Meet the Ladies of H&A International Jewelry

Whether they’re protecting our country, running our companies, saving our lives or supporting our families, we believe Beyonce said it best when she sang “Who run the world? Girls.” Since today is International Women’s Day, we thought there’s no better time to introduce the women behind H&A International Jewelry.

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Marta (center)

If you’ve purchased anything from H&A International Jewelry, you’ve probably been guided by Marta. Originally from Poland, Marta immigrated to the United States 7 years ago, and found her passion for stones and sales to be a perfect fit at H&A. After 5 years on the team and becoming a GIA Diamonds Graduate (with some coursework in colored stones), she became the Showroom Supervisor, where she manages everything you see when you walk in. You’ll rarely see her without a hot tea in her hand and a smile on her face, ready to assist and educate future diamond owners.

 

Ashley (left)

Remember the saying “behind every great man is a great woman”? That’s our Ashley. As Operations Assistant Manager, Ashley organizes and coordinates all the beautiful pieces you see in our showroom as well as performing a myriad of duties in accounting, human resources and office management. With a master’s degree in Human Resources and a fiercely focused attitude, she keeps the general manager’s head from exploding and the entire office laughing through the day.

 

Allison (right)

Our latest team member, Allison joined us in October to assist with our Social Media and sales team. If you’ve called H&A, there’s a good chance you’ve heard her voice on the other end of the line. With a bachelor’s degree in Theater, she enhances every customer’s experience in the store and online, and is usually our in store photographer, too. She loves to see customers' creativity; you can send any photos of you or your loved ones showing off your latest H&A purchase to her at allison@hajewelry.com to be featured on our social media accounts. Drop a comment on our Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest and tell her “hello!”

Ring Responsibility

Congratulations! It’s finally happened! Your beloved picked the perfect ring, chose the perfect moment and asked the ultimate question. And you said “yes”! What most people aren’t aware of is your ring is just like a new car. Through the years, wear and tear occur, and maintenance is required. But have no fear: H&A International Jewelry is here to guide you through what’s to come.

 

1. Prong Maintenance

Your prongs, the small pieces of metal that securely hold your stone in place, wear down over time. Think of the prongs like the tires on your car. The more you drive, the more you use up the outer coating of rubber and the more susceptible your tire becomes to damage.  The same goes for the metal prongs, but in this case, worn down prongs leave your stone vulnerable to becoming loose, or even worse, lost. The good news is this is a slow process that occurs over time. The bad news: it can be expedited due to continued wear during hands-on activities like working out, gardening, or cooking.

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Our Recommendation

Remove your ring during work outs, gardening, cooking, cleaning, showering and sleeping. These are the most common situations where we see prongs getting bent, broken or worn down. We recommend using a ring holder in the bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen. Whenever you bring your ring to H&A for cleaning (which is complimentary at all times), we always check your prongs and will alert you if your prongs are damaged or worn. 

The Solution

Have your prongs inspected once or twice each year, and have the prongs retipped or rebuilt as needed. Even a ring worn with the most care should still be inspected by a trusted jeweler periodically. And don’t worry, we’re always happy to examine your ring and make sure everything is safe!

 

2. Rhodium Plating

This only applies to our white gold wearers. All white gold jewelry is electroplated with rhodium. Over time, the rhodium will start to fade and yellow gold may start to show through. This process is expedited by exposure to water, soaps and friction. The best news, is it’s an easy fix.

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Our Recommendation

Bring your jewelry by for its cleaning and prong inspection and ask your jeweler if you think it may need rhodium plating, sometimes called “dipping”. This process is usually complete in under 15 minutes and can be completed while you wait, to bring your rings back to the beautiful crisp white appearance they had they day they were given to you. 

The Solution

Rhodium plating is usually as needed. If you’re wearing a white gold engagement ring and a white gold wedding band as well, get them rhodium plated at the same time so the pair will have consistent coloring.

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Whatever question you may have about the maintenance of your ring, we’re here to help. Our cleanings and inspections are complimentary, and we’re always ready to assist you in navigating the ins and outs of taking care of your jewelry.

 

Valentine’s Day Edition--Popping the Question: Is it time?

It’s the beginning of another wonderful year with your love and your heart still fills with a million butterflies and at the exact same time, is full of peace. You’ve developed a new appreciation for life with your love, whether that means slowing down to smell the roses or picking up the pace and diving into new experiences you wouldn’t have without them. When you think about your future, your partner is there and you know what that means. You’ve done it! You’ve found your forever! Now you know it’s time to ask that all important question and buy that all important ring. But it’s also February, so what do you do? Follow the traditional route and pop the question on Valentine’s Day or choose to be different? Don’t worry, we’re here to help.

 1.  Consider your partner’s personality.    It seems obvious, but it’s a commonly overseen detail in the excitement of planning a proposal. Does your fiancé-to-be swoon at the thought of having a crowd cheer them on? Or does your partner love the intimate outings that only the two of you share? Do the outdoors make them come alive or does the latest restaurant opening get them up and moving? Don’t embarrass your wallflower with a public proposal if what they really crave is a home cooked meal with the one they love. Extroverted sentimentalists will adore the ultimate public display of affection, so what better day to announce your love than on the day of love? Honoring where your partner feels the most comfortable is the type of consideration that they will always hold dear when they think back to this special moment. Not sure where to begin when considering their style? Keep it simple with a solitaire diamond engagement ring that can be upgraded through the years.

1. Consider your partner’s personality.

It seems obvious, but it’s a commonly overseen detail in the excitement of planning a proposal. Does your fiancé-to-be swoon at the thought of having a crowd cheer them on? Or does your partner love the intimate outings that only the two of you share? Do the outdoors make them come alive or does the latest restaurant opening get them up and moving? Don’t embarrass your wallflower with a public proposal if what they really crave is a home cooked meal with the one they love. Extroverted sentimentalists will adore the ultimate public display of affection, so what better day to announce your love than on the day of love? Honoring where your partner feels the most comfortable is the type of consideration that they will always hold dear when they think back to this special moment. Not sure where to begin when considering their style? Keep it simple with a solitaire diamond engagement ring that can be upgraded through the years.

 2.  Ask yourself who  really  needs to be there.    If your partner is always looking forward to the next family gathering, or calls their parent, siblings, cousins, etc. at the end of the day, you may need to consider incorporating them into this event. If they live long distance, take the time to plan ahead and reach out to them. If the contact is constant, there’s a sure sign they’d almost  expect  to be invited. On the flipside, if your lone wolf isn’t the type to reach out to friends and family day in and day out, keep this moment between the two of you. If you do choose to invite the whole family, make sure your venue choice can accommodate large groups discreetly for the ultimate surprise, and most definitely call at least 3 months ahead to discuss the proposal plan with the business whether it’s a restaurant, theatre or other public venue. Valentine’s Day brings extra traffic, business and crowds, so be aware of how your partner feels about those details and think through the added responsibility of coordinating family and friends, too. If it seems like too much, consider a gorgeous set of diamond stud earrings, diamond or colored stone pendant, or pearls to express your love and skip the big event this year.

2. Ask yourself who really needs to be there.

If your partner is always looking forward to the next family gathering, or calls their parent, siblings, cousins, etc. at the end of the day, you may need to consider incorporating them into this event. If they live long distance, take the time to plan ahead and reach out to them. If the contact is constant, there’s a sure sign they’d almost expect to be invited. On the flipside, if your lone wolf isn’t the type to reach out to friends and family day in and day out, keep this moment between the two of you. If you do choose to invite the whole family, make sure your venue choice can accommodate large groups discreetly for the ultimate surprise, and most definitely call at least 3 months ahead to discuss the proposal plan with the business whether it’s a restaurant, theatre or other public venue. Valentine’s Day brings extra traffic, business and crowds, so be aware of how your partner feels about those details and think through the added responsibility of coordinating family and friends, too. If it seems like too much, consider a gorgeous set of diamond stud earrings, diamond or colored stone pendant, or pearls to express your love and skip the big event this year.

 3.  What does your partner expect, need and deserve?   If your partner is a holiday buff who yearns for any reason to decorate your home, Valentine’s Day is a perfect proposal option. If your partner’s holiday season wasn’t the merriest this year, exceed their expectations and pop that question! If your partner marches to the beat of their own drum, maybe skip this year’s Valentine’s Day and choose a day special to them that isn’t so conventional. Whichever day you choose, we encourage you to listen to your partner, consider their needs and let us help you choose the best diamond engagement ring to say “I do” with.

3. What does your partner expect, need and deserve?

If your partner is a holiday buff who yearns for any reason to decorate your home, Valentine’s Day is a perfect proposal option. If your partner’s holiday season wasn’t the merriest this year, exceed their expectations and pop that question! If your partner marches to the beat of their own drum, maybe skip this year’s Valentine’s Day and choose a day special to them that isn’t so conventional. Whichever day you choose, we encourage you to listen to your partner, consider their needs and let us help you choose the best diamond engagement ring to say “I do” with.

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Valentine’s Day: Prepare Yourself

If you’ve been hit by Cupid’s arrow this year, we’ve got you covered with a decadent selection of diamonds, colored stones, pearls and fine jewelry to keep your love glittering through the years to come.

 

 If your love is a classic romantic at heart, surprise her with a piece from our amazing selection of Tahitian and cultured pearls. Unbeatably priced and perfect for every occasion, pearls transition easily from day to night and are a staple in every jewelry box. Whether worn as earrings, a ring or a necklace, your love will always look fondly at you, and them.

If your love is a classic romantic at heart, surprise her with a piece from our amazing selection of Tahitian and cultured pearls. Unbeatably priced and perfect for every occasion, pearls transition easily from day to night and are a staple in every jewelry box. Whether worn as earrings, a ring or a necklace, your love will always look fondly at you, and them.


 Don’t think we’ve forgotten about you, gentlemen. Ladies, give your love the best Valentine’s Day he’s ever had. Whether he’s a Yacht Master or a Presidential at heart, he’ll always remember your times together lovingly.

Don’t think we’ve forgotten about you, gentlemen. Ladies, give your love the best Valentine’s Day he’s ever had. Whether he’s a Yacht Master or a Presidential at heart, he’ll always remember your times together lovingly.


 Embrace your love’s passionate nature and give the gift of rubies or pink topaz. Their rich and bold coloring is a constant reminder of the passionate love you two share. Accent these fine stones with diamonds and you’ll be taking her breath away again and again.

Embrace your love’s passionate nature and give the gift of rubies or pink topaz. Their rich and bold coloring is a constant reminder of the passionate love you two share. Accent these fine stones with diamonds and you’ll be taking her breath away again and again.


 Nothing says forever like the gift of the highest quality diamonds. Follow the traditional route and adorn her with 2 to 10 carats on her wrist and she’ll never forget the way you make her feel,  or stick with the latest trends from Europe and give her the gift of gorgeous diamond hoop earrings. Either way, she’ll keep dazzling you in more ways than one.

Nothing says forever like the gift of the highest quality diamonds. Follow the traditional route and adorn her with 2 to 10 carats on her wrist and she’ll never forget the way you make her feel,  or stick with the latest trends from Europe and give her the gift of gorgeous diamond hoop earrings. Either way, she’ll keep dazzling you in more ways than one.


 And with the most thoughtfulness of all, comes the gift of forever. Surprise her this Valentine’s Day with a unique or classic diamond from the vast selection at H&A International Jewelry. Here, you’ll be amazed with our vast selection of loose diamonds, diamond rings, pendants and studs in our collection. Your love lasts forever, commemorate it with the perfect stone that will, too.

And with the most thoughtfulness of all, comes the gift of forever. Surprise her this Valentine’s Day with a unique or classic diamond from the vast selection at H&A International Jewelry. Here, you’ll be amazed with our vast selection of loose diamonds, diamond rings, pendants and studs in our collection. Your love lasts forever, commemorate it with the perfect stone that will, too.


 At H&A International, the diamonds may be dazzling, but the prices will stun you. As a major provider of diamonds, colored stones, pearls and watches worldwide, our prices are so competitive and our quality so far above standard, that your love won’t be the only one left breathless when she opens her Valentine’s Day Gift.

At H&A International, the diamonds may be dazzling, but the prices will stun you. As a major provider of diamonds, colored stones, pearls and watches worldwide, our prices are so competitive and our quality so far above standard, that your love won’t be the only one left breathless when she opens her Valentine’s Day Gift.

Appraisals Starting at $20

At H&A, appraisals start at $20 per item. There's no reason to charge more for a plain piece of jewelry, like a plain gold wedding band, or a ring with only one stone that's less than 2 carats. Of course, more complicated items, or items that require research will cost a little more. We're happy to tell you what it will cost before we begin, but we will need to see the piece to give you an accurate cost. Make your appointment today!

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