When it comes to jewelry, it’s not always simple to tell a good gem from a bad gem; a finely crafted item from a poorly made one; or whether or not one piece is more valuable than another. Without taking a course in the fine art of jewelry appraisal, the best thing a lay person can do is research jewelers in the area. Go online. Read reviews. Ask friends. Check out the reputation of individual jewelers. Determine how long they have been in business. In Baltimore, there are many fine, reputable jewelry stores.
1114 Light St.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
Founded in 1898, Morstein’s Jewelers is the oldest jewelry store in Charm City. Located in the Federal Hill area, the business has been family operated for three generations. Jules “Sonny” Morstein is an appraiser and gem expert, with more than 40 years of experience in purchasing diamonds and gemstones. The store offers design services, repairs, appraisals, sizing, gem replacement and more.
419 W. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
Established in 1922, Samuelson’s Diamonds has been operated by the Samuelson family in Baltimore for generation after generation. Originally, Milton Samuelson opened the business at 902 Pennsylvania Avenue, but in 1972, it relocated to its present location. Since that time, the business has built a proud reputation as a reputable and reliable jeweler. Diamonds – whether for engagement rings, wedding rings, stud earrings or loose diamonds – can be found at Samuelson’s. It also does appraisals and buys diamonds.
104 E. Pennsylvania Ave.
Towson, Md. 21212
Tiara Jewelers was founded in 1989 by Jacki Shatzer and Tanya Turner, both graduates of the former Bowman Technical School, who learned much of their craft as goldsmiths for H.C. Garthe Company, located in the Village of Cross Keys. The company provides design services, sizing, repairs and more. The inventory features engagement and wedding rings, earrings, necklaces and other fine jewelry items.
Nelson Coleman Jewelers
307 E. Joppa Road
Towson, Md. 21286
A guild store for six generations, Nelson Coleman Jewelers has been serving customers in the Baltimore area for more than 100 years. A family-operated jeweler, the store features a large selection of diamonds, antique and estate pieces, gemstones, antique reproduction and other jewelry items. Services include design, watch and jewelry repair, sizing and more. Among the brands carried are Chatham, Chamilia, Carla, Diamonds from Antwerp and other sought-after collections.
Amaryllis Handcrafted Jewelry
830 Aliceanna St.
Baltimore, Md. 21202
For the past 26 years, Amaryllis Handcrafted Jewelry has built a reputation for its unique, quality, handmade items, ranging from rings to bracelets. The inventory includes jewelry designs by Chan Luu, Gillian Julius, Laura Jackson, Mashka, Alexis Bittar and many others. Jewelry featured at the store and on the website is often limited-edition lines by various featured artists. All items are sold at affordable prices and offer designs that cannot be found elsewhere. Awarded the Niche Award as a “Top 100 Retailer of American Crafts,” the business has also won other honors, such as Best of Baltimore.
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