Gold Lady Jewelers, located at One Brown Street in downtown Wickford, Rhode Island, is not a very large store; being about the size of a lot of the jeweler’s stores in shopping malls, but it is a whole lot more charming than something that is a franchise. The Gold Lady is a bonified small village store staffed by local people and the owners know a lot of their customers by name. As a bonus, when it gets crowded downtown during the busy tourist season, the Gold Lady is a serene refuge from all the madness of the sidewalks and it is always invitingly air-conditioned.
Gold Lady Jewelers has been in business since 1980, and had its beginnings in custom design work and repairs. Charles Phillips, master craftsman, designer, and stone setter, has been with the store since its opening. He will very happily confer with customers over a jewelry design and create a one-of-a-kind piece. Mr. Phillips oversees several dedicated and meticulous craftsmen, which allows all the work to be carried out right on the premises.
Another aspect of the jewelry trade that the Gold Lady is involved in is that of estate jewelry. There are many fine examples of estate jewels in their display case for customers to view and possibly purchase. The display rotates often, offering an interesting window into the past and hinting at the possibilities of new family traditions that could begin with an antique watch, for example, as an heirloom.
Of course, no jewelry store would be complete without a display of engagement and wedding rings. On the Gold Lady Jeweler’s Web page for bridal diamonds, it says, “When only perfect is good enough.” Charles Phillips, who is mentioned above, spent nearly three decades gathering the most ideal diamonds he could find. His resources include many of the world’s foremost stone cutters and diamond importers. Because of his extensive experience and knowledge in the field, he can purchase the best diamonds having the proportions known in the trade as the “Ideal Cut.” On that Web page there is a link to Parade Designs, which offers some breathtaking rings, brooch, and necklace collections. The Gold Lady is an authorized dealer for Parade Designs and also Troll Beads, which are fine glass, silver, or gold beads that are delightfully designed and can be collected by the owner to create unique jewelry to commemorate special occasions and memories.
Additionally, Gold Lady Jewelers offers some of the most beautiful examples of pearl jewelry available, Waterford and Swarovski crystal, sterling silver gifts, fine watches, and gold and platinum pieces. This little store is, ahem, a real gem. Click here to access the Gold Lady Jewelers Web site, and see some spectacular items of jewelry.
My own wanderings in downtown Wickford, and