Rub a dub dub your jewelry (probably) needs a scrub!

We've all been there: you acquire a piece of jewelry as a gift, an inheritance, an engagement ring, you name it, and you just never want to take it off! Fast forward a few years, it's been practically glued to you, and you hardly even think about it. While we all love our jewelry, many of us unknowingly mistreat it. There are a few basic things we can all do to increase the lifespan of our fine jewelry.

Please enjoy these tips on how to show your most treasured jewelry the love it needs!

1) Keep it clean!
Clean your own fine jewelry on a monthly basis (if you are able). 
Step 1: Mix a small amount of mild liquid dish soap into a small cup of warm water.
Step 2: Soak your fine jewelry for about half an hour. Brush with a tooth brush as needed.
Step 3: Rinse with water.
Always read the label of the soap or cleaning solution you are using prior to cleaning your own jewelry. Please note that certain delicate stones such as pearls, coral, jade, and opals should not be soaked, but you can always gently wipe the stone with a clean, soft rag, and scrub the metal with a toothbrush.
These tips do not apply to costume jewelry. When in doubt, give us a call!

2) Take it off!
Fine jewelry is absolutely meant to be worn and admired, but there is a time and place.
Everyday tasks like gardening, cooking, and cleaning trap dirt and debris inside of rings, bracelets, watches, etc, and run the risk of damage. If you prepare food with dirty jewelry on, the food will be contaminated. Wearing jewelry while playing sports or hitting the gym can do immense damage, not only to your jewelry, but also to your body. Earrings can be torn out, necklaces and bracelets can catch, rings can be crushed or pinched, the list goes on. Swimming, showering, and even sleeping can wear away at your jewelry.
Your jewelry should be the last thing you put on in the morning, and the first thing you take off, as needed. It's helpful to designate a specific place to safely store your jewelry while not in use. 
Now you may be thinking, "So where can I wear my jewelry?"
Honestly, just about anywhere! On a date, out to lunch, running errands, at work (non-manual labor), relaxing, spending time with friends, going for a walk, the list goes on!
I hope this has helped you get a grasp of when it's best to take off your jewelry. Silicone rings are also a great option if you feel uncomfortable without your wedding, engagement, or promise ring while working out, doing manual labor, etc. 
This all may seem intimidating at first, but it's just a matter of gradually building good habits over time. 

3) Let us help!
On top of keeping up on your own, we recommend having your jewelry professionally cleaned and checked annually. We offer these services for free, while you wait. 

4) Consider Insurance
Fine jewelry is an asset, and losing assets in events such as home invasions can be devastating. We have partnered with Jewelers Mutual Insurance as a part of their link program. This means we are able to directly upload or scan current appraisals for a free quote from Jeweler's Mutual, to help facilitate the protection of your assets. For insurance purposes, appraisals should be assessed for updates every 5-10 years. We offer updated appraisals for only $15, and new appraisals for $80. Discounts are available for those who wish to do multiple appraisals at once. All appraisals are done in-house by our very own G.I.A. Gemologist Josef Waldmann.

The Gemini Ring

This dreamy ring was hand-made by our very own Joe Waldmann, and affectionately named "The Gemini Ring". As a Gemini myself, I am happy to find my astrological sign in something beautiful today, rather than a meme. Two personalities in one ring, complicating the process, yet complimenting one another in the long run.  

 Hand-made titanium ring, double tension set with 0.25 carat diamond and 0.10 carat sapphire. This men's wedding ring gives the appearance of an engagement and wedding band, but all in one solid piece. The tension setting process is particularly difficult when done with more than one stone.  

Hand-made titanium ring, double tension set with 0.25 carat diamond and 0.10 carat sapphire. This men's wedding ring gives the appearance of an engagement and wedding band, but all in one solid piece. The tension setting process is particularly difficult when done with more than one stone.  

Etruscan Revival Piece

The Etruscan Revival was sparked by 19th century archaeological digs in the Etruscan ruins of Italy. An Italian jeweler by the name Fortunato Pio Castellani is credited with the rediscovery of the Etruscan gold working technique. He created amazing replicas of the ancient jewelry excavated from Greek and Italian ruins, and passed on his knowledge to his son, Pio Castellani. Their influence spread throughout Europe and America, gaining popularity in the 1860's and 1870's. Etruscan Revival jewelry is characterized by applied beading and filigree, specialized woven and rope motifs, and granulated surface effects. These pieces are made from 14 karat yellow gold, using a special technique to bond higher karat gold to the surface with mercury. This era of jewelry is unmistakable, and its beauty awe inspiring. 
When we happened upon this bracelet, it was covered in who knows what! Thankfully, Joe was able to restore this piece to its former glory. The turquoise may or may not be original to the bracelet (it's hard to tell), but the piece itself is authentic, and in remarkably good condition! 
We believe this particular piece to be American-made, as European pieces from this movement were generally hallmarked.  

 Now that's something you don't see every day!

Now that's something you don't see every day!

 Note the organic, asymmetrical nature of the metalwork. 

Note the organic, asymmetrical nature of the metalwork. 

 Stunning from every angle. 

Stunning from every angle. 

 Can I keep it? lol

Can I keep it? lol

The Etruscan revival was one of several revival movements during the 19th century, which lost ground to modern styles introduced in the Aesthetic and Arts & Crafts periods of the late 1800's and early 1900's. This style of jewelry making has died out, but the pieces live on!

This bracelet is for sale for $2,900. Please note this would be best suited for an individual with a small wrist. Regardless of what you're in the market for, I'd recommend people come take a look while they can. We've rarely come across pieces like this in person, and it is just a thing of beauty. 

New Arrivals from Prisms!

Our friends over at Prisms just sent over a huge selection of unique handmade pieces- just in time for the holidays!
Prisms create modern European styles featuring a wide array of colored gems in sterling silver and 18 karat gold.
These are just a few of our favorites. Come on in to shop dozens of fresh new styles, featuring colored sapphires, tanzanites, pearls, tsavorites, citrine, peridot, and more!

 Sterling silver french rose quartz and pink sapphire ring, size 6. $237 Sterling silver opal doublet ring, size 8. $312 Sterling silver open back hammered bangle bracelet with 18k yellow gold plated rims. $510

Sterling silver french rose quartz and pink sapphire ring, size 6. $237
Sterling silver opal doublet ring, size 8. $312
Sterling silver open back hammered bangle bracelet with 18k yellow gold plated rims. $510

 Sterling silver .69 ct tw rainbow sapphire pendant. $362

Sterling silver .69 ct tw rainbow sapphire pendant. $362

 Sterling silver and 14k white gold 10 mm pearl and .13 ct tw diamond ring, size 7. $650 Sterling silver and 14k white gold .70 ct tw blue sapphire and 8.6 mm peacock pearl ring, size 7. $625

Sterling silver and 14k white gold 10 mm pearl and .13 ct tw diamond ring, size 7. $650
Sterling silver and 14k white gold .70 ct tw blue sapphire and 8.6 mm peacock pearl ring, size 7. $625

 Sterling silver and 14k white gold oblong  pearl and .61 ct tw blue sapphire pendant on 18" sterling snake chain. $825

Sterling silver and 14k white gold oblong  pearl and .61 ct tw blue sapphire pendant on 18" sterling snake chain. $825

 Sterling silver 4.44 carat peridot and .05 ct tw diamond ring, size 6. $1250 Sterling silver 18.22 ct amethys and 0.36 ct tw pink sapphire ring, size 8. $1287

Sterling silver 4.44 carat peridot and .05 ct tw diamond ring, size 6. $1250
Sterling silver 18.22 ct amethys and 0.36 ct tw pink sapphire ring, size 8. $1287

 Sterling silver 9.91 ct tw red garnet dangles. $425 Sterling silver 2.77 ct tw red garnet cross pendant. $213

Sterling silver 9.91 ct tw red garnet dangles. $425
Sterling silver 2.77 ct tw red garnet cross pendant. $213

Two Peas In a Pod

I love the team work that goes into the pieces we create! 

A client brought in two gorgeous Tahitian pearls she had purchased while traveling, and worked with Nancy to put together a sketch of what she would like. We landed on this beautiful modern look, and added a diamond for good measure. 

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Joe immediately got to work on the wax. Once the wax was complete and we got the green light, we had it cast, finished the gold and set the stones, and had it delivered. 

The final product is so chic! The way everything fits together is just so perfect, and I can't wait to see what we make next. 

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Small Business Saturday!

We are so excited for our sale this Thanksgiving weekend! 

40% off select items in store from 11/24 through 11/26. Gorgeous selection of new and estate jewelry, regularly priced $295-$8,200, on sale for $177-$4,920! Come see us this Small Business Saturday, and enjoy the comfort of a mom and pop shop, without compromising on savings!

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Don't forget to support your favorite local businesses this Small Business Saturday! :)
 

New Arrivals for Fall!

Good afternoon, friends and followers!

Charlotte here, adding some sparkle to your day. 
Delightful vintage new arrivals are in-store right in time to accessorize for the Fall!

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Feel like modern day royalty in these sumptuous vintage gems!

Not going to lie, I've been wearing all of them between taking pictures, and while I'm writing this now. These pieces are not only gorgeous, but also incredibly comfortable. 

 Vintage, Art Deco 18k white gold filigree diamond ring. Size 6.75. (Sizable). $1,050.

Vintage, Art Deco 18k white gold filigree diamond ring. Size 6.75. (Sizable). $1,050.

 Vintage 14k white gold bright violet blue 4.0 carat tanzanite and 1.12 diamond carat total weight ring. Size 6.75. (Sizable). $2,195. 

Vintage 14k white gold bright violet blue 4.0 carat tanzanite and 1.12 diamond carat total weight ring. Size 6.75. (Sizable). $2,195. 

 Vintage, Art Deco 18k white gold filigree diamond ring. Size 6.25. (Sizable). $675.

Vintage, Art Deco 18k white gold filigree diamond ring. Size 6.25. (Sizable). $675.

 Vintage 14k white gold diamond and pearl bracelet. 7.5". $3,000.

Vintage 14k white gold diamond and pearl bracelet. 7.5". $3,000.

Pictures really do not do these pieces justice! Stop by any time and we'd be happy to show you all of the items we're excited about. 
As always, we are eager to take on custom work and repairs as well!

Until next time,
Your friends at Porter Jensen. 

My Little Pony

I just had to share this amazing specimen.

Pony was brought to us in need of a new home. This vintage cameo horse sat in an old silver band, which simply was not sparkly enough for our dear pony.

Our expert team custom-made a 14 karat white gold band with a grandiose double halo of diamonds, fit to shelter the prettiest of ponies.

This is one of my absolute favorite rings we have done in quite a while. A picture-perfect blend of old and new, this cameo ring is sure to make quite the statement for years to come!

Rub a dub dub your jewelry (probably) needs a scrub!

We've all been there: you acquire a piece of jewelry as a gift, an inheritance, an engagement ring, you name it, and you just never want to take it off! Fast forward a few years, it's been practically glued to you, and you hardly even think about it. While we all love our jewelry, many of us unknowingly mistreat it. There are a few basic things we can all do to increase the lifespan of our fine jewelry.

Please enjoy these tips on how to show your most treasured jewelry the love it needs!

1) Keep it clean!
Clean your own fine jewelry on a monthly basis (if you are able). 
Step 1: Mix a small amount of mild liquid dish soap into a small cup of warm water.
Step 2: Soak your fine jewelry for about half an hour. Brush with a tooth brush as needed.
Step 3: Rinse with water.
Always read the label of the soap or cleaning solution you are using prior to cleaning your own jewelry. Please note that certain delicate stones such as pearls, coral, jade, and opals should not be soaked, but you can always gently wipe the stone with a clean, soft rag, and scrub the metal with a toothbrush.
These tips do not apply to costume jewelry. When in doubt, give us a call!

2) Take it off!
Fine jewelry is absolutely meant to be worn and admired, but there is a time and place.
Everyday tasks like gardening, cooking, and cleaning trap dirt and debris inside of rings, bracelets, watches, etc, and run the risk of damage. If you prepare food with dirty jewelry on, the food will be contaminated. Wearing jewelry while playing sports or hitting the gym can do immense damage, not only to your jewelry, but also to your body. Earrings can be torn out, necklaces and bracelets can catch, rings can be crushed or pinched, the list goes on. Swimming, showering, and even sleeping can wear away at your jewelry.
Your jewelry should be the last thing you put on in the morning, and the first thing you take off, as needed. It's helpful to designate a specific place to safely store your jewelry while not in use. 
Now you may be thinking, "So where can I wear my jewelry?"
Honestly, just about anywhere! On a date, out to lunch, running errands, at work (non-manual labor), relaxing, spending time with friends, going for a walk, the list goes on!
I hope this has helped you get a grasp of when it's best to take off your jewelry. Silicone rings are also a great option if you feel uncomfortable without your wedding, engagement, or promise ring while working out, doing manual labor, etc. 
This all may seem intimidating at first, but it's just a matter of gradually building good habits over time. 

3) Let us help!
On top of keeping up on your own, we recommend having your jewelry professionally cleaned and checked annually. We offer these services for free, while you wait. 

4) Consider Insurance
Fine jewelry is an asset, and losing assets in events such as home invasions can be devastating. We have partnered with Jewelers Mutual Insurance as a part of their link program. This means we are able to directly upload or scan current appraisals for a free quote from Jeweler's Mutual, to help facilitate the protection of your assets. For insurance purposes, appraisals should be assessed for updates every 5-10 years. We offer updated appraisals for only $15, and new appraisals for $80. Discounts are available for those who wish to do multiple appraisals at once. All appraisals are done in-house by our very own G.I.A. Gemologist Josef Waldmann.

New Arrivals for Spring!

Happy Friday, friends and followers! I've got something nice and sparkly to brighten up this blustery day.

These little critters just stumbled into our store and are too cute not to share!
With mother's day right around the corner, I can hardly think of a better gift than a sweet silver brooch with colored stones.  

 Blue Topaz and Sterling Silver Turtle Pin. $200

Blue Topaz and Sterling Silver Turtle Pin. $200

 Citrine and Sterling Silver Dragonfly Pin. $120

Citrine and Sterling Silver Dragonfly Pin. $120

 Blue Topaz and Amethyst Sterling Silver Snake Pin. $180

Blue Topaz and Amethyst Sterling Silver Snake Pin. $180

Whether you're hoping to WOW mom this mother's day, or simply looking for yourself, we invite you to come scope out our unique selection of new and estate jewelry!

Until next time,
Your friends at Porter Jensen :)