Black & Blue Jewelry
Black & Blue Jewelry

Your friendly neighborhood jeweler

Email sent: Nov 15, 2019 9:00 am

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You need a doctor, a dentist, maybe an accountant, probably a dry cleaner, a shoe guy...  What else?  Maybe a good general contractor?  A plumber for sure... 

 

Do you need a jeweler?

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Lets be clear, the outrageous celebrity jewelers on runways, red carpets, and social media feeds are mostly not jewelers.  Some of them maybe have begun their career at a work-bench, but many are simply dealers. 

 

Let it be known to all that the venerable red carpet mainstay, Fred Leighton, was not a trained jeweler.  He was a jewelry dealer.  Also worth noting: his real name was Murry.

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In the jewelry business, a trained jeweler capable making jewelry, repairing jewelry, evaluating jewelry, setting stones, and armed with a strong working knowledge of gemstones is called a Bench Jeweler.  A Bench Jeweler  can be a "Master" bench jeweler, or even more skillful; a Model Maker.

 

Bench Jewelers and Model Makers, along with Stone Setters, are the industry's most highly trained and skilled artisans.  

 

Model Makers are mostly engineers charged with mass manufacturing jewelry.  Stone Setters simply do nothing but set stones which is complex enough that some setters will only specialize in one single type of stone setting.  

 

But, a Bench Jeweler is your neighborhood guy.  He can do almost all of it.  A jack of all skills, and probably a master at many.  

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You want to have the phone number for a good bench jeweler.  Not only will you keep your jewelry in good shape, but you will get honest information.  Think of a good bench jeweler like a good car mechanic.

 

Finding a good mechanic is often about finding a garage with the right equipment and people who know how to use it.  Same can be said for a good jeweler.

 

The laser has changed the jewelry business more in the past ten years than almost every other jewelry innovation of the past 1000 years. 

 

From mass production to repair, the laser is king.  If trying to narrow the field and find someone good, try looking for a jeweler with a laser.  The machines aren't cheap, so they will have to be pretty serious to buy one.  And, the things a laser can do are game changers.

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Lasers have also replaced traditional engraving.  While we do sometimes use laser engraving on the back of our pieces for the logo and hallmarks, we never use it to add design details.  The above KIRK pendant has a pattern on the surface that we create by using acid to etch into the surface.  It creates a clean and deep trench in the surface.  Laser engraving leaves a subtle texture on the surface.  For something that can last a long time like jewelry, laser engraving may not be the best option.  

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A final note on jewelers...  A good jeweler is a strong craftsman.  They will be able to fix things beyond just jewelry (like glasses).  

 

Interestingly enough, dentists use a lot of the same tools, materials and methods that jewelers use.  There is a crossover in technical and hand-skill needed to work on such small surfaces that are often not easy to access.

 

Obviously one shouldn't go to a jeweler to fill a cavity.  But, in a pinch?  Maybe some gold and diamond grills?   

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