Jewelry 201 - Jewelry Information, Jewelry Tips and Trends

  • 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.

    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.

     

     

  • Time and Eternity Jewelry for Mother's Day

    Let Mom know you'll love her for all of Time and Eternity! Through the twists and turns of motherhood, interwoven rings represent her love. The diamond at the center, like Mom, holds everything together because to Mom: family is everything. Each piece in our Time and Eternity Collection features a Northern Star diamond.
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    What makes a Northern Star diamond so special?
    Every Northern Star diamond has 90 facets, 32 more than a traditional diamond. The extra facets, requiring additional time, craftsmanship, and expertise, help to prevent light from “leaking” out of the back of the diamond. These strategic cuts maximize the amount of light that is returned to the viewer making it visibly brighter.
    Show Mom how special she is with a Time & Eternity piece of jewelry featuring a beautiful Northern Star diamond.

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  • Time and the Rhyme

    I appreciate brands that are trying to solve solutions for many aspects of one’s life. Shinola is doing just that. Not only do they build goods in the USA, they are doing it in style. From small leather goods, to bikes, to turntables they are offering modern designs you can feel good about owning. Shinola watches are built in Detroit with Swiss and imported parts. Of all the products Shinola makes, the return of manufacturing jobs is the thing they are post proud of.

    We carry many of their watches and they are super classy, let me tell you.

    Check out this Maya Angelou Special Edition. A great tribute that comes with a leather journal filled with her poetry. Know the time and the rhyme...

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    The watch comes packaged in a wooden watch box, including a leather-bound journal containing excerpts from Dr. Angelous poetry and a booklet honoring the life and legacy of the acclaimed author/activist. The watch comes packaged in a wooden watch box, including a leather-bound journal containing excerpts from Dr. Angelous poetry and a booklet honoring the life and legacy of the acclaimed author/activist.

    And this handsome watch. Dusty blue for the emotional person who wants you to know, but not too much.

    Shinola Mens Watch with Blue Dial and Brown Leather Strap Shinola Mens Watch with Blue Dial and Brown Leather Strap

    This Shinola Runwell men's watch is a beautiful timepiece that is built to last, and built right here in America. A lightning bolt is stamped on the back of each watch, representing Shinola's commitment to quality.

    We know there’s not just history in Detroit, there is a future. It’s why we are here. Making an investment in skill, at scale. Creating a community that will thrive through excellence of craft and pride of work. Where we will reclaim the making of things that are made well. And define American luxury through American quality. - SHINOLA

     

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  • Everyday Elegance in Swarovski

    I admire our merchandise team for their strict criteria; pieces are picked with environmental and ethical concerns in mind, whether or not they can last a lifetime (in most cases many lifetimes) and their quality.

    Swarovski is a designer that matches this criteria with some of our more obtainable pieces in both everyday fashion and elegant statements. We can get behind that.

    Eternity rings are super fly and at this price, please.

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    V classy. Wear white in the winter because they can’t tell you what to do.

    Swarovski Crystal Dust White Crystal Cuff Bracelet Swarovski Crystal Dust White Crystal Cuff Bracelet

    I wouldn’t go crazy with the dress, let the necklace take this one.

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  • Most Popular Chain Style Types in Necklaces and Jewelry

    ANCHOR CHAIN:  Is characterized by uniformly sized repeating oval links which are arranged alternatively in a horizontal and then vertical orientation, traditionally with a vertical bar in the middle of each link creating a flexible ligament giving the chain strength, durability and an eye catching style.

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    BALL or BEAD CHAIN:  Composed of orbs of metal rather than open links.  They are set at regular intervals along the length of the chain set with connector bars or adjacent to each other.  Dress up your next occasion with a fashion twist with a ball/bead chain.

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    BOX CHAIN:  The four sided construction of the box chain creates a durable chain with an extraordinary look.  It is made from round wire which is rolled flat and then folded into square links that form open boxes or cubes creating a smooth four sided shape.  Add a pendant to the box chain to create an elegant look.

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    BYZANTINE CHAIN: Is an intricate, closely linked sequential chain design that incorporated a rope-like texture and intriguing textural design.  Soft, flexible with an elegant drape, the byzantine link is instantly recognized by its maze-like intricacy.

    CABLE CHAINS:  Strong, durable and attractive, the cable chain is a heavy chain having links with a crossbar across the inside of each link.  Each section of the cable chain is identical throughout giving it a simple but classic look.

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    C LINK Chain:  Made up of solid ‘C’ shaped sections that fit into one another in a repeating pattern for a style that is both on-trend and beautifully classic.  It is designed to lie flat and noted for its flexibility.

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    CLOSED LINK CHAIN:  They feature an additional process which ensures every individual join has solder applied to ensure the link cannot open easily.  Usually crafted in precious metals.

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    CURB CHAIN:  It is designed with circular rings with tiny indentations that allow the rings to remain flat for a sleek and comfortable fit.  Sometimes, links have been twisted and feature a diamond cut that enhances the chain with style and shimmer.

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    ESPIGA CHAIN:  Crafted by intricately weaving metals in small links closely resembling an ear of corn or wheat. Also called a wheat chain, it is strong and durable, it is perfectly suitable for pendants.

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    FANCY CHAIN:  A chain that has a different variation on a standard chain, like links that are specific shapes or that have a special finish or have dangles attached, is considered a Fancy Chain.  This means a variety of special links, like heart shapes or various chains adorned with tiny shapes along the chain.

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    FIGARO CHAIN: Comprised of flat twisted links.  It is a modified version of the curb chain where the interlocking flat links vary in size.  It lays flat around the neck, is crafted with strength and durability and its versatility gives it a sense of fashion and style.  Originated in Italy.

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    FIGARUCCI CHAIN:  A variation of the anchor or marine chain but with long links that add decoration like a Florentine pattern giving it a lace or filigree finish.

    FOXTAIL CHAIN:   Two rows of slanted oval links face each other at a 45 degree angle in the Foxtail chain.  They are connected by a series of flat rings running down the chain’s center.  This created the impression of the hairs on a fox’s tail.

    FRANCO CHAIN:  The Franco chain is a thicker type of chain made with v-shaped links.  The chain is sturdy and can support heavy pendants.

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    HERRINGBONE CHAIN:  Multiple rows of v-shaped links are used to make up this type of chain.  They lie completely flat, and each row alternates in direction creating the herringbone pattern.

    LINK CHAIN:  The link chain is the most common type of chain.  It is formed of individual oval or round links interlocked in a uniform pattern with each link lying 90 degrees to the next.  This chain is popular for its simple but classic look.

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    MARINER CHAIN:  This is the strongest type of jewelry chain.  It is designed with repeating oval links that are all the same size.  They have a vertical bar in the middle of each link are are arranged in a horizontal, then vertical arrangement.  Also known as the anchor chain it has a few variations such as the Figarucci chain.

    OMEGA CHAIN:  Popular for its strength and how shiny it is, the Omega chain is made of individual metal plates lined up side by side and crimped to an underlying mesh base.  There are both flat and round versions of this chain and it can be reversible. Popular for its overall strength and its reflective qualities.  Omega chain is made up of metal links assembled on a wire or woven mesh that form a tube. The embedded wire is what provides the strength. The Omega chain is somewhat flexible, but it is still sufficiently rigid that it retains its ring shape when worn.

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    RAILROAD CHAIN:  This chain features two continuous lines with cross bars that form the tracks for a stylish design.

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    ROLO CHAIN:  The links of the Rolo chain are usually smaller and thicker than that those of a cable chain and they tend to be oval or round.  The links are flat on the inside and alternate in the direction they face.  This is a popular chain used for charm bracelets.

    ROPE CHAIN:  Rows of metal links are woven for this type of chain creating the appearance of a two strand rope.  The join of each link is like a tiny hinge, meaning this style is not as flexible or liquid-like as some others.

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    SHADBELLY CHAIN:  Its construction is composed of points that are similar to shadbelly points used to enhance riding jackets worn by equestrians. The necklace's links are woven closely together to provide strength as well as elegance.

    SINGAPORE CHAIN:  Flat diamond cut chain links are woven together to form a diamond shape.  These diamond shaped links are then woven together, creating the Singapore chain.  It is eye catching as it reflects light from different angles.  The chain also has a natural curve, created by the weaving process, that is pleasing to the eye.

    SNAKE CHAIN:  Crafted of smooth, round metal plates or bands,  the chain has a curve at the mid-point of each link.  The links are then joined to create a continual flexible tube reminiscent of a snake skin due to a slight zigzag pattern.

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    WHEAT CHAIN:  A symmetrical type of rope chain, the wheat chain features small figure 8 links that display as a plaited appearance.  Also known as the Espiga or Spiga chain, it is a symbol of wealth or faith.

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  • Catch Me Behind the Camera

    My passion lies in filmmaking, a naturally turbulent creative process; all the preparation in the world can’t keep the variables of change at bay. I love the challenge of producing beauty from a chaotic environment. It’s the same reason I'm captivated by natural gemstones. Against all odds, in the harshest environments, under immense pressure, diamonds and gemstones are formed. What an inspiration! Even in the toughest moments one can always shine bright and prevail.

    I’m proud to be a new member of the Day’s team where “standing the test of time” is a mission. An encouraging mantra for a young artist striving to create lasting works. Not only is the goal to leave a lasting impression but to do it in style.

    Catch me behind the camera.

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  • DISCOVER MOVADO EDGE: A DARING NEW EXPERIENCE OF TIME

    The art of collaboration goes to the Movado Edge designed with Yves Béhar, infusing a modern icon with stunning dimension an texture.

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    Movado Edge interprets the iconic Museum Dial through a heightened industrial design lens, characterized by a new, visually tactile form. The iconic dial takes dimensional form. The dot rises from the dial's surface. Sculpted linear ridges suggesting the sun’s rays subtly mark the minutes.

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    The dial reinterprets Horwitt’s original vision in a three-dimensional representation with the dot rising from the dial’s curved, newly textured landscape. Sculpted linear peaks that form around the edge of the dial suggest the sun’s rays, while subtly marking the minutes – a beautiful and purposeful design element.

    Available in our South Portland location only and online at www.daysjewelers.com

     

  • Aquаmаrinе - Thе Birthѕtоnе оf Mаrch

    The wearing of birthstones is thought to bring good luck and good health. Astrologers long ago attributed supernatural powers to certain gemstones.

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    Named after seawater, Aquamarine’s fresh watery hue is a cool plunge into a refreshing pool.  From the light blue of the sky to the deep blue of the sea, the aquamarine shines over an extraordinarily beautiful range of mainly light blue colors.  It is the birthstone of March and thought to enhance the happiness of marriages and the lucky crystals for the people of Pisces.  It is also the symbol of a 19th wedding anniversary.

    The greenish blue Aquamarine protects those who journey by sea, alleviating the fear of water and guards those involved in any long travel such as flying or driving long distances.

    Aquаmаrinе birth ѕtоnеѕ аrе truѕtеd tо bring соurаgе, viсtоrу, tоgеthеrnеѕѕ аnd inѕight tо itѕ wеаrеrѕ. It ѕignifiеѕ mаking оf nеw friеndѕ. It iѕ viеwеd аѕ a gift оf lоvе.  It also has the power to benefit its wearer with knowledge, vision and inspiration.

    Aquаmаrinе - tо thе hаррilу mаrriеd!

    Arе уоu a mаrriеd mаn/wоmаn? Thеn thiѕ gеmѕtоnе iѕ thе реrfесt gift fоr уоur bеlоvеd оnе. Thiѕ glittеring gеmѕtоnе iѕ ѕuрроѕеd tо bring оut hаrmоnу, ѕооthing аll thе diffеrеnсеѕ thаt might еxiѕt аmоng a lоving  (or struggling) соuрlе.

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    Aquаmаrinе birth ѕtоnеѕ аrе truѕtеd tо bring соurаgе, viсtоrу, tоgеthеrnеѕѕ аnd inѕight tо itѕ wеаrеrѕ. It ѕignifiеѕ mаking оf nеw friеndѕ. It iѕ viеwеd аѕ a gift оf lоvе. Wеаring аn аquаmаrinе piece of jеwеlrу iѕ ѕuрроѕеd tо bring lоvе аnd аffесtiоn intо уоur lifе.

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    Hеаlth аnd рrоѕреritу iѕ thе ѕуmbоl оf thiѕ роwеrful birthѕtоnе. It iѕ bеliеvеd tо роѕѕеѕѕ thе hеаling роwеr thаt rеduсеѕ thе dереndеnсу оn drugѕ. Aquаmаrinе gеmѕtоnеs are said to hеlр digеѕtiоn, еnѕurе hеаlth оf tееth аnd the jаw аnd is ѕuрроѕеd tо bе a rеmеdу fоr ѕwоllеn glаndѕ.

    Aquаmаrinе - brings роѕitivе роwеr!

    Aquаmаrinе birthѕtоnеs are аll аbоut inѕtilling роѕitivе fееlings. Thiѕ brеаthtаkinglу bеаutiful gеmѕtоnе iѕ bеliеvеd tо rеlеаѕе аngеr аnd nеgаtivitу аnd bеѕtоw оn uѕ реасе оf mind, сlаritу аnd еnѕurеѕ mеntаl аnd еmоtiоnаl bаlаnсе. Aquаmаrinе gеmѕtоnеs are said to hеlр fосuѕ, соnсеntrаtiоn аnd аidѕ in mеditаtiоn.

    Aquаmаrinе Jеwеlrу

    Pеndаnt, brасеlеt, ring оr аn еаrring - аquаmаrinе jеwеlrу аrе fаvоrеd bу thе Piѕсеаnѕ. It has been said that Piѕсеаnѕ, if thеу wеаr аquаmаrinе, thеir birthѕtоnе, will invitе thе роѕitivе thingѕ оf thе univеrѕе intо thеir lifе. Lifе will bе fillеd with lоvе, аffесtiоn, саrе, friеndѕhiр аnd tоgеthеrnеѕѕ. Explore the elegance of the Aquamarine at Day’s.  We have Aquamarine jewelry to suit all tastes and styles including rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets with some creations in their designer lines such as Le Vian.

  • Hot off The Red-Carpet: OSCAR JEWELRY

    The red carpet was sparkling in 2017 with diamonds taking center stage.

    Our favorites for biggest trends include

    1. DROP EARRINGS

    EARRINGS Drop earrings made for a stunning statement piece.

    2. STACKED BRACELETS

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    3. FOREVERMARK DIAMONDS

     

    FM DIAMONDS Forevermark jewelry had a starring role as the world's most responsibly sourced diamond.

    4. EAR CLIMBERS

    FOUR EARRINGS Ear climbers made for a new twist on the traditional stud earring and boy did it shine!

    5. MENS ACCESSORIES

    MENS ACCESSORIES Men wore bold classic watches and stunning cuffs.

    Janelle Monáe and Halle Berry rocked the most stunning Forevermark diamond looks.

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    Janelle Monáe sparkled in Forevermark diamonds with striking diamond statement pieces in the form of swooping diamond earrings, stacked bracelets, and multiple rings were top choices for Hollywood's leading ladies. Janelle Monáe sparkled in not one but two Forevermark Diamonds in a two stone ring as well as three additional diamond rings showing that more is more when it comes to diamond rings on the red carpet.

     

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    While Halle Berry wore Versace & Forevermark diamonds making all of the "best dressed" lists in fashion-forward white diamond pieces set in of-the-moment 18K rose gold. Edgy diamond earrings, fashion rings and a stack of bangle bracelets highlighted her look.

     

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