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Good gold, bad gold

Good gold, bad gold

I’m not sure how many times I’ve heard it said that Italian gold is better that the gold we have here, so it may be time to set the record straight — gold is gold. There is no good gold or bad gold. (There isn’t even any in-between gold.) This may be difficult to believe, but pure...
The old switcheroo routine

The old switcheroo routine

Whenever I speak about the subject of trust in a jeweler, there is always one particular issue that inevitably manages to surface, and that is the tale of a jeweler “switching” a diamond on a customer who brings her engagement ring in for repair, sizing, or some other routine work that needs to be done....
Updating jewelry insurance appraisals

Updating jewelry insurance appraisals

With the current gold market above $1,200.00 per ounce, everyone who has their jewelry insured from an earlier time should be aware that those insurance levels are most likely no longer adequate, even if you have the type of policy that raises values automatically over a period of time. Ten years ago, gold was just...
Diamond dilemma — Part II

Diamond dilemma — Part II

I hate to bring this up, but as long as we’ve been on the subject of making choices when buying diamonds (please see last month’s column, thehomemonthly.com), there are also diamonds that have been man-created, and I’m not just talking about synthetics. One of the two methods for doing this involves the same process (HTHP) that may be used to color-enhance an existing diamond, and this particular...
Diamond dilemma, Part I

Diamond dilemma, Part I

Anyone considering the purchase of a diamond these days is faced with a multitude of choices, not only those concerning the “4 C’s”, which are Carat, Color, Clarity, and Cut. (“Cut”, by the way, is the least understood, and can have a 40% — or greater — impact on the overall value, all other factors being equal; your jeweler can...
Jewelry security while traveling

Jewelry security while traveling

Few people ever consider going on vacation without taking at least some jewelry with them, and this is where trouble may come calling — because for the most part, there is no viable way to keep jewelry safe completely when traveling. Never leave jewelry in an unattended suitcase (or car trunk), locked or otherwise. (FYI, if you have secreted your jewelry in...
Fakin' it

Fakin’ it

Fake gold. Fake diamonds. Fake pearls. Oh, excuse me — faux. Any way you shake it, they’re not “the real McCoy,” and with really good fakes, it takes an expert to tell the difference. In fact, sometimes even the experts get fooled. So what good are they, really? The answer may surprise you, because they have all sorts of uses...
Gold prices and your homeowner’s insurance

Gold prices and your homeowner’s insurance

With the current gold market just below of $1,300.00 per ounce, everyone who has their jewelry insured (for most people, this would fall under your homeowner’s insurance) should be aware that your insurance levels are no longer adequate, even if you have the type of policy that raises the values automatically over a period of time. If...
Spring cleaning

Spring cleaning

Ah, spring cleaning in April — a traditional rite of passage into the very welcome warmer months of May and June. Historically, this refers to housecleaning, as well as outdoor items  — but it would be an excellent idea for you to consider adding your jewelry to the list. Of course, jewelry always looks best when it’s been cleaned, but there are several very good reasons why you...
March birthstone: Dual identity

March birthstone: Dual identity

Being somewhat of a traditionalist, it makes me a bit crazy when I see people attempting to promote the use of light blue topaz as a substitute for the March birthstone, which is aquamarine — although aquamarine is not the only birthstone for the month. Bloodstone (also known as heliotrope), which today is considered to...
Amazing amethyst

Amazing amethyst

Amethyst just happens to be the primary birthstone for the month of February, but without a doubt, this wonderful gemstone can make a great fashion statement when worn at any time of year. In fact, it is one of the most popular of all colored stones, and for good reason. Amethyst (a purple variety of quartz)...
New Year's Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

With the holidays now behind us, and as we begin a new year, this would be a great time to check some basics that will help protect your best interests in your jewelry, so here’s a short list of suggestions. If you have not already done so, a review of your current insurance would be a...
Holiday happiness

Holiday happiness

If you are considering having the purchase of fine jewelry play any part in your holiday happiness, this could actually be a good time to make a purchase, either as a gift, or for yourself — and there are several good reasons for this. You may have noticed that over the past year or so, the price of...
Terrific Topaz

Terrific Topaz

No, not the 1969 Alfred Hitchcock classic (although the movie was terrific); TOPAZ, the wonderful natural gemstone, which coincidentally, is the birthstone for the month of November. Actually, there are two “topaz” gemstones that are accepted as the birthstone: Genuine (precious) topaz, and “topaz” citrine. The colors of these two stones may be very similar when they occur in light yellow to medium golden...