Thoughts from Laurel Ridge

Shop Downtown and All Around

Barbara Crozier
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

  It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas ... all around the town!  For years and years it seemed Laurel Ridge was always the first on the block to decorate for the holidays, but a quick trip through our downtown and it obvious that is no longer the case.   The Main Street team and city employees have been busy at work, and it shows.   The old-fashioned lights strung across our city streets make me think of Bedford Falls and listening for George Bailey.     

   Call me sentimental, but it really is a wonderful life!   It’s a wonderful opportunity to be part of the downtown revitalization of our historic little city by shopping and supporting the new and established businesses of downtown Gonzales! 




Appreciating the Stories behind each piece

Charlotte Georgiou
Saturday, July 11, 2015

 Rococo sterling silver and cut glass cruet set

(A beautiful Rococo Sterling Silver and Cut Glass Cruet Set...)


In my opinion, the most wonderful and exciting part of being around antiques, are the stories that are coupled to them. Appreciating the provenance of a bed, or a painting, for example, makes the antique more than beautiful old furniture, paintings or jewelry. An interest in the tales that are part of these pieces makes them into snapshots of history, and creates both a mystique and an understanding of nuances of the particular historical period, and of those who owned the piece.


We have recently had the pleasure of accepting in some silver pieces (pictured) from a fascinating lady from San Antonio, who, after the Blitz Bombings of Central London during WWII, bought several pieces of silver from the London Silver Vaults, and brought them back to San Antonio with her. It is an understanding not simply of the historical period that a piece was made, but the individual life it had in the proceeding years, that gives antiques such a wonderful allure.


Georgian sterling silver and cut glass cruet set 

(A stunning Georgian Sterling Silver and Cut Glass Cruet Set...)


 Victorian Lion's Head silver plate punch bowl

(A lovely Victorian silver plate Lion's Head Punch Bowl...)

What is it they say about Diamonds?

Charlotte Georgiou
Wednesday, July 01, 2015


 Antique Lavalier Necklace 18K White Gold with Diamonds and Pearl Pendant

(Antique Lavalier Necklace 18K White Gold with over 1 carat of Diamonds and hanging Pearl Pendant)


So it is truth time.... I am completely obsessed with jewelry, and in particular, Diamonds. I get the fascination, I really do. Of course I love other gemstones, Sapphires being a personal favorite and what is in the center of my engagement ring, which my husband and I designed together with our jeweler, but there is something about diamonds... big, small, single, clustered.... they are entrancing.


So when Barbara walks into the store last week, with a "Look what I have!", I became as giddy as a little school-girl! From her "English Jewelry Man" she had brought the store a whole bag full of AMAZING antique pieces of jewelry, and the diamond pieces , including an Antique 18K White Gold, Diamond and Pearl Lavalier and a Half Carat Diamond 14K White Gold Pinkie Ring, were just sensational.


 14K White Gold Half Carat Diamond Ring

(Deco 14K White Gold and Half Carat Diamond Pinkie Ring)


I have been a kid in a candy store, choosing each day what new piece of jewelry I am going to wear with the outfit of the day to best showcase the jewelry, and today I went back to the Lavalier and the Pinkie Ring on one hand, and a beautiful 2 and a half carat Deco 14K White and Yellow Gold Ring.


 14K White and Yellow Gold 2 1/2 carat Diamond Ring

(14K White and Yellow Gold 2 and a half Carat Diamond Deco Ring)


Maybe it is the colorless, go-with-anything quality, maybe it is the sparkle, but one thing is for certain, I am now, and always will be, a fan of DIAMONDS!