Treat yourself to something gorgeous or find the perfect gift for a loved one. Choose from our fabulous selection of fine jewelry. Shop for designer one-of-a-kind necklaces, trendy bracelets, always-popular gift certificates, exquisite rings and much more.
Our growing collection includes stylish, unique pieces from brands like Charriol, Forevermark, Anzie, Samuel B., Lafonn, Heather B. Moore, Doves and more. All from your trusted friends at David Craig Jewelers.
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Scroll through David Craig Jewelers’ new ONLINE SALE SELECTION today. Beautiful bargains from today’s latest brands and styles of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and charms. Incredible deals from $40 on up! Sorry, no special orders.
If you’re like the rest of us, staying safe right now includes washing your hands consistently and thoroughly, especially whenever you touch any “foreign” surface. As a result, many of our hands are dry and cracking from all the washing in the recent colder weather. The increased use of hand-sanitizing products only worsens this dryness.
Your jewelry may also be feeling the effect of all that extra hygiene. Excessive use of hand-sanitizer and contact with strong cleaning agents can damage fine jewelry. But it’s important you keep your jewelry clean. Germs can hide on the inside of rings and in design crevices, for example. While stones like diamonds are pretty sturdy, other more delicate stones, like opals and pearls, don’t react well with some soaking solutions.
Even though we love jewelry (of course!), at this delicate time we suggest that you consider following the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) tip: If you have to head out of your home for an essential errand, leave jewelry at home. In an article in USA Today, Rochelle Walensky, chief of the division of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital said, “I think removal of rings/jewelry when washing hands – or perhaps limiting their wear altogether right now- represents a wise move forward.”
We understand some people don’t want to take off engagement rings and/or wedding bands for sentimental reasons, fear of theft or accidentally misplacing them. Many individuals do not like to ever remove engagement rings or wedding bands. If you really feel you have to wear rings out in public and for some reason aren’t wearing protective gloves, David Craig Jewelers suggests you follow these two steps:
#1 Before scrubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, always remove rings and wash them thoroughly with warm, soapy water, letting them dry on a clean surface. NEVER place rings near a sink or you could risk seeing your precious investment literally go down the drain!
#2 Wash your hands thoroughly in soap and water before you put the rings back on.
If you have specific questions about the safe cleaning of a particular piece of fine jewelry, please feel free to call David at 267-278-1986. We’re happy to offer advice.
As we navigate this crisis with you, our special friends and family, we’re taking a moment to joyfully reminisce about the many beautiful couples who’ve let us tell their stories. Thank you Bill and Wendy, Michelle and Ryan, Alex and Jeff, Kristin and Tim, Fritzi and Dan, Shannon and George, Laurie and Matthew, Cassandra and Kevin and so many other wonderful individuals who have let us feature their David Craig ring stories here on our website.
Want to be featured? Contact David Craig Jewelers and, once life settles down again, you could be our cherished couple of the month.
There’s a lot of technology out there that can make fake pearls look real to the untrained eye. But here are TEN EASY TIPS you can try to see if your pearls are real or imitation.
- If you rub real pearls across your teeth, they’ll feel gritty, not smooth
- Real pearls warm up when worn
- Fake pearls are usually lighter than real pearls
- Real pearls are actually cool to the touch
- Fake pearls are one color, with no “depth” or luster
- Fake pearls are mostly all the same size
- Real pearls can reflect – imitations can’t
- Rub them together – a powder is produced by real pearls
- Knock them together – you’ll hear a soft sound produced by real pearls
- Our best tip: Buy from a trusted retailer like David Craig Jewelers!
FYI: The world’s largest natural pearl weighs close to 60 pounds and is valued at between $60 and $90 million. It looks more like a giant tooth than what we consider a true pearl.
Photo: This sterling silver and white rhodium plated Officina Bernardi necklace features 8 mm white natural pearls. Made in Italy.
Social distancing during these trying times calls for even more creative ways to show our loved ones we care. And we’ve got the perfect solution for you.
Say Happy Mother’s Day with an e-gift card from David Craig Jewelers. So easy to give, and so wonderful to receive! Choose your denomination and then place your order. Your gift card can be scheduled to arrive when you like. No gloves, masks or sanitizer required!
Save 10% by ordering before May 10th . Use promo code: MomDay10.
Great for Other Special Occasions, Too
Maybe you’re commemorating a special anniversary or graduation. What better way to say “Happy Birthday,” or “Thank You” than a gift card towards beautiful jewelry? Flowers are lovely, but they don’t last. Perhaps you and a group of friends want to acknowledge the fitness instructor who has been posting free online videos to help keep you and your gym friends moving during the COVID-19 crisis. Or you’re looking for a way to acknowledge your buddy the nurse or doctor who has been working tirelessly to keep patients safe and healthy. Soon, we hope, they’ll be able to stroll in for a leisurely visit to find a gorgeous ring, bracelet, necklace or watch that truly speaks to them.
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Pearls don’t just happen. They form through an amazing process when an irritant, a foreign body like a grain of sand, fishbone or shell fragment, works its way into the soft tissue of an oyster, clam or mussel. The mollusks, in a defense mechanism, produce special secretions to coat the irritant. Those layers of coatings become the pearls, the only “jewels” produced by living animals. Different types of mollusks can produce different pearls in terms of color, size and shape.
Natural pearls: It can take thousands of oysters to produce enough pearls for one single necklace. And that doesn’t guarantee that the pearls will be the same size or color.
Cultured pearls: Human intervention, in the form of a “pearl farmer,” is required to introduce an irritant that can’t be expelled. This starts the secretion process. You’ve probably heard the name “Mikimoto” associated with pearls. Japanese entrepreneur Kokichi Mikimoto was the first person to create this process and produce a cultured pearl. He patented the process way back in 1896.
Freshwater pearls: These are formed in non-saline water like lakes or ponds. They’re normally not as round as cultured or natural pearls and not as expensive. A bargain!
Stop in to David Craig Jewelers and ask about our pearls!
David Craig Jewelers recognizes International Women’s Day (Sunday, March 8th ). It’s a global day to celebrating the “social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.”
Forevermark, as part of the De Beers Group, supports women throughout their careers as geologists, engineers, miners, trainers, expert craftspeople, managers and support staff. The brand states: “we are proud to work with the women who provide us with essential products and services, from logistics to expert consultancy.”
Looking for something fun to do one afternoon this month? Stop in for some retail therapy by asking to dig around in our special bargain basement “sandbox” of jewelry. Treat yourself to a highly discounted pair of earrings, a fun bracelet, a necklace or brooch.
You’ll find incredible deals on select items offered at really low prices. The gorgeous pair of silver earrings shown are being weighed by store manager Paul Cohen via “pennyweight,” the most common way of valuing precious metals. At 5 “pennyweight” at $7/pennyweight you pay $35 for these lovelies.
Our unique collection of bargains contains scores of fun pieces in silver. Some of the jewelry even includes real turquoise, amethysts or blue topaz to name a few of the precious gems you may discover. Come on in and dig around on your lunch hour. Take your time! You could go home with a sparkling treat that costs less than a burger and fries. While here, be sure to enter your name in our giveaway to win a Lafonn necklace.
Can you dig it?
David valued his time studying with award-winning gem carver Naomi Sarni in New York. Sarni, a highly respected gem carver, is internationally admired for her transitional, carved objets d’art that have been said to “appear to defy gravity.”
Speaking of gem carving, David has been featured in The Retail Jeweler magazine for his appraisals of gemstone carving, an artform also known as glyptic art. As the article stated, “appraisal of gem carvings requires in-depth knowledge of not only the material used, but the workmanship and the degree of artistry.”
It indeed takes a vast knowledge of the gem carving market to be able to appraise these lovely pieces. As David said, “It’s not an exact science, but there is more objectivity involved.” David considers Sarni one of his “rock star” resources he uses to help authenticate gem carvings that come his way for appraisal.
Need a jewelry appraisal for insurance purposes, estate liquidations or an estate fair market value appraisal? Come see David!
Nine years ago, Bill met his true love, Wendy, on Match.com. Says Bill, “We both knew from the very beginning that this was it.”
The couple soon moved in together and live in Berwyn, PA. Both are employed by a large software company. Bill’s a software sales person and Wendy’s a sales trainer.
Finding His Match
On November 30th, Bill, Wendy, and Wendy’s daughter, Amanda (a senior at Lehigh University), visited scenic Longwood Gardens. Amanda knew Bill was going to propose to her mother and was thrilled to help orchestrate the event. The stage was set: Beautiful decorations, a crisp winter night, sparkling lights. And, of course, a stunning ring.
A self-described “car nut,” Bill grew up surrounded by vehicles. His uncle owned a very successful car dealership in Bethlehem, PA. Bill still subscribes to several auto magazines and parks his “little red baby,” a vintage Corvette convertible, in the garage, next to his and Wendy’s other vehicles. The ladies knew Bill had his eye on a 1969 Dodge Charger that he hoped to one day add to his current collection.
A quiet bench away from the crowd became the spot for Bill to tell Wendy, “You’re probably wondering why I asked you to stop here.” Tongue in cheek, Bill pulled a tiny Matchbox model of a ’69 Dodge Charger out of his pocket and gave it to Wendy.
“But will we have room in the garage?” Wendy asked.
Bill snatched the toy car out of her hand and replaced it with a gorgeous David Craig Jeweler’s engagement ring. There would be plenty of space for this precious item.
Wendy’s engagement ring is composed of eight diamonds on a white gold band surrounding a square-shaped halo consisting of 18 diamonds. The ring totals just under 3 carats.
Says Bill, “Wendy always said she wanted what she terms a ‘five-table diamond ring—one that folks would see sparkling five tables away. I think she got it.”
Wendy concurs. During a break at a recent training seminar that she organized, a woman pulled Wendy aside. “I can see your ring from my seat (five tables away) and it’s beautiful!”
Why David Craig Jewelers
Nothing beats a personal recommendation. In this case, it came from Bill’s sister, Nancy, whose engagement ring came from David Craig Jewelers.
“Nancy told me I just had to go to David, that his quality was unbelievable and that he’d take good care of me,” says Bill. “And she was right.”
“There are jewelry stores all over closer to me, but I drove 41 miles to go to David Craig Jewelers. And we’re happy I did.”
Do you have a passion for collecting antiques and also love precious metals? Our current inventory of estate pieces on display at David Craig Jewelers includes this unique Victorian/Edwardian era sewing kit in 18k yellow gold.
Estate sales can introduce buyers like us to a wealth of antique goodies. These items prove that today’s commonplace articles can become tomorrow’s beloved conversation pieces.
Estate Jewelry and Articles
If you have an heirloom piece you’d like to sell, we could be interested, and also might consider taking merchandise on consignment. Our biggest caveat: make sure you’re not parting with something that has such great sentimental value that you might regret losing it down the road!David accesses unique estate pieces like this sewing kit across the world thanks to his many contacts in the gemological industry. He carefully selects what he’ll buy and sell when it comes to estate sale merchandise. Honored with the title of “Triple CAPPS” by the International Society of Appraisers, David really knows his stuff when it comes to understanding jewelry and appraising your personal property with gemstones or contemporary, antique or period jewelry. And don’t forget that David Craig Jewelers is one of a select group of jewelers who operate a fully accredited American Gem Society Gem Lab on premises.
David and his seasoned staff are experts in precious metals from today and yesterday. Come in and ask us questions. Check out some of these “oldies but goodies” for yourself.
The Obama administration may have popularized Portuguese Water Dogs in this country, but David Craig Rotenberg has been into this neat breed for many decades.
Customers who visit David Craig Jewelers are likely to meet Dozer (12) and his nephew Bubba (8) who often accompany David to the store to sniff and snooze. At home, Sea-Sea, Oh-No, Dazzle, Breezy, Maestro, Charlie, Suzzie and Shelby wait patiently to play with their housemates.
The Saga Continues
Roscoe was the first Portuguese Water Dog acquired by David and his wife, Debbi, as a pet for their son. Debbi Rotenberg convinced David to work with her to breed these lovable dogs. Roscoe and his mate, Gabby, produced a litter and the saga began. Debbi took the hobby a step further and soon also became a professional breed groomer. While David and Debbi prefer the all black variety, the breed also shows up in black and white, brown or more of a patchwork.
Healing Power of Dogs
David, a former cancer patient himself, strongly believes in the healing power of animals. Years ago, he developed a volunteer dog therapy program, “Paws for a Cause” at St. Mary Medical Center.
Portuguese Water Dogs – a Little History
The breed originated in Portugal where these excellent canine swimmers were valued for their ability to heard fish into nets and retrieve broken nets. They didn’t reach the United States until the 1960s. The breed was accepted for registration into the American Kennel Club in the 1980s in the “Working Group.” Allergic to dogs? No problem: Portuguese Water Dogs are considered hypoallergenic!
Looking for a gorgeous Valentine’s Day gift that will surely wow someone special but won’t break the bank?
Inspired by ancient Celtic design, French entrepreneur Philippe Charriol came up with his unique line of jewelry in the 1980s. Much of the collection features some sort of twisted cable motifs in gold or steel.
Charriol’s fun and unique bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and rings add flair to any outfit and blend well with any other jewelry you’re wearing. Dress up with Charriol or dress down—you win either way. Many items in the collection feature physical vapor deposition (PVD) coating that is not only extremely durable but beautifully decorative.
Philippe Charriol died last year in a tragic car racing accident, but the success of this family-run business lives on thanks to his daughter Coralie, a fashion industry leader in her own right who has added crystals and precious stones to the line.
If you’re looking for gorgeous jewelry and are also into crystal healing energy, why not consider blue apatite? This interesting gemstone is said to stimulate and enhance general mental function and clarity, increase motivation and build up energy reserves. Other accolades included helping access the unconscious for creative problem solving. Look online and you’ll find a ton of other metaphysical properties. This is some gemstone!
This often-called “deeply spiritual” stone can be found in many colors and runs translucent to transparent. The necklace featured here, currently for sale at David Craig Jewelers, features a lovely blue apatite covered in a clear layer of quartz. This piece is part of our popular Doves Collection and is being shown by Chae Mabray, one of our jewelry experts here at David Craig Jewelers.
We’re pleased to introduce an informative, new regular blog feature called “Behind the Design.” Our idea is to give readers a brief snippet into the back story of some of the popular jewelry designs we carry here at David Craig Jewelers. In doing so, we hope you’ll understand why we really value these designers (and think you will, too!).
Jewelry from Doves by Doron Paloma is offered in 18k yellow, rose and white gold. Selected pieces often feature what’s called “doublets” or “triplets” which means unique combinations of natural and man-made stones or other reconstructed gem materials. These exquisite designs are ones you want to cherish for yourself then pass down to the next generation to create your own family heirlooms.
Doves chief designer, Doron, studied architecture but also comes from a family of precious gemstone manufacturers. A flair for drawing combined with his architect’s eye helps Doron create gorgeous designs for folks like us. Doron has also made exclusive jewelry for names you definitely have heard of: Jennifer Lopez, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michelle Obama.
Come on in and check out this chic collection of necklaces, earrings, as well as engagement or just “fun” rings and see why we love Doves.
January’s birthstone also happens to be the traditional anniversary stone to celebrate a 2nd wedding anniversary. Much nicer than cotton as far as we’re concerned!
When we think of garnet we usually picture an iconic red shade, but this lovely gemstone can come in numerous colors. In fact, color-changing garnets look different in natural light than they do in incandescent light. The stone is pretty hard on the Mohs scale of hardness – 6.5- 8.5 by various reports. That means that David Craig Jewelers can incorporate garnets into secure rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings or even cufflinks.
Five Fun Garnet Facts
• The name comes from the Latin “Garanatus” which means “seed-like,” referencing the pomegranate’s bright red seeds (that iconic red color of many garnets) and reminds us that these gems have been popular since ancient Roman times.
• Garnets are rated 6.5 – 8. 5 on the Mohs scale of hardness and were sturdy enough to be found in beads in a grave dating back to 3000 BC
• In medieval times, garnets were supposed to hold medicinal values like curing depression
• The red stone is often regarded as a symbol of both vitality (think blood flow) and prosperity – not a bad way to start off the year!
• According to Jewish tradition, a garnet helped light the way on Noah’s ark
Whether you’re looking for a garnet for a January birthday person or as treat for yourself, stop in to David Craig Jewelers and see what we can do for you!
Why not ring in the New Year with a lovely, new watch. (You thought we were going to say “ring,” right?)
David Craig Jewelers proudly offers traditional watch styles and unique designs from a variety of today’s top timepiece manufacturers. Thinking about treating yourself or a loved one to a watch that will stand the test of time? How about a pre-owned Rolex? These watches, probably the most recognized name in watchmaking, are crafted with the finest raw materials and a superb attention to detail that is hard to beat. They retain their value even after use. Purchase a pre-owned watch for a man or woman and we’ll guarantee it with a two-year warranty.
Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law Alfred Davis founded the Rolex company in London in 1905. The Rolex website says that Wilsdorf came up with the name* which he thought would be easy to pronounce in any language and would look good on the watch movements and dials. And boy, was he right! The company eventually moved to Geneva, Switzerland.
Virtually anyone in the world today recognizes this exquisite brand. It was the first wristwatch to receive the “Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision” award. And certain Rolexes have become collector’s items. Many are in like-new condition. In 2017, Paul Newman’s Rolex Cosmograph Daytona sold for $17.8 million, making it one of the most expensive Rolexes ever sold!
Not into Rolexes for 2020? We offer many good-looking watches from Citizen, Bulova and Seiko from $100 on up.
Speaking of made-up company names, you might not know that the Häagen-Dazs name was also invented by, in this case, an American couple from Brooklyn, Reuben and Rose Mattus. They gave the yummy ice cream a Danish-sounding name in tribute to Denmark’s treatment of its Jewish population during WWII.
Have you made your New Year’s resolutions? Here’s an easy one: How about resolving to keep your favorite ring in tip-top condition?
David Craig Jewelers reminds our customers that we will safely and professionally clean your ring for you, at no charge, even if you haven’t purchased it from us. Diamonds worn every day gather a buildup of dirt, soap and even skin particles. Your good jewelry, especially rings that you wear every day, should also be inspected once or twice a year for loose prongs or gemstones. We’re happy to clean and inspect your ring for you with the assistance of our in-house gem lab, AT NO CHARGE.
Cleaning Other Jewelry
Silver polish cleaners or even specially treated cloths are at-home ways of cleaning sterling silver jewelry and keeping these pieces from tarnishing. Other at-home remedies for jewelry (not pearls) include the occasional use of white toothpaste, three parts baking soda to one-part warm water or Dawn dish detergent (1 tsp. to one-cup warm water).
Other Jewelry Maintenance Tips
• Jewelry boxes and organizers safely store watches and other precious pieces and keep diamonds from scratching other jewelry. Sterling silver is best kept in anti-tarnish bags.
• Never clean your rings over the sink or on a hard floor where your gemstones could be damaged (or lost!) if dropped.
• Did you purchase an ultrasonic cleaner? Be aware that not all gems and jewelry are safely cleaned in these little machines. Ask us first—we can tell you which gem stones and materials can be safely cleaned.
• Never expose pearls to harsh chemicals. Wipe pearls clean with a damp cloth and thoroughly dry.
• Own an opal? Keep in mind these stones are pretty soft (like 6 on the Mohs scale of hardness compared to diamonds which are 10s) so avoid huge extremes in temperature and keep them (and all good jewelry for that matter) away from soap and household cleansers.
Make 2020 your clean, safely maintained jewelry year!
Greetings from David Craig Jewelers where we challenge you during the holidays and all through the year to find lower prices. We promise to match or even beat our competition. Our Price-Match Guarantee*, like our Satisfaction Guarantee, is one more way David Craig Jewelers wants you to feel totally comfortable with your purchase – whether it’s a new holiday watch, an anniversary ring, a lovely pair of earrings for someone’s birthday or even an engagement ring.
We’re committed to making sure you receive the best of everything: Service, Quality Jewelry and Value. Compare us to the competition and know you can shop here with confidence!
*Price match items must be identical in brand, color, size, quality, etc.. Our guarantee is good on currently advertised competitor items. Thirty-days is our normal return policy. Guarantee does not include discontinued items or “going out of business” type prices.
When it comes to a great selection and fabulous customer service, nobody beats David Craig Jewelers! See for yourself. We’re grateful to customers who have taken the time to post Google reviews and really appreciate your feedback.
“First experience here. Great customer service, quick turnaround and fair price. I will be back!”
– N. Erickson
“… the best experience…I could not be happier with their quality and customer service.”
– J. Henriquez
“…the most beautiful jewelry in Bucks County.”
– D. Dart
“…a friendly and courteous team that treat customers like family.”
– M. Myers
“I could not have asked for a better experience. The service was amazing and the ring they designed for me was beautiful.”
– C. Shenk
We’d love to hear from you, too! Give us your feedback and we’ll either be tickled pink (like our sapphires, quartz, tourmaline and more) or will make sure we promptly address any possible concerns.
For most diamond-loving gemologists, including those of us here at David Craig Jewelers, synthetic diamonds, those diamond look-alikes being “grown” in laboratories these days, don’t hold a candle to the allure of natural diamonds that come from the earth. We believe there’s simply no substitute for natural diamonds and don’t intend to stock lab-grown versions. Here’s why:
1.Natural Diamonds are Unique
Natural diamonds are some of nature’s most interesting miracles. They’re honed from carbon atoms that have crystalized and formed from just the right pressure under intense heat conditions. A true diamond takes billions of years to form – not just millions – BILLIONS of years! Ancient cultures were said to think diamonds had healing qualities, that the stones could protect the wearer from danger, that they represented courage and other positive attributes. Today, these virtually indestructible stones still represent something extraordinarily special –
the union of two individuals making a great emotional commitment. Natural diamonds symbolize a connection and a promise to be there for each other no matter what, that the relationship will, like this permanent stone, face the enduring test of time.
2.Yes, We’ve Considered Environmental Impact
Claims of the “eco-friendliness” and “sustainability” of synthetic diamonds aren’t all that accurate. Synthetic diamonds are created by machines requiring constant energy. In fact, some reports show that the carbon emission per carat of lab-created diamonds is nearly 40% higher than for natural polished diamonds.
Economies of many poorer countries depend on the diamond mining business to sustain their fragile ecosystems. It is estimated that nearly 10 million people rely on the diamond industry for work. As far as our research shows us, most of today’s diamond miners help conserve land and protect biodiversity.
We acknowledge an unfortunate past history of some dangerous or even cruel mining conditions and/or human rights violations in the diamond industry. And we understand that shoppers want to be sure they are not supporting practices that involve substandard working and safety conditions.
We firmly believe that today’s diamond industry is different, with nearly 100% of today’s natural diamonds certified conflict-free. Ethically mined diamonds from companies like Forevermark produce responsibly soured diamonds. They state that “care has been taken to ensure responsible business practices, to support the advancement of women and to protect the habitats and species of the natural world.”
3.Lab-Grown Stones are Just a Trend
Some fashion trends come and ago. Remember mood rings? How about skeleton-printed scarves? We saw lab-created emeralds come and go in popularity and think synthetic diamonds will fare similarly.
When cubic zirconia first came into the market in the 1970s as fashion jewelry, these simulated diamonds became very popular. These stones clearly weren’t natural diamonds, but they sparkled and looked pretty. But even though these stones resembled diamonds, few people considered using them for engagement rings. Within a decade, companies like Swarovski ensured a flooded market with mass production of inexpensive cubic zirconia, confirming that although these man-made stones make for attractive, fun jewelry, they’re not valuable. And they’re certainly not significant enough to represent the union of two souls in marriage.
4.The Re-sale Value of Lab Diamonds is, Well, Nothing
A natural “diamond is forever.” O.K., so the phrase is from a very successful post-WWII marketing campaign. But it really makes sense. Should you try to sell a synthetic diamond, you’d quickly discover that there is no secondary market.
If you purchased a synthetic diamond two years ago, you’d know that you can buy the same stone for a fraction of the cost today. More and more of these lab-created stones are being produced, much in the same way Swarovski produced tons of cubic zirconia.
How will you feel in a few years if you see a similar ring offered at a fraction of the price you paid? While your natural diamond retains value, a lab-grown diamond’s resale value is basically nonexistent. As the cost of producing lab-grown diamonds continues to decline, so does the value. The $800 synthetic diamond of today could be selling for $300 in a few months. And less in a year.
5.Natural Stones: The Better Investment
Burdened by debt, or challenged by the economy, young shoppers might be contemplating purchasing one of these synthetic stones to save money. But we know you’ll regret this decision. Lab-grown stones are, as stated above, not worth anything if you try to re-sell them. If cost is the stumbling block when it comes to purchasing a natural diamond, why not make your commitment with a smaller natural diamond today, one you can clearly afford, then consider upgrading to a larger stone down the road? You can even enhance the ring at a later stage in life for a special anniversary gift.
The appeal of synthetic or “lab grown” diamonds is understandable for many. But thinking of these man-made creations as replacements for diamonds mined from the earth isn’t for us, and we don’t think it should be for you. Just because the FTC says that retailers can call synthetic diamonds “diamonds” doesn’t mean they really are. They are MAN-MADE. As far as we’re concerned, there’s simply nothing that compares to the allure and longevity of a natural diamond.
To quote Julia Child, “You’ll never know everything about anything, especially something you love.” Julia may have had a point, but your jewelry specialists at David Craig Jewelers work hard to stay up to date on the latest gem research, best practices, trends and technology-related developments.
A few weeks ago, David spent time in Dallas at the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers Conference where he picked up critical information on Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices (USPAP). He heard about changes regarding synthetic gems and tax codes and learned how new regulations will affect appraisal reports. Only 3% of jewelry appraisers are USPAP-compliant. David is among this prestigious group!
Earlier this summer, David attended the sixth annual Gemological Institute of America’s (GIA) Global Leadership Program at Harvard Business School (HBS). The program, developed by HBS, “focuses on new research and best practices to deliver practical value and actionable techniques.” This year’s program theme was “Innovation.” Only fifty participants are invited to attend each year, selected from the highest executive levels. David and colleagues participated in interactive lectures and group study to enhance the overall customer experience.
David was also among a select group of speakers at Seattle’s American Gem Society Conclave in April, where he presented two intermediate level courses, one on appraising and another on the basics of Universal Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice Compliance (USPS).
The Rest of the Team
David Craig Jeweler’s enthusiastic manager Paul Cohen, a certified gemologist appraiser himself, utilizes his extensive gemology background and skills each February to help organize seminars at the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) GemFair™ Tucson. This event is considered the world’s leading trade show for colored gemstones and cultured pearls. During the show, the AGTA hosts lectures covering a large number of new techniques and research.
And let’s not forget David and Paul’s team of certified jewelry professionals, Chae Mabry, Kathy Sanders and Jill Ann Jeuch, who are not only highly knowledgeable when it comes to fine jewelry but can use their honed artistic talents to help you pick out the perfect earrings, ring, necklace or other lovely new accessory.
More about David
David is a certified “Triple CAPP” (Certified Appraiser of Personal Property), a prodigious student, frequent lecturer and member of numerous gemological and jewelry-rated associations. Interested in what a serious background in the jewelry industry looks like? Read more about David here.
It’s understandable that you’d want to enjoy your favorite jewelry throughout the summer. But sunscreen, chlorine, salt water and sand can wreak havoc on your jewelry. In addition, a loose prong or clasp could mean you might lose an irreplaceable heirloom stone. That’s where we come in.
David Craig Jewelers offers a FREE JEWELRY CLEANING AND INSPECTION SERVICE. We’ll clean and inspect your favorite ring, necklace or bracelet AT NO CHARGE, even if you didn’t purchase the item from us. As professional jewelers with a special passion for diamonds and gemstones, we want to make sure your jewelry retains its sparkle and sturdiness throughout your lifetime and, perhaps, for generations to come.
We’ll clean your item, normally while you wait, and thoroughly inspect it to make sure that stones are held tightly in place with secure prongs. And you’d be surprised to see just how much soap scum, gardening dirt and household grease can take the sparkle out of diamonds, metals and gemstones.
We recommend a checkup every six months to ensure the longevity of your favorite piece. While some issues can be detected with the naked eye, others require the years of experience and magnifying tools only a professional jewelry expert can provide.
In addition to looking to David Craig Jewelers for help cleaning and inspecting your jewelry, there are other tips you can follow to:
Keep Your Jewelry Looking Great This Summer
- Be aware of fingers suddenly changing size. Going swimming? Keep in mind that your fingers temporarily shrink a little in the cold water on a hot day – your rings may therefore become loose when you’re cooling off in the pool or ocean
- Thinking of building a sand castle? While harder stones like diamonds may be fine, you should keep gold-and rhodium-plated jewelry and, softer stones like citrine and amethyst, at home since sand (what glass comes from, after all) is highly abrasive.
- This pearl of wisdom says that pool chemicals, sunscreen and even sweat can affect the beautiful luster of your favorite pearl jewelry. Keep pearls clean with mild soap and water.
- Tarnishing may be Inevitable, but lotions, sweat and humidity will accelerate the process.
- Taking jewelry on vacation? Keep bracelets and necklaces from tangling by packing them separately. And if you’re packing diamonds, remember they can scratch softer stones like pearls.
Bring your treasured jewelry to the professionals at David Craig Jewelers for a free cleaning and inspection! We want your jewelry to always sparkle like new and remain safe and sturdy. And even if your jewelry is insured, you simply can’t replace the sentimental value of heirloom pieces of jewelry that are lost or damaged.
You might think the concept of purchasing diamond engagement rings goes back centuries. But it really hasn’t. While the idea of giving a ring to show a love connection has indeed been a long-held tradition, the real popularity of diamonds can be traced to a simple De Beers marketing campaign from 1938.
Some studies show that, prior to World War II, only 10% of engagement rings were diamonds. The story is that De Beers hired an ad agency who created the “A Diamond is Forever” campaign. By 1941, the company is said to have reported a whopping 55% increase in sales of diamonds in the U.S.!
Diamonds aren’t just popular because of their incredible sparkle. On the Mohs scale of mineral hardness and resistance to damage, diamonds rank “10” as the most durable stone. David Craig Jewelers carries hundreds of varieties and shapes and sizes of diamonds in brands like our popular Forevermark.
Despite today’s rightful popularity of diamonds, other gemstones can make fabulous engagement rings for the non-traditional bride looking for something stunning, but non-traditional.
While diamonds are the sturdiest gemstones, many other stones rank nearly as high, such as rubies and sapphires which both rank as “9” on the same Mohs scale. Kate Middleton, and before her, Princess Diana, showed the world that blue sapphire makes for a gorgeous engagement ring. While sapphires are known for their vibrant blue hue, the stone also comes in lovely colors like yellow and pink.
Stones with a 7.5 – 8 Mohs rating include aquamarine (gorgeous green-blue) and emeralds. With special care, other stones with lower hardness rankings (pearls and opals, for instance), can also last a lifetime.
Whether you’re looking for a diamond or a beautiful alternative gemstone, you can rely on your local jewelers at David Craig for a lovely, unique engagement ring that will suit your style and serve as a cherished reminder of your love. We promise complete satisfaction!