Al McCarty Jewel­ers are ex­perts at re­pair

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

Al McCarty Jewel­ers, in Rogers, has been in busi­ness 102 years and orig­i­nally started as a watch re­pair shop in He­lena in 1915 by Al McCarty’s grand­fa­ther, who passed it down to his fa­ther, who in turn passed it down to Al, who opened his first jew­elry store in 1971, in He­lena. In 1979, the store moved to Rogers by virtue of a rec­om­men­da­tion from a jew­elry sales­man, and it has been in North­west Arkansas ever since. A.V. McCarty IV now runs the store, along with his mother, Carolyn, and is the fourth gen­er­a­tion to run the fam­ily jew­elry busi­ness. “Now, we fo­cus mainly on re­pair­ing of jew­elry and cus­tomiz­ing and mounts,” McCarty said. “That’s what we’ve tran­si­tioned into here in Rogers, and it’s our bread and but­ter.” Orig­i­nally, the store was in down­town Rogers, but moved to the cur­rent lo­ca­tion on Wal­nut Street in the late 1980s. McCarty has the tools and re­sources to fix al­most any type of jew­elry imag­in­able, and does ev­ery­thing on the premises. “I’ve got to see it first, but I can fix al­most any­thing,” McCarty added. “I’ve now got a laser welder that can help me fix cos­tume jew­elry that I used to not be able to fix. I can also do eye­glasses now. If you bring in all your old jew­elry, we’ll put it in some­thing new. We’ll find a ring or pen­dant or ear­rings and put your stones into it.” The only thing that is sent off and not worked on by McCarty in the store are watches, but they are sent to a lo­cal res­i­dent who lives on Beaver Lake and works on them. “We got started in this busi­ness do­ing watches, and now we re­ally only deal with bat­ter­ies, bands, and links nowa­days,” noted McCarty. On Fri­day, Nov. 10, Al McCarty Jewel­ers will have a re­mount event all day where peo­ple can bring their old stones or wed­ding sets, look at the sales­man jew­elry line from Rego, and de­cide if they’d like to put their items in some­thing new. “A lot of times, peo­ple have old stones or wed­ding sets that they like, but don’t like what the stone is set in,” stated McCarty. “This al­lows cus­tomers to ac­tu­ally look at the jew­elry in per­son in­stead of look­ing at a cat­a­log or web­site.” Al McCarty Jewel­ers will also have spe­cials run­ning that day with color stone jew­elry be­ing 20 per­cent off and di­a­mond cross pen­dants be­ing 30 per­cent off. This is a great way to get ideas for Christ­mas presents with the hol­i­days just around the cor­ner. In ad­di­tion to this sched­uled sale, there will also be an Es­tate Jew­elry show all day on Fri­day, Dec. 1. “We have a sales­man that has a lot of unique old an­tique jew­elry, rings, pen­dants, and a nice se­lec­tion of cameos — most be­ing very old and unique,” added McCarty. “If any­one likes old an­tique jew­elry, this would be a good time to get some­thing for Christ­mas.” Al McCarty Jewel­ers is lo­cated at 1041 W. Wal­nut, in Rogers, and they are open from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon­day through Fri­day, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m., on Satur­day. For more in­for­ma­tion, they can be reached at (479) 636-7319, or on­line at mc­car­tys­jew­elry.com.

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