Jewelry 201 - Jewelry Information, Jewelry Tips and Trends

  • Shopping for Diamond Engagement Rings

    download6Today many of us jump to the internet as our first option for any purchase. Myself, I use it as a tool to gage what is acceptable to pay for something that can be purchased anywhere. If there is one thing that defies this rule it is shopping for diamond engagement rings; no two diamonds are the same. That is not to say that you should not do your research to get a general education and an idea of what to expect.

    Next, you need to trust your jeweler. A mall jeweler generally is going to have cookie-cutter pieces that are set by some factory in china based on strict cost cutting procedures, and generally has minimal education on the finer points of jewelry. Choosing a jeweler you trust can be a time consuming process (unless you come to Day's Jewelers first), but is well worth it in the long run.

    A jeweler also offers you a face-to-face interaction to answer all of your questions and concerns. Their experience on a day to day basis is invaluable in knowing what works, what doesn’t, and can help guide you to the perfect match for your perfect match. At Day’s Jewelers we follow up with guests to make sure they are happy with their pieces, and to see if there is anything else we can help with. We also look for suggestions throughout the year to help with future purchases because as we know (or will learn) with so many occasions a friendly suggestion can be a huge relief.

    10247265_10154078226325716_3881767278501257923_nOne can get so caught up in numbers, dimensions, and certification that there is no way to decide what is going to look the best to your eye. Go to any website selling loose diamonds and you will see diamonds that have the same specs thousands of dollars apart. What’s the difference? Well, that is where your jeweler is your greatest asset, any jeweler worth their weight in “diamonds” will hand select a few of the best options depending on your needs. With any certification system there are diamonds that lie at the upper or lower end of a classification. For instance an SI1 with white inclusions would be preferable to black and it is preferable to have the inclusions between the table and girdle as opposed to the middle of the table. These are all a factors your jeweler takes into account when they select diamonds.

    When it comes down to it there is nothing more special and symbolic of your relationship than a diamond engagement ring. Something so important requires interaction, sight and connection, when it’s right, its right!

     

    coreyCorey, Assistant Manager
    Day's Jewelers, Manchester

    I have been with Day’s Jewelers since June 2008. I really enjoy it when our guests’ eyes light up when they are satisfied with our service. It can be something as simple as cleaning someone’s jewelry to finding the perfect piece of jewelry. Learn more about Corey.

     

     

  • 5 Tips for Flowers, Photography and Cake by Amanda Aceto

       caption_horizontal_coupleI cannot believe that Kevin and I have one month until our wedding day. This is officially the busiest I have ever been! Between ending the school year, changing jobs, and finalizing all the wedding details suffice it to say I am a little tired. However, I will say that Kevin and I have been very organized through this whole process. We have a great handle on the big ticket items such as our flowers, cake, and photography. Now is the time we are ironing out the specifics.

     Our florist, Fiddlehead Florist in Cape Elizabeth, holds special meaning to me. The location of Fiddlehead was once the location of a special childhood place, The Blueberry Patch that my grandmother and I used to shop at. We chose Fiddlehead because Lauren, owner and floral expert put us at ease and was very creative with our budget. Our flowers were not a number one priority for us but Lauren was able to really create bouquets and table arrangements that are dramatic yet not overwhelming. Our flowers reflect a beach-like vibe with lots of greens and whites to be as natural as possible. My bouquet will not be perfectly shaped but rather have a lot of texture, which I love. We are so excited to see the beautiful details that Lauren puts together for us.

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    Our cake was a big deal as we made it a family affair. We cake tasted with my mom and Kevin’s dad who are both self-appointed “cake experts”. We chose to go with a bakery in New Gloucester, Bear Brook Bakery. Owner and baker Melissa is a parent of a former student in my class so it was truly a perfect and poetic fit. Melissa prepared us four cup cakes with flavors we selected. The decadence was truly magnificent! We chose a cake that was not a lot of fondant or a lot of color. Rather we wanted to tie in the simplicity of the ocean wave into our cake. We felt as though those details and a few fresh flowers from Fiddlehead would complement our theme best. We are so excited for our guests to dive into this delicious masterpiece.

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    Photography is something Kevin and I truly value. We realize that our wedding is one day, but we will cherish the photos forever. We really wanted our photos to be timeless and we found the perfect photographer, Justine Johnson. Justine captures moments in time and really creates a story. What really drew us to Justine was her laid back sense of humor and ability to really find beauty in the ordinary. With a very “busy” bridal party we needed someone that was going to be able to reign in the crazy and get the best shots. Justine is incredibly flexible and creative; characteristics that are unmatched during a very stressful process.

     Currently Kevin and I are working with Justine on a wedding day timeline, as well as a template of the shots we would like to see taken on our wedding day. We decided that we would be doing the very non-traditional “first look session”. Although we were a little hesitant to do a first look, Justine expressed how it was another moment that could be added to the day. We would also be able to take a lot of the formal shots with family before the ceremony which was the selling point for us, as then we are able to really enjoy our cocktail hour and get the party started a little sooner!

     Truly, without the support of our amazing vendors we would be so lost. We are so grateful for these people who are so skilled, patient, and creative. As we continue forward through this month we are able to focus on the wonderful moments and we can be at ease with these big ticket items because we are working with some of the most skilled experts in their respective fields.

     

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  • Style File: Diamond Earrings and Birkenstocks

    Here in New England we're no stranger to the Birkenstock sandal. My grandmother has been rocking this trend for as long as I can remember; and this year I am happy to say Grandma's got style! 

    images_(2)1It's true, the Birkenstock inspired sandal is making a major comeback for Summer 2014. I first noticed this when I went to Venice beach for a day. I saw a woman wearing a pair of black sandals that were almost identical to the Birkenstock sandal that was created over 100 years ago (ps: Day's is 100 this year). Can you believe it? The Birkenstock was created in 1897, but we're not sick of it yet!

    After seeing this look alike sandal at Venice beach I started noticing it everywhere! Not only are other labels creating their own version of the timeless sandal, but the original company is still going strong with new styles and colors.

     

    deqt0115_1_1The best part about classic items, like a pair of Birkenstocks or a strand of pearls, is that they look great with nearly every outfit, and they never lose their value or style. Trends come and go in cycles and investing in timeless, classic pieces is a great way to ensure that you get your money's worth, and that the item will be fashionable for more than one season.

    My favorite timeless accessories are my LL Bean boots and my diamond stud earrings!

    Check out this article that Refinery 29 posted about the return of the Birkenstock sandal too!

     

    b26d528260484f5e-201476_4618254619641_1201959480_o-2Kelsey, Marketing Intern
    Day's Jewelers 

    Check out a few more of our favorite timeless, classic items here!

     

  • New Head vs. Retips

    Most jewelers suggest that you bring your jewelry in every 6 months to be checked: cleaned, tightened up - like a spa treatment for your jewelry.

    However, sometimes when a ring is brought in for inspection it may be recommended that the item needs work done to it to help preserve the item.

    prong_setting_bnFor example, on a ring we do retips. What is a retip?: building up and "repairing" the pegs of metal holding the diamond (the prongs).  The prongs start to show wear and retipping them will bring the ring back to safe and stable condition.

    Retipping is something that will generally last for six months to a year before more wear begins to occur again.

    An alternative to retipping is putting on a new head. What is a new head?: A new head is when you replace all of the prongs that are holding the stone in place with new ones.

    Doing this is a long term fix; it can add another five to ten years to the ring. There are different options that can be done for a head that will also give more security and add to the  life span of the ring. For example, doing six prongs vs. four will add more security to the ring because you are adding an additional two prongs. Another option is doing gold or platinum for the head. Platinum will typically last twice as long as gold.

    These are just some of the things that might be found when having your jewelry inspected. This is why we suggest doing it every 6 months. Should you wait too long, you could risk ruining the jewelry or worse, loosing a stone. This can happen with normal wear and tear.

    Wearing particular pieces of jewelry is a great way to express your own personal style, and remember the special moments in your life. In order to make sure that your jewelry remains a part of who you are, and continues to keep your memories and cherished moments alive, it must be properly maintained.

    Always be sure to talk to a service specialist or goldsmith, they are there to assist you in making the right choices for your jewelry and what is best for you.

    auburn_rebeccaBlogger:

    Rebecca Bonney, Assistant Manager
    Auburn, Day's Jewelers 

    Learn more about Rebecca

     

     

     

  • Jewelry Appraisals 101

    cheryl-castner_(1)What is a jewelry appraisal?

    A jewelry appraisal is a written valuation done by a professional appraiser for insurance replacement or estate purposes for Probate. There are also other types of appraisals such as liquidation, point of sale, and donation. The most common type of appraisal is done to obtain or renew insurance. Photographs of the jewelry items should always be included in an appraisal.

    What qualifications and credentials should professional jewelry appraisers have?

    1. Formal training in gemology so they can accurately identify and describe gems, imitations, assembled stones, and gem treatments. A gemological credential such as GG, FGA, FGG, AG (CIG), FCGma, FCAA, or FCC is a minimum requirement. To obtain the credentials to become a Gemologist, it takes much more than merely a written or online course - it includes hands-on training with over 500 actual gemstones, using gemological equipment, and being tutored and graded by a certified instructor.
    2. Trade experience
    3. Integrity
    4. Formal training in valuation theory, ethics, appraised procedures and law so they can write appraisals that give you proper legal protection and that are respected by insurance companies, courts, and the Internal Revenue Service. Appraisal credentials such as AM, ASA, MGA, ISA, CAPP, CMA, CGA, and RMV are awarded to appraisers who have attended appraisal courses, passed exams, and met other appraisal qualifications. These certifications also require a minimum of 15 hours of continuing education per year to keep current. Appraisals are a separate discipline, not just a normal function or a service offered in any retail jewelry store.

    Many people offer appraisal services that do not have these qualifications, why can’t I have my jewelry appraised anywhere that this service is offered?

    There can be a huge liability in having an appraisal done by someone who is not qualified. I have seen too many instances where gemstones and treatments were not properly identified, where diamonds were not graded correctly, where Old European cut diamonds, Old Mine cut diamonds, and round brilliant cut diamonds were not correctly identified, and all of these contribute to the correct valuation of the items.

    Also, in the past I have seen appraisals that were used as sales tools which I call the “feel good appraisal”. These appraisals typically over value the piece at more than twice the price that was just paid to purchase it. These appraisals only cost the consumer as they are paying over inflated insurance premiums.

    The most disturbing case I have seen in the last nine  years was a 9 carat diamond  that was purchased in the Diamond District in New York, and the diamond had been laser drilled and fracture filled, which are treatments that the FDA requires be disclosed at the point of sale, yet they were not disclosed. The ring was appraised by two separate “appraisers” and both of them missed the treatments. This case has been in costly litigation for four years with no resolution to the consumer.

    images_(2)Why do I need to have my jewelry appraised?  

    In the ever changing world of commodities, gold prices are currently at a twenty year high, and due to the more recent Chinese demand for diamonds - diamond prices are up as well. If your jewelry hasn’t been appraised in the last five years, you may no longer be adequately covered in the case of theft, damage or loss.

    If I am paying an appraiser to have my jewelry appraised, why am I asked to supply any paperwork that I have?

    I always ask my clients to provide any and all paperwork. This is not to make my job easier, as I don’t always agree with the paperwork that is supplied. I like to be able to see what the client was told so that I can manage their expectations, and if the diamond has any type of certification, I always include these details in my appraisals. If you have paid to own a certified stone, you will want this information recorded in the appraisal.

    Isn’t my jewelry already covered on my homeowner’s or renter’s insurance without having it appraised?

    I advise all of my clients to contact their insurance companies to ask for the dollar amount they insure jewelry items for that are not appraised and scheduled on their policy. Some insurance companies will cover up to $1,000, some $1,500, and I have even seen $5,000. It is important to know what type of policy you have – is it an actual cash policy or do they replace like kind and quality? I typically recommend any items that are over $1,000 should be appraised and scheduled. I had one client whose insurance policy only covered $1,500 for all jewelry that wasn’t appraised and scheduled. Her housekeeper had systematically stolen all of her jewelry over a period of time and she only received a check for $1,500.

     

    images_(1)Does the client have to leave their jewelry with you while you appraise it, and how long does it take to do the appraisal?

    An appraiser needs to have the actual items in hand in order to do an appraisal. They need to be thoroughly cleaned for grading purposes, photographed,  the metals are identified, and then each stone is identified, measured, and graded. I typically require at least one hour per piece to complete an appraisal. Some pieces such as watches, cameos, period pieces, and designer pieces may require much more research. I understand that some clients are not comfortable leaving their pieces, so I will set up appointments with them where they can sit with me while I am doing their appraisal. If the item requires more research – I will take the photos and all of the pertinent information while they are here, and do the research after they leave.

    I purchased jewelry in the Caribbean and when I had it appraised in the US, it didn’t appraise as high as I was told it would.

    This is something that I see over and over again. My clients will schedule an appraisal and they do not provide any paperwork or details of where the item was purchased. I will complete the appraisal and when I am reviewing it with the client, they are shocked to discover that it appraises at almost exactly what they paid for the item. The old saying that “you get what you pay for” is as true in jewelry purchases as it is for appraisal services. If you are told at the time of the purchase that the item will appraise for twice what you paid for it - buyer beware! If you think about it, it doesn’t even make good business sense to sell something in the Caribbean for half of its value in the US. None of their buyers and wholesalers are able to pay less for their diamonds then we do in the US. Duty free isn’t “free” after you get the piece home, pay to have it appraised, try to return it, or try to have it serviced if you need repairs.

     

    cheryl-castnerI purchased jewelry online and it came with an appraisal. Can I use that one?

    That is up to your insurance companies’ discretion. However, I recommend having an appraiser look at your online purchased items to make sure that you have received what you thought you were buying. Many times the consumer does not receive what was promised in terms of quality and value, and it is best to find out while you can still return the items for a refund.

    Cheryl Castner, G.G. (GIA), A.J.P., A.S.G. (AGA), R.M.V. (CIJT)

    Call to schedule an appointment with one of our in-house appraisers.

     

     

  • Top 8 Questions to Ask When Booking a Venue By Amber Small

    One of the many reasons I love Maine is the amount of variety that is offered in this stunning State. We have mountains, lakes, rustic barns, cities; all offering fabulous settings for a wedding ceremony. No matter what kind of setting your dream wedding calls for, Maine can fulfill it.  

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    When beginning your wedding planning, choosing an appropriate venue that fits your requirements is of absolute importance. Location, location, location! The venue is the one factor that will dictate your budget, design, and number of guests and overall feel of the wedding. Figuring out what kind of scenery you want your venue to have, whether you want to have a large or a small wedding, and if you want your ceremony and reception to be indoors or outdoors are all great details to decide before looking into options for venues.

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    With each decision you make, a number of pieces need to come into play… tented weddings means rentals and creating a location from the ground up. This can be more complicated and pricey then a resort or a venue that has everything you need on site. If you choose an indoor venue there are certain design elements that you will not be able to control such as structural elements and lighting choices. The most important thing to keep in mind is your overall vision for your big day.

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    Another part of booking the perfect venue is making sure that you take the time to ask the right questions. Booking your venue can be very exciting, as well as nerve wrecking! In the moment your feelings may cloud your judgment and you may forget certain details of your big day.

     

    Here are some important questions to consider while booking a venue:

    • What does the venue include?  Are tables, chairs, dishes, flatware, stemware, etc. included?
    • Who and how is the set up managed?
    • Who is the contact for the event?
    • What are the time constraints for coming in and leaving the property?
    • What are the constraints for decor: open flames, lightings, etc.?
    • What are your food and alcohol liabilities?
    • What is the parking situation for my guests?
    • Am I the only event on the property?

    There are some wonderful venues in Maine that can accommodate any size, budget, or style needs. Narrowing down your wants and needs will help you find it!

     

  • Engagement Ring Shopping: For the Guys that Need Help!

    download5While we guys do pay attention to what you want and appreciate the hints you have given us along the way...we need a little help finding that perfect ring; the diamond enagement ring that you have been dreaming about since you were a little girl.

    Besides your winning smile, your diamond engagement ring is the single most important adornment you will wear for the rest of your life.  As such, a lot of thought must go into choosing the right ring.

    Some might say, "let him pick the right one after all he did pick you, right?"  That may be true but, picking the right ring is a lot harder than it seems.  Especially for a guy!  Sure we can do research online and talk to our buddies but, that doesn't promise that we will find the right engagement ring for you!

     

    download_(1)1So as men, this is our plea: please share your thoughts with us! Take us into a jewelry store and show us some styles that fit personal preferences. Text me pictures of rings that adequately encompass everything you want in a ring. Share pictures on facebook, pinterest, take a selfie or post a picture on instagram. Tell your mother, your sister, your best friend, or any other relavant person your ring size and your center stone preference.  Spread the word!  Why? Because, us guys will need to know when we walk into that jewelry store that we are picking the "right" ring.

    For those guys that don't get the hints (there will be some) - there are guides to assist you when the time comes to find the perfect engagement ring. Start with the Ultimate Guide: How to Buy an Engagement Ring...Yes, this is the "in your face" type of hint (click on it)!

     

    dave-webAnother tip is to be sure to pay attention to her style of jewelry. What do other rings look like that she wears? What colors are they? Are they big or small? Take pictures of them when she isn't around, or look for pictures of the two of you together and see what she is wearing in them.

    While she is going to love any engagement ring that you pick for her, making sure you are paying attention to what she wants is a great start to a marriage - "happy wife, happy life." 

    We are always here to help too! If you have questions let us know.

    Blogger: Dave Smith, Waterville Day's Jewelers

     

  • 5 Ways to Involve Family in Wedding by Bride Blogger Amanda Aceto

    caption_vertical_acetoUnderstanding our family origins and what we are all about as individuals makes it easier to discuss our values as husband and wife and, hopefully someday, as parents. We both know that we are Catholic, we want children, and we both love our families. Perfect! But what is our plan? Where will we be in five or ten years? What are our hopes and dreams for our marriage? It is so easy to get lost in the process of wedding planning and lose sight of these invaluable conversations. If I can offer any bit of advice it would be to take some time away from all those incredibly overwhelming (and exciting) wedding planning to converse with your significant other about your values and what you will be contributing and bringing into your marriage. 

    caption_vertical_marsden_familyOur involvement with our families has been something we felt has made the wedding planning easier. We have called upon the help of families for creative input, timing, and guest lists. We have also asked our parents for their input in regards to tables and seating arrangements. We feel that with a lot of family friends attending we wanted to provide them with the best experience and our parents have given us great input with putting together appropriate seating arrangements. This open communication has really brought us all closer together and has provided clear expectations. 

    caption_vertical_tributeOne way Kevin and I have chosen to pay tribute to our family is to have photographs displayed of our parents and grandparents on their wedding day. Going through these pictures is incredibly emotional, but it also gives you a sense of where you came from and after all the flashes and fancy clothes are put away you have a lifelong commitment. Kevin and I have one terrific grandparent between us however the memory of our grandparents is something we wanted to keep ever present. We will have a tribute to our grandparents and those who have gone before us.  We deeply value our heritage and want to keep that as a part of our day.

    Our family is incredibly important to us. The conversations we have around our future as a married couple have made our transition from “dating” to “engaged” to soon-to-be husband and wife incredibly exciting. Having these sometimes difficult discussions about the future and our values, have brought us closer together as a couple and put the marriage back into the forefront.

     

  • How Old is 100 Years?

    I was talking to a gentleman a few months ago who has never been in Day's Jewelers and has had a bad experience with another jeweler.  His experience was so poor that he really had no trust whatsoever in jewelers....period.  He would have chosen never to set foot in a jewelry store again, but his wife wanted a new ring and she was going to have it!  She proceeded to drag him in to us (at great protest, I imagine) and stick him in front of our mounting case.  Her request was simple and easily met so we quickly pinned down what she wanted and even met the budget she had in mind.  All the while, her husband is telling us how much he hates jewelers and letting us know he would rather be elsewhere.  As we are finalizing the deal, her husband saves the best zinger for last.  He looks me in the eye and says “How do I even know I can trust you?"  I can only expect he was waiting for me to stumble over my words and give him an excuse to back out of the deal, but I have been at this for 20 years and have heard this one before!  I am fortunate to work for a company who values personal integrity and business ethics above all else, so I looked him in the eye and simply answered “Because you are in Day's Jewelers.  We have been around 100 years because people can trust us, not in spite of it."  The answer satisfied him and we finished the sale.

    13900487192_dc528967d3I really had not thought much more about that incident until I was looking at our 100 year logo while I was deciding what to write on my next blog.  I was reminded of the incident and thought:  How old is 100 years
    really?  I mean, we all get how much one hundred is as a number, but what is it in time?  How much has gone on in the world?  What changes have occurred?  How much has the company changed?  By asking these questions, I think one gets a true sense of what it really means for a company to exist for 100 years.  I wanted some answers, so I thought it would be fun to search the internet (which was not even a thought when Day's was founded) and see what it was like in 1914.

    Take a walk down history lane with me and imagine the world when these things were new...

    In 1914, These Events Happened.

    1. The first scheduled airline flight took place.

    2. Merrill/Lynch was founded.

    3. The first steamboat passes through the Panama Canal.

    4. Henry Ford introduces the assembly line for the Model T.

    5. Beverly Hills, Ca. is incorporated.

    6. Charlie Chaplin debuts “The Tramp ".

    7. The first stone of the Lincoln Memorial is laid.

    8. Titanic's sister ship, Britannic is launched.

    9. Babe Ruth plays his first professional game of baseball.

    10. President Wilson proclaims Mother's Day.

    11. Greyhound Bus Company is founded.

    12. World War I begins.

    13. Mahatma Gandhi’s first arrest for Indian rights.

    14. United States Army Air Corps is founded.

    15. The Federal Trade Commission is formed.

    16. Ford wages go from $2.40/9 hr. day to $5.00/8 hr. day.

    17. ASCAP is formed in NYC.

    18. The first successful blood transfusion took place.

    19. The first air flight out of sight of land takes place.

    20. The first motorcycle race takes place in Dodge City, Kansas.

    Take a walk through the history of Day's Jewelers.

     

    mark-poulin2-web20111Blogger: Mark Poulin, Store Manager,

    Auburn Day's Jewelers

    Sixteen years ago, Mark joined the Day’s Jewelers family. A manager from the start, Mark came to Day’s from a management career at KB Toys. with a vast amount of retail experience, Mark has managed three Day’s Jewlers locations - Auburn, Brunswick, South Portland and now he is back in Auburn. He has also worked as a Service Manager and Customer Service Manager at Day’s Waterville location.

    Mark is a very devoted father spending every chance he can with his children.

     

     

  • REACTOR Traveling Trunk Show Comes to Day's!

    With Father’s Day right around the corner, the REACTOR Traveling Trunk Show is right on time…no pun intended. REACTOR Watch Representative, Stuart Hubbard, will be in Maine this Wednesday, May 21st through Friday, May 23rd, at 3 different Day’s Jewelers locations with an expanded selection of REACTOR watches you won’t find anywhere else in the state. 

    photoof_stuI sat down with Stu to get the inside scoop on what makes a REACTOR watch nearly indestructible, why it is the perfect Father’s Day gift for Dads that live and play hard, and what the special surprise is that he’s bringing for Red Sox fans.

     

    KL: Can you describe what makes a REACTOR watch so special?

    SH: It comes down to REACTOR’s DNA. There is a set of unique qualities that go into each and every REACTOR watch. All together, these qualities make a virtually indestructible timepiece.

     

    KL: How many factors make up the REACTOR DNA?

    SH: There are 5 core features that make REACTORs outlast and outperform any other watch you’ve ever owned. Solid forged cases, solid screw bars, screw-down crown, forged caseback, and Superluminova markings.  All cases are forged from solid marine grade type 316L stainless steel or titanium for the ultimate in strength and corrosion resistance. Bands are attached with solid threaded screw bars providing 500% more strength than typical spring bar construction. The screw-down crown and forged caseback also add to the extreme durability of each REACTOR. All together, these qualities make a virtually indestructible timepiece.

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    KL: The Superluminova is exclusive to REACTOR isn’t it? How does that technology work and why is it a benefit over “glow-in-the-dark” technology?

    SH: REACTOR’s proprietary layering of Swiss Superluminova makes their dials the brightest and longest lasting on the market.  Never Dark®, REACTOR’s patented dial technology, goes one step further than being just “glow-in-the-dark.” By combining their proprietary layering of Superluminova with tritium tubes REACTORs provide both short term and long term readability in any light or no light at all.

     KL: What about water resistance?

    SH: Every REACTOR was built to thrive in the water but models like the Trident, Poseidon, Gamma, and Gryphon were specifically designed to excel underwater and serve as diving watches. Some models were tested in water as deep as 1,000M and performed flawlessly. All models and are good choices for Fishermen, boaters, and others that work or play in close contact with water.

     

    reactor_brunswickKL: Rumor has it that you’re bringing something really special to giveaway at the Traveling Trunk Shows. What is this special surprise and how did you come by it?

    SH: Anyone who comes to at least one of the Trunk Show dates can enter to win a Boston Red Sox jersey autographed by Jon Lester. Jon is a fan of REACTOR and owns a couple of his own. When we told him about the shows he signed the jersey and sent it up to us to give to one lucky fellow REACTOR Connoisseur.

    KL: We know that REACTORs can take bullets, catch 300lb bull sharks, and are the best built Sportswatch… Period, but what drew you to Reactor?

    SH: A REACTOR watch will last you a lifetime. That's what attracted me to the REACTOR line, the strength and durability of these watches are hard to match. Having been in the watch industry for as long as I have, l have access to a lot of different brands and follow closely the trends and styles. Reactor watches crossover into all aspects of my life, it looks just as good when I need to wear a shirt and tie as it does when I'm standing on the sidelines watching my kids lacrosse games. I can even wear that exact same watch doing yard work or fixing my antique jeep.

    KL: What’s your favorite REACTOR?

    SH: That’s a tough question! I wear my Poseidon a lot. I like its boldness. My second favorite is the Valkyrie. My wife wears a Critical Mass and loves it. She wears it anywhere with anything and never has to worry about it getting hurt or damaged. I really like the new Protons too, and the new all black Gamma in Titanium is sharp. I don’t think I can narrow it down to just one favorite.

    You can come try to narrow down a favorite at one of the REACTOR Traveling Trunk Shows at Day’s in Bangor this Wednesday (May 21st), Day’s in Auburn this Thursday (May 22nd), or Day’s in Brunswick this Friday (May 23rd). All shows are from Noon to 8p.

     

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    katie1Katie is a former radio DJ that loves music, movies, photography, and making people laugh. For Day's Katie manages the Pinterest boards, contributes to blogs, and coordinates the marketing efforts. Her favorite looks are casual but classy with lots of layers and fun accessories like scarves, long necklaces, rings, unique earrings, belts, bags, and anything else that will jazz up jeans and a favorite band t-shirt. She prides herself on being the Frugal Fashionista of the Day’s social media team and loves vintage resale shops like Madlyn’s in Waterville, Maine. 

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HASSLE FREE RETURNS

If for any reason you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase within 30 days of receipt, you may return any merchandise that has not been altered, engraved or customized for a refund, credit or exchange. Merchandise returned must be in its original condition.

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All orders are fully insured and require a signature at time of delivery. Each item is cleaned, polished and inspected before it is wrapped and shipped to you. For engravings and ring sizing, please add an additional 2-3 business days to your order. Special orders or customizations may take 3-4 weeks. Please click here for full shipping information.

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Day's Jewelers requires suppliers to provide a written warranty, for every diamond purchased, that it was acquired from non-conflict sources. Furthermore, as a certified member of the Responsible Jewellery Council, Day's is committed to supporting and promoting the highest level of social, ethical and environmental responsibility in our communities and in the areas of the world where our products are sourced. Learn more...

100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE

If for any reason you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase within 30 days of receipt, you may return any merchandise that has not been altered, engraved or customized for a refund, credit or exchange. Merchandise returned must be in its original condition.

LIFETIME WARRANTY

Your jewelry purchased from Day's Jewelers is warranted for a lifetime against defects in materials and craftsmanship. To be eligible for this warranty, your piece of jewelry must be inspected at any Day's store at least once every six months. If you should live in an area where there is no Day's store located, we would be happy to recommend a reputable jeweler to perform the required semi-annual inspections. Day's also offers a low cost extended care plan that covers normal wear and tear of items not deemed as defective.

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DAY'S BEST PRICE PROMISE

Day's adheres to an everyday low price policy so you can always shop knowing you’re getting the best price possible from an authorized retailer.