Croghan’s jewel box is a full service jewelry store and offers a complete array of services. The list above are just a few examples of the way we help our customers take care of their most valuable possessions. We ship all over the world and also provide downtown delivery services. Since we have been doing this for over 100 years, our customers have grown to depend on our advice and workmanship. Please do not hesitate to call if you do not see your specific request listed.Inquire About Other Services
All jewelry purchased in our store comes with a complimentary appraisal at time of sale. In addition, we have an appraiser on our staff which dedicates each Tuesday morning to appointments to service all your needs in this area. She is certified by the Gemological Institute of America and has over 30 years of experience in the field.
Jewelry brought in Tuesday morning will be ready to be picked up by Tuesday afternoon. The appraisal will be mailed to you generally within a week. Please feel free to call for a specific appointment if you would like to meet with the appraiser.
For uncomplicated jewelry the charge to appraise the first piece starts at $110.00. Intricate jewelry will be priced accordingly. We will be happy to give you an estimate for your more elaborate items.
We have been helping local and national companies with their gift needs for over a century. We can make your business look fabulous with our personalized logo engraving and unique Lowcountry items that will set you apart with your clients and staff. Please let us meet with you and come up with a plan for your gift giving needs. From Regatta trophies to retirement watches we can fill the bill. You can trust us with all of the details from wrapping to delivery. You will love having a relationship with us so that you can check this off your list and do what you do best, running your business.
Let Croghan’s help you design a piece of jewelry that is uniquely yours. Whether using stones from your grandmother’s cherished piece of jewelry or starting from scratch, Croghan’s can guide you in the process. We work in all precious metals and can create exactly what you are dreaming of whether your taste leans from traditional to modern. Our in house jewelers have more than 25 years of experience hand crafting unique pieces. This service is only available in our store at 308 Wonderful King Street in Charleston, SC. Come see us, bring us your project, and prepare to be wowed by the expertise and skill of our jewelers.
Everyone has heard of the 4C's when buying a diamond....We would love for Croghan's Jewel Box be your 5th.
We have two Gemologists on site who are experienced and ready to share their knowledge with you.
We have a competitive pricing strategy in place to offer you the best possible quality to fit your budget.
After 100 plus years in this business, we have deep relationships with the top diamond dealers all over the world. If we do not have the stone you are looking for, we will find it.
We have many beautiful antique rings as well as semi mountings in stock, or you may want to work with one of our designers and a talented master jeweler on site to create one especially for you. We have been making rings for 100 years so we understand the importance of scale, proportions, and metal choices as they relate to the overall design of a ring. Our Experience in this area is truly priceless
Our upstairs salon with private access offers the latest in Gemology equipment in a setting that feels like a home. Make an appointment for a quiet experience away from the hustle and excitement of our downstairs store. At Croghan's Jewel Box, it's not just an engagement ring that we are selling, it's a lifetime relationship!
THE FOUR C'S
Cut describes the angles and proportions of a diamond. Cut is graded from "Excellent" to "Poor". The better the cut, the more brilliant the diamond will appear. Cut is the only characteristic of a diamond that is not determined by nature. Many people confuse cut with the shape of a diamond. Diamonds are available in various shapes including round, square, pear, heart, cushion, marquise and oval, but cut refers to the angles and proportions a master diamond craftsman uses to reveal the potential brilliance and beauty of a diamond.
THE IDEAL CUT DIAMOND
Although we work with diamond dealers all over the world, there is only one known for the ideal cut diamond: Lazare Kaplan
Nature ensures that every diamond is as individual as the person who wears it. Clarity depends on the presence or absence of tiny inclusions, or birthmarks, which occurred when the diamond was forming. These natural inclusions are measured on a grading scale which was established by the Gemological Institute of America, or GIA. The size, quantity, type, location, and color of a diamond’s inclusions will determine the grade. The greater a diamond’s clarity, the more rare and valuable it is.
Color refers to the presence of any color in the diamond. The closer the diamond is to colorless, the higher the grade and the more valuable. White diamonds remain the most popular, even though diamonds are found in a kaleidoscope of colors. Diamonds are graded on a color scale implemented by the GIA which ranges from D (colorless) to Z. A change of one or two color grades is sometimes unnoticeable but can have a profound effect upon the price.
Carat is a unit of weight for diamonds and other gemstones. Since larger diamonds are found less often in nature, value increases with carat weight. For example, a one carat diamond can cost significantly more than two half-carat diamonds of like quality. The cut and the mounting can make a diamond appear larger than its actual weight. Let us help you find the right diamond and mounting to optimize its brilliance, beauty and uniqueness. The round cut diamond is the most popular diamond shape. Due to the mechanics of its shape, the round diamond is generally superior to fancy shapes because of the proper reflection of light, maximizing potential brightness. Its 57 facet cut, divided among its crown (top), girdle (widest part) and pavilion (base), is calibrated through a precise formula to achieve the maximum brilliance. Only round diamonds are given a total cut grade from excellent to poor.
The round brilliant cut diamond is the most popular diamond shape. Due to the mechanics of its shape, the round diamond is generally superior to fancy shapes because of the proper reflection of light, maximizing potential brightness. Its 57 facet cut, divided among its crown (top), girdle (widest part) and pavilion (base), is calibrated through a precise formula to achieve the maximum brilliance. Only round diamonds are given a total cut grade from excellent to poor.
The cushion cut diamond combines a square cut with rounded corners, much like a pillow (hence the name). This classic cut has been around for almost 200 years, and for the first century of its existence was the most popular diamond shape. Refinements in cut have led to a recent resurgence in popularity. It typically has 57 facets.
The princess cut diamond was first created in 1980. It has a square or rectangular shape, typically with square corners and numerous sparkling facets. Like round cut diamonds, princess cut diamonds are a good choice for their flexibility in working in almost any style of ring. They can have up to 78 facets.
The unique look of the emerald cut diamond is due to the step cuts of its pavilion which produce a hall of mirrors effect. The shape is usually rectangular with cut corners. It is known as a step cut because its concentric broad, flat planes resemble stair steps. It typically has 58 facets. Square shaped emerald cut diamonds are sometimes referred to as Asscher cut.
A combination of two stunning cuts, the radiant cut is said to have the fire and brilliance of a round brilliant diamond as well as the elegant, sophisticated rectangular or square shape of an emerald diamond. Its 70 facets maximize the effect.
Because the oval diamond is a modified round brilliant cut, it possesses a similar fire and brilliance. However, oval cut diamonds have the added advantage of an elongated shape, which can create the illusion of greater size. Its elongated shape gives a flattering illusion of length to the hand as well. It typically has 58 facets.
The marquise cut diamond is an elongated oval shape with pointed ends. It was commissioned by France's Louis XIV, who wanted a diamond to match the smile of the lovely Marquise de Pompadour. Because the marquise diamond is long and narrow, it can also create the illusion of greater size. Carat for carat, the marquise diamond has one of the largest surface areas of any diamond shape, making it a good choice when trying to maximize perceived size. It typically has 58 facets.
A hybrid cut, combining the best of the oval and the marquise, it is shaped most like a sparkling teardrop. It typically has 58 facets. HEART The heart shaped cut is the ultimate symbol of romance. It typically has 59 facets.
Many Antique rings feature older cuts such as old mine or old European. These were predecessors of the modern round brilliant cut. They generally have a high crown, small table, deep pavilion and large culet. Our experts can help you navigate the unique and beautiful world of estate diamonds.
A Diamond Certificate, also called a "Diamond Grading Report" or a "Diamond Dossier," is a document containing the characteristics that make up a particular diamond's quality. A completed certificate includes an analysis of the diamond's clarity, color, cut and carat weight. The certificate provides the owner with an independent, indisputable description of the diamond's essential qualities. These are separate from, but are used in conjunction with, appraisals, which assign a value to your diamond.
At Croghan’s Jewel Box, most diamond certificates are available from one of three sources: the GIA (Gemological Institute of America), the AGS (American Gem Society Laboratories), and the EGL (European Grading Lab)
Machine & Hand Engraving
Croghan’s is famous for the personalization of items through engraving. Whether it is with our machine engraver which can duplicate logos and fonts of all kinds, to the art of hand engraving, we specialize in embellishing jewelry and gifts in a masterful way.
Machine engraving is usually completed and ready for pick up within 3-6 business days. Please be aware that during certain holiday seasons engraving may take longer for completion. We can engrave a variety of artwork including company logos, school emblems, family crests, custom signatures and more. Please inquire for pricing on these special orders.
Machine Engraving is $15.00 per line for items purchased in our store and $20.00 per line for items NOT purchased in our store. Logos, special artwork, etc. is priced on a per item basis. Please give us a call to request a quote for your order.
We count ourselves lucky at Croghan’s to have three onsite gemologists to answer all of our customers’ questions about gem stones and especially diamonds. Although everyone in the store has had some training in the field, our GIA Graduate Gemologists are eager to show you any of our rings or loose stones under the microscope so that you can be informed about all the intricacies that make your purchase uniquely yours. Please call or email us to set up an appointment.
We offer a full range of repairs for all of your jewelry. Some of the most frequently requested repairs that we provide are listed below. We try very hard to have repairs completed within 5-7 business days. However, each individual job is different and depending on the volume of work and the complexity of the job, time frames will vary. Please call or stop in with your items for any additional questions.
We can size most rings. Even eternity bands with stones all the way around can be remade with additional stones or sizing bar.
CLEANING + CHECKING
Because we believe it is prudent to have the safety of your rings examined, we recommend a professional cleaning and safety check of all prongs and settings each year.
We buy from stone dealers all over the world and we can match missing stones almost all of the time.
Pearl stringing takes 1-2 weeks for completion. Pricing is approximately $3 per inch for a single strand of pearls.
Pricing for soldering is $15 per charm.
SILVER REPAIR + REPLATING
Let us help you keep your sterling and plated hollow shiny and in good repair! We have two events a year dedicated to this maintenance, but we are also happy to acquire estimates for you on an ongoing basis.
Pricing for repairing your silver is something to consider, as this level of craftsmanship does not come cheap. We will guide you through the process as you make your decision to replate or restore your favorite things. We will be honest if it would be less expensive or less of a hassle to kiss it goodbye and purchase a new one, or if you should keep it and love it exactly like it is with all of its imperfection. Please call us at (843) 723-3594 for more information.
The Croghans Wishlist
Let us keep record of your favorite things! Create a wish list online or in our store for easy future shopping and wonderful gift ideas for those who love you!