Mayer & Watt-A Lifelong Passion for Gemstones Featured

In 1981, Laurie and Simon Watt established Watt Gems with the support of Hans-Dieter Haag, a German stone cutter. Though Laurie and Simon did not have  formal training in the gem business, their passion for gemstones and color built a successful business that began in Beverly Hills, California. 

As the business evolved, it became Mayer & Watt, the name of the company today.

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For over thirty years, Mayer & Watt has fostered relationships with premiere stone cutters and miners across the world.  Early on, African and Brazilian stones became a focus; more recently, trips to the Far East, particularly Sri Lanka, for unusual and fancy sapphires have taken the lead.

Simon and Laurie are very active advocates in the gem dealer community. Simon has served on the American Gem Trade Association Board, including as the Vice-President for 6 years, and his wife Laurie serves on the Women’s Jewelry Association Board (mid-west chapter).

Simon and Laurie have a long and trusted relationship with Becky. Their stones are highly desired and Mayer & Watt firmly follows and supports the ethical  and fair trade practices for sourcing their stones.

Interested in knowing about Mayer & Watt’s next visit? Contact our Glen Arbor location at 231.334.3826.

         

Marcel Roelofs-Innovator & Friend Featured

Marcel  began his career in the 70’s, establishing a wholesale company in 1977. In just five short years, he launched his first collection, designed by himself. His innovative line takes the traditional closure of a necklace and makes it a center showpiece, combining function and style beautifully. This closure or “vario” system is now available in ring and earring designs.

An expert team of designers and goldsmiths, which includes Sigrid Eickhoff, is responsible for the modern designs of the varios and their implementation. Numerous chain options (pearl, stone, PVD coated, multi-strand gold wires and cords) also adapt the look from casual to elegant, with a quick turn of the vario.

Marcel was born in the Netherlands, but now lives and works in Germany. We are thrilled to have him visit us in the summer months to share his most recent pieces and new innovations to the line.

 

 

 

 

Jean Larson Encaustics Make an Impression in TC Featured

Jean Larson has been the featured artist in our TC store location, since its first location, next to Mary’s Kitchen Port. Recently, Jean introduced a new medium to adorn the walls-encaustics!

Encaustics are an ancient Egyptian preservation technique in which wax coats the object. This medium can withstand temperatures up to 150 degrees and protects the painting underneath through the thick coating.

Jean’s encaustics include subject matter like birds, orchids, fruit, and nests and are available in a variety of shapes, including round.

Though she has roots in the Traverse City, Jean gains inspiration through her travels, especially to Iceland, where she is remodeling a historic building into an art studio. Be sure to stop in and enjoy Jean’s work in person.  Her encaustics have been wildly popular and are sure to remind you of the intricate artistry in nature.

 

Bracelet Base Sizing Featured

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Our bases come in a range of sizes and styles. Our sizes are stamped on the inside of the bases. They do not represent inches; it is our own sizing system. A dot next to the number means that it is a half size. Example= 3. means it is a size 3 1/2.

Measure your wrist where you would like the bracelet to fit. If you like a looser fit, add a half inch. For a tighter fit, subtract a half inch. We find that our size 3 1/2 is our most popular size. Use the chart below to find your base size:

         Wrist Size      Bracelet Base
Size 4”   –   5” 2
Size 5”   –   5½” 2 ½
Size 5½”-  6” 3
Size 6”-      6 ½” 3 ½
Size 6½”-  7” 4
Size 7”-      7 ½” 4 ½
Size 7½”-  8” 5
Size 8”-      8 ½” 5 ½
Size 8½”-  9” 6

Watch our video to see how our bracelet system works.