We want like to take a moment to welcome you to Colucci’s Jewelers – West Ashley’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 West Ashley, 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 West Ashley, 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 West Ashley
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 West Ashley, 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 West Ashley
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 West Ashley, 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 West Ashley, 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 West Ashley
Sell Your Jewelry in West Ashley
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 West Ashley, 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 West Ashley
SC highway department offering free career training this summer in North Charleston
NORTH CHARLESTON — Those most heavily impacted by the state’s billion-dollar Interstate 526 widening project will soon be offered free career preparation courses. The S.C. Department of Transportation will host job trainings this summer for four North Charleston communities. “We’ll continue to do this over the next five to 10 years,” said Joy Riley, DOT project manager. “Really, we’re just trying to build awareness, get some people signed up.” Made possible by the Federal H...
NORTH CHARLESTON — Those most heavily impacted by the state’s billion-dollar Interstate 526 widening project will soon be offered free career preparation courses.
The S.C. Department of Transportation will host job trainings this summer for four North Charleston communities.
“We’ll continue to do this over the next five to 10 years,” said Joy Riley, DOT project manager. “Really, we’re just trying to build awareness, get some people signed up.”
Made possible by the Federal Highway Administration, the trainings are for residents of Ferndale, Russelldale, Highland Terrace and Liberty Park. The four, low-wealth neighborhoods will be most affected by the Lowcountry Corridor West project, which will widen I-526 between West Ashley and Mount Pleasant and redesign the I-26/I-526 interchange.
The “West” project focuses on 9 miles between West Ashley’s Paul Cantrell Boulevard and North Charleston’s Virginia Avenue.
The upcoming courses include:
Those interested should come to the Lowcountry Corridor community office at 5626 Rivers Ave. or call 843-258-1135.
The job training courses will be the second mitigation effort to roll out from the project. A community history program is already underway, seeking pictures and stories from longtime residents to be displayed at a local community center.
More work will continue next year, which is when the state plans to begin building affordable housing in the impacted communities. The I-526 road plan is expected to begin construction in 2027.
“We want to make sure we have a well-rounded (mitigation) plan,” Riley said.
The CDL courses aim to help place people on a pathway toward a promising career, said Riley, who noted CDL drivers are in high demand in the state.
The job pays well, too. New drivers can make $50,000 to $60,000 a year, Riley said.
Charlynne Smith, president of the Ferndale neighborhood, praised the idea of providing youths with career-readiness opportunities.
“Kids need to learn how to take care of themselves when they’re out of school,” she said.
The $50,000 from the FHA had previously been designated for job training under the state’s program for disadvantaged businesses. That initiative was canceled due to the pandemic. The money was then reallocated to DOT for career readiness in North Charleston.
“We got kind of lucky,” Riley said.
COVID-19 vaccine a tricky topic for high school football coaches
A Lowcountry high school standout had a recruiting visit scheduled recently to a private school with a successful football program. He’s already had one scholarship offer from an in-state school, and this was a chance for him to check out another opportunity. But when the time came for the visit, the prospect had an unpleasant surprise — he could not make the trip because he had not been vaccinated for COVID-19. “He can’t go on any kind of college visits,” his coach said. “He was suppo...
A Lowcountry high school standout had a recruiting visit scheduled recently to a private school with a successful football program.
He’s already had one scholarship offer from an in-state school, and this was a chance for him to check out another opportunity.
But when the time came for the visit, the prospect had an unpleasant surprise — he could not make the trip because he had not been vaccinated for COVID-19.
“He can’t go on any kind of college visits,” his coach said. “He was supposed to visit this school, but he didn’t have a vaccination and couldn’t go ... So he finally came to the decision that, ‘Yeah, I’m going to go get it, because I can’t go on any college visits.’”
The subject of COVID-19 vaccines is a tricky one for high school football coaches, even as cases are rising again across the country and in South Carolina. The state has a vaccination rate of about 40 percent, ranking 40th among states. Everyone 12 and over is eligible to receive the vaccine.
“I don’t give them my opinion,” said Stall football coach Joe Bessinger. “If they ask me if I’ve been vaccinated, I say yes. But you always defer to mom and dad.
“That’s always the safe thing. No parents are going to come after you for telling their kid, ‘You better ask mom or dad.’”
Said Wando coach Rocco Adrian, “It’s a personal decision on things like that.”
Amid the coronavirus pandemic last year, the S.C. High School League canceled the spring sports season and issued guidelines and best practices for a return to play in the fall. High School League football teams played a shortened schedule in the fall, with some games canceled or rescheduled due to COVID-19 outbreaks.
Commissioner Jerome Singleton said the SCHSL sent a memo to league members this week encouraging them to “maintain the protocols they’ve been practicing the last 1½ years,” but doesn’t anticipate issuing new guidelines.
College conferences have been encouraging vaccines, with the SEC saying teams that reach the 85 percent threshold won’t have to test as often or wear masks. Teams that can’t play due to a COVID outbreak face having to forfeit, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said.
But high school coaches are dealing mostly with minor children, which means they have to be careful with their messaging.
“We can’t force them, coerce them or tell them to do it or not to do it,” said West Ashley coach Donnie Kiefer. “That has to be strictly up to their families. We don’t really breach that issue, and that has to be totally up to the family.”
Kiefer noted that the vaccine was offered for free at West Ashley High, “so that if they wanted it, they could get it.” He said he thinks the majority of his players have been vaccinated, but even asking players if they’ve received the vaccine is off limits.
“We can’t do that, that’s a privacy issue,” he said. “We can’t ask them, ‘Have you been vaccinated? Let me see your documentation.’ That’s a no-no.”
Some coaches said they will continue some of the safety protocols they learned last fall as practice starts on July 30.
“We’ll try to be careful,” Bessinger said. “I think not having kids share water bottles, having their own bottles, is good. I think the temperature check is not a bad thing, because that was very quick and easy, and you never want a kid coming in if he’s ill, even if it’s not COVID.
“We’re not required to use masks, but I’ve got kids coming in who are wearing them because their parents want them to. We have no problem with that.”
Some good habits have been developed and should continue, coaches said.
“Just being careful,” Wando’s Adrian said. “It’s probably a good thing to keep washing your hands and things like that. I feel like people have become a lot more conscious of things like that.”
Getting blunt about Delta-8 in Charleston, SC
Have you heard of Delta-8? No, we aren’t talking about the airline company, but it could make you take flight. Today we are breaking down the 411 on the agricultural product known as Delta-8 that has been growing on SC. ...
Have you heard of Delta-8? No, we aren’t talking about the airline company, but it could make you take flight.
Today we are breaking down the 411 on the agricultural product known as Delta-8 that has been growing on SC.
What is it?
We don’t want to get in the weeds, so Delta-8 is 1 of 140+ compounds found in cannabis that has become increasingly popular due to the similarity to Delta-9 (aka tetrahydrocannabinol, the scientific name for THC). Delta-9 users have been known to experience feelings of happiness, increased hunger, symptom relief, and more.
Basically, the 2 cannabinoids have similar chemical structures + their names.
Is it legal in SC?
Currently, South Carolina has not banned Delta-8 + it is available locally. According to the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, the hemp plant is legal to grow in the state with proper permits; however, it has to have a THC level below .3%. Anything above that is illegal in the state, for now.
Where can you find it locally?
I Heart CBD, North Charleston, West Ashley, Summerville, and Mt. Pleasant locations — Flower, vape accessories + gummies
Charleston Hemp Collective, 473 King St. — Gummies, bath products, tinctures, coffee + tea
Fatty’s Beer Works, 1436 Meeting St. — Vending machine filled with gummies, oil + vape cartridges
CBD Social, 507 1/2 King St., — Gummies + vape accessories
Dispute over Long Savannah wetland permits ends in settlement
A challenge to the Long Savannah development has been settled after the builders of the 3,000-acre complex agreed to adjust their plans to avoid some wetlands destruction. The settlement, provided to The Post and Courier, says builders will avoid filling or excavating another 50 acres of wetlands on the project. Before, the proposal had called for the disruption of 209 acres across its entire span. Developers have rights to build 4,500 homes in total on the West Ashley land, at the edges of Charleston’s suburbs. The proje...
A challenge to the Long Savannah development has been settled after the builders of the 3,000-acre complex agreed to adjust their plans to avoid some wetlands destruction.
The settlement, provided to The Post and Courier, says builders will avoid filling or excavating another 50 acres of wetlands on the project. Before, the proposal had called for the disruption of 209 acres across its entire span.
Developers have rights to build 4,500 homes in total on the West Ashley land, at the edges of Charleston’s suburbs. The project also includes conserved green space in large city and county parks, but successive floods in existing neighborhoods nearby brought fresh scrutiny to the plans and their affects on the area, including around flood-prone Church Creek.
With the settlement, “We feel its a better project than when it first popped up,” said Andrew Wunderley of Charleston Waterkeeper.
That group along with the S.C. Wildlife Federation and Sierra Club challenged a state certification of the building plan.
“We are pleased to have reached an agreement that addresses the collective thoughts and ideas associated with a community plan that improves the Church Creek drainage system and conserves over 1,800 acres of land,” developer Taylor Bush wrote in an email.
Other components of the agreement include requirements that builders remove some older roadbeds to allow water to flow across the area in a more natural way. The land has been altered many times in history already, for logging and phosphate mining, once a booming business in the Lowcountry.
Developers will also make a one-time donation of $250,000 to a trust that will fund water-management projects in the three drainage basins that the development covers. A similar trust was set up to settle a separate environmental lawsuit earlier this year, centering on plastic pollution in Charleston Harbor.
Wetlands provide important wildlife habitat and serve as sponges that absorb and filter water. They are protected by state and federal rules. In addition to settling a state-level dispute, the agreement waives the rights of the three environmental groups to challenge the Long Savannah plan as developers seek future permits from the Army Corps of Engineers, which runs the federal wetland protection program.
The developers will be required to mitigate the destruction of the remaining 159 acres of wetlands with restoration work elsewhere.
“We were somewhat leery that we would have success in getting the certification stopped at the state level and the permit stopped at the Corps level,” said Steve Gilbert, a consultant for the Wildlife Federation.
Benjamin Cunningham, an attorney representing that group and the Sierra Club, said there was relief an agreement had been reached, but concern lingered over how the work will affect the area.
The groups may weigh in, however, when builders bring more complete stormwater designs to the city of Charleston. The rules for how to store and drain rainfall are particularly strict in the Church Creek basin, where part of the project is located.
“We wanted to maintain our ability to raise some issues with the changing climate and perhaps changing habitat,” said Cunningham, who works for the South Carolina Environmental Law Project.
South Carolina Surf U14 girls soccer club prepares for nationals
MOUNT PLEASANT – The South Carolina Surf U14 girls soccer club has a chance to bring home some serious hardware. The club team based in Mount Pleasant won six games in seven days from June 18 to 24 to claim the Southern Regional Championship in a field of 11 other teams and advance to the United States Youth Soccer (USYS) National Championship against the three other regional victors (Far West, Midwest, and Eastern). The competition is scheduled for the week of July 19 in Tampa. The Surf defeated teams from states...
MOUNT PLEASANT – The South Carolina Surf U14 girls soccer club has a chance to bring home some serious hardware.
The club team based in Mount Pleasant won six games in seven days from June 18 to 24 to claim the Southern Regional Championship in a field of 11 other teams and advance to the United States Youth Soccer (USYS) National Championship against the three other regional victors (Far West, Midwest, and Eastern).
The competition is scheduled for the week of July 19 in Tampa.
The Surf defeated teams from states such as North Carolina, Texas and Florida to advance to nationals, and also won the S.C. state championships back in May, which qualified it for regionals.
“It’s pretty incredible (with) the amount of hard work, grit and determination,” Surf U14 head coach Andy Grist said. “…They really showed a lot of defensive qualities for that tournament that really helped and won them the tournament.”
The South Carolina Surf has 14 teams total from boys and girls U13 to U19, and seven of them won state championships, including U13, U14, U15 and U19 girls, and U13, U14 and U19 boys. The U14 girls were the only Surf club to make it out of regionals and advance to nationals.
Leading the way for the U14 Surf defensively were team captains Addysen Cole and Claudia Hassell, an outside back from West Ashley and a center back from Mount Pleasant, respectively.
“I’m beyond excited,” Cole said of going to nationals. “It’s so unreal and I can’t wait. I’m really proud of everyone on my team.”
Being captains, both players knew that other players on the team would look up to them.
“I always like to be positive with my teammates and make sure that we have all communicated, and I like to think of each other as family,” Hassell said. “We all like to lift each other up and just make sure that everybody is on the same page, and we just like to get everybody hyped up with music; just get everybody ready for each and every game.”
Leading the way for the Surf offensively in regionals were Zoey Molten and with four goals and Callah Dando with two. Maddy Gwozdo poured in six assists and Molten added two assists of her own.
The team is made up of players from the Charleston, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach areas, and one of those players from the latter is center midfielder Lilah Jennings from Murrells Inlet, who contributed a goal and an assist in regionals.
“It was mostly our preparation,” Jennings said of the team being able to come out on top at regionals. “We always tried to stay hydrated and we always lifted each other up when we were down. Or when we got a goal scored on us, we were always like, ‘Come on, we got this.’”
The other player on the team from the Myrtle Beach area is Grayson Williams, who did not play at regionals but will be joining the squad for nationals.
Cole, Hassell and Jennings also gave a lot of credit to their coaches, including Grist and assistant coaches Tim Kelly and Michelle Ying, and their parents for the support.
Cole is appreciative for the parents doing things like buying them last-minute Clif Bars and chocolate milk, Jennings appreciated all the scrimmages and training sessions Grist set up for them to prepare the team for nationals and Hassell enjoyed when the team would circle up for a prayer before every game.
Grist said he is grateful to First Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant and the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department for providing the team with playing venues.