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Spoltlight On: Igor Polotsky, Raymond Lee Jeweler’s Master Watchmaker

This month’s Boca Magazine features Raymond lee Jewelers; own master watchmaker Igor Polotsky in its Slice of Life segment.

Igor, who is certified by the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute as a 21st century master of his craft, has been a part of the Raymond Lee Jewelers family for the past 2 years of his three decade career.

Igor is an indispensable asset to Raymond Lee Jewelers, as he is one of the 9 U.S. watchmakers authorized by Cartier to repair its watches; he also is adept at servicing the other luxury watch brands of Raymond Lee Jewelers, like Rolex, Patek Phillipe, and  Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Boca Magazine gets the inside scoop from the master himself on what inspired his career path (it has to do with some surprisingly heavy salt), why he left his life in native Russia behind, and the laugh-out-loud reason that Igor’s talents proved too much to handle for his employer at Tiffany & Co.’s 5th avenue showroom.

Igor Polotsky, watch repair, luxury watch, luxury watch repair, rolex, cartier, jaeger lecoultre, breitling, patek phillipe, boca magazine, raymond lee jewelers

Igor's Profile in Boca Magazine

Visit BocaMag.com to read Igor’s full profile on page 201 of the September/October 2011 issue.

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Feature Friday: Rare Alexandrite Ring

Feature Friday: Alexandrite & Diamond Dome Ring

Alexandrite is one of the most magnificent and mysterious gemstones you will ever see. Though the gemstone itself was discovered less than 200 years ago, the unique color changing and reflective elements of alexandrite have received a great deal of attention and adoration. The stone’s existence itself is a phenomenon. Natural Alexandrite gemstones are an incredibly rare find. Two chemical elements which are scientifically constructed to avoid interaction with one another, chromium and beryllium, found a way to bypass this rule millions of years ago, in what would be considered a metamorphic atmosphere.

Discovered in 1830, Russia, the day when Tsar Alexander II was the appropriate age to rule,

legend has it that Alexandrite was named after royalty.

My first Alexandrite ring was a gift from my Dad for my 7th Birthday, a claddagh ring with an Alexandrite gemstone held in the hands. Alexandrite, at the time, was still the official June Birthstone. Unfortunately, things have changed. With the increasing value and rarity of natural Alexandrite, pearls are now the ‘official’ (the waters there are still a little muddy. Depending on who you ask, Alexandrite is still considered a birthstone of June, in addition to Moonstone.) June Birthstone. 

The ‘alexandrite effect’, as described by jewelers, is the natural color changing phenomenon of the gemstone. The color of this rare gemstone is green in daylight and deep red in darkness or incandescent light. Alexandrite can even appear to be pink or yellow in hue in natural light, and a columbine or raspberry red by incandescent light. This is representative of the mythology behind this interesting gemstone.

Alexandrite is associated with the planet Mercury — the trickster. Mercury is the quickest moving planet, said to be representative of how fast our thoughts and decisions can change. Mythology teaches us that Mercury represents both the messenger and the magician. It connects the mortal or ego self, the intuitive, or lower self, and the higher divine self. This is said to be embodied within the Alexandrite gemstone with the duality of color. 

Alexandrite is believed to strengthen intuition, self esteem, and happiness, increase creativity and imagination, and help balance your emotions.

Alexandrite Dome Ring

This striking 14k white gold Alexandrite & Diamond Dome Ring is both elegant and fashionable. 

 Three large rare Alexandrite stones are surrounded by beautiful pave set diamonds in this unique ring.

Alexandrite & Diamond Dome Ring

Details are available for purchase of this fantastic piece of jewelry at the Raymond Lee Jewelers ebay Store,  just a click away! (See Below)

http://bit.ly/AlexandriteRingRLJ

-Alexandra

Raymond Lee Jewelers

Our CW21 Watchmaker in the News!- Watch Repair

Watch Repair

Watch Repair

I have written blogs in the past extolling the virtues of our amazing watchmaker, Igor Polotsky. A man who through his extraordinary skills and quality of work has greatly expanded Raymond Lee Jewelers’ reputation as one of the best watch repair sites in Florida. His skills as a fully certified CW21 watchmaker have become so well known that one of Florida’s largest newspaper has written an article detailing the career of our watchmaker, Igor Polotsky.

On Friday the 4th of February, The Orlando Sentinel wrote a terrific piece on Raymond Lee Jewelers’ own watchmaker entitled, Watchmaker Builds on Time-Honored Craft. The article tells of his rise from a 17 year old watch apprentice in Russia to the one of the most skilled and heavily certified watchmakers in the United States. Mr. Polotsky honed his skills in Moscow’s first watch factory and then in the late 80’s started to work for Tiffany & Co. Watch Repair.

Raymond Lee Jewelers’ was lucky enough to have Mr. Polotsky join our team in 2009. Since his arrival at our store he has amassed a dedicated following of customers who only choose him for their watch repairs. Raymond Lee Jewelers is proud to have a staff that is truly the best of the best; we have two exceptional full time jewelers, a very experienced gemologist, a sales staff with decades of combined experience, highly trusted jewelry buyers and even one of the top buyers of luxury hand bags. Come into Raymond Lee Jewelers to see what all of South Florida AND Orlando has been raving about!

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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