Designed and created in the Texas Hill Country, James Avery's jewelry has a distinctive flair that is instantly ... More
James Avery Craftsman
Designed and created in the Texas Hill Country, James Avery's jewelry has a distinctive flair that is instantly recognizable by Texas natives and coveted far and wide by jewelry lovers. Avery is best known for incorporating Christian iconography in his designs, but secular imagery is just as prevalent. Other locations in San Antonio include Ingram Park Mall (+1 210 681 6766), Rolling Oaks Mall (+1 210 651 9180) and Stanley Square (+1 210 342 3412). Avery also does a booming business through his mail order catalog; any of the store locations can add you to the mailing list.
I have been a long time wearer of James Avery jewelry, particularly their charms. I have a collection that I would like to continue to expand, but it has gotten ridiculously expensive over the years. I can recall the days, truly not all THAT long ago, when charms were $12.50...and the larger charms were naturally a bit more than that, but not more than $20. Charms we always an easy and affordable gift to give and now I refuse to ask anyone but my husband for anything from that store because of how outrageous it has gotten. I feel like the prices have tripled since I started collecting. I can't even afford to get others gifts from here because they have gotten so expensive! I understand the prices of silver influence their retail price, but it is depressing to think about how much it has gone up, and I wonder if it will just continue to increase. James Avery jewelry is nice, but if you're thinking about starting up a charm bracelet, particularly, at this point in time, I would advise against it.
An elderly lady answered the phone as if I was disturbing her day. I told her exactly what I wanted and further stated that it was for my granddaughter who lived in San Antonio. Then it came time for the credit card and as I was giving my name and address she very rudely said, "I want the number on the back". She was just using my name and address that the credit card had on it (a dangerous practice perhaps). Next I asked if she would like for my daughter to pick up the ring at her store or should I mail it. Her next comment was, "I don't care what you do".......so I attempted to give her the name and address of my granddaughter. This is where it took a good 10 minutes helping over and over to repeat the name and address (spelling it very precisely and carefully for her). Her next question was , "What city is this going to?" I reminded her that the city was San Antonio. At this point in frustration, I asked her why she was being so rude to me. Her answer was amazing...."I am being rude to you because you are being rude to me". Flabbergasted and not wanting to tell her that if my voice was on edge it was because I had had to spell everything on the shipping at least 4 times.
My daughters and son can buy their own children James Avery products if they want to, but I am through for good.
My daughter told me this morning that she had never had an older woman wait on her in the Basse store and that the young people in the store were absolutely wonderful during the Christmas rush.
I was shocked to find the Bandera Pointe store close and relocate to 1604 & Culebra. That store was always so busy. The traffic going west past Shanefield RD is horrendous and not worth the time and aggravation.
My wife & I walked into James Avery @ North Park Center hoping to buy several gift items. There was one customer in line and we were the only customers in the store who were looking at items.
The manager and an employee were handling envelopes behind the counter and watched us shop without offering any help. When my wife asked to see three items under the case, the manager (an older woman) seemed very "bothered" that she had to take the time to see what my wife wanted. She snatched up a card and began to write down the item numbers. A simple explanation to us to write down the item numbers ourselves and bring the card to the counter would have sufficed.
As my wife proceeded to ask about one of the pieces in gold, the manager explained that it was "much more" expensive than what we were looking at and acted as if we could not afford the piece.
Disgusted, we left the store and proceeded to spend twice as much money at another well-known jewelry store next to Neiman's.
i am wanting James Avery to reinstate the old for the pocket cross C-208. I have looked e-bay and various and have not any luck in locating one. Any assistiance would be most apprcaited tha you could believe. Clint Curry
Most of my jewelry is James Avery, and I so love all of it. His craftsman shop is just down the road from my parents' house, so we have been known to frequent his store often. I cannot imagine how much money we have spent there in the past years, but all items are valued and cherished. I am sure they will become heirlooms. Some of his secular items are a little cutesy for me, but I am sure that to some people they are just the thing for a certain occasion. He knows, instinctively, what people celebrate, and what they hold dear. His work with sacred images and their meanings leaves one with a deeper sense of God. Thanks be to God he has a store where I live in South Texas, where they now know me by name! James Avery Craftsman is the perfect place to find the perfect gift for anyone, and they are reasonably priced - not cheap, mind you, but you get what you pay for!
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