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  • How you could be unintentionally killing your jewelry...

    Like a new car, new jewelry eventually requires maintenance. This isn’t a suggestion, it’s a fact. When you love your jewelry, you wear it (as you should). When you wear it, you damage it. This fact is not so much about quality craftsmanship as it is about wear and tear.

    When you drive thousands of miles on your car, it is not the car’s fault the tires need to be replaced. The same concept can (and should) be applied to jewelry. Under elements of normal wear and tear your metals should last you the following number of years without requiring prong or shank maintenance.

    1. Yellow Gold – 5 Years
    2. White Gold – 8 Years
    3. Platinum – 20 Years

    This is under normal wear and tear. Below, I have created a list of activities that unintentionally kills jewelry. If you want to maximize the life of your jewelry and delay repair work as long as possible, please be (unofficially) advised to remove your jewelry when doing the following:

    1)      Cleaning:  Many cleaning chemicals contain chlorine – which is terribly harmful to most metals by causing porosity and weakening prongs and shanks. Even all-natural cleaning agents can do damage to jewelry. While they may not necessarily harm metal, they can damage most gemstones that have much softer compositional properties than diamonds. No, this does not exempt you from performing household chores! When it is time to scrub and disinfect your home, remove the jewelry on your hands first! Unlike your skin, jewelry does not heal and regenerate after chemical exposure.

    2)      Swimming: Just like with cleaning, more leisurely activities like, a soak in the hot tub or a quick swim before dinner, will damage your jewelry because of the chemical exposure.

    -Furthermore, when you swim (even in fresh or salt water) your hands are exposed to cooler temperatures. When your hands are cold your fingers constrict, when your fingers constrict your rings become loose fitting, when your rings are loose they fall off!

    3)      Yard Work: We have all had blisters from raking, weeding, chopping, stacking, digging, and/or harvesting. Am I right? We have all seen what yard work does to our hands (and muscles!), imagine what it is doing to your jewelry on a microscopic level. Over time, you will do damage that will bring your ring to our repair shop. May it be a broken prong, a chipped stone, or a missing stone, you will need it repaired, and it will cost you money.

    4)      Hiking: One of my best friend’s engagement ring was purchased from me. A month after the proposal, she texted me saying her platinum was terribly scratched (and it was!).

    The conversation went something like this:

    Her: “You said platinum was durable.”

    Me: “You climbed a mountain with your ring on.”

    Need I say more? (Sorry, Karis. I use your active lifestyle as an example on a regular basis.)

    5)      Sleeping: This is a big one. The biggest, really. Folks, take your jewelry off before bed. You’re not as delicate of a sleeper as you think you are.

    You may think you sleep like this:

    But you really sleep like this:

    When you toss and turn you are susceptible of snagging prongs in your blankets and stretching/tangling your chains. There is only so much of this that your jewelry can take.

    Eventually, something is going to give and it is going to either need repair or replacement.

    6)      Gym: Kudos to all of you who work out. Really, you put my couch-potato self to shame.  I never damage my jewelry sitting on the couch. Neither will you. You will, however, damage your jewelry at the gym. Whether you are pumping iron, practicing your left JAB, or using the rowing machine (all things, I have never done in my life) you are putting serious strain on your rings. Those of you wearing rings with stones are at the most risk. FYI: Activity that causes your ring to be pressed into your hand or against something else, even if it’s only at the bottom, will bend your ring. It may not be evident right away, but when your ring bends it effects the structural integrity of the tension holding your gemstones in. They will become loose and gold work will be required to strengthen your ring again. You may even chip your stones, requiring replacement. Yes, diamonds are the least likely to chip, but they can and will if under significant strain or impact.

    7)      Carrying heavy loads: If you’re like me, you hate making two trips out to the car to bring in groceries. To maximize your efficiency, I’m sure you carry all 17 bags and a gallon of milk into the house in one trip. This will bend your ring and snag prongs catastrophically. Reread the FYI from point #6.

     

    Jewelry is precious, delicate and valuable. While it deserves to be shown off, it deserves to be treated carefully to maximize its beauty and longevity. Please remove your jewelry before engaging in the activities listed above – they are the most frequent culprits of jewelry damage!

     

    When the time comes, and you need repairs, Day’s Jewelers has the most professional, talented, meticulous, caring, certified and accredited jewelers in the industry. I have had the pleasure of working with most of them, I trust and respect them completely. You will too!

     

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  • Day’s Jewelers Selected Among Best Places to Work in Maine for a Third Year

    Day’s Jewelers was recently named as one of the 2017 Best Places to Work in Maine. The awards program was created in 2006 and is a project of the Society for Human Resource Management - Maine State Council (MESHRM) and Best Companies Group. Partners endorsing the program include: Mainebiz, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce and Maine HR Convention.

    Kathy, Jeff and Jim Corey, owners of Day’s Jewelers, have truly created a business that makes its employees proud. “Kathy, my brother Jim and I were raised in the St. John Valley in Northern Maine where family is such an important part of the local culture. The three of us, along with my 5 other siblings, worked together in my Mom and Dad’s business, Robert’s Jewelry in Madawaska. Family has always been important to us. As we’ve built Day’s over the years, it was our goal to create a family environment among our staff,” says Jeff Corey.

    Kathy Corey thanks her employees for this award which has been claimed in 2014, 2015 and now 2017. “Receiving this award is truly an honor, but mostly it’s a tribute to the 140 employees who work at Day’s.  They are the real heroes.”

    Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the Best Places to Work in Maine. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final rankings.

    Day’s Jewelers Human Resources Director Kristie Jandreau knows exactly how this award was earned., “It’s because of what we do and, most importantly, why we do it. We are surrounded by beautiful gems, sparkling diamonds, and the latest fashion accessories. We spend our work days in luxurious showrooms with guests looking for that special piece to commemorate an important occasion or symbol of their love. Relationships are formed with our guests that last for many years. Day’s employees enjoy people and building relationships with our guests and with each other. Day’s employees often describe their co-workers as family.”

    Other employees agree; Company Photographer and Content Producer, Brian Chick says, “We are given the tools and support to succeed with in-house training and continued education outside of the workplace.” Lindsay Nodden, Assistant Buyer said, “I think the reason why we won best places to work in Maine is because people genuinely enjoy their jobs here.  How could you not, working with beautiful things and amazing people every day!”

    Day’s Jewelers will be recognized at the Best Places to Work in Maine awards ceremony on October 10 and will be listed in a special publication by Mainebiz. The final rankings will be announced at the event.

    About The Blogger:
    Amanda Loubier
    Marketing Coordinator

     

     

  • 3 Quick Tips for Keeping Your Jewelry Clean

    dsfe0319_1There are plenty of myths out there these days on what the best way to care for and clean your jewelry are. With some basic knowledge, anybody can properly take care of their jewelry and keep it sparkling like the first day you got it.

    Here are your 3 quick tips for keeping your jewelry clean:

    Tip 1: Remove Your Gold Jewelry

    Gold jewelry typically will have a copper alloy mixed into it. Since pure 24 karat gold is much too soft for frequent wear, these alloys are added to give it durability. You will also notice, if you have a pool or hot tub, that none of the piping is made of copper like many other pipes are.  The reason for this is that chlorine breaks down copper as a metal.  Therefore any jewelry worn in a pool or hot tub, even just once is at risk for severe structural damage.  We often find small cracks and pitting in these types of rings when we clean and inspect them.  The best way to prevent this, is removing your gold jewelry before going in.

    Tip 2: Soapy Situation

    download_(1)Another mystery in the jewelry world is the effect of hand soap on jewelry. Many think that because soap is used to clean, it would be perfect for my jewelry. Unfortunately, it is just the opposite.  Soap has a tendency of leaving a coating or film, especially on diamonds which kills their brilliance.  The best way to clean your jewelry at home is with small jewelry cleaner, which can be purchased inexpensively at your local jeweler.  If this is not an option, you can use rubbing alcohol to clean your jewelry.

    Tip 3: Do not wear it!

    Wearing your jewelry at all times comes with a fair amount of risk. No one wants to tell you when or how often you can wear your jewelry, however you must understand the consequences involved in doing so.  Rings worn everyday for example, will need more maintenance: head replacements, re-tipping, and re-shanking may occur more often. Even wearing your jewelry to bed brings a small risk. Bed sheets typically have some sort of abrasive on them and having that in contact for 8 hours with your jewelry can create problems over time.

    There you go! That's pretty easy right. If you have any other questions or ideas to share about how to keep your jewelry clean, please let us know. We love hearing what our customers have to say.

    Happy New Year!

    joe-c2011About the Blogger: 

    Joe C., Store Manager, 
    Manchester, NH - Day's Jewelers 

    Joe has been working at Day’s Jewelers since August of 2006. He is DCA Diamond Certified and Seiko/Pulsar Masterclass. Joseph grew up in the business of Jewelry. He can remember working many Christmases on the sales floor along with the rest of his family who are the proud owners of Day’s Jewelers.

     

     

  • www.daysjewelers.com

    Not only is www.daysjewelers.com a great place to find all of your jewelry needs, it is also a helpful resource that can answer questions about almost anything related to jewelry! We have dedicated time to educate our customers about what to look for in a good piece of jewelry, how to identify gemstones and how to choose the best diamond. We also have shared the best way to clean and care for metals, gemstones, diamonds and pearls. You can even order a free jewelry cleaning kit, Forevermark brochure and Ultimate Guides for our most popular jewelry collections.

    Start browsing the site today and see what you can find!

  • Day's Jewelers Services

    One of the greatest things about Day's Jewelers is our service department - both in the store and at www.daysjewelers.com. The services we offer to our customers ensure that your jewelry is safe and sparkling. Every six months, we encourage our engagement ring, right hand ring, or diamond fashion ring wearers to come in and have their ring inspected to make sure that your gemstone or diamond is securely in place. A complimentary cleaning will take place to bring out the natural brilliance of your piece of jewelry. Watch Corey Johnson, Marketing Itern and former salesperson at Day's Jewelers in Bangor clean a ring:

    One of the ways to care for a piece of white gold jewelry is to get it rhodium plated. In the video below, Sascha, the Manager of the Manchester, NH store explains the rhodium plating process.

     

     

    The web store, www.daysjewelers.com, has its own services that it offers to customers. Each order that is placed is handled with care and securely delivered to your doorstep. Day's Jewelers website ensures that you can buy safe and secure. If there is a product you would like to see in a store, simply choose the "See in Store" button on the product's page and enter your desired Day's location to see the piece. There is no obligation with this offer. It is just another service that Day's offers to make sure our customers are happy with their purchase. If you are unhappy with a purchase, Day's as a 100% money back guarantee within 30 days of purchase (with original receipt) All of your merchandise is neatly packaged in a signature Day's Jewelers blue box and shipped fully insured. You can have peace of mind when you shop at www.daysjewelers.com. Below, watch Melissa Wildes, Web store Manager, package and ship a web order:

  • Welcome to Day's Jewelers Blog!

    Welcome to Day's Jewelers new blog! We will be blogging about all things jewelry: trends, new and interesting pieces, cleaning tips, fashion tips - anything! Most importantly, we want to hear from YOU! Please comment on our posts, ask questions and tell us what you think.  If you want to learn more about a topic, please share that with us and we will blog about it.  Don't be shy! Thanks for reading! Check back in with us a few times a week to see what new blogs we have posted. 

  • How to Clean Gemstone and Pearl Jewelry

    How to Clean your Gemstone Jewelry

    Gemstone jewelry should be worn and enjoyed. Yet, like anything precious to us, it should be treated gently and with respect.

    • Cleaning jewelry with Day’s Jewelry Cleaner or with mild dish soap in warm water is the best way to keep your jewelry clean at home.
    • You can use a toothbrush to scrub behind the stone where dust, dirt and soap film may collect.

    How to Clean your Pearl Jewelry

    jerpl1108b When cleaning your pearl jewelry, we suggest wiping pearls with a soft cloth after you wear them. This will ensure they remain free of harmful build-up of these compounds.

    • Always keep your pearl jewelry separated from gemstone, diamond and gold jewelry items to prevent them from being scratched.
    • Pearls are best kept in a soft cloth pouch or a soft lined jewelry box.

    jpl240071If you wear your pearls often, they should be restrung about once a year to prevent strand breakage. The thread should be knotted between each pearl to prevent all the pearls in a strand from falling off should a break occur. Individual knotting also prevents possible damage from pearls from rubbing together.

    If you are ever out and about, stop by your local jeweler or Day’s store and we would be more than happy to buff, clean and inspect your pearl and gemstone jewelry at no cost, any time.

     

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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.

FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $95

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.

CONFLICT-FREE

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