Before they wrapped their first sale in their distinctive gift-wrap, the owners of Andrews Jewelers spent decades gaining experience in the industry. Today, their staff trains with the Gemological Institute of America to become qualified to appraise, grade, and administer SATs to jewelry and diamonds. Armed with experience and exacting taste, they shop the jewelry market—sometimes journeying as far as Belgium or Israel—to acquire an inventory of fine jewelry with varied style and consistent quality.
Their extensive collection of [engagement rings](http://www.andrewsjewelers.com/engagement-rings.php) and [wedding bands](http://www.andrewsjewelers.com/wedding-rings.php) displays Celtic, vintage-inspired, and modern design. Their network of [wholesale diamonds](http://www.andrewsjewelers.com/diamonds.php) comes exclusively from conflict-free sources. A rainbow of gemstones color [bracelets](http://www.andrewsjewelers.com/bracelets.php), [earrings](http://www.andrewsjewelers.com, and [necklaces](http://gr.pn/MvngA1) with citrine, ruby, and sapphire, and [custom designs](http://gr.pn/MTkvUZ) glitter in customers' favorite colors.
Thousands of beads of all kinds from around the globe twinkle in hues of every color at Bead Creative, awaiting their moment to be united with wire, floss, and leather in customers’ unique handiworks. The store’s expert jewelry-makers aid shoppers in selecting the perfect combination of beads for stringing a necklace or embroidering onto a leotard in preparation for a circus job as a beardless woman. After finding the perfect materials, guests can perch at in-store workstations to start their creations. The store’s bead artists also lead classes or host parties, imparting the fundamentals of crafting pieces to dangle around the neck, wrist, or prehensile tail.
The team at Gem Design Jewelers, Inc. works with customers to design custom jewelry pieces, which it then crafts onsite. The jewelers can incorporate their clients' old gold or gemstones into a brand new, personalized design. The jewelry experts also make repairs, including fixing broken clasps and replacing missing gemstones.
Linda Van Buskirk and Dorathy Gallo, the jewelry-making duo behind Beaded Finery, ornament wardrobes with eye-catching accouterments and edify students with the skills to do the same. The talented ladies incorporate glass beads, Swarovski crystals, and semiprecious stones into a lengthy list of handcrafted products that range from draping necklaces and moroccan-tile bracelets to satin handbags. A rotating schedule of classes instills amateur jewelers with the bead-stringing and clasping skills needed to express their style through colorful, sparkly accessories similar to those populating Linda and Dorathy’s shop. Each functional item is forged in Beaded Finery's private studio, ensuring one-of-a-kind craftsmanship and a safe place to vent one’s anger at the lack of crystal-encrusted medals presented at the Olympics.
For more than 50 years, the trio of optical specialists at Council Opticians have specialized in enhancing their clients' sight. Dr. Robert Gouinlock prescribes glasses and contact lens while also providing exams to detect potential health issues. Optician Donna Kabel specializes in matchmaking patients with flattering styles, helping tour the store's library of designer frames from brands such as Coach, Ray Ban, and Michael Kors. Greg Kardach rounds out the group with decades of experience as an optician, a skill he now uses to repair glasses. For quick convenience after appointments, the trio works in an onsite lab that allows them to produce or fix eyewear within an hour, a much faster method than tying magnifying glasses and chicken wire together.
Under the leadership of Valentin Skorsak, the tailoring team at Valentin's Clothiers & Custom Tailoring imbues each stitch and lapel of their custom wares with a combined 70 years of expertise. Using material supplied by high-end brands such as Sartoria Tosi and Gino Monti, Valentin and his colleagues tailor personalized men’s and women’s business suits, shirts, and ties in one-on-one sessions in the shop or at clients' homes and offices. Along with their tailoring services, the drapers at Valentin's Clothiers & Custom Tailoring alter any hem or length for clients who have outgrown their clothes or need room to smuggle extra watermelons into a business meeting.