Huntley creates meaningful pieces for clients of Treasures Fine Jewelers | Visit
Treasures Fine Jewelers is a full service jeweler providing unique appraisals, repairs, consignments and custom designs.
Gemologist James Huntley is a third generation jeweler, following the lead of his grandfather and father.
Huntley’s grandfather was a jeweler in Concord, North Carolina, and his father was a Seiko watch salesman who started the first dealership in the Southeast in 1971.
Huntley is a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America and has worked in the jewelry industry for over three decades.
Treasures Fine Jewelers is located at 981B Hackler Street, in the townhouse for living / working in The Market Common.
The company is open Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.treasuresfinejewelers.net and the phone number is 843-692-0346.
One of Huntley’s favorite aspects of his business is creating unique and meaningful pieces for his clients. He can update Grandma’s pendant or create something brand new out of pieces from several others.
He can even work from a photograph.
A customer brought Huntley all the diamond coins he had given to his recently deceased wife. From them the jeweler created a very personal ring for the gentleman.
One caveat that Huntley has for those in the diamond market is to make sure that they do not buy synthetic diamonds at the price of genuine diamonds.
The best way to make sure a customer gets what they pay for is to deal with a jeweler they know and trust, not to buy jewelry online. A professional will not be offended by a client asking if the jeweler has gemological certification.
“When you need your jewelry to work, you don’t want it sent somewhere for two weeks. You want to know your local jeweler who will actually work on your pieces.
“We have a few left,” Huntley said, adding that like so many other companies, the jewelry industry has been affected by online sales.
“The local jeweler can educate the consumer,” added store manager Suzie Hunter.
Huntley said that “most young people have turned to white gold since the turn of the century,” but added that a current trend is interest in rose gold.
The trend will always be in fashion, regardless of the latest fashion icon or celebrity, Huntley said, recalling there had been a run on Princess Diana’s type ring years ago. .
So whether the customer is looking for the latest jewelry novelty or wants to turn a traditional piece into a personal keepsake, Treasures Fine Jewelers can meet that need.