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  • It’s beginning to look a lot like proposal time

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    According to many wedding experts in the know, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are the most popular days of the year to pop the big question (followed by New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day).

    But is it really the best time of the year to make such a big decision? On some levels, it certainly has its perks. The holiday season brings families together which means everyone can share in the positivity of a couple making such a loving commitment.

    Then there’s also a spiritual element: people tend to be at their best behavior, open-hearted and receptive to big changes like engagements. (This means a higher likelihood of the lucky ring recipient saying yes.)

    On the flip side, here’s a downer note for proposing during the holidays. According to the Washington Post: 

    Legally, an engagement ring is considered a “conditional gift” based on the marriage taking place and the ring goes back to the purchaser if the engagement is broken, regardless of who ends it. But rings given on Christmas, Valentine’s Day or birthdays are typically classified as more traditional gifts, and the majority of courts have allowed the receiver to keep it.

    Okay, not a very romantic aspect but reality nonetheless. We say go with your heart. If the holidays seem like a perfect time to make a proposal, go for it. Life is short and Christmas is beautiful and very romantic afterall!

  • How to Handle Gift Giving During Holidays (for New Romance)

    Don’t you wish there were a book where you could turn to Chapter 423 and read “What to give your significant other who you’ve only been dating for five months but its looking like it could be serious”?

    This simple little video hits on important points (like giving consumable gifts for early relationships so they can be enjoyed in the here and now and not be long-term reminders if things go south).

     

     

  • Largest Diamond Found in North America

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    While they aren’t sure of its worth yet, we’re guessing its a smidge more than the amount in your piggy bank. According to JCK:

    Dominion Diamond Mines announced that a 552 ct. yellow diamond has been discovered at the Diavik mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The mine says the stone is the largest gem-quality diamond ever found in North America.

    A Dominion statement says it doesn’t plan to sell the stone as a piece of rough but will find a partner to cut and polish it, noting that “only a handful of master cutters” are qualified to do so.

    This diamond will replace its predecessor (as the largest diamond in North America); the 187.7 ct. Foxfire, found in 2015.

    It’s “too soon” to approximate its worth but we can’t wait to hear every detail about this stunning gem’s transformation.

    “The color and texture of the diamond are a unique example of the journey that natural diamonds take from their formation until we unearth them.”

  • How to be Happy with Enough this Holiday

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    Do you ever wish you could hit a “skip to next track” button on the holidays? I know I have…and I actually enjoy this time of year! Gift-giving, cozy clothes, pretty/shiny things, sparkling trees, dazzling lights…so much magic to it.

    But then there’s the (da da dum): stress. While the holidays are supposed to be a time to relax and genuinely appreciate our blessing and loved ones, it’s often filled with a bunch of shoulds.

    “I should get my neighbor a gift because he gave me one.”

    “I should get my sister a nicer gift this holiday since she always spends so much money on me.”

    “I should be happier even though I’m not really feeling it.”

    And that’s where we fall into the stress loop: feeling as if we have to pack our home with decorations, buy a ton of gifts and be ho, ho happy, no matter what.

    My grandmother gave me advice many years ago. “Be happy with enough,” she said. And its something I always employ during the holidays. Because Christmas is not a contest but a time of appreciation, of gratitude.

    So the next time you feel you’re on the holiday rollercoaster of stress, remind yourself to be happy with enough. Don’t overextend. Dare to be present during the holidays instead. Take some time for yourself. Buy yourself that sparkly little something you’ve always wanted as a personal reminder that you count too.

    There was a time when people didn’t even exchange gifts but memories instead. Or one gift would be exchanged…and everyone was thrilled with that arrangement. Can you imagine?

    So dial it back if the holidays are stressing you out a little. It’s all right to do just enough and no more.

  • The Spirit of Giving this Christmas

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    Giving. We hear a ton about it each holiday. And we think we have it covered, right? “I’m a giving person” you say. And undoubtedly, you are. But giving is a constantly evolving process. Its not a fixed amount of generosity but something that expands and grows as you expand and grow.

    What does that mean? It means giving can (and should) be a little uncomfortable. You can and should be giving outside of your limits. That doesn’t have to mean financially per se, but personally.

    A small story as an example: a friend of mine adored a pair of earrings of mine. Every time I wore them, she swooned and touched them and sighed.

    My aunt had given them to me so they had meant a lot to me, especially since she had passed several years before. You can guess where this story is going: I gave that pair of earrings to my friend for Christmas. She wears them religiously. On some levels, I feel that’s where they belong: with her. (My aunt would have appreciated this act as well, I’m sure.)

    Was it easy? No. Sometimes I still want those earrings back! That’s when giving is uncomfortable: when you don’t really want to do it but you do it anyway.

    So remember that this holiday: give past your comfort zone. Do something you really don’t want to do for others. Because ultimately giving is not about you, it’s about them.  

  • Custom Design and a Touch of Spirit

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    I was particularly struck by this quote by J. Donald Walters and how it applies to our work. Walters is an internationally known author, lecturer, and composer and considered as one of the world’s foremost authorities on meditation and yoga. A spiritual guru, if you will.

    How does a man so seemingly different than a custom design jeweler relate to our work so well? Because yes, custom design has a spiritual element. When we create a piece for a client not only does their heart and soul go into the final product…but so does ours.

    Now, people have all sorts of things custom designed. But think about jewelry for instance. Or more specifically, think of wedding jewelry. When else would you want something imbued by the spirit of the wearer and the maker? How could a box store ever compete?

    We’re proud of the work that we do in our Scottsdale studio. Three generations strong. And there’s a reason its been the backbone of our family for so long: the spirit of what we do exceeds the final product, like this wise author has touched upon.

    If you’re looking for jewelry steeped in spirit and soul, look no further. We can create a piece of jewelry that becomes bigger than the piece of jewelry itself. Contact us for more information. 

  • Bling in Motion

     

    We’re so proud of this recent custom design engagement ring, we’re practically beaming!

    Interested in a custom design ring like this? 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.

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

  • Emerald Cut Goodness

    We’re so proud of this recent custom design engagement ring, we’re practically beaming!

    Interested in a custom design ring like this? 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:

     

     

    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.

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

     

  • 25 Random Things you (Probably) Didn’t Know about Jewelry

    You think you know your jewelry, do you? Well, think twice. We’re guessing you probably only know one, maybe two of these facts (we knew only a handful more so not to worry, grasshopper).

    Expect to learn that:

     

    In some cultures, people ate whole pearls to remedy illness.

     

    All diamonds turn to graphite over an extremely long period of time.

     

    Opals can actually be up to 30% water.

     

  • Is ALL Cheap Jewelry Ugly Jewelry?

    Is ALL Cheap Jewelry Ugly Jewelry?

     

    Well, of course not. There’s a time and place for cheap jewelry. Sometimes you just need those wacky red, white and blue star earrings for July 4th or dangling Santas for the holidays.

    This woman reviews her recent haul of cheap jewelry and uncovers some sweet pieces for the occasional wear:

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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