This is a trying time for all of us, as we adapt to the changes of the COVID-19 pandemic and try to remain safe. Many of us have a loved one fighting on the front lines, going through rough times or directly affected. We are all touched by this tragedy in some shape or form. Keeping our spirits up and remaining hopeful is key to getting through this challenging time.
It is only natural to feel indifferent or down during this time. Gifts are a great way to cheer a loved one up or remind them how much you appreciate their sacrifice. Surprise someone you love with a piece of jewelry that represents them and their strength through this time. Jewelry is more than a materialistic item, it is a symbolic token of love and admiration.
If you have a loved one who is considered an essential worker not only give them a hug for us, but get them a heroic piece of medal. Medals are given to our heros for courageous acts and selfless events, this is no different. Get your loved one something will suit their personality. Whether it is a charm bracelet or a custom jewelry design, make sure it is something unique for them and their selfless act during these hard times.
You can always count on jewelry to make your loved one smile. There are a lot of scary changes and heavy emotions going along with them. Some have more difficulty navigating through and adapting to these hard times than others. If this is your loved one, try something bright and shine to add a little bit of sparkle back into their life. Don’t be ashamed if you are looking to buy for you. Buying jewelry for yourself is more than retail therapy, it is self love.
Master Jewelers Indiana is adhering to the social distancing and is available via chat on the website. We are still open and here for all of our customers and orders. We are more than just a jeweler you can trust. Contact us and let us help with your custom design jewelry
This Spring’s Jewelry Fashion has been revealed and will start hitting the stores soon if they haven’t already. There are many fashion tips to enhance your look this spring. In case, you aren’t privy to the fashion blogs, this spring jewelry collection will be fun, colorful and bold.
Jewelry fashion is just as important as fashion is. Jewelry is used to accentuate outfits and bring them to live with complementing designs or vibrant pieces. If you haven’t caught a glimpse of this season’s collection, don’t worry we have some tips for you.
Colorful Jewelry is IN!
Forget about the basic gold or platinum pieces. While many of these pieces are timelessly classy, this spring is about color. The more color the better! Have some fun with our Amethyst or Topaz jewelry. Not only are they vibrantly beautiful, but they also fit right into the trend this Spring.
The SOLO Earring
This Spring season is all about being different and trying something unoriginal. The Solo Earring was featured in a lot of top designer fashion runways, like Marc Jacobs. Wearing a singular earring is a statement regarding the bold and trend decision to consciously only wear one earring that is enough for two. A simple diamond stud just won’t do here.
The Bigger The Chain, The Better
Chains are going anywhere, anytime soon, in fact, they just got bigger. Drastically big chains are in. Wearing a simpler outfit in order to let the chain shine, is what you will see this Spring. These exaggerated chains also have a sort of design or focal point to present a softer tone and feel.
Pearls and Spring are Besties
Pearls are always fitting for Spring. They tend to be a common Spring favorite, but how they are worn changes with the new season. From classic designs to bold abstract, Pearls provide a softness to the designs of this season. You will never go wrong wearing pearls in the Spring.
Big Hoops are Back
Did hoop earrings really ever leave?! It is a question that many of us are asking, but just like the pearl, hoops are favorite that continues to evolve with the time. These are big hoops like you haven’t seen them before. Gemstone encrusted, Chunky, plain or thin hoop earrings continue to be a monumental trend this Spring.
Master Jewelers has been attending JKC Convention for years to keep our styles and techniques up to date. With over 20 years in the jewelry industry, we are artisans are here to help you find what you need this spring. As the seasons change so do the styles, but one thing stays consistent for us and that is jewelry. Chat with us online
In our Summer Jewelry Care & Cleaning guide, Master Jewelers recommends regularly cleaning your jewelry to keep your jewelry collection looking its best. However, keeping your jewelry clean has become an essential need for your help. The COVID-19 epidemic has enhanced our cleaning efforts in hoping to discontinue its spread. We want to ensure everyone stays as safe and healthy as possible while keeping your jewelry intact.
A lot of Jewelry is made from solid gold or platinum, meaning it is sturdy enough to handle extensive cleaning methods. For example, steam cleaning uses high temperatures and is a common method used by most jewelers to professionally clean fine jewelry. If you prefer a DIY situation, any kind of commercial jewelry cleaner, hot water, or soap will do. However, one key thing to keep in mind is some gems and stones that cannot hold up to this intense cleaning. This would include most colored stones, opal, kunzites, pearls, tourmalines or emeralds. However, cleaning and disinfecting your jewelry properly are two different things. Here are a few tips to disinfect your jewelry during this coronavirus crisis.
Hand Sanitizer & Fine Jewelry
Hand sanitizer is perfectly safe to use while wearing jewelry. Most Jewelry is made with precious metals like gold, or platinum, they are sturdy enough to handle the formula. However, you should know that hand sanitizer could leave behind germs in your jewelry. Hand sanitizer will not disinfect your jewelry. The best practice is to clean your jewelry separately from your hands.
Disinfect your Jewelry from COVID-19
Disinfecting your jewelry is a simple task that can be done with isopropyl alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. Now, this may be different depending on the gems and metal but you are safe with solid Gold, Platinum, Diamonds, Rubies, and Sapphires. Please consult a jeweler you can trust if you are unsure.
Remove Jewelry Before Washing Your Hands
Best practice has always been to remove your jewelry before washing your hands or getting into a shower. Make sure not to cross-contaminate after you washed your hands by putting dirty jewelry back on. Wash the jewelry thoroughly and allow it to dry thoroughly before putting it back on. If you want to be crafty, add your jewelry to a sterilize cycle on your dishwasher. This will definitely ensure all germs, and bacteria have been removed.
Master Jewelers Indiana is here to answer questions about keeping your jewelry cleaning through the COVID -19 pandemic. Our experienced artisans and staff have over 20 years of experience, and available by phone and online. Chat with us today!
Many of us get insurance as a safety net for expensive or irreplaceable items. However, understanding why your need insurance relies on the value you hold for the item. Jewelry represents so much more than just the basic material item. Different pieces of jewelry represent different memories and each has their own unique symbol that later creates a long-lasting family heirloom passed down from generation to generation.
Jewelry insurance isn’t talked about nor appreciated enough. While many rely on their homeowners or renters insurance to cover a majority of items in the home, you are not always where your jewelry is in your home. Loss, theft, damage and etc can happen at any given moment and amid these tragic events peace of mind is one thing you will be guaranteed when it comes to your jewelry and jewelry insurance. Here are a few common facts about Jewelry insurance.
Why Insure Your Jewelry
Imagine you just bought the perfect engagement ring for the love of your life, and you were so excited that you didn’t realize it slipped out of your pocket from the jewelers to your home. What happens next? Are you just out of a ring and all that cash? After you leave the jewelers, you become fully responsible for the jewelry. Jewelry Insurance will give you peace of mind and is very much so recommended for accidents and unforeseen events. Or if your fiance drops her ring down the drain. The list is endless, but replacing it is priceless.
Read The Fine Print
Insurance companies provide different policies and options to insure your jewelry. A great insurance policy will be there for you in case of damage, loss, theft, or mysterious disappearance. Make sure you understand the details like what the definition of each of these events entail and where you are covered. Jewelry insurance has a coverage map, and it is crucial you select a policy that protects your worldwide.
How Much will Jewelry Insurance Cost
Every policy and company has different pricing just like the policy they offer. However, typically it is 1-3% of the value of the jewelry. You should know that you can purchase blanket policies or individual policies for different pieces. Having individual policies on your more valuable piece is key.
Any jeweler you can trust will give you a list of reasons why insuring your jewelry is a good idea. At Master Jewelers Indiana, we offer official jewelry appraisals that are used for jewelry insurance. Call us or chat online with us today.
Whether you are shopping for diamond jewelry, a diamond engagement ring or just loose diamonds, knowing what you are looking for within the 4 c’s looks different in person than on paper.
Once you have located a jeweler you can trust, who sells conflict-free diamonds, and you narrowed the diamond search down to a GIA approved, triple excellent diamonds (excellent polish, excellent symmetry, and excellent cut), and a carat (weight) range of your choice. How do you tell the authenticity? How do you examine diamonds properly?
The most educated way to evaluate the diamonds you have chosen is to view them under an ideal scope image. An Ideal scope image will show you just how much light the diamond is reflecting. When examining the image pay special attention to all areas especially red, black, and white.
What do the different colored areas represent?
The Dark red areas are parts of the diamond’s face that reflect lots of light; that’s good. That’s what you want to see. But don’t be confused by the light red areas as being the same as the darker red. The light red areas reflect less light than dark red areas which means the less light red areas than another is more desirable.
Black areas are parts of the diamond that reflect no light. Depending on their arranged pattern, the black areas could indicate the diamond has attractive contrasts. Attractive dark areas may include, for example, narrow, symmetrical star patterns. The borders of these said dark areas should be blotchy, but precise. Precise borders in dark are more attractive contract on the face of the diamond. The Diamond’s brilliance stands out with little to no contrast to the diamond’s face.
White areas are not the ideal color. White areas are not good because that means they don’t reflect any light. The more white areas the less brilliance and vibrant shine the diamond will have. Rather the opposite of our assumption.
This is basic knowledge when using an ideal scope and apply it when you go to make a diamond purchase. Any jeweler that you can trust will be more than happy to show you an Ideal- Scope image. Diamonds and diamond jewelry is a big purchase you want to be sure about. This is one to ensure you are putting a visual on your knowledge.
Jewelry has been around for ages. There are stones and pieces that date back hundreds of years. The quality and craft of jewelry have evolved into finer and flashier masterpieces today. Fashion and jewelry have always gone hand in hand. Jewelry has always been used to accentuate outfits and social a level of statue by the fancier pieces worn. The most common forms of jewelry today include earrings, rings, pendants, necklaces, brooches, and bracelets. However, there is still it involves such a wide variety within many industries in jewelry production.
The price of jewelry is determined by various elements. Some materials used in making jewelry are considered “precious” because of their rarity. Diamond or Gold Jewelry is naturally more expensive than other pieces. But more importantly, jewelry is commonly known for family heirlooms and holding a special traditional value that will be passed down through family generations.
Maintaining your fine jewelry is part of keeping these heirloom jewelry pieces in such good condition. Professional clean or repair any broken piece of jewelry should be done annually. Fine Jewelry is known for its durability. Many jewelry repairs are accidents but also occur from improper maintenance of your jewelry. This can be from wearing jewelry during inappropriate activities to not getting regularly scheduled professional cleanings. Even though fine jewelry is cast together or mounted durable, things can still happen and take a toll on precious metals and gemstones.
It is never too late to try to restore those old family heirlooms or pieces of jewelry that you wish to start a tradition with. With time jewelry too, tends to need a facelift. Gemstones may need to be remounted, re-cut or polished. The metal may need to be buffed out or re-soldered to fix a broken piece, either way, nothing is ever truly broken. We can help add new details or bring out the old intricate details that have faded away with time. With Jewelry restoration also comes Jewelry repair.
In order to fully restore some jewelry, it may be necessary to repair areas or full pieces of jewelry. While broken chains may be the first jewelry repair item, repairing jewelry is a much more complex. Some jewelry items call for a sense of urgency to repair. For example, one’s wedding or engagement ring might need a bit more urgent care than a daily worn bracelet. Nightmare enough some gemstones fall out of rings settings.
At Master Jewelers we are a one-stop-shop, and we are more than just a jewelry store. Our team of expert artisans can help with any jewelry repair and help you solve any continuous breakage problems. Jewelry Repair is one of the many services we offer our clients. Contact us or visit us today.
Love is in the air and at Master Jewelers Indiana, we have something for everyone! Especially if you have been together for some time. Instead of buying a new piece of jewelry, Restore a Favorite Piece of Jewelry This Valentines Day. Why not take the time to get your loved one’s favorite piece of jewelry repaired or restored. Nothing says I love you more than paying attention to detail.
In our blog, The Basics on Jewelry Repair and RestorationThe Basics on Jewelry Repair and Restoration, we go over the difference between the two and how they go hand in hand with each other. More often than not if something needs to be restored, it is going to be repaired as well. Jewelry plays a big part in our culture that symbolizes moments, and tokens of love shared. These favored pieces tend to become family heirlooms that are passed down through traditions. What better way to share your love than by restoring an old engagement ring to bring youth and remembrance on the love you have honored and shared with one another.
Here are a few ideas on pieces to have restored
Family Wedding or Engagement Rings
The perfect piece of jewelry to have restored. Whether it is a piece, you have given to your current love in the past, or a passed down the family ring, none the less it is still a token of love. An old engagement ring is a great way to remind your loved one about the journey of love you both have embarked on together.
Light up your loved ones’ face by restoring an old set of earrings. Bring the earrings back to life by restoring their shine and sparkle. Earrings accentuate our face is the first set of jewelry people see. They make a statement about your style and flare. Restore their favorite set, now the trick is getting them away secretly if they wear them daily.
Broken chains are one of the most common pieces of jewelry needing repair. A lot of beautiful pendants get stowed away because of a broken matching chain. Chains naturally complement the necklace pendant. However, the chain isn’t the main part of the necklace; the pendant is. Resetting and polishing any gemstones is just as important as repairing the broken chain because they are a pair.
Bracelets go through a lot of wear and tear whether they are worn daily or not.We use precious metals because they are tough and can withstand daily wear and tear. Restore and repair
Master Jewelers Indiana has over 20 years of experience restoring and repairing jewelry like new. Before we change anything, we want to understand your expectations to bring your design to life. Master Jewelers expert artisans will guide you through our custom jewelry design process. Let us help you restore your love this Valentine’s day.
Diamonds are one of the most popular and classic gemstones. They are considered precious for a reason and provide a classic, chic style. Aside from their exciting appeal, diamonds are great for jewelry because they are sturdy. People love to have diamond jewelry as they generally believe it is alright to wear every day without much wear and tear. This is relatively true as diamonds are strong, in fact, when colliding with other hard materials, with the latter being the one breaking. ( However, this isn’t a theory we suggest you test.)
But while diamond accessories are tough and resistant, they will not last forever and are still treated with care. Diamonds will get chipped or crack. Without careful scrutiny, diamonds are sold with existing inclusions, thin girdles, and shallow crowns. Some are even poorly proportioned which increases the risk of physical damage when subjected to sufficient force along with daily wear and tear.
Let’s check out a few tips for about basic diamond jewelry repair:
Clean Your Diamonds with Safe, approved methods
Clean your diamond jewelry with warm water, approved cleaning solution (mild detergent soap, if you don’t have) and a soft bristle brush. This will help reach the dirt and grime in hard to reach areas. Don’t forget to wipe dry with a microfiber, soft cloth.
Keep diamonds away from harsh chemicals
Diamonds are not invincible and harsh chemicals like household cleaning products, are their kryptonite. While diamonds are tough against hard substances, they tend to lose against chemicals. Even basic household chemicals like ammonia and bleach can damage diamonds. Remember to remove your diamond jewelry before cleaning or using any substance.
Bring it in for an annual cleaning
Get your diamond jewelry cleaned professionally once a year. This will help keep your diamonds bright, shiny and in tip-top shape. Professionally cleans are so important to maintaining your jewelry to ensure they keep their vibrancy. It provides detailed cleaning that can’t be done or seen with the naked eye. You don’t want to deal with an emergency repair that could have been prevented.
Emergency Diamond Ring repair
If you noticed that something isn’t right with your diamond jewelry, get it fixed asap. Don’t continue to wear the piece. You want to minimize the need for re-cutting or re-polishing your jewelry. This could cause a major change in the diamond’s appearance and reduction in carat size. It is up to you which diamond jewelry repair you choose. It can help if your diamond jewelry has insurance to cover up the cost.
At Master Jewelers, We are here to help with all of your diamond jewelry repairs. With over 20 plus years, we are a jeweler you can trust and have qualified artisans that can help you address any diamond damage you may be faced with. Visit our Indiana Location today.
The diamond derives from a rock. Most diamonds on the market today, derive from deep in the Earth’s mantle after a long patient process over nearly 1 to 3.3 billion years. 87 to 118 miles under the Earth’s crust, with temperatures ranging from 650 and 2,370 °F mixed with pressures forty-five thousand to sixty thousand times atmospheric pressure if just enough energy to turn carbon into diamonds.
Most diamonds are created when carbon becomes trapped in the planet’s interior at the time of its formation. However, some diamonds are created organic material that naturally gets pushed down from the Earth’s surface to the depths perfect for a diamond to form.
These great depths contain rocks called xenoliths, these are what diamonds are formed in. An earth-changing even must take place in order for these rocks to come to the earth’s surface. Deep volcanic eruptions, transfer the xenoliths to the earth’s surface. These types of eruptions are rare and create deep but thin craters called volcanic pipes. When the volcano erupts, the volcanic pipes open up and eject material to the surface of the earth. Within volcanoes’ igneous rock, you will find xenoliths that will naturally becomes surrounded by rocks and debris from surrounding areas through wind, rain, and erosion.
Natural diamonds form under very high temperature and pressure. These high temperatures are only achieved within the earth’s mantle(90 miles (150 kilometers) below the surface @ 2000 degrees Fahrenheit (1050 degrees Celsius))
Harzburgitic, is a type of diamond that is formed from inorganic carbon and found deep in the Earth’s mantle.
Eclogitic diamonds are different as they are organic carbon from organic detritus that has been crammed down from the surface of the Earth’s crust.
Diamonds are very rare and precious due to the years and the extensive process it takes for a diamond to be formed and brought above the earth’s surface. Knowing how a diamond was made is just as important as knowing where it came from. Diamonds are formed all over the world, each unique to its destination. Don’t forget to check out our “Conflict-Free” Diamonds.
Emeralds have made their comeback. Many love the exclusivity that comes with the vibrant, green gemstone and prefer them over the cliche of diamonds. Emeralds add a certain boldness and presence to each look they are used to accentuate.
Here are a few tips from Master Jewelers Indiana when pairing Emeralds fashionably with your outfit.
- What is the main color of your outfit? Not everything will pair well with the different shades of green. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a piece of emerald jewelry to fit. For example if you’re planning to wear a yellow top with grey pants, then yellow is the main color.
- Next look at a circular color wheel but sometimes using your eye’s opinion is enough.
When determining what color combinations go well with jewelry, look at the jewel color on the color wheel and find its complement.
For example, the complementary color of green (color of an emerald) is red. Therefore, outfits that feature red as their main color look good with emerald jewelry. The shade of red you choose doesn’t have to be bright red but a shade or tone that will reflect the vibrancy of the Emerald. Keep in mind when choosing your shade of red, other shades of red such as maroon, also complement emeralds. Purple, which is a combination of red and blue tops display a great backdrop to make the emerald pop.
Other color combinations are known to compliment the green emeralds and are popular according to seasonal fashion rules. In general, for example, black and white outfits (plus shades of grey) go well with everything. While not complementary to a green emerald, some people prefer a blue outfit. Blues and greens make attractive color combinations suggesting a marine environment. And while a deep maroon is liable to make the emerald stand out more, some people would go with color consistency and select a green outfit when wearing emeralds.
If your emerald is set using yellow gold, you probably want to avoid wearing metallic gold or silver. While gold and green are lovely spring combinations, adding a metallic gold dress to gold in the jewelry piece may be too much and take away from the gemstone. A silver outfit would clash because of the gold jewelry setting. But would definitely set a fashion trend of your own.
You can never go wrong by staying close to the season’s latest fashion when in doubt.