Expert Tips On Jewelry Care & Service

Jewelry is one of our most intimate and cherished accessories. Understanding how to care for and protect your jewelry can make a world of difference in maintaining its beauty and keeping your pieces sparkling for years to come! Take a look at our tips to best care for your jewelry:

Jewelry Inspecition

1. Did you know jewelry should be cleaned & inspected by a professional every 3-6 months?

Oils from lotions, soap & even touching your jewelry can cloud the appearance of your precious jewelry and in many cases can mask visibility to damage.  Our professional cleaning systems are far superior than any home treatment and allows our experts to properly inspect your jewelry for things such as loose prongs or clasps and chips or cracks in your gemstones. By having your jewelry cleaned & inspected on a regular basis, you can ensure your jewelry is well maintained & sparkling bright!

White Gold Ring

2. Did you know your discolored white gold can be easily fixed?

You may notice over time that your once bright white gold is starting to look a bit yellow.  Without proper care or even just natural wear, discoloration can occur.  Gold is naturally yellow and to achieve white gold, it is mixed with alloys to develop that bright white color.  If you have any discolored white gold jewelry, it can be easily fixed by having your jewelry plated with Rhodium.  Rhodium is naturally white metal and can make your jewelry look brand new!

Jewelry Box

3. Properly store your jewelry

We often find jewelry that has been tangled with knots, tarnished or damaged and could have easily been avoided.  Invest in a simply jewelry box to properly organize & store your precious jewelry.  Get in the habit of cleaning your jewelry before stowing away to prevent oils and dirt from setting.  Keep your sterling silver in anti-tarnish pouches which keeps air exposure out.  Lastly,  give each piece of jewelry it’s own place – this way they wont rub against each other causing wear or damage & you’ll always know where to find them!

Ring Dish

4. Take your jewelry off when you take your shoes off!

Every day tasks can be rough on your precious jewelry.  Working out with weights can shift prongs and warp your rings, harsh cleaning chemicals can tarnish your metals & lotions and soaps can make your gemstones appear cloudy.  Invest in ring dishes or a safe container (for the gym or traveling) so that you have a safe place to store your jewelry – get in the habit of keeping your jewelry in one place, the only thing worse than dirty jewelry is missing jewelry!

Jewelry Appraisal

5. Have your jewelry re-appraised every 5-7 years

Most insurance companies require an up to date appraisal.  The market changes daily and the value of your jewelry vary – you don’t want to over pay on a premium for your jewelry or worse, find out that your jewelry is worth more than your insurance covers.  Our Certified Gemologist Appraisers from the American Gem Society have over 35 years experience in appraising jewelry

Trust Michaels Jewelers to take care of all your jewelry service repair and needs. Our master goldsmiths offer a full range of professional jewelry repair, refinishing and refurbishment services to recapture the pleasure your jewelry was meant to bring!

What is a Treasure Chest Diamond?

Treasure Chest Diamonds are the pride and passion of Michaels Jewelers, but what exactly makes a Treasure Chest Diamond so unique and special? For those who have done a little research on diamond buying, you will know that cut determines 60% of the value of the diamond and 100% of the sparkle. Michaels Jewelers strives for excellence and wanted to represent a collection that was as perfect as one could achieve.

So in 1948, Michaels Jewelers introduced “Treasure Chest” diamonds with the assurance that they would always represent the finest cut diamonds in the world and have superior light performance when compared to any other diamonds.  It begins with our exclusive relationship with the best cutters in the world that cut from only 1% of the finest diamonds they receive.

Michaels provided the customer further peace of mind by guaranteeing the grading on all of its diamonds. This includes color, clarity, and cut. This guarantee now extends to the value proposition with Michaels 120% price guarantee on all Treasure Chest Diamonds.

Today, Michaels offers a variety of Treasure Chest Diamonds:

Treasure Chest Ideal

This diamond receives the highest possible cut grade from the world’s most scientifically vetted laboratory the American Gem Society Laboratory. It is ideal in proportions, ideal in polish, ideal in symmetry, and ideal in light performance. The coveted AGS platinum grading report is combined with the optimal alignment demonstrated by the hearts and arrows pattern.

Treasure Chest Hearts & Arrows

Treasure Chest Hearts & Arrows maintains the standard of superior alignment of the Treasure Chest Ideal. This more affordable option comes with the AGS platinum report and you are guaranteed that every aspect of the cut grade will be very good or better.

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Treasure Chest Princess Cut & Cushion Cut

The princess cut is recognized as the most brilliant of the fancy shaped diamonds. After decades of research and refinement we can now offer our customers a princess cut that receives the highest possible cut grade from the American Gem Society Ideal Light Performance, Ideal Polish and Ideal Symmetry. The Treasure Chest Cushion is the only cushion cut on the market cut specifically for brilliance. It is backed with the AGS grading report and Michaels’ exclusive Love for Life Guarantee.

Treasure Chest 89

The Treasure Chest 89 Diamond has 89 facets versus the traditional 58 facets of a round brilliant cut diamond. This light dispersion creates the absolute maximum brilliance and sparkle in the Treasure Chest 89 Diamond. This beautiful pattern creates prisms of light which is what the eye sees as scintillation. In return, the Treasure Chest 89 Diamond appears to be a higher color and better clarity than and ordinary round brilliant diamond.

Treasure Chest Wedding Bands

All of our wedding bands have diamonds that are perfectly matched for cut, color and clarity. We carry different total weights and qualities, including our precision Hearts & Arrows, to meet any budget.

Treasure Chest Jewelry

We have partnered with some of the finest designers in the world to create a full line of Treasure Chest Jewelry. Crafted from the finest materials, using the best artisans these pieces feature the Treasure Chest Hearts & Arrows diamonds. Every diamond .002ct (2/100th of a carat) and larger are guaranteed to be cut to the “Treasure Chest” standard.

Treasure Chest Grown

This is the newest addition to the Treasure Chest family! Treasure Chest Grown Diamonds are physically, chemically, and optically identical to their mined counterparts. The only difference is origin. It is impossible for the naked eye to differentiate between a grown diamond and a mined diamond. Even a gemologist with a microscope cannot tell the difference!

Lab-Graded-images

Stay tuned for a full blog post covering Treasure Chest Grown!

Be the First! Pandora July Ring Event Starts June 30th!

FREE Ring with purchase of any two PANDORA Rings*
We all know that stackable rings are all the rage right now.  From June 30th-July 6th, explore the preview event for the Pandora July Ring Event!  With the purchase of any two Pandora rings, get one ring FREE!  This offer includes all Pandora rings including the newest style from the Summer release.
Here are some of our favorite stackable styles:

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2 X DROPLETS, DROPLETS ($75), 2 X POETIC DROPLET, CLEAR CZ, POETIC DROPLET, AQUA BLUE CRYSTAL ($180), 2 X INTERTWINED, ELEGANT SINCERITY ($115)
Visit any one of the locations below to shop this event:
OR visit our Pandora locations:
*Free ring must be of equal or lesser value to qualify. While supplies last at participating  etailers. No substitutions. Ring selection may vary by store. Excludes gift card purchases. See store associates for more details

Why Finding an AGS Jeweler is Important

Did you know that only 5% of jewelers, designers and appraisers have met the American Gem Society standards?  We are here to tell you what exactly is the American Gem Society (AGS) and why it is so important to find a jeweler who is AGS certified.

In 1934, Robert M. Shipley founded the AGS as a not-for-profit trade association comprised of retail jewelers, independent appraisers, suppliers, and selective industry members in the North America.  The goal was to build an elite group dedicated to consumer protection, ethical business practices and the development of superior gemological skills and knowledge.  The AGS was built with consumers in mind to protect them as well as their purchases by putting your trust into working with a consummate professional who adheres to the highest standards of the jewelry industry.

There are several titleholders which include:

  • Registered Jewelers (RJ)- a title earned by those who have completed the required coursework and classroom study of diamonds & gemstones who also adhere to the AGS‘s Code of Ethics.  This title but be renewed annual to increase knowledge and ethical practices
  • Certified Gemologists (CG)- A Certified Gemologist has taken advanced studies in diamonds and colored gemstones. A CG also demonstrates mastery of diamond, gemstone, and precious metal testing procedures
  • Certified Gemologist Appraisers (CGA)- This title is the most highly regarded among peers in the jewelry industry. Why? Because it certifies that the sales person can identify diamonds, gemstones, and jewelry and determine their value. This title requires advanced training and experience in determining the value of diamonds and gemstones
  • Independent Certified Gemologist Appraisers (ICGA)– This title represents those individuals whose sole business is appraising. He or she does not purchase or sell diamonds, gemstones, or jewelry.To receive this certification, the appraiser has completed the requirements for RJ, CG, and CGA, plus has successfully completed an extensive course in personal property appraising. He or she must not only complete the annual re-certification exam, but also submit proof of continuing education in their field every five years

In order for a jeweler to become certified by the AGS, one must meet strict criteria that include:

  • Have an exceptionally high level of gemological knowledge including successfully completing prescribed courses and classes in diamonds and colored gemstones
  • Possess a reputation for unquestioned integrity and must conduct business to enhance the confidence of the public
  • Demonstrate sincere interest in ethical business practices and exemplify this belief
  • Be a retail jeweler, jewelry business supplier or independent appraisal business that has been established for at least two years with demonstrated financial stability
  • All titleholders must be re-certified every year

In order to maintain membership, jewelers in the American Gem Society must agree to their Code of Ethics:

  • Provide full disclosure of all facts pertaining to the products they sell
  • Never intentionally deceive their employees, consumers, vendors, or business partners
  • Compete fairly and never speak unprofessionally about their competitors. Likewise, encourage their colleagues in the jewelry industry to embrace these principals.
  • Resolve any customer complaints relating to the sale of a product
  • Not sell conflict diamonds. AGS jewelers must make every effort to fully comply with the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme and the World Diamond Council System of Warranties
  • Continue their gemological and jewelry education, always improving their knowledge and keeping up with trends in jewelry and ethical business practices.
  • Adhere to anti-money laundering (AML) program, which is designed to comply with the USA Patriot Act

Michaels has several Managers and Associates with titles of Registered Jewelers, Certified Gemologists and Certified Gemologist Appraisers.  To find an AGS certified jeweler near you, click here.

 

 

 

 

*Many excerpts were derived from the AGS website

 

Pandora FREE Leather Bracelet Event Happening NOW!

Its back! The Pandora FREE Leather Bracelet Event graced us just in time to complete our Summer wardrobe.   Spend $100 or more* and receive a FREE bracelet of your choice! Featuring bright, beautiful colors including shades of blues and pinks as well as a variety of neutral colors that will match any outfit.  Stop in to our Avon, Bristol, Danbury, Manchester , Meriden , Orange, Torrington, Westfarms or Waterbury Michaels Jewelers locations to check out this event, now through June 19th.

 

*Free leather bracelet (up to a $55 USD retail value). While supplies last at participating retailers. Bracelet selection may vary by store. Excludes gift card purchases. Charms sold separately.

Spring Jewelry Cleaning Tips from the Pros!

Now that Spring is officially upon us, almost everyone has started their Spring cleaning, but don’t forget about cleaning your jewelry!  Come in today for a full professional cleaning and inspection at Michaels Jewelers.  Our free service utilizes the latest in ultrasonic and high pressure steam cleaning and our thorough inspection will insure your gemstones are tightly mounted to prevent loss.  If you can’t make it into one of our stores soon, here is a safe way to keep most of your sparkly gems shining at home:

  1. Fill a small bowl with warm water and add a small amount of gentle dish soap.  The best choice is one made with natural ingredients in order to avoid harming your jewelry with chemicals. Gentle hand soaps or shampoos may also be used but be sure not to use one which contains moisturizers as this could leave a film on your gemstones
  2. Place your jewelry in the bowl for a few minutes to allow the warm water to penetrate and loosen any dirt, dust, and grime that has built up there
  3. Use a soft bristled toothbrush to gently rub any grime from your jewelry.  Scrub lightly, poking the bristles into the hard-to-reach crevices.  Most mountings have openings behind your gemstones.  Use the brush to reach through these openings to the backs of your gemstones
  4. Rinse your ring in cool water
  5. Lay your jewelry out on a paper towel or clean cloth to dry
  6. Stop by any Michaels Jewelers location and have one of our Associates check your jewelry to ensure there aren’t any loose stones and use the proper form of cleaning.  If you have any questions on which method is best for your jewelry, don’t hesitate to ask.  Remember, Cleaning and Inspection is FREE!

10 Tips From the Pros on Buying Wedding Bands

With our Wedding Band Event currently happening, we wanted to share 10 Tips From the Pros (our Managers) on buying Wedding Bands and Anniversary Bands:

1. Buy from a reputable jeweler! Buy from a jeweler who wants more than to just make a sale. Deal with one who wants to help you celebrate life’s most memorable moments, for a lifetime

2. Order early, if necessary! With so many designs and custom fitting available, you may choose something which will require additional time. Many special orders can take upwards of 4 weeks or more.

3. Make sure it is what you want. Do you want his and her matching bands? Though matching bands are certainly available, many couples choose to select similar styles which fit both of them best but share some design features.

4. Decide what is most important to you. Is the quality of the diamond more important than the size? All of these factors will determine what the best value may be for you.

5. You can find bands in all price ranges. Ask about different metal options and different diamond qualities to find the right ring for your budget.

6. Customize it! Michaels Jewelers offers many additional services such as custom sizing and inside ring engraving

7. Make sure it matches! If matching a band to your engagement ring, consider matching your metals so they wear the same over time

8. Consider having your engagement ring and wedding band soldered together to prevent friction, wear and keep them always aligned. Don’t worry; this process can be easily reversed if you wish to upgrade your ring in the future.

9. Make sure that the band you choose fits your lifestyle. Bands are available in different metals and some are more durable than others.

10. Take advantage of our special events! We offer 15 months interest free financing for our Wedding Band Event and you can save up to $500 off your next purchase!