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Cleaning Your Jewelry at Home

Weekly Wednesday Jewelry Lesson

There are many different ways to clean your different types of jewelry, but here are a few ideas that will help keep your jewelry sparkling between your visits to the store.

Cleaning Jewelry with Diamonds, Rubies and Sapphires:

Diamond, Ruby and Sapphire Jewelry

Step 1:  Take one cup of warm water and put a few drops of ammonia into it.

Step 2: Then, take the piece of jewelry and let it sit in the water for five to ten minutes.  You can leave it in longer if you would like, but approximately five to ten minutes will be efficient.

Step 3: Once you take it out, use an old toothbrush to gently brush over the diamonds to help get all the dirt out.  To make sure you are getting your jewelry nice and clean, dip your toothbrush into the water with ammonia before you brush it over the piece of jewelry.

Step 4: Once you have all the dirt and oils off the jewelry piece, press a paper towel against it.  This step makes sure the water doesn’t leave little spots.

Cleaning Jewelry with Gemstones:

Gemstones

Step 1: Use hot water with a little bit of dish detergent.

Step 2: Let the piece of jewelry sit in the water for five to ten minutes.

Step 3: Take the toothbrush and brush over the gemstones gently, because you don’t want to scratch your piece of jewelry.  You need to be extra careful with emeralds, tanzanites and other softer stones, because they can easily scratch.  Do not apply too much pressure when using the toothbrush.

Step 4: Once you have all the dirt and oils off the jewelry piece, press a paper towel against it.

Cleaning Jewelry with Pearls and Opals:

Pearl and Opal

Step 1: Use hot water with a little bit of dish detergent.

Step 2: Don’t let the jewelry soak in the water this time.

Step 3: Use the soapy water to gently brush over the pearls or opals with your toothbrush, but be careful not to scuff them by pushing too hard.

Step 4: Once you have all the dirt and oils off the jewelry piece, press a paper towel against it.

Ultimately, bringing your jewelry into the store makes it shine the best, because jewelers have expensive machines that help them clean the jewelry.  However, for those times in between your visits to the store, you can follow these simple steps to help keep your jewelry looking great!

Feel free to stop into any of our four Kranich’s locations to have your jewelry cleaned at anytime free of charge.

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JCK Las Vegas

JCK Las VegasAs you may or may not know, one of the biggest annual jewelry events of the year took place just a few days ago.  JCK Las Vegas opened its doors at their new home at Madalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 3rd and lasted through the weekend until the 6th.

All of your favorite designers found at Kranich’s Jewelers were in attendance including Simon G. Jewelry, Verragio, Scott Kay and many more.  New offerings were also available from the Forevermark Diamond Collection coming soon to all Kranich’s locations.

Every year JCK Las Vegas remains a premier event unveiling the latest in fashion and bridal jewelry for the upcoming season.  Look for new selections from all of your favorite designers coming to kranichs.com in the following weeks.

For questions about the new styles arriving 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.

Happy Birthday April!

Diamond Birthstone

April Birthstone - Diamond

All you lucky people born in the month of April have a dazzling birthstone that everyone loves. The April birthstone is of course diamond. The name diamond is a derivative of an ancient Greek word meaning proper, unalterable, unbreakable or untamed. This obviously refers to the strength of a diamond, but it is their beauty that makes them so desirable in the world of jewelry.

Do you or someone special in your life celebrate their birthday in April? If so, a great gift for this occasion may be some diamond jewelry. Perhaps a pair of diamond stud earrings or a diamond circle pendant would make the perfect gift with the special meaning of an April birthstone.

For any questions you may have about birthstone jewelry 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.

My Friend and Yours

All of us here at Kranich’s Jewelers remember the iconic song that so many people remember Marilyn Monroe singing in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”. If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then here at Kranich’s we are having a party!

Are you looking for designer diamond rings? We have a huge selection from designers such as Simon G., Ritani, Verragio and more. We also carry the Everlon Diamond Knot Collection featuring the beauty of love forged in a knot. How about diamond earrings? We have the perfect pair to go with any collection. Or maybe a diamond bracelet or diamond necklace is more to your liking. Whatever the diamond jewelry you are looking for, we will have something beautiful here at Kranich’s Jewelers that you are sure to love.

For questions about our diamond jewelry 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.

You Don’t Need a Special Occasion for Simon G.

Special thanks to Brooke and Violet at Simon G. Jewelry for getting us access to this great new video from one of our favorite designers.

For questions about fashion jewelry from Simon G.  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.

How are diamonds formed?

By a vast margin the most popular gemstone on earth, diamonds are synonymous with elegance and permanence. Anyone who looks at one knows that diamonds are beautiful and radiant, but looking at one curiously gives no indication as to how the stone came to exist, or under what conditions it was formed. For true diamond lovers and aficionados, this article is for you!

Diamonds are typically formed in the earth’s mantle, the layer below the crust that is largely a mess of volcanic rocks and gasses. Carbon-containing minerals are put under the extreme pressure and heat found inside the mantle, and over a process of 1 billion to 3.3 billion years, a diamond is formed. Coal is a remarkably fertile source of carbon found abundantly in the earth’s mantle, and it is from these humble deposits that many diamonds are formed. However! Not all diamonds are formed from coal, but rather from any carbon-rich mineral! As we do not typically mine that far deep in the earth, the diamonds we have found in mines dotted all around the world were carried to the surface by volcanic activity. When the magma from these fissures in the earth cool into igneous rock, diamonds are sometimes found within.

There is, however, another set of circumstances found naturally on Earth that can create diamonds. Very small diamonds known as ‘microdiamonds’ are also found at the site of meteoric impacts with our planet, as the heat and pressure created by falling megatons of rock can, in small measure, replicate the kind of heat and pressure found deep within the earth. Even more fantastically, some diamonds – such as the black ‘carbonado’ diamonds – might have even been formed in space and deposited on our planet by impacting the rocks where they were born!

As you can see, diamonds truly are a timeless treasure, formed under exceptionally rare conditions and taking billions of years to attain their unique beauty, shimmer, and luster. Here at Kranich’s Jewelers, we have perfected the art of using diamonds to their fullest potential in ways that are as unique and timeless as the stones themselves. For all your diamond wishes, take a look at our vast selection of diamond jewelry and bring these magnificent stones into your life today!

For questions about your diamonds 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.

How Much is my Diamond Ring Worth? That’s a Good Question!

Ritani RingBefore you purchase a new diamond ring, anniversary ring, or engagement ring, you should have an idea of what you’re searching for, and some idea of how not to be fooled by a convincing fake! Kranich’s Jewelers would like to introduce you to the ‘Four C’s’ of diamond selection, a handy guide to valuing diamonds and telling them apart from synthetic stones!

The ‘Four C’s’ represent: color, clarity, cut, and carat weight, and these are the four value factors that professional gemologists and jewelers use to describe stones. These four factors, when taken together, provide a rough estimate of a stone’s value.

‘Color’ represents the letter value that is ascribed to the color the diamond bears before it is set. All diamonds contain microscopic discolorations that can be seen by a professional gemologist. The better the letter, the better the overall color of the gem. Values of D, E, and F are for diamonds that are virtually colorless. G, H, and I are for diamonds that are very nearly colorless, while K, L, and M represent gems with a slight tint, grades N, O, P, Q, and R being fairly tinted, usually a slight yellowish color, and lastly, grades S through Z being used for diamonds that are noticeably tinted, so much so the discoloration can be seen by the naked eye.

Cubic zirconia, moissanite, and other diamond replicas will frequently be unnaturally clear and colorless. Grown in a lab setting, these stones are not subject to the same imperfections that natural diamonds from the earth are.

‘Clarity’ represents the overall integrity of the gem, or in other words, how free of scratches, chips, interior cracks, or other flaws, all known as inclusions, it is. Most such flaws are only visible through a gemologists’ scope or other looking device such as a jewelers’ loupe. Clarity is an important factor, even if you can’t tell the difference between a clear and unclear gem at a glance, and the clearer the diamond, the more it’s worth. You should be carefully to know the flaws your diamond has, because each one is a possible weak spot on the diamond to be mindful of.

Replica or simulated diamonds will likewise be unnaturally free of such internal and external flaws. Real diamonds are created under extreme pressure and heat that leaves scars; simulants are created in laboratories under precise and controlled conditions.

‘Cut’ is possibly the most subjective to your diamond’s monetary value, but for many people it’s the most important when determining personal value. The fashion in which the diamond has been shaped is its cut, and you probably know many of them by familiar names like ‘princess’, ‘heart’, ’emerald-cut’, ‘pear’, ‘round brilliant’, ‘cushion’, ‘marquise’ and so on. While a poor cut can negatively effect the value of a diamond overall, a well-crafted shape does little to affect the price of the gem. Still, various cuts mean different things or bear different significance to different people, and has a lot of bearing on what stones are purchased or passed on. Another more important component of the cut of a diamond is it’s ability to reflect light. The more optimum the facets of a diamond are, the more sparkle and fire is generated while the light is reflected back out of the stone. It will cause the diamond to dance in the light, therefore be much more eye appealing and noticeable. Conversely, a poorly cut diamond will appear dead and lifeless.

Imitation diamonds frequently receive the same cuts as the genuine article, though a sloppy cut can be indicative of a stone of lesser value. However, this is the hardest factor by which to judge a stone on sight.

‘Carat’, lastly, is a simple expression of how much the diamond weighs. Obviously, the larger and heavier the diamond, the more monetary value it has. One carat is equal to 1/5 of a gram. Generally you will find that larger diamonds vastly out value their smaller cousins, as larger diamonds are rare and, thus, more in demand. In fact, one large diamond is frequently worth double, triple, or many times over more than its’ equivalent carat weight in smaller diamonds, and the price goes up exponentially the larger the diamonds get!

Thanks to replica stones being relatively cheap, they can be created in large sizes and sold for prices anywhere from fair to drastically overinflated, in such cases as they are being passed off as genuine. Use your common sense; if a diamond seems too big to be as cheap as it’s being sold for, chances are good it’s not a real diamond at all!

Naturally, the only way to be completely sure how much your diamond ring is worth is to take it to be valued by a certified gemologist or AGS Jeweler, who will consider all of these factors when judging the value of your stone and be able to tell you definitively if your stone is a genuine diamond. Alternatively, if you’re still looking for that perfect, gem, shop in confidence with Kranich’s Jewelers and be assured to get a clear, brilliant, well-cut diamond at a value price!

 

To learn more or for questions about any specific piece, please call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to assist you.