It’s hard to believe that the year is flying by so quickly, but here we are sliding into fall. All of our suppliers have been showing us (gulp) Christmas promotions for the last month or so! Well, we won’t start thinking about that just yet, but I guess we all know what’s coming.
Our fall merchandise has been trickling in over the last few weeks, though, and we are gearing up for the 4th quarter of the year. Over the past year or year-and-a-half we have noticed a big increase in the interest in colored gemstones. Well, for colored gemstone lovers and collectors, we just got in a beautiful assortment of sterling silver and genuine gemstone pendants with white topaz accents (that look for all the world like diamond accents). These start at less than $200 with the chain, and almost all will be under $300. And they are platinum-bonded with rhodium plated chains to guard against tarnishing. Honestly, these look like $1,000+ pieces!
Our vendors tell us that two-stone diamond pieces will also be “trending” this holiday season; and we will be ready! Besides twin white diamond pieces, we have some in natural fancy colored diamonds. As we have discussed many times before, we have one of the largest selections of natural fancy colored diamonds in the entire region. That is a product of buying them on every Antwerp diamond buying trip that we have been on since our first one way back in 1994! And as we have said also many times, natural fancy colored diamonds are some of the rarest gemstones on the face of the earth.
We have solidified our inventory of bridal jewelry also. We have a nice selection of engagement rings and wedding sets already made up completely and ready to go, but the strength of our bridal department is the combination of semi-mounts (rings with side diamonds in place, but awaiting setting of the center diamond) and loose diamonds. This allows YOU to decide the size, shape, quality, and ultimately price of center diamond for any style we have in stock. With over 325 semi-mounts in stock and over 325 loose diamonds over 1/4 carat in stock, that gives us well over 100,000 possible combinations!
Another trend we are seeing is the increased importance of pearls. This past year has seen lots of renewed interest in traditional Akoya pearls (salt water variety, usually from Japan). These strands can be expensive (although we do have a few strands under $500), but we have a great option that was not available to us 20 years ago. That option is really nice, nearly round, freshwater cultured pearl strands. Although their luster and roundness do not match that of the finest Akoya cultured pearls, they are a great option for a limited budget. We also have some fun colors of pearl strands for all of you fashionistas out there!
As we write this we are still awaiting shipment of our fall watches, but suffice it to say that we will have something for everyone! We are authorized dealers for Citizen, Seiko, and Pulsar watches and have hundreds of these pieces in stock, but keep in mind also that we belong to IJO, the Independent jewelers Organization. This network of hundreds of the best independent jewelers across North America allows us to often track down brands (both watches and jewelry) that we don’t carry, but can get as a special courtesy to our customers looking for something specific.
So, please stop by soon and browse our selection. Or come tell us what you are looking for even if it is something you think we won’t have. We’re here to serve YOU!
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