Hooray! This month marks our 1 year anniversary of opening our doors at Sparkles Fine Jewelry, and boy has it been an amazing year! We have met some remarkable people, had some unforgettable experiences, made wonderful friends, and seen some of the most extraordinary gems and jewelry out there along the way. What a journey! We are so grateful to all of you in our community and beyond for your support over the past year. You all helped to make our first year in business truly one for the books! Join us to celebrate this Friday night, September 19th, 6-9 pm.
Looking back, so many incredible things happened for us in the past twelve months. Here is a throwback to some our favorite crazy, fun, and downright sparklin’ moments:
1. Sparkles’ Grand Opening Party
We had such an amazing time celebrating with wonderful clients, neighbors, family, and friends! Our store was brimming with amazing people, and amazing jewelry!
2. Rony Tennenbaum’s visit to Sparkles…
We love Rony Tennenbaum’s message of equality and love, and we’ve been so happy to work with him over the past year! Last fall, he made a special appearance here at Sparkles.
3. Our first-ever clients hosted their engagement party here in our store, what an honor!
Joe and Gerry were our very first clients, and the very first Sparkles couple! We are thrilled for them!
4. Our first Holiday season…
Andersonville feels like a charmed little community most of the year, but at Christmas time, it is nothing short of a magical winter wonderland! It feels like a village from an ABC Family made-for-TV Christmas movie, which is fantastic and completely unlike any other place. We love you, Andersonville!
5. A proposal here at Sparkles…
On one of the coldest days of the year, in January, I discovered that Rachel had been planning something amazing with my fiance and our families. As we closed the store one evening, I was surprised at our backdoor when my pups ran in dressed as a bride and groom! I stepped outside to find one of our favorite songs playing (thanks for making the tunes happen, Amy!), balloons, and our families standing in the falling snow under twinkling Christmas lights. It was the most wonderful way and the most wonderful place for a marriage proposal! I’m so glad that it happened here at Sparkles!
6. Our trip to Hong Kong
We had the journey of a lifetime when we attended the HKTDC International Jewlery Show in Hong Kong this past March! What an experience! We went to see what was new and happening in the jewelry world… on the other side of the globe. We were so excited to share our adventures with you all via social media, thanks to everyone who followed along! We met incredible people, saw breathtaking jewels, and brought some back to share with you! We have plenty of beautiful custom pieces in the store that we’ve created with the unique, stunning gemstones we selected on our trip.
7. Marriage Equality legalized in Illinois!
We watched so joyfully as states did away with bans on same sex marriage. Rachel and I were so incredibly happy and excited the day the bill was passed in Illinois, we stopped everything to sit and watch the live footage from the House (…and we were moved to tears!). It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to serve so many amazing same-sex couples and to hear all of your inspiring, beautiful stories! We look forward to many more years of serving the city and community we love so much! We are so grateful to you all for choosing to share such momentous occasions with us!
8. Amazing community events here in Andersonville
9. Stunning custom jewelry designs
It is always so inspiring to help with designing and creating dream jewelry. You all have such amazing ideas, and we love helping to bring them to life!
10. Most importantly, all of you!
All of the wonderful, inspiring, creative, beautiful, bright, hilarious, caring, kind people that have come through the store and into our lives and made us feel so welcome. We are in awe of you, and beyond grateful that you have been part of our first year. Here is to many, many more! We can’t wait to celebrate our 5, 10, 15, 20, and 100 year anniversaries with you (because hey, we could live that long… maybe. Anything is possible, right?)!
Please join us the evening of Friday, September 19th, from 6-9pm as we celebrate our first year in business here at Sparkles. We hope to see you there!
-Ashley Collier, GIA AJP
Manager, Sparkles Fine Jewelry