Name: Burt Hughes
Specialty: Jewelry Doctor. I like bringing pieces back to life.
How many years have you worked at Croghan’s? I have worked at Croghan’s for 4 years, but I have been a bench jeweler for over 28 years.
White Gold or Yellow Gold? Yellow Gold because it’s all in the name. Born yellow should stay yellow.
What is your favorite jewelry brand? Not a brand person. I like the handmade stuff the best.
What is your favorite gemstone? Sapphires (different color variants)
What is your favorite piece of jewelry you own and why? My grandfather, a watchmaker, passed down to me a Bulova Accutron Spaceview watch, one of the first battery-powered watches.
Favorite piece of jewelry you have ever sold and why? My favorite piece of jewelry that I sold is my first custom job that I designed and created from wax carving to completion. It was a 3-stone engagement ring with a special cushion cut diamond center and fire orange sapphire trillion side stones. The ring’s design was inspired by a bat’s wings for a client who researches and studies bats. It was odd, fun, and a great learning experience.
What is the best thing about working on Wonderful King Street? All the different personalities on the team.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Butter Pecan
Coffee or Tea? Tea
Sunrise or Sunset? Sunrise, it’s cooler
Sweet or Savory? Savory
Favorite night in? Movies, TV, or listening to my records.
Favorite night out? Hitting up a good restaurant, finding something to do around town.
Tell us a random fact people would be surprised to know about you: I have no fibula in my right leg.
Tell us a funny moment at 308 Wonderful King Street that still makes you laugh out loud: We took the life-sized Santa from the Christmas window display and placed him in random spots around the store. This was pretty fun. Freaked me out a couple of times.
What is your favorite item on our site?