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Saturday, January 14, 2012 2:16:55 PM America/Los_Angeles

Natalie Gonzalez-Ely

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.

 

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Just updated our web gallery!

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!

Krombholz web gallery

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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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Why buy estate jewelry?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 7:03:09 AM America/Los_Angeles

Why buy estate jewelry?

By Brad Price, curator of the vintage jewelry collection at Krombholz Jewelers

 

Call it nostalgia or call it character, there is a romantic aspect of estate jewelry that makes it sought out all over the world.  Krombholz Jewelers is no different; charmed by the thoughts of all of the wonderful occasions the jewels have marked as well as the many events these pieces of jewelry have witnessed.

 

There are many reasons to buy estate jewelry.  One of these reasons is estate jewelry often represent a great value and offer a collector or jewelry fan the opportunity to acquire something very unique.

 

A majority of estate jewelry Krombholz purchases or consigns is priced below today’s market value, so the savings can be significant. Also, the craftsmanship and quality in many of the estate jewels are no longer affordable to produce and in some instances the techniques are no longer practiced or available at any price.

 

Krombholz being a company that specializes in custom made one of a kind jewelry; the fact that with many estate pieces you are often getting that same, special uniqueness that you can’t find in chain stores is something they understand.

 

We often hear people commenting that some of the jewelry in our estate case “doesn’t look old enough to be estate”.  There are a few key terms to sort out.  Estate jewelry is a polite term for any jewelry that was originally owned by someone else.  Antique jewelry, strictly speaking, is applied to jewelry that is at least 100 years old. Third term you will often hear is Vintage.  We use the term vintage to describe jewelry that posses appealing design elements of a certain time period, such as Edwardian, or art deco.

 

So whether it is antique, vintage or estate, these pieces of jewelry offer an amazing opportunity to possess a unique accessory at a favorable value!

 

Would you like the opportunity to learn more and see some incredible examples of antique, estate and vintage jewelry? Come to the Krombholz Jewelers Antique Jewelry Event on October 7th and 8th. For more information, call the store at 513-891-1930 or go to krombholzjewelers.com.

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150 years of Tuxedos!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 4:34:10 AM America/Los_Angeles

150 years of Tuxeos

Event in London celebrates 150 years of this black and white combination. Krombholz jewelers celebrates this with a renewed focus on cuff links! Here are the details of the London event:

 

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Jewelry Store owners beware dogs with good taste!

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.

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Krombholz Fan is interviewed by Cincy Chic

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."

 

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Influences and noticing details

Thursday, July 21, 2011 7:38:07 AM America/Los_Angeles

Influences and Details

It is fun for me to see other notable designers using the same design influences. This purse is part of a collection by de GRISOGONO. 
18 months ago I started using wallpaper designs in some of the jewelry that I was designing. I considered these design a sort of visual "comfort food", seeing wallpaper in grandparents homes from our pasts.
 
It sometimes seems that a designer has used my ideas when they come many monthes after I have used them, but I think it more about understanding the same cultural interests.

I did make a key pendant 6 months before Tiffany's and had been playing with lock design before their current use. Again, it is not that they are taking my idea, they are following the same cultural signals that I am following.

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80's styles return!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 8:27:59 AM America/Los_Angeles

80's styles return

You know when you are geting old when you see a style return that you hardly noticed missing.

Fashionising.com reports the return of wide polished metal in the fashion reports for the fall. The sight yellow gold being the dominant metal, while silver, copper and bronze being "cool" too.

I was a young jeweler in the early 80's and remember record gold prices and the popularity of "bold gold". I believe this time most of this polished metal will be faux.

To read more about this fashion go to the article.

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