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!

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 […]