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What to Know Before Getting a Sapphire Engagement Ring?

Posted by Debbie on Monday, March 11th, 2019 at 4:50 pm

Whether you're considering a sapphire engagement ring, or simply a sapphire ring, you're making a great choice! Sapphires have many great qualities: Sapphires are very durable, so while they do sc...

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February birthstone: Amethyst

Posted by Debbie on Friday, February 1st, 2019 at 12:22 pm

Amethyst is associated with giving the owner courage. Originally, the ancient Greeks believed it was able to ward off drunkenness - the word "amethyst" actually stems from a Greek phrase ...

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Pandora Jewelry for the Holidays

Posted by Debbie on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 at 12:24 pm

At Fox Fine Jewelry, we have all the Pandora jewelry options you need for the holidays - from festive new Pandora charms to add to your loved one's Pandora bracelet, or an elegant pendant necklace ...

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What Size Diamond is Right for My Engagement Ring?

Posted by Debbie on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 at 5:03 pm

What size diamond should you get for an engagement ring? Some people want the biggest diamond they can afford, while others prefer smaller diamonds. You might think it’s all about price and q...

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October Birthstone

Posted by Debbie on Monday, September 24th, 2018 at 12:29 pm

If your birthday is in October, you have two options of birthstones: opal and tourmaline. While most people only have one birthstone, you get to pick! Opal Opals are beautiful stones and typica...

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Thomas Fire Necklace Charity

Posted by Debbie on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Thomas Fire and Flood During the height of the necklace giveaways, dozens of people came in for their necklaces daily. They met other survivors, told stories and found comfort with each other. The...

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Mother's Jewelry

Posted by Debbie on Friday, April 13th, 2018 at 12:31 pm

Mother’s Rings and Family Jewelry Mother’s Rings are precious! They’re usually a mom’s most important piece of jewelry, after her engagement ring. So if your mom doesn&rsqu...

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Organizations that Donated to Thomas Fire Rebuilding

Posted by Debbie on Thursday, January 11th, 2018 at 12:31 pm

Fireman says Ventura County is Exceptional The other day a Fresno fireman came into our store. He told me he’s fought fires from Oregon to Mexico, in big cities and small towns. And in all o...

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Fire Damaged Jewelry Restoration

Posted by Debbie on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 at 12:32 pm

The wildfires that are racing through the western states burn at a very high temperature, incinerating homes and almost everything in them. Almost nothing is left but jewelry and ceramics, sometime...

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Should I get a lab created diamond? What’s the difference?

Posted by Debbie Fox on Thursday, August 17th, 2017 at 12:18 pm

When people hear about lab created diamonds, lab grown diamonds, and synthetic diamonds, they often think of fake diamonds. However, this is far from the case. Lab created diamonds, lab grown diamo...

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How to clean your engagement ring at home

Posted by Debbie on Saturday, May 6th, 2017 at 4:40 pm

Engagement rings take a beating. As you wear them, dirt, lotion and soap can build up on the surface, especially on the diamonds in your engagement ring. Clean diamonds sparkle forever, but get a b...

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Should I insure my engagement ring and jewelry?

Posted by Debbie on Saturday, February 4th, 2017 at 4:45 pm

We recommend insurance for all of your valuable jewelry, including your engagement ring. In addition to your engagement ring, consider insuring: Earrings – They can come out when you pull a ...

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What graduation gift should you give?

Posted by Debbie on Saturday, June 4th, 2016 at 1:00 pm

What jewelry you purchase is as personal as your relationship with the graduate, who they are and what they are graduating from. What are they graduating from? Few events in a person’s li...

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Pandora Summer 2016 Bracelets

Posted by Debbie Fox on Friday, June 3rd, 2016 at 12:14 pm

The Pandora Summer Collection 2016 is here! It continues on the ocean theme and throws in some juicy summer fruits. One highlight of the collection is the Oceanic Starfish in frosty mint for $70. T...

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Should I solder my engagement ring to my wedding band?

Posted by Debbie Fox on Monday, May 2nd, 2016 at 12:37 pm

You’re getting married! Or maybe you’ve been married for years. Either way, there’s a good chance you have two rings, your engagement ring and your wedding band. Should you solder...

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Free Pandora Bracelet and New Pandora Spring 2016 Charms

Posted by Debbie Fox on Monday, March 21st, 2016 at 1:18 pm

Free Pandora BraceletMarch 31 – April 3, 2016Get a Free Pandora Bracelet ($65 Value) with a $100 Pandora purchase Pandora’s Spring 2016 collection is blooming with Lace and Daisies, Da...

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How to clean your diamond ring

Posted by Debbie on Monday, January 25th, 2016 at 4:41 pm

What to look for before you clean your engagement ring The residue of lotion, soap, shampoo, hairspray and plain old dirt from daily activity dull the look of your diamond ring. Soon those sparkli...

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What jewelry should I get my girlfriend?

Posted by Debbie Fox on Sunday, November 15th, 2015 at 1:03 pm

The best jewelry to give your girlfriend (or wife, partner or friend) depends upon the message you want to give your girlfriend. From there we can look at the type of jewelry - earrings, pendant, b...

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Should I Buy My Diamond Online?

Posted by Debbie on Saturday, September 26th, 2015 at 1:08 pm

You’re probably figuring that since Fox Fine Jewelry is an independent jeweler we’re going to tell you why independents are so great and why you shouldn’t buy an internet diamond....

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What’s the best way to sell my jewelry?

Posted by Debbie Fox on Friday, July 3rd, 2015 at 4:47 pm

Selling jewelry generally gives you two options. You can get an easy, immediate payment with a lower price, or sell your jewelry with more effort, an undetermined amount of time and a higher price....

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How can I redesign an old ring?

Posted by Debbie Fox on Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 at 2:22 pm

Dear Fox, I have inherited some super sentimental diamond rings from my grandmother, and while I love them because she wore them, I could never wear them. Can I redesign them into a new custom dia...

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Spring 2015 Pandora Charms: New and Retired

Posted by Debbie Fox on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 at 1:13 pm

New Spring Charms and Last Chance at Retired CharmsPandora has an annual retirement of charms--Pandora calls it their "Garden Cleaning," similar to weeding out the old charms to bring in the new. T...

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What kind of wedding bands go with halo engagement rings?

Posted by Debbie Fox on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at 2:22 pm

You’re engaged! Congratulations. Now that you have your engagement ring, you want a wedding band to match. What type of matching wedding band you choose depends upon how your halo engage...

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What do I do with inherited jewelry?

Posted by Debbie Fox on Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 at 2:23 pm

You've inherited jewelry from your beloved grandmother, or aunt or mother. After some time has passed, you pull out your inherited jewelry. First you may want to get a general idea of its value. Fo...

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Tips for starting a Pandora bracelet

Posted by Debbie Fox on Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Choose a bracelet Many people opt for the classic Pandora clasp bracelet in sterling silver. Choose the classic Pandora bracelet with the gold clasp for extra style—the clasp looks like a go...

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Ideal Cut Diamonds that display Hearts and Arrows

Posted by Debbie Fox on Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Two diamonds with the same shape, size, color and clarity, but they have vastly different prices. Why?Diamonds are priced differently because of the grading lab, fluorescence and other factors. But...

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Creative Ways to Give Gifts

Posted by Debbie Fox on Monday, May 5th, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Everyone loves receiving a gift, but it is extra special when it's given in a thoughtful or surprising way. Here are some creative ways to give a gift: Adorn a Stuffed Animal (or a live one!)Have ...

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2014 Pandora Retired Charms

Posted by Debbie on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Make way for the new charms! Pandora is retiring a lot of charms, in anticipation of their many new releases planned for 2014. Some charms have been replaced with new versions (see the strawberry, ...

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What’s the difference between white gold and platinum?

Posted by Debbie Fox on Sunday, February 9th, 2014 at 2:24 pm

New platinum and white gold jewelry look alike, but they’re very different!  The differences show up over time, and each has it's own advantages. Here’s what’s important to k...

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The Pavé Diamond Ring

Posted by Debbie Fox on Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 2:25 pm

I had a special experience at the store. Last week a lady dropped off a ring to be repaired. It had many pavé set diamonds and a couple of them needed replacing. Yesterday she came to pick...

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Rhodium Plating or Dipping Your Jewelry

Posted by Debbie on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 at 2:25 pm

There are two types of plating. Rhodium plating or dipping (discussed below) is done over yellow gold or white gold to make an item white. Rhodium plating is also done over silver on occasion to pr...

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Diamonds Direct from Antwerp, Belgium

Posted by Debbie on Sunday, July 7th, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Until the 15th century, diamonds were ‘cut’ with a mallet and chisel. Those diamonds that didn’t shatter were then struck with other diamonds to achieve a better shape. They looke...

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Emerald is May’s Birthstone

Posted by Debbie Fox on Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Although emeralds were discovered around 300 BC, it wasn’t until the time of Cleopatra (69 BC - 30 BC) that they became highly prized. An avid collector, existing mines near Cairo were named ...

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What are Vintage Engagement Rings?

Posted by Debbie Fox on Monday, March 18th, 2013 at 3:27 pm

What is the difference between vintage, estate and antique engagement rings? People, and even jewelers, use the term vintage, but its meaning isn’t as clear as estate or antique. And there i...

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Natural Yellow Diamonds

Posted by Debbie on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Natural yellow diamonds are rare, but how rare? Only one diamond in almost every 10,000 is a yellow diamond! Some diamonds are enhanced by man to become yellow diamonds, while others are yellow na...

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How do Pandora Bracelets work?

Posted by Debbie Fox on Monday, December 3rd, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Click here to see our updated Pandora info! Pandora bracelets are loved worldwide, as interchangeable bracelets or necklaces, with meaningful charms. Here’s why. Pandora bracelets accessori...

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What is a morganite gem?

Posted by Debbie Fox on Monday, November 5th, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Soft pink gems are a fashion favorite, especially pink diamonds. But what if you can’t afford a pink diamond for tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars? Look to morganite. Morganites range...

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Sapphires and Sapphire Jewelry

Posted by Debbie on Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Sapphires. Rich, sparkly, cornflower blue. When most people think of sapphires they think of blue sapphires. And indeed, the most popular sapphire gems are blue. Even the Latin name, “Sapphir...

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August's birthstone: Peridot

Posted by Debbie Fox on Sunday, August 19th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Peridot is August’s birthstone. Most peridot today comes from the United States. In Hawaii, peridot spewed forth from their volcanos, although it was mainly small gemstones. There are even be...

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What is Diamond Fluorescence?

Posted by Debbie Fox on Monday, July 9th, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Take Away:You may be able to save money when purchasing a diamond with a color of H or below. Look for a faint to medium blue fluorescence so the diamond appears whiter, but be sure you see it in p...

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