Toronto Maple Leaf Stanley Cup Ring Set

The Toronto Maple Leafs did not reward their players with Stanley Cup Rings until 1947, when the team that included Turk Broda, Syl Apps, Ted Kennedy and Bill Barilko won hockey’s greatest prize. Earlier champions (1932,1924 and 1945) were awarded various other gifts, including a choice of a sterling silver
tea set or a sterling silver smoking set.

When the World Championship rings were created for the Maple Leafs in 1947, management found themselves creating four rings in the next five years, only missing the Stanley Cup Championship in 1950.
The gold rings, originally created by Henry Birks and Sons, but manufactured in a limited run by a small manufacturer in Ajax Ontario,feature a Maple Leaf-blue horseshoe (for good luck and because team owner Conn Smythe’s love of horse racing) surrounding a maple leaf, with a diamond set in the centre. The Blue Enamelled horseshoe read: Maple Leafs World Champions. The year of the Stanley Cup victory is below the maple leaf. On one shoulder, the year of the win would have been engraved while the opposite side would have the player and/or executive’s name engraved on that shoulder. Since these rings were the original prototypes, there is no engraving on the shoulders.
These rings are an incredible keepsakes and are extremely rare and quite valuable. The team did not award a new ring with each of the four Stanley cup championships, but instead, increased the size of the diamond in the rings belonging to repeat winners.These rings are on display at Ringleader Fine Jewellers and available for purchase….what would they be worth to you? We are entertaining serious enquiries only, because who knows the next time you’ll see one of these rings, on one of the Toronto Maple Leafs again?

Special thanks to Kevin Shea for your diligent research with respect to these rare artifacts.

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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Shopping at Ringleader is a Win-Win

At Ringleader Jewellers, we pride ourselves in presenting the best possible service to our community. We have been in the Durham Region for over 30 years and over this time, we’ve met people from all over the community who we are proud to call our regular customers. They trust us to handle their precious jewellery, quote them honest and unbeatable prices as well as to create their custom jewellery with their exact vision in mind.

While there are many large, popular jewellery chains that treat you like a number, Ringleader Jewellers treats you like family. We love to hear where your from, what you do and the story behind your jewellery, because we really care. It’s hard to find genuine service and at Ringleader, we provide you with just that!

Besides providing exceptional quality and great service, there are other reasons to choose Ringleader as your local jewellery store such as investing in your community, keeping it diverse and allowing us to keep doing what we do best: providing you with quality, fine jewellery.

Come check us out on October 22nd for some exclusive deals with Shop The Neighbourhood, a community-wide initiative to support local shops and businesses.

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Challenges of buying a diamond

 

Phil Pancer

Before getting into the jewellery business in 1986, Phil worked in the photography business.   Both industries require a sharp, keen eye for detail.  It takes many hours of practical experience, studying and doing lab tests to graduate and become a certified diamond appraiser.  It is quite an accomplishment to hang that degree on the wall.

Since earning his degree in the 1980’s, two major predicaments have happened.  The initial occurence began roughly in the late 1990’s.  Diamonds began to be graded one full grade higher than they actually were.  For instance, what was once graded as a S.I. stone, now became a V.S. stone.  Put in a predicament, Phil seemed uncertain how to grade diamonds.  But he graded them the way he was taught, and I’m sure lost some business along the way, since a client could get a better stone for the same price.  it was very confusing for the client, trying to explain the “new normal”.  Finally, while at a jewellery show, Phil confronted the G.I.A., Gemmological Iinstitute of America, and asked about the obvious disccrepancy.  The answer was that they wanted to sell diamonds.  Alright, we get it.  Diamonds became marketed one grade higher.  Check.

Now fast forward twenty years to the present.  The internet has educated consumers and even made some “experts” in gem identification.  But buyer beware.  Though appraisals are an independent opinion, there is no advisory board.  Acceptable practice is for diamonds to vary within one grade.  One retailer, south of the border, was sued for selling overgraded diamonds.  But the big question is who is ultimately responsible for this costly error?  The manufacturers, dealers, retailers or grading lab?  If these people put in the time and effort to earn there degrees, then this would not happen.  Also, beware  of diamonds packed in previously printed parcel papers, and diamonds that are labelled as “ungraded”.  How would you know?  Find a jeweller you feel comfortable with and trust.  Ask what credentials they have.  Request a loupe and ask where the inclusion is.

So today’s rant in summary is the following. When you are buying jewellery, and diamonds in particular, do your homework on the internet but go into an actual store.  Get a feel for the place and ask as many questions as you wish.  It might cost you a little bit more but you are paying for the retailers expertise and time.  If it too good to be true, it usually is.

Wedding Venues and Jewellery, the common link.

mens and womens wedding ring setsCatching up with friends is wonderful and last night was one such opportunity.  We had a meeting yesterday regarding making bracelets for a brides wedding party.  She wants each one to be meaningful to each bridesmaid.  In other words, she would like to customize each one to fit their own unique personality.  The mother of the bride, Cheryl, our friend  heads up the event department and Herongate Barn on Altona Road in Whitevale.  Once business was looked after with her daughter, like the females we are, we started chatting about business.  Evidently, we have many similarities.  Herongate Barn is a family run business dedicated to pleasing their customers, going above and beyond what is required, simply because they know it is their name on the line.  And great service is rewarded with tremendous advertising, via word of mouth.  Herongate Barn is an ideal place for any type of event because you start with a blank canvas, renting a tent, and can do anything you wish.  One is only limited by their imagination.  Weddings are a fairly new addition to the Barn, but it seems to be growing at a brisk rate due to their attention to detail and surpassing all of their obligations.  Customize and service, two important aspects, also of Ringleader Fine Jewellers business moto.  We also understand that like our bride, every personality is unique and most people do not want a mass produced piece of jewellery.  Time, effort, thought and individuality all play a part in creating a unique piece of sparkle for our consumer.  Since we spend a great deal of time constructing these one of a kind items, we tend to develop a rapport and friendship with our clients.  Just this week, someone new came into the store and told us the reason she came in was because our website states that no one will leave our store unhappy,  She said she knew she was in good hands.  So next time you are in the market for creating some beautiful memories, either with a special event or a piece of jewellery that can last a lifetime, shop locally in Pickering.  Herongate Barn and Ringleader Fine Jewellers are both family run businesses dedicated to customizing and going beyond what is required.

SOLD CUSTOM DESIGNED DIAMOND FLOWER PENDANT WITH PINK SAPPHIRES

Displaying 1-P1070410.JPGSOLD One of a kind, custom designed diamond and pink sapphire pendant.  Over eight carats of diamonds.  Can be worn as a pin or as a pendant due to its foldover bail at the top of the pendant.

CUSTOMERS REMARKS:  “I had a vision for a multi use pendant/pin in a two dimensional flower design.  This was no small task.  Ringleader Jewelers did an outstanding job.  Not only were they easy to work with but they also were very helpful in the design aspect.  I was extremely happy with the final product.  It is truly  a work of art!!!”.

Custom Jewellery

At Ringleader Fine Jewellers, we want to make buying a custom piece of jewellery a real in depth experience. We want our store to be a place where people are exposed to ideas about how we create a unique item and how the whole creative process works. I’d like to go as far as saying as an Educational experience and dare I say FUN? I’m pretty sure that once you know the whole process of how your jewellery came to be, your loyalty and sales, will be stronger then ever. I’d like people to come into our store and not just think of us as retailers but as educators of information, style, trends and creativity.

Usually, as tradition goes, we spring clean. When you’re doing your’s, give some consideration to hunting down those single earrings, broken chains and bracelets, rings that you’ll never wear again and all the other pieces of jewellery that are just sitting in a drawer doing nothing at all! Well, here’s some food for thought. Why not recreate it into a new wearable piece of jewellery. Or, perhaps, trade it in and we’ll give you a credit for it and pick up something from our inventory, or you can always just cash out on it! We do that too.

The next blog I’ll write will be from Las Vegas, where I’ll be attending one of the largest jewellery trade shows in the world. I’ll let you know what’s hot, what’s not and what to look for in the next coming months and what you’ll need to have in your collection.

Stay tuned
Phil