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Mechanical Watches vs. Quartz Watches

What is a Mechanical Watch? A mechanical watch is a watch driven by a mainspring that turns gears as it unwinds. These gears then transfer force to a balance wheel, which oscillates uniformly back and forth, taking the same amount of time for each swing. As the balance wheel swings, an “escapement” then allow the watch’s gears to advance uniformly (giving a mechanical watch its “ticking” sound). Rotating hands attached to the gears then display the time on the dial of the watch. Mechanical watches represent one of the oldest technologies created by man. In 1524, a German locksmith named...

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Watches - Tune-Up & Service

Your Watch: When To Send it in for a Tune-Up A modern mechanical timepiece is an amazing micro-mechanic marvel that typically beats at a rate of more than 20,000 pulses in a single hour. Multiply that by 24 hours in a day, 7 days a week, day in and day out for 3 years and your watch may well have ticked a staggering 571,334,400 times barely missing a beat! Call me crazy, but after ticking nearly 572 million times with only a tiny drop of oil for lubrication your watch deserves a little TLC. Not so long ago a typical...

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Pearls - Information & Care

How to Take Care of Your Pearls: Pearls are unique as they are nature’s only organic gemstone. For yours to have lasting beauty, they need special care and attention.   Pearls are soft and can easily be scratched or damaged. Keep them separate from other jewelry in a pouch or felt-lined container. Pearls are also very porous compared to other gemstone surfaces. They can easily soak up skin oils, perfume, hairspray, etc., which dull their luster or brilliance. Put them on after applying toiletries. After wearing pearls, gently wipe them with a soft, damp cloth. For a more extensive cleaning,...

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Metals

Interesting Facts about Platinum Platinum is the rarest of precious metals (even more rare than gold!). Platinum is used in the production of nearly 20% of all consumer goods. During the last 20 years, however, demand for platinum jewelry has soared. Japan currently accounts for nearly half of platinum jewelry sales, but demand in the U.S. and China has risen quickly to match this demand. Platinum is desirable as a metal for use in jewelry because of its great tensile strength (which makes for the most secure stone settings) and a subtle sophistication that enhances the brilliance of diamonds. Nearly...

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The 4 C's of Diamonds

There is Nothing Quite Like a Diamond. From deep inside the earth comes a cherished object of adornment that is the hardest natural substance with the world’s best conductor of heat- five times more effective than the next best - silver. It is found in the most remote places on earth and takes about one ton of rock to recover less than half a carat of rough, making it the rarest and most desired gemstone in the world. No wonder it’s a symbol of commitment, longevity and love. Diamond Education Understanding the 4 C's - cut | clarity | color...

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Diamond Colors

Fancy Diamonds Fancy diamonds are graded by two factors. The hue (such as blue, yellow, pink, champagne, or orange) and the intensity. Grading is different with fancies than white diamonds. Faint to fancy vivid with fancy vivid being the rarer of the stones. Faint Very Light Light Fancy Light Fancy Fancy Dark Fancy Intense Fancy Deep Fancy Vivid Champagne Diamonds When selecting a champagne, chocolate, or cognac diamond, consider the same basic 4 C’s of white diamonds. Champagne, Cognac and chocolate diamonds come in all shapes. The particular combination of color, clarity, cut and carat determines the value of a...

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Diamond Shapes

The Oster Difference Although Oster Jewelers will gladly find a round brilliant for you, we actually specialize and are known for finding premium cut diamonds in fancy shapes. The round brilliant diamond stone will have 58 facets. Any style of diamond cutting other than the round brilliant is called a fancy cut or fancy shape. Oster diamonds highlight the finest cut in every shape, specializing in GIA-certified stones with excellent proportions, polish and symmetry. Step outside the traditional round brilliant and take a look at the unusual and remember there are different shapes for different hands and exquisite cuts for...

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