Jewelry Without Walls Blog
What’s the Difference Between Electroplating and PVD Coating?
Walter came to me a year ago to gold-plate a silver chain he had. After a year of daily wear, the plating was coming off in places. He came and showed me his watch. He was pretty ticked off. He said, “I’ve worn my watch everyday for seven years and there are only these worn spots on the bottom.” There was a lot of wear on the bottom, but the top still looked shiny and golden. “I had you gold plate my silver chain and I’ve worn it daily and it’s wearing off of the clasp and doesn’t look as shiny as before. Why is that?”
Why indeed? The plating process on your watch band and on your jewelry aren’t the same thing. Let’s look at the differences. Pictured is a PVD coated watch band.
Could Anything be Cuter than Dogs in Jewelry?
One way busy jewelers stay sane is to include their dogs in their business. This helps with our fitness and it lifts our mood. Putting our dogs in jewelry is irresistible.
Stuart Greenway’s shop dog is Dixie the Jewel Queen. Dixie is a beautiful and sweet Staffordshire Bull Terrier/Pitt mix. Stuart and Sandra have S. Saxon Fine Jewelers in Clifton Park, New York.
In this post I talk about titanium vs gold wedding bands and why titanium is a bad choice.
Why be boring I say, so here is a story to illustrate why titanium is a poor wedding band choice for your finger’s safety.
Update: June 2, 2018
A rattlesnake bit a river rafter. He was stuck in his titanium ring at hospital. A jeweler saved his finger. See story at the bottom of the page.
You and Your Titanium Wedding Band in the Woods
Picture this, you’re out in the country having a beautiful day off. You’re walking with the woman you love. Miles away from the nearest small town, clean air with scudding clouds, no sound of airplanes, no electric wires, no cell reception, just good conversation and good exercise. Continue reading →
The Jewelry Hall of Shame and How to Avoid it
My jeweler friend Casey Gallant, of Stephen Gallant Jewelers wrote this up and is letting me share. This is as good an excuse as any to share pictures of messed up jewelry.
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He Proposed in the Kitchen
In a world of amazing, theatrical, creative, expensive and elaborate proposals, I loved hearing the story from their lips as Harry and Meghan patch-worked the story of roasting chicken in the kitchen, Harry going down on one knee and Meghan being completely surprised. Was she happy about the proposal and the Royal engagement ring? Harry says, “before I could give her the ring she said, ‘Can I say yes now?'” Big smiles all around.
This proposal story is intensely meaningful to me because Jeremy proposed to me in our kitchen while I was cooking a Dutch oven full of breaded eggplant lasagna, 38 years ago. It makes the memory all the more sweet.