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Zircon versus Cubic Zirconia versus Zirconium

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What is the difference between Zircon, Zirconia and Zirconium? "Cubic Zirconia (CZ) is the cubic crystalline form of zirconium dioxide (ZrO2). The synthesized material is hard, optically flawless and usually colorless, but may be made in a variety of different colors." -Wikipedia. Zirconium oxide in nature is monolithic in its stable form under normal atmospheric conditions. CZs are fabricated using zirconium oxide powder plus a stabilizer so that it forms cubic (isometric) crystals (same as diamonds). The stabilizer is required for cubic crystals to form and remain stable at ordinary temperatures. The use of different stabilizers in differing amounts influences the color of the crystals...

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Jewelry Addiction

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I'm pretty sure all of us have an addiction to something.  Some people are addicted to consuming substances: drugs, alcohol, sweets, french fries, cigarettes, coconut oil (don't laugh- I've been there), nuts (a tough one to break!) And some people are addicted to activities: exercise, shopping, sex, gambling, reading, meditating, cleaning...And most are addicted to a combination of things.  WHY? It ultimately comes down to our seeking a feeling.  What feeling?  Well duh- we just want to feel GOOD.  That is the ultimate quest in life.  It's why we do it all: why we exercise. or why we sit on...

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OMG, I'm a fat, overeating, failure!

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We at Rubini Jewelers are, duh...jewelers.  Ring resizing is all in a day's work for us.  So if you spent the holidays over-indulging (like, ahem, moi), this can easily be solved with some handy work by our craftsmen here.  And if you have plans and New Year's resolutions to shed the holiday weight, and are hesitant to resize your rings just yet, you can go the route of the ring guard and wear the ring on a smaller finger.  What the heck? It's better than not wearing them at all...and then you are not investing much into the adjustment. But...

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Guide to the Imperfect Gift

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Guide to the Imperfect Gift

We at Rubini Jewelers have customers come in to get gifts for both themselves and others.  Sometimes the selections are bang on, and sometimes not, for both self and others. WHY? First, love (or respect or whatever positivity you can muster) for the recipient is tres importante.  If you buy a bauble to show riches or knowledge or martyrdom, the recipient just might not get it.  They might think the gift is over the top and not respect the purchase, they may think its ingenuine and not appreciate it, they may think it's cheap and not value it.  BUT, if...

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Environmentally Minded Jewelry

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Environmentally Minded Jewelry

There are a few ways to incorporate your nature loving self into your jewelry wearing and buying habits. First: ask your jeweler if they incorporate recycling metal into their practices. And yes, Rubini Jewelers recycles and reuses metal as much as possible...it is both environmentally and economically friendlier.  We also purchase from certain suppliers that do the same. Win win!  Second: if you have jewelry that you've lost that lovin' feelin' for, bring it to us!  We can spruce it up and you may find that a- you do love it or b- that you know of just the person to regift it to...

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