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  • Dangerous Metals in Costume Jewelry…and How to Avoid Them

    Many of us know that itching, burning sensation we feel when we wear a certain piece of costume jewelry. Sure, its fun wearing it at the time…but that rash on our skin (or hives) that it can create is not nearly as fun.

    So how do you know if your jewelry could be harmful to your skin (or worse, your health. Some of these nasty metals are actually carcinogens).

    Ready for this reality check from Jezebel?

    A non-profit organization called The Ecology Center ran tests on 99 pieces of jewelry (some of which was geared toward children but most of it was for adults) that were purchased from 14 different discount stores such from around the country, like Target, Claire’s, Glitter, Forever 21, Walmart, H&M, and Hot Topic. They checked each piece for dangerous things like lead, cadmium, chromium, nickel, brominated flame retardants, chlorine, mercury and arsenic. And, surprise, surprise, lots of the jewelry was full of nasty stuff.

    Scary stuff, right? The study goes on to say that 90% of these pieces of jewelry had nickel and chromium, which can cause allergic reactions. 10% of the pieces of jewelry had cadmium, which has been the cause of several jewelry and toy recalls.

    So what’s the takeaway? Can you wear costume jewelry occasionally without fearing its dangerous effects? Well…not necessarily. Like the food you eat, know the “ingredients” and know the source. If you notice an effect on your skin, remove it asap. Don’t endure the itch. Your skin is an organ and you don’t want to absorb dangerous metals for hours on end.

    Even if your budget only allows for a few good pieces of jewelry, we advise wearing those only, except for a few rare occasions. And even then, know thy jewelry! 

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  • Hearts, Roses and Custom Design

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    With Valentine’s Day around the corner, a ring like that awakes the sleepy romantic in all of us. 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

  • How to Take (Good) Jewelry Images for eBay

    No surprise but a good image can make or break an eBay or Etsy sale. We humans are visual by nature, and if a piece of jewelry is poorly shot, it sends us a subconscious message that the jewelry itself is flawed or “less than.”

    Luckily, you don’t need a professional photography studio to get sharp, well-lit images of your jewelry. This video details just how easy it can be (and yes, she uses her phone to take the shots).

  • With or Without Diamonds? Your Choice.

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    Stackable bands are seriously hot right now. And we’re on the forefront of creating custom design bands just begging to be stacked. Above, an example of diamond studded band and one band simply without.  

    Interested in a custom design band for yourself? Let’s make it a 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!

  • The Jewelry People Were Wearing the Year you Were Born

    This really fun Cosmo article takes you back to the year of your birth so you can see what kind of jewelry others were wearing. Really cool, right? 

    Well there’s one caveat: it only goes back as far as 1985. Sorry old timers  – if you were born before 1985, you’ll just have to do some Google research yourself. (Which is relatively easy: simply Google your year of birth along with the words “jewelry trends.)

    Here’s a shot of a jewelry trend from 1976. (Yes, it is a show about the 1950’s but Laverne & Shirley was such a hit that oversized pearl necklaces were donned all across America in ’76. Plus, a nod to Penny Marshall, whom we lost last week…sigh.)

     

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  • I have an eye for perfection and all three rings he has made for me have been so completely and totally”perfect”.

    Hi there Margie,

    I received my ring too late Wednesday evening to call you, and then I completely forgot yesterday. Sorry for that!   I am so thrilled with it, really happy.   The stone is the loveliest one I have ever seen.  It looks quite beautiful in its setting. and I love it.  Please say thank you to the jeweler for me.  I have an eye for perfection and all three rings he has made for me have been so completely and totally”perfect”.  ( I am one of those annoying people who can spot a wonky claw or mounting flaw a mile away!!)  I feel quite spoilt having two absolutely stunning rings made by this great jeweler.
    Talk to you soon,
    and thank you so much once again,
    D
  • 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?

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    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.

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  • ❤️ Is Heart Shaped Jewelry for You? ❤️

    With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, many women have their eye out for heart-shaped jewelry. Hearts symbolize love after all, so its an obvious choice.

    But for some, hearts can seem a little too romantic (think back to high school when you drew hearts all over you notebook). For these types, colors may be more evocative of love, like pink or red.

    Well, call us overly romantic but we ❤️ heart shaped jewelry. Here’s a custom design heart shaped engagement ring that we just ❤️ making.

    Interested in something similar? Contact us. We can create a heart shaped ring or pendant that’s perfect for you.

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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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