While the information provided on your older appraisal does not age, the overall value of the piece does. In the past 10 years, the prices of gold and diamonds have increased dramatically. This means that the piece you purchased 25 years ago would cost significantly more to replace at current prices. For example, the price of pure gold per ounce in January 2009 was around $750. Today, that same ounce of pure gold would cost around $1300. It is important to have the appraisal values updated on pieces that you have insured every 5-10 years to keep with current values.
If the metal part of your ring is looking dull, it is possible for us to buff away the scratches and give it a shiny new finish. If, however, the pearl itself is dull, the only way to return it to its original luster is to replace the pearl itself. Pearls are one of the softest stones used in jewelry. They are made of thin layers and layers of nacre (the substance secreted by the oyster which creates the pearl). Household chemicals, perfumes and makeups can all wear down these nacre layers, which causes the pearl to appear dull. It is also important to avoid, swimming, sports, and even household chores when wearing pearl jewelry as these activities can easily cause scratches and chips. The best way to clean and care for pearl jewelry is to be gentle with wear. Pearl jewelry should be the last thing you put on when getting ready and the first thing you take off when engaging in active pursuits. If you do need to clean your pearls, mild dish soap and a soft cloth are best, or bring your items to your jeweler and we would be happy to clean them.
Well-crafted timepieces often have extra features built in for the wearer. A chronograph is basically a minute stop-watch timer feature added for convenience. A watch with a chronograph will typically have a button above and below the crown. These buttons operate the timing feature. Press the top button to start the timer and the bottom to stop it; the top typically resets the chronograph back to zero. Usually, there will also be a smaller dial that shows the elapsed time. Take a look at the picture below:
While it seems that the answer to this question is obvious, it's actually a little more complex. In any gemstone, the color comes from the mineral composition of the stone before it forms (ex. sapphire is the mineral corundum) under intense heat and pressure. Genuine stones are formed in the earth, which leaves the levels of heat and pressure to chance, and can result in inconsistent color saturations or imperfections. Created stones are the same mineral composition as genuine stones, but they are formed in a laboratory where heat and pressure are consistent. This results in more predictability of color and fewer inclusions. Although lab created stones may appear more consistent and at times have nicer color than their genuine counterparts, they are often far less expensive because they are not created in nature. In reality, both genuine stones and lab created stones are like twins--they share the same mineral composition but may appear slightly different.
Platinum used for jewelry is considered a pure metal, as it quite hard and does not need an additional alloy metal to make it strong enough for wear. Gold is an extremely soft metal, so much so that you could easily bend pure gold with your fingers. Gold must be blended with small amounts of other stronger metals (i.e. copper, nickel) to make it sturdy enough for everyday wear. The higher karat weight (10k, 14k, 18k) of your jewelry piece the more gold it contains. This difference in the hardness of the metals translates to price when creating a jewelry piece. For example, to create a jewelry piece in 14k gold the designer needs 57.5% gold precious metal and 42.5% alloy; to create a jewelry piece in platinum you would need 100% in platinum precious metal. More precious metal translates to a more expensive piece of jewelry. See the photo below for a side by side comparison of gold vs. platinum cost at today's metal market prices.
I want to increase the size of my ring but I don't want the jeweler to thin the gold; is this possible?
Absolutely! Proper ring up-sizing is performed by adding a piece of gold to the ring of the same width and thickness as the existing band. If the band is thin to begin with, the jeweler may recommend replacing the entire shank (band portion) of the ring in order to assure that the shank will not crack after sizing. The existing gold is not thinned out when increasing ring size; instead gold is added to the current ring to make it larger. The jeweler buffs, polishes, and cleans the ring in such a way that it would be almost impossible to tell that it was sized.
When exposed to air, most metals begin to undergo an oxidation process, as the ions from the oxygen in the air attract the electrons in the metal. The tarnish you see on your sterling silver jewelry is evidence of this process. While all sterling silver will tarnish over time, there are ways to slow the oxidation process down between regular cleanings. Start reducing tarnishing by storing your silver pieces in small Ziploc bags to keep them away from air. Wipe your pieces with a soft cloth after wearing to eliminate oils from your skin which also speed the oxidation process. If a piece is badly tarnished, bring it into the store and we can restore its natural luster with our professional cleaning solution designed for tough tarnish.
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The life of a watch battery depends on a number of factors. It's easy to forget that our favorite wearable time-tellers have numerous tiny parts that work daily to keep us on an accurate schedule. These parts are all lubricated to reduce the friction and ultimately the energy it takes to make them run. A brand-new watch, with freshly lubricated gears, takes the least power to run and therefore the battery can potentially last a few years. As a watch ages, the lubricants dry which causes more energy to be used to power the gears. The average length of time a battery will last in a typical watch is approximately one year. If you need a battery change more frequently than once per year, it may be time to have your watch serviced; during a watch servicing the movement is cleaned of old lubricant, etc. and re-oiled.
While swimming may seem like a low-impact, safe activity for jewelry wear it can actually be extremely harmful. The sanitizing chlorine found in most swimming pools is very corrosive and as a result can begin to erode the precious metals in your ring. This can make the overall ring brittle, weak and more susceptible to breaks or stone loss. When heading for a swim it's best to leave favorite pieces safe at home.