Why Should You Have Your Jewelry Appraised

"I never thought it could happen to me."  

These words uttered by far too many customers searching for their stolen jewelry have become an all-too-familiar and unsettling chorus to us at Tick Tock Jewelers. The sheer amount of people who have reached out to us as victims of theft is almost as staggering and unfortunate as the fact that their entire family heirloom and beautiful jewelry collection is now gone without a trace. 

Just like characters in a soap opera hold steadfastly to the hope that their loved one will come out of a decade-long coma, many victims of jewelry theft like to believe that they will be able to find and reclaim their stolen pieces of jewelry someday; or that their pieces have somehow been sold by the thief and taken in by a nearby jewelry store. The sad truth is that this is incredibly unlikely (and in our experience as jewelers and soap-opera watchers, less-likely than a soap-opera coma revival). 

What can be done?  

It is unfortunate that tragedies like these occur in the first place and that there isn't much to be done after-the-fact. As with any sudden, heartbreaking misfortune or affliction, hindsight is 20/20 and the greatest power usually lies in prevention 

A great way to prevent damage from a car accident is to never text and drive, to have insurance and always wear a seat belt. A great way to prevent certain harmful health conditions is to maintain a good diet and exercise program. Likewise, the best way to alleviate the financial blow of a robbery is to have had your most valuable pieces appraised by a trustworthy jeweler and added to your insurance.  

 

There are many other benefits to having your family jewels appraised. In our next blog we will guide you through the appraisal process and disclose even more of these benefits. 

Posted on April 14, 2016 .

3 Reasons Why Vermonters Should Invest in Jewelry

There are are countless ways to spend and invest your hard earned money. When the necessities are taken care of, what do you do with the rest? We all have our preferred luxuries, investments and vices. Some of us may be saving for/splurging on boats, vacations or fancy restaurants. Some of us may instead find it more prudent to save for retirement or invest in the stock market. However, in this moment, we dare you to consider investing in jewelry. While it may seem solely a beautiful indulgence, there are so many reasons why investing in jewelry is the smart and savvy choice this year.

1.) Something to pass on

Receiving jewelry heirlooms from loved ones is an amazing feeling. In this way, beautiful pieces can be kept in the family and preserved for future generations to wear, love and appreciate. The inheritors not only get to experience the joy of being given beautiful, bejeweled gifts, but the significance of receiving something of great sentimental value from those who helped make their lives what they are today.

The preservation of estates through the passing of jewelry is like a time capsule in motion. The aesthetic, style and personality of inherited pieces will always reflect the bygone eras from which they originated, as well as the personality and style of the family member they belonged to. If these pieces were instead sold or forgotten, there would be no tangible, wearable memento to provide a glimpse into the world of our loved ones. The only way for future generations to be able to enjoy this unique experience is if we continue investing in the jewelry we love.

2.) Unique expression of style

There are many ways to express yourself. Self-expression through jewelry might be one of the most sophisticated and timeless means of showing the world who you are and what you have to say. We all have encountered people who make a tremendous first impressionthose particular strangers who may only cross our path briefly yet remain, for some reason, etched upon our minds. Usually these memorable people have a captivating persona and definitive sense of self. They use jewelry, watches and accessories to enhance their ensembles as memorable staples of their personal taste.

A unique piece of jewelry is an artistic statement. By seeking out and wearing the pieces that resonate with you and make you happy, you are making a meaningful personal statement that others take notice of; allowing them to appreciate the uniqueness of your taste and share in your perspective-- if only for an unspoken moment in passing.

3.) Deep Meaning/ Connection

If anyone tries to tell you to opt for a gift that is more thoughtful than jewelry, tell them to think again. While jewelry can be glamorous and at times decadent, a well-chosen piece can reflect incredible thoughtfulness and symbolic insight. Every stone and metal has a unique meaning and connection;

whether through the significance of a birthstone or the lore of a particular stone and its benefit or capacity to heal.

People may also develop a fondness or connection to stones that are not their birthstones but reflect their color preferences and personal style. Taking the time and possessing the insight to give the right piece of jewelry to someone you care about is one of the most thoughtful and well-received gestures.

We hope this has inspired you to consider jewelry as not only a smart investment but a timeless, fun and fashionable one. We will be here at Tick Tock Jewelers to help you select your next one-of-a-kind piece. 

Posted on March 17, 2016 .

Why Invest in a Watch?

We hate to poke holes in the increasingly popular argument that cell phones have rendered watches obsolete, but... we are going to take few moments to poke holes in this argument. Because, well, it's just too easy and we don't want to allow this misconception to persist any longer. Claiming that cell phones have made watches unnecessary just because they too can tell time is almost as ludicrous as suggesting that the digital clock, laptop computer, and microwave could also serve as suitable watch replacements. They all tell the time! While it's true that the cell phone is typically carried"on your person" unlike these other devices, it is still a far cry from a watch.  

Additionally, contrary to the popular opinion of some, there are situations when whipping out a cell phone to check the time or for any other matter is incredibly inappropriate. The singular functionality of a watch (in an age where multifunctional items are expected to do anything and everything) is what we find most refreshing about these timepieces. The watch is not a poser and simply does what it was made do incredibly well (and incredibly stylishly).  

Most importantly, perhaps sliding on an exquisite timepiece and fastening it to the wrist is the closest men can come to experiencing that "new pendant/ring/earring" high women feel with their jewelry. At Tick Tock Jewelers we believe that no one should ever be deprived of a euphoric jewelry experience, so naturally we have a vast array of stunning timepieces for men and women. Just like any other piece of jewelry, a watch makes a statement. If you want yours to say that you have impeccable taste and style, then we'll be here to lead you to your perfect watch.

Posted on January 20, 2016 .

Art Deco Jewelry: The Little Black Dress of Accessories

Art deco jewelry has come back in vogue lately as evidenced in the movies The Great Gatsby and Midnight in Paris and in the television show Boardwalk Empire. Like jazz, it is a style that never truly goes out of fashion. 

The Art Deco movement originated in the Roaring ‘20s and encompassed a wide variety of styles. There is plenty to choose from: a geometrically-inspired bracelet of diamonds in shining platinum, a stunning colored gemstone cocktail ring surrounded by pearls, an eternally graceful and unique solitaire diamond engagement ring, or a colorful “fruit salad” bracelet featuring a rainbow’s worth of different colored clear or opaque stones. Art deco designers took inspiration from the past, specifically Egyptian, Mesoamerican, and Greco-Roman art and culture. The movement also took inspiration from science fiction movies like Metropolis. It is this large pool of inspiration that will keep art deco always fascinating and always fashionable.

When you look over your jewelry box and see all the “trendy” cheaply-made, mass-produced pieces that so quickly went out of style (hemp bracelets anyone?), you might start to long for a few one-of-a-kind pieces made with the craftsmanship of a bygone era. Our estate jewelry collection has a number of beautiful, vintage art deco pieces that will work well with everything in your closet. You will find yourself reaching for these pieces for decades to come. 

Tick Tock Jewelers has gorgeous pins, rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces available. Come on in to take a look. The next time you find yourself reaching for that little black dressyou’ll be able to jazz it up by adding something crafted with the quality and attention to detail that’s harder and harder to find today. Whether you go for something in monochrome, black and white, or vividly colored, you simply can’t go wrong with art deco.

Posted on October 26, 2015 .

7 Ways To Pick The Ring Of Her Dreams

If you find yourself reading this, chances are you are on the verge of embarking on a quest that intimidates many: the hunt for the perfect engagement ring. Not only will this adventure be an exercise in thinking like your partner and a foray in the fashions of women's jewelry, this will be a BIG decision. What particular ring will make her heart skip a beat? What particular ring is "the one" (just like you), that will be her best companion for better or for worse, in sickness and in health and as long as you both shall live? What will be the implications if you choose the "wrong" ring?! 

Well, have no fear and please cease hyperventilating. There are better uses for that bag, mainly as a means to disguise your winning gem, because after reading this article you will know everything you need to skillfully select the ring of her dreams.

1.) Don't stress and obsess, but be thorough and thoughtful.

The old adage, "attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure" comes to mind here. Catastrophizing about the look of disgust that will wash over her face and the series of unfortunate events to come if you choose the wrong ring is simply not helpful (and in most instances, not realistic)! Sadly, many people adopt this mindset of defeat (manifesting either as procrastination, overwhelm or disinterest) before they even begin.

However, the chances are if you are in a position to make this decision, you know more about your partner than most. You are more than qualified to take this on successfully and it's good to remind yourself of that from the very beginning. Once a positive mindset is adopted, you establish the foundation for an adventure and fun learning experience rather than an ordeal laden in self-doubt and buyer's remorse. 

Now you're cookin. However, be careful not to wane too far in the opposite direction. Being too nonchalant about a big decision is not the way to go either. This ring will after all, be a symbol of your undying love and adorn her finger for the rest of your respective lives. Be prepared to invest sufficient time in this quest and follow the remaining steps to ensure you make the best decision while having loads of fun in the process.

2.) Use a lifeline.

Ok so here you are: confident but not too cocky, not too anxious, not too nonchalant; ready to embark on the world of engagement rings like a champion. So, where do you go from here? While establishing a positive attitude is a necessary first step, that alone won't get the job done right. 

Establishing direction is the necessary second step. Using a Lifeline (consulting a friend or family member of your partner) is a perfectly acceptable means of gathering insight about their ring predilections. If you've got it all figured out, you could just use said lifeline to call your Dad and tell him you've got this in the bag (a la Who Wants to be a Millionaire's John Carpenter), but if you're like most people, it will be helpful to take advantage of lifelines sooner rather than later to get you going in the right direction.

A few of these different directions could consist of metal preference (white gold, yellow gold, platinum or other options), stone (diamond, sapphire, other) and style (estate/vintage, modern, designer). There are certain people who have the details of their dream ring figured out down to a T, while there are others who are more open and receptive to many possibilities. Hopefully your lifelines will be able to disclose which camp your love falls into.

 

3.) Consult an expert.

To the surprise of many, jewelry stores are not intimidating. In fact, at Tick Tock Jewelers, our days are enlivened by wide-eyed grooms-to-be who are just beginning their search for the perfect ring. Contrary to popular belief, one needn't be well-versed in engagement rings prior to shopping and can actually glean a wealth of information on the first visit.

4.) Take a look at her favorite jewelry.

So: The woman you love. We're not saying you don't pay attention to small details-- you may very well be able to distinguish the tone of her sighs and her texts. You may be well acquainted with all of her different laughs and what they each mean. You may even finish each other's sentences (and sandwiches). However, only good can come from taking a peek at her jewelry collection, taking note especially of the pieces she wears frequently. This will provide a lot of useful information about the kind of metal she prefers or at least the color (white gold, yellow gold, rose gold) and her overall style preferences (flashy, simple, vintage, modern). If she only owns silver and white gold jewelry, the chances are high that she would prefer a white gold/platinum engagement ring. Likewise, if her jewelry is bold and dramatic, it could be reasonable to assume that she could fall in love with an engagement ring of a similar ilk.

5.) Listen to her.

Every woman is different. Some women have been fantasizing about their dream proposal scenario/ring and planning their wedding since their 10th birthday. These women may already have blueprints of their dream ring and dream dress. Other women may have never given any of this more than a fleeting thought. The majority of women may fall somewhere in-between and know at least what kinds of rings they do and don't like. If you listen to your partner and have the ability to pick up the subtle and not-so subtle hints, chances are you may already know more than you think. If your partner doesn't like surprises and prefers blueprints, she may have already bluntly let you know exactly what kind of ring she is hoping for, saving you ton of investigative work. However, a lot of women fall into the category of, "still wanting to be surprised yet, with exactly or near-exactly what they want". These women will be dropping subtle and overt hints that they hope will register with you. Notice the hints! Any "casual" mention of rings in any circumstance should be noted.

6.) Reflect. (Think about the woman you love).

If investigating and listening aren't giving you the kind of leads you were hoping for, take a step back and assume the classic position of The Thinker. Or just reflect casually about the woman you love. Think back to when you first met, your first dates up to your recent dates and why your paths crossed in the first place. Sometimes it can be easy to get wrapped up in the task at hand and lose yourself in a world of rings. Instead, sit back for a little while and lose yourself in thought about the woman who is going to be the world to you. This may provide great clarity.

7.) Go with your gut.

When all is said and done, only one ring can be chosen. Attempting to make this selection on your own to preserve that magical element of surprise was a bold move (nicely done)! Take a moment and compare yourself to other bold, successful people who have found themselves in the midst of a big decision. What do many resort to? Their gut. After you've done all the work and analysis you can do, it is easy to still find yourself torn between two or three options. The most indecisive of us may frequently feel lost in a limbo land between our heads and our hearts, but the ones who push through have learned to acknowledge that oft-suppressed voice of the gut. Don't just acknowledge it; respect it! Listen to it.

Thank it for still whispering to you despite the shouts form the logical mind, the impulsive heart and the fearful Id. Because no matter how complex a decision may seem, deep down we just know. You are at this point for a reason; likely because the love you have for your partner is beautiful and strong. At your core there is trust; in your gut your believe. Apply this shimmering faith to whatever ring you feel best represents your love, your partner and just go for it. Congratulations!

Posted on August 2, 2015 .