• 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 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…

  • 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 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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. 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…

  • sjr update
    About SJR

    Responding to the Coronavirus

    UPDATED 5/21/20: We are excited to announce that both of our store locations are now open! Brentwood Hours Monday-Saturday from 10am-5pm. Hendersonville Hours Monday-Saturday from 10am-5pm. 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…

  • 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 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…

  • 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. 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…

  • jeweler at work
    About SJR,  Watch & Jewelry Repair

    Meet the Jewelers – Peter Thompson

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

  • 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…

  • close up of diamond ring
    Diamonds,  Education

    The 4C’s: Clarity

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