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Introducing Nina Nguyen!

Thursday, May 28, 2015 2:45:05 PM America/Los_Angeles

Nina NguyenWe recently returned from Chicago with a brand new line of jewelry from Nina Nguyen Designs. While we are extremely excited about how beautiful and unique the line is, the back story makes us even more captivated with it. Nina Nguyen grew up in Vietnam and used to help her uncle with goldsmithing. When her family was moved to the United States through a refugee camp, she continued to design jewelry as a hobby. Now, Nina is giving back.

Nina Nguyen Designs is based in Colorado but the jewelry is made by a co-op of women in Vietnam. The women are given training in both jewelry making and life skills and working for the co-op provides them with higher than average wages to support themselves and their children. The co-op is growing, Nina just returned from a trip to Vietnam where they hired four new women.

 And we love the jewelry. The collection you’ll see at Krombholz Jewelers is sterling silver that is 22K yellow gold plated with a focus on unique organic gemstones. The jewelry features druzy, turquoise and ammonite and other beautiful stones. What’s great is that each piece is unique. Because these gemstones are so organic, it is likely there will never be another stone exactly like it again.Nina Nguyen bracelets

We also have her “Wisteria” collection which are beaded “necklettes” with different gemstones for each month. A necklette is “a fabulous hybrid between a beautiful, bold necklace and a bracelet.” They can be worn long, doubled as a shorter necklace or wrapped multiple times as a bracelet. These make wonderful birthstone and mother’s necklaces. There are other necklettes as well which feature vermeil chain, pearl, lapis and other gemstones.

 As an earth-conscious designer, Nina Nguyen offers beautiful and unique jewelry which we are so excited to have at Krombholz Jewelers.

Nina nguyen necklettes

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Bow's in Fashion

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 5:21:17 PM America/Los_Angeles

Yellow sapphire and diamond brooch

Bows have been in fashion through history but they are never something that goes out of style. In fact, bows are quite the iconic shape which was been repeated in fashion; clothing, hair accessories and jewelry for the past century.


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Prince William Commisions a "Push Present"

Saturday, August 10, 2013 2:18:33 PM America/Los_Angeles

Pince GeorgeThere is a rumor circulating that Prince William has commissioned the Queens personal jeweler, Harry Collins of G. Collins and Sons in Kent, England to design a “push present” for Kate Middleton’s birthing of Prince George.

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Finding the Intersection of Fine Jewelry and Fashion

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 10:32:45 AM America/Los_Angeles

 Krombholz Jewelers has been in business for three generations. We have worked hard to come up with a merchandise model that can be the most relevant and appropriate for Cincinnatians. That being said, it has taken years to figure out the style of jewelry and price points of these styles that are best for our clients. The result is jewelry priced from $100 to more than $100,000 that we carry in our store.


  Krombholz has discovered that people are more willing to spend money on classic jewelry. A classic look is timeless; it never really goes out of style. When you buy a classic piece of clothing, say a coat, a nice pair of boots, a structured dress, you want it to last a long time. It will be more expensive but it’s an investment. This is the exact same with jewelry. When you buy a pair of diamond earrings, you will most likely have them for your lifetime. They will be well made, long-lasting and expensive but something you can pass down to future generations.


  Krombholz Jewelers is about to go on a buying trip to New York City. The Jewelers of America show happens twice times a year, once in July and once in February. The point of this trip for Krombholz is to observe new trends, to actually get out on 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue and look in the shops and windows to see what the fashions are for the next season. From there, selecting jewelry at the JA show becomes easier and more exciting. The jewelry we are buying will tend to be more stylish to trendy.


  Trendy jewelry is a lot of fun and keeps you current. However, it does go out of style more quickly. Now, there is good news about this jewelry. Because its trend-life is shorter, the trendy jewelry we carry tends to be less expensive. In fact, the pieces we pick out at the Jewelers of America show usually range from $250-$750 keeping in mind that they are something you can wear for a few seasons without investing too much money. Krombholz Jewelers wants these pieces to be “Wow” pieces; fun and glamorous to make you feel in style and current.


  We are excited to shop in New York City and come back with the newest trends for you. We promise to give you a full trend report of what we see both in the windows of 5th and Madison Avenue and at the Jewelers of America show!


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Shannan Boyer

Friday, May 18, 2012 2:06:03 PM America/Los_Angeles


Blogger, Shannan Boyer was kind enough to spend some time with us and answer our normal battery of questions.

She also came into the store and choose jewelry for a feature case that is on display for the month of May.

Click here for the full interview!

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A visit from fashion stylist Ashlee Mello

Saturday, April 14, 2012 1:52:49 PM America/Los_Angeles

This past weekend we had fashion stylist and blogger, Ashlee Mello, come to our store and style a feature case for our sales floor. Ashlee is a part of our fashion advisory board that we started the beginning of this year. The jewelry she picked for her feature case ranged from Victorian to modern. Many her selection were from our vintage jewelry collection. She was excited to include some of our house "JLYD" jewels paired with some of their antique counterparts.

As a part of our visit we asked Ashlee some questions about her perspective on fashion and what she is seeing in Cincinnati. Here is her interview:

What current fine jewelry fashions do you like? I really love he growing variety of rose gold options now available. It's the perfect metal to partner with all colors in your wardrobe. Plus, it's the perfect color for wearing more than one shade of the precious metal if you want to mix and match.

Are you seeing this fashion on the street of Cincinnati? Definitely! Especially with the Spring color palates of neutrals, blushes and pastels in most women's wardrobes-it's the perfect way to add a touch of femininity.

What clothing styles and accessories go with this fashion? Anything really. I personally love how the soft rose color can dainty up a strong piece of jewelry like a cuff or bold chain bracelet. The color is just so feminine and airy. Try pairing a necklace with a mint green dress or bracelets with a baby blue blouse. The color combination is so dreamy.

What is currently your favorite color(s)? I'm very much crushing on Pantone's Cab~ret (Pantone 18-2140) from their Spring color report. Since the color of the year is Tangerine Tango (Pantone 17-1463), I've been probably having too much fun partnering the two together for an electric pink and orange color combination that screams summer! And of course, adding rose gold accessories-especially my stackable rings!Ashlee mello feature case

What are your favorite sources for fashions (i.e magazines/ blogs/ websites)? I'm fairly addicted to Women's Wear Daily-I read the newspaper on a regular basis at work and am constantly perusing their website. (I've even got the digital content app for my iPad.) is a HUGE go to for me, especially in my career life. I am on that website daily. I also love seeing what my fellow Cincinnati style bloggers have to say about trends and their personal spins on them. Two of my favorites are Tamia of and Marsha + Brock of All of these ladies are beyond!

Do you have a favorite jewelry designer? This last year I've actually been on the hunt for fresh designers. One of my friends introduced me to October Anniversary. I love the eccentricity of their earlier collections. I'm also a sucker for timeless masters like Cartier.

Who is your current favorite fashion icon and what influence are they having on you? Such a tough question-there have just been and still are so many talented figures in the industry, it's hard to choose just one. However, if I have to label anyone an icon, it would probably be Cristobal Balenciaga. His career began at the House of Dior in the same time of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel and their careers shaped the world of haute couture. Dior referred to him as "the master of us all" and after their time together, Balenciaga moved on to his own design house and gifted the fashion world many infamous proteges: Oscar de la Renta, Andre Courreges, Emanual Ungaro, and Hubert de Givenchy. The Balenciaga legacy has always been a well-tailored line full of color and their semi avant garde pieces are simply timeless.

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Folk and Feather

Thursday, March 8, 2012 4:54:49 PM America/Los_Angeles


 An Interview with bloggers Folk and Feather

I had a great chat with the fashion bloggers that go by Folk and Feather.

Co-bloggers Betsy Wecker and Becki Young have a great spirit and a wonderful following of fashionista around the country. Here are notes from our conversation.

What current fine jewelry fashions do you like? I'm always drawn to chunky jewelry, so it's nice to see cuffs, cocktail rings and big, layered necklaces continuing to trend.  I also love to see organic materials like agate, wood and leather incorporated into pieces.

Are you seeing this fashion on the street of Cincinnati? Cincinnati's fashion zeitgeist has long erred on the side of conservativeness, so you tend to see people wearing more delicate, conventional pieces.  But depending on where you are in the city, you'll definitely sense an edgier, more eclectic vibe.

What clothing styles and accessories go with this fashion?  Anything, really. It all depends on the look you're going for.  Both Becki and I are huge fans of mixing conservative, "sweet" elements with slightly tougher ones (e.g. lace with metal, leather with diamonds). Also, if you're wearing bolder jewelry, keep the rest of your look more understated. For most people, it's important to let either the accessories OR the outfit make the statement, not both.

What is currently your favorite color(s)? As far as metals go, we run the gamut from gold to rose gold to the occasional silver and pewter.  It really all depends on the piece.  For spring, pastels are super hot--we love canary yellow, peach and seafoam green.

What are your favorite sources for fashions (i.e magazines/ blogs/ websites)? The main source of inspiration for Folk & Feather came from reading other fashion blogs, most notably personal style (Fashiontoast, Cupcakes & Cashmere, the Glamourai) and street style (the Sartorialist, Garance Dore) blogs.  I also read Vogue and Nylon cover-to-cover.

Do you have a favorite jewelry designer? Neither of us are at the point in our lives where we can afford fine jewelry, but we love Givenchy and David Yurman.

Who is your current favorite fashion icon and what influence are they having on you? I don't have an icon in particular; rather, I draw my inspiration from street style--from the things everyday people are wearing.  I work downtown, and I'm often blown away by the creativity and unique character I see in the personal style of everyday Cincinnatians.

Stop by Krombholz Jewelers and check out the feature case that they styled from our jewelry! I think you will enjoy their aesthetic!!! Make sure to also check out their blog at

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Interview with Style Edit

Monday, February 6, 2012 3:02:59 PM America/Los_Angeles

Interview with Style Edit

·         What current fine jewelry fashions do you like? Style Edit: Jewelry has become more delicate, but still with a vintage style. Think jewelry made from lace. The red carpet jewels are featuring one statement piece rather than big jewels everywhere. Daytime jewels are still bolder and layered, but dressy jewelry is smaller and finer.

·         Are you seeing this fashion on the street of Cincinnati? Style Edit: White metal is still dominant even though yellow, rose and mixed metals are popular in other bigger markets.

·         What clothing styles and accessories go with this fashion? Style Edit: Lace is a component of a lot of the fashions. We are also seeing a lot of hair accessories like hairbands and jewelry pinned into woman’s hair.

·         What is currently your favorite color(s)? Style Edit: Metal colors we love gold and the combination of black and gold. We love bright colors including tangerine and coral.

·         What are your favorite sources for fashions (i.e magazines/ blogs/ websites)? Style Edit: we love As far as a magazine, we like InStyle and Elle

·         Do you have a favorite jewelry designer? Style Edit: House of Harlow 1960

is our favorite. This brand is created by Nicole Richie. We particularly like the geometric styles. We also like Tiffany’s and Simon G in fine jewelry.

·         Who is your current favorite fashion icon and what influence are they having on you? Style Edit: We don’t have one specific person, besides perhaps Audrey Hepburn, but the ones that have caught our attention recently are Miranda Kerr, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Alba, The Olsen Twins,  Rachel Bilson and Rachel Zoe.

Style Edit's Blog:



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Film star, Nikki Reed, wed in yellow gold!

Friday, October 28, 2011 4:57:04 AM America/Los_Angeles

Film star, Nikki Reed, wed in yellow gold

It has been a long time coming! The return of yellow gold back to bridal jewelry. Yellow gold has been the "go to" metal in fashion jewels along with its step sister, rose gold, for the last 5 years. White metals have clung to bridal with all of its might. Well, I think yellow might be beginning to break through. I have produced two yellow gold engagement rings in the last month!

Here is the article printed in JQ magazine about the Tacori designed rings.

Twilight star Nikki Reed and American Idol’s Paul McDonald recently wed in true celebrity fashion: in an intimate vineyard ceremony with the bride sparkling in Tacori diamonds from head to toe.

In addition to the yellow gold Tacori wedding bands the couple exchanged, Reed wore a platinum and yellow gold Tacori engagement ring she co-designed with the Tacori design team. The engagement ring features more than three carats of Tacori Diamonds. The bride then topped off her ensemble with Tacori diamond earrings and a bracelet.

But, that’s not all. In addition to the actual jewelry she wore, Reed also donned a one-of-a-kind “Diamond Dress” created exclusively for her by Tacori. The gown featured more than 120 carats of Tacori Diamonds and is valued at more than $1 million. The jeweled elements for the dress were handcrafted at Tacori’s design studio in California.

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Elizabeth Taylor's jewels at Christie's Auction

Monday, October 3, 2011 5:07:09 AM America/Los_Angeles

Elizabeth Taylor Jewelry Auction

Christie's auction house will sell the complete jewelry collection of film star, Elizabeth Taylor in New York on Dec. 13-14, 2011.

 Here is a video of some highlights for this auction





Film Star. Humanitarian. Fashion Icon. Elizabeth Taylor's legacy will be celebrated in a landmark series of events, exhibitions and auctions this Fall at Christie's. Here, see some of the highlights from her legendary collection of jewels, couture, fine and decorative art, and memorabilia.



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