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  • When to Wear Slightly Upscale Jewelry

    It’s easy to decide on your pearls for that upcoming wedding or that simple pendant for a picnic in the park. But some events call for something in-between. This would include a work-related party or a PTA meeting or a semi-casual first date or an important family affair, like a 25th anniversary party. Times like this, it’s nice to accent a little bit more.

    Here’s what one expert has to say:

    There are those in between places you go, where slightly dressier attire might be called for. A simple dress or a modern looking pant suit is the likely choices for things like this. There is such a wide variety of mod looking jewelry available that have classy looks. Outfits like these ask for a little more than the simple little chain and pendant. The newer pieces like solid silver neck pieces with a stylish slide pendant are great for dressy casual wear. Cuff bracelets and bangles made from all sorts of metals are appropriate as well. Just do not over do your jewelry in comparison to your clothes.

    The most fun occasions to wear jewelry are those occasions when we have the opportunity to break out our nicest pieces and can wear them to the elegant places we love to go. Things like plays and fancy restraints are the perfect reason to wear our bigger diamonds, strands of beautiful pearls, and luscious colored gem stones. If you are like most of us these chances do not happen everyday, so put on your most glamorous jewelry and look like a million!

    Here’s a few samples from our gallery:

    Classic Sweetheart Pave Necklace

    Classic Sweetheart pave necklace with 1/5ct t.w. round brilliant stones set on an 18″ cable chain. Fits a 4.5mm (1/3ct diamond) round center stone. (setting only, does not include center stone).

    Style 10110

    Inside Out Hoop Earrings With Round Stones

    Prong set inside out hoop earrings set with round brilliant stones.

  • Custom Palladium Jewelry

    We are in the process of hand fabricating a piece of custom jewelry – a palladium engagement ring for a client and thought we would show you how a hand fabricated piece starts out and explain a little how the process works.

    A truly hand fabricated piece of jewelry is different from a traditional lost wax/cast process. With a custom lost wax process, the wax model is carved by hand or carved with a machine (CAM). This wax is then used to directly cast in metal the final piece of jewelry. With a hand fabricated piece, we start out with a piece of metal, like the metal rod shown here. The metal is then worked (filed, hammered, shaped, etc.) by hand into the shape of the final piece. So, rather than carve a wax and cast from the wax, a hand fabricated piece is literally made entirely from hand. It is a much more difficult process to do.

    Some pieces are better off being hand fabricated than cast. For example, jewelry that has very fine scroll detail or gallery sections that require fine, intricate polishing are great candidates for hand fabrication. This piece will have very long, smooth curves, and hand fabrication will give us a smoother, more even finish when we’re through.

    We’ll try to get some pictures of this ring mid process and post to the blog.

    Looking for a platinum alternative? Try palladium (click here for additional information).

  • Jewelry – Where it all Began

    Jewelry has existed for eons. It was used in the past not only as a form of adornment but also as a sign of status or religious affiliation or a form of protection. Egyptian jewlery, some believe, is where jewelry making became more relevant and widespread. It’s influences are still felt in jewelry today.

    According to one site:

    Many consider the period of Egyptian jewelry as the dawning period for our modern form of jewelry. It was during this time that the manufacturing of jewelry became a profession and techniques and skills evolved to create a wide variety of styles and adornments.

    Jewelry craftsman began to utilize artistic skill and an increasingly wide variety of materials. While artistic skill was valued the primary purpose of jewelry was to act as amulets and talismans. Gemstone and metal color was of greater importance than any other attribute. Gold was used extensively but this is primarily because it was readily available and very easy to work with. Many expensive gemstones we consider precious today like diamonds were very rarely used simply because they did not exhibit the color or symbolism of other gemstones.

    Egyptian beliefs stipulated that every gemstone carried certain mystical powers which would be transferred to the owner when worn as jewelry. Symbols such as the sacred Egyptian scarab also formed an important part of jewelry and were also believed to carry certain powers.

    Here are some pieces that still inspire. If you’re looking for a piece with a classic Egyptian feel, consider us. We can custom design a jewelry piece with your classic tastes specifically in mine.

  • Three Cushion Cut Diamonds – Which one would you choose?

    un set cushion cut diamonds

    un set cushion cut diamonds

    It’s all in the make! That’s an industry term for stating the importance of a diamond’s cut, or proportions, which is what you ultimately see once the microscopes are put away and the diamond is set into a ring. This is what gives a diamond it’s ‘Wow’ factor and determines how much sparkle the diamond has.

    We are currently helping a client choose a diamond for an engagement ring. As you can see in the picture above, we have three nearly identical cushion cut diamonds with three very different proportions giving us three different looking diamonds. All three diamonds have nearly the same weight and are similar in color/clarity.

    Which do you prefer? Let us know.

  • The VMA Jewelry Highlights

    Sure, sure we could mention Kanye West’s bizarre outburst at MTV’s Video Music Awards. But we’re keeping our priorities straight at Joseph Schubach Jewelers. Instead we choose to keep the spotlight on where it belongs: the jewelry.

    Hoops were all the rage at this year’s VMA, donning just about every stars’ ears. They are simple, eye-catching and elegant. And during trying economic times, you’ll see this trend continue. Too much jewelry implies too much excess – a message any star does not want to send. But let’s not confuse simplicity  with expense:

    Beyonce, who took home three Moonman awards including Video of the Year for her song Single Ladies, wore a short red dress and more than a million dollars worth of diamond jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz, including a gigantic pair of hoop earrings and three bracelets.

    Okay, so these simple pieces weren’t bought at the local dollar store! At Joseph Schubach Jewelers, we can create MTV award-style pieces for a fraction (and we do mean, a fraction) of the cost.

    Pink joining the hoop-la, too, wearing Siera diamond triangle earrings and a white gold and pave diamond chain-link ring by R.S. Durant and an Irit Design oxidized sterling silver and rose-cut diamond multi-chain bracelet.

    Other jewelry choices of the evening?

    Jennifer Lopez went the dramatic route with slicked-back hair, a minidress and large platinum drop earrings featuring two interlocked asymmetrical links studded with black and white diamonds (another popular combination of the night), all by Lorraine Schwartz, whose pieces were all over the red carpet.

    Leighton Meester of Gossip Girl fame wore a glittering silver minidress, studded sandals and platinum jewelry by Cathy Waterman, piling on a stack of platinum and diamond bracelets, including a red leather bracelet, multiple cocktail rings and earrings.

    Another fashionista from The Hills, Lauren Conrad, was decked out in a black-and-white graphic-print dress accented with diamond floral band rings by Siera.

    The hoops craze headed for The Hills too, with star Kristin Cavallari accenting a sequined silver tube dress with gunmetal and diamond hoop earrings by Sutra and a large cuff bracelet.

    Country music’s teen queen Taylor Swift, who won for Best Female Video, wore a silver gown accessorized with oxidized gold and diamond mesh earrings and an oxidized gold cuff featuring 40 carats of diamonds, all by Lorraine Schwartz.


    Here are some of Lorraine Schwart’s pieces from various events. Remember, we can custom design these pieces. You’ll just have to find a red carpet!

  • At Joseph Schubach Jewelers, we pride ourselves in personalized service. We have a strong base of clientele we’re served for decades. Why do people keep coming back? Because we know how to bring a human touch to the jewelry buying experience. We know how much the right piece of jewelry can mean at the right moment.

    Here’s one of our latest pleased customers:

    Hi Joe,

    Robert surprised me with the most gorgeous bracelet last week.   It is so beautiful!!!

    Robert told me what it symbolizes to him and there was such joy on his face when he gave it to me.

    I love wearing it and to know you were part of it so special to me, THANK YOU!!!!

    With appreciation,



    Check out our gallery of bracelets to make your special someone smile!

    Style 7064M

    Antique Style Filigree Moissanite Bracelet

    Antique style filigree bracelet with Charles and Colvard created moissanite. 3/16″ wide and the standard 7″ long.

    Available Total Weight: 3.60ct t.w.



  • Adding some Rock and Roll to your Jewelry Collection

    Whether you’re an active artist or the 9 – 5 type, we all have some rock and roll in us, waiting to come out. Well, tis the season.

    One of the hottest trends for this fall are touches of “edgy” detail. No, this doesn’t mean wearing a dog collar to your next corporate event! These are just minor accoutrements that add a certain sharp, fun flair to just about any outfit.

    At Joseph Schubach, we’re happy to create a piece made directly from your mischievous side. And we can make it affordably, with materials like moissanite or Gemesis or palladium.

    “Rock and roll never forgets.”

    Here are some examples to inspire:

    Images: ShopFlick / Bergdorf Goodman

  • Why Trust Someone Else’s Taste?

    Custom design jewelry is a way to break off from the pack and claim your own style. And when it comes to something as important as your wedding or anniversary, why rely on someone else’s style?

    You and your partner can create a piece that is forged directly from your imaginations to a tangible piece of jewelry that genuinely represents your love, your style and your creativity.

    Here are a few pieces from our customers who wouldn’t have done it any other way:

    Visit our Gallery of Custom Design Jewelry so you can get started!

  • Points on Palladium

    Last week, you learned a little about platinum and its finer points. This week, we shift the spotlight to palladium, the lesser known “little brother” to platinum. What is this wonder metal and how can it add to your jewelry wardrobe?

    According to Wikipedia:

    Palladium itself has been used as a precious metal in jewelry since 1939, as an alternative to platinum or white gold. This is due to its naturally white properties, giving it no need for rhodium plating.

    It is slightly whiter, much lighter and about 12% harder than platinum. Similar to gold, palladium can be beaten into a thin leaf form as thin as 100 nm (1/250,000 in).

    So not is it only highly durable, it’s affordable – making it quite popular during a struggling economy. According to Pierce Mattie Public Relations:

    A sure sign of its rise to fame came at the 2009 American Gem Trade Association Spectrum Awards where they announced that Palladium is finally gaining more acceptance in the designer world.  Many designers including Tenthio, Sasha Primak, and Michael Sugarman will be developing an entire palladium collection in conjunction with high-karat gold and platinum lines.

    Additionally, retailers can expect to see an increase in palladium pieces at upcoming trade shows.  Solidifying the trend, some of the most highly acclaimed names in the design world will also be adopting the metal, including Robert Lee Morris, Paul Morelli, Zoltan David, Alishan, Michael Bondanza, and Barry Kronen.

    (above) Wedding bands were in demand during the 1940s, and many were made of palladium. This diamond-set eternity band is engraved “E.A.E. & M.O’R. Oct. 20, 1943” and “Palladium – Tiffany & Co.” (see inset). Courtesy of Kurt Rothner, Excalibur, West Hollywood, CA.

    Here are a few other stellar examples of palladium pieces:

  • The Hope Diamond, in the Buff

    Leave your children at home for this one: the infamous Hope diamond will be stripped of it’s current setting and show off its true colors for all the world to see.

    That’s right- the world’s most famous gem is getting naked to celebrate it’s 50 year birthday at the Smithsonian.

    To honor the rare 45.52-carat blue diamond, the museum is designing three possible new settings for the stone, inviting the public to vote for their favorite by visiting:

    The winning setting will be announced this fall, and the gem will be shown in its new digs starting in May to celebrate the premiere of a Smithsonian Channel documentary on the diamond.

    In the meantime, The Hope will be hanging out in the buff – a first for the storied gem.

    “This is a rare and exciting opportunity for people to see the Hope Diamond as it has never been seen before,” said museum director Cristian Samper.

    Formed more that a billion years ago, the diamond was mined in India and is believed to have been part of the French crown jewels. It later came into the possession of Henry Philip Hope, whose name it carries.

    The Hope Diamond was long thought to have a curse, bringing bad luck to its owners, but Smithsonian officials say it has been kind to them, drawing throngs of visitors.