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Chlorine is Dangerous for Your Jewelry

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Pool and Hot Tub alert! Chlorine is bad for your gold and silver jewelry!

Chlorine and chlorine-like-chemicals such as bromine attack the alloys used in karat gold, leaving the metal brittle and thus susceptible to breaking in areas that have been stressed, such as the bend in a prong or stretched segment of a shank.

Chlorine has an oxidizing effect on silver causing it to turn black.

So remove your jewelry and put it in a safe place to prevent these problems.

Then have a great pool party!

One carat round diamond engagement ring

EGL International Diamond Grading Reports

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A lot of news lately about lawsuits and potential lawsuits involving jewelers who sell diamonds that have EGL international diamond grading reports.

A customer looked at a diamond in our store recently and then proceeded to tell us that she could get a similar diamond somewhere else in Springfield, MO of a certain color and clarity but at a lower price than our diamond.  The price did no make sense to us, so we asked her to find out who graded the diamond and to let us know.  She then came in later and told us that it had an EGL diamond grading report.  Valerie then told the customer to google EGL grading reports for herself.  The EGL is not the same as the GIA.  The GIA created the system that is used today and Valerie has been a graduate gemologist for over 30 years. 

Established in 1931, the GIA is the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. A public benefit, nonprofit institute,the GIA is the leading source of knowledge, standards, and education in gems and jewelry.

Martin Rapaport, as of Oct 1, 2014, decided to no longer use any grading reports from any of the European Gemological Laboratories “EGL”   RapNet is the largest online diamond trading network that allows diamond trade professionals to buy and sell diamonds online.

The EGL International is not the only company that grades with very lax standards.

We at Manoli’s Jewelers prefer to use GIA and AGS diamond grading reports in our store.  If you have any questions about this diamond grading issue contact us at 417-882-0394.

GIA diamond grading report

Buying Diamonds and Diamond Grading Reports

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A lot of news lately about lawsuits and potential lawsuits involving jewelers who sell diamonds that have EGL diamond grading reports.

A customer looked at a diamond in our store recently and then proceeded to tell us that she could get a similar diamond somewhere else in Springfield, MO of a certain color and clarity but at a lower price than our diamond.  The price did not make sense to us, so we asked her to find out who graded the diamond and to let us know.  She then came in later and told us that it had an EGL diamond grading report.  Valerie then told the customer to google EGL grading reports for herself.  The EGL is not the same as the GIA.  The GIA created the system that is used today and Valerie has been a graduate gemologist for over 30 years. 

Established in 1931, the GIA is the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. A public benefit, nonprofit institute,the GIA is the leading source of knowledge, standards, and education in gems and jewelry.

Martin Rapaport, as of Oct 1, 2014, decided to no longer use any grading reports from any of the European Gemological Laboratories “EGL”   RapNet is the largest online diamond trading network that allows diamond trade professionals to buy and sell diamonds online.

The EGL is not the only company that grades with very lax standards.

We at Manoli’s Jewelers prefer to use GIA and AGS diamond grading reports in our store.  If you have any questions about this diamond grading issue contact us at 417-882-0394.

Valerie and Manoli Savvenas

Master Goldsmith and Graduate Gemologist Team

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Manoli and Valerie are a master goldsmith and graduate gemologist team since 1979.

We are also a husband and wife team.

We take it personally if you are happy with your experience in our jewelry store, Manoli’s Jewelers in Springfield MO.

We invite you to come in and check out our jewelry store when you need to purchase a piece of fine jewelry or if you need an expert jewelry repair or jewelry appraisal.

One of the things that customers tell us all of the time is:

We like it here because you guys are not pushy.

And we are not pushy.

We want you, the customer, to be happy with your choice most of all.

Then we will be delighted that you chose Manoli’s Jewelers for your jewelry needs.

 

Manoli working at the jewelry bench

Manoli is a Master Goldsmith

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A glimpse of Manoli, who is a master goldsmith, working on a customer’s ring at his jewelry bench at Manoli’s Jewelers in Springfield MO.

Manoli started making jewelry by hand in Rhodes Greece and then moved to Melbourne Australia where he made bangle bracelets for several years.

He worked briefly in New York, but left the jewelry world for the life of a professional wrestler, Mike Pappas, until he quit wrestling and went back to the jewelry business in Kansas City, MO in 1978.

He then moved to Springfield, MO in 1978/1979 where he and his wife bought a jewelry business that did the jewelry repairs and work for lots of jewelry stores.  They did work for about 50 jewelry stores at their peak.

In 1985, Manoli and his wife, Valerie, bought an existing jewelry store from one of their customers and that is now 30 years ago.  Hard to believe that 30 years have gone by.

Manoli has a great deal of jewelry repair experience.  Which is very important.  Sometimes people ask how much do we charge to do a repair, but it is also just as important to ask, how much experience does the jeweler have who is doing the work.

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Gemologist Station

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This is the gemologist station at Manoli’s Jewelers in Springfield MO.

Valerie is a graduate gemologist with 30 years of experience.

She received her training via the GIA, Gemological Institute of America, and received her graduate gemologist diploma in 1985.

Getting a GG or graduate gemologist diploma at that time required extensive studies in diamonds, diamond grading, colored stones and in gem identification.

She does appraisals for insurance purposes……..but more importantly, she checks and grades the diamonds that we sell.

We usually sell our loose diamonds with a certificate from the GIA or the AGS, but even with a certificate, we the store, are accountable for what the diamond grade is called.  A certificate does not release the store from responsible diamond grading.

Love lockets by O.W.L.

Love Lockets by O.W.L.

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Love Lockets by O.W.L. ones we love.  Available in our store in stainless steel or a high quality rose or yellow plating.  They come on two lengths, shorter and longer, of matching chains.  You can start with one charm and charms start at $15 or $25 and they are in silver.

Rhythm of Love Jewelry Video

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A great video for Rhythm of Love jewelry and why we say it vibrates with the beat of her heart.  At Manoli’s Jewelers in Springfield, MO.

 

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