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!


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!

Introducing Slate and Tell

Yesterday was one of our favorite events of the summer, Moms and Mimosas at Putter’s Sports Grill. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend personally this year, but Gina, Heather, and Megan were there to spread the Yelton love and drink mimosas in my honor. After all, that’s what friends are for, right?!

If you haven’t attended Moms and Mimosas in the past, you should definitely mark you calendar for next year. It’s such a great way to connect with other busy mothers, enjoy delicious grub, and most importantly … let loose a little bit before the back-to-school madness hits.


As a special treat to all of the moms that attended this year, we did a sneak peak of the Slate and Tell line that will be making it’s way to Yelton Fine Jewelers. From what I hear the reaction was even better than we expected. Even though the ladies only had a few pieces in tow, the moms in the room had no problem envisioning their own custom piece. One that would tell their own unique story.


That’s exactly why I love this line so much. It’s just so personal. Using responsibly sourced metals, Slate and Tell creates pendants, rings, and cuff bracelets that can be hand-stamped to carry your custom message. Think your kids’ names, your favorite phrases, family birthdates, your anniversary, or the nicknames of your besties. Anything you want to show off, you can now do so fashionably.

Be on the lookout for this amazing new line at Yelton Fine Jewelers. In the meantime, start dreaming about your own custom piece.

Rock & Roll Into The New Year

Life is unpredictable. You never know who you’re going to meet, what they have to offer, or where it could take you. As a bit of a risk taker, when an opportunity presents itself I am known to jump on it. So, when I got wind that a connection of mine had access to the Jay Leno Tsunami Relief Harley, I was all in.

A little bit of history …

This stunning white Harley was originally featured on the Jay Leno set. As visitors came on his show, they would admire his ride and then sign their name. All said and done the motorcycle now has 67 signatures, including famous personalities such as George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, and future president, Donald Trump.


In 2005 this highly sought after Harley was purchased by Waste Management, Inc. for a whopping $800,100. All of the proceeds went to the Red Cross International Disaster Fund to benefit Tsunami victims in Southeast Asian. Later that year Waste Management, Inc. decided to auction the bike off again. This time to support the Bush Clinton Katrina Fund. The highest bidder was John O’Quinn, an avid car collector, Houston attorney, and passionate philanthropist. The price tag … $1,000,000.

In 2009, John O’Quinn passed away in a tragic car accident and the majority of his assets went to auction. Years later this infamous bike has found it’s way to Cincinnati. And through the power of social media, I was lucky enough to stumble upon it.

And the brainstorming began …

This particular motorcycle is unlike any other bike. It has a remarkable story. And, it’s helped so many people all around the world. At first glance my mind started spinning. How could I merge jewelry and motorcycles to support another good cause?! Lightbulb, Room 750!

If you haven’t been to our store Room 750 is a space at Yelton Fine Jewelers that is dedicated to high-end jewelry as well as giving back to charities that we believe in. The theme of the room changes every quarter and the current theme is “Rock & Roll Into the New Year”, so the bike was a perfect fit!


Well, everyone, the bike arrived last Saturday. All I have to say is … WOW. It’s a beauty, and it’s so cool to see so many famous signatures all in one place. We feel so lucky to have it at the store and we hope that we can help find its next owner. That’s right, the Harley is for sale! Any reasonable offer will be entertained, and as a bonus, Yelton will make a charitable donation to any organization that the buyer chooses!

Stop by the store, check out Room 750, admire this gorgeous bike, and help us pay it forward.

New Shopping Experience Coming Soon

Last October we celebrated six years at the Schulze Dr. store, and back in April we celebrated a whopping 28 years in business! Wow. Looking back it’s awesome to reflect on how Yelton’s has evolved, our amazing staff members, and of course, our customers that have been with us for years, and even generations. I have to say, I am so grateful to be part of a company that puts people first, offers a fun working environment, and knows how to adapt.

Speaking about adapting, I’m happy to announce that changes are on the horizon once again. Since Monday we’ve been working alongside the demo crew, electricians, designers and more. All of this to deliver you a better shopping experience. Because, you’re worth it!

For a long time Mark and I have dreamed about creating a more private shopping area within the store. This project is that vision coming to life and we are excited to use this new space to bring new one-of-a-kind items to Yelton’s. Think big. Think bling. Think personal.

We can’t wait to share more details once the dust settles. In meantime, I’d like to give a huge shout out to all of the local companies that have made this renovation possible. Thanks to KDM and the fabulous Samantha for the creative, Schumacher-Dugan for the demo and rebuild, as well as our friends at Biz-Com electric, JP Flooring and Lighting EFX. You’re doing awesome!

Beautiful Bling, For Less


While it’s only January, at Yelton Fine Jewelers, we’ve got spring on our minds. From color to shine, there are so many great things in store, but first … it’s out with the old. In order to make room for all of the 2016 styles, I’ve been sifting through our inventory and adding items to our markdown case on the daily. So ladies, if you’re looking for fabulous bling at affordable prices, the time is now!

Rings, bracelets, and everything in between, there are some amazing items in there. Stop by the store to check them out for yourself! As a bonus, if you mention that you saw this blog I’ll toss in a pair of Yelton sunglasses with your purchase. After all, if you shop with us you certainly have an #eyeforjewelry (wink).



One Of The Coolest

yelton-entranceIf you’re here, you’re probably expecting to hear from Tina. Well, this week you get all of us. That’s right, the entire Yelton’s staff has hacked into The Jeweler’s Wife blog to share an announcement that is very dear to us. In-Store Magazine has written an article about Yelton’s as one of America’s Coolest Stores. Check it out here.

That’s all.
Read it.
Love It.
We are so darn proud of it.
If you’re a Yelton’s customer you might think this is the coolest place to shop. As employees, we think this is the coolest place to work too. A huge thank you to our customers, our community and In-Store Magazine from the entire Yelton’s team! Now come in, browse our bling and get those holiday wish lists started. See you all soon!