By Sharon Mardala
Unexpected inheritance? Bonus? Sneaky savings account hidden from your spouse? If investing in the tumultuous stock market or the current housing bubble isn’t for you, how about a head turning wearable treasure? Park City’s Main Street, where jewelry shops abound, is a great place to buy precious and unique gifts.
The Sauropod should be familiar as the long-necked grass-eating dinosaur that resembles a cross between a giraffe and an elephant (you know, the Sinclair gas station green mascot). Well, take his vertebrae and toss in some Utah minerals, fossilize for around 100 million years then cut and polish. Voila! A mesmerizing stone with a kaleidoscope of colors, it’s like staring at an eclipse — you don’t want to look away. Select from one of Park City Jewelry’s existing fossilized dinosaur pieces or design your own custom item, but be sure to take this piece of dinosaur history with you.
Ken Whipple, the owner of Park City Jewelers, began his journey as a jeweler at age 12 when his grandpa took him uranium hunting in Utah’s West Desert. Although they are one of the first jewelers in town — in business since 1986 — they utilize new technology, such as 3D printers, without abandoning the old world workmanship that gives their collections the hand-crafted touch.
Luxury watches have long represented a cultural emblem of success. And with their lavish price tags, there are many factors to consider before making your investment. At OC Tanner, your wrists are in good hands with a company that’s been in business since 1927.
Partnering with some of the world’s most distinctive manufacturers of watches and timepieces, they are committed to only the finest and most sophisticated aesthetics and craftsmanship. Their staff is both friendly and savvy, and they carry such iconic brands as Rolex and Patek Phillippe, as well as the exclusive boutique collections of Roberto Coin, Ole Lynggaard and Mattia Cielo, just to name a few.
A selection as precious and unique as the surrounding scenery.
Wrapped in gold and accented with diamonds, these purple stones are filled with complex striations and weavings of color and form. Also known as Bertrandite or Opal Fluorite, they are unique to Utah and reputed to have an excellent healing action in the body.
With nearly 20 years of creating dazzling designs, Baranof has become known for their custom designed line of jewelry. Baranof’s Tanzanite and Diamonds collection pairs “One of nature’s rarest gems” from the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro, East Africa and sparkling diamonds to create a tantalizing combination that looks striking under any light or paired with nearly any elegant attire.
Making your shopping experience personal and private, you can make your jewelry selection at Baranof Jewelers surrounded by pleasing pieces in a private Design Consultation room.
Regardless of where you end up shopping, our jewelers offer a selection as precious and unique as the surrounding scenery, and a lasting treasure of your stay.