In general, a long-established rule of thumb is an amount equal to two or three months salary.

Purchase from a jeweller who is a member of the Canadian Jewellers Association.

The CJA is the national trade association for the Canadian jewellery industry comprised of retailers, suppliers and providers of goods and services. The CJA is the single source of information on the Canadian jewellery industry since 1918.

It is best to consult your insurance broker, but most policies require an appraisal update every two to three years.

It is highly recommended that you bring your pieces into your jeweller to have them checked for wear and tear every six months. This provides an opportunity for the settings to be examined. At the same time, your treasured items can be cleaned and polished to look brand new again!

Gold, over time oxidizes and the use of alcohol-based colognes and cosmetics, even perspiration can cause the gold to discolour. As well, it should be noted that chemicals such as chlorine found in swimming pools can compromise the solder and other metals used as alloys

White gold contains varying amounts of yellow gold as well as one or more white metals to lighten its colour as well as adding strength and durability. Common white alloys are nickel, palladium, platinum and manganese. Rhodium plate adds shine.

Yes! Unneeded links from a gemstone bracelet may possibly be used to make earrings. A stone from a ring or perhaps even the entire mount may be redesigned to form a pendant. A large dinner or cocktail ring can be transformed into a brooch or a necklace clasp. There is no need to have unused pieces in your collection. Bring them into your jeweller for professional advice so that you may love and cherish them once more for years to come.