Rubini Jewelers Blog

Jewelry, Grief, Life

Posted by Joanna Rubini on

Some of you may know our 2 dogs: India and Remo.  The chocolate lab India was introduced to Rubini Jewelers 16 years ago as a tiny little 8 week old handful...she was delivered to me by my mom in the midst of our Saturday rush, so probably everyone present in the store that day got to hold her in their hand (she was that small). She was my constant companion walking back and forth to work, chilling at the store, sometimes excessively (unnecessarily, but who I am to judge her perceptions of threat) guarding against visiting dogs, but always very...

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Value of Jewelry: Let's Get Sentimental

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The more living I get done, the more I recognize that although some things cost more, the absolute biggest determination of value is sentiment.  That means deep down, if you love a piece of jewelry for whatever reason, be it a piece of costume jewelry or a 5 carat diamond, then they have essentially the same intrinsic value.  The loss of either would be equivalently painful, simply for the fact that the item embodied a memory or a feeling for you. Thankfully, we can control our brains and thoughts and feelings and eventually it is possible to transfer the same 'aura'...

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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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