Now Open Saturdays!

Posted On: September 12, 2020

Starting September 12th Stuart Kingston Jewelers in Wilmington Delaware is now open Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. You can call for an appointment or just come on in!

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Labor Day Hours

Posted On: September 4, 2020

Stuart Kingston Jewelers, in Greenville Delaware, will close at 4pm on Friday September 4th and re-open Tuesday September 8th and 10am. if you need to reach us after hours please email us on our website. We hope everyone and a safe and happy weekend!

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Buying Gold, Silver and Diamonds

Posted On: September 1, 2020

Right now Gold is at an all time high and if you have it we would love to buy it! We are also buying large silver tea sets and flatware. Don’t know if its Sterling or plated? We can test it and tell you on the spot. Looking too sell your diamond or trade up for a bigger one then let us help you with that too. This is a great time to sell if you need the cash! Make an appointment to see if we can help. Call our store 302-652-7978

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Power Out August 11th

Posted On: August 11, 2020

This weekend we lost power from the storm. We hope to be up and running by lunch today. We will keep you posted as the situation changes.

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We Buy Gold and Silver

Posted On: August 5, 2020

Hey everyone! Did you know gold was at its highest price ever? Bring in all your old gold jewelry and silver and let us make you an offer. Not sure what you have? Bring it in and we can test it for you. Make an appointment today!

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Now Open for Business

Posted On: June 2, 2020

Hi everyone! We hope you are all healthy and doing well. Its been a long time but we are finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. Stuart Kingston Jewelers will be open by appointment only to start and hopefully within the next month walk-ins can become a regular thing again. Please call our office to set up an appointment for any jewelry purchase, repair or if your selling jewelry. Can’t wait to see you all again!

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Store hours during Covid-19 outbreak

Posted On: March 17, 2020

Dear Stuart Kingston Customers, it is increasingly becoming clear that the virus known as Covid 19 or coronavirus is sweeping our area. We are committed to you, our clients, but feel we need to take certain measures to insure the safety of everyone in our community. Starting tomorrow March 18th Stuart Kingston will be open from 10am to 1pm and then by appointment only after these hours. We will continue this until the situation is no longer in our control. If you have any questions or wish to email us please do so and we will be happy to help in anyway we can. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please stay safe and we will all get through this difficult time together.


Edward Stein and the Stuart Kingston Jewelry Team.

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June 6th Auction

Posted On: March 3, 2020

Kingston Auction House, a division of Stuart Kingston Jewelers, is having a June auction and is now accepting consignments. Stop in to our store in Greenville DE to find out what your jewelry might bring at auction. Call for an appointment today! 302-652-7978

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Holiday Hours for Stuart Kingston 2019

Posted On: December 24, 2019

Stuart Kingston Jewelers, located at 3704 Kennett Pike in Greenville, DE, will be closing on Christmas Eve at 2pm. We will reopen in the new year on Thursday January 2nd 2020. Have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and Merry New Year!!!

Cheers from the Stuart Kingston Staff

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Real Men Wear Pink

Posted On: October 9, 2019

This October Stuart Kingston Jewelers will be donating a portion of their sales to the American Cancer Society in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You can come into the store and purchase a beautiful piece of jewelry or you can click on the link here and give. Thank you for your support, donating this money will save lives by early detection and prevention, innovative research and patient support.

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Gallery Director to speak at Delaware Art Museum

Posted On: June 26, 2019

Patrick McGrath, Stuart Kingston’s Art Gallery Director, will be speaking at the Delaware Art Museum on Thursday, June 27th. The Discussion will be on paintings by Edward Loper Sr. and Edward Loper Jr. There will be a happy hour starting at 5pm and then a curatorial talk at 6:30. We hope to see you there.

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The Hidden Jewel of Greenville

Posted On: May 22, 2019

Want to see a fun and interesting video on how to find us? Just click on the link to find some funny and helpful directions on our new location in Greenville DE

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Art Show and Sale

Posted On: April 5, 2019

Join us for the opening of our new show in the Stuart Kingston Gallery on April 24th, 2019 from 6pm to 9pm

Artists include Wyeth, Schoonover, Loper and many more!

Wine and Hors d’oeuvres

RSVP to or by calling 302-652-7978

The show will run through June

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A Night Celebrating Women

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Stuart Kingston Jewelers is excited to partner with WSTW and WDEL to showcase this event!

Make it a girl’s night out and join us for an exciting evening to benefit the Nemours duPont Pediatrics Behavioral Health and Developmental Medicine Swank Autism Center.

~A unique culinary journey of small composed plates paired with signature drinks
~A loose diamond giveaway from Stuart Kingston Jewelers
~The Deerfield Flower Market where the floral artistry of Elana’s Broad Street Florist will be creating custom bouquets for each honoree
~EBE Entertainment’s “DJ” Live featuring DJ Matt Ostroff accompanied by an Electric Violinist and a Drummer
~Deerfield’s Dessert Lounge

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Fine Jewelry Auction

Posted On: November 8, 2018

On November 30th Stuart Kingston Jewelers and Pook and Pook Auctioneers and Appraisers will be holding an auction of fine jewelry to bid on. Bidders can bid on items either in person, on the phone, online or left bids. The auction will be held at Stuart Kingston Jewelers 3704 Kennett Pike suite 450 in Greenville, DE 19807. If you would like more information on this auction or how to consign jewelry to sell in our next auction please contact us at 302-652-7978. Preview for the November 30th auction begins November 24th. Happy bidding and may the odds be forever in your favor.

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Labor day hours 2018

Posted On: August 31, 2018

Stuart Kingston Jewelers on 3704 Kennett Pike suite 450 in Grenville DE will be closing early on Friday August 31st in observance of the Labor Day weekend at 2pm and will re-open on Tuesday September 4th at 10am. Have a wonderful weekend!

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May 11th Post auction Press Release

Posted On: June 1, 2018

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Stuart Kingston Jewelers and Pook & Pook, Inc. – Fine Jewelry Auction – May 11th 2018 – Greenville, DE –
Stuart Kingston Jewelers and Pook & Pook, Inc. hosted another successful Fine Jewelry auction on the evening of May 11th 2018 in tax-free Greenville, Delaware. Friday’s sale marked the third such occasion of these two forces joining together, with a fourth auction to follow at summers end. The sale marked the beginning of Mother’s Day weekend, and a few buyers no doubt had their mothers in mind as they competed to be the top bidder on sophisticated bracelets, stunning cocktail rings, and glittering brooches. Many lots surpassed their high estimates and it seemed that nearly every in-house bidder at Stuart Kingston’s Greenville Delaware location went home happy, clutching a new piece to add to their already fabulous collections. Bidding also took place online, via, as well as on the phone, allowing buyers from across the globe to get their hands on a one-of-a-kind beauty. Overall, 169 bidders were registered for the sale and once all was said and done, the auction grossed $324,706.
Eye-catching diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires seemed to steal the show on Friday night. Many of the top grossing lots included one or more of these precious gems. The top-most selling lot was a show-stopping 3.22 carat pear-shaped diamond in a platinum setting, ultimately selling for a price of $39,040. The other jaw-dropping diamond in the sale was an un-mounted 4.44 carat brilliant cut round diamond, with one lucky bidder spending $29,280 to take her home. Diamond rings set in platinum were bountiful, with one 2 carat example in an Art Deco setting earning $7,320 early in the sale, and a similar Art Deco diamond and sapphire piece selling shortly after for $6,710. Timeless classics, including a simple yet stunning three-row diamond necklace achieved $15,860 while other wardrobe staples, including an alluring tennis bracelet, sold for $5,856.
Items with designer names proved to be other top sellers of the night, including a hefty gold Gucci link necklace selling for $2,928, and a Tiffany & Co. moonstone flower pin achieving $1,952. A quartz, coral and shell statement necklace by Robert Goossens, a French designer who worked with Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld, nearly quadrupled its high estimate.
For further information on consigning your fine jewelry or an estate of jewelry to our next auction, please contact Edward Stein at Stuart Kingston Jewelers, at (302) 652-7978, or email

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Paula Crevoshay Earrings

Posted On: May 31, 2018


These earrings are part of an estate and on sale now at Stuart Kingston Jewelers in Tax free Delaware. They are an early design by famous jeweler Paula Crevoshay. Beautiful 14k yellow gold earrings with tear drop Rubelites. Our estate case is always changing and a must see for lovers of vintage and antique jewelry. Stop by our showroom at 3704 Kennett Pike suite 450 in Greenville DE or call for an appointment at 302-652-7978

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Memorial Day Hours

Posted On: May 24, 2018

Stuart Kingston Jewelers will be closing early on Friday May 25 at 2pm. We will re-open on Tuesday May 29th. Have a great weekend!

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Paula Crevoshay

Posted On: February 17, 2018

Screen Shot 2018-02-17 at 12.41.20 PMOn March 21st and 22nd, Stuart Kingston Jewelers in Greenville DE, will be hosting an exhibition of the magnificent jewelry designer Paula Crevoshay. Her one of a kind creations combines jewelry and wearable art for the most discriminating buyers. Over the years that we have represented Paula, we are constantly amazed in how she continues to surprise us with her imagination and vision.

Her work has been exhibited in many museums and is on display at the Gemological Institute of America, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and in the National Gem Collection at the Franklin Institute.

Stuart Kingston Jewelers is proud to be in association with the unique talent and we are thrilled that she will be here in March. We hope that many of our customers and friends attend this special event as they meet this extraordinary designer.

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Natural Color Diamonds: why are they so Valuable?

Posted On: February 14, 2018

Why have natural color diamonds been increasing in value for many years? Basically for three main reasons: 1) rarity- only 1 in 10,000 diamonds are natural color diamonds. 2) – desirability and high demand. 3) beauty- particularly the pinks and blues which are stunningly beautiful. Because so few stones are available and because of a world wide market, the best stones command a very high price. Similarly, the art market for the best examples in all categories are selling fort a very strong price.

In 1974, Stuart Kingston Jewelers was representing a client who owned a 9 carat flawless fancy intense pink diamond. The asking price for the stone was $135,000. We decided not to purchase it and returned it to the owner. That stone today, 44 years later, would command a price between 8 and 9 million dollars. That situation is an example of the value sustainability of natural color diamonds over a period of time. There are many more examples of the rise in prices for these stones.

To sum up, if your budget can afford one of these rare and beautiful stones it is worth looking into. History has proved this would be a very wise purchase. Make sure the jeweler you are dealing with is reputable and that the color diamond has all the correct certs. Stuart Kingston Jewelers will always be happy to give you as much information as you need when selecting these rare and beautiful diamonds.

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Optimistic outlook

Posted On: January 25, 2018

It is fun to speculate what the impact of the tax reform bill will have on consumer spending..Obviously, our hope is that it will produce a positive impact. The fact that the corporate and personal tax rates have been reduced, has already been seen as a positive signal that paychecks will be increased and more jobs will be available..Combine that with a reduction in burdensome regulations and you produce an optimistic outlook to the business environment..All of the changes will play a role in consumer confidence and spending..In that spirit, we who are specifically in the jewelry and art business here at Stuart Kingston Jewelers, are encouraged that our products will become more and more attractive..Lets all hope that this is a win for everyone……

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Closed Today January 4th

Posted On: January 4, 2018

Stuart Kingston Jewelers located at 3704 Kennett Pike suite 450 Greenville, DE is closed today due to severe snow storm. We will re-open Friday January 5th. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Black Friday Shopping

Posted On: November 24, 2017

Today, Nov 24
Black Friday Shopping
Stuart Kingston Jewelers
Sip Champagne and celebrate a Dignified Black Friday
We start pouring at noon, after all it is the holiday season
This Black Friday there are three ways to get what you want

One: stop by to create your wish list. We will act like a concierge and take your significant other several items you liked during your visit. He won’t miss a game to shop, and you will get a piece you really want!.

Two: stop by on Black friday, sip champagne while you shop and buy it yourself. We will wrap it for you to put under the tree… you can act surprised.

Three:Be very, very good….and hope Santa reads your mind.

Great deals! This Friday. Stop in and see!… More | Le

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Special Store hours

Posted On: October 21, 2017

Stuart Kingston Jewelers in Wilmington DE will only be open from 10am to 2pm Saturday October 21st and 10am to 2Pm Saturday October 28th for their estate auction. We are sorry for any inconvenience. Monday through Friday will be normal business hours.

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Stuart Kingston Jewelers Grand Opening Press Release

Posted On: October 15, 2017

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Stuart Kingston Jewelers opens its new store in Greenville

Stuart Kingston Jewelers, a family run business for over 80 years, is opening its brand new jewelry showroom and art gallery in Greenville, DE. The store will feature custom jewelry, engagement rings, precious and semi precious stones along with fine original works of art. Stuart Kingston Jewelers is known for its high quality jewelry, and are active buyers of large diamonds, gold and silver and fine art.

“We are thrilled to be opening our new store in Greenville,” said owner James Stein. “It was time to update our store, this fresh new look will give the customers a quiet and comfortable shopping experience.”

Just in time for the holiday season Stuart Kingston Jewelers will also be holding its first auction at the new space with Pook and Pook Auctioneers and Appraisers on October 28th.

“Estate auctions are a growing trend in our industry. Stuart Kingston Jewelers is positioned to be the leading auction house for estate jewelry in Delaware,” says Edward Stein, a third generation partner. “It’s a real advantage to be able to offer this service to our customers and individuals who can now sell quality estate jewelry to the market in Delaware — and globally.”

Following tradition, Stuart Kingston has a beautiful art gallery specializing in 19th and 20th Century American and European Fine Art and accepts consignments.

Stuart Kingston Jewelers can design and create custom jewelry, do repairs, sizing, and appraisals for all your jewelry needs. Stuart Kingston is also offering a more exclusive experience where they can come to your home or office for all your buying or consignment needs.

For more information you can visit the website or contact Jim or Edward at the store at 302-652-7978.

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Labor Day Hours and Update

Posted On: September 3, 2017

This Monday Stuart Kingston Jewelers will be closed for the holiday. Our new location at 3704 Kennett Pike suite 450 in Greenville, DE is very close to completion. We hope to have a grand opening party along with our first jewelry estate auction later this month. Stay tuned for details

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Memorial Day Weekend Hours

Posted On: May 26, 2017

Stuart Kingston Jewelers will be closing early on Friday May 26th and will re-open Tuesday May 30th. Please have a safe and happy holiday weekend. If you have any questions you can go to our website and email us under our contact page and we will get back to you over the weekend. Thank you!

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Stuart Kingston Jewelers Auction Coming!

Posted On: May 2, 2017

Stuart Kingston Jewelers will be moving into its new showroom in early June. Once we are in we will be gearing up for another auction of fine jewelry with our partner PooK & PooK. Stuart Kingston has over 80 years experience of selling beautiful pieces of jewelry and we would love to meet with you if you are wanting to sell. Please call us for a free consult to find out if your jewelry would do well at auction. Last year at Stuart Kingston/Pook&Pook had an auction and a ring that was estimated to go between $900-$1300 brought almost $7000.00! Don’t hesitate to call. Our consignment list is filling up quick.

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Phone trouble?

Posted On: April 3, 2017

During our move we will be experiencing some phone difficulties today, Monday April 3rd. If you are unable to reach us by phone please email us and we will get back to you. We will be checking emails periodically throughout the day. Please leave a phone number where you can be reached. Sorry for the inconvenience but it should only be for today.

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Moving Locations

Posted On: March 22, 2017

Stuart Kingston Jewelers is moving to a temporary location while we renovate our new location in Greenville. Our temporary space will be located at 2 Mill Rd suite 105 Wilmington, DE 19806. Our number is 302-652-7978. If you have any questions you can always call us! Exciting times for our new store! See you soon.

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Liquidation Sale

Posted On: January 30, 2017

Stuart Kingston Jewelers in Wilmington DE is moving. In order to prepare for our move we are having a massive liquidation sale of all our jewelry. 50%-70% off all merchandise. Engagement rings, diamond studs, estate jewelry, precious and semi precious jewelry, bracelets, necklaces, rings and more. The sale officially begins Monday February 6th and runs for two weeks. Come find a wonderful gift for Valentine’s Day at unprecedented prices.

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New Years Schedule

Posted On: December 30, 2016

Stuart Kingston Jewelers in Wilmington DE will be closed on Saturday the 31st, Sunday the 1st and Monday the 2nd. We will reopen Tuesday the 3rd of January.

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Holiday Hours

Posted On: December 23, 2016

Stuart Kingston Jewelers in Wilmington Delaware will be open on December 24th from 10am to 2pm. We will be closed Sunday the 25th and Monday the 26th. We will Reopen on Tuesday the 27th.

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November 19th Auction

Posted On: November 12, 2016

On November 19th at 10am Stuart Kingston Jewelers and Pook & Pook will hold a live auction of Jewelry and fine art. Preview begins Saturday November 12th, 16, 17,and 18. The auction will be held at 2010 Pennsylvania ave. If you would like to bid online please go to or click on the link below.

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Tag Sale

Posted On: October 11, 2016

Stuart Kingston is having a Tag Sale this week starting October 10th through October 15th. All Furniture, art, housewares, statuary, and much more must go. Our warehouse is stocked full and we need to make room. So come on down and get some great deals. This offer won’t last! Open from 10-5:30 at 2010 Pennsylvania ave in Wilmington, DE 19806 call 302-652-7978 for more information

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Open Saturdays!

Posted On: September 10, 2016

Stuart Kingston Jewelers on Pennsylvania ave in Wilmington DE is now open on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm! Stop by and see us. We miss you!

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Labor Day Hours

Posted On: September 1, 2016

Stuart Kingston Jewelers will be closing at 1pm on Friday September 2nd and re-open fro normal business hours on Tuesday September 6th for the holiday. We will also be open on Saturdays for the fall, winter and Spring beginning on the 10th.

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Exciting News for Stuart Kingston Auctions in Wilmington DE

Posted On: August 2, 2016

DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. — Pook & Pook, Inc. Auctioneers and Appraisers recently announced a new collaboration with premier retailer, Stuart Kingston Galleries. The auction house and gallery will team up officially for the first time this fall, to bring clients an assortment of jewelry and fine art, sans sales tax.

Pook & Pook and Stuart Kingston Galleries
Ron Pook, principle of Pook & Pook, and James Stein, principle of Stuart Kingston Galleries, surrounded by fine art, as they review an example of decorative art. (Photo courtesy Pook & Pook).
Founded in 1930 by Maurice Stein, Stuart Kingston Galleries, located in tax-free Wilmington, Delaware, is now run by Maurice’s son, James, and grandson, Edward. The company specializes in contemporary and estate jewelry and fine art, offering the work of Edward Loper, Sr., Charles Columbo, and other renowned 19th and 20th century artists. Over their eighty-year history, Stuart Kingston Galleries has presented several auctions of jewelry and fine art, though in recent years has emphasized the retail facet of the business. Stein was quoted saying that the collaboration with Pook & Pook, Inc. will bring the company “back to its [auction] roots,” a transition which will be aided by the auction house’s successful infrastructure, advertising, and strong internet presence.

Pook & Pook, Inc. was founded by Ron and Debra Pook in 1984 out of their thriving antiques business. Since then, the company has become a leading east coast auction house with record-setting prices and clients all over the world. Pook & Pook, Inc. is also a leader in innovation. In 2013, the company helped create, a curated online auction platform where bidders can bid on an authenticated and vetted selection of material. Though best known for selling fine and decorative arts, Pook & Pook, Inc. has offered several impressive jewelry items and hosted dedicated jewelry auctions.

Ron Pook, however, hopes that partnering with the respected jewelry experts at Stuart Kingston Galleries will solidify Pook & Pook, Inc.’s status as a powerhouse within the jewelry market. He is especially excited “to offer clients a tax-free buying experience as well as a lower buyer’s premium than customers find in Philadelphia and New York City.”

The first joint venture between the two companies takes place on November 19th, 2016 at Stuart Kingston Galleries in their state of the art facility in Wilmington, Delaware. The collaboration, dubbed “Pook & Pook, Inc. Auctioneers and Appraisers with Stuart Kingston Galleries,” will offer an incredible selection of fine art and jewelry, in keeping with both institutions’ stellar reputations.

To consign to the premier auction, please contact Pook & Pook, Inc. at (610) 269-4040 or or Stuart Kingston at (302) 652-7978.

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Stuart Kingston Galleries Auction House

Posted On: July 5, 2016

Pook & Pook Auction House to Partner with Stuart Kingston Galleries
Nationally renowned auctioneers forming historic partnership in tax-free shopping state.
Wilmington, DE, July 5, 2016: For nearly 50 years, Pook & Pook Auctioneers and Appraisers has been a leading dealer in fine art and other merchandise, selling to buyers all over the world. Stuart Kingston Galleries, established in 1930, is one of the premier jewelers in Delaware, home of tax-free shopping. These two auction powerhouses have decided to come together to bring their expertise in these two fields together, partnering to create what they believe will ¬be a first-rate buying experience for collectors of fine art, one-of-a-kind jewelry, antiques and other furnishings.
Pook & Pook is owned and operated by father and son team, Ron and James Pook. The Pooks are experts in the fields of fine art, antique furniture, objets d’art, firearms (antique and modern) and other distinct decorative pieces. Stuart Kingston Galleries has been a leader in jewelry sales and fine art. Founded more than 80 years ago by Maurice Stein, the Delaware retail institution is now run by Maurice’s son James and grandson Edward. For decades, Stuart Kingston was known throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for its lively auctions, however, in recent years, the store has focused more on its retail end. With this new partnership, however, Stein says he believes it will bring the company “back to its roots.” The Pooks have always been leaders in the art and antique world, but believe that the partnership with the Steins will help them enhance their presence in the field of fine jewelry.
The premiere auction is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Stuart Kingston Galleries location in Wilmington.
For more details, please contact: 302-652-7978

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4th of July Holiday Weekend

Posted On: July 1, 2016

Stuart Kingston Jewelers located at 2010 Pennsylvania Ave will be closed for the 4th of July weekend starting at 1pm on Friday July 1st and re-opening Tuesday July 5th. On Saturday July 2nd we will be open for appointment only. If you would like to make an appointment please do so before 1pm on Friday. Thank you and have a great weekend!

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Memorial day weekend

Posted On: May 27, 2016

Stuart Kingston Jewelers at 2010 Pennsylvania Ave will be closing early on Friday May 27th at noon. Saturday Sunday and Monday we will be closed in observance of Memorial day weekend. We will reopen on Tuesday May 31st. Have a great weekend!

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Mother’s Day Sale

Posted On: May 4, 2016

Stuart Kingston Jewelers located at 2010 Pennsylvania Ave in Wilmington DE is having a three day sale starting on Thursday May 5th through Saturday May 7th. Everything is on sale from 10% all the way to 70% off all Jewelry. Estate Jewelry, diamonds, necklaces, rings, bracelets, Hardy and David Yurman all on sale. Don’t miss out on some unbelievable deals!

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Snow Day

Posted On: January 23, 2016

Stuart Kingston in Wilmington DE will be closed today due to heavy snow. We will re-open on Monday the 25th.

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We buy Diamonds

Posted On: January 19, 2016

Stuart Kingston Jewelers in Wilmington DE is paying top dollar for large diamonds. Do you have a diamond that you would like to sell? Stop in to Stuart Kingston and let us take a look. We are constantly buying diamonds and will always give the best advice on how to sell your diamond and make the most money. Make sure we are your last stop before you decide to sell.

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Phone Problem

Posted On: January 5, 2016

Currently we are experiencing technical difficulties with our phones. We are aware of the problem and are working on getting fixed as soon as possible. If you have any questions please email us through our website.

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Holiday Hours

Posted On: December 23, 2015

Stuart Kingston will be open December 24th from 10am -2pm. We will be closed Friday and Saturday and Sunday. We will re-open Monday December 28th.

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Thanksgiving Hours

Posted On: November 25, 2015

Stuart Kingston Jewelers will close early on Wednesday November 25th at 5:30pm. We will be closed on Thanksgiving day November 26th. Stuart Kingston will open for normal business hours Friday November 27th 10 to 5:30pm

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Clearance Sale

Posted On: September 29, 2015

September 28th, 29th and 30th all jewelry is on sale at Stuart Kingston Jewelers in Wilmington. All estate jewelry, bridal, diamonds, semi-precious and precious stones, watches and more is all on sale from 20% to 70% off. Hurry in because the sale won’t last!

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Labor Day Weekend Hours

Posted On: September 2, 2015

Friday September 4th open from 10am to 2pm
Closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday. We will Re-open to normal business hours on Tuesday September 8th. We will also be open on Saturdays from 10-4pm

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Special Diamond Deal

Posted On: August 28, 2015

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Stuart Kingston deal of the week is a round 1.79ct I VVS2 diamond. Special price of 13,950.00. Come in this week and get in on this fantastic deal. It won’t last so hurry!

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The Good, the Bad, The Beautiful…Buying the Ring

Posted On: June 24, 2015

I’ll admit it, I’m a lucky guy. Honestly I’m not trying to rub it in, but my wife is the best–Hands Down– Period. Now when I decided to propose I did have a slight advantage when it came to getting an engagement ring for obvious reasons (I work in a jewelry store). However, when it came to picking out a ring I was in the same boat as every other guy walking into a jewelry store. I had absolutely no idea what she wanted.

Over the years, I’ve seen the look on the faces of guys who are just trying to get a grasp on color, clarity, carat weight and cut. I might as well been explaining the definition of a quadratic equation. Ladies we are clueless! Now if you are lucky like me your future bride to be might be watching a commercial and then pause the commercial that shows a number of engagement rings and then asks, “which one do you think I would like?” I, of course chose wrong. Not shocking, because men are typically wrong (sorry guys). We had a young man come in our store and buy an engagement ring and the girlfriend came back a week later somewhat devastated. She had told him specifically not yellow gold, not oval and not a halo. He got her a yellow gold oval halo ring. I mean he sort of listened, he just didn’t hear the “not” part.

So now that I personally experienced the daunting task we as men have trying to find the perfect engagement ring for our future spouse, we (SK Jewelers) decided to offer something a little different to help men get the perfect ring. The Heart and Soul Reflections™ is a Bridal Collection designed to guide and empower men by helping them uncover certain style preferences that truly reflects their soul-mate. Who is she? What’s her personal style? Realizing that every woman is special and one of a kind, we offer four basic collections to help in your search to match the ring to your special lady. Our collections are Classic, Modern, Eclectic and Vintage. We also want to always be open to originality, so we offer custom design services to enhance or alter any ring design by our own fabulous Jewelry Designer located on our premises.

In our Classic Collection you might find beautiful solitaires and Tiffany mountings for the very traditional style woman. She tends to like the round or emerald cut shapes sometimes incorporating accent diamonds on the sides. Our Modern Collection is focused on clean lines and unique mountings like tension settings and halo mountings featuring cushion or princess cut diamonds. Our Eclectic Collection offers a variety for that woman who sets her own trends-likes mixing it up –anything goes. Our Vintage Collection reflects the designs for the woman who enjoys beautiful antiques, estate pieces, and intricate filigree gallery settings. You may want to consider an extra special re-design of the family heirloom. We are here to help when you are ready to find that special ring.

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Retail stores that buy diamonds

Posted On: May 20, 2015

Recently Stuart Kingston was given a poor review on Facebook for evaluating a person’s diamond at a price below what the owner thought it would be. She went on to insinuate that because of this low evaluation we did it because we were racist towards her and thought she might be unintelligent and on drugs. Contrary to what this person might think Stuart Kingston does not evaluate a diamond based upon a person’s race, religion, social status or political views. We have been in the business for over 80 years and while we might not be the final say on what a diamond is worth we do give an expert opinion.

Stuart Kingston buys and sells diamonds almost everyday. When we buy a diamond for market value there are many different factors we weigh that determine the price. Let’s be absolutely clear what we are talking about here when we say “Market Value.” Market value is the price that is determined by the market it is NOT RETAIL VALUE. Retail value is what a retail store would sell the diamond for and no store will pay retail value or even close to retail value when buying a diamond…I should amend that by saying no store will buy for retail value if they want to stay in the retail business.

In this particular case a women came in to our store asking us to appraise her diamond. There are two types of appraisals. One is for retail replacement (which means a value is put on the diamond that if you were to lose or have the diamond stolen your insurance company would give you that money to go buy a new diamond of equal value) The second appraisal is a market value appraisal which means if you were to go to a store and ask to sell the diamond right then and there they would give you a cash value offer. But even a market value appraisal might not be very high and here are some reasons why.

Let’s say you own a really pretty house in a bad neighborhood. The house might be 500,000 but because you live in a neighborhood that is not desirable it could cut the price in half. Same with diamonds. Maybe the diamond is big but has poor color and clarity, the price will drop. Or maybe the shape of the diamond is not popular, the price will drop. Maybe I just bought three diamonds earlier that day of the same look and I really don’t need the diamond, the price will drop. As a buyer I have to think about how desirable is the diamond and how quickly can I sell it. Everyday that a diamond sits on the shelf, I to lose money. If the diamond is very desirable I will offer more money because I know that I can sell it quickly. The biggest way that we determine price is what the diamond will sell for in an auction type setting. You may have a $10,000 dollar evaluation for retail replacement but because of the desirability of the diamond it might sell at auction for $2000.00. These are some of the things to think about when buying a diamond. Quality, desirability, and who you buy from. The person who asked us to give an appraisal for her diamond asked us how much money we would give to her to buy her diamond that day. Based on many factors we would have given her around a thousand dollars. As I mentioned before we see diamonds in here everyday from people selling and I have written numerous blogs about why the diamond might be worth more or less than what someone paid for it, but it is never, ever, ever about WHO is selling. Its only about the diamond.

Sadly in the world of social media individuals can print anything they want to, make degrading and completely false accusations of people and companies with no repercussions. I understand feeling wronged, but in life we are always given choices, and this customer had a choice to sell or not to sell. No one pressured her into selling. Most importantly a diamond is worth what someone is willing to pay for it not what someone says its worth. If you think something is worth 10,000 and we offer 1,000 we encourage you to find a better offer. Having done this thousands of times I know our offers are very fair and most people come back to sell. We try to educate and give all the options and encourage second opinions. Stuart Kingston will always try and provide as much information as possible so people can make educated decisions. I hope this article is another step in that direction.

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Closed for Repairs

Posted On: May 2, 2015

Stuart Kingston Jewelers will be closed Saturday May 2nd for repairs. We will re-open on Monday May 4th. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Update 4/10/15 for repairs

Posted On: April 10, 2015

Stuart Kingston will be closed Saturday April 11th for repairs due to the flood. Thank you for your patience.

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Update on Stuart Kingston Jewelers

Posted On: April 7, 2015

Stuart Kingston Jewelers is still closed because of construction to the showroom. Stuart Kingston suffered a massive flood from a broken sprinkler pipe that cracked during the winter cold. We hope to resume business on April 10th. Please email or leave a message at our office and we will get back to you within 24hrs. Thank you for your patience.

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Posted On: April 1, 2015

Stuart Kingston will be closed April 1st thru April 6th for repair due to flooding. If you have any questions please call 302-652-7978 or email us at Sorry for the inconvenience. We will be back up and running soon.

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If it’s too good to be true……

Posted On: March 19, 2015

I’ve been conned before, and it really stinks. Aside the fact that you feel a bit helpless and dealing with loss of money and the time spent dealing with a horrible situation you start to lose faith in the world around you. It’s the same thing when buying a diamond and finding out what you bought was not what it was represented to be. It’s wrong and its corrupt and it infuriates me. We buy diamonds frequently and many times people come in with certificates of authenticity or appraisals of the diamond and the paper says one thing but the diamond is something completely different.

When buying a diamond from a jeweler a question that people always ask is, “Why does it cost one price here and another price somewhere else?” I mean if we are comparing apples to apples why not the same price? The problem is that one place has an apple and another place has a rotten tomato with a certificate that says it’s an apple. Recently there was an article written about a jewelry store that was selling diamonds with EGL International certificates. It said that the diamond was G color and VS2 Clarity. The customer paid a price for a G color VS2 clarity that was cheaper than the other retail store selling the same stone. When this customer took the diamond to have the ring appraised by the G.I.A they found out the diamond was in fact a J color SI2 clarity. That discovery would amount to a HUGE difference in price and quality. Diamonds are priced based on the 4 C’s (see our chart and information on grading diamonds). The problem is that some retail stores are getting bad certificates so they can say to you, “Hey look it has

So now the question is, how do you protect yourself from making a bad investment and actually know what you are buying is a true quality diamond? Many times stores’ will have certificates that go along with the diamond from an independent Certified Gemologist vs. other stores that offer their own certificates, which is a conflict of interest or in layman’s terms, a huge no-no! You might see legitimate looking certifications like EGL or IGI or AGL, however the only certification company that is consistently recognized around the world is the GIA. No I don’t work for GIA and no the GIA is not paying me to write this article. If you do any research or understand the diamond trade business at all, GIA will be the one certifying body that most, if not all experts agree is the most qualified to grade stones.

Last week, I saw an ad on Face Book that advertized Ray Ban® Sunglasses for $35.00– 1 day only! I thought, “Wow $35.00, when they normally cost $120.00 on average!” Of course I bought them and of course they turned out to be fake, nice glasses for $35.00, but not Ray Bans® even though they say Ray Ban® on the glass. So when a deal seems too good to be true…..well you know the answer.

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Stuart Kingston Jewelers Renovation

Posted On: February 28, 2015

Recently Stuart Kingston Jewelers in Wilmington Delaware had a flood in the store due to a frozen pipe that burst. We will be undergoing a renovation and hopefully will be up and running again very shortly. If you have any questions you can send them to thank you for you patience and we hope to see all of you very soon.

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Holiday hours

Posted On: December 24, 2014

Stuart Kingston will be open Christmas eve day until 2pm. We will be closed from December 25th until December 28th. We will re-open Monday December 29th.

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Fall Hours

Posted On: September 6, 2014

Stuart Kingston is now open on Saturdays 10am to 4pm

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End of Summer clearance Sale

Posted On: August 22, 2014

Stuart Kingston jewelers is having an end of summer clearance sale. Everything in the store is 20% to 70% off all jewelry! Sale runs from August 25th to the 29th. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to get some magnificent pieces of jewelry at unbeatable prices!

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Closed for NY Jewelry Show

Posted On: July 25, 2014

Stuart Kingston Jewelers will be closed Monday July 28th for the NY Jewelry show. We will re-open for business on Tuesday July 29th. Hope to see you is August with all of our wonderful new pieces of jewelry!

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What you need to know before buying a diamond.

Posted On: July 18, 2014

Father and son, Jim and Edward Stein continue in the family business founded by Jim’s father in 1930, Maurice Stein. Stuart Kingston Jewelers is located on Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilmington, DE

Growing up in the diamond business in the 1950’s and 1960’s, I was fortunate to learn firsthand from my father how business was conducted. He had a supplier in Boston, Massachusetts where he purchased all of his diamonds. Back then, there were no independent certificates that accompanied the stones. He relied on his suppliers for a good price and for many years the business was done on a simple handshake and very little if any bargaining.

Today, however, the diamond business bears little resemblance to how it was conducted forty/fifty years ago. Technology, the Internet has advanced our understanding and the public’s understanding about every important detail of diamonds in general. Suffice to say; very few people have an extensive knowledge about diamonds. It is a subject that takes many years of experience in buying and selling to understand “True Value”.

The Gemological Institute of America® has become the world wide authority on diamond grading. My decision to sell GIA graded diamonds comes from many years of travel around the world in India, Israel, Europe, Middle East and the Far East and certified diamonds from the GIA are universally accepted as the authority. Until that practice changes, the most respected jewelers will continue to educate the public on this very important facet of our business. Unfortunately, the buying public has very little knowledge of what they really need to know before making such an important purchase.

In today’s market, there is much hype and it has become increasingly difficult for most folks to separate fact from fiction! At the end of the day, it is vital that anyone interested in making an investment in a diamond, deal with only experienced, knowledgeable and respected jewelers that can share valuable information to help you make the best decision on your purchase and ensure you are getting exactly the quality stone you intended. It can be very disappointing to find out later what “you thought” you purchased does not match its true grade and therefore its true value. See our helpful general overview of how a diamond is graded on and we invite those interested in learning more, to please make an appointment for a Complimentary 20 minute– What to Look for in a Diamond session with Jim Stein.

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July is Ruby Month!

Posted On: July 8, 2014

This month Stuart Kingston Jewelers is running a sale on all Ruby jewelry! Come in and see all the wonderful ruby rings, necklaces, bracelets, pendants and earrings we have just for her. Stuart Kingston Jewelers is located in Wilmington De home of tax free shopping! #detaxfree #rubyring #bigsale

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4th of July Store Hours

Posted On: July 2, 2014

Stuart Kingston Jewelers will be closed for the holiday weekend starting on Friday July 4th through Monday the July 7th. We will reopen on tuesday the 8th. Have a great weekend and don’t forget to come in for our 4th of July sale running till this Thursday!

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Summer hours!

Posted On: May 21, 2014

Stuart Kingston will be closed on Saturdays from May 24th through August 30th. We will resume our normal Saturday hours 10-4pm September 6th.

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Stuart Kingston Galleries Art Sale and Exhibition

Posted On: April 23, 2014

Stuart Kingston will be holding an art sale an exhibition tonight Wednesday April 23rd from 6-9pm. Drinks and food will be served so come one come all. The Sale will be going through to May 31st. Important American and European Artists will be on display including works by Edward L. Loper and Frank E. Schoonover.

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prices have not dropped in diamonds only margins

Posted On: December 20, 2013

The diamond market has become more and more standardized. Although no two diamonds are ever alike, the G.I.A. (Gemological institute of america) is the gold standard of certifying diamonds.. Certificates from the retail store are not considered independent thus not as reliable.. The G.I.A certificate, however, is accepted all over the world.. The point is when considering a diamond purchase, ask to see the certificate.. Its not unlike saying “show me the car fax”. By examining the certificate you will be able to determine if the price is a fair one or not.. Thus the margins of profit on the stone becomes smaller because of competition from internet sales that offer stones with certificates at very close to cost.. This, of course, favors the consumer.. At the end of the day, the most important factor in making a purchase is dealing with someone you trust.. You will learn all you will need know in making an informed decision….

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Prices soar for important diamonds

Posted On: December 19, 2013

At the recent auctions we have witnessed unprecedented prices for large fine quality diamonds.. A 59 ct. vivid pink oval cut diamond sold for $83,187,381 .A 118 carat D flawless diamond sold for $30,600,000.. Why is this happening? The simple answer is that there is little faith in our currencies…and there are many more very wealthy individuals from the Middle East and Far East to compete with the western world.. Not to mention mainstream media keeping us aware of these very special stones.. The larger question is how long will this bubble last? History tells us that nothing lasts forever. However, diamonds have always been an object of desire.. Consumers all over the world are always wanting something of intrinsic value..Something beautiful and special.. Diamonds have always had a reputation of portable wealth…and this fact alone will sustain diamonds desirability…….

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Holiday Party December 5th

Posted On: November 30, 2013

Tis the season for a party so come on out and join us for drinks, food and fun. This year Stuart Kingston Galleries is sponsoring the Boys and Girls Club of Delaware. All donations at the door will go to this fantastic charity. Oscar Heyman will also be here with a full display of his incredible line of jewelry. This is truly something not to be missed. See you there!

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Auction Nov 20th 2013

Posted On: November 4, 2013

Delaware’s premier auction house is back!!!! Kingston Auction House at Stuart Kingston Galleries is having its first auction in almost 20 years. Fine Art, Estate Jewelry, collectables and more! Click on our auction page and view our online catalog for more details. Sign up with live auctioneers to bid on items if you can’t be here in person. Preview begins November 15th.

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Tag/Clearance Sale

Posted On: August 7, 2013

Stuart Kingston is having a Clearance/Tag Sale August 13th 14th and 15th from 10am to 7pm. Everything must go in order to make room for our upcoming auctions this Fall! Mirrors, Art, Furniture, books, oriental rugs, bed frames, jewelry, statuary, glassware, silver sets, and more! Come in and sign up to be on our auction mailing list!

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