The Ink Penn

If history is any indication of future behavior, it seems that repairing jewelry is a dangerous pastime for me.

Nearly twenty years ago, when I first moved to Dunwoody, I popped into Lauderhills Fine Jewelry to have a gold bracelet repaired. Naturally, I couldn’t avoid gazing at gems as they twinkled and winked at me from the cases. I was immediately taken with a beautiful ring that called my name. It was unlike anything I’d ever seen, with a bezel-set raspberry colored rhodolite garnet, elegantly set in an Etruscan style split shank mounting. It was unique. It was my birthstone. I had to have it. And the timeless design has brought me compliments ever since.

On another occasion, prompted by the need to shorten a gold chain, I suddenly found myself redesigning a ring from my first marriage into a custom pinky ring. The process of transforming a design from an idea in my head to a wearable piece of jewelry was a magical experience, and Lauderhills was able to make that happen for me.

The Lauderhills experience I’m most grateful for, however, is the assistance I received when my home was burglarized. There is no word more accurate than “traumatized” to describe the feeling you have when someone comes into your home and takes your belongings. During this difficult time, Geneva was able to see me through the process of replacing my stolen items and was even able to special order a watch for my husband.

It’s that personal touch, along with their unrivaled selection of unique high-end fine jewelry that keeps clients coming back to Lauderhills for generations. As the owner of the store for nearly four decades, Geneva has come to know her clients as an extension of her own family. Her husband Frank asked her to help him open a store all those years ago, but little did they know she would dive into the role so wholeheartedly. Clients come from far and wide to see Geneva for those special pieces to commemorate key moments in their lives- be it a new baby, graduation, wedding, anniversary, or milestone birthday.

Jewelry isn’t a necessity, but it sure is a treat. We wear it, we love it, and when we’re done with it, we pass it on. Along those lines, I was surprised to learn just how much estate business Lauderhills does. You may have noticed the large banners advertising their estate sale this summer. Clients frequently bring in bags of jewelry they’ve found or inherited along with a quizzical look wondering if the items are real. The staff is happy to help them sort out what’s real or not—a complimentary service. Whether you’re keeping, selling, or redesigning jewelry, Lauderhills can appraise, consign, or remake whatever you want.

If you haven’t yet stopped by, the holiday season may be the perfect time to discover what this local gem of a store offers. There’s something for everyone who loves to sparkle, whether it’s you or someone on your gift list. Be forewarned, though, it’s hard to stop by without falling in love with that special something.

P,S. Please join me and seven other authors at the Holiday Pop-Up Book Shoppe at the Dunwoody Library December 5, 4-7 pm.

Kathy is a Sandy Springs resident. Find her books, “Lord Banjo the Royal Pooch” and “The Ink Penn: Celebrating the Magic in the Everyday,” at the Enchanted Forest, Amy’s Hallmark at the Forum and Mansell Crossing, and on Amazon. Contact her at inkpenn119@gmail.com, and follow her on Facebook, www.facebook.com/KathyManosPennAuthor/.

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