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  1. Your Month-By-Month Jewelry Checklist Guide

    The start of each year is a time of new beginnings, New Year’s resolutions and plans for how to be better in the coming months.  While thoughts of upkeep on your home, car and body may be top of mind; your jewelry collection is another asset that benefits from yearlong upkeep, care and special attention.  Follow our month-by-month guide for a checklist of ways to keep your jewelry in tip-top condition! 

    • January: Make Your Jewelry Resolution
    • February: Add a Heart, Make Something Special
    • March: Check Your Watches
    • April: Diamond Inspection Time
    • May: It’s Time to Redesign
    • June: Restring Pearls
    • July: Travel Tips (necklaces never tangle again!)
    • August: Cleaning The Right Way
    • September: Be Smart, Get Insured
    • October: Cash in Old Gold
    • November: What’s My True Size?
    • December: Get A New Shine

    Read below for details on each month with complete inspiration, ideas and how-tos!

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  2. Jewelry Anniversary Gifts by Year, Ideas & Inspiration

    In 1922, Emily Post published her first etiquette guide, which included a list of anniversary gifts for each year.  Many of us are familiar with these traditional gifts, but did you know that there is also a gemstone or metal associated with each anniversary? 

    This list of anniversary jewelry has been endorsed by Jewelers of America and the The American Gem Trade Association. No matter how many years you’ve been married, a gift of jewelry is always a wonderful symbol of love and commitment.

    1st Anniversary: GoldFirst Anniversary: Gold
    You’ve made it through your first year!  This is a fantastic milestone in a couple’s life. 

    You’ve learned even more about each other and grown closer than you could imagine.  It’s been a year filled with firsts; maybe you bought your first home together or adopted your first pet. 

    All of those big and small steps you’ve taken together deserve to be commemorated with first anniversary gifts that signify your continuing bond and love for each other. 

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  3. Want Your Engagement Ring to Look Brand New For Years?

    Your Engagement Ring Can Look Brand New for Years! Simply Follow These Tips From Our Jewelry Experts."I just got engaged!  I love my ring so much and I want to make sure it sparkles like this forever!  Do you have any tips for caring for engagement rings?"

    Congratulations!  We’re so happy to hear from newly engaged couples. We definitely can help you keep your engagement ring shiny and bright with these tips from our jewelry experts: 

    1) Have that ring insured!

    This should be one of the first things you do after the excitement of being engaged.  No one ever wants to think about their precious ring being damaged, lost or stolen, but unfortunately, it can happen.

    And while the emotional value of your ring is impossible to replace, ring insurance can cover the replacement cost.  Ring insurance can be bought as an extension to your renter’s or homeowner’s policy. Or, for more coverage (replacing the actual lost or stolen ring), consider a company that specializes in jewelry insurance. Here are some additional ring insurance tips:

    1. Take pictures of your ring.
    2. You should have received a Statement of Value document when you purchased your ring (if not, request one!). We require the original receipt from your purchase in order to properly complete the Statement of Value for you. Once completed, these Statements of Value generally satisfy insurance company requirements for jewelry riders appended to homeowner's policies. Keep it somewhere safe as you'll likely need it when looking to insure your jewelry.
    3. Keep in mind that the value of your jewelry can increase over time. It is important to obtain a current Statement of Value every 2-3 years and update your policy when the value of jewelry changes to ensure adequate coverage with your insurance company.
    4. Keep a copy of your purchase receipt on your computer or in a safe.
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  4. A Guide to Diamond Carat Ranges & Sizes

    "I’m interested in buying either diamond or pearl solitaire earrings as a birthday gift for my wife, but I’m having trouble deciding which ones to buy.  I can’t figure out how big each of the earrings are or how they would look on her. I’m also not sure which type she would like best.  Can you help?"

    These diamond and pearl size charts for carat weight will help you determine the actual millimeter size of every shape!

    Great question! You definitely can’t go wrong with either diamond or pearl earrings, so you’re on the right track already! 

    Both are classic pieces that can be dressed up or down, so they can be worn casually or for a night out.

    Check your wife’s jewelry box to see what types of stones or gems she already has, and choose the one that would add something new and different to her collection.

    We totally get that buying earrings online can be tricky if you’re not familiar with sizing terminology or just can’t picture how what you see on your screen will look on an actual ear.

    That’s why we recently added photos to each of our diamond solitaire stud earrings and freshwater pearl earrings product pages showing how that particular piece will look on the typical woman’s ear.

    We’ve also created handy charts that let you compare all of the most popular diamond and pearl earrings sizes at once. Check them out below!

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  5. Take Your Summer Style Up a Notch: Must-Have Accessories

    Summer is finally here, and we are so excited to show off all the new styles for the season; like off-the-shoulder tops, florals, stripes and bold colors.  Your closet may be full of all the latest fashions, but do you know how best to accessorize those cool summer looks?  Keep reading for our advice from our experts!

    Freshwater Pearl Lariat Necklace in 10k Yellow Gold

    Shy Creation: Diamond V-Shape Necklace 14k Rose Gold

    Layered Necklaces:

    Off-the-shoulder and one-shoulder tops and dresses are all the rage among fashionistas right now.  This style leaves a lot of real estate for flaunting another of this summer’s trends: layered necklaces.  

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  6. Jewelry Picks for Dad: A Father’s Day Gift Guide

    Father’s Day is coming up fast; do you have a gift for Dad picked out yet? Today we’re going to give you some ideas in a gift category you may have never considered before- jewelry! 

    While it may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re thinking of a gift for Dad, there are actually many options in our men’s collection that will definitely make his day extra special. 

    Here are some ideas from among the best sellers in men’s jewelry.

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  7. A Match for Moms of all Types: Mom's Official Gift Guide

    Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and we’re here to help you choose the perfect gift for the special mom in your life, whether it’s your mom, wife, sister, grandmother or your best friend.  

    According to the National Retail Federation, Americans planned to spend $4.2 billion on jewelry for Mother’s Day in 2016, making it one of the most popular Mother’s Day gifts.

    But all moms are different and it can be tough to figure out which piece mom would like best.

    Our Mother’s Day gift guide is here to help!  Whether your mom is trendy, sporty, all about the glam or classically elegant, we’ve got her perfect match. 

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  8. Spring Color Report: 3 You Need in Your Collection

    We do not think we are exaggerating when we say these are THE most-wanted gemstones of the year.


    Morganite’s hue ranges from a soft salmon to a vibrant blush, and its elegance makes you adult enough to wear it.

    Looking for something truly exceptional?

    According to our gemstone experts, this gem is becoming harder and harder for jewelers to nab due to demand- meaning its increasing rarity is making it tough to add to your collection. Not to worry, we have 25 for you to get right now. 

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  9. Favorite Fan Photos: Spring 2017 Edition

    Go ahead ladies, flash that sparkler. Take a peek at some of our favorite shares from you, our guests! Want to be featured in the next edition?Just snap a pic and upload to Instagram using #ashcroftandoak or #rogersandhollands


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  10. Valentine’s Day Contest Winners Revealed!

    There’s nothing we love more than hearing about your special happily-ever-after moments.  

    That’s why last month, in celebration of love and Valentine’s Day, we ran a Facebook contest in which we asked our followers to send us the story of their engagement. 

    From carefully composed to totally spontaneous to asking with the help of friends or fun props, we loved reading all of the incredibly sweet, hilarious and thoughtful proposal stories received.

    Thank you to everyone who entered, and congratulations to our 5 special winners who each received a $50 gift certifaicate. Read the winning engagement stories below...

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