Wednesday, June 30, 2010

How To Care For Pearls

So many customers have asked us "How do you clean pearls safely?"

Here are some Do's & Don'ts :)

DO - Only clean pearls in jewelry cleaner marked "Safe For Pearls"! If you need a jar of safe jewelry & pearl cleaner, come by the store and we'll give you one :)

DO - Keep pearls in a soft cloth or pouch, DON'T store pearls in any air tight container, including safety deposit boxes for long periods of time. They can become dry and brittle.

DO - Put your pearls on AFTER using hairspray or perfume and letting it dry. Any kind of chemical or abraisive spray is not good for pearls.

DO - Have pearl strands restrung every 2 to 5 years depending on how often you wear them.

DON'T - Use a toothbrush, or any type of abraisive material to clean pearls.

DON'T - clean pearls in an ultra-sonic cleaner.

DON''T - steam clean pearls.

DO - wear your pearls, they go beautifully with most outfits, and with proper care will last for generations!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Adventures In The Jewelry Trade

I have decided to rename my blog - Adventures In The Jewelry Trade - as we are constantly having wonderful adventures and even though we've been in the Jewelry business for 30 years, we are constantly learning new and important developments within our industry!

Las Vegas!

We just returned from one of the worlds largest jewelry shows - It is, in fact, a series of jewelry shows - all open to the trade only. Each show is very different from all the others and they all take place in Las Vegas from June 1st - June 10th. Las Vegas Jewelry Week is much like New York's Fashion Week for the clothing industry with so many fashion shows, galas, meetings, seminars, etc that you are moving from one to another from 8AM to midnight. Let's see, we visited the Luxury Show where you buy Branded and Designer jewelry in the higher ticket bracket. Then we moved on to the Continental Buying Group show where there are amazing deals and bargains to be had. From there we spent a day or 2 at the Jeweler's Circular Keystone Show - put on in conjunction with one of our industry's top trade magazines. And of course, the Coulture Show at the Wynn Hotel where the most recognized jewelry designers show - here, if you are able to get an appointment, you can see David Yurman, Roberto Coin, Scott Kay, Hearts on Fire and dozens of extremely fine designer lines. We spent time examining fine gems from all over the world at the AGTA show, which is mainly a loose colored stone venue, and finished up our trip with a visit to the Niche show which featured hand fabricated jewelry, mostly American made. Whew! We missed the Swiss Watch show and the Antique Jewelry show, as we simply ran out of time and energy.

All I can say at the end of the week is the word "Fabulous" whether you are a Fashionista, passionate about colored stones, designer jewelry lover or just in search of a bargain in diamonds and jewelry. After last week's shopping spree we will have it all!

Come and see it, and hear first hand more of our Adventures in the Jewelry Trade, won't you?

:) Dory

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Jewelry Consulting Service – Well Why Not?

Recently, I was reading a description of services from one of the top business consultants in our industry, and I thought “Wow, those services sound a lot like the ones we provide our clients every day at The Gem Collection”!

Every day we use our 30 years of experience in jewelry buying, appraising, trend spotting, custom designing, and client budgeting to fulfill our customer’s needs or dreams.

Unlike many consultants, though, we don’t charge fees for giving education and advice, only payment for the jewelry products or services rendered. We are often able to keep even these prices quite low through our vast industry connections with Jewelry Designers, Manufacturers, Stone Cutters, Refiners, and Skilled Craftspeople.

Every day our Gemologist, Buyers, and staff of Jewelry Professionals provide valuable education on many subjects as diverse as why a diamond with an EGL Lab Report may be priced thousands below a diamond of the same exact grades with a G.I.A. Lab Report, why a fine intense light blue sapphire may be much more valuable than a fine dark blue sapphire, or why fine rubies from Burma are unavailable at this time.

Through our varied connections we can answer most questions and help our clients find the perfect gift or wedding jewelry – from $30 Pandora beads to spectacular $30,000 engagement rings by Hearts on Fire. In fact on a recent visit to a New York diamond cutter, I held an elegant diamond crown and a 30 carat F color VVS1 round diamond. So, if anyone needs anything for a very special occasion… we will go out and get it!

I like the idea of being a Jewelry Consultant and making each client’s jewelry acquiring experience easy, comfortable, fun, and educational!

:) Dorothy