As a jewelry expert, David Craig Rotenberg wears many similar hats: estate dispute resolution counselor, gem advisor, jewelry lecturer and appraiser, to name a few. David is also frequently called upon to speak, testify or write about jewelry and gem appraisals. On the latter subject, most people, he says, don’t realize that the valuation process itself varies since replacement value (i.e. what it would cost to replace an item) can be very different from an estate sale appraisal for instance, which might be lower—what someone would pay to purchase an item in today’s market.
Last summer, David was asked by the American Gem Society (AGS) to contribute a piece to their blog. His article, “What’s That Bracelet (Really) Worth? , provides interesting advice on insurance and settlement appraisals and shows the reader how to find a top appraiser in order to be fully confident you’re in the right hands.
The AGS is dedicated to consumer protection, which makes it a natural for David who has been an active participant in the nonprofit organization for many years. He was awarded the title of Emeritus Certified Gemologist Appraiser (ECGA) by the organization in 2017 in recognition of his commitment to the jewelry industry.
Most recently, David again wrote for the AGS on the topic of Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices (USPAP). Here, he explains why a jewelry appraiser should become compliant in order to be “recognized as being one of the best in appraising in the industry.” David will be lecturing on the topic of USPAP Compliance in regards to colored gemstones at the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) GemFair Tucson in 2020.
If you’re looking for one of the area’s most competent and trusted jewelry appraisers, contact David Craig Jewelers at 215-968-8900 or stop in to the shop located at 10 Summit Square Shopping Center in Langhorne, PA.
You’ve inherited great Aunt Mary’s ornate brooch. How wonderful! It’s an exquisite piece with spectacular diamonds and emeralds, but, if truth be told, it’s just not “you.”
Instead of hiding the piece in your drawer, never to see daylight, why not consider salvaging some or all of the stones? You can create a new design that you (and future generations) will cherish.
Talk to the staff at David Craig Jewelers for suggestions on how to bring new life to an older piece of jewelry. Beloved heirloom jewelry can be re-sized, re-purposed or even melted down and cast into something new. You’ll be representing the past, present and future with a story that becomes as intricately woven into the piece as the beautiful diamonds, gemstones and metals utilized. In terms of stability, diamonds are probably the best for repurposing, because they are the strongest stones. Sapphires and rubies are almost like diamonds in terms of their hardness and will also hold up well to daily wear and tear.
A few ideas:
• Use two diamonds from a bracelet and turn them into earrings
• Take the stone out of a pendant necklace and create a special ring
• Re-string pearls to a shorter length that better suits you
• Change the look of a piece by removing stones from a gold setting, for instance, and setting the gems in platinum
• Shorten a gold necklace and turn it into a bracelet
• Consider giving your engagement ring from a divorce a second chance by turning the stone into a pendant for a new start on life. Or trade it in for something entirely different without the same emotional baggage!
For Future Generations
We are always honored by our clients to be entrusted with their precious jewelry items, giving them a new life for another generation. If you don’t have a heirloom piece, why not start your own tradition by purchasing a timeless piece of jewelry that can be passed down to generations to come?
Like many other industries that are trying to reduce their carbon footprint, David Craig Jewelers offers our version of a “green” initiative with our gold, silver, platinum, diamond and gemstone “recycling” program. If you have any old jewelry items just sitting around, gather them up, bring them in and we can discuss how to create new precious masterpieces. You'd be amazed at the possibilities!
Read some examples of how David Craig Jewelers has been able to incorporate heirloom stones into beautiful new creations here on our blog.
Michelle Bane, 25, and her boyfriend, Ryan Cullan, 26, decided to commemorate their six-year dating anniversary on December 12th with a lovely dinner out. But Ryan had an even greater celebration in mind.
Despite six years of dating, and lots of kidding by friends wondering when the couple would tie the knot, Michelle was convinced Ryan would not be popping the question on December 12th.
“My sister-in-law asked me if I thought Ryan was going to ask me to marry him at dinner and I told her no, that just wasn’t Ryan’s style,” recalls Michelle. After dinner, the couple walked across the street to meet Ryan’s brother, Christopher, ostensibly for a drink, stopping to admire a decorated town Christmas tree.
A secret film crew across the street, consisting of Michelle’s cousin/best friend Kelsey and Ryan’s brother, were set up to capture what would soon take place. Ryan surprised Michelle by pulling a box out of his coat pocket, getting down on one knee in the traditional pose and asking her to marry him. And, of course, she said yes!
Back at Michelle’s house, both sets of parents and other friends awaited to help extend the evening the celebration.
“It was a perfect night which I know involved a lot of really great planning!”
Michelle had accompanied her cousin Kelsey Pesature to David Craig Jewelers when Kelsey was in town having her ring (purchased at David Craig Jewelers) cleaned. For fun, Michelle had tried on a rose gold ring that Kelsey and sales person Kathy Sanders had said looked great with Michelle’s skin tone. Michelle had also mentioned that she really liked cushion cut diamonds (square with rounded corners), or those with round shapes.
When Ryan came in to shop for the ring he didn’t take any chances – bringing a crew consisting of Michelle’s two best friends, Stacy Cognigni and Kelsey, and Ryan’s sister, Krista Beirnat, to help him pick out the perfect ring for his fiancé.
Ryan looked closely at a variety of beautiful stones that salesperson Kathy Sanders and owner David Craig Rotenberg thought might be ideal. Ryan also listened to what the crew advised, in the end, picking out the diamond he liked best, a cushion-cut diamond set in rose gold that features eight, round brilliant diamonds on either side of the shank.
“Like the proposal itself, I know there was a lot of thought that went into the picking of my ring – and I just love it!” notes Michelle.
The couple considers the number 12 a lucky one (dating proposal date, proposal date, but also, let’s face it – 12 months in a year, 12 days of Christmas, 12 signs of the zodiac…) and, as such, have set the date for their wedding on December 12, 2020.
“We are going to keep that 12/12 anniversary date going strong,” says Michelle.
Best wishes to Michelle and Ryan from all of us here at David Craig Jewelers!
Jeff Pesature (30) and Alex Johnson (26) are both from Yardley, PA. But cupid shot his arrow a bit further south, in Alexandria, Virginia, when Jeff, doing an apprenticeship program with the Washington D.C. Plumbers Union, met Alex, who was working a rotational marketing program for a pharmaceutical firm. The two were introduced by Alex’s cousin, who is a friend of Jeff’s younger sister, Kelsey.
Fast forward to 2018. Jeff and Alex had, by this time, discussed marriage, but in general terms. The immediate goal, Alex thought, was for Jeff to finish his education. Jeff had other plans. He knew that an heirloom necklace from Alex’s grandmother contained a diamond that Alex ultimately hoped to see repurposed into an engagement ring one day.
“My brother-in-law had purchased Kelsey’s ring at David Craig Jewelers and highly recommend them, so I knew where I wanted to go,” says Jeff. “I was home for the weekend and secretly asked Alex’s mom and sister to meet me at David Craig Jewelers with the diamond,” explains Jeff. “I was really nervous but everybody at the shop made me feel totally at home.”
“We’re always honored to be entrusted with our clients precious jewelry heirlooms,” says Paul Cohen, a GIA graduate gemologist at David Craig Jewelers. “It’s wonderful to be able to give these special pieces new life for yet another generation.”
Past, Present and Future
Jeff asked for Alex’s hand in marriage on December 22nd . He presented Alex with a new engagement ring which David Craig Jewelers had created, consisting of the heirloom diamond in the center (representing the past), framed by quarter-carat diamonds on either side (representing the present and future).
Jeff and Alex were later joined at one of their favorite Philadelphia restaurants, Brigantessa, by a large gathering invited from both sides of the family. The couple plan to get married at another big family celebration this year on New Year’s Eve, at Feasterville’s Buck Hotel. They will settle in Pennsylvania where Alex now works.
“We’ll be purchasing our bands at David Craig Jewelers and, for that matter, any jewelry we want to buy in the future,” sums up Jeff. “It’s the only place I would shop after such a wonderful experience.”
Tim Christman (29) and Kristin Teschner (28) both attended Bensalem High School but didn’t start dating until after they graduated. Sparks flew and…
Tim proposed June 18th 2016, at the Teschner’s annual summer backyard party. The BBQ involves a Christmas theme. Invitees included all of Kristin’s extended family and a load of friends. There were even the annual gag Pollyanna gifts. After opening the presents Tim surprised Kristin with another gift —asking for her hand in marriage in front of the gathering.
The Ring Dilemma
Tim had not purchased Kristin’s engagement ring at David Craig Jewelers. She adored it, but when it came time to fit a band to her engagement ring, discovered the two rings wouldn’t lay flush. She felt terrible pointing out the “flaw” to Tim but eventually explained the dilemma.
“We went back to the original retailer and he said he’d have to change the setting to have both rings lay flush, or he’d need to specially contour a wedding band to fit, which would mean I wouldn’t be able to wear the band alone,” recalls Kristin.
That dialogue should have taken place when the retailer sold Tim the ring, and it hadn’t.
“The salesperson wanted me to consider a new mounting. I didn’t want to change anything about that engagement ring—after all, it was the one with which Tim proposed to me,” says Kristin.
David Craig Jewelers Saves the Day
After visiting a few jewelry stores and being told basically the same story, the couple discovered David Craig Jewelers.
“We came across them when looking for different options,” says Kristin. “And sure enough, as soon as we walked in I felt totally at home with the people and even the dogs (owner David Craig Rotenberg and his wife, Debbi, raise Portuguese Water Dogs who frequently visit the store). Everyone was just super friendly, relaxed and helpful.”
“Kristin was obviously really concerned about the issue,” recalls Paul Cohen, one of the gemology experts at David Craig Jewelers. “The engagement ring has a halo of small diamonds set in a circle around the center stone. The understructure was built in such a fashion that the wedding band hit against it and wouldn’t sit flush. The jeweler who sold them the ring should have explained this, that Kristin might not be able to wear a basic band with the engagement ring.”
Paul didn’t feel that the task was insurmountable whatsoever. He was able to restructure the halo to allow the ring to “marry” perfectly with a regular wedding band.
“We reconfigured the existing ring without really changing the halo effect, which cost less than a new mounting, but most of all preserved the sentiment,” explains Paul.
Kristin was thrilled. The couple went on to also purchase Tim’s band at David Craig Jewelers.
“I was nervous leaving my diamond ring with what really were initially total strangers, but everyone immediately made me feel so comfortable that I had no doubt this was a very honest establishment,” says Kristin. “They accomplished what so many other jewelers said couldn’t be accomplished.”
The couple were married September 29, 2018 – a “typical fairytale wedding” that included a reception at Celebrations in Bensalem and a honeymoon in St. Lucia.
“We’ve already decided we’ll be returning to David Craig Jewelers to purchase another ring for my other hand for our first anniversary,” remarks Kristin.
To Be Continued…
Kristin is so enthralled by David Craig Jewelers that she convinced her brother to shop at the store for an engagement ring for his fiancé. Perhaps we will have another Teschner story to add to this blog next year!
“I would recommend David Craig Jewelers to anyone,” says Kristin. “Julie and Paul, the ones who I initially met, made what could have been a very stressful experience a very pleasant one.”
Looking to turn your jewelry vision into a one-of-a-kind creation? We can help!
At David Craig Jewelers, we design custom engagement rings, bands and all kinds of jewelry in a variety of gemstones and shapes, starting from scratch or by converting cherished heirloom pieces into fresh, new styles.
Owner David Craig Rotenberg is a certified gemologist who additionally operates an in-house, full accredited, American Gem Society lab right here at our store at Summit Square Shopping Center, in Langhorne (Newtown), PA. When we combine our state-of-the-art technology with David’s creative genius, anything is possible!
Most individuals come in with some kind of sketch of preconceived idea.
We then can sketch out our version of the concept, offer alternate suggestions we think might work, and maybe pull out other aspects from other designs that we think might add to the design.
The idea at this stage is to get a feel for what you like and what you don’t like.
Depending on the complexity of the concept, our resources include computer-aided design (CAD) to cast an exact finding or help you visualize a particularly intricate portion of the design. We might also create a wax molding to show you for approval before the real creation begins. There is no cookie-cutter format—every custom piece we create is totally original.
The End Result
Finally, we cast our original design to your requirements, set the gemstones, and dazzle you with the exquisite piece you’ve always imagined. Our goal is to provide you with a piece of jewelry that will last a lifetime.
Why not begin the new year by creating a custom ring for yourself or a loved one? Or how about a custom bracelet, necklace, pendant, or pair of earrings? Call us today and make an appointment for a free consultation.
We can’t wait to put our heads together to come up with a fabulously unique design!
Fritzi James, 23, was born and raised here in Bucks County. Today, she’s setting her sights across the pond to the United Kingdom where fiancé Dan Coley,25, currently resides.
A former George School student and a Washington University in St. Louis graduate, Fritzi was introduced to Dan, of Bristol, England, by a mutual friend in 2014. At the time, Fritzi was on vacation in South Wales where Dan was attending the University of South Wales. Months of subsequent skyping turned into years of month-long visits to respective countries. The age-old adage that says that absence makes the heart grow fonder was once again proven true when Dan, during a trip to see Fritzi here in Pennsylvania last month, proposed.
Not a Diamond Kind of Girl
Fritzi had shopped for various pieces of jewelry at David Craig Jewelers in the past. The Langhorne and Newtown area jeweler was therefore at the top of her list of places to visit to shop for an engagement ring.
“For comparison’s sake, we talked to a few other jewelers,” notes Fritzi. “But none of them seemed really comfortable with the idea of creating a ring with a star sapphire in the center, which is what I wanted.”
Fritzi, never a big fan of diamonds, had her heart set on sapphires which, she knew, were the second hardest gemstones (after diamonds) and therefore could be elegant while also durable. She had even created a picture online to help illustrate her concept. Other jewelers, she relates, seemed either flummoxed or tried to steer her to ‘original’ templates, while David “was totally confident he could create the unique look we sought.”
A Star is Born
Sapphires come in a variety of colors, including blue, pink, green, colorless/white and black. Star sapphires, like the one Fritzi and Dan ultimately selected to serve as the anchor stone for their original engagement ring, are a rarer variety of sapphire that display a six-rayed star effect or “asterism” across the stone’s surface when the stone is rotated at different angles.
“You can tell David is not only interested but also eager to get involved in custom-design projects,” says Fritzi.
David Craig Jewelers kept Fritzi and Dan abreast of every stage of the design process, inviting them in to see how the ring was progressing. The final creation is truly one-of-a-kind — a lovely 14k white-gold ring with an oval, black star sapphire surrounded by pear-shaped white sapphires.
“The ring is so elegant and it has tons of character,” says an obviously delighted Fritzi.
Fritzi is currently employed as a freelance writer in Bucks County while Dan works for the BBC in England as a video editor. The couple, who eventually plan to reside together in the U.S., haven’t yet set a date. Based on the attention to detail this couple exhibited while helping create their star of a ring, we’re sure their wedding will be something truly unique!
Jessica (Volz) Boerstler, 25, is originally from East Quogue, NY. She met her husband William, 29, a native of Denver, PA, when the two were students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Today, the couple live in Easton where Jessica works as a kitchen and bath designer at Stofanak Custom Cabinetry, and William is employed by the City of Bethlehem.
Jessica, the first of the three daughters of Stephanie and Gerard Volz to get married, is extremely close to her family.
“We may live hours apart now, but we speak nearly every day,” says Jessica. “When something happens to one of us, we all know it soon!”
Jessica, along with sisters Amanda and Lauren, came up with a novel idea. When one of them got married, the sisters would go shopping for a beautiful band they would each purchase and then all wear on their right hands. The new bands would serve to commemorate not only the wedding but also the close bond they share.
Two Weddings for One Couple
In January 2016 Jessica and William were married in a small courthouse ceremony in Bethlehem right before William, as part of his service to the Army National Guard, was deployed. The couple were married again last month in Easton with a big ceremony and reception surrounded by “the people we love most,” in what Jessica fondly has labeled “I Do, Part II.”
The sisters searched for about a year for the perfect bands. When Jessica went for a gown fitting at La Belle Mariée, a luxury bridal boutique which just happens to be located a few shops away from David Craig Jewelers, she decided to see if the jewelry store might be able to accommodate their needs.
David Craig sales person, Julie DiRuggiero, showed Jessica and her family entourage a band that, according to Jessica, “was just what we were looking for.” Mom Stephanie was so excited she also decided to order one for herself. The bands are made of 14k white gold, with seven horizontally placed migrain-edged marquis-shaped settings, each setting holding two brilliant- cut diamonds of exceptional brilliance.
“My sisters and I wanted our bands to signify that no matter how far apart we are or how long we go without seeing each other, we’ll always be together, we’ll always have each other and nothing will ever come between us,” says Jessica.
The Jewelry Experience
“Julie at David Craig Jewelers took such great care of us,” recalls Jessica. “It was a custom order because we were ordering four rings. We were worried we wouldn’t have them before my wedding but Julie was on the phone almost every day tracking these rings down for us. She was just amazing and made it all happen!”
Two Volz sisters have yet to marry, which means there will be two more bands to complete the sister band bond. And where will they purchase them?
Says Julie: “It will definitely be worth a trip back to David Craig Jewelers for the next wedding!”
Remember the famous “Bend and Snap” scene from Legally Blonde where Paulette falls for the UPS guy? Life imitated art in June 2015 when hair stylist Shannon McIntyre, originally from Langhorne and proprietor of Pennington, New Jersey’s Pixie Salon, met veteran UPS deliveryman George Sigle.
Shannon’s mom, Cheryl, met George first, four months before Shannon. George had delivered a parcel to the new salon that Shannon had recently purchased. George chatted with Cheryl who he assumed was the owner. Cheryl explained she was merely helping set up the salon for her daughter, Shannon, who was still employed in Newtown, Pennsylvania and had only recently signed a lease for the NJ establishment.
Cheryl called Shannon immediately after George left, telling Shannon she “just had to meet” this “nice and cute” guy. Shannon’s initial response: “OMG – this is SO pathetic – this is what my life has come to—my mom is trying to set me up with the UPS man!”
But mom’s intuition was right on. While Shannon was often busy with clients when George came in with deliveries, the two felt a connection and would chat amicably as time allowed. As Shannon remembers telling her mom the first time she laid eyes on George, “You’re right – he’s cute, nice and super friendly!”
Finally, in September 2016, Shannon and George went out together. The date turned into a nine-hour marathon of bike riding, dining and getting to know each other.
“I drove away that night thinking about my day and realized just how awesome it had been spending time with Shannon,” recalls George.
The couple got engaged December 2017 and were recently married on July 28th 2018 at St. Andrew’s Church in Newtown with a reception at Rose Bank Winery.
George adored his grandmother, a lively, maternal fixture in his life who lived two doors down from the home of his youth in Lancaster County. George had inherited her engagement ring.
“She was so easy to talk to and a great friend,” remembers George.
When it was clear the couple would get married, Shannon’s aunt, Karyn McCready, asked George if he would like to have Shannon’s great grandmother’s wedding band that Karen had inherited and was willing to part with. The idea of “marrying” the two families of rings together sounded wonderful, but the visual just wasn’t right. That’s where David Craig Jewelers came in.
David Craig Jewelers Saves the Day
“This was a complex undertaking,” explains David Craig Rotenberg. “With only weeks to go before the wedding, we needed to figure out how to transform George’s grandmother’s wedding ring, which was rather worn, and restore it to a new condition. And somehow we had to make it work with Shannon’s great grandmother’s wedding band.”
David Craig Jewelers decided to create a third element, an additional band that would fill in spaces in order to make the engagement ring flow better with the wedding band. All rings can now be worn separately, but, when combined, not only honor two families but connect the past with the future for Shannon and George.
“David and his staff are so professional, and they have any eye for jewelry unlike anywhere I’ve ever been,” says George. “They make you feel special, like a true friend, and have great suggestions.”
The couple honeymooned in Bermuda and now live in Holland, PA.
P.S. –Want to have a good chuckle? See UPS superhero George save Christmas in this adorable video filmed for Pennington gift shop The Front Porch.
Kevin Mealey, 29, of Bensalem, is a cardiovascular perfusionist, a specially trained medical professional who operates the critical heart-lung machine that keeps a patient’s blood circulating during thoracic surgery. When he met Cassandra Enginger, 23, at LA Fitness in Neshaminy, Kevin’s heart skipped a beat or two—from attraction, not a medical emergency!
“We had an instant connection and soon discovered how our morals and viewpoints really meshed,” says Kevin.
Cassandra, 23, from Washington Crossing, a personal trainer currently also going to school for a real estate license, obviously felt the same way. Only four months later the couple were engaged.
Kevin and Cassandra had talked about styles and both knew they wanted something “different.” And Kevin wanted a local, trustworthy jeweler, somebody he could return to periodically to check the integrity of the ring, to ask questions, and to shop for other jewelry. David Craig Jewelers perfectly fit the bill.
“David was great to work with – I never felt rushed or pressured —I’m definitely a life-long customer!”
The custom-made ring is “of the finest quality” according to David Craig Rotenberg, owner of David Craig Jewelers. David was able to take Kevin’s ideas into consideration to create a custom, platinum ring, flanked with diamonds on the shank and prongs. It’s set with a beautiful, round Forevermark diamond.
As Kevin kindly posted on an online review, “I don’t have enough great things to say about David Craig Jewelers. Everyone that helped me find the perfect ring for my fiancé made me feel like family from the moment I walked through the door.”
Kevin proposed July 8th during his family’s vacation to the beautiful Outer Banks barrier islands of North Carolina. He managed to convince Cassandra to join him on the beach before dinner. His mother and sisters immediately began decorating the home rental. His dad, not so coincidentally, just “happened” to be strolling along the beach —ready to take photos. During a break in a very windy period Kevin asked Cassandra to marry him. A date has not been set yet as the couple searches for the perfect venue. We wish Kevin and Cassandra much joy and happiness – from the bottom of our hearts!
U.S. Air Force Captain Devin White flies KC 10 Extender planes. They’re the big tanker aircrafts that the military uses for air-to-air refueling. He met another “KC” in 2016 —Kristen Cautilli. The writing was on the wall (or in this case the sky!).
Since Devin was deployed in the Middle East at the time, the two didn’t get to meet until Christmas Eve, 2016. And, exactly one year later, on Christmas Eve, 2017, he proposed.
Kristen, from Holland, PA, is currently a Physician Assistant at Penn Medicine’s Princeton Health. Devin, originally from Houston, Texas, is based out of South Jersey’s McGuire Air Force Base.
After some suggestions from Kristen, who had visited David Craig Jewelers with her mom while Devin was deployed on another mission, Devin purchased a round 1.21 carat Forevermark diamond for the proposal.
“I’ve gotten so many compliments,” says Kristen. “It’s so beautiful!”
The diamond is set in a 14k white gold, four-prong solitaire mounting. Kristen was thrilled with the choice and loves that her stone is responsibly sourced and also registered with a serial number. (Note: Every Forevermark diamond is hand-picked to be part of the collection. In fact, less than one percent of the world’s diamonds are eligible to be called “Forevermark.”) “Lots of people might shop at Jeweler’s Row or the big chains, but I’m more about quality than quantity,” explains Kristen, who had also visited a few other stores with Devin and thought some of the rings they were seeing seemed overpriced.
“I’m more of a boutique shopper—I want to be able to have full confidence and trust in someone, and I immediately felt that way about the staff at David Craig Jewelers and David, who also offered advice,” says Kristen. “Also, it’s great because any sizing issues can be easily fixed.”
The future Captain and Mrs. White are planning a February 2019 wedding in Collegeville, Pennsylvania.
Check out the July edition of The Retail Jeweler for a feature on our fearless leader David Craig Rotenberg!
In the print and online publication, said to “reach the largest number of professional jewelers of any of the leading trade magazines,” David is interviewed on the art of gemstone carving. The article discusses how he draws from his in-depth experience and education for the complex task of gem-carving appraisal.
In addition to offering a lovely selection of jewelry at David Craig Jewelers, David is a leading jewelry appraiser and recognized authority on the appraisal of gem carvings. He most frequently lectured on the subject to a captive audience in Arizona at the annual American Gem Trade Association’s (AGTA) Gemfair™. The AGTA is considered the authoritative source on natural colored gemstones.
Also known as glyptic art, gem carving is a very specialized artform. Appraisal of gem carvings requires in-depth knowledge of not only the material used, but the workmanship and the degree of artistry. While the process of gem carving hasn’t changed much over the years, modern tools allow for faster creation.
“Despite new technology, in most cases the labor involved in carving gemstones will be greater than the value of the gem material itself,” says David.
Interesting in reading more? Check out the article here.
Are you or your partner in love with great-grandmother’s sapphire ring but the setting is just not right?
Did you inherit a beautiful, but outdated, diamond brooch from a relative? Heirloom jewelry re-purposed for today’s use is a wonderful way of honoring previous generations while creating new traditions for the future.
Oftentimes, the present generation might love the idea of utilizing heirloom jewelry, but be turned off by the object’s style or setting. The reality is that you don’t have to live with the piece “as is” if you love part of the piece and the history it represents. A qualified jeweler like David Craig Rotenberg can provide a new setting and even add other stones if you like.
• A diamond in a delicate, antique setting can be set in more modern, sturdier setting for a more stylish appeal. We can help you reimagine a new design to create a unique look that tells your personal story.
• We may be able to take metal from a band that’s no longer sturdy and use it to create a unique new band.
• Stones can often be re-cut and re-shaped at David Craig Jewelers. David operates an American Gem Society-certified (AGS) laboratory right here at our location in the Langhorne, Newtown, PA area.
• If you want to keep an inherited piece “as is,” we can help. Bring the item in for a good cleaning and have it checked to make sure there aren’t loose stones or flaws in a setting that could cause problems down the road.
• If the item you’ve inherited has no sentimental value, consider trading it in toward something else.
• Celebrate a special anniversary by redesigning your wedding ring to add a family member’s stone to the setting.
• Turn a previous generation’s engagement ring into a right-hand “I’m worth it” ring to honor the past with a fashionable, fun new piece for yourself.
Linking the Past with the Present
Re-using cherished jewelry is a wonderful means of breathing new life into an older piece. It’s also great for the environment! Even precious jewels in fancy brooches or necklaces (that aren’t quite “you”) can be repurposed into new rings, necklaces, bracelets or earrings.
We’ll work closely with you to try to map out your idea and add our own suggestions if you like. By re-designing and “recycling” you’re still able to carry your family story into the next generation while adding your own special spin to the tale.
Adam McGrath and Patrice Fanning grew up about 28 miles from each other, Adam in Lansdale and Patrice in Washington Crossing. Turns out that their parents actually grew up much closer, in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia, attending the same schools a few years apart. But Adam and Patrice, our May David Craig Jewelers featured couple, didn’t meet until November 2015 when, as Adam eloquently puts it, “we both swiped right” –
Figuratively AND literally in this case!
“I knew she was someone special right away,” muses Adam. “She’s smart, funny, caring, beautiful and we got along so well.”
The couple live in Francisville, a section of North Philadelphia. He works in marketing at Germantown Academy in Ft. Washington while Patrice is an analyst at the Project Management Institute in Newtown Square.
Adam enlisted the help of Patrice’s best friend, Michelle, to help him select the perfect engagement ring with which to propose.
“Michelle’s family had purchased some great jewelry from David Craig Jewelers and highly recommended the store,” says Adam. “Michelle even accompanied me to David Craig Jewelers to help, although it was a pretty easy decision since I knew Patrice would appreciate something timeless and classic.”
The engagement ring is 18K gold with a platinum four-prong headset supporting a lovely one-carat, brilliant-cut diamond. (Check out all our engagement rings here.)
“David and Kathy (one of David’s many knowledgeable assistants) provided great guidance during the process and helped me create a beautiful symbol for our relationship,” says Adam.
A Romantic Proposal
Adam only had the diamond ring in his possession for three days when he proposed to Patrice on February 24th, 2018. While Patrice was getting ready to go out to dinner, Adam set up their living room for the proposal, making sure her adorable white Havanese, Hank, would be part of the action. Adam added flowers and wine and even put on the song “Let’s be Still” by one of the couple’s favorite bands, The Head and the Heart.
“At different times, one of us is the head, and the other the heart, so the name of the band helps define us.”
A wedding is planned for this coming December in Philadelphia. We wish them all the best!
With Meghan Markle set to marry Prince Harry in only a few weeks, we thought we’d give our jewelry blog a royal slant with these
TEN PRECIOUS FACTS ABOUT WEDDINGS
1) According to Newsweek magazine, the Cartier halo tiara worn by Kate Middleton is composed of 1,000 diamonds. That’s a lot of bling! According to British etiquette, Markle will be allowed to wear a tiara on her wedding day if she wants. Think she will?
2) According to some statistics, 17 tons of gold are used to make wedding rings each year. Want to play with gold? 24K pure gold, always yellow, can be bent and twisted since it’s so soft. That’s why gold jewelry is always mixed with another “alloy” to give it strength.
3) All the diamonds on the planet are billions of years old—can you imagine? Diamonds as engagement rings really took off as a trend in the early part of the 20th century when De Beers launched their “A diamond is forever” campaign. The power of marketing!
4) Not every bride dreams of a traditional diamond ring and matching band. Many of today’s brides choose gorgeous center stones like emeralds, tourmaline or sapphires. There are no rules. Choose your own bling, sparkle or understated magic—David Craig Jewelers can help you custom-design something truly unique.
5) Why are wedding bands worn on the fourth finger of the left hand? Legend says that the Romans believed that the “vein of love” in the “ring finger” ran directly to the heart.
6) Some traditions say that dropping a ring on your wedding day is said to a/shake away evil spirits or b/mean you’ll be the first one in a marriage to die. We like “a” much better!
7) The “something old” tradition implies continuity, while “something new” looks forward to the future. How about looking forward to a beautiful pair of blue topaz earrings from David Craig Jewelers?
8) Will Harry wear a wedding band? His big brother does not, citing personal preference. Similar to the tradition of the diamond engagement ring, the custom of men wearing bands may have become more popular thanks to another marketing campaign. The custom stuck in the early 20th century and the “double ring” ceremony continues to be popular today.
9) Gold and platinum are the most popular metals for wedding rings. Platinum is more durable and also hypoallergenic. If you choose gold you’ll probably want 14K and not 18K which is softer and scratches more easily. Regardless of what metal you choose, David can re-polish and clean your ring to bring it back to its original beauty!
10) The bride may be the focal point of a wedding, but there are so many other folks (like the groom!) that make the event special. Some brides choose to thank their bridesmaids with gifts such as charms or bracelets, and offer watches to their husbands-to-be. Ask us for ideas– we have many suggestions!
As a National Guard recruiter for Bucks County, Nick Brinckman is used to enlisting recruits with heartfelt persuasion and, of course, simple facts. But it obviously didn’t take any persuading at all to convince Lauren Steele to agree to marry him. And the simple fact was that he loved Lauren and knew she felt the same about him.
Nick, a self-titled “military brat” who attended Council Rock High School with Lauren, moved to Florida junior year and graduated from Mariner High School in Cape Coral, Florida before joining the army. Lauren graduated from Council Rock and went off to college. Fifteen years went by.
Fast forward to 2016. Two divorces and five children later (three for him, two for her) the two met up again in Bucks County thanks to mutual friends. This was something special. Nick knew he wanted to marry Lauren, but also recognized that blending two established families could be challenging. He sought approval individually from all five children. “They all thought that asking Lauren to marry me was a great idea,” Nick recalls. Nick also spoke to Lauren’s mother, sister and even visited Lauren’s deceased father’s gravesite to express his intentions.
Nick took Lauren into David Craig Jewelers to have her finger sized for what she assumed might be a holiday gift.
“I wanted a local jeweler, someone who had a great reputation and loads of experience,” said Nick. “David was really friendly, as were his staff.”
Nick returned to the store weeks later and, with David’s help, picked out a beautiful one-carat round diamond. The stone would sit in a cushioned cut bezel setting in 14K white gold, all designed by David.
“David is just an extremely nice guy and was willing to answer any of my questions and offer advice without being forceful,” said Nick.
Nick thought Christmas vacation holiday 2017 would be a great time to propose when he, Lauren and their children would be together at Camelback mountain. On December 29th, under the stars, with the warmth of a fire to help illuminate the sparkle in Lauren’s eyes (and the beautiful diamond he pulled from a gift box!), Nick asked Lauren to be his wife. Lauren, a NICU nurse at Abington, enthusiastically said yes, or to be exact, “Yes, a thousand times yes!”
A wedding date has not been set. We send our best wishes to this great couple and their children.
According to Forbes magazine, the coveted gold medals being handed out at this month’s PyeongChang Winter Olympics only contain about 6 grams of 24-karat gold. The rest of that medal weight comes from sterling silver, with the medal’s overall value worth about $570 in today’s market. But the awards going to these elite athletes aren’t the only gold objects that aren’t “pure,” and for very good reasons that don’t necessarily include price considerations.
Your Precious Metal Mix
“Pure” gold is 24K or “karats,” a purity measurement that shouldn’t be confused with the “carat” in a diamond which actually refers to the weight of the stone. That 24K ring, at a degree of purity of 99.95+%, might sound prestigious. But the reality is that rings made of pure gold will bend and scratch much more easily because pure gold is a softer metal.
Most wedding bands and engagement rings are probably 14k (58.3% gold) or 18K (75% gold) which means that the gold is mixed with other precious metals to add strength. These rings contain a bit less than 60% gold in order to hold up better with less signs of wear. They’re a perfect compromise for appearance, price and durability.
Gold-plated jewelry means a thin layer of gold is applied (bonded) on top of a base metal such as copper. Gold-plated jewelry will show wear and tear since, over time, the thin outer layer of gold fades and tarnishes. Gold-Filled is a name that’s a bit misleading since the “fill” or core is actually brass, copper or occasionally silver. A thicker gold layer (at least 5% to be considered “gold-filled”) assures longevity of up to 30 years.
A Rainbow of Colors
Yellow Gold is combined with alloys like copper and zinc to add strength. White gold is often combine with palladium, nickel (the nickel makes it harder; palladium is a softer metal) or silver and then covered (plated) with rhodium which gives it the whiter color. Both yellow and white gold can be good for long-term and constant wear.
Silver looks like white gold, and, while less expensive, is a softer precious metal and may tarnish over the years. That’s why “white” wedding rings, which are usually worn daily, are made of white gold or platinum (a rarer metal that’s even more expensive than white gold) instead of silver. “Rose” gold contains copper – the more copper added the stronger the “red” look of the gold.
We could go on and on. If you’re interested in finding your perfect piece of gold jewelry, come on in and speak to the experts at David Craig Jewelers. There’s David himself— he’s got a HEART OF GOLD— and a whole team of certified consultants —they’re also veritable GOLD MINES of information! We’d love to answer your inquiries about gold, diamonds, gemstones, appraisals, or any other jewelry-related questions. You can also give us a buzz at 215-968- 8900.
Cupid shot his arrow in 2008 and the recipient sweethearts were Lisa Cassese, formerly of Bellmore, NY, and Chris Groser, from Yardley, PA. The two were sophomores at Syracuse University living on the same dorm floor when they first started dating.
Fast forward to May 2015 and Chris was eager to propose. Chris shopped around at a few different places. Confused and a bit disappointed in the selections he saw, he turned to his closest shopping expert for advice – his mom, Renee. She suggested Chris head to David Craig Jewelers, where Chris’s brother-in- law, Joe, had purchased his wife Melanie’s ring a few years back.
“I couldn’t have been more satisfied,” says Chris. “David and his staff are helpful and personable, plus I really liked the kind of original styles David carries. I felt very comfortable making this major life purchase through David Craig Jewelers.”
Lisa immediately said “yes,” deciding that the ring, while lovely, might match her personality even better with a few subtle setting changes. Says Lisa: “David was very accommodating in helping us customize the ring. We had a few rounds of revisions since I wasn’t 100% sure what I was looking for. Ultimately, I ended up getting exactly what I wanted.”
The couple were married May 6, 2017 and now reside in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Both Lisa and Chris work in the field of marketing—Lisa as a strategist for Macy’s and Chris as creative director for a digital ad agency.
Lisa wears her David Craig Jewelers ring with love and pride – it’s a “classic and delicate” Forevermark® solitaire on a thin band shank set with diamonds. The engagement ring rests comfortably against a matching wedding band, also lined with diamonds. Like many of David’s creations, the Cassese-Groser ring is registered in MOND, The Museum of Named Diamonds.
“I couldn’t be happier,” sums up Lisa. And we couldn’t be happier for the two of them and wish them much happiness!
Claire Wiley met Skyler Borgman four and a half years ago while the two were living in Philadelphia. She was attending vet school at the University of Pennsylvania and he was working towards an MBA in Finance at Temple.
When Skyler proposed to Claire last month he did so with a romantic dinner, lit candles and a special family heirloom—the Bogach Diamond. The beautiful, European-cut stone was currently residing in a necklace. It was registered in MOND, the Museum of Named Diamonds, and had been passed down through the generations from its Ellis Island entrance into the United States with Skyler’s great grandmother.
Skyler (originally from Lansdowne, PA) and Claire (originally from Connecticut) knew just where to go when they decided to re-set this heirloom stone into a unique engagement ring for Claire—David Craig Jewelers. Claire was aware of David’s reputation as one of the area’s leading experts on gemstones since her mother had previously turned to the Bucks County jeweler to re-set her own engagement ring.
The young couple were happy to obtain Claire’s mom’s recommendation. They were delighted with the final ring creation which now boasts hand-set, natural light pink diamonds surrounding the family heirloom diamond. The main diamond is slightly elevated as David says, to “not only enhance its natural beauty but to signify its special history in the family.”
Says Claire: “I wanted a solitaire but David told us he could design something even more beautiful if we let him, and he was so right. My ring is more incredible than I ever could have imagined – we basically let David use his talents to create something and he presented us with this work of art!” The couple plan an August 5, 2018 wedding in New Hope.
We wish them much happiness and lasting joy!
Take an inside look at how a gemologist ensures your Forevermark Diamond is treated with the quality and care it deserves.
Here at David Craig Jewelers, we carry a wealth of Forevermark products: from rings, to necklaces and bracelets. Click HERE to view our entire line of Forevermark products.
While you’re here, take a look around our store to view our collection of bracelets, earrings, necklaces, rings, and pre-owned watches and learn more about our own accredited gemologist, David Rotenberg here.
Did you know that fewer than 1% of the world’s diamonds are selected to be” Forevermark” diamonds? And that fewer than 300 North American jewelry experts are selected (including David Craig Jewelers!) to offer these gorgeous gemstones to people like you? Some of you are lucky enough to already cherish your own David Craig Forevermark diamond. Others may be hoping to purchase one of these gorgeous, prestigious diamonds for yourself or a loved one. So, what makes this diamond brand so darn special?
Commitment to Quality
From initial sourcing from a few carefully selected mines, to sorting, cutting and polishing, a Forevermark diamond promises integrity, ethics and principles, as well as commitment —to quality, to excellence and to community. Experts at Forevermark select only the best rough crystals to be crafted by their leading “diamantaires” (master diamond cutters). Gemstones are responsibly sourced – a distinction Forevermark takes very seriously. This difference tells you that very special care has been taken to ensure “responsible business practices, support for the
advancement of women and protection of the natural world.”
Using state-of- the-art technologies, Forevermark’s expert gemologists must follow a minimum of seventeen (!) procedures in an intricate process to ensure there are no flaws or imperfections that could affect your future diamond’s beauty. A perfectly polished “table,” the largest facet of the stone, is where Forevermark’s unique inscriptions (serial numbers) are placed on each and every diamond. Buyers can feel thrilled with their beautiful purchase, as well as proud they have selected a diamond they can cherish…Forever!
David Craig Jewelers are committed to Forevermark, since, like Forevermark, we’re also committed to the protection of wild habitats and the species they support. Hear David talk about Forevermark diamonds’ high standards of environmental management here, and discover David’s fabulous collection of Forevermark Diamonds here. And there’s always more to come since we can’t say enough about this fabulous brand!
Get Your Tickets for Bucks County Community College Foundation’s Golden Anniversary Raffle for a Chance to Win Great Prizes!
Purchase your raffle tickets now for a chance to win great prizes while supporting Bucks students! Only 500 tickets will be sold. Continue reading Get Your Raffle Tickets – Win Great Prizes! Bucks County Community College Foundation Golden Anniversary Raffle
We’re extremely grateful and excited to announce that David Craig Jewelers has been nominated for Best Jeweler (David Craig – Langhorne) for Bucks Happening’s 2015 Happening List! Continue reading 2015 Bucks Happening List – Best Jeweler Nomination
DAVID CRAIG JEWELERS NOMINATES PLANT A SEED FOUNDATION TO RECEIVE $10,000 GRANT FROM JEWELERS FOR CHILDREN
Join us in supporting Plant a Seed Foundation and make them one of the top ten vote-getters! Continue reading We’ve Nominated Plant a Seed Foundation for Jewelers for Children Local Grant Program
David Craig Jewelers announced today it has nominated Mission Kids and Vetri Foundation for the Jewelers for Children (JFC) Local Grant Program.
JFC, a non-profit organization founded by the jewelry industry in 1999 is dedicated to helping children in need. The recently launched Local Grant Program has set aside $100,000 to fund ten $10,000 grants for local children’s charities around the country. Continue reading David Craig Jewelers Nominates Mission Kids and Vetri Foundation to Receive $10,000 Grant
JDS & David Craig have agreed to collaboratively launch Symbols Birth Bangles. Symbols Birth Bangles are the first of their kind! Continue reading JDS & David Craig Jewelers launch exclusive Symbols Birth Bangles
David Craig Jewelers in Newtown is one of only 22 independent jewelers nationwide to have earned the “America’s Best Jewelers 2010” designation. Produced and administered by National Jeweler magazine, the America’s Best Jewelers (ABJ) annual program recognizes jewelers in the couture and independent categories for outstanding operational excellence.
David Rotenberg, known as David Craig is a rare kind of jeweler whose skills at buying, making and authenticating jewelry have drawn the attention of media luminaries
David Craig Jewelers, in partnership with the Natural Color Diamond Association (NCDIA), announced today the “Pretty in Pink Diamonds” contest.
David Craig Rotenberg of David Craig Jewelers held a private sales event at his store in the Summit Square Shopping Center last night, and will donate ten percent of the evening’s proceeds to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, a cause to which the local jeweler has been long devoted.
“Twenty years ago, David Craig was one of the first jewelers in Bucks County to open an American Gem Society-accredited Gem Lab on-site at his retail location.”