Monthly Archives: January 2016

  • Did you resolve to get engaged?

    Posted on: January 29, 2016

    2016! This is the year! At least she's hoping it is, guys. You know it, she knows you

    know it and we know. No need to panic. We, with our finger on the pulse of what's hot right now, can help. No need to be sneaking off to the magazine section of the grocery store, we've got you covered. Traditional settings? Yup. Trendy rings? You bet.

    Is color her thing? You can cross 'something blue' off in advance of even making formal wedding plans with one of these gorgeous rings.

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    Perhaps she's a traditional woman and would like to showcase a solitaire diamond set in yellow gold...

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    Does she subscribe to every fashion magazine known to man and keep up on trends? Then perhaps an ahhhmazing yellow diamond, set in yellow gold and a cushion cut halo would make her weak in the knees. Or, a stunning fancy pale pink pear shaped diamond with a halo of diamonds set in a duo of golds- rose and white. Either way, your trend setter will say YES! I know I would.

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  • DIY Diamond Sparkling

    Posted on: January 20, 2016

    Not everyone is lucky enough to work in the jewelry industry -lucky on so. many. levels. Access to the ultrasonic cleaner is NOT something I myself take for granted, my diamond is usually at its most sparkling. Fear not, inability to professionally clean your jewels doesn't mean that you can't keep them pristine at home. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has shared some secrets that we're comfortable whispering to you. You're trustworthy, right?

    Pssst... come closer! These are secrets!

    Hands off! Well, not completely, but keep the handling to a minimum. Diamonds are naturally attracted to the oils in your skins and once they adhere, it will mar the brilliance and fire.

    Pamper your baby. Who among us doesn't enjoy a good bubble bath every now and again? Your diamond is no different than the rest of us. A twice weekly soak in water with a few drops of a mild dish soap will do wonders for its beauty, and soul. Keep a soft, new, reserved only for cleaning your jewelry toothbrush for getting to those hard-to-reach areas. The back of the diamond tends to collect the most oil and dirt.

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    Photo Credit: Eric Welch/GIA

    Some settings are especially fragile, such as older prongs or one where the diamond is held in place by pressure from the shank (tension setting). This is the time to use a gentle touch, not vigorous scrubbing.

    After the 'bubble bath' and scrub, be sure to rinse with water, if working over the sink, be sure to close the drain(!), and dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.

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    Photo Credit: GIA

    Never use an abrasive cleaner (like those you'd use around the home, or toothpaste) or chlorine bleach when cleaning diamond jewelry. Ever. Chemicals can damage some of the metals used to allot gold for the settings and abrasives can scratch. Neither would be a good thing.

    A diamond's facets are where the magic of their sparkle lie. They act as many tiny mirrors to reflect the light in, and out, of your stone. Keeping these facets clean will keep your diamond sparkling. When in doubt, remember you can always bring your jewelry in to the store for a deep cleaning session. Consider it a spa visit for your valuables. And really, who can't use one of those once in a while?

  • Resolutions

    Posted on: January 12, 2016

    Lose weight. Go to the gym more. Curse less. Socialize more. Organize.

    Organize. Organize. Organize. The kitchen drawers haven't looked this good since, well, this time last year. The sock drawer is not only neat, but in color order. This should last roughly two weeks. If you're lucky.

    Does your jewelry box get this same treatment? When was the last time you organized that?! Matched earrings to their backs, untangled chains and discovered treasures you forgot you had. I ask that as I sit here wearing the locket I've had since I am 16, but probably haven't worn in a decade. Or two...    In fact, I just may trade it in for store credit, there's a Monica Rich Kosann piece I've had my eye on.

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    If it's not already, taking better care of your valuables should be a New Year's resolution. How often do you have your rings checked and professionally cleaned? A twice annual 'check up' for your engagement ring is recommended. Having your jewelry professional check the setting, the diamond and its prongs to ensure all is as it should be is important. Plus, they'll be happy to give it a good cleaning. What's prettier than a sparkling diamond? You're correct -nothing. Pop into Zimmer Brothers in either of our locations and have them give your jewelry the once over, there's no charge to do so, and when you leave, it'll look even better than when you arrived -the next best thing to leaving with something new.

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