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  • 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!
  • What Metal Should I Choose for my Wedding Band?

    How times change. Twenty years ago, selecting a wedding band for a man was a simple choice. You could have gold (white or yellow), and maybe choose a pattern and some diamonds.  Today, however, is another story all together.  Tungsten, cobalt chrome, platinum, titanium and palladium have been added into the mix.  So, how do I pick the metal that is right for me, you might ask?  It's not as hard as you might think.  An examination of the properties and pricing of the metals should clear up, or at the very least, narrow your choices down a bit.

    There are two basic groupings of the metals; precious and alternative.  Precious refers to valuable metals such as gold, platinum and palladium.  Alternative is everything else.  That was easy, right?  Now for the slightly harder part: looking at what each of these metals has to offer.  We will start with the precious metals.

    Gold

     

    rwbd3070_1_1Whether in yellow, white or rose color, gold has been the standard for a long time.  Gold is the most malleable metal in this list and is typically alloyed out to help curb wear and reduce its tendency to shape while being worn.  You can tell how pure the gold is by the karat stamp on the inside of the ring.  Usually, rings are offered in the United States in 10k, 14k or 18k.  Each of these values is really a percentage of gold to alloy, with 10k being the lowest, to 18k being the highest.  Usually, 14k (58.5% pure) is the best balance, giving good wear and a rich color.  Gold is a great choice for those who love a warm, rich tone.

    Palladium

    Palladium is a member of the platinum family and is a white lustrous metal.  Unlike white gold, which will show a tint of yellow over time, palladium is naturally white like platinum.  Although it shares the look and family tree with platinum, palladium actually wears more like gold and its price is much less.  This allows you to have the rich look of platinum at a more affordable price.  Palladium is great for those with a desire for platinum but do not want to compromise the diamond for their ring budget.


    Platinum

     

    rwb6p0271_1Platinum is the queen of all precious metals.  Pure, rare and eternal, platinum will outlast and is more durable than any other precious metal.  Used 90-95% pure, platinum is alloyed out for exactly the opposite reason that gold is alloyed for.  Platinum resists moving and having its shape changed, so alloy is added to make the metal more user friendly.  This characteristic translates directly to longevity for you.  Platinum is perfect for making your special moment last forever and is great for wedding sets and engagement rings.

    So, now that we know what the precious metals are, let's look at the most popular alternative metals.

    Titanium

    Titanium is a lightweight, gray (sometimes black), highly durable metal.  Known for years for its application in aeronautics and space craft, it has only recently been used in rings. Titanium can withstand plenty of punishment.  It will scratch, however it is very flexible and difficult to break.  This ring is liked by mechanics and carpenters for its lightweight feel and its exceptional durability.

    Cobalt Chrome

    Cobalt chrome is an alloy of cobalt and chromium.  Unlike titanium, this metal is white in color and has more scratch resistance.  It is slightly more dense, yet still has a lightweight feel to it. It also sacrifices some of the flexibility of titanium.  This is a great alloy for those who wish to match their fiancé's wedding ring while still keeping the ring as light as possible.  This ring is usually purchased by mechanics, carpenters and machinists.

    Tungsten Carbide

     

    rwbf1895_1Tungsten carbide is by far the most popular of the alternative metals.  It is available in black, gray and even white.  It is the most scratch resistant of all the alternative metals and the least flexible.  Blows can break the ring. In fact, should you ever have to remove it in an emergency, it is broken off.  It is also the heaviest of the three metals, easily distinguishable by its heft from the other two.  It is not scratch proof, but it is an 8-9 on the Moh's scale of hardness, so little can actually scratch it.  This ring is a favorite for mechanics and carpenters as well as people who work hard with their hands.

    One thing all the alternatives have in common is that they cannot truly be sized or repaired if something does happen to them.  The manufacturers are aware of this and do have exchange programs in place to service the rings.

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    So, how do you pick a ring?  Let's start with the first question I always ask of a guest:  Are you sentimental?  It is important to first understand that all the precious metals are generally able to be sized with some exceptions.  This means you will always have the ring you were married with on your finger.  Alternative metals, however, rarely get worked on.  They are regularly replaced with a new ring.

    Next question:  What do you do for work?  Precious metal rings WILL hold up in most work environments as far as durability goes.  They will tend to scratch more readily and require more frequent polishing than the alternatives (which may require no polish in the case of tungsten).  Also, patterns will wear more quickly on the precious metals.  So can a mechanic wear a gold band?  Absolutely!  If he would like gold, he would be best advised to go with a simple heavy band without a pattern.  This ring can give him years of wear and comfort.  This same mechanic may opt for a titanium/cobalt/tungsten band for work and a patterned precious metal band for outside of work as the alternatives are affordably priced for any budget.

    Finally, are you traditional or trendy?  Believe it or not, tradition does play a part in your band selection.  There is nothing like wearing the same materials and sometimes similar styles to those your parents wore.  It connects you to your family and family traditions in a very personal way that you cannot put into words.  Trendy guests tend to lean to the alternative metals, as their styles are unique and a little more cutting edge.  Some styles, such as camouflage patterns are not even going to be found in anything but the alternative metals.

    No matter what you decide, the band should reflect who you are and represent the union of two hearts.  So ultimately, pick the wedding ring that speaks to you...Read more about Tips for Finding the Perfect Wedding Band -- Men's Edition.

     

    Blogger:

    MarkPoulinMark, 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. Read morehttp://www.daysjewelers.com/about-us/our-stores/auburn-me/our-staff/mark...

     

     

  • Triton, Men’s Jewelry

    As a fashion jewelry buyer for Day’s, I am always on the lookout for the newest styles and trends. I also receive a lot of feedback from family, friends, and random people I meet about what they would like to see for product in our stores. One of the comments that I received at the beginning of the year was that we needed more updated, contemporary men’s jewelry. Since the comment came from my husband, I figured I better listen!

    bracelets_hp_visualWe have always carried a great selection of classic men’s jewelry at Day’s…cufflinks, money clips, tie bars and tie tacs, along with gold and silver chains. These pieces are great for groomsmen’s gifts and for the man who dresses in a shirt and tie for work; but what about jewelry to wear on the weekend or in the evening? Women have a lot of options to dress up outfits with bracelets or necklaces, but it’s a lot harder for men to do the same.

    I recently came across Triton Jewelry in a fashion magazine I was reading. The images were great and the jewelry looked amazing. They described the collection as “Designed for today's man, Triton is the ultimate jewelry collection that fuses inspired artistry, innovative engineering, and contemporary metals to create bold statements. Its strength meets style, backed by our master craftsmanship and uncompromising attention to detail - because it's the details that make the man.” That was exactly what I was looking for!

    I really believe that Triton Jewelry fills the need for men’s fashion jewelry in affordable prices. The pieces are classic—dog tags, crosses, bracelets and necklaces—but are in very contemporary styles and metals. A lot of men love metals like titanium and tungsten for their wedding bands. Triton Jewelry incorporates those metals along with stainless steel, cobalt, and sterling silver in their designs. There is also a bracelet and necklace combination in lava stones. We rounded the collection out with some leather pieces, and the result is a really cool, modern day men’s jewelry collection.

    About the Blogger: 

     

    julie-c-webJulie, Buyer
    at Day's Jewelers

    Julie joined the Day’s team in 2002 as an Office Manager in our Auburn, Maine store. She has spent the last 5 years as our Inventory Operations Manager, and transitioned to her role as a buyer in October of 2012. Julie has enjoyed her time at Day’s, and is very excited about her new role in the company. Her goal is to bring fashion, style, and fun to Day’s product assortment and is always on the lookout for new jewelry designers.

    When she is not at Day’s, Julie spends most of her time at home with her husband and two young sons. The newest addition to her family is two Labrador Retriever puppies who are quite a handful!

     

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