Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The origin of the birthstone

Babies born in April are blessed with one of the most popular and valuable stones available: the Diamond. But this amazing gemstone has left many to question:

  • Why does April get the diamond?
  • Where and when did birthstones originate?

These precious gems date back to the breastplate of Aaron ( details and explanations are pictured below)

Holy scripture: Aaron shall bear their names before the Lord, upon his two shoulders, for a memorial.... And Aaron shall bear the names of the Children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart, when he goeth in unto the Holy Place.' -- EXODUS xxviii.12,29.
Twelve precious stones were placed upon a square to form a breastplate attachment. Each stone, varying in color, was set into a gold socket and a tribe name was etched on each gem. It is unclear as to why a particular tribe was assigned to a specific stone, there are theories but no proof

In the present day, some have adorned the breastplate of Aaron in a modern fashionable way (see bracelet below). These stones have been directly linked to the birthstone selection.

There are also many legends that link specific powers and therapeutic abilities to the stones. It has been said throughout time that wearing a gemstone during the month it was assigned stimulates healing powers from within. 

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Why watchmakers use precious stones INSIDE luxury timepieces

To some, it may seem like it is a waste to use precious stones inside a watch. However, many are unaware that the gems used are generally synthetic rubies harvested and engineered specifically for this purpose. The main purpose of these gems is for watch movement components and friction resistant bearings.

Some of the reasons why stones are used inside a watch is because they are:
  • Small
  • Strong
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Resistant to wear
  • Stable in various temperatures
  • Without decay
  • Hard to break

The synthetic rubies are created by a formula composed of aluminum and chromium oxide. The engineering consists of a crystallizing process that is comprised of a series of heating, fusing and cooling technology. These stones are generally mass produced and therefore not considered to be in the same valuable category as a "precious gem".

These stones are added to many different styles and types of watches. The total amount of stones found inside the timepiece can vary, as it is specific to the mechanical movements and complexity of the piece. The best rule of thumb: the more that the insides move, the more rubies will be used. A typical fully-jeweled piece contains approximately 17 gems, however others can contain many more than that.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Luxury timepieces: Cotes de Genève striped finishing

The market for luxury timepieces is still very much alive and well. 

Reputable watchmakers take their time crafting not only the exterior design, but the inner features of these collectible bands. Although digital technology is stealing the media spotlight with buzz everything from weather indicators to your heart rate monitors,the old style wristwatch is making a comeback.

Let's look at one of the most prestigious features:  Cotes de Genève striped  finishing.

Depending upon the brand name, it is also known by the names " Genève stripes" or "rayonnantes".  This is one of the most popular and well known finishing on movements crafted by some of the most elite in the industry.

The pattern is etched on the smooth surfaces of the base plate or other parts that resemble stripes. it is in fact a set of stripes that form in a pattern, but the composition consists of mini angled scratches in a very systematic way.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring Trending Colors- Pantone's Inspiration

Spring has moved toward softer and more subtle hues. As we move into the next season, expect to see understated bright and pale pastels combined with natural neutral tones. Inspiration for the Spring lines have been derived from tropical oasis themes and lush landscapes. You can also come to expect understated hues, images and patterns derived from folklore artwork and abstract soft floral designs with hints of blues including teal and aquamarine.

The 2015 tending color board, as reported by Pantone:

Escaping from the sharp harsh winter and diving into the soft embrace of Spring with warm colors. This seems to be the main thread found throughout the fashion industry, branching out to jewelry lines and even home decor.

Hamilton Jewelers, has paired these beautiful colors with our very own designer collection. Click here to learn more about our fine jewelry and browse our inventory. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The origin of the expression "Luck of the Irish"

Where did the expression "Luck of the Irish" come from?
This expression is generally associated with good fortune and linked to the Irish. However, you may be surprised to find out that this phrase was born in here in America. It has been determined by a number of historians that throughout the gold and silver rush (sometime into the 19th century), many miners were of Irish American decent. Their positive mining experiences and undeniable fortunes were immediately associated with "luck". Over the course of time, the expression "luck of the Irish" (miners) became a common expression used in everyday diction.
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Friday, March 13, 2015


PRESS RELEASE                                        
 Press Contact:   Donna Bouchard, Vice President
T: 609-454-4575

Hamilton Jewelers has been selected three years in a row for the 2015 Best of Princeton Awards for Jewelry and is now qualified for the Princeton Business Hall of Fame.

PRINCETON March 4, 2015 -- Hamilton Jewelers has been selected for the 2015 Best of Princeton Award in the Jewelry category by the Princeton Award Program.

Each year, the Princeton Award Program identifies companies that the organization believes have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and the community. These exceptional companies help make the Princeton area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Princeton Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Princeton Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Princeton Award Program
The Princeton Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Princeton area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Princeton Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.

Hamilton Jewelers is a family-owned and operated firm with locations in Princeton and Palm Beach, FL.  Since 1912, Hamilton has provided successive generations of families and friends with impeccable service, value, and selection.  All items are responsibly sourced with care for the environment and communities.  For more information, please visit www.hamiltonjewelers.com. 

Princeton Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@awardsystem.org
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Modern Vintage- the 1912 Diamond Engagement Ring Collection

As unique and romantic as the love that you have for one another, this vintage inspired ring collection was properly named "1912". As the founding year of Hamilton Jewelers, these 5 hand crafted rings have made it to the top of the list of many suitors over the years. Take a look at the brilliance of these rings as they were inspired by the romantic era.

From the Hamilton Jewelers 1912 Collection, this captivating platinum ring was designed by our master craftsmen from original archived designs. This engagement ring prominently features three round diamond with twelve round side diamonds.
From the Hamilton Jewelers 1912 Collection, this captivating platinum ring was designed by our master craftsmen from original archived designs. This 3-stone engagement ring prominently features three round diamonds with side diamonds.
From the Hamilton Jewelers 1912 Collection, this captivating platinum ring was designed by our master craftsmen from original archived designs. This engagement ring prominently features a round center diamond with twelve princess cut side diamonds.
From the Hamilton Jewelers Heritage Collection, this 3-stone ring combines old world details with timeless design. Beautiful filigree work and millegrain edges are in 18k white gold with stunning diamonds.

From the Hamilton Jewelers 1912 Collection, this captivating platinum ring was designed by our master craftsmen from original archived designs. Hand engraved eternity band featuring twenty two old mine cut diamonds, platinum milgrain setting with 18k rose gold.

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