Get to Know Designer: Tom Kruskal
Tom Kruskal is a New England jeweler, with a background in math, design, and music; this background helps him when designing. His design process incorporatesa lifelong exploration of linear forms in space, and attention to the interplay of aesthetics and the fabrication process. His motto: if it's too complicated to make, it's probably not a good design!
Tom has built his career around elevating hand-forged jewelry from a craft to an art. He balances artistic honesty with the integrity of a successful small New England business. Many of his inspirations come from organic shapes in the New England countryside, the ocean, and from music. Tom's goals are to create beautiful pieces of jewelry that are classic yet contemporary. They must be appropriate for women of all ages, can be worn day or night, and must be affordable.
In 2005, my friend Alethe Clemetson took a leave of absence from her job as a gemologist at Tiffany and Company. She volunteered with Cross-Cultural Solutions in Tanzania working with children at the Kilimahewa Kindergarten School teaching basic math and English. Camping with the tribes gave Clemetson a taste of what it's like to actually live in the dire conditions that the local people face everyday, including a lack of clean water. Part of the experience was to live as a Maasai woman walking about 5 miles to fetch water each day. The water wasn't clean and the wells were surrounded by slippery mud making retrieving the water incredibly dangerous. Alethe wasmoved and inspired when she returned. Shortly after that, she quit her job at Tiffany and founded Jewelers That Care
Many of us like to help in keeping the Earth a clean place to live. We see it on Pinterest all the time; ways to make detergents and homemade cleaners and we pin them thinking it's a great idea. This stops us from having to buy the awful chemical items and we help lessen then amount of bottles in landfills.
One of the common properties of sterling silver is that tarnishes. Tarnish on sterling silver jewelry is most often removed by with a specially treated polish cloth or by dipping jewelry into a liquid chemical created especially for this purpose. Here is a way to remove tarnish on your sterling silver jewelry with harmless substances found in just about every kitchen.
1. Put a heatproof
If you read our last post on wedding bands, you will remember that there is a list of things to consider when picking out the style. Style is important but you also want to consider how practical your band is.
Most people will choose their wedding band to match the engagement ring and style preference. The ideal band may or may
"The sky in Cheyenne, Wyoming is just about as blue as it gets and if you ain't seen a Santa Fe sunset, you ain't seen red. Texas sunflower yellow can take your breath away. I've seen it all from the orange of the fall to the green of the summer, but my favorite color is neon" -Neon, Chris Young
You may not know country music, but we can all relate to colors. The fashion industry is loading up with pops of neon color, from purses and shoes to jewelry. This spring, add some neon to your creamy neutrals and soft pastels to make a big statement. Dare to add a pop of color to your "little black dress," or even your favorite jeans and t-shirt combo.
Here are some of my neon jewelry picks for spring 2013:
Psst. Guess what? Mother's Day is May 12th. Did you remember this year?
As much as mom loves eating at the local restaurant, she doesn't need another gift card there this year. Why not give her something that will last a lifetime? Stuck on how to find the right gift? Well I'm here to help. I'm going to give you a few pointers on how to pick the perfect gift for Mom (or anyone!).
When purchasing for jewelry, keep in mind who you are purchasing for. Family members generally have more sentimental valued gifts, like a mother's ring, or a new bead to add to her charm bracelet. Friends have less romantic gifts but no less meaningful. A friend may be just as challenging to buy for as someone in your family. However, when purchasing for that special someone, you need to make sure the gift is absolutely perfect.
Always have a budget in mind when you begin shopping. If you have a price range in mind, the sales associate can better
A friend of mine just posted a picture of her new engagement ring on Facebook. The ring, like her, was unique with a gorgeous bright red ruby set in classic yellow gold. After I congratulated her and gushed over how beautiful the ring was I had to ask, "why no diamond?" She replied, "Bling has never really been my thing."
I had to agree. Of all my friends she was never one to wear something flashy but she was the first to volunteer to pick up trash around campus, organize the annual MS walk, and donate the few extra dollars she had as a college student to causes she believed in. I realized
Wedding Party Gift Ideas
You have the wedding bands, the venue, DJ, and photographer. Now what about the people you asked to be part of this special day? They have planned the bachelorette and bachelor parties, the wedding shower, kept you sane through the cake and catering tastings. Yes, the bridesmaids and groomsmen. They promised to stand by your side while you're saying your vows, make sure your make up doesn't run when you start crying, fix your tie or veil before walking down the aisle. We think they deserve a "thank you."
Let's take a look at some gift ideas for the ladies. There are many types of gifts that you can give to your bridesmaids and flower girl. You could get them a gift card to their favorite store or restaurant,
Blue, 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!
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
Tips for Finding the Perfect Mens Wedding Band
You did an awesome job selecting the engagement ring. She has probably asked you 100 questions about the wedding venue, photographer and DJ. Now it's time to find your wedding band. This is the part of the wedding that is all about you!
Are you the more laid back, relaxed, simple kind of guy? A classic style wedding band may be your best option.
Or are you more outspoken, bold, and daring? Think about mixing metal types or finding a wedding
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. Any purchase made with a credit card must be returned to the original credit card. Please read more about our Returns and Exchanges Policy.
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AAll orders shipped UPS are fully insured and require a signature at time of delivery unless shipped by USPS. Each item is cleaned, polished and inspected before it is wrapped and shipped to you. Orders over $1,000 enjoy free overnight shipping via UPS. 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 read more for full shipping information.
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 about the Day's Promise...
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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.
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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