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3 Diamond Goodies to Remind You About April’s Birthstone
18k white gold interchangeable clasp with rotating diamond circlet on stainless steel multistrand necklace by Jorg Heinz.
This necklace is ultra-contemporary: it is beautiful and elegant in its outward simplicity, yet its design mechanics are far more complex than meets the eye. The stainless steel multistrand necklace is detachable from the clasp so you can switch out the necklace or the centerpiece with other pieces designed by Heinz. And if you don’t feel like showing all the glitz of that diamond circlet, just flip it over to show off the scratch-finish reverse side...


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Why Should You Put a Diamond in Your Engagement Ring?
Thirty years ago, that question would never have come up.

But nothing is taken for granted these days because of the freeness of information.

You want to know everything there is to know about diamonds? You want to know what other gems can go in the center of your engagement ring?

That’s what the Internet is for.

There is a lot of information swirling around the web about diamonds. The Four Cs, ethical sourcing, the price of colored stones versus...
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Do We Still Need Watches?
Most everyone has a cell phone these days, and as this image so subtly alludes, analog timepieces may be fading into the background. But not really.

Windsor Jewelry has been selling jewelry and watches for almost a hundred years. We have customers come in every single day to watch-shop or for watch repairs.

But more and more, we have customers come in, glance at our watch displays, and ask, “Does anyone even still wear a watch?”

We rely on timekeeping for a host of reasons. Now in an age of technological advancement, digital what-have-you, and the ubiquity of computers, is there still a genuine need for watches?
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ZAPPED! - Irradiation Treatment of Gemstones
As technology advances, it seems that more and more things are being subjected to irradiation. It has many uses. Mail gets irradiated to kill potential biohazards; medical supplies get irradiated for sterilization; food gets irradiated to increase its shelf life.

Even gemstones get irradiated.

In the wide world of the jewelry industry, it is no secret that gemstone treatments are prevalent. It is what it is. As long as proper disclosure is made, a greater supply of beautiful gemstones is brought to the market because of...
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Customizing Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is just around the corner. I know, I know: it’s only March 9th. But in terms of creating beautiful custom jewelry, that’s just about the right amount of time to make sure we can have something made for you in time for May 8th.

One of the most common requests for Mother’s Day gifts is personalized mother’s jewelry.

But what is mother’s jewelry?
Mother’s jewelry is a piece of jewelry with a birthstone representing each of a woman’s children. Her birthstone is often included in the lineup, and sometimes the father’s. It can be a ring, a pendant, a brace-let, a brooch, earrings – any type of jewelry that can be set with stones. It can even be multiple pieces de-signed to be worn together, like small charms strung on the same necklace or...
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As Timeless as the Sea – Aquamarine
Aquamarine is one of those staple gemstones you’ll find in virtually every jewelry store around the world, from huge chain stores to small independent jewelers. That’s not to suggest that it isn’t rare or valuable; quite the opposite, in fact. It’s just a very popular gemstone, and it has been for a very long time. And since it is the March birthstone, aqua is not going anywhere for a while.

The word “aquamarine” is a compound word from Latin meaning “sea water.” If you’ve ever spent any time on or around the ocean, you know...
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Tips from the Bench: Tipping is not a City in China
The last thing a lady thinks about when she receives a new ring is how it will eventually need to be repaired. Modern jewelry making can create pieces of exceptional beauty and durability, but everything eventually wears out over time.

One part of a ring that wears more than any other is the head, or more specifically, the prongs. Pronged settings account for a wide margin of all engagement rings and other ring styles, especially those with a center stone.

Being the high point of most engagement rings, the prongs serve the dual purpose of not only holding a stone in place, but also protecting it from impacts. All of the bumps and knocks and scrapes that prongs endure steadily wear away...
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New To You: Estate Jewelry
Have you ever heard the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure?” We have, and we like it. That is why Windsor Jewelry actively buys and sells estate jewelry. But “trash” may be too harsh of a term. The estate jewelry we resell isn’t rundown, overused junk on its last legs. It has to be in wearable condition to begin with, and then we refurbish it. Any antique or estate watches we put in the case are returned to working order and refurbished, as well.

Old Jewelry
Some pieces we sell can have their provenance traced; others cannot. It’s the nature of estate jewelry.

We come across quite a bit of Art Deco and Art Nouveau jewelry, but we also end up with fun, innovative, and interesting pieces from indeterminate time periods that someone likely had custom made simply for their own...
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Rosy, Rosy, Rose Quartz
We couldn’t pass up the chance to do a feature on the namesake for one of this year’s Pantone Colors of the Year.

So what is rose quartz? Why did it catch Pantone’s attention? And where can you get some jewelry featuring rose quartz to enhance your wardrobe?

What Is Rose Quartz?
Rose quartz is a lovely variety of quartz known for its pastel pink-to-red color and its sleepy appearance. It’s always a little subtransparent, a little hazy, but it’s that very quality that makes rose quartz so easy on the eyes and offers a sort of mystique that most other kinds of quartz don’t possess.

In fact, the color of rose quartz is actually somewhat of a mystery...
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The Color of Royalty: Amethyst
Once upon a time, purple was where it was at with fashion. The dye known as Tyrian purple was produced by a predatory marine snail once known by the name “murex.” It was so expensive to produce that its use was strictly regulated and often reserved only for royalty or the aristocracy. In fact, after the sacking of Constantinople in 1204 AD, “no Byzantine emperor nor any Latin ruler in former Byzantine territories could muster the financial resources required for the pursuit of murex purple production. On the other hand, murex fishing and dyeing with genuine purple are attested for Egypt in the 10th to 13th centuries” (Jacoby 2004, g. 210).

So purple was a pretty big deal. Wearing purple was the ultimate expression of...
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Turning Up the Heat
At some point, someone involved in gemstones figured out that they could throw a stone into a hot fire for a while, and it would usually come out looking better than when it went in. Whether it was by accident, or if someone was just playing with fire, no one knows. But the fact was established: heat treatment had been discovered and has been employed to enhance the color and clarity of many, many kinds of gemstones ever since...
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Rags to Riches – A Gemstone Saga from Russia
Sometimes, the story behind a gemstone is rather straightforward and less than interesting. "So and so found this new thing and sent it to GIA or Gübelin or whoever to be tested, and they determined it was a new species or a new variety of an old species. It went on to be set in jewelry occasionally."

This is not one of those stories. This story is an old-fashioned Rise and Fall Of with a little Up from the Ashes thrown in. This gemstone had a rise to...
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Royal Green
Royal Green As garnets go, demantoid is far and away the most famous and revered within the jewelry industry. It was the garnet of royalty, beloved by the Russian Imperial Family. It was a favorite decoration of Peter Carl Fabergé to use on his famous eggs, and it crossed into prominence in the Western Hemisphere thanks to the work of George Kunz and his buying power for Tiffany & Co.

As garnets go, demantoid is far and away the most famous and revered within the jewelry industry. It was...
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An Historic Pairing
Since 2000, Pantone has released what they forecast to be the predominant color used in all aspects of the fashion industry for the coming year. The Pantone Color of the Year is released with a corresponding color palate, but it’s the Color of the Year that the fashion world watches for every December.

This year, Pantone broke from the norm. Big time. They announced not one, but two Colors of the Year. The idea is not to wear...
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Flame On!
When you hear the word “orange,” what’s the first thing you think of? The citrus fruit? The Syracuse Orange? That shag carpet in your parents’ house in the 70s?

How about a vivid, unashamedly orange gemstone the color of a torch flame? A gemstone that looks like smoldering coals on a dark night? A gemstone so orange that when you look at it, you get an uncontrollable urge to indulge in a glass of orange juice with your preference of pulp or no...
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Squeaky Clean
Having your jewelry cleaned isn’t just about making it sparkly again, although that is of vital importance. Nobody wants dingy diamonds. But cleaning your jewelry can also be accurately construed as a hygiene issue. It can also be a security concern.

Here are some examples.
I once cleaned the previous night’s meatloaf out of the gallery of a lady’s ring. That’s right: raw ground beef and bits of diced onion. How do I know that’s what it was? I asked, and I was told it was so.

Screwback earrings are widely viewed by the public as the most secure earrings out there. But if you don’t take your earrings out and clean them properly on a regular basis, the buildup of dead skin and oil can fill the threads of the post and make the backs slip right off.

Jewelry is meant to be worn and enjoyed. And as long as you’re not doing anything outright destructive to it, like jumping in a pool, or bashing it with a hammer, we’re not about to tell you...
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A Burning Ember
In the world of beautiful gemstones, there are two things that matter quite a bit: colors and sparkle. Garnets accomplish both of those better than many others.

The combination of color and sparkle from certain species of garnet earned them the names carbunculus in Latin and anthrakas in Greek in the Ancient World: both of which translate as “a burning ember.” Now, it’s fair to mention that those terms were applied with a broad brush to several types of red gem materials. But given...
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Cold Snap
We have cold weather maintenance for our cars and our homes, our boats and our RVs. Those are all major purchases that most people don’t make but every few years. Jewelry can be another major purchase that is not always a yearly occurrence (we wish it was), but when it comes to specific care regimens, a lot of consumers have never been told one way or another beyond the assumption that common sense will reign...
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