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How to Care for Your Gold Plated Jewelry

Platinum, silver, and both 14k and 18k gold are not indestructible. Plated jewelry finishes are even more fragile because of the tiny layer of gold over the base metal. In my thirty six years as a Santa Barbara Jeweler I’ve found that all jewelry is vulnerable to the hard knocks of the physical universe. Rings…

Ear lobe droop

Ear Lobe Droop; Are Your Earrings Pointing toward the Pavement?

  Solving jewelry problems and helping my clients get back into their earrings is a favorite activity of mine. Do some of your earrings end up pointing toward the pavement? Ear lobe droop is a real thing. In this post I’ll share various solutions with their pros and cons.

Broken Channel on diamond ring with lost round diamond

Wedding Ring Buyer Beware, Seven Steps to Take to Avoid Disaster

  As beautiful as a delicate and thin ring is, it may end up breaking your heart. With more maintenance than a more sturdily built ring, the kinds of problems that crop up with a poorly made ring are many.

Flexible Rings, Shaking Hands and Public Speaking

Ouch, my ring just bit me when you shook my hand! Have you ever met someone new, had your hand shaken and experienced a jolt of pain as your ring dug into your surrounding fingers? That happened to me when I was a speaker at a Las Vegas Jewelry Convention. I ended up shaking about…

Jewelers tattoos

Jewelers and Their Tattoos – Celebrating Why We Love Our Work

I have 24 new tattoos as I update this post. Well not me personally. I have more jewelers tattoos. So dive in to the inky love of jewelry, jewels and tools. And see a LOT of tattoos. Jewelers are pretty expressive and artistic people. Some are also a bit spiky socially and say some salty…

How to Choose Your Jeweler, You Have a Choice

How to Choose Your Jeweler: You Have a Choice! At some point in your life jewelry becomes a cherished part of it. For me it was the horse pin my grandmother gave me when I was ten. I really wanted a real horse, but that pin let me know that she understood me and supported…

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