IJO Cleveland Show Recap

I'm back from a successful trip to the IJO Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. Wonder what goes on at a conference about jewelry? Here are a few highlights from my trip!

Learning about lab grown

I attended a workshop with instructors from GIA that taught on how to identify a lab grown diamond. I’m excited to learn this, as I’ve had a few requests for lab grown stones. This course helped me to learn new techniques of identifying natural and lab grown diamonds.

Finding great new products

I ordered over 100 new pieces at the show! I am excited to be bringing in 6 colored stone engagement rings, over 50 pairs of earrings, rings, necklaces and more. I’m adding more Frank Reubel Designs pieces and Lafonn pieces too! I'm hoping everything will be delivered in 6-8 weeks. 

I’m also teaming up with Jewelers Mutual and will soon be offering JM Care Plans, a 3-year extended warranty that covers a variety of routine repairs. I’ll be posting on Facebook and Instagram when things start arriving!


Meeting cool new people

A huge thank you to IJO for introducing me to Elise and Mike from Sheret Jewelers. Elise and Mike became jewelry store owners under circumstances similar to mine.


Trying fun new things

If you go to Cleveland, I have two must go places for you – Great Lakes Science Center and Mabel’s BBQ. Great Lakes Science Center has hands on science experiments that I really enjoyed. They also are the home of the decommissioned William G. Mather ship, the former flag ship of Cleveland Cliffs. I loved seeing I loved seeing postcards from Marquette in the book of places they visited. Mable’s BBQ had the best brisket I’ve ever had. It was out of this world good.


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Lacee Hartzell Earned her GIA Diamonds Graduate Diploma

Lacee J. Hartzell, Sales Manager at Wattsson & Wattsson Jewelers, recently received her Diamonds Graduate diploma from Gemological Institute of America (GIA). To earn her GIA Diamonds Graduate diploma, Hartzell completed two courses on diamonds, completed a proctored written exam, completed a one-week lab course and passed a hands-on diamond grading test. Hartzell will now offer diamond grading and appraisals at Wattsson & Wattsson. This is the first of three credentials that Hartzell is pursuing in her Graduate Gemologist degree.

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Fourth of July Special Hours and Limited Services

Chris and John are at their "other job" this week! They are pyrotechnicians on the Marquette Fireworks shoot.

We will be open our regular hours on Monday, July 2 and Tuesday, July 3 but we will not be doing jewelry cleaning, repair work or custom design consultations.

We will be closed on Wednesday, July 4 and Thursday, July 5. On July 6, we return to normal operations. Thank you for understanding!

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Lacee's July Pick - Bezel Set Engagement Ring

Lacee's July pick is this engagement ring. "It's a sparkler," she said. "I like how it pairs the classic and strong bezel setting with the sparkle of stones set in the mounting and band. It's the prefect combination!" 

You won't find this ring listed on our website as it's from our prototype collection. Prototypes are example that can be ordered in a variety of stone sizes and metal colors. It's a great way to get something customized without having to do a full custom project.


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Meet Chris Wattsson - 2018 Art Week Featured Artist

Chris started working at Wattsson & Wattsson Jewelers in June 2001, the summer between his fifth and sixth grade year. Growing up, Chris spent countless hours at the store learning jewelry repair and design after school, on weekends and during summer vacation. Following graduation from the Marquette Alternative High School, Chris started working full time as a bench jeweler.

He is our custom jewelry designer and bench jeweler. He makes the Superior Line, our Upper Peninsula necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets. 

Chris is a licensed pyrotechnic and also works for Great Lakes Fireworks. He volunteers on the Marquette Fourth of July Celebration Committee

Learn more about Chris in his My Life Instore Profile.

As part of the 2018 Art Stroll, Chris will be doing a Stone Setting Demo at 5:30 p.m. at Wattsson & Wattsson Jewelers. 

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