All That Glitters

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 »

Lab Created Diamonds and Wrist Tops

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Call them what you will, manmade diamonds, created diamonds or even lab created, many of you reading this probably never even heard of such things, especially consumers who have not been in the market to buy diamonds in the last decade or so. Oh, I still get an occasional geriatric couple who have not been involved ... Read More »

Better Things to Come?

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan I’ll start off by avoiding being branded with which political party I favor or which I do not. Any business minded person with half a brain on an island where irony came to die knows to avoid that potential minefield. Let’s just say I for one will be relieved when the whole election circus is over ... Read More »

Wearable Marco Lightning

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Kids are back in school and the September doldrums are in full swing on the island. To avoid the pain and anguish of a Marco September, I am enjoying a well-deserved vacation sunning myself with a pitcher of iced sangria overlooking the Mediterranean here on the southern coast of my other beloved island… Mallorca, Spain. This ... Read More »

Living & Learning

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Strong words, “I can do most anything,” not exactly like Nike’s catch phrase, which is “Just do it!” Problem with “Just do it,” is that you do it and fail or fall on your face, that can be a problem. Failure can cause you embarrassment, or worse, your money. But it is said: It’s better to ... Read More »

High Heat Hot Colors

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan Whew! It’s hot and so is the demand for sea life jewelry with diamonds and colored gemstones. After a quiet May and June things heated up in July, and with it a renewed interest in frolicking creatures of the land, air and sea that are unique to Southwest Florida and especially the Ten Thousand Islands. Diamond ... Read More »

Richard Alan…Jeweler to the Stars!

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net That might be one way to get your attention, or not? In June I thought I nearly died of boredom, and thankfully it got busy after the Fourth of July, despite the heat and days of torrential downpours. There were some mornings I swore there were tumbleweeds blowing through the parking lot; maybe it was ... Read More »

That’s Very Nice

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan It’s nice to be recognized when I’m out hob knobbing in different establishments around the island with my wife or friends, more often or not it’s “hello how are you, how you doing?” and the occasional… “I have to come see you!” Only thing is my appearance almost always also invites the inevitable dreaded question(s). “We ... Read More »

An Investment in Love and Joy

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan  harborgoldsmith@comcast.net The other day a woman entered my establishment and asked me if I replace batteries in watches, which I do. While installing her new battery, she complimented me on the many wonderful things in my showcases. She said how she loved jewelry but her money conscious husband refused to buy her any nice quality jewelry ... Read More »