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 …



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.



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.



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!



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! 



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.



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.



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.



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.



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 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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 …


 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.


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!


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.


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


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.

Holiday Stress? It’s A Blessing.

Get up. Scan e-mails. Make breakfast. Address a handful of holiday cards. Get the kids to school. Go to work. Run errands during lunch to check off a couple more wish list items. Get off work. Rush to the post office. Think about working out. Instead, glam up for the next holiday party. Mingle. Get home. Wrap all of the packages that arrived on the porch. Hit the internet to check on those presents that are still in transit from the North Pole. Reply to group texts about work party, ladies holiday cheer, and family gatherings. Clean up, a little bit. Sleep, a little bit. Repeat.

Does anyone else’s life feel a little like this lately?

The holidays are crazy, no doubt, but sometimes we get so wrapped up in the hustle and bustle that we lose sight of what this season is really all about. We get blindsided by our social calendars and forget to cherish our relationships. We stress about our shopping list without remembering how fortunate we are. We get anxious when the checkout line is moving slooow without extending empathy to those behind the counter.

It’s so easy to do and I know, I am guilty too! As my gift to you this holiday season, here’s just a little reminder to take a moment. Look around. Like, really … look around. When you do you’ll start to notice that this stress that we all experience this time of year. It’s a blessing.

We’re lucky because we can afford to put presents under the tree. We’re loved by the friends and family who surround us. We’re fortunate to be able to look forward to warm, holiday meals. And, when we recognize that there are plenty of people out there who don’t have the same luxuries, we have an opportunity to be humbled. We have an opportunity to give back.


At Yelton Fine Jewelers this year we’re paying it forward through our Holiday Giving Giveaway. Everyday I’m packaging up a stocking with something sparkly to bring joy to someone who deserves it. Play along on our Facebook Page, and also start thinking about how you can give to someone in need this year. Donate to one of your favorite charities. Visit someone who is lonely. Or, spend some time volunteering. This blessing we all have? Let’s share it.

Happy holidays everyone! I am so grateful for all of you and look forward to hearing how you spread cheer this year. Wishing you a season full of happiness, and all of the other things that really count <3.

And, It’s Ladies Night

What are you up to tomorrow night? Grab your gals and head to Yelton Fine Jewelers for Ladies Night. From 4PM to 8PM there will be snacks, cocktails, and a live DJ playing all of of the hits. On top of that one of our favorite fashion designers, Nina Nguyen, will be stopping by to mingle and show off her stunning new collections.

If you aren’t familiar with Nina’s earth-conscious and artfully crafted jewelry, now is the time to fall in love. And, believe me, you will! Incorporating colorful, organic gemstones each piece possesses its own unique style and personality. Here’s just a glimpse …

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If you find something by Nina Nguyen that you can’t live without, be sure to put it on your wish list! The first 50 women to complete their holiday wish list on Ladies Night will get a *FREE* Yelton Fine Jewelers Swag Bag. What’s inside? Well, you’ll find out tomorrow! Can’t wait to see you all there!

Exclusive Simon G. Trunk Show

Simon G. is making his way back to Yelton Fine Jewelers next week to show off his stunning jewelry collections in person! Join us Friday, November 17th from 12PM to 7PM, and Saturday, November 18th from 10AM to 5PM for this exclusive event. Along with the opportunity to meet one of the most amazing jewelry designers I’ve ever encountered, you could also get up to 20% off of your purchase. It’s our little way of encouraging you to get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping {wink}.

Now, the real question … what’s the best way to take advantage of this amazing event? Well, ladies and gents, I’ve got a couple of ideas for you …

Buy Something New …

One thing that I LOVE about Simon G is that he constantly innovating. He keeps me guessing, and for that I am grateful. If you’re a longtime fan of Simon G. {ahem, like me} you’re going to go crazy over some of his latest and greatest works of art. They’re forward thinking. They’re impeccably crafted. They’re everything that fine jewelry should be. Take this beautiful mixed metal set for example, and can we all agree … that ring?!


Reset Your Existing Stones …

Are you looking to upgrade your current engagement ring, or give new life to an heirloom stone that you’ve had tucked away in your jewelry box? Now is the perfect time. From vintage to modern, Simon G offers an array of semi-mounts so that you can find something perfect for you – and your center stone. Here are just a few examples …


Let The Night Sweep You …

If you ask me, the best jewelry purchases are the ones that happen unexpectedly. The kind where you try something on and all of a sudden you’re overtaken by the sparkle, the details, and the craftsmanship. It’s then that you know, it was just meant to be. So, come on in and see if anything calls to you. Even if you walk away empty handed you’ll still have a blast mingling, trying on fabulous bling, and getting to know Simon G. Really there is nothing to lose.


Three words – don’t miss out. To guarantee your appointment be sure to RSVP on See you all next week! Eeeek.

Hoops, Trending This Fall

What’s one of the largest trends that I’m seeing for Fall 2017? Hoop earrings! They’re everywhere. And, at Yelton Fine Jewelers we love them!

Big and small. In silver or gold. With diamonds, or without. Over the last couple of months we’ve been expanding our collection of hoop earrings to ensure that you can keep your look “on-trend”, whether you’re headed to the office, or out on the town with your ladies.



If you’re just starting to introduce hoop earrings into your wardrobe, I recommend starting with something simple. Stick with a 15/20mm size for everyday wear, and when you need something a little more bold, that’s when you reach for the 35/40mm pair. No matter which size you choose, our basic hoops come in either white, rose, or yellow gold. {Retail price: starting at $120}



With the launch of Club 925, we’re so excited to offer trendy looks at affordable sterling silver prices. While we have so many beautiful pieces in stock, when it comes to silver hoops some of my favorites come from Jude Frances. Showcasing ornate designs, and beautiful antique finishes these earrings will add instant personality to any wardrobe. Guaranteed!



If you ask me the only accessory hotter than hoop earrings, are hoop earrings that sparkle. Well ladies, I’m happy to announce that we’ve recently added round and oval shaped hoops complete with glistening white diamonds. Available in white, rose, and yellow gold these beauts come with a secure back that will keep you comfortable – from day to night. {Retail price: starting at $995}

Ready to jump on board with the latest trend? Stop by Yelton Fine Jewelers to see which hoops are right for you. Add them to your collection today, or put them on your holiday wish list. We’ll keep Santa informed!

Get Ready For Our Club 925 Launch Party

Are you looking for beautiful bling that won’t break the bank? Well, then you better mark your calendar for Thursday, October 19th from 10AM to 6PM. We’ll be unveiling the new Club 925 at Yelton Fine Jewelers and let me tell you, the cases will be full of stunning silver pieces that you’ll want to stack, layer, and show off. Here’s just a sneak peak of the lines that we’ll be featuring:



These personalized jewelry pieces are my latest obsession. Create one-of-a-kind necklaces for your bride tribe. Surprise your mom by engraving your initials on stackable rings. Or, put something together that tells your unique story. The options are truly endless. I just can’t wait to see what you all do with this amazing collection.



Nina Nguyen has a talent for creating amazing jewelry, and she’s also one heck of a human being. From her colorful gemstones, to her precious metals she does what she can to ensure that all of her materials are ethically sourced. She has also created her own women’s co-operative focused on training, employing, and empowering female artisans in Vietnam.



If it’s possible to achieve a look that’s both vintage and modern at the same time then Jude France has done it. From bangles, to statement earrings, and everything in between, I haven’t seen a piece from them that I didn’t like. The tasteful designs. The hints of old-world elegance. The attention to detail. Take one look and you’ll fall in love too.



Inspired by the Gaelic word for everlasting desire, Lafonn is known for their timeless jewelry collections. If someone comes to me looking for a way to add a bit of class to their everyday look, this is where I direct them. The designs are clean, pair well with any outfit, and boy do they sparkle.

Can’t wait to see you all on the 19th for this amazing launch party. Grab your friends and make your way down to the “club”. Oh, and did I mention that the price tag on these items starts at only $35. Truly, we’ve got something for everyone!