What should you do to make your jewelry look like new?

taking-care-of-jewelryIs your jewelry looking old and dingy-have no fear here are some suggestions how you can maintain your beautiful jewelry in the gorgeous Boca Raton.  First suggestion is, don’t drape your pearls or other expensive beaded necklaces on a hook or doorknob. The beads will weigh down the string and then you will have to have them restrung, rather lay them flat and store them in a soft cloth or jewelry pouch. You are not going to believe this one, as you enjoy soaking in a bath and enjoy the warm soapy water so does your diamond engagment ring. As soon as you get out look at your beautiful engagment ring and see it smile back at you. They were instantly cleaned; don’t try it with pearls, opals, turquoise or other porous stones.  These stones should never be worn swimming, washing dishes or showering as the color and texture can change. On the flip side, don’t soak in a swimming pool with your diamonds. While you always see in the magazine ads, images of jewelry by the poolside, don’t be fooled. Chlorine is not great for the stones and metal. The metal can discolor and weaken and cause the piece to change shape.

Whatever you do, try not to get chemicals on your diamond engagement ring, diamond bracelet or any jewelry on your hands.  DO NOT clean with your jewelry on unless you are wearing gloves. The chemicals such as bleach, ammonia, acetone, etc. can dull your metal and pit your stones. So remember only wear gloves to clean your house. Or maybe you should just pay someone to clean your house for you. And what about when you put on your makeup and do your hair. Your jewelry should always be put on last. Your makeup lotions (which includes suntan, body lotion, body glitter, gel…) can put a film on your diamond that is dulls the shine of your stone. Think of your jewelry as the icing on the cake-it goes last.

When you store your jewelry, pieces shouldn’t hav them touch one another. If you just throw your pieces on the counter they can rub against each other and get scratched. Even the stones can get scratched. When a jeweler packs jewelry we store the pieces separate from one another, we don’t take chances with our goods, why should you.

Make sure that you get your jewelry a checkup at the jewelers. It must be a jeweler that you trust, you don’t want your stone swapped or charged for something you don’t need. We hear so many stories from customers that came in after being cheated. Regarding your ring-prongs will loosen and your center stone just might fall out. We had a client come in, she had lost her center stone, the prongs wore down and the diamond fell out, luckily her grandson found the stone in her car. She took it to Diamonds by Eyal we built up the prongs and secured the center stone. Her daughter also had her ring checked while she was her with her mom. Both customers were very happy.

 

Should I Get My Mother In Law a Mother’s Day Gift?

downloadThat is somewhat of a rhetorical question. But of course you should, and your husband, fiancée or boyfriend should make sure to tell his mother that it was your idea. An even better idea would be if you bought a gift independently from your significant other.  If you are pre wedding or post engagement make sure that you try to build a relationship with her. Get to know your future mother-in-law’s likes and dislikes. If you are already married you should have somewhat of an idea of what she is into. Where is her favorite shop? What does she like to do?  You can share your favorite shops with her. My Mother in-law likes everything I have, including my bras. I don’t get upset or threatened, I embrace it. I have not always been that way but last year I changed my attitude, I embrace the idea. When she is visiting I take her to my favorite stores and she goes to town buying out the store. When she visits I try to have a gift waiting for her, it is so important to make her feel extra special and not left out. Mother’s day is the one day out of the year that we try to make the day a memorable one for our moms and mother-in-laws. Does she like flowers? My mother-in-law thinks flowers are just a waste of money they die after a week. Obviously I won’t be getting her flowers. Don’t bother with the clothing. You don’t want to insult your mother in law by getting too big of a size, she might come back with a she thinks I’m so fat. The clothing might not be flattering to her figure. I know nobody knows my body as well as I do.  Don’t even take a chance, forget the clothing it makes a terrible gift.  Chocolates just add to the waistline. Certainly, no woman wants to add to her waistline especially my mother in law, although I always like a good box of chocolates (hint, hint….).  Jewelry is her favorite thing to get, and mine, I would take it over chocolates any day. We are hoping to get my mother in law a beautiful necklace that has a pendant with all the initials of all her grandchildren in diamonds on it. Another piece that would be nice is a bracelet with the dangling initials. A client of ours made sure that her fiancé gave his mother (her future mother in law) a gorgeous yellow diamond right hand ring. Treating your mother in law right is very important to a happy marriage. I have found many pieces in 33486 area code. You have to trust the people and let them advise you as to what is right and worth your money and time. Sometimes, his mom plays a huge role in your marriage, she was the number 1 gal before you came into the picture, don’t let her feel threatened or jealous of you. Take it in stride and shower her with jewelry. Like I always say, nobody ever turns down a piece of jewelry.

How Can I Make her First Mother’s Day Special?

So it’s her first Mother’s Day, its a momentas day. The question is what to get her that will always bring back to that special time. Give her something that she will remember forever! 15699013313_5b7545e7ec_bFlowers die, chocolates get eaten, breakfasts come and go-a piece of jewelry lasts forever. She will remember it with a smile every time she puts the piece on. Whatever your budget give her something that lasts!!!

My Grandmother: My Jewelry Icon

Jaclyn NYC

 

Guest Blogger

Jaclyn Gross, Professional Organizer in South Florida

 www.TipTopOrganizing.com

Age 27

 

 

As I’ve grown through the years, my style has evolved.  I always loved dressing up with my “pretty, pretty, princess” kit as a child and covering myself with loads of “jewels.”  The feeling of dripping in earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings makes you feel better.  Makes you feel royal, makes you feel confident.  Or at least it did for me. 

 

But then something happened.  I turned 6.  And on my 6th birthday, my Oma gave me a pearl necklace.  It was a gold chain that had just a few tiny perfect pearls in the middle.  I loved feeling how smooth and cold they were.  It made me feel different.  Every year for Christmas, she would take my necklace and place a few more pearls on it.  She did this for my cousin Jillian and I who are just one year apart.  So when we would get it back in time for the yearly Christmas party, we would have our new pearls on our necklaces.  Every year it would grow just a little bit more and did this for about 10 years until it was fully covered.  That was very special to me and it was also the first time I had ever had a “real” piece of jewelry.  It changed how I felt.  No more plastic for me; I had graduated onto the real thing.  I felt like once I felt the feeling of a “real” piece of jewelry, I could just never go back.

 

My grandma always wore the most stylish and exquisite pieces.  I always wanted to be like her.  Right now as I am writing this, I am wearing a tiffany silver ball necklace and matching bracelet that I inherited from her.  She was a main influencer in my jewelry choices.   She had a safe where she kept her really expensive pieces, but the rest were all tucked away perfectly in their original boxes and pouches in one of her dresser drawers.  She was so organized.  I loved that about her, too.  She maintained the sparkle of her jewels.  They never tarnished or dulled.  They were cleaned, repaired if broken, insured and never out of place.  She took care of her belongings.  Anything that was hers, whether it was her diamond ring, her child, grandchild or home was taken care of fully 1000%. 

 

I always adored her choices from her broaches to earrings, rings, bracelets, ankle bracelets, and necklaces.  She always looked like a celebrity.  I should have taken more pictures of her.  Her style was just impeccable; perfectly put together everyday.  And the jewelry was what tied it all together.  I just loved all of her choices in style because her style was timeless.  It influenced me then and still does today, and will forever.  This is what I pass on to my clients, too.  When I take them shopping for a new wardrobe and when I weed out their old items- we focus on timeless classic foundational pieces instead of hip and trendy for just 1 season. 

 

I wanted my Oma’s collection of jewelry (and clothes- but I couldn’t fit in them since she was a size 0 her entire life, and I’m definitely not!)  And the funny thing is that her collection of jewelry, even after all the decades that have passed would mean nothing to the jewelry because they will still be just as magnificent as they were on the first day.  She had mesmerizing yellow diamonds, white diamonds, pink diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and of course white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, platinum and silver.  I was hypnotized every time I saw her brilliant collection.   I couldn’t wait to build my own collection; to have my own treasure chest of fine jewelry.  So far my collection does not involve many diamonds (yet!) but I’m working on it. 

 

Over the years, as I was with her in her room helping her get ready before parties (my dad lived with her for a few years after my parents divorced) I watched as her outfit transformed from already stunning to just over the top magnificent stand-out with the help of a few classic, timeless classic pieces of jewelry.  It made the entire outfit pop.  I helped her as we went through her selection and picked the right pieces. 

 

This was eye-opening to me as a child to see this transformation.  With just a little (or not so little!) perfect sparkling well-placed diamond or jewel can make all the difference. 

 

I recently discovered Diamonds by Eyal in Boca Raton, Florida.  The store is run by Elise & Eyal Cohen.  They are the nicest couple ever.  They pay so much attention to you and make you feel like royalty.  Even though I wasn’t purchasing anything extravagant, they treat you like you are.  It doesn’t matter to them whether you are purchasing something for $500 or $250,000, because either way, they want you to enjoy the experience and educate you.  They sit down with you and explain everything.  It is by appointment only so you don’t have to worry about people coming in and distracting you. 

 

The time you have with them is your time only.   They make you feel so special and this customer service is so rare to find these days.  I truly appreciated them spending their time and energy on me.  I was able to leave there feeling confident in my purchase and knowing that this will be the place that I will be buying all future jewelry pieces from, and telling my friends and family to come, too.  The prices truly can’t be beat (as I went to many different places and compared!) and the quality is the best.  They also don’t do any advertising, so that speaks volumes!  It’s all by referrals.  I love that!  I recommend this business whole-heartedly to anyone who has a special occasion (or any occasion!) coming up.  The gift of jewelry is something that will be truly treasured for their entire life… at any age! 

Will You be my Valentine?

There is less than one week left until Valentine’s Day. Local stores are filled with heart-shaped chocolate boxes, teddy bears and red roses. If you’re looking for something extra-ordinary to give to your Valentine you’re certainly in the right place.  Diamonds and jewelry make the perfect Valentine’s  Day gifts. The brilliance of a diamond will surely bring a smile to your beloved’s face. Furthermore, unlike chocolate and roses, diamonds last forever. Here are 10 of our best-sellers this Valentine’s Day so far:

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36 Stone Round Pave Set Diamond Earring Jackets with Milgrain Trim Diamond .22cttw

 

 

 

 

 

 

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138021
Round prong Set Green Amethyst and Pave Diamond Halo Dangle Earrings Gem 1.61cttw Diamond .12cttw

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ladies prong Set Round Green Amethyst and Pave Diamond Halo Design Pendant on Rolo Link Chain Diamond .06cttw Gem 1.25cttw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ladies prong Set Round Green Amethyst and Pave Diamond Halo Stud Earrings Gem 1.44cttw Diamond .40cttw

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mens Square Matte Cuff Links with Alligator Leather and 2 Princess Cut Diamonds Diamond .20cttw SI

 

 

 

 

 

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Ladies Bezel Set Alternate Size Round Diamond Hammered Bangle Bracelet Diamond 1.25cttw
G-I/ VS (Bangles Sold Separately)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ladies 14K Pink Gold Round Channel Set Stackable Diamond Bangle Bracelet with Milgrain Trim Diamond .90cttw G-I

 

 
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Ladies Round prong Set Halo Style Diamond Pendant Mounting with Pave Bail Diamond .44cttw (center Stone Not Included) (Chain Sold Separate)

 

 
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121945
Ladies Round prong Set Amethyst and Pave Diamond Pendant on Cable Chain Gem 1.06cttw Diamond .11cttw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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116701
Ladies 18 Stone Round prong Set Diamond Heart Pendant Diamond .50cttw (Chain not included)

Diamond Care- What to avoid

Diamonds may be one of the strongest substances in the world; however, they can chip and become loose or fall out of a setting. It is essential that you take care of your diamond jewelry. The most obvious ways of protecting your jewelry include taking it to the jeweler for an inspection and having it cleaned. Unfortunately there are many items which you probably use on a daily basis that can damage your diamond jewelry.

Lotions, Sprays and Makeup 

Lotion is used daily by both women and men; some people mistakenly use lotion to care for their diamond jewelry. Lotion should be avoided because it can weaken and discolor metal.  Lotions will dull the surface of your diamond and conceal the stone’s brilliance. Lotions also have a base which can gather under the prongs and loosen your diamond. Hairspray can stick to your diamond blurring the brilliance, as well as making your stone appear yellow. Sunscreens, makeup and other cosmetics contain numerous chemicals which can damage the setting of your diamond and cover its beauty

Cleaning products 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cleaning supplies contain harsh chemicals which are great for disinfecting and removing dirt. Natural diamonds are not greatly affected by these common household products. The brilliance of the diamond could appear dull if it is constantly exposed; however, once the diamond is cleaned it will look alive again.  The mounting of the diamond or any gold jewelry piece faces the biggest threat. Clorox will weaken the rhodium coating on white gold and cause the ring to turn yellow. It could also cause the metal become brittle inducing the prongs to break which will produce the stones to loosen and potentially fall out. Chlorine will corrode the metal, meaning that it will debilitate the setting, whether it is silver, gold or platinum. Some individuals believed that chlorine could be used to clean jewelry so they would go into swimming pools wearing their jewels and instead of cleaning their piece they would cause great damage. Windex has been used by consumers to clean jewelry. Windex contains ammonia which can remove the polish on some gemstones such as turquoise.

Avoid wearing your diamond jewelry while engaging in these activities:

  • Sleeping: It is recommended not to sleep with diamond jewelry in the event that your jewelry has loose diamonds and they fall out. Once the diamond falls out it is difficult to find it, especially since you move around when you’re asleep.
  • Exercising: Working out with jewelry is risky because your hands will become sweaty and your ring or other jewelry could fall off. If you use heavy weights and one hit your jewelry or diamond is could cause your diamond to fall or become loose or even worse your diamond could chip.
  • Cooking: You should avoid wearing your jewelry while cooking because the intense heat could damage gemstones. The various chemicals used to cook could also have a negative effect on your jewelry.
  • Showering: The chemicals in your shampoo, conditioner and body wash could cause your metal setting to discolor. The base on your shampoo and washes could gather up around the prongs of the setting and cause your stones to become loose. Like other cosmetics, shampoo will conceal the brilliance of the diamond. Although this is not a permanent effect, you will have to clean your diamond more often to keep its brilliance.
  • Washing dishes: Dish-washing liquid has harsh chemicals to scrub off grease and breakdown dirt. Washing the dishes with your rings or bracelets on will cause the washing liquid to settle on your jewels. We advise that you place your diamond jewelry in a safe place before washing the dishes or engaging in cleaning. Placing your jewels on the sink counter is very dangerous because your jewelry could easily fall down the drain.
  • Beach: Wearing your jewels to the beach is not a good idea. The coarse sand could scratch the setting. The sunscreen you apply could stick to your diamond and jewelry. Saltwater can also weaken the setting and cause it to discolor.

 

 

Top 10 Gift Ideas For Her

Gorgeous gifts for the lucky girl on your list. Whether she is your wife, girlfriend, daughter, mom, sister or best friend,  there is a gift here she’ll love.

1. Ladies Rolo Link Chain with Round Bezel Set Diamond Accents and Pear Shaped Blue Sapphire and Pave Diamond Pendant Drop Gem .43cttw Diamond .22cttw.
Price: $1,015.00
Ladies Rolo Link Chain with Round Bezel Set Diamond Accents and Pear Shaped Blue Sapphire and Pave Diamond Pendant Drop Gem .43cttw Diamond .22cttw

2. Beautifully Radiant Ladies Pave Diamond Disc Pendant on Cable Chain Diamond .22cttw
Price: $630.00
Ladies Pave Diamond Disc Pendant on Cable Chain Diamond .22cttw

3. Halo Style Pave Diamond Dangle Earrings with Milgrain Trim Diamond .25cttw
Price: $970.00
Halo Style Pave Diamond Dangle Earrings with Milgrain Trim Diamond .25cttw

4. Ladies Chain Link Bracelet with Textured Asymmetrical Stations and Pave Diamond Accent Diamond .04cttw
Price: $1,420.00
Ladies Chain Link Bracelet with Textured Asymmetrical Stations and Pave Diamond Accent Diamond .04cttw

5. Elegant in design this ladies 21 stone round prong set Journey Of Life diamond heart pendant. Diamond .50cttw Gh/i1
Price: $900.00 (Chain sold separately)
Ladies 21 Stone Round prong Set Journey Of Life Diamond Heart Pendant Diamond .50cttw Gh/i1 (Chain not included)

6. 22mm 42 Stone Round Shared prong Set Diamond Hoop Earrings Diamond 1.50cttw Gh/i1
Price: $ 2,075.00
22mm 42 Stone Round Shared prong Set Diamond Hoop Earrings Diamond 1.50cttw Gh/i1

7. Gorgeous set of 6 multi colored cable bangles with milgrain accented bars
Price: $325.00
Charriol Celtic Classique Collection Set Of 6 Multi Colored Cable Bangles with Milgrain Accented Bars

8. Ladies Fashion Polished and Pave Diamond Right Hand Ring Diamond .39cttw
(Available in sizes 4.5 to 7.5)
Price: $850.00
Ladies Fashion Polished and Pave Diamond Right Hand Ring Diamond .39cttw (Available in sizes 4.5 to 7.5)
9.  Ladies 7.25″ Textured and Polished Circle and Oval Fancy Link Bracelet
Price: $435.00
Ladies 7.25 Textured and Polished Circle and Oval Fancy Link Bracelet

10. Ladies 4 prong Round Diamond Bangle Bracelet Diamond .50cttw G-I
Price: $2,525.00
Ladies 4 prong Round Diamond Bangle Bracelet Diamond .50cttw G-I

Welcome to Diamonds by Eyal

Diamonds by Eyal is your source for loose diamonds and jewelry. We are located in the heart of Boca Raton, Florida on I-95 and Palmetto Park Road. Our office is located in the Interstate Plaza on the 4th floor, Suite 406.

For 5 generations, we have combined an upscale shopping experience with exceptional pieces of jewelry and loose diamonds, as well as, exceptional prices.

We are appointment-only based, providing our customers with undivided attention, an education of the industry and the opportunity to build close relationships.

Diamonds by Eyal offers a variety of manufactured goods, including, loose diamonds, jewelry and watches.

If you would like to indulge in a diamond of fine quality or just find the right piece for your special someone, Diamonds by Eyal is the right choice for you. You are invited to sit in our diamond room while we serve you, you don’t have to stand over a counter while debating over a diamond or a piece of jewelry. Please feel free to contact Diamonds by Eyal  in order to get the best value for your investment.