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  • Amethyst: 2018 Color of the Year

     

    This February let's channel the late musical icon, Prince, and celebrate Purple Rain! Purple "Reign", that is! Per Pantone, the 2018 Color of the Year is Ultra Violet, and here at Day's Jewelers we are ready to "rock" the color purple. Of course, there is no greater month to for us to embrace Ultra Violet than February when birthstone Amethyst dominates the jewelry world.

    If you haven't already, very soon you will be seeing Ultra Violet everywhere. From furniture to hair color, candy packaging to cosmetics, clothing to vehicles, so I'm blogging to remind you to accessorize 2018 with amethyst!

    As part of the Quartz family, amethyst is abundant, low maintenance, durable, affordable, and a fabulous way to show off a highly fashionable jeweled look for a great price. One of my favorite ways to show off amethyst is by stacking Ed Levin handmade sterling silver bangles featuring our favorite purple gem!

     

    Tales have been told that supernatural powers have been linked to amethyst. For centuries, amethyst had been believed to heal and protect people from illnesses. Many even believed drinking alcoholic beverages served in amethyst cups would prevent drunkenness. While today we have modern medicine on our side, amethyst is still considered to be a healer of the body and soul through energy according to many who practice alternative medicine. Additionally, many millennials wear not only amethyst, but other Quartz crystals as well, for mental, physical, and spiritual intervention in their daily lives. Our new silver line, T. Jazelle, brings that trend to the our reality with The Cleo Collection, displaying singular cylindrical crystals on a 36 inch chain; and expansion bracelets with polished beads made out of genuine gemstones accessorized with a single silver charm.

     

    Guest Fashionista, Morgan Bouchard, formerly of the Topsham Day's Jewelers, was kind enough to put together outfit pairings featuring Ultra Violet for your style inspiration. To enhance these looks, come try on this east-to-west oriented oval amethyst and diamond necklace set in white gold on an 18 inch chain. Of course, you will also need to try on the matching pair of earrings where the oval amethyst are oriented North-to-South. Top off the jeweled pairing by wearing this ESTATE oval amethyst ring set in 14k white gold. You'll want to act fast on the ring, it's bold, beautiful, and a great big look - but we only have ONE in company and it's the only one we will ever have!

    So there you have it. Amethyst, the color of royalty, is the reigning "Prince" of 2018 thanks to Pantone and the color Ultra Violet. With Valentine's Day less than 2 weeks away, make sure to keep on trend by shopping for Amethyst. - And don't forget, if Ultra Violet is not your color, Forevermark diamonds go with everything!

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  • Day’s Jewelers a Third Generation Family Owned Jeweler You can Trust!

    Day's Jewelers, a Maine company with 3 generations of commitment to quality and service in the fine jewelry industry.
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  • What is Heirloom Jewelry?

    The word heirloom is defined as, “a valuable object that has belonged to a family for several generations”. What makes a piece of jewelry an heirloom? Value, quality and beauty are all important factors. For me, it’s the stories behind the piece. There are stories of love, dreams, accomplishments, and sometimes even loss.

    rwbd3049_1Jane is one of the very first guests I ever worked with at Day's. Over the past year she has become a very close friend. Jane is a single woman, no children, and she contends with some pretty serious health issues. She started buying jewelry to lift her spirits! It all began with a five stone diamond ring. Put on layaway for ten months, Jane came in religiously to make payments on her stunning new ring. Her three nieces all went crazy for the beautiful new bauble and Jane decided to buy two more, identical to the first, so that one day each niece could have one to remember her by. The girls are unaware that these rings are meant for them. Each has been engraved with the girl’s first initial inside the shank. These rings have become Jane’s trademark now. She told me recently that one of her nieces said, “Auntie, these rings will always remind me of you.” Fifteen lovely diamonds that are worn everywhere, each day—what lovely heirlooms Jane is creating to pass on to the next generation! Recently, a new great niece was born. Jane added the “baby ring” to the mix. This smaller version of the other three now tops off the collection nicely.

    My own family heirloom comes from my Nana. One of the most wonderful women I know. She is beautiful, smart, independent and strong. She has had a difficult life and didn’t always own many fine things. Over the past twenty or so years, her children and grandchildren have taken to buying her jewelry for special occasions. She loves every piece! On any given day my Nana will have 8-9 rings on and usually bracelets and necklaces layered as well. She often tells me that she is the envy of all of the women at the Senior Citizen’s Center (and that it keeps the men away because they assume she’s too high maintenance). “They all just love my jewels” she tells me. I have tried sharing my own personal motto with her, “less is more” and suggested wearing one piece at a time. However, she feels beautiful draped in her jewels. It makes me happy that they bring her such happiness.

    When I was in college, I remember asking her about one particular ring that she wore every day on her left middle finger. It was a very light purple amethyst. She told me that it was her favorite. “Nana, your favorite is MY birthstone” I told her. “I know” she said, “that’s why it’s my favorite!” Years later, after cleaning up from a hectic Christmas morning, I found a tiny, wrapped box underneath my tree. Inside was the amethyst ring; Nana’s favorite. To this day it is my only prized possession—my own heirloom. It may not have much value, but the memories of love and happiness it evokes is invaluable.

    A family heirloom is a direct connection to your history. If you already possess a family heirloom, it’s no doubt you cherish it. Perhaps you’ve thought about passing it on one day to the next generation. You probably have fond memories of the person before you who owned it and remember the day it was given to you. But what if you want to create a family heirloom? Jewelry makes the perfect choice and if chosen wisely, a quality piece of jewelry can be worn, enjoyed and cherished forever. Some good choices: diamond jewelry, platinum or gold rings, pearl earrings or necklace, charms and charm bracelets (engraving is a nice touch). If colored gemstones are your preference, chose sapphires or rubies for their hardness. When selecting an heirloom, consider quality and style. Solid construction and tough materials hold up best and classic styles will be worn throughout the years whereas fads will pass and be less desirable over time. The general rule: timeless, not trendy.

     

    About the Blogger: 

    kristin_kennedyKristin, Sales Associate
    South Portland Day's Jewelers 

    I have been with Day’s Jewelers since November 2012. I love sharing information about the metals and gemstones with the customers. People come into Day’s looking for something special and we get to help them find it. The most satisfying part of customer service is making our guests happy and having them return.

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  • The Myths of Estate Jewelry

    downloadWhat is considered estate jewelry anyway? Estate is a fancy way to say a piece is pre-owned. At Day’s we purchase a lot of pre-owned pieces from our guests that we offer for sale in our estate jewelry collection. We also purchase pieces that we turn into totally different designs by separating the gemstones and diamonds and melting the metal.

    A lot of misconceptions are associated with estate jewelry so this blog will help you debunk the myths and serve as a guide to buying estate jewelry.

    Myth 1: Estate jewelry has bad “Juju”

    It is true that estate pieces come with a story but the reason that someone sells their jewelry isn’t just because the piece is associated with bad memories. People sell their jewelry for a lot of reasons. One of the most common reasons we see people sell is because their tastes have changed. If the look of the piece doesn’t fit your style it will just sit in a jewelry box. Why not trade it in for a piece you’ll wear and enjoy?

     

    citrineestateStyle is so important and that is often why we also see people come in to sell pieces they have inherited but would never wear. If the original piece has sentimental value we can rework the piece into a new design that carries the same sentiment in a style you love. If it doesn’t have sentimental value you can use the value of the piece towards a new piece you love.

    We do see some pieces come in for sale that are the result of a relationship that has ended but that doesn’t mean the piece is cursed! Even though the relationship didn’t end up where the couple thought it would, the piece was still purchased and worn as a symbol of their love when it was strong. When that love changes the piece has a unique story and is like a rescue dog waiting to make a new couple as happy as it did for the original couple once.

    Myth 2: Estate jewelry doesn’t have the same quality as a new piece

    At Day’s we are big on quality so if we purchase a piece that doesn’t stand up to our rigorous quality standards, we don’t put it in our case.  We base our decision on whether a piece will be added to our estate jewelry collection on four main attributes:

    1. Is the item drop-dead-gorgeous?  If it doesn’t have style, it doesn’t go in the case.
    2. Is the piece structurally sound? Will it hold up well to everyday wear? Are the prongs solid enough to hold the diamonds and gemstones securely in place?
    3. Are the diamonds and gemstones beautiful?  Are they a fine quality? Are they undamaged?
    4. Are we able to price the item for at least 30% below market price without losing our shirt?

    If the answer to these questions is yes, yes, yes, our in-house goldsmiths carefully refinish the piece so it looks brand new and we add it to our estate jewelry collection.

    If the answer to even one question is no, the piece doesn’t join the collection. Instead our goldsmiths exercise their creativity and dismantle the materials of the piece and create something new.

    Myth 3: Estate jewelry is the same as antique and vintage jewelry

    Estate jewelry is defined as jewelry that was previously owned and can be from any period in history. In order for a piece to be considered antique, it must be at least 100 years old. Vintage jewelry, by definition, must be at least 20 years old. Vintage connoisseurs will tell you, however, that a piece should be at least 50 years old to be considered truly vintage.

    Estate collections are fabulous places to find unique fine jewelry especially as movies like the Great Gatsby remind us how incredible jewelry designs of the past can be. If you are someone that appreciates unique jewelry and are passionate about a bargain, estate jewelry collections could hold just the thing you’ve been looking for.

     

    About the Blogger: 

    katieKatie, Marketing Coordinator

    My favorite piece of jewelry I own is a silver ring with Turquoise stones, given to me by my Grandmother. Her mother gave it to her many years ago, and it reminds me of the long line of strong women I come from.

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  • Estate Jewelry

    What exactly is "Estate" Jewelry? Why should you purchase it?

    Watch our Estate video featuring Day's Jewelers Owner and VP of Merchandising, Kathy Corey and learn why estate jewelry is a great option.

    You can shop our Estate jewelry online anytime. We add new product weekly, so we urge you to check often. If there is something you are looking for inparticular please email or call us anytime (800-439-3297). We love shopping for our customers!

    Happy Holidays, from Day's Jewelers.

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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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