We want like to take a moment to welcome you to Colucci's Jewelers - Charleston's premier jewelry store for more than 60 years. We are so happy that you decided to visit our website! We hope that while you're here, you will begin to get a sense of why so many customers choose Colucci's Jewelers over other jewelry stores in Charleston, SC.
In an industry known for snobby salespeople and overpriced items, Colucci's Jewelers brings warm smiles and affordable prices to jewelry shoppers in the Lowcountry. Unlike other jewelers in Charleston, the Colucci team focuses on providing customers with an unmatched jewelry experience, from the moment they pull into our parking lot to the minute they leave our showroom. We believe our customers deserve special attention, and our goal is to provide them with friendly, personalized service every time they visit.
The Colucci Difference
As a certified jeweler with more than 50 years in the industry, Stefan Colucci has built his reputation on excellence and execution. With a wealth of knowledge and a passion for precision, Stefan pours his heart into every custom-made piece of jewelry, repair, restoration, and appraisal that he completes at Colucci's Jewelers. With consistent craftsmanship and impressive attention to detail, Stefan's ability to cater to all your jewelry needs will exceed your expectations every time.
While Stefan focuses on creating unforgettable custom jewelry for you or your loved one, his wife Summer specializes in customer service. Kind, patient, and knowledgeable in her own right, Summer will take all the time necessary to answer your questions and guide you through the jewelry selection process. Whether you're stressed out looking for the perfect diamond engagement ring or need to restore a priceless family heirloom, Summer will make sure you receive the attention you deserve.
When you shop at Colucci's Jewelry, understand that we will never try to pressure you into a purchase or provide you with lackluster service if you're "window shopping." We treat each of our customers with the same exceptional care, whether they are repeat clients or new faces.
Colucci's is a name you can trust - there's a reason we were voted Best Jeweler in 2019 by Readers Choice!
We offer several different jewelry styles and services in Charleston, from breathtaking engagement rings to extensive repairs. Keep reading to learn more about a few of our specialties.
Diamond Engagement Rings in Charleston
Proposing to the love of your life is one of the most beautiful, memorable moments that two people will ever share as a couple. An engagement ring symbolizes love and acceptance; it epitomizes trust and commitment. While no two proposals will ever be exactly the same, there is one constant that will always remain true: the diamond engagement ring you choose from Colucci's Jewelers will give you a lifetime of pleasure and contentment.
We understand that choosing the right engagement ring is one of the most important decisions you can make. That is why we pair the finest engagement jewelry in Charleston, SC, with one-on-one showings and helpful advice - to ensure that you discover dazzling rings at an affordable price. With the Colucci team by your side, we take second-guessing out of the equation, so you can focus on popping the question with confidence. After all, a diamond engagement ring is meant to be cherished for a lifetime!
Factors to Consider Before Buying an Engagement Ring
We find that taking the time to give our clients as much information as possible makes their experience easier and more enjoyable. Before you visit our store in person, consider the following factors when choosing an engagement ring:
- Ring Size: Knowing your fiance's ring size is crucial, especially if you're planning a surprise without her knowing. Borrow one of her rings and bring it to Colucci's Jewelers, and we will measure free of charge. For the perfect fit, we can also resize her ring when the time is right.
- Jewelry Preference: Sapphire? Ruby? Emerald? Diamond? At Colucci Jewelry, we have a wide range of gemstones to choose from which to choose, as well as settings and metal types. Ask your fiancee's friends or family for tips, or better yet, ask her yourself if you can do so without spoiling the surprise.
- 4 C's: The four C's represent color, clarity, cut, and carat weight. If you're just starting your search, this system might be foreign to you, but it is a trusted grading system used throughout the world. We recommend you visit Colucci's Jewelers for a quick education on this system, so you can find a quality diamond at a price that fits within your budget.
On-Site Jewelry Services in Charleston
With regular care and maintenance, your piece of fine jewelry from Colucci's Jewelers will give you a lifetime of enjoyment. Whether your favorite emerald necklace needs cleaning or a small diamond in your engagement ring is loose, we are happy to help. With more than 50 years of experience as Colucci's Jewelers' in-house repair expert, Stefan Colucci will handle your jewelry with care and compassion. Stefan is also highly skilled at creating designer jewelry in Charleston, SC. If you have a grand idea for a custom jewelry project, Stefan will consult with you one-on-one to turn your dream into reality.
In addition to the above services, Colucci Jewelers also offers:
- Class Rings
- Cash for Gold
- Gold Dealer Services
- Consignment Services
- Custom Diamond Engagement Rings
- Luxury Watches
- Luxury Watch Repair
- Rhodium Plating
- Same-Day Jewelry Repair
- Gold Coins for Sale
Don't risk sending your jewelry off to another state or country to be repaired by someone you can't see or talk to - as the premier on-site jewelry store in Charleston, we will handle all of your jewelry needs in person, with hard work and a smile.
If you need to get your fine jewelry appraised for insurance purposes, Colucci's Jewelers can help.
It's a great idea to get your jewelry appraised periodically. As the years pass along, the value of your precious metals and gemstones can fluctuate. If your last appraisal was more than two years ago, you could run into problems with your insurance coverage. If your jewelry is insured for less than its replacement value, you could lose a substantial amount of money if it is stolen or lost.
To help prevent situations like this from happening, our on-site jeweler Stefan Colucci will provide you with an up-to-date appraisal report based on your jewelry's current market value. That way, you can update your insurance accordingly.
We also specialize in estate jewelry appraisals, so you know exactly how much your old jewelry is worth if you are thinking of selling.
Our appraisal services include:
- Diamond Appraisals
- Insurance Appraisals
- Court Appraisals
- Estate Jewelry Appraisals
- Cash Offer for Appraised Jewelry
Jewelry Appraisal Services in Charleston
Sell Your Jewelry in Charleston
Selling jewelry from years past can be a hard experience. Estate jewelry, in particular, can have sentimental value attached and can be hard to sell. This is because jewelry is often a symbol of achievement or affection, such as your class ring from high school or your grandmother's wedding band. At Colucci's Jewelers, we understand the connection to old jewelry and appreciate the memories and value you have with these antique pieces.
In addition to the personal value, antique and estate jewelry can be quite valuable from a monetary standpoint. Estate jewelry is extremely popular in this day and age. Many Lowcountry locals are selling their vintage pieces to trusted jewelry stores in Charleston, SC, like Colucci's Jewelers.
Many customers choose to sell their jewelry to Colucci's Jewelers because we offer an intimate, honest experience - something that you will certainly not receive if you list your jewelry for sale on an internet marketplace. We will be upfront with you every step of the way to help separate personal value from monetary value, and will present you with a fair offer to consider.
If you are interested in selling your jewelry, we encourage you to visit our showroom to meet our staff and get an accurate appraisal of your jewelry's worth.
We buy a multitude of different jewelry, including:
- Estate Jewelry
- Custom Jewelry
- Antique Jewelry
- Male Wedding Rings
- Female Wedding Rings
- Engagement Rings
- All-Things Rolex
Charleston's Most Trusted Jewelry Store
We are proud and grateful to have served thousands of customers looking for quality jewelry and a relaxed, no-pressure atmosphere. We would love the opportunity to speak with you face-to-face so that we can learn what you're looking for and what you love about jewelry. Whether you're looking for a custom diamond engagement ring or need friendly advice about what looks right, we are here help.
Latest News in Charleston, SC
Charleston bowling alley building sells for $10M; The Alley’s operations not to be affected
A downtown Charleston block-long building where a bowling alley has operated for the past decade and an 8-story hotel has been approved is now under new ownership, but the transaction is not expected to affect operations at The Alley for the foreseeable future.A Chicago-based partnership of real estate investment ...
A downtown Charleston block-long building where a bowling alley has operated for the past decade and an 8-story hotel has been approved is now under new ownership, but the transaction is not expected to affect operations at The Alley for the foreseeable future.
A Chicago-based partnership of real estate investment firm North Park Ventures and real estate developer MCZ Development paid $10 million this week for the 16,000-square-foot structure at 131 Columbus St. where the bowling alley has operated eight lanes and a restaurant since 2012, according to Andy Batkins of real estate brokerage and investment firm Woodlock Capital LLC.
Batkins, along with Woodlock’s Wayne Simon and Elliott Calhoun, represented the buyer and the seller, Southern Realty Development Corp. It’s affiliated with the Arnold Family Corp., a Columbia-based development firm that once ran a liquor-distribution business as the largest wholesaler in South Carolina.
The family had owned the building, once used to dispense wine and liquor, for the better part of half a century.
In August 2021, Southern Realty Development Corp. received approval from the city’s zoning officials to build a 175-room hotel where The Alley operates next to the planned Lowcountry Lowline, a linear park slated along a former rail line.
The hotel entitlement comes with the lbuilding’s purchase, but Batkins, who was serving as a spokesman for the new owners, said they declined to elaborate on whether they plan to pursue the lodging option.
City Zoning Administrator Lee Batchelder said the hotel entitlement is good for two years after first being approved, but the property owners can apply for one-year extensions for up to five years.
The new owners have been involved in numerous projects across the U.S.
North Park Ventures’ website shows its developments are mainly apartment and mixed-used ventures throughout the Windy City and in Minneapolis, Indiana and South Florida while MCZ Development has built apartments, condominiums, hotels and mixed-use projects in Chicago, South Florida and Washington, D.C., among other places.
MCZ also has partnered with JRR Development of Charleston to build a 250-unit apartment project at 584 Meeting St.
The bowling alley, which extends from Columbus to Spring streets, sits between U-Haul Moving and Storage on King Street and a shuttered supermarket on Meeting Street.
Alley owner David Crowley said customers of The Alley, an entertainment venue with dozens of group bookings already into 2023, will not see a change in operations.
“The Alley has been in touch with the new property ownership group,” Crowley said. “We are excited to work with them moving forward as we continue to serve the Charleston community.”
Kayaking the Edisto River — South Carolina’s natural hidden treasure in the Lowcountry
“Hold still, little bird,” I muttered to myself as I squinted through the viewfinder of my camera. Despite my command, the bird refused to stay put on the branch as I tried to focus long enough to release the shutter. With a click I was the owner of yet another high-definition digital photo of … an empty tree branch.The object of my frustration on this day is a bright yellow prothonotary warbler, a migratory songbird that thrives in the flooded woodlands of the swampy rivers of the South Carolina Lowcountry....
“Hold still, little bird,” I muttered to myself as I squinted through the viewfinder of my camera. Despite my command, the bird refused to stay put on the branch as I tried to focus long enough to release the shutter. With a click I was the owner of yet another high-definition digital photo of … an empty tree branch.
The object of my frustration on this day is a bright yellow prothonotary warbler, a migratory songbird that thrives in the flooded woodlands of the swampy rivers of the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Wintering in South America, the prothonotary warbler can be found in spring and summer in the Carolinas where breeding pairs can be spotted in trees along the riverbank or deep in the swamp. Its song is a bright twee-twee-twee-twee and as it darts among the low branches above the black water of a swamp, it seems to almost demand a photo.
This spring morning, as I paddle a quiet stretch of the Edisto River, a warbler darts among the branches of a low willow hunting snails and insects. With its yellow colors flashing like a lightning bug in daytime, I am compelled to stop once again and fill the memory card on my camera with photos of tree branches in an obsession that seems to amuse the little bird. Finally, both of us are relieved as I obtain a photo or two and both of us depart satisfied from the encounter.
The subject of my photo lives with others of his kind along one of the most beautiful stretches of the Edisto River that you can ever see. The Edisto River is the longest river system contained entirely in South Carolina. Rising from Saluda and Edgefield counties, the Edisto corkscrews 250 miles along the Lowcountry to the sea and forms the “E” of the critical ACE Basin water system.
Artesian wells and crystal clear springs bubble from the limestone bedrock along the upper river and near the coast it becomes a rich, blackwater river where deep swamps open to salt marsh horizons. To spend time kayaking or boating along the Edisto is to experience a special paradise on earth.
This section of warbler-haunted Edisto described above runs approximately seven miles from Good Hope Landing to Sullivan’s Ferry near Cottageville. Good Hope Landing is a beautiful, easily accessible boat landing that allows you easy access to the river. Its 10-foot sandy bluff is crowned by a majestic live oak and the river here is wide and relatively straight.
As the current carries you along you can spot an abundance of wildlife. Egrets and herons wade in the shallows, songbirds (including prothonotary warblers) inhabit the trees and in the water, terrapin, gar and even the elusive alligator can be spotted. The river is filled with redbreast bream, catfish and bass — making this a popular as a destination for anglers.
A few miles downstream there is a narrow portion, where willows grow close and fallen trees can snag unwary boaters or those floating along in innertubes, a favorite summer pastime for hundreds of visitors every year. At four miles, you will pass Long Creek Landing, another serviceable launching location, and shortly after will pass beneath the highway bridge of U.S.-17A at the privately owned Jellico’s Landing.
Up to this point, the Edisto has been wild and scenic with few houses or other reminders of human habitation. From the bridge at Jellico’s, well-sited river houses and cottages line the river and form the community of Sullivan’s Landing. Dating from at least as far back as 1820, Sullivan’s was one of many such river crossings in the Lowcountry before bridges and modern highways took hold. The 1820 record of the South Carolina state legislature reveals that the toll for Sullivan’s Ferry was “for every two-horse carriage, 50 cents … horse and rider, 10 cents, and 5 cents for every foot passenger and head of horses, mules, cattle, sheep, goats and hogs …”
Recently, I kayaked from Good Hope to Sullivan’s Ferry with a group of friends and we found the old ferry site to be far quieter that it might have been in 1820. We enjoyed a beautiful spring day with the smooth Edisto reflecting the deep blue of a sky filled with lazy clouds. Recent rains had raised river levels and we enjoyed exploring side channels into coves of swampy flooded forest and hidden oxbow lakes.
After many hours leisurely exploring and encountering wildlife, we arrived at Sullivan’s Ferry for the journey home. We were all of the opinion that this section of the Edisto River was the most beautiful we had ever encountered — and I am certain that you will feel the same way. Should you chance to encounter a little yellow bird in a willow tree, I am certain he will share his opinion of the river, too.
Good Hope Landing and Sullivan’s Ferry Landing are both located near Cottageville and are only a little over an hour’s drive from the Beaufort area. To get there, take Interstate 95 or U.S.-17-A to Walterboro and stay on 17-A to Cottageville. In Cottageville, turn left onto Pierce Road. At 4 miles, turn right onto State Road S-15-35 to the dead end at Good Hope Landing. Sullivan’s Ferry is located at the end of Sullivan’s Ferry Road approximately 3 miles from Cottageville just off 17-A. Both landings are managed by the South Carolina DNR and are well-maintained. There are no facilities, so pack accordingly.
The river in this section is swift when the water is up but very easy to manage, despite a few areas of overhang and snags. Careful preparation and good company will ensure you have a safe, enjoyable day on the water.
For more information, visit the Edisto River Canoe and Kayak Trail site at https://ercktrail.org or obtain a detailed map at https://www.dnr.sc.gov/water/river/edisto-guide.html
Charleston Is the Best Small City in the U.S.
Maybe it’s the cobblestone streets. Or the friendly locals. Or the incredible food, charming hotels, and endless water views. Whatever the reason, our readers continue to be utterly charmed by Charleston, South Carolina. In fact, it was just voted the best small city in the United States in our 2022 Readers’ Choice A...
Maybe it’s the cobblestone streets. Or the friendly locals. Or the incredible food, charming hotels, and endless water views. Whatever the reason, our readers continue to be utterly charmed by Charleston, South Carolina. In fact, it was just voted the best small city in the United States in our 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards.
Now in its 35th year, our annual Readers’ Choice Awards continues to capture the travel experiences our readers love best, from hotels and airlines to cruises and islands. The numbers prove what we already knew: Enthusiasm for travel has never been higher, as demonstrated by the nearly quarter of a million of you who filled out this year’s survey. The best cities in the world (large and small) are a testament to the staying power of perennial favorites, through thick and thin—with some newcomers to consider.
Charleston is no stranger to accolades. Our readers named it the best small city for an incredible 10 consecutive years until it was edged out by Aspen in 2021—not surprising, with most travelers seeking out wide open spaces during the pandemic. But the Holy City took back its crown this year, and everything feels relatively normal once again.
While there are clearly many reasons to love this Southern city, you really can’t talk about the destination without immediately calling out its dining scene. “Excellent restaurants” and “delicious food” were mentioned in countless survey responses, with particular attention paid to seafood, sweet tea, and hearty breakfasts.
The city excels at Southern cuisine, of course, but don’t sleep on Charleston’s more diverse dining options. Be sure to try the escargot at Maison, the tender agnolotti and veal scallopini at Wild Olive, the gazpacho at Malagón Mercado y Tapería, and the fried smelt with garlic skordalia sauce at Stella’s. We wouldn’t dare tell you to skip the Southern classics, though: If you’re lucky enough to find an empty parking spot at The Glass Onion, break any mild traffic laws to get it. The shrimp po’boys, fried grouper cheeks, and lemon meringue pie are the stuff of legends.
Luckily for any calorie counters out there, Charleston also boasts an extremely walkable downtown area and a plethora of outdoor activities. You can hop onboard one of the famous horse-drawn carriages (“carriage rides both day and evening are a must,” writes one reader), or take a self-guided walking tour past Waterfront Park, the live oaks at White Point Gardens, Legare’s gorgeous homes, and more.
There are many great beaches to choose from in the spring and summer, with “water as warm as a bath,” but we’re particular fans of the stretches of sand on Sullivan’s Island. These beaches are wide enough to fit the crowds, have gentle waves, and are surrounded by natural walking paths through lush vegetation. Get out on the water with a kayaking tour—one of Charleston’s trademark outdoor activities—and you might even spot a pair of surfacing dolphins or an elusive summer manatee.
‘It’s an epidemic’: Gun violence forum brings leaders together to find solutions
A panel of Lowcountry officials, politicians, and organization leaders gathered on Sunday evening at Burke High School.CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A panel of Lowcountry officials, politicians, and organization leaders gathered on Sunday evening at Burke High School to discuss problems and solutions surrounding gun deaths.Hosted by the Tri-County Gun Violence Coordinating Council, Pastor Thomas Dixon started the event by stating that the panel members who are in attendance can actually impact our community over the upcoming years....
A panel of Lowcountry officials, politicians, and organization leaders gathered on Sunday evening at Burke High School.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A panel of Lowcountry officials, politicians, and organization leaders gathered on Sunday evening at Burke High School to discuss problems and solutions surrounding gun deaths.
Hosted by the Tri-County Gun Violence Coordinating Council, Pastor Thomas Dixon started the event by stating that the panel members who are in attendance can actually impact our community over the upcoming years.
“We’re not here to point fingers unless we are pointing fingers at ourselves; because if each one of us has not done everything that we can do to prevent gun violence, we’re just as much a part of a problem as we are a part of the solution,” Dixon said.
Panel members include the following:
Before the questioning portion of the forum, panel members first spoke about why the issue of gun violence is important to them personally.
“It’s an epidemic, that I know all of you are well aware of, that seeps into every single possible facet of our lives and we have to be able to recognize what we can do,” Clinton said. “I’m hoping that at the end of this, we’re able to feel a little bit better that we’re not alone in this fight because it can be very tiring, and it can be hard and overwhelming.”
‘Is this who we are or who we are becoming,’ was the first question posed to panel members on the topic of gun violence. The response from the speakers was mixed with a variety of different responses.
“I would say this is who we are becoming,” Reynolds said. “I believe that we are on a path on a continuum, and we’re not going in the right direction, we’re going in the wrong direction. I believe that if you look at the number of homicides, those numbers are very misleading and each one of them has a story and a name behind it and we need to put that story and that face on each one of those losses.”
Wilson responded by opposing Reynolds, saying the problem is not just one solution, it is many tiny victories along the way.
“It’s who we are. It’s not who we’re becoming, and we don’t have time to waste. We have to address these things now,” she said. “We have to address these things in a way that we can listen to each other across party lines, across law enforcement, prosecutors, and members of the community.”
The Tri-County Gun Violence Coordinating Council put together a list of 12 possible solutions to curb gun violence in the Lowcountry:
“We have to learn as people how to resolve conflict, not just minors, but as adults, because you have to think about the way we react to things and how we’ve handled conflict,” Whack said. “We can’t handle conflict in a reasonable manner and how would we expect our children, our youth to follow our paths?”
The gun violence forum was just a start to discussing solutions, according to Marlvis Butch Kennedy, Tri-County Gun Violence Coordinating Council Chair. In the upcoming year, the council has already begun taking steps to address gun violence in a collaborative approach among Lowcountry organizations.
Sunday’s gun violence forum was the first of several that the Tri-County Gun Violence Coordinating Council is hosting.
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Ralph H. Johnson VA Hospital hosts annual Veteran’s Day Parade
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The 22nd annual Charleston Veterans Day parade was put on by the Ralph H. Johnson VA Hospital in downtown Charleston on Sunday to honor veterans ahead of Veterans Day this week. The parade included historic military vehicles, veterans service organizations, and of course veterans.“The last couple of years we haven’t been able to have it, and I said if we don’t do anything else, we can identify to the community that veterans help veterans,” says Joe Lysaght, a member of the Americ...
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The 22nd annual Charleston Veterans Day parade was put on by the Ralph H. Johnson VA Hospital in downtown Charleston on Sunday to honor veterans ahead of Veterans Day this week. The parade included historic military vehicles, veterans service organizations, and of course veterans.
“The last couple of years we haven’t been able to have it, and I said if we don’t do anything else, we can identify to the community that veterans help veterans,” says Joe Lysaght, a member of the American Legion National Executive Committee.
The parade is held yearly to honor those who put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms.
“Events like this, they are magnanimous,” says Lysaght. “They just do a lot for the community.”
Charleston’s annual parade is hosted by the Ralph H. Johnson VA Hospital every year. Sunday’s event brought out people of all ages, some to say thank you while others were there to remember lost loved ones who paid the ultimate price.
“She was wiping the tears from her eyes, and you know I’m a combat veteran; I served in Vietnam,” says Lysaght. “That still puts a softball in your throat; you know what I’m saying?”
Dr. Perry Jenkins, a member of the Montford Marines Charleston chapter, says Veterans Day events are about teaching the history of all veterans who have served the United States.
“You ask them about the Montford Marines; they don’t know those guys,” says Dr. Jenkins. “We want to make sure that we give those veterans that had to fight for the right to fight; what they really deserve.”
The Buffalo Soldiers, Tuskegee Airman, and Montford Marines among millions of others who answered the call, Dr. Jenkins says these events are about them.
“So we want to honor those pioneers, we sit on the back of those guys, and our accomplishments are all because of those guys,” says Dr. Jenkins.
For Lysaght, events like the parade serve as a chance to connect with veterans and support those struggling after returning home.
“It’s a challenge, but it’s one I cherish,” says Lysaght. “I truly think we can’t do enough for our veterans.”