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Posted on February 11, 2012 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (100)

You are preparing for an event this weekend and your favorite pair of earrings or necklace breaks. You need to have it fixed as soon as possible so you go to your local jewelry store and ask to get it repaired. You are told that it will be ready early next week at the earliest. So a question comes to mind. Why is it going to take so long to do a simple repair?

When you bring your jewelry to a store, it is not always a given that the store has a jeweler on premises to fix your jewelry. Some stores send your pieces out to other stores or jeweler’s around town to do the repair. This compromises the safety of your piece because although you may know the store, you don’t know the jeweler. Also, this means it will take longer to get your favorite piece of jewelry back, and if it is not done correctly then it has to be sent back which means more time in other words you will not be show off your favorite piece this weekend.

When looking for a jeweler or jewelry store, it is beneficial to find one with a jeweler on premises or even better when the jeweler owns the store. This way you know that your jewelry will not leave the store, you can discuss your repairs with him/her directly; your work will be done quicker and if there needs to be changes in most cases it can be done that same day or while you wait.

So this is where we come in. At the House of Jewels, master jeweler Leonid Shpigel will personally take care of your repairs with the same care as he does with his own wife’s jewelry. Simple repairs can be done while you are having a cup of coffee next door or shop at your favorite local stores. Your piece will never leave the store and if there needs to be any changes, it will be done while you wait so you wont be without your piece for that special evening.

Jewelry Cleaning

Posted on January 14, 2012 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (134)

For many of us, our jewelry is valuable both monetary and sentimental. For this reason, you should find a jeweler you feel comfortable with to keep your jewelry healthy and in top shape.

Regular examination of your jewelry and prongs of your rings will not prevent them from wear or damage, but it just might save you from losing your stones. When you have just purchased a ring, having it checked every six months is probably sufficient. However, if you know that you will constantly be wearing your jewelry and your activities include working in the garden, housework, exercise or a job that requires constant hand use, then greater frequency is recommended. With regular checks, your jeweler can detect a prong that is wearing thin or bent that may lead to a loose or lost stone. They will be able to advice you of how you can fix or restore the ring.

Keep in mind, sometimes soap, dirt or lotion may actually be keeping your stones in place. For this reason, a cleaning is recommended before the jeweler checks your prongs to see the “true” condition of your ring.

Platinum is a softer metal then gold, for this reason it is recommended to have your platinum jewelry checked more frequently than gold.

Color Diamonds

Posted on December 3, 2011 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (132)

There are several varieties of diamonds. Colored diamonds of gem quality are called Fancies which means they are elegant, ornate, deluxe and distinctive. These diamonds range from reds, through oranges, yellows, greens, blues, violets, browns and even black-any color but white. Yellows are the most common with ones which have a lively vivid yellow color being the most valuable; these are called “Canaries”.

These diamonds are quite popular due to their exceptional brilliance. With all else being equal (cut, clarity and size) a rare color is the most important attribute of a fancy diamond.

Due to a large demand for fancy diamond, techniques have been developed to enhance or change the color of many diamonds. If you are buying a stone for investment, the color should be natural.

The Three R's---Repair, Restoration and Redesign

Posted on October 29, 2011 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (195)

Many pieces of jewelry that are not being used are repairable (even the small/fine chains). When we see them, we can tell you whether it is worthwhile to restore that damaged piece.

Old pieces can be restored to look like new. Sometimes minor repairs and cleaning is all that is needed to make a piece sparkle like new again. Sizing a ring can be done rather quickly and if your ring size has changed and you no longer wear that favorite piece, you can again.

Others can be transferred to new designs. The master jeweler can redo a piece that you dislike or would like to modify. Do you have an old piece you never wear? A stone passed down to you in a piece of jewelry that you do not wear but like the stone? We can work together to design a piece you will love and enjoy wearing. If there is something that you will not wear, they may be traded in for new items.

Don’t let jewelry just sit in a box unworn. Jewelry is to be worn and enjoyed. Often, very simple repairs, cleaning or changes can make a piece look like new and will compel you to wear it.

Gem Care Guide

Posted on June 25, 2011 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (198)



A yearly cleaning and inspection of your jewelry is the best way to maintain your jewelry. Aside from a professional cleaning, the jeweler can spot any worn prongs, faulty clasps or other potential problems that could lead to loss or damage.


However, between your visits to the jeweler, here are some tips to keeping your gemstones looking brilliant at home.


Type Of Stone           Ultrasonic Cleaner              Other Methods of Cleaning                   


Diamond                     Yes, unless fracture-filled        Soak in warm soapy water (non-detergent

                                                                                 soap); ammonia-based cleaners, rubbing

                                                                                 alcohol and vodka are safe; use a soft

                                                                                 brush to loosen any dirt around prongs;

                                                                                 dry with a soft, clean cloth


Emerald                      No                                         Clean gently with warm water, a soft, 

                                                                                damp cloth and a soft brush if necessary;

                                                                                do not use chemicals

Opal                           No                                         Don not use chemicals;clean opals with dry

                                                                                or damp, clean cloth


Pearl                          No                                         Wipe pearls after wearing with soft, dry or

                                                                                damp, clean cloth; avoid contact with

                                                                                chemicals such as hair spray, perfume,

                                                                                alcohol, cosmetics, bleach, and ammonia;

                                                                                always put on your pearls after applying

                                                                                make up, hair spray and perfume


Ruby                          No                                         Soak in warm soapy water (non-detergent

                                                                                soap); ammonia-based cleaners, rubbing

                                                                                alcohol and vodka are safe; use a soft

                                                                                brush to loosen any dirt around prongs;

                                                                                dry with a soft, clean cloth


Sapphire                    Yes                                        Soak in warm soapy water (non-detergent

                                                                                soap); ammonia-based cleaners, rubbing

                                                                                alcohol and vodka are safe; use a soft

                                                                                brush to loosen any dirt around prongs;

                                                                                dry with a soft, clean cloth


Tanzanite                    No                                        Soak in warm soapy water (non-detergent

                                                                               soap); do not use chemicals; dry with a

                                                                               soft, clean cloth


Topaz                         No                                        Soak in warm soapy water (non-detergent

                                                                               soap); use a soft brush to loosen any dirt 

                                                                               around prongs; rinse and dry with a soft,

                                                                               clean cloth


Tourmaline                  No                                       Soak in warm soapy water (non-detergent

                                                                               soap); rubbing alcohol is safe; use a soft

                                                                               brush to loosen any dirt around prongs;

                                                                               rinse and dry with a soft, clean cloth


the above information  was provided from Stuller Jewelry Manufacturing Co.