Date: February 2021

Engagement Ring Styles 101

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Engagement rings have long held an esteemed place in society, giving lovers a romantic way to display their love and commitment to each other for a lifetime.  When your darling’s magical moment comes, be sure to know just how to dazzle her and make her sparkle. We will go over all the need to know basics to get you started on your path to finding the perfect ring.

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Diamond Ring In Chlorine Pool: Is It Safe For Your Ring?

If you are newly engaged or married, you probably want to wear your diamond ring all the time. While it is okay to wear your precious jewelry every day and everywhere, the pool is a potential danger zone for your diamond ring.

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Not Wear Your Ring Into a Chlorine Pool

There are many reasons why you should exercise extra caution when going for a dip in a chlorine pool while wearing your ring, but these five are the most commonly cited by accredited jewelers from the Gemological Institute of America.

Metal Corrosion

While pure gold is a precious metal that cannot be harmed by chemicals, alloy metals are highly susceptible to damage when exposed to chlorine and other chemicals. Low carat metals such as 10-carat, 14-carat, and 18-carat gold contain other metals such as nickel, zinc, copper, and silver.

These alloy metals get corroded when exposed to harsh chemicals such as chlorine. You should thus avoid wearing your engagement band into the pool or hot tub if it contains any of these alloy metals. However, if your ring is made out of pure gold, platinum, or palladium then you need not worry about chlorine.

Dull Diamonds

The Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness ranks diamonds as the hardest stone, making them highly resistant to scratches and damage in comparison to other stones. Nonetheless, the harsh chemicals in chlorine pools can have a negative interaction with any treatments that have been done on your diamond. This can dull the luster in your diamond and make it lose its shine.

Loose Prongs

Prongs are the settings that hold your diamond in place. Visits to chlorinated pools and hot tubs can damage these metallic settings and loosen them up. It is easy for your diamond or any center stone to drop off from a ring that has loose prongs.

Discolored Precious Stones

It is not just diamonds that get affected by chlorine and other pool chemicals. Precious stones surrounding your centerpiece can get discolored as a result of exposure to chlorine. This can make your ring lose its value and beauty. Furthermore, turquoise, pearls, and other natural stones are known to dry out after prolonged contact with water and chemicals. Lotions and sunscreen creams that are often worn to the pool are also known to discolor metals and stones.

Slips and Drainage Accidents

So many brides and newly married women have lost their rings in the pool. This is because the contact with water makes it easy for your ring to slip off your finger, especially if it is an imperfect fit.

Protect Your Ring When Going for A Swim

The best way to protect your ring from damage and potential loss in the pool is to remove it and store it safely. You should buy a ring holder or a small jewelry case to store your rings on the go. If you have been swimming with your diamond ring on, you can always have it professionally cleaned to restore its luster. Visit Argo & Lehne Jewelers to buy the classiest diamond rings or get your rings professionally cleaned and their prongs secured.

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Vintage Jewelry from Georgian to Art Deco

As a purveyor of estate jewelry, we find that our most sought after pieces pre-date 1940 and go all the way back to the Georgian era, spanning 5 eras. It may be hard to distinguish one from the other if you haven’t been trained to do so but they each have distinct characteristics. Here we delve into each era and explain the design behind the time period. If you would like to view more examples of vintage pieces, visit our website and view our vintage collection.

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How to Select the Perfect Valentine Gift for Everyone

February has always been a favorite for me. I’m sure that’s why I’m in the jewelry business; I’m one of those people who loves LOVE! So, it comes as no shock that I love Valentine’s Day. For the whole month I try to arrange extra thoughtful somethings for myself and others. You can usually find me dressed in my favorite pinks, reds, hearts and anything symbolic of the season. I even have a ritual to make homemade pasta this time of year because it is a true labor of love and made with heart. However, I know that not everyone feels this way and some definitely need advice when selecting the perfect Valentine gift. I get it. There can be a bit of pressure around the holiday too. Well, I’m here to help. Whether it’s a new or well-seasoned relationship, or a gift to a friend or family, I have advice to get you started in the right direction.
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Love Endures – A Pandemic Proposal Story

One thing we have learned through the pandemic is it can’t stop love! We have seen an increase in bridal sales this year and last. Has this virus actually pulled couples closer? Perhaps, it has taught us what or who is most important in our lives. Whatever it is we are grateful and we love sharing our customers stories of what a pandemic proposal and wedding looks like. We will be bringing you a few customers stories in our pandemic wedding and proposal series. Each story is unique and guaranteed to delight. I have to say, I think all the couples have navigated through this crazy time gracefully.  See for yourselves with their heartfelt stories.  Maybe even collect a few ideas for your own proposal. Let us introduce our first couple…

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The Different Ways to Resize Your Wedding Ring

Wedding rings are ranked amongst the most precious gifts. Besides the change of your relationship status, wedding rings bear a strong sense of value and thoughtfulness. Unfortunately, with time, your wedding band can stop fitting snugly around your finger, making it difficult for you to wear it. Whether your wedding ring has become too tight or too loose, you can resize it to the perfect fit.

Does Your Ring Need to Be Resized?

Rings come in sizes and just like the body, the shape and size of your fingers can change with time. Ideally, your engagement or wedding ring should slip into your finger easily and fit snugly but comfortably. The following are some indicators that your ring needs to be resized:-

  • If it is too snug, then you will need to enlarge it.
  • If it cannot fit beyond the knuckles, it needs to be enlarged.
  • If it keeps on rotating around the finger, it should be reduced in size
  • If it slips off your finger without the slightest resistance, you should have it decreased in size.

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