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  • What is Pavé? (Engagement Ring Tips)

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    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

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    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.

  • Jewelry New Year’s Resolutions for 2019

    Diet and exercise steal all the limelight when it comes to New Year’s resolutions…but what about jewelry? Can anyone have a fashion resolution? Of course!

    But if can’t think of any self-improvement mantras for the upcoming year, perhaps we can help you:

    I promise to buy myself little sparkly thing simply because I want it and deserve it and leave me alone!

    I will do my best to wear statement jewelry to events that don’t quite warrant it because who cares, life is short?

    I will wear radically mismatched earrings as a message to the world that I’m wildly unpredictable and distinctively creative.

    I pledge to clean my jewelry more frequently so it shines and sparkles as if it were brand new…or I’ll just buy brand new jewelry.

    I will continue to mix and match metals, showing complete disregard for my mother’s “rules” of fashion.

    I vow to wear more jewelry in general, sparkling more with each and every year.

    If I get engaged, I will partake in the custom design process with my husband to be. (I don’t need to be surprised; I’d rather be happy with my ring, thank you.)

    I will own several pairs of hoop earrings instead of just one because one pair simply isn’t enough, dahling.

    I will stay on top of jewelry trends only to break from them if they don’t suit me.

    I vow to have hooks on necklaces that do not drive me crazy when I put them on.

    I will give up those clip earrings that I bought at an antique store and thought would be fun but man, they just hurt.

    I promise to let the sparkle from my jewelry spill over into my soul.

    Feel free to borrow some of these jewelry resolutions for 2019. Or create your own and leave them in the comment section below.

     

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  • A Blingy Padparadscha Custom Design Ring

     

    We’re so proud of this recent custom design engagement ring, we’re practically beaming! Our sapphires are available for custom cutting, so if you can dream it, we can make it. 

    Interested in a custom design piece for yourself? We can make your dream ring a wearable reality.

    How to get your dream ring:

     

    It’s simple. Share your ideas, images or Pinterest boards with us. Or have a one-on-one custom design consultation with a member of our team. We’ll combine your favorite elements to create a completely unique ring just for you.

     

    Choose your gemstone:

     

    Mined diamonds

    Moissanite

    Other lab grown diamonds (Pure Grown, Brilliant Earth)

    Custom cut gemstones (sapphires, rubies, etc.)

     

    Choose your metal:

     

    14kt or 18kt gold

    Mocha gold

    Platinum

    Rose, white or yellow gold

    Palladium

     

    Share your ideas via:

     

    Pinterest boards

    Collected images

    Written or drawn ideas

     

    Be involved in the process:

     

    Review your personal project page for updates.

    Provide feedback throughout the entire process.

    Share updates with friends and family.

    Review a 3D print of your piece to ensure complete satisfaction before it’s made.

    See a professional video of your piece after it’s complete.

    Have fun…custom design is a genuinely creative process!

     

    Unsure of what you want?

     

    That’s okay too. Our seasoned team of custom designers is waiting to talk to you. We’ll ask you just the right questions to get you started with the magical process of custom design jewelry.

     

    Contact us to make your custom design dreams come true!

     

    Call (888) 724-8222 or reach us at support@schubach.com. We generally respond within 24 hours (and never share your email address).

    More contact info here:

    http://shopping.schubachstore.com/Contact-Info

     

  • The Least Popular Month to Get Engaged

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    As we move through December and towards Christmas, one of the most popular months and holidays for proposals, a customer of ours asked what is the most and least popular months to get married.

    Hmm…well the first part of her question was easy. We know summer months are the most popular months to get married: June and August specifically. (I guess July is just too dang hot for many. Plus lots of people go on holiday during this time.)

    But the least popular month to get married? It got us scratching our heads a little so we turned to the all-knowing Professor Google for more information.

    Ready for it?

    January is the least popular month to get married.

    But January can be a beautiful month! And the start of a new year (what better time to start a new life?).

    Okay, the obvious reason is weather, right? At least for many. Who wants to risk a major snowstorm on the day of their wedding? Or a bride slipping on ice in front of a limo? Plus cold weather makes it harder to wear your dream gown. (That strappy wedding gown is much better suited for summer afterall.)

    But maybe there’s another reason January doesn’t really work wedding-wise. It’s  a get down to business month. Many are starting diets, work-out plans and new budgets. Doesn’t really evoke big feelings of romance, does it?

    We say make the most of your wedding month, whether its popular or not. A winter wedding possesses beauty and romance in its own right.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Salt & Pepper Diamonds – Delicious!

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    Aren’t these salt and pepper diamonds simply to die for? We think so.

    Interested in a custom design piece for yourself? We can make your dream ring a wearable reality.

    How to get your dream ring:

    It’s simple. Share your ideas, images or Pinterest boards with us. Or have a one-on-one custom design consultation with a member of our team. We’ll combine your favorite elements to create a completely unique ring just for you.

    Choose your gemstone:

    Mined diamonds

    Moissanite

    Other lab grown diamonds (Pure Grown, Brilliant Earth)

    Custom cut gemstones (sapphires, rubies, etc.)

     

    Choose your metal:

    14kt or 18kt gold

    Mocha gold

    Platinum

    Rose, white or yellow gold

    Palladium

     

    Share your ideas via:

    Pinterest boards

    Collected images

    Written or drawn ideas

     

    Be involved in the process:

    Review your personal project page for updates.

    Provide feedback throughout the entire process.

    Share updates with friends and family.

    Review a 3D print of your piece to ensure complete satisfaction before it’s made.

    See a professional video of your piece after it’s complete.

     

    Unsure of what you want?

    That’s okay too. Our seasoned team of custom designers is waiting to talk to you. We’ll ask you just the right questions to get you started with the magical process of custom design jewelry.

    Call (888) 724-8222 or reach us at support@schubach.com. We generally respond within 24 hours (and never share your email address).

    More contact info here:

    http://shopping.schubachstore.com/Contact-Info

     

     

     

  • Gem Legacy – a Non-Profit Helping African Mining Communities

    Most don’t realize the many ways jewelers and gemologists give back to their communities. Take veteran gem cutter Roger Dery, for instance. His family has created a nonprofit org whose sole focus is helping to educate and provide vocational training to East African mining communities. The name of the nonprofit: Gem Legacy.

    According to JCK:

    Gem Legacy supports several initiatives, including those that increase educational opportunities in gemstone faceting, a trade that hasn’t flourished on the continent, but makes sense for it:

    “The employment is sorely needed and has the ability to transform families and communities,” said Dery in a prepared statement.

    The nonprofit has currently sets its eyes on a new goal: raising $9,500 to buy and install a used compressor for the Precious Women mine in Kenya, a mine run by local women, many widowed and in need of steady income.

    This amount raised by Gem Legacy will make the use of power tools possible (since the female workers currently mine with farming tools).

    Tsavorite garnets from the Precious Women mine in Kenya

    Tsavorite garnets from the Precious Women mine in Kenya

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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