An assortment of jewelry in a Crown Point jewelry store.

Sustainable Jewelry: Everything You Need to Know

At Brad’s Designs & Jewelry, we believe that the best kind of beauty is one that doesn’t come at the expense of our planet. As we craft stunning pieces of jewelry that tell your unique story, we also ensure that our practices contribute positively to economic, social, and environmental sustainability. Our commitment to sustainability in jewelry-making is a testament to our dedication not just to our customers but also to our world. In this blog, we’ll share with you everything you need to know about sustainable jewelry – from what it means to how it’s made and why it matters.

What is sustainable jewelry?

Sustainable jewelry is a term used to describe pieces that are created in an ethical and environmentally responsible manner. This means that the materials used in making the jewelry are sourced ethically and sustainably, the production process is mindful of its impact on the environment, and fair labor practices are followed. Sustainable jewelry also takes into account the entire lifecycle of the piece – from sourcing to manufacturing to disposal.

How is sustainable jewelry made?

Sustainable jewelry is made using only ethically sourced materials. This includes recycled metals and conflict-free diamonds and gemstones. The production process also minimizes waste and chemical usage and prioritizes working with local artisans and small businesses to support the community. Each piece is handcrafted with care and attention to detail, ensuring that it not only looks beautiful but also aligns with our values of sustainability.

Why does sustainable jewelry matter?

Sustainable jewelry matters because it allows us to enjoy the beauty and luxury of jewelry without causing harm to our planet or the people involved in its production. By supporting sustainable practices, we can help protect the environment and support communities around the world. Furthermore, by investing in high-quality, timeless pieces rather than fast fashion trends, sustainable jewelry promotes a more mindful and conscious approach to consumerism. 

Identifying Sustainable Jewelry

So, how can you identify sustainable jewelry? Look for transparency in sourcing—brands committed to sustainability will be open about where their materials come from. Opt for lab-created diamonds, which offer the same beauty as mined diamonds without the environmental harm. Choose jewelry crafted in the USA, where regulations ensure safer labor practices and lower carbon emissions. By choosing sustainable jewelry, you can make a positive impact on the world while still expressing your personal style and story.

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Choosing sustainable jewelry is not just a personal style statement—it’s a stand for ethical practices, environmental protection, and social justice. It’s an investment that feels good, not just for you but also for the world. Plus, it can be more cost-effective in the long run, making it a win-win choice for your wallet and the planet.

At Brad’s Designs & Jewelry, we invite you to discover the allure of sustainable jewelry. Let’s create meaningful, beautiful, and sustainable stories together.

A jewelry box that a woman got at a Crown Point jewelry store.

How to Pack Jewelry for Travel

When it comes to traveling, jewelry often becomes a matter of concern. With the constant worry of misplacement or potential damage, packing your precious pieces can be quite challenging. At Brad’s Designs & Jewelry, we understand this dilemma and have crafted this guide to help you navigate through the process.

For over three decades, our expertise in handling various materials like gold, silver, platinum, and other metals has taught us a thing or two about caring for jewelry. We’re here to share these insights with you, ensuring your treasured pieces remain safe during your travels.

Storage Options

Choosing the right storage for your jewelry is paramount. Small, compartmentalized boxes or travel-specific jewelry cases are excellent options. They not only keep your jewelry organized but also prevent them from rubbing against each other, avoiding potential scratches or damages.

Soft pouches made from materials like silk or velvet can also be utilized for individual pieces, especially for those that are more delicate or hold sentimental value. Remember, the goal is to keep your jewelry secure and separate to avoid any tangles or harm.

Special Care for Certain Jewelry

Not all jewelry is created equal. Some pieces might require a bit more tender, loving care than others. For instance, jewelry with gemstones, pearls, or diamonds may need extra protection as they are more prone to scratches. Wrapping these pieces in soft cloth before storing them can add an extra layer of security.

Similarly, heirloom pieces or antique jewelry need special attention due to their age and sentimental value. Consider keeping these pieces in individual pouches or separate compartments within your jewelry box. 

Packing Tips

When it’s time to pack, always place your jewelry in your carry-on luggage. This ensures that you have full control over where your jewelry goes and reduces the chances of it getting lost or stolen. Another pro tip is to create a detailed list of all the jewelry you’re taking with you. This list can serve as a reference in case any item goes missing or is accidentally left behind.

Additional Considerations

When packing your jewelry, remember to consider the climate of your destination. Humidity can tarnish silver pieces, while extreme temperatures might affect certain stones. It’s always best to do a little research beforehand to ensure you’re fully prepared.

Additionally, consider your itinerary. If your trip involves adventurous activities like hiking or swimming, it might be best to leave your valuable or delicate pieces at home.

Lastly, don’t forget about maintenance. At Brad’s Designs & Jewelry, we offer a range of services, from cleaning to resizing rings, replacing broken clasps, and even repairing watches. Ensure your jewelry is in its best condition before you embark on your journey.

Contact Us for Your Jewelry Needs

Traveling with jewelry doesn’t have to be stressful. With the right preparation and care, you can keep your beautiful pieces safe and secure, no matter where your travels take you. And remember, for all your jewelry needs, Brad’s Designs & Jewelry is here to help. Safe travels!

A woman wearing Schererville Custom Jewelry.

How to Wear a Tennis Bracelet

A tennis bracelet is not just a piece of jewelry; it’s a timeless symbol of elegance and sophistication. With its symmetrical line of diamonds or gemstones delicately joined together by a gold or platinum chain, it can elevate any outfit from ordinary to extraordinary. But do you know the interesting history behind this stunning accessory?

The tennis bracelet first gained prominence in the 1920s, originally known as the ‘diamond line bracelet.’ Its current name, however, has a rather unique story. During the 1987 U.S. Open Tennis Championships, professional tennis player Chris Evert lost her diamond bracelet mid-match. The game was halted until the precious item was found, and since then, the diamond line bracelet has become popularly known as the ‘tennis bracelet.’

Now that you know a bit of history, let’s delve into how you can select the perfect tennis bracelet and wear it with flair.

Choosing the Right Tennis Bracelet

Choosing a tennis bracelet requires careful consideration of several factors. The authenticity of the stones, carat weight, color, cut, and clarity all play a significant role in determining the price and overall appeal of the bracelet.

At Brad’s Designs & Jewelry, we recommend opting for a bracelet that complements your style and personality. Remember, this accessory should enhance your look, not overwhelm it.

Styling Your Tennis Bracelet

One of the best things about a tennis bracelet is its versatility. You can wear it alone for a minimalist yet elegant look, pair it with a watch for a more sophisticated touch, or layer it with pearls or other jewelry pieces for a fashion-forward ensemble.

For Formal Events

For fancy galas or formal dinners, consider pairing your tennis bracelet with a beautiful evening gown. It adds a touch of sparkle that is both luxurious and tasteful.

For Everyday Wear

Don’t reserve your tennis bracelet only for special occasions. Wearing it with casual outfits can add an unexpected element of glamour to your everyday look. Try pairing it with jeans, a simple blouse, and heels for a chic and stylish outfit.

For Work

A tennis bracelet can also make a powerful statement in the workplace. Pair it with a tailored suit or a pencil skirt and blouse to create a professional yet fashionable look.

Brad’s Designs & Jewelry Tennis Bracelets

At Brad’s Designs & Jewelry, we take pride in our high-quality tennis bracelets. Each piece is crafted with meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to quality craftsmanship. Our bracelets stand out from the rest, offering you not just a piece of jewelry but a timeless accessory that you can cherish for years to come.

Whether you’re dressing up for a gala or simply going about your day, let a tennis bracelet from Brad’s Designs & Jewelry be your go-to accessory. Contact us today to browse our bracelets or to design a custom bracelet of your own.

beautiful diamonds used by Crown Point Jewelers

The Ultimate Guide to Colored Diamonds

Creating a customized gift of jewelry can start with selecting a unique stone and gems. While diamonds are always a girl’s best friend, diamonds in unique colors can be a fun way to amp up a special gift of jewelry. Natural diamonds in colors are a unique part of the stone world. There are also color-enhanced diamonds that can add pop to any piece. Here we look at some of the cool colors that your diamonds can sparkle in as part of your next new piece of jewelry.

Pink: What is more feminine than the soft color of pink? Or more fun than the punch of a bright raspberry? Pink diamonds are rare and not typically found in mines throughout the world.

Orange: This color is a very rare diamond. It is an elusive find out in diamond mines. The shade is a vibrant way to see a sparkle.

Yellow: From pale to bright, yellow is a diamond color that is most widely known and seen among the rich and famous who shine on the red carpet at events. Yellow diamonds have a special way of capturing and displaying light as it glows throughout the stone. 

Green: This shade of diamond is another rare offering. There are only a few that are part of the market each year and they range in color from light to dark shades and along the spectrum.

Blue: The second rarest of the colored diamonds is the blue diamond. Blue diamonds have a tradition of sea meets sky and are seen as a powerful color.

Brown: A neutral offering, the brown diamond is a way to add a little color without being overpowering. Brown diamonds are a timeless way to go beyond just a regular diamond as they are considered a classic choice for added color.  

Jewelry Designed for You, By You

At Brad’s Designs & Jewelry, we can discuss your stone options, from diamonds to gems and beyond. Creating a unique, customized gift can be daunting, so we have created a step-by-step process to help you throughout from the beginning to the end. If you are considering colored diamonds as part of your piece, we can discuss your options. We will begin with a discussion at our initial consultation. We want to hear the story behind your gift. This will help us truly customize your design. Next, we will incorporate your ideas, sketches, pictures and more into an initial sketch. A wax carving brings your ideas into 3D before we cast your piece in your choice of material. The fabrication is completed by hand as well as the setting of your stones. 

Get Going on Your Custom Piece of Jewelry

We are honored to serve our community members for more than 30 years. Our team at Brad’s Designs & Jewelry can assist with putting together a new piece, repairing your damaged items, cleaning or purchasing your unwanted gold pieces. Reach out with questions through our online contact form

Three angles of a purple tanzanite ring, to represent Custom Jewelry Designer Merrillville.

Custom vs. Mass-Produced: What’s the Difference?

Jewelry can be one of the most loving and meaningful gifts to give to a loved one to mark a milestone, occasion, special event or engagement. The type of jewelry matters just as much. By bypassing mass-produced jewelry, for a customized and unique piece, you are truly making a statement to your loved one.

Taking on the Trends

Sure, we all want to be trendy and of-the-moment with our homes, clothes, style and more, but we should move past trends when we are selecting jewelry. Mass-produced pieces embrace the trends as manufacturers are making many, many pieces at one time in the designs that will sell the best. This means that mass-produced bracelets, necklaces, rings and earrings are worn by the masses. You can expect to see others wearing the same jewelry as it is the current look that is popular. While this may work for some instances and days, a special event needs to have a customized piece. Your custom jewelry is designed, created and crafted just for you and your gift recipient. You will surely dazzle with a piece that is not just showcasing the trends of today. A one-of-a-kind item will stand the test of time and shine for years and years as an heirloom piece.

An Original that Fits

When you buy mass-produced, it is not sized just for you as it goes by a general guide that is meant to fit anyone and everyone. When our team at Brad’s Designs & Jewelry creates your jewelry, it can be sized just for you or your loved one. These custom details you will not get with a mass-produced item. There is also originality that is specific to a custom item. Our team will take your ideas and bring them to life. If you have older jewelry, it can be transformed into something new that is a blend of your past and future. Repurposing old gold into something that you will love is another wonderful option to customize a new item. The attention to detail will shine through on a unique piece. Our team does many steps of our design process by hand. This is something you cannot get with a mass-produced item. 

Our Team Will Tell Your Tale

Our jewelry designers will begin your custom gift with a conversation to uncover why you are purchasing your gift and who it is being given to or if it is for you, the why behind the idea. Our step-by-step process takes you through until the end when you will walk out with a unique jewelry piece that will sparkle for years. We will help you combine value with a design and selection that will be the unique present that you are seeking in a world of mass-produced trendy pieces. We are proud to have a hand in so many celebrations in our region for more than 30 years. If you have questions, please contact our team through our online contact form.

Gold jewelry on money bills to represent selling gold with gold buyer near Lowell.

Tips for Selling Gold

Gold has held value for years and years – plus it is a beautiful precious metal that has had its moment in the jewelry industry over and over again. But sometimes, there are old pieces of jewelry that you do not want anymore – whether due to a break-up, change in style or loss of sentimental value. That is when our team at Brad’s Designs & Jewelry comes in to take the old gold off of your hands. We continue to purchase your old gold jewelry that you are ready to turn into cash. 

Here are some of our key tips when it comes to selling your old gold:

  • Think it over: Always take the time to really consider if you want to let go of your jewelry. If there is any sentimental value at all, it can be a decision that you regret later on. The ideal gold to sell includes broken jewelry that you do not want to repair, an earring that is solo or anything that is truly outdated. We can discuss your options to possibly repair your piece if you are not 100% sure about selling it. Our experts can re-prong your stones or resize rings that do not fit anymore.
  • Antique appraisals: If you want to get the most money, you should have any antique pieces appraised to see what the value is as an intact item vs. selling it for its gold component. Depending on the item, you could make more money one way vs. the other.
  • A question of karats: Understand how gold works, so you will be better equipped when you go to sell your gold. Most jewelry is a mix of gold and other alloys and gold is categorized as 10-, 14- or 18-karat. You are only paid for the amount of pure gold that is part of your particular piece of jewelry.
  • Reputation matters: Be mindful of who you are selling your gold to in order to receive a fair price. Our team at Brad’s has been around the jewelry world for decades, and we will take care of you and be fair.
  • Stay rooted in reality: Do not expect to retire on what you make selling gold! We all feel our belongings are worth a lot, but we work in reality, not in emotions. Gold jewelry is paid on what the current price of gold is and how much there is in weight and purity in your piece.

Give Old Gold a New Life

When you sell your unwanted jewelry, you clean out your jewelry box, make some money and give new life to your old alloy. Our team enjoys creating beautiful works of art that can be worn daily and that represent a story of love, devotion, achievement, friendship and beyond. Our process takes you step by step from inspiration to finished product. We complete many steps by hand along with the use of technology. Contact our team with questions through our online contact form.