Medlars Is Even More High Tech Than Before
I’m very pleased to announce our acquisition of a Solidscape 3D wax printer.
Yes, it was expensive but it broadens our capabilities to give our customers what they want. How is this different from the milling machine we've been using for over a decade? Our milling machine uses a super sharp spindle to cut wax away leaving a prototype of what we're making. This is called subtractive prototyping (cutting wax away from a solid piece of wax). The technology of a 3D printer adds layer upon layer of specialized wax, which is called additive prototyping.
There are two important advantages of additive printing vs subtractive milling:
- 3D printing creates a wax model ready for casting that is substantially smoother and intricately designed vs the subtractive mill that requires some hand finishing before it's ready to be cast in metal. The smoothness of a 3D printed item enables our jewelers to speed up production of our jewelry designs.
This addition to our arsenal of high tech tools and equipment is in keeping with our commitment to delivering superb quality custom design and jewelry restoration affordably.
- The intricate designs that a 3D printer is able to create also allows for the finished jewelry to not be as heavy. Removing unnecessary weight offers a lighter, structurally sound piece of jewelry. This also means less expensive precious metal is needed, in turn saving our customers money.
Watch the animation below to see how our new 3D printer works.
Wedding Ring Fun Facts
How much do you know about engagement rings from around the world?
Did you know that prior to World War II, almost no men would be seen wearing wedding rings. However, when World War II broke out, brides would give their wedding ring to their husband to “symbolize their unbroken connection as the men went off to war.”
Following World War II and the return of the U.S. troops, the double ring ceremonies became more common. So that by the late 1940’s, over seventy-five percent of men wore wedding rings.
In western culture it is traditional for a wedding ring to be worn on the hand. However, in parts of Asia this is not true. Bichiya engagement rings are given to Hindu women. But, unlike western rings, bichiya rings are considered toe rings. These rings are made from a variety of material, such as silver, and similar to a western style engagement ring, the bichiya toe ring, can have extensive engravings. While bichiya engagement rings are still presented today, they are often accompanied with a western wedding ring too.
Although it is less frequent now, many Irish still opt for a claddagh style engagement ring. This is a ring with two hands holding a heart and topped with a crown. In addition to being a wedding ring, the claddagh ring is also given as a gesture of friendship. The hand which it is worn on and the direction of the ring determines whether it is a friendship ring, engagement ring or wedding ring.
Having problems breathing? Feeling stressed? Or, do you need a gift for your 16 th wedding anniversary? Medlars may be able to help you with all of the above when you shop our collection of peridot jewelry. No, really.........we can.
Peridot is traditionally given for the 16th wedding anniversary. And, in addition to being a great anniversary gift, peridot is said to contain healing powers – at least according to the ancient Egyptians. The ancient Egyptians continuously sought out the precious stone, because they believed it was a health aid for the body, could reduce stress and when crushed into a powder, cure asthma – (we do not recommend doing this, but we will be more than happy to sell you a gem if you want to try this).
Oddly enough, peridot receives a mixed reputation. Some call it the “poor man’s emerald” as it is relatively more abundant. However, this is a misconception, as gem-quality peridot is considered a rare gem. In addition, unlike many gems that come in a variety of colors, peridot crystals only come in one color – green. However, the intensity of green depends on how much iron is contained in the crystal structure, which can vary from yellow-green to olive or brownish-green.
So, any way you cut it, whether you are looking for a nice wedding gift, or a gemstone that is a good conversation piece, we recommend at least seeing peridot up close and in person before making your next jewelry purchase.
Medlars Guarantees Our Work
At Medlars, we ensure enduring quality and satisfaction.
We guarantee ALL of our work and materials to be free of defect for a period of two years from the date of purchase. We will replace or repair as necessary any defect at our cost. This includes all parts and labor. Our guarantee does not cover damage caused by abuse or accidents.
We guarantee the silver, gold, or platinum purity of our jewelry, our custom design, and our restoration work. We further guarantee our stated weight and quality of the stones we supply.
Price Protection Guarantee
If within 90 days of your purchase, you find a diamond with the same specifications, graded by the same gemological laboratory, at a lower price in the United States, Medlars will match it and give you 10% of the difference.
Here's how it works:
- Bring in the actual diamond with certification and sales receipt.
- A competitor’s diamond certification must be from the same laboratory . The competing diamond must have the following matching characteristics:
- Shape, weight, color, clarity, diameter, cut grade and fluorescence (if any).
- Sales taxes are not included in the cost comparison.
Added Value Guarantee
Every finished ring (not just a simple solitaire but EVERY ring) purchased at Medlars includes Free Sizing, Free Appraisal for insurance purposes, plus Free lifetime cleaning, maintenance inspections, and polishing. At Medlars your purchase is the beginning of a lifetime of our personal attention and care.
Return and Exchange Policy
- If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your jewelry purchase, you may return it within 30 days of the purchase date for a full refund or exchange (not just a store credit) . Custom designed jewelry is not returnable.
- You may trade in your undamaged diamond, purchased from Medlars, for any diamond at least twice the trade-in value of your diamond. The trade-in value is your full original purchase price excluding sales tax and any labor. Colored gems are not eligible for trade in.
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