The Esperanza Diamond is the largest colorless and internally flawless diamond ever found in the state of Arkansas. The Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, AR is a place for anyone to pay a nominal entry fee and keep what they find!
The diamond spent ten days instore at Stanley’s in September, being cut into a unique triolette. Mike Botha, Master Diamond Cutter, cut the diamond. Learn more about Botha and the Esperanza’s cut at www.embeediatech.ca
Esperanza will be on display at Stanley’s for the month of December 2015 before going to auction in the Spring of 2016 at Heritage Auction House in Dallas. www.ha.com
A Little Gem to Enjoy!
Enjoy the videos below!
And here’s a link to a KARK interview with Laura Stanley and Mike Botha from Embee Diamonds!
3422 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock, AR 72116
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Extended hours for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and from Thanksgiving to Christmas.
Call for details. Easy and free parking right out front!
Meet our Team Members below!
Loyd Stanley, CGA, GG, CG
You have heard him on the radio for 40 years…that voice…Loyd Stanley remembers the days when he was the son; now he’s the father. Since about 1957, he has devoted his days to giving the highest service and quality possible. He sets a standard for treating every customer like his very best customer. His reputation is well deserved and he appreciates your business.
These days you may find him in the store, but more likely you will hear, “He’s golfing,” “He’s skiing,” “He’s at the lake,” “He’s playing in a bridge tournament,” ….the list goes on.
Ski trip 648 is on the calendar in January 2015.
Laura Stanley, CGA, GG, CG
Laura entered the family business early, just celebrating her 25th anniversary with Stanley’s. She is our in-house designer and remount specialist. Her credentials include an MBA Degree, her Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America, and the titles of Certified Gemologist and Certified Gemologist Appraiser from the American Gem Society.
Laura was voted Arkansas Retailer of the Year in 2010.
Serving on the American Gem Society International Board of Directors is a most rewarding activity for her and her Guild Committee is setting records. She also spends her time on the national board of Jewelers for Children, and as a member of the Women’s Jewelry Association. Locally she is on the board of the BBB of Arkansas, and devotes many weekend days to dog rescue and transport.
Laura loves to travel! She’s fortunate to get to do it for work, which is a pleasure. In addition to the US jewelry shows, she has attended the Basel, Switzerland jewelry fair; visited Vicenza, Italy’s jewelry show, visited Embee Diamonds of Prince Albert, Canada, and has set her sights on India in the future.
Bob doesn’t work regular hours, but could pop in at any time.
His ability to pair the right gift with the right purchaser is legendary. As are his poker skills.
He works during Christmas and never misses at party at Stanley’s.
But unless your timing is just right, you’ll never catch him during the work week.
Stephen Loyd Stanley CSA
Stephen, third generation jewelry and watch lover, just keeps finding new fun things to do at work! He’s super with watches and engraving, loves to help you shop for the right gift, and sometimes he even buys your scrap gold. Last year he completed his Certified Sales Associate course from the American Gem Society.
He is all about or Lashbrook wedding bands which come in all performance metals, outdoor sports motifs, and even meteorite inserts!
Stephen’s newest interest in the AGS Young Titleholder’s Committee.
Previously trained as a gunsmith (which he still loves) he has a natural affinity for watches and jewelry detail. He is in the store at all times to help with watch and jewelry questions and repairs.
His dogs, Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Bandit, help him all the time. Bandit likes to change watch batteries and Three is a natural at engraving.
And who’s got an extra Nascar ticket? He’ll meet you there!
DeWayne Hamilton CSA
DeWayne just marked 5 years at Stanley’s after a lifetime in retail. He wishes he had found jewelry earlier, but he’s making the most of it now! He’s completed GIA’s Diamonds Diploma, a major achievement. He is a native Arkansan but accidentally lived in Texas for a while. And he is an oil painter and wood-carver.
His artistic skills are used daily, whether drawing a custom design for review, or shaking up a showcase that needs a new look. He loves the variety and challenge of an independent retail jewelry store day to day but loves his grandkids more!
B. J. Burks, GG, CGA
BJ loves color gems, color diamonds, white diamonds, but mostly color. She flew through her studies to gain her GG and CGA titles a decade ago; now she is the person most likely to find an interesting article in a trade magazine and share it with the group. Her weekends are spent in her garden, especially in spring and summer.
She and Oprah have a lot in common – They love fashion and jewelry, and you will never find her slaving over a hot stove. She’s happy to enjoy a gourmet meal – just as long as she didn’t have to cook it!
Clay Wortham, CG, RJ
Clay has been at Stanley’s since 1995. He loves working on fine jewelry and setting diamonds and beautiful gemstones. This year alone, he’s set an 11ct, a 6ct, several 5cts and hundreds smaller. His favorite shape is an AGS Ideal cut round brilliant diamond.
He has a 16-year old daughter and a brand new baby boy! He is a hunter and fisherman, and likes to enjoy all outdoor sports in The Natural State. Fortunately he is an awesome gardner, because at Stanley’s we love tomatoes!
Estate & Consignment Jewelry
Stanley’s has a large, amazing estate and consignment department. Over 20 years ago, Loyd Stanley realized that our clients had a need for an honest and reliable way to liquidate jewelry and coins. Since then, the world has changed a lot, and more people just prefer to turn jewelry assets into cash.
We specialize in larger diamonds and fine Swiss watches. We have items in our collection from the mid 1800s, all the way up to contemporary items rarely worn.
All diamond shapes and qualities will sell! Keep in mind that some shapes are more popular than others. Please bring in your items for evaluation.
Watches must be evaluated for condition. Original watch boxes and original papers are extremely helpful!
We are happy to evaluate your items on an individual basis. We accept diamonds, fine jewelry, natural gemstones, and some designer sterling items, like David Yurman.
Every piece must be priced individually. Our inventory changes daily. Scroll below to see a small sample of the unique – and well priced – jewelry in Stanley’s estate cases!
At Stanley’s, we offer a wide variety of services for our valued customers. Among them:
Estate consignment and liquidation
Antique jewelry restoration
Pearl stringing and repair
Insurance Appraisals by our AGS Certified Gemologist Appraisers
Insurance loss claims and assistance
Financing – Scroll on down for further information
Perhaps the better question is, ‘What do you need?’ Let us know and we can help!
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Jewelry & Brands
At Stanley’s, you’ll find the perfect piece, whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone special.
Click on the links below to learn more about the brands we carry; or better yet, come in and let us introduce you to them in person!
Accutron by Bulova American Gem Society Laboratories Artistry Limited
Bulova Watches Camelot Bridal Carla/Casandra
Citra Gold & Pearls Gemwave Gemological Institute of America
Imperial Pearls Jabel Lashbrook Designs
Manak Color Diamond Jewelry Meus Designs NEI Diamonds
Pink Diamond Princut (Laser Beading Diamond Jewelery) Quality Gold
Radiant Cut Diamond Company “The Original Radiant Cut” Real 24K Rose Rembrandt Charms
Sethi Couture Sirius Star Spark Creations
Stuller Settings Tennis Jewelry Online Timeless Designs
Waterford Crystal William Levine Diamonds
And for the wonderful jewelry you already own, click here to learn how to care for your jewelry.