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April 2020 Spring Newsletter

Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market is considered by many to be the heart and soul of downtown Seattle.

 

While our storefront is temporarily closed, our website is still open! During the month of April, 20% of all sales will be donated to the Pike Place Market Foundation. The Foundation supports the farmers, growers, and small businesses that we all love at the Market, as well as the food bank, senior center, low-income housing, healthcare, daycare, and more. As a small family-owned business ourselves, we know that shopping local is more important than ever. With your help, we can make a difference!

Alex Sepkus necklace on tulips

Our annual Mother's Day Sethi Couture Trunk Show on May 8th and 9th has been postponed, but we have plans for a very fun giveaway. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for details! Moms are doing more than ever right now, and we are here and available to deliver if you'd like to give her (or yourself) a lovely gift on May 10th. If you would prefer to shop in person when we reopen, why not treat her to a Fox's gift card? Gift cards are also a great way to support your favorite small businesses.

Sethi Couture Wedding rings

During this time our employees are being paid and are ready to help you! Keiko and Justine have both been at Fox's for over 12 years. Keiko is our inventory manager and keeps Fox's running smoothly behind the scenes. When she's not working she loves to garden and volunteer. Justine is our buyer and manages our social media accounts. If you send us a message on Instagram or Facebook, she's who you'll be talking to. When she's not working, she loves to quilt and sew.

Keiko and Justine at Fox's Seattle

Jerri is our appraiser and knows everything there is to know about gemstones. She holds a Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and is also a Certified Gemological Appraiser through the American Gemological Society (AGS). This certification is held by fewer than 400 people in the world! If you email us through our website, you will most likely be talking to Jerri. She loves the Seattle Mariners and is our in-house jewelry model.

Jerri modeling arman and Alex Sepkus jewelry

Zoey is the third-generation owner of Fox's, after her father, Chai, and her grandfather, Sid. She took over in 2014 when we moved to our new location at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel and runs our small team with care and dedication. She's currently running Fox's via Zoom meetings while homeschooling her three children (aka our future bosses). She loves to cook and bake, and is involved with several local organizations.

Zoey wearing Mikimoto pearls

We miss seeing you in person and celebrating your birthdays, anniversaries, engagements, and other special milestones, but we are still here for you. Please don't hesitate to reach out via email or social media. We love interacting with you on Instagram and Facebook and seeing your at-home jewelry looks, so keep tagging us and sending pictures! 

Tulips at Pike Place Market

 

Fall at Fox's

SUWA Sapphire rings

September is Sapphire Month!
We were honored to receive a visit this month from Mr. Yasukazu Suwa, the third-generation owner of Suwa, a Japanese company known for the precise setting of every gemstone in their beautifully crafted jewelry designs. They use only the finest, most transparent diamonds and colored gems. If you love sapphires, Suwa’s sapphire and diamond rings are a must see.

 

 

Todd Reed engagement rings on finger

Todd Reed Trunk Show!
Our annual Todd Reed trunk show is right around the corner, on October 19th and 20th. The trunk show is the perfect time to see the entire Todd Reed collection, look for one-of-a-kind bridal rings, add to your existing ring stack, or find something completely new and different. It’s also a great time to bring in diamonds or gemstones you might want to use to make a custom piece!


Gem Water Pet Bowl in white

Gem Water Pet Bowls
If you’ve already experienced the benefits of Gem Water for yourself, now is the time to treat your pet! These gorgeous bowls contain a blend of gemstones selected just for pets: nephrite jade for vitality, brown agate for strength, clear quartz for awareness, peridot for balance and mangano calcite for positive social behavior. These bowls also make a great gift for the dog or cat lover in your life.

 

Arman Bangle bracelets black diamond white diamond emerald snake

New Jewelry and Watches
We are still receiving new jewelry from our summer order in Las Vegas! We have new 24k gold pieces from Gurhan, alternative bridal by Todd Reed, new stacking rings by Sethi Couture, Candy rings by Alex Sepkus, gorgeous cuffs by Arman Sarkisyan, and new watches by Nomos Glashutte. Many of these pieces are one-of-a-kinds!

 

 

Alex Sepkus 18K yellow gold rings martini setting purple blue

Sepkus Save the Date!
Our annual Alex Sepkus trunk show is set for November 29th, 30th, and December 1st. We always have this show the first weekend of December, making it perfectly timed for holiday gift giving. We’ve been carrying Alex Sepkus’s incredible jewelry for 30 years now, and are still thrilled when we get a chance to see the entire collection. This show is not to be missed!

 

Sale case is back 30-50% off

Sale Case
The sale case is better than ever! We are always updating it as new jewelry arrives. This sale is in-store only, so stop by or call us to see if your next treasure is here.

 

 

As always, we validate parking in the Olympic Parking Garage on the corner of 5th and Seneca. If you prefer to take Uber of Lyft, let us know after you arrive and we’ll email you a $15 credit toward your ride account. We also now accept Amazon Pay and PayPal on our website.

Heron's Nest Gallery Summer Pop-Up Shop

Please welcome Heron's Nest Gallery to Fox's Seattle! We've brought our own little slice of Joy and Chai's beloved Vashon Island to the heart of Seattle just for the summer.

 

Heron’s Nest is owned and operated by Vashon Center for the Arts, a non-profit organization that supports Vashon Island artists and arts programs. The Nest showcases fine art and handcrafted items by island artists of all ages who reside full or part-time on Vashon Island or have a personal connection to the community. All money earned by Heron’s Nest is either paid directly to local artists or is used to fund Vashon Center for the Arts programs, productions and scholarships.

Come in and take a look at the eclectic array of paintings and prints, pottery, photography, basketry, glass, metal, wood, stone, and jewelry completely unique to our corner of Puget Sound. You may even see a piece or two from our beloved Joy!

 

 

February's Birthstone: Amethyst

February's birthstone is the regal purple amethyst. Amethysts are a member of the quartz family, The name comes from the ancient Greek a- ("not") and μέθυστος méthystos ("intoxicated"), a reference to the belief that the stone prevented drunkenness. Medieval European soldiers wore amulets made out of amethyst into battle, believing that it would keep them cool-headed, and Tibetans consider amethyst sacred to the Buddha and make prayer beads from it.

Amethyst "Cityscape" ring by Alex Sepkus

In the Old World, amethyst was considered one of the most precious gems until large deposits of it were found in Brazil. Amethyst can also be found in Siberia, Sri Lanka, Austria, Canada, and even the United States, where it is the official state gemstone of South Carolina.

At Fox's, we think the perfect February birthday gift is this gorgeous amethyst necklace by Ray Griffiths:

If you don't like purple but still want to be protected from intoxication, you can still wear amethysts. These gemstones can be heat treated to become citrine and prasiolite, which are yellow and green in color, respectively. You may also find very pale amethysts, which are called Rose de France. Whatever shade you prefer, we can find it for you at Fox's!

 

 

Fox's Seattle Loves: VitaJuwel by GemWater

We are so excited to tell you about our newest find - VitaJuwel by GemWater! If you're walked past our shop recently, you've probably admired and wondered about the display in the windows.

These are lead-free glass water bottles filled with gemstones! Other than looking incredibly beautiful, why would you want to have a water bottle with gemstones in it?

Every type of gemstone has its own unique energy. The energetic charge of quartz is what makes quartz watches work. The idea behind VitaJuwel is that the gemstones in the water impart their energy into the water, and then into you, the drinker.

This idea is nothing new. Dating back to ancient Greece, gemstones have been used to vitalize water for centuries. More recently, Japanese researcher and scientist Dr. Masaru Emoto dedicated his study to water. He determinted that water treated with gemstones water takes on the characteristics and energy or fresh spring water.

This is ordinary tap water under the microscope:

 And this is water treated with VitaJuwel under the microscope:

 A scientific evaluation by the renowned German Institute Hagalis, Überlingen validated VitaJuwel’s effect on water. The institute found that the gemstone infused water became more alkaline and less acidic, and that the oxygen content in the water increased.

Because they are products of nature, every gem has its own vibration and affects the water in a unique way. There are 18 different VitaJuwel blends for water, and 1 specifically for wine. If you want to have a sense of well being, "Wellness" is the bottle for you. It contains amethyst, rose quartz, and clear quartz to stimulate and soothe the mind and emotions, foster tranquility, and support healthy and radiant skin.

Feeling stuck? "Inspiration" contains lapis lazuli and rutilated quartz, which are said to relieve sore throats, allow one to speak with wisdom and authority, encourage honesty, and help to lift the feeling of anxiety. 

In addition to the personal glass water bottles, there are also hand blown glass vials, droplets, and decanters available to revitalize your water in quantities small and large. Come in to Fox's to see these works of art and see which one can add a little beauty and vitality to your life!

The History of Valentine's Day

The story about the origin of Valentine’s Day goes that Roman Emperor Claudius II didn’t want men to marry during wartime because it would affect their fierceness. However, Bishop Valentine performed secret weddings against the emperor’s decree. When Claudius II got wind of Valentine’s acts, he had him jailed and later executed. Before his death, During his internment, Valentine had signed off a letter to the jailer's daughter “from your Valentine.”

In 1381, Geoffrey Chaucer made the first recorded connection between St. Valentine's Day and love in his poem "The Parliament of Fowls," identifying the day as the time when "every foul cometh ther to choose his mate." French and English writers of the 14th and 15th centuries also allude to the day as one reserved for lovers. Valentine's Day was declared a holiday in 1537 by none other than King Henry VIII. Manufactured Valentine's Day cards first appeared in England in the 1800s, and by 1835, over 60,000 Valentine's Day cards were being sent in England alone.

The tradition of sending Valentine's Day cards hit the United States in 1847, and today 150 million cards are sent every year, not including the hundreds of millions of classroom valentines exchanged by children.

 

Physicians of the 1800s commonly advised their patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining for a lost love. In the 1890s, Cadbury was the first manufacturer to produce heart-shaped boxes of assorted chocolates, which the romantic Victorians went crazy for. Today, 35 million heart-shaped boxes are sold every year.

We love chocolate, but our favorite Valentine's Day gift by far is jewelry! It lasts longer than a box of chocolates, and gives the wearer joy for years to come. Whether you are buying for a significant other, your "valentine," or a special treat for yourself, check out our Valentine's Day Gift Guide for gorgeous jewelry starting at under $200. Happy Valentine's Day!

 

 

January's Birthstone: Gorgeous Garnet

Garnet, January’s birthstone, is one of the most diverse gemstones. It comes in an array of colors, although it’s most commonly known for its classic shade of red. Garnet varieties and species actually come in a rainbow of colors, including orange, yellow, and green. While rare, these gemstones can also come in blue and violet, and even color change! Here at Fox's we have hand picked some of the most rare and vivid species of garnet. Below are some amazing one of kind pieces featuring these special gemstones.

Alex Sepkus 18ky and mint green garnet ring, $7,500

Alex Sepkus 18ky and spessartite garnet ring, $11,600

Alex Sepkus 18ky and hessonite garnet ring, $10,380

Alex Sepkus 18k rose gold and tsavorite garnet necklace, $5,725

Arman Sarkisyan 22k gold and tsavorite garnet locket, $3,780

 

 

Fox's is Thankful For: Mariko Winters

If you've shopped at Fox's anytime over the last 27 years, then you've no doubt met or had the pleasure of working with our beloved Mariko Winters. Her smiling face and calm disposition have been a constant at Fox's since 1989. Mariko is planning to retire on her birthday next August, which will make this Mariko's last holiday season with us. We asked Mariko a few questions that we thought you'd enjoy about her time here - let's take a little trip down memory lane!

When did you start working here and why jewelry?- May 1st 1989. My friend at church was Zach Mann’s kindergarten teacher and knew that Chai was looking for someone who spoke Japanese.

What do you remember about your interview?- Chai asked if I could write really small. Because back then we hand wrote all the tags for each piece of jewelry.

 

What was the first piece you ever sold?- A Tiffany & Co. Pin for $3,000.00

 

What is one thing you loved about that time?- I loved selling Tiffany silver. Buses of tourist would come in and we would line up all the receipts on the case and go down the line.

What is your favorite thing about your career?- Custom. I love building a piece from scratch. One of my favorite pieces I ever made for a client was a jade men’s ring with the most beautiful piece of orange jade.

What is one of the craziest things that happened at work?- The earthquake in 2001. I was on the phone with a client and all of a sudden the huge Chihuly sculpture we had hanging from the ceiling started to sway and I said “I have to go I think we are having an earthquake”.

What is the strangest request you ever received?- Diamonds set into someone’s teeth!

 

Who is the most famous person you ever helped?- Michael Douglas and Grand Master Flash.

 

What is one of your favorite memories?- Going to Japan with Chai and Joy to meet a client. After that I took them on a tour of my hometown Nagoya. It was amazing!

What will you miss most about Fox’s?- My colleagues and Sushi Day!!

What will you do in your retirement?- I am going to see the total eclipse in August in Wyoming. I will travel the country with my husband Dan and our doggies in our RV. My favorite places are the Mayan Ruins and Utah I plan to go back. We love to mushroom hunt and dig for razor clams. And spend time with my grandchildren.

The Design Studio at Fox's Seattle

Did you know that you can design your own engagement ring at The Design Studio at Fox's Seattle?

First, get inspired by any of our beautiful in person designs, or search the full digital library of designs to narrow down your starting point options.

Fox's Design Studio allows you to create the perfect piece by changing center stones, accent stones, metal qualities, shanks, prongs, and much more right on-screen in full 3D.

When you want to add details or build completely new designs, Freehand, available inside Fox's Design Studio, gives you the tools to get creative using a library of over 1,000 adjustable design elements.

Within the software, we can price diamonds and settings, and even order a 3D prototype for you to try on. Designing a one-of-a-kind engagement ring has never been so seamless!

Spotlight on Todd Reed

"Lots of people claim to be innovators but Todd Reed is the real deal. His pioneering work with rough diamonds in the 1990s laid the foundation for an entirely new approach to diamonds that's been copied, mimicked, and reinterpreted by scores of jewelers. Among those in the know, however, it's clear that Todd came first."

- Victoria Gomelsky, Editor-in-Chief, JCK Magazine

 "Todd is one of a special breed of designers who can take what's classic - precious metals and gems - and create something that's totally modern. He's captured the essence of what modern luxury is: an object that holds high value without being too precious; an object one treasures but isn't afraid to wear every day. Todd is also one of those designers who, despite his success, remains approachable and down-to-earth.

-Hedda Schupak, Editor, Centurion Jewelry

When we first saw Todd Reed's jewelry at the annual Couture show in Las Vegas a few years back, we were instantly captivated. That year we brought home a rough gray diamond that looked like Mount Rainier, rising above a cloud of small white brilliant diamonds set in a palladium coin-edge halo. Our clients had never seen anything like this one-of-a-kind piece, and neither had we.

Todd is a man of many talents, which were fostered by growing up with an artist mother who immersed him in drawing, painting, and other artistic mediums from a yound age. At 10 years old a light went off in his head on a vacation to Arizona, where he watched as a sheet of silver was turned into a piece of jewelry in front of his eyes. By age 19 he had graduated from culinary school, and was working as a leathersmith when he met and was taken under the wing of a diamond collector. Todd fell in love with rough diamonds, and began designing jewelry around the organic shapes of these unique gemstones.

In 1992 he started Todd Reed Jewelry with an aesthetic and committment to ethically sourced diamonds and recycled metals that was years ahead of its time. You can see glimpses into Todd's past as a leathersmith when you see his signature finish work, which can make a sterling silver cuff look as soft as a piece of leather. By the nature of the diamonds he uses, no Todd Reed piece will ever be the same as another. And who doesn't love to own something that no one else has?

That is why we are so thrilled to be opening the Todd Reed Boutique at Fox's Seattle. Our entire back wall will be dedicated exclusively to Todd Reed jewelry. We hope you will join us for the grand opening and Todd Reed trunk show on Friday, August 12th and Saturday, August 13th. We have collaborated with Todd on several one-of-a-kind pieces just for Fox's Seattle, and during the trunk show his entire collection will be available for you to try on. You won't want to miss it!

 

 

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