Another School Year Comes To An End

Well, I can’t believe it, but another school year is coming to an end. And, I am over here jumping for joy! No more homework, no more projects, and see you later to those early mornings. Whether your child is in pre-school or high school, if you’re a parent, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Sighs of relief all around.

Before we jump fully into summer mode I walk to congratulate two graduates in our family. First, our son Ty who will be putting his middle school years behind him and preparing to enter big ol’ high school in the fall. I’m still in shock. Am I really ready for this? Today we’ll celebrate his 8th grade graduation at a Passages ceremony. I’ll be bringing all of the Kleenex for this one.

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We also have a high school graduate in the family this year! My nephew Gage will be graduating from Lakota West with plans to attend the University of Cincinnati to study engineering. You may recognize him as he’s quite the social butterfly {like his aunt} and has also put in plenty of time at the jewelry store. He even wore Yelton purple to prom this year. Talk about super fan!

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Congratulations to Ty, Gage, and all of the other graduates out there! Whether it’s a milestone year for your family, or just another school year coming to a close, enjoy it! Get out there and soak up those summer vibes. Because, as we all know, it will be gone before we know it.

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Simon G Exclusive At Yelton Fine Jewelers

Simon G just launched an exclusive new jewelry collection, and guess who he chose to take the first glimpse? Yelton Fine Jewelers and all of our amazing customers, of course! And, we couldn’t be more excited about it. Well, at least I am. Who’s with me?

As most of you know I’ve been a huge Simon G fan since I first laid eyes on his beautiful craftsmanship. Over the years this admiration has resulted in many collaborations, but I could never have imagined anything this good. I’m still flattered {and floored} that they approached us.

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So, here’s the deal …

Simon is sending us roughly 100 amazing, sparkly, and brand-spanking new jewelry pieces to take a look at. If we love them, we get first dibs on purchasing them. But, that’s not all. Simon is also offering 15% off for Yelton customers and he’ll have gift bags for the first 50 attendees. Phew.

In a nutshell, we’re so spoiled. And, it’s amazing.

If you ask me this is a great excuse to splurge on a gift for yourself, or surprise someone that you love. It just so happens that this exclusive pop-up shop is happening on Saturday, May 12th – the day before Mother’s Day! Now is your chance to secure that kiddo or hubby of the year award.

For more information give us a call, or check out the event on Facebook. See you all there!!

Xo

Tina

Throwback Thursday: The 90’s

In celebration of our 30th year at Yelton Fine Jewelers we’ve decided to take a trip down memory lane. And, the best way to do that? Go through our commercial archives of course!

All I have to say is wow. We’ve uncovered some real gems along with a few fashion trends that we never need to revisit {in my opinion}. Dive on in, have a few laughs, and look out for familiar faces. These particular commercials were filmed between 1996 and 1999 at our Hamilton location on North F St.

Riveting performances from Roy, JoAnn, Mark, and {ahem} myself, wouldn’t you say? You may have also recognized the local businesses that so graciously let us march in with our film crew. Thank you Richards Pizza and A Hair Affair!

This throwback is only the beginning. As we continue to celebrate turning the big 3-0, be on the lookout for more yesteryear commercials from the Yelton Fine Jewelers crew. We all know there are plenty to choose from!

Oh, and before I go, I also want to give a shout out to Kelly Burgess for saving all of these archives! If you have any old photos or videos that you want to bring back to life be sure to contact her at Capture Your Pictures. We’ve certainly been having fun with ours!

xo

Tina

If It Shines, Layer It

As we have seen in all of the fashion magazines, layering is HOT! And I must say, of all of the jewelry trends that I’ve seen, this is one of my favorites! At least so far. Necklaces, bracelets, rings, or charms … these days if it shines, you can layer it. What a great opportunity to show off all of your favorite pieces in one look.

Ready to jump on board? Easy! Here’s the inside scoop on my favorite pieces to stack, combine, and layer …

Hearts On Fire

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The Optima Station Necklace from Hearts On Fire is a stunning piece that I never tire of. It’s a staple in my personal collection and if you you’ve seen me around the store lately, chances are that I had it on. Priced at $2,500 this is an affordable way to get that glistening diamond look. And, one that is perfect for layering! I’ve showcased it here with the Aerial Diamond Circle necklace, but really it pairs well with any other Hearts On Fire piece.

Jude Frances

If you gravitate more towards a boho-chic look be sure to check out our Jude Frances collections! Every single piece offers so much character and when it comes to layering the options are truly endless. Toss on a few bangles for a stylish, everyday look. Or, if you want to make a statement pair any of their station chain necklaces with a stunning, oversized pendant. The hardest part is figuring out which pieces to leave at home.

Slate & Tell

From their personalized charms to stacking rings Slate & Tell makes it super easy to achieve the layered look. And, with pieces start at just $39 there’s no need to break the bank! This is where I drop a major hint and say, PSST, Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Get shopping hubbies and kiddos {wink}. You know how happy she’ll be when she unwraps a new set personalized with her kids’ names, birthdays, or birthstones? Very.

Happy layering everyone! To check out these beautiful pieces, and more, stop by Yelton Fine Jewelers in West Chester. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, a friend, or that rock star mom in your life we’ll help you get the look you’re searching for. No matter how many pieces it takes!

Spring Bridal Sale

Spring has arrived, at least the calendar says so. While we’re still waiting on warmer temps here in Ohio, we’re celebrating the change of season with our Yelton Fine Jewelers Spring Bridal Sale. Whether you need bands for your upcoming wedding, or want to upgrade your set for a milestone anniversary, we’ve got something for everyone!

Sound intriguing? Then tell your friends, and mark your calendar for Thursday, April 5th through Saturday, April 7th. For three days only we’re offering buy one, get one 50% on all of our bridal rings and bands*.

From white to rose gold. From vintage to modern. From modest to full on diva. When it comes to bridal we have so many amazing pieces in our collection and I guarantee you’ll find something that you can’t live without. Kind of like your one and only.

Here are just a few of the trends that I’m loving …

Halo Engagement Rings

If you like it than you better put a halo on it! I’ve always been a huge fan of single, or even double halo engagement rings. They add extra shine and really make your center stone pop.

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Mixing Metals

The age-old rule of sticking to one metal per outfit is out. Thank goodness. I love seeing the beautiful combinations of rose, white, and yellow gold both for our brides and our grooms.

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Stacked Bridal Sets

Why stick to just an engagement ring and a wedding band, when you can keep on stacking? I love the idea of adding additional bands to represent children or milestone anniversaries.

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To find the perfect bridal set, or add on to your current one be sure to join us for our Spring Bridal Sale. Let the countdown begin. Can’t wait to see you all there!

*Some brand exclusions apply. Not valid on loose diamonds. See store for details.

 

To My Ladies

International Women’s Day was on March 8th and I want to tribute this blog to a handful of females that inspire me. Ahem, the women of Yelton Fine Jewelers! Not only are they my coworkers, but also my friends, my support system, and my mentors. I couldn’t imagine a day without them, and here’s why …

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JoAnn

What can I say?! I sure lucked out in the Mother in Law department. After being married to her son and working with her for nearly two decades she is still at the top of my list. One thing is for sure, this woman is the one who keeps the Yelton family together! For JoAnn family always comes first, which says a lot given how much she cares about the business. When you walk into the store you can tell that she’s doing what she loves. Her passion is contagious and it’s why all of our customers adore her. Fun fact: I married JoAnn and her husband, John Arnold, on November 1, 2016.

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If you know Heather, chances are you love her as much as we do! When Mark and I started dating, Heather was one of the first people that I met through the store. She worked with us for five years in the past, took a sabbatical, and then thankfully made her way back to the team. She has three amazing children and does an amazing job balancing work and family. She keeps us together on the daily and goes out of her way to ensure that nothing ruffles our feathers! Fun fact: Mark and I went traveled all the way to Vegas for Heather and Scott’s wedding only to find out that Scott gave us the wrong dates. We arrived a day late, but still enjoyed celebrating with them.

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Megan has been with us for two years now and if you have yet to meet here, be sure to stop in and say hello.  Along with her passion for jewelry, Megan has an amazing spirit and a smile that could turn anyone’s day around. She is always putting others first, which translates in so many ways – like when she brings donuts to the store on Saturday mornings {#yum}! Megan and her husband have another business in Blue Ash so when she’s not at the store, you can find her there! Fun fact: Megan makes an AMAZING Rum Punch and she loves glitter!

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Gina

Most people don’t see Gina around the store because she’s always busy behind the scenes, juggling all of our hopes and dreams. In my eyes, she’s the glue that holds Yelton Fine Jewelers together. Outside of work Gina has two amazing kiddos that go to Lakota West. I actually refer to them as my “adopted children” because we’re all so close. Typically, if Mark and I are out and about, we’re with Gina and her husband. You know on those off nights when none of our kids have a sporting event scheduled. Fun fact: Gina goes to Cycle Bar at 5AM and does a 21-day juice fast every January! 

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Lindsey

Lindsey is working with us part time while her kids are still home. We love having her around! She has a true passion for jewelry, so much so that she typically spends her paycheck in the store before she even makes it out the door. Can’t blame her! She was a teacher in her past life and now enjoys using those skills to educate her own children. She loves to sell and appreciates the opportunity to take breaks from her tough job as a mom! Fun fact: Lindsey’s family owns a jewelry store in Chicago.

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While it’s hard to believe how quickly time flies, Lynette has been with us for eleven years now! As our goldsmith, she leads the charge within our successful repair department and is also to credit for most of our custom jewelry pieces. She is married and has an amazing family comprised of four-legged kiddos. Lynette grew up in Cincinnati where she rode horses and dominated as a competitive gymnast. Fun fact:: Lynette goes to ComiCon every year and is a huge hockey fan.

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Lesley

Lesley has been at the store for five, maybe six years. I can’t keep it straight, but I do know that she’s amazing asset to our team. She started as a shop assistant and has furthered her education to become a Goldsmith. Working alongside Lynette day in and day out, she manages our repair orders and also takes care of all of our appraisals! When she’s not at work she enjoys spending time with her favorite feline, and also helps run her family’s business. Fun fact: Lesley and Lynette are best friends and Lesley loves to do Karaoke.

Join me in honoring this amazing group of women. And, to all of the other ladies out there, happy International Women’s Month. You’re awesome. Never forget that.

Estate Extravaganza

It’s hard to believe that March is already here! Along with longer days and overall spring vibes, I’m really looking forward to this month, because …

We’re having our first ever Estate Jewelry Event at Yelton Fine Jewelers.

Some of the merchandise has already arrived and I’ve been floored by how amazing they are. Which reminds me that I have a confession. Often times I get so obsessed with chasing the latest designs that I forget to look back. To appreciate the old.

With all of these estate pieces at the store I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to revisit trends from previous years, and even previous decades. I’ve gotten lost imagining the original owner, their story, and what the jewelry meant to them. Plus, the craftsmanship. Stunning.

Of everything that we have received so far, I have to say that these sapphire rings are my favorite. There is something about the vintage designs combined with the colorful gemstones. So rich, so beautiful.

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The other pieces that I am gravitating towards are those incorporating naturally colored diamonds. When Trent was born JoAnn and Roy gifted me a beautiful pair of yellow diamonds earrings. I’ve sought them out ever since and these necklaces are definitely fueling that love.

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To check out these pieces, and many more, be sure to stop by Yelton Fine Jewelers March 8th through March 10th for our Estate Extravaganza. This event will be a little bit different from those that we’ve held in the past. Here’s the official agenda:

  • March 8th: Our representative will be onsite offering the public an opportunity to sell their estate pieces.
  • March 9th through 10th: Our exclusive estate inventory will be available for browsing and for purchase.
  • March 8th through 10th: Repairs will be offered at a discount of 10%*

For more information and to RSVP visit the event page on Yeltons.com. I can’t wait to share these amazing estate pieces with all of you!

*Some exclusions apply, not valid on watches or previous repairs. See store for details.

 

Cheers To Thirty Years

If you’re reading this you’re familiar with Yelton Fine Jewelers. You love room 750 and the causes it supports. You frequent our trunk shows because you just can’t get enough. And, you get giddy every time you see a purple jewelry box.

This is Yelton Fine Jewelers as we know it today, but it wasn’t always this way. Like anything else this store has a history. One that started thirty years ago!

I’ve been fortunate to be a part of this amazing journey. I’ve heard the stories. I’ve thumbed through the photos. That said, as I’ve been reflecting on it all I realized that many of our clients don’t know how our store came to be.

And, so this post is a tribute. To Yelton Fine Jewelers as we turn the big 3-0!

It all started in April 1988 when Roy and JoAnn Yelton started a business out of a cigar box, from their home. Does anyone remember this house, aka our first retail location?

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Roy kept this up for a few years, doing business out of the home and also visiting the flea market from time to time. As sales picked up, it seemed the door bell was ringing nonstop. JoAnn missed the days when they could sit down for dinner uninterrupted, and so they decided it was time to find a retail location.

They opened their doors on 25 North F Street. The logo was designed by Mark, who just happened to be in college studying graphic design.

Fast-forward to 1997, when I joined the business. It didn’t take me long to realize my love for jewelry and all things sparkly. Roy could see my interest and pushed me to further my education in the industry. I took several classes through the GIA to get my Diamond Grading Degree. This was just the beginning of the technical skills that our team would gain over the years. All of which have enabled us to educate our customers on their purchases!

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After ten successful years on F street, Roy had a vision. He wanted a bigger space so that we could offer more products and services to our customers. Lots was shifting and 1999 ended up being a big year for our family. Mark and I got married, and that December JoAnn and Roy opened their doors at 6066 West Chester Road.

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When the store first opened, it was just Yelton Fine Jewelers and the Shell station on Union Center. The I-75 interchange had nothing else, which I know is hard to imagine now! And the clock that still sits at that location? That was purchased by Roy and JoAnn and we donated it to the township in early 2000.

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There we had another ten successful years, but Roy was determined and he still wasn’t quite satisfied. This time he wanted to own his building, and so the search continued again. After many family discussions {ahem, fights} we finally agreed on the perfect place – 9263 Schulze Dr.

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And, that’s where our recent history began. This is how we became the Yelton Fine Jewelers that we are today. There are so many other memories to fill in this timeline, all of which we’ll be sharing through the year. Our thirtieth anniversary year <3.

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Be on the lookout for old newspaper clippings, throwback commercials, and some epic photos of us from the late 90’s. Get ready for {another} great year!

Cheers to thirty years!

L is for LeVian

February has arrived, and with Valentine’s Day around the corner the “L” word is flying through the air. For most people that word is LOVE, but here at Yelton Fine Jewelers it more commonly refers to one of our favorite designers …

LeVian.

 Join us on Thursday, February 8th for our annual LeVian event. From 10AM to 6PM we’ll be showing off their stunning 2018 collection. The focus this year is all about color, after all …

No one colors your world like LeVian.

As a September baby I’m delighted to announce that LeVian’s gemstone of the year is the Cornflower Ceylon Sapphire. This aligns perfectly considering that their betting the color Denim for fall of 2018. Here’s just a sample of some of their stunning blue pieces, perfect for adding sparkle to any outfit – day or night.

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Looking ahead to spring, I love their focus on the color Nude! In the jewelry world, this translates to stunning gemstones such as Neapolitan Opal and Peach Morganite. Need I say more? Opals are not easy to find, but LeVian has done a great job uncovering them. And, for the wanna-be-brides Peach Morganite is becoming a strong contender for engagement rings. Let me know if you need help dropping hints!

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Last, but not least, I’m so excited to see that geometric designs are sticking around for 2018. Leveraging chocolate diamonds, LeVian has done a great job at adding a bit more personality to this modern look. Wear them to the office, or hit the town to really show them off.

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Join us on Thursday, February 8th to check out these fabulous pieces, and more. The one thing that I love about LeVian {aside from everything} is their focus on creating truly unique looks. Many of these pieces are part of a very limited series, or they could even be one-of-a-kind. Don’t miss your chance to try them on for yourself! With just one glance you’ll see why LeVian is one of the hottest jewelry brands for 2018!

 

Fancy Shaped Diamonds Are Here To Stay

The New Year has arrived! In terms of fashion there are a few trends that we’re okay leaving in 2017 such as corset belts, lingerie as a top, and {ahem} mini backpacks. That said, in the jewelry world were so happy to see that fancy shaped diamonds will be shining even brighter in 2018.

What makes them so fancy, you ask? Well, when it comes to engagement rings round cut stones dominate the marketplace. So, when we refer to a fancy cut diamond, really, we mean anything that isn’t round. Think princess cut, marquise cut, pear shaped, and more.

I’ve always been a big fan of these uniquely shaped stones. Their character. The beautiful way that they reflect light. The fashion-forward couples that they represent. Well, my friends, I’m happy to report that the celebrities have finally caught on. Prepare to see fancy shaped engagement rings everywhere you turn this coming year. Here are just a few recent love stories as an example …

Meghan Markle Cushion Cut Ring

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I have to say; Prince Harry did a pretty fabulous job on Meghan Markel’s new ring. A beautiful cushion cut white diamond rests at the center and his hugged by two round diamonds. The diamond side stones carry a bit of history as they were formally part of Princess Di’s personal jewelry collection. I love that!

Paris Hilton Pear Shaped Ring

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While we’ve always known Paris to be a fashionista, when I saw her new engagement ring my jaw literally dropped. Her sparkling new bling showcases a whopping 20 carat pear shaped white diamond at the center. One thing is for sure Chris Zylka won’t be losing her in a crowd.

Kaley Cuoco Pear Shaped Ring

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Another stunning, pear shaped engagement ring has made its way to the runway. This one belonging to Kaley Cuoco. Her and Karl Cook have always been so adorable together, and now, thanks to that beautiful rock they look even better.

What’s your favorite fancy shaped diamond? If you haven’t jumped on board with this trend yet, now is the time. Ovals and pears and cushions, oh my! They’re going to be everywhere. And, I am so in.