It’s already mid-March and season is in full swing; feels like the island has sunk a foot or so from the amount of people on board the island. I’m happy to say that business is good here and very brisk; folks seem to be zeroed into what exactly they desire. That desire is mostly diamonds and sea life jewelry with diamond accents. Longer length chains in silver and gold and especially the new “paper clip” link is selling very well along with the classics and most popular links such as cable and rope link chain.
The sea life and Marco Island themed jewelry sales have been incredible – dolphins, turtles and the most popular this season are diamond starfish and sand dollars. My “Marco Bracelets” are difficult to keep in stock due to the fact we handcraft each and every one of them to fit the wearer perfectly. Other island themed charms and pendants such as our “Live, Love and Laugh on Marco” is almost always going out the door.
I have been dedicating most of my time on my own designed pieces with great success. Once completed and placed in the display window, my special one of a kind made jewelry catches every passer by’s eyes and many of the pieces are sold within days of completion…not a bad problem I have here.
Sterling silver and Larimar sea life jewelry is also very popular not only because of its beauty, but quality of the pieces. Larimar is a beautiful light pastel blue turquoise like semi- precious gemstone found in only one place on the entire planet: the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. I have jumping dolphins, turtles, and all forms of sea life you would find on the beaches or islands here in our island paradise.
I don’t want to leave out the gentlemen’s requests – nautical gold and silver pieces are also the rage this season from diamond studded propellers and anchors to ship’s wheels even solid goldfish hooks, local fish, and to my surprise, “Italian horn” pendants are back in demand again.
As I mentioned in past articles, small simple diamond pendants as well as diamond by the inch on fine chains are in huge demand, as well as two-color (white and yellow gold combinations) mix-and-match diamond tennis bracelets. Chain layering is back again, too. That’s where the ladies wear different length chains two, three or more with or without pendants. The demands for all I mentioned appear to be here to stay for a while and will remain now that the weather is getting warmer, and more and more folks are getting outside and hitting the beaches.
Richard Alan is a designer/goldsmith and owner of the Harbor Goldsmith at Island Plaza on Marco Island. He has been Marco’s go-to jeweler for locals and visitors alike since 1994. Richard welcomes your questions and comments about All that Glitters. www.harborgoldsmith.com.