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Summer’s Coming! Check Your Jewelry!

Boy the past year has been nothing short of “interesting” when it comes to weather!  We have seen just about everything, and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight to the strangeness.  After a few nights in May with temperatures in the forties (this IS Concord, NC, right?), possibly the temperatures are going to level off, and we can have the peace of mind that the official beginning to summer is upon us.  At least, at Ellis Jewelers, we hope so!

In speaking of the summer season that’s upon us, we would like to give some helpful hints and tips for jewelry care for summertime.  Sometimes we neglect our precious pieces, so we would like to remind you that your jewelry may need some special attention.

Inspection and Cleaning

As you head out for your family outings or vacations this summer, we recommend that you stop by Ellis Jewelers to have your diamond rings inspected and cleaned.  There is no charge for this.  We are happy to make sure that your treasured pieces are wearing as they should be and that there is no danger of losing a stone.  As Dan always says, “Sure, we’d love to sell you a diamond, but not because you lost the one you had!”  Our sales associates are qualified to check for loose stones and missing or damaged prongs on your jewelry and want to make sure your pieces are all safe to wear during an active outdoor season.  If we see a problem, we will let you know and give you our recommendations.  If your rings are in good condition, we would love to give them a good bath.  You’d be amazed how dirty our rings get from the oils in our hands and all the lotions and soaps we use during the day.  Lots of people don’t realize how incredible their diamond is until we “uncover” it from all those things.  Diamonds are meant to sparkle, scintillate, and reflect.  A good cleaning will really show it off.

Home Cleaning Jewelry

Cleaning jewelry at home is OK too if you really read the directions on the products carefully.  We have a liquid cleaner at the store available for purchase that you can clean your rings in that is meant strictly for diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and gold.  Dipping pieces in this will help to rid them of the lotions and oils that have accumulated.  Other metals and stones should NEVER be used with this cleaner.  Another handy cleaner is our diamond stick.  It travels well, fitting easily in a purse or toiletry bag.  The stick has a brush at the tip and can be used for a quick touch up to your diamond if it’s not showing its regular sparkle.  We also offer silver polishing cloths to touch up tarnished silver pieces.  Today most sterling silver jewelry is treated with a “rhodium” finish to prevent tarnishing, so they really only need the cloth to rub away fingerprints and dusts that have adhered to them.  For those pieces without the rhodium finish, use the cloth and rub the pieces until you see that original silver sheen coming through.

Jewelry and Activities

Use good judgement when wearing your jewelry.  Certain summer activities may be too rough for delicate pieces of jewelry and gemstones.  Feel free to call or come in for our recommendations if you have any questions about how to wear your pieces well and keep them in the best condition possible.  Our knowledgeable staff will give you are best advice and also let you know our cleaning tips.

This summer keep an eye out for your jewelry pieces.  Make sure they are fitting well and are not showing signs of age or wear.  Should you have any doubt, please do not hesitate to bring them in for us to check.  There’s no appointment necessary.  Our staff is happy to check your pieces and clean them to bring out their beauty.  Enjoy yourselves this summer.  Do not work to hard and stop by and see us!

What’s New for the Season at Ellis Jewelers

We are heading into the spring season, the most beautiful time of the year in downtown Concord.  At Ellis Jewelers we are busy in the store doing our own spring cleaning and sprucing up the store with beautiful new jewelry.  We have been spending a lot of time choosing the latest in fine jewelry from the many jewelry shows we attended during the winter season.  We have also been updating our fine fashion jewelry collections, too!  If you have not been in the store in a few months, it’s worth the trip to come on in, check out, and try on all the new styles.

Diamond Engagement Rings

Not any one season during the year is the most popular time to become engaged.  For this reason, we are constantly updating our engagement ring line.  Spring is NO exception.  With the styles constantly changing and new twists being put on the “classics,” we want to make sure that we have it all for you!  Our store selection right now includes many new choices.  We have rose gold engagement rings, two toned engagement rings with yellow and white gold, as well as the most popular – white gold engagement rings.  The halo style is still quite popular.  The newest styles have infinity styled bands and detailed engraving.  Milgraining detail, which is a small beaded gold look on the edges of bands is also quite popular and many new styles feature this beautiful look.  If spring is your “season” to propose to that special someone, we can help you find that everlasting diamond engagement ring to last a lifetime!

Colored Gemstones

The colored gemstones we have in the store right now are absolutely stunning. With such a large selection of your favorites, you’re sure to find the right one to add to your jewelry wardrobe.  Look for our garnet and diamond necklace and ring done in the most current halo style, and our purple amethyst earrings and ring featured in rose gold!  All must-have pieces!  Our Estate Cases are also filled with the most colorful assortment of the most popular colors including blue sapphires, red rubies, and green emeralds.  Whether you like necklaces, earrings, rings, or bracelets, this selection does not disappoint.  And the value truly cannot be beat!

Belle Ètoile and Elle

We are still in love with our Belle Ètoile and Elle sterling silver lines.  These companies make high quality fine fashion jewelry and are constantly updating their styles. They keep the look fresh and unique!  Belle Ètoile just added many new pieces to their collection so that you won’t get bores.  This fashion forward line has pieces that will have people on the street stopping you to take a closer look and to ask you where you got it.  Elle provides those “go-to” pieces, providing beauty with everyday pieces.  The color they’ve added to their line for this season are gorgeous!  And many times these two jewelry makers offer a “gift with purchase,” making their pieces even more attractive.  Right now Belle Ètoile offers a beautiful star pendant necklace and gray silk cord with a $300 purchase and Elle has free CZ earrings for you with a $200 purchase.

Visit us on Union Street in downtown Concord to let us show you our latest and greatest finds in jewelry this spring season.  Whether you need something for a special event, an anniversary or birthday, or if it’s time for you and your beloved to become engaged, we would love to help you.  In our 61st year as a family-owned business, we would love the chance to help you choose a timeless piece of jewelry and put a smile on your face!

Our Annual Bridal Spectacular is March 14th and 15th!

In just a week, Ellis Jewelers in downtown Concord will be hosting our own Engagement Ring & Bridal Spectacular!  The event will be held on Friday, March 14th from 10am – 6pm and Saturday, March 15th from 10am to 5pm.  It’s sure to be a feast for the eyes, as we will add 1000s of loose diamonds, engagement rings, wraps, guards and wedding band to our current store selection.  Not only is the event is tailored toward those looking to become engaged and marry soon, but we are also hoping that all you married couples looking to update your rings will come out and see the options we can provide.  All of our experts will be on hand to advise and help you choose what you like best and also what’s best for your budget.  As an added bonus, visit our website ellisfinejewelers.com to preregister for the event and for a chance to win a $500 gift certificate toward a loose diamond, an engagement ring, or a wedding band of your choice.  Registrants must be attend the event to win, but really, who wouldn’t want to come out to see all the beautiful merchandise we’ll have to feast your eyes on!

Loose Diamonds

A wonderful way to choose your engagement ring is to customize it!  By this, we mean for you to choose your very own loose diamond, then take that stone and place it in the mounting – also of your choice.  Whether your favorite is a traditional shaped stone such as a round or princess cut or a fancy cut such as a radiant, emerald cut, or even heart-shaped, we will have them all.  Not only all shapes, but all sizes, too, and for every budget.  We’ll even be showcasing a four carat diamond to admire and purchase, of course, if that’s your size!  With colored diamonds being so in vogue and popular right now, we will also be featuring these as well.

Diamond Engagement Rings

In our Concord area, we find that the average engagement ring choice is a round diamond, ranging in size from a three-quarter carat to a one carat, with a 14K white gold mounting.  Styles of the mounting that are most popular are still the halo and the solitaire.  Three-stone rings are also running close behind.  Brides who choose a solitaire often add a wrap or a guard for a wedding band to create just a little more bling on their finger.  At the Spectacular, we will have all of these styles to try on.  Our largest selection will be in white, but for the show, we are bringing in many yellow gold styles, as we find that is increasing in popularity.  The same is true of rose gold, which is also a beautiful choice.  No worries at all if you like a style in a different color gold than we have on hand.  It’s just a simple custom order for you!

Wedding Bands

We enjoyed meeting so many brides and couples at the recent Bridal Show at the Cabarrus Arena in February.  Many of them, expectantly, had their engagement rings already, but many did not have their wedding bands yet.  Our show is an excellent opportunity for these engaged couples to take advantage of our wide selection and special offers to pick their wedding rings.  Often times a bride’s engagement ring may be hard to fit to a wedding ring.  At Ellis Jewelers, we have so, so much experience with these tricky rings.  We will be sure to find just the right wedding band to fit your ring and put a smile on your face.  We also will not neglect the grooms!   Gents bands have really gone wild with selection.  There are so many available now.  We will have an array of metals with all types of intricate detailing and finishes to try on.

Come on down and visit us at the store and check out our incredible rings and stones.  Also, don’t forget to preregister at ellisfinejewelers.com for that $500 gift certificate chance.  Someone has to win!  We’ll also have other exclusives in the store – pearl earring giveaways, terrific coupons toward the purchase of your rings and more!  We’ll go the distance to to advise you on all your options and put that smile on your face!  See you Friday and Saturday!

Spring Cleaning – Even for Jewelry!

As we move toward the end of a strange weather winter and look forward to this spring, we are all busy getting those nagging things in our lives in order.  Some are a definite chore, like our taxes.  Some are definitely cathartic, like readying our yards for the new bulbs and plants to bloom.  We even have a name for this time of year – “Spring Cleaning!”  We, at Ellis Jewelers, want to remind you to include your jewelry in your spring cleaning endeavors!  You may have some pieces that are in desperate need of repair, rings that need to be sized so you can wear them, loose diamonds or colored gemstones in need of a home, or just plain pieces that you will never wear again and can be sold for cash or put toward the purchase of a new piece!

Jewelry Repair

When you search through your jewelry box for those beautiful pieces you remember enjoying wearing but maybe the clasp broke or the ring is just too small or too big now (we all change finger sizes throughout the course of our lives!), remember that most can be repaired.  We are a full service jewelry store, which means that we do all types of jewelry repair.  We will give you our  repair price right in the store or if it’s a bit more complex, we will give it to our jeweler to estimate a cost.  There is no charge to our clients for the estimate, and we will never do any work unless we have your approval.  Sometimes a piece may not be worth the expense of repair.  If the piece is of sentimental value, it most definitely is worth the cost, but sometimes that may not be the case.  We are happy to advise you in this situation.  Bring your pieces in, and, together, we will take a look at them.

Selling Old Jewelry

If you are not wearing the gold and silver pieces in your jewelry wardrobe, and they are not of sentimental value, maybe it’s time to sell them.  At Ellis Jewelers, we have been buying gold and silver for nearly five years.  We offer cash based on gold and silver prices that day, as precious metal prices change from day to day.  Another option is our “trade” policy.  If you are interested in a new piece of jewelry in our store, we will increase our gold cash value by 50% toward that purchase.  A terrific opportunity to find something to replace your old pieces.  Not sure if your pieces are gold or silver??  No worries at all.  We are happy to take the time to let you know what your pieces are made of and whether or not we can buy them.

Custom Piece Design

Noticing that some of your jewelry may be looking a bit outdated?  Jewelry styles change just like clothes styles and car styles and hair styles.  Maybe you have inherited some loose diamonds or colored gemstones?  Even if they are mounted in a piece that you’re not going to wear, remember that these stones can be removed to create a brand new piece while preserving the sentiment.  Our sales associates also pride themselves in being excellent jewelry designers.  We can help you envision a new piece of jewelry from an old piece.  We have examples in the store of our custom design work and many catalogs to look through to arrive at creating something you’ll treasure.

Springtime is a great time to clean up some of our loose ends and start fresh.  It can be a great time to pull out all those fine pieces of jewelry from your jewelry wardrobe and reassess their meaning.  If you have jewelry you love you should be wearing it!  If there are things that are just sitting there, make a change!  Come in to our store, and we will listen to what you’d like to do.  We will give our best advise and find the right answers for you.  Then presto! another spring cleaning item accomplished and crossed off the list!

Come Meet Us at the Charlotte Bridal Showcase

This Sunday, January 26th, from 12:00pm to 5:00pm, come down to the Charlotte Bridal Showcase and meet the people of Ellis Jewelers at Booth 304.  The Charlotte Convention Center will be magically transformed into a beautiful room of flowers, table settings, bridal dress boutiques, hair stylists, caterers, and of course dazzling bling!  All the specific details can be found at the Charlotte Bridal Showcase by clicking here.  Information at the website includes information about registering, directions, prizes, and booth locations.  The event is sponsored by Belk, Party Reflections, and The Knot.

Congratulations to all the newly engaged couples!  We are excited to meet you and to show you our collection of sample engagement rings, ladies wedding bands, and gentlemen’s wedding bands.  While most of you will have already received your engagement rings, finding the right wedding band to fit your diamond ring can be tricky.  We will have a host of wedding bands for every style of engagement ring – halo, antique, solitaire – you name it!  It’s one of the things we specialize in.  And we also are there to give our expert and advice on fit and style should you ask for it.

Engagement Rings


We always bring a large assortment of engagement ring samples.  As I said before, we do know that most of the brides-to-be already have their engagement rings, but you’d be surprised how much fun it is for their      mom’s, grandmom’s, bridesmaids, and friends to come and try on our selection of samples!  And since all of our engagement rings are paired with a matching wedding band, it helps us to look at the bride’s ring and make a comparison to find the perfect matching wedding band.  We’ll showcase a cz sample selection of a wide variety of stone shapes in the latest mounting styles.

 

 

Ladies’ Wedding Bands

 

We will also have a large assortment of sample cz wedding bands on hand to complement your engagement ring.  Once you’re engaged, it’s NEVER too early too early to pick out your wedding bands and tuck them away for safe keeping.  It’s one less thing to worry about at such a busy time!  We are experts in finding the perfect fitting wedding band for your engagement ring.  Stop by our booth and try some on to get ideas what will look great and to rule out what doesn’t.

 

 

Gentlemen’s Wedding Bands

 

Even though this is a “Bridal” showcase, we must not forget about the grooms!  They are, of course, the other half of the equation.  Many brides bring their faithful groom to this event, and we would be remiss if we didn’t have bling for them to try on!  We will be there with sample cz gents wedding bands as well.  A lot of times it can be the first time the gentleman has even put on a ring!!  And most are very unsure of their wedding ring finger size.  We’ll help you out with this, too.  We will have a set of finger sizers to help you determine your size, which is definitely a must know for the bride.  Traditionally, it is the she who purchases the groom’s wedding band.  Some guys will go for a bling ring like the one shown on the left.  We love that look!  Others will go the more conservative route, choosing a plain white or yellow gold band, and, today, alternative metals such as tungsten and titanium are very popular.

 

Come out of the cold this Sunday and warm with up with us by our sparkling, fire-filled samples of rings.  And come show us your beautiful rings!  We are always interested in seeing what you have chosen for your forever ring.  Safe travels, and we’ll see you then.

 

 

 

Just a Little Jewelry Education for You

At Ellis Jewelers we pride ourselves on being excellent listeners.  Each client that comes in to our store in downtown Concord receives the same attentive service.  We know that we need to listen to you very carefully to find out exactly what your needs are.  We also aim to educate you to on some jewelry facts to help you in your decision making, be it for choosing designing a piece of jewelry or selling us some of your old, unwanted jewelry.  Below are some facts about jewelry that you may or may not know.  We hope they come in handy!

Gold Facts

• Gold comes out of the ground with a yellow color.  Man alters gold to change its color using other metal alloys.  Some of the most common colors we alter gold to are white, rose, and black.

• 24 Karat (24K) gold is what is termed “pure” gold or 100% gold.  When gold is traded on the stock market daily, the gold is 24K.

• ALL Karat determination is based on 24K gold.  18 Karat (18K) gold is 18 parts gold and 6 parts other metal alloys.  14 Karat (14K) gold is 14 parts gold and 10 parts other metal alloys.  10 Karat (10K) gold is 10 parts gold and 14 parts other metal alloys.

Gold vs Sterling Silver

•  The value of gold is much higher based on stock market value than sterling silver.  At the time of the writing of this blog gold’s market value per ounce is $1233.50 and silver’s $19.80.  Gold is considered the more precious metal, thus the higher price.  And then, thus the higher price on gold jewelry and the higher price offered when selling your gold.

•  While white gold is silver in color, it is a completely different metal and value to sterling silver.

Diamond Facts

•  The weight of a diamond is measured in Carats.  As if to confuse us, this is a completely different meaning than Karat which is used for gold.  In addition, Carat represents a weight, not size.  In other words, not all one carat diamonds are the same size.

•  For diamonds, we truly believe that “seeing is believing.”  While listing the characteristics of a diamond, such as its 4C’s (cut, color, clarity, and carat) is a helpful guide to describing the appearance of a diamond, it does not tell the whole picture of the stone.  Picture this,  if you are house-hunting and we tell you that a house is 1800 square feet, 2 story, white, and has 4 bedrooms, you cannot tell if you like the house or not.  You must “see” it to know.  The same is true of a diamond.  You must “see” it before you know if it is beautiful and full of fire.

Jewelry Styling

•  The typical length of a chain on a necklace for a woman is 18 inches.  For some this is perfect, for others shorter or longer is better.  At Ellis Jewelers, we want you to have the length chain that best suits you.  If a necklace of ours has an 18″ chain but it is 20″ that is your preferred length, we will work hard to find you the correct chain.

•  New rings for women that we have in the store will most typically be a 6.5 to a 7.  This is the average size of a woman’s ring finger so this is the size that companies make.  For a gentleman, it is a size 10.  But there are no worries at our store.  We size all of our gold rings complimentary with no charge to you.  For our sterling silver rings, most can be ordered in your exact finger size.  If not, there is a minimal charge.

We hope that we have given you a small dose of jewelry education with the above facts.  If there are more things that you have questions about, never hesitate to ask our jewelry associates.  We are all very experienced and skilled in answering your questions informatively and to the detail that you desire.  We want you to be as knowledgeable as you can so you feel comfortable making you jewelry purchases with us or selling your gold to us.

 

Oh No! Her Birthday is in December, too!

So many of us have birthdays right around the holiday time.  Some of us enjoy the blending of the holidays, and others wish their birthday celebration was a bit separate from the hustle and bustle of Christmas Day and all the preceding parties. For those of us looking for gifts for our loved one this time of year, we at Ellis Jewelers would like to recommend a birthstone piece of jewelry to mark her special day.  They’ll be no doubt that this present will be marking her birthday.  There are three stone choices to choose from each lovelier than the next: the most common, blue topaz, the on to tanzanite, turquoise, lapis lazuli, and blue zircon.

December Birthstones

History of the December Birthstone

According to the website ehow.com here are some interesting facts and history about the December birthstones:

• Turquoise has been used by various cultures throughout history as protection.  In the past it served as protection from evil and enemies.  United States cowboys wore the gem to protect themselves from falling off their horses.  Today turquoise is worn to ward off depression.

• Topaz has also been thought of as protection against enemies, bad luck, and sudden death.  In Greek history, it was believed that wearing the gemstone would make men more attractive and women fertile.

• Tanzanite is actually a newly discovered gemstone, being founded in 1967 in Tanzania.  It became one of the December birthstones in 2002.  Being so new, it lacks the historical myths and legends that other gemstones possess.  It is worn for its unusual color and stunning beauty.

• Lapis Lazuli has ancient roots, being first mined more than 6,000 years ago in Afghanistan.  The stone represents truth and friendship, and it is believed that the wearer of this stone will be a free thought thinker and will enjoy harmonious relationships.

• Zircon comes in many colors but it is the blue version that represents the December birthstone.  It has a rich history, as well, being part of Aaron’s Breastplate and admired by the Hindu poets.  The gemstone is believed to help with sleeping and bring prosperity, honor, and wisdom to its owner.

Galatea Blue Topaz Jewelry

We have some absolutely gorgeous blue topaz jewelry in the store designed by the artist Galatea.  It is truly exquisite and is based on Davinchi’s color principles.  A ruby and emerald are place behind the blue topaz and the light effects are amazing.  The pieces are available in necklaces and earrings and must be seen to be truly appreciated.  Any of these pieces would be a wonderful choice to make the birthday girl feel extra special.

Tanzanite Jewelry

The tanzantite gemstone has a lovely purple-blue hue. We have both new pieces and estate pieces in our store collection right now.  This gemstone is quite popular with our clients and at this time of year it’s hard to keep the pieces in our showcase.  We recommend that you come in to see them as soon as you can.

Lapis Lazuli

Just added to our estate collection is a lovely pair of snap-back pear shaped lapis earrings in yellow gold.  If your birthday is in December and you love this gemstone, these are the earrings for you!

Blue Zircon

Blue Zircon jewelry is a rarer requested gemstone in our store.  We have received some pieces in our estate case in the past, but they are quickly purchased by our clients because it’s such an unusual, beautiful color.  Of course, custom design is always something that we love to do.   If this is the gemstone for you, then we are happy to find you the perfect blue zircon and make a gorgeous piece of jewelry for you!

Birthdays are special and the perfect occasion to give your lady a piece of jewelry, even if that birthday falls right around Christmas.  Come in to Ellis Jewelers, and we can help you find the right piece of December gemstone jewelry for her.  If you’d like to give her a piece of jewelry for Christmas, too, we can help you choose a beautiful matching piece to compliment her birthday gift.  We ladies do love matching pieces!

What’s New at Ellis Jewelers for the Holiday Season 2013

At Ellis Jewelers in downtown Concord, we strive hard to keep our store fresh and new!  We are always updating our jewelry selection to make sure we keep up with YOU and to make sure you don’t get bored with us.  This holiday season we have some exciting new lines to let you know about.  They are gorgeous and fashionable and trendy but classic.  Fine pieces to add to your jewelry wardrobe.

Dazzling Diamonds

Our Dazzling Diamonds collection is brand new to our store and just beautiful.  It’s a unique line that features diamonds that move and shimmer and catch the light from different directions.  We like to think of it as “diamonds in motion like the beat of her heart!” As you move, so will the diamonds!  Prices start at just $299 for these white gold and diamond pieces.  We have many pendants to choose from and have personally chosen the chains to match.  Several have matching earrings.  A perfect addition to any lady’s Christmas list.

Carizza Diamonds

Brand new in our store are some absolutely beautiful diamond rings from the Carizza line.  They are 18K gold rings with high quality diamonds.  The diamonds are hand selected and go through a rigorous inspection.  All the rings have a “euro-shank” which helps to prevent the rings from spinning on your finger. In the store, we have engagement rings already mounted with diamonds ready to go for the holidays, along with the matching wedding band.  We also have diamond right-hand rings and stackable rings.  They are truly spectacular, definitely worth coming in to try on.

New Additions from Belle Étoile, Elle and Karisma

Several of our fine fashion jewelry lines such as Belle Étoile, Elle, and Karisma are always updating and designing and creating new pieces.  That is why we love having them in the store.  Always new eye candy with the same great quality.  And selection is everything.  If you already own pieces of these lines, it’s worth another look to see what’s new.  Belle Étoile is a great sterling silver line that has uniquely bold pieces to build your outfit around and also refined pieces that match every outfit you have.  Elle is that ‘go to’ sterling silver jewelry, that is beautiful and matches absolutely everything!  It is fashioned after the women’s magazine Elle and each piece has a symbolic ruby.  Karisma provides a way of having a different piece of jewelry everyday by changing the charm from your base piece.  So many charms to choose from, too.  Each of these lines has something new for the holidays!

Colored Gemstone Jewelry

We have the prettiest selection of colored gemstone jewelry.  Such a feast for the eyes.  Whether it’s rings, necklaces, bracelets, or earrings that you are looking for, we have added so many special pieces.  We have sapphires, rubies, and emeralds.  We have fire opal, morganite, and pink tourmaline.  And we have so many more that all deserve a look.

Stop by to our store to try on what’s new.  We are more than happy to take you throughout the store so that you can see what the trends are for this season.  Remember that we size all of our rings complimentary, and we also wrap our jewelry if it’s a gift.  Happy December!

Budgeting Your Holiday Time – Ellis Jewelers Style

It is the holiday season!  Time for family, time for friends, time to be grateful, spiritual, and reflect on the past year.  With so many things going on at this time of year, at Ellis Jewelers we wanted to help you plan your schedule for certain types of jewelry custom design and repair.  Lots of clients do not realize the amount of time that ordering, creating, and repairing fine jewelry takes.  But it does take time to fix jewelry that you may want to wear for the season and to order those special pieces that you want to give this season.  We will always bend over backwards to accommodate all of your jewelry needs, but some things require just a little forethought and just plain time!  In other words, NOW is the time!!

Ring Resizing

At this time of year especially we all want to be wearing our best, and that would include our finest jewelry.  Maybe your wedding rings just don’t fit, but you still want to be sporting them for the holidays.  Please come in NOW.  Sizing a ring takes TWO WEEKS.  The length of time has to do with the volume of repairs that we give to our master jewelers.  And at holiday time, you can imagine that the number of repairs would increase if everyone is thinking the same thing – my rings don’t fit, and I want to wear them at Christmastime.

Jewelry Repair

Remember that gold chain that broke last year?  It holds your Christmas pendant that you would only wear at this time of year.  I know firsthand because this has happened to me.  I have a yellow gold Christmas pendant that I wear throughout the season.  It is one of two things that I have from my beloved grandmother, whom I actually never had the chance of meeting.  Years ago, before I was in the jewelry business,  I pulled it out and the chain was broken.  Not realizing how long it would take to repair, I ended up purchasing a new chain so that I would be able to wear for a the whole season, not just a couple of weeks.  Please plan on these repairs taking TWO WEEKS.  Again, with the volume of repairs that we have at any given time, there will always be clients ahead of you.

Special Orders

At Ellis Jewelers, we make special orders for our customers every single day.  Whether it be a special charm for a charm bracelet, a monogrammed necklace and matching earrings or our fingerprint jewelry.  For these items, we are pretty much at the mercy of the company.  All of the companies we use are extremely reputable and create quality jewelry pieces.  They try to plan accordingly during the holiday season to increase their stock, but sometimes between volume and special requests, receiving the jewelry may take just a bit longer.  Sometimes there are circumstances out of our control.  Last year it was the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.  Many jewelry companies were severely impacted.  When we call to make these orders we will give you a pretty firm delivery date.

Custom Jewelry

Christmas is wonderful time to give special gifts.  If you have some beautiful stones and would like to make a special jewelry piece to give your wife, your daughter, or your granddaughter or have a vision of a new piece for that special someone, our expert designers at the store can assist you.  Once you’ve found the design that you love, we will have our master jewelers make it for you.  Please allow TWO WEEKS for the creation of your new custom piece.

All that being said, there are, of course, exceptions to every rule.  Some repairs may happen a little quicker, and some custom design work or special orders may take just a bit longer depending on the requests.  Come in, tell your needs, and we will listen and take care of you!

Calling All Ladies: It’s Time for Your Wish List!

Happy November!  Unofficially the start of the holiday shopping season.  It does seem to get here every year before we know it, and sometimes it feels like it starts a little earlier and a then little earlier in the retail world, but if you think about it, starting a little earlier means more time to enjoy the holidays when they actually are here.  Those holidays will come, though, no matter how much we prepare.  Here’s a little “food for thought” to all of our lady clients out there.  Ellis Jewelers would like you to take the time to also think of YOURSELVES during this time.  While you’re fulfilling everyone else’s holiday gift list, come stop by the store and have a little fun for yourself.  Create your own holiday gift list or as we like to call it, your “Wish List.”

An Ellis Jewelers Wish List is a list of items in our store that you absolutely love and would be happy to receive on this holiday from your special someone.  Our expert team of sales associates would love to show you our many collections of fine jewelry and fine fashion jewelry.  We recommend at least three items on your Wish List to cover all the bases of looks and prices so that you can give your gift giver a few options.  Below are some items that I think that you must see when you visit.  And please don’t hesitate to TRY OUR JEWELRY ON.  We are not a museum!  Our jewelry is meant to be worn, and besides, how else will you know if you really like it!

Inspirational Piece

Ahhh.  The Inspirational Piece.  We have some amazing jewelry in the store, specially at this special time of year.  We recommend that you to choose an incredible piece for your wish list that may be just a little outside the box.  Something that you find exquisite and would love to have.  It may be a right hand diamond ring, specifically that gorgeous fire opal ring that I’ve mentioned before in other blogs and must be tried on when you come in!  How about a pair of spectacular dangle rose and white gold diamond earrings?  You just never know if that man of yours might want to step outside the box, too this year!

Classic Fine Jewelry

Maybe this Christmas is the Christmas that you’d like him to give you a classic piece to add to your jewelry wardrobe.  How about a pair of diamond studs?  We have them in all sizes and in white and yellow gold – take your pick.  The diamond pendant never goes out of style.  We have traditional ones and ones with a modern flair in the store.

Belle Etoilé

Our Belle Etoilé is truly a unique line of fine fashion jewelry.  From bold and colorful enameled pieces to sophisticated crushed pearl pieces, there is truly something for every taste.  The jewelry is made from rhodiumed silver and the finest created stones and constructed with care and durability.  We all LOVE this line!  And what’s great about it is that it comes with all the matching pieces.  So whatever is your favorite type of jewelry – necklace, ring, bracelet, or earrings, we’ve got it in your favorite!

 

Once your Wish List is complete, we will enter it into our computer system.  All the details of the jewelry will be there, including a picture of the pieces.  Most ladies do end up with five or six things on theirs, not just three.  It’s not too surprising when you think about all the beautiful pieces we have in the store.  Just leave it to our experts to help your someone special narrow things down if that’s the case.  And just how will we let your special someone know that you’ve got a Wish List at Ellis Jewelers?  Well that’s up to you.  There are several ways.  The easiest being that you just let him know that you visited the store and have picked out some beautiful items you’d like for a holiday gift.  Another option are these adorable “Hint! Hint” cards that we carry in the store.  It’s a little card with some information that you can “accidentally” leave where he’s most likely to notice.  I can’t mention where one lady told me she left it. Ha!  Another option is to leave us your beloved’s phone number, and we will give him a gentle and courteous phone call to inform him about your Wish List.  If there’s any other way you’d like us to contact him, just let us know.  Remember, a Wish List is also fool-proof for your man.  He can’t go wrong, and we are all about making it easy and making everyone happy!