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Monday, October 28, 2013 2:00:35 PM America/Los_Angeles
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I got an email the other day from the the director of Jewelers for Children. He told me that we had raised over $16,000 in donations for their organization from our watch battery donation project. Since 2004, we have not charged for watch batteries. In leau of payment, we ask for a donation for Jewelers for Children.
Since 1999, they have distributed more than $40 million to charities that benefit children. In that time, they helped grant 1,300 wishes through the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, assisted 5,500 children in foster care through the CASA Association, and helped more than 150,000 women in Africa deliver HIV-free babies through the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. More than 1,000 children have received care at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital because of their efforts.
This offer has been well recieved by our customers who like to know that their donations go to such great causes! On behalf of Krombholz Jewelers, I would like to thank our generous customers!
Saturday, January 14, 2012 2:16:55 PM America/Los_Angeles
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
January 13th, 2012
Last night was the finale of the long running and highly successful television show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The show contacted Krombholz Jewelers in October to ask if we would be will to make wedding ring for a family that had a life changing experience during the tornado that hit Joplin, MO. earlier this year.
This is a picture of Natalie Gonzales-Ely who is showing off her new ring on her wedding day.
Below is her story that was published on the Extreme Makeover website.
Having both been divorced, Natalie and Scott didn't think they would remarry. But when the tornado took their home, they changed their minds. Before moving to Joplin, Natalie once saw a special about earthquakes. She learned that putting a bicycle helmet on your child's head could save his/her life. When the tornado hit, the family huddled in their bathtub, with Scott on top holding on to a mattress and Augie wearing a bicycle helmet. The roof flew off. Scott was picked up off the family and thrown back down in the bathroom. A toilet from the second bathroom flew through the air and hit Augie. The bicycle helmet he was wearing shattered to pieces but saved Augie's life.
Natalie was pelted with debris while trying to protect her son, severely hurting her back. While up in the air, Scott watched his family. It was at this moment that he realized, if they all survived, he wanted to marry Natalie and become a legal stepfather to Augie. When the wind started to calm down, Natalie realized they were in the eye of the tornado and their house was gone. Realizing they wouldn't survive the second wave, Natalie and her family rushed over to a drainage ditch to find cover. Watching Scott carrying her son with his good arm (the other suffering a compound fracture), Natalie knew Scott would be her husband. They survived the tornado, broken and without a home. Scott proposed to Natalie a few weeks later. And while on vacation, the team flies Natalie's older son, Joshua, in to so that he can give his mom away at a wedding that take place with the families new neighbors watching on.
The new home feature a giant message on the wall in the kitchen. It reads: It's the love of a family that turns a house into a home. There's a safe room that will keep them safe in the event of another emergency. Scott loves the house, but the thing he loves even more is the fact that Joplin will rebuild and the people will move on.
Friday, January 13, 2012 2:25:24 PM America/Los_Angeles
I just updated our web gallery with lots of images of the jewels we designed and created over the holiday.
Click this image to take a look!
Thursday, August 25, 2011 5:00:45 AM America/Los_Angeles
Jewelers Beware! Dogs might have taste for diamonds!
Here is story that was published in the on August, 22nd 2011 edition of an ABC affiliated news website, WLOX.
ALBANY, GA -
$10,000 worth of diamonds disappeared from a Georgia jewelry store, but they didn't have to go far to find them again. They quickly figured out it was an inside job, and recovered the jewels the next day.
In fact, they didn't even have to call police.
John Ross Jewelers is well-known in town for their four footed mascots. Tiffany and Velvet roamed the shop for years, and appeared in commercials. After their passing, Honey Bun now greets customers and as Chuck and Ann Roberts found out their new pup has expensive taste.
Honey Bun's not much of a guard dog, but is great on customer relations. "He's been loved," says Co-owner Chuck.
Customers sometimes hide treats in their purses for Honey Bun, but the Roberts' recently learned this pampered pooch has more expensive taste. It happened two weeks ago when a customer came in.
"A customer came in, and I jumped up out of my chair and came out here to wait on him, and I left the chair where he could jump up on my chair, and jump up on my desk," said Roberts.
On the desk four packs of loose diamonds, about a carat each to set in diamond earrings, pens, and dog treats. When he returned only three packs remained, and an empty pouch like this one was lying on the floor.
"We looked all over and there weren't any diamonds, so immediately I knew he'd eaten them."
Since Honey Bun wasn't talking, there was only one way to find out.
"She came down and took him across the street and we ran X-rays."
Carbon doesn't show up on an X-ray, but two blank spots confirmed Honey Bun was a likely suspect. It only took a day, and they found another surprise.
"The next afternoon sure enough the earring back and two diamonds were recovered, no panic."
Honey Bun was guilty as charged, but this pooch was granted a reprieve.
"I haven't scolded him to this day and I won't. Why not? It's my fault for leaving the chair there, that's why," said Roberts.
It's taught Roberts a valuable lesson. He's now very cautious about where he leaves his desk chair and they're keeping a closer eye on Honey Bun especially around the precious gems.
Incidentally, the diamonds Honey Bun chose to eat, weren't the best pair. If they were, Chuck Roberts said they'd be in the display case now. They were cleaned up and sent back to the supplier.
Honey Bun also got a clean bill of health and doesn't appear to be phased by the incident.
Monday, August 1, 2011 1:23:06 PM America/Los_Angeles
Local Jeweler is a Girl's Best Friend
An interview by Amy Scalia of Cincy Chic
One local lady has been shopping at Krombholz Jewelers through three generations of ownership. Find out why she thinks they're such a gem. They say diamonds are a girl's best friend. But for Loveland resident, Pat Burbee, her jeweler - Krombholz Jewelers - also ranks that high on the friendship totem pole.
When she was 11 years old (a lady never tells her age, but suffice it to say that was several decades ago), she lived near the original Krombholz Jewelers location in Silverton. She would come in the store to peer at everything shiny and sparkly and dream of the day she could have a piece of her own Krombholz jewelry. That dream came true when her husband bought her engagement ring at Krombholz and many subsequent gifts at the shop thereafter.
She's repurposed some of her old jewelry to design new pieces there as well. Today, Burbee says she has more than 50 pieces of jewelry from Krombholz. She says she not only loves their quality designs, but she also trusts them. Since she's been doing business with three generations of Krombholz Jewelery owners, she says she knows her jewelry is in good hands when she leaves it with them. She said her engagement ring and the necklace she was wearing that she had designed with the current owner of Krombholz, Lee Krombholz, were her two favorite pieces. But, she said with a smile as she looked around the room, "I'm always looking for a new favorite."
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 4:52:26 AM America/Los_Angeles
This video is a virtualization of what one jeweler is trying to achieve by 12-12-12. I want to see this!
Monday, May 2, 2011 6:12:56 AM America/Los_Angeles
Krombholz gives back during Extreme Makeover: Home Edition show
Krombholz Jewelers believes in helping in the ways that they can. During the May 1st episode of the ABC's hit show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition they gave back in the form of a $17,000 diamond ring.
The Dickinson family of Beaufort, South Carolina was chosen by the show for a total home makeover, which was completed in late January, 2011. Bill Dickinson has served as a US Marine for 17 years and currently is deployed nearly 7,000 miles away in Afghanistan. His wife India and their six children live in a home that, due to financial difficulty and Bill’s deployments, has become almost inhabitable. The ABC crew, along with many South Carolina donors and volunteers, worked for about a week to create a safe, functional and beautiful new home for the family.
Lee Krombholz was contacted by the show's design team in late December and began the process of realizing the ring that Bill would like to give to his wife, India during the show's reveal. Once the concept for the ring design was decided on, Lee had 11 days to make it from scratch. "It was fun to be a part of the show and the excitement of the challenge! My whole staff became a part of finishing this ring. We were proud to watch India slide it on her finger last night!"
” I am so proud of the efforts of our military here in the US and overseas to keep us all safe. I was never able to serve my country in the military, but I am proud to use my jewelry making talents to help many military families over the years. I believe we all need to do what we can to help support the military and their efforts!”
Friday, April 29, 2011 5:40:36 AM America/Los_Angeles
Prince William sweats the moment of sliding on the wedding ring?
During the vows presided over by The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams, Prince Williams shows good technique in sliding on the wedding ring.
Friday, March 4, 2011 4:43:18 AM America/Los_Angeles
Cincinnati's Preppy Meca
My nephew started a website for all things preppy in Cincinnati. He is a one man army to promote what was a very popular trend when I was growing up in the late '70's and is now finding renewed energy. Check out his blog at: cincinnatiprep.com/