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Topaz Goldsmith & Gallery

Maui’s mom-and-pop gem of a store.

February 10, 2011
Trisha Smith

Clearly, budget and taste vary, but “Everyone should be treated like royalty,” said Nancy Fairclough, who owns Topaz with her husband, David. “No matter if your taste is geared towards a Harry Winston collection or an artistic piece from Soho… we can fix it and suggest styles that will satisfy your vision.”

For over 23 years, the vivacious couple’s store has been the gem of the block among the retail shops near Kama‘ole Beach Park II.

Nancy and David met in Los Angeles over 30 years ago while she was working as a jeweler for Saks Fifth Avenue. They moved to paradise and raised their son and daughter, Ashley and Heather, in a loving and artistic environment of Maui and their family business, Topaz—which was named in honor of the Alfred Hitchcock film by the same name.

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Co-owners David Fairclough (above) and his wife, Nancy, incorporate modern technology, old-world skills and Hawaiian aloha at Topaz Goldsmith & Gallery in Kīhei.

Nancy thrives as Topaz’s gracious hostess, with a sharp intellect and keen eye for design. An exceptional tech illustrator, Nancy has worked for Aerospace and other aviation companies to help design gear such as joystick adjustments for F-16 aircraft.

They both enjoy traveling and hiking, and David’s hobbies include flying and model airplanes, which, Nancy teases, he’d rather wear around his neck than any jewelry from their showroom.

A charming native of England, David’s aptitude sprouted from an apprenticeship at the early age of 15. The experience of this esteemed goldsmith and silversmith spans over 45 years, and his fervor for precision offers what few other jewelry stores and galleries in Hawai‘i can match—unparalleled craftsmanship and first-class service.

The master jeweler has repaired everything from extremely delicate San Marco links to creating a new setting for a five-carat diamond. All lost wax and hand fabrication processes are conducted on premise. Topaz takes pride in utilizing their own stones from Germany and not carrying diffused, treated or coated gems.

The family atmosphere has fostered a warm staff, and Topaz is known for its elegant donations to local nonprofits and custom work crafted for several local organizations.

When it comes to Hawaiian jewelry, the Faircloughs have found that professionals from businesses and department stores across the isle often recommend Topaz. They carry the finest Tahitian black pearls—one of the first in the state to do so—and their selection of detailed Hawaiian gold jewelry includes heirloom bracelets, ear pins and earrings made by David and fellow designer Ted Norton. (To learn more history behind this symbolic jewelry, view the “Hawaiian Heirloom Bracelet Story” on www.mauitopaz.com.)

When bringing in precious items for repair or renewal, clientele recognize quickly how well they can trust in Topaz’s meticulous talents and quality workmanship. Skilled personnel offer guidance as you seek your next adornment, whether you’re searching for symbols of matrimony or just want some sparkle in your life.

Nancy’s not shy about relaying helpful tips to improve your jewelry’s longevity and keep your lobes healthy, for example. “Cleaning your jewelry and not wearing it to bed can make a world of difference,” she said.

From swanky tourists to residents who prefer humble and resilient pieces, Topaz allows clients to be a part of the design. “And we’ll do pretty much anything… one guy even brought in his own coal for us to create a custom-made piece for his woman,” said Nancy. “He was obviously trying to make a point, but she missed it because she ended up loving it!”

Topaz also performs emergency ring cutting, and has developed a new method to expand rings three to five sizes, as needed, for troublesome knuckles. They buy gold, and encourage people to come in for an estimate before selling to unqualified dealers.

And, no job is too big or too small. Topaz repairs everything from broken glasses and gluing paste earrings back together, to stringing pearls and fixing Ni‘ihau shell leis.

Peruse through their affordable and colorful Murano and Venetian glass beads and check out their wonderful jade pieces.

Valentine’s Day is the time to lavish your sweetheart with something they’ll never forget. Visit Maui Topaz Goldsmith & Gallery, located within Dolphin Plaza at 2395 S. Kīhei Road. The showroom is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 
 

 

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