All That Glitters

When Did Romance + Love = DIAMONDS?

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The concept of diamonds meaning a love symbol wasn’t just a marketing scheme invented in the mid twentieth century. The discovery and use of diamonds goes back thousands of centuries, to as early as 500 B.C. The earliest ring was found in a gravesite from approximately 160 A.D. containing a teenage girl a few miles south of Rome; someone found […]

Life Expectancy of Jewelry

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How long will it last? A question that I am often asked after I replace a watch battery. Normally, a watch battery lasts about a year in a good quality watch. In an excellent quality (expensive) watch it can be several years, and in a cheap $5 knock-off watch purchased at the flea market, maybe a few months. So, as […]

Avoid Impractical Jewelry

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You bought it because it was unusual and incredibly expensive and find it a nuisance to wear, and when you brought it back to where you purchased it, they could care less, and after all they already have your money. Being a long time practicing goldsmith I am often called upon to right many wrongs, kind of like the nostalgic […]

You Are What You Wear…2018

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Years ago I wrote a story about how I could roughly figure a customer’s personality by the kind of wristwatch they might wear. I got many chuckles and also raised a few eyebrows out of joint regardless of the fact it was all in jest, and most of the time I’m fairly accurate. And you know what? The same can […]

Diamonds Are Forever … The reasons, endless

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Besides being a girl’s best friend (Am I allowed to use the word girls without consequences these days?), diamonds can also be a gentleman’s bane, for a whole slew of reasons; the trouble, the never-ending choices, and most importantly, the cost. It’s no secret diamonds are expensive, and if they are not expensive, well then you bought crummy, lifeless, inexpensive […]

DIY Watch Battery Replacement: Pros & Cons

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Pros: 1) Saves a little bit of money. 2) A learning experience. 3) The joy and satisfaction of completing the task by yourself. 4) Even if you fail miserably, the watch will be correct twice a day. Cons: 1) If you have no clue as to what you are doing (most folks don’t), you will most certainly destroy the watch, […]

Woman’s Club Spring Bling:

A Celebration of Jewelry Supports Local Scholarships

“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 […]

Mea Culpa

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For those of you who don’t know Latin, the term Mea Culpa means through my fault or I apologize. I learned (or should I say, memorized) Latin as a young parochial student/altar boy, the latter as a career was short lived. Only one other time did my limited skill in Latin come in handy, when I translated the writing on […]

Good as Gold

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Finally the demand for quality gold jewelry is back again and I’m rejoicing its return! No more jewelry made of wood, rocks, plastic, stainless steel, or titanium. So called “alternative metals” we in the industry were told, all disguised as nice jewelry. The thought of having it for sale in my jewelry shop irritated every fiber in this goldsmith’s anatomy. […]


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