Keeping Your Diamonds Intact


Last week, I asked you if there was specific advice that you wanted from me. You asked about non-traditional engagement rings, necklace lengths, diamond qualities, and more! Such great questions. Thank you to everyone who submitted. I’ll be sure to get to all of them eventually, but today I’m going to focus on a question that was submitted by Jillian. She asked …

“How often should I have my ring prongs checked?”

This is top of mind for me as I recently had a gentlemen bring his wife’s engagement ring in because it was missing a diamond. He had no idea how this could happen, but as our conversation went on I learned that they had been married for twenty years and at no point had the ring been checked. Eek. It’s like driving a car and never bringing it in for an oil change. You just don’t do it!

At Yelton Fine Jewelers we recommend that you have your prongs professionally checked every six months. With our goldsmiths in house we make it easy. I should also mention that this service is free, whether you purchased your ring from us, or not. If your ring needs repair we’ll provide a quote for you onsite. Most of the time we just need to tighten the prongs around the center stone, though sometimes additional metal needs to be added to the prongs to build strength. In either case, when you walk out the door, you can do so knowing that your precious diamond is safe!

So ladies, if it’s been a while since your ring prongs have gotten some love, now is the time! It’s quick and easy. Plus, it’s a great excuse to peruse the jewelry store and check out some fancy bling. If you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to reach out! Above all I want to keep all of your diamonds safe and intact!

Mark Your Calendars

‘Tis the season for parties and let me tell you, if there’s an event at Yelton Fine Jewelers, you don’t want to miss it! From guest appearances to exclusive bling, I am beyond excited about everything that we have in store for November and December. In order to ensure that you don’t miss out, I’ve listed all of the key dates below. Take a look, mark your calendars, and prepare to have fun!

IMG_0233Simon G Special Appearance

November 20th 12-7PM & November 21st 10AM-5PM

Overview: Whenever I think about Simon G visiting our store I can’t help but blush a little bit. His bling is fit for the red carpet and, to me, he will always be a celebrity. Don’t miss your opportunity meet this award-winning designer in person and save on his stunning jewelry pieces.

RSVP: Confirm your attendance and set up an appointment with any of our staff experts to receive extra $50 gift card that you can use that night, or on a later purchase. E-mail me directly ( for assistance.

Screen Shot 2015-10-26 at 3.07.43 PMLadies Night

December 3rd

Overview: Looking for an excuse to get out of the house? How does snacks, beverages and a night with the ladies sounds? Well, you’re in luck! Grab your friends and join us for Ladies Night 2015. I’m already in outfit planning mode.

RSVP: This is an RSVP only event due to limited capacity. Don’t miss your opportunity to get in on the fun! Call or e-mail Yelton Fine Jewelers to confirm your attendance today.

FullSizeRenderHearts On Fire Event

December 18th

Overview: Hearts On Fire is known for their beautiful, perfectly cut diamonds. Join us and our Hearts On Fire specialists to see just how much these babies can shine. You’ll fall in love and when you do, there will be plenty of deals to take advantage of.

RSVP: E-mail me directly ( to set up an appointment with our staff experts. Along with confirming your attendance, you’ll also get an extra $50 gift card to spend that night, or at a later date.

For more information on any of our upcoming events make your way to the Yelton Fine Jeweler’s event page or send me a note. It’s going to be an exciting couple of months. I hope to see you all there!

Tina’s Fashion Secrets

On our recent trip to LA, my wardrobe choices got a lot of buzz in the social media world. With the outpouring of comments and questions, I realized that it might be time for me to reveal my fashion secrets so that we can all benefit from them. Call it a win!

I am one of those girls who likes to own her own wardrobe pieces. While there are plenty of great services out there now that allow you to borrow a look, it’s just not for me. The draw back being, clothes and accessories can be (really) expensive! This is where it’s important to learn balance. I tend to look for bargains at places like TJ Maxx and Marshalls so that I can splurge on other items. I’m talking shoes, handbags and, of course, accessories!

If you’re looking to spruce up your wardrobe for fall, or any other season for that matter, take these tips from me …


If you haven’t heard of Stitch Fix, it’s time you were informed. You can thank me later. Spend a bit of time building an online style profile, invest $20 and voila, you have your very own style assistant. Talk about feeling important! After you sign up your assistant will ship you five fashion pieces at a time. The frequency of shipments and the budget range is totally up to you. When you receive the items if you buy any of them they waive you’re $20 styling fee and … if you buy all five, you get 25% off.

The key here is feedback! If you aren’t happy with something, tell them why so that your picks are even better next time. It is also very helpful to keep a Stitch Fix Pinterest board so that you can share the looks with your stylist. I even went as far as to add my stylist to my Facebook page so she could get a better understanding of my lifestyle. We’re on our way to being besties.


My second secret is ThredUp, an online consignment store. It’s easily becoming my favorite place to shop, because the deals are AMAZING. I’m talking a Banana Republic skirt for $10, a Diane Von Fusterberg top for $30, and a Belle by Bagledy Mischka dress (with tags) for $40. One time I even scored a Kate Spade on this site for $75.


The deal with this site is that you get free shipping and free returns within in 14 days, as long as you accept a ThredUp store credit as your return payment. And, even if you don’t the return shipping fee is only $8.99. Not bad considering you have the opportunity to score some really good deals!


One of my dreams in life was to open a mobile fashion boutique. I wrote out a business plan, I picked a name (Sassy Axles), and was ready to move full force ahead until God made it clear that he had different plans for me. He told me I was better off continuing on my current path. I’m glad I did, but I am also ecstatic that my great friend, Lauren, had the same dream and ambition to create Glad Rags.

Her business model is a bit different than the one that I had mapped out, but she’s been rocking it! She just finished remodeling an antique Shasta camper and has been filling it with all sorts of awesome fashion finds. Follow her on Facebook and you will quickly fall in love with the concept. Also keep your eyes and ears open as Yelton Fine Jewelers and Glad Rags will be teaming up in the not-so-distant future.

And there you have it. Just a few tips to make your wardrobe even better! If you ever have any questions about fashion, jewelry, or accessories you know that I’ve got your back. If you have any shopping tips that you want to share, send them my way, I would love to hear them!

Happy shopping everyone!

The Man For You

Yeltons_Diamond_BridalOur Diamond & Bridal Event is just over one week away. Naturally, I’ve had love on my mind. Having been married for more than fifteen years, I know first hand how blissful and, ahem, how challenging relationships can be. The ability to experience and work through it all together is what makes a marriage so beautiful, but as woman how can you be certain that you’ve found “the one”?

Well ladies, as someone that sells symbols of love every single day, I’ve noticed a few trends. If you ask The Jeweler’s Wife, here are ten signs that he’s the man for you:

  1. You can remember exactly how you felt the first time you met him.
  2. Whether you’re dressed up, or in sweats, he makes you feel beautiful.
  3. He’ll step our of his comfort zone to explore your interests.
  4. You’re not afraid to ask each other the tough questions.
  5. He’ll put everything aside when he knows that you need him.
  6. You recognize that you will have to grow together and you’re all in.
  7. He treats your friends and family members as if they were his own.
  8. You both make time for each other, as well as yourselves.
  9. He knows how to make you laugh, even if it’s in the middle of a fight.
  10. When you think about the future, you can’t imagine it without him.

If you were nodding your head as you read through that list, congrats! You found him. Keep at it, and if you’re ready for that next step, come see me. Our Diamond & Bridal Event is the perfect opportunity to seal the deal with a bit of sparkle, and save while you’re at it. Hope to see you all there, and I can’t wait to meet him (wink)!

Countdown to Le Vian

Our Le Vian event at Yelton Fine Jewelers is just one week away. Is anyone else as excited as I am?

Before I tell you all of the reasons why I can’t wait to showcase Le Vian bling, I have a confession to make. Once upon a time, when Mark and I were first entertaining the idea of carrying Le Vian in our store I wasn’t very happy. At that time I wasn’t a big fan of colored diamonds and of all the colored diamonds, brown didn’t exactly appeal to me. Little did I know, I was completely missing out!

Luckily Mark saw something in Le Vian and so the brand made it’s way to our shelves. At the point I started doing my research. Like any product that we carry I wanted to get the facts straight so that I could educate our customers on the jewelry they were purchasing. As I learned more about the brand, I started to fall in love. I found myself wearing the pieces around the store, bragging about brown diamonds, and morphing into a full on Le Vian brand advocate.

Here are some of the facts that won me over; maybe they’ll set a spark for you as well:

IMG_0973Chocolate Diamonds: Chocolate diamonds are much more than a brown diamond. While many jewelers will try to tell you otherwise, buyers beware. Chocolate diamonds are some of the rarest diamonds in the world. In fact, these unique diamonds are 10,000 times more rare than your standard colorless diamond.


Timepieces: Along with beautiful gemstones, Le Vian also carries an impressive line of timepieces for both men and women. These exclusive pieces deliver the perfect balance between innovation and fashion. I actually treated myself to one of these at our last event and I can attest, they make you feel like a celebrity.


Peach Morganite: At the 2015 Las Vegas jewelry show, Le Vian introduced Peach Morganite, which they are claiming as “the” gem for 2016. Count me in! These beautiful gemstones deliver a charming look all on their own, but with the addition of Le Vian chocolate diamonds and strawberry gold they take it to a whole new level.

IMG_0976Everyday Pieces: With such a focus on colored diamonds, a lot of people don’t realize that Le Vian also carries more traditional pieces as well. For everyday wear they offer white diamonds set in yellow, vanilla, or strawberry gold. You know, for those that want to play it safe.

Now that you know a little bit more about Le Vian, I bet you’re curious to see these beautiful pieces for yourself. Well luckily our event is just one week away. Here are the details:

And … if you RSVP via a comment on this blog we’ll award you an additional 20% as well as a bonus gift. Basically, it’s your lucky day. Hope to see you there!

Lessons From My Ladies

IMG_0756This past week I had the opportunity to spend some time away with some great friends. There was lots of laughter, many heart-to-heart moments and just a few cocktails (can you blame us). Coming back from it all, I’m feeling refreshed, positive, and also reflective. I definitely wouldn’t be who I am today without such strong women in my life. They’ve been there through the bad, they’ve talked me through the confusing and above all, they always help me grow.
IMG_0757While I appreciate every lesson that I’ve learned from my female friends, these are some that I’ll never forget:
  • Find Balance: While it’s important to work hard (and we do), it’s equally as important to recognize when it’s time to slow down, schedule a massage, or plan a date night. If you ask me, there is no shame in self care. It’s what keeps us from burning out.
  • Let Go: Every moment is an opportunity to refresh. Soak up all that is good in life, and as for the bad … let it go. It’s much easier to move forward when you have less weighing you down.
  • No Distance Too Far: When it comes to true friendship, distance is irrelevant. With cell phones, e-mail and social media, these days, it’s easier than ever to stay connected. And, when you finally meet again, I love when it feels as if no time has passed.
  • Life is For Learning: When you look at my group of friends, no two women are the same. Our backgrounds, our beliefs, and our lifestyles vary. Some may think that would be an obstacle, but to us it’s an opportunity to learn.
  • Be Genuine: When I get together with my ladies, we keep it real. After all there’s nothing more exhausting than trying to be someone that you aren’t.
IMG_0758Cheers ladies, I couldn’t do it without you!

Alisa Has Arrived

A bit of Italy has made it’s way to the case at Yeltons and I couldn’t be more excited! If you haven’t heard of Alisa jewelry, now is the time to check it out. Personally, I’ve been following the brand for over three years and I am so excited to finally have the opportunity to share this beautiful bling with my customers. As a bonus, I’ve been having fun wearing it around the store.

IMG_5049So, what’s the big deal? Well, in my opinion Alisa delivers the perfect blend of luxurious and casual.

  • Luxurious: Each piece is made in Tuscany, Italy where there are very high standards for fine materials, quality craftsmanship and creativity. When you see these pieces, believe me, it will show! The brand is especially known for their use of 18k gold, sterling silver,  diamonds, and colored gemstones.
  • Casual: While each piece is a unique work of art, they are also versatile enough to wear everyday. As you can see below, I’ve been having fun stacking them to create a look that expresses my personal style. What do you think about the combo below?

IMG_5051To check out these amazing pieces for yourself stop by and see me at Yelton Fine Jewelers. By now it’s obvious, but I am so very excited and proud that we are now an Alisa authorized retailer. Eek. I can’t stop staring at the case.

An Experience Of A Lifetime

11707523_10205659837147587_7888750578414982962_nAnd, I’m back from Guatemala! Wow, what an experience. I am not exaggerating when I say that this trip was one of the best weeks of my life and I highly recommend a similar adventure to everyone. Sure there were ups, downs, and all-arounds, but that’s what makes it all so amazing. You learn a lot about the world, life and of course, yourself. Luckily for me, I had my travel journal to document each and every day. When I would sit down to write at night I just couldn’t help myself. The words would pour onto the pages.

Some of my entries were more serious in nature, exploring questions and interactions that I had. And then, as I scroll through the pages I also see quotes like “drop it like it’s hot” or “the globe is still round” scribbled down. Such great reminders that even when you work hard and don’t sleep all that much, you can still have some fun!

11794389_10152874778570683_42298003221812590_oLooking back on my journal I am most surprised by how much my perspective changed in less than one week. On our flight to Guatemala I kept thinking that when I arrived I would feel sorry for the children that I was about to meet. I thought I would want to bring them home. Love them. Expose them to life in the U S of A. Now that I am back on home soil, I can say with certainty that I have an entirely new outlook. I now realize that even though those children live in a much different environment, they are truly happy. They take the hand that’s been dealt to them and make the best of it.

If anything all the kids needed was a little bit of love and attention and I am grateful that in just a series of days we were able to give that to them. They don’t need fancy clothes, iPads, or a lot of the other things that money could buy them. Instead of arriving with massive suitcases of “stuff” we spent our time helping the kids find Jesus, understand compassion, and feel truly cared for. Focusing on human connections and a greater purpose brought us all so much closer together. Walking away from it all I feel accomplished, and I think I have a perpetual smile on my face.

It’s really amazing how much of a difference just four days can make.

11817262_10205795441097601_3812254524765026457_nWhile my time in Guatemala was short in the grand scheme of things, I am lucky to leave with memories and new insights that will stay with me forever. As you can imagine there is so much more to share, but for the time being I will leave you with a few themes that have been top of mind for me …

  • God revealed to me that people are happy. All they need is love and a bit of knowledge
  • I can’t fix everything nor should I try
  • Things are just things
  • I am blessed with what I have and now I need to figure out how I can use them to further God’s kingdom
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff
  • Appreciate family time
  • Life has a hierarchy. God first, spouse second, children third, family fourth and work fifth

As a result of this whole experience I have a greater awareness of the world, am more appreciative of what I have, and feel excited to share my stories with others. Thanks to all of you to allowing me to do that! And, a huge thank you to my family for making this trip possible.

Summer In Style

Finding jewelry that you love is one thing, but pairing it with the right outfit is another. If you’re looking to summer in style read below for a few tips to elevate your wardrobe. All it takes is a little bling.

Maxi_DressElevate Your Maxi Dress

Summer is here, which to me means dress season. Spruce up your everyday maxi dress with a bold, statement necklace. I especially love this Turquoise piece from the Tacori Island Rains collection.

CasualTry Classy Casual

Casual doesn’t have to be boring; in fact it can even be classy. You would be surprised how easily you can transform your look with the addition of a great timepiece. I’d recommend checking out the Movada Bold. One word – stunning.

Little_Black_DressPerfect Your Party Look

With weddings and anniversaries galore, it’s likely that you’ll pull out that little black dress at least once this summer. And, when you do, be sure to add a pair of great earrings. I am loving these chandelier earrings from the Simon G Fashion Collection.

With any outfit, when in doubt add some bling. Wishing you all one very stylish summer. If you are ever in need of more recommendations just stop by Yelton Fine Jewelers and I would be more than happy to help you accessorize.

Food, Family & Fun

imageIt seems like it was only yesterday that the boys got out of school and yet somehow it’s already the Fourth of July? Where does time go? While I can’t believe it’s already here, I am definitely looking forward to the festivities. In our house the Fourth of July is synonymous with three things –  lots of food, quality time with the family, and of course, fun!

Food: When it comes to Fourth of July, or any summer gathering for that matter, you can almost guarantee that I’ll be bringing fruit salsa to the party. I can’t help it, it’s a staple. For those of you looking to get a bit more adventurous with your holiday snacks check out this list of fifty festive recipes. Thank you Pinterest!

Family: Good food, parades, and fireworks aside if you ask me the most magical part of Fourth of July is the family time. And, with the store closed on Saturday, I am going to take full advantage of the extra hours with my three favorite guys. Looking forward to the laughs, the hugs, and the sun-kissed cheeks.

Fun: Fireworks. The Freedom Festival at New Life Chapel. Time outside. What’s not to love? With a bunch of great events happening in and around Cincinnati this weekend I don’t think I’ll have a hard time keeping the boys, Mark, or myself entertained.

Wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend. As a reminder, Yelton’s will be closed on Saturday, July 4th, but we’ll look forward to seeing you after the weekend of fireworks.