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Valentine's Day Gift Brainstorm

Posted by Joanna Rubini on

Valentine's Day Gift Brainstorm

Yes, the very commercialized holiday of Valentine's Day looms. There is pressure to buy flowers, candy, jewelry! We sell jewelry, so what follows is a brainstorm of how to approach the day, both traditionally and non-traditionally. Some men, and especially women, appreciate adornments for the body. Rings, earrings, bracelets, anything. If you happen to be the observant kind, or if your local jewelers happen to be observant, then maybe even a wish list is available to select from items that tickle his/her fancy. Anything from these natural pink Andean opal silver earrings just $45, to this stunning white gold pink...

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An Engagement (Ring) Story

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An Engagement (Ring) Story

How can a person overcome the intimidation of picking a ring to propose to someone in the jewelry business? Yikes! This is just what my fiancé faced when designing my ring.  We had the talk, we discussed the idea of marriage, we were in agreement that we liked each other enough to commit :o) but he wanted clues as to what I wanted in my ring. So I gave him stats, I offered him a vague idea of style, and hoped he'd be ok to proceed alone. Nope. He continued to anxiously wring his hands and ask me details, the same I'd...

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Handmade Multi Layered Platinum Sapphire Ring Project

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Handmade Multi Layered Platinum Sapphire Ring Project

We are sometimes blessed to be approached by adventurous customers who want to break out of the standard / normal / usual jewelry designs and venture into sculptural territory. This project is just such a case. Our customer wanted a big blue stone. We brainstormed gemstones, colors and shapes. We finally sourced the big blue, a deeper rich blue sapphire, natural except for the usual heating performed on corundum, emerald cut. Next step was designing the ring. She wanted a many banded, multi layered, asymmetrical ring, created in platinum. The biggest hurdle here was not so much making the ring,...

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Wedding Rings: Black and White Band Ideas by Rubini Jewelers

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Wedding Rings: Black and White Band Ideas by Rubini Jewelers

Welcome to August 2020. We are in the midst of a planet wide awakening. Which means that we all don't have to follow the established norm any longer, including choices for wedding jewelry: how to wear it, where to wear it. Traditionally in North America, wedding rings are worn on the left ring finger, with the wedding ring first (closest to the heart) and the engagement next. Now, some people just use one big wide ring. This 18kt white gold diamond wave design ring is a perfect candidate for wearing a single ring rather than 2 rings.  Another trend: freedom of color,...

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Posted by Joanna Rubini on

This is a courageous post I'm about to embark upon writing. It's about mistakes. Are you sitting down?  Good! We all make errors. Even Rubini Jewelers. Sometimes we break stones.* Sometimes brittle jewelry, brought in for repair, disintegrates before our very eyes with just the lightest passage of our torch*.  And sometimes, we approach customers with what may seem to be indifference, when really what we are thinking about is the crumbled old chain in the back room and how to repair it (we always do!) Or even our mother in the hospital, our son with cancer, our ... We strive to treat...

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