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8787 North Scottsdale Road Suite 116
Scottsdale, AZ, 85253
United States


Elegant shop offering house-designed, one-of-a-kind gemstone and diamond jewelry, plus timepieces.


Oliver's watch and jewlery blog with the latest news and thoughts on the happenings in the industry, new products and more. 

Thoughts from the Desk of Oliver Smith - October 2015

Morganne Stewart

Thoughts from the desk of Oliver Smith....

A common question I get from clients when deciding on the metal for their engagement ring is: What is the difference between platinum and white gold? What's the better metal? The truth is there is no clear answer as it depends on the ring and who is wearing it. Platinum scratches very easy, so it will look like pewter quickly, but it will never turn yellow. White gold is harder in toughness, so it keeps a bright polish longer, but as its rhodium coating wears off over time it will develop a slight yellow cast. Thin rings use platinum, since its denser and more malleable. Wide rings use white gold, since its less dense and more rigid. So, there is no easy answer.... Or maybe the answer is to enjoy whatever your lover gives you!

This leads me to my next common question, What's rhodium plating?  Rhodium is chemical element and a member of the platinum family.  When it wears off on your white gold rings, they can start to look a little yellow.  Since all white gold is an alloy of yellow gold and a white metal such as nickel, it naturally has a slight yellow cast. The jewelry industry uses rhodium to plate the finished rings to make them whiter and brighter. Bring in your white piece for rhodium plating and restore it to its lustrous white. It costs $65, and you only need to do it every 5 years or so.

Big news! We are now carrying the Marli fine jewelry line. Veronique met her over the summer and thought it would mix well with my designs. We are so excited about it. Stop by the store to see all the new pieces and try on your favorites. 

I am proud to see the Cardinals are leading the Western division in football. Larry Fitzgerald is an amazing athlete, but even a better individual. When good things happen to good people, we can all be happy.

65% of paper is recycled today compared with 34% of paper 25 years ago. Better late than never!

A cat café is going to open in Scottsdale by the end of the year. You can relax and play with the cats without the responsibility of pet ownership. Apparently it is a trend in Asia! This should be interesting...

How do I clean my diamond ring? Another great question I receive. Take some dish soap and put it in a microwavable dish with a cup of water.  Heat it in the microwave (without the ring), and then soak the ring until the water cools.  Rinse in clean water and scrub lightly with a toothbrush (your husband's, LOL.) And voila! a clean ring. 

We had a team of 30 riders in the Tour de Scottsdale this year! It was a great day for raising money for the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.  

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Home Depot sells small electronic hotel safes for less than $100. They are easy to install and even easier to use. It will slow down a thief long enough to protect some of your pieces. I hear too many horror stories about my clients jewelry disappearing!  

Back in high school I can still remember my friend Jim Krauss painfully climbing into my car for soccer practice.  It was the first week of practice and he was so stiff he could hardly walk. Now these days we have those hard styrofoam tubes to roll around on and break up the lactic acid.... I wish we knew then.

Don't wear it? Sell it! We are still looking to buy your fine jewelry and watches! Gold has crept back up to $1153. Call us today to schedule your appointment. 480-607-4444

There are a lot of people today saying the economy is getting better, but somehow employee pay has gone nowhere. CEO's today are paid 216 times more than their worker's. In 1950 it was 65%. You don't have to go too far to see the problem. Large corporations have to make the effort to right this wrong. Small businesses don't have this problem.

Happy Halloween! It's that time of year again. 

Kind Regards,  Oliver Smith