February 29, 2012

The Best Things in Life are Free: Free Services at Rose Diamonds

Posted in appraisal, diamonds, engagement, engraving, estate jewelry, gemologist, gemstones, Gifts, gold, jeweler, jewelry, jewelry care, jewelry design, jewelry repair, mens wedding bands, pawn, ring sizing, rings, rose diamonds, watch, watches tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 5:33 pm by rosediamonds

Maybe there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but at Rose Diamonds, we have an ever growing list of free services at Rose Diamonds.

Free Services at Rose Diamonds:

  1. Free Jewelry Cleaning–Diamonds always look bigger when they’re clean.  We have people bring in everything from one or two pieces that they are wearing to a whole box full.  Have a special event coming up?  Take advantage of our free service and get your jewelry looking its best…free.
  2. Free Jewelry Polishing–One step above jewelry cleaning is polishing.  This gets out all the nicks and scratches from normal wear and tear.  People often comment that they can never get their jewelry looking as good as we do at home. The secret is–we cheat.  By removing the surface abrasion off your jewelry, we are exposing the brighter surfaces underneath–like exfoliating:)
  3. Free Prong Inspection–I can’t even comment on all the clients we meet who have been married for decades and have never had their rings in for service.  It only takes a minute, but having your prongs checked by a pro on a regular basis (when you bring it in for free cleaning) can alert you to easily repaired/less expensive solutions before you lose a stone.  Think of it as preventative maintenance.
  4. Free Appraisal Consultations–Clients want to know the value of their jewelry for several different reasons.  Just to know, for resale, for liquidation, for insurance, etc.  Some items we group together in an appraisal (gold items without stones) and some require more extensive research.  We sit down with you and sort through your options and help answer insurance related questions you might have.
  5. Free Custom Deign Consultations–We recognize you’re not a jewelry professional (probably) and have no idea how much a dream piece of jewelry might cost.  Bring in your inspiration (costume pieces, catalog, magazine ad, internet pic) and any available trade-in gold & diamonds, and we will map out the design, out of pocket cost, and timeframe free.
  6. Free Tea/Coffee–I sometimes forget to offer this to our guests, but our tea table is out for guests to enjoy.  If I forget, don’t be shy–just ask:)
  7. Free Cookies–if the kids haven’t eaten them all.  Because I have two boys, our cookie supply varies.  Feel free to help yourself to the snacks.
  8. Free Jewelry Box Sort–This is perhaps one of our most valuable services.  Bring in your box of jewelry (this especially helps when you’ve inherited a bunch of mixed jewelry) and we sit down with you and sort out the gold from the silver from the costume jewelry.  Now that it’s sorted, we can restore it,repair it, or size it very quickly.  You also have the option to trade it in towards a project, finished jewelry, or repair work.  We can also buy it or give you a short term loan against it.
  9. Free Diamond Testing–Several a day come in to see if their diamonds are the real deal.  Whether you found it in a parking lot or suspect a fake, we test it in seconds so you know.  Peace of mind is priceless.
  10. Free Ring Size Measurement–Perhaps you’ve ordered something on the internet or maybe you’re thinking of a future purchase, we measure your ring size for you without fuss.  We also explain that different ring styles fit differently, so let us know if it’s going to be a narrow or wide band.
  11. Free Courtesy Call/Text Message— When repairs/appraisals are ready, you’re the first to know.  Our company policy is to call or text you as soon as repairs are completed (in case you’re still in the neighborhood).  You can then pick it up at your leisure.  Most of our repairs and appraisals are completed ahead of schedule.
  12. Free Silver Polishing Cloth with Silver Purchase–Part of keeping your jewelry looking beautiful.  These little polishing cloths work on sterling silver, gold, costume jewelry, etc.  We offer free jewelry cleaning, but this little cloth will help you keep a perfect shine between visits.  It also works great of shiny knickknacks around the house–I use mine to cheat with silver photo frames.
  13. Free Craigslist Mediation–We want our clients to stay safe.  When selling or buying on Craigslist, there is an element of danger (read our post on Craigslist tips).  We recommend you don’t expose your home or workplace to potential sellers/buyers.  We invite you to meet at our shop in a comfortable, professional atmosphere.  We can diamond test, ring size, appraise, engrave your latest purchase/sale right in front of you.
  14. Pocketwatch Look-up–just a geeky hobby of mine: we can usually trace the origins of old pocketwatches.  Curious about one of yours?  Just ask.

I have probably forgotten something, but will try to add it later.   You now officially have no excuse for not coming in.  We look forward to meeting you soon.

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June 7, 2011

Personalized Jewelry Making a Comeback?

Posted in birthstones, engraving, jeweler, jewelry, jewelry design, Nameplates, rose diamonds tagged , , , , , at 4:10 pm by rosediamonds

Name jewelry, Name plate jewelry, Nameplates, Monograms, Personalized Jewelry, Initial Jewelry.  Is this trend making a comeback?There is a saying by Dale Carnegie that “A person’s name is to him or her the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”
Following a strong trend in the seventies, Name jewelry became very popular again the the nineties and early 2000 due in part to Sarah Jessica Parker’s character, Carrie, wearing one on Sex & the City.  Who can forget Serena Williams wearing her enormous name earrings at the US Open?  The trend on the east coast has diminished since its peak, but celebrity watchers may have noticed the trend recirculating.

 

My shops in Miami & Fort Lauderdale made thousands of nameplates over the years.  We have made them incorporating hearts, flowers, footballs, cartoon characters, etc.

 

The latest trend (spotted on Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Ritchie, Mariah Carey, Katie Holmes, & Heidi Klum) is to wear something with someone else’s name or initial.  I have noticed that the trend tends to be towards mothers and their children, but it is also an opportunity to dedicate it to someone special in your life.

 

Some personalized jewelry pointers:

  • Ladies traditionally wear their first name initial if they are single (since it will change with marriage)
  • Monograms traditionally are first name, last name, middle name
  • Couple’s monograms are mans first name, man’s last name, women’s first name
  • Married ladies monograms can also be first name, married last name, maiden name
  • There are alternative birthstones for months June, & October–look up both if one doesn’t suit you.
  • Nameplate lingo: single plate is  the standard flat plate & double plate is two identical nameplates separated by bars/beads for a 3D look
  • Consider pass-ability: if you have a son and engrave with a last name, it can be passed to future male members of the family without changing it
  • Use initials if you don’t want everyone at the grocery store calling you by name
My favorites?  Mariah Carey’s husband gave her two diamond & pink sapphire name necklace with her twin’s names (cost:$12,000) & Katie Holmes’ “S” for Suri disc.

May 12, 2010

Engraving Basics

Posted in bride, engraving, gift ideas, Gifts, jeweler, rose diamonds, wedding tagged , , , , , , , at 7:48 pm by rosediamonds

I’ve been doing more and more engraving lately in preparation for graduations and weddings.  Some fast facts on engraved items:

  • Recommended: engrave the first initial for ladies (their name changes with marriage)
  • Typical: engrave the last initial for men (they can hand it down to their sons this way)
  • A Tip: engrave the receiver’s name or initial on their gift.  How many times are you going to use a wine glass that says someone else’s wedding stats on it?
  • A Tip: Keep it simple.  An entire psalms or a full paragraph of remember whens is hard to fit on the inside of a wedding band.

Engraving Question 1: Placement

Engraving Question 2: Script or Block

Engraving Question 3: Inscription (triple check spelling before giving the okay)

Fun Engraved Gifts on the Cheap:

  • wine glasses
  • champagne bottle
  • key ring (bridesmaids)
  • photo frame
  • mirrored compact (bridesmaids)
  • dainty pill box
  • engrave the back of a watch (father’s day)
  • bookmark
  • inside or outside rings
  • vases
  • door knockers (great gift idea for realtors)
  • pens (fancy graduation gift)
  • money clips (groomsmen)
  • flasks (groomsmen)
  • shot glasses (groomsmen)
  • votive holders (monogram for a crisp, classic look)

Other engraving:

  • iPhones/ipods
  • Nintendo DS/PSP
  • tools
  • knives
  • guns
  • leather embossing