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This Week’s Service: A Top Heavy Ring That Spins Around On The Finger

On this edition of the Weekly Before & After, we have a silver ring with a stone that needs to be reset. This ring is top heavy and spins around on the finger, which may be the reason the stone was knocked out of the mounting.

For this repair we had to:
– Reset the loose stone
– Tighten the other stones
– Size the ring down
-Add stabilizing beads to help prevent it from spinning around on the finger.

Then we finish with our professional clean and polish and it’s good to go!

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Over the years there have been many gemstones believed to be cursed, but the most famous of the gemstones is the Hope Diamond. This lustrous blue diamond weighing 45.52 carats is surrounded by tales of misfortune. With Halloween just around the corner, it is the perfect time to explore the history of this stone and some of the misfortune associated with it. Is this stone really cursed?

What is the Hope Diamond?

In 1668, King Louis XIV of France purchased a large blue diamond weighing a little over 112 carats from a French merchant. The king had the stone re-cut and set in gold by his court jeweler, and the stone was named The French Blue. This amazing gemstone remained with the French royal family until it was stolen in 1792 during the French Revolution, along with the rest of France’s crown jewels. Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette, reining monarchs at the time of the revolution experienced the ultimate misfortune the diamond is accused of bringing to its owners. While attempting to flee France they were caught and both guillotined for treason.

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Decades later, a diamond closely resembling the stolen French Blue reappeared in London, and owned by King George IV of England. The diamond was sold after his death in 1830 to help pay off his enormous debts. It was purchased by Henry Philip Hope, from whom the stone got its name. The diamond remained in the Hope family for many years, until it was auctioned off in 1908 to a Turkish Sultan, who was later dethroned in an army revolt.

Evalyn Walsh McLean

In 1909, famed jeweler Pierre Cartier bought the Hope Diamond. He enticed Evalyn Walsh McLean, an American heiress and socialite to purchase the diamond in 1912. McLean was the last private owner of the diamond, and was not afraid of the stones history. She did experience tremendous misfortune while owning it, the loss of her eldest son at the age of 9 in a car accident, the loss of her only daughter at age 25 to suicide, and the loss of her husband to insanity, and eventually his death in an insane asylum. There was also financial misfortune, which led to the loss of the family newspaper The Washington Post to a bankruptcy auction. However, McLean did not believe the diamond brought her bad luck, and wore it until she died in 1947.

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Harry Winston, an American Jeweler bought McLean’s entire jewelry collection including the Hope Diamond after her death in 1947, and in 1958, Winston donated the famous diamond to the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C., where it still resides today. The last person to experience the misfortune of the diamond was the mail carrier that delivered the stone to the Smithsonian Institution in a brown cardboard box. He had his leg crushed in an accident and a brief time later lost his home in a fire.

Is the stone cursed, or is this just random bad luck?

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Plenty of our loyal customers are surprised to hear about solar watches and automatically assume they are rare or expensive. But solar-powered watches are manufactured by most of the major watch companies. Price tags are in the same range as their mechanical and quartz counterparts.

Benefits of Solar Watches

  • Solar watches are better for the environment.
  • No battery replacement necessary, which means no cost of replacement, no cost of battery, no disposal of battery necessary.
  • No winding.
  • Some feature award-winning designs (Citizen’s Eco-Drive technology won the Gold Prize at the Eco Mark Awards in 2014).
  • Solar watches continue to evolve as technology advances.

You might think that you’ll need to charge your watch annoyingly often, but that’s simply untrue. Since the advent of solar-powered watches, massive improvements in storage capacity and energy efficiency of solar cells to watches have made them far more practical. You might be shocked to know that an Eco-Drive watch is said to run without any further charging from 45 days to up to 5 years.

Does that number sound unlikely to you? Citizen itself makes the claim that Eco-Drive watches run 45 days to 5 years (when it comes to models that feature power save), even if the watch is locked away with a full battery in a place where there is no light. Most models available boast a 180-day power reserve as well.

Solar watches are designed to run continuously, and they will do so if regularly exposed to bright light. Best of all, solar watches use very little energy which is easily replenished during daily, normal use.

Solar Watch Care and Maintenance

  • Recharge your solar watch as often as you can. Set it on your windowsill for 5-6 hours monthly, dial facing the sun.
  • During autumnal and winter months, make sure you get that 5-6 hours monthly charge in, because sunlight tends to be weaker. You might also be prone to wearing longer sleeves, which will cover up the watch dial.
  • Make sure you don’t charge or leave your solar-powered watch on the dashboard of your car. Just like with your smartphone, your watch will be exposed to extremely high heat levels that can do irreparable damage.
  • Mind your leather and urethane bands, which can become discolored due to sun overexposure.

If your solar-powered watch needs repair, or your solar watch band needs replacement, contact My Jewelry Repair today. We repair any type of watch under the sun.

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All major watch manufacturers offer a warranty on their products, but not all warranties are the same. Warranties vary in both coverage and length.

Most manufacturers require a completed warranty card/document and proof of purchase.
Warranty information should be completed by the retailer at the time of purchase. If you decide to throw away all the extra packaging, the box, the pillow or cuff, and instruction booklet, be sure to keep the warranty card/document. Also, be sure to keep the receipt as your proof of purchase. Today many manufacturers provide an online registration process for your watch purchase, and some even offer an extension to your warranty if you register it online.

What is covered by most manufacturers?

Typically, the watch movement (time keeping mechanism) is warranted to keep accurate time, and is covered against manufacturer defects.

What is typically not covered?

There is an old saying in the watch industry, “If you can touch it, it’s not covered.” This basically means all the exterior components are not covered under most manufacturer warranties, including the crystal, band or bracelet, case, stem, crown, clasp, and the battery.

Why should I use an authorized service center?

Most manufacturers require all repair work (including a battery change) be performed by an authorized service center while it is under their warranty. If a watch is serviced by an unauthorized facility, it can void the warranty. Be careful, a quick battery change in the mall or at a local jeweler could void your manufacturer warranty. Authorized service centers are usually listed in the warranty/instruction paperwork.

Extended Warranties or Service Plans

Many retailers offer extended warranty or service plans on watches. Be sure to ask if your retailer has this type of program and what it covers.

Remember, MyJewelryRepair.com also has an amazing watch repair department, with certified watchmakers, and we guarantee our workmanship on any watch we repair. See more details on our FAQ page of our site.

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This Week’s Service: An Invisible Setting Repair and Rhodium Clean & Polish

On this edition of the Weekly Before & After, we have an invisibly set silver diamond ring with accent rubies. One of the diamonds fell out of the setting, however the owner still had the diamond to reset.

Invisible settings are very tricky to work on and require a Master Jeweler’s touch. For a full breakdown of this kind of repair please read Invisible Setting Repairs

After the setting for the invisible set stones is repaired and the stone is reset, it is then all wrapped up with a rhodium clean & polish.

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All of Which Can Be Repaired at My Jewelry Repair!

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Every watch is a complicated entity that has many moving parts. The movement of a watch is what makes a watch operate. Many folks consider a watch’s movement to be the beating heart of a watch.

There Are 3 Types of Watch Movements

Watch movements can be broken down into 3 categories:

  • Automatic
  • Mechanical (Manual)
  • Quartz

Automatic

Automatic watches were the hot trend in the beginning of the 20th century. Those who were on the go were delighted by the fact that they didn’t have to wind their own watch, that it wound itself while worn on the wrist. The one drawback is that if you don’t wear an automatic watch for a prolonged period of time, the watch might need manual assistance. But, after you hand-wind the watch once, it’ll be back to normal.

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Mechanical

Mechanical watches (hand-wound movements) are heralded classics; the oldest type of watch movement ever made. Manual movements, unlike quartz, power the watch from a wound spring. No battery necessary. The watch spring collects, regulates, and releases energy transferred through springs and gears. Many who wear these love the idea that they keep time the same way as their ancestors did. Often, mechanical movements are found in very expensive, antique, and collectible watches.

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Quartz

Quartz movements are battery-powered. No winding is ever required, even if you don’t wear the watch for some time. Quartz watches are also the most accurate type of timepiece currently in production. Typically, quartz movement batteries will last between 12 to 24 months.

More recently, manufacturers are offering solar-powered watches, which adds convenience. These watches will never need battery change, cutting out the cost of battery replacement, which in its own way helps the environment. You don’t have to worry about proper battery disposal.

What is most important about your quartz watch is to replace the battery as swiftly as possible. Once the watch battery dies, there’s a chance that the battery can start leaking acid, which will do considerable damage to the movement. Do not try to replace your own watch battery, unless you have the proper water pressurization equipment and trained expertise. It’s a much better idea to send your watch to MyJewelryRepair.com, where our certified watchmakers have the knowledge and dexterity to successfully repair any problem on any type of movement under the sun.

What type of watch do you like? Do you have any movements that need repair? Take a look at our website for pricing. We almost always come in at a lower price than your neighborhood repair shop. Often, neighborhood repair shops send the stuff they can’t repair to us anyway.

MyJewelryRepair.com also performs pressure testing — an important service. We not only change the battery, but we also perform a water and pressure test to make sure it lives up to manufacturer expectation, preserving your manufacturer’s warranty.

We look forward to getting your watches up and running again, no matter the problem.

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This Week’s Service: A Complete Watch Repair Service

On this edition of the Weekly Before & After, we have a watch that is not keeping proper time with a cracked crystal and badly scratched case.

For this repair we had to:
-Perform a Clean & Overhaul (Quartz Movement)
-Replace the Stem & Crown
-Replace the Crystal

It is then all wrapped up with a professional clean & polish.

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And Suggested Gift for the 14th Wedding Anniversary!

Opals are best known and loved for their amazing color, a single stone can flash every color of the spectrum. In the middle ages opals were thought to provide great luck because it was believed to possess all the virtues of each gemstone whose color was represented in an opal.

Opal Mines

Australia dominates the opal mining industry producing at least 90% of the worlds precious opals. Other opal producing countries include United States, Mexico, Hungary, Indonesia, Brazil, Peru, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Ethiopia.

Categories of Opals

There are many categories of Opals: Black Opal, Semi Black Opal, Boulder Opal, White Opal, Jelly Opal, and Mexican Fire Opal to name a few. The categories listed below are some of the most well known and most frequently used opals in jewelry manufacturing.

  • Black Opal describes opals with a dark grey to black body tone. These opals tend to be more valuable since the darker body tones cause the colors to be more vibrant.
  • Boulder Opal describes opals with a natural brown ironstone backing that is attached to the stone. These opals also have a dark body tone, and are considered the second most valuable opals.
  • White Opal describes opals with a white to light body tone. These opals tend to be less valuable since they usually do not have the vibrant colors. When these opals have little color, they are sometimes called milky opals.

Here are just a few examples of the amazing colors that can be found in opals:

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Opal Doublets and Triplets

These are 2 processes which are sometimes used in the manufacturing of opal jewelry.
Opal doublets consist of two layers adhered together with glue. A black backing which is usually made of black glass, black potch, or brown ironstone to name a few and a thin layer of opal. The dark backing enhances the colors in the opal.
Opal triplets are thinly cut pieces of opal that have a dark backing as described above, but also have a clear top which is often domed. While the clear top protects the opal; overall triplets are generally a much lower value.

Caring for your Opals

Opals are a soft gemstone with a hardness of 5.5 to 6.5 on the Moh’s Scale, so they require special handling and cleaning. Solid opal should be cleaned gently with mild detergent in warm water and a soft toothbrush or cloth. Avoid bleach, chemicals and cleaners. Doublets & triplets may be wiped with a damp soft cloth and mild detergent, but should never be soaked or immersed. Store your opals away from other jewelry to help prevent them from being scratched, and protect them from high heat since this can dry out the opal which has a high-water content and cause it to crack.

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This Week’s Service: A Laser Soldering for Cufflinks

On this edition of the Weekly Before & After, we have gold plated cufflinks that that were broken into separate pieces.

This kind of repair required carefully removing the stones as their sensitivity could be damaged by the laser soldering required.

The full process was as follows:
-Remove the stone
-Perform the laser soldering
-Reset the stone
-Professional Clean & Polish

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When Gold & Silver Are Just Not Your Style

Alternative metals are used in the manufacturing of all types of jewelry including chains, bracelets, pendants, earrings, and even watches. The term alternative is referencing an alternative to the more traditional metals found in most fine jewelry assortments – platinum, gold, or silver.

The most common use of alternative metals is in wedding bands, and they are frequently referred to as alternative metal bands. The three alternative metals Tungsten Carbide, Titanium and Stainless Steel, described below are the most popular and are very affordable, but cannot be sized. If one of these alternative metals is going to be your choice for your wedding band, be sure to plan ahead, because it may need to be ordered in your size for that special day.

Tungsten Carbide

This metal has a nice heavy feel to it, but can fracture or shatter if dropped. Its natural color is gray, however it can be coated with an industrial material to create a black or white finish. The black and white coating is scratch resistant, but not as much as the highly scratch resistant natural tungsten. An additional benefit, it is hypoallergenic. This metal can be engraved, however, once it is engraved, the engraving cannot be removed.

Titanium

This metal is 3-4 times stronger than stainless steel, but lighter than aluminum. It is a natural gray color, and is also hypoallergenic. It may scratch and show signs of wear over time, but it can be cleaned and polished to look like new.

Stainless Steel

This is one of the most affordable of the alternative metals. It is both scratch resistant and hypoallergenic. Over time stainless steel can lose its original shine, but just like Titanium it can be cleaned and polished to restore its bright finish.

Wedding bands, bracelets, and watches made with these alternative metals get more wear and tear than all other jewelry items since they are worn on the hands and wrists, so be sure to have them professionally cleaned and polished periodically to keep them looking their best.