Cincinnati Silver Display Reply

Sunday, September 7th is the last day of the Cincinnati Silver display at the Cincinnati Museum Center. If you have not been the Cincinnati Art Museum to see it yet, you better hurry. It is a wonderful exhibit that was created by Amy Dehan, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Cincinnati Art Museum. She was the primary author for the book that was published to support the exhibit: Cincinnati Silver: 1788-1940.

Krombholz Jewelers had a small cameo appearance in this display. At the end, there is a wall framed display of the demonstration spoons that Lee Krombholz created years ago.

A display of the making of a spoon

A display of the making of a spoon

Cincinnati Art Museum Cincinnati Silver exhibit plaque

Cincinnati Art Museum Cincinnati Silver exhibit plaque

Lee set to compete in the Bench Pressure Challenge 1

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Lee Krombholz will compete in a live jewelry bench work challenge at the Smart Jewelry Show in Chicago. In this competition, the competitors are given 3 surprise jewelry projects to complete. The jewelers have 2 hours to creatively design and finish these jewelry pieces. The added pressure is the the jewelers are working live in front of those attending the Smart Jewelry Show in Chicago’s Navy Pier.

Please keep Lee in your thoughts on Sunday, April 6th and Monday, April 7th!

How much gold is in those Olympic medals? Reply

2014 Winter Olympic MedalsThe 2014 Winter Olympic Games are here and Forbes recently released some details about the value of the Sochi gold medal. It’s one of the physically largest in history but not one of the most expensive. With a 20% decrease from the London 2012 Summer Olympics the Sochi gold medal is approximately $566 in value, although the decrease in price has to do with the change in gold and silver prices in the last two years. According to Forbes, “the Sochi gold medal weighs 531 grams with a thickness of 10mm and a diameter of 100mm.” However, the majority of the gold medal is silver. There are 525 grams of silver plated with 6 grams of gold.

11 designs were proposed and the winning design is a “Patchwork Quilt” that shows off national designs from the cultures and ethnic groups of Russia as well as the unique landscape of Sochi. A Moscow jeweler, Adamas, was commissioned to make the 1,300 medals and the average time to make one medal was about 18 hours. Quite the commitment!

Enjoy the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games and go Team USA!!

Casey “Quesadilla” Krombholz Reply

Casey KrombholzKrombholz Jewelers is very proud to introduce Casey, our newest family member and employee. After the very sad passing of Honey Krombholz this summer, Lee and Heather found a gap in their life. They missed having a furry friend.

Casey has provided the perfect new pal to fill the void. She is a 6 year old Chihuahua and a trustworthy watchdog! Casey works hard at Krombholz Jewelers almost every day. While she may be shy at times, Casey loves to see the newest jewelry creations and may even sit in on a meeting to make sure you’re getting the exact piece of jewelry you have always envisioned. Stop by and say hello to our newest gal! You can usually find her watching out the window to welcome you!

Great tip for wearing large brooches Reply

A brooch can be one of the most expressive pieces of jewelry in your jewelry wardrobe, but some larger scale brooches can stretch or damage the fabric it is worn on. One of my favorite blogs, The Glamourai, had a great simple and inexpensive solution that I would like to pass on.

The Glamourai brooch solution.

The Glamourai brooch solution.

A foam makeup sponge worn on the inside of the garment with the brooch pinned through it creates a stable and secure foundation (no pun intended) for almost any pin/ fabric combination. I found these sponges available on Walgreens. com and I am sure you can pick them up at almost any local pharmacy.If you would like to read the whole story posted on a great blog click to it here! Wear Brooches Better on The Glamourai

Ruby Lane Vintage Store Reply

Ruby Lane pictureKrombholz Jewelers has opened a shop on the vintage site, Ruby Lane. Ruby Lane functions slightly like eBay but is a hub specifically for vintage pieces including: antiques, vintage collectibles, dolls, fine art, furniture and lighting, glass, jewelry, porcelain and pottery, silver and vintage fashion. It is their focus on unique vintage items that helped us decide to post our favorite vintage pieces for sale on their site. Now, shopping at Krombholz Jewelers is even easier. Whether you’re in town or not, you can find our one-of-a-kind vintage and estate pieces online at .

Ruven Perelman- Master Goldsmith 2

Ruven Perelman Neptune's Chariot

Ruven Perelman Neptune’s Chariot

Ruven Perelman, the master goldsmith, was born in Tel-Aviv in 1950. He has come from six generations of jewelry makers and his father, David, was also a master goldsmith. It was through his father that he first became exposed to the art. Perelman spent time at his father’s shop growing up and by 10 years old, he was successful in enameling gold pieces.

Perelman chose to continue his education and pursue a career in jewelry at the Art Institute Benvenuto Cellini in Italy. It was there he earned the titles of Master Gemologist and Master in the Art of Precious Metals.

This beautiful brooch is his “Neptune’s Chariot Brooch.” It is truly stunning and shows what an amazing craftsman he is. The detailing is exquisite and horses are something that Perelman does very well. Many of his most famous pieces like the “Salt Cellar Coach,” the “Achilles Clock,” and the “Chinese Coach,” display beautifully sculpted horses. “Neptune’s Chariot Brooch” is entirely 18 karat yellow gold except for the wheel of the chariot which has black enameling.

Ruven Perelman and his family moved to the United States in 1982 where he opened a studio in Naples, Florida. His masterpieces are known for how he “continues the Renaissance tradition.” All of his pieces are hand-crafted and one-of-a-kind. It is extremely rare we would have a Perelman piece at Krombholz Jewelers. Next time you stop in, make sure you take a look at a true Ruven Perelman masterpiece.

This masterpiece is available in Krombholz Jewelers Vintage collection online here

Ruven Perelman horses closeup

Ruven Perelman horses closeup

Fun at the 11th Annual Retrofittings Event! Reply

Last night Krombholz Jewelers was happy to be a part of the eleventh annual Retro Fittings, a St. Vincent de Paul fundraiser. The event took place at Music Hall for the first time and was a great success. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe event features a live auction, silent auctions and a fashion show by DAAP fashion students. Each student is given $10 to shop at St. Vincent de Paul and then retrofit the clothes into completely new designs. This year, the theme of the show was “A Night at the Opera,” so students came up with show inspired outfits.




Pen_Retrofittings 2013 necklace aLee Krombholz retrofitted a mother of pearl pin into a magnificent 14 karat gold necklace with fleur de lis stations with mother of pearl inlays and bezel set diamonds. The necklace was a successful part of the live auction with all proceeds going to St. Vincent de Paul.



Marsha of working the audience

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Brock of modeling the fur cape, designed by a fashion student and created by Kotsovos in Montgomery

A Brief History of Bows in Fashion Reply

Yellow sapphire and diamond bow pin

Yellow sapphire and diamond bow pin

Bows may not always be on the forefront of fashion 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.

In the Victorian era, bows made an appearance not only as women’s accessories but also in men’s fashion. For women, bows were quite the embellishment for dresses and as hair ribbons. In the Victorian era, it was common that a cameo would be places in the middle of a bow. Men’s bows were often worn as bowties but they were more over the top than bowties are today.

Bows continued on in fashion during the Edwardian era but became a more popular design for jewelry. White gold and diamond bows were seen often as pendants and as brooches. The design was more delicate and elegant. The shapes of the bows were often rounder and more intricate.

Then, bows fell out of fashion. The art deco era became a time of geometric shapes and straight lines. There was no place for sculptured and fluid bows during this time.

1940's Harry Iskin golf filled bow brooch

1940’s Harry Iskin golf filled bow brooch

Yet, in the 1940s, bows came back stronger than ever. They were huge in jewelry, often in the form of brooches made in green and rose gold with colorful gemstones. In fashion, they became an embellishment of the Peter Pan collar. A fun fact is that in the 1940s, the placement of bows in hairstyles indicated a teenage girl’s love life. If worn on the right side, it indicated that a girl was deeply in love, if worn on the left, the girl was going steady. If worn on top of the head, a girl was out looking for a man, and if worn in the back of the hair, it indicated that a girl was simply not interested in men. As you can tell, the Retro period may have been the biggest time for bows. Something we are starting to see repeated in fashion today.

Green and rose gold retro brooch with carved amethyst in center

Green and rose gold retro brooch with carved amethyst in center

By the 1950s, bows in jewelry went back to more of an Edwardian style, white gold and diamond with delicate lines. Bows were once again used as an embellishment on dresses and sometimes on fascinators. The combination of bows in jewelry and fashion was interesting during this time period because women’s clothing was somewhat basic, straight hemlines with little to no patterns. The bow placement was simple, sometimes on shoes but never adding to much frivolity on clothing. The contrast between these simple bows and the more elegant jewelry bows made the look interesting.

1940's gold filled spray bow brooch

1940’s gold filled spray bow brooch

Today, bows have been in and out of fashion, sometimes on jewelry, sometimes on clothes. But the shape of bows is what is more influential to clothing. Brocade patterns that are popular now have taken their form from the Edwardian bow. The bows in jewelry have thinned down a lot; they are simple, used as pendants, on rings and as earrings. On our recent trip to New York, bows were a huge motif in jewelry at the Jewelers of America show.

No matter what the current style is, bows have showed they are a timeless shape in both fashion and jewelry.

Prince William Commissions a “Push Present” Reply

George Alexander LouisThere is a rumor circulating that Prince William has commissioned the Queens personal jeweler, Harry Collins of G. Collins and Company in Kent, England to design a “push present” for Kate Middleton’s birthing of Prince George. The rumor suggests that the commission is a brooch featuring pink diamonds.


Pink diamonds might seem like an interesting choice although pink diamonds have appeared in other jewels made for the Royals. This tradition started when Canadian geologist, Dr. J.T. Williamson found a 54 carat rough pink diamond in Tanzania and gave it to Queen Elizabeth II for a wedding gift in 1947. This diamonds was faceted and set in the center of a stylized flower pin designed by Cartier for Elizabeth’s coronation in 1952.


The 23.6ct pink diamond, known as the Williamson Pink, is considered by many as the finest pink diamond in existence. The Queen wears this brooch often.


Gifts given to mothers after the birth of a baby was first called a “push present” in a publication in 1992. When Prince William was born in 1982, Prince Charles gave Princess Diana a gold bracelet inscribed with his writing and a gold ‘W’ charm. We will have to wait to see what Prince William has commissioned.