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.

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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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.

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

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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.

Today MJR would like to revisit some of the legendary accessories that have been worn at the Oscars — the single most illustrious evening the film industry puts together each year to celebrate the cinematic achievements of the year prior.

There Will Be Winners and There Will Be Losers

We’ve got our picks as we’re sure you do, too. While there’s bound to be some upsets, the idea is to celebrate all the films that gain distinction.

Actors dress up in their best gowns and suits, donning their newest or most cherished watch, necklace, earrings, rings, and more. It doesn’t matter if they’re one of the nominated few, or just there to enjoy the proceedings, they all want to look their best.

But would you believe that some of these actors don’t get to keep their jewelry and watches? It’s actually common practice for designers to allow actors to showcase their jewelry and watches, but they will be taking them back after the shutters from the paparazzi close for the night.

Even with Low Ratings, the Oscars Are Watched by Millions

In 2017 (last year’s Oscars), the academy saw its lowest ratings since 2008, only capturing the interest of 32.9 million Americans, which was a shame because it was so eventful. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway being given the wrong envelope, announcing a false best picture winner initially, it was really a ceremony for the books.

Even if 32.9 million Americans is considered paltry numbers as far as television ratings go, the idea that almost 35 million people are watching you has got to get in your head at some point. So, understandably, people not only want to look their best, they want to turn heads and make a statement.

That’s why actors spend so much time and money in order to look amazing for the ceremony, especially if they’re hoping to win. In the past, people like Trey Parker and Matt Stone have mocked the pretentiousness of the Oscars by going in drag (one of them was done up like J-Lo). We wonder what kind of bling those two were wearing — they were up for an Oscar for best song.

Now, to the Jewels

Last year Jessica Biel was in a Tiffany & Co. platinum, gold, diamond necklace — and an assortment of Tiffany rings. Dakota Johnson wore a beautiful vintage Cartier, and Salma Hayek was in Fred Leighton earrings and a tiara headband. Janelle Monae must have channeled her inner Salma with a Jennifer Behr headband but differentiated herself with an Ellie Saab necklace and Forevermark diamonds. Taraji P. Henson wore an elegant Nirav Modi statement necklace.

The men of the evening aren’t too shy to wear jewelry in addition to sporting elegant timepieces. Pharrell wore necklaces from Chanel, while Gosling went with a more understated Gucci suit — with what we can only guess was a Gucci watch hiding under that well-fitting sleeve.

What Happens When the Oscars Go Wrong?

If Leo or J-Lo end up having a wardrobe malfunction, it might not just be limited to a gown glitch or a suit emergency. Watches and jewelry can experience technical difficulties and it can throw a real wrench into any situation where you’re trying to look your best.

When these things happen, or when you just need routine maintenance and care to keep your jewelry and watches looking great and functioning flawlessly, send them to My Jewelry Repair. We have an easy, online, mail-in process that you have to experience to believe. Visit MyJewelryRepair.com today to get your repair started.

Valentine’s Day has come and gone and it either went off without a hitch or any number of hitches came into play and now you’re in damage control. Was one of those hitches maybe a misfit ring, a loose-fitting watch, or a piece of jewelry that simply doesn’t fit your significant other?

What We Mean By Misfit

The most common ring size for men is 10 and for women it’s size 7. But some people are quirky. Some people are more difficult to shop for. If you didn’t get it right this time around, you can save face by sizing the ring up or down, getting watch links added or removed, or choosing any number of My Jewelry Repair’s certified watch and jewelry repair services.

Jewelry and Valentine’s Day

Jewelry isn’t as synonymous with Valentine’s Day as, say, flowers or chocolates, but many jewelers do hold Valentine’s Jewelry sales to boost revenue. What’s that mean for you? It means it’s a great time of year to commemorate a loved one while also being as cost-effective as possible. Please note we did not say cheap. We would never say that.

V Day by the Numbers

The National Retail Federation anticipated that 19.6 billion dollars would be spent on Valentine’s Day this year. The average American spends $143.56 on Valentine’s Day.

Jewelry, whether it be a ring, necklace, bracelet, earrings, or a nice watch — they’re all great cherries to emphatically place at the top of a Valentine’s Day date, that much is certain.

In 2016 alone 4.5 billion dollars was spent on jewelry for Valentine’s Day with the average purchase set at $166. Maybe that was you. Your head was in the right place, because by choosing to gift jewelry you’ve already set yourself apart from the herd, because celebrants are most likely to purchase candy (55% likely), greeting cards (45.9% likely) and roses (35.6% likely).

Choosing jewelry is a great way to catch your special someone by surprise. You did that, but maybe you made some waves because that fantastic watch doesn’t quite fit.

Watch Repair by Mail, Jewelry Repair by Mail — We do both!

Maybe your heart was in the right place but the ring or watch was the wrong size. That’s where My Jewelry Repair comes into play. You select your repair, whether it be ring sizing, ring resizing, cleaning and polishing, half and full shank repair, or watch link additions and removals, then you send your repair to us through secure mail.

We do all the repairs, basically. And you never have to leave the comfort of your own home. No stuffy lines at the mall. No trip to the local jeweler. Visit our easy breezy website where you select your repair, print your materials, pack your repair, then send it off to us via USPS pick-up. It’s really that easy. We send your jewelry or watch back to you, better than new. Watch and jewelry repairs made simple.

(Jewelry and Watch Repair as a Less Obvious Gift Choice)

Sometimes roses and chocolate are right on the money. Sometimes we like to think that people are more complicated than they are. The traditional dinner and surprise, the bouquet, the gift cards, they exist are stereotypes for a reason. They get the job done.

But in this day and age originality gets you a lot of points. Instead of having another carbon copy Valentine’s Day, maybe it’s time to mix it up.

But What About Jewelry Repair by Mail?

This Valentine’s Day My Jewelry Repair would like to encourage our customers and our readership to think outside of the box on this one. If your significant other has a brooch that’s seen better days, a necklace in need of repair, or a timepiece in need of a complete overhaul, we can get the job done. Best of all, you don’t even have to leave your home.

Valentine’s Day by the Numbers

Statistic Brain asserts that our average annual V-day spending reaches $13,290,000,000. Yeah, that’s a lot of coin. But how does the spending break down? Where’s all that sweet, sweet Valentine’s Day money going?

Greeting cards top the charts, raking in 52.1% of the action, followed closely by candy (you know, the chocolates and the colorful hearts) at 47.5%, then flowers at 34.3%. The average number of roses that are produced for Valentine’s Day reaches upwards of 198 million! Jewelry makes up 17.3% of Valentine’s Day purchases. Jewelry repair makes up a portion of that percentage.

Whether it’s Vintage Jewelry Restoration or Refurbishment, Think Twice Before Buying New

Fixing jewelry in need of repair is still a growing industry as more and more people look to save money by refurbishing or repairing their existing jewelry and watches. If you have that special someone who has a piece of jewelry or a watch in need of repair or routine maintenance, then send it on over to My Jewelry Repair.

You could even be real sly about it and send your repair in without your significant other knowing. It’ll be a nice surprise. We have an easy online, mail-in process. Select your repair, print your packing materials, and send your repair to either our East coast or West Coast locations.

My Jewelry Repair provides watch and jewelry repair nation wide, eliminating the hassle and limitations of going through a local shop.

While florists' hands start to cramp up and suffer from thorn pricks, as boxes of signature chocolates come flying off the shelves and into shopping carts, as pink, white, and red teddies sit strapped in passenger seats of cars during lunch breaks, it’s important to look for less obvious ways to make your statement of love this Valentine’s Day. It’s closer than you think and the time to act is now. Instead of getting flowers or thoughtlessly buying a gift certificate to the massage parlor or a day at the spa, think about making a bolder statement.

Are You Planning an Engagement Soon?

Why not make it on Valentine’s Day? It’s not like you have to celebrate your engagement every year, so it’d be different than getting married on Valentine’s Day -- which, hey, that’s not such a bad idea, either. It’s an economical choice for couples just starting to build their life together. Plan a gondola ride or a nature hike and profess your love to that special someone. It will make this Valentine’s Day that much more special. In fact, it’s sure to be the best ever. If you plan on making the engagement real, My Jewelry Repair offers ring sizing services, including ring sizing beads, spring shanks, arthritic, half, and full shanks. Whether the engagement ring is brand new, or if it’s a family heirloom, our master jewelers can handle the job.

Is There a Watch in Your Life that Isn’t Working Out?

Instead of ending in separation, send your dysfunctional watch to My Jewelry Repair. It’s a fantastic gift for Valentine’s Day, come to think of it. Do you have a loved one who in turn loves a watch, a watch that doesn’t work properly or fit properly? We have certified watchmakers, expert craftsmen who can perform the following watch repair services and more: Don’t see what you need here? Give us a call at (909) 204-5266, because it’s likely we can handle it. Make this Valentine’s Day count with My Jewelry Repair. From watches to engagement rings, from earrings to necklaces and pendants, we have the personnel, the expertise, and the precision tools to get any jewelry or watch repair done the right way the first time around.
Heart Shaped Diamond

Heart-shaped diamonds are among the hardest to shape, requiring the most dexterously skilled cutters, so much so that the ideal is to achieve a unique 59-faceted cut. They are among the most popular in engagement and promise rings, resembling a pear-shaped cut, but actually closer to a modified round brilliant cut. They’ve been around for centuries, and they’ve stayed relevant.

The best stones to make a heart-shaped diamond out of are stones that go from narrow to fat, in case you ever plan on fashioning one yourself. We’re sure there’s a DIY video on it somewhere. If DIY isn’t your thing, leave it to the professionals.

A Heart-Shaped History

Heart-shaped diamonds have been around since before 1463, at which time the first one ever was requested/recorded on paper, addressed in a letter to Nicodemo from the Duke of Milan, Galeazzo Sforza — a famous name from a famous family of the Italian Renaissance, patrons of master artists like Leonardo Da Vinci. The fact that the heart-shaped diamond is mentioned casually might lead a reader to deduce that these were fairly common.

From that point forward, heart-shaped diamonds continued to stay in the headlines with Mary Queen of Scots bestowing one upon Elizabeth I in a stone gold ring.

How Heart-Shaped Diamonds Get their Signature Shine

Heart-shaped diamonds are intelligently designed to shine. With a cone at their base, light can come streaming in like your favorite Netflix show that you shamelessly binged last weekend, filtered through gem facets. The best type of stone to use is the macle stone, which are twin crystals, particularly useful for fancy cuts, like modified brilliants. Fancy-cut crystals are highly recognizable by their brilliance, their ability to shine.

Heart Shaped Diamond

Heart-Shaped Diamond Ring Settings

Heart shaped diamonds are still popular today, many times housed in rings, enjoyed by the likes of Lady Gaga and Joan Collins. There are three optimum ring settings for heart-shaped diamonds:

  • Bezel — This is the most secure setting, wrapping itself completely around the stone.
  • Three-Pronged — Maximize your diamond’s qualities with this setting, which allows more light to filter through the stone itself.
  • Five-Prong — This setting is better for larger stones. Giving your loved one a big ol’ rock? Five-pronged is the way to go.

My Jewelry Repair Helps Your Love Shine Brighter

If your heart-shaped stone is anything less than 100%, send it to My Jewelry Repair today. If you act now, we can get your ring repaired, your stones replaced and looking brand new before Valentine’s Day. Visit MyJewelryRepair.com today to get your repair started with our online mail-in service.