Monday, December 10, 2018

Your Wildest Dreams

ALL THAT GLITTERS


If you could suddenly have that ultimate and perfect piece of jewelry you have always wanted right this minute, what would it be?

Many of the ladies I have asked that question to answered they would like a beautiful high quality diamond at least two carats in a ring or a pendant, some said a one carat stud in each ear would suffice.

Interestingly enough as far as the ladies were concerned the dream jewelry was not anything out of this world like ten or twenty-carat diamond rings or gynormous elaborate carat weight diamond necklaces or bracelets.

Men, on the other hand, were not as receptive as to what their had-to-have piece of jewelry should be; a nice heavy bracelet or masculine ring was mentioned, surprisingly watches were the predominate request such as top of the line timepieces such as Breitling, Corum, Piaget, Rolex or Vacheron & Constantin to name a few of the fine watches desired by many gentlemen.


For those of you who want a fabulous diamond look without the cost of real diamonds, then it would be my best selling line in the shop called Lafonn; platinum coated sterling silver set with the best diamond look alike cubic zirconia in the world, prices for one carat total weight stud earrings are just $90 and up.


The results surprised me, I would have expected much more, like what most movie and sports superstars would adorn themselves with, such things as a ½ lb. 50-inch diamond studded platinum chain you could hold a yacht to a dock with. Or maybe the gaudiest name plate diamond and gold bracelet to match the chain above. Huge, blingy diamond or ruby rings or huge diamond stud earrings the size of ice cubes hanging from each ear… very stylish. I once set a one-carat diamond in a solid gold front tooth for a gentleman — talk about a six thousand dollar smile. One of my customers mentioned a pair of platinum tennis bracelets 100 carats each, I could not help but notice her wrists were already adorned with at least a dozen nice diamond bracelets already! I guess I’m lucky my wife only collects tennis shoes, rackets and pricy handbags; I guess it’s to each his or her own, when it comes to dream jewelry or worldly possessions!

It’s no secret the holidays are here already and for many of you that dream piece of jewelry is within one’s reach; the cost for diamonds have in some cases come down in price depending on the size and shape, diamond stud earrings are popular again and are selling well in my store. For those of you who want a fabulous diamond look without the cost of real diamonds, then it would be my best selling line in the shop called Lafonn; platinum coated sterling silver set with the best diamond look alike cubic zirconia in the world, prices for one carat total weight stud earrings are just $90 and up. You can’t tell them apart from the real thing. There are pendants, rings and bracelets that will make your friends wonder if you hit the lottery.

While on the subject of jewelry, as this island paradise becomes more hectic and crowded with shoppers and visitors, be sure to safeguard your valuable jewelry, especially if you are hobnobbing nightly from holiday party to party. Thefts, break-ins and mysterious disappearances increase during the holiday season.

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Be smart, don’t be a victim. If you don’t have a small hidden safe, get one. If you have a safe deposit box…use it for valuables you don’t wear that often. After the holidays, I have heard innumerous sob stories like “We were only gone ten minutest to go to Publix.” Or worse, someone walks into your open garage and into the house and exits with milady’s jewelry box while the victims were in the back of the house. I could go on for pages on other unsolved incidents.

A question was asked of me on the phone only last week about doing some jewelry appraisals. The fact is, I don’t schedule appraisals during the months of November and December because the shop is straight out with holiday orders. This was not an unusual request, the only problem… the horse had already left the barn, so to say. The caller wanted insurance appraisals on their jewelry after everything had been stolen; won’t do it, can’t do it. Besides being unethical, it’s illegal. I could not convince her it was impossible to appraise what is not there! She would describe the stolen goods to me she said!

Try buying boat insurance for a new boat the day after you sink it!

More on jewelry must-haves for the holiday gift giving season, same time, same channel. Happy Holidays!

Richard Alan is a designer/goldsmith and a purveyor of fine diamonds and precious gems for over 50 years, 25 of those years here as Marco Island’s most trusted jeweler. Take advantage of his knowledge and skill at The Harbor Goldsmith located at the newly renovated Island Plaza. 239-394-9275; harborgoldsmith@comcast.net. His website can be reached @ www.harborgoldsmith.com.

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