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


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

Here are some of my favorite outfits created by the UC fashion studentsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA





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.

Finding the Intersection of Fine Jewelry and Fashion Reply


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.

Great article about engagement rings style Reply

I don’t like to just re-post an article, but this is very well done. The article goes through various engagement ring types and styles and identifies what that tells about the wearer.

Wrought Iron influenced jewelry Reply

If you have been following my designs in last few years, you would know that I am influenced by decorative wrought iron. I began photographing wrought iron fences and architectural elements in Charleston, South Carolina 10 years ago. While in Manhattan this past week, I collected some more inspirational photos.

I like this trellis style wrought iron with the centered ornament

I like this trellis style wrought iron with the centered ornament

Here is beautiful floral designed wrought iron fence

Here is beautiful floral designed wrought iron fence

I like this gilt element on the black wrought iron

I like this gilt element on the black wrought iron

Great repeated "iconic" shape

Great repeated “iconic” shape

Nice rounded flowing wrought iron

Nice rounded flowing wrought iron

Accessories Magazine Reply

I was in New York City over the weekend for the MJSA conference, which was incredible! One the the presenters for this conference was the knowledgeable and fast talking, Barbara Raleigh. She spoke fluently about the trends in the jewelry design and presented her future forecasts. I took notes as quick as I could, but was limited by my rusty handwriting.

One of her mentions during her talk was a shout out to Accessories Magazine. Finding that online, I found lots of the information that Barbara went through. I was so excited and quickly subscribed!

Looking at their Seasons tab and clicking on the Fall/ Winter 2013-14 seasons I found some wonderful illustrations that brought the future trends into focus. The one that resonates with me and my current style is this one.

Decadent Doll Trend board from Accessories Magazine

Decadent Doll Trend board from Accessories Magazine

This style directly relates to an earring that has been my top seller at Krombholz Jewelers.

This general style also relates to some of the shop windows I saw during my walk on Madison Avenue.

Ralph Lauren's Madison Avenue window with great embroidered Bolero jacket

Ralph Lauren’s Madison Avenue window with great embroidered Bolero jacket

If you enjoy understanding the correlation jewelry and fashion trends, subscribe to this great magazine: Accessories

Madison Ave. NYC part one Reply

Whenever I am in New York City, I try to walk the stretch of Madison Avenue between 83rd and and 59th street. These blocks are a treat for the eyes and a great insight into the world of current fashion. This street also host some of the best jewelry stores in the world! I took lots of pictures to help illustrate what I saw. Here is the first installment.

While Hermes isn't on Madison, this scarf represented the colors I was noticing.

While Hermes isn’t on Madison, this scarf represented the colors I was noticing.

60's resort style maxi dress in the window of Roberto Cavalli

60’s resort style maxi dress in the window of Roberto Cavalli

Some of the combinations shocked my sense of coordination

Some of the combinations shocked my sense of coordination

David Webb always goes a little bold, but the colors in this necklace resonated the color trend.

David Webb always goes a little bold, but the colors in this necklace resonated the color trend.