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  • Most Popular Chain Style Types in Necklaces and Jewelry

    ANCHOR CHAIN:  Is characterized by uniformly sized repeating oval links which are arranged alternatively in a horizontal and then vertical orientation, traditionally with a vertical bar in the middle of each link creating a flexible ligament giving the chain strength, durability and an eye catching style.

    Anchor Chain Anchor Chain

    BALL or BEAD CHAIN:  Composed of orbs of metal rather than open links.  They are set at regular intervals along the length of the chain set with connector bars or adjacent to each other.  Dress up your next occasion with a fashion twist with a ball/bead chain.

    Ball Chain and Bead Chain Ball or Bead Chain

    BOX CHAIN:  The four sided construction of the box chain creates a durable chain with an extraordinary look.  It is made from round wire which is rolled flat and then folded into square links that form open boxes or cubes creating a smooth four sided shape.  Add a pendant to the box chain to create an elegant look.

    Box Chain Box Chain

    BYZANTINE CHAIN: Is an intricate, closely linked sequential chain design that incorporated a rope-like texture and intriguing textural design.  Soft, flexible with an elegant drape, the byzantine link is instantly recognized by its maze-like intricacy.

    CABLE CHAINS:  Strong, durable and attractive, the cable chain is a heavy chain having links with a crossbar across the inside of each link.  Each section of the cable chain is identical throughout giving it a simple but classic look.

    Cable Chain Cable Chain

    C LINK Chain:  Made up of solid ‘C’ shaped sections that fit into one another in a repeating pattern for a style that is both on-trend and beautifully classic.  It is designed to lie flat and noted for its flexibility.

    C Link Chain C Link Chain

    CLOSED LINK CHAIN:  They feature an additional process which ensures every individual join has solder applied to ensure the link cannot open easily.  Usually crafted in precious metals.

    Closed Link Chain Closed Link Chain

    CURB CHAIN:  It is designed with circular rings with tiny indentations that allow the rings to remain flat for a sleek and comfortable fit.  Sometimes, links have been twisted and feature a diamond cut that enhances the chain with style and shimmer.

    Curb Link Chain Curb Chain

    ESPIGA CHAIN:  Crafted by intricately weaving metals in small links closely resembling an ear of corn or wheat. Also called a wheat chain, it is strong and durable, it is perfectly suitable for pendants.

    Espiga Chain Espiga Chain

    FANCY CHAIN:  A chain that has a different variation on a standard chain, like links that are specific shapes or that have a special finish or have dangles attached, is considered a Fancy Chain.  This means a variety of special links, like heart shapes or various chains adorned with tiny shapes along the chain.

    Fancy Chain Fancy Chain

    FIGARO CHAIN: Comprised of flat twisted links.  It is a modified version of the curb chain where the interlocking flat links vary in size.  It lays flat around the neck, is crafted with strength and durability and its versatility gives it a sense of fashion and style.  Originated in Italy.

    Figaro Chain Figaro Chain

    FIGARUCCI CHAIN:  A variation of the anchor or marine chain but with long links that add decoration like a Florentine pattern giving it a lace or filigree finish.

    FOXTAIL CHAIN:   Two rows of slanted oval links face each other at a 45 degree angle in the Foxtail chain.  They are connected by a series of flat rings running down the chain’s center.  This created the impression of the hairs on a fox’s tail.

    FRANCO CHAIN:  The Franco chain is a thicker type of chain made with v-shaped links.  The chain is sturdy and can support heavy pendants.

    Franco Chain Franco Chain

    HERRINGBONE CHAIN:  Multiple rows of v-shaped links are used to make up this type of chain.  They lie completely flat, and each row alternates in direction creating the herringbone pattern.

    LINK CHAIN:  The link chain is the most common type of chain.  It is formed of individual oval or round links interlocked in a uniform pattern with each link lying 90 degrees to the next.  This chain is popular for its simple but classic look.

    Link Chain Link Chain

    MARINER CHAIN:  This is the strongest type of jewelry chain.  It is designed with repeating oval links that are all the same size.  They have a vertical bar in the middle of each link are are arranged in a horizontal, then vertical arrangement.  Also known as the anchor chain it has a few variations such as the Figarucci chain.

    OMEGA CHAIN:  Popular for its strength and how shiny it is, the Omega chain is made of individual metal plates lined up side by side and crimped to an underlying mesh base.  There are both flat and round versions of this chain and it can be reversible. Popular for its overall strength and its reflective qualities.  Omega chain is made up of metal links assembled on a wire or woven mesh that form a tube. The embedded wire is what provides the strength. The Omega chain is somewhat flexible, but it is still sufficiently rigid that it retains its ring shape when worn.

    Omega Chain Omega Chain

    RAILROAD CHAIN:  This chain features two continuous lines with cross bars that form the tracks for a stylish design.

    Railroad Chain Railroad Chain

    ROLO CHAIN:  The links of the Rolo chain are usually smaller and thicker than that those of a cable chain and they tend to be oval or round.  The links are flat on the inside and alternate in the direction they face.  This is a popular chain used for charm bracelets.

    ROPE CHAIN:  Rows of metal links are woven for this type of chain creating the appearance of a two strand rope.  The join of each link is like a tiny hinge, meaning this style is not as flexible or liquid-like as some others.

    Rope Chain Rope Chain

    SHADBELLY CHAIN:  Its construction is composed of points that are similar to shadbelly points used to enhance riding jackets worn by equestrians. The necklace's links are woven closely together to provide strength as well as elegance.

    SINGAPORE CHAIN:  Flat diamond cut chain links are woven together to form a diamond shape.  These diamond shaped links are then woven together, creating the Singapore chain.  It is eye catching as it reflects light from different angles.  The chain also has a natural curve, created by the weaving process, that is pleasing to the eye.

    SNAKE CHAIN:  Crafted of smooth, round metal plates or bands,  the chain has a curve at the mid-point of each link.  The links are then joined to create a continual flexible tube reminiscent of a snake skin due to a slight zigzag pattern.

    Snake Chain Snake Chain 

    WHEAT CHAIN:  A symmetrical type of rope chain, the wheat chain features small figure 8 links that display as a plaited appearance.  Also known as the Espiga or Spiga chain, it is a symbol of wealth or faith.

    Wheat Chain Wheat Chain

  • The Difference Between a Synthetic, Genuine, and Imitation Gemstone

    What a great question to be asked! Also one that is hard to answer without confusing the guest.  I can remember my first discussion on this when I began in the jewelry industry and I remember thinking that it simply did not make much sense. It took a few more times discussing the terms and asking many, many questions before I fully understood it, so I can relate to those struggling with these concepts.

    Here it goes, I am going to try to make this as simple and easy to understand by first defining, then giving examples of how the terms are used. Read along remembering one thing: Do not lock any gemstone into one definition...2 or 3 may apply to it. Keep that in mind and it should be a little easier to follow.

    What exactly is a genuine(natural)gemstone?

    This is the easiest of the definitions. Simply put: A genuine gemstone is one that was produced in the earth through natural processes. Mankind may treat them to enhance their beauty, but had no hand in creating them. They are mined from the earth and are rare, some extremely so. Their value in most cases will exceed the value of any gems created by man, though there are some exceptions to this. You know these gems already. They encompass all of the birthstones as well as many other popular gemstones present in jewelry. Price is impacted by the rarity of the gemstone.

    Example: Diamond is a naturally occurring, genuine gemstone. It can sometimes be treated with heat, radiation, pressure, or a combination of some of the methods. This changes their color to white, blue, teal, green, pink, black, yellow, and brown. This does not change their definition. They are still genuine, as they are mined from the earth. They are described correctly as a natural diamond when untreated and a natural treated diamond when they have been altered by man.

    What is a synthetic gemstone?

    A synthetic gemstone is one that is grown in a laboratory under controlled conditions by man. The gem will share almost all the optical and chemical properties of the genuine gem. The cost will usually be significantly less than the genuine and larger gems do not increase in price as rapidly as the genuine gemstones do, so you can get a much larger gem for your money. These gems are priced on production cost. Rarity is not a consideration in pricing. Some natural gems that are available as synthetic: Moissanite, Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire, Cubic Zirconia, and Alexandrite.

    Example: Chatham Emerald is grown in a laboratory under controlled pressure and temperature. When completed, the gem IS an emerald and has most of the attributes, color and wear limitations that the natural gem has. Becasue it is grown in a lab, it must be referred to as synthetic.

    What is an imitation and/or simulant?

    An imitation or simulant is a gem that mimics the color and sometimes the light performance of a natural gemstone. It does not have to have gem properties, but it can. This sounds confusing because most people try to make simulants/imitations a separate category from natural and genuine. The better way to look at them, however, is as an additional description. Below are some examples of how simulant/imitation can be used in a description. You will note the descriptions can and sometimes do contain synthetic and genuine as well.

    Example One: A Cubic Zirconia is a man made gemstone and would be called a synthetic. It is also a diamond simulant because it looks like a diamond.

    Example Two: In the past, colored glass was set into rings to make rings more affordable. Since these only mimicked the color of the stone they replaced, they are properly referred to as imitations or simulants.

    Example Three: Rhodalite Garnet is a natural gemstone, but is sometimes used to replace Alexandrite in jewelry. When it is used in this manner, it is a simulant for Alexandrite.

    In summary, if you separate the terms it becomes easier to understand what a jeweler is talking about when discussing types of gemstones. Hopefully this article helps remove some of the confusion for our guests.

  • Lead Glass Filled Rubies Demystified!

    rubyVirtually everyone knows what a ruby is and can likely tell you what color it is supposed to be.  Fewer people outside of a jeweler can tell you which birthstone of the month it is.  A smaller group can tell you which anniversary it represents.  Very few people actually know the lore and history of the ruby.  Virtually no one knows about the treatments that a ruby may have used on it to make it more beautiful.

    In recent weeks there has been a lot of talk surrounding lead glass filled rubies. Mark Poulin, Manager of Day's Jewelers in Auburn, breaks it down for us. What are they? How are they made? How can you avoid buying one when you expect a natural ruby? "Professor Poulin" will help us learn everything we need to know!

    How did lead glass filled rubies come to exist?

    Ruby is a gem coveted for thousands of years and, until recent history when new deposits opened up, was only available to those of wealth.  Despite the new sources, supply of higher quality goods could not keep up with ever increasing demand.  This lead to enhancements or treatments being adopted to make lower quality goods more visually appealing.  Some of the treatments are very stable and accepted as normal practice by the FTC and gemologists throughout the world.  Others are very unstable and actually can be damaged by heat sources or chemicals.  Most rubies are treated, but we should realize that all treatments are not created equal.  Below is a brief description of the more common stable treatments to rubies:

    • Heat Treatment:  The most common of the treatments.  It is done to enhance the color and/or clarity of the ruby.  This is used both alone and with fracture filling.
    • Fracture Filling:  A substance is usually heated and flowed into fissures in the stone to increase durability. High heat is used to promote a solid bonding of the new material to the original.

     

    What, exactly, is a lead glass filled ruby?

    At face value, the process to create a lead glass filled ruby seems the same.  They use heat and a substance to alter color and fill the fractures that exist in the stone.  This creates a more transparent, eye clean, brighter gem that resembles a more expensive ruby.  So what's the problem with that you might ask?  Very simply put, the process is not permanent and can be damaged not only at the workbench by a jeweler, but also by the consumer with normal wear.  In addition, they are sometimes being sold for the price of a genuine ruby... without disclosure.  Imagine paying $3,000 for a ruby ring and then discovering that it is only worth $1,000 because it is filled with lead glass.

    How are these kinds of rubies still on the market?

    This is a relatively new treatment dating back to 2004-2006.  Like many things, technology sometimes outstrips the ability of the Federal Trade Commission to set rules into place that effectively protect the consumer.  In addition to this, many cutters overseas do not disclose what they have done to the stones.  Unfortunately, very often it is a "let the buyer beware" climate.  Currently, high profile gemologists in the jewelry industry are working to educate the FTC and help them set rules.  The expected conclusion will be that full disclosure of the treatment and care guides must be disclosed at the time of sale.

    If I do have a lead glass filled ruby, how can the treatment be damaged? 

    Heat and chemicals are the most likely causes of damage to the treatment.  Normal heat a consumer would come in contact with should pose no issues.  Jewelers, on the other hand, can destroy the treatment completely if they try to use a torch around a ruby with lead glass filling.  Acidic or harsh chemicals are likely to remove the filling and color.  For a jeweler, this is usually when a final acid bath is given to the ring to remove solder flux and other coatings in the repair process.  For the consumer it could be lemon juice or other household cleaners. Common jewelry cleaning solutions can also damage this treatment causing the stone to crack and fall apart. None of these are usually issues for regular ruby treatments.

    How can I tell if I have a lead glass filled ruby?

    It is likely that you cannot tell if you have one or not.  There are plenty of information sites out there to tell you what to look for, but unless you are a trained gemologist, you likely will not really understand what you are looking for.  If you believe you may have purchased one, your best bet is to seek a trained GIA gemologist to make a positive identification.

    How can I avoid buying a lead glass filled ruby?

    Your best defense is common sense.  Buying from someone you trust is the first step.  Jewelers who have earned your trust did so because they held to a code of ethics and treated you fairly.  This does not guarantee they cannot make a mistake themselves and unknowingly purchase these types of stones, but you know from experience they will do what is needed to protect their clients and their reputation.  If you choose to purchase from an unknown source, look at the deal.....if it is too good to be true, it probably is.  Lastly, simply ask the question "Are these lead glass filled?"  An educated jeweler will have a policy and be able to provide information on the subject.  If they cannot answer and do not know, you may want to have a second opinion on the item should you decide to make the purchase.

    In my opinion, lead glass filling has no real place in rubies.  Its incredible lack of stability and difficulty to easily detect makes it too much of a liability to the consumer.  Hopefully it will either be banned in the United States for retail sale or at the very least not be allowed to be called a ruby.  Until then, I hope this helps you avoid purchasing these types of stones.

    About the Blogger:

    MarkPoulinMark Poulin, Store Manager, 
    Day's Jewelers Auburn

    Mark's favorite part about his job is customer service, he loves working with customers and teaching them about jewelry. He provides his customers with all the information they need to make an informed decision about their jewelry purchases. He has a wealth of knowledge and is always willing to answer questions.

    Learn more about Mark.

     

     

  • Top 5 Moments to Savor on Your Wedding Day

    coupleKevin and I became “Mr. and Mrs.” nearly two weeks ago already! I know it sounds cliché but the day truly does fly by. Whether you have a small, intimate gathering or a large affair there are moments that you and your new spouse should savor. These are moments that I hold close to my heart and memories that will last well into our wrinkled years.

    1) Taste your hard work. I know that sounds a little silly, but sit down and eat the meal that you helped design. Sharing a meal with my new husband surrounded by all of our family and friends was incredible. We were able to really taste the perfectly prepared meal right as it came out of the kitchen. Having this moment together to really savor our first meal together was so delicious and special. Blue Elephant Catering provided us with a meal that our guests raved about! We are so glad we were able to taste it, too!

    2) Look Around. This is something I really wish I had done more of. After all your DIY or designing, walking around with your significant other and taking in all the hard work you put it in is so important. I know that we were not entirely sure how everything was going to be placed on tables and I wish that I walked around a bit more to truly embrace all the gorgeous decor Blue Elephant and A Family Affair of Maine helped design for us.

    3) Take a step back. Kevin and I met at our sweetheart table about midway through the evening and watched our guests smiling, laughing, and dancing. This advice came to us from Kevin’s cousin. She said that this moment was one of her most cherished from her wedding day. I could not agree more. During this time Kevin and I were able to really feel the love our guests shared with us. Watching the fun and excitement brought more joy than any gift we could have received.

    4) Look at each other. That seems pretty obvious, but truly look at each other. Memorize what your significant other’s face looks like, how the suit or dress fits, how their face lights up when they see you. Lock eyes and truly be present in the moment with your love. When Kevin and I did our first look I could not take my eyes off him. During our ceremony we felt as though we were the only two people in the room as we gazed deeply into each other’s eyes. We found each other from across the dance floor and just smiled. Of course we will always have photos to remember what we looked like years ago, but nothing can compare to memorizing what your new spouse truly looked like in your eyes.
    5) Slow down. I could not wait to see Kevin and get the day started, but the minute your day starts, it is over. Slow down. Putting on your shoes, your makeup, tying your tie, walking down the aisle... whatever moment you are in, be present in it. Do not wish away your precious time with your friends, your parents, and especially the love of your life. I know it sounds very simple but it is one of the most difficult parts of your day. It is a lot of hustle and “bustle” (literally) and if you do not force yourself to slow down and smell the smells, taste the tastes, and experience this great moment in your life, you will miss it.

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    As Kevin and I embark on this gorgeous life we will create together we would be remiss if we did not send out a huge thank you to our bridal party. They were truly our rock through this whole process and especially on our wedding day. From the speeches to carrying the rings, to making sure my veil did not get caught on everything our friends were amazing and “thank you” just does not express our gratitude. Finally, we would like to thank our parents. Knowing love and marriage our parents set an example of commitment and dedication every single day. Everything we are is because of our parents and we could never thank them enough.

    Enjoy your wedding and each other. This is the person you have chosen to do life with; it is a beautiful thing.

    Congratulations Amanda & Kevin...thank you for sharing your journey with us. We wish you life long happiness & love!

     

     

  • Fun Facts: Birthstone Legends

    With every birthstone comes a legend surrounding that particular stone. Some stones' legends are a bit more far fetched than others, while a few help to explain the beauty behind the stone itself. It’s fun to hear what the legend behind your particular birthstone is and if it pertains to you and your life. So what month were you born?

    education-birthstone-chart-lgJanuary’s birthstone is Garnet; Garnet is a deep reddish brown color that can come in many different shades. The legend behind a Garnet is that in medieval times the stones were thought to cure depression and protect against bad dreams, almost like a dream catcher.

    Amethyst is February’s birthstone and it is considered the color of Royalty. Purple was an expensive dye to purchase which is why only Royalty was able to afford to have their clothes dyed that color. According to folklore, Amethyst guarantees success in sports, war and business (DCA Colored Stones, Compendium).

    March’s birthstone is gorgoues. Aquamarine comes from the Latin meaning “of the sea.”During the Middle Ages Europeans believed this gem gave its wearer wisdom and the ability to overcome evil (DCA Colored Stones, Compendium).

    April’s birthstone is one of the most coveted birthstones of them all. Diamonds have always been coveted for their rarity and beauty, and the Romans believed that Cupids arrows were tipped with diamonds. Diamonds are a symbol of love, romance and commitment.

    Emerald is the birthstone of May and the deep green beauty behind the stone is said to symbolize fertility and life, and the Romans dedicated this stone to Venus, their Goddess of love ( DCA Colored Stones, Compendium).

    Pearl is a stone that comes in multiple shapes and colors.  The birthstone of June has been associated with moon and water, due to its appearance and origin, and also symbolizes purity and love.

    Ruby is a gemstone that is steeped in Legend and Lore, July’s birthstone is said to preserve physical and mental health, and prevent evil thoughts. Ruby is one of the world’s rarest and costliest gems and is said to be the “Gem King” (DCA Colored Stones, Compendium).

    Peridot, August's birthstone, is called “Gem of the Sun”, and prospectors looked for it at night and were able to locate it by its glow. Peridot is said to attract wealth and drive away evil spirits.

    Sapphires come in so many different shades and colors, September’s birthstone is said to be linked with Royalty throughout history. Kings and Queen’s wore them to protect again treachery. This stone is said to signify truth, sincerity and faithfulness (DCA Colored Stones, Compendium).

    Opal is another stone that comes in multiple colors and shades, a lot of these stones have multiple colors in one stone. Opal is considered the most magical of gems because it shows all the colors of all the other gems combined their flashing colors are born from lightening according to Middle Eastern Folklore (DCA Colored Stones, Compendium).

    Citrine is the color of November and has a deep yellow color. Citrine is said to guard its wearer from evil thoughts.

     

    imagesDecember’s stone is Blue Topaz, topaz comes in lots of different colors and is said to give the wearer strength and was credited with the power to overcome evil magic (DCA Colored Stones, Compendium).  December is a lucky month with two stones, and Tanzanite is Decembers other birthstone. The story behind it’s color is that a wildfire changed crystal lying on the ground from pale brown to rich blue (DCA Colored Stones, Compendium).

    So as you can see there are many different legends and lore’s behind the different birthstones. Many of the come from superstition while some come from the origin of the stone and what people feel it might protect them from. While Lore’s and Legends aren’t considered facts, it is still fun to know the history behind the stone that you wear.

     

    About the Blogger:

    kim_tKimberly joined the Day's Team in Manchester, New Hampshire in April of 2012. She brings her jewelry experience from a large department store and is excited to work with the Day's family. Kimberly grew up all of the United States. Coming from a military family, she was able to move every few years to experience new places and meet new people. When her father retired from the military, her family settled in New Hampshire. Quiet, committed and funny, Kimberly helps to distress customers when they are trying to make an important jewelry purchase decision. Kimberly enjoys finding the right piece for customers and making sure they are happy with their selection. Her favorite pieces of jewelry are engagement rings and wedding bands. Knowing that her guests will be wearing these for the rest of their lives makes Kimberly proud to be a part of that moment when they find the perfect ring. Read more...

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