Chopard jewelry heist!

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Although unfortunate, jewelry heists are one of my favorite stories to read about. As shocking as it may seem, these quite carefully planned criminal acts only succeed with a lot of planning to be rewarded with a handsome stash of jewels.

It may sounds very much like the plot of a Hollywood thriller but tonight while a fancy jewelry company was hosting a ball at the Cannes Festival,  thieves broke into a company employees’ hotel room and stole roughly $1 million worth of jewelry. This unfortunate tuurn of events occured as the representative of Chopard, the Swiss-based watch and jewellery company, left the jewelry stash in a safe in his room at the Novotel Hotel in Cannes as he attended a late-night gala at a much more luxurious hotel just across town. Upon his return, he noticed that the  thieves had ripped a safe from the wall of his room.

French police said the Chopard gala lasted until 5 a.m. and strongly believe the burglary happened around 2.30 a.m. They also do not believe this was a solo job and deduced they knew exactly what they were doing.

In another twist of irony, a film with a similar plot had just been screened at Cannes. Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” which is about a celebrity-obsessed teenagers  in Los Angeles who follow movie stars online and break into their homes while they are at public events. The film is based on a real gang of teens who broke into the home Paris Hilton and other stars.

Chopard doesn’t just make jewels. They also make the Oscar-like trophies for the Cannes film festival, the crystal and gold Palme d’Or. Festival officials all say the that the Palme’s are safe.

 

As always, Live, Life, Lamour

R.Lamour

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Jewelry Caring tips

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Happy Monday everyone, today’s post is primarily on key tips which we should all do when caring for our jewelry. Although its not often done, there is a level of maintenance that we should all maintain in order for our jewelry to glow as if we just bought it. Below i’ve outline a few of the key main techniques that will keep you and your jewelry shinning.

Return of the Sparkle – Cleaning your Jewelry

To keep diamond and other jewelry looking as sparkly and brilliant as when you first bought it, I highly recommended to have it cleaned once or twice a year professionally by a jeweler who may clean the jewelry ultrasonically or with steam. Similarly, you can achieve excellent results cleaning it at home using a jewelry cloth (a flannel cloth or piece of cotton can be substituted), a jewelry brush, and simple cleaning solution.

Be mindful to check that all diamonds are secure before cleaning, otherwise pack your jewelry securely and immediately take it to your jeweler. If they are secure, use a cloth to wipe your jewelry clean and then run under the tap for a few seconds. Soak jewelry for 3-5 minutes in a solution of hot water and detergent free soap, such as dishwashing liquid. Scrub with the brush and repeat the process 2-3 times. Dry with the jewelry cloth.

For Soft and Scratchy pieces- Re-polish the Piece

Since Gold and silver are soft metals and the greater the purity the softer the metal. The bands of rings and exposed metal parts are subject to scratches from normal wear and tear. Most scratches can easily be removed by having the metal re-polished. This work should only be performed by a professional jeweler.

Rhodium Again – Re-plating the piece

White gold jewelry unbeknownst to many is actually rhodium plated and usually is a jewelry that is susceptible to wear and tear, over time this will affect the appearance of your white gold jewelry. White gold has a slightly different color to rhodium and once the rhodium plating begins to wear off, the off-white color of the white gold will begin to show through. Consequently, it may be necessary to re-plate white gold periodically, according to the appearance of the jewelry. Any reputable jeweler can re-plate white gold jewelry.

Hopefully these tips were enjoyable and fruitful in use.

As always, Live, Life, Lamour,

R.Lamour

 

 

Tip of the week!

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The tip of the week is regarding the proper cleaning and caring of emeralds.

Although a hard stone, emeralds can chip easily. Therefore special care should be given when handling and wearing such a stone. You should protect your emerald from hard knocks or blows. It should never be soaked in an organic solvent such as gasoline, xylene, thinner, or substances containing these substances. Since emeralds are treated with oils, these substances may slowly dissolve the oil from the stone and in some cases the stone’s color could be weakened. If this should happen, the emerald must be treated or retreated by your jeweler.

Emeralds are not necessarily endangered by ultrasonics, however if the stone is put in a hot ultrasonic cleaner (which is never recommended) it must be only for a very short time. To clean simply rub the emeralds with a soapy brush , then rinse with cool water and dry. Otherwise you may wish to spray the stones with a window cleaner and then wipe them off. If the dirt on the stones cannot be removed with a cloth, try using a toothpick. Sometimes professional cleaning is a must and for this see your jeweler every few months with confidence.

Live, Life, Lamour

R.Lamour

Tip of the week!!

Welcome back all to our Tip top Friday tip of the week. This week’s tip is regarding cleaning what has been deemed a girls best friend Diamonds. Below are some suggestions on cleaning this alluring and precious stone.

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Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but they still need some love and attention to maintain that relationship. A simple home made cleaning solution can be created to bring all the sparkle back in this hard yet precious stone.

Solution ingredients:

– 1part  Ammonia

-3parts Warm water
Once the solution is created, your diamond should be soaked for 20 minutes in the solution then Gently scrubbed with a soft-bristle toothbrush. The initial soaking helps get the solution into the small hard to reach areas between the diamond and the setting it maybe in.

The next step is to remove from solution and rinse with warm water, then dry and polish with a lint free cloth. If diamonds are set in platinum, this method will also bring shine back to the setting. Avoid contact with chlorinated pools or household cleaning products containing chlorine bleach because they may discolor the mounting.

As always,

Live, Life, Lamour

R.Lamour

Tip of the week!

Happy friday all, while were patiently waiting for the day to go by and finally leave our workstations. I’ve managed to put together some cleaning tips regarding metal jewelry for our tip of the week!

Here is the Tip top Friday jewelry tip of the week!

Gold
Gold needs to be soaked for about 15 minutes in a very easy-to-make solution.

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Solution ingredients:

-2 cups of warm water

-6 to 10 drops of a mild dishwashing liquid such as “Joy” or ”Palmolive”  etc.

Now with your solution, gently scrub your gold with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Then rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.

Remember to avoid wearing gold earrings in the shower because soap will dull the gold and also avoid wearing them in swimming pools because chlorine can discolor the metal.

 

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Silver should be rinsed in warm water and patted dry. If silver jewelry is tarnished, use a silver-polishing cloth or a jar of silver-cleaning fluid. Silver-cleaner won’t harm gold or platinum, but it won’t clean them either.

For jewelry with intricate designs, use a silver-cleaning paste which can get into small crevices. Don’t use a toothbrush or other abrasive cleaners because they will scratch the silver. Wipe with a clean soft cloth.

Silver shouldn’t be worn in pools because the chlorine can cause pitting. Pitting is the erosion or formation of little holes that results from silver touching chlorine.

Hope these simple yet applicable tips were helpful for you.

As always,

Live, Life, Lamour

R.Lamour