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.

Can you trust your Jeweller

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

 

 

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 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.

Put the Ring in Ringleader

Champagne diamond Eternity Ring.

There are eighteen .20 brown champagne diamonds set in a 14kt white gold shared claw setting.  Can be worn on its own or stacked with other rings.  3.60 total weight. $3999.00.
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Princess cut anniversary band.

Classic band set in 14kt. yellow gold, 4.5mm in width.  The ring contains fifteen, .05 princess cut diamonds for a total weight of .75.  Ring size is 7.  $2200.00

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Trio Halo Ring

Modern take on a classic design.  Beautfiul 14 kt. trio ring with a .60 total weight centre stone and two .30 diamonds on the sides.  Each stone is surrounded by a rounded off square halo.  The total weight of the ring is 1.53 carats.  Scroll work on the sides provide additional detail and uniqueness.  $4599.00

 

 

 

 

 

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“Ballerina Style” diamond ring

Ballerina ring, dinner ring or cocktail ring….call it what you want.  One thing is certain, people will notice this sparkling piece.  14kt. white gold ring contains a centre marquise cut, bezel set diamond surrounded by round brilliant cut diamonds.  The outer perimeter contains perfectly matched tapered baguettes.  Diamond total weight is 2.80 carats.  A steal at $4999.00.   Appraised at $7999.00

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Rose Gold + Chocolate Diamonds = The perfect ring for someone looking for something Different.

The picture does not do this ring justice.  The chocolate diamonds and the warmth of the rose gold colour is a great combination.  There are five .20 diamonds for a total of 1.00 carat.  They are set with a slight arch on the top in a “lucida” style setiing.  Impressively thick rounded knife-edge “tiffany” style band measures 3mm in thickness.  $1999.00.

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Say it with Hearts

14kt. white gold ring has a heart pattern set sideways.  Each heart has two diamonds , one set in each side.  Total weight is.40 carats.  This band is a size 6 and measures 5mm in width.  Great on its own or stack it with other bands.  $1199.00.

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18kt. Yellow Gold Solitaire

Classic style band cuts on an angle on the top.  The diamond measures .42ct.  The band measures 5mm on top and tapers to 3mm on the bottom.  This diamond is SI clarity, H colour and a very good cut.                                                                        Regular Price $2800.00.  Ringleader Price $1680.00.

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Invisible set Diamond Ring

14kt white gold diamond ring has a square centre  that is set on an angle.  It is composed of sixteen stones, four rows across and four rows down.  The square measures 10mm.  On either side of the centre, there are seven baguettes.  Total weight 1.05 carats.  ideal for someone who loves their bling.

Retail Price $2299.00

Ringleader Price  $1380.00

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14kt. Diamond Semimount

Whether you are looking for a new engagement ring or a new mount for an existing ring, there is nothing more classic than this ring.  The top holds a 1.00 carat or larger round brilliant cut diamond.  The shoulders of the band contain nine microset diamonds on either side.  Total diamond weight .18.  Ring is set in 14kt white gold.  $999.00

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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!!!”.