Get Ready to Roadtrip!

Whether you’re planning a big trip overseas, a meandering road trip in the mountains, or adventure at the beach, you may wonder about what jewelry to leave behind, what to bring and how to pack it.

Here are some useful travel jewelry tips we found.

A vacation is typically a break from routine and daily worries so most follow the rule of not bringing anything that you’ll worry about losing; and best to to leave expensive items or those with emotional value at home. However this doesn’t mean you should leave all jewelry at home since a vacation is a great time to wear fun outfits and accessorize.

A good tip is to stick with just a few neutral pieces — small hoop or stud earrings, a small pendant, a chain bracelet that will work with multiple outfits. But also throw in a few whimsical statement pieces. They’ll dress up even your most basic travel outfit.

What about your wedding band and engagement ring? Depending on your destination and activities, it’s often best to leave your engagement ring at home and wear just a less flashy wedding band.

Maybe you still want the look of your diamond engagement or wedding ring but don’t want to risk your own. Consider a look-a-like at a fraction of the cost. Colorless or “white” gems, like white topaz or crystal, can play the part of your pricier and more emotionally precious diamond jewelry.

If you do choose to travel with any fine jewelry, this is a good time to set up jewelry insurance for those pieces if you haven’t already.

How do you keep jewelry tangle-free, clean and organized to your destination?

Consider these tips for your next trip:

  • Travel jewelry case: If you travel frequently, it might make sense to invest in a travel organizer or roll made specifically for jewelry. It doesn’t have to be pricey, but a good travel jewelry case will have compartments to keep your individual jewelry items both organized and free from tangles and scratching.
  • Straws: Keep necklace chains tangle-free by slipping one end through a drinking straw then closing the clasp. Put all the straws in a toothbrush holder to keep your necklaces safe and contained. For a chunky necklace, follow the same process using a toilet paper tube.
  • Index cards: Keep earrings organized and easy-to-find by using a safety pin to poke holes through an index card then inserting earrings and sealing the backs. Wrap a cloth around the card then pack it with the rest of your jewelry.
  • Buttons: If you have spare buttons (especially larger ones), pair your earrings through the holes and seal the backs, one earring pair per button. When you’re packing for a trip, put the buttons you want to take in a small ziplock bag or wrap them in a small cloth for added protection.
  • Daily pill box: They are the perfect size for storing individual earrings, rings and even smaller bracelets and necklaces. By putting just one item (or earring pair) in a box, jewelry stays tangle-free and organized. And since the boxes are connected, you have all your jewelry in one place.
  • Small sealable snack cups: These are a great size for storing individual chunkier necklaces, bracelets or earrings, or a collection of earring-pair buttons wrapped in a small cloth.

    If you’re flying, pack jewelry in your carry-on bag. Checked bags have a much greater chance of getting lost.

    Just remember: You’re taking a vacation to relax and have fun, and to get away from your daily routine. Keep jewelry simple and inexpensive so it doesn’t get in the way.

     

    Happy travelling from The Gold Market Jewelers!

     

 

What do moms REALLY want? Look no further than the bedroom…

 

No, it’s not what you’re thinking! But in a very unscientific survey of 6,000 mothers about what moms REALLY want for Mother’s Day, nearly 70 percent agree they would prefer two extra hours of sleep over a piece of expensive jewelry. For the other 30%, we’ve got you covered at The Gold Market!

Moms also agree that a sentimental gift from their child is preferable to a massage or a fancy makeover. More than 60 percent of moms who took the survey agree that they’d prefer an adorable, hand-made card from their kids instead of a day at the spa.

Moms are torn, however, on whether their idea of a perfect Mother’s Day involves spending the day surrounded by their kids, or relaxing in quiet solitude. Of the moms who answered the survey question, the votes were split 50/50.

Here are the top things that moms said they would love for Mother’s Day:

  1. Sleep
  2. Jewelry
  3. Candy
  4. Phone call
  5. Scented candle
  6. Brunch/Dinner with the family
  7. A clean house
  8. Flowers
  9. Breakfast in bed
  10. Car wash

Thank Henry Ford . . it’s the weekend!

It’s been a long, busy week in our showroom and at the bench.

We love working and helping customers, but we also enjoy having some time off on the weekend.

Have you ever stopped to wonder who invented weekends? As much as we love weekends, would you believe that they’ve only been around for less than 100 years?

During the Industrial Revolution, factories needed to be running around the clock so employees during this era frequently worked between 10-16 hour days. In the 1920s however, it was Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company, that established the 5-day, 40-hour work week.

Even though the federal government didn’t begin to limit companies to a 40-hour work week until 1938, Ford began to give his factory workers a two-day weekend in the early 1900s.

Ford recognized that the economy got a boost if workers have a couple of days off each week to purchase goods and enjoy using them.

Hope you have a great weekend! The forecast calls for snow but you can still enjoy your time off! There is so much to do here in Longmont and in Boulder County.

Our dear friend, Peter owner of Anvil Distillery just stopped by to say hi. If you’re in the mood for amazing hand crafted spirits, check out their tasting room…you’ll be amazed!

Earth Day should be Every Day

For 47 years, Earth Day has inspired individuals to renew their commitment to environmental protection. People around the world get together to celebrate nature, get educated on environmental issues and learn how to live greener lives. A good time for contemplation and for making some small but significant changes.

            Reinventing the old

One way to be “green,” that can include being eco-conscious is upcycling or repurposing your old jewelry.

“Upcycling” is  taking something old and creating something new out of it.

Give cherished family heirlooms new life

Upcycle jewelry for Earth Day by cleaning out your jewelry box and finding ways to revitalize your treasures. If you’re able to bring new life to an old piece of jewelry, you’ll feel good about doing something good for the Earth.

We all know what the basis of Recycling is: a practice that takes an item and targets it for reuse, returning it back to the cycle of daily contribution to society rather than discarding it to trash. Think plastic bottles turned into carpet, toys or fleece.

Upcycling is described as reusing a material without degrading the quality and composition of the material for its next use.  The possibilities are endless with redesigning jewelry. Engagement rings can be turned into pendant necklaces, as can brooches and watches. Necklaces can be formed into earrings, rings, bracelets etc.

Jewelry is meant to be worn, so reinventing an older, heirloom into a piece of new jewelry that reflects your taste makes it more likely that you’ll wear it, and is a great way to keep the memories of loved ones alive.

Even cost-conscious and environmentally friendly brides are even choosing upcycled wedding dresses, which use old dresses to create new ones or accessories. It’s a great way to treasure family heirlooms while incorporate your own personal style.

Here are a few tips and ideas to help breathe new life into an older piece of jewelry:

1. Wear it in a new way. Take an old chunky necklace and wrap it around your wrist instead and it becomes a bracelet. How about using a brooch as a hair ornament or pendant. Pierced or clip earrings, either single or a pair, can be attached to a jacket as a decorative accent.

2. Reimagine an old piece. If pieces that are too small, fragile, or damaged to be worn such as a dainty diamond watch that is too small for the wrist or a vintage diamond brooch, think about attaching to a wide gold cuff.

3. Turn a larger piece of jewelry into several smaller ones. The gems in a statement necklace can become earrings. Diamonds in a large cocktail ring or brooch could be used to make a pendant with matching earrings, etc.

4. Change the metal. A colorless diamond set in platinum or white gold band will make the diamond appear whiter and give the piece a contemporary feel.

5. Repurpose the gemstones in a new piece. Mount them in a new piece of your own desigm and create a piece of jewelry that will become an heirloom for future generations that still has ties to the past. You can also divide the gemstones among siblings and other loved ones, so everyone can share the memories, and create their own heirlooms.

If you decide to remove the gems from a piece, consider sending them to an independent laboratory like GIA for examination, before having them reset. A diamond grading report, or gemological report for colored stones, will document what the stone is, whether it is natural or synthetic and if there are any detectable treatments. This information is key for the appraiser to determine the stones’ value for appraisal and insurance purposes; In addition, knowing how the gems were treated will help the jeweler determine the best way to handle the stones during setting, repair and cleaning.

6. Make it fresh and wearable again. Sometimes all a piece of heirloom jewelry needs is a “tune up”. Bring in your vintage or antique treasure to make sure no gemstones are loose and to give it a proper cleaning. The piece may have a patina (oxidized film) that you may or may not want removed.

Even if you don’t own any heirloom jewelry, you can always acquire a piece that was preowned. Just follow these GIA tips for purchasing estate jewelry. These treasures can be restored or reimagined to create your own piece of history and become a memento to pass on to loved ones.

Buy Local! Gold and Silver Coins for investment

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Invest in GOLD and SILVER locally at The Gold Market Jewelers, and put your investment in your hip pocket. Call Joe with over 45 years’ experience.

The Gold Market Jewelers, at 17th & Pace next to Safeway

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Serving customers with their investment needs in Longmont, Firestone, Mead, Berthoud, Lyons, Niwot, Boulder and beyond

Do your Christmas Shopping in your Pajamas!

It’s getting cold outside, so The Gold Market Jewelers now let’s you shop in the comfort of your home.

Browse items you like from our website and get confirmation from us via email regarding availability, and instructions on payment.

Best of all, most items are available next day after payment*

But don’t wait too long…only 27 days until Christmas!

How do I do this?
1. Just go to www.LongmontJewelers.com
2. Click on PRODUCTS
3. Choose a CATEGORY (Example: Jewelry, Rings, Diamonds, Watches, etc.)
4. Scroll down to search by KEYWORDS or Look through PHOTOS and select what you like.
5. To add items to your wish list, click ADD TO QUOTE (Green Bar at bottom of Description)
6. Next, click on VIEW QUOTE (just above the “Search” window of any item)
7. You will have option to SUBMIT INQUIRY or Continue Shopping
8. When you’re done, Submit Inquiry will ask for your NAME, PHONE and EMAIL
9. Click SEND
10. We will send you a confirmation with availability.

That’s all!
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at: info@thegoldmarketjewelers.com

Also, please note our extended Holiday Hours on Saturday, from 10am -6pm

 

Have a wonderful week!

 

*Based on availability and if payment is processed before 3pm MT

The Gold Market Jewelers, located at 17th & Pace, next to Safeway. Happily serving customers from Longmont, Firestone, Berthoud, Mead, Lyons, Niwot, Boulder and beyond.

 

Celebrate Love!

 

Mother’s day is only a few weeks away, and what better way to express your love for Mom by giving her the gift of jewelry.

Here are some of our favorite gift ideas available at our store:

♥ a custom made Ring or Pendant with the birthstones of each child

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♥♥ a personalized family pendant

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♥♥♥ a Pandora charm bracelet with Mom’s favorite things (gardening, music, art, sports teams she loves, countries where she’s traveled, initials of her kids, charms that say “Loving Mom,” heart charms that say “I love you”)

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♥♥♥♥ a stylish Seiko solar watch so she’ll never have to change a battery again

 

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♥♥♥♥♥ a Rhythm musical motion clock that plays a delightful tune and rotates every hour. The best thing about this clock is that it detects evening and does not play in the middle of night!

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♥♥♥♥♥♥ and finally, from our newest vendor, Ostbye, we recommend a pair of Shimmering Diamond Earrings, Ring or Pendant, featuring an innovative setting technique which allows the diamond to be in motion, so every move made is reflected in everlasting shimmer. When wearing Shimmering Diamonds, nothing will shine quite like her. Offered in an array of styles and prices, Shimmering Diamonds is sure to be loved and admired and make Mom sparkle with joy.

Stop by The Gold Market Jewelers and let us help you celebrate love for the special person in your life this Mother’s Day!

The Gold Market Jewelers, happily serving customers from Longmont, Niwot, Firestone, Mead, Lyons, Berthoud, Boulder and beyond.

For 2015 Pantone Color of the Year, think Garnet!

Pantone Marsala

The International color authority, Pantone announced that the 2015 Color of the Year is “Marsala, a naturally robust and earthy wine red.”

“Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.”

 

Leatrice Eiseman
Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

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It’s already hit the runways and you’ll see lots of this color coming this year. If you plan on investing in Marsala-colored fashions, try pairing with grays, pinks and pale blues. Also neutrals like taupe, golden yellow and green-blue such as turquoise and teal, and will all complement Marsala.

If you’re not ready to invest in too much of the color, you can also just accessorize with Pantone’s Color of the Year, with shoes, pillows, or our favorite:  jewelry.

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The air is crisp and leaves are bright and yellow…

 

 

This reminds us of the two birthstones for November: Topaz and Citrine.

Topaz is available in a rich rainbow of colors. The most prized color is Imperial Topaz, named after the Russian Czars of the 1800s with a magnificent orange body with pinkish undertones. Topaz also comes in yellow, pink, purple, orange and blue.

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Citrine is known as the “healing quartz.” This golden gemstone is known to support vitality and health while bringing hope, energy and warmth to the wearer. Citrine comes in a number of shades from pastel yellow to dark brown orange. Good news: it’s one of the most affordable of gemstones and plentiful in nature! Citrine is mostly found in Brazil, Bolivia and Spain.

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The Gold Market Jewelers has a variety of Topaz and Citrine earrings, rings and necklaces to choose from. Celebrate the colors of November and of the Fall in style… and Happy Birthday to all Scorpios and early Sagittarius!

The Gold Market Jewelers, authorized dealer of Pandora jewelry, Bulova and Seiko watches, Lashbrook Rings, Endless Design and Rhythm Small World musical clocks.

We’re located at 17th & Pace, next to Safeway and happily serve customers with fine jewelry and repair needs from Longmont, Firestone, Mead, Berthoud, Lyons, Niwot, Boulder and beyond.

 

Topaz is a gemstone available in a rich rainbow of colors. Prized for several thousand years in antiquity, all yellow gems in antiquity were called topaz. Often confused with citrine quartz (yellow) and smoky quartz (brown), quartz and topaz are separate and unrelated mineral species. The most prized color of topaz is called Imperial topaz after the Russian Czars of the 1800s and features a magnificent orange body color with pinkish undertones. Topaz also comes in yellow, pink, purple, orange, and the many popular blue tones. – See more at: http://www.americangemsociety.org/november-birthstones#sthash.ZzIqVZKm.dpuf
Topaz is a gemstone available in a rich rainbow of colors. Prized for several thousand years in antiquity, all yellow gems in antiquity were called topaz. Often confused with citrine quartz (yellow) and smoky quartz (brown), quartz and topaz are separate and unrelated mineral species. The most prized color of topaz is called Imperial topaz after the Russian Czars of the 1800s and features a magnificent orange body color with pinkish undertones. Topaz also comes in yellow, pink, purple, orange, and the many popular blue tones. – See more at: http://www.americangemsociety.org/november-birthstones#sthash.ZzIqVZKm.dpuf
Topaz is a gemstone available in a rich rainbow of colors. Prized for several thousand years in antiquity, all yellow gems in antiquity were called topaz. Often confused with citrine quartz (yellow) and smoky quartz (brown), quartz and topaz are separate and unrelated mineral species. The most prized color of topaz is called Imperial topaz after the Russian Czars of the 1800s and features a magnificent orange body color with pinkish undertones. Topaz also comes in yellow, pink, purple, orange, and the many popular blue tones. – See more at: http://www.americangemsociety.org/november-birthstones#sthash.ZzIqVZKm.dpuf

October Bracelet Event Starts Today!

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Stop by The Gold Market Jewelers for a *Free Pandora Leather or Multi-String Bracelet, starting today through Saturday. Many colors to choose from and great way to get a head start for those on your Christmas gift list who love Pandora!

The Gold Market Jewelers on 17th & Pace, next to Safeway. Serving customers in Longmont, Lyons, Berthoud, Firestone, Niwot and beyond.

*With purchase of $100 of Pandodra jewelry