Earth Day and How it Relates to Your Jewelry and Watches

Earth Day and How it Relates to Your Jewelry and Watches

Today we’re here to celebrate the planet earth. No matter what’s going on, the cosmos decides that we’re all in this together. This big spinning ball of mostly water has so many treasures and wonders, many of which we’re able to see, touch, and even wear.

That’s where jewelry comes. Jewelry is often made from gemstones and precious metals.

Where Do Gems and Metals Come From?

Gemstones and precious metals all come from the earth. The earth itself produces an awe-inspiring variety of inorganic compounds.

Diamonds, gold, Rhodium, platinum, silver, precious gems — they’re all found close to the earth’s surface. Human beings are able to mine them in order to make jewelry — it’s a practice that’s been happening since the ancient times.

More on Minerals

Minerals form when molten rock (also called magma) cools its temperature. Minerals also form out of separation from mineral-rich water, which you see a lot of in underground caverns.

Minerals are generally small particles because they form within confined areas, which can happen between grains of sediments or lava flows, for instance.

You can find large crystals in geodes and other types of rocks, but they’re pretty rare.

Minerals can often form beautiful crystals — the most prized of which are called gemstones. When you stumble across an uncut gem, it’s going to look fairly ordinary, hence the phrase “diamond in the rough.”

Once they’re cut and polished, the brilliance achieved and their luster is what gives them their inherent value.

Gems are divided into precious and semiprecious. Diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds currently qualify as precious. Amethyst was at one time considered precious, but there were huge reserves found in Brazil that brought it down a notch to semiprecious.

Gems and Geography

Some gems (almost like crops) are most plentiful in certain geographical regions.

For instance, take the Sapphire. Sapphires can be found in very few locations on the planet. Cut a Sapphire into a convex shape and it will exhibit a six-point star effect while put in direct sunlight. “Star” sapphires most often originate in Sri Lanka.

Now consider the diamond. There are about 35 countries on the planet that produce diamonds. Main producers include South Africa, Russia, and Botswana. Australia is producer of the lion’s share of industrial diamonds. Diamonds can also be found in Siberia, India, Brazil, Canada, the US, and China.

So, thank you, Planet Earth.

My Jewelry Repair gets to behold the wonders of the world on a daily basis when taking special care of your jewelry and watches when they become damaged. We also help you show appreciation to your jewelry and watches with routine maintenance and care.

When we do what we do, we make sure it has a lasting effect on our customers while at the same time supporting and incorporating green practices to help protect the planet.

If your jewelry or watches are in need of repair or tender loving care, we’re here to help. Visit MyJewelryRepair.com to get started on our easy online mail-in process.

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This Week’s Service: A Wedding Ring Gemstone Replacement

On this edition of the Weekly Before & After, we have a 10k White Gold Wedding Ring that had two of its diamonds fall out.

For this repair we had to:
-Source two new diamonds
-Set the stones exactly
-Retip the prongs
-Reapply the metal stamp

It is then wrapped up with a professional rhodium clean and polish and it’s good to go!

Like the results? Leave a comment!

See you on the next Weekly Before & After.

5 Reasons to Jewelry Repair by Mail

When you break a piece of jewelry do you think to yourself, All right, time to get a new piece?

You might be selling yourself short. If you have the extra funds to go out and buy another priceless piece of jewelry, then good on you. But if you cherish the piece of jewelry that was broken, My Jewelry Repair is the simplest, easiest, and most convent jewelry repair service that can make the jewelry you have look as good as new.


Best of all, you can select your repair online and arrange to have your repair picked up from the comfort of your own home. Here are a few additional reasons to choose My Jewelry Repair next time you’re either in a pinch, or even if you need routine maintenance, jewelry restoration, or jewelry alterations.

Because You’re Busy

Who really has the time to make an extra trip out to the local jewelry repair shop? You’ll have to go out of your way to drop off the repair, then you’ll have to come back lord knows when once the repair is finished. With My Jewelry Repair, you select your repair online, print your materials, pack your broken jewelry, and arrange for your repair to be picked up at your place on your terms.

Because Malls Can Be a Pain

You’ve probably seen some of those “quick” fix kiosks at  your local mall that promise hasty reparations that might not even address the underlying issue. We’ll give you a full inspection and we won’t perform any repair until you give us the okay. No mall parking lot to contend with, no intricate floor plan to have to navigate. Just plain, simple jewelry repair.

Because Many Times Local Jewelers Use Us Anyway

It’s true. Many of your local jewelry repair shops send jewelry repairs to us if they don’t have the tooling or the experience to get the job done. We’re always happy to help. We have locations on both the East and West coast, holding a national presence.

Because We’re the Best in the Business

My Jewelry Repair does half a million repairs every year. That number keeps growing because we provide a top notch service for a reasonable price.

Because We Provide Free Shipping and Free Evaluations

You heard right. My Jewelry Repair provides free standard shipping. We also give free repair evaluations to our customers. You don’t pay anything until you approve repairs, and if there’s anything you’re not 100% about, we’ll send your jewelry right back to you free of charge.

If you’d like to learn more about My Jewelry Repair’s best-in-the-business online, mail-in jewelry repair by mail service, visit our website or give us a call at (909) 204-5266.

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This Week’s Service: A Hollow Gold Chain Necklace Repair

On this edition of the Weekly Before & After, we have a 10k hollow rope gold chain that had had broken apart in several areas.

For this repair our Master Jewelers had to perform an Advanced Level of Chain Repair as the item was hollow, and could easily be ruined. Once the chain was fixed, it is wrapped up with our professional clean and polish and it looks as good as new!

Like the results? Leave a comment!

See you on the next Weekly Before & After.

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This Week’s Service: David Tutera Diamong Ring Repair

On this edition of the Weekly Before & After, we have a David Tutera Eternal diamond ring that had two stones fall out and had very damaged prongs.

For this repair we had to:
-Supply two new diamonds
-Set the two stones
-Retip five prongs
-Reapply the metal stamp

It is then wrapped up with a professional rhodium clean and polish and it’s good to go!

Like the results? Leave a comment!

See you on the next Weekly Before & After.

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Diamonds are the hardest natural substance known to man, but that is only one of the many properties that makes them special. They also reflect and refract light like no other gemstone, which creates the sparkle and brilliance that makes diamonds one of the most popular gemstones.

Another property of diamonds is the fact that they attract grease to their surface. This can prevent your beautiful stones from sparkling. Even the slightest amount of oil from your fingers can cause a diamond to lose its sparkle.

So how do you keep your diamonds clean, especially if they are in a piece of jewelry that you wear every day? By cleaning them, of course. Here are a few tips on keeping your diamonds sparkling.

Clean your diamond jewelry on a regular basis, once or twice a week by simply soaking them in a mild degreasing solution, warm water a few drops of dish washing liquid works well. After soaking your diamond jewelry, use a soft brush, even a soft toothbrush will work to gently remove any remaining dirt and oil. Be sure to clean the underside of your diamonds, dirt and oil can build up quite easily in hard to reach places.

After a good cleaning, be sure to rinse your diamond jewelry with water, but remember to close the drain if you are cleaning them over a sink. Next dry them with a soft dry cloth, lint free, if possible.

I have heard many people say to use toothpaste or strong cleaning agents on diamonds, but these types of cleansers may be too harsh or abrasive for the metal setting holding your diamonds.

And last but certainly not least, be sure to have your diamond jewelry professionally cleaned, polished and inspected every six months.

MyJewelryRepair.com is the perfect source for your semi-annual clean, polish, and inspection service. This service not only provides a professional cleaning, but also inspects the mounting to ensure the metal is in good condition as well as the security of your stones. This service helps to keep your diamonds and all your jewelry looking like new and is available for $39.99.

Visit our website at www.myjewelryrepair.com for more information or to create your first repair order.

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This Week’s Service: A Tudor Submariner Watch Repair

On this edition of the Weekly Before & After, we have a 1967 Tudor Submariner Watch that was losing time, had a damaged crystal, and had wear and tear all over.

For this repair we had to:
-Replace worn interior parts (mainspring, gaskets, crown)
-Clean and adjust inner movement
-Install a new crystal
-Replace the leather band

It is then all wrapped up with our signature clean and polish and it’s good to go!

Like the results? Leave a comment!

See you on the next Weekly Before & After.

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This Week’s Service: An Engagement Ring Loose Stone Repair

On this edition of the Weekly Before & After, we have a 10kw engagement ring that had a diamond fall out and had scratches on the shank.

For this repair we had to:
-Supply a new diamond
-Retip the prongs
-Secure all the stones

It is then wrapped up with a professional rhodium clean and polish and it’s good to go!

Like the results? Leave a comment!

See you on the next Weekly Before & After.

Here at My Jewelry Repair, we like to invest in our team! To continue to develop our skills, owner Juan Guevara joined part of our watch team in Switzerland, enrolling in and earning certificates from WOSTEP (Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Educational Program). They came back with certificates for the program Different Techniques Related to Polishing!

We are always learning and improving!

WOSTEP is only the most recent entry into the list of certifications that our watch department encompasses.

Other Examples of Watchmaker Certifications on our team includes:

-The CW21 (21st Century Watchmaker) by the American Watchmakers Clockmakers Institute
-SAWTA (Swiss American Watchmakers Training Alliance) a 2-year program sponsored by Rolex.
-Among more

And we are not done! Watchmaking is an art and there is always room to get better. We will continue to invest in our team in watch and jewelry repair to stay the best in the business!

WOSTEP
SAWTA & CW21

For more information about our certified watch repair services, please visit: Watch Repair Services.

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The Blarney Castle

We’re nearly certain you’ve heard the expression “kiss the Blarney stone,” but you may not know what exactly the Blarney Stone is.

This March MJR would like to celebrate the luck of the Irish and observe St. Patrick’s Day by revealing some of the rich history of Ireland.

A Little Blarney Stone History

The Cloch na Blarnan is a chunk of carboniferous limestone. It’s built-in to the battlements of Blarney Castle, which is in… Blarney, which is about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from Cork. Legend has it that kissing the Blarney stone will endow the kisser of the stone with the gift of gab. It’s a strange gift to get for kissing a stone, but the Irish put a lot of stock into having great eloquence or being highly skilled at verbal persuasion.

The Blarney stone got its gift of gab powers thanks to the goddess Clíodhna, who cast a spell on the stone at the behest of Cormac McCarthy (the builder of the castle, not the famous author), who was involved in a nasty lawsuit at the time. The goddess blessed the rock, McCarthy kissed it, and he expressed great verbal dexterity while arguing his case, winning in the end.

Kissing the Stone

The Blarney stone is located about 85 feet up on the east wall of the castle battlement.  Sounds awkward, right? Get this: from the top of the castle wall, you would literally have to bend over backwards while holding a railing in order to kiss the stone. Definitely don’t do it if you need your spine aligned — your chiropractor will appreciate the business, we’re sure of it.

Also, keep in mind that millions of people have kissed the Blarney stone. We don’t want to be cynical, but it’s probably not the most sanitary thing to do.

Wearing Green on St. Pattie’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is a fantastic time to celebrate Irish culture in your community. If you don’t have a green shirt, maybe rock an emerald, jade, or peridot pendant, ring, or brooch so you don’t get pinched. If you’re not into jewelry, Gucci, Victorinox, and Tag Heuer definitely have some green watch options as well.

 

We all know how wild St. Patrick’s Day gets. If you’re brave enough to venture out and something happens to your jewelry this St. Pattie’s Day, do not panic. Send your jewelry and watch repairs to My Jewelry Repair and we’ll get it back to you as good as new or in mint condition.

Our jewelry and watch repair process is easy, and you can do it all online. You don’t even have to leave your home, if you arrange for USPS carrier pickup. Visit MyJewelryRepair.com today to get your jewelry or certified watch repair started.