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SUMMER TRAVEL JEWELRY CARE

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The 21st of June is just a week away, and with temperatures soaring, summer is close enough to touch! Here at NYC Wholesale Diamonds our president Keith Saxe has been helping clients deal with issues that arise from not being prepared to care for their treasured jewelry for over a quarter century. Here is some extremely useful information that will help prevent any issues before they occur.

Weekend getaways, jaunts to the beach, and full-fledged vacations are perks that pretty much come with the territory during the summer months, so it’s no wonder that summer fashion tips such as what to wear, what to pack, what to buy—are at the forefront of our minds right now.

One thing, though, that’s not quite as readily on our radar is the idea of jewelry, and how the summer months might affect our pieces. Namely, how we can protect our beloved rings, jewelry, necklaces, and earrings from the season’s elements, and how we can keep them secure while jetting off somewhere sun-filled.

Our jewelry can take a serious bruising when exposed to summer activities such as lounging in the sand, applying suntan lotion, and traveling. Whether your summer plans include a weekend trip or a week abroad. Here are some helpful hints to keep in mind while you enjoy the beauty of summer:

1. Sunbathe without your Gems
Sunscreen can coat gemstones, which reduces refractive and reflective light. Essentially, this means your stones won’t be as brilliant or bling-y. To avoid this, leave your fine pieces at home if you’re heading to the beach or the pool for the day, and be sure clean them regularly all summer. Check NYC Diamond Blog’s post for tips on regular Diamond Jewelry maintenance.

 2. Organization is key when traveling.
When jumbled together, your jewelry doesn’t always get along. For example, a diamond can scratch a pearl, and a bracelet can get caught on a necklace, so always pack pieces in individual soft cloth pouches or lined jewelry boxes to prevent scratching, dulling, and the dreaded tangling of chains.

3. Keep it safe.
When selecting a hotel, be sure that safe deposit boxes are available. Never leave fine jewelry unattended in a hotel room, a rental car, or on a lounge chair—even if you’re just popping over to the bar for a mojito.

4. Shopping for something new? Do your research.
Oftentimes, vacation destinations are also prime shopping destinations, so if you get the urge to commemorate your trip with a new fine jewelry purchase make sure you’re buying from a jeweler that’s been in business for several years. When in doubt, check a retailer’s reputation and rating with the Better Business Bureau and ask for an appraisal. The appraisal should always have the store’s letterhead, and a clear signature of a member of store management.

5. Before you go away, be sure your jewelry is adequately insured.
If you decide to bring an especially valuable piece on vacation—perhaps your engagement ring, a pricey watch, or a family heirloom—always be sure it is fully insured. Always obtain insurance through your homeowners or renters policy, it is safe and more affordable than you would imagine.

A unique, personal jeweler who works nationwide, Keith Saxe is GIA and FIT trained and has been a trusted high end diamond jewelry specialist for 29 years. He is the founder and president ​of NYC Wholesale Diamonds located at 47 West 47th Street, Suite 3A, in the New York City Diamond District. His website is www.NYCWD.com and he authors a blog at www.NYCDiamondBlog.com. Keith has recently been named to The Diamond Council of America, is a member of the Jewelers Board of Trade, and Jewelers of America. He offers GIA Certified Ideal Cut Diamonds,​ and state of the art fine jewelry designs at low wholesale prices. Keith has been named the N.Y. Diamond District’s Favorite Jeweler by the N.Y. Post’s Savvy Shopper column, had his diamond education articles published, been recommended in the New York Times, national gift reporter Robyn Spizman’s ‘Perfect Present Guide’ and ‘The GIFTionary’, as well as having his Diamond Halo Engagement Ring design featured on ‘The Knot.’’

 

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Sienna Miller Shines with her Diamond Bracelets at Cartier Bash

Sienna Miller found a posh way to dress up her white beaded boho frock at the Cartier Fifth Avenue Mansion reopening party in Manhattan Wednesday.

The 34-year-old Golden Globe nominee – who relies on stylist Kate Young – glittered in diamond earrings, bracelets, a ring, and silver kitten heels.

‘I think she has really good style, and I would love to take credit for it, but it’s mostly her,’ the 40-year-old former assistant to Anna Wintour told Vanity Fair last year.

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‘She has great taste, but I think that her career has changed a little bit in the last year and a half.

‘She’s in really serious movies, and she’s doing really serious acting roles and doing an amazing job in them. So I like to think the fashion just relates to her career.’

Not seen with the High-Rise actress was her four-year-old daughter Marlowe with former fiancé, Remainder actor Tom Sturridge.

Sienna will likely attend the October 15 world premiere of her next film – The Lost City of Z – which closes the 54th New York Film Festival.

In the 1925-set Amazon adventure drama, the Manhattan-born Brit plays Nina, the wife of British explorer Percival Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam).

According to Deadline, Amazon Studios is ‘in negotiations’ to buy the US rights, while Studiocanal nabbed international distribution.

Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson also star in The Lost City of Z, which was produced by Brad Pitt and based on the 2009 David Grann book.

Article courtesy of  The Daily Mail

A unique, personal jeweler who works nationwide, Keith Saxe is GIA and FIT trained and has been a trusted high end diamond jewelry specialist for 27 years. He is the founder and president ​of NYC Wholesale Diamonds located at 47 West 47th Street Suite 3A in the New York City Diamond District. His website is www.NYCWD.com and he authors a blog www.NYCDiamondBlog.com. ​Keith has recently been named to The Diamond Council of America, is a member of the Jewelers Board of Trade, and Jewelers of America​. He offers GIA Certified Ideal Cut Diamonds,​and state of the art fine jewelry designs at low wholesale prices. Keith has been named the N.Y. Diamond District’s Favorite Jeweler by the N.Y. Post’s Savvy Shopper column, had his diamond education articles published, been recommended in the New York Times, national gift reporter Robyn Spizman’s ‘Perfect Present Guide’ and ‘The GIFTionary’, as well as having his Diamond Halo Engagement Ring design featured on ‘The Knot.’

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The ULTIMATE PUSH GIFTS for New Mothers

Take it from this father, grandfather (I prefer Pappa), and jeweler with 28 years experience – Push Presents are a very, very wise idea!

‘Push Present’ is a gift a husband gives to his wife to mark the occasion of her giving birth to their child. In practice the present may be given before or after the birth, or even in the delivery room.

According to Linda Murray, the executive editor of BabyCenter, “It’s an expectation of Moms these days that they deserve something for bearing the burden of childbirth. Other sources trace the development of the present from the increased involvement of the man in pregnancy, making them more informed of the pain and difficulty of pregnancy and labor.”

Here at NYCWD, we take pride in helping every expectant father find the perfect push gift. Many soon to be mothers also let us know their desires for this romantic gift just in case their man reaches out to us.

The following represent a small sample of appropriate, and state of the art push gift designs:

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NE4515  Dangling Cushion Shaped Diamond Cluster Earrings

$1,450

 

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NE8150  GIA Certified 1.60 Carat Brilliant Cut Round Diamond Stud Earrings, Highest Excellent Cut Grade, I Color and SI2 Clarity

$5,985

 

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NB3994   Diamond Bangle Bracelet, Stackable

$1,350

 

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P381E  Our Premier Two Carat Diamond Cluster Earrings

$2,975

 

 

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NP4471  Diamond Tear Drop Cluster Pendant and Chain

$850

 

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NR3143  Diamond Cluster Ring

$975

 

 

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  P639  Our Unique One Carat Diamond Pendant

$1,750

 

 

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P4516E  Dangling Circular Diamond Cluster Earrings

$1,550

 

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NP4944  Multi Color Gold Diamond Pendant and Chain

$985

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$12,500

 

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NE4475  Diamond Bezel Cluster Earrings

$985

 

 

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PF1503  Our Premier GIA Certified One Carat Diamond Halo Necklace with Highest Excellent Cut Grade, I Color, SI1 Clarity 

$8,500

 

 

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NE8195  GIA Certified 3.00 Carat Brilliant Cut Round Diamond Stud Earrings in Martini Settings, Highest Excellent Cut Grade, I Color and SI2 Clarity

$18,500

I Offer My Clients the Finest Selection Of Diamonds, Engagement Ring Designs, And Custom Wedding Bands All At The Lowest Wholesale Prices!

My Exclusive Personal Consultation To You Includes:

* An informative lesson on the quality, pricing, and certification of diamonds.
* Locating the perfect, ideal cut diamond for maximum, spectacular brilliance.
* Finding and/or custom designing the perfect ring setting for the diamond.
* Advice on immediate protection by the least expensive insurance options.
* Advice on the actual proposal as its romantic significance will last a lifetime!
* A complete selection of custom designed diamond and men’s wedding bands.

Our promise is to always offer ideal cut diamonds that display maximum brilliance at all times. Round, Princess, Cushion, Asscher, Radiant Cuts in quality designs hand made in gold and platinum.

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A unique, personal jeweler who works nationwide, Keith Saxe is GIA and FIT trained and has been a trusted high end diamond jewelry specialist for 28 years. He is the founder and president ​of NYC Wholesale Diamonds located at 47 West 47th Street Suite 3A in the New York City Diamond District. His website is www.NYCWD.com and he authors a blog at www.NYCDiamondBlog.com. Keith has recently been named to The Diamond Council of America, is a member of the Jewelers Board of Trade, and Jewelers of America. He offers GIA Certified Ideal Cut Diamonds,​ and state of the art fine jewelry designs at low wholesale prices. Keith has been named the N.Y. Diamond District’s Favorite Jeweler by the N.Y. Post’s Savvy Shopper column, had his diamond education articles published, been recommended in the New York Times, national gift reporter Robyn Spizman’s ‘Perfect Present Guide’ and ‘The GIFTionary’, as well as having his Diamond Halo Engagement Ring design featured on ‘The Knot.’

 

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NYCWD’s Latest Google+ Review

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” I stumbled upon Keith Saxe while researching options for engagement rings and am thrilled that I did. The process was smooth and very educational. Keith takes the time to walk you through all aspects of diamonds and does not apply any pressure for you to make a decision. He also did not show me anything above my price range, which shows his ethics. The ring I bought turned out gorgeous and my (now) fiance absolutely loves it. You won’t beat his prices, nor will you beat the experience. If I could rate higher than 5 stars, I would. “
 
– Kevin B.

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Diamond Care & Cleaning – Easier Than You Think!

Last updated: 08/09/2016

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Lore says the world’s first diamond was discovered 6,000 years ago. They have dazzled both commoner and royalty alike, and in myth are associated with the gods. They passed on into the mythos surrounding thrones and crowns studded with fabulous stones, to be looted by invaders who lusted after treasure. Known as the hardest substance in the world, although they are not indestructible. Diamonds can be cut or polished only by another diamond, but a strong blow is enough to make a chip on them. Here are some tips on keeping your diamond jewelry sparkling and lustrous as ever.

After an evening of black cocktail gowns, champagne and attracting envious stares, when you are putting that diamond tiara away in your safe, make sure they aren’t kept next to other jewelry pieces since this can cause scratches. A velvet- or satin-lined jewelry case with separate compartments is recommended, separate jewelry boxes will work perfectly as well. If you love your diamonds take the time to individually wrap each piece in soft tissue paper or use jewelry pouches for each piece.

It is important to regularly inspect your diamond jewelry to ensure that the mounting of the stones is secure. Immediately consult a professional jeweler if any signs of damage or loosening of the prongs are detected. Always remove the item and store it in a bag or pouch until you bring it to your jeweler if a loose stone is detected.  Remember, diamonds don’t fall off rings on their own, and precious metals don’t get scratched and dented by themselves. Those who really care for their stones get their diamond jewelry examined at least once a year by a professional jeweler. This is not only to get any necessary repair work done, but also your jeweler will clean the diamonds in their settings in an expert manner.

Never wear your diamonds to bed. Take off that ring because while you’re asleep, and a prong in the mounting gets caught in the bed linen, the 1mm claw is subjected to the pressure of your body weight if you turn over. Bedtime pastimes of more intimate nature are best done with the stones off. Similarly, remove diamond jewelry before you take a shower; soap will deposit a film on the stones which has a dulling effect. Neither should you wash your ring in the sink—there is the risk of it going down the drain. Instead, put it down in a secure place (for those who insist on holding it between your teeth, do this gently). Here’s a simple way to ensure the stones are safe: every week, look sideways at the prongs of the ring as you rotate it. They all should have contact with the diamond. You can also inspect the center diamond in your engagement ring by tapping it gently with a tweezer, if any movement is detected remove it immediately. Remove fluff caught in the prongs gently.

Always wear diamonds after you have put on your creams, skin oils, perfumes and hairspray. Lotions, powders and soaps, apart from the natural oils from your skin, will create a film on diamonds, which will reduce their brilliance. Plus, chemicals in the air will oxidize or discolor the settings. Keeping your jewelry clean will maximize its brilliance. Along with these, household chemicals can also cause deposits that will dull your diamond’s brilliance and sparkle. When you discover that your diamond jewelry is not sparkling enough, soak or boil them in a solution of water mixed with a few drop of ammonia. Or do some gentle scrubbing with an old, soft-bristled toothbrush for more extensive cleaning. Then rinse the piece and dry it with a clean soft cloth.

It is important for the genuine diamond-lover to keep diamonds looking their very best. Touch the center diamonds in your pieces as little as possible because the oil in your skin will be transferred from the fingers and change the luster of the stones.

THE BEST METHOD FOR CLEANING YOUR DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING AT HOME

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The most effective method of keeping your diamond engagement ring sparkling clean may sound odd at first. Just place your ring, or other diamond jewelry in a boiling pot of water, adding 5 to 10% ammonia for five to ten minutes. Always let the water cool before removing the ring. Then place the ring in a cup of cool water for another ten to twenty minutes. This allows any remaining ammonia to diffuse off the ring eliminating the possibility of a film. Just wipe the base of your ring dry with a napkin, or paper towel and once again enjoy its beauty!

An alternative, although less effective method is to just drop your ring in an ammonia jewelry cleaning solution overnight. In the morning, take the ring from the solution and use a soft, clean toothbrush to brush it in order to remove leftover dirt accumulated over the week. One should be careful while scrubbing the fragile settings of the stones with a toothbrush; diamonds always love the soft touch. Afterwards, wash the stones with water (or let them sit in a cup of cool water for 20 minutes) and wipe with a soft, lint-free cloth.

Harsh cleaning solutions can damage your diamonds. Strictly avoid contact with chlorine or abrasives when cleaning diamonds, especially those that are set. The metals often used in diamond settings will be eroded by these harmful cleaning agents, and the prongs may come loose. Some of them are strong enough to even  dissolve the metal completely, and your jewelry is ruined.

Many scientifically advanced jewelers use ultrasonic cleaners to remove dirt and grime that have collected on diamonds. The machine sends high-frequency sonic waves through a detergent solution which causes the fluid to vibrate to remove the encrustations. Amateurs can buy these machines too, but its best used by a professional jeweler since the sound  waves can also shake the diamonds loose from their setting, especially if the work is delicate and fragile.

A unique, personal jeweler who works nationwide, Keith Saxe is GIA and FIT trained and has been a trusted high end diamond jewelry specialist for 28 years. He is the founder and president ​of NYC Wholesale Diamonds located at 47 West 47th Street, Suite 3A, in the New York City Diamond District. His website is www.NYCWD.com and he authors a blog at www.NYCDiamondBlog.com. Keith has recently been named to The Diamond Council of America, is a member of the Jewelers Board of Trade, and Jewelers of America. He offers GIA Certified Ideal Cut Diamonds,​ and state of the art fine jewelry designs at low wholesale prices. Keith has been named the N.Y. Diamond District’s Favorite Jeweler by the N.Y. Post’s Savvy Shopper column, had his diamond education articles published, been recommended in the New York Times, national gift reporter Robyn Spizman’s ‘Perfect Present Guide’ and ‘The GIFTionary’, as well as having his Diamond Halo Engagement Ring design featured on ‘The Knot.’

 

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Keith’s New Radiant Cut Diamond Announcement

We are now proud to represent the prestigious domain RadiantCut.Diamonds

It is an honor and a privilege to now carry this key Radiant Cut Diamond domain name. We have specialized in this magnificent diamond cut for over 20 years. It was my honor to call Henry Grossbard, the inventor of the Radiant Cut, my friend. We respect his memory by offering only the most ideal GIA certified radiant cut diamonds in the world as a key component of our inventory.

The following designs are current styles we offer as part of our vast inventory of loose GIA certified Radiant Cut diamonds, and custom ring designs to best complement these heirloom quality diamonds.

NYCWD WILL CLOSE FOR WHOLESALE JEWELRY INDUSTRY VACATION JULY 2, AND RE-OPEN MONDAY, JULY 11

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GIA Certified 2.33 carat, G color, VS2 clarity, Excellent Polish, Excellent Symmetry Radiant Cut set in custom designed white gold ring $25,550
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GIA Certified 2.06 carat, G color, VS2 clarity, Excellent Polish, Excellent Symmetry Radiant Cut set in custom designed white gold diamond trapezoid ring $23,850

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Unique Radiant Cut Wedding/Anniversary Band with 6.00 carats, G color, VS2 clarity matched diamonds in custom designed platinum common prong setting $19,500

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Our most popular GIA certified Radiant Cut Diamond Halo Pendant custom designed in platinum or white, rose or yellow gold starting at $7,500

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GIA Certified 4.12 carat, Fancy Yellow Radiant Cut set in custom designed platinum ring with 2.00 carats Diamond Trillions $64,500

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GIA Certified 3.46 carat, G color, VS1 clarity, Excellent Polish, Very Good Symmetry Radiant Cut set in custom designed platinum diamond halo ring $58,800

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Extremely Rare GIA Certified 5.01 carat carat, H color, SI1 clarity, Original Radiant Cut loose diamond $69,500

 

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GIA Certified 1.55 carat, H color, VS2 clarity, Excellent Polish, Excellent Symmetry Radiant Cut set in custom designed white gold ring $13,850
Matching Pave Diamond Wedding Band available

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GIA Certified 2.08 carat, I color, VS2 clarity, Excellent Polish, Excellent Symmetry Radiant Cut set in custom designed hand engraved diamond halo white gold ring $13,885

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GIA Certified 3.02 carat, E color, VS1 clarity, Excellent Polish, Excellent Symmetry Radiant Cut set in custom designed elite diamond halo and trapezoid platinum ring $67,750

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GIA Certified 3.54 carat, H color, VS1 clarity, Excellent Polish, Excellent Symmetry Radiant Cut set in custom designed tapered diamond bullet platinum ring $59,850

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GIA Certified 2.61 carat, Fancy Intense Yellow, VS1 clarity Radiant Cut in custom designed platinum ring with 1.50 carats Diamond Trillions $24,850

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Our most popular Radiant Cut Diamond Hanging Halo Earrings custom designed in platinum or white, rose or yellow gold starting at $3,500

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Our most popular Radiant Cut Diamond Tennis Bracelet custom designed in platinum or white, rose or yellow gold starting at $12,500

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