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Veteran South Carolina jeweler dies at 75

Bill Roof 1941 - 2017 

Roof MayWilliam “Bill” Roof passed away suddenly on March 10, 2017 in Columbia, SC.  Roof was the second generation owner of Roof Jewelers, which was founded in 1943.

Bill was a self-taught watchmaker and jeweler with a natural gift for sales. He never met a stranger and would say with a smile “never mind what they want - sell ‘em what you’ve got.” Bill is survived by Pat, his wife of 56 years along with sons William and Patrick, (third generation owners) their wives and six grandchildren.

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“Vegas is the answer … no matter the question” ~ Anonymous

As everyone in our industry knows, this time of year all roads lead to Las Vegas! With no less than 9 shows happening near the same dates, it stands to reason that you’ll be able to find everything you need and more in Las Vegas during Market Week.

PGI takes a look at breathtaking and iconic platinum engagement rings

Royalty and Hollywood celebrities are known for gifting their betrothed with the most opulent and exquisite platinum engagement rings. From Queen Elizabeth’s solitaire diamond to Elizabeth Taylor’s 29.4-carat diamond, these baubles were all set in platinum, a highly secure setting for their valuable diamonds. Below please find anecdotes behind a few of the most iconic rings that stand the test of time, and influence engagement ring designs today.

Queen Elizabeth II’s elegant ring from Prince Philip is a platinum band with a 3-carat solitaire diamond and five smaller diamonds on each side. The diamonds for her ring have a special history: They came from a tiara belonging to Philip’s mother, Princess Andrew of Greece. Her Majesty has worn her timeless platinum engagement ring for over 70 years.

Prince Rainier III of Monaco originally proposed to actress Grace Kelly with an eternity band of rubies and diamonds. When he saw that other celebrities were wearing larger diamond rings, he purchased a 10.5-carat emerald-cut diamond flanked by two baguettes, set in platinum.

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Joe DiMaggio gifted Marilyn Monroe a platinum eternity band, complete with 35 baguette-cut diamonds on their wedding day, which ultimately became known as her wedding band.

Mike Todd gifted jewelry collector Elizabeth Taylor with a 29.4-carat emerald-cut diamond set in platinum, which Elizabeth reportedly referred to as her “ice skating rink.”

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Learn more about all things platinum, visit Platinum Guild Internation online at www.PlatinumJewelry.com.


Colucci Jewelers owner charged with murder

2nd tragedy to strike family in last 2 years

Fatal shootingtA Summerville, SC family well-known for their dealings in the jewelry industry throughout Flowertown and North Charleston faced another tragedy Friday after a fatal shooting, according to North Charleston police.

Gold’s found a new pocket of opportunity

gold e"Don't gain the world and lose your soul; wisdom is better than silver or gold."

You may have to read the quote more than once, but Bob Marley knew what he was talking about.

At the moment, investors seemingly disagree a bit with him, and they have pushed spot gold up around 8 percent higher since the beginning of the year.

Florida jewelry store hit on Easter morning, 7th time targeted since 2011


AVALON PARK, Fla. - It wasn't the Easter morning Tiffany Bayley was hoping for.

She woke up to thousands of dollars worth of damage at her jewelry store, Avalon Park Jewelers, Sunday morning.

"He pointed to this, to bust this and then they were just scooping everything up out of here," Bayley said.

It was just before 5 a.m. Sunday when four people broke into the store.