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Gem Gossip Visits Merkley Kendrick Jewelers in Louisville, KY

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Had a great time visiting Louisville, Kentucky over the holiday and got the chance to check out Merkley Kendrick Jewelers and a potential wedding spot, The Seelbach Hotel.  Merkley Kendrick Jewelers is unique because it has been in business since 1832.  It is the oldest independent jeweler in Louisville, and third oldest in America!  

With stats like that, I knew I had to check it out!  Aptly titled, Diamond Diva, Hanna showed me around the historical buidling filled with cases of estate and antique jewelry, Rolex watches and other watches, wedding rings and bands, designer jewelry, and pearls.  I loved how they had glass curios filled with antique trinkets and gem oddities, all significant to Merkley Kendrick Jewelers and the years they’ve spent selling jewelry to their customers.  My favorite was the amethyst specimen hedgehog, who had amethyst spikes as his back, which were created by the six-sided terminations of the crystals.  The jewelry in the cases was fun to try on and look at–many of my favorites I took photos of.  It was a great trip and if you are ever in the Louisville area, make sure to stop by and check out this amazing store!  

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Welcome to Merkley Kendrick Jewelers, located 138 Chenowith Lane in Louisville, Kentucky

added MK Jewelers to my Jewelry Road Trip Map!

had to try on this amazing Oscar Heyman emerald and diamond ring 

loved this sapphire and diamond Art Deco bracelet

also visited the Seelbach Hotel while in Louisville which opened in 1905

many notable guests stayed at the Seelbach, like F. Scott Fitzgerald who supposedly was inspired while writing The Great Gatsby

Hanna showing me her rings: a 1960s onyx and diamond ring, her wedding set and a vintage Rolex

Hanna, myself and Rachel, enjoying some jewel talk

a snapshot of one of the glass curio cabinets which held gem trinkets and oddities

one of the lions which guarded MK Jewelers outside

some designer rings by Tate which is a designer jewelry line available at MK Jewelers

loved all these elongated vintage rings that were for sale in their estate selection

Matt and I driving back home!

one of my favorite stained glass windows at the Seelbach Hotel

last but certainly not least, piling them all on! SHOW ME YOUR RINGS style}