All That Glitters

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 »

The Jewelry Genius

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net It’s the beginning of the end of the 2016 seasonal madness. It’s nice to look around and take a breather, maybe sort the things out in your life that went on the back burner – or maybe you completely forgot about them all together, like the fact you can no longer fit an automobile in ... Read More »

You Can’t Please Them All

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net You know I’m not one to vent. (Yah right!) With the 2016 season slowly coming to a climax, I’m still trying to find the time to reflect on the past months…Mamma Mia! Words can’t describe what just happened, what just happened? I feel like I just did 10 rounds with Mike Tyson! For me the ... Read More »

Diamonds…what’s the hype all about?

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I remember the time I overheard a soon-to-be-engaged gentleman mumbling under his breath while one of my sales staff was gift wrapping his diamond engagement ring purchase. “Why can’t my lady be satisfied with a small chip of granite?” I laughed, and said try presenting his love with a granite and gold engagement ring and ... Read More »

Mad Memoirs of an Old School/Modern Goldsmith – Part II

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Meanwhile back at old 333 Washington Street, which was then called the Province Building, namely because the building was built directly on top of the exact location of the former British colonial governor’s mansion. It was there since the late 1600s, and demolished in 1922 for the current jewelers building. (My uncle Ernest was ... Read More »

Mad Memoirs of an Old School/ Modern Goldsmith

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Part I My destiny of becoming a goldsmith was totally accidental. It was the mid 1960s. I was no more than eight or nine years old when my mother would leave me with her older brother Richard, who happened to be a goldsmith/jeweler, so she could go shopping in downtown Boston. (I was a bit ... Read More »