Is quicker the better way when it comes to jewellery repair?

Same-day or overnight delivery guaranteed.  That is Amazon’s key to success.  Consumers love instantaneous gratification.  I know I do.  I can be anywhere, order something online and have it sent to me the following day.

So it really doesn’t surprise me when I get inquiries requesting jewellery repairs done on the spot while waiting.  Once again, clients want instantaneous gratification.  In this case, it is not practical.  Let’s go back one step.  A potential fiancee has purchased a custom made ring for his hope to be a bride but it is a bit too small or a favorite piece of jewellery has been inherited and it needs tip work.  When you have such meaningful heirlooms, isn’t the best job possible more important than being expeditious?  If you had to wait an extra week or two for a top-notch job, as opposed to waiting half an hour for novice workmanship, which would you prefer?  Once you have decided to leave your precious gems, a repair bag with the necessary information will be reported, logged into our data system and a photo of your trinket with the instructions will be taken.

Alright, so now you have been reassured that it is ideal to have the best possible job done.  Now you are being told the job is not being done on the premises.  More caution bells are ringing in your head.  How do your precious baubles get from point A to point B?  There are two possible scenarios.  Either personally or by courier.  Ringleader Fine Jewellers only considers one option.  We personally deliver, consult with the finest experts in the trade and pick up our repairs when they are completed.  Our suppliers also have a logging and tracking system.

Another query from inquiring minds is that seems like a lot of extra work when you could just hire a tradesperson to work in your shop?  One might think so except for the fact that jewellery is an extremely specialized field.  For instance, in creating a diamond ring the following experts would be involved:  If complicated, a CAD designer would design the ring.  It would then go to a casting house to cast, produce the piece of jewellery.  A goldsmith would then clean up and polish it before sending it to a diamond setter for installing the diamond.  If a message is inserted in the ring, an engraver would do this at the end.

Ringleader Fine Jewellers has been specializing in custom-designed jewellery and repairs with over tens of thousands successfully completed for twenty years.   We are a local, independent, family-run business looking forward to assisting you in your next milestone or celebration.  So now you understand that in the jewellery industry, quicker isn’t always better.

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December has arrived. Family, friends, neighbours and coworkers all seem to be busy with an endless list of festivities. Whether i’ts parties, shopping for gifts or the necessities for the perfect meal.  This last month of the year is all about traditions, having fun and creating lasting memories.  The ideal gift that is tangible and will bring back memories of the joyous season, or any occasion, is jewellery.

This year in particular, a change has occurred in the jewellery landscape in Durham region.  That great little shop that you went to is now gone.  We seem to be hearing this a lot lately.  Whether its Brian’s Gold in Scarborough, Galbraith in Ajax, Graziellas, Liffy’s Gold or Gems a little further east.  For various reasons, sickness, retirement or being held up one too many times, these shops have vanished for good.

Ringleader Fine Jewellers is busier then ever.  We seem to be picking up the slack from many of these now defunct establishments.  With over 30 years of experience, Ringleader has the knowledge, along with experts in the industry to create or restore that one-of-a-kind piece that will be handed down for many generations to come.  The list of services that we provide include repairs, remodelling, custom, insurance replacement, corporate work, appraisals, watch repairs, engraving and buying gold.

Our mission is simple.We  are a small, independent jewellery store and believe it is important to treat others the same way we wish to be treated.  That is, to be acknowledged and spoken to in a kind, friendly manner.  Our track  record speaks for itself.  We have a 4.7 rating on Facebook and a 5.0 star rating on Google.  So, whether you need a small repair, custom engagement ring or that special holiday gift, don’t forget Ringleader Fine Jewellers.

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Can you trust your Jeweller

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Phil and I have combined work experience in the jewellery business of over 50 years. Wow, how time flies, but I did say combined.  We feel like we have seen and met a gamut of people and experiences.  When a new client comes into our store and  asks “how do I know I can trust you”?, I have given up trying to plead our case of why one should leave their most precious pieces in our care.  I can only give a synopsis of our history and let the individual make their own conclusion.  It really doesn’t even matter what I say.  I tell people the bottom line is all about trust.  And if you don’t get a good feeling from us, then don’t leave your most treasured jewels in our care.

Buying fine jewellery is unique, just like the gemstones that compose each piece.  Comparing two diamonds is difficult since each one is rare and has its own particular composition.  Also, fine jewellery, like many industries, has a list of lingo, that may be overwhelming to some.  Generally, people shop jewellery stores  when marking a milestone occasion.  In today’s society, with so much information at our fingertips, one should feel confident with their jeweller.  So how do you know if you can trust your jeweller?

  1. Just as you would with any major purchase, word of mouth is the best.  Ask your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors who they recommend.  If buying something special, you may want to stay away from the internet.  Diamonds and fine gems need to be seen.  The average person can not be expected to understand what it takes years of training for a knowledgeable person in the industry to learn.  However, google is ideal for checking out potential companies.  It provides feedback and gives insight into the stores strengths.  For instance, do you want something custom or ready made?  Do they have a gemologist on site?  A good website will also show all the services available and how long the company has been in business.
  2. If you are interested in a custom work, a CAD, computer-aided design should be available.
  3. A reputable jeweller should  have a selection of stones to choose from, and the knowledge to answer all of your questions and concerns.  Taking the time to explain  the 4C’s will aid in making a informed selection.
  4. Make sure the time frame is a fair  for both you and the jeweller.  A classic solitaire should have a fairly quick turnover time, a week or two at the most if the mount needs to be cast.  But something more unique in nature, which includes a CAD is more labour and time sensitive, so keep that in mind.  Remember you want a good job, not a fast one.

    I must state, that I know many jewellers in the industry and believe, for the most part that they are a good bunch.  Is it an old wives tale, that someone took a ring into a store and the jeweller changed the diamond?  Or did it happen in smalltown USA?  Regardless, I have not heard that happening in our country.  Jewellers want to sell their goods, not steal someone elses’ and have a reputation to maintain.  We know that word of mouth is key, and Ringleader Fine Jewellers prides itself on exceptional customer service while producing custom pieces for ectastic clients.

    Robyn & Phil

 

 

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Top Trends in Bridal Jewellery

I always say, “thank god people are different, or else the world would be a very boring place to live in.  Bridal jewellery also has something for all to have the most in-demand looks.  Whether you are simple and want a solitaire on a delicate band, looking to experiment with more than one colour gold, want something vintage inspired or looking for something in a diamond other than round in shape, you can be right on trend this year.

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This ring has three trendy features that make it popular in todays market place.  First, it is in the soft hue of pink gold.  This rosy colour flatters most skin tones due to its warm colour.  Second, the surprise detail of the bezel set diamond on the side is what makes this ring fashionable, a detail for the recipient of the ring to enjoy.  Finally, believe it or not, the simplicity of this classic solitaire and its timeless beauty is why this makes the “now” list.

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Who wouldn’t love a two tone ring, that goes with everything, with a floral inspired motif featuring flowers, petals or vines.  These features are what make this ring stylish today.  Vintage inspired, makes this ring beautiful, timeless and glamorous.  Art deco, victorian and retro eras are also a great go to for design ideas.

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Simplicity at its best.  A simple solitaire diamond with a tapered diamond shank that accentuates the centre diamond.  The clean lines of this ring contribute to its sleek, contemporary good looks.

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Your mom may have a pear shaped diamond, from when they were big in the 80’s, but guess what?  They are back.  This ring shows have they have moved into the  21st century by the following:  A yellow diamond with yellow gold tips make the look seamless, placed in a double halo, consisting of one row of yellow diamonds and one row of white diamonds.  The halo combined with the fancy stone creates an unexpected twist.  A double shank, or split shank adds more detail to the ring so the focus is not solely on the centre.  It enhances the beauty from every angle.  Both pear and marquise cuts are a great deal right now, since demand is not at its peak.  These lengthy cuts elongate and slim the finger.

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The wedding band can look just as good solo or paired with the engagement ring.  Anything goes, as long as when it is worn as a set, they fit snugly together.  The rings above highlight some of the current trends.  Baguettes possess a look of elegance.  Bows and twisted bands of various sizes are very much in demand.  A textured band highlighted with a simple row of diamonds may be the perfect choice.  Or for the non-traditional, there is always something different.  A yellow diamond band, or one containing emeralds, rubies, sapphires or alexandrite may be the ideal choice.

Remember, when shopping for your dream ring, trends will come and go, but hopefully you will wear this for a long time.  If budget is a main concern, invest in the diamond.  A setting can always be changed or another ring can be added.  Keep in mind what colour gold looks good on her skin, or what she likes to wear.  Also, her career and personal style may determine if you want a high setting or something more protected.  Buying from a reputable jeweller should help answer any concerns you may have and put your mind at ease.  You will need that sense of calm to get your nerves up to pop the big question.  Good luck.

Are you a non-comformist? Keep reading, compliments of [Ringleader Fine Jewellers]

Here is an interesting article for the non-conformist looking for the perfect engagement ring, as seen on Purewow.com.  Enjoy and remember Ringleader Fine Jewellers specializes in custom work.

So, you’re over the moon that you met your person, but the idea of a #basic ring leaves you yawning. Well, you’re in luck: We’ve combed Pinterest (our fave) to discover the newest stones on the scene that will allow you to find the ring that best fits your personality. Here, seven engagement stone trends for the non-traditional bride. (Or for even more ring inspiration and ideas, head straight to our Pinterest board.)

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OPALS

These iridescent stones bring depth and dimension to your ring and happen to play nicely with diamonds, too. Choose a halo setting and you get the best of both worlds.

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MORGANITE

These stones are loved for their blush hues, ample light refraction and durability. Morganite comes from the same mineral family as green emerald and aquamarine.

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PEAR-SHAPED DIAMONDS

So diamonds are your thing, but you want something outside the box–no solitaires or three-stone settings for you. Pear-shaped gems give you a unique silhouette with the stone you love (and are super flattering on fingers).

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PEAR-SHAPED MORGANITE

Combine two of these trends–the warm rose tone of morganite with the curves of the pear–for one gorgeous mash-up.

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COLORED STONES

Indulge your creative side and go the full colorful route. Sapphires, rubies, yellow diamonds and emeralds give you a veritable rainbow of shades to choose from.

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RAW DIAMONDS

Try looking at diamonds in their more natural state. These less refined beauties have a character and charm that you won’t find in their traditional counterparts.

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MOONSTONE

These luminescent stones have an ethereal quality that really pops against the skin. Pair one with rose gold and a double band to set off the look.

 

[Ringleader] has your diamond, customized just for you.

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Diamonds come in all shapes and sizes and budgets vary.  Ringleader Fine Jewellers is quite conscious of this and will guide you in the best direction possible.  Whether it is a quality diamond  from Canada, Europe or even from our estate collection, we will make every effort to find that special statement piece and keep you in line – monetarily of course.

 As for designs?  The trend seems to be making jewellery from a picture clients have saved, either exactly or with some modifications.  We love pictures, since there is no mistaking what people are after and they make a great starting point.  Next, we will render a CAD, if necessary.   This is a computer image of your design.  Upon approval, the CAD is printed, cast, polished and set, if necessary before being placed on the clients’ finger.

And if you have any old gold?  Even better.  That is always a good starting point.  And any gold works since we will give a credit for it and use fresh gold.

[Ringleader Fine Jewellers] There’s more to Jewellery than Gold and Gemstones.

 

 

 

 

 

I remember as a young girl how fascinated I was with my mother’s jewellery. Every piece told a story and helped me make a connection to my family, some of whom I had never met and also places that I had only heard of. It was shiny, sparkled and in many ways magical.
Every trinket and bauble in your jewellery box also has a message. Many of these tales may have been told by previous generations and your mission is to pass this little bit of history onto the next echelon. That is one of the amazing qualities of these tangible goods. For instance, every bride can look at her engagement ring and recite the five W’S (who, when, where, why, what) associated with that special day. Every item you own represents something. It may be a symbol of hope, inspiration, celebration, remembrance or loss.
The price tag that we pay for jewellery is based on rarity, gold content, workmanship and design. That is how we justify our purchase. Delivery of these one of a kind pieces make it symbolic. No other durable goods, computers, smartphones or cars for example, have lasting power. These shiny baubles mark special occasions, promises, commitments and milestones for many years to come.
So this spring, if you are looking for something special, for mother’s day, christening, confirmation, graduation, birthday, anniversary, wedding or just because, remember Ringleader Fine Jewellers. Create your own lasting legacy.

Advantages of buying jewellery at Ringleader Fine Jewellers.

 

 

Phil Pancer

 

Its February, 2016 and we have all witnessed the effect the dropping Canadian dollar has had on our economy.  Like everything, there is good and bad as a result.  Lets start with the positive.   Manufacturers who export south of the border, internet businesses that also field work from the U.S., the price of gas and the appraised value of your finished goods.  On the flip side, we have seen prices of everything rise due to our deflated dollar.  Unfortunately, jewellery is no exception.  Since commodities, gold and silver, and diamonds are priced in  American currency, the cost of finished goods have also elevated.

Ringleader Fine Jewellers does not  believe in adjusting prices on finished goods according to what the market will bear.  In other words, the price we pay when we buy stock will be reflected in the selling price.  We do not increase our price tags.  A significant portion of our stock was purchased when our Canadian dollar was notably stronger.  Consequently, an educated consumer would realize the added savings, since we would not be able to repeat  today’s price point in the current economy.  The amount one would presently save ranges from 20 to 50 percent.

Valentine’s Day is around the corner.  So check out Ringleader Fine Jewellers for some amazing deals for your  loved one.  We have a extravagant selection of hearts, gold and diamonds for your loved one.  Say I love you with a gift that can be worn for many years.

Sincerely,

Phil Pancer

 

 

 

 

[Ringleader Fine Jewellers] wishes all a Happy New Year

 

 

 

Better late than never, so let me be the last one to wish all of our loyal clients and citizens of the Pickering Community a very happy and healthy new year.  Phil and I would also like to thank our loyal clientele for your business with one of your most cherished possessions.  As always, we are here to  answer any questions or concerns you may have.  Wondering the value of inherited goods, considering  jewellery repairs or wanting to remodel or create a one of a kind piece, we will explore all of your possibilities.

Best wishes for a very happy and healthy  new year,

Phil & Robyn

Ringleader Fine Jewellers