What Are You Grateful For?

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Thanksgiving is my favorite time of year.  I feel that the emphasis on appreciation makes me, at least temporarily, a better person.  When you spend more time thinking about what you’re grateful for, you end up being happier, kinder, and, in general, a more pleasant person.  One of the many things I have to be grateful for is my colleagues here at Dearborn Jewelers.

Not everyone has the encouraging, optimistic work environment that we have here.  We respect and understand each others’ strengths, and we support and help each other when help is needed.  As one of my colleagues said, “We work as a team.  We want to make the other person successful.”  It’s not that we never have disagreements or times of stress.  But we have so much trust in the good intentions of our team members that small disagreements are quickly resolved.

This camaraderie is part of what makes our store so comfortable to our clients.  And because we don’t spend time thinking “grumpy thoughts” about our co-workers, we have more time to think about helping our customers find exactly what they are looking for.  Especially at holiday time, it’s nice to know there’s a place you can go and be treated to a genuine smile and a true desire to help.

As always, we are so thankful for all of you who are friends and clients of Dearborn Jewelers.  We hope you have a wonderful holiday season, filled with family, friends, and good cheer.  But we are also thankful for the family we have here–Nick, Teri, Matt, Emily, Joy, Joan, Jill, and Ellyn.  Happy Thanksgiving!!

Thanks for your Patronage

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We are so grateful for our wonderful customers, who come in and share their stories with us.  Jewelry always has a story, and it’s almost always about love.  When people buy jewelry, it’s often to show loved ones how much they care.  In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we wanted to share a few of our jewelry stories.

The first story is about a silver and gemstone bracelet bought in Bali in the summer of 2009.  My husband and I found it in a tiny shop in a tiny town whose name I can’t remember.  But I can remember the face of the stooped old man who owned the shop.  He couldn’t speak English, and we couldn’t speak Balinese, but, somehow, the transaction was made.  A few days later, rushing in the airport to make our flight, I looked down at my wrist and felt my heart drop.  The bracelet was gone.  It had unlatched underneath my jacket, and I never felt it slide off.  Though I searched the airport, it was nowhere to be found.  I had to leave my beautiful bracelet in Bali.

It’s a sad story, but the story isn’t over.  I called the airport security when I got back to the States.  They had found what sounded like my bracelet!  I waited, impatiently, for the package to arrive.  When it did, I opened it anxiously.  Imagine my disappointment when I opened someone else’s costume bracelet.  There seemed to be no hope.  Christmas Day, 2009, came, and my husband and kids had expectant looks on their faces as I opened my final gift.  Nestled inside the box was my bracelet!!  I started crying with joy.  “How?” I asked through my tears.  My husband has never revealed to me how he managed to lay his hands on an exact duplicate of my original Balinese bracelet.  But every time I wear it, I think of the love it took for him to find it.

The next story is really a duo of stories.  It’s a story we hear, in many unique versions, over and over again.  When a mother, father, grandparent, or even an aunt or uncle dies, their jewelry can remind loved ones of the special bond that was shared.  Every time my one colleague wears his father’s watch, it reminds him of his dad.  He received it in his father’s estate, and he wears it almost every day.  Another colleague took her father’s gold diamond wedding band, melted and re-cast the gold into a lovely cross, mounted with those same diamonds.  You would never know her cross pendant was once a ring.  But she knows.  It’s a beautiful reminder of her father.

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and be giving.  We hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, filled with family, friends, and, of course, food.

With many thanks,  All of us at Dearborn Jewelers

The “Little Black Dress” of Jewelry

Every well-dressed woman has certain “go-to” pieces in her wardrobe–a black dress, patent leather pumps, a cardigan sweater. . .These are the articles frequently pulled out of the closet.  They work in a variety of situations and always improve the ensemble.

When it comes to a jewelry wardrobe, what are those classic, “go-to” pieces?   What should every woman have in her jewelry box?  Based on the opinions of many, here are the top five.  They make wonderful holiday gifts because you know they’ll be worn over and over again.

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  1. DIAMOND STUD EARRINGS are not only classic, but also a great investment.  Since the setting for the earrings is a minimal part of the cost, and diamonds rarely go anywhere but up in value, this “must” is the perfect gift.  At Dearborn Jewelers, we have a trade-up program for customers who’ve purchased their diamond stud earrings from us.  Fair market value for the earrings can be used towards the purchase of a larger pair of studs.
  2. GOLD HOOP EARRINGS, in white and/or yellow gold, are an important mainstay in a woman’s jewelry wardrobe.  They can be dressy or casual, and they coordinate with other pieces of jewelry.
  3. DIAMOND PENDANT NECKLACE just sparkles at the base of her neck.  It’s another great investment,  since, again, Dearborn Jewelers has a trade-up program.  And a diamond pendant and earrings together?  Stunning.
  4. A GOLD OR SILVER CHAIN that can be worn alone or with a pendant is an essential part of any jewelry wardrobe.  Small, simple chains are great for layering with other necklaces.  Probably the most versatile chain is a 16-18 inch adjustable wheat or box chain. (One hint for gift-givers, though, is to pair a pendant with that chain.  A chain by itself is probably not the most exciting gift.)
  5. A WRIST WATCH rounds out the top five.  At Dearborn Jewelers we carry the Tissot brand, which is a Swiss-made watch.  We have a wide selection in stock.

If you are looking for that perfect gift for the woman in your life, check to see if she has these classics.  If not, stop by Dearborn Jewelers of Plymouth.  We can help you round out her jewelry wardrobe.  If she has them all, maybe what she needs is a jewelry box.  We have those, too!

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Jewelry for Valentine’s Day

What are you planning to get your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day?  Will it be chocolate, flowers, a simple card, or maybe a gift of jewelry?  Whatever you decide, you really shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to express your love for that special person in your life.

Valentine’s Day first became associated with romantic love in the late 1300s, when Geoffrey Chaucer (1342-1400) wrote a poem to honor King Richard II’s engagement.  The poem, which linked the Feast of St. Valentine to birds choosing their mates, was called the “Parliament of Foules (Fowls).”

But St. Valentine’s Day was celebrated long before the middle ages.  It used to be a liturgical celebration.  There were several saints named Valentinus (Latin for worthy, strong, or powerful). While it’s no longer celebrated by the church, Valentine’s Day has become a more and more popular secular holiday.  Many countries celebrate Valentine’s Day.  It became very big in 18th century England as an occasion to express love.  And when Hallmark began producing Valentine’s Day cards in the early 1900s, its success was sealed.  All of those saints named Valentine have to be happy about the wide-reaching celebration and the meaningful sentiments expressed on their name-day!

How do you plan to say, “I love you?”  If you’re on a budget, don’t give up on a gift of jewelry.  Dearborn Jewelers has gifts in all price ranges, starting at $25. We have sterling silver heart pendants on chains for around $70.  A bouquet of roses or a box of fine chocolates can cost that much!  So go for the gift that doesn’t wilt and won’t add calories.  Jewelry lasts forever–just like your love.

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“L O V E” your jewelry

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       Ruby= R; Emerald = E; Garnet = G; Amethyst = A; Ruby = R; Diamond = D

                                             What does it all spell?  REGARD!

When it comes to creating jewelry that holds deep meaning and sentiment, the makers of the Victorian age were experts.  They had to be, because the rules of behavior dictated discretion.  Jewelry was a way to communicate love.  Pendants containing locks of loved-ones’ hair were popular.  Queen Victoria wore mourning jewelry for her late husband, Prince Albert, for over 30 years.

While I’m not advocating a revival of either of these sentimental declarations, I really like the idea of acrostic jewelry that was conceived in the early 1800s.  Acrostic jewelry works a little bit like the game, Scrabble.  The first letter of each gemstone can be used to form a word or name, and those gemstones can be placed in jewelry either in or out of order.  For example, you could take the word “A D O R E” and make a beautiful pendant with an Amethyst, Diamond, Opal, Ruby, and Emerald.  The word “B E L O V E D” looks wonderful  as a ring!

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Sometimes the gemstones look better out of order because of their color.  Personally, I like the letters out of order.  It’s a little romantic secret between the giver and the receiver!

Giving an acrostic piece of jewelry takes some time and planning, which can be part of the fun and is definitely part of the meaning.  You wouldn’t go to the trouble for someone you just sort of like.  But the piece wouldn’t have to be extremely expensive.  Some letters have many alternatives, so if “Ruby” doesn’t fit the budget, perhaps “Rose quartz” or “Rhodolite garnet” would.  If you like opaque as well as transparent gems, you could even go with “Rhodocrosite.”

Once you start playing around with words, gemstones, and jewelry designs, it’s difficult to know when to stop.  One of my favorites was “C H E R I S H” with Chalcedony, Heliodor, Emerald, Ruby, Indicolite, Spinel, and Hessonite garnet. It would make a pretty and affordable ring.

Some words are more difficult.  If you really want to write “L O V E”, there is a way to get around the fact that no pretty gemstones start with “V.”  Although it has a different meaning today, the word Vermeil, signified a hessonite garnet to the Victorians.

Spend the time when buying fine jewelry.  These pieces should have a good story to journey with them.  Take a trip out to Dearborn Jewelers and let our designers help you create a special piece for your loved one.  Maybe the Victorians had it right with their sentimental, old-fashioned gooeyness. Old-fashioned doesn’t have to be out-of-fashion.