• About SJR,  Watch & Jewelry Repair

    Meet the Jewelers – Bee Taylor

    Did you know we have on-site jewelers at both of our stores? Not only do they handle our same-day repairs, but they also tackle some of our most complex and creative jobs too! Today, we want to introduce you to the jeweler at our Hendersonville store: Bee Taylor.

    From the Counter to the Bench

    Bee’s career has always been in the jewelry industry, but she didn’t start out as a jeweler. Instead, she began as a sales associate at a big box store, where she found a love for customer service. By helping her customers solve problems big and small, Bee learned the basics of quartz watch repair and laser welding. But it wasn’t until she inherited her aunt’s wedding set that jewelry design became a true passion.

    Bee’s aunt’s wedding set

    “I guess I kind of got lucky falling into my career path. I knew I wanted to become a jewelry designer before I knew I wanted to be a jeweler.”

    In those well-worn rings, Bee saw the potential for something new to be born. Separating the two pieces, she fashioned the yellow gold band into a pendant and added the stunning pear diamond as its accent. As for the main ring itself, she brought back its original splendor and added a gorgeous trillion cut alexandrite. Not only is alexandrite her favorite, but it’s also the birthstone she shares with her aunt and mother.

    Bee’s finished designs

    Once she started learning about jewelry design, she was hooked. Bee absorbed all the information she could find—everything from independent research to practicing on her own jewelry to watching more experienced jewelers. After years of honing her craft, she knew she wanted to move to the bench full time, providing a better quality product and service than what the big box stores were offering.

    Joining Service Jewelry & Repair

    In 2019, we were lucky enough to bring Bee on board, and her commitment to quality and customer service has continued to grow. To Bee, every piece that lands on her bench is special, and she loves nothing more than bringing back its former glory. When that can’t be done, she’s not one to give up easy.

    “I love taking apart antique jewelry and making something new out of it. I like to be creative and find new solutions to unsolvable problems.”

    Take the piece below, for example. The ring was so lovely, but simply too worn to be properly repaired. Bee’s solution? Turning the magnificent white gold detailing (and the diamond, of course!) into a unique pendant.

    Her talents don’t stop there, though! Bee also creates original designs using state-of-the-art CAD technology. If you’re not familiar with CAD, it’s an awesome design process that starts with a 3D model and finishes with 3D wax printing! It’s at the core of our custom design process and one of the many ways we can bring your ideas to life.

    A selection of Bee’s 3D CAD designs

    Come See Bee at Hendersonville!

    Whether you need your ring retipped (her favorite repair!) or need someone to rescue your favorite piece, Bee is ready to serve you! Come on down today and see what she can do for you.

    Hendersonville Location
    1050 Glenbrook Way, Suite 400
    Hendersonville, TN 37075
    Mon-Fri 9:30-6:00
    Sat 9:30-5:00
    Sun CLOSED

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    About SJR,  Events,  Miscellaneous

    Contactless Concierge Service

    As we ring in the New Year, we just wanted to let you know that we’re still offering our Contactless Concierge service for your safety and convenience. As always, our stores are open and ready to serve you, but if you prefer or need to stay at home, we’ve got you covered!

    Virtual Shopping Appointments

    As always, you can shop online at our website, but what if you need help finding the perfect gift or simply prefer the friendly service of our associates? That’s where our Contactless Concierge service comes in!

    Virtual personal shopping appointments take place through Zoom or Facetime. You choose the time, store, and even your favorite sales associate! Just let us know what (or who) you’re shopping for, and we’ll do the rest!

    After you complete your purchase, simply choose curbside pickup or receive FREE shipping if you spend over $100! Use the form below to setup your appointment today!

    Book an Appointment


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    Birthstones,  Education,  Gemstones

    Garnet: January’s Birthstone

    Happy birthday, January babies! Your lovely birthstone is garnet. Lets take a look at what makes this precious stone so special.

    An Ancient Adornment

    The name “garnet” comes from the Latin word granatus, which means “pomegranate.” Though this gem is usually found in its deep red variety (hence the name), it actually comes in orange, yellow, purple and even green too!

    Artifacts featuring red garnets have been found across the ancient world. From Egyptian necklaces to Roman signet rings to the favorite adornments of medieval clergy and nobles, it’s easy to see that garnets were a highly valued gem.

    Gorgeous garnet and diamond ring in 14kt white gold – available here!

    This trend continued into more modern eras too, especially among the Victorians. Lovely red garnets were used as embellishments for everything from hair combs to choker-style necklaces. During this time, most garnets were mined in Bohemia, which was famous for these exquisite gems.

    Today, the vast majority are mined in Africa, but believe it or not, Southern California was once know for producing them too! In fact, various deposits are scattered across the globe, all the way from Afghanistan to Brazil.

    Care & Keeping

    Interestingly, not all garnets have the same hardness rating on the Mohs scale. These beauties can range anywhere between 6.5 to 7.5, making them a stone that requires a bit more care. That’s why you’ll often find garnets set in earrings, pendants or fashion rings rather than engagement rings. That way your garnet is not subjected to the various bumps and scrapes of daily wear.

    All that being said, it’s super easy to clean garnets. Warm soapy water and a soft brush will get the job done at home, or you can use an ultrasonic cleaner (so long as you’re sure your garnet is not fractured/fracture filled). However, always be sure to store your garnet jewelry away from other jewelry. Harder stones (like diamonds, rubies, or sapphires) can scratch it, while garnets themselves can scratch softer stones (like pearls or opal).

    January Gift Guide

    Looking for the perfect birthday gift for that special someone? Here’s a small selection of a few of our favorite garnet pieces.

    Sterling Silver Garnet Studs

    These dainty earrings are an affordable birthstone gift for that special someone–just $142!

    Le Vian 1.90ct Rhodelite Garnet & .13ct Diamond Pendant

    You can never go wrong with a designer piece from Le Vian! This gorgeous 14kt gold pendant is only $849!

    Le Vian 0.65ct Purple Garnet & .42ct Diamond Ring

    For a nontraditional choice, how about this purple garnet ring–also by Le Vian! This gorgeous piece is only $1,199!

    Shop the entire collection of garnet jewelry here, stop by one of our stores, or use our Contactless Concierge service! We hope to serve you soon!