Arthur Weeks and Son Jewelers Closing After 122 Years in Business; Huge Sale Open to the Public
Peekskill, NY – Nov. 9, 2018 - When Arthur Weeks opened his jewelry store “Arthur Weeks Jewelers” in 1896, Peekskill was just a small, bustling village on the Hudson River. Flash forward to today, the family-run jeweler has spent 122 years, and four generations, on the corner of South and Division Streets.
However, after more than a century in business, the independent jeweler will be closing a piece of history in downtown Peekskill.
“This has been one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make,” said Arthur’s great-grandson John who now runs the store. “ My family and I decided that this was the right time for us to retire and to close the store.”
Big sale in the works
Shoppers looking for a great deal on fine jewelry should mark Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, on their calendars. That’s when Arthur Weeks and Son Jewelers starts their huge going out of business sale. Expect to find deep discounts on a wide range of fine quality jewelry and watches including well-known brands such as Bernards, DA Gold, Raymond Mazza, Gottlieb and Sons, Ed Levin designs, Charles Garnier, Seiko, Bulova and more.
As an independent jeweler, Arthur Weeks & Son sets themselves apart from the bigger chain stores with a unique style of jewelry hard to find anywhere else. They also have fine traditional jewelry such as diamond anniversary rings, pendants, earrings and bracelets and a beautiful selection of colored stone jewelry, pearls, watches and sterling silver jewelry. There will be jewelry in price ranges that everyone can afford.
Jewelry business a family affair
John Weeks remembers he and his brother coming to work on Saturdays with their dad. “We would do the odd jobs, clean the jewelry and jewelry cases. We would do anything that needed to be done,” remembers John. Eventually, he also began to do small repairs and then selling on the floor and realized how much he enjoyed the jewelry business and decided to make it a career.
“It has been extremely gratifying to be able to work along-side my mom, dad and grandfather. Not many people are lucky enough to experience that,” said John.
Treating customers with respect
Something else John will miss is the day to day interactions with customers. “Our relationship with our customers is based on trust. They know when they walk through our front door that they will be treated honestly and fairly,” said Weeks. He and his family have developed friendships over the years and have now found themselves helping multiple generations of the same family.
“We get to share in the joyous occasions of our customers’ lives. There is no better feeling than that,” said Weeks.
The family has always felt that giving back to the community was very important. They have donated to many charitable causes over the years: schools, scouting, little leagues and local food pantries just to name few. John also is a member of the Peekskill Rotary club and currently serves on the Foundation Board and on the board of Jim Witt’s Hope for Youth Foundation, which raises money for local children’s charities. He also serves on both the advisory board of the Peekskill-area Salvation Army, and the Hillside Cemetery Association
The store’s legacy
As he reflects back on the past 122 years, John says it’s a bit surreal that this chapter in his family’s history is closing. He is proud of the family business and hopes its impact on the community will always be remembered favorably.
“I will always remember my grandfather sharing with me two of his rules of retail: Treat your customers as you wish to be treated and be honest with them. If you follow these rules you will be successful in business and in life.”
Want to go?
Arthur Weeks & Son Jewelers Going Out of Business Sale
Starts Friday, Nov. 9, 2018
942 South Street, Peekskill, NY 10566
Hours: Monday – Friday 9:30 – 6:00
Saturday 9:30 – 4:00
A Tale of Two Birthstones. October birthdays are one of the few months where there is a choice, and a tough choice it is, as both Opals and Tourmalines are the stones of October!
While we don’t believe as the Ancients did that an Opal wrapped in a fresh bay leaf will make us invisible, we do believe there is something magical about Opals, one of the birthstones of October. With their rainbows of flashing of color, Opals diffract light and can take on a range of colors from white, gray, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, magenta, rose, pink, slate, olive, brown to black.
Because it is a hydrated form of silica, Opals are classified as a mineraloid, as they have no chemical formula or crystal structure unlike other forms of silica which are classified as minerals. An Opal’s water content can range from 3 to 21% by weight making them a more fragile stone than some others.
Where are they found? On another planet, in another country and right here in the United States. In 2008, NASA announced that Opal had been found on Mars. Bringing it back to Earth, Opals are the national gemstone of Australia, where 97% of the world’s supply is mined. And, even closer to home, Black Opals are the official gemstone of Nevada.
From the Sinhalese world turmali, which means “mixed”, Tourmalines have the widest array of colors and color combination of all gemstones. While there is a current trend to use the actual color before the word Tourmaline, some of the more popular Tourmaline names include Chrome Tourmaline, an intense green Tourmaline caused by chromium impurities, Rubelite, a red or pink Tourmaline and the highly desirable Paraiba or Indicolite Tourmaline, a very rare neon blue Tourmaline caused by inclusions of copper. The most well known of the multi-colored varieties, is the Watermelon Tourmaline. When carefully cut, this Tourmaline displays bands of green, pink, and white, just like its namesake. Look closely at a Tourmaline, then turn it slowly and watch the color change depending on the angle, this is called pleochroism.
Tourmaline grows in pencil like crystals, one of the reasons this mineral is frequently emerald cut. It is also very hard, a 7.0 to 7.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, making it extremely durable and wearable. Tourmalines can be found in many places including Brazil, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, Burma (Myanmar), Sri Lanka (Ceylon), several African countries and in California and Maine.
Arthur Weeks and Son Jewelers carries both Opal and Tourmaline jewelry, online and in our store. From gorgeous Rings to sparkling Pendants, we have something for everyone in a price range for every budget. If you don’t see exactly what you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact us.
From the opening of our family store in 1896, four generations of fathers and sons have built our family business and proudly helped generations of families and loyal customers find the perfect gift to mark life's special occasions. Now, all of that knowledge, commitment and stunning selection is available right here.
John Weeks, is the fourth generation owner of Arthur Weeks and Son Jewelers and is a registered jeweler with the American Gem Society. The AGS is one of the jewelry industry’s most prestigious organizations. John also has his Diamond Degree from the Gemological Institute of America. In addition, Arthur Weeks and Son Jewelers is a member of the Jewelers of America, an A+ rated member of the Better Business Bureau, and a member of the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce.