Roman Jewelers Hosts MY LAGOS MY WAY on October 5th featuring Smart Caviar!

Created exclusively for your Apple Watch®, the smart caviar watch bracelet is a Fall Fashion must have. Starting at $595.

Roman Jewelers is hosting the MY LAGOS MY WAY event October 5th from 11 am – 5 pm. This year, the show features Smart Caviar, the first fine jewelry bracelet for your Apple Watch™ as well as an exclusive look at the Fall 2019 collections.  Refreshments will be served and Lagos stylists will be there providing tips. Our customers love Lagos, designed by master jeweler, Steven Lagos using classic techniques to create enduring and sophisticated styles in both sterling silver and gold. Appointments are not required, but can be made here.

 

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Perfect Imperfection: Baroque Pearls and What I Love About Them

Strand of white baroque pearlsDo you remember the movie Forrest Gump? For those who do (and perhaps even those who have never seen it) you’ll recall Forrest’s iconic line: “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get.” I like to think of this line every time I look at pearls, because the same concept applies to them—you never know what you’re going to get. Since pearls are created entirely by nature, they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Similarly to opening a box of chocolates, when you open an oyster to find a pearl you never know what you’re going to get. Often, you’ll find a perfectly round pearl. But you’ll also sometimes find  a totally irregular pearl—one that’s shaped unlike any other. These kinds of pearls are called Baroque pearls, and (in my opinion) are the most interesting type of pearl.

I’m the first to admit that I’m a complete perfectionist. I look for precision in everything I do–  in my everyday work, in the places that I visit, in nature, but most of all in jewelry. When it comes to jewelry design, I like clean lines and perfectly shaped jewels. But, interestingly enough, I am completely fascinated by  imperfect Baroque pearls. Not only does their perfect imperfection look stunning in jewelry design, Baroque pearls also have a fascinating history and background.

Let’s start with their name—baroque. Even the sound of the word evokes an image of something unique and extravagant. Where exactly does baroque come from? According to various dictionaries, the word originates either from French (where baroque means “irregular shape”) or the Portuguese word barroco (meaning “irregular pearl”). In English the word “baroque” points to a style in music, architecture, and the arts (known as the Baroque Period) that existed in Europe from the early 17th century to the late 18th century. The period was known for featuring many decorative parts and details in its artwork and architecture. The baroque style was filled with creativity, new art forms, embellishments, and adventure. These elements are also present in Baroque pearl jewelry, making its name very fitting.

Today, the attraction of Baroque pearls lies in the very nature of their imperfection. The different shapes and sizes of baroque pearls makes them extremely intriguing and beautiful—not to mention unique—when put together. Baroque pearls allow for unleashed creativity and pure imagination in jewelry design. If you like jewelry that is unique and different, baroque pearl necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets are the choice for you!

As with any pearls, the most valuable baroque pearls come from the South Sea and Tahiti. Lucky for designers and jewelry lovers, a high percentage of the pearls harvested in these areas are baroque.

Akoya Pearls are the close cousins of South Sea and Tahitian pearls—similar in nature but smaller in size. Akoya pearls are saltwater pearls, and the name “Akoya” comes from the oyster that produces them. That oyster is known as the “akoya oyster”and is found and farmed mainly in Japan and China. Akoya pearls are frequently white or cream in color, with overtone colors of rose, silver, or cream. 

The most valuable and cherished pearls are South Sea pearls. As the name implies, these pearls are found in the warm waters of the South Sea that surrounds Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines. These pearls are produced by the silver or golden lipped oyster, known as the Pinctada Maxima oyster. Both golden and white South Sea pearls are very rare.

Exotic black pearls (which come from the black lipped pearl oyster) are called Tahitian pearls. Like the name suggests, these pearls come from Tahiti, but also several other French Polynesian islands. Though they are often referred to as black pearls, their color can actually vary from light creamy white, to gray, to green, to iridescent peacock, to deep black. Tahitian pearls come in so many different shades and colors that matching them into a finished strand is an enormous task. Quite often, a jeweler has to go through thousands of loose Tahitian pearls to create a single strand. Strand of Black Tahitian baroque pearls

Pearls can also come from freshwater lakes, rivers, and ponds. These pearls are logically called Freshwater Pearls. The majority of cultured freshwater pearls come from China, and (similar to Tahitian pearls) range in color from light shades like soft pink, lavender, peach, and white to dark shades like peacock and black. 

Even though pearls are intended by nature to be perfectly round, the fact that they sometimes turn out irregular only allows for creativity and distinctiveness in jewelry making. In the world of jewelry-making, where uniformity and perfection are often strived for, Baroque pearls offer a unique take that is beautiful in its own right.

Even for someone like me, a perfectionist through and through, the individuality of Baroque pearls is highly appealing because it allows an appreciation for nature’s imperfections. But don’t let me sway you– what do you think? Do you prefer perfectly round or imperfectly baroque pearls?

For more information on beautiful baroque pearls, or to inquire about purchasing your own pearl jewelry, make an appointment with Roman Jewelers today.

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MOTHER’S DAY PROMOTION BENEFITS CHARITY AND ENLIGHTENS KIDS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF GIVING

Kid standing with with a gift bag in Roman JewelersRoman Jewelers in Bridgewater & Flemington, NJ just made a donation to the Make-A-Wish foundation, New Jersey Chapter but with it, did much more.  A recent Mother’s Day promotion went viral and allowed the Jeweler to donate $3,000 to the charity. In addition, it taught what co-owner, Sophie Shor calls, “A nice lesson on giving….not just to Mom, but to other children.” She hopes that it will inspire kids to continue their altruistic ways in the future.

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Discover the Bold Femininity of LAGOS, Now Available at Roman Jewelers in Bridgewater

 

Lagos silver caviar bracelet
More than an attractive accent, the Lagos crest signifies the true integrity of each piece it adorns.

Roman Jewelers in Bridgewater is pleased to announce the addition of LAGOS, to our collection of fine jewelry brands. It is handcrafted with a particular woman in mind. She radiates with grace, poise and effortless beauty. Her unique blend of strength and sophistication conveys a bold femininity. She remains true to herself and has the confidence to create her own signature look. Come in and see for yourself why her jewelry says it all : MY LAGOS MY WAY.

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Pantone Color of the year 2015 is Marsala

Various pantone accessories and jewelry
2015 pantone color of the year. Think ruby, garnet, rubellite for Jewelry and a new Michele strap to coordinate your wardrobe.

Pantone, the worldwide standard for color communication and inspiration, has announced that the Color of the Year for 2015 is Marsala. We have some jewelry suggestions…

Pantone describes Marsala as a “naturally robust and earthy wine red.” The Marsala color is said to enrich the mind, body and soul, and “exudes confidence and stability.”

Marsala has already been seen all over the Spring 2015 runways, and will continue to be a popular choice for accessories — especially jewelry. At Roman Jewelers, we will celebrate the color of the Year with gemstones like ruby, rubellite, and even colored diamonds. In fact, January birthstone, Garnet, works too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Get the Golden Globe recap, along with the “look” from Roman Jewelers

Laura Prepon's Simon G. jewelery that she wore to the Golden Globes
You can get the look, too!
Laura Prepon stuns in Simon G. Jewelry at the 2015 Golden Globes Awards.

 

The Jewelry Industry and stylists were tweeting all the jewels and styles from last night’s Golden Globes, for those of us that needed more closeups. If you couldn’t follow it all, read on to find out about the highlights-diamond fringe earrings and necklaces, diamond statement necklaces, platinum and Simon G.!!!

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Jewelry Repairs Require Expertise

A jeweler in the Roman Jewelers repair shop
Igor Furhman, Master Jeweler, Roman Jewelers works on all types of jewelry repairs

By Sophie Shor

He put your engagement ring on your finger five years ago, and you have been wearing it every day since. You never take your wedding band off, even when you go to the gym. You diamond bracelet is always on your wrist.  And your favorite hoop earrings match all of your outfits perfectly and you wear them quite often. That is wonderful. Enjoy, but please make sure that you periodically have your jewelry inspected for any wear and tear by Roman Jewelers.

Every piece of jewelry eventually yields to wear and possible damage.  Maybe you need to replace lost or chipped gemstones or refurbish the worn or damaged parts?  Quite often, the areas that need special jeweler’s attention are hinges, clasps, prongs, ring shanks, bracelet links and chains.  And don’t forget your pearl necklaces and bracelets! These need to be re-strung periodically and the clasps checked.

And that is where a good jeweler comes in, examining your jewelry and making recommendations. Years of experience in restoring and repairing your jewelry; that is what a really good jeweler will offer you.

Feel free to stop by at Roman Jewelers in Flemington or Bridgewater, NJ. We will gladly look at your jewelry and give you advice on the best way of restoring and repairing your jewelry pieces. Our jewelers are some of the finest, most experienced master craftsmen in the industry.

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Meet Anna, Roman Jeweler’s “Watchmaker”

Roman Jewelers' watchmaker, Anna working on repairing a watchRoman Jeweler’s Watchmaker Anna Vakhilt

In the highly specialized field where the “watchmaker” is often typecast as an old, bearded man with a magnifying lens, one might be surprised to meet Anna Vakhilt, the watchmaker recently hired at Roman Jewelers.

The stereotype makes Ms. Vakhilt laugh. She had heard “it was a male-dominated profession,” but noted that a third of the students at the prestigious Nicolas Hayek Watchmaking School she attended were actually women.”Many think that women are ideal for the profession, because they are more patient and gentle with the timepieces,” she says.

She adds, however, that the study of watch making is absolutely still an “old school” trade that is handed down from one generation to the next and is a multi-generational profession where apprenticeships are commonplace. By custom, the term “watchmaker” is used because, though they do repairs and maintenance as part of what is called after-sales service, they fabricate some elements of timepieces to fix them. “It’s also much easier to remember than ‘Horologist’” Vakhilt adds with a grin.

And, although Ms. Vakhilt’s father was not a watchmaker, some of her friends were. “I found out what they were doing, and I became very intrigued with it—the mechanics and complications of watches fascinated me.”  The term “complications,” refers to the devices that measure anything other than hours, minutes or seconds, like chronometer (stopwatch) functions, the date, or the phases of the moon. “I also knew that the job required someone to be focused, detail-oriented, fastidious and disciplined. It suited me,” she says.

In 2005, Ms. Vakhilt registered for a two-year, 3,000-hour training program at what was then a new school established by the Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Education Program, a group set up by the Swiss watch industry to standardize training worldwide. The group felt there was a need for the United States to offer watch making services and training equal to what was provided in Switzerland. Ms. Vakhilt said she felt like she was then part of a secret club where she could see the incredible mechanisms that are hidden from the owner, themselves. “Opening a watch is like opening up a masterpiece – every watch balance feels like a heartbeat.” She was hooked and happy with her choice of career training.

The Nicolas Hayek Watchmaking School curriculum required additional factory training in Switzerland, where Ms. Vakhilt trained. Upon graduating, she received a WOSTEP (Watchmakers of Switzerland Training & Education Program) certificate, and worked for the SWATCH group for five years, most recently as a Diagnostic Supervisor where she performed “sort of microsurgery for watches. You want to watch your caffeine intake,” she said, smiling.

Roman Jewelers is currently constructing a watch service workshop in their Flemington location that will be equipped with state-of-the-art tooling. This unique workshop will be enclosed in glass, which makes it possible for customers to view Ms. Vakhilt perform her craft. “We are so excited to be building this space as an added benefit to our customers and an improvement to our watch store,” said Sophie Shor, Vice President of Roman Jewelers.

The services that can now be performed at Roman Jewelers Watch Store are:

Battery exchanges

Diagnosis of condition of mechanical or quartz movements

Partial repairs such as :

cleaning dial

placing of hands

adjusting rate on mechanical watches

checking the watch for magnetism and demagnetizing the watch if needed

Adding/ removing inks

Strap replacements

Fixing/adjusting clasp

Re-attaching crystal, bezel, caseback

“With the addition of Ms. Vakhilt to the staff, Roman Jewelers can provide much better service in house,” says Mrs. Shor. She adds that some of the Swiss watch brands still require that watches be sent back for maintenance, but that many other services will be done in the shop, something that makes her happy but also makes the customers happy. “Now, we can provide much quicker turn-around time to our valued customers, sometimes even performing services on the spot and this is something not really offered elsewhere at this level,” she says.

Roman Jewelers is a family owned and operated store with locations in Flemington and the Bridgewater Commons Mall. Roman Jewelers specializes in custom jewelry design, fine jewelry including diamond and bridal jewelry, designer jewelry and jewelry repairs.   The Roman Jewelers Flemington location also offers a wide selection of fine Swiss watches.  Additional information about the company is available at www.romanjewelers.com.

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What Happens in Vegas…

Simon G.'s "Organic allure" necklaceOrganic Allure from Designer Simon G.

Roman Jewelers has just returned from the largest jewelry show IN THE WORLD. Our buyers checked out the goods and we attended seminars to further our mission of why we got into this business in the first place–customers! We learned how to better our customer experience and we shopped the finest in gemstones, jewelry, and bridal to bring it all back to New Jersey. Read on to find out what we brought home.New Bridal–Brides in both our stores, in Flemington and Bridgewater, love a vintage look. So we shopped and found a beautiful collection of vintage inspired diamond settings along with some diamond and sapphire settings.  Since the “royal” ring and but truly for centuries before that, brides and grooms have used sapphires in engagement rings settings because it is meaningful, unique, and a wonderful way to show off a center diamond stone, too.

Gold Jewelry–cable-style bracelets are still very popular with jewelry lovers. They are affordable and great for stacking. The stacking look provides versatility and is perfect to accessorize any outfit–day or night–and our acquisition of some of these gold bracelets will make for some great gift giving, too. Ask about them when you come in to see us.

Color–from colored diamonds to quartz gem slices, color runs a gambit of price points. So, whatever your desire, Roman Jewelers purchased the finest in color at the Vegas show. A very popular, affordable, and beautiful look are colored gem slices. These designs actually cut the colored stone into a thin slice and highlight the slice with a diamond bezel. The look is organic, because you can see the unique qualities of the gemstone, but also elegant. If you prefer a faceted colored stone, no worries. Big looks are on the way from Designer, Simon G.

Diamond Jewelry–always in style, always beautiful, and always at Roman Jewelers. Vegas was filled with every girls’ best friend. Our buyers got to the diamond early in the a.m., making picking the best stones a priority for them at Vegas. New diamond pendants, bracelets and necklaces will be in our cases very soon–in all price points. Please call ahead if you would like to make an appointment.

Tacori 18k925–the new Tacori 18k925 is HOT. Due to ship to Roman Jewelers in a few weeks, we will be sure to blog about this sterling silver line more and post to our Facebook. The look is really amazing and affordable and customers of all ages LOVE it!

Simon G. Color and New Designs Organics, Simon set–our customer’s favorite designer is Simon G., so our buyers spent a big portion of the first day sitting with Simon and his Sales staff to pick our the finest color first. In addition, Roman Jewelers will be featuring more from his Organic Allure and Simon Set this year. The Simon G. line continues to grow and improve every year and our customers continue to embrace all that is Simon G. We can’t wait to show you.

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Jewelry Ideas for Spring

Mikimoto pearl cherry blossom necklace
Mikimoto Cherry Blossom Necklace

Passover starts tonight and Easter is almost here and we want you to look your best ! Here are a few ideas from our designer jewelry collection that will dress up your outfit. Whether your style is classic, sophisticated or playful, we hope these pieces will allow you to celebrate in style.

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