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  • Why Forevermark?

    I’ve been asked many times, “Why is this Forevermark Diamond better than the GIA diamond I found online?

    My response; “That’s a great question!

    Well, let me start by saying… GIA is not a brand it is a report and just an opinion. I repeat… Just an opinion. Forevermark Diamonds are graded far beyond the 4’c, and who better to grade the diamond then De Beers. No one has touched, seen, or mined more diamonds in the history of the earth than De Beers. Each diamond has been carefully selected for its natural inherent beauty.

    Another question that comes up from time to time. “Is this a conflict diamond (blood diamond), and what does this do to the environment?” 

    Forevermark, as a part of the De Beers Group of Companies is committed to ensuring that each diamond from rough to polish has met strict standards and guidelines along its journey. With responsible business practices, the advancement of women, and protection of the natural world. For example, the 3 to 1 rule... For every 1 acre mined, 3 acres are set aside for conservation and natural wildlife sanctuaries.

    Recently a friend asked me, "Ray, how do I choose the perfect diamond?"

    In my opinion, it’s always best to purchase a diamond by looking at the diamond and multiple comparisons. Buy the diamond that speaks to you, never purchase a diamond by just reading its grading report. Two diamonds with the same 4c’s can and will look completely different. There is always a reason one is more valuable than the other. In most cases, you’ll be able to see that difference.

    Forevermark is committed to ensuring that you will see the difference.

    That’s why Days Jewelers is proud to be partnered with De Beers, and selected to be a part of that journey to offer the world’s most responsibly sourced, and most carefully selected diamonds.

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    Blogger:
    Ray Peare
    South Portland Sales Associate

     

  • DAY’S JEWELERS PRESENTS $5,000 GRANT TO CAMP SUNSHINE

    Day’s Jewelers proudly presented a $5,000 grant from Jewelers for Children (JFC) to Camp Sunshine on September 21 at Day’s Jewelers in Augusta. Camp Sunshine is an organization dedicated to helping children cope with serious illnesses along with their families. JFC, a non-profit organization founded by the jewelry industry in 1999 is dedicated to helping children in need. More than 20,000 people across America were motivated to vote for their favorite, local charity.  Day’s Jewelers worked in conjunction with Camp Sunshine to encourage people to vote.  When the final tallies were reported, Camp Sunshine earned a spot in the top 10 winning the $5,000 grant.

    Day’s Augusta Store Manager Valentin (LT) Sierra, describes Camp Sunshine and their works. "One of the great things of working for a family owned company like Day's is the fact that we dedicate time and money to give back to the communities. Camp Sunshine, based in Casco Maine, is a wonderful organization that provides respite and promotes hope to children with life-threatening illnesses to their families. It is a beautiful thing they give these children and their families and Day's is overjoyed to be a part of this.”

    “We believe that jewelry should go “Beyond Beauty,” and help to make the world a better place. Camp Sunshine is an oasis for families who are going through more than most of us could ever imagine. The energy and smiles of all the volunteers, families and kids when you walk through those doors is why we continue to nominate Camp Sunshine year after year. I am proud to say that this is our fourth year in a row nominating, and winning this grant for Camp Sunshine totaling $35,000. Thank you to our customers, vendors, friends and family who voted and helped make this possible!” Stated Marketing Director, Hannah Duguie.

    Find out more about the Day's Promise & Commitment to serving our community.

    About The Blogger: 
    Amanda Loubier
    Marketing Coordinator

  • When Not to Wear Your Jewelry

    We interviewed the goldsmiths at Day's Jewelers and asked what the most common mistakes an owner can make when it comes to their jewelry.

    #1. Sleeping in your jewelry
    Bed sheets are sold by thread count. The more threads, the softer the sheet- to us! Our jewelry, on the other hand finds any sheet a hazardous encounter. Imagine yourself having to cross through a grouping of thorny rose bushes. Most of us would rather not cross at all.
    Bed sheets again having all of the woven threads, can act like sandpaper on the tips and prongs on rings pendants, and bracelets. This leads to premature wear, requiring costly maintenance more often.

    The tips of the prongs have a tendency to become snagged and lifted when caught on threads. The more worn the tip of the prong, the more likely it will become caught, and possibly broken off. This can lead to loss of the stone it was holding. If the item was a linked item, like a pendant or bracelet it can become snagged and lead to link breakage. The best practice is to remove all jewelry before bed.

    #2. Household chores in your jewelry

    mom-with-tons-of-laundryThis might sound a bit repetitive, but folding laundry is a commonly heard task that involves many stories that start out, "I was just finishing a load of towels, when I noticed that my stone was missing." Those pesky threads are again out to snag stray tips or prongs.

    Precious metals have a malleable nature that lends them to being used in jewelry manufacture. This same quality also makes them have an increased susceptibility to being vulnerable to degradation when in contact with many chemicals, especially those use in common household cleaners. Certain stones are also susceptible to becoming damaged by them as well.

    These same average chores, like dishwashing tend to lead to bumps, scrapes and other mishaps that are often culprits of jewelry failures. The task you've accomplished 1000 times before in a bracelet without incident can become the pricey 1001st with a simple catch that pulls a link apart and has you scrambling for your beads!

    #3. Swimming in your jewelry
    This is really the same as the household cleaner’s category. Swimming pools and hot tubs are treated with a very potent version of bleach called shock. This chemical is a caustic agent meant to stop the production of algae and bacteria. It is strong enough to affect the structure of most metals, not only limited to jewelry. Since the prongs that hold our rings are miniaturized to not obstruct the view of our beautiful stones, the small amount of metal can be compromised in a very short amount of time. Swimming in the ocean presents a similar problem, with the salt water wreaking the havoc on the porous metals.

    cleaning-inspection1It may seem like we're insisting that you never wear your jewelry, when in fact this is not the case. A jewelry professional can, in fact, find styles that would best suit the intended recipient’s lifestyle. The above tips are more simple reminders that will offer the owner a much longer time between upkeep, therefore keeping overall maintenance costs down. The single best piece of advice we can offer to keep a beloved piece of jewelry on you, is to have it regularly cleaned and inspected.

    Blogger: 

    joe2011Joe, Assistant Store Manager,
    Waterville, Day's Jewelers
    Learn more about Joe!

    Joe began his career with Day's Jewelers in Waterville in September of 2009. Since that time, he has become an integral piece of the team at Day's. Joe believes that working with customers is very rewarding. He enjoys becoming a part of a couple's love story when helping customers purchase the perfect diamond engagement ring.

     

     

     

     

  • Did You Know: Pearls

    Spring time is the perfect time of year to take out your pearls! Have you ever wondered how they are made, or how to take care of them?

    pearl_000006079464medium_(1)How They Are Made:

    Pearls are unique in the world of gemstones as they are the only gemstone made within a living creature.

    Natural Pearls:

    A natural pearl is one that forms without any human intervention at all and is very rare. Natural pearls are formed by chance. Most shelled mollusks can produce some kind of pearl when an irritating object becomes trapped within its mantle folds, but the great majority of these pearls are not valued as gemstones. Nacreous pearls are primarily produced by two groups of molluscan bivalves or clams. A nacreous pearl is made from layers of nacre, by the same living process as is used in the secretion of the mother of pearl which lines the shell.

    Cultured Pearls:

    Natural pearls are so rare and hard to recover from the ocean's depths, so man invented the technique of culturing salt and freshwater pearls from mollusks, by carefully seeding it with irritants similar to those created by nature. The meticulous effort of culturing is one of the most dramatic examples of man's quest to coax beauty from nature.

    Today, cultured pearls are grown and harvested in many parts of the world including the fresh waters of the Tennessee River. However, the majority of cultured pearls come from Japan, China and the South Pacific.

    pearl-shapesPearl Shapes: 

    Pearls come in eight basic shapes: round, semi-round, button, drop, pear, oval, baroque, and circled (or ringed). Perfectly round pearls are the rarest and most valuable shape. Semi-rounds are also used in necklaces or in pieces where the shape of the pearl can be disguised to look like it is a perfectly round pearl. Button pearls are like a slightly flattened round pearl and can also make a necklace, but are more often used in single pendants or earrings where the back half of the pearl is covered, making it look like a larger, and rounder pearl.

    Drop and pear shaped pearls are sometimes referred to as teardrop pearls and are most often seen in earrings, pendants, or as a center pearl in a necklace. Baroque pearls have a different appeal; they are often highly irregular with unique and interesting shapes. They are also commonly seen in necklaces. Circled pearls are characterized by concentric ridges, or rings, around the body of the pearl.

    Pearl Colors:

    Cultured pearls come in many beautiful colors including: gold, yellow, champagne, pink, peach, lavender, gray and black. Honora is best known for their creation of colored pearls.

    Due to demand for perfectly matched white pearl strands, cultured fresh and saltwater pearls are often bleached to achieve a uniform color. They may also be polished in tumblers to clean and improve their luster.

    Dyes, heat treatment, and irradiation are sometimes applied to produce a wide range of hues such as yellow, green, blue, purple, gray, and black in freshwater and Akoya cultured pearls. Some South Sea cultured pearls are bleached to lighten their hue, but most South Sea and Tahitian cultured pearls are not subjected to enhancements to create or improve their color.

    Pearl Care:

    Pearls require special care because they contain calcareous crystals that are sensitive to chemicals and acids. To care for your cultured pearls, avoid using perfume, hairspray, abrasives, solvents, and nail polish removers while wearing them. Like your skin, cultured pearls contain water and may dehydrate and crack if exposed continuously to arid conditions.

    As always, please feel free to bring your jewelry into your closest Day's Jewelers location and we would be more than happy to clean and inspect your items for you.

    images_(4)Need a Gift:

    Pearl is the gemstone for June birthdays, as well as the third and thirtieth anniversaries.

    If you have any questions or comments, or want to know more about Pearls, please let me know!

     

  • Did You Know: Aquamarine

    aquamarine_trillion_cutAre you a sailor, or do you have a sailor or fisherman in your life? Are you a March baby? Or maybe you just love Aquamarine? If so, this article of "Did You Know" is for you.

    About Aquamarine:

    Its name comes from the Latin word "aqua marina," meaning seawater. Aquamarine symbolizes the clarity and transparency of the ocean waters.

    Aquamarine is one of the more popular gemstones around. It is found in many parts of the world including North America, South America, Russia, India, Madagascar and Africa.

    History:

    Aquamarine has long been associated with its ability to capture the energy of the ocean. When Aquamarine amulets and pendants were worn by sailors, they believed that unmatched bravery would be instilled in their souls. In some areas, these jewels accompanied their owners while out on the high seas, and in the event of a storm, were tossed overboard to subdue the Greek god Poseidon's anger.

    Aquamarine is also considered to be a gemstone that purifies and cleanses the mind with fresh clear thoughts. It brings hope, health, harmony, and happiness. It rekindles friendships, awakens love, and elevates the spirit.

    images_(4)Need a Gift:

    Aquamarine is the anniversary gemstone for the 18th year of marriage. Commonly known as the March birthstone, Aquamarine is linked to the astrological signs of Pisces and Scorpio.

    Aquamarine Care:

    The best way to clean Aquamarine jewels is with soapy water. Steam cleaners work well with these gemstones. On the Mohs scale, Aquamarine is rated at a 7-8 for hardness. Avoid contact with harsh chemicals.

    As always, Day's Jewelers will clean and inspect your Aquamarine or any other jewelry free of charge for you.

    If you have any other questions or comments, or would like to know more about Aquamarine, please email me!

     

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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...

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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.

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.