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Carreras Jewelers

Richmond, VA 23226
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Business Description

Carreras Jewelers is a purveyor of fine jewelry specializing in unique estate pieces, diamonds, fine gold, sterling silver, color gemstones, and pearls. The award-winning Carreras team is comprised of educated diamond sales representatives and certified Gemologist Appraisers and the company is a member of the American Gem Society. Customers reported “never been disappointed” and “exquisite estate jewelry.” Carreras Jewelers is passionate about giving back to the community and each employee volunteers with a local organization of choice.

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4.7
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5.0 / 5 (235)
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4.3 / 5 (160)
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4.0 / 5 (14)

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Cheryl Fornash Jewelers

Richmond, VA 23219
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Business Description

Cheryl Fornash is a jeweler and diamond broker specializing in providing GIA certified diamonds and custom settings from her private office for nearly two decades. Cheryl has a passion for the jewelry she sells, and she is committed to providing the very best prices, quality, and service to her customer. Cheryl is a proud supporter of many local charities such as Go Red For Women, American Heart Association, VCU Massey Cancer Center, Children’s Hospital, The Doorways, and Juvenile Diabetes. Clients reported “very affordable” and “thorough and diligent about getting all the details right.”

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Cowardin's

Richmond, VA 23230
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Cowardin’s is the oldest family-owned jewelry firm serving the Richmond area since 1865. The store has an extensive inventory of loose and mounted diamonds, Swiss watches, and other jewelry, and carries many designer lines including Gabriel & Co, Amavida by Gabriel, Whitehouse Brothers, and more. The company offers in-house jewelry and watch repair, restoration, custom design work, and appraisals.

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4.6
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4.8 / 5 (8)

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Danforth Diamond

Midlothian, VA 23113
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Business Description

Danforth Diamond brings 50 years of experience in the diamond and jewelry business to their internet clients from Midlothian. The company offers a variety of engagement and wedding rings, necklaces, bracelets, and other jewelry at wholesale prices on their website. Most jewelry orders are custom made in the USA to the client’s specifications. Danforth Diamond offers premium shipping and a 30-day return policy to guarantee customer satisfaction.

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Diamond Source of Virginia

Glen Allen, VA 24060
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Business Description

Diamond Source of Virginia is a family-owned business in Glen Allen dedicated to finding the perfect diamonds for their clients. The 27-year-old company specializes in loose diamonds and diamond rings for local and online customers. Diamond specialists search the entire wholesale market to find the best stones available. Clients can inspect the diamonds either onsite in fully equipped private viewing rooms or at home before purchase. Diamond Source is a member of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and has an A+ rating with the BBB.

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4.7
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5.0 / 5 (13)
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4.5 / 5 (8)
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4.0 / 5 (4)

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Dransfield Jewelers

Richmond, VA 23219
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Dransfield Jewelers specializes in bridal and custom jewelry, cleaning and repairs, appraisals, and watch repair. The owner and lead designer, Don Dransfield, began his career at the age of 20 with an apprenticeship in silversmithing. He eventually earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Gold and Silver Smithing and with 40 years of experience in the jewelry business opened Dransfield Jewelers in 1991 in Richmond’s historic Shockoe Slip area. Dransfield Jewelers has a reputation for quality and distinctive craftsmanship.

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4.5

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Glasco Jewelers

Mechanicsville, VA 23111
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Glasco Jewelers is a full-service jeweler offering design, jewelry and watch repairs, appraisals, and education. The family-owned business provides free estimates on repair services such as sizing adjustments, soldering, prong and tip work, and more. The company has access to loose diamonds, precious stones, and thousands of mountings to create custom designs. Replacement watch batteries and bands are available and more extensive watch repair work is offered through outside services.

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5.0 / 5 (23)
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5.0 / 5 (16)

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Kambourian Jewelers

Richmond, VA 23221
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Kambourian Jewelers is a full service, family-owned fine jewelry and art studio in Richmond founded in 1966. The expert staff of master jewelers provides customized jewelry, repairs, and loose diamond sales. Repair work includes ring sizing and stretching, prong repairs and stone tightening, pearl and bead stringing using silk cord and French wire finishing, and most repairs can be done immediately. Kambourian Jewelers has a gallery space reserved for local artist’s exhibitions free of charge. The studio holds monthly openings featuring new artists and all proceeds from sales go directly to the artist.

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4.3
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4.4 / 5 (37)
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4.0 / 5 (10)
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Lustre by Adolf

Richmond, VA 23229
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Lustre by Adolf specializes in custom engagement rings and wedding bands and offers an extensive selection of diamonds and precious gemstone jewelry, designer fashion, and vintage estate pieces. The staff of experienced gemologists, appraisers, and estate jewelry experts offer a unique selection of jewels from classic to contemporary. Lustre by Adolf is a new jewelry buying experience based off of the Adolf Jewelers history that has over 50 years of jewelry expertise in the Richmond area.

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5.0 / 5 (332)
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5.0 / 5 (9)
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5.0 / 5 (1)

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Mia Gemma

4940 Old Main Street, Richmond, VA 23231
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Business Description

Mia Gemma is an online source of fine artisan jewelry that caters to clients in Richmond and the surrounding areas. It offers a wide range of locally handcrafted jewelry, such as earrings, rings, wedding bands, necklaces, bracelets, and pendants. Its creations are made from various gemstones and precious metals, including gold, silver, platinum, pink spinel, blue lace agate, and baroque pearls. With more than 30 artists across the globe, the company provides clients access to a wide array of custom styles and designs.

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4.5
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4.9 / 5 (13)
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4.1 / 5 (13)
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4.5 / 5 (13)

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Nine Roses Jewelers

Richmond, VA 23221
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Nine Roses Jewelers is “meticulously curated jewelry shop” offering unique pieces by featured designers. Rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings are one-of-a-kind designs and prices vary. The Richmond store is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00am-6pm or by appointment. The shop hosts workshops, parties, and discussions on jewelry design techniques throughout the year.

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4.6 / 5 (54)
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5.0 / 5 (9)
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5.0 / 5 (3)
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Vera's Fine Jewelers

Midlothian, VA 23113
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Business Description

Vera’s Fine Jewelers is a family-owned, full-service jewelry store in Midlothian with over 55 years of combined experience in designing and creating fine jewelry. The owner, Vera is a graduate gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America in Santa Monica, and her husband, Mike, is a Master Jeweler from Gem City College in Quincy, IL. The store was voted The Best in Richmond by Richmond Magazine readers nine times since 2005 in the categories of Best Custom Jewelry, Best Fine Jewelry Selection, Best Hand Crafted Jewelry, Best Repair Services, and Excellent Customer Service.

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3.8
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4.9 / 5 (1)

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Waller & Company Jewelers

Richmond, VA 23219
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Waller & Company Jewelers is a family-owned retail jewelry establishment in Richmond founded in 1900. The company provides expert watch and jewelry repairs and quality jewelry in gold, silver, diamonds, gemstones, and more. The store offers specialty items for sororities, fraternities, and the Eastern Star and Masonic organizations. Waller & Company is a member of Jewelers of America, Inc., Tri-Cities Watchmakers Guild, The Chronometer Club, and the BBB. The company is recognized by the Prime Buyer’s Report as one of the best jewelry stores in the Richmond area for value and honesty.

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4.2
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4.9 / 5 (7)

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William Jeffrey's Jewelers

Mechanicsville, VA 23116
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William Jeffrey’s Jewelers is a family-owned store in Mechanicsville founded in 1991 offering custom designed and special order jewelry, appraisals, and repair work. The company is proud of their community involvement with Easter Seals of Virginia, the National Kidney Foundation, and founder of the Hanover Domestic Violence Task Force. William Jeffrey’s runs yearly charity events such as the Easter Seals Egg-Stravaganza.

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4.9 / 5 (236)
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4.8 / 5 (36)
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3.5 / 5 (8)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

When you’re shopping for jewelry, there are many advantages and few disadvantages to visiting a local independent jeweler instead of choosing a major retailer or shopping online. You can get to know and trust your jeweler, and they're more likely to be an expert. You may also gain access to additional services, such as custom jewelry and engravings or replacement settings that you wouldn’t find from online sellers.

Having access to a smaller selection of jewelry is the main disadvantage of shopping locally. If you’re looking for a ring that your friend has, you might not find it in a curated collection offered by an independent jeweler.

What does a jeweler do?

A jeweler operates a retail store that sells jewelry. These stores can also offer extra services, such as watch repair, engraving, and ring sizing. Some jewelers specialize in specific adornments, such as vintage jewelry, while others offer a full lineup of brand-named jewelry items.

What is a bench jeweler?

A bench jeweler is a professional who creates or repairs jewelry. The term bench is used in the title to describe the type of bench related to the type of jewelry work performed. Some types of bench jewelers include goldsmiths, silversmiths, engravers, and bead workers.

Where do jewelers buy their jewelry?

Jewelers buy wholesale gold and jewelry-making supplies from vendors and finished jewelry from other jewelers. Some jewelers may also buy jewelry from individuals to sell as used jewelry or break it down into raw materials to make new adornments. Additionally, some artisan jewelers may get gemstones and metals online or through private sales.

Where do jewelers buy their diamonds and gemstones?

Jewelers buy diamonds and gemstones from various sources, including directly from mines, from gemstone wholesalers online, or in the jewelry district of larger cities. Jewelers can also find diamonds and gemstones to use when making new pieces by disassembling vintage jewelry.

Do jewelers offer financing?

Some small jewelers offer financing through an outside lender. Some may also offer a layaway option as an alternative to financing. This enables buyers to put jewelry on layaway and make payments rather than paying for expensive items in a lump sum. Larger retail jewelers sometimes offer branded financing through a store credit card.

How do jewelry stores clean rings?

Jewelry stores typically use a jewelry cleaning solution paired with an ultrasonic cleaner to get rings clean. The solution softens deeply ingrained debris, and the vibrations from the ultrasonic cleaner remove dirt from the surface of metal and gemstones. Jewelers then polish and steam rings to enhance the shine.

Can jewelers untangle necklaces?

Jewelers can sometimes untangle necklaces, but if the tangle is too extreme, a jeweler can cut the chain apart and then repair it by removing the jump rings on the ends of the chain or by cutting links. If links are bent from being tangled, jewelers can also fix the damaged links.

Can a jeweler make a ring bigger?

Jewelers often resize rings to make them bigger or smaller. This is offered as a service and typically incurs an extra fee. Some jewelers don’t manage to resize in-house; instead, the rings are sent to goldsmiths or silversmiths to have the work completed.

How do jewelers resize rings?

Jewelers resize rings by either stretching the bands, or cutting the shank and then removing or inserting metal. Stretching is only done if the amount of expansion required is small because it weakens the metal. To add a metal piece, jewelers cut the ring shank and solder new metal into the cut space.

Can any jeweler resize a ring?

You can take a ring to almost any jeweler for resizing. The jewelers who don’t do metalwork can send the ring to a bench jeweler on your behalf to get it resized. Jewelers who have experience with metalwork can perform the resizing job without sending the ring to another metalsmith.

What do jewelers charge for ring sizing?

According to Jewelers Mutual, resizing a ring can cost anywhere from $20 up to several hundred dollars. The metal used to craft your ring affects the cost. The amount of expansion or reduction required and the ring's design also influences the price.

How much do jewelers charge to cut off rings?

According to Mighty Pricey, most jewelers don’t charge to cut off rings. However, the jewelers charge between $50 and $100 to repair the ring after it has been removed from your hand. If it needs to be resized, the ring repair is an additional charge.

Do jewelry stores buy jewelry?

Instead of visiting a pawnshop to sell jewelry, you could visit an independent jewelry store to sell it. Some jewelers offer to buy jewelry as part of a trade-in program if you buy something more expensive from them. Bench jewelers and jewelers who specialize in vintage items may also buy jewelry.

What is the most expensive jewel?

According to Just Richest, blue diamonds are the most valuable gemstone in the world. These treasured jewels cost a whopping $3.93 million per carat. The Hope diamond is a famous example of this exotic blue gemstone.

Do jewelry stores do engraving?

Many jewelry stores do engraving, and the ones that don’t offer that service can still arrange to have it done for you. Engraving is an intricate skill that a hand or machine can do. Ideally, it needs to be done by a bench jeweler to ensure it's done correctly and with the right equipment.

What’s the best way to store jewelry?

Jewelry should be stored in a jewelry box with a soft lining and away from direct sunlight. It should also not be left in an area with a high level of humidity due to the risk of corrosion. Jewelry should be stored at room temperature.

How does someone become a jeweler?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jewelers usually learn the necessary skills through long-term on-the-job training. Some potential jewelers may also take jewelry-making courses or enlist as apprentices to earn master-level certifications as bench jewelers, such as Master Goldsmiths or Master Silversmiths.

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