Summer AKA Repair Season

Every three to five thousand miles we bring our cars in for an oil change. We have the tires rotated. And, when something seems a little “off” we take it into the mechanic. When it comes to our homes we spend countless hours per week tidying up. We replace carpeting when it gets dingy. And, when the hot water heater fails us we get a new one … right away.

Maintenance.

It’s a part of life, and an important step in protecting any asset. So, why is it that when it comes to our jewelry we only tend to fix it when it’s broken? That is, if we even do that. At some point or another we’ve all broken a necklace chain and thrown it right into the abyss that is our jewelry box. Never to see it again … sigh.

Just like your car and your home, your jewelry should be inspected, cleaned, and serviced regularly. After all, you paid a lot for in the first place. Don’t you want to keep it shiny and bright?!

If you’re looking for a little incentive to bring your jewelry items back to life, well, now is the time because it’s repair season at Yelton Fine Jewelers. Now through July 31st we’re offering 20% off of all jewelry repairs and a whopping 50% off of watch batteries*.

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Bring us one piece, or your entire jewelry box. Come with the necklace that broke yesterday and that ring that’s been missing a stone for years. Whatever you have hiding at the back of your jewelry drawer – we want to bring it to life!

And, it doesn’t stop there.

Once your broken jewelry items are restored to their original condition, don’t forget to give them the regular love and attention that they deserve. I recommend cleaning monthly, if not weekly. Your prongs should be checked every six months. And, even if your jewelry doesn’t look like it’s suffering still bring it to Yelton Fine Jewelers annually for a check-up. Please, I beg you!

Because jewelry is meant to shine!

*Some exclusions apply. Cannot be applied to watch repairs. In-stock watch batteries only. Valid through 7/31/2017. See store for details.

Greetings From Vegas

While there are hundreds of jewelry shows every year, there is only one that shines the brightest – it’s JCK Las Vegas. We’ve been here since Monday and it’s been one hot, and wild ride. From selecting new lines to meeting with other industry professionals, every day we’ve been working hard. And, to balance things out, every night we’ve been playing hard{er}.

While there is still one full day left before we pack up our bags to go home, here are some of our highlights so far …

THE BIG BRANDS

As you might know by know, when it comes to jewelry designers, I tend to pick favorites. Can you blame a girl? Every year when JCK Las Vegas rolls around I get a little giddy because I know I’m going to have the opportunity to meet with my favorite brands, pick their brains, and see what they have coming down the pipeline. While we’ve met with so many people over the last three days, my highlights so far have been Simon G., Tacori, and Hearts On Fire. So much sparkle, and so much innovation. We can’t wait to tell you what these brands have in store.

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THE MINGLING

I thought I threw a great party, but JCK Las Vegas sure has it down. From delicious dinner parties to evening soirees they’ve done such a great job at keeping the entire jewelry industry entertained. Not only are these events fun, but they’re also a great opportunity to mingle with other jewelers, up and coming designers, service providers, you name it! One thing is for sure, there is no shortage of talent in Vegas this week and we’ve had so much fun connecting with faces, old and new.

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THE BEAUTIFUL BLING

There are so many perks associated with JCK Las Vegas, but the thing we love the most is the ability to bring home new products to you, our customers. Day after day we’ve been strolling the exhibitor floor to find the dream pieces you’ve described. We’ve spent hours talking about trends we’re on board with, and those that we think will fizzle quickly. We’ve thought about the lines we love at the store, and those that could use some new life. After all of this thinking, talking, and trying, we are pretty stoked about the pieces that we’ll be bringing back to Yelton Fine Jewelers. Watch our showcases for new inventory. It’s coming soon!

One more day to go! Wish us luck. We look forward to seeing you all when we get back on home soil.

Summer Bucket List

With the flowers blooming and the birds chirping I have summer on my mind. Unfortunately for us, the boys will be in school until early June, which means we’ll be getting a bit of a late start. No worries, we’ll make up for it! What’s on your summer bucket list this year?

Here’s a glimpse of what we’ll be up to …

BALL GAMES

If you’re looking for us this summer, there’s a 90% chance that we’ll either be on the baseball field or at a lacrosse game. Trent will be playing on a travel lacrosse team, which means we’ll all get to visit Georgia and Chicago {yippee}. As for Ty, he’ll be staying more local this year, playing primarily in Indy and Columbus. Win or lose, we’re looking forward to exploring a couple of new areas as a family.

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GO REDS

For those off weekends and weeknights when the boys don’t have any games, we bought a small pack of Cincinnati Reds tickets. While we’re hoping for a World Series title, there’s no doubt that we’ll have fun either way. We love the energy of the stadium, the crazy fans, and of course, all of the delicious food.

THE OPEN ROAD

Yelton’s love a good road trip and this year we’re hoping to make it to Pittsburgh to watch our new friend, Josh Harrison, play some baseball. On our way back we’ll make our annual stop at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort for a few days. If you haven’t been, look into it. Now! From golf, to ropes courses, and everything in between, they have something for the entire family. I should also mention that the spa is ahhhhmazing. Any guesses where you’ll find me?!

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NEW FAMILY SPORT

As if we don’t have enough on our plates, as a family we’ve decided to take up a new sport. It’s a little game they call disc golf, and I have to say, it’s a blast! While we aren’t ready for a competitive league {just yet} we plan to check out as many local courses as we can during the summer months. They’re everywhere! To find a course in your area, check out Disc Golf Scene. All you need your competitive spirit and a couple of discs because most of the time there is no entry free required {score}.

KINGS ISLAND

In our household, Kings Island is a summer must! Both boys have gold passes and while it’s only May, Ty has already gotten his moneys worth. I don’t know where these kids get their thrill-seeking spirits, but it’s definitely not from me! I’m more likely to post up in Kiddie Land and enjoy a scoop of “Blue Ice Cream”. Don’t judge, it’s delicious!

When I lay it all out there it seems like a lot, but like every summer before, I’m sure it will fly right by. Whatever you have on your list this year, be sure to soak up these warm and sunny months! Before we know it, we’ll be shopping for back-to-school outfits again.

To My Fellow Mother’s

Mother’s Day is this Sunday! If you have yet to pick up something special for that amazing woman in your life, give me a call … ASAP. She deserves to shine! Now that we’ve cleared that up, I also wanted to take the opportunity to say …

Thank you.

Great job.

You’re amazing.

This goes out to all of the mother’s out there, especially my own loving mom who has worked tirelessly to care for me, guide me, and support me. I would also like to give a special shout out to the mom’s at Yelton Fine Jeweler’s. You, your children, and your fur babies have become like family to me. You’re an inspiration and I feel so lucky to stand beside you, day in and day out.

 

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JoAnn has definitely earned her title as “Momma Yelton”! As a daughter, a mom, a mother-in-law, and a grandma she has touched the lives of so many people and we’re so grateful. When she isn’t at Yelton’s, you will find her caring for her own mother, walking at Liberty Center, or on the sidelines rooting for Ty and Trent.
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Heather has been a friend of Mark and Tina’s since elementary school! She is the proud momma of Megan, Nicklaus, and Mattison. As if raising three kids isn’t enough, Heather also has a new puppy at home {Beaux}! Along with working at Yelton’s, she also sells lipstick {check out her amazing lips}, and is a soccer coach for her kiddos.
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GINA

Gina is the one that keeps the “Yelton Ship” together. Most people don’t see her on the sales floor, but behind the scenes she manages our orders and keeps our marketing plans on track! Her two amazing children, Audrey and Carter, keep her running back and forth between baseball and soccer fields. She also loves home improvement projects, which don’t drive her hubby crazy at all {wink}.

 

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MEGAN H.

Megan H. has been a friend of ours for several years and last year, we finally convinced her to join the Yelton’s team. Her and her daughter, Jules, have tons of fun together. When she isn’t at work, you can find Megan building computers at her husbands business, on the sidelines of the soccer field, or traveling! I went to Boston with Megan this past September and let me tell ya … this girl is up for an adventure. I don’t think we missed a single inch of that city.

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MEGAN F.

While Megan F. has only been with us a few months I can already tell that she is passionate about two things – jewelry and animals. She grew up on a farm where she learned all about hard work and compassion. This sweet horse, named Mick, is her precious baby! When Megan isn’t at Yelton’s, she enjoys spending time with her parents, caring for her animals, and outdoor adventures.

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ELIZABETH

Elizabeth has been with us since January and she fits right in. She’ll be tying the knot in October, so currently Elizabeth and her loving kitty, Lola, are busy with wedding plans! I’m not sure if the kitty has been asked to walk down the aisle or not, maybe you can ask her next time you see her on our sales floor?! When Elizabeth isn’t at work, she loves to work on her bench at home and is continuing her education through GIA.

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LYNETTE

Lynette has been with YELTON for 10 years! WOW, time flies! She is a dedicated animal lover, featured here with her pup, Morpheous. With a total of four fur babies at home, Lynette and her husband stay very busy. Sometimes when you walk by her bench at Yelton’s you’ll see a little puppy tail sticking out near her feet {adorable}. When she’s not at work you can find Lynette playing golf, disc golf, or watching hockey.

 

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LESLEY

Lesley is another jewelry veteran who has been with us for 5 years! Currently she’s our Shop Assistant but this summer she’ll be furthering her education to become an official Goldsmith here at Yelton’s! We’re so excited for her, and her adorable kitty cat, Marshmallow. Outside of work Lesley helps to support her family business, enjoys playing disc golf with Lynette, and also sings Karaoke at the Village Tavern on Wednesdays. Make sure to tell her that I sent ya {wink wink}.

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TINAAnd, then finally, there’s this girl Tina we work with. Psst, it’s me. As most of you already know, I am so proud to call myself mom to two handsome young studs – Ty and Trent. They keep me busy so when I’m not at work I spend a lot of time on the sidelines of their baseball and lacrosse games. And, when it comes to “me time” I love to sleep, ready, and indulge in some retail therapy.

Whether your babies are two, or four-legged, I’m hoping that all of my fellow moms have an amazing Mother’s Day. May it be full of laughter, some pampering, and loving snuggles.

Xo

Five Jewelry Pieces Every Woman Deserves To Own

When it comes to jewelry, I don’t discriminate. I love it all. That said, some pieces are more practical than others and if you’re trying to prioritize your investments, I would say … stick to the basics. It’s better to have a few pieces that you can wear everyday versus one jaw-dropping piece that really only has a place on the red carpet.

If you ask me there are five jewelry pieces that every woman deserves to have in her jewelry box. Without further ado …

DIAMOND STUDS

If I had to pick one {yes, just one} piece of jewelry that every woman should own it would be a pair of diamond stud earrings. They go with everything and they add such a beautiful shine to your already beautiful face. The size doesn’t matter, the important thing is that they sparkle! At Yelton Fine Jewelers we offer a “Build A Carat” program with our studs. Put simply, if you buy a pair of studs and decide to upgrade later we’ll take the old pair off your hands and just charge you the difference. It’s a great way to get started, either for yourself or a loved one.
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PEARL STUDS

Diamonds annnd pearls, you ask? Yes, you should have both. Generally 6-7mm is a great size for everyday wear, though it will depend on what you’re comfortable with. I’ve seen many women walking around with 10-12mm studs on these days, and it works, because they rock them with confidence. Really you can’t go wrong because, just like diamonds, pearls go with everything.

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LONG NECKLACES

I am in love with long necklaces. And, when I say long I typically mean between 24 and 36 inches. From plain blouses to that simple black dress, long necklaces are such a great way to add a personality to the more basic pieces of your wardrobe. Just watch out if you have little kids at home, we all know how much they love to pull {wink}.
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Featured: Hearts On Fire Optima Station Necklace complete with diamond accents

DIAMOND HOOPS

Sometimes in life you want a little bit more than your everyday stud earrings can offer. I’m talking nights out with your ladies, important business meetings, and those fancy date nights with your one and only. In these situations I reach for my sparkling, diamond hoops. They’re such a perfect way to add a hint of glam to your wardrobe without screaming, “look at me, look at me”.
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Featured: Luvente 14K White Gold Hoops with 1.83 carats of round cut diamonds

LAYERED NECKLACES

More often than not, you’ll find me sporting a layered look. After all, why stop at one necklace when you can wear two, or even three?! My latest addition the below necklace featuring my boys’ birthstones. Technically it’s a Mother’s Day gift, but shhh, I’ve already been wearing it. At 15″ this piece looks great stacked with another 24″ necklace.
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So ladies … what’s missing from your jewelry box? If you need help building your collection of essentials, stop by and see me at Yelton Fine Jewelers. And, remember, Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Now is a great time to start dropping hints!

Travel The World With Simon G

Does anyone out there love Simon G. as much as I do? If so, you’re going to want to make your way to Yelton Fine Jewelers on April 21st and 22nd. For one weekend and one weekend only we’re going to have the opportunity to TRAVEL THE WORLD with one of the most sought after designers in the jewelry industry. That’s right, it’s Simon G. himself.

Like previous Simon G. events you’ll be able to mingle with the designer, drool over some of his most popular collections, and take advantage of some great offers. But, that’s not all …

During this exclusive event you’ll also have a unique opportunity to create your very own, one-of-a-kind Simon G. jewelry piece. Did your jaw just drop? Mine has been on the floor ever since we started planning his visit.

To get your passport to this amazing experience, be sure to RSVP at Yeltons.com. From there Simon G is going to take us around the world to show us stunning gemstones that he’s handpicked from Columbia. If {and when} you find one that you love, Simon G. will help you transform it into the jewelry piece of your dreams.

Here are a few pieces that I’ve been looking at for inspiration …

SAPPHIRE NECKLACE

As a September baby I would rock this necklace as a birthstone piece. Made of 18K white gold it features 0.33 carats of rich, blue sapphires at the center. The sparkling white diamonds are just icing on the cake {pun intended}.

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BUTTERFLY EARRINGS

I’m especially drawn to butterfly jewelry as it always reminds me of my late father. Just like him, these earrings represent natural beauty and freedom. If you’re looking for a statement piece, you have to try these on!

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LARIAT PENDANT

This 18K white gold lariat pendant is one of the most recent additions to my personal collection. It offers the perfect amount of sparkle and I’ve really enjoyed the adjustable length so that I can achieve multiple looks.

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Just imagine the possibilities! To guarantee your appointment, be sure to RSVP today. Along with the man of the hour {Simon G}, we’ve also invited a couple of other special guests to the event. Bloggers, Molly {@seemollyblog} and Bryanna {@cominginclutch} will be on the ground to capture this magical customer experience for us all to remember.

Can’t wait t see you all there!

Our Newest Family Member

The Yelton family is growing, once again. This time, it’s a fur baby! Meet Murphy who joined us on St. Patrick’s Day of this year. He is a mini-schnoodle {schnauzer/poodle} and while he is only 4.5lbs right now, he’s expected to grow between 13 and 16lbs.

The boys have been begging for a furry friend for years, but we’ve been hesitant for a number of reasons. First, the boys both have allergies. Secondly, we’re a family that’s always on the go. When “puppy talk” began to fill the house last November, I left the ball in Mark’s court. After all, he tends to be a little more rational about these sorts of decisions. As for me, I see a puppy, my heart melts, and I want to take the whole litter home. I mean, who wouldn’t?!

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After careful consideration Mark came up with a plan. To combat the allergy issue we would find a puppy that was hypoallergenic. Check! As far as our crazy schedule we decided that we would bring Murphy to the store from time to time to help socialize him. Once he gets a little bit older we are hoping that he will be trained well enough to visit nursing homes and hospice patients.

We’ve got some big goals, we know, but in the end I think Murphy will be a wonderful addition to the family. Just two weeks in we can tell he’s already a rock star. He’s 80% potty trained and he’s already learned a couple of commands including “sit”, and “lay”. Now the boys have him working on, “paw”. His favorite toys are his whiffle ball and his Kong bear, thanks to one of our amazing customers.

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The major challenge we have so far is sleeping. He doesn’t love being in his crate at night and makes it known. If you have any tips, or know of any amazing dog trainers in the area let us know! We’re all ears.

Over the next few months, we know there will be ups, downs, and all-arounds. For now, we’re just enjoying getting to know our little fur baby. It’s hard to believe that something this small can bring so much love and joy into a family. We’re so blessed! As long as he stays away from my shoes, that is …

Spring Looks I Love

The official start of spring is less than one week away {yippee}. In order to welcome the new season in style, I’ve already been incorporating bright colors and fun patterns into my wardrobe. Of all of the options that are out there, my obsession this year is floral print. I just can’t seem to get enough of it!

While floral doesn’t fall under the approved dress code at Yelton Fine Jewelers, if you see me outside of work, I promise, I’ll be blooming. To complete my perfect spring look, you better believe I’ll be adding a layer of bling. From to floral dresses, to garden inspired earrings, here are the spring looks that I love for 2017 …

Bohemian Blooms

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I am so glad that the bohemian look is sticking around for another season. Maybe I do have a little hippie in me after all. I love this blue floral blouse from Nordstrom because it delivers both fashion, and comfort. As for a jewelry pairing, it’s almost a no brainer. No boho outfit is complete without a cuff bracelet and no surprise, Tacori has come through for us once again.

 Spring Sophistication

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What’s not to love about this floral shift dress from Nordstrom? It’s so versatile. Add a cami and pumps for a sophisticated work look, or rock it with a denim blazer and flats to keep it casual. And, the Tacori earrings! Talk about eye candy. Not only do they deliver an elegant sparkle, they also complement the blue tones in this dress so beautifully.

Go With The Flow

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When that summer breeze kicks in, you’re going to want to reach for this flowy skirt from ASOS. It’s like wearing freedom {ahhhh}. To complement the organic look and feel of this skirt, I recommend these stunning drop earrings from the Simon G Garden collection. They’ll quickly become a staple in your spring wardrobe.

Casual Chic

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I’m in love with this floral bomber jacket, and believe it or not, it’s from Target. Of course, they would! It’s so chic; yet still delivers that laid back look that’s perfect for running errands on the weekend. Since the jacket already has so much to offer, I recommend pairing it with a simple diamond pendant for just the right amount of shine.

Not Just For Ladies

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Guys, just because I’m talking floral doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun. Peruse the dress shirts next time you’re at a department store and I guarantee you’ll find plenty of subtle, floral patterns that you’ll actually like. Add a luxury timepiece, like this Stainless Steel Watch from Tissot and you’ll be ready to dominate the boardroom, or date night.

Spring is almost here, so let’s start dressing like it! If you have a spring look that you need help completing stop by Yelton Fine Jewelers to see me. I’ll help you find the perfect bling so that you can feel like you’re blooming too <3.

Spring Extravaganza

While I know it’s not technically spring {yet}, I already have sunshine on my mind. If you too are looking for a little inspiration to get you through these last weeks of winter join us at Yelton Fine Jewelers for our Spring Extravaganza Event.

Friday, March 10th and Saturday, March 11th we’ll be celebrating seasonal jewelry trends in hopes to bring warmer temps, blooming flowers, and chirping birds back to Ohio ASAP. Join us and you could save up to $1,000 off of your purchase*.

As a sneak peak, here are some of the looks that I’m betting on for Spring 2017 …

Halos

In the bridal world, it’s all about the halo right now. If you ask me it’s the perfect way to bring your center stone to life. When it comes to this trend, Fana is knocking it out of the park. I don’t think I have seen an engagement ring from them that I didn’t love.

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Stackables

Rings, necklaces, and bracelets. You can stack almost anything these days and it will instantly transform your wardrobe. One brand that has done a great job in creating mix and match styles is our beloved, Hearts On Fire. Personally, I have my eyes set on the Optima Four Station Diamond Bangle {Retail: $2,400}.

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Geometrics

When it comes to bling we love geometric shapes, and we’re so glad to see them trending in 2017. If you like this sleek, modern look Gabriel New York has your back. My top pick is this stunning white gold and diamond necklace {Retail: $745}, especially when paired with the matching drop earrings {Retail: $825}

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Mixed Metals

There is nothing better than a splash of color to welcome spring in style! Luckily some of our favorite designers agree. Check out these stunning mixed metals pieces from Simon G., Tacori, and LeVian. I love seeing the creative use of rose gold, and the diamond accents. Well, those never hurt either.

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These pieces and more are featured in our Spring Extravaganza Flip Book. Check it out, or stop by the store on March 10th or 11th to try them on for yourself. I hope to see you all there, for the love of Spring!!

*Restrictions apply, see store for details.

The Beautiful & Powerful Amethyst

February is the month of love. It’s also the month of the Amethyst. For all of the February babies out there, I’ll admit it – your birthstone is one of my absolute favorite gems. If you’ve ever shopped at Yelton Fine Jewelers you can probably see why I’m so drawn to Amethyst pieces. Ahem, purple!

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Long ago the Amethyst was a very rare and expensive stone, similar to a Ruby. That all changed in the 19th century when large deposits of the gem were discovered in Brazil. Now we can all enjoy the rich beauty of the Amethyst without the associated price tag {#score}.

Along with delivering a stunning look, the Amethyst has also been known to possess many powers. Here are just a of the few myths that have been associated with this gemstone throughout history…

  • In Ancient Greece Amethysts were believed to prevent intoxication {#passthechampagne}.
  • Amethyst was the emblem for Matthew, one of the twelve apostles.
  • Once upon a time, farmers believed wearing amethyst would protect their crops from bad weather and pests.
  • Leonardo da Vinci believed the amethyst could control evil thoughts and increase intelligence.
  • The English leveraged amethysts during the Middle Ages to symbolize royalty.

February baby, or not … who wouldn’t want to wear an Amethyst? I think we all deserve to look like royalty and luckily designers like Tacori agree. Check out some of these amazing Amethyst pieces that we have in our cases at Yelton Fine Jewelers.

Stop on by to check out these stunning pieces in person. If you take one home we’ll even wrap it in a matching purple box for you {wink}. And finally, happy happy birthday to all of the February babies out there, including our very own rock-star sales associate, Heather!