About Us

After many, many years of watching the jewelry collection grow, and the bank account shrink, it was time for a discussion.  At the end of the discussion, Mike was absolutely stunned to have learned that his lovely wife Karla was more than a jewelry collector.  She was a jewelry connoisseur with deep level industry knowledge of precious and semiprecious gemstones and metals.  Karla had a passion for collecting, skills to search and find the best bargains, and a desire to show others how they too could become collectors.  That conversation would eventually give birth to My Jewelry Find.  And, the good news is Karla and Mike have done all the hard work of finding the quality, affordable pieces.  Now all you have to do is make the find that fits your unique personality and style.

Thank you for supporting our small business!

We strive for high quality merchandise with a low-cost value to the consumer!

Take a look at our product description:

At My Jewelry Find (MJF), our goal is for customers to know the details of the jewelry we sell.  The better informed you are, the more likely you are to want to buy from us and enjoy the purchases you make.

 

We specialize in the sale of genuine gemstones, set into rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets.  Our Sterling Silver is Nickle Free & most of our jewelry has a rhodium/platinum overlay.  This type of finish allows us to provide high-quality products that can last a lifetime, at a much lower cost than jewelry made of all gold or platinum. 

 

What is Rhodium Plating?  A member of the platinum family, Rhodium electroplating is used especially on jewelry, to provide a surface that will resist scratches, tarnishing, and gives a white reflective appearance. 

 

It will not tarnish or discolor, & since it is a harder substance than gold, it’s much less likely to get scratched.

 

Another very import quality of rhodium is that it’s hypoallergenic.  People with sensitivities to metals (gold, silver, & nickel) may develop a rash.  This does not mean that there is a problem with the beautiful item you purchased.  It just means your body chemistry reacts to the metal.  In this case, nickel free sterling silver, Rhodium or platinum plating will work better for you.

 

Fashion and Costume Jewelry:  We do carry fashion and costume jewelry, but we do not sell fake jewelry.  The following describes fashion, costume, and fake jewelry:

 

If they are constructed well, certain pieces of costume jewelry can be hard to differentiate from fine jewelry. The visual appearance of a precious metal can be seen on the surface of costume jewelry in the form of plating, dipping, filling, and rolling in both gold and silver metals and other materials. However, when closely examining these pieces, coatings of precious metals can be easily scratched off, which reveals copper, nickel, or a number of other metals that do not fit into the category of precious metals. Additionally, there are costume pieces that are referred to as gold or silver tone, which means the coatings on these pieces are equitable to a gold or silver paint and a more inexpensive option.

What makes fashion and costume jewelry “fake jewelry” is leading the consumer to believe the item is something that it is not.  We won’t do that.  We will gladly and honestly tell you the true properties of all items in our inventory. We will not sell you fashion or costume jewelry that may “turn” without ensuring you know that it will.

 

NATURAL GEMSTONES: This refers to stones that come directly from the ground. They often have natural inclusions & may not have an even/consistent color saturation. Most “Natural” gemstones routinely receive treatments or enhancements to increase the natural beauty.

 

SYNTHETIC OR LAB CREATED: This refers to stones that are created in a controlled lab setting. They have the same optical, chemical & mineral composition as a “natural” stone. Because of this, they will test as “real” gemstones. (Most gemstones in jewelry stores are synthetic/lab created.)

 

BENEFITS TO LAB CREATED: These gemstones will have little, to no inclusions & will display a brilliant/consistent color.

Natural vs. Lab Created:  Think of it this way-

Natural: If your husband saw a field of flowers & picked you a rose it would probably have less than perfect petals, the color may not be perfect & it would still have the thorns.

Synthetic/Lab Created: Or your husband can go to a florist & get you a rose. This rose was grown in a greenhouse- a controlled environment. It will more than likely look perfect- no crumpled petals, no thorns, & the color would be amazing. (They are both still real roses, but one had a lot more help from man to look the way it does.)

 

CUBIC ZIRCONIA (CZ): Arguably the most widely-recognized faux diamond on the market today, and has been since its debut in 1976. Generated from the crystalline form of zirconium dioxide (ZrO2). CZ is hard—but not “diamond hard”— it is optically flawless, and usually colorless, though it can be created in a variety colors. It’s valued at only a small fraction of what a real diamond of the same size and quality would be.

 

Are CZ’s “bad”? Absolutely not, if you know up front that it’s a CZ. It provides a more affordable alternative, you never want to pay diamond prices for a CZ.

 

ZIRCON: CZ should not be confused with ZIRCON, which is a zirconium silicate. Zircon is a Natural gemstone that looks very similar to & often confused with diamonds. Zircon significantly increases the beauty of a piece of jewelry at the fraction of the cost of a diamond.

Once again, we are committed to ensuring that you know what you’re buying so that you feel comfortable purchasing from us. 

Below are some other industry treatments that you are likely to encounter wherever you may choose to make a jewelry purchase. There is absolutely nothing wrong with these treatments. Without them, we wouldn’t have so many beautiful gemstone choices of to choose from.

 

Don’t expect the salesperson at your local jewelry store to provide you with this information, or for them to have this basic jewelry industry knowledge.

TREATMENTS & ENHANCEMENTS: Bleaching:  (B) To lighten or remove color. Heat light and/or other chemical agents are applied to the original material. This is especially common with pearl jewelry to remove discoloration on the surface of the pearl.

 

Coating: (C) Modern gem coatings are indistinguishable from the gemstone like the coatings that are applied to eyeglass lenses. A prime example of a coated gemstone is the popular mystic topaz.

 

Fissure Filling:  (FF) Like getting a filling at the dentist or having a windshield crack filled. This process introduces material to fill surface-breaking cavities or fissures within a gemstone, through a heating process. It will protect & stabilize the gemstone.

 

Irradiation:  (IR) Typically used to enhance diamonds. The gemstone is bombarded with (high energy electrons) to alter the molecular structure of the gemstone material. This is very safe and leaves no residual radioactivity in the gemstone material. This will often give the stone a deeper color.

 

Plating/Overlay:  (PL) The surface of the jewelry is covered with a thin coating or film- typically in a metallic material. This enhances the jewelry’s appearance, protects & strengthens the surface.

 

Stabilization:  (S) Stabilization is not a color enhancement. The gemstone material & clear resin are mixed and applied to the original porous gemstone material. This color matched mixture protects the gemstone while allowing it to retain its natural color. (All turquoise jewelry is stabilized)

 

We recommend that you keep this informational pamphlet, so that where ever you choose to buy jewelry from, you are able to ask the right questions.

 

Why purchase MJF jewelry?  We offer a wide selection of beautiful jewelry. Pieces you can be proud to wear & gift to others without breaking the bank! 95% of our inventory sells between $45-$150. We offer a hassle free 15-day money back guarantee & provide free gift box/bags with each purchase. We also offer a generous in-store discount to all military, first responders, nurses & teachers (ID is required).

You can find us inside Odyssey Nail Salon located at 3301 Hampton Hwy, Suite G. Yorktown, VA 23693

We love our customers and welcome your feedback and suggestions. Use our Contact Us page to tell us what we’re doing right or what we can improve on.

%d bloggers like this: