Sparkles Fine Jewelry is turning 1!

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.

Rachel, our fearless leader, cuts the ribbon Setpember 17, 2013. It begins!

Rachel, our fearless leader, cut the ribbon Setpember 17, 2013… and our phenomenal year began!

 

 

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!

October, 2013.

October, 2013. How in the world did we fit almost 100 people into Sparkles? We had a blast, and were so grateful to everyone who came out to support us as we opened our doors!

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.

Rony with Rachel and her beautiful sister Amy. Our clients loved meeting Rony, and it was amazing for us to spend time with the designer of some of our very favorite pieces!

Rony with Rachel and her beautiful sister Amy. Our clients loved meeting Rony, and it was amazing for us to spend time with the designer of some of our very favorite pieces!

 

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!

We were so happy to be a part of celebrating the engagement of these two dynamic, amazing men! Our store was filled with so much love!

We were so happy to be a part of celebrating the engagement of these two dynamic, amazing men! Our store was filled with so much love!

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!

Our first holiday season was so much fun! Sure, it was also during the Polar Vortex, but we still got to meet so many amazing neighbors1 We had a great time hosting our Hot Chocolate Bar so everyone could come in and warm up, making Christmas ornaments with all of you amazing folks who stopped in to be crafty with us, and making our windows Sparkle, holiday style!

Our first holiday season was so much fun! Sure, it was also during the Polar Vortex, but we still got to meet so many amazing neighbors! We had a great time hosting our Hot Chocolate Bar so everyone could come in and warm up, making Christmas ornaments with all of you amazing folks who stopped in to be crafty with us, and making our windows Sparkle, holiday style!

The holiday festivities here in Andersonville, like St. Mortens Gos Day, were such a treat to be part of! What's better than a visit from Santa, a Viking, and a goose while you're at work?

The holiday festivities here in Andersonville, like St. Mortens Gos Day, were such a treat to be part of! What’s better than a visit from Santa, a Viking, and a goose while you’re at work?

 

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!

We love helping people find the perfect vintage engagement ring (or wedding band, or any piece of jewelry)!

We love helping people find the perfect vintage engagement ring (or wedding band, or any piece of jewelry)!

Chihuahuas in wedding gear + Matt and I celebrating in the store right after he proposed.

Chihuahuas in wedding gear + Matt and I celebrating in the store right after he proposed.

 

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.

 

Rachel and all of the delicious Emeralds at the show.

Rachel and all of the delicious Emeralds at the show.

Such a lively city, something colorful everywhere you look!

Such a lively city, something colorful everywhere you look!

Diamonds for days!

Diamonds for days!

We had so much fun eating dim sum at a local restaurant in the Sheung Wan neighborhood where we stayed. We asked all over where we could find dim sum, and eventually found a place that seemed somewhat hidden. We had to take an elevator up in the back of a bakery, and we were definitely the only non-locals!

We had so much fun eating dim sum at a local restaurant in the Sheung Wan neighborhood where we stayed. We asked all over where we could find dim sum, and eventually discovered a place that seemed somewhat hidden. We had to take an elevator up in the back of a bakery, and we were definitely the only non-locals! Definitely a treasure!

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!

We are so honored to be serving the LGBT community (and beyond, of course!). Thank you for letting us be part of this amazing time in your lives!

PRIDE. We are so honored to be serving the LGBT community (and beyond, of course!). Thank you for letting us be part of this amazing time in your lives!

8. Amazing community events here in Andersonville

Our first Midsommarfest was amazing! We can't wait  for Midsommarfest 2015!

Our first Midsommarfest was amazing! We can’t wait for Midsommarfest 2015!

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!

David's sapphire cage was such a fun project, and it looks amazing on him!

David’s sapphire cage was such a fun project, and it looks amazing on him!

This is one of our favorite engagement rings we have had the pleasure of creating. What a breathtaking piece of jewelry!

This is one of our favorite engagement rings we have had the pleasure of creating. What a breathtaking piece of jewelry!

Our current obsession: our Opal, Crystal Quartz, and White Gold stunner!

Our current obsession: our Opal, Crystal Quartz, and White Gold stunner!

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

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