Do I need an appointment?
You can drop off or pick up repairs any time during our studio hours, but for custom projects, we strongly encourage you to call us and make an appointment. Especially on Saturdays and beautiful weather days, our walk-in traffic keeps us hopping, and we'd like to give your custom project our undivided attention. We can always get you in for your custom appointment within a few days of your call. We look forward to hearing from you!
Will you work with my diamond/gemstone(s)?
Yes! We love creating beautiful new pieces using the precious gems you may have inherited or already have. We can also re-purpose some precious metals to make new pieces as well, saving you money and using the past to create a sparkling future.
Do you repair watches or replace watch batteries?
We do not work on watches, but we do recommend The Fixery at Southdale Mall, and It’s About Time in Richfield for your watch and clock needs. Simple battery replacements for inexpensive watches can often be obtained at your neighborhood hardware store; we recommend Settergren Hardware right here in Linden Hills.
What is the best way to clean my jewelry?
Fortunately most jewelry is relatively easy to care for. By nature, it’s made of stones and metal.
Precious metals like gold, platinum, palladium, and some of the newer silver alloys don't tarnish and are generally tempered to be resistant to scratches and abrasion. Resistant doesn't mean that your fine jewelry won't get some scratches of course, so a little polishing once in a while helps quite a bit to keep your jewelry looking bright, shiny and sparkly. We offer small polishing cloths for home use, or, feel free to stop into our studio for a complimentary quick spa – whether we made it or not, we want you looking beautiful!
Dirt and personal care products can also dull your jewelry quickly. At home we recommend a drop of dish soap (formulated to cut grease) and a soft, retired toothbrush (the nylon bristles will not scratch). A quick, routine scrub will keep your diamonds and any other faceted gems looking bright and colorful.
Pearls should be gently washed with lukewarm water and a drop of mild soap every few wearings—the natural oils from your skin can damage them over time.
Feel free to call us with any related questions about how best to clean your jewelry – we've seen everything over the years.
Custom Designed Jewelry: Is it expensive?
'Expensive' is a relative term, of course, but you might be very surprised at how rewarding such an individualized, personal experience can be. A custom made item is quite labor intensive, both in design and creation, but it’s a labor of love. The result is a high quality, finely crafted design made just for you – a composite of your desires and your ideas, along with our advice, design abilities and technical execution.
At Uniquely Yours, we specialize in creating custom handcrafted jewelry for one special client at a time. Yes, it costs more to have a uniquely designed piece of jewelry, but the process itself, as well as the end result, becomes something you will treasure deeply. Nothing can match the satisfaction of co-creating a personally meaningful piece of jewelry that you or a loved one will cherish for years to come. That being said, we also pride ourselves on being sensitive to budgets. Let us know what yours is, and we can then make the appropriate suggestions to keep you within your budget.
There is nothing like the experience of having your engagement, wedding, or commitment rings personalized and uniquely designed just for you… or any other piece of jewelry that is meaningful and marks a special event or feeling that you want to capture and appreciate for many years to come.