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Diamonds In A Main Street Setting

At the Sands Point Shop,

beautiful jewelry isn’t just sold, it’s made

There’s much more than meets the eye at the Sands Point Shop. Just look behind and under the array of jewelry, giftware, outerwear and handbags, and you will see what is increasingly uncommon on Long Island—a place where things are actually made.

The Sands Point Shop at 15 Main St. is home to a large jewelry-manufacturing center—fully equipped with 10 technicians who hammer out everything and anything. Every day, there are daily tasks from designing a diamond setting to filing and polishing.

“We make our own jewelry from beginning to end,” said Laura Mazza, the Sands Point Shop’s merchandiser and also the company founder’s great granddaughter. Robert Bartholomew is the name of its manufacturing business. “Robert is my father and Bartholomew was my great grandfather who started this business more than 70 years ago,” said Mazza, whose brothers and father still run it.

Originally based in New York City, the family searched Long Island for the perfect building, geographically perfect for all of its members. They ended up on Main Street 17 years ago.

If you head to the back left of the shop, you may hear a lot of clamor. It’s one of the technicians at work, filing some precious metal into what will soon become a bezel for a necklace, or perhaps using one of the hundreds of small tools that lie ready for work.

It all begins with a wax mold. Downstairs is a spacious warehouse. One area has many shelves with hundreds of small yellow boxes all neatly stacked and numbered.

After the wax is set, the next day the casting begins, and after that the polishing. “We cast all types of metals from sterling silver to 14k or 18k gold,  gold in green, white, pink, or platinum,” added Mazza. “Our company makes things for other jewelry stores around the country, as well for our own. Customers often bring in photographs, magazine clippings, or anything the imagination conjures up. Of course, the Robert Bartholomew designers can offer their own creativity, too.” Their biggest ticket piece yet—a stunning diamond necklace that was bought for $90,000.

One of the diamond setters works meticulously with his tongs, setting even the tiniest of diamonds into their prongs. He needs to have a sharp eye and a steady hand, because if one slips away it may never be found. Another of the filers, works at cutting and filing various metals to prep them for the next step. Yet another employee could do anything for the business, according to Mazza.

“He is very talented,” added Mazza. “He can make anything we want—even from a sketch.”

News

Gould A. ‘Stretch’ Ryder III, accomplished sailor, pilot, businessman, civic leader, and steward of the beautiful waterfront of Port Washington, passed away Oct. 24 at The Amsterdam at Harborside Hospice Center in Port Washington.

Stretch, as he was known to all, was well known as part of the crew on Ted Turner’s “Courageous” when it won the America’s Cup in 1977. Turner stayed in touch and visited Stretch last week.

Stretch’s life was marked by numerous personal contributions and accomplishments.

Parents concerned about classroom sizes spoke up at the Port Washington Board of Education meeting, as the board passed an approval of the larger sizes.

Parents spoke of class sizes at the district’s elementary being in the mid 20s, an amount they felt compromised the quality of their children’s education.

“The board of education changed our children’s education for the worse,” said one mother of larger average class sizes the board had approved last year. The comment drew clapping from the audience.


Sports

The Port Washington Soccer Club has presented Schreiber High School graduate and captain of the Port Washington Blue Knights, Cameron Boroumand, with the annual $1,000 Joe Cohen Scholarship.

The award, which has been presented annually for over 10 years, was established by the Port Washington Soccer Club to honor Joseph Cohen, a gifted athlete who attended college on a soccer scholarship. He went on to achieve outstanding success, first academically, and then in his professional life.  He gave his time fully and with great heart to innumerable charitable endeavors.

The tough and talented Port Washington volleyball team defeated Hicksville at an away game this past Friday in all three sets.

With strong returning players who also play on club teams year round, the Port Washington team plays with a certain level of chemistry. Megan Murphy and Kelly Nardone led the way with 12 assists and Mia Walker had six kills.


Calendar

Schreiber Symphony Orchestra - November 6

Port Summer Show - November 6

Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington Meeting - November 7


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com