Why Regular Jewelry Maintenance is a Must for Long-lasting Sparkle

October 10th, 2023

Female jeweler making ring on white table, closeup

Regular service is a crucial part of preserving your beloved jewelry, and this is something we take to heart at The Jewelry Shop. Just as you would get your car serviced to keep it running smoothly, jewelry also requires regular maintenance to ensure its longevity and shine. Many overlook this vital aspect of jewelry care, not realizing that even the smallest dust particles and oils from our skin can accumulate over time and dull the sparkle of precious stones or that tiny scratches can become significant damages if left unattended for too long. Here are some compelling reasons why you should consider regular servicing:

  • Prevention of Damage: Over time, jewelry can undergo wear and tear. Precious gemstones might become loose, clasps weaken, and metals tarnish. By regularly maintaining your jewelry at The Jewelry Shop, our experts can identify potential problems before they become an issue. Proper maintenance includes regular cleaning, checking for loose settings, and ensuring that clasps and joins are secure. These steps can significantly minimize the risk of losing a precious gem or experiencing a breakage.
  • Maintain Value: Many jewelry pieces hold significant financial and emotional value. They may be gifts, inheritances, or symbols of meaningful life events. Beyond its intrinsic value, which relates to the raw materials (like gold or diamonds), jewelry has resale and appraised values. The condition of a piece directly impacts these values. If a jewelry item is damaged or not well-maintained, its resale value may diminish. However, regular maintenance can ensure that your jewelry retains its value. For heirloom pieces, this maintenance is especially crucial as the piece may need to last for generations.
  • Preservation of Beauty: Just like how dust can dull the shine of a mirror, wear and environmental factors can cause your jewelry to lose its sparkle over time. Without proper care, this beauty can fade. Gemstones may lose their luster, metals can become scratched or tarnished, and the piece’s overall appearance can deteriorate. By adhering to basic care instructions and periodically consulting with the professionals at the Jewelry Shop, you can preserve the beauty of your jewelry for many years, bringing back the glitter and sparkle that made you fall in love with it in the first place.
  • Personal Comfort: Beyond maintaining the aesthetic and value of your jewelry, regular servicing can also ensure it remains comfortable to wear. A rough edge could scratch the skin; a loose setting might snag on clothing, or a weakened clasp could result in the loss of the piece. Regular maintenance ensures that jewelry remains comfortable, allowing the owner to showcase their pieces confidently.

Regular service at The Jewelry Shop includes thorough cleaning, polishing, and checks for loose settings, worn prongs or clasps, and other potential issues that could lead to loss or damage of gemstones. Our experts can spot early signs of wear and tear that can go unnoticed by the untrained eye. Catching these early allows us to fix minor issues before they become major problems, saving you from potentially costly repairs or replacements. So, if you want your jewelry to shine as brightly as the day you first saw it, remember to schedule regular service sessions with us at The Jewelry Shop. We’re conveniently located in Greencastle, PA, just minutes from Chambersburg and Hagerstown. Let us help you keep your cherished pieces at their sparkling best

The Ultimate Guide for Buying an Engagement Ring

October 10th, 2023

Buying an engagement ring is a once-in-a-lifetime decision, and it involves a lot of crucial choices. From the design and type of metal to the cut and clarity of the diamond, each decision is essential to finding the perfect ring that reflects your love story. Buying an engagement ring can seem overwhelming, but don’t worry! Visit The Jewelry Shop, where our experienced staff can guide you through the process and will take the stress out of your search for the perfect ring.

Remember, this is a substantial investment, so take the time to choose a high-quality ring that your partner will cherish for years to come. That’s where we come in.


How Much Am I Supposed to Spend?


Engagement rings. They’re a beautiful symbol of love and commitment, but they can also be a source of anxiety for some. One question that often arises is: How much should someone spend on an engagement ring? This question has NO RIGHT ANSWER, as it can vary based on personal preferences, budget and other factors. However, traditionally the formula is to spend about 2-2.5 months’ salary. Of course, you can always choose to spend more or less based on your situation. Ultimately, what matters most is the sentiment behind the ring and the love shared between two people. At The Jewelry Shop, we have engagement rings beginning at $1,195 that will perfectly encapsulate the love for your partner and our expert staff can answer all your questions along the way.


Know Your Partner’s Preferences


Understanding your partner’s style and preferences is indispensable when choosing the perfect engagement ring. But even the closest couples may not know the small details that can make a big difference.

The most effective route is to approach friends and family. If your partner has a close friend(s) or family member(s), this makes your job much easier. Ask them all the pertinent questions, including ring size, style, band material (i.e., gold, silver, platinum), and favorite ring cut (like a Bezel Setting, Halo Setting, or Solitaire Setting).

If having someone on the inside isn’t an option, there are other stealth approaches. Take note of the type of jewelry your partner usually wears. Do they like gold over silver, or does their collection lean towards understated or bold pieces? This can be a solid starting point in determining the style of the engagement ring. Social media accounts on sites like Pinterest can also provide clues as to your partner’s style and theme preferences. On top of this, it’s crucial to know your partner’s ring size and favorite designs. Sneaky tactics might be necessary here, such as borrowing one of their rings for a day to get it measured.


Picking the Right Diamonds or Gemstones


Looking for the perfect engagement ring can be overwhelming, especially with all the information about the 4Cs of diamonds. But fear not, because understanding Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat can make all the difference in finding a stunning engagement ring that both you and your partner will adore:

  1. Cut: This refers to how the diamond has been shaped and faceted. The quality of the cut determines how well the diamond reflects light and its overall brilliance.
  2. Color: Diamonds are graded based on color, from colorless to yellow or brown. The closer a diamond is to being colorless, the more valuable it is.
  3. Clarity: This relates to internal or external imperfections, known as inclusions and blemishes. A diamond with fewer imperfections is considered of higher quality.
  4. Carat Weight: This refers to the size of the diamond. One carat is equivalent to 200 milligrams. Larger carat weight usually increases the diamond’s value, but other factors like cut, color, and clarity also play a crucial role in its overall worth.

While diamonds have traditionally been the go-to for engagement rings, considering alternative stones such as Emeralds, Sapphires, or Rubies can also add a unique and personal touch to your ring.

At The Jewelry shop, we have a variety of ring styles, ranging from halo to vintage, and can customize your bands with platinum and rose gold options. Our engagement rings also have matching wedding bands readily available. Our on-staff goldsmiths can also help if you already have a stone you would like to remount or use to create your own ring.


Select a Reputable Jeweler with Certifications


When selecting the perfect engagement ring, you want the best bang for your buck. That’s why it’s essential to find a reputable jeweler that you can trust. Start by asking for recommendations from friends and family. You can also do some online research and read reviews from previous customers. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their sourcing practices or any other details you are curious about. A good jeweler should be transparent and willing to answer any inquiries you may have. Trust and confidence are key when choosing the perfect engagement ring, and finding a reputable jeweler is the first step.

Certifications are critical when selecting a store for an engagement ring. These certifications ensure the diamonds and metals are high quality and ethically sourced. Here are some to look for:

Gemological Institute of America (GIA) – A highly respected institution in the diamond industry, the GIA certificate provides scientifically determined information about the diamond, including the 4Cs and any treatments applied to the diamond.

Certificates of Authentication – Jewelers provide these certificates to offer assurance that the jewelry is as described. These can usually be found in the product description or company website.

The Pennsylvania Jewelers Association (PJA) – The PJA is an organization designed to promote and protect the welfare and interests of those involved in the retail jewelry business in Pennsylvania. The association emphasizes core values like integrity, knowledge, and experience.

The Jewelry Shop has been at the same location since 1983 and our owners and staff frequently participate in training sessions that enhance our knowledge of the products. Our decades of know-how and certifications (including a certification report from the GIA for diamonds of certain sizes) mean we’re just the place to help you find what you need.

Ultimately, the journey to find the perfect engagement ring can be as beautiful and rewarding as the love that sparked the quest. It’s about more than just a piece of jewelry; it’s about finding a symbol of your shared love and commitment that will stand the test of time. The Jewelry Shop has been helping couples find the perfect ring in the Greencastle area for over 40 years (you can see some of our favorite proposal stories here). Let our experienced team ensure your ring is a key part of your love story

The Importance of Regular Maintenance for Your Jewelry

October 10th, 2023

Regular service is a crucial part of preserving your beloved jewelry, and this is something we take to heart at The Jewelry Shop. Just as you would get your car serviced to keep it running smoothly, jewelry also requires regular maintenance to ensure its longevity and shine. Many people overlook this important aspect of jewelry care, not realizing that even the smallest dust particles and oils from our skin can accumulate over time and dull the sparkle of precious stones or that tiny scratches can become significant damages if left unattended for too long. Here are some compelling reasons why you should consider regular servicing:

Prevention of Damage: Over time, jewelry can undergo wear and tear. Precious gemstones might become loose, clasps weaken, and metals tarnish. By regularly maintaining at The Jewelry Shop, our experts can identify potential problems before they become an issue. Proper maintenance includes regular cleaning, checking for loose settings, and ensuring that clasps and joins are secure. These steps can significantly minimize the risk of losing a precious gem or experiencing a breakage.

Maintain Value: Jewelry, especially those with rare or high-quality gems, represents a significant investment. Beyond its intrinsic value, which relates to the raw materials (like gold or diamonds), jewelry can increase in value over time. The condition of a piece directly impacts these values. If a jewelry item is damaged or not well-maintained, its resale value may diminish. Conversely, regular maintenance can ensure the your jewelry retains its value over the years. For heirloom pieces, this maintenance is especially crucial as the piece may have increased in value over the years.

Preservation of Beauty: Just like how dust can dull the shine of a mirror, wear and environmental factors can cause your jewelry to lose its sparkle over time. Without proper care, this beauty can fade. Gemstones may lose their luster, metals can become scratched or tarnished, and the piece’s overall appearance can deteriorate. By adhering to basic care instructions and periodically consulting with the professionals at the Jewelry Shop, you can preserve the beauty of your jewelry for many years, bringing back the glitter and sparkle that made you fall in love with it in the first place.


Personal Comfort: Beyond maintaining the aesthetic and value of your jewelry, regular servicing can also ensure it remains comfortable to wear. A rough edge could scratch the skin; a loose setting might snag on clothing, or a weakened clasp could result in the loss of the jewelry piece. Regular maintenance ensures that jewelry remains comfortable, allowing the owner to showcase their pieces confidently.

Regular service at The Jewelry Shop includes thorough cleaning, polishing, and checks for loose settings, worn prongs or clasps, and other potential issues that could lead to loss or damage of gemstones. Our experts can spot early signs of wear and tear that can easily go unnoticed by the untrained eye. Catching these early allows us to fix minor issues before they become major problems, saving you from potentially costly repairs or replacements. So, if you want your jewelry to shine as brightly as the day you first laid your eyes on it, remember to schedule regular service sessions with us at The Jewelry Shop. We’re conveniently located in Greencastle, PA, just minutes from Chambersburg, Greencastle, and Hagerstown. Let us help you keep your cherished pieces at their sparkling best.

A Simplified Approach to Diamond Shopping: Decoding the 4Cs.

October 10th, 2023

Choosing the perfect diamond is a unique journey filled with exciting moments and important decisions. At The Jewelry Shop, we’re committed to making this process as enjoyable and informative as possible. This guide is designed to help you understand the 4Cs of diamond quality — color, cut, clarity, and carat weight — a universal method for assessing the quality of any diamond anywhere in the world. Whether you’re looking for an engagement ring, a gift for a loved one, or a special treat for yourself, having a grasp of these fundamental concepts will ensure that you make a confident and informed choice.

The 4Cs of diamonds are vital in assessing a diamond’s quality and value. Developed by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), they provide a standardized way to evaluate and compare diamonds, helping you make an informed decision when shopping. Color in diamonds refers to the absence of color. Ranked on a scale from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow or brown), a diamond with less color is rarer and more valuable. When buying a diamond at The Jewelry Shop, our specialists will guide you through the color grading process and help you find a stone that meets your preferences and budget.

Cut is not about a diamond’s shape (round, oval, etc.) but how well the diamond has been cut from its raw form. There are grades ranging from Excellent to Poor. A high-quality cut enhances the diamond’s ability to reflect light, resulting in the brilliant sparkle that diamonds are renowned for. The cut also determines the diamond’s proportions, symmetry, and polish, contributing to its overall beauty. A poorly cut diamond may appear dull and lackluster even if it is of high clarity and color grade. Therefore, prioritizing cut quality is essential when buying a diamond for maximum brilliance and sparkle.

Clarity refers to internal or external flaws, known as inclusions and blemishes. While no diamond is perfectly pure, the closer it comes to purity, the higher its value. The Jewelry Shop offers diamonds in various clarity grades, allowing you to choose based on your standards and budget.

The fourth C, Carat Weight, refers to the size of the diamond. Larger diamonds are rarer and, therefore, more valuable. However, carat weight should not be the only factor considered when buying a diamond. Two diamonds of the same carat weight can have drastically different values depending on their color, clarity, and cut.

Understanding these 4Cs empowers you to choose a diamond that suits your personal taste and your budget. It ensures that your investment in a diamond is based on informed choices. When you comprehend the 4Cs—color, cut, clarity, and carat weight—you can decipher the quality and value of different diamonds, making it easier to compare and contrast them.

Accurate knowledge about the 4Cs protects you from overpaying for a diamond or falling for deceptive sales tactics. It also helps you balance your priorities according to your preferences and budget. For instance, you might opt for a larger diamond (higher carat weight) with a slightly lower clarity grade or prioritize the cut to maximize the diamond’s brilliance. Understanding the 4Cs also allows you to appreciate the beauty and intricacy of each unique diamond. At The Jewelry Shop, our team will walk you through the 4Cs in person, helping you understand each characteristic in detail. We want you to feel confident and satisfied with your selection, knowing you’re making the best choice for your budget and tastes. Remember, each diamond is unique, much like our personal stories and experiences. We are committed to providing you with not just a piece of jewelry but a cherished symbol of your life’s most precious moments

An Invisible String

June 13th, 2023

All along there was some invisible string tying Chris to me.

We both grew up and went to school in Greencastle; yet our paths never crossed until college. We realized that we had mutual friends, and since we both went to college close to home, we began to hang out a lot. We started dating in December 2018. I knew even before we started dating that one day I was going to marry him, and all of our friends knew it too. We have been inseparable ever since.

On 11.11.22, Chris took me to Great Falls Park in Northern Virginia. Over the course of our relationship we have developed a love of waterfalls and visiting National and State parks, so I was excited to go! In the pouring rain, he got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. Of course I said, “Yes!” It was the most perfect moment. I’m so excited to marry my best friend!

Thank you to the Jewelry Shop for creating to most perfect ring for us. It is a beautiful reminder of Chris’ love and that wonderful day. This ring will be cherished for a lifetime. Thank you!!

Short Notice

June 13th, 2023

I was on an unexpected trip from Myrtle Beach, SC the last week of May. My diamond wedding ring had some severe wear I was concerned that the diamond may fall out. I am originally from Waynesboro but since moving to SC did not know a jeweler I could trust. I explained my short window on the repair as well as the short notice.  They repaired the ring 2 days earlier than quoted and the ring looks brand new.  You are the best and have no idea how happy you made me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. 

~ Cathy B.

They listened

May 15th, 2018

“I was very pleased with the service and am very happy with my ring. I felt that I was listened to regarding what I wanted to do with my mother’s diamond, I wanted a simple setting and the work was well done and quickly completed. Thank You!”

-Lorie K.

Collin and Rachel

January 2nd, 2018

Collin & I have been high school sweethearts since tenth grade. Over the course of our relationship, we have enjoyed making the best of memories traveling, spending time with our families, and simply watching each other grow up and mature. Upon graduation in 2015, Collin began pursuing his work as an audio engineer and I began attending college for a degree in Elementary Education. This winter, I was on college winter break, and Collin was scheduled to take a work trip to Kissimmee, FL again for three weeks. I decided to make it a tradition to visit him here over the New Year’s Holiday, so I came down for the second year in a row. On January 1st, we took a road trip to Clearwater Beach, FL. While standing out on the beach soaking in the beautiful view, Collin asked me to hold his new Samsung 360 camera that he received for Christmas. As I was looking at the camera, slightly confused from his request, he got down on one knee and opened my heart and eyes to the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.  We were both shaking and filled with the utmost excitement as I said YES!! He has by far given me the best start to a New Year and a new life with him!

Why does my 1 ct diamond look smaller than hers?

November 10th, 2017

In our 4c’s blog we talked about Carat Weight and how it is commonly confused with the size of the diamond. Diamonds are sold by weight and not by visible size or measured diameter. The size of a diamond refers to the dimension measurements, while carat weight is just that, the weight of the diamond. Size can be used to estimate the weight of a diamond and vice versa, but it is not always accurate because there aren’t set measurements for each weight.

The measurement most consumers are concerned about is the face up size, rightly so, since that is what you see the most of when looking down on a ring. The measurements and proportions that affect the cut grade and brilliance of the diamond are also very important. Size is determined first by the shape of stone the cutter wants the diamond to be made into, and second by how much weight the cutter thinks can be retained while still keeping an excellent cut grade and brilliance.

Just like snowflakes all diamonds are different. Even if two diamonds are the same basic shape and weight, their dimensions and proportions are slightly different.

If two diamonds are of the same average diameter and quality, but different weights, the heavier diamond will cost more. This is known as Weight Ratio, which is used by GIA in its Diamond Cut Grading system to determine hidden weight. For example, if you have two diamonds that both weight 1 carat, but one of them looks a lot smaller than the other that is because of dimensions and proportions. A deep cut is smaller in diameter and a shallow cut is wider in diameter. A shallow cut makes a diamond look bigger on the top (spread), but diamonds that are either too shallow or too deep sacrifice ‘Cut’ quality and therefore, brilliance. A deeply cut diamond has most of its weight hidden in its depth, making it appear smaller than a well-cut diamond of the same weight.

Just because the proportions of a diamond are a little off of ideal is not necessarily a bad thing. The most important part thing about the cut grade of the diamond you are considering is that it will have the most brilliance and have a reasonably sized visible area.

(Diamond Size vs. Carat Weight: What Is the Difference?, 2017); (Get to Know Your Diamond, 2017); (ILENE REINITZ, 2017)