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Custom Jewelry Designs

  • Service Worth Paying For

    Today, Seth Godin posted an article about great customer service and how much this is worth. In his post, Seth mentions being stuck in an airport trying to figure out how to transfer your seat home from one airline to another (especially appropriate this holiday season!). The question he poses is, "Would you pay $20 to talk to a competent,
    empowered agent who answered on the first ring
    ?" (Read the article
    here.)

    My staff and I pride ourselves on the level of customer service and knowledge that we offer our customers. We have taken our three generations of jewelry expertise and successfully moved it to the world of the Internet. We like to say that we offer the same service to our customers whether they live in our home town of Scottsdale, AZ, or anywhere in the world.

    But, as Seth states, today's dilemma is, "Increasingly, the web makes pricing cutthroat. And service suffers, because it's expected for free."

    Everyone knows that superior service is not free, it costs plenty to attract, train and maintain qualified individuals who not only know their stuff, but can successfully communicate and work with customers to help them with their needs. And, fine jewelry is not a simple widget-type product to work with, it's very complicated. You cannot take a person who was selling mens socks one day and move them into the loose diamond or custom jewelry design departments the next day.

    So what is this level of service worth and how does it fit in with the 'cutthroat' nature of the web today? What is it worth to be able to get on the phone with a real, live, knowledgeable professional to obtain product information, to gain peace of mind about a major purchase like jewelry, or to troubleshoot an issue should one arise? I encourage you to give our customer service oriented online business a try and see for yourself what a difference good old fashioned customer service can make.

  • Custom Cut Blue Sapphire For A Custom Engagement Ring

    Haley-Peele-Custom-Cut-Chatham-Sapphire A customer came to us with a request for a custom made engagement ring. She also wanted a custom cut sapphire to set into it. Well, here is the results of the Chatham sapphire, cut to our customer's specifications! The stone is a cushion cut with a beautiful, deep blue color and weighs 4.42ct. We'll post an image of the ring when it's finished.

  • A $30,000 Rhodium And Diamond Ring For Barack Obama’s Wife Michelle????

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    Yesterday's rumor was that President Elect Barack Obama was buying his wife Michelle a rhodium and diamond ring as a 'thank you' for her support over the past two years. Well, it appears from today's statement this is not true. (See the article here)

    We thought it interesting that the ring was made from rhodium, the world's most expensive metal. If you're not familiar with rhodium, it is the substance that most white gold jewelry is plated with to give it the bright white platinum-like color. Rhodium is a very rare metal that as recently as 6 months ago cost $10,000/oz. (Currently, it's trading for under $1,000/oz!). We at Joseph Schubach Jewelers would love to custom make a ring made from rhodium. So, if you're interested in something unusual like this, give us a call!

  • 30,000 Loose Diamonds, New Engagement Ring Styles and the Ease of On-Line Shopping.

    Banner-bridal-builderJoseph Schubach Jewelers expands its diamond offering
    online with the Bridal Ring Builder program, an online
    database of over 30,000 certified loose diamonds and a
    collection of over 50 new, customizable engagement rings.

    Now you can explore one of the largest inventories of loose
    diamonds from the world's leading diamond cutters – and design
    your own engagement ring – from the comfort and ease of your
    home. And when you're ready for some expert help, the staff at
    Joseph Schubach Jewelers will be there to answer any questions
    you might have. We can even bring the diamonds into our office
    for you to view and inspect prior to purchasing. The ease of
    online shopping with the peace of mind of professional help,
    it's just another way for you to have the diamond jewelry of
    your dreams! Visit our website and start dreaming today!

  • Save 1/2 on Custom Design Fees – Early Bird Special!

    While an early bird special usually refers to a late
    afternoon meal at the local buffet, we’re using the idea as an
    opportunity for you to save some money on a custom jewelry
    design before the holiday rush starts.

    Between now and
    November 15th, 2008 save 1/2 on custom design fees. It’s a great
    opportunity to save money and get your holiday shopping out of
    the way ahead of time. So if you’re thinking about having a
    special piece of jewelry made for your loved one this holiday
    season, now is a great time to act! Call our custom jewelry
    specialists today for assistance or visit our custom jewelry
    page.

  • 1/2 Price Platinum!

    The price of platinum jewelry is falling and, actually, the metal is currently less than 1/2 price. Back in February of this year we sent a newsletter featuring the cost benefits of using alternative metals due to platinum’s high price.

    Well, the price of platinum has now dropped from over $2200/oz earlier in the year to under $900/oz as of today. Now is a great time to take advantage of this unusual situation and have a platinum anniversary band, a platinum engagement ring or any other piece of platinum jewelry made. Visit our website or call us today for assistance.

  • The World’s Largest Pearl!

    Giantpearl The European Gemological Laboratory (EGL) recently authenticated the worlds largest pearl weighing in at 5 pounds! The 6" pearl was found in the giant clam Tridacna Gigas off the waters of the Philippines and is said to be the most valuable ever. We’re wondering just how to make this into a ring. . . . . . . . . .

  • Your Old Gold and Platinum Jewelry is Worth $$$$$

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    Trade in your old jewelry for new, another way to get the jewelry of your dreams!

    Your old, unused gold and platinum jewelry is worth hundreds, even
    thousands of dollars – more now than ever before. Why not sell your old gold and turn it into something new and exciting! Joseph Schubach
    Jewelers will buy your old gold and platinum jewelry out right or apply
    it to a new purchase. It’s an easy way to get that ring you’ve had your
    eye on – or to get some extra cash!

    Contact us for details on how we can help
    you turn your old memories into new ones.

    We Buy:
    Gold Jewelry
    Platinum Jewelry
    Diamonds over 1ct

    Contact a representative for details
    888-724-8222

  • Custom Jewelry Design for the Arizona Theater Company Fundraiser

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    A few weeks ago we sent out a press release about a fund raiser for the Arizona Theater Company. In it we mentioned that we were designing and donating a custom made ring for the event.  (Download Press Release)

    The fund raiser took place March 16th at the Phoenician resort and was a huge success. It hosted a fashion show featuring gowns designed by Dancing with the Stars’ Randall Christensen and 30 original designs by William Travilla, the designer of the famous white dress worn by Marilyn Monroe.

    Finishedcrown250The crown ring was raffled off and
    Mary Artigue of Phoenix, Arizona, was the lucky winner! The ring is completely hand crafted in 18kt yellow gold and has round cut amethyst, tsavorite (green) garnets, natural and cultured pearls. (click on the image for a larger view)

    Green garnets? Most people think of garnets as the brownish red color gem that is the birthstone for January. Tsavorite garnets range in colors from light green to a beautiful grass green to a deep forest green. It is a relatively new gemstone, discovered in Tanzania in 1967 and not commercially mined and marketed until the early 1970s by Tiffany and Co. Tsavorite garnets are great for jewelry because of their affordability, beautiful colors and their relative durability compared with emerald. They are available in smaller sizes up to a couple of carats. For additional information on these gems, visit the International Colored Gemstone Association Website.

    Amethyst, on the other hand, has a long and rich history. The birthstone for February, amethyst is a stone of royalty. It is rumored to have many miraculous powers from aiding in health to bringing fortune to driving away evil spirits.4peaksamethystmine1

    We like amethyst because it’s beautiful, affordable and because it’s available in our back yard, in addition to the supernatural powers! 4peaksamethystmine2_3
    Friends of ours, Mike and Jerry Romanella, run the Arizona Four Peaks amethyst mine just outside of Phoenix where they are producing very high quality material.
    Several years ago we were lucky enough to take the 4 hour hike and tour the mine. For more info on amethyst visit the ICGA website.  For additional information on the Arizona Four Peaks amethyst mine visit the Four Peaks amethyst website.   

  • This Blog’s For You!

    To our valued clients, friends and
    family, this blog is for you! The idea behind this blog is to provide
    another way for you to
    communicate with us. We want to know how we can help you find the
    jewelry that will make your eyes sparkle and your wallet happy!
    Your comments will help us do a better job because after all, we’re
    in business for you, to create beautiful pieces of jewelry that will
    bring you happiness and joy for a lifetime!

    As a third generation jeweler, my aim
    is to help you find the best value possible. Whether it’s brokering a
    collection-quality natural diamond, creating a one of a kind heirloom
    or helping you decide between the many excellent diamond
    alternatives, you can always expect world class service and excellent
    overall value from my company.

    So let’s have some fun with this great
    interactive medium! I encourage you to ask questions on anything fine
    jewelry related such as making a custom piece of jewelry, choosing
    the right metal for your piece or questions on gemstones and pearls.
    I also welcome any questions and comments on natural diamonds and
    diamond alternatives such as clarity enhanced diamonds, moissanite
    and Gemesis cultured diamonds. Sign up for the feed and check back
    often. I’ll do my best to keep the posts informative, interesting and
    with you in mind. And remember, we want to hear from you, so keep the
    feedback coming!