Salassi Fine Jewelry & Gifts expands

February 2018: Give a gift that lasts forever…a piece of fine jewelry. After all, who wouldn’t love to be surprised with such a lasting and thoughtful gift, whether for Valentine’s Day, a proposal, anniversary, birthday, or at any time throughout the year whenever you want a gift that says, “I care.”

Renee Salassi, center, and her sales staff, Lois Wilkinson, left, and Michelle Byers, right, show some of the home and gift items among their large selection of items now available in their new location at the corner of Range Ave. and Centerville St. in Denham Springs.

Renee Salassi, center, and her sales staff, Lois Wilkinson, left, and Michelle Byers, right, show some of the home and gift items among their large selection of items now available in their new location at the corner of Range Ave. and Centerville St. in Denham Springs.

Owners Stuart and Renée Salassi moved Salassi’s Fine Jewelry & Gifts into their new building in December in the Denham Springs Antiques Village and greatly expanded their inventory. Stuart said the move coincided with their plan to offer more choices of high-end pieces with exquisite fine jewels set in rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and pendants.
“In addition to our wide selection of fine jewelry, we are carrying more engagement rings and wedding bands. We offer more and bigger diamonds and more choices of ring settings. You will always find many choices, from traditional settings and cuts to the latest trends,” Stuart said.
They are thrilled with the old and new customers who visited them during the holidays and invite everyone who hasn’t yet visited to stop by and see the beautiful new building.

Customers look over the wide selection of watches, rings and other fine jewelry on display in the newly renovated store. The store’s extra space allowed them to increase their inventory of all items.  Salassi Fine Jewelry & Gifts, open for business in their new location since December, invites everyone to stop by and visit and see the extensive renovations made to the historic downtown building.

Customers look over the wide selection of watches, rings and other fine jewelry on display in the newly renovated store. The store’s extra space allowed them to increase their inventory of all items.

Visitors have been very appreciative of the careful restoration of the 1930s building at the corner of Range Ave. and Centerville St. which revealed 12-foot ceilings that create a warm and upscale ambiance, with a décor that incorporates huge cypress beams and St. Louis bricks. It provides a lovely shopping experience and greatly enhances the historic downtown area.
Visit Salassi’s for the perfect Valentine’s gift or other occasion, or just because … for your loved one. And if you received a cash gift for Christmas, you have the opportunity to turn that into a lasting reminder of the giver’s generosity when you choose fine jewelry for a lifetime of enjoyment.

Salassi’s new historic location with it’s exposed brick and cypress beams and other fine appointments makes the perfect backdrop for the jewelry and gift items they carry for customers.

Salassi’s new historic location with it’s exposed brick and cypress beams and other fine appointments makes the perfect backdrop for the jewelry and gift items they carry for customers.

Pearls have a timelessness of their own, and Renée Salassi is particularly known for her skill in creating beautiful pearl necklaces, earrings, and bracelets.
Salassi’s also creates custom designs for all types of jewelry. They can design something unique for you or work from a picture, or redesign an heirloom piece. They also can utilize computer-aided design (CAD) systems to aid in the creation, modification, or optimization of a design. You imagine it, and they will create it.
Stuart Salassi earned his diploma from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones and pearls. As far as is known, he is the only GIA-certified jeweler in Livingston Parish, and one of only dozen or so in Louisiana.

Salassi Fine Jewelry & Gifts, open for business in their new location since December, invites everyone to stop by and visit and see the extensive renovations made to the historic downtown building.

Salassi Fine Jewelry & Gifts, open for business in their new location since December, invites everyone to stop by and visit and see the extensive renovations made to the historic downtown building.

As a GIA-certified graduate, Stuart is a diamond expert and is happy to explain diamond quality to customers so they can make an informed purchase. He is also available to appraise diamonds and all other gemstones and types of jewelry. Whatever your choice of jewelry, customers are invited to come in with a budget and let Stuart and Renée show them the best possible items in their price range.
Stuart commented, “Box stores can’t come close in providing the experience and certifications we have.”
Their repair business has grown and, in fact, is likely one of the busiest repair services in the state. They repair broken jewelry as well as provide service for watches which includes cleaning, rebuilding, replacing gems for all watches, from Timex to Rolex.
Salassi Jewelry & Gifts can provide appraisals, ring sizing, and cleaning and inspection of jewelry. Stuart notes that a ring with a precious stone should be inspected every six months or so,

Details:

Salassi Fine Jewelry & Gifts, 239 Range Ave., Denham Springs, LA 70726. 225-271-8641. Website: salassijewelry.com; Facebook: Salassi Jewelry & Fine Gifts.
depending on how active the customer is and how fragile are the mount and prongs.
They also buy solid gold and silver jewelry, including diamonds and other gems, and broken jewelry, such as chains, rings, etc., from individuals.
Citizen and Seiko watches are offered for sale, as are pre-owned Rolex and DeLaCour watches, which being added to their inventory at a steady pace.

This selection of rings and pendants, above, are among the wide variety of items in store which are lovely  for Valentine’s Day gifts for that special someone. The stores also offers many choices of jewelry, watches, earrings, bracelets and other types of jewelry for men and women. And remember, it’s never too soon to start shopping for Mother’s Day.

This selection of rings and pendants, above, are among the wide variety of items in store which make lovely gifts for that special someone. The stores also offers many choices of jewelry, watches, earrings, bracelets and other types of jewelry for men and women. And remember, it’s never too soon to start shopping for Mother’s Day.

While Salassi’s specialize in diamonds and upper end jewelry, including other gems and wedding rings, even more now that they are in the new building, they will continue to offer a nice selection of various levels of jewelry at other price points as well. The store will continue to offer something for everyone, including a line of nice gifts to fit all budgets.
Renée noted that it’s the perfect time to choose a gift of fine jewelry – or perhaps even an engagement ring – for Valentine’s Day. And it’s not too soon to start thinking about a special Mother’s Day gift as well, especially if you have a special custom design in mind.
Ear piercing is now offered in their new store, along with a wide selection of timeless and fashionable earrings.
Shoppers are encouraged to stop by Salassi Jewelry & Gifts and experience the personal attention given to all customers. Stuart stated, “We are happy to spend time with them to ensure the perfect purchase, and will stay past regular hours if someone is in the store still shopping. We don’t rush our customers, and we don’t close until the last person has been served.”

By Helen Wale Turner