Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1. Why are there no prices for the designer jewelry listed on the web page or in the national advertising seen in the Robb Report, Town and Country, etc.?

There are many variables that affect the price of each designer piece at Lithos Jewelry. Designer jewelry is made for different conditions, each piece a bit different from the one before. Such things as the metal chosen, 18K or Platinum, can affect the final price of the piece. Platinum is more expensive than 18K because it is more rare and harder to work. Finger size can also affect the price, the more metal used the higher the price. The same theory applies to the size of the diamond being set. The size of a piece is proportional to the size of the diamond. A design for a 0.50 ct diamond will be less expensive than for a 1.50 ct diamond. Enhancements to the original design, such as accent stones or inlayed metal will also increase the final price of the finished piece.

  • 2. How fast can I get a designer piece of jewelry?

Most of our designers have a 4 to 6 week order period, depending on the season. Of course, Christmas is very busy for the designers. It is best to contact us so that we can get you a more accurate expected date. Our advice is not to procrastinate, especially when only the best will do.

  • 3. What is the price of the Steven Kretchmer Omega ring?

The price of the Steven Kretchmer Omega depends on the finger size and the size of the diamond to be set. Please call and we will be glad to go over the actual price. The ring can be made for any finger size and stone size from 0.50 ct to 3.00 ct. To see the prices of available diamonds go to Diamonds.

  • 4. Are there other Steven Kretchmer designs besides the Omega?

Steven Kretchmer has an extensive jewelry collection. There are many styles of rings for women and men. There are also earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and pendants. Unfortunately, there is no digital catalogue of the collection. If you are interested in specific pieces please email us so we can personally help you.

  • 5. What is a GIA certified diamond?

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has set the standard for grading diamonds. The GIA is recognized all over the world as the full authority on evaluation of color, clarity, and cut of diamonds. One subsidiary of the GIA is the Gem Trade Laboratory (GTL). They provide diamond grading reports. In the trade, this is generally called a GIA cert. A GIA cert can be compared to title insurance when buying a house. Buying a GIA certified stone means that you know exactly the quality of diamond. There are other certifications for diamonds, but ONLY the GIA certification has world recognition. There are two Graduate Gemologist here at Lithos, both trained by the Gemological Institute of America.

  • 6. Is there an online catalogue representing all of the designers at Lithos Jewelry?

As illustrated by our Designer Gallery we carry many internationally known designers. There is no catalogue to snail mail or email to our customers. We have a representation of selected pieces to view on the web page. This is really only a window to view what Lithos Jewelry has to offer. We urge you to visit our store personally, so that you can try on and touch the pieces. If you love the pictures on the web site you will be even more amazed when viewing the pieces in person. Contact us if you need any assistance with accommodations. Click here to generate a map to our location.

  • 7. Do I have to come to the store to purchase jewelry?

Absolutely not! We are experienced with out of town transactions. Many items we carry are not accessible in many different areas of the country and world. With Registered mail, UPS and Federal Express there are many ways to send beautiful designer pieces that are totally insured until delivery to you. Furthermore, we have recently added the PayPal option to many of our pieces. It is safe and secure to use. See our Online Purchase Policies for more information.

  • 8. Are there other Lithos Jewelry locations near me?

There is only one Lithos Jewelry. It is located in beautiful Houston, TX. Please go to About Us to learn more.