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  • Taking care of your Fine Jewelry

    So you received your dream moissanite engagement ring or a Gemesis necklace beyond compare. You show it off wherever you go. It dazzles in the sunlight and you hate taking it off at night. But guess what? The dream doesn’t stop there. You need to take good care of your piece. It’s an investment and deserves some proper tending to!

    Here are some tips from Gem-Fashion to keep your piece sparkling for years to come:

    Spots. To avoid dark spots, which appear when your wet skin influence the metals, clean your jewelry after taking it off with the wet flannel. It is recommended to take the jewelry off if you apply skin bleach as the substances it contains darken the jewelry. Iodine leaves dark spots on the jewelry. The spots can be cleaned with the help of hyposulphite solution. Take 1tbsp. of the substance for a glass of water.

    About dust. To remove the dust from under the stone of your ring take cotton buds soaked in cologne or glycerin and wipe the stone. Then polish the ring with the flannel. Never clean the setting of the stone with sharp objects. Take off rings when washing your hands to avoid clogging.

    How to clean gemstone jewelry. Stones have different levels of hardness. Diamond, aquamarine, sapphire, topaz, emerald and others have the point 5 in the level of hardness. Jewelry with these stones should be cleaned in the solution of any washing powder with the help of a soft brush, if the metal is gold or platinum. Then you can wash the jewelry in distilled water. Stones with the level of hardness under 5 are moonstone, malachite, turquoise, opal, apatite. They should be cleaned in the same way as the previous group with the only difference that instead of washing powder you should use soap. This method can be used with anything except coral and pearls, as the soap foam is extremely harmful to them. Try not to expose them to perfume, soap and hot water.

    Never take medicinal baths wearing the jewelry. Don’t forget to take off the coral jewelry before going to a sauna, as the heat is destructive to it. Pearls and turquoises don’t like high humidity. At home you can wash them in the solution of ethyl alcohol and water (1:1) and then flannel them dry. However, it’s much better to have your jewelry cleaned at the professional jeweler’s.

    How to clean gold. Use the washing powder solution (washing powder without the whitening effect). You can add 2-3 drops of liquid ammonia.

    How to clean silver. Apply the previous method. Use the washing powder without active oxygen and chlorine. You can add liquid ammonia as well.

    How to clean rhodium plated metal. Clean it with the soft cloth. Though rhodium is a precious metal, time rubs it out, so it’s important to be careful when cleaning it.

    How to store the jewelry. All the jewelry should be kept in closed jewelry boxes. It’s necessary to keep the jewelry far away from the heating. You should be especially careful with amethysts, colored topazes and pearls. UV-rays make their color less intense. Don’t expose rubies and garnets to sun, too. Gemstone jewelry shouldn’t be exposed to temperature drops. For instance, ruby can completely lose its color when heated. Never store your jewelry in the bathroom (esp. silver jewelry) because all the metals and stones are afraid of damp.

  • Jewelry Color and Personality Types – What does yours Say?

    At Joseph Schubach Jewelers, we want to create jewelry pieces for life. Whether its moissanite or diamond, Gemesis or other gemstones, we’re in it for the long haul.

    And we know how personal jewelry can be. From a lucky pendant to a beloved heirloom, you become “one” with your piece.

    Brides.com has this to say, regarding the color of your jewelry and the deeper, mythic meanings:

    A vibrant hue on your hand can be striking. Many members of the British Royal family would agree: Diana Spencer wore a sapphire engagement ring; Sarah Ferguson sported a ruby. As gem expert Antoinette Matlins, points out, “Colored gems are a more personal choice for brides, because [variations in tones make] each individual stone distinct from any other.”

    Red has long been a popular choice, for its connotations of the heart and love. One of Matlin’s favorite crimson stones is the red tourmaline, which is an affordable alternative to the ruby. Others include spinel and garnet, and if money isn’t a consideration, red emerald. The rarest of the scarlet rocks, it’s only found in one spot in the world: Utah.

    Green expresses faithfulness and continuity, but Matlins warns against choosing an emerald for everyday use. “Since most people don’t have the budget for stones of rare enough quality to be durable, it’s wise to buy them only in pieces of jewelry that will be worn on special occasions.”

    In lieu of an emerald, she recommends tsavorite. This stone, which is found in Kenya, comes in a wide range of greens and is considered to be more brilliant and durable than emeralds, not to mention a tenth of the price. Many experts believe it’s poised to replace the emerald as the most popular green stone.

    If you’re looking for a large selection of colors, your search ends with the sapphire. Not only is it one of the most durable stones available, but it also comes in an array of shades from yellow and peach to brown and black. For something that represents spirituality and purity, stick with the true-blue sapphire. Just make sure you go for a lighter shade. “Choose a sapphire in a rich blue color, but not so dark that it looks blackish,” Matlins says, since blackish stones are usually lower quality.

    If you want something closely connected with love and marriage, an obvious choice is pearl. For 3,000 years it has been an emblem of modesty, chastity, and purity. Like emeralds, however, only the most expensive pearls are considered durable enough for everyday use, so Matlins suggests wearing them on your wedding day in the form of a necklace, earrings, or bracelet.

    Our Latest Arrival – Gemesis

    A High Quality Sapphire gem

  • Big, Bold but Affordable Jewelry Still the Trend

    From moissanite to Lucite, the focus of today's jewelry is big, bold and clean. A simple outfit can be accentuated in a big way with a statement piece that gracefully takes center stage.

    "It's the jewelry that actually makes the look," says fashion stylist
    Jesse Garza, co-founder of Visual Therapy, a New York wardrobe
    consultancy, and co-author, with his Visual Therapy partner Joe Lupo,
    of Life in Color: The Visual Therapy Guide to the Perfect Palette for Fashion, Beauty, and You!. Says Garza,

    "I love a flattering, clean backdrop with a statement piece–a pop of color."

    According to Forbes:

    This year, the emphasis is on bold, chunky jewelry–a triple-strand of
    big beads; a thick, geometric bangle; an oversized ring. Perhaps as a
    reaction to tough economic times, precious jewels have been stowed
    away, replaced with semiprecious stones such as lapis, pyrite and
    quartz; and materials such as horn, resin and even Lucite.

    "I think
    today, to walk around with a stack of diamond bangles doesn't feel
    right," Garza says.

    His and Lupo's picks for great daytime jewelry:
    chunky, midsized hoop earrings; wood cuff bracelets; and turquoise bead
    necklaces.

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    Don't let the sagging economic times take away the bling in your life! These trendy choices allow you a sense of wealth without the…wealth! Moissanite, for instance, can make you feel like a million bucks without (again)…the million bucks!

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    Hand Made And Engraved Moissanite Ring With Yellow Sapphires And Pave' Diamonds

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    made/hand engraved platinum ring with a 4.50ct (dia equiv) Charles and
    Colvard created round moissanite, 1/2ct t.w. yellow sapphires and 1/3ct
    t.w. pave' diamonds. Also available with pink or blue sapphires.

  • Choosing the Right Necklace for your Neckline

    If you are like me, you haven't thought much about where your necklace falls in relation to your neckline and how it can accentuate an outfit. I recently purchased a gorgeous moissanite pendant necklace but didn't think much about the way it worked on me, in relation to my size or my clothes. But there is an art to choosing the length of your necklace, depending on your wardrobe and your body type.

    Here's some advice from the experts:

    1. Consider the occasion. Opt for a simple, understated piece for daytime and a more precious or extravagant piece for evening.

    2. Accent a V-neck with a drop pearl necklace or solitaire pendant. This
    same piece also complements boat-neck and crew neck tops. Match gemstone
    colors to those found in your outfit and earrings.

    3. Accessorize strapless and off-the-shoulder necklines with a necklace
    that remains close to the neck. Pair a faux gem choker on an invisible
    string with a top made of satin or silk. Add elegant sophistication with a short strand of pearls.

    4. Pair an open-collar blouse with a thicker, chunkier piece of costume
    jewelry. Faux silver or gold interlock chains that lie flat on the
    collarbone accent a dressy casual outfit or business suit. Coordinate your earrings and belt with the tones in your necklace.
    5. Enhance a jewel-neck or turtleneck sweater with a long string of
    colorful beads. Precious stones work well with a thicker day look,
    while crystals bring a little glamor to an evening ensemble.
    6. Pair a square-neck top with a pendant that dangles from a long chain.
    Consider lengths that fall between the collarbones.

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  • Can the Sparkle Still Shine for the Jewelry Business?

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    Of course, jewelry seems like the first thing to go during a tough economic phase.

    Zale Corporation announced in February that it planned to close 115
    stores. Fortunoff, a prominent engagement ring source for generations, filed for bankruptcy in February. Even Tiffany & Company
    reported that its profits in the fourth quarter dropped by more than 75
    percent.

    But that's the entire story. Entrepreneurs in the jewelry business and smaller businesses in general can actually thrive during trying times.

    Jeffrey A. Carr, executive director of the Berkley Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at New York University’s
    Stern School of Business, said entrepreneurs can thrive in recessions
    because they can bargain more on fixed costs like rent and personnel.

    Consumers are more willing to try out new brands when they have less
    money to spend, he said.“When things are going well and you have
    money, customers and consumers tend to get into patterns,” he said.
    “There’s lots of reasons to start a business now.”
    (Source: NY Times)

    So not is all doom and gloom. As we watch big business and big corporations tumble like houses of cards, it could be the small businesses that really blossom now, as people are forced to think outside the box.

    Check out our Moissanite Page which offers Charles and Colvard moissanite at the fraction of the price of a diamond. Do your part for the economy and good taste!

  • “Under the Mattress” Gold Helping the Economy

    By now, you've heard the commercials and ads: "Sell your unwanted gold jewelry for cold cash!" It's not surprising that this advertising plea is more common during tough economic times where people need the cash and jewelers need the extra business!

    In Turkey, exports of "under the mattress" gold, as its called, is actually changing the face of the economy. it is being reprocessed into bullion, dramatically increasing the power of
    Turkey’s exports. Exports of pearls and other precious stones are also
    on the rise. Last year, the sector as a whole reached $5 billion in
    exports, but it has already reached $2.6 billion in the first two
    months of this year.

    Of course, this isn't a trend seen only in Turkey. The United States and Western Europe are still the biggest export markets,
    but countries in the Caucasus and Asia are increasingly important.

    What does this mean to you the customer? It might be time to visit that jewelry box of yours and give it a good once over. If there are pieces you've been holding onto that are dated, broken or you just don't like, contact Joseph Schubach Jewelers and we'll turn that unwanted jewelry into cash – or a new piece of jewelry.

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  • Can Jewelry Improve your Figure?

    Well, no…jewelry can't improve your figure. We don't want to make any crazy claims here! But jewelry can be used in strategic ways to pull an outfit together and improve your overall look.

    For instance, if you're feeling like winter weight has really gotten the best of you but need to attend an upscale event, consider the power of dazzling earrings or an eye-catching necklace that pulls the focus toward your upper body.

    And also consider the color you are wearing.

    Black, for instance, is a fashion "minimizer" so consider a basic black dress and focus on your jewelry to really make you dazzle. The other advantage to wearing black? Because the color is so basic and adaptable, you can really make some bold jewelry choices. Wear that wild, chunky necklace or those over-the-top earrings!

    Ultimately, fashion is about working with what you have. We're not all runway models (nor would we want to be necessarily!) But jewelry can add that certain flash and dazzle that will help accentuate the gifts you have!

    Below, Queen Latifah, looking as regal as ever:

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    Consider this attention getting Rose Gold Diamond and Pink Moissanite Ring at Joseph Schubach Jewelers:

                           

     

    Stunning, delicate 14kt rose gold engagement ring set with a 1.0ct Charles and Colvard created round moissanite color enhanced to
    spring pink surrounded by 1/3ct t.w. white diamonds. Matching earrings
    also available.

  • Matching Jewelry to your Fashion – the Basics

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    You've seen her before. She seems to have all the most fashionable clothes, the most "in step" pair of shoes and most dazzling jewelry yet somehow looks like…like a virtual train wreck!

    All of us can fall victim to fashion sometimes. It's easy enough to do. Some of the latest fashions looks great on a runway model – but not on you!

    So here are some pointers to reduce the "fashion train wreck" quotient in your life:

    1. Find that metal that suits your mood. Just because its gold doesn't mean it glitters on you. These aren't ironclad rules but for the most part, brunettes,
    redheads and grays look better in silver jewelry, while blondes look smarter in
    gold. Women with black hair can go either way.

    2. Match your jewelry to your clothing. Sapphire earrings can really showcase your favorite deep blue dress, for instance. But take some time to experiment. Sometimes really powerful earrings can overwhelm a dress. You're looking to accentuate not overpower. If you're wearing black, you can pick from numerous pieces (hence why black is such a "go to" color, fashion-wise.)

    3. Match jewelry with other jewelry. Some people play jewelry a little too safe! Try a series of bracelets or two necklaces that naturally compliment one another. Try two complimentary but different earrings. Take some fashion chances – but ask a friend first, before you walk out the door!

    Here are some other tips from the experts:

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    1. Black makes bright colored stones pop.
    2. Wedding rings don’t have to match other metals in your jewelry.
    3. Wear necklaces 3”-4” below your neckline.
    4. Wear larger earrings for a "smaller" appearance.
    5. Use proper sizes of jewelry to match your body shape. Petite women
      will often be overwhelmed by a piece of jewelry that looks delicate on
      larger women.
    6. Keep textures the same – antique with antique, shiny with shiny etc.
    7. Wearing 3 bracelets on one arm is an attractive option.
    8. Wear a bracelet with your watch.
    9. Long necklaces create vertical lines, thus making you appear taller and more slender.
    10. Jewelry is the most cost-effective accessory you can own & changes the look of each outfit.
    11. Wear jewelry to add color. For example if you're wearing an all
      black and white outift, a pink necklace, and/or bracelet, and/or watch,
      will really dazzle.

    At Joseph Schubach Jewelers, we have jewelry to suit every occasion and any outfit. What makes us truly unique is our craftsmanship. We can create a piece of jewelry with only you in mind. Take a look at our site for some ideas. You dream it, we create it!

  • Choosing the Right Setting for your Ring

    The setting for your ring is the foundation of your piece. It’s an often overlooked aspect when choosing a ring but its as personal of a decision as the stone itself. Many factors come into play, such as your lifestyle and the cut of the gem itself.

    There are basically three types of setting:

    The Prong Setting

    The prong engagement ring setting is a traditional ring setting that dates back to the early 1900’s. It’s a “basket” setting that holds you stone via prongs. This setting allows light to approach the stone from more angles, adding to the sparkle of your piece.

    The Flush Setting

    The flush setting is a more modern ring
    setting. A tapered hole is made within the band for the
    stone to reside. When done correctly, the stones are secured in an embedded manner into the ring. This is often a good choice for an active lifestyle.

    The Cluster Setting

    This engagement ring setting is good for those
    on a limited budget. With the cluster setting you can take many
    small stones and make them look like one single large stone. You can use this setting to arrange gemstones into a shape of your choice.

    Again, lifestyle factors come into play when deciding the setting for your ring. If you’re using your hands a lot throughout the day, then a secure setting for your ring becomes critical. You want to go through your day confidently, without the fear of damaging your ring. The setting of your ring needs to stand up to your day-to-day needs.

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    Traditional Prong Setting

             Princess Cut Solitaire Engagement Ring With Diamonds

            Princess
    cut engagement ring with .08 ct t.w. round brilliant diamonds set around
    four prong head.

  • Blissful Brides Blatantly Ignorning Economy Woes

    In some rather surprising news, one of the few demographics that doesn't seem to be bending due to economic pressure is (drum roll please): today's bride.

    That's right. A recent study conducted by Modern Bride shows that "instead of reducing their wedding budgets, engaged couples have reprioritized and plan
    to spend their dollars on items that will last forever."

    This includes the honeymoon, photography and the (another drum roll) the engagement ring.

    Couples are now looking at rings with serious lasting potential, making platinum the material of choice. Why platinum? According to the Conde Nast Bridal Group, platinum is not only 30 times more rare than gold, but it is the most durable of all precious metals and will last a lifetime.

    "Even in the current economy, this is the one jewelry purchase
    brides are unwilling to compromise. Today's bridal customer will make
    the investment to have a ring that lasts a lifetime
    ," said Michael Flynn , sales associate for Tivol.

    Apparently, its not only diamonds that last forever…it's platinum!


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    Style 6812WB

    Joseph Schubach Jewelers Platinum Comfort Fit Band With Satin Finish Center And High Polished Sides

    Platinum comfort fit wedding band, satin finished center, high polished sides, 6mm wide.

    Available Metal: Platinum
    Available Ring Size: 4 – 13

    SOURCE ImagingInfo.com and Platinum Guild International