Tips for Traveling with Jewelry

Your jewelry is part of you, so leaving it behind may not be an option. Whether you’re a jet-setter or weekend road-tripper, here are some helpful safety tips from Skatell’s Jewelers.

  • Choose wisely. Pack light and take only the jewelry you’ll wear while traveling and at your destination. The 4-carat diamond ring you save for special occasions? Probably not. The pearls that go with everything? Definitely.
  • Make a list. List all the jewelry you’ll take with you. Make two copies. Take one copy with you and store it separately from your jewelry. Leave the other copy at home. Also helpful: take pictures or a video of your jewelry.
  • Carry it on. Never put jewelry in checked baggage. Instead, wear it or stow it in your carry on bag. If you wear it, take extra care by slipping a pendant inside a sweater or turning your ring so only the band shows.
  • Keep it with you. Put your jewelry in a favorite bag you’ll carry while traveling. Don’t leave your jewelry in an unattended car or suitcase. When checking into your hotel or condo, don’t hand your jewelry bag to hotel staff. Carry it personally.
  • Use the safe. Always store jewelry in the in-room safe when you’re not wearing it.
  • Insure it. Perfect Circle expertly insures your personal jewelry against loss, damage, theft and mysterious disappearance wherever your travels take you, worldwide. So get the right insurance. Then relax, be yourself and have fun

Keep your jewelry sparkling for a lifetime.

Jewelry is made to be enjoyed, and a little extra care will help extend the enjoyment for a lifetime. And if you pass it down, maybe several lifetimes. Use these Perfect Circle™ care tips to extend the shine and sparkle, and keep your stones safely in their settings.

  1. Get checkups. At least once a year, take your jewelry to a jeweler for inspection and cleaning. They’ll check for loose settings, worn prongs and other potential problems. Ask for tips on how to clean your jewelry at home between visits.
  2. Clean regularly. Clean your jewelry at home to avoid dirt buildup that can increase wear, but use precaution. It is always best to use warm water and a baby soft tooth brush. Stay away from sinks and drains.
  3. Don’t wait. If you see a loose stone or a prong that is worn or catches on fabric, it could lead to a lost diamond. Take the piece to your jeweler and have it checked immediately.
  4. Store gently. When you’re not wearing your jewelry, place each item in a separate soft compartment or container. Storing jewelry cluttered together can cause scratches. Never hang necklaces as that can cause them to stretch. Be careful when usingring holders or jewelry dishes as these tend to stack rings on top of each other, which can cause damage.
  5. Go easy. Diamonds are among the hardest materials on earth, but they can chip if struck at the right angle. Don’t risk a damaged engagement ring. For any potentially high-impact activity, store your ring safely on the sidelines.
  6. Insure it. Be sure to get jewelry insurance with coverage that’s right for you, so if you do experience theft, loss or damage, you’re covered. Your peace of mind is worth it.

An Adorable Wedding Video

We are all looking for a good cry now and then, right? Maybe just me.

Regardless, this video, told from Artie Goldstien’s  perspective (the father of the bride), is a must-watch if only to hear how he views his daughter’s marriage and life choices. It’s all about how he found his own understanding of her relationship. Not only is it incredibly heart-felt, it’s also absolutely adorable. Congratulations Kim and Nikki on their engagement!
This is how all parents should be…

The Top “5” Most Amazing Marriage Proposals…

These days, with the Internet and social media raising expectations, it’s getting harder and harder for the uber-romantic to come up with unique ways to pop the question. Harder, but not impossible. All of these proposals prove that romance lives, creativity abounds and these guys know how to keep a secret!

1) The greatest dub story ever told

When Amy Frankel got called to her boyfriend’s parents’ house, was plopped in the back of Honda, handed a pair of headphones and told to listen, she had to know this was no ordinary day. But Amy could never have been prepared for what was to come: as the car drove along the quiet Oregon street, choreographed dancers continued to appear—seemingly out of nowhere—all lip-dubbing Bruno Mars’ “Marry You.” As the five-minute ride continued, Amy could do nothing but laugh as the dance parade grew ever larger. At the finish, the mob of at least 60 dancers parted, and through the center came Isaac Lamb, who finished the song as he approached the Honda, motioned for Amy to take off the headphones, and popped the question.

2) Work with what you know

When a girl dating a high-level Google executive gets a Nexus 7 tablet as a gift, she probably won’t think that much of it. She will, of course, be incredibly touched that he preloaded it with all her favorite apps, books, music, and movies, but it’s when she sees a video called “I [heart] Aditi”—and her name is Aditi—that she’ll really become entranced with her new gift. For five minutes, she’ll watch the loving and meticulous work of her boyfriend, Raj Hathiramani, who compiled 190 video images, stills, and time-lapse sequences of food (he even bakes heart-shaped brownies—aw!), found objects, friends, family, and seemingly, strangers on the street, into a heart-themed message that ends with promises of love—and a proposal. And then she’ll say yes.

3) “I’m going to make you a star, baby!”

And indeed he did. Writer David Pogue didn’t just videotape a surprise proposal; he created an entire movie trailer that documented his love story with Nicki Dugan, his intended. More than that, he arranged for the phony promo to play at a theater that the couple attended with their families. The professional trailer—complete with set changes and musical score—was so convincing that it took Nicki a little time to recognize her own story, a slow and priceless realization that was captured in real time and shown in the corner of the screen. At the critical moment—when the actor playing David gets down on one knee—the real David yelled “Cut!” and stepped in to finish the proposal, live. An ecstatic Nicki screamed “Yes!” and they lived happily ever after.

4) A proposal full of Glee

It’s hard to say who had the most exciting moment: Seattle’s Tim Hannifan, a Glee fan who won a “flash mob proposal” drawing from flash mob producer Egan Orion, or fellow Gleek and girlfriend Emily Ogura, who was surprised in front of 850 flash dancers at the 3rd Annual Glee Flash Mob. Not even the mobbers knew about the big event, only that at the prescribed time, they were to take a break—that’s when Tim Hannifan, the last man standing, called Emily forward and, from the looks of this video, made her the happiest girl on Earth.

5) The biggest fish story of all time

Blake Buck has imagination, nerve, and a really dedicated friend. When Buck took girlfriend Kellie O’Leary ice fishing in Minnesota, the lucky girl reeled in diamonds! After gleefully accepting the proposal, she wanted to know how her beau pulled it off. Here’s the secret: Buck had a pal in another ice house on the lake, and when Buck gave the go-ahead, the SCUBA-clad friend took a dive, swam 70 feet, put a rubber fish—with the real engagement ring attached!—on Kellie’s hook and gave it a tug. After Kellie reeled in her prize, she called her parents and told them, “I caught a fiancé.”

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