• Designers,  Diamonds,  Events

    Le Vian Trunk Show – FREE Diamond Studs OR Take $100 off your purchase!

    You’re invited to the exclusive Le Vian Trunk Show! For one day only, each store will be flooded with a sea of gorgeous Le Vian pieces! Go ahead and make an appointment below for a FREE pair of lab grown diamond studs with your show purchase OR $100 OFF any purchase at the show!

    MAY 8 ONLY
    Brentwood Showroom
    9:30am – 6:00pm

    782 Old Hickory Blvd., Suite 104
    Brentwood, TN 37027
    615-221-4392
    615-594-0604 (Text or Call)

    MAY 9 ONLY
    Hendersonville Showroom
    9:30am – 6:00pm

    1050 Glenbrook Way, Suite 400
    Hendersonville, TN 37075
    615-826-5338
    (615) 609-0449 (Text or Call)

    Book your appointment now!


    Receive $100 OFF your show purchase or get a FREE pair of diamond studs with your show purchase!

    Preferred Time

  • 12 days of deals
    Events

    12 Days of Deals

    We’re so excited for our 12 Days of Deals — starting December 4th and ending on December 16th! During this awesome event, we’ll be offering a new daily deal Monday-Friday that you won’t want to miss! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@servicejewelry) to check out each deal, available in-stores only!

    But that’s not all — you can also register to win the GRAND PRIZE below, no purchase necessary! One lucky winner will receive:

    • Two tickets to the TRANSPERFECT MUSIC CITY BOWL on 12/30/2023
    • $500 JEWELRY SHOPPING SPREE to Service Jewelry & Repair

    Congratulations to SHAYLONDIA SIMMONS, our GRAND PRIZE WINNER!

    Brentwood Showroom

    782 Old Hickory Blvd., Suite 104
    Brentwood, TN 37027
    615-221-4392
    615-594-0604 (Text or Call)

    Hendersonville Showroom

    1050 Glenbrook Way, Suite 400
    Hendersonville, TN 37075
    615-826-5338
    (615) 609-0449 (Text or Call)

    CONTEST DETAILS:

    • Must be 18 years or older to enter. No purchase necessary.
    • Employees of Service Jewelry & Repair, Nashville Sports and Caldwell Marketing International are not eligible to win.
    • Enter as often as you’d like in-store or online.
    • By entering, winner consents to having name and image used on social media by Service Jewelry & Repair and its agents.
    • Winner to be selected from all entrants on December 22, 2023 and announced on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Winner to be formally contacted by Service Jewelry & Repair representatives.
  • VIP Sale | November 9-11
    Miscellaneous

    VIP SALE – 3 Days Only – up to 60% OFF Storewide!

    We’re so excited about our upcoming VIP Sale! Save up to 60% OFF storewide on the brands you love PLUS take an additional 10% OFF when you make an appointment below!

    You won’t want to miss our amazing doorbusters, available only during the event! Check them out below:

    2.00ctw Labgrown Diamond Studs
    1.00ctw Labgrown Diamond Studs

    EVENT DETAILS

    November 9 & 10
    9:30am – 6:00pm

    November 11
    9:30am – 5:00pm

    Brentwood

    782 Old Hickory Blvd., Suite 104
    Brentwood, TN 37027
    615-221-4392
    615-594-0604 (Text or Call)

    Hendersonville

    1050 Glenbrook Way, Suite 400
    Hendersonville, TN 37075
    615-826-5338
    (615) 609-0449 (Text or Call)

    Book your appointment now for an additional 10% OFF your purchase at the event!


    Preferred Time

  • effy trunk show - take up to $100 off at the event
    Designers,  Diamonds,  Events

    EFFY Trunk Show – Take up to $100 off your purchase!

    You’re invited to the exclusive EFFY Trunk Show! For one day only, each store will be flooded with a sea of gorgeous EFFY pieces! Go ahead and make an appointment below for up to $100 OFF* any purchase at the show!

    rainbow Effy ring and bracelet

    SEPT 20 ONLY
    Brentwood Showroom
    9:30am – 6:00pm

    782 Old Hickory Blvd., Suite 104
    Brentwood, TN 37027
    615-221-4392
    615-594-0604 (Text or Call)

    Effy jaguar ring and bracelets

    SEPT 21 ONLY
    Hendersonville Showroom
    9:30am – 6:00pm

    1050 Glenbrook Way, Suite 400
    Hendersonville, TN 37075
    615-826-5338
    (615) 609-0449 (Text or Call)

    effy diamond rings and earrings

    EFFY – obsessed with quality & craftsmanship

    EFFY is a family-owned company that was started by Effy Hematian in 1979. He actually began his career as an engineer, which gave him a special eye for exquisite workmanship.

    Effy channeled his unique vision into some of the world’s most distinctive jewelry designs. He’s perhaps best known for his panther-themed jewelry, which has long been his creative muse.

    You can learn more about EFFY here.

    Book your appointment now!


    Receive $50 OFF your purchase of $500-$999 or $100 OFF your purchase of $1000 or more!

    Preferred Time

  • About SJR

    Our Brentwood Showroom


    Conveniently located in the Target shopping center off Old Hickory Blvd, our Brentwood showroom is your one-stop-shop for all your jewelry needs. Whether you need a watch battery or want to create the ring of her dreams, we’ve got you covered.

    Diamonds, Luxury Watches, & Designer Jewelry


    As your local diamond guide, our goal is to present you with the finest diamond jewelry at the best prices around. Look no further for:

    • Engagement Rings
    • Diamond Studs
    • Tennis Bracelets
    • Diamond Pendants
    • Anniversary Bands
    • Diamond Fashion Jewelry

    Love designer jewelry? We do too! At our Brentwood showroom, you can browse our large selection of Effy, Le Vian, Kit Heath, and Anna Zuckerman jewelry. Be sure to sign up for our email list so you can be the first to know about our annual Effy and Le Vian trunk shows!

    In addition to our classic watch lines–like Citizen, Bulova, Hamilton, and Tissot–we carry luxury pre-owned watches as well! You’ll find Rolex, TAG Heuer, Baume & Mercier, Breitling, and our stock is always changing! You never know what you might find at our Brentwood showroom.

    Have a luxury watch you’d like to sell? Bring it in and let’s make a deal! We’re always looking to expand our selection.

    Custom Jewelry Design


    jeweler holding an ipad showing his custom jewelry design

    Looking for something one-of-a-kind? We can make it! With years of hands-on experience, our designers are experts at bringing your vision to life. They’ll be with you every step of the way, giving as much or as little input as you wish.

    You can bring your own scraps, gems, and sketches, or work with us to start from scratch. Let’s make something amazing together!

    In-House Jewelry & Watch Repair


    We can usually replace your watch battery while you wait, but did you know we offer full service jewelry and watch repair?

    • Movement service
    • Watch restoration
    • Crystal replacement
    • Ring sizing
    • Prong work
    • Clasp repair
    • Pearl restringing
    • Engraving
    • And so much more!

    Each showroom has its own in-house jeweler, but we also have a national repair center in Cool Springs. If you’re in need of repair services, just drop by one of our stores and we’ll take it from there!

    our brentwood staff

    We can’t wait to serve you! Drop by and see us next time you’re in town.

    Store Hours:

    Mon — 9:30-6
    Tue — 9:30-6
    Wed — 9:30-6
    Thur — 9:30-6
    Fri — 9:30-6
    Sat — 9:30-5
    Sun — CLOSED

    Call: 615-221-4392
    Text: 615-594-0604

  • exterior of our Hendersonville location
    About SJR

    Our Hendersonville Showroom


    Conveniently located in the Glenbrook shopping center across from Target, our Hendersonville showroom is your one-stop-shop for all your jewelry needs. Whether you need a watch battery or want to create the ring of her dreams, we’ve got you covered.

    Diamonds, Luxury Watches, & Designer Jewelry


    effy designer jewelry

    As your local diamond guide, our goal is to present you with the finest diamond jewelry at the best prices around. Look no further for:

    • Engagement Rings
    • Diamond Studs
    • Tennis Bracelets
    • Diamond Pendants
    • Anniversary Bands
    • Diamond Fashion Jewelry

    Love designer jewelry? We do too! At our Hendersonville showroom, you can browse our large selection of Effy, Le Vian, Kit Heath, and Anna Zuckerman jewelry. Be sure to sign up for our email list so you can be the first to know about our annual Effy and Le Vian trunk shows!

    rolex watch closeup

    In addition to our classic watch lines–like Citizen, Bulova, Hamilton, and Tissot–we carry luxury pre-owned watches as well! You’ll find Rolex, TAG Heuer, Baume & Mercier, Breitling, and our stock is always changing! You never know what you might find at our Hendersonville showroom.

    Have a luxury watch you’d like to sell? Bring it in and let’s make a deal! We’re always looking to expand our selection.

    Custom Jewelry Design


    custom engagement ring featuring a diamond at the center surrounded by rubies

    Looking for something one-of-a-kind? We can make it! With years of hands-on experience, our designers are experts at bringing your vision to life. They’ll be with you every step of the way, giving as much or as little input as you wish.

    You can bring your own scraps, gems, and sketches, or work with us to start from scratch. Let’s make something amazing together!

    In-House Jewelry & Watch Repair


    We can usually replace your watch battery while you wait, but did you know we offer full service jewelry and watch repair?

    • Movement service
    • Watch restoration
    • Crystal replacement
    • Ring sizing
    • Prong work
    • Clasp repair
    • Pearl restringing
    • Engraving
    • And so much more!

    Each showroom has its own in-house jeweler, but we also have a national repair center in Cool Springs. If you’re in need of repair services, just drop by one of our stores and we’ll take it from there!

    Meet the Jeweler


    Woody Pridgen

    When it comes to Woody Pridgen, you can rest assured that your precious jewelry is in great hands. Woody has an amazing 41 years of experience as a jeweler, beginning as an apprentice at Castleman Jewelers in Inglewood. We were thrilled to make him the in-house jeweler at Hendersonville over two years ago, and he’s been making happy customers every since.

    His favorite repair? Retipping and restoring rings. In fact, he even created a one-of-a-kind ring for his wife to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary! When he’s not at his jeweler’s bench, he’s at the zoo with his grandkids.

    Meet the Managers


    Davis Carr, Store Manager

    Davis Carr joined the Service Jewelry & Repair team in 2021, but she’s been in the jewelry business for eight years. Whether it’s diamonds or Swiss watches, Davis knows her stuff. She’s certified by the Diamond Council of America (DCA), received extensive Swiss watch training, and is always continuing her professional education

    Of course, her connection with our customers is where she truly shines. Her favorite memory made at SJR is of a woman who had recently lost her daughter to a rare childhood cancer.

    Come to find out, I met her daughter over 5 years ago at my previous place. We created a custom ring in memorial of her daughter. It had her daughter’s diamond earrings, diamonds from her cross, and her daughter’s birthstone in the center.

    When she’s not at work, Davis loves to play pickleball and try new restaurants.

    Julie Dyer, Assistant Store Manager

    Julie Dyer holding a diamond

    Julie Dyer has been in the jewelry business for over five years, and we were lucky enough to bring her on a little over a year ago. She has extensive training on all things diamond and knows a thing or two about repairs too. In fact, she loves fixing things and does so outside of work too! When she’s not working, she also enjoys the outdoors, taking pictures of the sky, and spending time with her three children.

    We can’t wait to serve you! Drop by and see us next time you’re in town.

    Store Hours:

    Mon — 9:30-6
    Tue — 9:30-6
    Wed — 9:30-6
    Thur — 9:30-6
    Fri — 9:30-6
    Sat — 9:30-5
    Sun — CLOSED

    Call: 615-826-5338
    Text: 615-609-0449

  • le vian one day only
    Designers,  Diamonds,  Events

    Le Vian Trunk Show – Win a $1000 gift card!

    You’re invited to the exclusive Le Vian Trunk Show! For one day only, each store will be flooded with hundreds and hundreds of fabulous Le Vian pieces, including limited edition jewelry! Go ahead and make an appointment now for $100 OFF any purchase at the show, but the goodies don’t stop there!

    Enter to win a $1000 SJR GIFT CARD at the Le Vian Trunk Show!

    aquaprase

    MAY 10 ONLY
    Brentwood Showroom
    9:30am – 6:00pm

    782 Old Hickory Blvd., Suite 104
    Brentwood, TN 37027
    615-221-4392
    615-594-0604 (Text or Call)

    chocolate diamonds

    MAY 11 ONLY
    Hendersonville Showroom
    9:30am – 6:00pm

    1050 Glenbrook Way, Suite 400
    Hendersonville, TN 37075
    615-826-5338
    (615) 609-0449 (Text or Call)

    Le Vian – a rich history, across centuries

    Le Vian is a family-owned jewelry company whose history goes back to the 15th century. By 1746, Le Vian caught the eye of one of Persia’s greatest rulers, who put them in charge of guarding his vast collection of precious gems and jewelry. Ever since, Le Vian has carried that tradition with them, seeing themselves as “guardians of the jewels.”

    Part of how they do that is with a certification that outlines key details about your Le Vian, plus if you register your piece, Le Vian will repair it completely free for your entire life!

    You can learn more about Le Vian here.

    Book your appointment now!


    Preferred Time

    No purchase necessary to enter the $1000 SJR gift card drawing. One entry per customer. Gift card can be used at the Brentwood or Hendersonville store locations. Gift card does not expire. Drawing will take place on May 12. See associate for full details.

  • find the perfect gift for your valentine - starting at $79
    Events

    Find the perfect gift for your Valentine!

    From fabulous doorbusters to our amazing $100 off $500+ deal, you’re sure to find the absolute perfect gift for that special someone! Get your $100 off $500+ coupon and check out our special Valentine’s Day deals below!

    Forever Rose

    JUST $99

    Why settle for flowers that will wilt and fade with time? Give your Valentine a gilded Forever Rose, the gift that lasts a lifetime!

    1/2ct Lab Grown Diamond Studs

    JUST $499

    You can never go wrong with a pair of classic diamond studs!

    Heart Earrings, Necklace or Bracelet

    JUST $79 EACH

    These gorgeous sterling silver pieces are available in cornelian red, black onyx, or white mother of pearl!

    Brentwood Showroom

    782 Old Hickory Blvd., Suite 104
    Brentwood, TN 37027
    615-221-4392
    615-594-0604 (Text or Call)

    Hendersonville Showroom

    1050 Glenbrook Way, Suite 400
    Hendersonville, TN 37075
    615-826-5338
    (615) 609-0449 (Text or Call)

  • 12 deals of christmas - register to win
    Events

    12 Days of Deals

    We’re so excited for our 12 Days of Deals — starting December 5th and ending on December 20th! During this awesome event, we’ll be offering a new daily deal Monday-Friday that you won’t want to miss! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@servicejewelry) to check out each deal, available in-stores only!

    But that’s not all — you can also register to win the GRAND PRIZE, no purchase necessary! One lucky winner will receive:

    • Two tickets to the 25TH TRANSPERFECT MUSIC CITY BOWL
    • Two $200 gift certificates to PUCKETT’S RESTAURANT
    • $500 JEWELRY SHOPPING SPREE to Service Jewelry & Repair

    Brentwood Showroom

    782 Old Hickory Blvd., Suite 104
    Brentwood, TN 37027
    615-221-4392
    615-594-0604 (Text or Call)

    Hendersonville Showroom

    1050 Glenbrook Way, Suite 400
    Hendersonville, TN 37075
    615-826-5338
    (615) 609-0449 (Text or Call)

    CONTEST DETAILS:

    • Must be 18 years or older to enter. No purchase necessary.
    • Employees of Service Jewelry & Repair, Puckett’s, Nashville Sports and Caldwell Marketing International are not eligible to win.
    • Enter as often as you’d like in-store or online.
    • By entering, winner consents to having name and image used on social media by Service Jewelry & Repair and its agents.
    • Winner to be selected from all entrants on December 20, 2022 and announced on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Winner to be formally contacted by Service Jewelry & Repair representatives.
  • NOV 10-12 it's our 20th anniversary, but you're getting all the treats! storewide savings up to 50% off, extra 10% off with appointment
    Events

    20th Anniversary Sale – Up to 50% OFF storewide!

    For three days only, we’re celebrating our 20th Anniversary with a HUGE storewide sale! You can save up to 50% OFF throughout our local showrooms and even get an EXTRA 10% OFF when you make an appointment below! Come see us November 10-12 and join the celebration!

    Brentwood Showroom

    782 Old Hickory Blvd., Suite 104
    Brentwood, TN 37027
    615-221-4392
    615-594-0604 (Text or Call)

    Hendersonville Showroom

    1050 Glenbrook Way, Suite 400
    Hendersonville, TN 37075
    615-826-5338
    (615) 609-0449 (Text or Call)

    Book your appointment now!


    Preferred Time

  • gold & swiss watch buying event, up to 60% off clearance
    Miscellaneous

    Gold & Swiss Watch Buying + Clearance Event!

    We’re so excited about our two upcoming events at our showrooms! Take advantage of all-time high gold prices at our Gold & Swiss Watch buying event, plus save BIG at our clearance event!

    Bring in your unwanted gold, silver, diamonds and Swiss watches for INSTANT payment. Plus, you can get a 20% BONUS if you choose a store credit!

    While you’re in, you won’t want to miss our clearance event! ALL clearance merchandise will be up to 60% OFF, and you can get an additional 10% OFF if you make an appointment!

    Brentwood Events

    SEPT 16th & 17th ONLY

    782 Old Hickory Blvd., Suite 104
    Brentwood, TN 37027
    615-221-4392
    615-594-0604 (Text or Call)

    Hendersonville Events

    SEPT 23rd & 24th ONLY

    1050 Glenbrook Way, Suite 400
    Hendersonville, TN 37075
    615-826-5338
    (615) 609-0449 (Text or Call)

    Book your appointment now!


    Preferred Time

  • SJR Diamond Bridal Warranty
    Miscellaneous

    You buy it…SJR takes care of the warranty.

    Did you know Service Jewelry and Repair offers a Lifetime Warranty* on every diamond bridal purchase?  Our Lifetime Warranty* is free of charge and includes any repair work your precious stone ring needs – resizing, prong retipping, stone replacement – EVEN THE CENTER STONE! 

    No need to bring it in for inspections! However, it’s a good idea to bring it in for cleaning and stone check a couple times a year to keep it in great shape. An engagement ring is meant to last a lifetime. When you buy it from Service Jewelry and Repair, we’ll make sure it does! 

    Once you purchase an engagement ring from Service Jewelry and Repair, you become part of our family. We love being a part of this special time in your life.  Get lifetime assurance from your forever diamond store – Service Jewelry and Repair.

    Shop our stunning line of engagement rings in our stores or online here.

    * Lifetime warranty does not cover theft, loss or mysterious disappearance of the product, tampering with prongs or other elements designed to secure diamonds or gemstones, natural flaws and inclusions in diamonds and gemstones, damage from accident or introduction of foreign objects into the product, abuse, neglect, misuse, product upgrades or unauthorized repairs.

  • Le Vian 2022 Trunk Show
    Designers,  Events

    Le Vian® Trunk Show

    You’re invited to the 2022 Le Vian® Trunk Show, coming to each of our retail stores for one day only! No one colors your world like Le Vian®, and you simply cannot miss this exclusive event! The trunk show features brand new designs plus your classic favorites—all at incredible, one-day show prices! Make your appointment in advance, and you can even get a $100 discount on your show purchase!

    Brentwood

    March 29, 2022
    9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
    782 Old Hickory Blvd | Suite 104

    Hendersonville

    March 30, 2022
    9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
    1050 Glenbrook Way | Suite 400

    Make an appointment & get $100 OFF your purchase!


    Time(required)

  • 12 days of service - a wonderland of savings every day
    Events

    The 12 Days of Service

    You’re invited to a Wonderland of Savings every day until Christmas! Just for stopping by, you get a free jewelry gift*! Check out our amazing deals and new holiday hours below!

    • Day 1-3 (12/13-12/15): take 30% OFF watches (Excluding luxury pre-owned Tag & Rolex. Also excluding clearance watches which are 50% OFF!)
    • Day 4-6 (12/16-12/18): take 30% OFF gemstones (excluding LeVian) PLUS shop all the discounts from Days 1-3!
    • Day 7-9 (12/19-12/21): take 30% OFF Effy and 20% OFF LeVian PLUS shop all the discounts from Days 1-6!
    • Day 10-12 (12/22-12/24): take 20% OFF diamond fashion & diamond engagement rings (excluding diamond solitaires and diamond studs) PLUS shop all the discounts from Days 1-9!

    *One free jewelry gift per person while supplies last – no purchase necessary.

    Holiday Hours (from 12/13 – 12/24)

    Monday – Friday 9:30am-7:00pm
    Saturday 9:30am-5:00pm
    Sunday 1:00pm-5:00pm
    Christmas Eve 9:30am-4:00pm

  • 3 day sale - nov 12-14
    Events

    3 Day Sale – Lowest Prices of the Year!

    Get ready for OUR BIGGEST SALE OF THE YEAR! We’re so excited to invite you to the 3 Day Sale, where you can enjoy savings up to 50% OFF storewide. Plus, you’ll get a fabulous FREE JEWELRY GIFT just for stopping by!

    18kt white gold 1.0ct diamond pendant

    3 DAY SALE STORE HOURS


    Friday, November 12
    9:30am – 6:00pm

    Saturday, November 13
    9:30am – 5:00pm

    Sunday, November 14
    1:00pm – 5:00pm

    BRENTWOOD SHOWROOM

    782 Old Hickory Blvd
    Suite 104
    615-221-4392

    HENDERSONVILLE SHOWROOM

    1050 Glenbrook Way
    Suite 400
    615-826-5338

    SALE PREVIEW


    PEARLS 40% OFF
    DIAMOND FASHION 30% OFF
    (excluding diamond studs & solitaires)

    RAYMOND WEIL & ALPINA 50% OFF
    LEVIAN 20% OFF
    EFFY 40% OFF
    WATCHES 30% OFF
    (including Hamilton, Tissot, Bulova, Citizen, Movado, & Seiko)
    SILVER & CZ JEWELRY 50% OFF
    DIAMOND STUDS & SOLITAIRES 10% OFF

    COLORED GEMSTONES 40% OFF
    (excluding LeVian)
    LUXURY WATCHES 10% OFF
    (excluding pre-owned Rolex & Tag)
    DIAMOND BRIDAL 20% OFF
    (including bridal sets, semi-mounts, engagement rings, & wedding bands)
    GOLD JEWELRY 40% OFF
    (excluding wedding bands)
    MEN’S JEWELRY 30% OFF
    CLEARANCE 50% OFF + 10% OFF
    KID’S JEWELRY 30% OFF

  • sjr update
    About SJR,  Miscellaneous

    An important message from our CEO

    As our Middle Tennessee teachers and children begin preparations for the school year and a “new” normal, Service Jewelry and Repair encourages everyone to remain vigilant as we continue to wrestle with the effects of COVID-19 and its variants. Whether you mask and vaccinate or choose control of your personal healthcare, we’re all in this together.

    For those suffering long term effects from COVID-19 or patients battling infection like native son, Phil Valentine, we offer our continued prayers and support. Unfortunately, too many in our community have also lost loved ones to this disease, and the ensuing pandemic has disrupted so much in our daily routines and lives.

    However, we believe in our community, and together we’ll emerge a stronger and better Nashville. Service Jewelry and Repair appreciates our customers, and we’ll do everything possible to protect your safety and trust.

    -Mark Tornello, CEO

  • peridot and diamond earrings
    Birthstones,  Gemstones

    August Birthday Gift Guide

    Looking for the perfect August birthday gift for that special someone? Look no further than Service Jewelry & Repair! August’s birthstone is peridot (which you can learn more about here), and we have peridot jewelry for all budgets and tastes. Not in the market for jewelry? We’ve picked out some great watches too!

    Peridot Jewelry


    peridot earrings

    Kit Heath Peridot Silver Earrings – $45

    Created by UK designer Kit Heath, these adorable sterling silver earrings make a perfect–and affordable–birthstone gift! There’s even a matching necklace!

    peridot and white topaz pendant

    10kt Yellow Gold Peridot & White Topaz Pendant – $400

    This lovely pendant features a pear shaped 1.90ct peridot and a glittering white topaz accent.

    peridot and diamond earrings

    14kt White Gold Peridot & Diamond Earrings – $940

    In timeless white gold, these beautiful earrings feature round cut peridot with petite diamond accents.

    1.05ctw Peridot Wedding Set – $2850

    For an unforgettable birthday, how about popping the question with this stunning peridot wedding set?

    You can see our entire selection of peridot jewelry here!

    Watches


    seiko solar watch with green canvas strap

    Seiko Men’s Essential Solar Watch – $205

    For the outdoor-lover, this Seiko watch features a durable canvas strap, easy to read luminescent dial markers, and is recharged by the sun!

    green raymond weil tango watch

    Raymond Weil Tango Sport Watch – $995

    For the green-lover, this Raymond Weil Tango watch features all stainless steel construction, green rotating bezel, plus a green second hand.

    two-tone rolex 1991 watch with diamond bezel

    Pre-Owned Rolex 1991 Oyster Perpetual Datejust – $7900

    This stunning Rolex features 18kt gold accents, 10 diamonds on its jet black dial, plus diamonds all around the bezel–truly a show-stopping birthday gift!

    If you still need help deciding, why not pop into one our stores? We’re always ready and happy to help!

  • effy trunk show - two days only - brentwood august 18 - hendersonville august 19
    Designers,  Events

    Effy Trunk Show – Two Days Only!

    We’re honored to host an exclusive trunk show one of our favorite designers–Effy Jewelry! Effy is a family owned company that creates gorgeous jewelry for men and women, and their trunk shows never disappoint! You’ll find a huge selection of brand new pieces at amazing prices–plus get an extra 10% off if you make an appointment! This awesome event will be at each store for ONE DAY ONLY, so mark your calendars!

    Brentwood Event – Aug 18

    782 Old Hickory Blvd. Suite 104
    Brentwood, TN 37027
    Open 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM

    Hendersonville Event – Aug 19

    1050 Glenbrook Way, Suite 400
    Hendersonville, TN 37075
    Open 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM

    You can browse our current selection of Effy jewelry here, and you can read more about what makes this designer so special here! We hope to see you there!

    Book an appointment for an extra 10% off your purchase!


    Time

  • Gold & Swiss Watch buying event + clearance event
    Miscellaneous

    Gold & Swiss Watch Buying + Clearance Event!

    We’re so excited about our two upcoming events at our showrooms! Take advantage of all-time high gold prices at our Gold & Swiss Watch buying event, plus save BIG at our clearance event!

    Bring in your unwanted gold, silver, diamonds and Swiss watches for INSTANT payment. Plus, you can get a 20% BONUS if you choose a store credit!

    While you’re in, you won’t want to miss our clearance event! ALL clearance merchandise will be 50% OFF, and you can get an additional 10% OFF if you make an appointment!

    Brentwood Events

    JULY 9th & 10th ONLY

    782 Old Hickory Blvd., Suite 104
    Brentwood, TN 37027
    615-221-4392

    Hendersonville Events

    JULY 16th & 17th ONLY

    1050 Glenbrook Way, Suite 400
    Hendersonville, TN 37075
    615-826-5338

    Book your appointment now!


    Preferred Time

  • Miscellaneous

    Amethyst: February’s Birthstone

    If you were born in February, your beautiful birthstone is amethyst. A purple variety of quartz, amethyst can range from light lilac to deep purple. Today we’ll share some interesting amethyst facts, how to care for this gemstone, and show you a few of our favorite pieces in every budget range!

    A Royal Favorite


    If you checked the jewelry and gem collections of kings and queens—even those who reigned thousands of years ago—you’d find amethyst. The deep purple variety was a particular favorite, because it was believed to give the wearer strength and a clear head—important qualities for any leader to possess.

    Le Vian Deep Purple Amethyst Ring

    Similar to the shade preferred by the ancients, this Le Vian designer ring features a gorgeous amethyst at the center plus diamond accents.

    Interestingly, amethyst got its name from the Greek word “amethystos,” which means “a remedy against drunkenness.” The ancient Greeks associated amethyst’s purple color with wine—and thus with the god Bacchus—and believed that drinking from an amethyst-adorned goblet would protect them from intoxication!

    They may not have been right about that, but amethyst’s allure has remained unchanged throughout the centuries. In addition to being February’s birthstone, amethyst is also traditionally given as a gift for the sixth and seventeenth wedding anniversaries.

    Care & Keeping


    If you’re lucky enough to own an amethyst or two, follow these tips to keep it looking as gorgeous as ever.

    • Since amethyst is a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness, it’s tough enough for daily wear in a ring. However, since it’s not quite as tough as rubies or diamonds, you might have to have your amethyst re-polished at some point. For worry-free daily wear, choose amethyst earrings or a pendant!
    • For similar reasons, you’ll want to store your amethyst jewelry away from any stone above a 7 on the Mohs scale (diamonds, rubies, sapphires, etc.) in order to prevent scratching.
    • Likewise, amethyst can scratch any stone below a 7 on the Mohs scale (pearls, opal, etc.), so it’s always best to space your pieces out within a plush jewelry box.

    Effy 14ktw Amethyst Ring

    This Effy designer ring features a lighter shade of amethyst plus diamond accents all set in timeless 14kt white gold.

    • Extreme exposure to sunlight can cause amethyst to fade dramatically. Normal exposure—like running errands around town or taking a walk in the park—won’t cause any issues, but you wouldn’t want to wear it to the beach or out in the desert sun every day.
    • Amethyst is super easy to clean—just use a soft brush with warm, soapy water or use an ultrasonic cleaner—but you’ll want to steer clear of steamers.

    The Perfect Birthday Gift


    If there’s a February baby in your life—or you’re looking to treat yourself—take a look at these curated gifts from our stores. You’re sure to find something for all budgets and styles!

    Sterling Silver Amethyst Studs

    These adorable sterling silver studs feature the lilac variety of amethyst. At only $135, these earrings make a great affordable gift!

    Sterling Silver Amethyst Ring

    This sterling silver ring actually has two shades of amethyst! At only $200, it’s affordable and absolutely gorgeous.

    14ktw Amethyst & Diamond Pendant

    Another piece featuring the deep purple shade, this 14kt white gold pendant has lovely diamond accents and is priced at $560.

    14ktw Amethyst & Diamond Fashion Ring

    For the lady who loves large, dazzling gems, this 14kt white gold ring features an 11mm checkerboard amethyst plus a double halo of diamonds—all for $800!

    Shop all amethyst jewelry online or visit us in-store to see it all in person! We hope to serve you soon!

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    Diamonds,  Events

    Valentine’s Gift Guide

    It’s February, and love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show that special someone just how much you care. Sometimes, finding the perfect gift can be daunting, but don’t worry—we’re here to help!

    Not only is all diamond fashion 20% OFF in-store and online, but we’ve also put together a Valentine’s day gift guide! Check it out below to see a hand-picked selection of gorgeous pieces for all budgets and styles.

    Under $100


    In-Store Special – $19.99

    This adorable sterling silver heart is stamped with Love—and only costs $19.99! You can’t go wrong with this sweet little pendant.

    chamilia charms and beads

    Chamilia Beads & Charms – $10

    For the charm bracelet lover, Chamilia beads and charms are the way to go. These sterling silver treasures are 50% OFF online and ONLY $10 each in-store!

    cz & silver heart pendant

    Katie Nickelle CZ Heart – $50

    Another sterling silver treasure, this petite pendant features glittering cubic zirconia plus an adorable gift box!

    titanium cufflinks

    Titanium Cuff Links – $80

    Lightweight yet amazingly strong, these titanium cuff links make an excellent gift for a professional man.

    pearl studs

    Pearl Earrings – $80

    Every lady needs a pair of pearl earrings. These are mounted on 14kt white gold posts and are perfect for any occasion!

    cz ring

    Sterling Silver & CZ Ring – $99

    For the lady who loves a little bit of bling, this one speaks for itself—just look at that sparkle!

    Under $500


    custom made heart pendant

    Custom Made Heart Pendant – $100

    For the lover of all things local, this gorgeous sterling silver pendant was actually designed & crafted right here at Service Jewelry & Repair!

    diamond cuff links

    Diamond & Stainless Steel Cuff Links- $100

    Another classy gift for a professional man, these cuff links are crafted from durable stainless steel and feature tiny diamond accents.

    pink sapphire earrings

    Pink Sapphire Earrings – $200

    For the lady who loves pink, these sterling silver earrings feature gorgeous created pink sapphires plus white sapphire accents!

    diamond pendant

    0.25ctw Diamond Pendant – $300

    Set in classic 14kt yellow gold, this 0.25ctw princess cut diamond will definitely put a smile on her face!

    diamond heart necklace

    1.00ct Diamond Heart Pendant – $400

    There’s nothing more classic than a diamond heart pendant. This one is made from stunning 10kt white gold and features 20 mesmerizing diamonds!

    diamond studs

    0.25ctw Diamond Studs – $400

    Diamond studs are an absolute staple in any woman’s jewelry box. This pair is set in 14kt white gold, accenting that signature diamond sparkle!

    natural quartz pendant

    Yellow Quartz Pendant- $420

    For the lover of natural gems, this pear-shaped quartz pendant will not disappoint! Featuring one-of-a-kind inclusions, she’ll be admiring her precious gem for years to come.

    effy cuff links

    EFFY Two-Tone Cuff Links – $495

    For the man with incredible style, these EFFY cuff links feature rows of jet black sapphires accented by gold detailing.

    Under $1000


    levian morganite pendant

    Le Vian Morganite Pendant – $599

    For the woman who loves designer jewelry, this Le Vian pendant will definitely delight! Made from 14kt rose gold, it features chocolate and vanilla diamonds plus trendy morganite!

    diamond pendant

    0.35ctw Diamond Pendant – $680

    For the diamond lover, you won’t want to miss this deal! This 14kt white gold pendant is 20% now until Valentine’s Day!

    gents diamond ring

    Gentleman’s Diamond Ring – $720

    Another amazing diamond-lover deal—this 10kt yellow gold ring features 5 diamonds and is 20% now until Valentine’s Day!

    levian paw pendant

    Le Vian Paw Pendant – $799

    Is your sweetheart a pet lover? Look no further than this diamond-encrusted paw print pendant, featuring 14kt rose gold plus chocolate and vanilla diamonds!

    effy heart pendant

    EFFY Diamond Heart Pendant – $820

    This petite designer pendant blends traditional and modern design—perfect for the lady with trendy taste!

    garnet band

    Red Garnet & Diamond Ring – $900

    For the lady with classic style, a subtle gemstone band like this will always stand the test of time.

    $1000 & Above


    garnet and diamond earrings

    Red Garnet & Diamond Earrings – $1000

    These red garnet & diamond earrings are perfect for the lady who loves romantic gestures. Made from 14kt yellow gold, these earrings will last a lifetime and beyond.

    effy arrow ring

    EFFY Arrow Diamond Ring – $1075

    Help cupid strike her heart with this diamond-encrusted arrow ring by EFFY—another delightful gift for any designer jewelry lover.

    rg diamond bracelet

    Rose Gold & Diamond Bracelet – $1400

    20% off now until Valentine’s Day, this rose gold & diamond bangle-style bracelet is adjustable to fit a variety of wrist sizes!

    engagement

    14ktw Diamond Engagement Ring – $2000

    Are you ready for the grandest romantic gesture of all? How about a stunning diamond engagement ring to pop the big question!?

    levian ombre earrings

    Le Vian Ombre Sapphire Earrings – $2248

    Ombre sapphires and 14kt rose gold make these hoop earrings an easy pick for the woman who’s always on trend.

    diamond studs

    1.00ctw Diamond Studs – $2500

    We’ll say it again because it’s true—every lady needs a pair of gorgeous diamond studs! At 1.00ctw, these are absolute STUNNERS!

    cluster diamond ring

    18kt Diamond Fashion Ring – $7200

    20% off now until Valentine’s Day, this amazing ring is enough to make any serious diamond lover swoon!

    Looking for the personal touch?


    Virtual Personal Shopping

    As always, our friendly sales associates are ready to assist you in-store, but if you’d rather stay home and don’t want to shop online, we’re offering our Contactless Concierge service too!

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  • About SJR,  Watch & Jewelry Repair

    Meet the Jewelers – Bee Taylor

    Did you know we have on-site jewelers at both of our stores? Not only do they handle our same-day repairs, but they also tackle some of our most complex and creative jobs too! Today, we want to introduce you to the jeweler at our Hendersonville store: Bee Taylor.

    From the Counter to the Bench


    Bee’s career has always been in the jewelry industry, but she didn’t start out as a jeweler. Instead, she began as a sales associate at a big box store, where she found a love for customer service. By helping her customers solve problems big and small, Bee learned the basics of quartz watch repair and laser welding. But it wasn’t until she inherited her aunt’s wedding set that jewelry design became a true passion.

    Bee’s aunt’s wedding set

    “I guess I kind of got lucky falling into my career path. I knew I wanted to become a jewelry designer before I knew I wanted to be a jeweler.”

    In those well-worn rings, Bee saw the potential for something new to be born. Separating the two pieces, she fashioned the yellow gold band into a pendant and added the stunning pear diamond as its accent. As for the main ring itself, she brought back its original splendor and added a gorgeous trillion cut alexandrite. Not only is alexandrite her favorite, but it’s also the birthstone she shares with her aunt and mother.

    Bee’s finished designs

    Once she started learning about jewelry design, she was hooked. Bee absorbed all the information she could find—everything from independent research to practicing on her own jewelry to watching more experienced jewelers. After years of honing her craft, she knew she wanted to move to the bench full time, providing a better quality product and service than what the big box stores were offering.

    Joining Service Jewelry & Repair


    In 2019, we were lucky enough to bring Bee on board, and her commitment to quality and customer service has continued to grow. To Bee, every piece that lands on her bench is special, and she loves nothing more than bringing back its former glory. When that can’t be done, she’s not one to give up easy.

    “I love taking apart antique jewelry and making something new out of it. I like to be creative and find new solutions to unsolvable problems.”

    Take the piece below, for example. The ring was so lovely, but simply too worn to be properly repaired. Bee’s solution? Turning the magnificent white gold detailing (and the diamond, of course!) into a unique pendant.

    Her talents don’t stop there, though! Bee also creates original designs using state-of-the-art CAD technology. If you’re not familiar with CAD, it’s an awesome design process that starts with a 3D model and finishes with 3D wax printing! It’s at the core of our custom design process and one of the many ways we can bring your ideas to life.

    A selection of Bee’s 3D CAD designs

    Come See Bee at Hendersonville!


    Whether you need your ring retipped (her favorite repair!) or need someone to rescue your favorite piece, Bee is ready to serve you! Come on down today and see what she can do for you.

    Hendersonville Location
    1050 Glenbrook Way, Suite 400
    Hendersonville, TN 37075
    615-826-5338
    Mon-Fri 9:30-6:00
    Sat 9:30-5:00
    Sun CLOSED

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    About SJR,  Events,  Miscellaneous

    Contactless Concierge Service

    As we ring in the New Year, we just wanted to let you know that we’re still offering our Contactless Concierge service for your safety and convenience. As always, our stores are open and ready to serve you, but if you prefer or need to stay at home, we’ve got you covered!

    Virtual Shopping Appointments


    As always, you can shop online at our website, but what if you need help finding the perfect gift or simply prefer the friendly service of our associates? That’s where our Contactless Concierge service comes in!

    Virtual personal shopping appointments take place through Zoom or Facetime. You choose the time, store, and even your favorite sales associate! Just let us know what (or who) you’re shopping for, and we’ll do the rest!

    After you complete your purchase, simply choose curbside pickup or receive FREE shipping if you spend over $100! Use the form below to setup your appointment today!

    Book an Appointment


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    Birthstones,  Education,  Gemstones

    Garnet: January’s Birthstone

    Happy birthday, January babies! Your lovely birthstone is garnet. Lets take a look at what makes this precious stone so special.

    An Ancient Adornment


    The name “garnet” comes from the Latin word granatus, which means “pomegranate.” Though this gem is usually found in its deep red variety (hence the name), it actually comes in orange, yellow, purple and even green too!

    Artifacts featuring red garnets have been found across the ancient world. From Egyptian necklaces to Roman signet rings to the favorite adornments of medieval clergy and nobles, it’s easy to see that garnets were a highly valued gem.

    Gorgeous garnet and diamond ring in 14kt white gold – available here!

    This trend continued into more modern eras too, especially among the Victorians. Lovely red garnets were used as embellishments for everything from hair combs to choker-style necklaces. During this time, most garnets were mined in Bohemia, which was famous for these exquisite gems.

    Today, the vast majority are mined in Africa, but believe it or not, Southern California was once know for producing them too! In fact, various deposits are scattered across the globe, all the way from Afghanistan to Brazil.

    Care & Keeping


    Interestingly, not all garnets have the same hardness rating on the Mohs scale. These beauties can range anywhere between 6.5 to 7.5, making them a stone that requires a bit more care. That’s why you’ll often find garnets set in earrings, pendants or fashion rings rather than engagement rings. That way your garnet is not subjected to the various bumps and scrapes of daily wear.

    All that being said, it’s super easy to clean garnets. Warm soapy water and a soft brush will get the job done at home, or you can use an ultrasonic cleaner (so long as you’re sure your garnet is not fractured/fracture filled). However, always be sure to store your garnet jewelry away from other jewelry. Harder stones (like diamonds, rubies, or sapphires) can scratch it, while garnets themselves can scratch softer stones (like pearls or opal).

    January Gift Guide


    Looking for the perfect birthday gift for that special someone? Here’s a small selection of a few of our favorite garnet pieces.

    Sterling Silver Garnet Studs

    These dainty earrings are an affordable birthstone gift for that special someone–just $142!

    Le Vian 1.90ct Rhodelite Garnet & .13ct Diamond Pendant

    You can never go wrong with a designer piece from Le Vian! This gorgeous 14kt gold pendant is only $849!

    Le Vian 0.65ct Purple Garnet & .42ct Diamond Ring

    For a nontraditional choice, how about this purple garnet ring–also by Le Vian! This gorgeous piece is only $1,199!

    Shop the entire collection of garnet jewelry here, stop by one of our stores, or use our Contactless Concierge service! We hope to serve you soon!

  • About SJR,  Events

    Black Friday Sale!

    Are you ready for the annual Black Friday sale?! With savings up to 50% off throughout the entire store PLUS a $99 pendant doorbuster*, you won’t want to miss this event!

    November 27 & 28 Only

    9:30 AM – 6:00 PM

    Brentwood

    782 Old Hickory Blvd. Suite 104
    Brentwood, TN 37027
    (615) 221-4392

    Hendersonville

    1050 Glenbrook Way, Suite 400
    Hendersonville, TN 37075
    615-826-5338

    $99 CZ & Sterling Silver Pendant


    While supplies last, score this STUNNING sterling silver & cubic zirconia three-stone pendant for only $99!

    Contactless Shopping Available


    Need to stay home this holiday season but don’t want to miss out on all the deals? We’ve got you covered! Even though this sale is in-store only, you can still take advantage of this limited time sale through our Contactless Concierge Service! Simply choose your preferred store, time, and friendly sales associate, and we’ll do the rest–complete with curbside pickup or FREE shipping over $100!

    If that sounds good to you, use the form below to book your appointment now!

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    About SJR,  Events

    Contactless Concierge Service

    This holiday season may be a bit different than what we’re used to, but our spirit of giving doesn’t have to be! Even though our stores are open and ready to serve you, we understand that some people need or prefer to stay home.

    As always, you can shop online at our website, but what if you need help finding the perfect gift or simply prefer the friendly service of our associates? Just for you, we’re introducing a brand new way of shopping: our Contactless Concierge Service!

    Virtual Personal Shopping


    This season, we’re offering virtual personal shopping appointments through Zoom and Facetime. You choose the time, store, and even your favorite sales associate! Just let us know what (or who) you’re shopping for, and we’ll do the rest!

    After you complete your purchase, simply choose curbside pickup or receive FREE shipping if you spend over $100! Use the form below to setup your appointment today!

    Book an Appointment


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  • Two Day Sale Nov 13-14
    About SJR,  Events

    Two Day Sale!

    We’re so excited to invite you to our annual Two Day Sale event—our biggest sale of the year! Stop by November 13-14 for amazing deals you will NOT want to miss! Plus, if you make an appointment, you’ll receive an additional 10% off your entire purchase! That’s right—an extra 10% off our fantastic sale prices!

    November 13-14

    We’re giving away a free gift to the first 10 customers to make a purchase each day!

    Brentwood Store

    782 Old Hickory Blvd. Suite 104
    Brentwood, TN 37027
    615-221-4392
    Open 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM

    Hendersonville Store

    1050 Glenbrook Way, Suite 400
    Hendersonville, TN 37075
    615-826-5338
    Open 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM

    PLUS

    Get a FREE Bundtlet cake with any in-store purchase!

    These delicious mini desserts are locally made by Nothing Bundt Cake and are the perfect compliment to our sweet deals!

    For two days only, pretty much everything in-store will be up to 50% off! That includes our collections of Effy, Le Vian and other great designers! This sale is the perfect time to get that special piece you’ve had your eye on and to stock up on amazing gifts for the holidays—all at a fraction of the price!

    Discount Previews!


    50% off

    Silver Jewelry
    Silver & CZ Jewelry

    40% off

    Effy Jewelry
    Colored Gemstone Jewelry
    Pearls
    Gold Jewelry
    Raymond Weil
    Alpina

    30% off

    Watches (including most of our Luxury Pre-Owned Collection!)
    Inox Jewelry
    Kit Heath
    Diamond Fashion
    Men’s Jewelry
    Wedding Bands

    20% off

    Semi-Mounts
    Diamond Bands
    3-Stone Jewelry
    Le Vian
    Journey

    10% off

    Additional 10% off Clearance Watches & Jewelry
    Diamond Studs
    Diamond Solitaires
    Loose Diamonds
    Bridal *Mounted Engagement Rings
    Rolex

    Chamilia

    $10 Beads
    50% off Bracelets
    50% off Necklaces
    50% off Earrings

  • sapphire bracelet
    Birthstones,  Gemstones

    Happy Birthday, September Babies!

    Can you believe it’s already September?! Summer may be on its way out, but we have just the thing to chase your blues away–a sapphire birthstone gift! If you want to learn more about this amazing birthstone, check out our sapphire blog post, then take a look at some of our favorite pieces below!

    created sapphire & diamond ring

    10kt 5.0ct Created Blue Sapphire & 1.2ctw Created White Sapphire Ring

    With a stunning 5.0ct blue sapphire at the center & a price tag of only $600, you simply cannot go wrong with this ring!

    sapphire & diamond pendant

    14kt White Gold .330 Ctw Sapphire & Diamond Pendant

    Coming in right at $1000, this pendant makes an excellent keepsake, featuring a stunning round cut blue sapphire and diamond accents.

    blue sapphire earrings with diamonds

    14kt White Gold Sapphire & Diamond Earrings

    Reminiscent of royalty, these jaw-dropping earrings feature oval cut blue sapphires surrounded by diamond accents–and are only $1200!

    pink sapphire & diamond ring

    14kt Yellow Gold Pink Sapphire & .25ctw Diamond Ring

    Are blue sapphires not your style? Don’t worry, they come in almost every color! Check out this stunning oval cut pink sapphire ring, surrounded by two diamond halos!

    EFFY .620 Ctw Black Sapphire & Silver/Gold Cuff Links

    Add a little bling with these two-tone sterling silver cuff links, featuring rows of jet black sapphires.

    men's two tone effy ring with black sapphires

    EFFY .330 Ctw Black Sapphire & Silver/Gold Ring

    Why not complete the set with this stylish EFFY ring? It features the same jet black sapphires & two-tone style.

    Check out our full sapphire collection online, or better yet, drop by one of our stores and see it all in person!

    We hope to serve you soon!

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    Diamonds,  Events,  Gemstones,  Watches

    Two Day Gold Buying Event

    Did you know gold prices are at an all-time high? Take advantage of these amazing, limited-time prices at our upcoming Gold Buying Event! We’re offering INSTANT payment for your unwanted gold, silver, diamonds, and watches, plus a 20% BONUS if you choose a store credit!

    For your convenience, we’re hosting this event at both of our stores on separate weekends. Check out the details & make your appointment below:

    Hendersonville

    September 11-12

    1050 Glenbrook Way, Suite 400
    Hendersonville, TN 37075
    (615) 826-5338

    HOURS

    Friday the 11th • 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
    Saturday the 12th • 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

    Brentwood

    September 18-19

    782 Old Hickory Blvd. Suite 104
    Brentwood, TN 37027
    (615) 221-4392

    HOURS

    Friday the 18th • 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
    Saturday the 19th • 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

    Book an appointment


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    Don’t let this opportunity pass you by! Now is the perfect time to get top dollar for your unwanted jewelry and watches!

    We hope to see you soon!

  • effy & levian rings
    Designers,  Events

    Last Chance for our Effy + Le Vian Designer Event!

    Did you make it to our Effy + Le Vian Two Day Designer Event at the Hendersonville showroom last week? If not, don’t worry! This exclusive event is coming to the Brentwood showroom this week!

    August 21-22

    782 Old Hickory Blvd. Suite 104
    Brentwood, TN 37027

    If you aren’t familiar with these amazing designers, you should check out our spotlight posts on Effy and Le Vian for a little background on what makes them so special, but we think the selections below will make these designers an instant favorite!

    Le Vian .190ctw Vanilla Diamond & 14kt Strawberry Gold Ring

    Add a touch of royalty to your life with this diamond-encrusted tiara ring!

    effy blue topaz & silver bracelet

    Effy Blue Topaz & Sterling Silver Adjustable Bracelet

    Made to fit any wrist, this stylish Effy bracelet features seven oval cut blue topaz accents!

    levian citrine pendant

    Le Vian 14k Strawberry Gold & 1.60ct Citrine Pendant

    Featuring 0.10ctw chocolate diamond accents, this sunny pendant is perfect for summer!

    effy rainbow earrings

    Effy Multi-Gem Sterling Silver Earrings

    From fiery garnet to lovely peridot, these sterling silver earrings bring a cascade of sparkling color!

    You can browse our complete Effy and Le Vian collections online, but we’ll have brand new pieces ONLY available at the event! This is your last chance to save BIG on these amazing brands, so be sure to mark your calendar or make an appointment below for an extra 10% off your purchase! We hope to see you there!

    Receive an extra 10% OFF with appointment!


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    Birthstones,  Education,  Gemstones

    Peridot – August’s Birthstone

    Ranging from grassy green to yellowish green, peridot is the captivating birthstone of August. For thousands of years, peridot’s unique green hues have been treasured—and often mistaken for other gems! Today, we’ll learn a little bit about where peridot comes from, what makes it special, and how to care for it.

    From the Sky to the Earth


    Peridot is found across the world in places like China, Myanmar, Pakistan, Tanzania, Vietnam, and here the United States. Arizona is the main source in America, but Hawaii is home to the famous “Peridot Beach,” which awes visitors with its luminous green sands.

    Most of these peridot deposits were formed under extreme conditions by the earth itself, but did you know that some came from meteorites? That’s right–some deposits of gem quality peridot actually traveled all the way from outer space!

    peridot cocktail ring

    14kt White Gold Peridot & Diamond Estate Ring

    A stunning pear-shaped natural peridot set in white gold and surrounded by diamonds.

    No matter its origins, peridot has been a favorite gem for thousands of years, but its various green hues have also caused confusion. Lighter peridot has often been confused for green topaz, while its deeper green shades have been mistaken for emerald. In fact, many famous collections of “emeralds” actually turned out to be collections of peridot!

    Like many gemstones, ancient people believed peridot would protect them from evil spirits and nightmares. While we may not believe that today, peridot’s allure has remained unchanged. In addition to being August’s birthstone, peridot is also given to celebrate the 16th wedding anniversary.

    Care & Keeping


    Peridot is around 6.5 to 7.0 on the Mohs scale of hardness, which means it’s a bit softer than other favorites like sapphires or rubies. While you might not want to choose peridot for an everyday ring, it’s an excellent choice for earrings, pendants, and formal wear rings.

    oval cut peridot earrings

    14kt White Gold Peridot Earrings

    Perfect for everyday wear, these oval cut peridot earrings are set in classic white gold.

    Not only will you want to store peridot away from other gems (it could be scratched by tougher stones like diamonds), you’ll also want to take extra care when cleaning. Never use a steamer or ultrasonic cleaner, as these processes can permanently damage your stone! A gentle combination of warm water and mild soap will do the job just fine, but we can always do a thorough cleaning for you at our showrooms or corporate office!

    If you’re in the market for the perfect August birthday gift or simply a peridot lover, why not drop by our showrooms and take a look? Or, if you’d rather shop from the comfort of your own home, take a look at our full collection online here! We hope to serve you soon!

  • effy & levian rings
    About SJR,  Designers,  Events

    Effy + Le Vian: Two Day Designer Event!

    We’re so excited to announce our upcoming Two Day Designer Event featuring Effy & Le Vian! In addition to awesome sales on our current collection, we’re bringing in designer pieces that will ONLY be available during this event!

    For your convenience, this exclusive event will be hosted at each of our showrooms on different days, giving you double the time to shop & save!

    Hendersonville


    August 14-15

    1050 Glenbrook Way, Suite 400
    Hendersonville, TN 37075

    Brentwood


    August 21-22

    782 Old Hickory Blvd. Suite 104
    Brentwood, TN 37027

    If you aren’t familiar with these amazing designers, you should check out our spotlight posts on Effy and Le Vian for a little background on what makes them so special, but we think the examples below will make these designers an instant favorite!

    EFFY 14k Rose Gold 5.25ct Amethyst & .27ctw Diamond Ring

    Talk about a statement piece! This ring is a total showstopper.

    Le Vian Strawberry Gold Deep Sea Blue Topaz & Diamond Earrings

    With Chocolate and Vanilla diamonds PLUS Deep Sea Blue Topaz, these earrings are to die for!

    EFFY Men’s Sterling Silver Chain Link Bracelet

    A bold bracelet for a bold man, featuring a signature panther charm.

    Le Vian 14k Strawberry Gold Aquaprase Candy Pendant

    Chocolate & Vanilla diamonds highlight the natural beauty of Aquaprase!

    You can browse our complete Effy and Le Vian collections online, too! You do NOT want to miss this limited-time-only event, so be sure to mark your calendar or make an appointment below for an extra 10% off your purchase! We hope to see you there!

    Receive an extra 10% OFF with appointment!


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  • a pile of scrap metal and gems
    About SJR,  Watch & Jewelry Repair

    Turn Something Old Into Something New!

    One of our favorite ways to serve our customers is custom design. You can come to us with a fully formed design (complete with sketches and reference pictures!) or simply come with an idea—but did you know that you can come with materials too? That’s right—we can take your old, worn out jewelry and make something brand new!

    Gather your scraps


    scrap metal and gems
    Dated fashions, worn-out jewelry, broken scraps and loose stones can make great materials for your new design!

    Taking the center stone from a dated piece of jewelry is probably the most common re-purposing we see, but so many other possibilities exist. Tangled gold chains, broken rings, and earrings featuring tiny accent stones can be repurposed too. Not only is this a great way to recycle materials, but it also can cut down the cost of your new piece! When you bring in your scraps, you can have it appraised by a gemologist to get an approximate idea of how much your materials are worth.

    Approve your design


    3D model of a custom design

    Now for the fun part—designing! Like we mentioned before, this process can be as collaborative as you prefer. If you already know exactly what you want, we will faithfully bring your vision to life. However, if you need some help fleshing out an idea, we do that too!

    At the end of the design phase, you’ll have a 3D model (like the one above) ready for approval. With 360 degree views, you can see your custom design from every angle!

    Enjoy your new treasure


    A real finished product by our design team!

    Once the 3D model is approved, we get to work! At our national repair center, we perform every step of the production process. Not only will you have a truly one-of-a-kind piece, you’ll have something locally made too! In fact, we’ll be showing you this entire process is an upcoming blog post, so be sure to check back soon!

    For now, you can check out our custom design page for a little more information about our main designer and the process. We hope to serve you soon!

  • rolex lying on various strap options
    Designers,  Watch & Jewelry Repair,  Watches

    Choose Your Style: Luxury Everest Bands

    Switching out your watch band is a great way to refresh your favorite timepiece, but not all watch bands are equal. If you’ve invested in a luxury timepiece, why should you settle for an ordinary replacement strap? Instead, we suggest Everest watch bands—the perfect way to pair luxury with luxury.

    Swiss-Made to Perfection


    Tudor watch featuring an Everest curved-end Italian leather band

    Luxury watches like Rolex, Tudor and Panerai are known for their craftsmanship and unrivaled style. But when it comes to attaching a new band, those exact qualities can make a good fit challenging—and that’s where Everest’s custom-fit watch bands come in!

    Everest follows three cornerstones when it comes to creating Swiss-made aftermarket bands:

    1) Aesthetically, the band must keep the essence of the watch.

    2) Quality and attention to detail is of the highest echelon with all of Everest’s products.

    3) The replacement straps must be the most comfortable watch straps available.

    In other words, it’s all about producing a band worthy of its watch. By crafting each band for specific luxury models, Everest ensures that no unsightly gaps will be present between the case and band (a persistent problem with other brands!). Plus, by using only the finest materials, your new band will blend seamlessly with the superior quality of your watch.

    Uniquely Yours


    With so many materials, colors and styles to choose from, Everest makes it easy to express your unique sense of style. Take a look at the options below!

    Vulcanized Rubber


    Rolex Submariner featuring an Everest curved-end, vulcanized rubber band in orange

    Not silicone, thermoplastic, EPDM, HNBR, NBR – Everest uses true Vulcanized Rubber.

    What makes true vulcanized rubber so superior? Where to begin?! With incredible comfort yet amazing durability, it’s a difficult material to beat for an adventurous watch-wearer.

    With vulcanized rubber, you’ll be getting excellent resistance to UV rays, excessive heat and cold, dirt, dust, stretching, tearing, abrasion, chemicals, staining, and water. Plus, Everest’s unique channeling system allows for superlative air flow, keeping excess moisture from building underneath. Even after years of abuse, your rubber Everest band will still be going strong!

    Everest rubber bands support both Tang & Deployment clasps, offer 6 size combinations to perfectly fit your wrist, and a full range of colors to choose from!

    Italian Leather


    Rolex featuring an Everest curved-end, Italian perforated racing leather band with red stitching

    Everest leather straps are crafted from vegetable-tanned Italian leather, a perfect light-weight, hypoallergenic option. Softly molding to your wrist over time, there’s nothing quite like a fine leather strap.

    For Tudor, Rolex and Panerai watches, Everest provides its signature curved-end band which hugs your case perfectly. There is also a steel end link version available for Rolex timepieces, but both options support Tang & Deployment clasps and have several color choices.

    Interwoven Nylon


    Rolex Submariner featuring an Everest nylon band with hypoallergenic red lining

    Another curved-end option for Rolex sport models is Everest’s nylon strap. Featuring a hypoallergenic lining and four color options, these interwoven bands are wonderful light-weight alternatives to your original steel bracelet. Just like the rubber and leather options, these bands are completely flush with your case!

    So, if you’re looking for a luxurious change, why not try an Everest band? Available in-store and online!

    We hope to serve you soon!

  • two rubies
    Birthstones,  Education,  Gemstones

    Ruby: July’s Birthstone

    If you were born in July, your birthstone is one of the longest-loved gemstones of all: the ruby. Named for its gorgeous red hues—the latin word for red was ruber—this gem has been treasured for thousands of years. Let’s take a look at why it was deemed so special and why it continues to captivate today!

    The King of Precious Stones


    Breath-taking ruby pendant crafted from gold and accented by diamonds – available here!

    All across the world, references to rubies can be found dating back millennia. In ancient India, rubies were known as “the king of precious stones.” In the Bible, rubies were associated with wisdom and beauty. To others, these fiery stones were believed to bring peace and even rebirth its wearer.

    Though these associations may have faded in hearts and minds of people today, the ruby’s allure certainly hasn’t! In fact, rubies can still command the highest per-carat price of ANY colored stone—including colored diamonds!

    The Most Valuable Form of Corundum


    Absolutely stunning two-tone engagement ring featuring a high-quality ruby at its center – available here!

    Did you know that rubies and sapphires are made of the same mineral called corundum? Though their mineral make-up is virtually identical, tiny amounts of trace elements make all the difference! Believe it or not, a little bit of chromium is all it takes to produce those famous red to pinkish hues—turning a would-be sapphire into a ruby!

    So, why are those red hues more valuable than all the others? As usual, it’s all about rarity, and high-quality rubies above one carat are extraordinarily rare. That’s why certain treatments to improve the color and appearance of less rare rubies—say, one that’s light pink or one with an abundance of inclusions—have become commonplace.

    The most common of these treatment is the application of extreme heat. Amazingly, temperatures of up to 3300°F can turn a pale stone into a vibrant one! Similarly, “lead glass filling” can be used to turn a highly fractured ruby into one that appears quite transparent, allowing more light to pass through the stone to show off its gorgeous facets.

    Caring for Your Ruby


    Stunning ruby & diamond wedding set – available at our Brentwood showroom!

    With a hardness rating of 9.0 on the Mohs scale, rubies are exceptionally durable stones that are well-suited to daily wear. However, it’s important to know if your ruby has received any of the the treatments described above so that you can properly care for it.

    For example, if your ruby has undergone the fracture-filling process, you should never use an ultrasonic cleaner, and you’ll want to keep it away from any sort of acid (i.e., lemon juice). That said, soap and warm water is perfectly safe and more than enough to keep your ruby shining. In fact, simply using a damp cloth will work wonders, too! When in doubt about how your stone has been treated, always play it safe!

    Why not stop by our stores and check out our collection of ruby jewelry in person or browse right here online!

    We hope to serve you soon!

  • alexandrite and black pearl
    Birthstones,  Education,  Gemstones

    Pearl & Alexandrite – June’s Birthstones

    June babies are lucky enough to get two very unique birthstones to choose from: pearl & alexandrite! You’ve probably seen a pearl before, but you may not have seen an alexandrite up close and personal. Let’s take a look at these gorgeous stones and see which one you would choose (or, why not choose both?)!

    Pearl


    Unlike most gemstones, pearls actually grow within a living organism! When some type of irritant—like a piece of sand—enters the shell of an oyster, a pearl can begin to form. Layer by layer, the oyster covers this irritant with nacre, which is the iridescent material pearls are famous for. Since this is actually quite rare, pearls are now cultured on farms across the world to encourage this process.

    A creamy white pearl surrounded by diamonds – available here!

    While nacre is stunningly gorgeous, this special material is in need of extra care and protection. Pearls are only a 2.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness (for reference, a diamond is a 10), so they are very vulnerable to bumps and scratches which can permanently damage the nacre. It’s for that very reason that pearls are commonly fashioned into necklaces, bracelets or earrings, because these types of jewelry are less likely to result in wear & tear. Nonetheless, pearls can definitely be fashioned into rings as well—like the beautiful example above—they just need a little extra care!

    Though it’s always a good idea to remove your rings when washing your hands or doing manual work, this is especially important for pearls. In fact, when it comes to cleaning your pearl jewelry, you won’t usually need to use water at all! Instead, wiping gently with an extra soft towel is typically sufficient. To learn more about care, cleaning and buying tips for pearls, check out our article here!

    Alexandrite


    “Emerald by day, ruby by night” – that’s how the finest alexandrite has been described since its discovery in the 1800s. Why? Because alexandrite’s color actually changes based on the light! This awesome quality makes alexandrite quite rare and one of the more expensive colored gemstones available today, making its lab-created variety an attractive alternative. We have a few pieces of lab-created alexandrite at our Hendersonville showroom, but we can always order its natural variety too!

    Depending on the light, fine alexandrite like this lab-created stone can range from green to purple to red!

    Alexandrite’s color-changing ability isn’t the only thing that makes it desirable, though—this stone is also very durable, coming in at 8.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness. That makes it absolutely perfect for daily wear without having to worry too much about accidental damage. Plus, cleaning your alexandrite jewelry is a breeze—warm, soapy water can usually get the job done, but ultrasonic cleaners are safe too!

    So, which of these beauties would you choose? Lustrous pearls or color-changing alexandrite? We’d love to show you both in person, so why not stop by our showrooms? Alexandrite is in stock at our Hendersonville store, but we have all kinds of pearls at both stores!

    As always, you can shop online too! Check out our alexandrite collection here and our pearl collection here!

    We hope to see you!

  • Hamilton watch
    Designers,  Watches

    Hamilton: American Spirit, Swiss Precision

    One of our favorite watch lines comes from Hamilton, a company born and raised in the United States. All the way back in 1892, the Hamilton Watch Company opened its first factory in Pennsylvania. Ever since, they’ve created unique, versatile watches using their distinctive blend of Swiss precision and American spirit.

    From the Railroad to the Sky


    Hamilton Men’s Khaki Aviation X-Wind GMT Chronograph Watch – available here!

    For Hamilton, it all started with the railroad. As American companies were building tracks further and further across the country, synchronizing the timing of all those trains became absolutely critical. The solution? Hamilton’s supremely accurate watches. With precise train departures and arrivals, Hamilton watches helped prevent and reduce the number of accidents across the United States.

    By 1918, American aviators were flocking to the skies. Just like the railroad, increased air travel–and a brand new coast to coast US Airmail service–meant that precise timing of flights was critical. Once again, Hamilton stepped up to the plate and supplied their reliable watches to keep Americans safe.

    Innovative & Iconic


    The Hamilton Ventura style – available here!

    It’s not just precision timing that makes Hamilton an important company, however–it’s also their ceaseless commitment to innovation. In 1957, the Hamilton Ventura became the world’s first electrical watch powered by a battery, and Pulsar–the world’s first LED digital watch–was produced in 1970. This tradition continues to this day as Hamilton perfects their signature movements, ever-extending power reserves—some up to 80 hours!

    In fact, the Hamilton brand is so iconic that it’s been a favorite of Hollywood since 1932! Featured in classic films like Elvis Presley’s Blue Hawaii and modern-day hits like Interstellar, Hamilton watches continue to grace the silver screen, accenting the arms of our favorite stars.

    So, if you’re a fan of history, precision, innovation and style, look no further than a Hamilton watch! With styles for men and women–ranging from rugged field watches to elegant timepieces–you’re sure to find something to suit your lifestyle.

    Why not pop into one of our store locations and see these amazing watches in person, or you can browse our collection right here online!

    We hope to serve you soon!

  • two emeralds
    Birthstones,  Education

    Emerald – May’s Birthstone

    Emerald has long been treasured for its unique and beautiful green hue. Indeed, the name “emerald” comes from the Greek word smaragdus meaning “green gem”. Today, we’ll take a look at this captivating stone and see why it makes the perfect gift for May babies!

    Ancient & Royal


    A diamond and emerald ring crafted from white gold – available here!

    Did you know Cleopatra had an affinity for emeralds? In fact, she’s only one of many royals throughout history who fell in love with this fascinating gem. From the Inca emperors to the monarchs of Spain, emeralds have been the focal point of royal regalia for centuries.

    Like many gems, emeralds were long believed to endow their wearer with special protection or even magical powers. For example, in Ancient Rome, emeralds were believed to soothe tired eyes and weary souls. Believe it or not, they may have been onto something—modern science has found the color green to aid in stress relief and has even experimented with its use in treatment for migraine headaches!

    Caring for Emerald


    A stunning diamond and emerald pendant set in white gold – available here!

    Part of what makes each and every emerald so unique is their proclivity for inclusions (minerals, fractures or “imperfections” trapped within the stone). It’s exceedingly rare to find an emerald with little to no inclusions, because emeralds are one of the softer precious gems. With a 7.5 rating on the Mohs scale, emeralds are prone to fractures and scratching, giving each stone its very own signature look.

    Because of this quality, most emeralds go through a few treatments before they make their way into a piece of treasured jewelry. For example, fracture filling is very commonly used to improve the apparent clarity of the stone, and paler emeralds are sometimes dyed to bring out that coveted green hue.

    With all that in mind, it’s easy to see why emerald jewelry requires a little extra love. For example, you should never use harsh chemicals, high temperatures or ultrasonic cleaners to care for your emerald treasures. Even wearing a filled emerald while washing the dishes could cause damage, so it’s always best to remove your emerald jewelry before doing cooking or cleaning.

    Nonetheless, emeralds make timeless treasures and are well-worth the effort. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind gemstone, a natural emerald is hard to beat! If you love that green hue but prefer crystal-clear gems, a lab created emerald would be perfect!

    We’d love to help you find the perfect emerald gift for that special someone (or for you!). Why not pop into our Hendersonville store and see what we have on display? Or, take a look online from the comfort of your own home! And don’t forget—if you don’t see why you like, we can always custom design the piece you’re dreaming of!

  • pear shaped fancy color diamond and princess cut diamond
    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, diamonds not only make excellent tools in industrial settings, but also extremely durable treasures, able to be enjoyed by generations to come.

    Stunning white gold & diamond ring – available here!

    On a day-to-day basis, a diamond’s hardness brings peace of mind, too. Though you always want to be careful with your jewelry, diamonds simply aren’t as fragile as other gemstones, which makes care and cleaning a breeze. Warm soap and water or ultrasonic cleaners are great, easy choices that will bring out that famous sparkle!

    Get the Look for Less


    Though diamonds come in nearly every color of the rainbow, it’s the classic white variety that is associated with April. If you’re looking for a more affordable option or simply prefer other gemstones, cubic zirconia (CZ), white sapphire, and even moissanite make stunning diamond alternatives!

    Cubic zirconia & silver heart-shaped pendant – available here!

    Cubic zirconia is the most affordable of the bunch, offering its own unique sparkle as well as a hardness grade of 8 on the Mohs scale. White sapphire—particularly the lab-created variety—would be your next most affordable option. Sapphire boasts a hardness grade of 9 on the Mohs scale, making it great for daily wear! Then there’s moissanite, a synthetic stone that’s growing in popularity due to its fiery sparkle and impressive hardness, coming it at 9.5 on the Mohs scale.

    Whichever you choose, a piece of birthstone jewelry is always a great gift–or a great way to treat yourself! Though our store locations are temporarily closed, why not browse our collection online?!

    Check out the links below to browse by gemstone:

    Diamond
    Moissanite
    Cubic Zirconia
    White Sapphire

  • close up of abalone shell
    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.

    The inside of an abalone seashell

    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 of these snails are facing extinction in the wild, but abalone farming is helping to combat this risk. For this reason, abalone is rarer and typically more valuable than regular mother-of-pearl.

    Check out this gorgeous EFFY abalone ring – available here!

    One of the really cool things about abalone is the way light affects its appearance. Check out the difference in the image above–direct light brings out a bright rainbow of color, while indirect light reveals rich purples and greens.

    This Damascus steel knife features a mesmerizing abalone handle – available here!

    If you’re looking for a truly one-of-a-kind piece, look no further than abalone. Every single abalone shell produces a unique iridescent pattern, making it a perfect decorative element on everything from guitars and knives to jewelry and watches.

    You can view our collection of abalone jewelry and gifts online or come see it in person! We carry unique pieces at both of our retail locations.

    We hope to see you!

  • sjr update
    About SJR

    Responding to the Coronavirus

    UPDATED 7/13/20:

    We are excited to announce that both of our store locations are now open and have resumed normal business hours!

    Brentwood & Hendersonville Hours

    Monday-Friday from 9:30am-6pm
    Saturday from 9:30am-5pm
    Sunday CLOSED

    We will be operating with enhanced safety and sanitation procedures in accordance with the Tennessee Pledge. In addition to resuming in-store service, we are offering curbside repair pick up and drop off. 

    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, we want to assure you we have taken proactive measures to address the issue of Coronavirus in our stores.

    The health and safety of our guests and employees is and always will be our top priority. We have enhanced the frequency and scope of our sanitizing procedures to maintain our already high standards. We continue to add resources and focus on handwashing, hygiene, and sanitation.

    With these measures in place, we are here to help you with any jewelry needs! Please check back, as we will be adding information as it becomes available.

    Thank you for your loyalty and trust.

    Service Jewelry and Repair

  • woman wearing rose gold smartwatch
    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


    $275 – Buy Now!

    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 it’s compatible with most modern Apple and Android devices. Check out just a few of the awesome things this beautiful watch can do:

    • Customizable dial – change the background to your favorite photo or design!
    • Heart-rate tracking – this watch automatically records your heart-rate as you exercise!
    • Swimproof – can be worn in the shower or in the pool!
    • Interchangeable Strap – you can easily swap out the bracelet with another 18mm strap of your choice!
    • Notifications – never miss a call or text

    Alpina Seastrong Horological Smart Watch (HSW)


    $595 – Buy Now!

    If you want the look of a traditional watch but don’t want to compromise on modern functionality, look no further than the Alpina line! Built with active men in mind, the Alpina Seastrong HSW features a durable blue rubber strap and a matching aluminum bezel. The convex sapphire crystal provides superior scratch-resistance while the fiber glass case has a water resistance rating of 110 meters (330 feet).

    Instead of a touchscreen, this smartwatch is controlled by simply pressing the crown! Dial markers indicate which mode is currently active and subtle vibrations are used as alerts. All data is conveniently sent to the awesome Alpina smartwatch app, available for Android and Apple devices. Here’s a brief overview of what this smartwatch can do:

    • Step & activity tracking – keeps track of daily steps, calories burned, and total distance
    • Sleep tracking – provides data on how much time you spent in deep sleep, light sleep or awake
    • Dynamic coaching – get suggestions, tips and info catered specifically to you based on your activity and sleep goals!
    • Call & messaging notifications – get alerted immediately when you receive calls or messages from your favorite apps
    • Worldtimer – for your adventures around the globe!

    If you’re looking for a smartwatch, why not drop by one of our stores and see them all in person? We hope to see you soon!

  • bloodstone and aquamarine
    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.

    This aquamarine ring by EFFY is a stunning example of that coveted crystal-clear hue – available here!

    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 symbolize purity of spirit and soul.

    The two largest sources of aquamarine are Brazil and Pakistan, but this lovely stone is also found throughout Africa, Asia and even in parts of the United States!

    Another stunning example of crystal-clear aquamarine – available here!

    When it comes to durability, aquamarine is tough enough for daily wear–coming in at 7.5-8.0 on the Mohs scale–which makes it perfect for gifts meant to last a lifetime and beyond.

    Aquamarine is also super easy to clean–just a bit of mild dish soap and warm water will usually do the trick, but ultrasonic cleaners are typically safe too.

    Bloodstone


    Bloodstone, also known as heliotrope, is the lesser known birthstone of March, but it has a long and fascinating history of its own. A type of chalcedony, bloodstone is typically dark green with red inclusions of iron, giving it the appearance of being speckled with blood.

    Believe it or not, ancient Christians believed this stone held religious significance, as the blood red spots were seen to represent the blood of Christ.

    Outside of Christianity, bloodstone was thought to give the wearer strength and youthfulness and is still sometimes used as a lucky charm for modern athletes.

    Though bloodstones have been found all across the earth, almost all that is sold today comes from India. Often times it can be found as pebbles in riverbeds!

    Unlike aquamarine, bloodstone is quite soft–with a rating of 6.5-7 on the Mohs scale–but this makes it perfect for carving or other unique uses. It can also be cleaned with warm water and bit of mild soap, but extra care should be taken to ensure bloodstone is not exposed to extreme temperatures or scratched.

    Though we don’t have bloodstone jewelry on display, we can always order or custom-design a bloodstone piece just for you!

    Stop by either of our store locations to see our aquamarine collection or to find the perfect bloodstone piece! We hope to serve you soon!

  • close up of diamond ring
    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 across something called points. One point (pt) is equal to 0.1 carat (ct).

    100 points = 1 carat

    Points and decimals allow these tiny gems to be weighed super accurately, but you might also see carat weight expressed as a fraction, like 9/10ct or 3/8ct. However, it’s important to note that fractions are often less precise measurements. Typically, the fraction is actually referring to a range of weights rather than a specific measurement, so a diamond marked 9/10ct might actually weigh 0.90-0.95ct. If you come across a fraction weight, think of it as approximate rather than exact.

    You can use the interactive tool below to see how carat weights compare!

    How Diamonds are Weighed


    Electronic scales are the most accurate tools for measuring gem weight. The best are so precise that they can weigh a diamond all the way down to .001ct (or 1/10 point)! Once an unset diamond is placed on the scale, its weight is read digitally in an instant. From there, the diamond’s weight might be recorded exactly as it is, or it may be rounded up or down to the nearest point (or 1/100ct).

    For example, let’s say the scale reads 1.004ct. A diamond grader might record the weight as is, or they might take that number and round it down, labeling the diamond as 1.00ct. Similarly, a diamond which weighs 0.995ct might actually be rounded up, labeling it 1.00ct as well.

    Rounding the weight might seem counterproductive or even imprecise, but even when rounded, diamond weights are accurate to 35 millionths of an ounce! Rest assured that rounding such tiny amounts up or down does not significantly impact a diamond’s final value.

    How Weight Affects Value


    For diamonds, pricing isn’t as straightforward as other things sold by weight. For example, let’s say the price of gold is $1000 per ounce. No matter how many ounces of gold you want to buy, you can just multiply your amount by the per ounce price. So, if you wanted a three ounce bar of gold, you could expect to pay $3000. This is not the case for diamonds!

    When it comes to diamonds, value is all about rarity. So, let’s say you’re looking at a 0.50ct diamond priced at $1,500. Based on that price, you might assume that a 1.00ct diamond of comparable quality would cost you $3000. However, a 1.00ct diamond will actually cost up to 4 times more than a 0.50ct diamond!

    Why? Because a 1.00ct diamond is much more rare than a 0.50ct diamond, and sizes over 1.00ct only get rarer!

    Putting It All Together


    close up of round cut diamond

    When you’re on the hunt for a diamond, you’ll come across many different stones of the same carat weight and cut style, yet they’ll likely be priced differently. Let’s say you’re looking at two round brilliant 1.00ct diamonds, one priced at $3000 and the other $2000. If you’ve made it this far in our blog series, you’ll have a good idea why! Put simply, the higher priced diamond is more rare.

    Now, based on that, you might assume that all comparable diamonds of the same weight will cost about the same—but they don’t! Believe it or not, a princess cut diamond with the same grade and weight as a round brilliant diamond will actually cost up to 25% less! That’s because all factors of the 4C’s come together to produce a diamond’s final value, and a princess cut simply costs less to produce. On the flip-side, that means you can get a larger princess cut diamond for the same price as a smaller round brilliant!

    When it comes to diamond color, you might find that a 1.00ct natural blue diamond is much more expensive than a 1.00ct white diamond—even if the blue diamond is graded lower in cut and clarity! Why? Because it’s rare enough to find a naturally blue diamond at all—let alone one that weighs 1.00ct after being cut! By the same token, you might find a 1.00ct color-enhanced blue diamond that’s actually less expensive than a 1.00ct white diamond of the same clarity.

    As you can see, each of the 4C’s can raise or lower a diamond’s value in unique ways, and now you know why! If you missed our other posts on clarity, color, and cut, check them out for more details on how each factor affects value.

    If you still have questions, we’d love to help you further! Why not send us a message or pop into one of our stores?

    You can also browse our extensive collection of diamonds and diamond jewelry right here on our website!

    We hope to serve you soon!

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    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 when a diamond is struck against something, while scratches and abrasions can occur when two diamonds rub up against each other. Similarly, a poor polishing or cutting job can accidentally leave blemishes too.

    Believe it or not, some blemishes are actually added on purpose—in order to enhance the appearance of the stone! For example, a diamond cutter might add extra facets, which can actually remove more obvious blemishes. Nonetheless, extra facets are technically considered to be blemishes, too, since they’re surface irregularities.

    Inclusions


    Inclusions are irregularities inside the diamond. More often than not, inclusions occur as a natural diamond is formed within the earth, but human contact can sometimes create them too.

    As far as natural inclusions go, the diamond’s crystal structure or trapped impurities are the most likely causes. Inside the earth, a forming diamond is subjected to unbelievable pressure and comes into contact with all sorts of other elements. An irregular crystal structure can make a diamond look cloudy, grainy or even colored. Likewise, little bits of carbon or other elements can become trapped inside, causing dark or colored spots to appear.

    On the other hand, accidental blows or a poor cutting job are usually responsible for human-created inclusions. These mishaps can cause bruises, chips, and fractures. However, just like extra facets, a purposeful inclusion can sometimes mask or eliminate other inclusions. An example of this technique is laser drilling, which can dramatically lessen the appearance of dark spots within the diamond. Nonetheless, the drilling process leaves a tiny channel behind, which counts as an inclusion of its own.

    Evaluating Clarity


    A jeweler’s loupe, like the one pictured above, is often used to evaluate diamonds

    A skilled diamond grader uses both the naked eye and powerful magnification to observe and note clarity characteristics. If an inclusion or blemish can be seen with the naked eye, it will have the greatest affect on value. Nonetheless, even microscopic irregularities can impact appearance and durability, so diamonds are inspected under 10x magnification.

    During this process, there are five main factors a grader is considering:

    1. Size: the larger the characteristic, the more visible it will be.
    2. Number: the more numerous, the more obvious.
    3. Nature: is it an inclusion or a blemish? Inclusions are usually considered more important than blemishes.
    4. Position: where is the characteristic located? For example, a diamond’s reflective properties can make one inclusion look like many, while an inclusion on the edge might not be very noticeable at all.
    5. Color: most characteristics are white or clear, but some can be colored or dark. This is known as relief.

    Even though the diamond is examined at all angles, whatever is visible face-up will be the most important. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the grader isn’t thinking about aesthetics alone. Diamonds may be the toughest material on earth, but they can still suffer damage. When fractures and cavities are graded—especially if they’re large—the future durability of the diamond is considered.

    GIA Clarity Scale


    After all the clarity characteristics are observed and documented, the actual grade is assigned. The more effect they have on durability and appearance, the lower the final grade will be. There are eleven possible grades, ranging from Flawless (FL) to Included (I1). Check out the interactive tool below to see examples of each!

    The Bottom Line


    It’s always important to remember that diamond grades are highly technical and not an “objective” standard of beauty. When a diamond is graded Flawless and earns a hefty price tag, it’s ultimately about rarity.

    Believe it or not, only about 2% of gem quality diamonds earn the official Flawless grade. In fact, most diamonds found in stores today are between VS and SI, yet most people would think they’re Flawless!

    As you’ve learned today, inclusions and blemishes can be quite natural and completely invisible to the naked eye. Yet, even when they’re intentional, accidental or quite prominent, they aren’t necessarily undesirable. It all comes down to personal preferences.

    For some, a Flawless diamond created in the lab or by mother nature might be the pinnacle of beauty. For others, a diamond with a unique pattern of dots or lines will feel one-of-a-kind and truly special—indeed, it is one-of-a-kind, as no two diamonds are alike!

    If you missed our other posts about the 4C’s, be sure to read how cut and color are graded too! If you have any questions about the 4C’s or diamonds in general, we’d love to help you further. Why not contact us or pop into one of our stores? You can also browse our extensive collection of diamonds right here on our website!

    We hope to serve you soon!

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    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


    GIA diamond color scale
    Most diamonds fall within the colorless to yellow, brown or gray range – GIA.edu

    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 spectrum as the “normal range.”

    Trace elements—like nitrogen or boron—that enter the diamond as it forms are mostly responsible for this range of color, but the stone’s crystal structure can also play a role. When intense pressure distorts a diamond’s crystal structure, hues like brown, pink, red and purple can appear. It’s only when a diamond’s chemical and crystal composition are close to perfect that colorlessness results. Otherwise, at least a faint tint will be detectable.

    The GIA color scale for normal range diamonds goes from D (colorless) to Z (light)
    The GIA normal range color scale

    The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has developed the most popular grading system in the US, so we’re going to use their scale.

    For diamonds in the normal color range, an alphabetical spectrum from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow, brown or gray) is used. However, these letters don’t actually refer to specific colors. Instead, they simply mean that the diamond falls within a precise range of color. Therefore, two diamonds which are both graded H can actually look a bit different from each other.

    Nonetheless, these grades are very technical. In fact, it’s typically only the experts who can tell a D diamond from an H diamond when it’s mounted in jewelry. Indeed, even diamonds graded K, L or M will usually appear quite colorless if they’re under 0.5ct.

    When it comes to this scale, you can typically expect a diamond’s value to correlate with how colorless it is. The closer a diamond gets to a D grade, the more valuable it will be. However, when a diamond is graded below a Z, that’s no longer true. In fact, these special diamonds are valued for their color—not their lack of it! Let’s take a look at them next.

    Fancy Color


    Examples of rough and cut fancy color diamonds in blue, yellow, aqua and pink
    Check out these blue, yellow, aqua and pink fancy color diamonds! – GIA.edu

    If a diamond doesn’t fall within the normal range, it’s considered fancy color. This includes black, blue, red, green, vivid yellow and much more. These diamonds are very rare in nature and are valued accordingly. Believe it or not, the entire world only produces a few thousand carats of fancy colors each year! When it comes to grading them, three qualities are considered: hue, tone, and saturation.

    Hue is simply the diamond’s color category. These categories can be a single color (like red or blue) or some combination (like reddish-orange or bluish-green). Tone refers to the color’s lightness or darkness, while saturation (sometimes called intensity) is the color’s strength and purity. You can see the interplay between these qualities in the chart below.

    The GIA fancy color grading scale
    The GIA fancy color grading scale

    The GIA fancy color scale ranges from faint to fancy deep, but you can’t look to the very top or very bottom of this chart to determine value. Instead, the most valuable grades are found near the middle, with fancy vivid being the most valuable of all. Why? As always, it’s about rarity. Fancy color diamonds with super high saturation and a light to medium tone are extremely hard to find, and their price will always reflect this.

    Examples of different yellow diamond grades, ranging from fancy light to fancy vivid – GIA.edu

    However, it’s important to note that what these grades actually look like is completely dependent on the stone’s hue. Say you’re comparing two fancy vivid diamonds: one yellow and one blue. You may notice that the blue diamond appears paler and less saturated than the yellow one—yet they have the same grade! Why? Again, it’s all about rarity.

    Believe it or not, each hue has it’s own spectrum of possible saturations and tones, so the grading scale is reinterpreted to reflect these differences. It simply wouldn’t make sense to grade blue diamonds by comparing them to how saturated or intense yellow diamonds can be. Instead, they are graded against other blue diamonds—which happen to be much harder to find than yellow ones!

    At first, this may seem a bit complicated, but it actually helps to keep things simple! No matter the hue, fancy vivid is like a D rating on the normal range scale—it’s the most valuable simply because it’s the most rare.

    If you ever start to get confused, just remember: grading isn’t about ranking how beautiful a given diamond is—a diamond of any hue, tone or saturation can be absolutely breathtaking. It’s all about rarity.

    Color Enhancements


    Thanks to modern technology, the color of a diamond can sometimes be changed! We won’t get into how this scientific marvel is achieved in this post—you can read our article about diamond treatments here—but these treatments do affect value, and I bet you can guess why. That’s right—we’re talking about rarity!

    Though these treatments can make a diamond colorless, black, or practically any color of the rainbow, they will be considered less valuable than their natural counterparts—sometimes the difference in value can be well over 50%! As always, it’s because naturally colored and colorless diamonds are more rare. Nonetheless, these treatments can sometimes increase the value of a diamond well beyond what it would fetch had it not been treated.

    If a diamond has undergone any treatments, it will be disclosed on the diamond’s grading report. This makes it easy to understand why two diamonds that look almost identical are valued so differently! Let’s dive into how that report is created.

    The Grading Process


    So, we’ve seen what the possible grades are, but how are they actually determined? After all, there are so many possible tints and colors, plus so many different conditions under which to view them. That’s why super precise methods have been developed by GIA and other labs around the globe. Even though these methods differ somewhat for the normal range vs. fancy color, they share most of the same steps.

    Chiefly, diamonds of any color are graded relative to other diamonds of known color. These are called master stones, because they’re considered the standard for each hue. Master stones make it much easier to determine exactly where a given diamond ranks on the possible color scale.

    An example of GIA master stones

    Next, the lighting conditions are perfectly controlled. Graders typically work in a rather dark room with a special light source that’s optimized for color perception. Then, both the master stones and the diamond to be graded are turned upside down. Why? Because this minimizes reflections, which can alter the way the color appears.

    However, fancy color diamonds are not turned upside down when graded. That’s because the way a diamond is cut can influence the way its color appears too! Therefore, it’s actually more accurate to grade fancy colors face up.

    Today, special instruments have been developed to aid in the process of grading, but they’re not 100% accurate. Believe it or not, nothing can quite beat the precision and accuracy of the well-trained human eye—at least for now!

    The Bottom Line


    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    For diamond color, that saying has never been more true. Whether you’d like a rare pink diamond or a colorless classic, it’s all about what you find most alluring. The price, however, is a carefully considered valuation, and now you know how and why!

    If you missed our last 4C’s post about cut, why not check it out now and find out how that quality is graded too? Next time, we’ll explain how a diamond’s clarity is graded, so be sure to stay tuned!

    In the meantime, why not stop by one of our stores and see our collection of loose diamonds and diamond jewelry up close and personal—even under our microscope! Or, you can view our extensive diamond collection online here and our diamond jewelry here!

    We hope to see you soon!

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    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 it all, we’ll be giving you an in-depth look at each quality over the next few weeks right here on our blog.

    Today we’re going to go over Cut, which is probably the most complicated—and sometimes underrated—of all the diamond grading qualities.

    Cut Style vs. Cut Quality


    When you hear the term “cut” in relation to diamonds, it can refer to two different things. First, there’s the shape and faceting style, which is typically categorized as either “round brilliant cut” or “fancy cut.” Second, there’s the cut quality—the diamond’s proportions, symmetry and polish—which is what “cut” refers to in the 4C’s. However, that doesn’t mean that cut style has no effect on value.

    There’s a vast variety of cut styles available today, allowing more individuality than ever in jewelry making. You’re probably familiar with the classic round brilliant cut and popular fancy cuts like the emerald or princess cut, but if you dabble in antique or custom jewelry you’re likely to come across styles you won’t find in your average jewelry store! Antique styles like the rose cut or mine cut are rare today, while modern diamond cutters have been producing completely new styles that resemble flowers, butterflies, and more!

    white gold diamond ring featuring princess, round brilliant and baguette diamonds
    This ring features a princess cut diamond at the center accented by a halo of round diamonds plus four baguette diamonds on the shank – available here!

    Though you should always choose the diamond cut style that suits your personal preference, it’s good to keep in mind that the relative popularity of certain shapes and how labor-intensive cutting can be has an effect on value. The round brilliant cut has been the most popular shape for over a century, and lots of time and energy has been put into making sure it is cut to exacting standards. Therefore, it’s no surprise that its price reflects its special status. For example, a round brilliant cut diamond with the exact same 4C’s grade as a marquise cut diamond will actually cost more. Likewise, especially rare and unique cuts will also fetch more on the market.

    All that being said, the actual cut quality—no matter the shape chosen—has the most impact on overall value, so let’s take a look at how it’s graded.

    Cut Quality


    Diamonds graded excellent, good and poor
    From left to right, these diamond cuts were graded Excellent, Good, and Poor – GIA.edu

    The cut quality of a diamond really stands out in the 4C’s because it has the greatest single influence over the brilliance of the stone—plus, with the exception of lab-grown diamonds, it’s the only quality we have much control over! A skilled gem cutter can make all the difference in the world when it comes to bringing out a diamond’s signature beauty.

    As specified above, cut quality is determined by proportions, symmetry, and polish. Today, diamond cutters use precision instruments so that ideal proportions and angles can be achieved which maximize the brilliance (reflection), dispersion (fire) and scintillation (sparkle) of the diamond. Basically, all those facets (flat, polished surfaces) gather light from all directions and then reflect it back to us, producing that dazzling effect only a well-cut diamond can produce! Let’s dive a little deeper into just how that dazzle is measured.

    Brilliance

    Brilliance is the total intensity or amount of light that is reflected from both the diamond’s surface and interior. The awesome thing about transparent gemstones is that light isn’t just reflecting off the surface—like it does on pearls or jade—it’s also being reflected from inside the stone!

    Dispersion

    Dispersion is what happens when white light is split into a rainbow effect, like what you see when light enters a prism. When it comes to diamonds, this stunning display of color is known as “fire.”

    Scintillation

    Scintillation sounds complicated, but it’s really just that dazzling sparkle you see when you move a diamond around! The sparkling can vary based on the pattern of light and dark areas in the diamond.

    Those are the basic optical effects a diamond grader is looking for, but the grading process actually gets much more technical as it proceeds. Taking a look at the anatomy of a cut diamond will help show us just how precise it gets and why these technical details not only maximize the beauty of the diamond, but also play an important role in its durability.

    Features of Cut


    Profile of a Round Brilliant Diamond – GIA.edu

    Almost all cut diamonds have two main parts: the crown (the upper part) and the pavilion (the lower part). The angles and depths of these two parts are measured against ideal percentages which have been found to produce the most dazzling effects. Where the crown and pavilion meet is called the girdle, which is the widest part of the diamond. The width of the girdle is important because it acts as the setting edge when the diamond is secured in a piece of jewelry, but a balance must be struck.

    If the girdle is too thick, the diamond will appear smaller than its carat-weight would seem to indicate and may actually be difficult to set into jewelry. However, if the girdle is too thin, the diamond will be at an increased risk of chipping which is a major risk to the longevity of the stone. Therefore, a width somewhere in the middle is usually preferred, with round brilliant cuts leaning more towards a thinner girdle and fancy cuts leaning more towards a thicker girdle.

    Similarly, the culet facet—which is a cut at the base of the diamond—shouldn’t be too small or too big. Too small (or nonexistent) and it won’t protect the base of the diamond from chipping. Too large, however, and it will appear to be a big black spot in the middle of the diamond!

    Overall, the main thing a diamond grader is looking for here is symmetry and proportion in accordance with the ideals for each shape. Is the table slightly off-set or precisely centered? Is the girdle wavy or perfectly straight? Are the crown angles exactly the same around the entire diamond or do they vary? Is the pavilion angle too steep or too shallow? The more symmetrical, proportional and ideal these measurements are, the higher the diamond will be graded. Let’s take a look at what those grades actually are.

    Cut Grades


    Diamond grading examples – GIA.edu

    The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has developed the strictest diamond grading scale, and it’s their standards we’re going to go by here. Diamond cuts are graded on a scale of Excellent to Poor, taking into account all the factors detailed above. The profile diagrams next to each diamond in our example will help us compare and contrast each stone and easily see why their grades vary so much.

    For example, when comparing the Excellent diamond against the Good diamond, you may notice that the Good example has a shallower crown and pavilion, which contribute to its poorer optical performance (note how much darker the Good example appears when compared to the Excellent example). You may also notice that the pattern of dark and light areas in the Good example are not as symmetrical as in the Excellent example.

    All of these issues are especially pronounced in the Poor example—we can see that not only are the proportions quite different from the others, but that the girdle is extremely thick as well. The result? A rather dark diamond that will appear smaller than its carat-weight would suggest and will never sparkle quite like the others. These are the tell-tale signs of a poor-quality cut.

    The other quality a diamond grader would be looking at is the polish of the diamond’s facets. Basically, the facets should be smooth and lustrous, or else the diamond’s reflections won’t be crisp and can even contribute to trapping oil and dirt—major hindrances to achieving that coveted sparkle! Indeed, a poor polish job will make an otherwise lovely diamond look quite dull.

    All of these factors are studied under microscopes, carefully measured, and then precisely calculated before assigning the diamond its final cut grade. As you might expect, the higher the cut grade, the higher the value of the diamond will soar. However, it’s not just because Excellent and Very Good diamonds are more dazzling; it’s also because they necessitate sacrificing more of the original raw diamond. Every facet has a cost, and a quality cut ensures that these sacrifices are not in vain.

    Check out the interactive tool below to see even more detailed examples of all the cut grades!

    Bottom Line


    Cut quality doesn’t always receive the love it deserves when it comes to producing dazzling diamonds, but now you know how important it really is! The standards of diamond cutting are no accident—they’re our human contribution to these gorgeous gifts from nature. Combining all we’ve learned about mathematical angles, proportions, and the interplay of light, we can shape these stunning objects of fascination and desire, revealing more and more of their unrivaled beauty as the field of diamond cutting continues to advance.

    Next up, we’ll tackle the grading process for Color, so make sure to check back soon! In the meantime, why not stop by one of our stores and see our collection of loose diamonds and diamond jewelry up close and personal—even under our microscope! Or, you can view our extensive diamond collection online here and our diamond jewelry here!

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    Treated Diamonds

    When it comes to gemstones like emeralds and rubies, chemical and physical treatments are very common, but did you know that diamonds are sometimes treated too? If you’ve ever dabbled in the world of diamonds, you may have come across treated diamonds and wondered what was done to them. Today we’ll dive into exactly what these treatments are and how they can alter or improve a diamond’s clarity and color.

    Clarity Treatments


    There are two main types of clarity treatments commonly used today: laser drilling and fracture filling.

    Laser Drilling

    Almost all natural diamonds have dark spots and imperfections—known as inclusions—which can impact the stone’s overall appearance. The goal of laser drilling is to minimize these inclusions and maximize clarity. Using a super high-powered laser, a tiny channel is burned into the diamond to reach the targeted inclusion. Then, a very strong acid is injected into the channel to bleach the inclusion. Generally, the channel is completely invisible to the naked eye, and the appearance of the diamond is dramatically improved!

    Fracture Filling

    Diamonds are known for their amazing strength and durability, but did you know they can break? Usually these fractures occur while the diamond is formed within the earth, leaving cracks both inside and on the surface of the stone. These cracks are another type of inclusion that can affect clarity, and that’s where the fracture filling process can save the day!

    If the break reaches the surface of the diamond, it can simply be filled in with a special glass-like material. The filler mimics the color and transparency of the stone, making the crack seem to disappear. If the break is enclosed within the stone, the laser drilling process is used to reach the fracture so that it can be injected with filling. In both of these scenarios, the appearance of the diamond is improved, but the cracks may still be visible under certain lighting.

    A diamond example before and after fracture filling.
    An example of a diamond before and after the fracture filling process. Note the dramatically reduced appearance of the inclusion near the center – GIA.edu

    It’s important to note that these processes are almost always considered cosmetic. What that means is that the actual clarity grade of the diamond—which is determined before treatment—is not improved by treating inclusions or filling cracks. That’s because the cracks and inclusions still technically exist; it’s only the appearance that has been altered.

    A downside to this treatment is that ultrasonic cleaners and steamers can sometimes damage fracture fillings, so it’s important to clean them with more gentle methods. On the upside, however, a diamond which has received one or both of these treatments might look nearly identical to one that has not—yet will cost a lot less!

    Color Treatments


    The two main types of color treatments are irradiation and high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT).

    Irradiation

    Fancy color diamonds—like pink, blue, red, and yellow—are exceedingly rare in nature, so irradiation is used to produce more of them. Believe it or not, this treatment can occur in nuclear reactors or in machines known as linear accelerators. During treatment, the stone is subjected to controlled radiation, which changes the diamond’s color! The amount and type of radiation used is highly regulated, so there’s no need to worry—irradiated diamonds and gemstones are totally safe to wear!

    A variety of irradiated diamonds – GIA.edu

    Sometimes irradiated diamonds go through an additional step of intense heating in order to enhance or further alter their color. The red, orange and pink diamonds above are examples of what can be produced with this additional step!

    High-Pressure, High-Temperature (HPHT)

    Another treatment connected to the energy sector, HPHT was actually developed by General Electric. By subjecting certain diamonds to HPHT, stunning results can be achieved, ranging from a black diamond to a nearly colorless one!

    A brown diamond turned nearly colorless using HPHT – GIA.edu

    Now, changing a brown diamond into a colorless one is really rare and only works about 1-2% of the time, but producing a black one is much more successful. Typically, diamonds with lots of fractures and inclusions are selected for this process. That’s because inclusions are usually just carbon trapped inside the stone, which will convert to graphite during the HPHT process. The effect? A diamond that appears as black as onyx, yet sparkles like only a diamond can!

    So there you have it—the the basics of treated diamonds! Thanks to processes like these, it’s easier than ever to find the perfect diamond for you. Why not take a look at our extensive diamond collection online or pop into one of our stores to see a specific stone up close and personal? We’d love to see you soon!

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    Natural vs. Synthetic vs. Simulant

    When shopping for diamond or gemstone jewelry, simulants and synthetics are bound to catch your eye. These beautiful gems tend to cost a whole lot less than natural stones, yet they can look exactly the same! You might be wondering exactly what these stones are and how they differ from their natural counterparts. If so, you’re in luck! Today we dive into the differences between natural, synthetic and simulant gemstones so you can make the best choice for you!

    Natural


    A natural gemstone is just what it sounds like: it’s any gemstone that was formed by nature. Many gems—like diamonds and rubies—are formed by the earth itself, while others—like pearls and abalone—are formed within mollusks and oysters. All of these processes are “natural” because human beings didn’t play a role in them.

    This 18kt white gold ring features five natural rubies surrounded by diamonds – available here!

    These natural processes are usually very slow and only happen under the right conditions. Plus, after the natural gem is formed, intensive mining is usually required to extract it. In the case of natural pearls, underwater diving is necessary to collect oysters—none of which are guaranteed to have pearls within them.

    In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find truly natural pearls on the market today. That’s because finding and harvesting wild oysters is so difficult and labor intensive that it simply isn’t done much anymore. Instead, pearls are “cultured” on farms, which is what you will find in the vast majority of jewelry stores today. Cultured pearls are like natural pearls in every way except for their “seed.” In nature, an irritant just happens to enter the oyster, beginning the pearl-producing process. On a pearl farm, the “seed” is surgically implanted—but there’s still no guarantee a pearl will form!

    All of these factors contribute greatly to the value of natural gemstones and pearls. Their price reflects not only the miracle of their existence, but also the amount of hard work required to bring that gem to you.

    Synthetic


    Synthetic gemstones are chemically and physically identical to their natural counterparts, but they aren’t formed naturally. Instead, modern science and technology are put to use to create gemstones in the lab! That’s why synthetic gemstones are sometimes called “lab-created” as well.

    If you’re a lover of flawless gemstones, synthetic or lab-created gems might be for you! That’s because lab conditions can be completely ideal, allowing the gemstone to grow without interference from contaminants or sudden changes in pressure and temperature. The result is a perfect stone—at a fraction of the price!

    This 14kt yellow gold ring features a lab-created emerald at the center surrounded by a halo of diamonds – available here!

    That being said, lots of people love inclusions in their gemstones. They can add a sense of uniqueness, and some natural gemstones—like emeralds—are rarely found without them. Luckily, lab-created gems can be formed with inclusions too. That way, you can get the natural look without the natural price!

    Today, labs can grow almost any gemstone under the sun—including diamonds—so they’re definitely something worth considering. Synthetics can give you greater carat sizes, higher quality and a wider range of colors at a lower price.

    Simulant


    A simulant is not the same as a synthetic, but people often get these terms confused. A simulant simply looks like a particular stone, but it is not chemically identical. For example, a natural emerald and a synthetic emerald are both emeralds. The only difference between them is how they were formed. An emerald simulant, however, is not an emerald. It is simply a green stone that looks similar to an emerald. For this reason, simulants are sometimes called “imitation” stones.

    Cubic zirconia (CZ) is probably the best known simulant today, as it is commonly used to mimic the look of a diamond. However, a CZ is not a diamond. These two glittering gemstones are made of completely different minerals and have many optical differences. In fact, CZ is an entirely synthetic gem in its own right—since it is made exclusively in the lab—but it is not a synthetic diamond.

    This stunning sterling silver engagement ring features dazzling cubic zirconia – available here!

    Over the years, many colorless gems have been used as diamond simulants, because high-quality diamonds can be very expensive. White sapphires, zircon, white topaz, and even glass have all been used as affordable imitation diamonds.

    Today, moissanite is a very popular diamond simulant. Like CZ, moissanite is another purely lab-grown gemstone—at least on earth! Super rare bits of natural moissanite have actually been found in meteorites, but you won’t find those in your local jewelry store.

    The benefits of simulants are similar to the benefits of synthetics—you can get the look you want for less! A main difference to consider, however, is that a simulant’s hardness and durability will likely differ from a natural or synthetic stone. This can be good or bad, depending on what you’re needs are.

    Say, for example, you love the look of opal but are concerned about having to be careful with it. A much more durable opal simulant could be perfect for you! On the other hand, no simulant can compare to a natural or synthetic diamond’s durability. Diamonds rank in at the very top of the Mohs scale of hardness, while CZ scores 8-8.5 and moissanite 9.25.

    The Bottom Line


    When it comes to choosing the gemstone for you, the most important things to keep in mind are cost, durability, and your desired look. For some, absolutely nothing compares to the miracle of a natural gemstone. Knowing that it was formed by the earth or inside a living thing is truly special and unique.

    For others, the scientific marvel of a synthetic gemstone is hard to beat. It’s astonishing that laboratories can replicate the immensely complex processes required to form gemstones—to say nothing of how much faster they can do the job!

    For others still, it’s more about the way the stone looks and holds up day-to-day. Whether you’re simply looking for a specific color or a durable look-alike, simulants can be a great affordable choice.

    At the end of the day, it’s all about what you prefer! If you’d like to learn more or need help deciding, we’d love to be of service! We can even show you natural, synthetic and simulant gemstones side-by-side for easy comparison. Drop by one of our stores or contact us for more information. We hope to see you soon!

  • Education,  Watch & Jewelry Repair,  Watches

    Watch Water Resistance – What does it really mean?

    Watches have come a long way since they were first invented, and one of the most useful improvements is water resistance. After all, water is a vital part of life! However, not all water resistant watches are created equal, and it’s important to understand what your watch can safely handle.

    There Are No “Waterproof” Watches


    It cannot be stressed enough that no watch is truly “waterproof.” Even those made especially for deep sea scuba divers are “water resistant”—and that’s only if they are operated correctly and receive regular maintenance. That’s because no watch stays water resistant forever, and even a drop of water can wreak havoc on the inside of a watch! No matter what type of movement your watch has—mechanical, quartz or purely digital—water is its worst enemy.

    Therefore, if a watch is not stamped “Water Resistant” on its case back or dial, it is highly susceptible to water damage and must be protected from all amounts of liquid at all times. That includes daily scenarios like washing your hands or having the watch on the bathroom counter while you take a hot shower!

    Thankfully, the vast majority of watches today are at least somewhat water resistant, but there are many misconceptions surrounding what the ratings actually mean. Today, we hope to clear those up, so let’s dive in!

    It’s All About Pressure


    Watch water resistance is measured in meters (m), feet (ft), atmosphere (atm), and pressure (bar). The last two units of measurement are clues as to what water resistance actually means: pressure is being measured, not a specific depth.

    Now, that might seem confusing. Why say the watch has 30 meter or 100 feet water resistance if it can’t actually withstand those depths? To understand, we need to think about sea level.

    Most of us have heard the phrases “above sea level” or “below sea level,” which are simply referring to elevation in relation to the ocean. Elevation is important because the atmosphere around us changes as we descend below or ascend above the sea.

    Sea Level = 1 ATM or 1 bar

    At sea level, the atmospheric pressure is 1 ATM or 1 bar. As you travel higher, atmospheric pressure decreases, but the opposite is true when descending into water. In fact, the changes underwater are much more dramatic, because water is much more dense than air.

    Let’s say you make it to the very top of Mount Everest, which is 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) above sea level. Way up there, the atmospheric pressure is 0.333 ATM. Yet, descending just 10 meters (33 feet) below water brings the pressure up to 2 ATM!

    For every 10 meters you go underwater, atmospheric pressure increases by 1 ATM or 1 bar.

    So, when a watch is rated with a specific number of feet or meters, it’s not actually referring to depth, but rather the pressure typically experienced at that depth. Why is that distinction important? To find out, we need to look at how watches are assigned their ratings.

    Pressure Testing


    Once a watch is completely assembled, it’s not actually plunged into the sea to measure its water resistance. In fact, most are never tested in water at all! Instead, the watch is subjected to highly controlled air pressure to see how much it can withstand. This is basically a safer simulation of submersion.

    No matter which rating the watch receives, understand that it was determined under factory conditions. The watch was tested brand new, under steady temperatures, and was kept completely still. This is very different from the conditions in a pool or even in your shower.

    The simple motion of your arm moving through the water—to say nothing of the impact from diving or jumping into a pool—multiplies the pressure your watch is subjected to. The same is true of a high-powered shower head or even the kitchen faucet. That’s why you can’t take “30 meter water resistance” literally.

    With that in mind, let’s see what you can safely do at your watch’s water resistance rating.

    Water Resistant


    The case back of a ladies Movado watch that is stamped water resistant.
    This elegant Movado watch is stamped “water resistant” with no specific rating – available here!

    When you come across a watch with the “water resistant” stamp but no rating, you should try to protect it from moisture as much as possible. Unless the manufacturer offers a specific rating elsewhere, there’s no way to know for certain how much it can handle. Nonetheless, it should be able to withstand hand washing or a brief dash through the rain, but it should never be submerged.

    Indeed, to be on the safe side, it would best to remove the watch before doing the dishes or taking a hike in a heavy downpour. You might even consider keeping it out of the bathroom too, as steam can sometimes make its way inside the watch and cause damage.

    In some ways, you can think of these watches as pieces of fine, delicate jewelry—after all, you wouldn’t wear your pearls in the shower or wash the car wearing your opal ring. If there’s no water resistance rating, always play it safe.

    30m – 100ft – 3ATM – 3 bar


    The case back of a ladies Coach watch with 3ATM water resistance
    This pre-owned ladies Coach watch is rated 3ATM – available here!

    These four water resistance ratings are very common, and they all mean the same thing: this watch is “splash resistant.” That means it should be able to withstand splashes of water from washing your hands, walking in the rain or watering your garden, but it should never be submerged in water or worn in the shower.

    50m – 160ft – 5ATM – 5 bar


    The case back of a ladies Citizen watch with 50m water resistance
    This ladies Citizen watch is rated 5 bar – available here!

    These ratings indicate a little more water resistance than the ones above. You might think of these watches as being “super splash resistant,” as they are probably safe to wear in the shower or during a prolonged, fierce downpour. However, they still should not be purposefully submerged in water. Even though the watch would probably survive an accidentally dip into the sink, we recommend being safe rather than sorry.

    100m – 330ft – 10ATM – 10 bar


    The case back of a Tag Heuer Link automatic watch with 100m water resistance
    This pre-owned Tag Heuer Link watch is rated 100m and features a screw-down crown for extra protection – available here!

    If you’re looking for a watch you can submerge in water, start at this rating. Here, you can safely swim or snorkel, plus all the activities listed above without worrying! However, these watches might not be able to handle diving off a diving board and are definitely not safe for serious scuba diving. If you plan on doing either of those things, you’ll need to go at least one step up in water resistance.

    200m – 660ft – 20ATM – 20 bar


    A Citizen diver watch with 200m water resistance
    This men’s diver’s watch by Citizen features 200m water resistance – available here!

    Watches with these ratings are your entry level dive watches or for those who just want some extra peace of mind while swimming. They can better withstand the impact of diving off a diving board and can be worn safely at deeper depths. However, we would still recommend going up another level if you actually plan on doing deep sea scuba diving. Again, always be safe rather than sorry—especially if you love your watch!

    300m – 1000ft – 30ATM – 30 bar


    A Rolex Submariner with 300m water resistance
    Check out this pre-owned Rolex Submariner, featuring 300m water resistance – available here!

    Here, you’re safely within professional scuba diving territory, but many people opt for this rating just to swim or surf! The higher the water resistance rating, the more peace of mind you can have doing the activities you enjoy. In fact, professional dive watches can have water resistance ratings over 2000m! How’s that for peace of mind?

    Vulnerable Points of Entry


    A diagram showing where the crown and buttons/pushers are on a watch.
    You should never operate the crown or buttons in or near water

    There are two main challenges when it comes to making a watch water resistant: there must be a way to set the watch and a way to open it. Both of these necessities provide points of entry for water.

    Crown & Buttons


    The vast majority of timepieces have at least one crown, which is typically used to set the watch, and some feature a few buttons (sometimes called pushers). Never operate the crown or buttons in or near water.

    Pulling out the crown provides a direct path into the heart of your watch, so you should always make sure it’s completely pushed in or screwed down (if applicable). Even though buttons are typically sealed with gaskets, these seals do not last forever and can cause the same problem.

    If you ever notice the crown or buttons becoming loose, you should have your watch serviced as soon as possible. These parts are absolutely critical to maintaining water resistance and are usually the first points of failure.

    Case back


    Another vulnerable part of every timepiece is the case back, which allows for direct access to the inside of the watch. Some case backs simply snap into place while others are screwed in, but all types use a rubber gasket to ensure water resistance. However, like the gaskets used on buttons, these seals don’t last forever and will need to be replaced eventually.

    Under mild conditions, gaskets should last several years, but if you wear your watch in saltwater or subject it to extreme temperatures, they will fail much quicker. To maintain the utmost water resistance, have your gaskets checked every year.

    Crystal


    Lastly, there’s the crystal, which is the clear covering on the face of the watch. Most watches just have one, but some automatics have a “viewing window” on the case back as well. Most crystals are sealed with gaskets as well, but you also have to watch out for cracks, chips and other damage.

    Always have damaged crystals promptly replaced. In addition to letting water inside, a broken crystal can send tiny shards of glass into your watch’s movement, causing costly damage.

    The Importance of High Quality, Regular Maintenance


    A watch getting ready for a battery replacement.
    At Service Jewelry & Repair, we can do everything from watch batteries to full movement services at our national repair center!

    Many people don’t realize that watches need more than just battery changes to stay in tip-top shape. Indeed, if you have a mechanical watch or one with a rechargeable capacitor, you may not realize maintenance is required at all! While all watches should have their movements serviced or at least checked regularly, water resistance is often forgotten until it’s too late.

    Seeing moisture under the crystal or watermarks on the dial are very noticeable signs of trouble, but sometimes you may not notice anything until the watch grinds to a halt. Suspecting a dead battery, you might bring it in for a replacement—only to find out the inside is rusted and a costly repair is needed!

    Don’t let this happen to your favorite watches. While there are no guarantees, having your watch regularly serviced and following our guidelines above (keep that crown pushed down!) can almost always prevent water damage.

    The SJR Difference


    A watchmaker's desk at our national repair center
    We’ve got all the tools of the trade at our national repair center!

    Every time we replace batteries or do movement services, we check the key things we’ve gone over with you today. Are the gaskets still in good shape? How about the crystal? Is the crown secure? Are there any signs of current or previous water damage?

    When it’s time to close it up again, we make sure it’s sealed up tight—but did you know we can do an extra step at our repair shop? There, we can perform a pressure test, much like the one performed when the watch was made! That way, you can be sure your watch is still as water resistant as its rating indicates. If you’re planning to ever submerge your watch or simply want the peace of mind, do not skip this step. Otherwise, there’s no way to truly know if your watch has become vulnerable.

    If you’d like to have a pressure test performed or want your watch completely checked over, you have a few convenient options! First, you can bring your watch into either of our stores, and we’ll send it off to our national repair center. Our friendly sales associates will keep you updated throughout the process, and as soon as it’s ready, you can pick it back up at the store!

    Another option is going directly through our repair center. Here, you can mail your timepiece in or even drop by in person. If you just want a battery change and/or pressure test, we can do it while you wait! Otherwise, we’ll let you know when it’s ready for pick up, or we can ship it back to you.

    We hope this article has cleared up the confusion around water resistance ratings, but if you have any questions, feel free to contact us!

    We hope to serve you soon!

  • example of high gloss powder coating
    About SJR,  Watch & Jewelry Repair

    Restore Your Watch with Expert Powder Coating

    If you keep up with watchmaking trends, you’ve probably seen lots of awesome designs featuring colored metals. Black-coated stainless steel is probably the most popular and has quickly become a favorite for men’s watches, but lots of other hues are being used too! These coatings make it easier than ever to find a watch that suits your style, but did you know these colors don’t last forever?

    In fact, everyday friction can remove the coating, revealing the plain metal beneath. To make matters worse, scratches can’t be buffed away without also removing more coating!

    As more and more color is lost over time, you might take your watch in to be refurbished—only to be told it can’t be done! Most repair shops are only equipped to polish and plate watches using classic tones like gold and silver—but not us!

    Check out this Citizen watch — refurbished and powder coated with brushed and high-polish detailing, all done at our national repair center!

    At our national repair center, our refurbishment experts have pioneered powder coating techniques to get these colored watches looking like new again! That’s one of the many reasons people and businesses across the country choose Service Jewelry & Repair for their refurbishment needs, and we’d love to serve you next!

    Even though black powder coating is our specialty, we have other colors available too! Simply bring your watch into one of our stores, drop by our repair center, or even mail your watch to us for an estimate!

    If you have any questions about powder coating or refurbishment, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re always happy to help!

  • aquaprase pendant and ring by le vian
    Designers,  Education,  Gemstones

    Aquaprase – A New Gem?

    Some of our newest Le Vian pieces feature a gorgeous, unique gemstone known as Aquaprase—have you ever heard of it? If not, you’re certainly not alone! In fact, Aquaprase has only been on the market for a few years now, and many people have yet to come across it. This stone has a really cool story behind it, and we think it’s worth sharing!

    It all started in 2013, when an unusual blue-green stone was discovered by a veteran gem explorer named Yianni Melas. He was certain he had found something new, but controversy ensued as he tried to prove it. After all, the earth has been mined for centuries; most people doubted there could possibly be anything left to discover. Some tried to convince him that he had simply found opal, but he didn’t think it really looked like opal. Others were sure it was chrysoprase (a yellow-green variety of chalcedony), but the stone he found was clearly blue-green.

    Raw Aquaprase from Africa – Photo by Yianni Melas

    Initial lab reports said the stone was indeed chrysoprase, but Melas was still not convinced. Certain that the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) could figure it out once and for all, he sent it off to them for analysis. After many months of careful inspection and testing, the GIA verdict came back: it wasn’t chrysoprase afterall—it was a new type of chalcedony! Finally vindicated, Melas dubbed the stone Aquaprase, meaning blue-green in his native Greek.

    Ever since, Melas has been devoted to bringing Aquaprase to the marketplace while also ensuring that it’s mined ethically and responsibly. One of the cool things about Aquaprase is that the stone undergoes very minimal processing before being set into a piece of jewelry. Most popular gemstones—like sapphires, rubies and emeralds—are often heat-treated, oiled, dyed, and/or stabilized before being sold. Not so with Aquaprase! It’s about as natural as a gemstone can be, yet it’s strong, durable, and its captivating color never fades!

    Check out this amazing Le Vian Aquaprase pendant with diamond accents – available here!

    Take a look at more of our Le Vian Aquaprase pieces online here or stop by one of our stores to see this new fascinating gemstone in person! We think you’ll love it as much as we do!

  • picture of ribbon and present
    Events,  Miscellaneous

    Last Minute Gift Ideas!

    The holidays are right around the corner! If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for that special someone, we’ve put together some ideas for every budget PLUS extended our hours!

    For Her


    Beads & Charms – $10 & Up

    Add to her favorite charm bracelet, help her start one or use beads & charms like this one as pendants! Don’t forget—all Chamilia and Trollbeads are ONLY $10 in-store!

    Earrings – $11 & Up

    From elegant diamond studs to timeless pearls like these, we’re sure to have earrings she’ll adore!

    Rings – $18 & Up

    Add some sparkle to her life with a ring! If you’re looking for a bargain, look for sterling silver and gold-plated rings. If you’re looking for a classic treasure, check out our selection gold rings like this one.

    Pendants – $24 & Up

    Go classic with a diamond solitaire like this or choose a unique pendant featuring her birthstone—you really can’t go wrong with a pendant!

    Watches – $60 & Up

    When it comes to timepieces, we’ve got you covered. We carry famous brands like Citizen, Bulova, Seiko and Raymond Weil PLUS luxury pre-owned watches like Rolex and Tag Heuer.

    For Him


    Chains & Necklaces – $20 & Up

    You can’t go wrong with a necklace or stainless steel chain like this. Available in different lengths—with and without pendants—these chains make stylish and affordable gifts!

    Men’s Accessories – $19 & Up

    Add a little style to his life with jewel-encrusted cuff links like these, wooden-inlay money clips or sleek tie tacks!

    Rings – $110 & Up

    Go with a simple tungsten band or something with an edge like this! We carry designer rings for men by Effy, Inox and more.

    Watches – $250 & Up

    A watch is the perfect stylish & practical gift. We carry famous brands like Citizen, Bulova, Seiko and Raymond Weil PLUS luxury pre-owned watches like Rolex and Tag Heuer.

    For Everyone


    The SJR Gift Card

    If you just don’t know what get, why not choose a Service Jewelry & Repair gift card? Load it up with any amount and let that special someone choose!

    Holiday Hours


    Still need help deciding? We’d love to help! Drop by one of our stores and let one of our friendly sales associates help you find what you need. We hope to see you soon!

    Extended Hours at Both Locations

    Monday-Friday — 9:30 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
    Saturday — 9:30 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
    Sunday — 12:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
    Christmas Eve — 9:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
    Christmas Day — Closed

    Our regular hours will resume after Christmas. Happy Holidays!

  • luxury pre-owned rolex
    About SJR,  Watches

    Luxury Pre-Owned Watches

    There’s no denying that luxury brands like Rolex and TAG Heuer are worthy of their legendary reputations. Not only are they known as phenomenal timepieces, but also as bastions of timeless design and limitless innovation. Because of these facts, luxury watches are often swept off the market as soon as they appear, disappearing into private collections and onto to the arms of those who appreciate the finest craftsmanship, never to be made again. But did you know that we buy and sell luxury pre-owned watches, both vintage and like-new?

    Rolex, TAG Heuer, Breitling, and Frederique Constant are just a few of the famous brands you’ll find in our luxury pre-owned collection in-store and online. When you buy a pre-owned watch from us, you can be sure you’re not only getting an authentic piece, but also that it’s been fully inspected and serviced by the experts at our repair center. If you sell your pre-owned watch to us, you can be sure you’re getting the fairest price for your timepiece.

    ladies tag heuer link pre-owned diamond watch
    This pre-owned Ladies TAG Heuer Link watch features glittering diamond accents on its bezel and dial – available here!

    So if you’re looking for a luxury timepiece or have one you’d like to part with, come to us! Our collection is always changing, so if you don’t immediately see something you like, check back or let us know precisely what you’re looking for—we can always keep an eye out and contact you when we find it!

    Browse our current collection right here on our website or visit one of our two stores to see it all for yourself! We hope to see you soon!

  • Turquoise, Tanzanite and Blue Zircon
    Birthstones,  Education,  Gemstones

    Turquoise, Tanzanite & Zircon: December’s Birthstones

    For December birthdays, there are three amazing gemstones to choose from. Traditionally, the blue variety of tanzanite, turquoise and zircon have been chosen for December, but there are actually many different hues and shades available for each. Let’s take a look at these three stones and see which one is right for you or that special someone!

    Turquoise


    This amazing stone—ranging from true blue to grassy green—has been treasured for thousands of years, everywhere from Ancient Egypt to Native America. Carved, polished and worn as adornments, this gem was considered to bring good health and good fortune to those who possessed it.

    Unlike many popular gemstones, turquoise is often totally opaque and can feature black or brown veining (called matrix). Matrix designs show mother nature’s hand at work, giving these pieces of turquoise a one-of-a-kind look.

    EFFY turquoise and yellow gold ring
    Some turquoise, like the polished one in this EFFY ring, feature a consistent blue color with no matrix – available here!

    Turquoise has been mined all over the world—from the hills of Iran to the mountains of China to the American Southwest—and is rated between 5 and 6 on the Mohs scale of hardness. It’s relative softness is precisely what made this stone so perfect for intricate carving, but a little extra care is in order to maintain its beauty.

    Like most fine jewelry, you’d want to remove turquoise before doing housework or gardening, but you want to be careful when you clean the stone too. For example, you should never clean turquoise jewelry with an ultrasonic cleaner or steamer. High heat can damage and discolor the stone, so it’s best to stick with warm soapy water. Luckily, that’s easy to do at home!

    Tanzanite


    Most gemstones have been objects of fascination for thousands of years—but did you know that tanzanite was discovered in the 20th century? Found in the 1960s, this stunning gem was named after its place of origin: Tanzania, where it continues to be mined exclusively.

    With velvety hues ranging from rich blue to pale violet, tanzanite ranks between 6 and 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness. That means some extra care is needed when handling and cleaning this precious gem. Like turquoise, ultrasonic cleaners and steamers should not be used on tanzanite, as high heat and damage or even crack the stone.

    tanzanite ring made from 14k white gold
    This white gold ring features a deep purple tanzanite set within a protective bezel – available here!

    Earrings and pendants are very popular settings because they can shield tanzanite from abrasion. However, if you’d love to have a tanzanite ring, try to find one with a protective setting—like the bezel-style ring above. These settings will give you extra peace of mind and help keep the stone in stunning condition.

    Zircon


    Zircon has long been associated with good health and was even thought to promote deep sleep. This stone can be found in a rainbow of hues or even be completely colorless. In fact, colorless zircon is so stunning that it’s often been mistaken for a diamond! However, zircon should not be confused with cubic zirconia (a synthetic stone sometimes used as a diamond simulant).

    Unlike cubic zirconia, zircon occurs naturally and can be found in Sri Lanka and Australia. In fact, zircon is earth’s oldest mineral! It ranks between 6.5 and 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness, and like December’s other birthstones, you should handle it with a bit of extra care. If set into earrings or a pendant, zircon should be quite safe for daily wear, but you’d want to take a zircon ring off before working with your hands.

    Check out these imitation blue zircon earrings – available here!

    When it comes to cleaning the stone, you shouldn’t use ultrasonic cleaners or steamers. Not only can high heat damage zircon, but it can also change its color! As always, warm soapy water is an easy, safe way to keep this gem sparkling.

    So, there you have it—December’s three amazing birthstones! Why not browse our collection of jewelry featuring these gems online or in our stores? We hope to see you soon!

  • raymond weil - beatles watch
    Designers,  Watches

    Designer Spotlight: Raymond Weil

    One of the most unique watch lines we carry is Raymond Weil, a relatively new brand that has made huge waves in the world of watchmaking. It was founded in 1976 by Mr. Raymond Weil, who dreamed of bringing the art of music into the art of Swiss watchmaking. By 1983, his dream had become reality.

    The Amadeus collection, named after the famous Mozart, was the first in a tradition of music-inspired watch lines, which continues to this day with collections like Tango, Parsifal, and Maestro.

    From the Maestro collection, we have a limited edition Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s watch, which features a black and gold dial, a vegan leather strap and comes in a Beatles keepsake box. The case back bears the Beatles logo and offers a view into the self-winding mechanical movement.

    This Beatles Sgt. Pepper Limited Edition watch is one of only 3000 worldwide – available here!

    Bob Marley is another legendary artist who was honored with a limited edition watch design by Raymond Weil. From the Tango collection, this all-stainless-steel watch features the iconic black lion on its dial plus yellow, red and green accents. The case back features an engraving of Marley’s signature and the line “TIME WILL TELL” from the Kaya album.

    This Limited Edition Bob Marley watch is one of only 1500 worldwide – available here!

    But it isn’t just the creativity of Raymond Weil we love so much—it’s also the dedication to innovation. For example, the ladies’ Shine collection features an easy-to-use interchangeable bracelet system that’s exclusive to the brand, making it simpler than ever to go from a sleek, all stainless steel bracelet to a fashionable leather band—it’s like getting two watches for the price of one!

    Not to mention, Raymond Weil is an independent family-owned business, which is always a plus for us! For three generations, Raymond Weil has earned its place among the best of the luxury watch brands and has never forgotten its original source of inspiration: an enduring love of music.

    Check out our Raymond Weil collection right here on our website or see it all in person at one of our stores! We’d love to show you these special watches, featuring quartz and mechanical movements, sometime soon!

  • 2 day sale 2019
    Events

    Two Day Sale!

    We’re so excited to invite you to our annual Two Day Sale event—our biggest sale of the year! Stop by November 22-23 for amazing deals you will NOT want to miss! Plus, if you make an appointment, you’ll receive an additional 10% off your entire purchase! That’s right—an extra 10% off our fantastic sale prices!

    For two days only, pretty much everything in-store will be up to 50% off! That includes our collections of Effy, Le Vian and other great designers! This sale is the perfect time to get that special piece you’ve had your eye on and to stock up on amazing gifts for the holidays—all at a fraction of the price!

    Brentwood Store

    782 Old Hickory Blvd. Suite 104
    Brentwood, TN 37027
    615-221-4392
    Open 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM

    Hendersonville Store

    1050 Glenbrook Way, Suite 400
    Hendersonville, TN 37075
    615-826-5338
    Open 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM

    To set up your appointment and receive an additional 10% off, just give us a call at your store of choice, send us a message on Facebook, or use our contact form! Be sure to mark your calendar for November 22-23—we can’t wait to see you!

  • Designers

    Designer Spotlight: EFFY

    We love carrying brands that value innovation and amazing craftsmanship, and Effy Jewelry definitely exemplifies both. Named for its visionary creator and designer Effy Hematian, this company has been passionately producing beautiful and unique jewelry since 1979.

    When it comes to craftsmanship, Effy stands out with their extremely high manufacturing standards. In fact, each and every stone that goes into an Effy piece is hand-selected to ensure the utmost quality and cohesion, and the same obsession with detail goes into their original designs.

    This beautiful 14k yellow gold pendant features a cascade of emerald cut gemstones with diamond accents – available here!

    Plus, did you know that Effy designs jewelry for men too? Cuff links, necklaces, and rings are just a few of the Effy pieces you’ll find in our stores. Many of these lines are inspired by fierce birds of prey, featuring talon-shaped prongs or engraved feathers, while other lines showcase uncommon gemstones like malachite or pietersite.

    Check out this awesome sterling silver men’s ring, featuring woven-style engraving and polished malachite at the center – available here!

    Another thing we love about Effy is how they’ve built their entire business around family and community. Not only does Effy Hematian live right here in the United States, but the design process and manufacturing all happens here too! Like us, this company has never forgotten its roots and is dedicated to keeping it that way.

    Every year, we have the pleasure of hosting Effy trunk shows where one-of-a-kind pieces and classic favorites are exclusively available at our two stores for a limited time. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter or keep an eye on Facebook, Instagram or our website for details about when this exciting event takes place!

    In the meantime, why not browse our Effy collection right here on our website or pop into one of our stores? We’d love to see you!

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    Birthstones,  Education,  Gemstones

    Citrine & Topaz: November’s Birthstones

    Of all the birthstones, November babies have the most variety to choose from! Not only is citrine an option—a warm, yellow to orange colored gem—but all of topaz’s colors as well! Let’s dive into the similarities and differences between these two stunning stones—and maybe help you decide which one is the right choice for you or that special someone!

    Citrine


    Citrine may have gotten its name from the French word citron, which means “lemon,” but history isn’t very clear on this. In fact, citrine’s past is sometimes hard to trace because it was often misidentified as orange or yellow topaz! Indeed, all yellow gemstones were simply assumed to be topaz for a long time, but citrine is actually quite distinct.

    Stunning 14kt white gold ring featuring 5.50ct oval cut citrine with diamond accents – available here!

    Citrine is the yellow to orange variety of quartz, which is mined in places like Bolivia, Spain and Mexico, but much of the citrine that is available for purchase today is not naturally occurring. Instead, amethyst (another variety of quartz) is subjected to heat, which will change its purple hue to a sunny yellow-orange! This helps keep citrine abundant, making it an affordable option even at larger carat sizes. Plus, since this gem ranks in at 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness with good toughness, it’s safe for daily wear!

    Topaz


    For centuries, topaz—specifically the yellow variety—was thought to calm its wearer, dispelling anger and helping to bring about a long life. Indeed, as mentioned above, all yellow gems were once thought to be topaz, and topaz’s other hues were mistaken for other gems too! When modern science came on the scene, gems began to be identified by their chemical makeup, bringing newfound appreciation for this particular stone.

    Gorgeous 10k white gold ring featuring three emerald cut blue topaz – available here!

    Believe it or not, pure topaz is totally colorless, but it can be tinted by any number of impurities—in the lab or in nature—to yield a rainbow of different colors. One of the most popular shades of topaz today is light blue or aqua, which very rarely occurs in nature. Instead, colorless topaz is subjected to irradiation to produce that particular hue, making it available at an affordable price.

    Topaz actually ranks higher on the Mohs scale than citrine—graded as an 8 vs. a 7—but it’s not quite as tough. Some additional care is needed to prevent chipping and cracking of topaz, because intense heat or ultrasonic cleaners can damage the stone and even fade its color. Nonetheless, warm soapy water is safe and easy to use on this beautiful stone.

    Take a look at our stunning line of citrine and topaz jewelry or visit one of our stores to see it in person!

  • titanium refurbishment process
    About SJR,  Watch & Jewelry Repair

    Expert Titanium Refurbishment

    Titanium is an amazing element gaining popularity in watchmaking. It’s lighter, stronger and even more resistant to corrosion than steel—plus, it doesn’t need to be alloyed, so it’s hypoallergenic! Even though titanium is super strong and scratch-resistant, it still needs some TLC over time. But did you know that only specialists like us can do the job?

    The tricky thing about titanium is that routine tasks like polishing require specialized tools and equipment that many jewelers and watchmakers—who are used to working with favorites like gold, silver and stainless steel—simply don’t have. In fact, most watchmakers will tell you that titanium watches cannot be refurbished at all—but not us!

    Rick, our refurbishment expert, working at our repair shop

    At our state-of-the-art repair facility, we have everything needed to get your titanium watch looking like new again. Not only do we have the right tools and equipment, but we have the right people too! In fact, our in-house refurbishment expert pioneered techniques specifically for titanium, and his results speak for themselves—just take a look at the finished watch below!

    awesome example of titanium watch refurbishment
    Just one example of a refurbishment job performed at our repair center!

    Because of our unique expertise, people from across the nation turn to Service Jewelry & Repair when it comes to getting their titanium watches and jewelry looking like new again, and we’d love to serve you next!

    Simply drop by one of our stores or go directly through our repair center to have your titanium watch and jewelry serviced. You won’t be disappointed!

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    Designers

    Designer Spotlight: Le Vian

    One of our favorite designers we carry in-store and online is Le Vian, a family-owned jewelry company with centuries of history. As far back as the 1400s, they were honing their magnificent craft, creating adornments and artifacts of unrivaled beauty. By 1746, Le Vian caught the eye of one of Persia’s greatest rulers, who put them in charge of guarding his vast collection of precious gems and jewelry. Ever since, Le Vian has carried that tradition with them, seeing themselves as “guardians of the jewels.”

    Part of how they do that is with a certification, given upon purchase, that outlines key details about your Le Vian. Plus, if you register your piece, Le Vian will repair it completely free for your entire life!

    Another way Le Vian stands out is with truly unique fine jewelry and watches. In fact, each and every design starts as an original sketch with just pencil and paper. However, it’s their innovative use of color that Le Vian is best known for—taking underappreciated or forgotten gems and bringing them into the spotlight. Le Vian Chocolate Diamonds® are just one example of this in practice, which took an almost completely ignored gem—the brown diamond—and revealed its hidden beauty.

    Set in trendy Strawberry Gold, the Chocolate Diamonds are the stars of this unique pendant, available here!

    Every year, we’re proud to host Le Vian trunk shows where stunning favorites and one-of-a-kind pieces are showcased exclusively at our two stores. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter or be on the look out on Facebook, Instagram or our website for details on when these limited time trunk shows are in town!

    In the meantime, why not browse our Le Vian collection right here on our website or visit one of our stores and view it all in person! We’d love to see you!

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    Events

    Troll & Chamilia Beads – Only $10!

    Did you know that every single Troll and Chamilia bead we have in store is only $10?! We’re making way for new merchandise, so now is your chance to complete your charm bracelet or stock up on great gifts for the holidays!

    Just a few of our winter beads that are still available! Poinsettia here and Snowflake here

    One of the awesome things about Troll and Chamilia beads and charms is that they fit on many other types of charm bracelets too, including well-known brands like Pandora, so feel free to mix and match! Plus, you can be sure these beads and charms will stand the test of time since they’re crafted from sterling silver and many feature Swarovski crystals as accents!

    These beads and charms are going fast, so be sure to pop into one of our stores or browse our collection online! We hope to see you soon!

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    Birthstones

    Opal & Tourmaline: October’s Birthstones

    October babies are lucky enough to get two birthstones to choose from: opal & pink tourmaline! Opal got its name from the Greek word opallios, which means “to see a change in color,” and it’s easy to see why! Thanks to its composition of microscopic silica spheres, a rainbow of colors appears when this gemstone is exposed to light.

    There are many different types of opals that range from black to white and even red (known as a fire opal), each believed to bring good luck and protection to the wearer.

    created opal set in sterling silver with diamond accents
    Gorgeous created white opal set in sterling silver with diamond accents – available here!

    The mysteriously beautiful opal is considered a delicate stone, coming in at 5.5 to 6 on the Mohs scale of hardness, and can crack under high heat, so a little extra care is in order when it comes to wearing and cleaning this stone.

    Though most would agree that opals are worth the extra effort, October’s other birthstone—pink tourmaline—is more forgiving with a Mohs scale ranking of 7 to 7.5.

    Associated by the ancients with artistic pursuits, tourmaline derives its name from the Sinhalese words “tura mali,” meaning “stone of mixed colors.” Indeed, the pink variety associated with October is only one of the many colors tourmaline can be! Different traces of minerals and elements lend this unique gemstone its hues, and the pink version comes from manganese.

    Tourmaline is mined in many areas of the world like Brazil, Mozambique, Afghanistan and even the United States in Maine and California, while about 95% of opal is mined in the Outback of Australia—though Nevada and Idaho have some too!

    Stunning natural pink tourmaline (sometimes called rubellite) ring with diamond accents – available here!

    As always, modern technology gives us the option of creating both opal and tourmaline in the lab, which is a great option for the eco-conscious shopper or those looking for a flawless stone at a fraction of the price. Not to be confused with imitation stones, lab-created gemstones are chemically, optically and physically identical to their naturally formed counterparts.

    Take a look at our collection of opal and tourmaline jewelry right here on our website or visit one of our stores to see it all in person! We hope to see you soon!

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    Birthstones

    Sapphire: September’s Birthstone

    For over a century, sapphire has been recognized as September’s official birthstone. The name “sapphire” comes from the Latin sapphirus and the Greek sappheiros, which both mean “blue stone,” though the gem comes in many other colors, too.

    Sapphires have been treasured and used in jewelry making for thousands of years, and it’s no mystery why! Not only is this gem stunningly beautiful, but it also scores a 9 on the Mohs scale—only one rank below the diamond—making it tough enough to wear daily without having to worry about chipping or scratching the stone. But it wasn’t just superb durability that attracted the ancients to sapphires—it was also something more mystical.

    To the ancient Greeks and Romans, blue sapphires were believed to provide protection to those who wore them. Similarly, in Medieval Europe, they were thought to be cures for various illnesses and ailments, but some cultures went even further. According to the ancient Persians, the earth itself rested upon a giant blue sapphire which gave the sky its signature hue.

    sapphire and diamond ring
    Blue sapphire & diamond ring in 10k white gold – available here!

    Though such beliefs may have fallen out of fashion, this gorgeous stone never has. From royal robes to stunning engagement rings, the blue sapphire is an enduring favorite found around the world. Major mines are found in Kashmir, Myanmar and Sri Lanka, but smaller sources have been discovered in Australia, Madagascar and even the USA, hidden deep within the mountains of Montana.

    Of course, thanks to modern technology, sapphires don’t always have to come from the ground; they can be grown in the lab! Lab-created sapphires are chemically, physically and optically identical to those that were formed within the earth. These are a great option for eco-conscious shoppers or for those looking for a flawless stone at a fraction of the price.

    Check out our beautiful line of sapphire jewelry right here on our website or drop by one of our stores to see it for yourself!

  • service jewelry & repair - your one-stop-shop for all your jewelry needs
    About SJR

    Hello!

    Our mission has always been to be a one-stop-shop for all your jewelry needs, and for over 15 years, we’ve been doing just that! Whether you need a watch battery replaced, the perfect gift, or even a custom-designed piece, we can do it all—right here in the Nashville area!

    The story of our local business started when Service Merchandise—where our founders worked for a total of over 40 years—closed its doors forever, leaving a void in the community. We knew we could fill that void, and Service Jewelry & Repair opened its doors in 2002, providing not only a full line of fine jewelry, engagement rings and watches, but also world-class repair services at affordable prices.

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    A peek inside our Brentwood location

    Today, we’re proud to have two retail stores—conveniently located in Brentwood and Hendersonville—plus a state-of-the-art repair center that serves people right here in the community and nationwide! Over the years, our team has grown to include custom jewelry designers, graduate gemologists from GIA (the Gemological Institute of America), expert jewelers and watchmakers, and knowledgeable staff who are dedicated to helping you find exactly what you’re looking for!

    Be sure to check back here to learn more about what makes our staff, our brands and our services the best! Plus, we’ll be sharing our expert knowledge of jewelry and watches to help you make the best purchasing decisions and to keep your precious pieces looking and working like new! Sign up for our emails to be the first to know about exclusive events and our best sales, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see our newest merchandise and much, much more!

    We hope to serve you soon!