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Curt Parker Jewelers is
committed to providing you with all the information necessary to research
and buy the jewelry of your dreams. Here are some frequently asked questions
about Curt Parker jewelers and the diamond and jewelry buying process.
How do I choose a jeweler?
As important as it is selecting
fine jewelry for yourself or others, it is equally important to decide where
to buy the jewelry. As a consumer, you should be thorough and ask a lot of
questions. You want to find the right jeweler who will educate you and help
you select the right gifts for the ones you love.
Why should I choose Curt Parker for my
Curt Parker Jewelers is committed to
providing you with all the information necessary to research and buy the
jewelry of your dreams. Here are some frequently asked questions about Curt
Parker jewelers and the diamond and jewelry buying process.
What is Curt
Parker’s' return policy?
Within 10 days you may return your
Curt Parker jewelry purchase in its original condition, no reason required,
with proof of purchase for a full refund. Jewelry in unsaleable condition
will be charged a refinishing fee at our discretion. Special orders and
jewelry that has been sized or altered are not returnable or exchangeable.
Is it safe to receive diamonds in the mail?
package is insured for the full purchase price.
should my diamond and setting be checked?
You want to be sure that the
stone is secure in its setting. Everyday wear and tear can jar the stone a
little, and you don't want to look down at your finger to find your stone is
missing. Have your setting checked by a jeweler every six months. We perform
this service for free.
important to have insurance?
Yes. Insurance companies will
cover your jewelry for loss, theft and damage. Consult your insurance agent
about adding a jewelry rider to your homeowners or renters policy. You will
need an appraisal for coverage, which we provide with every item we sell.
SEE OUR INSURANCE QUESTION SHEET
Does Curt Parker
Jewelers offer Jewelry Insurance?
should I have my jewelry appraised?
For insurance purposes, on large value items you should
renew your appraisals every 2-3 years to be current with inflation. It’s
always a good idea to check with your insurance professional yearly.
We offer complimentary lifetime insurance replacement report updates on your
purchase provided you bring in your original report with the jewelry.
Does it matter
who appraises my jewelry?
gemologist should perform appraisals. We are
members of the prestigious American Gem Society and include on our staff a
Certified Gemologist Appraisers and four Registered Jewelers with more than
60 years of combined experience in the jewelry industry. We maintain a
Certified AGS Gem Laboratory in our store and adhere to the Society’s Code
of Ethics, the most comprehensive in the jewelry industry. Our qualified
appraisers, trained in both gemology and valuation theory, will identify the
gems, gem materials, and metals that comprise your jewelry. We will
properly assess all components of the piece, including relative beauty and
rarity, and determine its overall quality and
Is it necessary
to buy a graded stone?
Buying a graded stone protects
the purchaser. The independent grading ensures that you are getting what you
pay for. There are many laboratories that grade diamonds, so make sure that
the certificate comes from a reputable grading lab such as The American Gem
stones more expensive?
No. With a graded stone, you have
proof of a true and proper grading; therefore, you know what you are paying
Why is platinum
more expensive than gold?
Platinum is a heavier
and harder metal than gold, and the price per gram on the open market is
higher. Also, it is much more difficult to work with and requires more
highly trained craftsmen to make jewelry.
platinum ring be sized like gold?
No. It's a much
different process and must be done professionally.
At Curt Parker, we have
the latest technology, training and special equipment to size your platinum
How do I
care for my diamond jewelry?
and other everyday items can leave a hazy residue all over your diamond and
setting, reducing the brilliance of the stone. There are jewelry cleaning
solutions in the marketplace that you can use to clean the stone and
setting, but an easy household solution is to use a bit of ammonia and water
with an old toothbrush. Just scrub and rinse in luke warm water. Dry with a
What is the
best way to store jewelry that I don't wear day-to-day?
Diamonds and other stones can
scratch each other if they rub together, and this damages the polish
characteristic. It is best to store your jewelry items in a soft jeweler's
cloth so that they don't come in contact unnecessarily. And be sure to store
valuable items in a safe place. Even if you have insurance, jewelry loss can
be a very emotional experience, and you may never be able to replace some
What do I
do if I don't know my girlfriend's ring size?
If there's no way that you can
slyly get that information from her, we suggest that you purchase our
standard stock size, for gift giving purposes. After the surprise is over,
and you know her correct size, you can return it to us, and we will size it
free of charge.
Why is platinum’s purity important to
Platinum, one of the world’s
strongest metals, is hypoallergenic, tarnish-resistant, and extremely
Is platinum the same as white gold?
No, it is quite different. During World
War II, the U.S. government prohibited platinum use in non-military
applications, including jewelry. Because of strong consumer preference for
platinum’s pure white luster, white gold was substituted in platinum’s
absence. To create white gold, yellow gold is alloyed with other metals to
achieve a white look. However, platinum is white to begin with and maintains
its white luster permanently. Its purity, strength, rarity, durability and
natural rich, white color make it the best choice.
How should I care for my platinum
Platinum jewelry should be cleaned the
same way you clean other fine jewelry. We recommend using Scrubbing Bubbles.
Shake the can, spray your jewelry and brush with a toothbrush. Rinse with
warm water. Always make sure your sink drain is plugged.
Will platinum scratch?
Signs of wear, including scratches, will
inevitably appear in all precious metals, even platinum. However, due to
platinum’s durability and strength there is usually little metal loss when
the piece is scratched. If your platinum jewelry does develop visible
scratches, you should have the piece re-polished by your professional
Is platinum fashionable?
Will it coordinate with my gold jewelry?
Platinum’s white color beautifully contrasts with yellow gold and adds
versatility to your existing wardrobe.
Why is the Tahiti pearl black?
Because it is created in the womb of the
special black-lipped mollusk found in French Polynesia waters known as the
Pinctada margaritifera, or black-lip mother-of-pearl, for short. This
mollusk naturally secretes a black pigment, which, depending on the
quantity, gives the resulting pearl a basic color ranging from black to
Are Tahiti cultured pearls tinted or
The pearl producers represented by Perles
de Tahiti produce and export only 100 percent naturally colored cultured
Do natural pearls still exist?
Yes, in one out of 15,000 pearl oysters!
How are the various shades of Tahiti
cultured pearls created?
They result from the decomposition of
light as it passes through the pearl layers, which act as a prism. The
layers break up the light the same way a raindrop does when light passes
through it creating a rainbow.
Where are Tahiti cultured pearls found?
They are cultivated in pearl farms in the
lagoons of the Tuamotu-Gambier Archipelagos, a sprawling group of atolls and
islands in French Polynesia.
What does the mollusk eat while
creating cultured pearls?
Plankton, the microscopic animal and plant
life found floating or drifting in the lagoons where the pearl farms are
Where is Tahiti?
In the eastern South Pacific-3,852 miles
from Los Angeles 3,541 miles from Sydney; 5,466 miles from Tokyo and 4,660
miles from Santiago, Chile.