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Why is it Important to Have Jewellery Insurance?

Your jewellery is more than metal and gemstones. It’s personal. It’s a future heirloom. While sentimental value is irreplaceable, getting your jewellery insurance coverage is an extra level of care for some of your most cherished possessions. Insuring jewellery usually costs you 1-2% of the appraised value, per year. For example, a $5,000 ring may […]

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How to Clean Jewellery at Home

We love jewellery – especially when it sparkles! Have you ever noticed that your jewellery starts to look a bit dull and less sparkly after only a few days of wear? Everyday products like soap, shampoo, and moisturizer coat jewellery and make it look less shiny than it was originally. At Troy Shoppe Jewellers in […]

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Should I Be Afraid of Custom Work?

I do a lot of custom work. I love the engagement with the client and the creative experience. But have I had custom jobs that went bad or did not work? For sure! Luckily, it hasn’t happened too often. I fact, I keep track. In over four decades of doing custom work, I can say […]

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The Importance of the Ring Settings

On this blog, we want to help you to understand the importance of the ring settings, to help you to find the perfect engagement ring and wedding band. To make an informed choice on your ring, and understand why is important to know the ring settings, you will need to do a little research. Luckily, […]

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Ring Sizing 101

Figuring out the perfect ring size can be surprisingly tricky. There are many tips and tricks that can help with ring sizing. Many factors determine what the right size is and how to size your ring. The width and style of the ring play a huge role in how the ring fits on your finger. […]

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What Colour are Sapphires?

Sapphires are blue…yellow…pink…green…orange… Sapphire which is considered one of the big three gemstones (along with emerald and ruby), traditionally is thought to be blue by most people. In reality, sapphire is available in every colour of the rainbow. Exquisite examples of sapphire are truly amazing gemstones for their vibrant colour and brilliance. Is Sapphire a […]

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Can I Use An Opal in My Engagement Ring?

Short answer is yes…but!  You can if you understand that opals while incredibly beautiful are a softer gemstone that are more prone to breaking and scratching.  If you are a person that is very diligent and careful, you can wear an opal in your engagement ring.  Truthfully, it is more likely you are not that […]

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Russian Diamond Embargo

I am very fortunate. I live in a great city; have all the comforts I want and have been in a great industry for just over 40 years. Lately, people that come into my store tell me how crazy the world has become. In a world where any and every subject creates a polarity of […]

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Men’s Guide to Buying a Wedding Band

OK guys you decided to ask her to marry you. You went out and did all the “stuff” to get her an engagement ring…she said yes, and now guess what? You aren’t finished. You have to get bands…yes that means one for you too. Yup, you kinda have to. Most women do not like the […]

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Are Lab Created Diamonds Good?

A Jeweller’s Opinion on Lab Created Diamonds I don’t want to belittle man made, artisan created or lab created diamonds (LCDs). What I would like to offer is a quick overview of these diamonds. Natural Mined Diamonds x Lab Created Diamonds First, LCDs are the same as natural diamonds in chemical composition. Do they look […]

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Why are my small side diamonds falling out?

“You know what they say about small diamonds? Small tips!” Today’s bride looking for ever thinner rings set with diamonds has created a demand for new looks. Diamonds less than 1mm in diameter are being set in micro-claw settings. Not only are the diamonds small but the gold holding these diamonds onto the ring is […]

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Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Buying Guide 2020: No She Doesn’t Want A Heart Pendant. This one is aimed at the guys, on behalf of girls everywhere. As we all shop from home and browse online this holiday season, men everywhere are being tempted by the heart shaped pendant. Every girl has one… or 3, and it reminds […]

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