing jewelry before entering the kitchen. It’s that simple. Take a few minutes before dining to don your glittery best. You’ll provide your guests with an extra treat by showing them another layer to your holiday look!

  • 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.


  • Can a Plus Size Affect your Jewelry Choice?


    Does your body type influence the kind of jewelry you choose? This recent Forbes piece spotlights a jeweler who believes embracing your body type and being bold about your jewelry choices is the best way to go.

    “I used to be really afraid I would be taken less seriously in professional settings as a fat woman. And I think I tried to minimize my body size by wearing jewelry that was super tiny when I was meeting with new clients or going to a conference.”

    We love the theme of this piece: embracing your true self and expressing as fully as possible. Its too easy for women to find themselves downplaying aspects of their bodies. This then reflects in choices (fashion or otherwise) that are small or less than they’d naturally choose to wear.

    The message in this article remind us: we can dare to be the biggest, boldest and baddest self we can be!

  • 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.


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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