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}.

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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!

Happy {Almost} Halloween

The house is decorated in spider webs {fake ones, of course}, my boys have been working hard on their costumes, and I’ve already stocked up on candy for all of the trick-or-treaters. When it comes to Halloween 2018 I’d say we’re on top of things! Let the countdown to the witching hour begin …

What’s on your agenda this year? Any amazing family costume ideas that you’re willing to share? Here’s a throwback of the Yelton clan from 2010. We always let the boys take the spotlight but enjoy the opportunity to play along when we can …

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Wishing you all a fun, safe, and only slightly scary Halloween! In order to allow for our staff members to enjoy the holiday with their families Yelton Fine Jewelers will be closing at 5PM on Wednesday, October 31st. Be sure to stop in before then to show off your freaky looks and stock up on ghoulish gemstones.

Club 925 Sterling Silver Event

Our Club 925 Event is officially underway! Before we dive into all of the amazing collections that we’ll be showcasing, I first want to give a little bit of history about the room. Did you know that 925 is the authenticity stamp for Sterling Silver? Well, it is! And, it’s the inspiration for our Club 925 – a special area of our store where all of our favorite silver pieces get to take center stage.

Stop by the store Thursday, October 11th through Saturday, October 13th for our Club 925 celebration. We’ll have special pricing, giveaways, and will also be welcoming one very popular brand back to the store. Drum roll please … say hello {again} to Belle Etoile! Here’s just a glimpse at what you can look forward to … 

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Combining sterling silver with enamel designs, Belle Etoile has plenty of stunning fashion forward designs that will spice up any wardrobe. Make a purchase at the party and you could snag a free gift.

NINA NGUYEN

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Along with their other amazing pieces, Nina Nguyen has recently added a line of interchangeable earrings. We love them so much that we loaded up on inventory! Come play mix and match to find your favorite combination. Also keep your eyes and ears open because we’ll have a special Nina Nguyen giveaway in honor of our Club 925 Event.

LAFONN

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LaFonn is a fun line that combines diamond simulants with sterling silver. These pieces are great for everyday wear. I also bring them with me when I travel to add a little pizazz to my on-the-road look. This line is so popular that we recently decided to double our collection. This weekend you’ll definitely want to check out their new layering pieces and also ask us about the giveaway that they’re offering.

ELLE

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ELLE is a fan favorite here at Yelton Fine Jewelers. Leveraging the latest fashions trends as inspiration these lines will help you take any outfit from “everyday” to “glam”. Don’t take it from me … ask you friends because we can barely keep this stuff on the shelves! This weekend be on the lookout for new pieces as well as an exclusive giveaway.

Along with these amazing lines we also carry Alisa, Jude Frances, Katie Loxton, and Slate & Tell. Be sure to stop by this weekend to celebrate these amazing lines with us. Maybe you’ll even walk away with a little something new. Club 925 is where it’s at!

UPCOMING EVENTS AT YELTON

If you like bling and a good time you’re not going to want to miss our upcoming events at Yelton Fine Jewelers. Kicking off in October here is what we have in store for this upcoming season …

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CLUB 925 ANNIVERSARY

October 11th through October 13th 

It’s hard to believe it but this October we’ll celebrate the one year anniversary of Club 925. Join us for giveaways, bonus gifts {with purchase}, and a good time. We’ll also be reintroducing a line that has always been a Fan Favorite… so stay tuned to learn which brand is making a return to the YFJ family.

SIMON G VISIT

November 16th & November 17th 

Once again, we are lucky enough to have Simon G visiting us in the store for two whole days. This is a huge treat as he only visits a handful of locations each year. Stop by to meet our favorite designer {#truth}, check out our new Simon G inventory, and get a sneak peek at his latest and greatest creations. All just in time for those holiday parties! Don’t delay on setting up your appointment.

BLACK FRIDAY DEALS

November 21st November 23rd & November 24th

Wednesday is the official holiday kick off. Join us a day before & the days after the feast to take advantage of amazing discounts, door busters, and more. This is also a great time to stop in and get started on your holiday wish list. You know, so Santa has ample time to shop {wink, wink}.

HEARTS ON FIRE DIAMONDS

December 14th through December 16th 

Want to know what The Worlds Most Perfectly Cut Diamond looks like? Well, now is your chance. Once per year we have an expanded Hearts On Fire collection flown in from their headquarters and in 2018 this just so happens to be just in time for the holidays. Join us, and expect the WOW factor to be through the roof.

For more information about these events or to book an appointment, be sure to get in touch with us. It’s going to be an amazing time leading up to the holidays this year and we look forward to sharing that with all of you!

Cheers To 30 Years

We’re all still in shock that 2018 marks our 30-year anniversary as Yelton Fine Jewelers. Time has flown by and over the years we’ve shared so many memories including each new and improved business space, visits from our favorite designers, and of course our loyal customers. Some of whom remember the very beginning.

Roy Yelton was truly a man of passion to build this store from the ground up and create such an amazing community. What many of you don’t know is that he worked as a car salesman, an exterminator, a landlord, and a deputy sheriff before finding his place in the jewelry industry. While his journey wasn’t linear by any means, we’re all so glad that he arrived where he did. This store has been a blessing for our family. Just like a marriage, through good times and bad, love and devotion have always won.

To learn more about how Yelton Fine Jewelers came to be sure to stop by Room 750. This month we’ve dedicated it to the history of our family and this amazing store. As you walk through you’ll quickly realize why we’re so drawn to this business. And believe it or not, it’s not all of the sparkle and glam. It’s the people. Those we work with. Those we serve. And, those we remember.

All of the fun kicks off this Saturday, September 15th. Join us to celebrate this monumental anniversary and let us thank you for allowing us to be your jeweler. We’ll have brews from DogBerry, eats from Troy’s Café, amazing savings, giveaways, and more. We hope to see you all there!

Cheers to 30 years, and many more!