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Fashion Jewelry for Halloween

Fashion Jewelry for Halloween

Fashion jewelry is ideal for our fashion-forward clientele. What's unique about fashion jewelry is that it is carefully designed and crafted for the sole purpose of accessorizing and dressing up the everyday outfit, regardless if the outfit is casual or on the dressier side. This makes fashion jewelry the perfect medium for fashionistas to express their moods, taste, and personality. After all, fashion is one of the best forms of self-expression. Did you know fashion jewelry is also called costume jewelry? That's perfect for the Halloween season.

Fashion Jewelry to Add to Your Fine Jewelry Collection

We are known for our beautifully curated fine jewelry, such as engagement rings, wedding bands, and pearls. However, as lovely as it is to own a special piece of fine jewelry, you can also get beautiful pieces of fashion jewelry to add to your collection. The good news is you can feel free to wear them on a regular basis and have fun mixing things up from time to time. 

We offer lovingly curated fashion jewelry from brands like Uneek, Charles Krypell, ALOR, and Gabriel & Co. Each brand has its own charm, and the curated collection we showcase at our boutique offers a variety of options that can resonate with different personalities and tastes.

Fashion Jewelry For a DIY Halloween Costume 

It's super fun to get costumes at a Halloween store, but have you ever tried using your own wardrobe to create a Halloween costume? Modern jewelry is all about creating pieces that can be cherished for decades to come. Modern fashion jewelry is meant to be enjoyed no matter what trends and seasons appear and fade. Think of modern fashion jewelry as multi-purpose, so why not have a little fun and re-purpose it for Halloween?

We have seen customers use the shiny and sparkly rings, necklaces, and earrings they purchase to add a finishing touch to classic or modern-day Cleopatra and Princess Jasmine costumes. We've also seen customers use fashion jewelry to bring their favorite, most iconic television or book characters to life. Whatever your goal is, jewelry is a great way to add a touch of personality to a costume.

Buy Curated Fashion Jewelry At Our Boutique in Katy, Texas

At ALKU Modern Jewelers we understand that fashion jewelry is meant for expression. If you would like to search for jewelry that allows you to express yourself this Halloween, please contact us so we can help you find beautiful necklaces, rings, bracelets, or earrings that can be worn on multiple occasions.

ALKU Jewelers is a One Stop Shop for Jewelry Repair and Maintenance

ALKU Jewelers is a One Stop Shop for Jewelry Repair and Maintenance

At ALKU Modern Jewelers, we understand the importance of keeping your cherished timepieces, heirlooms, and bridal jewelry looking their very best. This is why we offer restoration to brilliance onsite at our Katy boutique. 

Fine Jewelry Maintenance

We provide routine maintenance for all of your pieces. Maintenance ensures you can catch any minor issues before they become problems that are hard and costly to fix. Customers will typically only come in when something is wrong, but we recommend coming in regularly (every six months or so) so we can help ensure nothing too serious ever happens. Normal wear and tear is inevitable, but if not addressed early it can develop into bigger problems.

When it comes to engagement rings, for example, the prongs are the first part to run into minor problems because they can get stuck and loosen as a result. You should come into our onsite repair room so we can take a look at them and complete minor repairs. This way you can ensure the diamond doesn't fall off and break.

Timepiece Repairs

Whether you own an OMEGA or ALOR timepiece, it is imperative that you go to a trusted place to take good care of your cherished wristwatch. We perform a variety of repairs, ranging from a simple battery replacement to a more complex internal repair. We also complete stem and crown replacement and crystal replacement.

When it comes to a fine watch, it is important to maintain the integrity of the movement, whether it be mechanical or quartz. We complete mechanical movement touch-ups as well as quartz movement repair and replacement. We also complete watch band repair if a link has come off or full band replacement if your leather band has faded, and common watch band sizing. 

Jewelry Engraving

Engraving is a thoughtful touch for rings, timepieces, or even bracelets and pendants because it makes them all the more special and touching to the wearer. We like to recommend engraving for wedding bands, engagement rings, promise rings, and big anniversary gifts, like that of the 25th and 50th.

Sizing and Free Cleanings

Entrust our experts to size your rings for the perfect fit, as sometimes customers can misjudge how tight or loose their ring should be. We also offer free jewelry cleanings to remove dust, build-up, and oils so we can keep your jewelry in pristine condition.

Come to ALKU Modern Jewelers for Onsite Jewelry Service and Repairs

If you are in need of repairs, maintenance check-ups, or even a free cleaning, please contact us so we can schedule an appointment with you and restore your fine jewelry to brilliance.

What to Look for in a Quality Timepiece

What to Look for in a Quality Timepiece

Watches are far more than just a tool to tell time. Today, they have evolved into fashion statements, beautiful accessories for the fashion-forward, and even status symbols. With so many watches out there, finding a good wristwatch is a long and highly-involved process. We thought we'd make it easier by telling you what exactly to look for in a quality timepiece. 

Price Isn't Always Equivalent to Quality, But It Can Be Indicative

Although there are some fairly decent wristwatches out there at a very affordable price, they will not always be high quality. Similarly, at first glance, a highly-priced watch would indicate a high cost to make the watch, which would indicate high-quality parts. As true as this is, it also may not always be the case. This is why the following tips are supplemental ways to ensure you buy a special, high-quality timepiece that will last forever. 

Check The Movement

Quartz and automatic movements are the main kinds of movement used in timepieces. It's important to note that there are such things as bad quartz, which will be very unreliable in timekeeping. It's even possible for bad quartz to count fewer minutes during the day. Swiss, German, and Japanese quartz and automatic movements have the best reputations in the industry, so keep an eye out in your search.

Ask About The Crystal

The crystal, otherwise known as the glass is a great feature to look at when shopping for quality. There are two kinds of crystals used in watch-making. High-quality watches will showcase a sapphire crystal for its hardness and durability. Other watches will include a mineral crystal, which is far more fragile. It is easily scratched and, if dropped, it will shatter and compromise the rest of the watch. You can check the backing of the watch to confirm which material is used.

Pay Attention To Details

Weight is a very good indicator of quality. A heavier watch suggests heavier steel and a sturdier movement are being used. Water-resistance is another feature that provides insight on wristwatch quality. Although not everyone who buys a watch will go diving with it, water is still highly damaging to the many moving parts a watch incorporates, so waterproofing is always a plus and is often associated with high-quality, everlasting timepieces. 

Buy Curated Watches At ALKU Modern Jewelers

It's no secret that OMEGA is high quality and fulfills all of the aforementioned criteria. We take pleasure in offering a specially curated collection of OMEGA timepieces, so if you would like to own a treasured timepiece that looks elegant no matter how much time passes, please contact us so we can help you find the perfect watch.

Fine Opal Jewelry For October

Fine Opal Jewelry For October

Now that you've found out some interesting facts about October's other birthstone, Tourmaline, it's time to offer some insight on the month's second birthstone, Opal. Whereas Tourmaline is the newer birthstone for October, Opal has been the classic and traditional one.

How Opal Originated

The very first opals to arrive in the western world came from India. In Sanskrit, it is known as "upala", which translates to "precious stone". Interestingly, opal is formed from rain that has evaporated and left behind a substance known as silica, which hardens when it dries, creating the opal gemstone. It is well known that opal reflects different colors in a behavior known as "play-of-color". This occurs as a direct result of the dried silica, which dries into millions of different sized spheres that reflect the beautiful colors opal is known for. 

Opal can be sourced in many different areas of the world, but Australia is by far the most significant source. A little town known as Lightning Ridge, located near New South Wales, is well known for producing the highly valuable black opal. Ethiopia, Brazil, and Mexico are also important for mining the gemstone, though they do not have as much as Australia. It can also be found throughout Central Europe, Honduras, Peru, Indonesia, and the United States. 

Fine and Fashion Opal Jewelry

Although opal is utilized for beautiful pieces of fine jewelry, such as rings, earrings, and necklaces that have been passed down through families for generations, it is also very popular for funky and creative fashion jewelry for the fashion-forward clientele that wants to use the different color opals to show a bit more personality.

Whether you buy fine opal jewelry or fashion opal jewelry, it's important to note that this gemstone ranks as a 5.5 to a 6.5 out of 10 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. Because it is so delicate and easily scratched, it requires you to care for it a little differently than you would your other pieces of fine jewelry. However, in addition to these fine jewelry care practices, we also offer onsite cleaning and will treat your prized opal jewelry with the most attentive care so it remains beautiful for life.

Other Interesting Facts About Opal

  • Opal has always been valued for its play-of-color, so much so that ancient Romans believed the stone was a symbol of hope and good fortune.
  • Ancient Greeks believed opals formed from the tears of Zeus and thus gifted them prophesy and protected them from disease.
  • Opal jewelry is traditionally given as a gift on your 14th anniversary with your spouse/partner.
  • There is a theory that states that silica flooded through Australia 20 or 30 million years ago. As these millions of years passed, the silica was able to solidify and form opal.

Opal Birthstone Jewelry at ALKU Modern Jewelers 

At ALKU Modern Jewelers in Katy, Texas, we offer lovingly curated jewelry, as well as custom-design jewelry services. If you have yet to find the perfect gift for a friend or family member born in October, or if your 14th anniversary with your spouse is coming up, contact us today so we can help you find or create a thoughtful piece of jewelry that will be cherished forever and that can be passed down from generation to generation.

Fine October Tourmaline Gemstone Jewelry

Fine October Tourmaline Gemstone Jewelry

October has just begun, and so has the purchase of birthstone jewelry for the special October-born loved one in your life. October actually has two birthstones, Tourmaline and Opal. Here are some interesting facts you may not have known about Tourmaline, which can help while you shop for fine gemstone jewelry.

How Tourmaline Got Its Name

Tourmaline isn't a single mineral. In fact, it's a group of several different minerals that each produce different colors. Its name originates in Sinhalese, the native language of the Sinhalese people in Sri Lanka, which makes up 16 million of the nation's population. The now-recognizable name comes from the words "tura" and "mali", which together mean "stone of mixed colors". The fact that Tourmaline is available in so many colors makes it stand out from other birthstones as a highly sought accent for fine jewelry.

Fine Tourmaline Gemstone Jewelry

On the Mohs Scale of Hardness, this gemstone sits between 7 and 7.5 out of 10. Because of this hardness, its sturdiness, and its wide color variation, Tourmaline is a prevalent option for rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Watermelon Tourmaline, which is green on the outer edge and pink in the center, is a highly desired and therefore valuable option when searching for fashion jewelry, and especially for fine jewelry.

Healing Properties of Tourmaline Jewelry

Tourmaline isn't just a beautiful, colorful stone to wear. Schorl, or black, Tourmaline, as a crystal, is said to have amazing energetic and healing properties. It is believed by many to cleanse all negative energy. This means it can ward off thoughts of self-doubt and eases your stress for a clearer mind.

The black variation makes up about 95% of all Tourmaline, and although crystals aren't as smooth or as shiny as rare gemstones, wearing tourmaline as gemstone jewelry is said to also deliver healing and cleansing benefits. Pink Tourmaline, for example, is believed to open the heart to love, so it is extremely popular to add to custom-designed rings. Green Tourmaline is believed to be very good for healing as well, but many believe it can also encourage inner confidence and wellness. 

Modern Tourmaline Birthstone Jewelry at ALKU Modern Jewelers

At ALKU Jewelers in Katy, Texas, we offer specially curated jewelry, as well as custom-design jewelry services. If a loved one's birthday is coming up, or if you or a loved one may be curious to experience a soulful boost, please contact us so that we can help you find or design your very own piece of fine or fashion jewelry.