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The Do's and Dont's of Pearl Care

Posted on in Blog by Kamie Pamulapati

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.

Pricing

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.”**

Popularity

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.

 Cleaning

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.

Posted on in Blog by Hamra

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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