Monday, June 9, 2014

Day Trippin' - Lawrence, Kansas & Marks Jewelers

The Mr. and I took a little mini road trip the other day to one of my favorite areas in my home state of Kansas.  If you're a college basketball fan, like me, then you've probably heard of this *little* town because of the school that calls it home - The University of Kansas.  But, Lawrence, Kans. has got a lot more to offer than just the undeniable allure of KU Basketball and the history of Allen Fieldhouse!  Lawrence is also home to some amazing artists, farmers markets, recreational activities, restaurants and, or course, jewelry stores! 

Marks Jewelers on Mass. Street in Lawrence, Kans.

Lawrence is about an hour from us so we decided that it'd be a great little day trip to drive up and do a little eating, a little wandering and a little shopping.  First stop, one of my favorite burger joints - The Burger Stand at the Casbah!  Because, naturally, you cannot shop and fully appreciate fine, modern and stunning antique jewelry on an empty tummy!  (And besides, they have the BEST truffle fries and Kobe burger with truffle butter that I have ever eaten!)

Once we were filled up, it was time to walk off those calories on Massachusetts Street ("Mass Street," for short).  Mass Street is one of the main drags of this college town and is home to, not only, some great restaurants but also to Marks Jewelers.

Wow!  Take a look at all the history inside this store!  I could have spent hours in here!

Marks Jewelers is an amazing store for antique and vintage jewelry lovers.  As the 14th Oldest Jewelry Store in the entire Nation, Marks Jewelers has a lot of history and some stunning jewels!

An 18K white gold filagree ring featuring a .47 European cut diamond, I color & SI2 clarity, $2650.

Founded in 1880 by Sol Marks and family-owned until 1961 when it was sold to a watchmaker who worked for the Marks family, Delbert Eisele.  At the time it was sold to Eisele, Marks Jewelers was said to have been the oldest family-owned jewelry store in Kansas!  In it's more recent history, the store was entrusted by Eisele to his Lawrence partners, Brad Parsons and Rich Yeakel, who still carry on the original Marks Family traditions!

An 18k yellow gold necklace featuring a 2.43 ct oval sapphire & 66 round brilliant cut diamonds totaling 1.06 ct., $8750.

One of my favorite things about Marks Jewelers was their amazing collections of antique and estate jewelry!  

A 14k white gold vintage pearl clasp centered with a .57 ct. round brilliant cut diamond of G color & VS clarity surrounded by 42 diamonds for a total carat weight of1.01 ct., G/H color & SI1 clarity, $3500.

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