All That Glitters

Disappointing Expectations

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Disappointment is something every single one of us has experienced one time or another, sadly some more than others. It’s a fact of life, and the less disappointments one has, the richer one’s life is. There was a gentleman in the shop last season asking about what it would cost for a particular heavy gold ... Read More »

Red, Red, Red

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net July’s birthstone is the ruby, a red corundum. The most valuable color of a fine ruby is a deep blood red. The addition of the mineral chromium oxide is what gives it a superb deep hue. The word ruby in the ancient language of Indian Sanskrit is “ratna raj,” which means “King of Gems.” The ... Read More »

Signets of Significance

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I recently completed a custom made 18kt. yellow gold gent’s signet ring to be presented to a gentleman’s grandson. I honestly can’t remember the last time I have had a request for one of these rings that used to be the rage many years ago. They are not really in demand today. The creation and ... Read More »

Gobsmacked

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net As the season slowly comes to an end and I finally get to catch a breath, giving me the chance to reflect after a hectic five months. I came to the realization that no matter how much I preach about being careful with high end jewelry purchases on cruise line sanctioned establishments, folks will still ... Read More »

My Jeweler…

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net It gives me great sense of pride when customers tell me they would never bring their jewelry to anyone but yours truly. It’s nice to know that there is still a small semblance of loyalty out there. We baby boomers all remember the word… LOYALTY In the good old days (Did I just hear the ... Read More »

A Goldsmith? What’s a Goldsmith do?

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I recently traded in an old toy for a brand new 2017 toy to add my garage collection. During the purchasing process the young woman at Harley–Davidson asked me my profession. “I’m a goldsmith.” A goldsmith? What does a goldsmith do? I could not help but notice that she was more than just slightly adorned ... Read More »

Spring Has Sprung, Your Diamonds Shouldn’t

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Spring is in the air, and so is the humidity. The crowds are beginning to wane and traffic is becoming bearable. It’s also time to clean and check your fine jewelry. By fine jewelry, I mean your gold, platinum and gemstone jewelry. It’s time to check the important components that hold your gemstones in the ... Read More »

If I Had the Tools…

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Ah yes, the month of March in Southwest Florida… In like a lion, out like a lamb? I’d say it’s more in as a tyrannasaus rex and out like a rabid bull alligator. This March has been like no other I can remember in decades. The island is packed, and many folks have pushed impatience ... Read More »

Which Watch?

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Someone asked me a simple question the other day regarding what would be the best watch for her to purchase, seeing that the present one she owned did not survive multiple swimming sessions in her pool. I did point out to her that it was clearly marked “Water-resistant” – not water-proof. A fact that any ... Read More »

Thrill…her

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net It’s no coincidence that 95% of my business is all about the ladies. I don’t count the guys, who bring in a hundred or so watches a week to replace dead batteries. Nine times out of ten I won’t see them again until the watch dies 365 days later. Personally speaking, in my 40-plus years ... Read More »

Scammers and Scallywags

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Just want to issue a heads up warning to my faithful followers. Apparently, there are some unscrupulous folks who are wandering around Marco and Naples selling jewelry under the pretense of it being real gold. It’s shiny and looks good, but the ring or chain feels a little too lightweight. That’s because it is gold ... Read More »

The Amethyst…The Color of Royalty or Party Animal?

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I’m sure over the past twenty years or so writing this column I’ve touched on the subject of the semi-precious gemstone, the purple-luscious…Amethyst. And as promised as my New Year’s resolution, I will strive to educate the naïve, ignorant and even the folks who are mildly interested in what I have to say. Besides being ... Read More »

Aquamarine…Soft to Vibrant Caribbean Sea Blue

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I have always had a fondness for the natural gemstone aquamarine. It also happens to be my birthstone, but there is much more to it than that. Often times a customer will claim to own a really fine “Aqua” they may have purchased cheap on a cruise ship or abroad. Eight out of ten times ... Read More »

That’s The Way It Is

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I hope everyone had a great holiday season. For me personally it was the best jewelry gift-giving Christmas season in ten years. The demand for really nice jewelry started on Black Friday and continued until I closed my doors to the shop at 4 PM Christmas Eve, which by the way was the exact moment ... Read More »

It’s a Guy Thing… The Xmas Boat is Leaving the Dock

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net This column dedicated is to my gentlemen clientele from all over the world. * This column could be considered offensive to many of those of the kinder and gentler gender. First of all, salutations; A very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a Happy New Year celebration to all of you. (I’m not a happy holidays ... Read More »

Right Way vs. Wrong Way

The words jury-rigged, Mickey Moused or “Good enough for government work,” come to mind; these terms can be a way to describe a temporary or makeshift repair remedy. Not the jargon you want to hear when a jeweler is describing how he or she is going to perform the repair of your fine jewelry. At a young age I learned ... Read More »

ALL THAT GLITTERS: Shock and Awe-mour 

Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net So what is it? All can tell you is I am not the sole perpetrator of this emotional phenomenon. I have a great deal to do with the final result, which by the way is a joyful, positive, and most often, a romantic experience. The catalyst of creating this phenomenon is fine jewelry. Who knows? A pre-historic ... Read More »

The Holidays Are Here, Already?

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan It’s nuts. Last August I was searching for pool supplies at Walter Marte’s (Walmart) only to find Christmas decorations where pool stuff used to be, in August?! I used to be perturbed when stores start putting that stuff out before Halloween, now the summer is common practice. Funny thing though, years ago (more like decades ago) ... Read More »

The Good, Bad, and the Downright Ugly

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Life can be a comedy and even more hilarious if you work with the public. Oh! Yes, I was found in the dark then cut, faceted and polished by the public and the final product took over fifty years to complete, and here I sit. (Sitting I find is now more comfortable than standing.) ... Read More »

A Goldsmith Shop vs A Jewelry Store

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Often times I am asked to do services that relate to the jewelry business that I am unable to perform or I simply refuse to do. I know you are saying, that’s the wrong attitude, service and pleasing the customer is top priority when running a “service” business…horse hockey! As many of you baby boomers know ... Read More »