The Raleigh-Durham area is probably best known as “The Triangle,” a reference to the Research Triangle Park that is anchored by North Carolina State University in Raleigh, Duke University in Durham, and The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
In addition to all the trappings of a vibrant academic and research community, the Raleigh-Durham area is also home to some fine jewelry stores, and in this short article, we’ll take a closer look at a few of our favorites.
But before we begin, remember that when it comes time to sell your estate jewelry, diamond rings, and fine timepieces, Diamond Estate Jewelry Buyers is widely recognized as the best place to get the most cash for these luxury assets.
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Fink’s Jewelers – Best Raleigh-Durham Watch Dealers
From its humble beginnings when Nathan Fink founded the company in 1930, Fink’s Jewelers has excelled in providing an extensive collection of fine jewelry and high quality Swiss watches. Now operated by the third and fourth generation of the founding family, Fink’s continues to provide its clientele with great selection and unsurpassed customer service.
Fink’s Jewelry offers a full selection of wedding and engagement rings for both men and women, as well as bridal sets. Their own house brand is complimented by the work of over thirty fashion designers, so Fink’s is sure to have something for nearly everyone, from the ‘wearable art’ of Marco Moore to the classic simplicity of John Hardy chains.
The often overlooked category of men’s jewelry is well represented at Fink’s as well, with designers like Stephen Webster and Deakin & Francis offering everything for the well dressed man, from rings, bracelets, and necklaces to cufflinks and tie bars. Fink’s also has its own custom design department, helping clients update and restyle older jewelry, or working directly with them to create a completely custom, one-of-a-kind jewelry item.
Shopping at Fink’s also provides an opportunity to select from over fifteen luxury watch brands for both men and women, including Breitling, Rolex, Cartier, and David Yurman.
Hamilton Hill Jewelry – Best Raleigh-Durham Designer Jewelers
Co-founded by Sarah Hill and Michael Hamilton, Hamilton Hill Jewelry has based its business on a mission to “serve and delight” with an overall aesthetic that flows from simplicity. The selection of rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings really has to be seen to be appreciated. With mostly modern, contemporary stylings, Hamilton Hill offers the work of over thirty designers, from the exquisite flash rings of Christophe Danhier to the dramatic juxtaposition of rubber and diamonds in the work of André Ribeiro.
Their selection of wedding and engagement rings is of a similar range of styles, from the more conventional work of Dawes Design to the gravity defying tension settings of Satoru, Humphrey, and Niessing. The watches offered at Hamilton Hill also match the shop’s overall aesthetic, with the simple and modern styles of Pierre Junod and Quantuz Watches.
In addition to offering repair services for Hamilton Hill jewelry and watches, they also offer a unique “jewelry makeover and style consult” service. By appointment, clients are assisted in not only building a jewelry wardrobe and general style, but also in transforming older jewelry into newer styles for a more contemporary look.
Jewelsmith – Best Raleigh-Durham Diamond Engagement Rings
Founded by Linda McGill in the mid 1970s, Jewelsmith has been voted “Best of the Triangle” nine years in a row. Combining “world class jewelry design with hometown approachability,” Jewelsmith offers a full complement of in-house designed bridal jewelry, as well as earrings, necklaces, pendants, necklaces, brooches, and a full line of men’s jewelry as well.
Utilizing traditional metals and gemstones for much of their work, the artisans at Jewelsmith are also not afraid to experiment. Their eclectic collection features some stunningly creative jewelry items fashioned out of alternative materials as diverse as palladium, wood, neoprene, and stainless steel.
The bridal collection at Jewelsmith features traditional engagement solitaires, three-stone and multi-stone rings, as well as a uniquely modern collection of “non-traditional” engagement rings. Wedding bands for men and women run the gamut from classic to vintage and modern pieces.
Aside from the breadth of their design styles, what sets Jewelsmith apart is its jewelry repair and custom design services. Whether an old piece of jewelry needs just a bit of tender loving care or a complete overhaul, the master jewelers at Jewelsmith are up to the task. Starting from practically any design concept, the team can help bring almost any piece “from paper to platinum,” as long as it doesn’t “break the laws of physics.”
Are you looking to sell your expensive jewelry or timepiece? Contact Diamond Estate Jewelry Buyers today for a free appraisal and cash offer in Raleigh-Durham, NC.
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