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!

Happy Friday, friends and followers! 

It's super easy to forget about something you wear around town every day of every week, but there are a few basic things we can all do to increase the lifespan of our fine jewelry, while keeping it looking shiny brand new.

So without further ado, please enjoy these tips on how to show your fine jewelry a little extra love!

1) Keep it clean!
Clean your own fine jewelry on a monthly basis (if you are able). We recommend creating a solution of liquid dish soap and warm water, soaking your fine jewelry in it for about a half hour, brushing with a tooth brush if needed, and rinsing 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, 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) Let us help!
On top of keeping up on your own, we do recommend having your jewelry professionally cleaned and checked annually. We offer these services for free, while you wait. 

3) Take it off!
Every day tasks such as gardening and cooking tend to trap lots of dirt and debris inside of rings, bracelets, and watches. It's helpful to designate a place to keep your jewelry when you get home, so you can keep track of it without the risk of getting anything yucky stuck in there. Removing rings before applying lotion also helps to keep everything nice and clean! You'd be surprised how much gook can get stuck in there, and how quickly it happens. Many physical activities put you at risk for whacking and damaging your jewelry, as well. We highly recommend keeping your jewelry in a safe place if you're planning on doing a physical activity which could lead to damage or loss of your jewelry.

4) Consider Insurance
Fine jewelry is an asset, and losing assets in events such as home invasions can be absolutely devastating. We have recently partnered with Jewelers Mutual Insurance as a part of their link program. 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 updated 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 Josef Waldmann.

I hope this has been helpful, and Happy Mother's day to all you mama's out there!

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 :) 

 

Weekend Roundup!

We've been busy little worker bees over here, and Joe's been cranking out custom creations left and right!
I thought it would be fun to showcase some items fresh off the bench, ready to wear out the store. 

So without further ado..

We have a modern, industrial smokey quartz pendant in sterling silver. Eclectic, versatile, and elegant! We offer this pendant for $300, and are able to create similar pendants with all sorts of gemstones, if desired. 

Joe also recently created a stunning men's wedding band.
This piece is comprised of PVD coated titanium aluminum nitrate, with a 2.5 carat white sapphire tension-set in the center. The process of tension-setting requires great precision, and all of our tension-set pieces are specifically engineered based on the band and stone in use. Lightweight yet sturdy, masculine yet elegant. Not to mention the white sapphire sparkles to no end! Pictures cannot do this ring justice... but I'm posting one anyway ;) This handsome ring is available for $1,500. We can make similar rings to order as well. 

We also recently completed a "Princess Ring" for a client! Looking forward to hopefully making more of these down the road, for the royal at heart. 

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The client went with a two-tone for this particular piece- 14 karat rose gold on top and 14 karat yellow gold on bottom. Our crowned jewels in this instance are diamonds (.75 carat total weight). We are able to replicate this piece in your choice of gold for $3,000.
We also offer colored stones (prices may vary!) 
Call (425)793-3730 or email info@porterjensen.com with inquiries. 
 

Something Old => Something New

We always have such fun projects come through our door!
A gal recently came in with a darling vintage pin she wasn't getting any mileage out of.

We've soldered old pins onto gold bangle bracelets in the past (very cool!), so we suggested converting it into a bracelet. She opted for a more delicate look, so we gently bent the pin into more of a crescent shape and soldered chain onto either side for a beautiful, lightweight look. 

Needless to say, the bracelet came out as cute as a button! Hopefully she gets a lot more use out of this little guy!

Got any old jewelry just laying around, collecting dust? Come see us! 

Revitalized

There is something about restoration projects that I find incredibly satisfying. Taking something old and used, and bringing it back to life. It brings such fulfillment to preserve pieces of our history, especially when those pieces are something you can actually wear.

Joe likes to frequent local estate sales, and has had some amazing finds. This piece has got to take the cake, though! One morning, Joe was perusing a sale when he stumbled upon this platinum tennis bracelet, circa the roaring '20s! At the time, it was just a skeleton. No stones, a bit worn out, but the potential was clear.

A fabulous, visionary client of ours decided to embark on this restorative journey with us.

1920's art deco platinum bracelet prior to setting in stones. Some diamonds are sitting atop of bracelet, as this photo was taken while we were working on tracking down all of the stones. 

1920's art deco platinum bracelet prior to setting in stones. Some diamonds are sitting atop of bracelet, as this photo was taken while we were working on tracking down all of the stones. 

We gradually tracked down over 7.5 carats of diamonds to perfectly fit every setting in this bracelet, and had the metalwork restored as we set the stones. After countless hours of hard work, our client has finally been able to bring this labor of love home with her, wearing it out of the store. (Because diamonds go with everything!)

Fully restored, platinum art deco tennis bracelet, featuring 7.5 carats total weight of diamonds 

Fully restored, platinum art deco tennis bracelet, featuring 7.5 carats total weight of diamonds 

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Whether we're restoring, re-purposing, or starting from scratch, it is such an honor to create and preserve unique jewelry.

Joe selecting stones for the bracelet, with the help of his lovely assistants. 

Joe selecting stones for the bracelet, with the help of his lovely assistants. 

"The jade takes the hit for you"

My father once told me that it is good luck to break a piece of jade- he said to break a piece of jade is to avoid utter peril!
He told me if I hadn't broken that pendant I had just haplessly knocked onto the floor, that something terrible would have happened instead- that the jade takes the hit for you. I was not sure whether he came up with this on the spot to make me feel better, but it was a comfort nonetheless. 

I'm beginning to believe that breaking jade can most definitely be a happy accident. (Not that I recommend throwing your jewelry around all willy nilly!) 

A long time client and friend of ours recently came in with a chunk of jade which had been part of a ring belonging to her son. He wore the ring every day, until it fell and broke. There were tears. 
Luckily, the chunk which remained was the perfect size to set into a new ring. 

Fabricated silver band with hand-carved leaf detail and jade center stone.

Fabricated silver band with hand-carved leaf detail and jade center stone.


We completed this piece in time for Christmas, and hope that this ring brings good luck (and longevity) to its owner.