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Kathleen Hay Hagood - Certified gemologist, Croghan’s Jewel Box
Family Biz: I grew up helping in the store during school breaks. I loved wrapping presents and thinking about the excitement of the gift for the giver and the receiver. When I told my mom I was interested in joining the business, she suggested that I attend GIA gemology school in New York, the authority on diamonds, gemstones, and pearls. I learned so much and realized I loved the jewelry world even more.
Best Buys: We only purchase pieces we love, and our excitement about them shows. I especially enjoy finding antique jewelry for the store because it’s like a hunt. You go through box after box in hopes of finding a few treasures. When you do, it’s thrilling.
Secret to Success: Croghan’s has been a family-run business for more than a century. I think our longevity stems from our service and culture. Some people walk in and ask if there’s a party going on because everyone is having so much fun.
Fall Trends: Layering, chokers, feathers, and pinky rings!
Must Have: A good gold bracelet—beautiful on its own or stacked with others.
Personal Fave: My diamond bangle bracelet—it was a gift from my grandmother, who always wore stacks of them on her arms. She gave one to each grandchild, and when I wear mine, it’s like I’m carrying her with me. I love the way jewelry is passed through the generations. It’s the stories and personal connections that make my job so special.
We try to make each person who walks in the door feel like a part of our family.
Croghan’s Jewel Box
308 King St., (843) 723-3594