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A Jewelers Motivation for Inspecting Your Jewelry

Prongs that hold these stones in place run the risk of developing micro fractures if not cared for.

Today, let’s take a little blog real estate for some jewelry info good for all, not just customers of Kranich’s Jewelers. This simply lets you know why most jewelers suggest that customers get all tips, prongs, clasps and links on their pieces checked at least every 4-6 months. If you are a current Kranich’s Jewelers customer, you have no doubted been asked one time or another about our company Extended Service plan offered on almost every product for sale at the store and online.

When your jewelry is set, the points where the prongs are bent to hold your gemstones become a stress point. Sometimes, these points can develop tiny microscopic cracks which we call Stress induced corrosion. That is why sometimes very old pieces or pieces that have been sized and sized again become brittle or even break. Household cleansers, hand sanitizers or even highly chlorinated water can accelerate development of these little faults. This is the main reason we feel that it is good practice to bring your jewelry in for inspection on a regular basis.

A little added bonus when you bring your pieces in for inspection at most jewelers, it usually means your piece is going to be polished after inspection. Buildup from lotion, sweat and even just the environment sometimes gives your jewelry a dull look as time passes. So with a little buff and polish, sometimes it’s almost like getting a brand new piece of jewelry at the end of the day.
So we hope if you are still reading, you consider taking the time to have your jewelry inspected. It can make you pieces last a lifetime in the long run.

For any additional questions you may have about jewelry care or for more on any specific piece offered at Kranich’s Jewelers, visit Kranichs.com or call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to help you.

Trade-ins, They’re Not Just For Cars Anymore

I just found a great article over at the Pocono Record dealing a marked increase in customers who trade in their old and broken jewelry towards new pieces or even cash.  Remember that you can trade in your old jewelry here at Kranich’s where we would be glad to help you.  Special thanks to Melanie Vanderveer for this informative article.  I’ve included an excerpt below.

“Gold is at record or near-record price, so if you are desperate for money, sell your gold,” said Kathy Kristof, author of “Investing 101” and a syndicated financial columnist featured in the Pocono Record. “But I suggest that people think about trying to sell it for the jewelry value rather than the gold value, if possible. You only get a fraction of the value on the gold.”

Knowing what you have is important, and getting an appraisal can help you to decide if you really want to trade the gold for cold, hard cash. Sometimes selling the jewelry, rather than just the gold, is the way to go, according to some experts.

“You should get an unbiased appraisal by an expert that doesn’t want to buy it from you,” said Dr. Lori, a nationally syndicated columnist featured in the Pocono Record and certified fine art and antiques appraiser. “If you know what your piece is worth and you are getting a good deal, then go ahead and sell. But you really need to know what you have and how much it is worth, and then negotiate.”

Remember that if you would like to have your jewelry remounted or just have some old jewelry that you aren’t wearing or even broken jewelry, give us a call at Kranich’s Jewelers.  We would be glad to help you with all of your jewelry needs.

For questions about how to trade in your jewelry or for more on any specific piece from Kranich’s Jewelers, visit Kranichs.com or call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to help you.