October 31st, 2012
The Shh! Collection
is more than just a piece of jewelry, it’s
a symbol of your love. Whether it’s to commemorate the first kiss, first date, or years of marriage, Steal Her Heart is perfect for any occasion. So when your trying to find the perfect way to say I love you…
Steal Her Heart the way she stole yours.
August 31st, 2012
Here is a quick lesson on some of the in’s and out’s of selecting a diamond for an engagement ring, earrings, necklace or any other diamond jewelry. What prompted this post is a situation that happened this week at the store. We had a young couple come in to get our opinion of a diamond they had purchased elsewhere. The diamond in question was the center stone in an engagement ring. The “certification” that came with the diamond stated that the gemstone was a G color, which has a beautiful, white body color. The center diamond of the ring in question was CLEARLY a brown/yellow color and didn’t match the other diamonds in the engagement ring at all. By our evaluation the diamond was somewhere north of J, which is three to four color grades off. If you are wondering about the color scale of diamonds, please refer to the chart on our bridal page. Luckily the couple was able to return the diamond and replace it with a TRUE color diamond from our store. What does this all mean? You, as the customer, must be totally sure of the diamond you are purchasing. While a certified diamond sounds like a “sure thing”, more times than not they aren’t. The ultimate question is what can you do to ensure that you are getting the diamond you are looking for. The solution can be sumed up in one phrase, “If you don’t know diamonds, know your jeweler”. My father in law taught me a very important lesson concerning diamonds, always be sure of what you have. Grade and double check everything, even if it is a certified diamond. When we are presenting diamonds at the stone our preferred way is loose and unmounted. That way you and I can look at them together with no obstacles in the way. “NAKED!!” The diamonds that walk out our door and adorn a new bride, mother, wife, daughter, or any person, need to be perfectly represented and accurate. There are NO DO OVERS. Most importantly get to know the person on the other side of the counter, this goes both ways. Building a friendship with the folks that walk through our door is one of the many rewarding things I do each and every day.
June 5th, 2012
While driving to the pool today for the kids swim practice, an old Def Leopard song came on the radio. Now being a child of the “Big Hair” era I know all the songs and can sing along with anything from the 80’s, much to my kids dismay. Needless to say I take any opportunity I can to educate them in classic rock from my generation, and needless to say they hate it. All except for one, my youngest son Stone. He is a 30 year old trapped in a 7 year old’s body and loves that “old timey rock”. What in the world has this got to do with jewelry you may ask, I haven’t the foggiest idea so I’m gonna reach little. Just like that old classic music from 20, 30 or 40 years ago that never really goes away, that old classic jewelry that’s been around forever can be remade and reintroduced to the next generation. I recently had a family come into our store to have a ring made out of grandma’s old broach. What was really cool about the whole procedure is that the grandmother, daughter and granddaughter all came in at the same time and together helped me design a ring for the granddaughters graduation. It was totally awesome and something that I had never done before. In the end we made a beautiful ruby and diamond ring that incorporated gemstones from the grandmother’s broach and the mother’s old wedding band. The ring was not only beautiful but had a great legacy that was built into it. We can turn pretty much anything that may be outdated to you into something that you’ll love to wear. Just like magic!!
April 30th, 2012
I knew that would get your attention. By now you should have received your gift card in the mail. If you didn’t then that means you are not on our “exclusive, special, top secret, ultimate client list”. What does it take to get your name on said list? It’s EASY!!!! Option one, stop by Holland’s Jewelers and give us your mailing info. Option two, call us at (919) 362-6210 and give us your mailing info. Option three, send us a message on FaceBook with your mailing info. Option four, email us your info at email@example.com. Or option five, write down your info, tie it to a hawks foot and send it straight to the store. Option five seems to be the preferred way, however my face and arms look like I’ve been in a fight with a rabid Honey Badger. Thanks folks!!
April 14th, 2012
Lashbrook Designs is the premier custom designer band company for all your alternative metals. Tungsten, titanium, cobalt, Damascus steel, carbon fiber, ceramic, black zirconium and natural wood inlay are just a few of the many choices they have to offer. They also produce all rings in platinum, palladium, silver and all golds. For many years I’ve looked for a company that offers actual custom made rings for men as most companies only have a very small collection and offer virtually no option to change their models. With Lashbrook any one of their over 700 styles can be made in any metal, any width, any size and with dozens of textured finishes giving you the ultimate creative liberties with your ring. New models will be arriving within the next two weeks.
April 3rd, 2012
Hi folks!!!! I’ve been away for awhile, but I’m glad to be back. I actually attempted to update my blog and crashed the entire thing. I’m talking black screen of death! Thank goodness I have a smart friend that is very well equip at fixing my computer disasters. For they are many. Fear not!!! What I lack in computer skills I make up for in design skills. Over the last couple months we have made some amazing designs for our clients. One of my favorites is a remake of a grandmothers cluster ring. What started off as a simple cluster was transformed into a modern style ring that will be passed down to the next generation and the next. That’s one of the most rewarding things about making jewelry, it is long lasting. My job has definitely made me realize one more very important thing, good things come to those who wait. While I would like for a custom design to take about two to three weeks, more often than not it takes four to six weeks. There are so many stages in the creation of a piece of jewelry that sometimes the slightest hiccup can equal a week of delay. It’s at those times that I am grateful for the patience of our clients. If you have some gemstones or diamonds that are just sitting around at home or in a “lock box”, now is the time to turn those pieces into something that wearable and will be a treasure to you and generations to come.
January 4th, 2012
I have just finished writing my new years resolution list so I thought I’d share them with you. #1. Conserve water by doing less laundry and wearing more deodorant. #2. Keep more of the hair on my head and grow less on my back. #3. I will always “check for paper” when going into the restroom. #4. Delete all but 3 of my email accounts. #5. Watch more T.V. and read less, my eye site isn’t what it used to be. #6. Work with neglected children, starting with my own. And finally #7. Gain more weight, so when the end of the world comes in 2012 I’ll have more to live off of than skinny folks.
Thanks to everyone who helped us celebrate another year at Holland’s Jewelers. You are the reason we are here. Love you all!!
November 18th, 2011
Our annual open house is quickly approaching. This years dates are Friday December 2nd from 9:00 – 7:00 and Saturday 9:00 – 4:00. Once again there will be awesome food, drinks and PRIZES. Hopefully we will be ready. We are in the process of decorating and making the place festive. When I say “we” I really mean Ginny and Diane. I basically sit back and critique the progress…..and drink coffee. For the last couple weeks of November we will continue to do outside appraisals and custom design, however beginning December 1st we will put those things on hiatus till January. So guys, don’t drag your feet if you are thinking about a one-of -a-kind piece of jewelry for your honey.
October 20th, 2011
Decorative ironwork may be seen all around the city of Charleston, South Carolina in balconies, gates, stair railings, vents, boot scrapes, and decorative panels and finials. The city’s ironwork, as it graces houses, churches and civic structures, is undeniably one of its greatest architectural treasures. The oldest remaining ironwork in the city dates to the Revolutionary War period, although ironwork balconies appeared on Charleston houses as early as 1739. This early iron is wrought iron; iron which has been molded and pounded into shape by a blacksmith using a forge, anvil and hammer. Wrought ironwork of the 18th and 19th centuries features scrolls, fleur-de-lis, leaf and flower patterns, spears and wiggletails. The intricate scroll designs are a tribute to the skill of artisans in the past who wrought beauty from the iron in their forges. These clean, distinct lines show as well in jewelry as they did in the decorative ironwork of the South in the 18th and 19th centuries. The pieces in this sterling silver collection are reminiscent of that ironwork. Our collection is growing by leaps and bounds at Holland’s Jewelers. We currently have over 60 pieces in stock to choose from, WOW!
September 29th, 2011
I’m gonna let you guys in on a little secret………your earlobes are uneven! DUN, DUN, DUN!! Go ahead, look in the mirror and see for yourself, I’ll wait right here. I hate to break the news to you but millions of people suffer from “WLS” or “Wonky Lobe Syndrome” and you may be among the masses. But I have good news, we at Holland’s Jewelers have found the cure!! No longer will you need to hide your head in a Burka or wear earmuffs in the middle of summer. Just arriving in our store are the fabulous Inside/outside hoop earrings. This collection is made of 950 sterling silver with a brilliant Rhodium finish giving them a permanent luster. Each earring is hand set with Ideal cut CZ’s and have a locking back to keep them in place. When you look in the mirror you’ll no longer see uneven ears. You’ll see shiny, dazzling, uneven ears! And isn’t that better? Stop by Holland’s Jewelers for your free consultation.