Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Williamsburg Jewelers Hosting Guest Appreciation Day on June 23 Featuring Master Silversmith James Curtis

Sign up here for our free newsletter that tells you about the newest stories, three mornings each week.

Michael Fagan, the owner of Williamsburg Jewelers, is hosting a Guest Appreciation Day from 10am to 7pm on Thursday, June 23, at his shop to thank the community for its support.

Fagan will offer discounted merchandise throughout the store for the entire day, but the real fun is slated to take place from 5pm to 7pm. For two hours, the jewelry shop will provide contests, giveaways, door prizes, and a Meet and Greet opportunity with James Curtis, a retired master silversmith who worked at Colonial Williamsburg for more than 40 years.

“We wanted to host a celebration for our customers and thought this was a great opportunity for people to meet Mr. Curtis,” said Fagan. “Mr. Curtis ultimately became the master silversmith for Colonial Williamsburg, and his responsibilities were many, but one of the remarkable responsibilities was to make the gifts that visiting dignitaries and celebrities would receive from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.”

A natural-born storyteller, Fagan said Curtis has countless interesting and entertaining stories of various times he’s had the opportunity to rub shoulders with influential and elite personalities.

Fagan said Curtis crafted items for Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth, John Wayne, and roughly have a dozen U.S. presidents.

“When they were in town, it was always his job to make their gifts and talk to them about his craft. He’s kind of a local celebrity and the community loves him,” said Fagan.

Curtis is well known for C-shaped cuff bracelets that he began crafting in 1965 when he began working at Colonial Williamsburg. Fagan said the bracelets are a popular gift item to celebrate births, Mother’s Day, graduations, birthdays, and other special occasions.

“Many generations of Williamsburg residents are wearing Mr. Curtis’ bracelets, from newborn infants to their great-grandmothers,” said Fagan.

Fagan said gifting the bracelets to his own family members is a tradition.

“My 21-year-old wears the very bracelet her mother and I gave her for her first birthday,” said Fagan. “My daughter has actually stretched it open so that it fits her. It’s a little tight, but she’s very sentimental and still wears it after all these years.”

Williamsburg Jewelers will be serving hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, sodas, and water in the evening during the special event.

“We’re looking forward to it and thought this would be a great way to celebrate and do something in appreciation for our customers that we are so thankful for,” said Fagan.

Williamsburg Jewelers specializes in jewelry repair and digital custom design. The shop carries new designer fine jewelry, including Mr. Curtis’ C-shaped cuff bracelets. Currently there are nearly 40 bracelet styles available with prices beginning at $59. The business was recently selected as Coastal Virginia Magazine’s “Best Local Jewelry Store” by its readers.

Those interested in attending the Meet and Greet are asked to RSVP to to reserve a spot. Williamsburg Jewelers is located at 2023 Richmond Rd., Suite E, in Williamsburg. For more information, please visit the shop’s website, Facebook page, or call 757-206-1100. Normal hours of operation are 10am to 5pm Monday through Friday and 10am to 2pm on Saturday. The store is closed on Sunday.

You must purchase this article or be a subscriber to comment on it.

The Latest News

Water Country USA’s Newest Attraction Opening July 15

YORK-Water Country USA’s younger guests will have a new area of the park to explore later this month. The water park’s newest attraction, Lil’Surfers Splash...

Renovations Of Gloucester’s Historic Circle Reveal Surprises

GLOUCESTER – Renovating an old building, especially one that is a few hundred years old, often results in a few surprises. “You don’t honestly know...

Welcome to the future of local news

Today, July 1, we started a new way to pay for news. Yes, we want you to subscribe, but we know nobody subscribes to every site they visit just because there's a paywall.

So if you don't want to subscribe (even at the low price of $39.99 for a year), you can pay for access to individual articles. Or just buy a 24-hour pass, as if you were buying a single copy of a newspaper (except we also give you access to all the news we published before that day). We use a new payment service called Transact, which lets you pay for individual articles in as little as three seconds. And you will get $3 in free credit just for signing up (just an email address, no credit card required), which will let you pay for about 15 articles.

This is new for everyone, so we're going to ease you into this. Initially, there won't be many articles that you have to pay for. Short ones will always be free. And even the longer stories will let you read the first half or so for free. We'd love to hear what you think, so send us a note at