What To Do During The Ice Storm??

I’m staring out my window and watching/listening to CP24 news channel watching out for the impending doom that is suppose to hamper our weekend, I.E. freezing rain and very nasty windy rainy cold “Spring” weather? So… Not being the greedy type, I also don’t believe in jewellery emergencies. Therefore, I decree Saturday April 14, 2018 Nasty Weather Day!! Can’t say snow day, however, you never know in the province of Ontario. It’s quite possible that Ringleader Fine Jewellers could be closed on Nasty Weather Day. Here are some suggestions for what YOU can do on Nasty Weather Day. You could help your wife clean the house, like I just might do, binge watch your favorite series on Netflix, make sure you have working flashlights and a supply of candles a lighter or matches in case we get power failures, however you might want to do that ASAP. But the most important thing to do on Nasty Weather Day is to do some SPRING JEWELLERY CLEANING!! That’s right!! Get together all your broken down, single earrings, out dated and unwearable jewellery that’s just collecting dust when you could bring it into Ringleader Fine Jewellers and recreate it, or trade it in for something in our showcases or GET CASH for it!!!

Also, even though we most likely will not be open on Nasty Weather Day look at your ring(s) and try to remember the last time you had them inspected and cleaned. I tell my customers that they should have this done EVERY SIX MONTHS. It’s an easy habit to get into and usually complimentary at RINGLEADER FINE JEWELLERS.

Our usual hours are Tuesday-Thursday…10:00am to 6:00pm; Friday-Saturday…10:00am to 5:00pm and closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Stay SAFE

Phil

Ringleader Fine Jewellers

What’s Trending In Jewellery?

Every season brings a new jewellery trend and this year at the Oscars there were plenty of bold accessories worn by everyone from Kendall Jenner to Amy Adams. Some of the trends seen were statement earrings, hoops and layered necklaces. Although not all these trends are wearable for an every day basis there are still some alternatives and inexpensive dupes so that you can bling out your outfits without breaking the bank.

Hoops

One of the most prevalent trends to come out of the Oscars are hoops. Particularly gold hoops have been seen on fashion bloggers and red carpets since last summer. The simplicity of a gold hoop is what makes this jewellery trend so easy and affordable to rock. They can both dress up or dress down an outfit. They can be girly or edgy. Inspired by the 90’s this basic earring style changes constantly with the weather. This spring chunky hoops will be the go-to fashion accessory with dainty pastel dresses and cork wedges.

  

Statement Earrings

Statement earrings are popping up all over social media. In particular, tassel earrings are making a bold declaration in the fashion scene. Bright colours such as red, orange and yellow are what beauty bloggers and celebrities are reaching for when completing their outfits. Although the red carpet is filled with diamond encrusted statement earrings the tassel look is a nice inexpensive dupe.


Layered Necklaces & Pendants

If there is one trend to look out for this spring/summer it is layering. Whether you’re going to the beach, a wedding or even just grabbing some lunch with friends layering your necklaces and earrings is a great way to spice up an outfit. Layers of dainty gold chains with small pendants make an average jeans and t-shirt outfit into an instagram-worthy brunch ensemble, not to mention you can make the chains uniquely you. Custom layering pieces have been seen on every celebrity this award season and will definitely continue being a staple, especially as the weather gets warmer. Simple little chains and pendants with dates of birth, names or even horoscope signs make your layering pieces uniquely yours.

Do you want to sport some of these jewellery trends? Ringleader Jewellers can help you achieve all your trendy dreams with pieces from every trend. Come by and make some custom dainty gold chains and pendant or purchase your own pair of statement hoops. We are always up to date on the latest trends in jewellery!

The Four C’s – Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat

If you’re going to customize your jewellery why not customize your diamonds too? Yes, I did just say customize your diamonds and that’s because every diamond is different. Remember the four C’s – Cut, Colour, Carat and Clarity. These four categories play a huge role in how your diamond is going to look. If you’re going to invest in your jewellery you should ensure that you’re getting the best diamond for your budget!

The cut determines how sparkly your diamond will be! Diamonds are cut in various ways to allow light to reflect through them. The better the cut the more the diamond will sparkle. Making the best use of light through the cut is the best way to ensure that you’re getting the maximum amount of sparkle for your diamonds.

The colour is based on the amount of yellow present within a diamond. Essentially the more white the diamond the better. However, diamond colour is measured on a GIA Colour Grading Scale. Diamonds are measured from the letter D to the letter Z with D being the most colourless/white and Z being a yellow diamond. A cut and a colour combo can help mask the yellow in a diamond and make it appear whiter than it actually is. This is an important to note when choosing the perfect stone for you.

The clarity describes its internal purity. The less imperfections within the stone the more rare and valuable it is. Some diamonds are described as “eye-clean”, which means that their imperfections are not visible to the unaided eye. Most diamonds have imperfections!

The carat of the diamond is the weight of the diamond. The larger, whiter and cleaner the diamond the more valuable it is. More weight equals more money so the higher the carat the more expensive the diamond will be. Again, if you are on a budget the carat of your diamond is important in ensuring you stay on or below your desired budget!

Don’t be afraid to ask your jeweller questions about the four C’s. It’s important to both buyer and seller that you are well informed so that you can make the best decision possible. A good jeweller will always ensure that you are aware of the four C’s and explain each factor when picking the right diamond for you.

 

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.

Father’s Day 2017

Your dad is your forever-best friend and with Father’s Day quickly approaching it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to get dad for his special day.

The misconception that most people make is that jewellery is just for women, but jewellery has no gender rules. Men’s jewellery is full of statement pieces and small details. From bracelets to rings to watches and cuff links men’s jewellery is it’s own category completely.

So, with Father’s Day on June 18th why not surprise dad with something special he can wear to work, every day or special occasions?

I remember in elementary school we made Father’s Day presents in art class. During recess I picked the biggest, brightest rock I could find and painted “Dad, you rock don’t ever change”. To this day my dad still has that messily painted rocked on his bedside table. They are so easy to place because they truly, genuinely love anything you do for them.

It’s the little things that dad’s do that make them so special. They are your loudest supporter on the sidelines and your number one fan on the bench. Dads make the bad days better with their “dad jokes” and quirky laughs.

I always want to spoil my dad after all the post-soccer game ice-cream’s and long drives to middle of nowhere fields.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to show your dad how much you love and appreciate him. With the cost of gold rising there are some alternatives, such as bracelets comprised of leather and stainless steel, silver and even black diamonds! All of which are very affordable, handsome and the perfect gift for Father’s Day.


Maybe your dad is more laidback and likes the simple things. A gold, silver or stainless chain is a perfect everyday piece and the perfect for dad’s who prefer a beer to fancy champagne.

You could even customize the chain; buy a dog tag to go with it, or even an initial. Your dad can wear it tucked away in his shirt for only him to see, but the feeling of that chain will always remind him of your love and your appreciation for everything that he has done for you.


Maybe your dad is a dress-up for work every day kind of guy. Why not go with a brand new pair of cufflinks? You can customize them to ensure that they are perfect for your dad. He can show off his present to all his co-workers and be the dad that all the other dad’s envy at the office.


The thing with dads is that they are all so different, yet extremely similar. Maybe yours likes fishing and beer, maybe he’s stuck in the 80s or maybe he’s a summer grill master. Dads come in all shapes and sizes, literally, but they all have the biggest hearts.

Father’s Day is a celebration of all the awkward moments that dads have had to endure, kind of like that first time he found your bra in the laundry. Father’s Day is about all the times you had to wipe away tears after laughing so hard from one of his jokes. Father’s Day is for all the soccer games he never missed, the new skates he careful laced up and the broken garage doors from hockey pucks that he had to fix. Father’s Day is more than just a day; it’s a date to thank your dad for being the best coach in life and on the field.

Before June 18th come on down to Ringleader Jewellers and pick something special out for dad. We’ll help you find something that encompasses everything that it means to be a father.

-Lauren

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.

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!!!”.