We want like to take a moment to welcome you to Colucci’s Jewelers – James Island’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 James Island, 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 James Island, 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!
Diamond Engagement Rings in James Island
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 James Island, 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 fiancée’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 fiancée’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 James Island
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 James Island, 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 James Island, 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 James Island
Sell Your Jewelry in James Island
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 James Island, 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
Latest News in James Island
James Island sewer pipe hanging over drainage ditch will be fixed this summer
JAMES ISLAND — A homeowner next to James Island Creek is worried that a rusty sewer pipe may give way and add more pollution to the waterway, which is regularly deemed too dirty to swim in. But officials with the local sewer provider say help is on the way, and that the pipe should be stabilized next month. David Coe, who lives just off Dills Bluff Road, has a yard that sprawls into marshes on the edge of James Island Creek. In a fringe of trees at the edge of his property is a drainage ditch to the marsh, connected by a ...
JAMES ISLAND — A homeowner next to James Island Creek is worried that a rusty sewer pipe may give way and add more pollution to the waterway, which is regularly deemed too dirty to swim in.
But officials with the local sewer provider say help is on the way, and that the pipe should be stabilized next month.
David Coe, who lives just off Dills Bluff Road, has a yard that sprawls into marshes on the edge of James Island Creek. In a fringe of trees at the edge of his property is a drainage ditch to the marsh, connected by a thin pipe to a pond on the other side of the road.
But hanging over the ditch is a rusty 8-inch sewer main. Coe claimed he’s been trying for years to get someone to bolster the pipe, which was once covered by the slope down from Dills Bluff Road. He worries it might corrode enough to break, or that trees at the edge of the eroding bank might fall on it. The dirt around the pipe has washed away because of high tides from the creek, Coe said.
“If that pipe breaks, it’s going to be the biggest disaster James Island Creek could possibly see,” Coe said.
David Hoffman, director of wastewater services for the James Island Public Service District, said that the utility is working on a solution. The PSD is asking for quotes on how much it could cost to bolster the pipe by placing rocks around it and then covering that with concrete, and Hoffman did not have a guess at what the cost might be. The utility also plans to work with the S.C. Department of Transportation, which will clean out the drainage under the road, Hoffman said.
Hoffman said he was first made aware of the problem in April and PSD staff observed the site in June.
“We were at the end of our budget year so we didn’t have a lot of funds at the time,” he said. “We would have fixed it (then) if it was an immediate danger to anybody at that time. It wasn’t. That’s why we delayed the work.”
He expected the work to be completed by mid-August.
Meanwhile, James Island Creek has long had issues with water quality. Andrew Wunderley of Charleston Waterkeeper has been testing the stream for bacteria for nine years. It regularly exceeds bacteria levels the state has set for safe swimming, he said in an interview.
State regulations changed last year and brought stricter rules for James Island Creek and Shem Creek, another waterway that often has high bacteria readings. Wunderley said a taskforce is also working on solutions to improve water quality.
Meanwhile, Wunderley said it needs to be a priority for the PSD to stabilize the pipe — rust alone might not create a leak, but further erosion undermining it or something hitting it could.
Sewer and septic failures can lead to high bacteria levels, “and it’s really important for the public to be aware of this stuff,” Wunderley said.
Expo Raises Money for Pon Pon Chapel
Contact: Sarah Miller email@example.com 843-635-5206 A Waffle House, the Millennium Falcon, a pirate island, downtown Walterboro, a canal scene, trains, World War II ships and more were all displayed in LEGO bricks at the 1st Annual Palmetto Bricks Expo on Saturday, June 19 in the Colleton Museum and Farmers Market’s Market Hall. Over 250 people stopped by to see the creations of some of the best professional and hobbyist LEGO builders in the southeast. This was the first time a LEGO fan expo has happened in ...
Contact: Sarah Miller
A Waffle House, the Millennium Falcon, a pirate island, downtown Walterboro, a canal scene, trains, World War II ships and more were all displayed in LEGO bricks at the 1st Annual Palmetto Bricks Expo on Saturday, June 19 in the Colleton Museum and Farmers Market’s Market Hall. Over 250 people stopped by to see the creations of some of the best professional and hobbyist LEGO builders in the southeast. This was the first time a LEGO fan expo has happened in the Lowcountry and it thrilled and inspired kids and adults alike.
Andrew Heape, a local Colletonian and builder behind Palmetto Bricks, was the organizer of the Expo. Heape is the creator of the LEGO downtown Walterboro that was displayed during the WHAM! Festival. One of his most talked about builds is LEGO Waffle House complete with customers inside.
The Palmetto Bricks Expo hosted 12 builders from Myrtle Beach, Columbia, Summerville, Walterboro, Greenville, Spring Hill, Florida, Boone, NC and Augusta, Georgia. Heape reported that even more builders were interested but space was limited. Already 15 builders have requested space for the next Palmetto Bricks Expo. The event was supported by Colleton Museum and Farmers Market, PRTC, Palmetto Foot Clinic, Coastal Graphix, East Main Boutique, Sweet Dreams and Jelly Beans, Wonderworks, and Sparkles Events Décor and Design.
Donations of LEGO kits, a Lava Lamp, and gift certificates were raffled to benefit the preservation of Pon Pon Chapel of Ease. The raffle and donations raised over $700 for the Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society’s work to stabilize and preserve the chapel ruin located in Jacksonboro, SC. On July 4, 2020, the top of the front façade of Pon Pon Chapel fell. Heape, a history enthusiast, explained, “I wanted to do a LEGO event for several years now, but I felt the best way to do it was to turn it into a fundraising event for a local charity. For a while I was not sure what that charity would be, but after the tragedy last year where part of the façade of Pon Pon chapel collapsed I knew what I wanted to do; help save the historic site.”
The Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society (CCHAPS) is working with Bennett Preservation Engineers, PC to create plans for the stabilization of Pon Pon Chapel of Ease and to rebuild the front façade. Recently, Ben Cox, an Eagle Scout from James Island build and installed 3 picnic tables at the site. Katie Hyman, a student at the University of South Carolina Salkehatchie has researched the people buried at Pon Pon and investigated security at the site. CCHAPS is preparing for some work days at the site this summer.
If you are interested in supporting the preservation of Pon Pon Chapel of Ease, be sure to follow Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society on Facebook. If you would like to be on the Pon Pon email list, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Palmetto Bricks Expo, like them on Facebook and Instagram.
SC’s best high school athletic programs include Wando, Bishop England, Philip Simmons
David Shelton Special to The Post and Courier
Three of the top high school athletic programs in South Carolina are located in the Charleston area. The S.C. Athletic Administrators Association recently announced the winners of the Carlisle Cup in each of the state’s five High School League classifications. The Carlisle Cup recognizes the top athletic programs each year, based on state championships and playoff success. Wando is the Class AAAAA winner for the 2020-21 school year. The athletic program captured state titles in volleyball, girls swimming and girls soccer,...
Three of the top high school athletic programs in South Carolina are located in the Charleston area.
The S.C. Athletic Administrators Association recently announced the winners of the Carlisle Cup in each of the state’s five High School League classifications. The Carlisle Cup recognizes the top athletic programs each year, based on state championships and playoff success.
Wando is the Class AAAAA winner for the 2020-21 school year. The athletic program captured state titles in volleyball, girls swimming and girls soccer, and was the state runner-up in boys swimming, boys tennis and girls lacrosse. Wando also was Lower State runner-up in girls basketball and girls tennis, third in girls track and fourth in boys track.
Bishop England was the top program in Class AAA this year. The Bishops won state titles in girls tennis, boys cross country, girls lacrosse and boys lacrosse, and were state runners-up in girls basketball, boys golf and boys swimming. The girls cross country team finished third in the state meet and the girls golf team was third in the AAA state tournament.
Philip Simmons earned the award for Class AA. The four-year-old Berkeley County school won state titles in boys tennis, boys track and girls track, while finishing second in boys cross country and girls cross country. The girls tennis team was AA state runner-up as well. The volleyball and girls basketball teams reached the AA Lower State finals.
High school coaches on the move
Summer is often the time for movement among the prep coaching ranks and this summer is no different.
Oceanside Collegiate recently announced the hiring of two new varsity head coaches while an assistant at Berkeley has landed his first head coaching gig.
Oceanside Collegiate filled openings in baseball and softball in recent days. Alecia Robinson will assume duties as the head softball coach next spring. Robinson comes to Oceanside Collegiate from Blue Ridge High School in Greer. Robinson served at Blue Ridge for the last three seasons, guiding the Tigers to an undefeated region record and a Lower State appearance in Class AAAA.
Robinson is a former two-time all-state performer at Tuscola High School in Waynesville, North Carolina, where she holds the school’s career homerun record.
Richie McCullough will take the reins of the successful baseball program. McCullough replaces Jerry Stoots, who was not retained after the 2021 season. McCullough has been an assistant on the varsity team for the last two seasons. Oceanside played for the Class AA state title in 2019 and won 20 games this spring but failed to make the state playoffs.
McCullough is a native of Columbia and is a 1990 graduate of Columbia High. He was a four-year all-region selection and also was named all-state and played in the North-South all-star game.
Prior to his move to Charleston, McCullough spent 11 years as an assistant coach in Lexington.
“I am very appreciative for the opportunity here at Oceanside and would like to thank Mrs. (Brenda) Corley and Coach (Mark) Meyer for putting their trust in me. I love everything about this school.”
Zach Jacobs, who was Berkeley’s junior varsity baseball coach and an assistant coach for the varsity team, has been hired as the varsity head coach at Beaufort High School. Jacobs is a graduate of Berkeley and was an All-Lowcountry selection as a player. He inherits a program that played for the Class AAAA Lower State championship this past spring. The Eagles lost to James Island in the best-of-three Lower State series.
SC municipalities distribute sandbags during hurricane season to control flooding
When tropical weather threatens the Palmetto State, it is not uncommon for municipalities to make sandbags available for residents to protect their homes and buildings from water intrusion. This is convenient for people because it is illegal to remove sand from some South Carolina’s beaches. Glenn Jeffries, a spokeswoman for the Army Corps of Engineers Charleston district, said sand should not be removed from a beach without first coordinating with federal, state and local government for necessary permissions. In c...
When tropical weather threatens the Palmetto State, it is not uncommon for municipalities to make sandbags available for residents to protect their homes and buildings from water intrusion.
This is convenient for people because it is illegal to remove sand from some South Carolina’s beaches.
Glenn Jeffries, a spokeswoman for the Army Corps of Engineers Charleston district, said sand should not be removed from a beach without first coordinating with federal, state and local government for necessary permissions.
In cities like Myrtle Beach, violators who remove sand from public beaches and parks can be charged with a misdemeanor, up to a $500 fine and possibly 30 days in jail.
In 2018, Horry County Emergency Management issued a notice reminding folks of this law after hearing that hardware stores were directing people to the beach to fill their sandbags.
Mark Kruea, the public information officer for the city of Myrtle Beach, said every 10 years or so, the city spends millions of dollars for beach renourishment.
“So it’s definitely not a good idea to take sand off the beach,” Kruea said. “That’s our first line of defense in the event of a hurricane.”
And frankly, Kruea said, there is no reason to do so. If there is a serious hurricane threat, municipalities will often provide sand and sandbags for residents to help them protect their properties.
According to the Army Corps, sandbagging is one of the most versatile flood-fighting tools and is an effective way to prevent or reduce flood water damage.
Hurricane Wire is a pop-up newsletter during hurricane season that delivers anyone who lives on the East Coast all the information they need to know as storms brew in the Atlantic and beyond.
In preparation for major storms, Berkeley County’s roads and bridges department will get washed sand from various vendors and distribute it around the county to municipalities and fire departments. When the washed sand is no longer available, the county will use fill dirt from a local dirt pit.
Ahead of Hurricane Dorian in 2019, the county delivered more than 49,250 sandbags and more than 1,260 tons of sand to 26 locations, spokeswoman Hannah Moldenhauer said.
In the city of Charleston, residents who want sandbags are provided with 10 bags and are required to shovel the sand themselves. The city makes sand available at several locations including on James Island, in the parking lot of the Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park and the Governor’s Park dog park under Interstate 526.
The city of Charleston has 90,000 sandbags on hand and ready to be filled. The city has not had to supply sandbags for a storm since Isaias approached the area in 2020, according Matt Alltop, superintendent of environmental service, streets and sidewalks.
There are also other remedies for fighting small floods. The Army Corps said readily available straw bales are an economical alternative. In the case of a flood, the water will swell the straw and make the bales heavier and watertight.
But if sandbags are your go-to method for flood management, experts recommend residents put them around areas that could be entryways for water, such as doors, basements and garage windows.
The bags are only intended for a small amount of water-flow protection — up to 2 feet.
Year of the Falcon: AC Flora claims second straight Carlisle Cup trophy
Thomas Grant Jr.
COVID-19 protocols, spur of the moment schedule changes and a shortened playoff season. These were the challenges Midlands public schools experienced during the past SC High School League 2020-21 athletic season. Nevertheless, several schools still managed to collect their share of state titles. Both Lexington (competitive cheer, girls golf) and Gilbert (girls' golf, baseball) came away with two titles each and fellow Lexington School District One school River Bluff upset four-time defending Class 5A boys' basketball champion D...
COVID-19 protocols, spur of the moment schedule changes and a shortened playoff season.
These were the challenges Midlands public schools experienced during the past SC High School League 2020-21 athletic season.
Nevertheless, several schools still managed to collect their share of state titles. Both Lexington (competitive cheer, girls golf) and Gilbert (girls' golf, baseball) came away with two titles each and fellow Lexington School District One school River Bluff upset four-time defending Class 5A boys' basketball champion Dorman for the title.
None was more successful than AC Flora High School. The Columbia school took home a school-record 5 teams state titles:
- competitive cheer
- boys golf
- boys tennis
The Falcons were also state runner-up in girls golf and girls lacrosse and had four individual sport or event champions:
- Gracie McCoy (girls golf)
- Tanner Edwards (boys swimming)
- Robert McCray (high jump)
- Girls 4x100 meter relay
The end result for AC Flora was a second Carlisle Cup trophy won in three years as the top athletic program in Class 4A.
Named after former Eastside head football coach John Carlisle, the Carlisle Cup uses a point system which awards points to schools based on their finish in 22 boys’ and girls’ S.C. High School League sports. The rankings determine the top S.C. High School League athletics programs.
AC Flora tied with Eastside for the award two years ago. Because of a shortened athletic year, no Carlisle Cup award was given.
This year, the Falcons' 1120 points total exceeded Eastside by 180 points and was 2nd highest statewide only to Class 5A Wando.
“It should have been three in a row, but we’ll take the two in a row that we’ve got,” AC Flora athletics director Edward Moore said. “It was a lot of extra steps that we had to go through this year and I’ve really proud of our coaches for buying into what the requirements are.
“We saw teams dropping out left and right in various sports and they were a lot of extra things asked of the coaches and teams to get through not just the protocols, but to keep our kids safe and healthy. Everybody bought into it and had no problems doing it. We got a lot of extra help with parents helping out. It was a great way to navigate through these hurdles.”
While golf, boys tennis and baseball added to their championship legacy, it was the first state titles for competitive cheer and football. Since Moore’s arrival six years ago, AC Flora has won a state title in 13 different sports.
Moore credits the coaches for building a championship mindset and putting their teams in play for titles every year. As long as Moore fulfills his duties in providing the resources to obtain success, he expects the Falcons to add more trophies to the school coffers.
A total of eight Midlands schools placed in the top 10 of their respective classifications for the Carlisle Cup. Lexington and River Bluff placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in Class 5A and Chapin tied for ninth with Summerville.
Gilbert and Camden placed sixth and ninth, respectively, in Class 3A.
Andrew Jackson finished fourth and Gray Collegiate tied with Crescent for ninth place in Class 2A.
CARLISLE CUP TOP 10
1. Wando (1130)
2. Dorman (840)
3. JL Mann (828.33)
4. Lexington (770)
5. River Bluff (620)
6. Fort Mill (600)
7. Riverside (520)
8. TL Hanna (470)
9 (tie). Chapin & Summerville (460)
1. AC Flora (1120)
2. Eastside (940)
3. Hilton Head Island (930)
4. Greenville (760)
5. James Island (740)
6. Catawba Ridge (690)
7. May River (630)
8. Travelers Rest (540)
9. Myrtle Beach (520)
10. North Myrtle Beach (450)
1. Bishop England (900)
2. Oceanside Collegiate (836.67)
3. Daniel (700)
4. Seneca (620)
5. Waccamaw (600)
6. Gilbert (550)
7. Powdersville (500)
8. Wren (450)
9. Camden (420)
10. Blue Ridge (400)
1. Phillip Simmons (900)
2. Christ Church (840)
3. St. Joseph’s (650)
4. Andrew Jackson (490)
5. Greer Middle College (450)
6. Landrum (410)
7. Legion Collegiate (390)
8. Woodland (360)
9 (tie). Crescent & Gray Collegiate (310)