Platinum, Gold, and Silver are all considered precious metals. We use precious metals to make jewelry. The authenticity of precious metals is very important to the value the purity of the pieces. Each metal has their own units to be measured in, and stamped with the appropriate value. Precious metal stamps are a sign of prestigious jewelry, as it represents the price valued of the metal worn.
Platinum is considered to be the elite metal. It is very strong and durable, while keeping its shine. It is a higher price valued metal on the market today. An authentic Platinum stamp or mark will consist of 95 to 90 percent. The stamp is standardly issued with platinum, palladium, plating, plat., or pall.
Gold is the most popular metal. It is available in various colors: yellow, rose and white. It is a long classic over several eras and cultures of history. Gold is measured in karats with 24K or 24 Karats being pure gold. Commonly, Gold is sold in a range of purity levels. You can find it in 14 Karat, 12 Karat and even 10 Karat. Karats of gold are using a decimal figure meaning that .416 is equal to 10 Karats. Gold items are stamped with the with the numerical value and K, karat, Kt following.
Gold is also regularly used to plate weaker metals for cheaper valued items. This would be read as rolled gold plate, R.G.P.
Silver is frequently misrepresented by other metals. Many call a lot of random metals “silver” in confusion to the color resembling Silver. It is easy to mistake “nickel silver” or Tibetan Silver as real Silver. Silver is pure when it measures 92.5% pure silver. Legitimate pieces will be marked with silver, sterling, sterling silver and with a formation of .925.
Buying precious metals is a risky business if you are inexperienced. There are a lot of different components when it comes to appraising an item. We can’t take the common eye view of the piece in order to authenticate the item. At Master Jewelers we have certified appraisers within our team of experts that can help find or evaluation purchases of precious metals.
Summer is coming to an end and school is now back in session.
What better way than to start off the new year with a new piece of jewelry?! Whether it is a gift for teacher appreciation or starting a new collegiate journey, landmark the start of a new chapter with a piece to remember it by.
It is not a secret that most teachers are overworked and underpaid, yet responsible for the development of our children. Our future. Striving for excellence many teacher’s journeys is a continuous process that comes with perseverance and extensive training. They deserve to be showered with jewelry. If you have a loved one starting their teaching journey customize a charm bracelet, they can add to as they accomplish their goals throughout their career. Bracelets are a piece of jewelry naturally worn daily and can represent inspiration those tough teacher days. Teachers are not the only ones whom can enjoy jewelry this going back to school season.
At the beginning of summer, many seniors said Goodbye to high school forever and are now entering the college world of adulthood. This is where they will continue to transform into themselves as an adult. This is definitely a time in your college freshman’s life that should be cherished and remembered. A great way to celebrate this next chapter is to custom design a piece to signify this life-changing event. It may even be a new start of a family tradition. Pass down this token from generation to generation as an heirloom. This special gift can also act as a reminder they are never too far from home. And they have someone who loves them rooting from afar.
Start your new journey this back to school season.
Spoil yourself with new jewelry! It is nice to accomplish something and be able to reward yourself as a job well done.
At Master Jewelers, we want to help you create and cherish this special moment with the people you love. Positive reinforcements are a great way to ensure anyone’s success. We have an array of selection to choose from. Our team of experts artisan are standing by waiting to help you design the perfect back to school piece.
Are you ready for some football?!
Football season is upon us. It is time to bring out your gear and represent your favorite team. One of Master Jeweler’s favorite time of year is Colt’s season.
Jewelry is more than family heirlooms and fancy gifts. It is a representation of who you are.
An expression of how you emphasize your style, and a way to present your personality. As jewelers, we understand that Game Day jewelry is important and essential come time to root for your favorite team. At Master Jewelers, we are passionate about our Colts. Our Gameday collection is our way of representing our favorite team. There is something for every Colts fan. We crafted each piece in our design studios and represents how proud we are to be their sponsor.
Our custom design process is an intricate process that is dedicated to customer satisfaction. Master Jeweler’s expert artisans assist and include you every step of the way. From design to crafting the item, we handle your Gameday jewelry as if it were our own.
Let’s look at a few pieces from our collection to give you some creative ideas for you next Gameday piece.
Bracelets are a safe and charming when selecting Gameday jewelry. Football events can be active and rough with the crowds of people. A bracelet is more durable and can serve as a universal item to be worn on more than just game days. Wear them the day after to celebrate the W.
Money Clips are useful for needing to be quick with cash exchanges, but ensure that money stays safe and secure in your pockets. Our Colt’s Gameday money clip can be used on those relaxing days you want to walk a little lighter without a wallet. It is a modern way to hold your money while representing your team. No one will doubt your loyalty to the Colts once they see your impressive clip.
Necklaces are a bold statement regardless and it is no wonder how common it is. Any necklace sets the stage for your style. It is the first things people see, so if you want to promote your team, do it boldly. We have an array of Colt necklaces for you to choose from.
Don’t worry if you don’t see something to represent your unique love for the Colts. We can custom make a piece for you based on your vision. Visit us online or come into our Indianapolis location.
The noble Ruby gemstone is the birthstone of July.
Rubies are beautiful, precious gems, universally respected and loved. The luscious gem is not only rich in color but is the hardest substance known. It is no wonder why the ruby has such a magical history that dates back to biblical times.
The ravishing gemstone is known for its exquisite shine. It is said the gem could be brightly seen through any mountain or thick clothing trying to hide its existence. Sewn into gowns, robes, belt buckles, rubies have been used by royals and the upper class for decades for its beauty. As the fashionable style has evolved throughout the years’ rubies have never gone out of style just used differently.
The gem is far more than just a fashion statement or status quo.
Rubies have been around for centuries, in many cultures throughout history being used for much more than its beauty. It is best known as a token of passion, prosperity, and protection. In the past, it is said to have magical powers, which we have found today the gemstone has holistic healing properties. Rubies were used to revert diseases with blessings of religious wisdom and power. Its noble blood dates back to monks incorporating the gems usage in crosses, rosaries and other ecclesiastical objects to prompt faith. Many religious entities used the gems as a symbol of a strong foundation and faith.
The natural ruby is one of four “precious” gemstones known for its rarity, hardness, and monetary value. The gemstone is ranked with the diamond, sapphire, and emerald, one should take extra caution upon purchasing. Buying such an exquisite piece should take place with a Jeweler you can trust. It is their eye and expertise you will need to rely on. Do you own research too. Master jewelers have over 20 years of experience purchasing gemstones. We take pride in helping our clients achieve their style while informing them about the different piece and what to look for. Come by our Indiana story or check us out online.
At a young age, we are taught to cherish the friends and family in our life. Some friends are acquaintances while others become an extended version of family. As they say, people come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. If we are lucky, we will find a friend to walk that lifetime journey with us.
Friendship bracelets have been a popular way to express your unique bond with a friend. It is a symbol that represents the bond of your friendship. There are many versions of friendship bracelets usually customized to suit the connection you share. It is a piece of jewelry everyone involved can relate too.
Many of us handmade our initial friendship bracelets with thread and beads, but as we get older and evolve so do the pieces of jewelry we wear. At Master Jewelers, we believe there should be a bracelet that suits every friendship. Here are some clever ideas to add to your best friends jewelry collection.
Because life is full of different events, a charm bracelet is a great way to celebrate each other and your triumphs. Keep track of the ever-changing life events with charms as you experience it together. The real fun is once the bracelet is full of charms it could symbolically represent the falling off of the bracelet. Meaning time for a new one.
Designer bracelets are best to share with the friends that adore a specific designer’s craftsmanship. We all have a favorite designer we wear or favor. Buying a piece of jewelry isn’t any less of value than making it yourself, especially if it’s a piece that best represents your bond with your friend. There is nothing like a vintage piece of jewelry to show the time your friendship has surpassed.
Friendship bracelets can still be handmade by designing your friendship into a bracelet. Customize a piece for that one-of-a-kind friendship that no one else will have. It is rare to find this kind of partnership, and the only way to represent that is to have an original version of something you both created.
We all have those epic vacations that leave a special place in our hearts and change us forever. These trips are more than a vacation but an experience. They represent a new start or a closing of a chapter because you will never be the same.
Traveling is a chance for many to grow, make memories and accomplish dreams. No matter the reason for your trip, every adventure is never the same. Finding the right keepsake to represent the epic trip can be a challenge because it represents the precious memories made with friends and family or a loved one. The goal of a souvenir is to keep your memories of the trip alive, and Sometimes a T-shirt or airport knickknacks just isn’t enough to represent your voyage. Let’s look at a few different trips and why jewelry is the best souvenir.
Celebrating each other and your love is the main reason many couples embark on a romantic getaway. The best love stories are the stories left told by your loved ones. So many souvenirs end up buried in a closet or forgotten by the time we unpack them. Shot glasses break; T-shirts will fade or end up in a box somewhere because you can’t bring yourself to throw away the memories made. However, just like your love is forever so is jewelry. Update your original wedding set with an additional engraved wedding band to remember your adventure together. You can create a new family heirloom from the love and memories made by you and your partner. It is a great way to honor not only the love you share but an amazing story.
Perhaps the best keepsakes are the pieces designed to take an essence of paradise with you. This is something you will share with your friends and family, who you now hold a tighter bond with. Sure everyone can take a bottle of sand but finding a unique way to represent your bond is next to priceless. Unify your friendship or family ties by custom designing a piece of jewelry that will connect everyone to the time spent together.
These trips are usually the most inspirational. Mainly because this is where you learn about you by spending time with yourself. This time is so important to your personal growth and may even stimulate a change. Jewelry is the best souvenir for these trips because you can take it everywhere! It can be an everyday piece of jewelry like a bracelet or ring to draw inspiration and motivation through your day-to-day life.
Souvenirs capture precious memories made. Jewelry allows that one in a lifetime experience to be cherished for a lifetime. At Masters Jewelers, our expert team of artisans will help you find or create the perfect piece to represent your trip of a lifetime. Contact us today, we would love to hear all about your travels.
Pairing your jewelry during summer can be a task. Protecting your jewelry from damage and tarnish should be your top priority, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of the activities when you can show off a little bling.
Jewelry fashion is a piece of artistry usually pre-selected per season by top couture elites. It sets a tone and vibe based on the events occurring in the seasons. (i.e. royal wedding) No matter how simple or mundane your style is, fashion always plays a part. Summer fashion is usually creatively fun as it represents the joyful summer months.
With over 20 years of experience, the team at Master Jewelers understands that true fashion comes from originality and confidence. Interpreting your style through the fashionable guidelines makes fashion true for you. Here are a few fashionables jewelry options for every style.
For you, less is more. Pieces that allow free movement and are delicately bold are your favorite. Heavily layering the neckline is in this summer, which may be restrictive for your taste. A simplistic layer could be as equally fashionable pair with the right event/outfit. Don’t forget triangles are in.
Fashion is your thing! You don’t care how bold or abstract you are keeping up with the fashion of the season. The more bling the better. Don’t worry we have something especially for you this summer. Cuff Bracelets are one of our favorite pieces and is featured for this season. This airy design brings comfort and style. Make sure you complete your summer style with mixed match earrings.
The bolder the better. Change looks good on you. Customizing jewelry is a fashionable secret weapon that allows your style to evolve with the seasons. It gives you the ability to explore your originality and set your own fashion trends. It gives you the power to design the vision of artistry you hold. After all, what is fashion, if not an art?!
Regardless of your style, our expert team of artisans are available to assist you with any style for any event. Master Jewelers takes pride in celebrating you and your style. Every year our team attends the JCK convention to ensure we stay up to date with the evolving jewelry industry. Contact us today!
Family heirlooms, like fine jewelry, represent a family’s legacy. They symbolize traditions, tokens of lasted love, and cherished memories. Jewelry insurance is the best way to protect these timeless pieces.
Losing priceless family heirlooms is devastating. Insuring your jewelry will give you peace of mind knowing you won’t lose twice. The common jewelry we wear every day, like a wedding ring or even a special necklace, can be damaged from day to day wear. Insurance can help pay costly repairs or replacement in the event of misplacing or theft.
The time to purchase insurance is when you buy the keepsake. This means whether you are giving jewelry as a gift or it’s for you; it should be insured before you walk into the jewelry store to pick it up. If you are giving the gift, this will insure the time from the purchase to when the receiver instates their insurance. There isn’t any time to waste.
Before signing up for jewelry insurance, you will need to get an appraisal. A jewelry appraisal is an examination of the item to determine its worth. This will identify the amount of coverage needed to replace the item. The receipt cannot take the place of the appraisal. The appraisal is a more in detailed proof of worth versus the purchased amount.
Make sure to have your own records of the item. Take your own photos and copies of your appraisal report before submitting to the insurance company. Also, if you have a custom piece, include the value of labor, design work and materials. The value listed in the appraisal is based on current value. Getting your item reappraise every 18 months will help maintain the correct insurance on the item
Credible, established jewelers like Master Jewelers, offer appraisal services on site. Our GIA graduate Gemologists will provide you with an estate evaluation, insurance replacement appraisal, and fair market value for your heirloom jewelry. Contact us today to schedule a private appointment.
With summer around the corner, it is a great time to know how to care for your fine jewelry. You may not know that fine jewelry requires extra care during the summer versus the other seasons. This doesn’t mean you should neglect your jewelry in the other seasons, but it requires more TLC during the summer.
As the weather changes, so do your list of activities which usually involves fun in the sun, water, and sand causing more wear and tear. To make sure your jewelry is still shining after the summer months, here is a guide to basic cleaning and care tips for the summer months ahead.
Jewelry Care and Cleaning
Know your medals. Before you can care or clean for any piece of fine jewelry, it is vital to know what medal you are dealing with. Platinum, gold, and silver are unique medals that react differently to cleaning techniques and styles.
Absolutely! NO Chlorine or SALT WATER!! This is commonly overlooked. Remove all jewelry before entering any pool, hot tub, ocean, etc. The salt and chlorine can discolor medals like platinum or gold. Plus, they can impact your gemstone quality as it can erode its finish and polish.
Remove when in doubt! As the cliche goes,’ it is better to be safe than sorry.’ If you have any doubt, it is better to remove your jewelry. Numerous summer activities can leave your fine jewelry dull and dingy, or possibly damaged. Before you do activities like applying sun lotion or swimming, remove all jewelry. In fact, the best rule of thumb is that any time you get into your swimsuit, store your jewelry away.
Storage. Proper storage is just as vital as cleaning. Safekeeping ensures the vitality of the piece to last generations. It is important to wipe all jewelry clean with a soft and slightly damp cloth after wearing. This is to ensure it is clean before storage.
Store all jewelry in a dry, clean place. Do not lump your jewelry together. Make sure it is kept separated in a fabric-lined jewelry case or box. The case should have different compartments and dividers to prevent the pieces from getting scratched or causing each other to tarnish.
Schedule a professional cleaning after summer. To craft your jewelry, and preserve the design, it is recommended to get a professional cleaning once a year. However, it is best to schedule after the busy summer months. With the hustle and bustle of the season, it is naturally common for your fine jewelry to need a good cleaning. Finding a jeweler you can trust with the quality experience can be challenging.
At Master Jewelers, we take care and quality very seriously. We know that you want your jewelry to last for generations to come. Following these simple tips and practices can help extend the life of your jewelry, and we can help. Stop by our showroom for professional cleaning and a full inspection of your piece. Our experienced experts will help you keep your jewelry clean and extend its life for years to come.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner this year, and that means it is time to start thinking about a gift. When you were younger, finding that perfect Mother’s Day gift was easier and much more simple. Many times, you made a gift at school and would just bring it home to mom. Perhaps, you would color her a picture or give her a photo of you together in a frame. However, now with age, finding the right Mother’s Day gift can be more of a challenge. It can be hard to know where to even start. When selecting a gift for Mother’s Day, it is important to give a gift that symbolizes just how much you care about her and that you put thought into the gift.
Here are some easy ways to show your mother or the moms in your life that you care about them and want them to have a special day.
First, take time to put together a card. A card can be the perfect opportunity to write a heartfelt message to tell your mother just how much she means to you. Cards can be store bought or hand-made. Whether you have the time to write a lengthier message or just a quick note, a card will go a long way on Mother’s Day to make the occasion special. Mothers love to hear from their children and loved ones, and taking the time to put together a message from the heart will mean the world.
Take time out of your schedule on Mother’s Day. As we all may be able to attest to at one point or another, life can get in the way of showing your loved ones just how much you care. Between running errands, making appointments, cooking dinners and everything else in between, it can be easy to pack the schedule. Take the time on Mother’s Day and set it aside, spending time with your family and friends. Try scheduling your appointments before the weekend or afterwards, ensuring that you are able to connect and unwind during the holiday. The last thing you want is to feel rushed or hurried during your time with mom.
Take the opportunity to celebrate in mom’s ideal way. Ask mom how she would like to celebrate Mother’s Day. You can even start to collect hints earlier. Is there a play she has been wanting to see or a new restaurant she has been wanting to try? Take Mother’s Day as an opportunity to take mom to do something she has been wanting to do. This will be a very thoughtful gesture and go a long way.
Leave her with a timeless, thoughtful gift. A great way to show the moms in your life that you think that they are cherished and special is with a thoughtful gift. Jewelry is a perfect gift for Mother’s Day, particularly a necklace or pendant. A necklace or pendant serves as a wonderful reminder of Mother’s Day and that she is loved. Pendants can come in a wide variety of styles with many metal colors and gemstones. Consider getting your mother a pendant with her birthstone. You can also look and see what jewelry she currently wears to get an idea of the style she would like.
Whether your mother is looking for a bold statement or elegance, a pendant is the perfect gift to make this Mother’s Day special and one to remember. At Master Jewelers, we are here to help you find the perfect gift that mom will love. Contact one of our expert jewelers today to start the conversation!