My mother's Engagement ring set was in bad shape. It had not seen the light of day for many years! Thirty years to be exact....how could that be you say? She was told by a Jeweler that it was beyond repair....it was placed in a safe deposit box at the bank and forgotten. UNTILL WE MADE OLD NEW AGAIN!
Restoration of your family jewelry is the preservation of your heritage. Your family jewels may have been passed down through many generations of love and hard times , each gem carries stories that formed what has become your family today. Grandma’s diamond engagement ring or great-grandma’s antique brooch were given to celebrate the love that once was. Preserve what has been treasured for decades more....
You May ask.......How can I trust such precious family heirlooms to a jeweler I’ve never met? Your Sidney Thomas Sales professional can help walk you thru this process with confidence.
Jewelry restoration requires several technical steps in order to bring each piece as close as possible to its original condition.
Many processes are used to restore jewelry including cleaning, polishing, replacing lost stones, re-cutting chipped diamonds and gemstones, repairing broken and worn prongs, thickening bezel walls, fixing bent shanks, replacing worn or broken shanks, engraving, applying filigree or millegraining, even removing incorrect “repairs” and poorly performed solder seams.
My mothers ring is platinum and circa 1950's . The “before” pictures above illustrate some of the problems with the piece, such as 18K gold solder on prongs, heavily worn prongs and cracked walls, poor polish and lost texturing (millegraining). After restoration, this ring’s life has been prolonged by many years and looks like it might have on my mother's and father's wedding day.
Before restoration, the side galleries, which are the most exposed to wear and tear, had been reduced to cracks, nicks and bumps. With years of antique jewelry experience to draw on, the Jewelry Restoration Expert sometimes has to made an educated guess as to the original pattern and hand engraving for a crisp finish.
This circa 1950 platinum ring had so little platinum holding its diamonds in place that several had already fallen out. Matching stones were sourced and set into the ring, while all the settings were rebuilt with fresh platinum. Previous attempts at repair using 18K white gold solder, were removed from the ring.
My mother’s wedding band needed full restorationn also ......Work on the ring included polishing the platinum to make it sparkle and look new again. All missing melee diamonds were replaced, as well as metal throughout the ring was rebuilt with the laser welder. The delicate milgrain accents, and other details in the metal that had long been worn down, were rebuilt by hand.
Restoration was done with a laser welder, which created precise repair that was not only strong but very clean and crisp. The rings shank had metal added and we soldered the band to the engement ring to create a more thick, sturdy band that can withstand many more years of wear.
With the intention of bringing back the ring’s original sparkle.... We have also restored a forgotten treasure to my mother, who will be able to proadly wear it again until she passes it on!
Another great idea is repurposing inherited jewelry. You can restyle aunt Betty's treasures into so many things. Take her 30 inch pearl strand and make a new shorter strand for your self and a matching braclet .,,,,You can restyle a multi stone ring into a fabulous diamond cocktail ring using your largest diamond as the central focal point and placing the other diamonds around it. Another idea: create a diamond pin! Also known as a brooch, a diamond pin is a piece that could be passed along from generation to generation.
Your Sidney Thomas consultant has lots of experience in either restyling or restoration ...so dig into that jewelry box of yours and start dreaming of what can be ...,,,It's easy , let's make old new again!
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When we set out to buy jewelry we know the design or style that we have set our hearts on, but when asked about our preference of precious metal our answers can be a bit more difficult.
It can be confusing with the wide variety of options. Even if you’re sure of your preferred color, you may not know the advantages of each choice, let alone why one is a higher price than another.
I hope this guide will help to answer some questions for you. Maybe making your next buying decision a bit easier.
Each of these precious metals are suitable for all of your jewelry collection.....
Gold is one of the most common and desired metals used in rings of all varieties. The metal's popularity for men's or women's engagement and wedding rings is unsurpassed. 10kt, 14kt and 18kt are the most common karat values found. The larger the karat, the higher the percentage of pure gold in the ring and the more expensive it will be. The hardness and durability of gold varies depending on karat, so it is important to take these factors into account when selecting a gold ring.
Gold rings come in a number of gold colors-the most common being yellow, white and rose. Yellow gold is the most popular and quintessential color. White gold is also increasing in popularity but tends to be a bit more expensive than others. When selecting a white gold ring, choosing one that is rhodium plated would be wise. White gold rings are often coated in rhodium to enhance their white color and protect the gold below from wear and tear.
Platinum is a white metal and the most expensive and prestigious option for a ring. It is long wearing and already exceptionally white, so it does not need to be rhodium plated like white gold. Platinum is also used in rings at almost 100% purity. It is a dense metal, so a platinum ring will feel heavier on the hand than other options. Because of its higher cost, platinum is most often used in men's and women's wedding and engagement ring and less frequently in fashion or cocktail rings.
Silver is a softer metal, making it more susceptible to scratching and other damage. It also has a greater tendency to oxidize than other metals, causing the silver in rings to turn black sometimes. It must be noted though that if oxidization does occur, silver can be restored rather easily with simple silver jewelry cleaner. Still, for these reasons, silver is best suited for men's and women's fashion rings and other rings that will be worn on occasion rather than daily. This limitation means silver is not a common or wise choice for men's and women's engagement and wedding rings. Its affordability and striking luster still make it an attractive option for other cocktail rings and right-hand rings.
Tungsten Carbide is a compound of tungsten and carbon that is hard, heavy and durable. A tungsten carbide ring will stand up to any degree of wear and tear and remain looking like new. One major benefit of tungsten carbide rings is that their durability makes them much more scratch resistant than rings made of other metals. A tungsten carbide ring will also always retain its bright, shiny luster. They have a permanent polish, meaning they don't have to be polished or need as much maintenance as rings made of other metals.
The drawback of tungsten carbide's durability is that it cannot be cut and resoldered which prevents rings made of the metal from being resized. This makes having your finger sized accurately extremely important when buying a tungsten carbide ring.
Titanium is another durable option for rings that, like tungsten carbide, is increasingly being utilized in men's wedding rings. It is seeing increased use in women's engagement and wedding rings as well. Titanium is the strongest naturally occurring metal on earth and that strength is what makes it a particularly popular option for men's rings. Despite its strength, titanium is very light.
It is also a good choice because it's 100% hypo-allergenic, making titanium safe to wear for people who may have reactions to other metals. Its strength also makes it more scratch, dent and bend resistant and the wide variety of colors it can be found in sets it apart from other metals. Like tungsten, its strength does have its downsides. Titanium cannot be resized or soldered, making the number of ring styles made from the metal more limited than other options.
Palladium is one of the most luxurious options for rings. It is naturally white, durable, lightweight, and resilient to discoloration. As a member of the platinum metal group, palladium is one of the rarest kinds of precious metals, making it one of the most esteemed. And since it doesn't require alloys or plating, it is usually at least 95% pure. Palladium is most commonly used in men's and women's wedding bands, rather than decorative jewelry, due to its high price and longevity.
*This information can be found on Ross Simons.com
I know that everyone will relate to this subject! How do you hold onto something , you work so hard to achieve......here is my everyday struggle to embrace my new life since moving to "The little yellow cottage"!
After discovering the freedom of our new found lifestyle, I could easily fall back into old habits of collecting stuff. All the work and energy it took to get to this point, I wasn't going to let that happen! No way no how!
I was starting to think that that living simply , is all about white walls and clutter-free countertops, but I'm finding that’s not the whole story.......less stuff opens up more space for me to focus, have gratitude, and meaningful work.
"Essential's you must have in your closet"
1. I'm not keeping up with trends. Classic style is so much easier....
When it comes to stuff, I'm aiming to own just enough. Invest in fewer, higher quality pieces, not spending a lot of time and energy shopping for those shoes/tote bags/ baubles everyone else is after, the ones that will be outdated and disposed of before the season is over.
I'm not saying I don’t pay attention to style.........If you even know me slightly , you know how important it is to me to look pulled together ...I'm just tending to invest more in my own personal style, not the style dictated by trends. Instead of trying to fit in, focus on who we are and what’s right for us.
If something needs to be replaced ok, no problem! I can handle that , But I have to remind myself , if something comes into the house, something needs to go! Even maybe two things should go... Donate it, give it to someone, or even sell it....last thing I want to do is throw it away , even though I need to eliminate it from my life doesn't mean I need to be wasteful. Unless it is true trash .
"classic style that go with everything"
2. Don’t succumb to decision fatigue.....
Energy spent on decisions like what to wear, what to eat for breakfast, where to look for my keys that are missing, YET AGAIN, adds up fast. SO EXAUSTING ACTUALLY!!!!!We all have a limited amount of energy each day, and using it on details takes away from our ability to be decisive when it really matters.
When you pare down your wardrobe, your kitchen, your clutter, you cut out unnecessary options. You can save your energy for creative projects, for your relationships, and for productive work. By eliminating the unnecessary, you create more energy for what matters most.
"pearls never go out of style"
3. Don't drown in email and electronics....
Decluttering isn’t just for office supplies. keep your digital lives clutter free too, and that includes unsubscribing from emails that aren’t useful. Just like I keep saying,"live with only the things I love, and make my heart sing”, only invite messages into your inbox if they’re useful or delightful to receive.
4. Don’t worry about what other people think....That is a hard one, especially for me
I have learned not to listen to others when it comes to important decisions. Took me over 40 something years to realize this. Living with less is like swimming upstream, so living simply gets me lots of practice at doing what I think is best , instead of following others opinions.
Most of us have a tendency to be overly influenced by other peoples’ opinions. What will they think about what I wear, where I live, what I do? Our best choices are made when we let go of that inner voice. HELLO! We could all stand to practice that more often.
" A memory that will last forever with the lady's of Charlestown"
5. Don’t spend Saturdays cleaning out the garage.......
When you’re not using all those things you buy, they dont need to be taken care of: stored, cleaned, fixed, organized. Refuse to give up your free time for extra stuff maintenance. Instead of storing everything you’ve ever owned, let go of the things you don’t use anymore. Less time spent cleaning and organizing all that junk you’ve stored means more days spent doing what you love.
6. Tidying up everything else.....
Many love a clean home, but hate to clean. The easiest way to keep things tidy is to get rid of everything that clutters up a space. Clear counters are easier to wipe up. Clear floors are easier to vacuum. Don’t just reorganize; remove. Make sure that everything you do keep has a specific home in your house, so you can put things away when they’re not in use.
7. let the past dictate your future......
The things you’re surrounded by remind you of what you believe is important. If you don’t weed out the belongings you’ve outgrown, it’s like your past is living with you all the time. You don’t need to own everything you’ve ever used. Keep things that support who you are, who you’re becoming, and let go of the rest.
8. Don’t forget what your loved ones look like.....
Whatever your budget, spending less will help it stretch even farther.... leaving you with more time to be with friends and family away from work, and less stress during your downtime so you can actually enjoy the people you’re with.
9. Don’t lose the habit of curiosity.
Creative thinking requires staying curious. Practice curiosity all the time, ask yourselves questions like: Why do I own this? Why did I say yes to that? Is this habit still serving me? What would life be like without this? What’s really important to me? What can I let go of?
The practice of asking questions and seeking your own answers, not just the culturally approved ones, is helpful in all kinds of areas beyond dealing with clutter.
10. Don’t skip out on great memories.
Prioritize your experiences over things. Instead of collecting knick knacks, collect memories. Whether they’re having fun as a family, planning outings with friends, or going on solo, keep an eye out for the next adventure.
You can design a life of less and more......More of what you love, less of what you don’t. I keep telling myself, It’s a process and so worth it...........
"OMG ....OUR MOM's WERE RIGHT ABOUT EVERYTHING " ❤️ your family......with all your heart .......
Hello...I'm Rene trying to live my life simply with only the things that I love , and make my heart sing .....