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How to is a category that does exactly what it says. It shows you how to do things yourself! Whether you’re trying to figure out how to tell if a Rolex is real, how to tell if a Cartier Love bracelet is real, how to clean jewelry at home, how to spot a fake Rolex Milgauss, how to tell if a Hublot is real, or any other jewelry & watch related “how to” guides, we’ve got plenty for you to choose from!

How Much Should I Spend on An Engagement Ring?

Proposing to the love of your life is a once in a lifetime experience. There is no experience quite like the moment when you lay your love on the line for someone you want to spend the rest of your life with. For this reason, many men will put a great deal of thought into all the details of their proposal: where he will propose, what he will say, what the ring will look like, and numerous other considerations that must be thought about in advance. When it comes to choosing the right engagement ring, there are a number of things to consider. While price is not the most romantic aspect of the proposal, it is nevertheless something every man has to think about, and at some point, he’ll ask himself “How Much Should I Spend on An Engagement Ring?” Money spent on an engagement ring is money that cannot be spent on a wedding, honeymoon, or down payment on a house. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend your life’s savings to get engagement rings in Boca Raton.

Round Brilliant Halo Style Engagement Ring Set in a Cushion Shaped Halo

Round Brilliant Halo Style Engagement Ring Set in a Cushion Shaped Halo

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How to Clean Jewelry at Home Safely

Cleaning fine jewelry is easier now than it’s ever been. Expensive professional cleanings are no longer the norm now that there are products on the market that make it quick and easy to clean fine jewelry at home.

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Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaners

An ultrasonic cleaner uses sound waves and liquid to safely and effectively clean delicate items such as jewelry, eyeglasses and even DVDs. Some types of ultrasonic cleaners use chemicals, others use regular tap water. It’s the sound wave technology that actually instigates the cleaning. Sound waves cause disturbances in the liquid, causing bubbles to form and cling to the jewelry. The bubbles penetrate small cracks and crevices and dislodge any particles of dirt. This type of jewelry cleaner is safe for gold, silver, platinum and hard gemstones such as diamonds. Soft, porous stones — pearls and opals can suffer damage from an ultrasonic cleaning.

Steam Jewelry Cleaners

Steam cleaners are another option — and one of the more expensive home methods of cleaning jewelry. These small machines run your jewelry through a gentle chemical soak, followed by a hot rinse cycle and steam bath. Steam cleaners are recommended for use on metals and hard gemstones.

Jewelry Cleaning Solutions

Those jars of jewelry cleaner that you find on the shelf in the jewelry department at your local department store probably contain surfactants. Surfactants loosen the dirt and grime that cling to jewelry, allowing them to be gently washed away with water. Usually, the jar contains a dip tray where you place your jewelry to be cleaned as you submerge it in the solution. A gentle soak and brushing is all that’s needed to safely clean gold, silver, metals and hard gemstones. Again, pearls should not be cleaned with traditional surfactants unless the label specifies.

Homemade Cleaners

There are also a variety of kitchen products you can use to clean jewelry, such as:

  • white vinegar,
  • baking soda, and even
  • ketchup.

Most homemade cleaning agents are safe for metal and hard gemstones.

How To Spot a Fake Rolex Presidential

Rolex is easily the most counterfeited watch brand. This is simply due to its immense popularity. Black market counterfeiters love to knock off Rolex, be it a Submariner, a Milgauss, or even a fake Rolex President. Fake Rolex Submariners are a dime a dozen (Figuratively. A good fake will still set you back a couple hundred) but it’s not every day we see a fake ladies Rolex. This fake Rolex Presidential Ladies Datejust came with a customer who wanted to sell Rolex watches. Unfortunately, one was a fake! We snapped some pics in our never-ending quest for customer education.

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In this overall shot, you can see some of the fake Rolex’s most glaring flaws. The first & most noticeable is the mottled “gold” – you can see the stainless steel peeking through on the links, the fluted bezel, and the crown.

fake rolex presidential, ladies president rolex, gold rolex presidential, rolex replicaThe case, in this close up, also gives the fake away. You can see that the angles on the lugs are too long and the bracelet’s first linked are oddly stretched for some reason. You can also see that the lettering is imperfect on the Rolex logo (always a giveaway, remember?) Moreover, the markers are wrong (too fat, wrong color), the second hands are also too wide, the date window (and date lettering) looks sloppy, and the striation on the dial is too obvious. The real Rolex’s champagne dial is smooth with very faint lines that can only be seen upon closer inspection.

Rolex ladies presidential, rolex presidential bracelet, how to tell rolex realFrom the side, you can see that the fake’s lines are more jagged, the case back doesn’t flow seamlessly into the case and bracelet. The lugs are too pointy (see how the Rolex’s gently slope down very smoothly to meet the bracelet?) The crown is one of the worst offenders – it’s the wrong color, size and thickness. You can also see the cyclops protruding way to far up from the “crystal” on the fake. The fluted bezel is also too jagged, with the peaks looking rough (and again with stainless steel poking through.)

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The bracelet on this fake is pretty bad too. It’s common for Presidential bracelets to stretch, but the space between the links grows – not the width of the links themselves! These are too thick, too roughly-hewn, and the clasp is all wrong.

Rolex Presidential, fake ladies prez, rolex pres, rolex ral vs. fakeThis shot of the opened clasp shows yet another glaringly obvious flaw – every Rolex presidential bracelet in yellow gold has a rose gold clasp. This fake has a clasp that’s the same brassy yellow as the rest of the watch. You can also see that the green sticker on the back of the fake is a lurid shade of neon green (we left this shot unedited so you can see the coloring difference. With flaws this obvious it wasn’t necessary to open the case to even look at the movement to authenticate it, unlike that fake Milgauss we showed you last year. But there’s one more issue we’ll address, just in case you ever run into a Rolex you think might be fake.

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You can see the engraving on the fake Rolex clasp is off. While this fake actually did get the placement of all the elements right, the technique is flawed, and as we all know, Rolex doesn’t make mistakes. The Rolex insignia is much too small, the MPN’s letter is too close to the digits and the engraving should be the same color as the metal – not darker.

How to do Out of State Watch Repairs

For various reasons, you may find yourself in need of an out-of-state watch repair workshop. Whether you live in a remote area, your local jeweler isn’t equipped or authorized to service your watch brand, or you’d like to have your watch repaired for less, you may need to send your watch for out of state repairs. And while the thought of sending a valuable luxury watch through the mail may be disconcerting at first, rest assured that it can (and has been) done.

Rolex Gents Two Tone Datejust Tapestry Dial Watch

Rolex Gents Two Tone Datejust Tapestry Dial Watch

We perform out of state watch repairs daily, and following these easy steps will ensure your favorite timepiece is serviced and ticking again in no time.

  1. Get quotes from local jewelers. If you live near a jeweler or authorized watch workshop, it’s best to check locally first so you can compare prices before sending your watch.
  2. Reach out to an expert jeweler. You should be able to call or email them, or fill out a form on their website. Likely, their watchmakers will first need to see your watch to determine the cost and turnaround time for any repairs. However if you need a simple battery change or routine service, they can give you a quote before you send it in.
  3. Send your watch securely. You can use USPS, FedEx, or UPS to ship your watch, insured for its last appraisal value. You should be given a discreet address, so the shipping label doesn’t indicate the package’s contents. Enclose any copies of correspondence, you might have had via e-mail, or a note with your name and contact information.
  4. Use your tracking number to confirm with the jeweler that they’ve received your watch. Typically, they’ll contact you first with the official quote and to have you authorize any repairs.
  5. Your watch will be shipped back (securely) to you, fully serviced and repaired!
Patek Philippe 24 I8K Rose Gold Ladies Watch

Patek Philippe 24 I8K Rose Gold Ladies Watch

The process is easy, straightforward, and convenient for out-of-state customers, or those who can’t make it to the showroom in person. And if you have any questions about our own mail in watch service, you can always give us a call at 1-800-329-4367!

 

 

Jewelry Cleaning Home Remedies

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Calling all jewelry owners! We know that our precious metals often loose their shine–especially the Sterling Silver! Every time it happens, you want to jump in your car and scoot over to the closest jeweler to have them cleaned since you must pair your diamond earrings with the silver Tiffany bracelet this evening!

Listen up! There are several home remedies for cleaning jewelry with non-abrasive household items that you almost always have on hand! Check out these great fixes for common jewelry dinge, dirt and tarnish.

Our best friends, diamonds, are at their best when they have a glassy looking shine! We hate seeing our diamonds dingy. Diamonds (and gemstones like rubies) are a crystalline based gemstone. You can quickly polish these stones up with Windex. Just spray a bit on the stone, scrub it down for a minute with an old toothbrush: and voila! Wipe dry with a soft cloth. You can also use Vodka or toothpaste to clean up crystal based stones. Be careful not to get these “cleaners” on porous stones like opal, turquoise and the like as the harsh ammonia in Windex, specifically, may discolor them.

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We all know how acidic tomatoes are, but who would have thought Ketchup does the trick on tarnished silver. Usually just squeezing it on will do the trick after letting it sit for a couple of minutes, but if there are lots of crevices, lightly brush the ketchup around. Be careful not to leave it on too long as it only needs a couple of minutes to work it’s magic.

This one amazes me! Next time you’re drinking a light ale, consider rubbing a bit of the beer onto your gold to buff in some shine (via soft cloth, of course). Wipe with a dry, soft cloth for the ultimate golden hue.

You can even dissolve a tab of Alka-seltzer as per the directions and drop in any of your jewelry that needs a quick polish. After a few minutes, dry with a soft cloth and your back to your usual shine.

Who would have thought so many of these household items were so versatile. Moreso, who thought about cleaning their jewelry with Ketchup? Oh the things we’ll never know…

Alexandra for Raymond Lee Jewelers, South Florida’s source for buying, selling (and cleaning!) jewelry.