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Education in ActionPosted: 11/22/2013We were thrilled to see this excellent care and cleaning advice offered by our customer, The Diamond Cellar. It is so important to educate
one's customers on both the importance of professional inspections and cleanings as well as proper routine in-home care. We are pleased to offer products that jewelry stores are proud to provide to their customers. And it is exciting to see such excellent cleaning education offered by a jeweler. Kudos to The Diamond Cellar.
As Seen In: In Store MagazinePosted: 10/11/2013Kristie Nicolosi, our President CEO was proud to offer her insights on private-label products and how they can work for jewelry stores for an
article in the latest edition of In Store Magazine.
Trade Secrets from the Queen of Clean: Emmy Jewelry SimplicityPosted: 09/27/2013This year's Emmys created a buzz fashion-wise,
though not completely in the positive. And while there were a number of dresses that failed to impress, the jewelry was lovely, if more minimal that in years past. Stud earrings adorned the ears of Heidi Klum, Claire Danes, Elisabeth Moss and others. And while some viewers bemoaned the lack of punch from simple studs , they can certainly make a statement in everyday life. However, when your jewelry is more minimal, it becomes even more important that it sparkle and shine. Proper care and cleaning is of paramount importance.
Stud earrings, be they diamond or other gemstones, can be the real workhorse of a woman's jewelry wardrobe.They transition from work, to girls' night out, to hot night on the town; but frequent wear can dim their shine. Build-up from lotions, hair products, cooking oils and more will make even the most gorgeous stones dull. So it is important to care for your favorite studs carefully. Diamonds, rubies, sapphires and topaz can be soaked in a surfactant-based fine jewelry cleaner and blotted dry with a clean cloth. Softer and more porous stones, such as opals, pearls, emeralds and turquoise, can be soaked in a non-ammoniated gentle jewelry cleaning solution and blotted dry with a clean cloth.
The Emmys also shone with yellow gold, including bangles, earrings and cuffs. Tina Fey sported yellow gold drop earrings from Fred Leighton, while Connie Britton rocked a stack of yellow gold bangles by Cathy Waterman. And Padma Lakshmi's much-of-her-lower-arm cuff was a stunning statement with her simple, also architectural white gown. Again, ladies everywhere love their gold, and while it does not tarnish like silver, it still is important to bring out its shine with a quick polish using a professional polishing cloth. After many years of platinum and white gold, it's refreshing to see yellow gold make a comeback.
Because it's Hollywood after all, not all the jewelry was minimal. There were still some stunning diamonds, gleaming emeralds (Sophia Vargara anyone?) and other gemstones including opals on Leslie Mann and Anna Gunn. When cleaning your own stunners, remember this simple rule: clean based on what is safe for the most delicate element of the design. If you have a ring with opals and diamonds, the more porous opals require gentle, non-ammoniated cleaner (don't worry, it will sparkle up the diamonds as well).
The Emmys have kicked off the awards season, no doubt influencing what is worn throughout the fall and holiday seasons. If you too want to keep it simple and elegant, be sure to do so in gems that sparkle. Subtle can still have a lot of impact.
Meet Dave LynchPosted: 07/28/2013Periodically we like to introduce you to a member of our staff whose hard work is so integral to the outstanding products and service The Kingswood Company offers. This month we like you to meet Dave Lynch, Screen Printer, who
has been part of our staff for six years.
Could you give us a little background about yourself?
I come from an art background and am a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design. I majored in illustration and started out in t-shirt design. Work in that area led me into screen printing, as I didn’t just want to design the t-shirts but print them myself too. I found that screen printing is so much fun. So when I saw a job opening in screen printing if figured it would be perfect for me. I have so much passion for art and design and can channel that in my work.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I still spend a lot of time working on my art. I am doing a series of paintings for a gallery right now, and my goal is to have some of my work in the galleries in the Short North (an arts area in Columbus). I once had work in a gallery about 20 years ago, and I really didn’t appreciate it at the time. Now I can’t wait to have my work exhibited. My work includes portraits, conceptual paintings and illustrations.
Who is your favorite artist? Why?
There are so many ways I could answer this question, but I guess I would say Syd Mead. He is a production designer for films and whenever he comes out with a book, I have to have it.
What is the last great book you read?
I read a lot of short stories. My last favorite book was Benjamin Rosenbaum’s The House beyond Your Sky. I also listen to stories and books and am always listening to books while I am silk screening.
Describe any innovations you have made at The Kingswood Company.
We have made many changes since I’ve been here. Kristie (Nicolosi) and I love to experiment. We talk about changes we could make and give them a try. For a long time we talked about doing multiple color screen printing and now we are doing it for our new client, Stella & Dot. I love going through the process and making sure it works well.
I really enjoy innovating and trying new things. It is important to me to meet or exceed the customer’s expectations. Sometimes the customers have new ideas, or Kristie has new ideas, and I enjoy trying them out.
I also changed the process by which we burn images to the screen. It used to take seven minutes a screen; now we can do it in a minute per screen. That has improved our production quite a bit.
What product would you most like to see The Kingswood Company offer?
For a long time I wanted to offer two-color screen printing, but now we’ve done that. I enjoy working with Pam (Waclawski, Art Director). She is the best artist and her graphics are great. Her talent is opening up a whole new world for what we do. Artistically, she just gets it.
Do you have a fun ritual at work? Like something you HAVE to do before you can work?
I get here in the morning and the first thing I do is turn on Mike & Mike (ESPN’s morning sports radio show). I listen to sports radio through the morning while I work, then switch to audio books or podcasts in the afternoon. I like podcasts on how to paint and other things that spur my creativity. I have to learn something every day.
On another note, Scott Spencer and I have been working on a sports magazine outside of work. We’ve been working on it for awhile, and it will come out next month.
Trade Secrets from the Queen of Clean: Jade AIDPosted: 06/14/2013I had a ball attending the 24K dinner in New York in a to-die-for pair of jade and diamond earrings. And I thought that as the Queen of Clean I
should share cleaning how-tos for jade. For jade is all the rage these days. Pantone announced that emerald is the 2013 Color of the Year, so the intense green of jade (along with emeralds, malachite and more) has found its way to the runway, the red carpet and the jewelry boxes of fashionable women everywhere.
But those ladies of fashion may not know just how to clean this stone, which in ancient Egypt was admired as the stone of love, inner peace, harmony and balance. So of course you’ll want to keep it looking lustrous!
A gentle cleaning formula, like The Kingswood Company’s Gentle Jewelry Cleaner, is safe for your jade pieces. A quick soak followed by buffing with a cotton cloth will spiff them up nicely. If your jade piece has carvings or crevices, you may want to use a small brush with light pressure so as to not scratch the surface. Because jade can scratch or crack, do not clean in an ultrasonic cleaner (the Queen of Clean recommends leaving ultrasonic cleaning to the pros only!).Once you have your jade piece cleaned up, keep it looking beautiful going forward by buffing it with your a cotton cloth after each wearing and storing it carefully. Jade can scratch or become over-dry, so store it in an area with some humidity and protect it with a jewelry pouch.
Trade Secrets from the Queen of Clean: WJA PresentsPosted: 05/31/2013I am very honored to have been nominated by
the Women’s Jewelry Association for their 2013 Awards for Excellence in the Special Services Category. To be included in such an array of talented women in the jewelry industry is humbling. I have long been proud to be a member of the WJA and am extraordinarily proud of the work the organization does.
Back in March, I participated in a mentoring program at the WJA In the Know event. It was very exciting to share some of the knowledge I have gained working in the industry with other women. The mentoring opportunities in the WJA are so important in strengthening the role women play in the jewelry industry.
I will be part of another panel at JCK this week. Tips on How to Network Successfully will be held from 4 - 5:15 p.m. on Friday, May 31 at Mandalay Bay, Tradewinds B. I will be joining moderator Debbie Hiss, Owner of Debbie Hiss Consulting, and panelists Diane Warga-Arias, Educationalist & Brand Development Consultant, DWA Communications, Inc.; Lita Asscher, President, Royal Asscher of America; and Beth Schmitz, Beth Schmitz Consulting. We will discuss what networking really means and how to cultivate relationships.
And of course I look forward to attending the Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner on July 29. Not because I get to visit New York City again or because I am a nominee, but to support the WJA in its exceptional work.
Trade Secrets from the Queen of Clean: Mosaic MadnessPosted: 05/18/2013As I prepare for the JCK show in a few weeks, I
came across the May 2012 edition of JCK Magazine. My heart stopped as I saw a page I had marked: the one with the fabulously gorgeous and gorgeously fabulous Sharon Khazzammosaic cuff bracelet. I am always telling my friends that jewelry is truly an art form, and this one-of-a-kind piece demonstrates that in spades.
The story by Melissa Rose Bernardo, Managing Editor of JCK Magazine, details how Khazzam crafted the piece. She had the idea years before she began executing it for a client. The lucky client received not only the bracelet but a book detailing the process of its creation.
The cuff is comprised of 434 stones in 54 different varieties. With stones from aquamarine to yellow tourmaline and dozens in between, one can imagine it would be tricky to keep clean. While you may not have a cuff quite this complex, you probably do have jewelry made from a variety of stones and metals. It is safe to clean these pieces; you just need to use a cleaning formula safe for the most delicate stone in the mix. Gentle cleaning formulas like we produce at The Kingswood Company are safe for even the most delicate stones. Because they are non-ammoniated, you can use such a formula for a quick soak followed by buffing with a polishing cloth. Cleaning your favorite pieces routinely will keep them looking gorgeous. Dirty jewelry usually gets left forlornly in your jewelry box. So keep it clean and wear it often!
The designer of this stunner explained that she searched through thousands of stones to create the piece. “I’m always looking for new stones, trying to find one that no one has ever seen. It’s almost an obsession.” Obsession? I get it. You might even say I am obsessed with clean, sparkling jewelry!
Trade Secrets from the Queen of Clean: Do You Know Mohs?Posted: 04/30/2013As the Queen of Clean, I frequently field
questions from my friends and colleagues about how to clean different pieces of jewelry. Depending on what they want to clean, I may recommend our Fine Jewelry Cleaner, Gentle Jewelry Cleaner or Silver Cleaner. I will assume that you have deduced what you should clean with Silver Cleaner, but my friends will ask, “What’s the difference between Fine and Gentle Jewelry Cleaner? Does it really matter what I use?” Yes, it does; and the why all comes down to what variety of stone you are cleaning.
In order to properly clean your jewelry, it is important to understand how “hard” the gemstones in the piece are. Softer, more porous jewels cannot handle the same chemical treatment as harder gemstones. But how can you know how hard they are?
If you ask your jeweler that question, she will likely reference the Mohs scale. The Mohs scale of mineral hardness characterizes how scratch resistant various minerals are. Minerals are compared by the ability of one mineral to scratch the surface of a softer mineral. The scale is named for German geologist and mineralogist Friedrich Mohs who created it in 1812.
You can probably guess what mineral tops the scale: diamonds. Ten minerals make up the scale and all other minerals fall on the scale based on the hardest mineral that mineral can scratch. The Mohs scale minerals range from softest (talc) to hardest (diamonds). The scale does not measure absolute hardness but rather the relative hardness of one mineral to another.
What does this mean for cleaning your jewelry? At The Kingswood Company our cleaning formularies are designed to safely clean all the jewelry in your wardrobe. Our Fine Jewelry Cleaner, which contains ammonia, is safe for diamonds, amethyst, rubies, sapphires and more (for a full list visit our Education page). And our non-ammoniated Gentle Jewelry Cleaner is safe for use on softer and more porous stones such as emeralds, opals, pearls, turquoise and more (for a full list visit our Education page). If your piece of jewelry is made of multiple stones, always use the cleaning formula that is safe for the softest or most delicate element in the piece.
So now you know Mohs! And while it is interesting, I don’t recommend you scratch your jewels to see how hard they are.
Trade Secrets from the Queen of Clean: The Envelope PleasePosted: 03/23/2013The awards season always feels like it's working
up to the grand finale: The Oscars.
This year, the Oscars harkened back to yesteryear, with many vintage styles and modern pieces recalling the golden era of Hollywood.
Of course that meant diamonds, our first BFF. Jennifer Lawrence’s diamond drop earrings and stunning diamond necklace worn down her back were almost as big a topic as her somehow charming slip on the stairs.
And one couldn’t miss the stunning Fred Leighton diamond ring adorning Kerry Washington’s index finger; a new spot to sport some gorgeous bling.
Though earrings and bracelets still dominated, there were a few more statement necklaces in the mix this year. I especially loved Jennifer Garner’s gorgeous 200 carat Neil Lane necklace as she beamed at her Best Picture Oscar-winning hubby.
As for earnings, I loved Nicole Kidman’s ornate gilded drop earrings from Fred Leighton that so complimented her stunning dress and Catherine Zeta Jones’ dangling earrings comprised of natural colored diamonds in a mosaic-like design.
Cleaning How-To: While your diamonds may not come from a jeweler’s vault, you can keep them eye-popping with proper care and cleaning. Your rings and earrings are most likely to get gummed up through frequent wear, so exercise some caution. Remove your pieces before using lotion or hairspray, or when exercising, cooking, gardening and cleaning. When your diamond BFFs lose their sparkle, I recommend soaking them in a non-ammoniated fine jewelry cleaning formula, brushing with a soft, short brush designed for jewelry care, and drying and buffing with a professional polishing cloth.
Trade Secrets from the Queen of Clean: Clean Up The Awards Season 2Posted: 03/22/2013Here is part two of my wrap-up of the awards
season. I love watching them all! Yesterday I offered my thoughts on The Golden Globes, and here's my low-down on The Grammy's. Check back tomorrow for the finale: The Oscars.
I wondered what would be happening style-wise at the Grammy’s after the gals were put on notice to show a bit less skin than in years past. Style memo notwithstanding, the women of the Grammy’s brought it strong with gorgeous looks with some rock star edge.
Snake and serpent motifs were a noteworthy trend, adorning Nicole Kidman, Alicia Keys, Rihanna and Florence Welch (whose jewels far outshone her not-so-jolly green dress). The twisting diamond crusted snake cuff of Rihanna’s was both elegant and edgy. I have already seen this look to trickling down from the runway to ladies about town.
And there were rings, lots and lots of rings. Some wore numerous rings on multiple fingers (see Rihanna, again), while others wore larger statements rings, such as Faith Hill’s stunning sapphire piece and Kelly Roland’s fabulous emerald ring.
Not to be left out, wrists got lots of attention with cuffs and bangles. Beyonce’s matching Lorraine Schwartz cuffs had a bit of a Wonder Woman vibe but offered beautiful symmetry in contrast to her asymmetrical jumpsuit. While Jennifer Lopez mixed a bold gold cuff with gorgeous Norman Silverman bangles.
Cleaning and Care How-To: Gemstones such as emeralds, sapphires, amethysts and more, in all their gorgeous glory, require a little extra TLC. Because they are softer than diamonds, I recommend cleaning them with a gentle cleaning formulary especially formulated for delicate jewelry (no ammonia or strong solvents). A quick soak and buff with a polishing cloth will keep your jewelry runway-ready. And it is best to save your gemstone pieces for activities where they can’t be chipped or damaged by exposure to chemicals. So wear them for a hot date, an important business meeting or a girls’ night out, but keep them tucked in a jewelry box or pouch when you are swimming, exercising, cleaning or doing cartwheels with the kids.
Trade Secrets from the Queen of Clean: Clean Up The Awards SeasonPosted: 03/20/2013The Hollywood awards season comes at just the
right time. As we struggle through the cold, gray days of winter, the glitterati walk the red carpet in gorgeous dresses and stunning jewels, sparking us out of our winter gloom. I watched them all – The Golden Globes, The Grammy’s and The Oscars – tracking the trends that will morph from the runway to your reality. Here’s a rundown of my favorites, along with cleaning and care how-to’s for different pieces.
Today I start with the Golden Globes. Check back tomorrow and Friday for the low-down on The Grammy’s and The Oscars.
The Golden Globes
The Globes may be Golden, but they were also awash in diamonds, gemstones and more. There were delectable earrings, stunning necklaces and fabulous rings in a variety of metals and in diamonds and gemstones.
For classic diamond looks, I loved Lucy Liu’s Lorraine Schwartz diamond drop earrings and Anne Hathaway’s simple studs and diamond bracelets. Then Jessica Alba upped the ante with a to-die-for Chopard diamond necklace, the shape of which so perfectly accentuated the neckline of her dress.
Not everyone wore diamonds though. Emily Blunt’s gemstone earrings by Lorraine Schwartz offered a gorgeous pop of color, as did Michelle Dockery’s Bulgari emerald and gold stunners. And Debra Messing’s stack of bracelets by Amprapai offered oodles of impact.
Funny ladies Tina Fey and Amy Pohler proved that hilarious can be beautiful. Fey’s elegant Fred Leighton pieces were understated and lovely, while Pohler’s diamond lariat by Chopard will inspire looks this year.
Cleaning How-To: Caring for your own gold and platinum jewelry can be done with a non-abrasive fine jewelry cleaning formula followed by buffing with a professional polishing cloth. Fine metals are easily scratched or bent, so it’s important to remove pieces when engaging in certain activities such as exercise (imagine the pressure your tennis racquet exerts on your rings!), gardening, cleaning and heavy lifting. When you aren’t wearing your favorite piece, store it in a protective case or pouch.
As Seen In: Inspection or Cleaning: Choose Your Works CarefullyPosted: 02/23/2013When we talk to our friends about jewelry care
(if you are a doctor people ask you medical questions and if you work for The Kingswood Company people ask jewelry care questions!), we have found that most don't really know the difference between getting their fine jewelry inspected and getting it professionally cleaned. For many this is because their jeweler emphasizes the cleaning and fails to note the importance the other aspects involved in an inspection.
So we wrote an article hoping to educate jewelers about choosing their words carefully and differentiating a cleaning from an inspection. We are very excited that Southern Jewelry News ran this article in their January 2013 edition. Please check it out and let us know what you think!
Rockin' RJO!Posted: 01/30/2013We just wrapped up the RJO Rock & Restock Show, and our team rocked it just like we did last year (just check the pic). It's exciting to kick off the year with such a great show. And the fact that we got to head to Phoenix from the frigid
Ohio winter is no small perk.
Account Executives, Megan Powell and Rebecca Barker visited with customers and took new orders as they spread the word about properly caring for jewelry with Kingswood products. And on Sunday night they got down to some 70's music. The Kingswood Company has been a member of RJO for thirty years. Rock on.
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