Cheryl (my favorite conservative) stopped by the shop today to speak with me (Bill -her favorite liberal). She informed me that ,after a long absence, she would be back in the broadcast booth to resume giving us the news in her no-nonsense, well researched style.
In case you've wondered where she's been - she had some truly serious health problems this winter. With the help of some fine medical help, friends, family (especially her son), and with the tenacity that she always brings to the table...SHE'S BACK! We look forward, with ears peaked, to hear her "tell it like it truly is" on KYW news radio. (2,3,4 times or more a day).
Welcome back Cheryl! You're a tough bird and a good friend. See ya on the Radio.
Or Cartier, Patek Philippe, etc. The answer is maybe not. Fine watches are generally statements. Instead of just indicating the time they speak for you before you speak for yourself. When you enter a room wearing a fine timepiece other people do take notice. It becomes part of your persona. A gold timepiece peeking from beneath the sleeve of a fine suit shows that you appreciate the finer things in life and that you value your time. It can even tell them that you'd appreciate it if they valued your time, too. The right watch can let them know that you enjoy your leisure time as well. Diving and High End sport watches have become as popular in the boardroom as they are in the great outdoors. Watches are tools and they can have specific purposes or can be used within a broad spectrum of environments. The quintessential Rolex is the Oyster Perpetual. It comes in a wide range from the classic Date or Datejust, to the Presidential, to sport versions like the Submariner, Yachtmaster, or the GMT. These are designed for extreme water resistance and are available in Stainless Steel, Steel & Karat Gold, all Karat Gold, or even Platinum. Rolex makes another line of completely dress watches - the Cellini collection. The Cellini line doesn't have the water resistance or the rough and ready appeal of the Oyster line. Instead the Rolex Cellini makes up for the lack of hardiness by being thin and elegant with variations included gem encrusting.
A fine timepiece is a mechanical marvel. It may have been created by man but it mimics the work of a higher "authority". Have you ever noticed that a watch is somewhat like the human heart? It functions, for the most part, flawlessly 24 hours per day and 7 days a week. In fact, like the human heart, you only really take notice of it when it malfunctions. Like a heart it needs very little day to day care. Make no mistakes it does require attention from time to time. Jewelry & Timepiece Mechanix can handle all your watch and clock repairs - even the "impossible" ones.
Every year, as soon the Best Picture winner is announced and the final curtain falls on the Oscars ceremony, post-awards season life feels a little anticlimactic. After weeks of speculation over gowns, jewels and box office clout, there’s a sudden drought of top tier glamour. Luckily, the spree of international fashion weeks is in session, which is a welcome source of distraction. Better still, a number of brands have made brooches a central accessory for fall 2015.
Many runway shows experimented with making old school textures and silhouettes feel relevant. Adding a brooch to the equation is an unexpected way of doing that. The key is to choose options with crisp, unfussy shapes and wearing a single oversized piece, or a collection of several smaller ones all at once. Is it too early to start forecasting that brooches will have a presence on the Academy Awards red carpet next year?
Written by Tanya Dukes
Published in Instore.mag (Designers/Jewelry) Mar, 4 2015
Don’t wear your silver jewelry when doing housework, gardening, and other manual tasks. This will eliminate the possibility of physical damage or damage from exposure to chemicals and cleaning products such as bleach, ammonia, alcohol and acetone.
Jewelry (Silver, Pearls, etc.) should be the last thing you put on when dressing. Apply makeup, hairspray, perfumes and lotions first. Then when dry, put on your jewelry. This reduces the chances of your jewelry being damaged by the chemicals commonly found in these products.
Silver Jewelry should never be worn in pools and spas. The chemicals common in pools and spas, especially chlorine, can react with the alloys in silver jewelry causing unwanted color changes and even permanent damage.
Be careful wearing jewelry when participating in any sporting activities. Hard blows can damage fine jewelry. Tight grips on things like tennis racquets and baseball bats can also lead to the bending a breaking of ring shanks. If sharp edges on your jewelry comes into contact with other players skin you could cut or injure someone.
Silver jewelry deserves to be cared for properly, and how you store your jewelry is very important. A cool, dry place will help reduce the amount of oxidation or tarnishing that naturally occurs over time. Storing silver jewelry with anti-tarnish cloths or strips will also help slow the tarnishing process. Ideally, you should wrap each piece separately in an anti-tarnish cloth and place it into its own soft pouch or plastic bag. Never store multiple items in a way that they can come into contact with each other as scratching will result.
Clean your silver jewelry as needed. Silver jewelry that’s worn often will rarely tarnish.
One of the quickest and easiest things you can do to keep your silver jewelry sparkling is to wipe each piece immediately after you take it off and then store it properly.
Prompt cleaning is especially important when your silver comes into contact with foods containing sulfur or foods that are acidic or salty. Foods such as table salt, eggs, onions, mayonnaise and undiluted vinegar are harmful to silver jewelry. If your jewelry comes into contact with these items, wash and rinse it right away to prevent tarnish and discoloration.
When tarnish is present, simple hand washing may not be enough to remove it. Your best option is to use a silver polishing cloth. You should polish using back and forth motions, not circular; to avoid dulling the item’s finish. Move to different sections of your polishing cloth often to avoid re-depositing tarnish back on the piece. You can use a cotton ball or Q-Tip for small detailed areas. Don’t scrub - use a light touch and let the polish do the work.
Never use a dip to clean a piece of silver jewelry set with gemstones as the stones may be damaged.
Your friends may have suggested toothpaste or baking soda to clean silver. Don't Do It! These are more abrasive than professionally formulated polishes and should be avoided as they may damage the finish on your pieces.
As with any piece of fine jewelry, particularly if it is very intricate or has great sentimental value, consult your professional jeweler for the best cleaning options. Jewelry & Timepiece Mechanix offers silver cleaning, repair, and restoration services.
Here at the Barefoot Jeweler, we really love our animals, particularly dogs. We always have at least two dogs in the shop at all times, hanging out with our Web Commerce staff. Ted, Katy, and Bingley bring joy into our lives on a daily basis.
In December 2010, Bill adopted Teddy. Teddy was only an hour away from being euthanized when he was taken by Puppies and More Rescue of Marlton. Bill would say that Teddy rescued him. That’s why we’ve decided to support a few adoption-related charities.
Recognizing that over 1 million animals are put to death each year in the United States, we are committed to raising awareness and funding for No Kill animal shelters throughout the country. We even carry a line of jewelry that benefits rescue programs.
We, at Jewelry & Timepiece Mechanix would like to stress the importance of “rescue adoptions” for all those wonderful pets that need homes. Please give to rescue organizations and when prudent spay or neuter your pet.
Customers are always coming in a sheepishly asking if we can fix their costume jewelry. YES! We repair all types of things. Costume Jewelry is only a small part of our repair services. Did you break your key-less entry fob for your car? In many cases we can fix it, get a new case for the electronics, or replace the battery at a cost far less than the auto dealership can. Did your clock fall off the wall or nightstand? We can fix that, too. Many customers have children's or antique music-boxes that have broken, slowed down, or just stopped working. Bring them in. We can work magic.
Several years a vintage car collector came into our shop and asked if we could repair a dashboard clock. We, of course, did. Have an antique Victrola? Yup, we can even fix that.
And you just thought our services ended at jewelry and watches...
"If you can dream it - we can make it." "If you break it - we can fix it."
Call or email us with your next challenge. We may surprise you.
A piece of jewelry made with precious metals and gemstones is an instant heirloom that, if well taken care of, can be passed down through generations. Shopping for fine jewelry can be daunting if the shopper is not armed with knowledge. Bill “the barefoot jeweler”, owner of Jewelry & Timepiece Mechanix, encourages customers to fortify themselves with information and make sure they trust in the jeweler and/or store. To help customers get started finding the perfect piece for them, Bill offers the following tips.
1) Know Where to Shop. It’s vitally important to shop at a well-established professional jeweler. Ask a friend for a recommendation just as you would for a doctor, or check with the Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau. Look for a jeweler who is affiliated with a professional trade association. Jewelry & Timepiece Mechanix is a member of Jewelers of America (JA), which requires high ethical standards of its members and provides them with ongoing education. Look for a sticker on the door or a certificate on the wall. If you don’t see one, ask.
2) Don’t be dazzled by discounts. If a venue is routinely offering unbelievable discounts the sale is probably just that–unbelievable. Savvy shoppers may find that the “drastic discount” price is actually the normal retail price elsewhere.
3) Prepare. Fine jewelry is unlike any other purchase. Research your purchase before you shop. Visit the Jewelry Information Center which is a website for fine jewelry consumers that offers the latest jewelry trends, care and cleaning information and more.
4) When buying gemstones, find out if the stone has been treated in any way to improve its beauty. Gem treatments such as oiling and heating are accepted industry practices. However, FTC guidelines require that these treatments be disclosed to the buyer because they may affect the care and cleaning of the stone. Exercise your rights and be informed.
5) When buying diamonds, look for the 4 C’s. They are cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. Cut is arguably the most important, because a skillful cut is what will unleash the fire and brilliance in a diamond. Cut, which refers to the faceting, is not to be confused with shape – such as marquise, oval, square, etc. With regard to color, grading begins at D; the deeper into the alphabet one goes, the poorer the color. Clarity refers to the presence of – or lack of – imperfections such as bubbles, spots or lines called inclusions. Clarity is graded on a scale ranging from flawless (FL or IF) to imperfect (I).
6) Cultured pearls. Look for surface cleanliness: an absence of any scarring or pitting. Also important is the pearls’ lustre: they should be glowing with iridescence, not chalky or dull. When purchasing a strand of cultured pearls, be sure there is a knot between each pearl. This insures that if the strand breaks, the pearls won’t skitter across the floor. Before you purchase, check to see that the pearls are well matched in color and lustre, and that they graduate gracefully in size, growing smaller toward the clasp.
Making a fine jewelry purchase should be an enjoyable, special experience.
“We Love To Make You Sparkle”
Armed with these savvy tips, visit Jewelry & Timepiece Mechanix for your next jewelry purchase.
Retail has changed a great deal in the 40+ years that Bill has been involved in the jewelry business. Most independent “Mom and Pop” stores have given way to impersonal multi-location chains, all of which carry the same heavily advertised merchandise. We’re still here servicing our customers, although a growing portion of these relationships with our family of customers are being forged via the internet. Be assured that regardless of whether you drive over to Haddonfield to see us in person or visit us at this site, you’ll receive the same attention and honest value. Bill wouldn’t have it any other way. We design, create, repair, restore, restyle, buy and sell all types of jewelry, watches, and clocks. Watchmaker and Jeweler on premises – ALWAYS!
Unfortunately, that doesn't help you when you've suffered a loss or when you need to liquidate some of your treasures. We've been in the business for over 40yrs and we know that you value integrity and honesty. (Thank you...that's why we've been here for so long.) We do appraisals for insurance replacement, insurance repair or restoration, estate evaluations, and we even buy and broker items. We never charge by the value of the item. Appraisers who charge by appraised value are far too likely to appraise high. Insurance companies know better. We provide accurate and fair appraisals so that if you have a loss the insurance company can reimburse you fairly. Lawyers, Auctioneers, Salvers, online or walk-in customers - we're happy to serve. We appreciate your trust and will always work hard to keep it and the relationship that we've made with you.
Posessions come and go but a good name and reputation lasts forever.
Call the shop, or email us. Speak with Bill about any needs that may arise. He'll be happy to sit down, pour you a complimentary beverage, and discuss about how we can best service your needs. 856-795-2800