Most people, not being jewelry experts, have questions about gems and jewelry. Your local professional jeweler is the best authority on everything from romantic lore to modern technical information and what to look for when purchasing fine jewelry. Many jewelers are most frequently asked these questions by the public.
What is an independent jeweler?
Being an independent jeweler means we don’t have a parent company somewhere running things. The advantages to this are many but among the obvious are the capability it gives us to carry unique merchandise not seen in many chain stores, as well the ability to develop relationships with our suppliers giving us the best values and outstanding service support.
Don’t larger stores have better prices because they buy in bulk?
Honestly, yes, and no. A company buying two hundred of a particular item will in most cases get a better price than a store like us buying only single unique pieces. HOWEVER, many times our price to you the customer is just as good or better due to our low operating cost and excellent credit rating.
Why are there such big variations in prices for jewelry advertisements?
Usually, quality is the difference. If you are looking for the cheapest diamond in town, be careful, you just might find it. We can guide you to help you find an item that is both affordable for your budget AND is something you can be proud to wear or give.
Will I get hit by a hard sell sales person in your store?
NO. Our sales staff is probably the only one in town that does not get paid based on commissions. Therefore, they are able to have your best interest in mind and can assist you and not strong arm you.
Do you accept credit cards?
We accept Master Card, Visa, Discover, and American Express
What Does the Word “Jewelry” Really Mean?
According to the Latin and French derivation of the word, it means joy or gladness. Historians say that even back in prehistoric times jewelry was known and regarded as a symbol of happiness.
Engagement Ring or the Wedding Ring?
Curiously enough, historians are unable to agree on this. The use of two rings, however, can be traced back to the time when it was the custom to give the prospective bride a ring at the time marriage was proposed and, to conform to religious requirements, the marriage was delayed until some later time. When the wedding took place, the bridegroom signified that his betrothal assurances were still valid by presenting another ring, a plain band of holy union.
Why is the Engagement Ring Worn on the Third Finger of the Left Hand?
It was once believed that the vein of love ran from this finger directly to the heart. Romantic as this may be, medical science does not support this view. Practically speaking, the third finger is more convenient as a matter of protection for the ring itself, since the first and second are too active. The left hand was chosen for the ring because it normally is less active than the right, hence safer. Approximately 75% of women receive diamond engagement rings before marriage.
What Does “Carat” Mean, and How Much Does One Actually Weight?
The word “Carat” comes from the Greek name of a seed, which was first used in ancient times as a measure of weight. A carat weighs seven-thousandths of an ounce, and about 142 of them are needed to make a single ounce. The carat is divided into 100 points, so that when a woman says her diamond is a quarter of a carat, for example, she means it is 25 points.
What is the Name of the Eyepiece Used by the Jeweler in Examining Gems, Jewelry and Watches?
The Loupe (pronounced loop). This is a magnifying piece, normally ten-power, worn by the jeweler over one eye, enabling him to see the minute details necessary for careful and thorough examination.
How Should I Clean My Gold Jewelry?
We always recommend that you take it to a professional jeweler for cleaning and inspection, occasionally. Gold is both versatile and very easy to keep looking beautiful for years to come. Its worst enemy, however, is chlorine. Repeated exposure can weaken gold’s structure, eventually leading to breakage. Try to keep your gold jewelry away from chlorinated cleaning products, swimming pools and Jacuzzis. To clean, use your jeweler’s recommended solution or lukewarm, soapy water. Rinse with clear water, then dry and polish with a soft chamois cloth. For harder-to-clean “gold-only” pieces, your local jeweler can steam-clean them.
What side does my wedding band go on?
Typically, the wedding band is worn closest to the heart.
How much should I spend on an engagement ring?
Traditionally, two month’s salary is the starting point. However, if you need to budget, just remember that this is one of the most important purchases in both of your lives and you can always upgrade later.
What is the difference between white gold and platinum?
14k white gold is an excellent choice for jewelry. It is strong, easy to work with and easy to keep looking pretty. Its downside is that it will wear out and eventually get a tint of yellow, but a professional jeweler can rebuild the wear, and rhodium plating should take care of the yellow tint.Platinum is also a good choice in the right jewelry. Platinum will not wear out easily and it will always stay white; however, it is not really easy to work with and it does scratch very easily, so we recommend a decorative design such as a filigreed instead of a polished band.
Why does my 14k white gold ring look slightly yellow?
Gold is yellow. 14k white gold is yellow gold that has been mixed with another metal (usually nickel) to make it appear white. The yellow color cannot be completely bleached out of gold. When a piece of white gold jewelry is finished, it is typically coated with a hard, bright white metal called Rhodium. This plating wears off after a while and you are down to your white gold. Eventually, with wear and molecule rotation, the yellow molecules in the gold start to show through. Polishing and/or re-plating will help to counter this effect.
Will real gold tarnish?
Yes. Most metals tarnish, but some, like gold are extremely tarnish resistant in their pure form. Others like copper and zinc, which are mixed with gold to lower the karat, tarnish easily. Tarnish is a discoloration, or dullness from corrosion or oxidation. Bleach, medicines or other chemicals can cause your gold to tarnish, overnight or in five years. The lower the karat of gold, the more likely it is to tarnish. The closer your karat is to 24k, the more tarnish resistant it becomes.
Will sizing my ring up make it thinner?
No. We cut the ring and add gold, so that it stays the same thickness.
Why do you use white-gold heads on yellow-gold rings?
White gold is slightly stronger and does not bend or wear as easily. At your request, we can use a yellow head for your ring.
Is white gold really gold?
Yes. Pure gold is yellow but can be alloyed, usually with nickel, to look silver or white in color. You can never truly change the color of gold, however, and the yellow will eventually show a little.
My diamond chipped. Does that mean it is fake?
No. Diamonds may be the hardest substance known to man, but they are also brittle. If you hit a diamond just right or with enough force, it will chip, crack or even shatter. If you are concerned about whether your diamond is real, take it to an independent jeweler for a test—there should be no charge to test a diamond.
Can you fix a chipped diamond?
Yes and no. A diamond with a chip can usually be re-polished or re-cut, thus “fixing” the chip. This will cause the diamond to be smaller, and possibly a different shape. A chip on the outside of a diamond cannot be filled, however.
My ring turned my finger green (or black, etc.). Does this mean it’s not real?
No. The marking on your finger (or neck, etc.) is the result of a chemical reaction to the ring. You may have taken a medicine or had a soda or eaten an orange. These would change the green chemical composition in your body and cause metal touching your skin to react, usually leaving a mark. If you are concerned about whether your gold is real, take it to an independent jeweler for a test—There should be no charge to test gold.
My ring is giving me a rash. Am I allergic to gold?
Gold is a hypoallergenic metal. This means that you may still be allergic to it, but it is more likely that you are allergic to the alloys in the gold, such as nickel or copper. If the rash goes all the way around your finger and is also on the fingers to the side that touch it, we recommend visiting a doctor. If the rash is at the top of your finger, bring the ring to have it professionally cleaned and we also recommend a ultra-sonic bath for the ring. The cleaning and ultra-sonic wash should be no charge at an independent jeweler. Often, without regular professional cleaning, bacteria can start to grow in the “gallery” of a ring. This happens especially when a person washes their hands often or uses a lot of lotion.
What does it mean when a gemstone is “enhanced”?
Since gemstones were first discovered, man has continuously sought ways to improve the beauty of stones. Cutting, or fashioning, is the most basic enhancement process used to more fully realize the beauty of a gemstone. Other methods used to maximize color, clarity and brilliance include heating, oiling, irradiation and dyeing. Most enhancements are permanent. However, ask your professional jeweler if your gemstone has been enhanced and if it requires special care or cleaning.