When we speak of “fine” jewelry, we’re not just discussing the way the piece looks, although every piece of fine jewelry at David Craig Jewelers is indeed quite beautiful! Fine jewelry refers to pieces that are created from solid precious metals like gold, sterling silver and platinum. Often, previous gemstones will be added, like diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds, forming exquisite rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
Fashion jewelry, on the contrary, can be made from ‘base” metals like copper or aluminum, with textiles or leather incorporated. Also known as costume jewelry, these pieces may look like they’re made with natural, precious gemstones but normally incorporate simulated stones made from glass, crystal, or even plastic. Fashion jewelry is less expensive than fine jewelry, but may not last like fine jewelry. Often, fashion jewelry is plated in gold or silver with sheens that look nice at first, but will eventually wear off.
More Reasons You Might Consider Fine Jewelry
If you can afford to spend a bit more, we promise that you won’t regret your investment. There’s nothing like real gold and silver to showcase design and quality of craftsmanship. In addition, your fine jewelry:
- Will stand the test of time. Precious metals and gemstones are strong. Should you break a clasp, experience a loose prong or need a link fixed, we can repair your piece for years more to come of wearing enjoyment.
- Provides heirloom value. A favorite gold or silver ring can be a great way to pass on wealth and sentimentally to the next generation.
- Won’t tarnish. With proper care and storage, your favorite, classic jewelry will look like new. Tell that to the fashion ring that just turned your finger green!
The Bottom Line: Invest in fine jewelry that you can wear for years to come. Feel free to mix and match your more valuable pieces with your fun, costume jewelry and enjoy. For more ideas on jewelry you’ll love today and forever, stop in and see us at David Craig Jewelers, 10 Summit Square Shopping Center, Langhorne, PA 19047.
We never get tired of talking about gold! Believe it or not, this precious metal is so rare that you’re more likely to dig up a five-carat diamond than you are a one-ounce nugget of gold. In fact, statistics show that more steel is poured in one hour than all of the gold since recorded history.
More About Gold:
1: Gold’s symbol on the periodic table is Au from the Latin word “aurum” which means shining dawn. Original gold coins were called Aureus.
2: Gold is highly malleable. One ounce can be beaten down to a sheet that covers nine square meters or pulled into a thin wire that would be 50 miles long! Gold is so pliable it can be made into sewing thread.
3: The “gold standard” is no longer used. Any ties were ended in the Nixon administration in 1971. It’s unlikely we’ll ever go back to this system of using gold to set the value of money.
4: 14K gold is gold that’s approximately 58% gold mixed with 42% alloyed metals like silver, nickel, copper or zinc. The added metal content makes the jewelry more durable and is therefore popular for everyday wear especially in rings and wedding bands.
5: Pure gold (24K) is not all that practical for everyday wear since it easily scratches. Adding even a touch of other alloyed metal can help, but care must still be taken when wearing.
6: Food grade edible gold is a real thing! Edible gold is considered biologically inert and is not absorbed into the body. It passes through us quickly and is used in crumb, dust, flake and leaf form.
7: If you’re on a strict budget, gold-plated jewelry balances appearance and price. Warning: All gold plating is not the same. Gold plating will only last a few years before tarnishing, and resale value is usually low.
8: The discovery of flakes of gold near Sacramento, California in 1848 marked the beginning of the California Gold Rush that helped develop the American West.
- New York’s Federal Reserve Bank holds more gold than Fort Knox but much of it apparently belongs to foreign governments.
10: Current “gold” medals are actually alloys covered in six grams of gold plated over 92.5 percent silver – still not that shabby! Back in 1912 the medals were apparently made entirely of gold.
Want to learn more? Check out this informative Gold Council site and visit David Craig Jewelers to check out hundreds of lovely gold bracelets, rings, earrings and more!
Doublets and triplets might sound like Olympic skating feats, but in the fine jewelry world the terms designate special techniques designers use to create exciting new colors and shapes of fine jewelry. Thin, often fragile gemstone layers of the same or different gemstones are blended to create strong, artistic and unique jewelry.
The Story Behind the Brand Name
Doron Hakimian is one of our favorite designers who frequently uses doublet and triplet techniques. The creative genius behind Doves by Doron Paloma, Doron’s parents fled from the Middle East to the U.S. to provide a better life for their family. What better way to symbolize a future of peace than the dove? Every Doves piece is stamped with the poignant Doves motif.
Read more about doublets and triplets in this informative International Gem Society article. Then stop on into David Craig Jewelers to check out our Doves selection. Monday-Friday, 10 am to 5 pm. Visit us at 10 Summit Square Shopping Center, Langhorne, PA 19047 or call with questions: 215-968-8900.
Necklace shown: Doves 18K Doves 18K white gold, green agate and diamond-accented necklace. On sale now 50% Off! Limited availability.
The debate continues. Silver or gold? When it comes to choosing engagement rings, necklaces, earrings and more, we ask ourselves whether gold or silver “suits us” best. The answer: Pick what you love or mix and match them both!
Folks used to be advised to stick to the precious metal that best matched their skin tone. That meant that people with darker skin tones or those with yellow undertones in their complexion would choose gold. Individuals with “cooler” complexions (think rose undertones) would be advised to choose silver.
Although many of us have personal preferences, there really aren’t any style rules today. The same people who used to purchase bedroom and living room matching sets are now opting to mix and match designs in their home life and in jewelry preferences. Today, many of us opt to mix and match layers of gold, silver, rose gold and platinum.
One suggestion: Pick a dominant statement piece then add lighter additions, stacking and layering your wrist, neckline and fingers as you like.
You might pick one dominant statement piece in a bracelet for instance, metal then add as you like, stacking and layering your wrist, neckline (different lengths!) and fingers to suit your outfit.
Two-tone bracelets in 14k white and yellow gold shown here, from the top: 0.70 TCW diamonds $1879; Twisted tube design: $1,500; Geometric “s” design $1,905.00.
You may have heard about the 4Cs of diamond quality: color, clarity, cut and carat. But how do you choose what actual SHAPE suits you best? Shape is just what it sounds like, while the cut refers to the facets, reflective qualities, symmetry and other aspects of the diamond which is cut into a particular shape.
Tips for Choosing the Perfect Diamond Shape
- Short fingers? Oval-cut, marquise-cut, pear-cut and emerald-cut diamonds may help give your hand a more elongated appearance
- Round cuts are always a popular style
- Like the idea of a more antique look? Consider a marquise-cut which was supposedly created by France’s King Louis XV in the 18th century to look like his mistress’s lips!
- Princess cuts are normally square but can be rectangular
- Emerald cuts have a large “table” surface with long straight lines known as steps if you’d like this kind of sophisticated statement
- Cushion cuts get their name from rounded edges that make the ring look like pillows! Comfy!
- Think delicate shapes like a smaller-sized princess cut diamond for small, shorter hands so your hand-to-ring look is proportional
- Wider palms and larger fingers may look great in styles that help slenderize, like oval, pear, radiant or maybe a round diamond set in a cluster
At the End of the Day Go with What You Love
Make an appointment with one of our specialists at David Craig Jewelers to try on shapes to see what suits your style and budget. We’ll answer all your engagement ring questions and will be happy to explain terms like brilliance, fire and scintillation. Most importantly, keep in mind that just because a diamond is bigger in weight doesn’t mean it’s actually a better stone. Call today for more information at 215-968-8900. We’ve been proudly serving the wedding industry for decades!
Traveling this summer? Planning on taking some of your precious metal jewelry with you? Here are some valuable tips to KEEP YOUR FINE JEWELRY SAFE:
#1 Make Sure Your Ring is Secure. If you’re traveling with a diamond engagement ring, consider bringing it in to David Craig Jewelers for a free prong and setting inspection. We’ll even clean it for you so that it shines brilliantly like the day you first got it. Note from David: Sometimes dirt can look like part of a prong that, in actuality, is broken or damaged. Don’t take the chance of ruining your trip by losing a valuable gemstone!
#2 Find Out If Your Jewelry is Insured. Before traveling, double check with your insurance company to see what your homeowners’ policy covers. You may be surprised to learn you aren’t covered without a separate jewelry “floater” policy. Jewelers Mutual Group offers individual personal jewelry policies for about 1-2% the value of your jewelry. Authorities like the American Gem Society and Jewelers of America endorse this insurance group. So do we.
#3 If Possible, Avoid Going into Water with Valuable Jewelry: We strongly suggest not wearing rings in the ocean since the cooler temperatures can cause your finger to temporarily shrink and make it easier for a ring to slip off. Additionally, the chlorine and other chemicals in pools and hot tubs can damage gold or platinum jewelry.
#4 Keep Jewelry With You. NEVER pack jewelry in baggage you’re going to check. If you’re not wearing your precious metal jewelry (which will not set off TSA alarm, by the way) stow it carefully and securely in a carry-on bag you keep with you at all times.
#5 Document the Jewelry You’re Taking with You. Snap a photo of the jewelry you’re taking with you before you go away by wearing it in the photo. While you’re at it, consider making a full personal jewelry inventory. Feeling really organized? Some companies even offer jewelry templates. And don’t forget the accompanying photos.
Need an insurance appraisal for replacement value? Not all jewelry appraisals are created equal! Stop into David Craig Jewelers and learn how we can provide an in-depth, professional inspection to give you the information you need.
It’s a sad day for all of us here at David Craig Jewelers when a customer comes in to say she or he lost a valuable diamond or gemstone. The story is almost always the same: The ring, necklace, bracelet or earrings owner didn’t even notice a prong was broken or a clasp was loose.
With proper care, your valuable, precious metal and gemstone jewelry is meant to last a lifetime, maybe to be passed on to next generations. But bumps, knocks and other accidental scratches, or even pulling gloves on and off, can result in loss.
Let David Craig Jewelers Inspect Your Jewelry for Free
Bringing in your diamond ring, for instance, so we can check your prongs twice a year may seem excessive, but our experience shows that this simple and FREE service can help save you avoid losing a precious gemstone. We’ll even examine bracelets and necklaces to make sure clasps are secure and are happy to give your precious item a quick cleaning to make sure you leave our store with PEACE of mind and a PIECE of jewelry that shines brilliantly!
If you bang your ring on something, why not stop in and make sure nothing is loose or even damaged? Let David Craig Jewelers become your first stop not just for beautiful fine jewelry but jewelry security and repair.
This month, David Craig Jewelers proudly highlights our cheerful jewelry specialist Edie Sidebotham, one of the latest individuals to join our team.
She loves to travel: While Edie currently lives in Yardley, she originally hails from LaGrange, North Carolina, a small town that’s part of the inner coastal region of the eastern part of the state. She loves to travel and says: “Any kind of trip where I can explore somewhere new—sign me up!”
The wedding industry is her passion: She previously worked as a dress specialist at David’s Bridal, and loves the fact that her job with David Craig Jeweler also allows her to offer wedding couples great experiences—this time with beautiful jewelry. When not working at David Craig Jewelers, Edie also performs as a wedding singer!
What she really likes about this job: Edie relishes the prospect of helping customers find that “something special.”
“Helping turn a dream or idea into a reality, like with engagement rings and bands, or even a special necklace or other ring, is truly an amazing experience to be a part of.”
In her spare time: She loves getting together with her family, boyfriend and friends, even if it’s just “hanging around cooking, laughing, singing and dancing in the kitchen!”
Edie looks forward to meeting more customers at David Craig Jewelers. Stop on in and say hello. Maybe she’ll hum a few bars for you to make your shopping experience with us even more wonderful!
“I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it!”—
Ariana Grande – 7 Rings
Recently been promoted? Got your long hair cut and want some gorgeous ear dangles to show off your new shorter style?
We’ve all heard of the Golden Rule, that long-held principle that tells us to treat other people the way we want to be treated. And we know that receiving jewelry gifts is certainly a fabulous experience. But how about simply investing in yourself for a change? Maybe it’s time to treat yourself to a show-stopping gemstone ring, a non-engagement diamond (ring, necklace or earrings), or another precious metal piece that will never tarnish and let you feel happy every single time you wear it.
More and more, we’re seeing women purchase precious metal and gemstone jewelry for themselves. Maybe it’s to celebrate a job promotion, to commemorate overcoming a serious health hurdle or to recognize a personal milestone achieved, like losing unhealthy weight. Sometimes it’s simply because they have restyled their hair and want to show off their gorgeous new look!
As reported in National Jeweler magazine, MVI Marketing interviewed 1,001 women between 25 and 40 with household incomes of $75,000 or more regarding their jewelry purchases. The marketing company discovered that more than 51% of women purchased jewelry for themselves. “When respondents were asked about their motivations for buying jewelry for themselves, the top reasons included being able to get exactly what they want; rewarding themselves for a milestone; “just because;” and commemorating a special memory or trip, among others.”
With housing prices soaring and the stock market rippling like a rollercoaster, here’s an interesting idea for an alternative investment: precious gemstones.
In a recent article, Chris Rovzar, editor of Bloomberg Pursuits, says that jewelry “is proving to be quite a strong investment” and that “as an asset class, luxury baubles have never been hotter.” He gives the example of a 6.7 carat Kashmir sapphire that sold at auction for $206,500 in 2012 and how, nine years later, a similarly sized one was sold for more than double that amount.
Not convinced? Here are some additional interesting facts about gemstone investments:
- In a similar article, writer Kristen Shirley discusses how a Belperron amethyst cuff sold for $28,680 in 2003. The same piece re-sold in 2021 for $87,500.
- Unlike most contemporary art, you don’t have to spend more than $100,000 for fine jewelry.
- J.P. Morgan was such a well-known gem collector in his day that Tiffany & Company named a stone after him —The Morganite.
- Unlike a second home, you can wear and enjoy your gem investment!
- Vintage lapel pins seem to be the rage. Case in point: Take a look at the diamond, onyx and emerald art deco brooch Aquaman star Jason Momoa wore to the 2020 Golden Globes.
- Gold can be melted down to create new jewelry. Diamonds and other gemstones can be used to create new pieces.
- David Craig Jewelers has a fabulous buy-back option. Trade in a piece you bought from us for something even bigger and better.
- Myra P. Saefong in MarketWatch, discusses buying loved ones original jewelry with the idea they could always sell the piece down the road if they needed extra cash.
- Diamonds have been considered a source of wealth through the centuries.
Prospective collectors should of course research as much as they can, visit museums and maybe even take courses before considering investing. Want some ideas? Stop in and ask David for a peek at our vast collection of gemstones. David’s a certified gemologist and gemologist appraiser with many certifications from the world’s most reputable jewelry institutions.
Did you know that mother-of-pearl, so popular in the jewelry world, is also in demand for use as decorative inlays for musical instruments, household items, tableware and door designs? Indeed, mother-of-pearl has been used for everything from shirt and cardigan buttons to elaborate inlays for royal thrones.
Like Pearls, Well Sort Of
Mother-of-pearl is basically the organic lining of mollusks (mussels, pearl oysters and abalone), called nacre, a substance that’s produced to protect the organism. It’s the same basic substance that starts the pearl formation process. The key difference is that pearls are really irritants in the mollusks that are then coated with the nacre to protect the living organism. So mother-of-pearl is the nacre itself, where pearls are the layers of nacre around an irritant object. Yes, it’s a bit confusing! Stop on in and we can explain in more detail.
What’s in a Name
So why is it called “mother”-of-pearl and not “father”-of-pearl? Maybe it’s because the lining of the shells, the “bellies” where actual pearls are produced, can be compared to a mother’s womb. Another theory: Mother-of-pearl is an organic gem material created by a living organism, like a mother creating a child. Sorry, dads, it’s just not part of your biological makeup!
There are so many positive qualities attributed to mother-of-pearl that it’s hard to know where to draw the line. Properties include attracting prosperity, heightening intuition and imagination, protecting from negative energy, increasing memory power, bringing about serenity and tranquility, encouraging perfection and attracting wealth.
Similar to pearls, mother-of-pearl can come in a huge variety of colorful variations, from basic white, gray-silver, blue green, to brown, black and more.
The ancient Egyptians apparently used mother-of-pearl to adorn silver pieces. It was later traded by American Indians and used to create beaded jewelry. According to at least one source, mother of pearl buttons in particular were big business in Victorian England. The Pearly Kings and Queens Society, an English charitable organization that originated in the 19th century and still exists today, sport distinctive outfits decorated with mother-of-pearl buttons.
Interesting in learning more? Stop on in and we’ll tell you everything we know about mother-of-pearl, pearls and any other precious metal or gemstone you’d like to discuss!
In a recent feature, Brides magazine discusses wedding ring trends like colored gemstones, vintage nostalgia, contoured stacks, oval-shaped diamonds, big and blingy jewelry and surprise diamond details. We’ve got ‘em all!
We stock thousands of brilliant, loose precious gemstones waiting to be custom designed into a unique ring of your choice. Or how about combining sapphires, garnets, peridot, tourmaline, aquamarine and more with diamonds for a one-of-a-kind keepsake?
Curved or contoured bands fit comfortably on your finger and are made to enhance the overall look. Every band is designed to complement the main attraction – your engagement ring.
Grandmom’s cherished heirloom diamonds can be restyled into modern designs for the next generation. Or make your bride a part of your family history by created a new masterpiece with a beloved family member’s diamond. We’ll make sure each new setting is both beautiful and sturdy.
Oval-cut diamonds are said to enhance the finger. The stone may seem larger than a round cut due to the elongated shape. We’ll help you find your perfect diamond cut – if not oval or round, how about an emerald, princess, cushion, radiant or marquise cut to name a few?
David says that regardless which diamond you choose you’ll know it’s the right one “when you buy a diamond that speaks to you and catches your eye.”
We talk a lot about silver and gold, but you rarely hear us mention stainless steel, a durable alternative metal that you may more often hear about when used for bridge supports or medical instruments in industries like transportation and medicine. But stainless steel is also a featured metal in some of our prestigious jewelry lines, like CHARRIOL, SEIKO, CITIZEN and BULOVA.
Durable Yet Attractive
Stainless steel jewelry resists scratches and normal wear and tear, which makes it a great metal for everyday use, often along with precious metals, in a variety of rings, bracelets and watches. Some of the key benefits of this stable alloy include that stainless steel is:
- Aesthetically attractive
- Corrosion-free, tarnish-free and scratch-free
- Very durable
- Considered hypoallergenic
- Easy to clean with warm water and soap
- Usually less expensive than gold or silver
- 100% recyclable
- Wearable anytime, anywhere
So, What Exactly IS Stainless Steel?
Stainless steel is an iron and carbon alloy that contains more than 10% chromium. The chromium content combines with oxygen to provide special strength and corrosion-resistance, another factor that allows stainless steel to last for many years and still maintain a shiny appearance. It’s easily plated with gold and silver, providing a versatility that can’t be beat in terms of design, price and durability.
One Caveat: Get the Right-Sized Ring
Stainless steel rings are hard to re-size. Therefore, we strongly recommend only buying stainless steel rings that fit when you try them on. If re-sizing is even possible, it can be expensive, and the ring could break.
Interested in learning more about stainless steel jewelry? Stop on in and visit David Craig Jewelers today at 10 Summit Square Shopping Center, Langhorne, PA.
Looking for a fabulous birthday and/or Mother’s Day gift for next month? Arguably the world’s most popular green gemstone, emerald is May’s birthstone. The deeper the color, the more valuable the stone, although we think all emeralds are truly beautiful in their own unique way. For a truly special gift, let David Craig Jewelers custom design you an emerald pendant necklace, earrings, bracelets or more.
Ten Interesting Facts About Emeralds
- The green color of emeralds symbolizes spring and renewal. The first known emeralds were probably mined in Egypt. Mummies were said to be buried with them to symbolize re-birth. The famed Cleopatra was thought to have been especially fond of emeralds.
- On the Mohs scale that measures gemstone hardness, emeralds register between 7.5 and 8, making them fairly strong but more easily chipped or scratched than diamonds.
- Believe it or not, top quality emeralds can be worth even more than diamonds. It’s extremely rare to find an emerald without imperfections (inclusions).
- Emeralds are primarily sourced from places like Columbia (the top source), Brazil and Zambia. The elegantly carved “Mogul Mughal Emerald,” one of the largest emeralds known, weighs 217.80 carats. That’s some emerald!
- The “emerald cut” you hear about usually in relationship to diamond engagement rings was actually originally created for emeralds. It’s a rectangular shape with chiseled cuts developed to allow these more brittle gems to less likely to chip. The flat main surface is known as the “table” of the stone.
- Like diamonds, emeralds are evaluated base on the “4Cs” – clarity, color, cut and carat weight. They vary in shades from soft, light green to deep, dark green.
- Clean your emeralds gently with warm water. The many inclusions of the gemstone make them more susceptible to cracking from use and temperature change. If your gemstone needs some loving care, just bring it in and David Craig Jewelers can reinforce and enhance the stone as needed.
- Film star Elizabeth Taylor’s famous rectangular emerald pendant, given to her by Richard Burton, and surrounded by pear-shaped diamonds, sold for nearly $7million in 2011, setting a world record at the time.
- This lovely May birthstone is also considered the modern and traditional 55th anniversary gift. Wow the one you love with an emerald and make this huge accomplishment even grander.
- Long regarded as a spectacular jewel, these “Jewels of Kings” were worn as talismans to bring riches, promote eloquence and allow the wearer to predict the future. Emeralds were also thought to represent healing and fertility.
Check out more information on emeralds from the American Gem Society and stop on in for a gemstone chat with our experts at David Craig Jewelers!
All About Platinum
This year, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth marks her platinum jubilee, celebrating how she ascended to the throne 70 years ago in 1952 when her father died. As the longest-serving head of state, she’s the first British monarch to celebrate this historic platinum milestone. Platinum also happens to be the special precious metal we use for 70th wedding anniversary gifts.
Looking for elegance and durability? Platinum is an incredibly strong and dense metal. One of the rarest of our metals, platinum is associated with luxury and prestige. It hardly tarnishes and that silvery white look is all natural, too, unlike other metals that are created with alloys to achieve that same appearance.
One of the least reactive metals, platinum is used in jewelry, in lab equipment, in industrial applications and even medical and dental applications. Another big use: as a catalyst, as in car catalytic converter systems.
Work-Hardening of Platinum
We all love gold, but platinum holds a special allure, too. Unlike gold, it shouldn’t ever need replating. In a phenomenon known as “work hardening,” platinum loses less “metal mass” over the years than gold which is more likely to eventually wear down. As platinum wears, the surface actually becomes stronger, like a couple’s love! The result is a satiny sheen called a patina.
As David says, “Platinum is an investment you make in the beginning that pays off down the road!”
According to How Stuff Works, platinum is primarily found in South Africa, mined as ore from deep underground. The website reports that Spaniards discovered the metal in South America and tossed it aside, thinking it was simply an impurity in silver. The story is that they labeled it “platina” meaning “little silver” which is where we get the word platinum.
At David Craig Jewelers, platinum is offered in a large selection of bracelets, women’s engagement rings, necklaces and more. One of the most trends we see is the use of platinum in men’s wedding bands. This sturdy metal has a high resale value and is additionally a great choice for sensitive skin since platinum is totally hypoallergenic.
Interesting in learning more? Stop on in and visit us at David Craig Jewelers at 10 Summit Square Shopping Center, Langhorne, PA 19047 (considered Newtown by many).
Elegant brooches or playful pins allow for fun statements on lapels. Or maybe you’ll want to jazz up a dress’s waistband, add one to cheer up a sweater or even use a brooch as a fancy hair ornament. Develop your own personal style for a new conversation starter or compliment your existing way of dressing.
Who can forget former British Prime Minister “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)? She was a great leader who clearly loved jewelry. She almost always wore a brooch as part of her “uniform” of the day?
As stated by Beth Bernstein in Rapaport magazine, “Women are no longer afraid to wear big and bold statement jewels in their daily lives.”
David Craig Jewelers offers beautifully crafted and very wearable representatives from the 20th century, featuring elegant combinations of gemstones and precious metals.
Transform a Brooch
Don’t see yourself wearing a brooch? Here’s an example of how we repurposed the precious gems on an heirloom brooch to turn one bejeweled brooch into a variety of keepsakes for cherished family members.
SHOWN: This 18 Karat Yellow Gold brooch features .25 carats total weight in round, brilliant diamonds and a 1.25 carat round garnet, set in what’s called a coral design. $1200.00
Need an Appraisal or Repair
Just a reminder that David Craig Jewelers can provide expert advice on estate pieces. We can also repair estate, antique and other vintage pieces so they look like new.
We’re highlighting vintage and estate jewelry this month, a market that, the international organization Rapaport Group, in their article “The Allure of Estate,” says is “hot, very hot.” They forecast an increased growth in this area which is “projected to grow seven times faster than the regular jewelry market.”
Vintage, Estate and Antique Jewelry
You’ve probably heard these three terms but may not really know that there are some slight differences. In a nutshell:
Antique jewelry was made at least 100 years ago. If you own some of these unique pieces, you know they’re usually extremely well crafted. You probably only wear them on special occasions, rightly so.
Vintage jewelry was made 50 -100 years ago. It’s easy to pair vintage jewelry with so many of today’s contemporary styles and trends.
Estate jewelry doesn’t have to come from an auction house. The term merely indicates that the jewelry has a previous owner, one who may be very much alive!
Popular for the Ages
Sotheby’s, in “The Eternal Allure of Vintage Fashion” comments that “vintage fine jewelry has an allure of its own, not only for the precious metals used, but because pieces are often representative of key cultural moments.”
We’re thrilled to keep history alive by offering pre-owned pieces that can be passed on again to the next generation. Highlights of our collection include:
- Vintage pieces from as low as $50 on up to $5,000
- Gold, platinum and silver
- Gem set with natural stones, pearls, sapphires, diamonds, etc.
- Often one-of-a-kind creations
- All pieces are cleaned and polished and checked for stability
Says David, “We’re seeing a trend in secondhand purchases that reinforces the joy people find in unique jewelry designs with great attention detail. These contain antique bits and baubles that were loved generations ago and are still appreciated today.”
Interested in learning more? Stop on in to David Craig Jewelers and check out our vintage, antique and estate selections. We’re happy to provide as much history as we can! 215-968-8900.
These fine vintage earrings are available at extra fine prices. From the top left: 14k gold w/pearl: $322; Pearl non-pierced screw backing $265; yellow gold ball danglers: $70; 14k gold hoops: $196; cubic zirconia: $184; 14k ruby and diamonds: $325.
Most of us are familiar with the “Tiffany blue” color – a light, robin egg blue that’s associated with the famous NYC company. Perhaps you recognize their heart-tag bracelet, inspired by a key chain they created in 1969. Or maybe you’re just a movie buff who enjoyed the late, great Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Did you know that this timeless and celebrated company also has a fine tradition in sterling silver tableware? According to their website, Tiffany has one of the world’s largest groups of silversmiths who work out of the company’s Rhode Island location. Their legacy for sterling silver tableware reportedly began around 1851 when they began producing holloware pieces.
What’s called a “rapid expansion of wealth in America” along with a simultaneous discovery of silver in the American west spearheaded the way for new and creative silver tableware designs.
New Standard in Sterling
Tiffany was the first American company to utilize the British standard for silver, which indicates the purity of the alloy. Pure silver contains 99.9% elemental silver (Ag), while sterling silver .925 means the item is made with 92.5% silver. The remaining small amount of alloy, often copper, is used to add strength to the pieces.
Find Tiffany Tableware
Today, Tiffany silver tableware is showcased at museums including the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, among others. And did we mention that David Craig Jewelers also offers vintage Tiffany silver tableware? If you’re a Tiffany collector or just like to admire gorgeous designs, stop in and check out our vintage pieces dating back to 1907. Call for more information: 215-968-8900.
When it comes to trading in diamonds towards the purchase of new ones, David jokes “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses….” Indeed, David Craig Jewelers welcomes you to stop in and trade in your diamond engagement ring stone, stud earrings, or necklace pendant toward an even more fabulous diamond.
Reasons to consider trading up:
- You tastes have evolved: Maybe you simply want to change the more sedate, traditional size and cut you loved three decades ago onto something more glamorous.
- Your budget has increased: A much greater disposable income now may be the perfect time to keep your original sentimental setting with a new center diamond.
- You want to celebrate a milestone: What better way to commemorate a special anniversary or wedding vow renewal?
- You deserve it!
Diamond Selection Extraordinaire
David offers brands like Forevermark from DeBeers, the company that gave us that famous slogan “A diamond is Forever” way back in 1947. De Beers Forevermark diamonds are individually inscribed with a promise that assures your diamond is “beautiful, rare and responsibly sourced.”
Diamonds, in fact, have been popular for centuries. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) tells us that diamonds were probably traded in India as far back as the fourth century B.C. By the 1400s, diamonds, they say, were becoming fashionable with European elites. As diamond popularity increased even more, a large quantity was discovered in 1866 in South Africa, followed by advancements in mining techniques, cutting, polishing and appearance.
More Diamond Tips:
- If you purchased your original diamond from us we will take this value in credit towards a bigger diamond, provided it is in the same condition as when you first purchased it. But we also will consider diamonds not purchased originally with us.
- Trade-ins do not include lab-created diamonds, which we do not carry.
- Diamonds that are chipped or otherwise damaged are not eligible for upgrade.
For more information, make an appointment with David and let’s get started on creating you the diamond you’ve always dreamed of!
Valentine’s Day, birthdays and anniversaries are just some of the occasions made even brighter with diamond jewelry gifts—ways of making today’s celebrations last into tomorrow and forever.
An investment in the perfect wedding dress of your dreams makes that momentous trip down the aisle even more spectacular. Include a gorgeous pair of diamond studs, hoops or drops and make every day seem like a special trip down the aisle. Add a splash of sparkle to your lifestyle with precious gemstone earrings like sapphires, emeralds and amethysts that can be custom designed with diamonds for the perfect ear bling experience.
Cuffs and bangles are always lovely. One of the latest trends we love is layering. Who’s to say you can’t pair a flirtatious “bolo” slider diamond with some of your other favorite metals and gemstones? Simple everyday flair or fashion-forward fabulous: The choice is yours!
Seasons change but diamonds are forever. De Beers Forevermark’s diamond necklaces, for instance, are beautiful, rare and responsibly sourced. Choose from chain link, collars, chokers, pendants and more. A diamond necklace is a versatile accessory that seamlessly works with your outfits from behind the desk at 10 am to late night dancing.
Crafting a custom ring is a super fun and easy process at David Craig Jewelers. We’ll help you pick the perfect timeless, vintage or modern style to match your unique taste and budget. Our diamond experts are led by owner David Craig Rotenberg, an international gemstone authority with decades of experience in helping individuals and couples throughout Bucks and nearby counties find diamonds that dazzle.
Visit David Craig Jewelers and expect to be dazzled. Our stunning collection of diamonds and gemstones can be custom designed into the kind of engagement ring that totally stands out from the crowd. While about 80% of our engagement ring business still features diamonds as a center stone, we know that many folks today may not want to follow the patterns of previous generations. They may want a ring that’s slightly less conventional.
The Center of Her Universe
In a 2021 survey of 5,000 couples on the wedding planning and inspiration website The Knot, 10% of readers responded that the center of their engagement ring featured an eye-catching precious gemstone instead of a diamond. Brides magazine threw in their two cents with their list of beautiful diamond-alternative center stones, like sapphires, amethysts, rubies and names you may not have heard of like moranite (a feminine pink stone) and moissanite (similar to a diamond).
Iconic Royal Ring
Kate Middleton wears a gorgeous 12-carat sapphire engagement ring surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds. It’s the dazzler that previously belonged to Prince William’s mother, Princess Diana. The ring is reportedly reminiscent of the blue sapphire brooch surrounded by diamonds that was gifted to Queen Victoria by Prince Albert. Queen Elizabeth inherited the brooch which is thought to have inspired this famous engagement ring.
Says David: “Why not show off your favorite colors, or your birthstone and let us custom design an engagement ring that really expresses who you are?”
Stop into David Craig Jewelers and let us show you some of our gorgeous gemstones. We can help you build an engagement ring around a gemstone set on your choice of precious metals—white gold, yellow gold, platinum – anything goes! Call today to set up an appointment: 215-968-8900.
According to the American Gem Society (AGS), pearls have been a symbol of beauty and purity for centuries. Here are five pearl facts you might not know:
- Political Pearls? From Martha Washington to Kamala Harris, and Queen Elizabeth across the pond, many world leaders and their spouses love pearls which seem to be synonymous with fame, glamour, power and beauty.
- Not Just Your Mother’s Pearls One of today’s hottest celebrity looks, pearls have recently been featured accessories seen worn by folks like Billie Eilish, Gigi Hadid, Dua Lipa, Demi Lovato and even Harry Styles.
- Variety Galore Pearls are available in single, double and seemingly endless strands, in chunky or delicate styles, in pendants, earrings and more.
- Lustrous Colors Sure, you know they come in white, cream and beige. But pearls are also popular in pink, chocolate, blue and even black.
- Natural Versus Cultured Since Kokichi Mikimoto first created a cultured (cultivated) pearl in the 19th century, nearly all of today’s subsequent pearls are generated with his technique, “seeded” by hand and produced by oysters or mollusks.
Want to know how to tell fake pearls from the Real McCoy? Check out our 2020 blog and read more on the topic.
It might be cold outside, but our hearts are warm when we think about the delight we get from some of our fan favorite gemstones.
Tourmaline: The name is thought to come from the Sri Lankan phrase for mixed gemstones “Touramali,” which makes sense since this precious gemstone’s name comes in a dazzling variety of colors.
Peridot: This yellowish-green gemstone may have been Cleopatra’s favorite.
Moonstone: While not found in this warm southern state, it’s nonetheless the official state gem of Florida (think NASA/MOON/astronauts).
Garnet: Most widely known in its dark red variety, this gemstone resembles the juicy red seeds of a pomegranate. The name “garnet” comes from the Latin “granatum” which means, no surprise here, pomegranate seed.
Sapphire: They’re gorgeous but nearly as hard as diamonds which makes them great everyday wear.
Emerald: (Shown here). According to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), Elizabeth Taylor’s emerald pendant sold for $6,578,500 in 2011.
Tanzanite: Mountain climbing afficionados take note: Only found in Tanzania, these gemstones are extremely rare and, therefore, valuable. They’re only found in the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Alexandrite: Feeling royal? The GIA tells us that this color-changing gemstone is named after Czar Alexander II.
Amethyst: If you like the color purple you’ll really love these members of the quartz family that are often a bit less expensive than some other gemstones as they’re easier to find in nature.
Citrine: Feng shui enthusiasts claim that this yellow-to-reddish orange gemstone brings good fortune and wealth.
We carry the above gemstones and many others as set in beautiful necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings. And don’t forget our super selection of loose gemstones available for any custom-designed article of your choice. Call us at 215-968-8900 with questions or stop in and chat.
Did you know that natural (also called “fancy”) diamonds can come in nearly every color of the rainbow? While the odds of a diamond having color are estimated at 1 in 10,000, rare brown, yellow, red, blue and purple diamonds exist, as well as diamonds of all sorts of colors in between.
#1 Pink diamonds are highly coveted. The Natural Diamond Council explains that diamonds obtain a pink color through a process called plastic deformation. The diamond’s crystal structure is compressed in such a way that it reflects red light.
#2 Pink diamonds (yes, there’s SO more to tell!) are apparently so rare that the amount recovered in one year would only fill a champagne flute.
#3 The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) tells us that brown diamonds became more popular in the 1980s when the industry began giving them romantic names like “champagne,” “cognac” and “chocolate.”
#4 The 41-carat Dresden green diamond is one of the rarest fancy diamonds in the world. The Metropolitan Museum of Art says the stone was most likely mined in India but was first referenced in Dresden, Germany, where it has been displayed for centuries.
#5 The famous 45.52-carat Hope Diamond was named after Henry Philip Hope. Passed down through various Hope family members for many years, it was sold to pay off debts in 1901. In 1958, famed jewelry retailer Harry Winston donated the diamond to the Smithsonian Institution.
#6 Billions of years ago, tiny amounts of nitrogen (yellow and orange shades), boron (blue) and hydrogen (violet) as well as natural radiation (green) contributed to the miracles that are mined today in parts of the world like Australia (pink), Siberia (purple), South America (green) and Southern Africa (blue).
#7 Diamonds that appear milky white instead of clear are considered white diamonds. Some fancy diamonds are one color with a tint of another.
#8 At more than 118 carats, the Delaire Sunrise yellow diamond is valued at more than $42 million!
#9 The cost of purchasing a colored diamond continues to increase; owning a natural fancy colored diamond is considered a good investment.
#10 According to the natural-colored diamond association (NCDIA), the rarest diamonds (and therefore the highest value) are intense/vivid shades of red, purple and orange. If you’re comparing two rare-colored diamonds and the color and intensity of the color are equal, the value then depends on the stone size. Not as quite as rare are champagne or black diamonds which are perhaps more affordable.
There’s so much to consider when purchasing a diamond, let alone a “fancy” one! Interested in learning more? Come on in and speak to David and his team of diamond specialists. David is one of the country’s most qualified and credentialed diamond experts.