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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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  • 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.


    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.

  • 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!


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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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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.