Pearls are created by a living creature. They are formed when a bead or nucleus is inserted into a shellfish. A substance called “nacre” is secreted by the animal and coats the bead through time like layers in an onion. The thicker the nacre , the more beautiful the pearl’s luster will be. Being comprised of an organic substance , pearls are very sensitive to chemicals such as hairspray, perfumes and make-up.
We recommend applying all of your cosmetics first, then put on your pearls. Promptly remove your pearls after you have enjoyed wearing them and store them away from any other jewelry in their own pearl folder or soft cloth. Restring your pearls when there is movement between them , or if the strand has broken. Typically pearls are strung and knotted on silk, which can wear through time. If you wear your pearls often, a once a year restringing may be a good rule of thumb. You may clean your pearls with a gentle , mild pearl cleaner that we sell in our showroom at Jem Jewelers.
Here at Jem Jewelers we recommend having your fine jewelry inspected every six months. This way we can check stones, prongs, settings and clasps to make sure they are in good condition. Remember- All fine jewelry will need maintenance at some point, so remove the opportunity for any losses by stopping in to Jem Jewelers anytime for free cleaning and inspection.
Gone are the days of the matching 14k yellow gold wedding bands.
Today’s grooms are expressing themselves by choosing alternative metals such as titanium, cobalt chrome, or even tungsten steel for their wedding bands.
Why alternative metals? The last decade has seen has seen significant increases in precious metals whereas alternative metals are available at extremely reasonable price points. Alternative metals offer durability, comfort, scratch and crack resistance, as well as being hypoallergenic.
The most effective way to choose a wedding band is to come into Jem Jewelers showroom in Warrington, Pa. and try on the various styles and metals we carry.
It is important to keep in mind your daily lifestyle when choosing your wedding band. If you work with your hands you want to choose a lightweight, durable band like titanium.
If you prefer the feel of a heavier ring you may want to try cobalt chrome or tungsten steel. There are at least a half a dozen alternative metals or more that are currently being used in jewelry production today.
Once you’ve identified your style band, please know that you may customize your band in many ways such as width, inlays, finishes, and personalization.
Most alternative metals are unable to be altered. Should your finger size change, please be aware that Jem Jewelers offers you complete peace of mind by providing the service of having your wedding band re-made for a nominal fee.