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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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  • Top 3 Appraisal Tips from a GIA Graduate Gemologist

    darcy2-resized-600.jpgDarcy Good started her career at Day’s Jewelers seventeen years ago.  Since then she has earned her degree from the Gemological Institute of America as a Graduate Gemologist and is now the full-time appraiser at Day's Jewelers in Waterville. Darcy often gets asked 3 basic questions before performing an appraisal and in this exclusive post she'll give you the tools you need before you head to Antique Roadshow or any other appraiser with your precious items. 

    1. What does an appraisal cost?

    This is the most common question surrounding appraisals. Unfortunately quoting an accurate cost can be difficult because the fee depends on several factors.  First, every stone must go through an identification process.  For instance, diamond and moissanite will test the same on a diamond tester.  It is imperative to distinguish between the two.  Ruby and red spinel look the same; education and experience are necessary to make the separation.  Assigning a value to jewelry with large stones or custom jewelry, often times, requires research.  These are just a few of many examples.  Appraisal fees are usually between $45 and $200.  The appraiser you choose can give you a better idea of what an appraisal of your exact piece may cost.

    At Day's we offer free verbal appraisals to give you an approximate value. If you decide to have an official written appraisal for insurance or other purposes, the fees start at $40 per item and are adjusted from there depending upon the number of stones and research it will take to complete the appraisal.

    2. Why should I get an appraisal?

    Insurance Purposes: We work very hard to buy the things that are important to us. We insure our homes & cars because we know that it would be very difficult to replace those things if lost, damaged or destroyed. The same goes for our jewelry. Once a person has an appraisal, he or she can insure their jewelry by adding it to their homeowner’s policy for very little expense. Over time, our jewelry appreciates in value so it is important to have appraisals updated too.

    Selling: Perhaps you have a piece that you no longer wear. The sentimentality of jewelry can change when a relationship ends or styles come in and out of fashion. A appraisal will not only give you a benchmark for insurance purposes but it will also give you a suggested value if you are looking to sell the piece. An appraisal from a Gemologist you trust will give you the tools you need to negotiate the best price when you sell.

    3. How long does an appraisal take?

    How long an appraisal takes depends on the piece itself. I am able to determine an approximate value in a minute, but it can be a complicated process to complete an educated assessment. There are several value factors that need to be assessed when grading diamonds and colored stones. Every stone must go through an identification process and sometimes additional research is required.

     

    Have additonal appraisal questions?
    Ask Darcy at dgood@daysjewelers.com

     

  • 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.

     

     

     

     

  • Style File: Coast to Coast - Business Style

    One thing that women can agree on, no matter which coast you're on, is that style in business is important. When you step into a board room or a meeting, the way you feel about your look can spike your confidence and help you preform better. Today's Coast-to-Coast Style File is all about Professional Style and how women on both coasts are rockin' it.

    Kelsey | West Coast Style Hunter: 

     

    susanI had this picture in my mind of what LA was going to be like before I got here. I was under the impression that I was going to get to the city and be amazed by the street style like I was in Chicago. That hasn't been the case so far though. Maybe it is because I, myself, am now a professional woman but the looks that have been inspiring me mean business.

    There is something so casual and comfortable about all of the style here on the West Coast, but the professional women that I have encountered have a way of perfectly combining casual elements, with professional accents to create a sexy style for the office. Forget the "Power Pants Suits" that come to mind when you think of powerful woman in business because being a power house doesn't mean you have to look frumpy. Instead, layers are key. Above the knee patent leather boots, little black dresses with challenging hem lines and accessories like a nice belt or a brilliant scarf to top it all off are signatures of West Coast Professional style.

    Pictured is Susan, one of my professors. She is a rockstar when it comes to fashion. Her style has a lot of personality on a day to day basis. She is always able to look so professional, yet edgy and timeless. Here she is pictured wearing a Chanel layered pearl necklace. Layering necklaces is such a fun and easy way to make a big statement with the layers you choose to incorporate.

    I have always admired the way that professional women dress, and how it gives them the ability to suggest power and intelligence through what they wear. Being in LA has shown me this is still true and that women on the West Coast are embracing it more than ever. These high fashion business professionals also recognize a killer designer when they see it and value the designer name almost as much as the look itself. It makes me feel a little like I’m watching a real life version of The Devil Wears Prada and reminds me of the cultural differences between the coasts.

    Melissa | East Coast Style Hunter: 

     

    c600x768I always thought of business attire as conservative power suits and clean lines just like Kelsey. That really isn't the case today though, on either coast. While Hillary Clinton can still rock a pants suit, more women today feel they have more freedom to make a statement with their fashion choices. Attending industry conferences will tell you this is true as you notice that even the presidents of big companies are dressed in fitted pants, killer pumps, a blouse and some powerful jewelry to tie it all together.

    I've been researching a lot of what the "trends" are for business attire and oddly enough - many of them (West or East coast) match well with Kelsey's assesment of layers and edgy accents.

    Some fun things I have noticed is mixing and matching prints, having fun with colors, and not being afraid to own the style! I personally, have NO problem with this. I tend to live in my own world when it comes to fashion. Sometimes I wear things and think, "does this match?" Other times I just like something so much that even if it isn't in fashion anymore, I MAKE it in fashion - but let's be honest, the 70's and 80's are coming back into style. So, I'm not too far off.

    I think I have to agree with Kelsey that the biggest difference in the Coast-to-Coast style of business women is the emphasis on desigerns. While East Coast girls appreciate designers too, we are not in the "hot bed" of new designers like West Coast girls are. When you get this far into the Northeast, New York City is the closest place that hot new designers are trying to stand out and get noticed. Because of that, we notice style based on how it makes us feel, not based on who the designer is. I think that gives East Coast women a unique opportunity to be their own stylists and try things out just to see if they work.

    Take away: 

    Have your own style. Dare to stand out because taking risks is what a true professional is all about. Be sure to wear color and add accessories that best compliment your attitude and your look!

    Easy do's:

    • Color
    • Print
    • Black Dress
    • Power Heel
    • High Boots
    • Statement Jewelry

    Easy don'ts:

    • Drab neutral colors
    • Stiff Suits
    • Grandma's flats
    • No Jewelry

    Here are some of our favorite pieces to help create a killer business style look of your own.

     

  • How To: Find Jewelry that Compliments Your Lifestyle

    Lifestyle: 

    The first thing to think about when you are looking for jewelry for yourself or for someone else is what type of lifestyle do you have. That may seem odd, however, for someone that is active high set rings and metals that tend to scratch easliy would not be a good choice for them. Here are a few quick references to the following lifestyle types:

    Active

    What is an active lifestyle? Someone that loves the outdoors, goes hiking, does a lot of gardening. Or a person that works in a hospital, with children, or is always on the go doing something! If you are shopping for someone with an active lifestyle you want to look for:

     

    dsct0579_11. Setting

    Active people tend to hit their jewelry often. For that reason, setting a diamond or gemstone into a bezel setting is typically a better option. This type of setting will protect the stone from it's surroundings. It hugs the entire stone and assures that there will be no bending prongs to catch on anything, the stone cannot get loose and fall out, and it typically sits lower than a prong mounting so that it will not get in the way of the day to day activities.

    2. Gemstones and Diamonds

    When thinking about the gemstones, the harder the better. Gemstones and diamonds are measured by the Mohs scale. The Mohs scale characterizes the scratch resistance of various minerals through the ability of a harder material to scratch a softer material.

    When a person is active they tend to bump, rub, and hit their jewelry on many things. Having a harder stone will assist in making sure that nothing will happen to the gemstone or diamond.

    Here are some Mohs scales for common gemstones: Peridot and Opal 6-7, Quartz 7, Emerald 7.5, Topaz 8, Sapphire 9, Diamond 10.

    Non-Active

    We know that everyone is active in some way typically. However, some people spend more time sitting at a desk for work. These types of people have more of a selection when it comes to settings for their jewelry. Here are some options for people with less active lifestyles:

    1. Setting

    The great thing about a person with a "non-active" lifestyle is that the setting doesn't much matter. It really comes down to their personal preference. The one thing that I would suggest as a person who works at a desk myself, eternity bands can get in the way when typing all day long. When wearing an eternity band the back side sits lower than most bands do (because it is holding gemstones all the way around), and it can hit on the desk, the keyboard, and the mouse throughout the day. This is something to be careful about as you can risk damaging the gemstones or loosing them, if too much pressure and banging occurs.

    2. Gemstones and Diamonds

     

    gemstonesNow, even if you aren't an "active" person, but you have a piece of jewelry you are going to wear daily, I would suggest a harder stone for you as well. Even when gemstones don't get bumped around a lot, they still get bumped around a lot (we just don't realize it). If you are a person that works in an office, a stay at home mom, or you do all the running around for the household, not only do you get worn down, but so does your jewelry.

    For your reference again, Mohs scales for common gemstones: Peridot and Opal 6-7, Quartz 7, Emerald 7.5, Topaz 8, Sapphire 9, Diamond 10.

    Regardless of your lifestyle:

    No matter your lifestyle, there are some general Do's and Don'ts for your jewelry. There are also metal options you can think about for those that cannot wear gold or silver.

    1. Do's and Dont's

    Do have your jewelry clean and inspected at least every 6 months (most local jewelers will do this free of charge)

    Do keep your jewelry somewhere safe and secure. As well as seperated from each other so that your items do not rub against each other.

    Do put on perfume, lotions, hairspray, etc...BEFORE putting on your jewelry (and allow to dry). Especially pearls.

    Don't clean with your jewelry on. Household cleaners can cause damage to your jewelry.

    Don't wear your jewelry in a pool or hot tub. Chemicals in these can cause damage to your jewelry.

    Don't wear your jewelry in the shower. Soap residue in rings and earrings can cause your jewelry to look dull and if you do not dry those areas well you can cause skin irratations.

    Don't put lotion on while wearing rings. This too can make your jewelry look dull and collect under your gemstones or inbetween areas of your rings.

    2. Sensative Skin?

    Some people need hypoallergenic metals, as they are sensative to the alloys in others. Here are a few metal choices for those that have sensative skin or need a hypoallergenic option: platinum, palladium and titanium.

    These are just a few things to think about when finding jewelry that compliments your lifestyle. Remember your settings, gemstones and metal types are very important. Also, for any lifestyle, the do's and dont's when wearing your jewelry. We want you to be sure your jewelry lasts a lifetime.

    About the Blogger: 

    dsc_4774I'm Melissa or you might see me as "~MKW", your personal shopper at DaysJewelers.com. Feel free to ask me anything! I love meeting new people and helping them find the perfect piece for themselves or for that special someone!

    I'll let you in on a secret: I am addicted to shoes and jewelry. Perfect for this job!

    Questions or comments, please let me know! I love hearing from our customers. 800-439-3297 ormwildes@daysjewelers.com

    ~Melissa (MKW), Your Personal Shopper

     

     

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