How Do I Care For My Jewelry?

Marlow’s Fine Jewelry has nearly 40 years of experience helping people enjoy and care for their precious jewelry.  We are always happy to provide complimentary cleaning, polish, and inspection of your precious jewelry.  According to Perfect Circle Insurance (by Jeweler’s Mutual), there are six important factors to keeping your jewelry beautiful.

  • Get regular checkups

    • At least once a year, take your jewelry to Marlow’s Fine Jewelry for inspection and cleaning. We will check for loose settings, worn prongs, or other potential areas of concern. If we have any concerns we will share them with you and provide a free estimate for repair of your jewelry.  Remember, you can visit us as often as you’d like for cleaning and checking, we will always do at no charge to you and we love to keep you SPARKLING!!

  • Tune In and Don’t wait.

    • Your jewelry will usually “alert” you by snagging, scratching, or catching- these can all be a sign of a damaged prong or worn tip. If you see a loose gemstone, or hear a soft rattling noise, this could be signs of a loose stone. These signs mean there could be something that needs to be addressed on your jewelry. Don’t wait or risk losing a stone or damaging your jewelry, bring it in to Marlow’s and we will help.

  • Store gently.

    • When you’re not wearing your jewelry, try to place each item in a separate soft compartment or container. Storing jewelry cluttered together can cause scratches. Be cautious to store necklaces so they have enough space to not get kinked or damaged. Be careful when using ring holders or jewelry dishes as these tend to stack rings on top of each other, which can cause damage.  Certain jewels are not meant to get too warm or cold, or dry or moist, be sure to follow the storage and care for your jewels.

  • Go easy.

    • Diamonds are among the hardest materials on earth, but they can chip or sustain damage if struck at the right angle. Don’t expose a damaged ring, or diamond engagement or wedding ring to conditions that may impact your jewelry. Avoid exposure to potentially rough activity like weight lifting, gardening, heavy lifting, rough housework, etc.  The chemicals used in some pools and hot tubs and some types of cleaning solutions can be damaging to the metal and certain stones.  With prolonged exposure gold, platinum or silver can become brittle and so it’s recommend to avoid these situations.

  • Insure it!

    • Insuring your jewelry valuables is important. Be sure to get jewelry insurance with coverage that’s right for you particular situation so if you do experience theft, loss or damage, you’re covered.

    • Visit http://www.perfectcircleinsurance.com/for a quote. Marlow’s Fine Jewelry will provide you an appraisal at no charge on all items purchased from us.

How Do I Care For My Jewelry?

Marlow’s Fine Jewelry has nearly 40 years of experience helping people enjoy and care for their precious jewelry.  We are always happy to provide complimentary cleaning, polish, and inspection of your precious jewelry.  According to Perfect Circle Insurance (by Jeweler’s Mutual), there are six important factors to keeping your jewelry beautiful.

  • Get regular checkups

    • At least once a year, take your jewelry to Marlow’s Fine Jewelry for inspection and cleaning. We will check for loose settings, worn prongs, or other potential areas of concern. If we have any concerns we will share them with you and provide a free estimate for repair of your jewelry.  Remember, you can visit us as often as you’d like for cleaning and checking, we will always do at no charge to you and we love to keep you SPARKLING!!

  • Tune In and Don’t wait.

    • Your jewelry will usually “alert” you by snagging, scratching, or catching- these can all be a sign of a damaged prong or worn tip. If you see a loose gemstone, or hear a soft rattling noise, this could be signs of a loose stone. These signs mean there could be something that needs to be addressed on your jewelry. Don’t wait or risk losing a stone or damaging your jewelry, bring it in to Marlow’s and we will help.

  • Store gently.

    • When you’re not wearing your jewelry, try to place each item in a separate soft compartment or container. Storing jewelry cluttered together can cause scratches. Be cautious to store necklaces so they have enough space to not get kinked or damaged. Be careful when using ring holders or jewelry dishes as these tend to stack rings on top of each other, which can cause damage.  Certain jewels are not meant to get too warm or cold, or dry or moist, be sure to follow the storage and care for your jewels.

  • Go easy.

    • Diamonds are among the hardest materials on earth, but they can chip or sustain damage if struck at the right angle. Don’t expose a damaged ring, or diamond engagement or wedding ring to conditions that may impact your jewelry. Avoid exposure to potentially rough activity like weight lifting, gardening, heavy lifting, rough housework, etc.  The chemicals used in some pools and hot tubs and some types of cleaning solutions can be damaging to the metal and certain stones.  With prolonged exposure gold, platinum or silver can become brittle and so it’s recommend to avoid these situations.

  • Insure it!

    • Insuring your jewelry valuables is important. Be sure to get jewelry insurance with coverage that’s right for you particular situation so if you do experience theft, loss or damage, you’re covered.

    • Visit http://www.perfectcircleinsurance.com/for a quote. Marlow’s Fine Jewelry will provide you an appraisal at no charge on all items purchased from us.

Understanding Precious Metals

 

  • Gold

    Gold is an extraordinary and rare precious metal, with an unmatched combination of chemical and physical properties. Gold is the most non-reactive of all metals and it does not oxidize under ordinary conditions. No other metal is as malleable as gold. Pure gold is very soft and pliable, and alloys of different other metals are combined with pure gold to enhance its durability and strength, as well as creating a coloration in the gold’s appearance with different color tones. 24 karat is 100 % pure gold, and it is more expensive and less durable than gold that is alloyed with other metals.

  • Platinum

  • One of the rarest precious metals on earth, platinum is found in only a few locations in the world.

  • Platinum has a rich and noble history. It was first used by the ancient Egyptians about three thousand years ago. Eight hundred years later, the South American Incas worked with platinum. The first platinum jewelry in Europe appeared around the year 1780, at the court of Louis XVI of France.

  • It may surprise you that, although platinum has been around for centuries, it has only been used to fashion jewelry for less than two centuries. It is both an ancient and a young metal.

  • Platinum is a strong, durable and dense metal which is valued for its white color and purity.

  • SterlingSilver 

    Pure silver is very soft metal with its lustrous white color. Silver was used as jewelry metal well before the development of white gold alloys, and before platinum could be isolated. It is normally stable in pure air and water but tarnishes when exposed to ozone, hydrogen sulfide or sulfur.

Understanding Precious Metals

 

  • Gold

    Gold is an extraordinary and rare precious metal, with an unmatched combination of chemical and physical properties. Gold is the most non-reactive of all metals and it does not oxidize under ordinary conditions. No other metal is as malleable as gold. Pure gold is very soft and pliable, and alloys of different other metals are combined with pure gold to enhance its durability and strength, as well as creating a coloration in the gold’s appearance with different color tones. 24 karat is 100 % pure gold, and it is more expensive and less durable than gold that is alloyed with other metals.

  • Platinum

  • One of the rarest precious metals on earth, platinum is found in only a few locations in the world.

  • Platinum has a rich and noble history. It was first used by the ancient Egyptians about three thousand years ago. Eight hundred years later, the South American Incas worked with platinum. The first platinum jewelry in Europe appeared around the year 1780, at the court of Louis XVI of France.

  • It may surprise you that, although platinum has been around for centuries, it has only been used to fashion jewelry for less than two centuries. It is both an ancient and a young metal.

  • Platinum is a strong, durable and dense metal which is valued for its white color and purity.

  • SterlingSilver 

    Pure silver is very soft metal with its lustrous white color. Silver was used as jewelry metal well before the development of white gold alloys, and before platinum could be isolated. It is normally stable in pure air and water but tarnishes when exposed to ozone, hydrogen sulfide or sulfur.

Understanding Carat vs Karat

  • Carat refers to the weight of a gemstone. See Carat Weight.

    • Karat refers to the purity of a metal. According to the World Gold Council, karat is a ”Unit of fineness, scaled from one to 24. 24 karat gold (or pure gold) has at least 999 parts pure gold per thousand; 18-karat has 750 parts pure gold and 250 parts alloy, etc.”  the United States, common karat denominations are:

      • 18 Karat, which is 18 parts gold and 6 parts alloy. This can be abbreviated or stamped as 18K or 750. The 750 stamp refers to the percentage of gold- 75%.

      • 14 Karat, which is 14 parts gold and 10 parts alloy. This can be abbreviated or stamped as 14K or 585. The 585 stamp refers to the percentage of gold- 58.5%.

      • 10 Karat, which is 10 parts gold and 14 parts alloy. This can be abbreviated or stamped as 10K or 417. The 417 stamp refers to the percentage of gold- 41.7%.

Understanding Carat vs Karat

  • Carat refers to the weight of a gemstone. See Carat Weight.

    • Karat refers to the purity of a metal. According to the World Gold Council, karat is a ”Unit of fineness, scaled from one to 24. 24 karat gold (or pure gold) has at least 999 parts pure gold per thousand; 18-karat has 750 parts pure gold and 250 parts alloy, etc.”  the United States, common karat denominations are:

      • 18 Karat, which is 18 parts gold and 6 parts alloy. This can be abbreviated or stamped as 18K or 750. The 750 stamp refers to the percentage of gold- 75%.

      • 14 Karat, which is 14 parts gold and 10 parts alloy. This can be abbreviated or stamped as 14K or 585. The 585 stamp refers to the percentage of gold- 58.5%.

      • 10 Karat, which is 10 parts gold and 14 parts alloy. This can be abbreviated or stamped as 10K or 417. The 417 stamp refers to the percentage of gold- 41.7%.

Traditional Birthstones

  • January’s Birthstone – Garnet

  • February’s Birthstone – Amethyst

  • March’s Birthstone – Aquamarine or Bloodstone

  • April’s Birthstone – Diamond

  • May’s Birthstone – Emerald

  • June’s Birthstone – Pearl, Alexandrite, Moonstone

  • July’s Birthstone – Ruby

  • August’s Birthstone – Peridot or Sardonyx

  • September’s Birthstone – Sapphire

  • October’s Birthstone – Opal or Pink Tourmaline

  • November’s Birthstone – Citrine or Yellow Topaz

  • December’s Birthstone – Turquoise / Tanzanite, Zircon, Blue Topaz

Traditional Birthstones

  • January’s Birthstone – Garnet

  • February’s Birthstone – Amethyst

  • March’s Birthstone – Aquamarine or Bloodstone

  • April’s Birthstone – Diamond

  • May’s Birthstone – Emerald

  • June’s Birthstone – Pearl, Alexandrite, Moonstone

  • July’s Birthstone – Ruby

  • August’s Birthstone – Peridot or Sardonyx

  • September’s Birthstone – Sapphire

  • October’s Birthstone – Opal or Pink Tourmaline

  • November’s Birthstone – Citrine or Yellow Topaz

  • December’s Birthstone – Turquoise / Tanzanite, Zircon, Blue Topaz