“An excellent woman, one who is capable intelligent and virtuous, who is he who can find her? Her value is more precious than jewels, and her worth is far above rubies or pearls.” ~ Proverbs 31:10, Invocation by member Shirley Fair
The Marco Island Woman’s Club (MIWC) recently held its first Spring Bling Luncheon and Jewelry Fashion Show at the Hideaway Beach Club. Around this time of year, the MIWC traditionally hosted its infamous Elegant Home Tour, but many homes on the tour faced damage due to Hurricane Irma and are still undergoing restorations.
Chairman Susan Purvis was in charge of the home tour and came up with the vision that spared no elegance. Rather than homes, 140 women witnessed some of Marco Island’s most exquisite jewelry. There were door prizes, silent auctions, and raffles along with a delicious threecourse meal shared with laughs. The “bling” was presented by Jeweler and Master Goldsmith Richard Alan of Harbor Goldsmith, some of which were his designs. Club members Carol Ann Anzalone, Joyce Frame, Christine Koppel, Susan Curtis and Lenore Yale modeled the designer accessories and selected jewelry fashions. Alan described each piece in detail down to the diamond count, and every model walked through the ballroom to every table for a closer look.
Alan appraised the retail value of each item and all proceeds from the event support the Marco Island Woman’s Club Foundation. There were elegant pieces in a wide range to match everyone’s financial comfort zone. Items such as natural stone pendants with 18 karat gold plated chains and 18-karat gold plated tiger eye pendant were affordably priced around $250. Other stunning pieces, such as the 18-karat white gold ball earrings with 166 diamonds, went for $5,900.
A jeweler with a worldwide clientele and 50 years of experience, Alan knows his craft. He gave a hilarious recount of his first sale at age 14, when a diamond landed in the brassiere of his customer. This particularly busy day at his uncle’s store paved his future of success. Alan also provided tips to keep jewelry clean and safe, out of harm’s way. He warned against a false sense of security on the island, and suggested a floor safe or a small lock safe to protect any valuables.
Alan also writes a regular column in Coastal Breeze News, where he shares his vast knowledge and experience with “All That Glitters.”
“He has a reputation for honesty, knowledge and above all, his expertise,” said Debbie Roddy. “He is a generous supporter of the MIWC, especially today by partnering with us and donating items to the cause while presenting the jewelry on display.”
All donated funds were allocated toward scholarships for soonto be local high school graduates.
For more information about the Marco Island Woman’s Club, please visit www.marcowomansclub.com.
For more jewelry advice and entertaining anecdotes, read Richard Alan’s column, “All That Glitters” in Coastal Breeze News and on coastalbreezenews.com.