Category: Columbus Custom Jewelry

How can you tell the quality of a ruby?

Portrait for the Coronation of Queen Victoria by George Hayter (detail), wearing the new Imperial State Crown made for her by the Crown Jewellers Rundell and Bridge, with 3093 gems, with the Black Prince’s Ruby at the front. (Public Domain photo)

Many cultures have considered rubies the gemstone of kings. Historically, the stone was worn in many battles as it was thought to be a stone of protection.  Some cultures even went as far as inserting the stone into the skin as they believed this would protect them. Ruby goes back as far as the Bible and is still ever so popular. With its intense red color it only makes sense that it also symbolizes wealth and passion. It is the birthstone of July and Cancer and both the 15th and 40th anniversary stone.

As one of the world’s most popular gems, many ask what makes a ruby so beautiful and how does one tell if the ruby they are looking at is of high quality? This is a great question! You don’t need to be a gemologist to understand the quality and value of a ruby, but we all might benefit from more education shopping for rubies.

Historically, all red stones were called rubies from the Latin word, ruber or “red”. It wasn’t until ruby was identified as corundum did it separate them from other luscious red stones. You may have heard of the the famous 14th century Black Prince’s Ruby in the British Imperial Crown. Well, this “ruby” is actually a red spinel and was thought to be a ruby until the 1940’s.

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What To Engrave On Wedding Rings

Shopping for wedding bands is such a wonderful and personal experience for the bride and groom. Your wedding rings symbolize the joining of two unique individuals into one union and what better way to personalize them further with an engraving?

Engraving Ideas

There are so many options for what to engrave on your wedding rings. At Argo & Lehne Jewelers, we think the most important thing is that your engravings signify something special to both of you. These inscriptions will be on the inside of your wedding rings, meaning primarily for your eyes only as a constant reminder of your bond and love. Although your engraving can be almost anything (as long as it will fit inside the band), here are a few ideas to consider:

  • A Special Date – A special date can be your wedding day, the day you met, or a day that might be completely random to anyone else but has special meaning to the two of you. Dates are very popular to engrave, especially the wedding day date as for generations to come it will be on the ring and signifies the start of married life. 
  • Nicknames – Do you have a name you call one another? Engraving is a great way to always remember that affection and name that only your husband or wife calls you. This is a less traditional option but can be very sentimental and unique.
  • Initials – The use of each other’s initials adds a timeless inscription symbolizing the joining of two individuals. The nice thing about using initials is that you also will have room for your wedding date as well given the small area inside wedding bands.
  • Last name – Two last names often become one after marriage. You can begin that joint voyage with a last name engraving. 
  • Sentiments – “Forever Yours,” “I do,” and “Happily Ever After” are examples of sentiments that echo your commitment. A sentiment from your vows or something you always say to each other is also very personal.
  • Verses, Song Lyrics, or Poetry – Many couples have a special bible verse, song, or poem that perfectly represents them. Using the bible verse or song title is something you can work with the engraver on to see what will fit the best.
  • Shared Phrases – Splitting a message into two rings, so the message is only complete when they are read together, is also a great way to signify your togetherness. 
  • Secret Message – A word or phrase may not have any meaning to anyone else, but the two of you due to a past shared experience. 

How to Engrave Your Wedding Rings

Take some time to consider your engraving. Don’t forget to consider the limited space available. Once you have settled on the perfect choice, write the engraving down and double-check all spelling before turning it over to your jeweler. Upon return delivery, check carefully to make sure the engraving is correct. Didn’t get your wedding rings engraved initially? No matter where you are in your love story, it’s never too late to have your wedding rings engraved. 

There is no right or wrong answer for the perfect engraving for your wedding rings. Your rings should be as unique as you are. Argo & Lehne Jewelers welcome the opportunity to be a part of your wedding story. 

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How To Choose The Perfect Vintage Cocktail Ring

Cocktail rings are and always have been a symbol of independent women! During the 1920’s, alcohol was strictly prohibited in the United States. As a result, secret trendy bars popped up everywhere. People flocked to these hideaways for fun and illegal cocktails. It was the first time in US history that women stepped onto the bar scene. They did it in style, wearing long pearl strands, stackable bracelets, and large flashy rings meant to be seen as they sipped their forbidden beverages. Although prohibition has long been in our rearview mirror, the cocktail rings remain timeless. These rings are still big and bold and as unique as the women who wear them! 

So how do you choose the one that is right for you? At Argo & Lehne, we always encourage individual style, and there are so many beautiful and unique options in vintage cocktail rings. Here are a few things to consider when selecting your vintage piece.

What To Consider When Buying A Vintage Cocktail Ring

When considering purchasing a vintage cocktail ring there are a few factors that need to be looked at in order to make sure that you find your perfect ring. Doing some preliminary research can lead you to your special piece that you will love for years to come!

 

Price Range

You will be able to find a beautiful vintage cocktail ring in any price range. Because of this, you should think about your budget before beginning the search. This will help you narrow down the selection so you can spend time focusing on rings in your price range. At Argo & Lehne, we have a wide assortment of vintage cocktail rings, ranging from more dainty and demure styles to beyond WOW!

Platinum vintage princess cocktail ring set with an approximate .80 carat center diamond and 42 other diamonds. Total diamond weight estimated 2.07 carats. Current size 6 1/4.

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Condition

You can expect to see some visible wear and tear in many vintage cocktail rings. It’s what adds to the character of a vintage piece and holds stories of past decades. You should make sure that the ring is in good condition, however. No stones should be missing and the enamel shouldn’t have any cracks in it. You’ll also want to make sure the prongs are not bent or out of place. They should be secure with no loose gemstones. Of course many of these items are fixable but unless you really know what you are doing it would be difficult to price additional work into your total cost. Selecting a ring that is in good condition or better is a smart way to purchase. We pride ourselves on the flawless presentation of our vintage jewelry pieces and will make sure it is in tip top condition!

Seller

You want to make sure that you are purchasing from a reputable seller like Argo & Lehne Jewelers.  If you are buying from a fine jeweler, you should check their credentials. For example at Argo & Lehne Jewelers we are a member of the AGS (American Gem Society), GIA (Gemological Institute of America) and the BBB (Better Business Bureau). You can also look at a jeweler’s reviews as well as their longevity. If they have been in business for a long time more times than not it is because they have been a reputable jeweler. If you have purchased or are thinking to purchase a vintage piece, we are always here to help.  We clean jewelry and check stones complimentary while explaining the condition of the piece. If any repairs need done to the item we will let you know. 

Metal

Make sure you ask about what metals and alloys the ring is made of to prevent any hidden nickel allergies. Metal will determine how much upkeep is needed for the ring. For instance, a sterling silver ring will tarnish over time and needs to be stored in airtight storage when not worn, and a platinum vintage ring will be less maintenance when not being worn.

Comfort

Your comfort is key. The whole purpose of the cocktail ring is to make you feel like a queen, so make sure you’re comfortable in it. Trying on vintage cocktail rings at Argo & Lehne is a wonderful way to spend a morning or afternoon, seeing how the light catches the ring and how comfortable it is on your hand. Book a Consultation with one of our sales associates here: https://www.argolehne.com/contact/

The Perfect Vintage Cocktail Ring

The bottom line is to choose the ring that makes you feel bold, stylish, independent, and fearless when wearing it! Cocktail rings can be a wonderful topic of conversation and tell a lot about a woman’s style.

If you need help searching for a vintage cocktail ring, then get in touch with vintage jewelry experts at Argo & Lehne Jewelers today. We will work with you to find the right cocktail ring for your style and budget. Get in touch today to get started.

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Inside Argo’s: Anna

Anna at Argo & Lehne Jewelers In Columbus, OH

Anna fits in so well with our business culture of being customer-oriented, helpful and upbeat. She has fun with everything she does, while always striving for excellence. Introducing Anna in her words!

Who is Anna? How would you describe yourself in one sentence?

An energetic people person who loves to bring joy and laughter to others.

Your position:

Part-time sales associate since June 2020

Why Argo’s?

I love small, family owned businesses, and being part of one is even better. We place great importance on supporting the individual, and helping everyone find their perfect piece. I love my little Argo’s family!

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Spring Cleaning Your Jewelry Box

Spring Cleaning Your Jewelry BoxSpring is when new light begins to shine in our house windows and we feel this incredible urge to clean everything in sight. We really start to see all the dust that has settled over the winter months, especially here in the Midwest.

It’s time to get organized! Don’t forget that jewelry drawer full of earrings with lost backs or mates, the unwanted and unused jewelry and our every day pieces that need a scrubbing.  For me, there is nothing more satisfying than having my home and goods completely organized. Talk about an instant mood changer. And with the popularity of professional organizers like Marie Kondo, I know many others feel the same way. However, with jewelry, “does it spark joy” is just the first question. There are other things to think about. So, I bring you my sure-fire method for spring cleaning your jewelry box and getting your jewels in tip top shape.

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How To Take Care of Your Diamond Jewelry at Home

With so much time spent at home these days, you need to make sure your diamond jewelry stays sparkly and clean to brighten your day! Keep it shining like new and well cared for by cleaning it regularly. There are a variety of jewelry cleaning products on the market and Argo & Lehne sells the Hagerty line, but you probably have everything you need at home. Check out these tips on how to clean and avoid damaging your diamonds.

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Cyber Monday Scavenger Hunt – Find Warmth, Give Warmth & Save

 

This Cyber Monday you can stay home and safe while shopping our beautiful selection of jewelry. To celebrate our new e-commerce we will be hiding cozy winter woolies throughout our website. These snuggly gifts will have promo-codes to be used online at checkout to save*. In addition, for each cozy gift redeemed, we will donate that item to those who really need warmth this season through LSS Faith Mission’s emergency clothing fund for men in need.

Each snuggly item will offer a different discount and may be found anywhere throughout the site! Enjoy the hunt and we hope you find great savings while locating your perfect pieces of jewelry.

The cozy gifts can be found on the website ONLY on Cyber Monday and must be used the same day!

Thanks for shopping with Argo & Lehne Jewelers and thank you for helping us help those who really need it this season.

 

 

LSS, Faith Mission lives out their faith by ensuring all people in need of shelter, food and other resources are received and treated with unconditional kindness, respect and dignity. This year with Covid they are really focused on helping those who come through their doors with emergency clothing. Their strongest need is for men’s gloves, socks, sweatpants and coats. To learn more about LSS Faith Mission visit their website. 

 

*Only one promo can be used at checkout. Only one promo per email address. Not to be combined with other discounts and only available on Cyber Monday, November 30.

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November Fireside Chats – An Exploration of Personalized Gifts

As 2020 has been a year to reflect, we anticipate an uptick in personalized jewelry gifts this holiday season. This month we will dedicate each Friday to inspire and advise on thoughtful gifts for all your loved ones during our 9am Fireside Chats. So, kick back, get cozy and enjoy our chats live or at your convenience on our Facebook page. Jump to the bottom of the post to find out how to be entered to win one of four fabulous prizes to include an Argo & Lehne gift card.

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10 Jewelry Essentials, 10% OFF – One Day Only 10/10

October 10th we will have one of our largest sales with more than half of our inventory reduced to 10% off!

This is the perfect time to begin your holiday shopping. We selected our top list of jewelry essentials that every woman should have in her jewelry repertoire and for one day only have made them 10% off!

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Gold Reaches Record High – Is Now the Time to Sell?

Gold prices have surged to a record high today, Monday, July 27, 2020, as it hit $1,944 per ounce, according to CNN. The previous high was in September of 2011 at $1,921. So, we are reaching out to our customers who may want to sell items they no longer want or need.

Things to consider when selling your gold jewelry:

If it has been in a drawer for over 1 year unworn, why?

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