NEWS January 2020

Two Decades of Memorable Events

Normally I list my 10 predictions for the coming year but we have just closed the second decade of this century and I thought it would be interesting to review some of the highlights. I'm amazed at all the things that happened and how many I’ve forgotten.

The Evolution of Jewelry and Fashion Throughout Generations

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Baby Boomers

My generation likes brands but, being a frugal group, also like a deal. We see fine jewelry in 2 different ways: As a store of value and as a symbol of success. We like timeless designs. We buy jewelry not only for its beauty but for its intrinsic value. We don’t understand why anyone would choose cobalt steel over gold or cubic zirconias over diamonds.



Generation X

Being a Generation Xer I’ve experienced a roller coaster of fashion with focus on conforming to brand popularity yet creating an individual niche within that. The early 80’s were a time when we all watched the same tv shows, which greatly influenced universal fashion. Women were working their way up the corporate ladder therefore exuding strength and confidence by accessorizing with large strikingly gold jewelry. After all, big hair and shoulder pads required over the top earrings and necklaces. It was a time of big flash with little cash.

Then there was the Madonna and Cyndi Lauper trend with lots of layered chains, a forearm full of funky stackable bracelets and large brightly colored jewelry to go with the brightly colored punky hair.

The 90’s turned things completely around and fashion went from being brightly colored and preppy to darker grunge and gothic. Neck chokers and chain wallets were all the rage. We really did start to find our own individuality. Technology made that happen even more when the internet became the center of everything and manufacturing technology became more affordable for smaller businesses to offer a “made just for you” product. We no longer had to settle for what main stream was advertising. Jewelry really did become personal and non traditional. We can have big and chunky or small and dainty, anything goes!




As a millennial, jewelry to me is minimalistic. I love dainty and fine pieces that compliment my outfit but don’t take away from it. Layering different lengths and styles of necklaces is great when I want to really dress up. I also gravitate towards very dainty rings, but multiple to stack. My taste in jewelry is really led by budget and pieces I can see myself utilizing every day. I stick to earrings that are funky but close to my ear, and the only accessory I wear on my wrist is an Apple watch. I find my friends are quite conscious when buying jewelry. They do consider man made stones and gems that are eco friendly. I love jewelry and the way it can really show your individuality.


A Thrift Store Treasure

The Boysville campus is designed to provide a family style nurturing environment to help children in crisis and, for a variety of reasons, cannot remain in their own home. This past June we received a call about a couple of pieces of jewelry that had been anonymously donated to the thrift shop. The assumption was the two pieces were simply costume and priced at $5 a piece. Something was nagging one of the employees that these were not mere costume jewelry and wanted a professional opinion. As soon as we saw them we knew they both were the real thing. We donated our time and wrote appraisals for each piece. One piece was valued at $7350 and the other $4550 for a total donation of almost $12000.00! We'd love to know the story behind the anonymous donations but are very happy for Boysville, a terrific and well deserving organization.

A Little Lighthearted Fun


Charles died. His will provided $60K for an elaborate funeral.

As the last guests departed the affair, his widow Margaret turned to her oldest and dearest friend. "Ah well, Charlie would be pleased," she said.

"You're right," replied Betty, who lowered her voice and leaned in close.

"So go on, how much did this really cost?"

"All of it," said Margaret.. "Sixty thousand".

"Aw No!" Betty exclaimed.

"I mean, it was very grand, but 60,000?!!!" Margaret answered,

"The funeral was ten thousand. I donated five hundred to the church. The wine and snacks were another five hundred. The rest went for the Memorial Stone". 

Betty computed quickly.

"For the love of God Margaret, $49K for a Memorial Stone?

How big is it?"

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