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By sarah sockolof 12 Feb, 2017

Every jewelry box is full of sentiment and thoughtfulness, their contents folding into our daily lives as reminders of those who love us. Our jewelry ornaments our bodies and accessorizes our style, each piece telling a different story. Some are heirlooms passed down through generations, keeping alive those who have passed. Others recognize the budding romance of a lifelong commitment.


I personally wear a beautiful, gold monogram pendant that belonged to my grandmother. My grandfather had given it to her, and I wear it often. Yes, it suits my style and taste, but more importantly it reminds me of my grandparents. Every time I receive a compliment on it, which is frequently, I'm able to tell the story from whence it came, keeping my awesome MomMom ever-present in my daily life. And, for the romantics out there, my Grandfather had engraved 'Ilymwepy' on the back of the pendant. Translation: "I love you more with every passing year." (I know, Ahhhhhh!)


Well made jewelry like this - the kind that lives through generations, withstands the tests of time. Like love, it endures all things and reminds us to hope all things. Those, my friends, are the gifts worth their weight in gold.

By sarah sockolof 06 Jan, 2017

A few days after Christmas, a mother and daughter visited Simms. They were visiting town for the holidays when Mom decided to introduce her daughter to one of her favorite stores. Mom has been a regular visitor of Simms for over a decade, always unwrapping a piece of jewelry from our store at Christmas. As the three of us wandered and talked, I learned that one of her FAVORITE pieces of jewelry dates back to her youth - a classic, wide, sterling silver bangle bracelet. Even though it is “well-loved” (a little banged up) and one of the older pieces in her collection, it remains her go-to piece of jewelry. A timeless classic.

With every New Year arise new trends, and while admittedly they are fun, trendy jewelry never evokes the same sense of nostalgia and longevity of wear. And, let’s face it, it ain’t cheap! Well, often times the quality is cheap, but at $100 a pop 2-3 times a year, trendy jewelry can rob you blind and ends up lost, broken or obsolete within 12 months. Why not instead spend that $200-$300 on a finely made, timeless piece that will last for decades and weave into the narrative of your life’s story. My bet is that Mom’s treasured bangle will adorn her daughter’s wrist one day.

As we continued wandering around the store, Mom spotted a similar bracelet in our cases and exclaimed, “That is almost  as beautiful & everyday as the one I have. Almost .” Being timeless doesn’t mean being boring. In the same way that we can’t imagine a wardrobe without blue jeans, our timeless jewelry enhances any wardrobe in both style and function. What's more, the care and craftsmanship of timeless jewelry withstands the tests of time for future generations to enjoy. Whereas a trend belongs to the masses, a classic piece of handcrafted jewelry belongs to you. And the latter has my vote every time.

 

By sarah sockolof 22 Nov, 2016

We all want to gush with excitement when our loved one opens that special gift, but finding the perfect piece of jewelry amid a sea of choice can be daunting. It’s hard to know where to begin with so many rings, earrings, necklaces, pendants, bracelets, cufflink and dress-sets to choose from. But fear not, my friends. A little thought and reconnaissance work can go a long way to making your loved one feel special this holiday. Here are some tips to reassure your gift-giving and keep you from glazing over in the jewelry store.

 

Scan her jewelry box

Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to have too many pieces of jewelry. I have a friend who I refuse  to sell another ring to because she’s out of fingers and days of the week. If you see an abundance of earrings but not many necklaces, buy something that will balance the collection. This way your gift is likely to be worn more often.

 

Metals matter

This is an important detail because it is often a strong preference – silver (white), gold (yellow), rose gold (pink), etc. Don’t guess! Buying consistent metals makes it easier to mix and match jewelry. More importantly, it keeps your loved one from saying, “after all these years, you haven’t even noticed that ?!”

 

Walk in with a budget and purpose

Aside from metals, having a budget and a purpose will be the fastest way to narrow your search. Do you want something for everyday use or something a bit more formal for a special occasion?

 

Shop where she (or he!) shops

This may be your biggest savior of all because your jeweler may have some intel. At Simms, we “spy” on our clients year-round, so odds are that we can help you with gift ideas. If a client notices something she likes, we make a note. Sometimes we’re sneaky, but often we will maintain a wish list at our client’s direction. If your special someone has a wish list, you will be all the more confident in and excited about your gift.  

 

It’s the thought that counts

Don’t have enough clues? A gift card is a great alternative (and not a cop out!). They can be just as thoughtful - “for a new pair of earrings” or “for remounting your engagement ring.” Ours are packaged in gift boxes to make sure they dazzle from under the Christmas tree.

 

**Bonus gift

Is the jewelry box in disarray? Maybe a new jewelry box is in order. Especially among large jewelry collections, pieces are liable to be lost and forgotten when they fall to the bottom of a jumbled mess, and nobody wants to spend time untangling necklaces (not even us). Keeping jewelry clean and organized helps ensure that it’s worn more often.

By sarah sockolof 12 Feb, 2017

Every jewelry box is full of sentiment and thoughtfulness, their contents folding into our daily lives as reminders of those who love us. Our jewelry ornaments our bodies and accessorizes our style, each piece telling a different story. Some are heirlooms passed down through generations, keeping alive those who have passed. Others recognize the budding romance of a lifelong commitment.


I personally wear a beautiful, gold monogram pendant that belonged to my grandmother. My grandfather had given it to her, and I wear it often. Yes, it suits my style and taste, but more importantly it reminds me of my grandparents. Every time I receive a compliment on it, which is frequently, I'm able to tell the story from whence it came, keeping my awesome MomMom ever-present in my daily life. And, for the romantics out there, my Grandfather had engraved 'Ilymwepy' on the back of the pendant. Translation: "I love you more with every passing year." (I know, Ahhhhhh!)


Well made jewelry like this - the kind that lives through generations, withstands the tests of time. Like love, it endures all things and reminds us to hope all things. Those, my friends, are the gifts worth their weight in gold.

By sarah sockolof 06 Jan, 2017

A few days after Christmas, a mother and daughter visited Simms. They were visiting town for the holidays when Mom decided to introduce her daughter to one of her favorite stores. Mom has been a regular visitor of Simms for over a decade, always unwrapping a piece of jewelry from our store at Christmas. As the three of us wandered and talked, I learned that one of her FAVORITE pieces of jewelry dates back to her youth - a classic, wide, sterling silver bangle bracelet. Even though it is “well-loved” (a little banged up) and one of the older pieces in her collection, it remains her go-to piece of jewelry. A timeless classic.

With every New Year arise new trends, and while admittedly they are fun, trendy jewelry never evokes the same sense of nostalgia and longevity of wear. And, let’s face it, it ain’t cheap! Well, often times the quality is cheap, but at $100 a pop 2-3 times a year, trendy jewelry can rob you blind and ends up lost, broken or obsolete within 12 months. Why not instead spend that $200-$300 on a finely made, timeless piece that will last for decades and weave into the narrative of your life’s story. My bet is that Mom’s treasured bangle will adorn her daughter’s wrist one day.

As we continued wandering around the store, Mom spotted a similar bracelet in our cases and exclaimed, “That is almost  as beautiful & everyday as the one I have. Almost .” Being timeless doesn’t mean being boring. In the same way that we can’t imagine a wardrobe without blue jeans, our timeless jewelry enhances any wardrobe in both style and function. What's more, the care and craftsmanship of timeless jewelry withstands the tests of time for future generations to enjoy. Whereas a trend belongs to the masses, a classic piece of handcrafted jewelry belongs to you. And the latter has my vote every time.

 

By sarah sockolof 22 Nov, 2016

We all want to gush with excitement when our loved one opens that special gift, but finding the perfect piece of jewelry amid a sea of choice can be daunting. It’s hard to know where to begin with so many rings, earrings, necklaces, pendants, bracelets, cufflink and dress-sets to choose from. But fear not, my friends. A little thought and reconnaissance work can go a long way to making your loved one feel special this holiday. Here are some tips to reassure your gift-giving and keep you from glazing over in the jewelry store.

 

Scan her jewelry box

Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to have too many pieces of jewelry. I have a friend who I refuse  to sell another ring to because she’s out of fingers and days of the week. If you see an abundance of earrings but not many necklaces, buy something that will balance the collection. This way your gift is likely to be worn more often.

 

Metals matter

This is an important detail because it is often a strong preference – silver (white), gold (yellow), rose gold (pink), etc. Don’t guess! Buying consistent metals makes it easier to mix and match jewelry. More importantly, it keeps your loved one from saying, “after all these years, you haven’t even noticed that ?!”

 

Walk in with a budget and purpose

Aside from metals, having a budget and a purpose will be the fastest way to narrow your search. Do you want something for everyday use or something a bit more formal for a special occasion?

 

Shop where she (or he!) shops

This may be your biggest savior of all because your jeweler may have some intel. At Simms, we “spy” on our clients year-round, so odds are that we can help you with gift ideas. If a client notices something she likes, we make a note. Sometimes we’re sneaky, but often we will maintain a wish list at our client’s direction. If your special someone has a wish list, you will be all the more confident in and excited about your gift.  

 

It’s the thought that counts

Don’t have enough clues? A gift card is a great alternative (and not a cop out!). They can be just as thoughtful - “for a new pair of earrings” or “for remounting your engagement ring.” Ours are packaged in gift boxes to make sure they dazzle from under the Christmas tree.

 

**Bonus gift

Is the jewelry box in disarray? Maybe a new jewelry box is in order. Especially among large jewelry collections, pieces are liable to be lost and forgotten when they fall to the bottom of a jumbled mess, and nobody wants to spend time untangling necklaces (not even us). Keeping jewelry clean and organized helps ensure that it’s worn more often.

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