Restore Or Reinvent Your Jewelry

At Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler we specialize in custom made jewelry and jewelry repairs. 

In our on premise, state of the art, jewelry shop we can restore or reinvent your jewelry using our years of experience and modern tools and techniques. Our latest postcard promotes our custom jewelry creation and repair capabilities.

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Come see us in Overland Park Kansas for all your jewelry needs.


Restoring the "WOW" factor to your jewelry

“WOW! It looks brand new.”

These were the words I recently heard a client exclaim as she smiled at the appearance of her two year old engagement ring that had been recently rhodium plated.

Two years ago I helped this client complete her engagement ring. She had previously purchased a setting and diamond, but some custom work was necessary to create the best setting. A new 4 prong head was attached to the shank to ensure that the center diamond would stay in place and sit up high enough for the light to reveal the diamond’s sparkle. We sized the ring, set the stone, and finished the white gold engagement ring to the customer’s utmost satisfaction. 

Last month the customer returned to our studio for a cleaning. At that time I indicated it would be good to consider re-plating the white gold setting with rhodium. As everyone knows gold is yellow. In order to create white gold, nickel and silver are added as alloys to give gold its white color, making it look like platinum. However, white gold always carries a slight yellow tint. The final finishing process for white gold requires it to be rhodium plated. Over time this plating will wear off the white gold, leaving your ring with a yellow tint. Because of this, normal maintenance on white gold jewelry is to have it rhodium plated to keep it looking mirror white. 

Rhodium is a metal in the platinum family that can be taken in liquid form and a micro layer can be plated onto the surface of white gold. Depending on the individual and how they wear their jewelry dictates how often the rhodium has to be reapplied. 

Many clients come in and ask if we can simply re-dip a ring, but the process is not quite that simple. The process to rhodium plate your jewelry first involves making sure the jewelry is completely clean and the old rhodium is removed. Then the jewelry needs to be electro cleaned, which cleans the surface thoroughly. The ring is then immersed in activator which prepares the surface so the rhodium will adhere properly. And the final step is to electroplate the rhodium onto the ring.

Here is the equipment used to plate jewelry.

 

The plating on your white gold jewelry wears off very slowly over time, so you may not have even noticed that your jewelry isn't as bright as it was. Bring your jewelry in to get refinished and restore the "WOW" factor to your treasures. 

I would love to meet with you and show you the benefits of cleaning and checking your jewelry in our Overland Park jewelry studio.

 

Cleaning Your Jewelry

Over the years of providing jewelry services, I have seen many instances of  jewelry that has not been regularly cleaned and checked for years and years. 

Regular cleaning of you jewelry is an important habit to keep, not only for the beauty of the jewelry but for your health as well.  

I was recently reading an article written by a fellow jeweler who stated,  

“People are just not conditioned to clean their jewelry. They buy a piece of jewelry, they put it on and over time it gets very dirty. I started thinking to myself, something’s wrong. What’s building up underneath all these prongs is disgusting.” 

They took 10 pieces of jewelry that were dirty and found a lab in New Jersey that tests water for bacteria. They found, "It was loaded with bacteria. Off the charts.” 

We have had clients come in that could not understand why there were getting a severe rash under and around their ring. When they take their jewelry off we find the underside of the ring is packed with an accumulation of dirt and substances like soap, lotion, and food. After time, these particles get wet on a daily basis and bacteria starts to grow within your jewelry. Not only is this unhealthy, but precious metals, diamonds, and gemstones cannot sparkle when they are dirty.

A daily home cleaning of your jewelry, not only stops this from happening, but also keeps the bacteria from building up within your jewelry. At Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler we are happy to provide clean and checks using professional equipment in our state of the art jewelry shop. We also sell wonderful jewelry cleaner, made to our specifications, that will keep your jewelry beautiful when used on a regular basis. 

Available at Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler

Available at Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler

Cleaning your jewelry is very important, both for aesthetics and health. Stop in to Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler so we can make your jewelry sparkle like new. 

 

 

 

Designing an Engagement Ring with Durability

Long term durability is an important aspect when buying your wedding set. 

Many of the wedding set styles popular in today's market don't lend themselves for long term wear. The micro-pave setting style using extremely small diamonds is very beautiful but can also be a maintenance nightmare. When there are many small diamonds, exposed around the center diamond, they take all the daily abuse. The smaller the diamonds, the smaller the prongs. Small prongs increase the possibility of your ring loosing stones.

We have tried to design a series of rings with today's styles that are as durable as possible. The ring in the gallery below is a sample of one of these designs. The ring has a lot of aspects that are very popular today such as a flush fitting wedding band and diamonds that are a little larger around the center stone so the prongs can be larger and more durable. 

When buying your wedding set, remember you are buying it for the long term and not just for a stylish trend that may change in a few years. The more diamonds and small prongs a ring has the higher the chances for problems in the near future. Be sure and check out the craftsmanship in your ring and realize that daily wear takes it's toll on a ring.  

Jewelry Repair and Custom Work

We continue to increase the quality of our jewelry repair and custom work. We have added many pieces of equipment to our state of the art jewelry shop, so that we can accommodate repairs that many stores will not attempt.

We are presently rebuilding a 60 year old wedding set that was so thin and worn that most jewelers would have felt it was impossible to redo. We are taking all of the original parts and adding metal and diamonds that had fallen out, to recreate the exact ring for future generations.  

Our repairs are done with the highest standards to ensure the jewelry will be able to be worn for years to come. We enjoy creating custom jewelry that start as a dream and become a true piece of art. These are some of the things that set a private jeweler apart from you typical jewelry store.   

Master Jeweler at work

Master Jeweler at work

We look forward to seeing you at Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler for your jewelry repair and custom work. Don't forget a Spring cleaning for your jewelry.  

Caring For Your Pearls

Last week, a client and friend of mine brought in their strand of beautiful pearls that were a complete mess. Every so often, it is important to bring your pearls to our repair shop for a proper cleaning. We take the strand apart, individually clean each pearl, check the clasp, and restring them with proper knots.

Between these professional cleanings, here are a few facts of interest and some helpful tips on how to maintain that beautiful, totally unique luster that pearls offer.

The pearls that most of us wear today are cultured pearls. A diver inserts a rounded mother of pearl nucleus into an oyster, the oyster coats the foreign object with nacre, the substance that gives pearls their unique luster. The depth of the nacre depends on the type of creature involved, the water it lives in, and how long the foreign object is left in the oyster before it is removed. As nacre thickness increases, so does the quality and durability of the pearl.

Caring for your pearls requires special attention. Even pearls with thick coats of nacre are more fragile than most other gemstones, so handle them carefully. It is best to put your pearls on after applying makeup and perfume and to take them off before applying hand and body creams. I suggest the following guidelines for cleaning:

Pearls

1) Dampen a soft, clean cotton cloth with a solution of 2 cups of warm water and a few drops of a mild dishwashing soap.
2) Rub each pearl individually
3) Let air-dry overnight
Notes:
Do not clean pearls with a solution that contains ammonia, harsh detergents, or any type of abrasive cleaner. This can wear away the nacre coating, leaving you with a plain looking bead.
Do not use an abrasive cloth for cleaning.
Do not put pearl jewelry in an ultrasonic cleaner.

Storing your pearls properly is also important for maintaining their nacre layers. Don’t store your pearls with other jewelry because they can be scratched easily when metal or gemstones rub against them. Find a special slot in your jewelry box for the pearls, or keep them in a soft bag made from chamois or another non-abrasive material.

Don’t forget to bring in your pearl jewelry to be cleaned or restrung professionally so that you’re sure the stringing is secure, clasp are working, and they are as beautiful as the day you purchased them.