Shown: Limited edition Fabergé egg
pendant necklace: $2,950.
In a recent New York Times article, Angelina Chen, a senior jewelry specialist at Christie’s famous auction house, says that vintage jewelry is hot —“it’s on fire, basically!” she says.
Quig Bruning, head of jewelry at Sotheby’s, agrees, noting that Deco and ‘40s styles are popular, and that “‘70s/’80s are going crazy.”
According to the luxury lifestyle publication, Robb Report, jewels from the ‘90s are also sought after finds. “It’s not like buying a car where you have to wait for the computer chips and parts. Vintage jewelry is instant gratification.”
Every Piece Tells a Story
Just as a lot of top quality, reclaimed clothing was carefully sewn to be sturdy, our antique, estate, vintage and other previously loved pieces were created to stand the test of time. In most instances, you’ll be wearing a uniquely designed masterpiece that you won’t likely find elsewhere. And how romantic is it to be writing a new chapter to the story your lovely diamond and precious metal ring, gold necklace or bejeweled bracelet has to tell?
David Craig Jewelers offers top quality, pre-loved fine jewelry at dramatic savings, with something for every budget and taste. You can choose from elegant bracelets and rings to one-of-a-kind antique hairpins and necklaces, vintage broches and more. You’ll save on great styles in gemstones, precious metals, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings for yourself or a loved one. You’ll find treasures galore in our showcases. And we guarantee craftsmanship.
Sustainability Counts, Too
Buying vintage and antique turns you into a conservator rather than a consumer, since you’re purchasing an item that did not require any new resources to be produced.
Treat yourself or a loved one to a fine jewelry style statement from David Craig Jewelers. Half the fun of buying is hunting for your personal treasure! Stop on in and let us explain some of the intricate techniques and styles incorporated into these irresistible, authentic creations.
November’s gemstones are topaz and citrine, with each jewel offering distinctive highlights and varieties to appeal to discerning tastes and budgets.
One Choice: Topaz
The most valuable topaz gemstones are known as the imperials. Often yellowish-orange with reddish hues, topaz can appear as anything from clear to grassy greens, sky blue and many other colors of the rainbow. There’s obviously a wide color range, but perhaps the most widely purchased (and affordable) topazes are blue. Blue topaz is also the gemstone for the 4th anniversary, described as a symbol of love and fidelity.
It’s All in a Name
The name “topaz” seems to come from a Greek island originally named Topazios that’s now called Zabargad. The island apparently produced the gemstone peridot, which was confused with topaz back when jewelers and other gemstone experts (like your jewelry specialists here at David Craig Jewelers!) didn’t have the precise knowledge and mineralogy tools we now have to let us tell these beauties apart. The American Gem Society (AGS) agrees that topaz, like so many other gemstones we offer, can easily be confused with other semi-gemstones.
Blue topaz is mined in Texas, a state that officially named blue topaz as its official gemstone in 1969. That was apparently the same year Utah also named topaz ITS state gem since, no doubt, topaz is mined in several counties there as well. The more the merrier!
Another Choice: Citrine
Before the days of modern gemology, citrine was also often confused with topaz and was actually once referenced as “gold topaz.” The most popular shade of citrine today is probably an earthy, pale yellowish-brown or reddish-orange color. Citrine also commemorates the 13th wedding anniversary if want to consider a gorgeous piece of fine jewelry for your loved one.
Brazil supplies us with the most citrine, but the gemstone is also mined in this country in Colorado, California and North Carolina. It’s relatively durable, ranking a 7 on the Mohs hardness scale. The less intensive the color, the less valuable the citrine.
Some citrine is actually amethyst that’s been specially treated with heat to alter the color. You can often tell if this is the case because of a bit of opaque white.The name citrine comes from the French word “le citron” which is lemon, the color we often associate with this gemstone.
Either Or, Shop Our Store!
The gems of November, whether sunny citrine or transcendent topaz, certainly hold their own. At David Craig Jewelers, we showcase a large variety of these dynamic gemstones and can create a unique ring, necklace pendant or pair of earrings in either of these November birthstones. Or how about combining both into one beautiful piece? Regardless if you’re buying topaz, citrine or another gemstone, always seek the advice of gemology experts like David Craig and his team at David Craig Jewelers!
Looking for fine jewelry that’s as unique as the person to whom you are presenting the gift? Consider tanzanite. Our vast loose gemstone collection includes extremely rare cushion-shape purple/pink tanzanite as well as blue and green tanzanite.
Rare and Beautiful
Discovered only approximately 50 years ago in Tanzania, (hence, the name), tanzanite is only found, to date, in this one area of the planet, a small enclave of about four miles. Tiffany reportedly declared tanzanite one of the most beautiful gemstones discovered in the last 2,000 years. It’s mined at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. The likelihood of finding the gemstone anywhere else on earth is estimated to be one in a million.
Tanzanite is a “trichroic” stone, a phenomenon which means it flashes three colors at one time in different directions (as compared, for instance, to dichroic gemstones which show two colors). This amazing gemstone can appear as different colors when viewed under fluorescent or incandescent lighting.
Tanzanite is Relatively Soft
While stable under normal wearing conditions, tanzanite is considered a relatively soft gemstone compared to stones like diamonds (hardest), rubies and sapphires. Measuring 6 or 7 on the Mohs Hardness scale, a qualitative scale we use to characterize scratch resistance, tanzanite is comparatively delicate and could scratch if dropped. We’d recommend keeping your tanzanite jewelry for special occasions and not wearing on a daily basis. We’ll be sure to create a special precious metal setting that will help protect your investment.
Cleaning and Storing Tanzanite
Like many other gemstones, tanzanite can be cleaned with warm, soapy water gently applied with an old, soft toothbrush. Rinse well. We do not normally recommend ultrasonic cleaning for tanzanite. We’ll always suggest you store your tanzanite piece like any other fine jewelry, in a separate bag or pouch so it doesn’t rub against another favorite. With proper care, you should be able to enjoy your tanzanite jewelry forever!
Purchasing new jewelry for a loved one (or yourself!) is an exciting adventure. New is great. But there are also many advantages to buying previously loved jewelry instead, and we’d like to talk about a few of them here:
- It’s a Sustainable Purchase: Buying vintage jewelry is an eco-friendly option. You’re investing in jewelry that doesn’t require manufacturing, new metals or gem mining.
- You Could Save Money: In most instances, you’ll pay a lot less than you would for a comparable ring, necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings.
- It’s Unique: Love that vintage bracelet? You probably won’t see another one like it since a lot of vintage or antique pieces we offer were not manufactured for the masses.
- The Quality is Top Notch: Some schools of thought consider the pearls of yesteryear, for instance, to be even better quality due to the less-populated oceans of years past.
- Your Purchase Could Increase in Value: Antique jewelry often appreciates over time.
- Precious Metals Are Durable: Provided that the piece was reasonably maintained, the quality should be indistinguishable from a piece made today.
- You’ll Flaunt Artistic Flair: Tell a story from a time period you find appealing by sporting an estate or vintage piece from decades past.
At David Craig Jewelers, our vintage, estate and antique fine jewelry pieces are carefully restored to look like new. If you like helping the environment, saving money, and preserving a bit of history, stop in to David Craig Jewelers and take a look at our extensive collection. Visit us at 10 Summit Square Shopping Center (near Giant), Langhorne, PA 19047 or call for more information: 215-968-8900.
When Langhorne resident Carol Annucci learned that her son, Michael, was thinking of proposing to his girlfriend, Lauren, Carol was thrilled to offer some family help, even though Michael and Lauren live and work in Colorado.
“We discussed how Michael could use the stones from several diamond rings I had inherited,” explains Carol. “The rings were currently sitting in our safety deposit box. I had previously met with David to inquire about designing a new cushion/halo style ring for Lauren (25) and Michael (32).”
The Creation Story
Carol, the proud mom and future mother-in-law, knew that Lauren liked the idea of a halo setting and that she preferred rose gold. While Michael was visiting from Colorado this past June, mom and son took the heirloom diamond jewelry to David Craig Jewelers. Owner David and jewelry specialist Bela showed the mom and son how they could utilize a larger stone from Carol’s husband’s (Lawrence) mother as the center stone, and six smaller additional diamonds from Carol’s side of the family as part of the new engagement ring.
The custom-designed creation would include eight additional diamonds that David Craig Jewelers would add. The new diamonds were used to surround the center stone to create the special halo effect they knew Lauren would love.
The Design is Completed
“All told, the final ring looks gorgeous, saved them money and became a fabulous way to represent our family legacies,” said Carol.
The couple were engaged August 19th in Colorado. They are currently planning their wedding.
“David Craig Jewelers is absolutely the best place to go to if you want to design an engagement ring,” sums up Carol. “The end result was absolutely stunning, my son thought it was beautiful and Lauren loves it, especially since it contains diamonds from Michael’s family. I would only go to David Craig Jewelers for my fine jewelry —well done David and Bela!”
Perhaps it’s a wedding anniversary. Maybe you’re celebrating another milestone, like graduating from a special school or educational program, the birth of a child or another great birthday. Could be you just want a change. There are many wonderful reasons to upgrade and restyle or remounting your diamond engagement ring!
Redoing your original engagement ring means adapting it into a cherished piece that’s even more spectacular than before. Perhaps your tastes have changed, you have greater disposable income than you did when you first got engaged, or you simply want to invest in a ring with more bling appeal. Regardless of your reason, we can help design a truly gorgeous ring and/or wedding ring set.
Some Engagement Ring Re-Style Ideas:
- Upgrade to a larger center diamond
- Keep your original center stone and add highlight stones as embellishments – diamonds, sapphires, emeralds—be creative!
- Replace your original band with a pavé style—tiny diamonds all around the band (the word “pavé” comes from the French word for “paved”)
- Add a stackable band to your wedding setting, one that can be worn with or without your original band
- Change your original band to a new precious metal, like going from yellow gold to platinum.
- Want to replace your original diamond but sentimentality won’t let you? Consider letting us mount your original diamond for you to create a classic-looking diamond necklace.
Still unsure but considering something more flashy? Bring your original setting in and let us clean it up for you for free while you wait. We’ll remove dirt and oils that may have diminished the piece. Who knows, maybe you’ll decide to keep the original ring and treat yourself to a new diamond bracelet or diamond stud earrings instead.
If you spot the word “gold” in a jewelry item description, keep in mind that gold-plated, for instance, means that the jewelry contains only a thin layer of gold on top of stainless steel or brass. Daily wear and tear on a favorite gold-plated piece may mean that your vibrant gold-colored ring will soon show the duller alloy beneath.
On the BRIGHTER side, here are five more interesting facts about gold:
- White gold is one of our most popular choices in engagement and wedding rings. White gold looks like platinum, but may be slightly more affordable.
- 24 karat gold is pure gold. It’s too delicate for jewelry since it too easily bends and scratches. Stick to 18 karat (75% gold with 25% added alloys) or 14 karat (58.5% gold with 41.5%) and look for the gold quality stamp.
- Gold-filled jewelry is not really filled with gold. The piece will contains layers of gold alloy. The lifespan of the piece will, however, be longer than gold-plated.
- Heard of vermeil but not sure what the term means? Vermeil is sterling silver plated with a thin layer of gold. If the gold wears off (which it will one day) your jewelry will look silver.
- If a piece says it’s “flash-plated,” buyer beware. Your jewelry probably won’t last more than a few wears.
Clean real gold jewelry at home with a tiny amount of dish soap, warm water and a soft-bristled brush. Or bring your favorite ring in to David Craig Jewelers and let us clean it for you for free.
Another golden idea: If your jewelry box contains single gold earrings, or dated necklaces or bracelets you don’t want anymore, consider putting some extra dollars into your pocket by selling these miscellaneous pieces. Gold is still hovering around $1,700 – $2,000 an ounce. Avoid being scammed by bringing in your gold for cash to a reputable store like David Craig Jewelers.
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!
Unlike shower gifts, “push presents” are for the new mom instead of the baby. What better way to show a wife, daughter or daughter-in law you love her and are thrilled with the new addition to the family than with a gift of fine jewelry?
Some push present fine jewelry ideas to consider:
1: Offer to add an additional band to her existing wedding setting. We can create fabulous new designs that blend in perfectly with existing bands, or re-style existing bands for a brand-new look.
2: Consider gifting her with a versatile pair of diamond earrings or a diamond necklace. From casual daywear to evening magic, diamonds work well day and night. And remember, diamonds are a girl’s best friend!
3: Restyle a gemstone or diamond from family heirloom jewelry. Bring in Aunt Mary’s famous amethyst and topaz brooch and let us restyle a new ring, necklace or bracelet for you with it.
4: Choose a gemstone ring to commemorate the baby’s birth month. Or how about incorporating mom and baby’s birthstone into something fabulous?
5: Let us personalize necklaces, bracelets, rings and more to commemorate this special, intimate moment in time. Your options are endless, from initial pendants to engraved bracelets.
Need some more ideas?
Jewelry is, by far, one of the most popular push presents for a new mom. Stop in and visit us at David Craig Jewelers to let us help you pick out a treasured keepsake or call us at 215-968-8900 to arrange an appointment if you prefer.
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.