Fashion & Style

A Fashion Cruise at the SMCCW Fashion Show

The San Marco Council of Catholic Women (SMCCW) recently presented its 40th Fashion Show to a sellout crowd of over 300 attendees. This year’s theme was “All Decked Out – A Fashion Cruise,” where the hall of San Marco Catholic Church was transformed, depicting a huge illuminated cruise ship on stage. Guests were entertained by Rosetta Stone with delicious gourmet […]

Some Things Are Not as They Seem

All That Glitters

In the wonderful world of the retail jewelry business, there are times when there is no choice but to be brutally honest. This is always the case when accepting jewelry for repair or watches for even a simple battery change. For example, a gentleman wanted me to change a battery in his newly acquired “Rolex,” an automatic red flag! A […]

Out of One’s Mind

All That Glitters

I was pondering the other day about things that go on in my place of business on any giving day. Like when I was told by a customer I was “out of my mind.” Out of one’s mind, what exactly does that mean? If I let my mind out where does it go? And does it come back eventually? Before […]

Back to Basics?

All That Glitters

I’m currently kicking back in a simple basic and rudimentary way. I found a rustic log cabin in the middle of nowhere, somewhere on the famous Suwannee River in Northwest Florida. Brought my wife, my two dogs, Zoe and Toby, and even invited my kids and their spouses including the grandkids, the whole fan-dam-ly… To my surprise everyone came to […]

Ho! Ho! Holiday Must Haves


So what’s hot and what’s not this holiday season? Once again I have seen the ads for the two stone diamond rings and pendants for three straight holiday seasons in a row… resulting in a dismally lackluster response from the public, at least around these parts. I’ve had zero requests so far. Hugely popular once again (Even after close to […]

Millennial Mogul Offers Inspiration to Black Friday Shoppers

Back in October, I had the pleasure of interviewing Peter Jean Marie for an article which appeared in the October 26th edition of the Coastal Breeze News. Peter Jean Marie is the sharp-dressed Naples resident with his sights set on carving out a name for himself in the fashion world as he embarks on his Dream Big Campaign. To me, […]

Your Wildest Dreams


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 […]

Being ‘In The Zone’


Have you ever found yourself “in the zone” while in the process of accomplishing a task or when playing your favorite sport? It’s a rare confident feel-good feeling and anyone who has experienced it knows exactly what I am talking about. Most of my “in the zone” experiences occur at my workbench. Everything must be just right; I call them […]

There’s a Difference Between Living and Living Well


I’ve rambled on the past few months about so-called great deals at “special seizures” at hotel auctions, or a mindless alcohol soaked purchase while cruising abroad, or the ones who forked over a large quantity of hard earned cash to some unknown entity in cyberspace using a credit card over the internet for jewelry they have never even seen. The […]

Jewelry… The Progress of Design


In past articles, I have touched on the how and why and the subject of personal jewelry beginning with the dawn of man. It can be called speculation, and it could be the result of my vivid imagination, who knows?  The first gift of jewelry could have been the fang of a recently killed saber-toothed creature, simply bound with a […]

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