Tuesday, January 24, 2012

What is the scoop on January's Birthstone?

January's birthstone is a gem known as the Garnet.

We are going to share some interesting facts about this month's birthstone, which is commonly given in gifts for Valentine's Day. First of all, where did Garnets get their name? It's from the Latin word pomegranate, "granatus", because the garnet crystals in rock reminded scientists of the seeds in the pomegranate fruit.

Now that you know where the name Garnet originates, let us tell you about the color.
Did you know that Garnets are found in every color except blue?

Dark red garnets have been popular since the early Victorian period of 1835-1850. The four species of garnet are pyrope, almandine, rhodolite, and tsavorite.
  • Pyrope, from the Greek word pyropus meaning “fiery-eyed,” is the darkest red garnet. Pyrope garnets were called "Bohemian garnets" because they came from the Bohemian Hills of Czechoslovakia. They have been mined here since the 1500s, but garnets are also mined in East Africa, India, and Sri Lanka. The Pyrope Garnets range from a deep dark red to black.
  • Almandine Garnets are a medium-red color. Almandine garnets range from dark brownish red to medium red. Maroon may describe this color best.
  • Rhodolite is found in red with purple or raspberry overtones. Rhodolite garnets range from a medium purple color to a deep purplish-red color. When you see Rhodolites you may associate the color of the stone to be similar to that of a grape, cranberry, raspberry, or plums.
  • Tsavorite garnets range from a lighter bright green to a medium dark green color. This gem tends to be a vibrant, fresh green.
Garnets are plentiful and affordable. As for strength the Garnet is very durable, so it’s ideal for the stone to be worn on a daily basis.

Here are some legends and folklore related information for this beautiful birthstone:
Legend has it that the garnet was hung in the ark by Noah for illumination, and it is because of this that the Garnet is considered the gem of faith.  Garnets are said to give the wearer night protection from nightmares.  The Egyptians thought the Garnet was an antidote for snakebites and food poisoning, while Russian Czars favored the rare green garnets.

A small Garnet gift guide: 
Garnets are given for the 2nd Wedding Anniversary
Rhodolite garnets are given for the 5th anniversary.
Tsavorite garnets are given for the 12th anniversary.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Caring for your Diamonds

We have some tips to provide all of our Diamond jewelry owners. Diamonds are extremely durable and resistant to being scratched except by another diamond.  Diamonds are a very popular stone and are usually sold in engagement and wedding rings that are usually worn 24 hours a day.  Jewelry that is important enough to be worn this often requires proper maintenance for it to last.

What can happen to your diamond jewelry?
  • Diamonds can become chipped or become loose in its setting and fall out. 
  • They can get smudged, soiled, and dusty.
  • It is common for diamonds to pick up grease and oils from lotions, powders, soaps, and even natural skin oils, which places a film on the diamond cutting down the diamond's brilliance.
A clean diamond will "SPARKLE"! Why is this you ask?  Well, when it is clean, the maximum amount of light can enter the stone and return the light in a fiery brilliance. 

It takes just a little care to keep Diamonds sparkling:
  • It helps to occasionally wipe the Diamonds with a lint-free cloth.
  • When doing rough work, do not wear diamond jewelry, especially rings.  The diamond may be one of the hardest materials by nature, but it can still be chipped by a sharp blow or become knocked loose. 
  • You can keep your diamonds sparkling with regular cleaning methods such as: warm water, mild soap, and a soft toothbrush or a commercial cleaning solution. It is not recommended to use ultrasonic and steam cleaners.
  • Avoid touching your clean diamonds with your fingers.  Handle clean jewelry by the edges.
  • Chlorine can damage and discolor the mounting on your jewelry, so keep your jewelry and diamonds away from harsh household chemicals.  Keep this in mind when swimming in chlorinated pools or hot tubs. 
Justice Jewelers will help you keep your diamonds sparkling with proper cleaning and maintenance.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your diamond jewelry feel free Contact Us.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Caring For Your Jewelry

You received jewelry over the holidays, now how do you care for it? 

We are here to share several tips to help you care and clean your precious jewelry. Your fine jewelry is meant to last a lifetime and between these proper care and Justice Jeweler's services you will see the qualities of your jewelry last. We are looking to share several tips with you over the next few blogs.

General Tips: 
  1. Store your jewelry in a clean, dry place.
  2. Keep your jewelry in a fabric-lined jewelry case, or in a box with compartments and dividers.  If you prefer to use ordinary boxes, wrap each piece individually in soft tissue paper.
  3. Do not jumble your jewelry pieces in a drawer or jewelry case.  Pieces can become scratched if jumbled together.
  4. Be careful when removing your jewelry. When washing hands, remove it away from the sink to reduce the chance of it slipping down the drain.  
  5. We recommend that you see our jeweler every 6 months to have your jewelry checked for loose prongs, worn mountings, and general wear and tear.  We will professionally clean your jewelry any time you are in to visit.
  6. If you are looking to purchase a machine for cleaning your jewelry, an ultrasonic cleaner is available in many different models and prices.  They can be a convenient way to quickly clean your jewelry at home.  However, ultrasonic cleaners can damage some jewelry.  Visit our repair shop and speak with our jeweler to see which ultrasonic machine, if any is appropriate for your jewelry needs.    Jewelers of America

 If you have questions about any of these tips or other concerns, Justice Jewelers has a jeweler ready to help you. You can call, visit, leave a comment or email us.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

What you didn't know about Father's Day

Yes, Justice Jewelers has gifts for Dad, but did you know that Father's Day began with an idea in 1909?

This idea began when Mrs. John B. Dodd proposed the idea of having a special day to honor her father who was a Civil War veteran. Mr. William Smart was her father and was widowed when Mrs. Smart died during childbirth. Mr. Smart raised 6 children and maintained a farm in Washington State. Mrs. Dodd wanted to show her appreciation for all the hard work and devotion he had given selflessly throughout the years. June 19, 1910 was the first Father's Day to be observed in Spokane, Washington. This wonderful spirit spread to other cities in America and in 1924 President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father's Day, but it wasn't until 1966 that President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed Father's day would be the 3rd Sunday of June. (2011, http://www.holidays.net/father/story.htm)

Interestingly enough Father's Day falls on June 19th this year just as it did in 1910.

Happy Father's Day 2011 from all of us at Justice Jewelers.

So, what came first Mother's Day or Father's Day?

Friday, June 03, 2011

45 Creative Ways to Propose

Top 5 Video links to YouTube of Creative Proposals:
1. Best Proposal Ever!
2. Artistic Proposal
3. Romance in the Park Proposal
4. Firefighter Proposal
5. Police help proposal

1. Do it the old fashioned way. Get down on one knee with a rose clenched in your teeth and ring in your hand just before you are about to eat dessert in a busy restaurant.
2. Have a waiter bring you a small cake with the ring inside it (be careful she doesn’t swallow it).
3. Take her to the theatre and ask the stage manager if he will ask her to marry you after the final curtain, this is the perfect ending to a perfect evening.
4. Turn up at her office in the middle of the afternoon armed with a red rose, a bottle of champagne and a glass with the ring in it.
5. Write “will you marry me” (and her name) in chalk on the street outside your house in big enough letters so that she will notice.
6. Phone up your local radio station and get them to pop the question for you over the air waves at a time that you know she will be listening. Then dedicate a song to her.
7. Gather all your friends and family around for drinks and pop the question.
8. Gather friends and family outside her home waving banners with the words will you marry me on them. (Make sure you have the right house)
9. Send a singing telegram to her workplace singing of your love. Walk in as soon as they are done singing and ask her to be your bride forever.
10. Set up a flash mob dancing to her favorite song at a place she wouldn’t expect and propose after the dance.
11. Create a web page all about your life together. Photos, places that mean a lot to you etc. Announce your love by proposing, sending her the web address and wait for a reply and when accepted you can then send the address to friends and family.
12. Take her away for the weekend and when you are on your last day pop the question.
13. Get up extra early and serve her breakfast in bed. Cook her favorite breakfast, a red rose, a bottle of champagne and a kiss to wake her. Then declare your love.
14. Scatter rose petals all over the bed, wrap the ring and tell her that you have gotten her a gift to show how much you love her and when she opens it tell her that you want to spend the rest of your life with her.
15. Cook your loved one a romantic meal and place a note around a candle asking her to marry you.
16. Give your girlfriend a foot massage and place the ring on her little toe.
17. Buy a cake and have the baker write “Will you marry me?” on it.
18. Take out a full page ad in a paper that you know she will read, but be close by when she reads it.
19. Buy your loved one a watch and have it inscribed “marry me”.
20. Go for a picnic together then pop the question.
21. If you are dining in a fancy restaurant, ask the waiter to write, “Will you marry me?” in chocolate sauce around the rim of the dessert plate.
22. Run her a bath, fill the room with scented candles, sprinkle rose petals in the water. Place a rubber duck with the ring tied around its neck into the tub. (Make sure the tub is plugged in case the ring falls into the bath)
23. Serve her oysters in bed with the ring inside the shell.
24. Message in a bottle.
25. Spell your proposal out in glow in the dark star stickers on your ceiling.
26. Scratch your proposal into the frost on her car windshield.
27. Take her to the beach and write “Will you marry me?” in big letters in the sand.
28. Take her up in a hot air balloon and announce that you will jump if she doesn’t marry you.
29. Plan a treasure hunt. Set the clues in place and when she gets to the last clue you will be standing with champagne and a proposal she can’t refuse.
30. Hire a plane to fly a banner with “Will you marry me?” on it. (make sure her name is on the banner)
31. Sneak in to her home and fill it to the rafters with flowers and in the middle sit a teddy bear holding the ring and a note asking her to marry you.
32. Propose in French. (the language of love)
33. Play hangman and have the phrase be “marry me”
34. Send her 4 balloons with the words “will you marry me?” on them.
35. Ask her to marry you by writing it on the bathroom mirror.
36. Carve out the inside of a book and place the ring inside.
37. Take a picture of yourself down on one knee holding the ring box and put it into a frame and then present it to her.
38. Place her engagement ring inside a beautiful red rose and when she smells it pop the question.
39. Bring her to Justice Jewelers to shop and we will have her beautiful ring displayed in our cases along with a romantic message from you.
40. Buy Chinese food and steam open a fortune cookie and place your note inside that says “will you marry me?”

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Did ya know Wokka Wokka is now a full-fledged jewelry line?

Click to listen to the radio ad from

All Grown Up :60

Woody: Did ya know Wokka Wokka is now a full-fledged jewelry line?

Sarah: Whatdya mean?

Woody: I mean you can walk in here and try on Wokka Wokka rings, Wokka Wokka pendants and Wokka Wokka earrings. It’s not just a nickname for a Justice Jewelers diamond anymore. It’s a legitimate line with designated showcase space.

Sarah: That’s Wok tacular!

Woody: I know. And I think every woman in Southwest Missouri needs to see it for herself. Especially when Wokka Wokka diamond stud earrings start at one hundred twenty nine dollars a pair.

Sarah: What about pendants? I like pendants, too.

Woody: Those start at one hundred ninety nine dollars.

Sound byte of man screaming ‘yeoulll!’

Sarah: Sorry about that. I get a little overexcited at times.

Woody: Just wait ‘til you see these designs in person. Solitaire and three-stone rings …diamond studs …and an impressive collection of heart, cross, three-stone and solitaire pendants. All bursting with that signature Wokka Wokka sparkle.

Sound byte of man screaming ‘yeoulll!’

Sarah: Now that time it wasn’t me.

Woody: Don’t worry about it. Just get in here and take the Wokka Wokka Challenge. You’ll be Wokka Walkin out the door with jewelry that screams twice as loud as you do.

Getting her a diamond anniversary band from Justice Jewelers can improve your love life any number of ways…

Click to listen to the radio ad from

Any Number of Ways :60

Woody: Getting her a diamond anniversary band from Justice Jewelers can improve your love life any number of ways…

Sarah: We just thought you should know.

Woody: Commemorating your anniversary with one of our bands can save you money…

Sarah: ...give you access to all the latest fashions and styles…

Woody: …And remove all worry from your life.

Sarah: Her diamonds will sparkle brighter…

Woody: Her band will last longer…

Sarah: And her faith in mankind will be restored.

Woody: She’ll love the ring…

Sarah: …You’ll love the promotional pricing…

Woody: and you can bank on another anniversary together next year.

Sarah: Come see us and we will treat you like a friend…

Woody: …be attentive to your needs…

Sarah: and do everything we can to make you happy as a clam at high tide.

Woody: You will be able to get back to life sooner…

Sarah: …focus on other important tasks...

Woody: and finally win over her friends and family:

Wife’s Father: Set another place at the table, Margaret. The boy looks hungry.
Woody: Enjoy special diamond anniversary band pricing starting at one hundred ninety nine dollars at Justice Jewelers.

Sarah: Browse one hundred and fifty anniversary bands right now at Justice Jewelers Dot Com

Monday, May 23, 2011

Neighbors throughout the Ozark region help Joplin recover from Tornado

During the evening of 5/22/11 a tornado took 116 lives. This is the deadliest single tornado in nearly 60 years for our nation. There are many people in the Ozarks wondering if and how they can help their neighbors down in Joplin.

Here are a few websites providing relief efforts:

URGENT!! Ozarks Red Cross is updating their blog for ways to help-THEY NEED TYPE O NEGATIVE BLOOD DONATIONS- Donate Blood Now

Great Southern Bank is also encouraging their employees as well as community members to donate blood in response to the Code Red Alert issued for Type O Negative Blood by Community Blood Center of the Ozarks. For more information, please visit www.cbco.org or your local blood bank.

American Red Cross has a site for victims to register and let loved ones know they are safe-Find Your Family and Friends

The Cake Pop Company is donating 100% of tomorrow's 5/24/11 sales (online and in store) to Convoy of Hope for Joplin- Link

Ozarks Food Harvest is sending 6 truckloads of food items and supplies to be delivered to Joplin this week. To Donate items-Donate Items Here

Ozark Technical College is collecting donations for Joplin Tornado recovery- Link

417 Magazine has a list on their Blog for helping- Blog Link

You can donate online or text CONVOY to 50555 to make a $10 donation to Convoy of Hope. Standard msg and data rates apply. Convoy of Hope

Dial 211 to volunteer.

Thank you in advance for all of your help. Provide us with feedback on your relief efforts.