Sometimes Love Needs a Second Chance: Introducing Underdog Rescue

Why Underdog Rescue and Why Now? Christine and Jack are dedicated dog devotees; they and their spouses love canines and feel strongly that saving the life of a furry friend is the only way to go. Christine and Ken rescued Bella from an OC shelter in 2013. She has become a loving member of their family and travels all over California with them. Jack and Phyliss rescued Charlie in 2014…

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Great Art Gets Trapped in Terrible Frames. And the Same Thing Happens to Diamonds. We Can Fix That on September 12.

Have you ever seen a fantastic painting that got trapped in the wrong frame? It happens all the time – the artwork is amazing and the frame is just meh or the frame’s style doesn’t mesh with the imagery: even though the painting is superior, the frame choice makes it seem less so. The same thing happens to diamonds and colored gemstones. Gems are set in mountings, rather than frames,…

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Can Your Jewelry Get Too Much Sun?

Living in Orange County, California means you get plenty of sunshine. While that’s definitely great for the local active outdoor lifestyle, it can be hard on your jewelry. Certain gemstones fade when exposed to too much sunlight, while others will not stand up to prolonged heat especially well. Here’s what you need to know: Always Safe, Even in the Sun: The precious gemstones – diamond, ruby, sapphire, and emerald –…

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Peridot Perfection: Discover August’s Gorgeous Birthstone

A long time ago, when Pharaohs still ruled Egypt, there was a tiny island in the Red Sea that was home to the most beautiful gemstones in the world. These gems were so prized by Egypt’s rulers that they set guards upon the island – none may arrive there or leave again without official approval. Any who dared trespass were put to death. The island’s inhabitants were put to work…

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Extra Back to School Expenses? Sell The Jewelry You Don’t Wear for the Stuff the Kids Need

Just when you think you’ve come to grips of how much it costs to send your child to college, they drop their computer down a flight of stairs, shattering it into a million pieces. Or it turns out that financial aid covers everything your student needs – except lab fees, books, and a parking permit. When you have extra, unexpected back to school expenses, The Jewelry Box of Lake Forest…

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We Want to Help 50 Kids – Can You Give Us a Hand?

Back to school season is right around the corner. To succeed academically, children need to have the right supplies – things like notebooks, index cards, highlighters, calculators and pencils – as well as a backpack to carry everything in. The Jewelry Box of Lake Forest team has set a goal: we want to help at least 50 kids start school totally prepared for success. We’re hoping you can help us…

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Experience the Magic of Silver Restoration: July 19th & 20th at The Jewelry Box of Lake Forest

When silver items are newly made, they’ve got a gorgeous gleam that’s hard to resist. But time is not kind to silver: tarnish can form on your tea service, flatware, and other silver items. Tarnished silver appears dull at first, eventually darkening to a deep black shade with time. This tarnish doesn’t hurt your silver item, but it does make it look much less attractive. Lurking underneath the tarnish, your…

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Radiant Rubies: Discover July’s Birthstone

In India, the word for “Ruby” means the king of gems. Rubies can be more precious than diamonds – the gorgeous red gemstones are certainly scarcer, being found only in relatively difficult to access locations in the Far East. Top contemporary jewelry designers, including Judith Ripka and David Yurman, create exceptionally beautiful ruby jewelry – check the “Previously Enjoyed Collection” at The Jewelry Box of Lake Forest for some gorgeous…

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Diamonds: Discover April’s Spellbinding Birthstone

As we were preparing this post, the news came that one of the largest diamonds ever found has been discovered in Sierra Leone. The 706 (!) carat stone was discovered by a pastor working with hand tools in his spare time – talk about a lucky discovery. As you might expect, this gigantic diamond is expected to sell for millions of dollars. If you’re looking for some diamond jewelry that’s…

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