The world of jewelry can be mysterious and confusing. The team here at Hammer + Gem are here to de-mystify! From how to pick the right engagement ring to finding a good jeweler and everything in between!

Put Down the Jewelry and Walk Away: Leaving Your Pieces at the Jewelers

It’s not at all uncommon for a jeweler to ask you to leave your jewelry or watch with them while you are having repairs done. I know, I know. No one wants to leave his or her item at the shop for an extended period of time. Okay, so […]

Second Time Around: Selling Your Jewelry

Selling jewelry is a bit like buying and selling a car: when you buy it brand new, you are paying a premium price, and as soon as you drive it off the lot, that price goes down. The price you can now get for it as a used item […]

Pearls of Wisdom, Part II: Getting Your Pearls Repaired

Pearls, while gorgeous and covetous, are super delicate, as we learned in Pearls of Wisdom, Part I. So, just like any other type of jewelry, pearl jewelry can need repairs. A jeweler will know what to do with them, but it’s important that you’re aware of how it works, […]

Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend: 10 Tips for Buying a Woman Jewelry

Let’s face it, most men are sort of clueless when it comes to buying jewelry for their significant others (or even their moms!). They aren’t sure where to get it, what she likes, how much to spend, what color metal, what kind of stone… The list goes on and […]

A Jeweler is a Jeweler is a Jeweler… Or So You Thought!

While you may know that a sommelier is not the same as a winemaker and a director isn’t the same as a producer, you might not know that a jeweler who strings pearls and a jeweler who sets diamonds are just as different. Like in any industry, there are numerous specialties and […]

Hollow Jewelry: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly!

Oh, hollow jewelry! It has been a dark cloud on a sunny day many a time for me. It should really come with its own dent king…a tiny, tiny dent king. It would make life easier for any jeweler trying to get that royal-pain-in-the-butt pockmark out of the surface of a […]

Pearls of Wisdom, Part IV: The Do’s and Don’ts Cheat Sheet

Don’t clean your silk-strung pearl jewelry in water or any liquid.

Do regularly clean your strings of pearls with a clean, soft, dry, cotton cloth

 

Don’t use jewelry cleaning solution on your pearl jewelry.

Do use mild dish soap, water, and a soft toothbrush to gently clean your metal-and-pearl jewelry.

 

Don’t leave your metal-and-pearl jewelry […]

Vacation! The Perfect Time To Leave Your Jewelry At Home!

Ah, vacation! Warm summer breezes, French wine and cheeses… Better put your jewelry away! (Catch that reference?? Any Parrotheads out there?)

I once met a very nice lady while working at a jewelry store in central New Jersey who was happily telling me about her upcoming vacation to Jamaica. It sounded like […]

Safe and Sound: Protecting Your Jewelry

Jewelry theft can happen anytime, anywhere, just like anything else. You just never think it will happen to you. One day, I had my coffee, took the dog for a walk, and was eating my ham sammie on an English muffin with cheese and ketchup, when I my phone lit up. […]

Jewelry Store Etiquette and Manners: On Both Sides Of The Counter!!!!

Talking about etiquette do’s and don’ts of any kind, can be a little like walking on glass. However, etiquette is important in any setting—it’s how you get what you want…and what you deserve. Even in the jewelry world, you need to know what to expect from others and what they expect […]