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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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  • Platinum - A Diamond’s Best Friend

    Platinum – A Diamond’s Best Friend. Surveys reveal that more than 80% of women looking to be engaged, prefer Platinum for their engagement ring setting. This highly desirable and precious metal is the best compliment to a diamond because it is Pure, Rare and Eternal.


    Purest and Rarest of Metals

    Typically, a piece of platinum jewelry is made up of 95% precious platinum. Compared to 14K gold which is 58.5% gold, or 18K gold which is 75% gold, platinum’s purity makes it naturally hypoallergenic especially for those with sensitive skin. Platinum is 30 times more rare than gold, which is why the world’s finest diamonds and gemstones were only set in platinum.

     

    Naturally White and Never Fades
    Platinum’s everlasting white metal never reflects color into the diamond it showcases. Unlike white gold that requires rhodium plating every 12-18 months, platinum will never fade or change color. Platinum is eternally white.

     

    Durable and Made for Everyday Wear
    Platinum’s strength and durability makes it the most secure setting for diamonds and gemstones. Platinum’s density makes platinum highly durable, so it doesn’t wear over time. Platinum is simply the best option, especially when selecting your engagement rings or wedding bands.

     

    My Story
    My diamond engagement ring is designed in Platinum. After nearly 32 years, my ring has never required metal repair or metal rebuilding. The beautiful everlasting white hue remains, as it did the first day I received it.  At Day’s Jewelers, I oversee the selection and purchasing of all jewelry in our 7 store locations. I’ve also seen the remarkable benefits in lifelong wear of platinum jewelry, from our customers who have chosen platinum. For that reason, I recommend platinum as the first choice. Platinum is everlasting and it stands the test of time. Make it your choice.

     

    About the Blogger: 
    Kathy Corey, Owner / VP of Merchandising
    Kathy is owner and Vice President of Merchandising and the Vice President of Personnel with Day's Jewelers. The art and science of jewelry design and jewelry merchandising is her passion. Kathy believes that she definitely has more fun than anyone on her executive team. “What woman doesn't enjoy buying jewelry, especially with a multi-million dollar budget every year?” Corey says.

    One of her core beliefs in operating her business is giving back to the community. She has served in leadership positions with several organizations including the Mid Maine Chamber of Commerce, Inland Hospital and Kennebec Valley Community College. Currently Kathy serves on boards at Eastern Maine Heathcare System as well as the Diamond Empowerment Fund organization.

     

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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

     

  • New Head vs. Retips

    Most jewelers suggest that you bring your jewelry in every 6 months to be checked: cleaned, tightened up - like a spa treatment for your jewelry.

    However, sometimes when a ring is brought in for inspection it may be recommended that the item needs work done to it to help preserve the item.

    prong_setting_bnFor example, on a ring we do retips. What is a retip?: building up and "repairing" the pegs of metal holding the diamond (the prongs).  The prongs start to show wear and retipping them will bring the ring back to safe and stable condition.

    Retipping is something that will generally last for six months to a year before more wear begins to occur again.

    An alternative to retipping is putting on a new head. What is a new head?: A new head is when you replace all of the prongs that are holding the stone in place with new ones.

    Doing this is a long term fix; it can add another five to ten years to the ring. There are different options that can be done for a head that will also give more security and add to the  life span of the ring. For example, doing six prongs vs. four will add more security to the ring because you are adding an additional two prongs. Another option is doing gold or platinum for the head. Platinum will typically last twice as long as gold.

    These are just some of the things that might be found when having your jewelry inspected. This is why we suggest doing it every 6 months. Should you wait too long, you could risk ruining the jewelry or worse, loosing a stone. This can happen with normal wear and tear.

    Wearing particular pieces of jewelry is a great way to express your own personal style, and remember the special moments in your life. In order to make sure that your jewelry remains a part of who you are, and continues to keep your memories and cherished moments alive, it must be properly maintained.

    Always be sure to talk to a service specialist or goldsmith, they are there to assist you in making the right choices for your jewelry and what is best for you.

    auburn_rebeccaBlogger:

    Rebecca Bonney, Assistant Manager
    Auburn, Day's Jewelers 

    Learn more about Rebecca

     

     

     

  • Did You Know: Topaz

    imagesBlue, yellow, and pink - Oh My! Topaz is one of the many gemstones that can be found in many colors. What color best fits your style? Personally, I love blue topaz, or even better yet, London blue topaz. I am partial though, as it is my birthstone!

    Color: 

    Though the stone can be a wide variety of colors it is most prized as blue, yellow or pink. Most topaz is discovered in very light shades and is typically found in South America, but also maintains a presence in Sri Lanka, Africa, and China.

    Pure topaz is colorless and transparent but is usually tinted by impurities; typical topaz is wine, yellow, pale gray, reddish-orange, or blue brown. It can also be made white, pale green, blue, gold, pink (rare), reddish-yellow or opaque to transparent/translucent.

    Orange topaz, also known as precious topaz, is the traditional November birthstone, the symbol of friendship, and the state gemstone of Utah.

    Imperial topaz is yellow, pink (rare, if natural) or pink-orange. Brazilian Imperial Topaz can often have a bright yellow to deep golden brown hue, sometimes even violet. Many brown or pale topazes are treated to make them bright yellow, gold, pink or violet colored. Some Imperial topaz stones can fade from exposure to sunlight for an extended period of time.

    Blue topaz is the state gemstone of Texas. Naturally occurring blue topaz is quite rare. Typically, colorless, gray or pale yellow and blue material is heat treated and irradiated to produce a more desired darker blue.

    Mystic topaz is colorless topaz which has been artificially coated giving it the desired rainbow effect.

    Heat or low-grade irradiation is a permanent treatment often used to bring out the utmost brilliancy of the stone's color.

    History: 

    This gemstone was first made fashionable as jewelry by Russians throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.

    It is said that topaz is legendary for improving vision and breaking spells or charms.

    The ancient Greeks believed it could make a person stronger if he or she was wearing it.

    People from Egypt believed it was a gift from the god of the sun because of its illuminating, golden glow.

     

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    Blue topaz is the birthstone for December and 4th wedding anniversary. It can also be November's birthstone in its yellow form. Topaz and Imperial topaz are the gemstones for the 19th and 23rd wedding anniversaries, respectively, also.

    Topaz Care:

    The best way to clean topaz is with warm soapy water. Never clean topaz in a home ultrasonic cleaner or a steamer.

    It is important that the stone be protected from any sort of exposure to rapid temperature change, acids, or heat. A topaz stone will start to lose its color if kept out in the sun or exposed to other kinds of heat.

    Ranked 8 out of 10 on the Mohs scale, topaz is suitable for every day wear, but is susceptible to damage from a hard strike or blow.

    Day's Jewelers will always clean and inspect your jewelry for free, whether it was purchased from us or not.

    If you have any questions or comments, or would like to know more about Topaz, please let me know!

     

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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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