It was 1987 when I first became intrigued with the beautiful and very rare conch pearl. Also known as pink pearls, these calcareous concretions are produced by the queen conch (pronounced konk), which is found only in the warm waters of the Caribbean. The pearls produced by the queen conch are so rare that only one conch in ten thousand produces a pearl. And only one in one hundred pearls found are of gem quality.
Congratulations! You are about to embark on one of the most joyous times in your life when you ask your soul mate to marry you. Of course, every proposal needs a stunning engagement ring to commemorate the occasion and to mark the beginning of a lifelong journey. While there are endless choices out there, we’re here to help you avoid making some common mistakes when you buy hers.
Congratulations to Jessica and Paul Hatcher! They were married recently in Greece and we had the privilege of making both of her rings, his ring, and the lovely necklace Jessica wore on their wedding day.
Jewelers Trade Shop was founded by my grandparents in 1956, when gas cost 22 cents per gallon, average annual wages were about $4,400, and Elvis made his first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” While we can’t bring back Elvis or 22-cent gas, we here at JTS did bring back the timeless style of our original logo to use as a basis for our recent rebranding project.
We’re proud to re-embrace the original look back into our branding, creating something new, strong and timeless.
Ok, so you inherited your grandmother’s favorite ring; beautiful, handmade filigree and very special to you. But Grandma Edna’s finger was 2 sizes bigger than yours! Here at JTS that is so easy to fix. One of our fine master jewelers can size your ring while you wait. But first let’s check the ring out. It is as old as Grandma Edna right? How does the shank look? Actually looks good and still thick enough to be safe. How bout the prongs?
The finish refers to the overall sheen of the precious metal used in the band. Choosing a finish that matches the personality of the ring and your beloved gives you one more way to customize her engagement ring. Rings generally feature one of three different finishes.
If you’re considering a ring that features a main diamond surrounded by side stones, you also get to choose from a variety of side stone settings. Side stones are found around the band, where they can enhance the vibrancy of the ring without distracting from the beauty of the main attraction.
If you’ve found the love of your life and the pair of you have decided you just can’t live without the other, it’s time to get everything in order for the perfect proposal! Be sure to personalize and plan the proposal, then go ahead and go for it. These four steps can help guide you through the entire process.
Jeweler’s Trade Shop is proud to announce that Corbett Davis III has recently been elected as the new President of the business. Since originally joining the team in 1998 after graduating from college, Corbett has used his vast knowledge of jewelry along with his Gemology degree with the GIA and his business-savvy nature in general, to help solidify Jeweler’s Trade Shop as one of the finest jewelry stores in the United States. This is a tradition he plans to continue in his new role as President.
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The easiest way to ensure you’re getting your future fiancée what she wants is to straight-up ask her. But that tends to put a damper on the surprise. You can instead check out a few tips that will arm you with essential information without revealing your intentions.
Watches have been in use for centuries and in some fundamental ways, they haven’t changed all that much. The core differences boil down to their internal movements.
The way a watch moves is in effect the engine that helps it to run and keep time. Watch movement (or “caibre”) is the powerhouse of a watch and supports its functioning as well as all its features. Watch movement is the internal mechanics of the watch, which moves the hands, keeps time and also powers additional features like an annual calendar, chronograph or dual time zone functioning.
Clearly, watch movement or calibre drives all of the functions of the watch and is essential to both its overall operation and ability to keep time. There are a wide variety of different specific watch movement iterations that have been created by watch designers and manufacturers over the decades; yet while there are countless patented proprietary designs and innovations in watch movement, there are actually only two main categories: mechanical and quartz.
While you’ll find modern gentlemen wearing watches of various styles and types, that was certainly not always the case. In fact, many men initially eschewed the wristwatch when it was introduced in the early 1900s, saying they’d “sooner wear a skirt” than put a timepiece on their wrist. That mindset changed rather quickly and dramatically, but the overall history of timepieces is one that spans thousands of years.
When you’re looking for your perfect pearl, the first thing to do is touch it. It should feel cool, somewhat heavy for its size and have a gritty texture if you rub it against another pearl. These three factors will indicate you’re looking at a real pearl, and not a clever fake. To get the highest-caliber genuine pearl, your next order of business is to check out six different factors used to determine a pearl’s overall quality.