Saturday, June 28, 2008

Don't Forget This Summer Jewelry Advice!

Yes, its true....regardless of what you may have been told in the past, its never a good idea to wear your gold jewelry into the swimming pool! But why you may ask? Its always so shiny when I get out of the pool!!! Ahhh yes, but what you may not realize is that the chlorine chemicals used in most swimming pools is very much like acid on the gold your jewelry is made of!Prove it you may say! Ok, I will! Sometime ago, I took a piece of scrap 14k gold and submerged it into a jar of chlorox, much like you'd use in your washing machine and also much like the chlorine chemicals added to your pool. The results were little over a week and a was gone! Disappeared! What had happened to it? The gold was attacked chemically by the chlorine in the bleach and ate it away, much like an acid! Now I must admit, my little experiment was probably to the extreme but needless to say, gold and chlorine/chlorox should never mix!So go ahead, wear your white or yellow gold jewelry into the pool this may even look shiny when you get out...but you'll be coming in soon to see me to repair it when little holes & pits start appearing in your jewelry...and guess what? Many times a piece of jewelry that has been exposed to the chemicals in your pool cannot be repaired because they have been weakened so much by the exposure.I hope you found this little known jewelry tip enlightening....take heed and take your jewelry off before entering the will save you money later!


Bill Warren, Owner/Registered Gemologist
The Gold Mine of Hudson, NC
(828) 726-1009

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Jewelry Is A Great Father's Day Gift!

Mother's aren't the only family members who enjoy jewelry! Jewelry is fashionable among men as why not treat "Dear Old Dad" to a new ring, necklace, watch or bracelet this coming Father's Day? It will create a memory he soon won't forget....Many guys often ask for time on the lake, time with family and they don't want anyone to go to any trouble...but let me tell you....many of the father's I know couldn't believe it when their family show them how much they love "HIM" with a special gift of jewelry along with the gift of "Quality" family time for Father's Day!

For the young father, might I suggest one of the new and ultra popular italian stainless steel bracelets or cross pendants? Stainless steel bracelets have also been the "rage" among young guys as well as they "Love" the masculine, gun barrell grey color.

For the more mature dad, how about a beautiful timepiece to keep him "always on time". Check out our new "Caldwell Time Company" watches at this link for some ideas:

Maybe a new wedding band is in order to replace the one he has worn for years....I would enlist Mom's help if you choose to go this route!

Sometimes a simple gift of the keyring or moneyclip engraved with a special father's day phrase or his name or initials also makes a wonderful gift!

Whatever & however you choose to show him some appreciation...let "Dad" know you love him this Father's Day!

Bill Warren, Owner/Registered Gemologist
The Gold Mine
Hudson, NC
Telephone: 828-726-1009