• fancy yellow diamond ring
    Diamonds,  Education

    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…

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    Diamonds,  Education,  Gemstones

    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…

  • 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…

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    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…

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    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;…

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    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 For Him For Everyone 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…

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    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…

  • 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…

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    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…

  • 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…