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How to Take Care of Heirloom Jewelry to Make it Last
May 24 , 2017 | Written by: Riko Specogna

There are few things more cherished than jewelry that’s been passed down through generations to be worn as a legacy that honours the past. Wedding rings, brooches, necklaces—no matter what the keepsake, they are admired and adored heirlooms that one will wear until it is their time to pass it along to someone else. To keep your heirlooms safe and free of blemishes or an unfortunate accident, follow these steps:

#1: Remove Your Rings Before Exercise or Strenuous Activity

It’s easy for us to forget we’re wearing a great-great-great grandmother’s wedding ring when we wear it every day, but it’s important to keep your rings far away from heavy weights or sweaty hands. Many heirloom rings are made of fine gold, which is quite malleable and soft. The salt from your sweat is also enough to corrode the alloys in your jewelry and turn it black. Keeping your precious heirlooms in a dry place will prevent them from tarnishing.

#2: Avoid Corrosive or Harsh Chemicals

Your great aunt’s pearl bracelet may have lasted for half a century, but there is a limit to its durability. There are many household chemicals that we use every day without considering how harmful they are to our jewelry. To avoid metal abrasion, apply your makeup before wearing your jewelry and spray perfume away from your necklace. For housecleaning, remove your jewelry altogether.

#3: Have Your Rings Fitted

You may have inherited your grandmother’s ring but that doesn’t mean you inherited her size. Having your ring properly fitted will not only prevent the nightmarish possibility of it slipping off without your knowledge, but it will also make sure that the gems don’t twist to the inside of your palm, which may cause some injury to your hand—not to mention the ring—if it hits something. The ring is yours now. It’s time to wear it with pride!

Not all antique jewelry can be resized. Contact your jeweler to find out more.

#4: Have Your Jewelry Cleaned Professionally

Jewelry is meant to be worn—which means that, like all jewelry, it should be cleaned from time to time. But whereas you might be comfortable cleaning your new jewelry at home, antiques should be taken to a professional jewelry cleaner who has the tools and the experience to meticulously clean away the oils and dirt from any fine edges and precious gems.

#5: Keep it Somewhere Safe

You’ve been entrusted with a very special antique, one that you will hopefully pass on to the next generation. That’s why it’s important to keep your heirloom in a safe, clean place away from moisture and heat. We’re not suggesting to keep it under lock and key (thought that might not be such a bad idea); but a regular jewelry box with soft lining will do the trick.

One of the reasons we wear jewelry is to pass it on to our children who will pass it on to theirs. That’s why we think selecting the perfect ring, necklace, or earrings is an important choice. Visit Marlow’s Diamond & Design today to browse our wide selection of fine jewelry or shop Online.

How to Choose and Pack Your Jewelry Summer Vacation
May 17 , 2017 | Written by: Riko Specogna

Summer is just around the corner, which means that many of you are counting down the days to your big vacation. Whether you’re surfing the waves in Hawaii, exploring ancient European ruins or going on a South Pacific adventure, you will probably be asking yourself 1) what sort of jewelry you should pack and 2) how you should transport it. No matter what’s on your itinerary, follow these simple tips to enjoy a relaxing and bedazzling vacation.

#1: Leave the High-End Gems at Home
Sometimes the urge to bring that perfect set of sapphire and diamond halo earrings is incredibly tempting, especially if the jewelry you have your eye on goes perfectly with that little black dress you bought just for the occasion. But trust us when we say that the more valuable your jewelry, the more you will worry about it. Instead of taking in the culture, you’ll be preoccupied with anxiety over the safety of your jewelry back at your hotel. And weren’t vacations invented to give you a break from your fears and worries? If you think you’ll be too worried to enjoy yourself, why not swap your precious gems for imitation gems or consider leaving your jewelry at home?

#2: A Honeymoon Without Your Wedding Ring?
Okay, ladies. Let’s be real. One of the perks of getting married is that you get to walk around wearing that special piece of jewelry on your finger that your new partner not only picked out just for you but that you will wear with pride for the rest of your life. You just said your “I Dos” and, after months or years planning your big day, your wedding and engagement ring are finally reunited. So when we say that maybe it’s a good idea to leave your brand new wedding set at home, we understand you immediate reaction. Depending on the value of your wedding or engagement ring, leaving it safely tucked away in your jewelry box may be the best thing for you.

Worried about suffering from extreme separation anxiety? Try replacing your wedding ring with a less expensive but also beautiful alternative, such as stainless steel and crystal or white gems.

#3: Pack Carefully
We’re not saying that you shouldn’t be allowed to adorn yourself with your favourite pieces simply because of the risk of losing a precious piece or getting it stolen. We understand that it’s your vacation and therefore you should be able to dress and accessorize how you see fit. Sometimes, wearing your more expensive jewelry can’t or won’t be helped. If you do decide to bring your fine jewelry, keep these simple things in mind:

-Always pack your earrings together. It’s not enough to shove them in a pouch. This website suggests using buttons to keep your earrings side-by-side.
-Don’t leave your jewelry loose in your luggage. Keep everything contained in a soft cloth or jewelry travel pouch.
-Always keep your jewelry in your hotel safe, even if you’re just going out for a quick minute.
-While travelling, bring your jewelry in your carry-on luggage to have it with you at all times.
-Consider jewelry insurance for your more expensive items.

Looking for that perfect piece of jewelry to bring on your dream vacation? Come into Marlow’s Diamond & Design in Calgary today.

 

May’s Birthstone: The Most Beautiful Green on the Planet
May 2 , 2017 | Written by: Riko Specogna

Happy Birthday, May Babies!

May is a wonderful time year to be born. After months of cold weather and minimal daylight, May is the first month of the year where we start to feel a little more invigorated as we shed our winter coats and feel the fresh air through our open windows. Flowers are in bloom, the fragrant smells of tree blossoms float through the breeze, and the sun’s warmth is finally strong enough to add some colour to our skin. Is it any wonder that the busiest month for the planet is represented by an emerald, a gemstone famous for its incredibly rich green texture and colour?

All About Emeralds

While emeralds are found all over the world, they are mainly mined in Egypt, India, and, most frequently in Columbia. Their chemical composition is beryl and chromium, and, like other precious stones, the quality or value of the gemstone depends on its colour, clarity, cut and carat. Because of its deep, rich colour, the emerald has been a popular adornment for thousands of years. Emeralds are usually bezel-set, which means that they are protected on all sides with a metal setting. Diamonds and gold are traditional accompaniments to emeralds, as they draw out the emerald’s unique and mesmerizing green tones.

Famous Emeralds

Emeralds have been worn by exotic princesses and British royals alike. They are popular gemstones for family jewels, such as the the Seringapatam Jewels, given to a Major-General after the victory of the Battle of Seringapatam in 1799 in India. What came out of the bloody battle was an incredibly beautiful jewelry set consisting of earrings, necklace, brooch and bracelet, all encrusted with diamonds in a gold and platinum setting. Today, the Seringapatam Jewels are sitting in the Victoria and Albert Museum to be admired by the world.

How to Care for Your Emerald

Unlike diamonds or sapphires, emeralds have a slightly weaker resistance to breakage. Because of their tendency to scratch, they should be treated very carefully and not worn while showering, swimming, or doing anything highly physical. Remove your emerald jewelry before handling chemicals like hairspray or all-purpose cleaner, as this can damage the surface of your stone. Have your emerald professionally cleaned a few times a year. To clean your gemstone at home, sit it in a solution of mild soap and lukewarm (never hot!) water and gently brush the stone with a soft toothbrush. To dry the emerald, wipe it down with a clean microfibre cloth. To ensure the longevity of your birthstone, take your jewelry to a professional to have it oiled down.

The Perfect Birthday Gift

Emeralds are an extremely versatile gemstone. The hypnotizing green colour is perfect as a pendent or as a pair of stud earrings. There are so many styles of emerald jewelry to choose from that the possibilities are endless. To treat that special May baby in your life with a present that they’ll cherish for the rest of their life, visit Marlow’s Diamond and Design in Calgary today.