Mother’s Day 2018

Mother’s Day is the one-day a year you can truly thank your mom for everything she’s done for you, whether that’s cutting the crusts off your PB&J sandwiches or driving you to soccer practice it’s important that we thank our mom’s for always putting us first.

Here at Ringleader we adore moms. Moms make the world go round. And we can help you find the perfect gift to show your mom just how much you love and appreciate her.

This month is also a special month for Ringleader Jewellers. We are celebrating our 20th anniversary this month! And that is all thanks to our wonderful customers. We’ve celebrated many a mother’s days with you and want to show you just how much we appreciate you all by hosting a sale for the entire month of May!!!! You can save up to 60% off in store merchandise, which is perfect for your wallet while you shop for something special for mom.

Mother’s Day is about more than hallmark cards and flowers. Mother’s Day is about thanking your mom for all the sacrifices she has made to ensure that you’re happy and healthy. Moms always come to the rescue no matter how big or small!

Are you stuck on what to get your mom for Mother’s Day? Let us help you! Whether its earrings, necklace or maybe even a bracelet we have something for every mom and our expert sales associates will help you with the entire process.

Why You Should Have Your Rings Cleaned & Checked!

We know it’s only February but we’re already thinking about all the Spring-cleaning we want to do with this little taste of warm weather in the air!

Cleaning your jewellery shouldn’t be considered a chore. Your jewellery is important to us and you should where it well and often. What better way to celebrate the end (well, hopefully) of a long cold winter than by getting your beautiful diamond rings, necklaces and earrings cleaned in as little as one minute. It doesn’t take long and it doesn’t cost a thing. And while we’re at it we’ll even check up on your precious stones to ensure that nothing is loose, cracked or missing.

Your engagement band and wedding ring are overlooked items that should be sparkled up and checked at least twice a year. You wear them every day and everywhere. They tag along on every trip and memory. They’ve been exposed to dish soap, dirt from the garden, lotion and maybe even a cheeky batch of holiday treats or two. They need to be cleaned! All the gunk that gets built up from all that you do with your hands lies in the crevasses or your wedding ring. Kind of gross, right?

Although we recommend bringing in your rings at least twice a year don’t let that stop you from paying us a visit more often! A little sparkle to your rings for any special occasion can really make a difference and will hopefully encourage you to make it a habit of coming by for your ring check ups.

Prevention is the key to lasting jewellery. If you don’t get your rings checked you may lose a diamond and we hate diamond causalities! So prevent that from happening by coming by and allowing us to inspect your jewellery for loose stones, worn out claws and any other sign of damage. We want to make sure your jewellery ages with you and not before you.

This year put ring inspection and cleaning on your spring-cleaning list. Start the new season with some sparkle and shine. Your ring will thank you later!

Looking for a jeweller in Durham Region?

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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.

[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.

A New Year – Happy Rosh Hashanah

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This Sunday marks the beginning of Rosh Hashana, the celebration of a new year for the Jewish People. The year is 5776 and I hope it’s going to be a good one. It begins as a joyous festival when families congregate in what seams like endless meals and enjoying apples and honey.

To give you the Reader’s Digest version, dipping the apples into the honey is to commemorate a sweet and prosperous year. We celebrate new beginnings and fresh starts. Like relationships, we like to think that we are the starting point. We work with couples and individuals to make them a fabulous creation for their new beginning. We will work with you from start to finish. From sketch to CAD to plastic model to finished product.

Gone are the days of a goldsmith/model maker carving out a piece of wax. It’s all done on computers and printers now. We also give your old gold, broken and unwanted, new beginnings as well. If we can’t use your gold, we do like to use fresh gold, we give give you a credit and your new ring will cost you less.

So…..let’s have some good reasons for celebrations this year and forevermore!!

Phil

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.

Ringleader Jewellers suggests why its important to shop Canadian

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Sometimes I rack my brain thinking about what I will write about.  I want something that is relevant and will relate to the jewellery industry in some way.  Well, my current idea came to me when I was recently listening to the radio.  The topic was current events and the subject was the economy.  Since our greatest commodities, gold and oil have dropped significantly in price, it has reduced the Canadian dollar, which  has had a negative effect on our economy.  The panels’ response to this was straightforward and simple.  They reminded the viewers how essential it is to shop Canadian and when we don’t do this, we are taking money out of our country and hurting everyone from the big box stores to the little mom and pop shops.

Now, we have had clients come in to be reassured that they got a great deal whether they purchased a piece of jewellery online or in some port while cruising.  Phil, being the nice person that he is, will usually put ones’ mind to rest.  But let’s examine these two methods of shopping.  In the first instance, when you are shopping online, price was the initial enticement.  With the dollar no longer at par, you really have to think about whether you are getting such a great deal.  Customs and duty can add to the cost of buying abroad.  And, jewellery is something that needs to be seen and felt, since each piece is so unique.  You really are not comparing apples to apples.  An appraisal states the 4C’s, colour, clarity, cut and carat weight, but appraisals are indepent opinions.  They are not held responsible to a regulatory body.  So, most often, when internet shoppers come in for us to congratulate them of a purchase well made, they will be told that they did alright. However, more often than not, they did not get what they paid for.  So did they really get such a good deal?

In the latter example, buying jewellery in a port while cruising seems to be fairly popular.  Like a supplier once said, if I had thousands of people who were directed to my shop and I would most likely never see again, I could also give them a great deal.  Two deterrents we have witnessed from making these purchases are the following.  One, caveat emptor, buyer beware.  You might not be receiving what you pay for.  Also, workmanship in these small islands can be inferior, since labour costs less.  One example I can remember, is when a client came in with a beautiful new ring.  She questioned why something didn’t look just right.  The stone was too big for the setting and was jammed in on an angle.

Ringleader Fine jewellers is a little mom and pop shop in Pickering, Ontario.  We are a brick and mortar store in a fairly small town and we know word of mouth is the best advertising.  We enjoy making people happy.  In fact, that is what we like to do most.  Custom work is a large part of our business, but we also have current inventory to choose from.  Repairs, remodeling, appraisals, insurance replacement and buying gold are services we provide.  So next time you are looking for that special piece, look no further than Ringleader Fine Jewellers.

 

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!!!”.

Shop at home, shop by phone, concierge service.

 

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June 30th, 2015, our first time driving to work with the new, hopefully temporary H.O.V. lanes enforced.  We were anticipating a higher volume of traffic and thinking we would have to take an alternate route, as if that would make a difference.  With the dreaded thought of traffic, chaos and congestion, now would also be the perfect time to launch our concierge service.  Ringleader Fine Jewellers is all about customer service and we like to make every shopping experience a pleasurable one, even if you cannot make it into our store.  Give us a call or email, tell us some pertinent information and we will make arrangements to have it delivered, either personally or with a service.  It’s that easy.  Now let’s just hope we have an easy drive home.