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.

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.

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

Krombholz Jewelers 2010 Reply

Krombholz Jewelers is 70 year old jewelry studio located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Three generations of Krombholz have specialized in designing jewelry for its customers, one at a time. The staff at Krombholz pays careful attention to its customer’s desires and acts as their professional advisor in the jewelry domain. Much of what Krombholz offers is custom created using state of the art technique’s included CAD/ CAM, as well as, old world craftsmanship. Very few jewelry studios in the United States have achieved the level of expertise or recognition as Krombholz has!