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Governor’s Century Business Awards Ceremony

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On Thursday, March 21, Governor Eric J. Holcomb honored Reis-Nichols and 64 other Indiana companies and organizations during an event at the Indiana Statehouse, presenting each with the Governor’s Century or Half Century Business Award in recognition of each company’s longevity and service to its employees, community and the state. "Today we honor businesses that have helped lay a foundation for economic success in Indiana, maintaining operations for more than 50 to 100 years and creating long-term career opportunities for Hoosiers," Gov. Holcomb said. "Through a strong dedication to their employees, their businesses and their communities, these companies exemplify the pioneering spirit and ... [Read More]

Everybody’s Buzzing About the Yellow Diamond Lady Gaga Wore at the Oscars

Lady Gaga may have scored an Oscar for Best Original Song on Sunday night, but what had everybody buzzing was her red carpet reveal of “The Tiffany Diamond,” one of the largest and finest fancy yellow diamonds in the world. The extraordinary 128.54-carat cushion-cut sparkler, which normally resides on the main floor of Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue flagship store, has been worn by only three women during its 142-year history. The gem made its first public appearance on the neck of Mrs. E. Sheldon Whitehouse at the 1957 Tiffany Ball. Actress Audrey Hepburn famously wore it in 1961 publicity posters for the motion picture Breakfast at Tiffany’s. And, on Sunday, Gaga and The Tiffany Diamond turned heads at ... [Read More]

Cartier Tank Celebrates 100 Years on the Front Line of Watchmaking With Great New Tank Watches

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In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Tank watch, Cartier unveiled 13 new styles inspired by this iconic timepiece. Each of the new iterations is based off of Tank watches from different timeframes in Cartier history. In typical Cartier style, these watches are made of noble metals and incorporate stunning diamonds and luxurious leather straps. Created in 1917 by Louis Cartier, who was inspired by the Renault tanks on the Western Front, the Cartier Tank watch features lines and proportions similar to those of the tanks found on the First World War battlefields. The original prototype watch was first presented by Cartier to General John Pershing and entered into full production in 1919 in a ... [Read More]

Celebrate the Gems in Your Life | Guide to Birthstones and Anniversary Gemstones

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Are you at a loss for gift ideas when it comes to birthdays or wedding anniversaries? The world of gemstones offers infinite inspiration and more importantly, meaning. Birthstone jewelry is a charming idea to represent we each have a special gem associated with the month we were born, and it helps us celebrate our birthday all year long. Just like birthday months, every year has a specific metal or gemstone attached to it as well. You've probably heard of the silver anniversary or the gold anniversary marking the big ones of 25 and 50. After all, while there isn't a definite list of anniversary gems almost every marriage starts out with an engagement ring--gemstone jewelry is just a natural anniversary ... [Read More]

Grand Reopening | Reis-Nichols’ Keystone at the Crossing Store

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Join us at our Grand Reopening to experience improved shopping at Reis-Nichols Jewelers' Keystone at the Crossing store on Saturday, December 2, from 10 am to 5 pm. Enjoy the expanded space showcasing exclusive jewelry and extended watch selections. View into our state-of-the-art, in-house jewelry manufacturing shop where our team of artisans handcraft custom designs and our very own Reis-Nichols Collection. Explore the new boutiques such as David Yurman, Rolex, Roberto Coin, Breitling, Marco Bicego, and more. Reis-Nichols Jewelers broke ground on this full showroom remodel, including a 3,000 square foot addition, in January 2017. The project was completed in two phases, concluding in October. ... [Read More]

Geneva Seal Represents the Ultimate Certification of Quality in Fine Watchmaking

When it comes to luxury Swiss-made watches, some brands pull out all the stops when it comes to certifications and seals. But only those located in Geneva can lay claim to the Hallmark of Geneva — also known as the Geneva Seal. Additionally, it is not just good enough to be located in Geneva (otherwise many brands would move there) to get the Seal. It is a designation that is earned and it is the ultimate certification of quality in fine watchmaking. Essentially, the Geneva Seal — referred to in French as the "Poincon de Genève" — is a quality seal awarded only to watches that have passed an intense inspection by an independent bureau operating under state control in Geneva. The certification is ... [Read More]

From Our Artisans’ Hands to Yours

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Family owned and operated right here in Indianapolis since 1919 is only one claim to fame for Reis-Nichols Jewelers. We are also respected for having one of the most progressive design and manufacturing shops in the country with a team of artisans each with their own unique skill. Many do not realize it takes several artisans, again each with their own unique skill, to create a single piece of jewelry. However, not all jewelry design and manufacturing shops are created equal. In fact, many jewelers don't have a shop at all. The hands behind our jewelry are reflections of the labor-intensive process involved in creating or restoring small and intricate works of art right here in our own store.  From ... [Read More]

New Halim Time & Glass Museum Opens Outside Chicago

Late last month in Evanston, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, a new museum of rare timepieces and inspirational stained glass opened to the public. The Halim Time & Glass Museum features one of the most comprehensive timepiece collections, with approximately 1,100 pieces on display. The museum also showcases faithfully restored 19th century stained glass works of art. The collection of extraordinarily rare timepieces consists of clocks from all over the world. The Museum was founded by Cameel Halim, who — along with his family — own most of these pieces as part of their personal passion. The watch collection is so extensive that the museum has hired two full-time clockmakers, who are skilled in ... [Read More]

NAWCC and Boston Museum of Fine Art Present ‘Horology in Art’

With Halloween around the corner, some of you may be considering heading to Salem, Mass., for a little witch hunt. If so, you may want to plan a side trip between October 26 and 28th to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to see an exhibition sponsored by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC). The presentation is called "HOROLOGY IN ART." It is interesting to note that since the 13th century, when clocks and mechanical timekeeping came into vogue, famous artists such has Titian, Jamie Wyeth, Brueghel and Dali have regularly portrayed timepieces and the subject of time in their works. The NAWCC, in its almost 75 years of existence, has a membership of more than 12,000 watch ... [Read More]

George Daniels Watch Sells for More Than $4 Million at Sotheby’s Auction

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Here we are once again to remind you that watches — at least the right ones — can be incredible investments. In the recent Sotheby's London Fine Timepieces auction, a single pocket watch became the most valuable English watch (made in England by an English watchmaker) ever sold at auction. The "Space Travellers" watch conceived by famed watchmaker George Daniels sold for $4.3 million — twice the price it achieved when it was auctioned in 2012. For those who may not know of George Daniels, he is one of the 20th century's great watchmaking minds. Born in 1926 and having died just six years ago in 2011, Daniels is the inventor of the revolutionary co-axial escapement, which he developed in the 1970s. ... [Read More]