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Jewelry for a Cause: Pink Gemstones

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October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and there is no better time to wear pink to honor those who are fighting breast cancer, recovering from breast cancer, and in memory of those who have lost their battle with breast cancer.

At Gary J. Long Jewelers, we are donating 10% of any purchase of pink gemstone jewelry to the American Cancer Society for the month of October in honor of our friends, family members, and customers who have bravely fought against this disease.

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Gary J. Long Jewelers: Our Story

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A chance meeting on the golf course was the start of Gary J. Long’s introduction to the jewelry business. As an enterprising junior high student, Gary was working at North Ridge Country Club in Fair Oaks as a golf caddie when he met Walter Merksamer of Merksamer Jewelers. The two hit it off, and Gary caddied for him throughout seventh and eighth grade.

Several years later, they reconnected at a grocery store where Gary was working as a bagger. Walter encouraged him to go into the jewelry business and offered him a job in sales. Gary accepted the offer, and his first day on the job was September 1, 1970.

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Make a Statement: Jewelry Styling Tips

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Accessorizing with jewelry is the perfect way to showcase your signature style and a few carefully chosen pieces will make you feel put together and polished. Our tips will help you style your jewelry, enhance your collection, and add the right finishing touch to every outfit.

Bracelets
Whether you wear a stack of bracelets or opt for one wide cuff, bracelets make an impression. When wearing a single color statement like yellow gold, play up texture by pairing a woven bracelet with a few bangles. For an on trend style, try mixing textures and materials. Neoprene and leather bracelets with natural white sapphires from Luca Featured by Lecil can be dressed up or down for any occasion.

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Custom Jewelry Designs for Corporate Events and Milestones

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Whether your company is sponsoring an event or you are expanding your corporate or service awards program, custom designed jewelry is a great way to celebrate strong employee performance, commemorate service and dedication, and honor contributions and achievements.

We specialize in custom jewelry design and can create distinctive, personalized fine jewelry for corporate events, awards, milestones, and special occasions.

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Celebrate Your Anniversary with Diamonds

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Whether you’re celebrating your first year together or your 50th, diamond jewelry is the perfect anniversary gift. While diamond jewelry is traditionally given for a 10th or 60th wedding anniversary to mark the milestone, you can never go wrong with the gift of brilliant diamonds.

Choosing a Gift Selecting the perfect diamond means considering her jewelry style, her lifestyle, and what diamond jewelry she already has in her collection. Does she prefer simple and vintage jewelry, or does she like to make a statement with jewelry? What is her career? What are her hobbies?

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Design Your Own Custom Jewelry

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Whether you’re thinking of popping the question, searching for the perfect wedding band or anniversary ring to complement your engagement ring, or looking for a meaningful gift for that special someone, you are a candidate for custom jewelry.

Custom jewelry is completely unique, designed from scratch, and each design is used only once. When you can’t find exactly what you want (like an updated version of a family heirloom), or you want to transform your diamond or gemstone pieces with a fresh new design, that’s where we come in. We specialize in custom jewelry design and we can bring your idea to life.

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Meet the Designer: Lecil Henderson

Meet the Designer: Lecil Henderson

Lecil Henderson is founder and jewelry designer of The Henderson Collection of North Carolina. Born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, Lecil first studied under his father, an account executive for a successful jewelry design firm. After completing his undergraduate studies at Wake Forest University, he followed his father into the business and created an Italian import division.

He soon ventured to Europe, where he studied under master artisans in Milan, Florence, and Venice. During his time abroad, he immersed himself in every aspect of the industry and developed a business plan to launch his own firm. Today, The Henderson Collection crafts unique, handmade, and comfortable jewelry lines for the modern woman, along with custom creations.

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Spring Cleaning: How to Maintain Your Jewelry

Spring Cleaning: How to Maintain Your Jewelry

Spring is in the air, and now is an ideal time to deep clean your diamond rings and jewelry to ensure that your pieces remain spotless and sparkling. Our tips for cleaning, maintenance, and storage will help you preserve and protect your diamonds, gemstones, and jewelry.

Professional Cleaning
Your wedding ring is with you most of the time, and therefore exposed to elements such as garden dirt, hand soap, lotion, and harsh cleaning chemicals. We recommend a professional cleaning of your wedding ring every six months, and a professional cleaning for other pieces every 12 months.

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Online or In-Store? Where to Buy Your Diamond

Online or In-Store? Where to Buy Your Diamond

When you purchase a diamond online, you’re essentially buying an image from an anonymous seller. Many online retailers act as a middleman for diamond brokers, with no physical inventory of their own. Shopping online means you’re not seeing the stone in person, and a diamond in isolation always looks flawless.

To discover the beauty of a diamond, it must be compared and contrasted to other stones to help you see subtle differences that impact value. For example, two diamonds with the cut grade of Excellent may reflect light very differently, even though their certificates appear identical. A local diamond expert, someone who has looked at thousands of diamonds and understands the skill required to cut a diamond to ideal proportions, can distinguish a great stone from an average stone.

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