Jewelers in Maine

  • 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

     

  • Announcement! New Styles Available for Your Man

    Guest blogger: Jessi Eyre, Marketing & PR Specialist at Lashbrook

    Attention brides and grooms! We have the coolest gent’s rings now available at Day’s Jewelers. These new styles from Lashbrook are truly one of a kind. Check them out below!

    Meteorite.

    These Meteorite rings by Lashbrook feature authentic Gibeon Meteorite. Gibeon Meteorite exploded upon entering Earth’s atmosphere, landing in the desert of Namibia, Africa in scattered pieces over an area 171 miles long and 62 miles wide. The Namibian government banned the export of Gibeon Meteorite, as any newly discovered pieces are automatically protected as national monuments. This means that any meteorite specimens in circulation are of increasing value and incredibly limited supply.

    This rare type of meteorite is composed of metals which were formed in a super-heated state and cooled over the course of four billion years. This slow cooling settled the molecules in a unique crystalline structure, similar to what you’d see in a diamond or gemstone. Because Meteorite is a natural material, each Meteorite ring will be unique with now two rings being identical.

    These new Meteorite styles look cool regardless of what the base metal is. Pictured from left to right: Cobalt Chrome, Rose Gold, black Zirconium, Cobalt Chrome.

    Damascus Steel.

    Damascus Steel rings by Lashbrook are made by hand, mimicking ancient metalsmithing techniques originally used to make samurai swords. Using two alternating types of stainless steel, Lashbrook master craftsman heat, bond, twist and fold the metal layers together to produce vivid patterns. After patterning the metal, there can be up to 100 layers in each piece of finished Damascus. Because it is handmade, each Damascus Steel ring is unique – no two designs will look exactly alike.

    These Damascus Steel styles hold that ‘wow’ factor and are going to be a crowd favorite in no time. Pair your favorite style with precious metal, such as the White or Rose Gold inlays.

    Hardwood.

    Lashbrook uses ethically sourced Hardwood for wood rings. Each piece of hardwood varies slightly in character, color, and grain pattern, ensuring every wood ring is truly one of a kind. Wood’s raw, organic nature and inherent beauty is both rustic and refined. Its rich origin and exclusive markings speak to its distinctness amongst traditional metal wedding bands.

    These slick hardwood bands are for the guys that want to stand out. Pictured: black Zirconium with Leopard wood, Cobalt Chrome with Honduras Redheart and Damascus Steel with Mexican Cocobollo wood.

    Check out the whole Lashbrook series!
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    Which one is your favorite? Leave a comment below!
  • Day’s Jewelers Selected Among Best Places to Work in Maine for a Third Year

    Day’s Jewelers was recently named as one of the 2017 Best Places to Work in Maine. The awards program was created in 2006 and is a project of the Society for Human Resource Management - Maine State Council (MESHRM) and Best Companies Group. Partners endorsing the program include: Mainebiz, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce and Maine HR Convention.

    Kathy, Jeff and Jim Corey, owners of Day’s Jewelers, have truly created a business that makes its employees proud. “Kathy, my brother Jim and I were raised in the St. John Valley in Northern Maine where family is such an important part of the local culture. The three of us, along with my 5 other siblings, worked together in my Mom and Dad’s business, Robert’s Jewelry in Madawaska. Family has always been important to us. As we’ve built Day’s over the years, it was our goal to create a family environment among our staff,” says Jeff Corey.

    Kathy Corey thanks her employees for this award which has been claimed in 2014, 2015 and now 2017. “Receiving this award is truly an honor, but mostly it’s a tribute to the 140 employees who work at Day’s.  They are the real heroes.”

    Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the Best Places to Work in Maine. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final rankings.

    Day’s Jewelers Human Resources Director Kristie Jandreau knows exactly how this award was earned., “It’s because of what we do and, most importantly, why we do it. We are surrounded by beautiful gems, sparkling diamonds, and the latest fashion accessories. We spend our work days in luxurious showrooms with guests looking for that special piece to commemorate an important occasion or symbol of their love. Relationships are formed with our guests that last for many years. Day’s employees enjoy people and building relationships with our guests and with each other. Day’s employees often describe their co-workers as family.”

    Other employees agree; Company Photographer and Content Producer, Brian Chick says, “We are given the tools and support to succeed with in-house training and continued education outside of the workplace.” Lindsay Nodden, Assistant Buyer said, “I think the reason why we won best places to work in Maine is because people genuinely enjoy their jobs here.  How could you not, working with beautiful things and amazing people every day!”

    Day’s Jewelers will be recognized at the Best Places to Work in Maine awards ceremony on October 10 and will be listed in a special publication by Mainebiz. The final rankings will be announced at the event.

    About The Blogger:
    Amanda Loubier
    Marketing Coordinator

     

     

  • TOP TEN JEWELRY PUSH PRESENTS FOR NEW MOTHERS

    Welcoming a new member into a family is a tradition that has been in existence since ancient times.  Giving a gift to the new mother soon after she has delivered her child is a meaningful modern tradition which has acquired the name of “PUSH PRESENT.”

    Traditionally these presents given to the new mother were mostly jewelry or other valuables.  In present times, such presents are of various kinds and many options are viable depending on preferences as well as budgets.  Push presents can include coupons for household chores and caring for the newborn so the new Mom is able to take a break from her chores.

    We have complied a list of the top ten jewelry Push Presents:

    1. HEARTBEAT DIAMOND EARRINGS AND NECKLACE SET (DPCL2246)
      http://www.daysjewelers.com/all-necklaces/necklaces-diamond-necklaces/heart-beat-diamond-earring-and-necklace-set-in-sterling-silver-05ct-tw
      Crafted of sterling silver with a .05ct tw diamond

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    This beautiful Heartbeat diamond earrings and necklace set is the perfect gift for a new Mom.  The diamond is the heartbeat that is a constant reminder of the life she has just created.

     

    1. DIAMOND HEART NECKLACE (DPHT0363)
      http://www.daysjewelers.com/all-necklaces/necklaces-diamond-necklaces/diamond-heart-necklace-in-14kt-rose-gold-1-10ct-tw
      Crafted of 14kt rose gold with a 1/10ct tw diamond

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    She will always cherish this beautiful diamond heart necklace reminding her of your love for her and her love for her newborn baby.

     

    1. FOREVERMARK DIAMOND LOTUS NECKLACE (DPTD0098)
      http://www.daysjewelers.com/forevermark-diamond-lotus-necklace-in-18kt-rose-gold-1-3ct-tw

    Crafted of 18kt rose gold with a 1/3ct tw diamond

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    The love a new mother has for her child unfurls life the petals of a lotus flower as seen in this beautiful lotus flower necklace.

     

    1. FOREVERMARK CENTER OF MY UNIVERSE DIAMOND HALO NECKLACE
      (DPCTF0007) http://www.daysjewelers.com/bridal-designers/forevermark-diamonds/forevermark-diamond-pendants-and-necklaces/forevermark-center-of-my-universe-cushion-diamond-halo-necklace-in-18kt-white-gold-1-1-4ct-tw

    Crafted of 18kt white gold with diamonds weighing 1 1/4cts tw
    Feminine, strong and brilliant, the new Mother is unique and the center of her new baby and of her husband’s life as seen in the center diamond of this Forevermark Center of My Universe diamond necklace.

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    1. LOVE COMPASS WITH DIAMONDS (DPCL2224)
      http://www.daysjewelers.com/love-compass-with-diamonds-in-sterling-silver-04ct-tw

    Crafted of sterling silver with a .04ct tw diamond

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    This beautiful Love Compass pendant reminds us to stay focused and remain on course during our lifetimes.  A new mother’s wish is to keep her child on the right path as she provides him/her with loving advice.

     

    1. DIAMOND TWO STONE NECKLACE (DPCL2218)
      http://www.daysjewelers.com/all-necklaces/two-stone/diamond-two-stone-necklace-in-sterling-silver-1-0ct-tw
      Crafted of sterling silver with a 1/10ct tw diamond

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    The presence of two diamonds is often a matter of private significance.  The diamonds in this meaningful necklace represent a new Mom and her new baby.

     

    1. DIAMOND TWO STONE NECKLACE (DPCL2174)
      http://www.daysjewelers.com/all-necklaces/two-stone/diamond-two-stone-necklace-in-14kt-white-gold-1-4ct-tw-41641

    Crafted of 14kt white gold with a 1/4ct tw diamond

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    This beautiful two stone necklace was designed with a loved one in mind.  One diamond is for the new Mother and the other for her newborn.

     

     

    1. FOREVERMARK DIAMOND STONE INFINITY NECKLACE  (DPCL2184)
      http://www.daysjewelers.com/all-necklaces/two-stone/forevermark-diamond-two-stone-inifinty-necklace-in-18kt-white-gold-1-2ct-tw
      Crafted of 18kt white gold with 1/2ct tw diamonds

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    Love is never ending as seen in this beautiful Forevermark Infinity necklace.  A loving relationship is formed between a new mother and her baby represented by the two sparkling diamonds in this necklace.

     

    1. MOTHER AND CHILD NECKLACE (JPDKT0079)
      http://www.daysjewelers.com/mother-and-child-necklace-in-14kt-yellow-gold-chains-sold-separately

    Crafted of 14 kt yellow gold

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    The love between a mother and child is featured in this beautiful necklace as they embrace their unique love by joining hands to celebrate a new life.

     

    1. TREE OF LIFE NECKLACE (JPDKT1221)
      http://www.daysjewelers.com/tree-of-life-necklace-in-14kt-white-gold

    Crafted of 14kt white gold

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    A reminder of strong family ties, this tree of life necklace is perfect for the new Mother as she celebrates her growing family by adding their birthstones.

     

     

  • 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.
    http://www.daysjewelers.com

  • Welcome 2016! >> FREE PRINTABLE CALENDAR

    January is a time for reflection. A look back on the past 365 days to decide what to carry forward into the new year, and what to leave behind. My advice to you, is to focus in on the things that make you happy and enhance those in 2016. Spend less energy on what you want to change about yourself and more about what you love.

    When setting goals, it is important to give yourself a deadline so that you stay on track. Whether it will take the whole year or just a few weeks, set dates so that you can mark your calendar and check each one off as it is completed. Start by organizing your workspace to create an environment of efficiency with plenty of room for brainstorming. Always keep a tangible calendar close by that you physically have to turn or tear off the pages so that you hold yourself accountable for time. We have created a free printable gemstone inspired calendar that you can download at the bottom of this post.

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    The satisfaction of crossing a goal off of your plate is magical but don’t forget to reward yourself. The goals you accomplish help tell the story you leave behind. It is your heirloom left to the world.

    Buy something special to remind yourself of that accomplishment, something you can pass down to your future generations.

    Pressure makes diamonds so take your challenges head-on, head-strong and I guarantee you will be proud of the person who emerges.

    DOWNLOAD FREE PRINTABLE GEM CALENDAR

    Instructions:

    1. Print out your gem on any color cardstock that inspires you

    2. Cut along the outer solid lines

    3. Fold along all of the dotted lines

    4. Glue tabs in place

    5. Take a picture and share with us on Instagram @daysjewelers!

     

  • Behind the Beacon: Day's Exclusive Anniversary Charm

    We are so excited to announce a new Chamilia exclusive that you will only find at Day's Jewelers! The "Beacon of Light" was designed by Senior Chamilia Designer, Troy Hiles in celebration of Day's Centennial Anniversary. This special token was created specially and can be worn on a Chamilia bracelet or on a chain and contains "Beacon of Light" engraved on the reverse of the charm. A Swarovski crystal sits atop the lighthouse and represents the source of the beacon.

    When we received the first prototype of the charm we discovered that Troy had included a little note about what inspired her as she created the "Beacon of Light." Now that the charm is available to all, we wanted to share the note with you as well!  

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    roy's Note: When I have a chance to follow my bliss, I tend to end up in Maine, a magical place very close to my heart. As often as possible, my husband and I plan a holiday in Maine, selecting a different area each time. These trips have provided endless inspiration to me as a designer.

    ngbds3242_1When designing the special lighthouse charm, I wanted to capture the beauty of the Maine coastline. You will see the ocean and sky on a crisp bright morning where there is shimmering blue as far as the eye can see. For the design of the lighthouse, I combined architectural details from several famous Maine landmarks to make an iconic central feature. The lighthouse is rendered to look tall and majestic on its foundation. At the base you will find starfish and shells as accents that add dimension and balance to the design.

    The text on the back of the charm reads “Beacon of Light”. This references the essential compass within each of us that strives towards the next challenge and seeks new personal horizons. It also honors those we share our lives with who guide and protect us, providing hope and sheltering us through our adventures.

    About the Designer, Troy Hines: 

    Troy has been a Jewelry Design Manager and Senior Designer at Swarovski North America - Chamilia Division since May 2013. She has a background in jewelry design, teaching the craft of jewelry design, and product development.

     

    About Chamilia:

    chamilia_logo_4505cChamilia’s line of interchangeable jewelry includes a dream assortment of beads, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and locks to inspire your creative mindset. Chamilia charms and jewelry inspire creative self expression. Whether it is romantic sentiment, family motifs, hobby and sport symbols or an array of other themes.

    Because all pieces are interchangeable, you will delight in the many possibilities to tailor your Chamilia jewelry to seasons, holidays or catwalk trends. Add some color accent to your existing collection with Murano glass beads or Chamilia’s brilliant selection of beads embellished with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and see your existing collection take on a new light! 

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  • What to Know About Sterling Silver

    lorenzo_citrine_ringSterling Silver jewelry has been around for quite a while.  It dates as far back as to the time of primitive man, and was named several different names before the word “Sterling” was created during the 12th century.

    During this time, the Germans used “Easterlings” (later shortened to “Sterling”) as a payment for English cattle.  Eventually, the Easterling became the Standard English currency.

    Sterling Silver had its “time to shine,” during the Victorian Era. The Victorian Era is known for its lavish affairs including affairs that involved eating. During this time it was frowned upon for food to be touched without an eating utensil. Eating utensils were made of sterling silver, and dpse0059this is where we get the term “Silverware” that we use today.

    Pure silver, which is also known as fine silver, is a malleable and very soft metal.  Fine silver can become damaged very easily, so it is usually combined with other metals to become more durable. All Sterling silver is 92.5% pure silver mixed with 7.5 % alloy (usually copper) metal to give it more strength.

    All Sterling silver tarnishes, and can tarnish more quickly when exposed to sulfur and certain other chemicals in the air. Sterling silver jewelry is unlikely to tarnish when it is worn because it is constantly rubbing against skin or clothing.

    signatureSome manufactures will plate sterling silver jewelry with a hard, bright metal called rhodium.  A rhodium plated chain will not tarnish.  It will have a bright silver color at all times. However, most people prefer not to purchase a rhodium plated chain because it does not have the natural, dull patina finish that is common to pure sterling silver.

    If a sterling silver chain is stored in a sealed plastic bag with an anti-tarnish strip in the bag, it generally will not tarnish.

    rsoam03531Tarnish can be removed from a piece of sterling silver jewelry by dipping it in a tarnish removal liquid for a few seconds then rinsed.  It can also be removed by rubbing it with a specially treated silver polish cloth.

    Usually when people think of sterling silver jewelry, they think of something plain and silver in color.  However, as you can see that is far from the norm!

     

  • Some Fascinating Facts to Feed Your Passion for Gemstones

    jenst0823With their remarkable and fascinating colors, it’s no wonder why we continue to be fascinated by nature’s gems. Just when you thought you knew everything about colored gemstones, we just had to surprise you with a few facts!

    Remarkable Ametrine - Did you know that ametrine is a natural gemstone that is bi-colored and only mined in Bolivia? Combining the magnificent hues of purple amethyst and golden citrine, this intriguing gemstone dazzles with its rare beauty for a mesmerizing effect. You may also be surprised to know that although it’s a rare gemstone, ametrine is just as affordable as amethyst or citrine! One look at this gorgeous gemstone and you’ll marvel at nature’s beauty as if it was created with you in mind.

    Breathtaking Iolite - Long before iolite was crafted into fine jewelry, it was originally used by the Vikings to navigate the open seas. The violet blue gemstone was effective in filtering the haze and minimizing glare. It is incredible to think that the purpose of this gemstone has transformed from functional sailing to creating exceptionally gorgeous jewelry! Iolite also offers a more affordable option to sapphires and tanzanite by offering the rich hues of blue to create a look that is undeniably chic.

    jplbr0386Lustrous Pearls - The only gemstone to be harvested from a living creature, the natural pearl offers an iridescent sheen that is irresistible with its symbolic beauty and timeless appeal. Ancient Chinese legend believed that pearls were created from and inherited the celestial glow of the moon. Since natural pearls are now a rarity, the technique of culturing pearls has become a more common way to harvest such splendid beauty, from the fresh waters of China and the Tennessee River to the salt waters of Japan, China, Tahiti, Indonesia, the Philippines and Australia. We would love to hear where your pearls are from and welcome any suggestions you may have for other customers!

    Carat Weight - Did you know that a 1 carat ruby may appear to look smaller than a 1 carat emerald? People often associate carat weight with size. While this is a common method, collectors must also be aware of density which is represented in the Mohs scale of hardness. For instance, a ruby is denser than an emerald which explains why a 1 carat ruby would appear smaller in size.

    rtmd0815Maine Tourmaline - Are you dreaming about that vacation in Maine? When that day comes, we sure hope you’ll visit us at one of our six store locations. But until that time, why not have the next best thing? A little piece of Maine to call your own - Gorgeous Maine Tourmaline! Mined from the western mountains of Maine, the vibrant pink and green gems are a fashionable way to capture the essence of natural beauty while serving as a keepsake of precious times spent with loved ones. Did you know that tourmaline is found in all colors making it the most colorful gem? Pink, green, red and blue are the most common colors. There are also pink and green bicolored gems and a unique watermelon variety that is cut to display its pink center, a white ring and green edge. What can be more fun to wear during those summer days!

    Precious Gems - You may wonder, “I don’t have any ruby, sapphire or emerald jewelry, does that mean that my fine jewelry is considered semi-precious?” We would say, “Absolutely not!” In the past, many people considered rubies, sapphires and emeralds to be precious stones and all other gems to be semi-precious. While these three types of gems are still considered more valuable to this day, the distinction between precious and semi-precious gems has become outdated. All natural colored gems are precious and rare. What differentiates the price is the quality and rarity of the particular gem.

    jerrb0495Radiant Rubies - July is right around the corner, so we definitely need to mention a thing or two about rubies! Did you know that the only natural gemstone that is harder than July’s birthstone is a diamond? So if you’re looking for a piece of jewelry for everyday wear, those with rubies make an excellent choice.

     

    Shop all jewelry at www.daysjewelers.com. As always, we are here to answer any questions info@daysjewelers.com!

     

  • What to Buy, What to Buy...for Mother's Day

    It's right around the corner. May 13th -- Mother's Day! So we pulled together a few of our favorites and included a Gift Buying Guide, we are making it as easy as we can for you this year.

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    Celebrate the shining beauty of a Mother's love with this stunning diamond mother and child key necklace. The top part of the key portrays a mother gently enfolding her baby in her arms depicting the unique bond they share.

     

     

    motherchildThere is no stronger love than that of a mother and child. The No Greater Love pendant from Studio Petra Azar expresses this connection through the seamless bond connecting the two halves. The Mother and Child are connected by a magnetic union that symbolizes their love. This pendant has a line of diamonds streaming through the center and when the pieces come together, a single heart is created.

     

    joinedheartThis Joined Heart necklace gracefully connects two hearts representing love between two people. A customer inspired Stephanie by asking her to design a piece in memory of her deceased husband by using the couple's wedding rings. One open heart represents the open persona of the husband while the closed heart represents the quite persona of the wife. Together they create strength and synergy as indicated in this necklace. Add a loved one's birthstone to personalize it.

     

    diamondpendBeautifully set in a shiny gold setting, a round brilliant diamond is showcased in this necklace. Finely crafted from 14 karat white gold, its pendant features a 3mm solitaire that suspends from a split bail. This necklace offers such a sparkling appearance that you'll feel extraordinary each and every time you wear it.

     

    These are only a few ideas for Mother's Day, May 13th. We can also create mother's rings, mother's necklaces, or mother's bracelets. Be sure to check out our Mother's Day Gift Buying Guide; it answers questions from what type of mom to what type of budget!

    Flowers and dinner out are not an option this year. Remember that macaroni necklace you made mom back in grade school, it's time to upgrade and give her something as timeless and classic as she is. Something that can be passed down to your daughter, and their daughters.

    Still stuck? info@daysjewelers.com -- Kathy and Melissa will find the perfect gift!

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HASSLE FREE RETURNS

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.

FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $95

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.

CONFLICT-FREE

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...

100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE

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.

DAY'S BEST PRICE PROMISE

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.