Are watches dead? Think the idea of watches might need a new battery?
Here at Parker Jewelers we change a lot of batteries... and I mean A LOT of batteries and we see a lot of different brands from Bulova to Movado, from Mickey to Kermit, from Pulsar to Folex (fake Rolex), from Omega to Geneva. We can tell you that watches are not obsolete.
Steve Jobs can also tell you that watches aren't obsolete. Why would a large name brand like Apple take and twist the idea of a watch? Because people are still wearing them. Watches are still a status symbol for many. They're still a popular gift for grads, dads, and employees. Just about everyone has seen that guy in a fancy suit with a fancy watch (maybe a diving watch even when we all know he's not going for a dip in that suit...).
While watches may not be in your pocket anymore, may not be wind up, may not be self-winding, may not even have a battery- they are still relevant. To be able to see the time just by looking down, rather than pulling a phone out of your pocket and pressing a couple of buttons, is still valued by many (even if it's just as a status symbol)- or all the watch companies like Fossil and Invicta would be out of business.
Yes, indeed, we see them all; we also try to fix them all as best we can. We change batteries, adjust bands, and send watches to quality service companies for repair. We've had pocket watches, windups, ecodrives, solars, self-winding, etc all fixed for our customers and we hope to continue doing just that. If you're in the market for a watch, we carry Seiko and Pulsar, are about to add Citizen, and a line of fun watches ($20 each).
Gem market analysts spoke with a 30 year veteran of the pearl trade, Mastoloni, to discuss the current market trends.
According to Mastoloni, customers are moving away from the classic strands. They seek out "a unique necklace." Since 2016, he has seen a steady increase in the demand for pearls.
More consistency in the supply of Tahitian pearls in regard to the colors has made it easier for investors to pick out the perfect strand. It is easier to find color matches, thus making it easier to get a nice strand of the same color. And color is in demand.
Unusual shapes are also gaining in popularity. Coin pearls, Baroque, and Teardrop shapes are trending.
At Parker Jewelers, we like to keep a steady finger on the pulse of jewelry trends. We have some trendy pieces for you.
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