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Join us for Massages, Jewelry, Fashion, Treats & More!

Some of the featured vendors include:

* Salon Te Elle Ce

* Massage Envy will be providing mini massages in the store

* Aesthetics Boutique will be modeling the latest spring fashions  throughout the day

* Our Scentsy rep will be here with new spring/summer scents in addition to the classic favorites

* Our Jamberry Nails rep will be here providing samples and teaching application techniques

 

If you fill out or update your Wish Card during the event, you will be entered to win a gift basket fit for a Queen!

Without giving away all of the surprises that will be included in the basket here are a few hints:

* An energy burst for the morning

* A relaxer for the evening

* A refreshing scent for your home

* A cute carrying vessel for all of your stuff

Those are just a few of the hints…this prize basket is definitely going to be awesome, so much so that all of the staff members want to get their hands on it too!

 

Like our Ladies Day event, the first 50 ladies to attend the event will receive a totally radical Steffan’s swag bag!

This event is open to everyone so bring a friend along to make it even more fun!

 

*No purchase is necessary to be entered to win the gift basket. One entry per person will be accepted. Drawing will be held on or after May 4, 2015. Winner will be notified via phone call and/or e-mail. By entering you give permission to Steffan’s Jewelers to use your name in our e-mail newsletter and social media if you are the winner. First 50 gift bags limited to customers who physically attend the event. One bag per person, no exceptions.

 

 

 


I have an antique ruby ring that was recently appraised as a synthetic doublet. What does that mean?

 

A doublet is an assembled gem.  This means that two different materials were adhered together to create one stone.  In the case of your antique ruby, the top of the stone (crown area) is a genuine piece of ruby that was glued to a synthetic ruby (pavilion area).  Sometimes the entire crown can be composed of natural ruby or it can just be a small portion of the crown area.

 

doublet 1There are many kinds of assembled stones that are used to imitate many different natural gems.  Garnet and glass, sapphire and synthetic sapphire and synthetic spinel and strontium titanate are just a few.  There are also triplet assembled stones.

 

Triplets are usually two different stones adhered together with a colored layer of cement to imitate a natural stone. Opal triplets are very popular and consist of a black plastic bottom, a thin layer of natural or synthetic opal and a clear quartz top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The production of assembled stones dates back as far as the 19th century.  Many of these are very difficult to detect and require an expert gemologist to do so.  These doublets and triplets are quite common and if you want to be positive of what you have, stop in and ask our expert gemologists.  We will be happy to run the appropriate tests to determine the real identity of your heirlooms. We offer while you wait appointments and drop off service.

 

*Photos courtesy of the GIA.


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There is nothing quite like the beautiful bright white finish that rhodium gives to a piece of jewelry. With its bright, glittering and reflective qualities (it is the most reflective of all precious metals) from a few feet away it’s hard to tell where the stones end and the metal begins. Because rhodium is so bright and makes stones look so stunning, almost all white gold jewelry, as well as some yellow, is rhodium plated. But what exactly is rhodium and how does the process work?

 

Rhodium is a very hard, silvery-white metal that was discovered in 1803 by William Hyde Wollaston when he separated it from platinum. He named it after the Latin word “rhodon” which means rose. It is one of the world’s most expensive metals and fetches about 6 times more than gold by weight. It is never found in mineral form and is only found in trace amounts within platinum or nickel ores. 80% of the world’s rhodium is found in South Africa. Because the metal is so hard, it is not ideal to use for jewelry making. However, it is great to use as a thin, decorative and protective layer over gold and silver jewelry.

 

Silverware makers from the 1930’s first used the electro-plating process to produce flatware that didn’t need constant polishing. During this process, which is used today, the item to be plated is dipped in a liquid solution containing the rhodium. An electric current is added to the mix that forces the tiny particles of metal to bond with the surface of the immersed piece of jewelry.

 

Just like going to the hair salon to maintain your color, rhodium also needs maintenance. Since rhodium is a just a very thin plate covering your base metal, every so often it is going to need to be re-plated. Most jewelry can go for a few years without re-plating with the exception of rings. Because rings are worn most often and receive the most contact with everyday substances they may need to be re-plated more often. Once you start seeing the yellowish-white gold base starting to show through you’ll know it’s time to rhodium. We do rhodium plating in our on-site repair shop for $35 each piece.

 


There is nothing quite like the beautiful bright white finish that rhodium gives to a piece of jewelry. With its bright, glittering and reflective qualities (it is the most reflective of all precious metals) from a few feet away it’s hard to tell where the stones end and the metal begins. Because rhodium is so bright and makes stones look so stunning, almost all white gold jewelry, as well as some yellow, is rhodium plated. But what exactly is rhodium and how does the process work?

 

Rhodium is a very hard, silvery-white metal that was discovered in 1803 by William Hyde Wollaston when he separated it from platinum. He named it after the Latin word “rhodon” which means rose. It is one of the world’s most expensive metals and fetches about 6 times more than gold by weight. It is never found in mineral form and is only found in trace amounts within platinum or nickel ores. 80% of the world’s rhodium is found in South Africa. Because the metal is so hard, it is not ideal to use for jewelry making. However, it is great to use as a thin, decorative and protective layer over gold and silver jewelry.

 

Silverware makers from the 1930’s first used the electro-plating process to produce flatware that didn’t need constant polishing. During this process, which is used today, the item to be plated is dipped in a liquid solution containing the rhodium. An electric current is added to the mix that forces the tiny particles of metal to bond with the surface of the immersed piece of jewelry.

 

Just like going to the hair salon to maintain your color, rhodium also needs maintenance. Since rhodium is a just a very thin plate covering your base metal, every so often it is going to need to be re-plated. Most jewelry can go for a few years without re-plating with the exception of rings. Because rings are worn most often and receive the most contact with everyday substances they may need to be re-plated more often. Once you start seeing the yellowish-white gold base starting to show through you’ll know it’s time to rhodium. We do rhodium plating in our on-site repair shop for $35 each piece.

 


January

By her who in this month is born,

No gems save Garnets should be worn;

They will insure her constancy,

True friendship and fidelity.

February

The February born will find

Sincerity and peace of mind;

Freedom from passion and from care,

If they the Amethyst will wear.

March

Who in this world of ours their eyes

In March first open shall be wise;

In days of peril firm and brave,

And wear a Bloodstone to their grave.

April

She who from April dates her years,

Diamonds shall wear, lest bitter tears

For vain repentance flow; this stone,

Emblem of innocence is known.

May

Who first beholds the light of day

In Spring’s sweet, flower month of May

And wears an Emerald all her life

Shall be a loved and a loving wife.

June

Who comes with Summer to this earth

And owes to June her day of birth,

With ring of Agate on her hand,

Can health, wealth and long life command.

July

The glowing Ruby should adorn

Those who in warm July are born,

Then will they be exempt and free

From love’s doubt and anxiety.

August

Wear a Sardonyx of for thee

No conjugal felicity.

The August-born without this stone

Tis said must live unloved and lone.

September

A maiden born when autumn leaves

Are rustling in September’s breeze,

A Sapphire on her brow should bind,

‘Twill cure diseases of the mind.

October

October’s child is born for woe,

And life’s vicissitudes must know;

But lay an Opal on her breast,

And hope will lull those woes to rest.

November

Who first comes to this world below

With drear November’s fog and snow

Should prize the Topaz‘ amber hue —

Emblem of friends and lovers true.

December

If cold December gave you birth

The month of snow and ice and mirth

Place on your hand a Turquoise blue;

Success will bless whate’er you do.

 

– Gregorian birthstone poem printed in Notes and Queries, May 11, 1889.


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Join us for our annual Men’s Night Party on Thursday,December 17th!

 

Be sure to pick up one of our special invitations from the store (or ask your wife to check her Ladies Day gift bag).

 

They look like this:

 

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Not only is there pertinent Men’s Night information on it, there’s also an entry form to win a pair of Blackhawk’s tickets that we are raffling off.

 

The tickets can only be entered in the drawing during our Men’s Night Party December 18th from 4-8pm. No early entries are accepted guys 🙂 Come for the jewelry and stay for the food, drinks and amazing raffle prize!

 

This is the perfect time to pull your special lady’s wish card and get her the best Christmas gift ever!

 

The Official Stuff: No purchase necessary. No early entries will be accepted. Entries will only be accepted during the Men’s Night Party on 12-17-2015 between the hours of 4:00pm – 7:45pm. One entry per person will be accepted. Contestant may enter to win a pair of Blackhawk tickets for the 1-06-2016 home game at 7:00pm. Tickets are section 120 row 11 seats 1 and 2. Approx. retail value ($700). Duplicate entries will be disqualified. One winner will be chosen at random on or around 7:45pm 12-17-15. Do not need to be present to win, but must attend event to enter. Winner will be notified via phone and e-mail unless in attendance. By entering this drawing you consent to have your name announced on our social media platforms.

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