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    Birthstones,  Diamonds,  Education

    Diamond – April’s Birthstone

    The birthstone for April babies is probably the best known gemstone of all time: diamond. Let’s take a look at what makes this timeless stone such a classic–plus a perfect gift! A Tough Treasure There’s no denying that diamonds are uniquely beautiful. No matter a diamond’s hue–ranging from fancy color to nearly colorless—no other gem sparkles quite like a diamond. While that fact alone makes diamonds an obvious choice for jewelry-making, it’s far from all this wonderful stone has to offer! In fact, probably the best known quality of a diamond is its unsurpassed hardness, reigning at the very top of the Mohs scale (a perfect 10). For this reason,…

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    Education,  Gemstones,  Miscellaneous

    Abalone – Treasure from the Sea

    If you’re no stranger to fine jewelry, you’ve probably seen a classic strand of pearls or a beautiful watch with a mother-of-pearl dial, but have you come across a piece featuring abalone? You may already know that mother-of-pearl is derived from the nacre of mollusks (the highly iridescent inner layer of the shell). Abalone is actually a specific type of mother-of-pearl, derived solely from the group of sea snails known commonly by the same name. While other mollusks typically produce a milky nacre, abalone snails produce a darker material with more dramatic colors. These snails are found in seas around the world, including off the coast of California! Sadly, many…

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    About SJR

    Responding to the Coronavirus

    UPDATED 3/31/20: In compliance with government and county directives, both of our store locations are currently closed until further notice. To reach the Brentwood store, please email us at servicejr102@servicejr101.com or text us at 615-594-0604. To reach the Hendersonville store, please email us at servicejr103@servicejr101.com or call 615-609-0449. More updates will be posted here and on our Facebook page as they become available, so please check back. See our letter below for more information on the steps we are taking during these unprecedented times. Loyal Guests, Your Service Jewelry and Repair family has always taken pride in delivering excellent service in a safe and clean environment. During this unprecedented time,…

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    About SJR,  Watches

    Smart Watches at SJR

    You’ve probably heard of the Apple smartwatch, but did you know there are lots of different brands to choose from? Like the Apple model, some feature a sleek, purely digital touchscreen, while others look just like traditional watches—and we carry both kinds! Today, we want to share two of our favorites and showcase just how “smart” they are. Fossil Gen 4 Venture Smartwatch This ladies smartwatch by Fossil doesn’t compromise on function or style. Made from stainless steel and accented with glittering crystals, its case brings classic and modern design together with a tactile crown and buttons plus a sleek touchscreen. This smartwatch runs on Google’s Wear OS, which means…

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    Birthstones,  Education,  Gemstones

    Aquamarine & Bloodstone – March’s Birthstones

    When it comes to birthstones, March babies have two distinct choices: aquamarine and bloodstone! Let’s dive into what makes these stones unique. Aquamarine When you look into aquamarine, it’s like gazing into crystal clear waters–and that’s precisely how it got its name! With hues ranging from deep green-blue to light aqua, it’s easy to see why “aquamarine” was named for the Latin word for seawater. For this reason, ancient sailors came to believe that it could keep them safe at sea, and aquamarine’s reputation for protection has followed it all the way into the modern era. Not only is it known as a calming charm, it has also come to…

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    About SJR,  Watch & Jewelry Repair

    Meet the Jewelers – Peter Thompson

    Did you know we have on-site jewelers at both of our stores, Tuesday-Saturday? Not only do they handle our same-day repairs, but also tackle some of our most complex and creative jobs too! Today, we want to introduce you to the jeweler at our Hendersonville store: Peter Thompson. 40 Years of Experience Peter has been a professional jeweler and goldsmith for 40 years, but his passion for creative, hands-on work began in childhood. Whether he was restoring antiques with his father or learning the fundamentals of blacksmithing, Peter was always drawn to bringing out beauty in old or forgotten things. By the age of 14, he had found his way…

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    Diamonds,  Education

    The 4C’s: Carat Weight

    Carat weight might be the most obvious and straight-forward feature of diamond grading. The metric carat is simply the special unit of weight for diamonds and gemstones, and 1 carat equates to 0.200 gram or 0.007 ounce. Diamond grades are as precise as possible when it comes to carat weight, so let’s take a look at what this process entails and how to understand specific weights. Carats & Points Diamonds are often so tiny and light-weight that even the metric carat has to be subdivided to produce a precise measurement. That’s why you’ll usually see carat weight expressed as a decimal, like 0.25ct or 1.55ct, but you may also come…

  • close up of diamond ring
    Diamonds,  Education

    The 4C’s: Clarity

    Today, we’re going to dive into another part of the 4C’s: clarity. In this context, clarity is defined as “a diamond’s freedom from blemishes and inclusions.” The more free the stone is, the higher the final value will be. Let’s take a look at what these clarity characteristics are and how they’re judged. Blemishes Put simply, blemishes are irregularities on a diamond’s surface. Sometimes, blemishes are a perfectly natural part of a diamond’s formation within the earth. For example, irregularities in the diamond’s crystal structure can cause a grainy texture to occur. Most blemishes, however, are the result of human contact with the stone. Nicks and pits can be formed…

  • Fancy yellow diamond ring
    Diamonds,  Education

    The 4C’s: Color

    When you hear the word “diamond,” what’s the first image that comes to mind? If you’re like most people, you might imagine a dazzling colorless gemstone—but did you know that truly colorless diamonds are extremely rare? Not only do most diamonds have a tint, but they can be vividly colored too! Today we’ll take at the look at how a diamond’s color is graded as part of the 4C’s. The Normal Range While diamonds can be any color of the rainbow and more, most fall within a certain spectrum. The vast majority of diamonds available today range from colorless to light yellow, brown or gray. You can think of this…

  • close up of round and baguette diamonds
    Diamonds,  Education

    The 4C’s: Cut

    Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect diamond engagement ring or trying to evaluate antique diamond jewelry, there’s a lot to consider before making your decision. So many different factors go into grading and valuing diamonds, and it can all seem a bit overwhelming at first glance—but don’t worry! We’re here to make it easy. You may have heard of something called “The 4C’s,” which is a short-hand way of describing the four major qualities used to assess a diamond’s value: cut, color, clarity and carat-weight. In fact, you may have read our overview of this process here! But if you’re still wondering exactly how to make sense of…