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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.

    Shop Forevermark

    Blogger:
    Ray Peare
    South Portland Sales Associate

     

  • 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

     

     

  • How To Clean Sterling Silver without Chemicals

    Many of us like to help in keeping the Earth a clean place to live. We see it on Pinterest all the time; ways to make detergents and homemade cleaners and we pin them thinking it's a great idea. This stops us from having to buy the awful chemical items and we help lessen then amount of bottles in landfills.

    One of the common properties of sterling silver is that tarnishes.  Tarnish on sterling silver jewelry  is most often removed by with a specially treated polish cloth or by dipping jewelry into a liquid chemical  created especially for this purpose.  Here is a way to remove tarnish on your sterling silver jewelry with harmless substances found in just about every kitchen.

     

    zen-81. Put a heatproof glass jar in the sink

    2. Fill the jar about 2/3 full with boiling water

    3. Wrap your jewelry loosely in aluminum foil (you can put 2 or 3 pieces in the same packet)

    4. Drop the foil packet into the jar of boiling water

    5. Add 2 heaping tablespoons of baking soda

    6. Watch as the water foams up, possibly overflowing the jar

    7. When the foaming stops, use tongs to retrieve and rinse the hot foil packet

    8. Open the packet and rinse the jewelry

    9. If necessary, brush the jewelry with a toothbrush dipped in warm soapy water to brighten the finish

    (note: you can reuse your aluminum foil for future cleanings)

    This is sometimes referred to as a “redox” or oxidation reduction reaction. Electrolytes emitted from the foil adhere to the sterling silver creating oxygen which removes the tarnish.

     

    melissa_4_webLet us know how it works for you, or if you have any other household jewelry cleaning tips, please share them with us at info@daysjewelers.com.

    Day's Jewelers was established in 1914. We have educated professionals to help with any questions you may have. We are real jewelers, for real people.

    ~MKW

     

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