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!

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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3-D Custom Design Jewelry demo

Please enjoy this video demonstration on the 3-D software we use for Custom Design Rings and Pendants.

Create the jewelry you want within minutes.

Bring your inspiration and we can design it for you–or help you be the designer.

Totally Ear-resistible!

We had a delightful visit from 3 little girls–best friends who wanted to get their ear pierced together. Our store was bursting with excitement and giggles as they each took the big step into the world of wearing cute and fashionable earrings.

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They decided that they wanted to match, choosing the same sparkly blue for their first pair of  earrings.

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It was great to be part of their special day!

Getting your ear pierced is a rite of passage and what a wonderful way to celebrate by being surrounded by friends and family . . . ear-resistible!

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Rare Colorful Diamonds

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Only about one in every 10,000 diamonds possesses natural color and is referred to as a fancy color diamond.

They come in a variety of colors including yellow, brown, gray, blue, green, black, pink, violet, orange, purple or red.

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Fancy color diamonds are graded in two ways. The first factor considered is the stone’s basic hue, such as pink, yellow, blue, green, etc. The second is the diamond’s intensity.

Both color characteristics form the basis for determining a fancy colored diamond’s worth.

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It’s time for Spring Cleaning! What treasures will you find in your drawers?

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One of our favorite things to do is helping customers with a jewelry restyle or diamond remount, transforming pieces of jewelry that they no longer wear, into something new that they love and wear all the time.

You can call it Restyling, Remounting, Reusing or even Recycling your old jewelry. It is the process of taking a diamond or colored stone out of its current setting, and remounting it into a new Ring, Pendant or Earring. Because sometimes you just need a change!

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Silver makes great jewelry and can even save your life someday! Read on…

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Many people love silver, but pure silver is too soft to be used in jewelry. Pure silver will also tarnish very quickly requiring a lot of maintenance. Silver is usually available as 92.5% pure silver alloy referred to as sterling silver. The other 7.5 % metal alloy  such as copper and nickel are added to improve strength, luster and reduce tarnishing. Continue reading

Happy GREEN 2-0-1-3!

We are thrilled that “Emerald” Green, also known as PANTONE 17-5641, is the color of the year for 2013.

It is often seen in brilliant, square-cut precious gemstones and Pantone is counting on its association with the color of growth, renewal and prosperity. Continue reading

World’s Most Accurate and Innovative Watch: The Bulova Precisionist


It’s that time again– time to turn your clocks and watches back an hour. It’s also a good time to check to make sure your time piece is keeping accurate time. Most of the top quartz watches are accurate to 15 seconds/month. However, if you are the proud owner of a Bulova Precisionist, it maintains accuracy to 10 seconds a year! Continue reading