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Out With the Old, In With the New

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Not all pieces of jewelry are legacy pieces meant to be handed down from generation to generation. So what do you do when your jewelry has run its course? Of course, there’s the option to take it to a pawn shop and get pennies on the dollar for your piece. Another option? Bring it to Hamra!

As an established Scottsdale jeweler, we have an expansive knowledge on jewelry, which allows us to appreciate the pieces our customers bring in.

While we will take a look at most jewelry that is brought into our store, we are looking for some specific pieces right now, including large diamond and gemstone jewelry and luxury watches.

Our showroom is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 6 pm and on Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Come stop by and see our stunning collection!

Stacking : The Newest Jewelry Trend

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If you’re a fashionista, you know that what’s in and what’s out is constantly changing. Leopard print?....So last season. Ombre hair?...Still on trend.  Jeggings?....The verdict is still out.

At Hamra, we make it our business to know what’s popular in fashion, especially when it comes to jewelry. Our favorite trend right now? Stacking! You can stack rings. You can stack bracelets. You can stack necklaces. The more, the better!

Stack Your Bracelets

We’re especially excited about stacking bangle bracelets. We have a selection of dazzling, high-end bangles that can be stacked to create a statement your admirers will never forget.

Stack Your Rings

Stackable rings are also a huge hit this season. You no longer have to pick and choose which pieces to wear. Wear them all! Stack them strategically with complimentary pieces to highlight their beauty.

Stack Your Necklaces

Necklace stacking can be done a few different ways. You can take two similarly sized necklaces and wear them together or have them combined with one clasp so they are worn as one piece. You can also choose to wear a short necklace and pair it with a longer necklace with a pendant. The contrast is intriguing and the options are endless.

Multi-tone stacking

Multi-tone stacking is also a huge trend this season. Gold and silver no longer need to be worn separately. Two tones such as rose gold and white gold can make a striking statement. Wearing all yellow gold or silver can be considered too ‘matchy matchy.’ The battle of the two tones is now considered a fresh way to accessorize.

Why "Man-Gagement" Rings are Taking Over

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Engagement rings are no longer just for the ladies, now make way for a new men’s trend: the “man-gagement” ring. Used to describe a man’s pre-wedding ring, man-gagement rings have risen in popularity over the last few years.

According to a recent survey by XO Group Inc, 5% of men are now sporting man-gagement rings prior to their wedding.  Traditionally, only women have worn any type of pre-wedding rings...but that’s not the case anymore.


Many jewelry stores are now picking up on this growing trend by offering engagement rings in a variety of styles for both women and men. With more options to choose from than ever before, men will never again have to settle for something that fits versus something with style. Goodbye plain gold band, hello sparkling, sophisticated piece of jewelry!


Related: View our large selection of men’s rings

If this trend is for you, Hamra Jewelers is the one place where you can get it all: simple, sparkly or somewhere in between. We have everything from silver to gold, platinum and gemstones as well as custom designs. Even if you’re not planning on walking down the aisle anytime soon, there’s still something special waiting for you at Hamra. Stop by and see!

Your Jewelry is Dirtier Than You Think

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If you wear an outfit and end up spilling on it, of course you’ll throw it in the washer, but what about your jewelry? Imagine all the things your jewelry is exposed to…

  • Dirt

  • Sweat

  • Food

  • Chemicals

  • Makeup

  • Soap

We’re here to tell you that cleaning your jewelry regularly can save you a lot of trouble in the future. Certain factors such as sweat, salt water and chemicals can begin to break down your setting or even your gem.

Related: Care For Your Jewelry Properly This Summer

Here at Hamra, a luxury jewelry store, we have multiple options to clean your cherished jewelry. Pick from any of the following options:

  • Sonic cleaner: This is a vibrating machine that loosens grime and dirt without harsh chemicals. It can clean even the tiniest places, removing buildup between your gem and prongs.

  • Steam cleaning: We recommend using our steam cleaning services for semi-precious stones, emeralds and pearls because the sonic cleaner simply cannot be used.

Jewelry Cleaning Tip: Be extra careful with pearls. They are very susceptible to damage and degeneration when handled improperly.

  • Hand cleaning: Sometimes, machines are just too rough on certain gems to be used safely. In these cases, we will use a brush and clean your fragile pieces by hand.

While you will find resources on Pinterest, in blogs and from Sally-knows-it-all down the street telling you how to clean your jewelry at home, we always recommend professional cleaning to ensure your jewelry is cleaned properly and safely.

Bring your jewelry into our store to see just how much your piece can sparkle again with new life.

Protect Your Jewelry this Summer with SPF: Sparkle Protection Factor

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You lather yourself with SPF before going to the beach or pool so why not give the same care to your jewelry? Chemicals and environmental factors at summer hot spots can leave your ring dingy or even damaged. Here are some things to look out for as you enjoy your summertime fun.

  • Chlorine is harmful to metals, including gold. Thin prongs are especially susceptible to deterioration when exposed to chlorine for extended periods of time. Certain gems also react differently to certain chemicals. If your jewelry is submerged, clean it with warm water and a gentle cleanser to remove any remaining chemicals.

*Jewelry Care TipHave your prongs checked regularly, whether exposed to chlorine or not. Prongs are usually the first part to weaken on a piece of jewelry.

  • Salt water can have a similar corrosive effect on jewelry. Lotions can become trapped in jewelry dulling your stones. The best advice we can give is to store your jewelry safely when visiting a pool or a beach. You don’t want to spend your beach day combing through sand, looking for your beautiful new colored diamond necklace.

  • Sweat is another factor to consider as it does contain salt which, similar to ocean water, which can eat away at the soldered points on your jewelry.

  • Have your jewelry cleaned regularly. Whether you have an at-home ultrasonic cleaner or choose to use a professional cleaner, you want to make sure all environmental dirt and grime is removed frequently so it doesn’t result in build up or deterioration of the metal or gemstone.

The Do's and Dont's of Pearl Care

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Pearls are classic and among the most elegant gems you can buy, but as organic gems they require special attention and care to give them the longest life possible. By following these tips you can ensure your pearls will be in shape to be passed down from generation to generation, becoming a family heirloom.

Pearl Care Do’s

1. Put pearls on last.

Perfumes, lotions and hair spray can be harmful to your pearls. Chemicals can degrade the surface of the pearl, taking away the natural luster and damaging the surface.  After applying makeup and perfume, wait 15 minutes for your skin to absorb any excess before putting on your pearls.

2. Take pearls off first.

This will help make sure you don’t accidentally wear them in the shower as steam can have adverse reactions

3. If you don’t have designated pearl cleaner, have your pearls professionally cleaned.

Tarnish remover, steam and ultrasonic cleaners should not be used on pearls. A jeweler can clean your pearls safely. For spot cleaning, use a soft, damp cloth.

4. Be aware of materials your pearls come in contact with.

Plastic has chemicals known to be harmful to pearls. Keep your pearl jewelry in soft cloth pouches or the box they came in. Types of wool can also damage pearls so be aware of winter clothing and its texture.

Pearl Care Don’ts

1. Don’t keep pearls in a warm setting.

Don’t leave  pearls close to a heat source such as a fireplace, too close to electronics or an attic. A good rule of thumb is, if you can feel a significant amount of heat difference between the room temperature and where they’re sitting, don’t store your pearls there.

2. Don’t store pearls in dry places.

Pearls need to a small amount of moisture to stay in tip-top shape. Keeping your pearls in a safe-deposit box or storage unit can deprive them of natural moisture in the air.

Colored Diamonds

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Diamonds are as diverse as the people who wear them. They come in every shape, size and color you can imagine. While white diamonds go with any outfit, you can now accessorize to match or compliment the colors in your outfit.


Colored diamonds, also known as fancy-colored diamonds, can be some of the most valuable. Remember the Hope Diamond from Titanic? Gems like the Hope Diamond can value at more than one million dollars per carat.

The price range will vary widely for fancy-colored diamonds because they can come from nature or be made in laboratories. For a perfectly colorless diamond, it must be formed with pure carbon. Other additives are what change the color. For instance, boron makes a blue diamond and nitrogen will form a yellow colored diamond. Red diamonds are the most rare and expensive because their color comes from “changes in electron structure as it comes to the surface.”**


Colored diamonds in general have gained in popularity in the past few years, but black diamonds have made the biggest jump in sales. The dark gem claimed its high fashion status in 1996 when jewelry designer Fawaz Gruos released a collection featuring black engagement rings and pendants. Black diamonds can give any piece of jewelry an edge, setting it apart from the typical colored gems.

 Related: TLC For Your Engagement Ring

 At Hamra we have a large selection of colored diamonds from yellow to black and everything in between. Browse our extensive jewelry collection and see if a fancy-colored diamond is the stand-out accessory you’ve been looking for.

** Information courtesy of Diamond Price Guru

Engagement Ring Upkeep

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Maintaining Your Engagement Ring’s Brilliance and Sparkle is Easy

You found your companion and they put a ring on it. It might take some getting used to, but it will feel like a part of you before you know it. Upkeep and maintenance of your ring will be important throughout the years, letting the ring reflect your eternal love with beauty and brilliance.


Don’t forget to clean your ring. You use your hands all day everyday whether you’re a teacher, chef, gardener, business owner or any other occupation. When you think about all the things you touch, push, brush against or squeeze it’s no surprise that dirt will build up, in, and on your ring. Most jewelers, including us here at Hamra, provide cleaning for your ring.

 Stay Away From Chemicals

Chemicals can also have an adverse effect on the metal, especially harsh cleaning chemicals including bleach. Wearing gloves when cleaning is essential and removing your ring while showering and swimming is a good idea as well. The chemicals in the pool can be harmful to the metal as well. You also eliminate the chance of losing your ring down the drain or at the bottom of the pool or ocean.

 Have Routine Checks with Your Jeweler

If you have a prong set diamond, have the prongs checked regularly (every 2 years) to make sure they’re in good shape. Prongs can become bent, catching on clothing and bedding. Bent prongs can also allow the gem to become loose and rattle or even fall out.

 It’s Okay to Take Your Ring Off

We do recommend removing your engagement ring when engaging in most strenuous activities. And by strenuous we mean hard on your hands. Gym equipment can be hard on the band and playing sports can cause you to bump the stone on things around you.

 but… Store Your Ring Safely

If you take your ring off frequently for any reason such as going to the gym or working in the yard, store it safely. Not only will this keep it cleaner, but separating diamond rings are important to avoid scratches and damage.

As we all know, diamonds are extremely strong, but you should treat yours with care and love. For upkeep and maintenance come to our store in Scottsdale and visit our engagement ring page to view the many styles of rings to fit any budget.

3 Things to Consider After Purchasing a Luxury Watch

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The soft glow of the lights ushers you into an intimate, one-of-a-kind experience. Gleaming glass cases, sparkling diamond earrings and shiny gold engagement rings greet you as you enter the store. Friendly specialists are on hand to help you in every way possible, and are happy to do so. Shopping at Hamra is like taking a step back in time to when elegance and sophistication were rooted in every product and service.

In a world of cheap electronics and computerized gadgets, it’s rare to find excellence and opulence like that offered at Hamra. Upholding the standards of excellence has been our commitment for the past 26 years, and our fine watches are a perfect example of that. They are meticulously crafted and beautifully designed, and are entirely handmade. Deciding whether or not to buy one isn’t hard, deciding which one to buy is. High end jewelry stores like Hamra offer a wide range of designers, such as Patek Philippe, Rolex, Breitling and more, all in a variety of different styles. Chances are you’ll find more than one you like.

After you’ve made the tough decision about which watch (or watches) to buy, it’s important to know what comes next. Having the perfect watch means knowing how to perfectly care for it. Here are some things to be aware of to ensure your dream watch stays in flawless form years after purchase.

1. Comfort is Key

The number one mistake watch wearers make is not having the watch properly fitted to their wrists. This results in watches that are too tight or too loose, which can lead to discomfort and possible problems with the clasp. Above all, a watch should be comfortable to wear. Here at Hamra we ensure your watch is sized correctly to the wrist before you even leave the store. We work hard to tailor the watch to fit you perfectly.

2. Magnets = Mayhem

Magnetic elements can cause mechanical watches to run incorrectly. Avoid placing your watch near anything magnetic, such as cell phones, computers, etc. If your watch has already been exposed to a magnetic element and is running incorrectly, fear not. Hamra Jewelers can help restore your watch to its original, pristine condition. Our service experts can demagnetize your watch in simply a matter of minutes, so that it will run without error.

3. Manufacturers Make Mistakes

Although rare, a watch may have internal problems that prevent it from keeping the correct time. If your watch is even slightly off time and magnetism isn’t an issue, you should consider us sending it back to the manufacturer to have it serviced. A watch as beautiful as the ones sold at fine jewelry stores shouldn’t be just for show. They should be both flawless and functional.

Stop by our store to learn more about watch maintenance or to view our stunning collection of timepieces. Traveling back in time to a period of luxury and handmade quality is only possible through Hamra.

Fun Fact: Did you know that high-end alligator watch straps used by the Swiss actually come from alligators in Louisiana? Now that’s some serious cargo!

Baselworld 2014: Hamra Jewelers Inside Look into the Biggest Timepiece & Jewelry Show of the Year.

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Tick-tick went the watches, thud-thud went our hearts as we witnessed the latest and greatest in timepieces and jewelry at this year’s Baselworld in March. Held in Basel, Switzerland, Baselworld is a yearly event that attracts watchmakers and jewelers from all across the world. It is where manufacturers, buyers, and consumers meet to appreciate and admire today’s finest and most luxurious watches and jewelry.

While open to the public, only jewelry stores like Hamra were allowed behind the scenes and beneath the glass cases. Individuals at Hamra got the chance to meet with the families that own and manufacture these ultra high-end accessories as well as preview upcoming designs. One of the new jewelry trends showcased at Baselworld was the use of rose gold by Italian designers. Previously, rose gold has been used as an accent in jewelry design, but now it is being used as a main feature. Hamra is already on top of this trend, offering several pieces in a rose gold option, including a beautiful diamond bracelet and a diamond ring. The bracelet is set in 18k rose gold and features 4.79 carats with a magnetic closure. The 18k rose gold ring by Patek Philippe features .48 carats in diamonds.

Besides Baselworld, the highlight of the trip was visiting the Patek Philippe Museum where Hamra team members got an up close look at the famous watchmaker’s collection, including watches dating back to the early 16th century as well as watches owned by Albert Einstein and Jack Daniels. Overall, it was an amazing, one-of-a-kind experience! Baselworld may be held in Switzerland, but your local luxury jewelry store in Scottsdale has a selection just as impressive. Visit us to see our stunning collection.

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