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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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  • Betty's Bling Blog 2

    Quite a few years ago, I was working as a travel agent and had the privilege of visiting Swarovski’s Crystal Theme museum in Tyrol, Austria and was amazed at all the beauty. The brilliance was blinding as I gazed at all the crystal figurines. They have since then, manufactured high quality lead glass crystal jewelry of which Day's is proud to display on their website and in their stores ready to lure you with a wide selection of earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings.

    Recently, this exquisite Swarovski Slake Pulse necklace appeared before me, waiting for a marketing description. I was amazed at all the details and Swarovski’s creativity and innovation used to create this beautiful necklace. I was soon enchanted by the design and especially the sparkling crystals against a black background. A necklace fit for any queen.

    Swarovski Bling Swarovski Slake Pulse Necklace

    Swarovski introduces Slake Pulse, an exciting new addition to their bestselling Slake jewelry family. This necklace sparkles brilliantly with a mix of spiky and round crystal cuts on black Alcantara fabric. With its soft touch and light weight, it's ideal for everyday wear.

    http://www.daysjewelers.com/jewelry-designers/swarovski/swarovski-necklaces/swarovski-slake-pulse-necklace-7-6-x-7-6-x-1-3-inches

    SKU: NGCNK0491

    Betty Martin
    Web Administrative Specialist

  • 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

  • Surprise Marriage Proposal Video with Forevermark Diamond Engagement Ring

    See Josh propose to Amy with a brilliant Forevermark diamond engagement ring set in white and rose gold. The proposal went on without a hitch!

  • A Day’s Jewelers Cliff's of Moher Proposal

    Day's Jewelers Proposal Story:

    Hi my nameimage2 is Michelle Devereux. My fiancé Ryan Sylvain proposed to me on June the 9, 2016 at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. We have been together 2 and half years.

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    I recently brought Ryan to Ireland for my cousins wedding. I moved to the USA with my parents when I was 7 but both my mother and father reside in Ireland. We traveled around Ireland for a few days with my brother and a couple of friends. Ryan carried the ring around with him while we were traveling and a few times he thought I was sure I would find out.

    image3On Thursday the 9th, on our last stop back to Cork, we visited the Cliff's of Moher. We were taking photos and laughing and the Ryan dropped to one knee. I remember he was nervously asking my brother for the ring, I remember spacing out into the ocean not believing this was happening. I thought I was in a dream. A wave of emotion came over me and I said yes while crying, but Ryan did this in a country (Ireland) that is so dear to my heart and will always be my home.

    He definitely put thought into and it will be a day I will never forget. Ryan told me that Day's Jewelers was great to work with and I felt so comfortable with Day's too. Our big day isn't till October 2018, but I wouldn't trade June 9th 2016 on the Cliff's of Moher for anything.

  • Day's Jewelers Layaway Program

    We know that not all people like credit cards or cannot get a credit card. However, we do know that most people like buying new jewelry - for a loved one or even themselves. I don’t think I’m the only one when I say that my taste is sometimes a little out of my price range - ok, always out of my price range. But, I am a strong believer that everyone deserves to treat themselves once in a while. 

    dsctf0210_1Day's Jewelers has a layaway program that is simple and to the point, all the more reason to love it. Here’s the breakdown:

    Day's Jewelers Layaway Program:

    1. Come into one of our 6 store locations
    2. Put 10% down using any of the following payment methods: cash, debit card, check, money order or credit card
    3. Make a payment plan to pay at least 10% every month

    Our Online Layaway Program:

    1. Call us at 800-439-3297
    2. Put 10% down using any of the following payment methods: debit card, check, money order or credit card
    3. Make a payment plan to pay at least 10% every month

    The best part is there are no service fees* and no interest.

    *If you have to cancel your layaway after thirty days, we will keep 20% of the total required deposits as restock fees. Full deposit may be applied towards an immediate new purchase.

    Even when you have a layaway we know and understand that hard times can arise. No worries, we will work with you to figure out a solution. We believe everyone should own a peice of fine jewelry, and want to help in anyway we can to make that happen.

    If you would like to think about the purchase before hand, we will hold the jewelry for you with no money down up to five days. So if you’re not quite sure if that particular piece is your style, or if that's "the" engagement ring for her...think about it, on us for five days.

    Whatever your situation is Day’s Jewelers has a plan for you. Layaway is a wonderful option for getting the jewelry of your dreams, or maybe the perfect engagement ring for that special someone. This time of year is the perfect time to start a layaway on an item for Christmas!

    For questions or to start a layaway on your jewelry, email or call 800-439-3297, or simply visit your local Day's Jewelers.

     

  • Watching Over Me

    Jewelry is never where I pictured myself when I was growing up. I saw myself as most young boys do, as a firefighter, motorcycle racer, or a pilot. I consider myself lucky to be in an industry that values rare things. I get to be involved in some of the greatest love stories ever told. I meet people who are also passing along family heirlooms and hunting for future family heirlooms.  Funny thing is that making a difference in someone's life isn't always apparent.

    I was working for Day's Jewelers in the Manchester, New Hampshire location as the store's watch specialist.  I worked mostly mornings when it was quiet.  I took my time to readjust the watch lines in their cases, and polishing of any fingerprints I might find.  I jumped at any chance I could at running out to the floor to help a guest, and our company had run a promotion on the back of a local grocery store's receipt offering a watch battery service for one dollar.

    On a particularly quiet March morning an older gentleman came ambling in for a new battery in his watch with a coupon in his hand.  His face was scowled, which I figured was because it was so cold outside.  So, I offered him a cup of coffee. While I was making it I noticed that his watch was a wind-up model.  I took the time to explain that his watch did not take a battery.  I gave him his coffee and sat with him as he shared the story of how he had come by this watch.  He told me of his love of watches, and confided that he was a bit of a watch-hoarder. I told him that I too loved watches, and as simply as that, this grouchy old guy named Henry and I were friends.

     

    wpok0309_1The very next day, I saw Henry crossing the showroom floor clutching a small brown paper bag and a couple of watch battery coupons.  I smiled at him, welcomed him back and again offered him a cup of joe.  He smiled back and dropped his watches at the service counter for the work.  He informed me that he'd brought a couple of other watches in for me to see.  Some worked, some did not.  Some were missing straps and bracelets, some missing hands or crystals. No matter the condition, they all had a story as to how he came to own them.

    Henry visited me everyday I worked, and on the days I had off my co-workers would inform me that my grumpy grandpa had stopped by for me.  It turns out that he was quite prickly with most everyone, except me. They knew that he really only wanted to deal with me. I let Henry in on my schedule, as I enjoyed his visits. Being an old salesman himself, he was always very respectful of my time and the fact that I was working. We shared a passion for men's wristwatches, from the styling to the intricate movements.  He had a few that were truly remarkable. The one that I found the most fascinating was an old Hamilton.  This one he had actually been awarded for sales accomplishments for that year. It was a rectangular, or "Tank" faced watch in 18 karat rose gold with the most unique faceted crystal I had ever seen. I was blown away by the condition of this watch.  It was immaculate.  Henry informed me that it had stopped working nearly 30 years earlier, and he never bothered to find out what was wrong with it. He knew that we worked in conjunction with a watchmaker that had the ability to source old parts, rebuild and restore these watches to their former glory.  We had sent a few off in the past for estimates on repair, but he would opt not to have them fixed as the parts were rare, and coupled with the repairs it was somewhat costly.

    I encouraged Henry to once again send his Hamilton off to the watchmaker for an estimate.  The repair estimate came back, and I knew that there was no way that he would be able to afford it.  It was almost Halloween and I began to see less and less of my old friend.  I personally called him to tell him the quote from the watchmaker.  He told me that it was way too much and just to have it sent back.  He apologized that he hadn't been by as often as he'd like, but it was unseasonably chilly. He told me he'd be down to get it before he left for his daughter's for the holidays. It was early November, and I figured that it might be back in time for Christmas. I decided I was going to have it fixed for him, so I called the watchmaker and gave the go ahead.

    One day during the holiday rush I was told that I had a package come in from the watchmaker, and he had sent me a note.  The note read that this wristwatch was incredibly rare and the unique crystal alone was worth nearly as much as the solid gold case and back. It offered an appraisal service and even mentioned the fact that it would likely fetch a fairly substantial price at an auction!  I was overjoyed with the news.  I thought how great that this could be a windfall for my tired old friend. I called Henry right away to tell him he had an early Christmas present.

    He came down the next day with a gift wrapped package in his hands.  I met him with his usual cup of joe, black the way he liked it. I was surprised at the fact that he had gotten me a gift.  I told him that I couldn't accept it, but he told me that he would not accept mine if I was going to be that way. I tore into the wrapper and found that he had given me a watch from his collection that I had as a kid, the Cub Scouts watch.  I smiled and thanked him.  Although the watch didn't work, it was a great feeling that he remembered I told him that I once had one exactly like it.

    I gave him my present and as he opened the box, he looked a bit baffled to see his Hamilton in there.

    "I went ahead and had them fix it." I told him. He went on about how I shouldn't have, but thanked me anyway.  I grabbed the watch, wound it up, set it and helped put it on his wrist.  He listened intently as I explained just how valuable his little resurrected watch was, and the fact that if he'd like to we might be able to sell it and get him a sweet little bundle of cash.  I could see in his face that this didn't interest him at all.  He again thanked me, and told me that he was leaving the next day to spend Christmas and New Years with his daughter’s family.

    After everything began to wind down from the busy Christmas season, I wondered when I would see my morning coffee buddy again.  A few weeks had gone when a fellow co-worker told me there was a woman here to see me the day before.  He said she told him she'd stop by again to see me.  I had worked through almost the entire day when in walked a woman to see me. She came over and told me her name was Beatrice and she was Henry's daughter.  She informed me that Henry had passed away a day into the New Year. She told me that it was sudden, and unexpected.  I was quite numb. She smiled sweetly at me as I guess my face must've given away my shock.  She reached her hand out and placed it on mine. She told me that I meant a lot to her dad, as he talked non-stop about me and couldn't wait to see me again. She brought out of her purse his rose gold Hamilton and held it out to me in her hand.  I was must've been a miserable sight, as I fought the waterworks. She told me that he mentioned everyday that I paid to have his watch fixed and that he would wind it up over his morning cup of coffee.  She told me that he would've wanted me to have it.  I struggled to keep my composure and tell her I couldn't accept it.  She told me she wouldn't have it any other way, thanked me for being kind to a lonely old man.  She turned and walked out of the store.

    I haven’t worked long enough to have earned a gold watch of my own, but a small bit of kindness, and showing even the slightest bit of interest in my fellow man earned me one in Henry’s book. Even more importantly, he taught me first hand why jewelry is treasured. I carry that philosophy with me throughout every encounter.

     

    joe2011About the Blogger: 

    Joe, Jewelry Consultant
    Waterville Day's Jewelers 

    When he is not at Day's, Joe can be found spending time with his wife or participating in outdoor activities. Joe is a bit of a jokester and enjoys laughing and having fun with his customers. His favorite thing about Maine is that he can see the starry skies at night and enjoy the beauty of the wilderness. The next time you are in the Waterville area, take a trip down Main Street and visit Joe at Day's!

     

  • New Jewelry Designer: Janice Girardi

    names0159_1Day's Jewelers has picked up a new jewelry line, Janice Girardi.

    Janice Girardi jewelry is crafted by artisans in sterling silver, mixed metals and in 18 and 22 karat gold, with pearls and gemstones. The designer uncovers the most exciting gemstones and metalworking technique to create harmonies of color with finely detailed designs forged in silver and bronze. Beautifully merging modem design and ancient jewelry techniques, Janice Girardi works with master jewelers to create timeless beauty that can be passed through the generations.

     

    ngrs2431_1About the Designer: Janice Girardi's extensive design knowledge and love of beautiful things evolved through the decades of living and travleing throughout Asia, Europe, and Africa. Since launching her first jewelry collection from Bali in 1980, Janice's design studeio has grown into offices and workshops that employ hundreds of local peaople in first-rate working condistions. Janice contributes time, energy, and funding to many charitable causes, including orphanages, disaster relieft, cultural education, and animal welfare. She founded the Bali Animal Welfare Association and continues to be instrumental in the island's fight against rabies.

    The Janice Girardi line is currently only available at our Day's Auburn location and online.

     

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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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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.