Spring Cleaning Your Jewelry Collection

We’ve been hearing a few little birdies chirping outside of Crocker’s Jewelers. Spring is so, so close! With the warmer temperatures and longer days, it’s time for all of us to come out of hibernation. We think the same is true for our jewelry as well.

Have you looked at your jewelry box lately? Unless you’re one of those Type A bling collectors, chances are there are some pieces in there that could use a little love. Luckily, the Girls of Crocker’s are here to help you sort through the tarnished mess.

The first step is getting organized. Empty your jewelry box completely and then decide the fate of each piece. Will you clean it, repair it, restore it, or get rid of it? Here is some information to help you decide …

CLEAN

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Did you know that we offer free jewelry cleaning services everyday? Now when it comes to tarnished bling, sorry but, you have no excuse! Whether it’s silver, platinum, or gold, we’ll give it the love and care that it deserves. When you walk out of our store sparkling like the stars you’ll wonder why you didn’t come in sooner!

REPAIR

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When a jewelry item breaks, we tuck it away and forget about. If only it weren’t so! This year as you embark on your spring-cleaning, let your broken jewelry items shine again. Whether it’s a new watch battery, a broken necklace chain, or a ring with a loose stone … bring it to us! Our expert repair team is here to help your investments last for many years to come.

RESTORE

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If you have jewelry items that are sentimental, but not quite your style why not give them a facelift? You wouldn’t believe what our custom design team is capable of. Simply come to us with your jewelry, tell us about your vision, and let us get to work. You’ll be amazed when your grandma’s old birthstone ring is transformed into a modern work of art.

MOVE ON

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Once you’ve sorted through your bling, there’s bound to be a few items that you’re ready to part with. It’s okay. We all change! Personally we love passing on our old jewelry items to friends and family to give them new life. Another option is to bring your unwanted gold and platinum to Crocker’s. We’ll transform it into something new, and pay you top dollar so that you can use the money on something that you love!

Ahh spring. Don’t let this opportunity to clean out your jewelry box pass you by. Just think, you could have a whole new collection of accessories to choose from when you’re done! From cleaning, to custom design pieces, if there is anything that Crocker’s Jewelers can do to help your bling sparkle again, pay us a visit!

 

St. Patrick’s Day Bites & Bling

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and the Girls of Crocker’s have just what you need to celebrate in style – bites and bling. Whether you’re hosting friends, or just looking for festive dishes for the family, check out some of our favorite leprechaun inspired recipes below. For a bit of added luck and a lot of style, we’ve also paired these delish dishes with glistening green Emeralds. Because, why not?!

MARY’S BASIL PESTO

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves.
  • 2 cloves garlic.
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts.
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided.
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino cheese.

Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add 1/2 cup of the oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth. Season with salt and pepper. If using immediately, add all the remaining oil and pulse until smooth. Transfer the pesto to a large serving bowl and mix in the cheese.

HEATHER’S SHAMROCK SHAKE

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon mint extract, or more to taste
  • 9 drops green food coloring
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon green decorator sugar

Blend ice cream, milk, mint extract, and food coloring together in a blender until smooth.Drizzle chocolate syrup around inside walls of 2 tall glasses; pour shake into glass. Top with whipped cream and green decorator sugar.

LAUREN’S LUCKY RICE KRISPIE TREATS

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 4 cups of soft marshmallows
  • 5 cups of Rice Krispie cereal
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Green food coloring
  • 3/4 cup of Lucky Charm’s marshmallows

Melt butter over low heat until completely melted. Gradually add the regular marshmallows and stir often to avoid burning them. When the marshmallow and butter mixture is completely melted, add the 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and your green food coloring. Mix well. Remove from heat and stir in your Rice Krispie cereal. Once mixture is mostly combined, stir in the Lucky Charm’s marshmallows.

MAKENZIE’S GREEN DEVILED EGGS

Deviled Eggs

Ingredients:

  • 10 hard boiled eggs
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • Green food coloring
  • Cider vinegar
  • Paprika

Instructions

Put the eggs in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, turn down the heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, cool the eggs with running cold water. Peel the eggs. Then cut them in half. Separate the yokes and put them in a bowl. Combine cider vinegar with green food coloring in a bowl and add the egg whites. Remove them when they are pastel green. Mash the yolks with a fork. When they’re uniformly crumbly, add about a 1/2 cup mayonnaise. You can make it as creamy as you like. Time to fill the eggs! Put a little bit of the yolk mixture in each egg, so you don’t run out, then go back and add a little more on top. Garnish with a little bit of paprika.

MELISSA’S GREEN VELVET CUPCAKES

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Ingredients

  • 1 1⁄2 cups oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon green food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1⁄2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

Combine eggs, sugar, oil and vinegar in bowl. Mix well.  Sift flour, baking soda and salt together. Add to egg mixture alternately with buttermilk, mixing well after each addition. Blend in vanilla and food coloring. Pour into 3 greased and floured 8 ” cake pans. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Cool. Frost between layers, top and side of cake.

HOLLEY’S MINT ICE CREAM

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 14oz sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract
  • 3 drops green food coloring
  • 1 cup chopped up chocolate bits

Instructions

In a large mixing bowl, whip your heavy cream over high speed for about 10-15 minutes until stiff peaks start to form. In another bowl, combine your condensed milk, peppermint extract, food coloring and chocolate bits. Pour your whipped cream into your sweetened condensed milk mixture and fold everything together till combined. Pour into a 3 QT pan and cover tightly. Place in freezer for 6 hours, to overnight before serving.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! May the luck {and sparkle} of the Irish be with you! If you want to check out any of the Emerald pieces featured in this post, give us a shout, or stop by Crocker’s Jewelers in Texarkana, TX.