Spring Break, Just In Time

pexels-photo-531675March is here! Thank goodness because I’m officially over winter. I’m ready to shed the bulky layers. I’m craving more color, all around. And, I think at this point we all deserve a little more sunshine. Who’s with me?

While I know we still have a while until we’re in full-on barbecue and bike ride mode spring break is giving me hope that summer really is just around the corner. Even if we don’t go anywhere I always enjoy this time to welcome the upcoming change of season, spend some time with family, and start to dust off what winter left behind {literally and metaphorically}.

What’s on your agenda for spring break? Whether you’re going somewhere exciting or hanging out to clean house, tell us what you’re up to. And if you’re hitting the road to somewhere fun you better believe that we want to see pictures!

Happy spring break everyone and goodbye winter blues!

Xo

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The Great Estate Buying Show

Fine jewelry items that you don’t wear, but have always kept. Your father’s old coin collection. Maybe even those toys from yesteryear that you have stored in the closet. Do you have some items laying around that might be worth something?! Well now’s your chance to assess their value and get paid … on the spot!

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Join us Tuesday, March 5th through Thursday, March 7th at Yelton Fine Jewelers for our Great Estate Buying Show. During this event we want to see all of the designer jewelry, gemstones, scrap metal, watches, and other rarities that you are willing to part with. National Rarities will be in the house to provide an accurate appraisal on the spot.

If they are interested in purchasing your items you’ll walk away with less clutter, and more cash in your wallet. For more details give us a call or swing by the store. This is a unique opportunity and we look forward to seeing you all there, along with all of the nostalgia that you bring with you!

*National Rarities is not obligated to purchase your items

*We are not an authorized Rolex dealer nor are we endorsed by Rolex, Rolex USA, or any of their subsidiaries

Join Us For Our Le Vian Valentine’s Trunk Show

Valentine’s Day is sneaking up on us! What a better way to celebrate than taking home a box of irresistible chocolate diamonds. Intrigued?! Well, grab your ladies and head over to Yelton Fine Jewelers for our Le Vian Trunk Show from 10AM to 6PM on Thursday, February 14th!

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Colorful gemstones, stunning everyday glam, modern open rings, and more! We can’t wait to show you the latest and greatest on-trend looks from one of our favorite designers. Along with enjoying all of the eye candy be sure to take advantage of these limited time offers …

  • SAVE: Save 20% on your entire Le Vian purchase*. That’s more chocolate, for less!
  • WIN: Enter to win a Le Vian pendant complete with chocolate and white diamonds.
  • TRADE UP: If you already have a Le Vian piece but are craving a new look, trade it up. We’ll let you apply 100% of the original cost towards something new**.
  • FINANCE: Be sure to ask about our interest-free financing.

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It’s all happening for one day only – Thursday, February 14th! Don’t miss your chance to check out these stunning pieces in person and walk away with a Valentine’s Day gift worth bragging about. We’ll be at the store, covered in Le Vian diamonds and gold anxiously awaiting your arrival. See you there!

*Valid on Le Vian purchased on 2/14/19. Not valid on repairs, layaways, previous purchases or loose diamonds. Cannot be combined with other offers, see store for details.

** Must have original paperwork. Restrictions apply, see store for details.

 

Protecting Your Jewelry

Every year I like to put out a not-so-subtle reminder about keeping your precious jewelry items protected. If you’ve been waiting, here’s this year’s rendition {wink}.

Your jewelry is a BIG investment. And, it’s more than just a “thing”. It’s a representation of life’s most precious moments. That ring signifies your everlasting love. That necklace, your firstborn. And those earrings, twenty-five years of togetherness. Taking care of your jewelry is more than just maintenance, it’s a guarantee that your memories will live on … for generations to come.

Even if your pieces don’t look broken chances are they could use a tune-up. Makeup, bulky clothing, and our daily life activities tend to wreak havoc on our favorite accessories. This is why I recommend everyone bring their jewelry to Yelton Fine Jewelers at least twice per year so that they can be cleaned, inspected, and repaired if needed.

Here’s a little summary of my full proof protection plan …

  1. Stop in every six months to have your jewelry checked and cleaned.
  2. If needed, leave your items for repair. All repairs are done in-house by our amazing goldsmiths, Lynette and Lesley. They have just under 24.5 years of combined experience and they are the best in Cincinnati! As a bonus, we’re offering 20% off of all repairs through the end of February.
  3. Let our friendly staff member teach you how to properly care for your heirloom pieces so that they are protected all year long.
  4. Buy jewelry cleaner. Not just any jewelry cleaner, but OUR jewelry cleaner!
  5. Make sure that your pieces are properly insured. Bring in an existing appraisal or let us conduct one for you. From there are can discuss your insurance options through Jewelers Mutual, our preferred provider.

If there is one piece of advice that you take from me, let this be it! I want to see that your precious jewelry and the moments they represent continue to twinkle. If you have any questions simply swing by the store, or give us a call! I expect to be seeing you soon.

 

Trend Alert

So, I know that it’s only a couple of weeks into the New Year, but is anyone else looking forward to spring? Yeah, I said it and I have faith that those warmer temps are just around the corner. Right?!

Even if we do have to wait a bit on the weather I have been looking ahead at the 2019 jewelry forecast and it’s looking pretty bright because YELLOW GOLD IS BACK! So many of you have been asking me when this was going to happen and I’m happy to report that the wait is over. Pull out those pieces that you’ve been keeping on stand by and wear them with pride in 2019!

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Another trend that I’m totally on board with is BIG HOOPS. And, please don’t be shy because in 2019 bigger is always better. Whether you prefer rose gold, yellow gold, silver, or platinum … we’ve got you covered.

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For those fingers of yours you’re going to want to find some rings with both TEXTURE & COLOR. Funky multi-row rings with colorful gemstones and diamonds {or CZ} are the big trend. Like I said, big is in so opt for something wider than you might normally and also experiment with wearing multiple rings on the same hand. I know we’ve gotten comfortable with conservative modern looks, but now is the time to go bold. Dig deep and let that eighties child shine {again}.

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While these are my favorite trends some other things to be on the lookout for in 2019 include cuff bracelets {still going strong}, bar pendants {engraved, or not}, lariat necklaces {the deeper the drop, the better}.

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Whenever you feel those winter blues setting in remember that spring 2019 is going to be fun and trendy! I’m just going to keep imaging myself in big ol’ hoops, colorful rings, and a pair of cut offs. That should make winter fly right by {wink}.

Looking Back At 2018

They always say to focus on what’s in front of you instead of looking back. To some extent I get it, but at the close of each year I always appreciate the opportunity to reflect on the previous 365 days. To celebrate the good times, recognize the changes, and the realize the growth.

As I gaze back at 2018 I have to say family was a huge theme. The motto that we’ve been adopting is “work hard, play harder” and as a result we have some amazing new memories together. The highlight was our vacation to Maui which had been a dream for a while. From snorkeling, to whale watching, to hiking Diamondhead we did it all! As the week went on every day seemed to get even better. Not just because of where we were, but because we were all there together.

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On the business side of the house Mark and I learned A LOT this year. Even after thirty years in the jewelry industry we’re constantly humbled by how much there is to know and how quickly things progress. One of our major milestones this year was teaming up with a group of 10 other jewelry stores nationwide to implement best practices. The goal … to be the best store in Cincinnati. From revamping our product lines to developing new marketing campaigns we put a lot of energy into Yelton Fine Jewelers this year. We hope that our customers {ahem, you} enjoy what they’ve seen so far!!

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In summary, I have to say 2018 was a huge growth period for myself, my family, and the business. I love to see that we’re constantly learning – how to be better parents, how to manage the store more efficiently, how to listen better, how to be good community members, on and on. As we march towards 2019 I’m so grateful to have these experiences to look back upon. They’ll serve as a great foundation for what’s to come.

Happy New Year everyone. Wishing you the best in 2019, and beyond.

 

Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

Psst, guys this post is for you. It’s possible that you’ve already got her gift purchased, wrapped, and sitting under the tree just waiting to be unveiled. It’s possible, but just in case you’re not quite there yet here are a few last-minute gift ideas that I promise she’ll love.

First and foremost, when it comes to gift giving there are so many options! It’s almost overwhelming. But let’s be real … jewelry is what every woman really wants. From stocking stuffers to showstoppers here is your guide to making Christmas 2018 a memorable one …

Magical Moments: Hearts On Fire

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You know that magical holiday moment where her eyes light up as she unwraps her gift and then she gazes directly at you in awe?! If that’s what you’re looking for, that bow better be around a Hearts On Fire piece. My favorite choice is the classic Fulfillment Pendant which can also be paired with the Aerial piece to give you a whole new look.

Instant Glam: Simon G

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Okay, okay, it’s no secret that I love everything from Simon G. And, for good reason … his pieces make everyone feel glamorous! If your girl loves color I would recommend wrapping up one of his amazing colored gemstone pieces. If her look is more natural I am loving the new rough-cut diamond collections which manage to deliver the perfect balance between modern and timeless.

Versatile Style: Club 925

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Anything you find in our Club 925 room is a great choice! What I love about these silver pieces is their versatility. From day to night. From casual to dressy. They cover it all! There are so many great options but personally I would hone in on the stackables from LaFonn and our new, super chic earring collections from Nina Nguyen.

To check out these collections and others that will light up her holiday season stop by Yelton Fine Jewelers. We have some amazing holiday deals available through December 24th so even if you don’t get in right away, we’ve still got your back {wink}.

Looks To Add To Your Holiday Wish List

Brace yourself … there are less than three weeks left until Christmas! Can you believe it? If you haven’t stopped in yet to create your wish list now is the time my friends. From sparkly white diamonds to layered looks, here are a couple of looks that I wouldn’t mind finding under my tree this year {hint, hint}.

Statement Earrings

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Boho ladies, our earring collections from Nina Nguyen were designed with you in mind. Just when I think I’ve figured her out Nina surprises me with something new. The unique stones, the detailed craftsmanship, and the natural vibe … you’ll love it all. I know I do! 

Chocolate You Can Wear

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For those of you who want to add a little more contrast to your look I highly recommend considering a chocolate diamond piece from Le Vian. Incorporating precious metals with fashion-forward designs, these pieces are the perfect way to get noticed in the New Year. 

Combined Looks

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What’s better than Hearts On Fire or Simon G? Hearts On Fire and Simon G together, in the same ensemble. That’s right I did it. This layered look is just one example of how you can get creative and combine multiple styles. I mean why ask for one piece when you can as for two?! 

Everyday Glam

IMG_5841LaFonn has combined sterling silver and simulated diamonds to add the perfect amount of glam to everyday pieces. These earrings and pendants make a fabulous gift for anyone on your list, including yourself {wink, wink}! 

For these looks and more – get your hands on the 2018 Yelton Fine Jewelers holiday catalog. From cover-to-cover you’ll find plenty of ideas to send over to Santa. And, if you need help relaying the message, well, consider me your helpful little elf. Ho, ho, ho!

 

Door Number Two, A New Approach To The Holidays

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! There’s no denying it now … the holidays are upon us. If you’re a bit of a Type A, like me, you’re likely feeling the pressure. Out of nowhere my breezy fall has turned into a full-on marathon. I’ve found myself up at night stressing about planning holiday get togethers. My “spare time” is now 100% consumed with checking off wish lists. Not to mention the pressure of managing a retail store at this time of year {#icantevengothere}.

I know, I know. Tis the season of magic, thanks, and giving. But in order to get there it seems like there’s this hurdle of stress to jump over. Every. Single. Year. Anyone willing to validate me here?

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As I stare the holidays straight in the face, I feel like I have two options. Behind door number one I could let my overachieving nature get the best of me. I could stay up at night fixating on every single detail. I could make this holiday 100% magical for everyone I love, but sacrifice my own livelihood along the way. I could slap on that smiling face, but feel oh-so-exhausted inside.

I think we can all agree that door number one feels a bit less than ideal. Right?!

So, this year I’m choosing door number two. I’m not going to give up on spreading the cheer, but with every act I’m going to ensure that I’m also being kind to myself. I’m going to do my best to embrace those holiday imperfections, laughing at them instead of worrying about how I could have made it “better”. I’m going to smile, genuinely, because this year I’m going to set better boundaries {including my getting my nightly Zzzzs}.

It all starts today, on Thanksgiving. And, I’m happy to report that so far my new holiday strategy is going well.

This morning I woke up and chose NOT to rush into the kitchen. I enjoyed time with my boys at a slower pace and accepted the fact that dinner will be served eventually. From there decided to leave that pile of laundry by the stairwell and be present instead {it’s amazing how much you miss when you’re neurotically cleaning all of the time}. Now, as I prepare to turn in for the night I’m leaving those thoughts of Black Friday in the future. Instead, I’m appreciating the opportunity to reflect on a great day, my new perspective, and all of the things that I am grateful for.

Because it’s so much.

Xo

Tina

Simon G Is Coming To Yelton

We are so lucky that Simon G has selected Yelton Fine Jewelers as one of the handful of stores that he’ll be visiting this year. Mark your calendars for Friday, November 16th and Saturday, November 17th if you would like to meet this talented man, browse his amazing collections, and maybe even walk out with something sparkly for yourself.

If you’ve been reading this blog or have ever met me in person you’re well aware of my obsession with Simon G. You might be wondering, of all of the jewelry designers I’ve encountered, why I’ve grown do fond of this one?! Well, here are just a few reasons …

LE4556Something For Everyone: The jewelry industry has no shortage of high-end designers, most of them with high-end price tags. What I love about Simon G is that he does what he can to ensure that his pieces are accessible to everyone.  With styles starting as low as $1,000 you don’t have to break the bank to experience luxury.

 

Attention To Detail: As designers become increasingly popular the small details often fall by the wayside. Well, I can confidently say this is NOT the case with Simon G. Over the years I’ve watched his collections evolve and the one theme that’s always apparent is his passion for those tiny, handcrafted features. You can see it in every single piece.

LP4555Timeless Beauty: One thing that can be difficult about the jewelry industry is the tendency for trends to come and go. While Simon G. always works to incorporate cutting edge ideas and technology, his pieces are timeless. They’ll complement you just as much at year five, or even twenty, as they did on day one.

 

Don’t take it from me. Stop in next week to experience these works of art for yourself. The collections we’ll be showcasing include natural white diamonds, natural colored diamonds, vibrant colored gemstones, and an extremely unique colored gold collection. The only downside is that you’ll want them all.

To set up our individual appointment shoot me an e-mail {tine@yeltons.com}. We’ll get you set up to meet Simon, learn about his process, and try on his exquisite pieces in a private setting. Believe me, it’s an experience you won’t regret!