Chapman's Top 10 Predictions for 2017

I think 2016 will go down as one of the most surprising years in our country’s history. My bet is that the first half of 2017 will be exciting and history making as well. My question is where we’ll go the second half. Here are my top 10 predictions for 2017 along with a review of my 2016 predictions with 6 out of 10 being wrong.

  1. While everyone is predicting substantially higher oil prices due to the OPEC agreement, I say oil will not hold above $60 per barrel for the year.
  2. Environmental groups will use the legal system to stall most energy initiatives
  3. The government and private sector will join forces creating technical vocational training  
  4. Interest rates will rise by less than 1%
  5. The country’s deficit will continue to grow
  6. We will not have a trade war
  7. Stocks will end flat to down for the year
  8. Brick and mortar retail square footage will begin shrinking
  9. Gold will continue to climb
  10. After several years of flat to declining prices, diamonds will begin to rise

Listed below were my 2016 Predictions. Don't worry, I’m not quitting my day job!

  1. Oil Prices will break and hold well below $40 per barrel for the year
  2. That will result in a debt crises for weaker OPEC countries .
  3. Donald Trump will not get the Republican nomination.
  4. Hillary Clinton will get the Democrat nomination
  5. Hillary Clinton will win the 2016 election
  6. Interest rates, while slightly higher,  will remain historically low.
  7. Stocks will end the year 6% higher
  8. The dollar will reach parity with the euro 
  9. Diamond prices will increase at least 5%
  10. Gold will FINALLY bottom

Jewelry Repair and Restoration

It’s that time of year again! Time to bring in your jewelry, have it cleaned and inspected to make sure it’s still in great shape. It may look fine with the naked eye, but our jewelers can tell if the metal has thinned or broken, therefor putting your jewelry at risk. A ring generally gets the most wear and tear, but we can look at your earrings and bracelets too. Don’t wait until you look down and see that your diamond is missing or your bracelet is no longer on your wrist. At Medlars, a standard cleaning and inspection is free of charge*, so what are you waiting for?

If the jewelry item turns out to be so worn that it needs to be overhauled, that’s okay too. Medlars performs many jewelry restorations and can likely restore your worn out or damaged pieces to their original beauty. You may even have some heritage pieces that have been passed down that you are afraid to wear. Well, what happiness do they bring you in that jewelry box? Bring them in, have them restored and wear them again. We love to see our customers smile.

If you are worried about security, you can rest assured that your jewelry is safe and secure in the hands of our experienced jewelers. All our jewelry repair stays onsite with our own staff of five jewelers. Not only can you wait while your jewelry is being cleaned, with a full view of our workshop, but we also have video cameras recording all work stations where inspections are performed.

Make your New Year’s Resolution one that is easy to keep. No dieting required.

*Cleaning and inspection is free for up to 8 pieces at one time.

Silver Restoration Event
Medlars & The Bron-Shoe company partner together for their Bi-Annual Silver Restoration Event.

Thursday, January 12, 2017 10am-5pm
Friday, January 13, 2017 10am-5pm

For two days only, Medlars will be holding a Silver Restoration and Repair event in-store. Take advantage of 20% off on silverplating and polishing during this event!  

Gather up your old silver today! An expert will be on hand to provide free recommendations and estimates on repair and refinishing your sterling and silver-plated heirlooms. They will let you know if it can (or should) be restored.  Broken pieces soldered and missing parts can be replaced as well. You’ll love entertaining again with your family silver! Or, you can have it restored to pass along to the next generation.

The Bron-Shoe Company  is well known for bronzing baby shoes since the 1930's. Their goal is to restore your heirloom possessions back to their intended luster and beauty.

No Appointment Necessary

However if you wish to make an appointment please call Medlars 210-342-5191 or email

Garnet: A Symbol of Passion and Love

If your birthday is in January, your birthstone is said to symbolize passion and unconditional love. Your birthstone is garnet, which dates to ancient Egypt where pieces were found entombed with the wearer so that they could continue wearing it in the afterlife. The peak of garnet purchasing was in the 1800’s and why many Victorian items are adorned with garnet.

The most commonly used garnet is red, but it is found in many colors including orange, yellow, green, purple, brown, blue, black, pink and colorless. Tsavorite is a variety of garnet green. It was discovered in the mountains of Northeast Tanzania. It is a very intense color with high transparency. It is very rare and beautiful.

Medlars has a great selection of Garnet including a few Tsavorite pieces. Click HERE to see.

Precious Metal Quotes

Click HERE to view up daily metals price indications for the most popular gold and silver coins.

Medlars Guarantees Our Work

At Medlars, we ensure enduring quality and satisfaction. 

We guarantee ALL of our work and materials to be free of defect for a period of two years from the date of purchase. We will replace or repair as necessary any defect at our cost. This includes all parts and labor. Our guarantee does not cover damage caused by abuse or accidents. 

We guarantee the silver, gold, or platinum purity of our jewelry, our custom design, and our restoration work. We further guarantee our stated weight and quality of the stones we supply.

Added Value Guarantee

Every finished ring (not just a simple solitaire but EVERY ring) purchased at Medlars includes Free Sizing, Free Appraisal for insurance purposes, plus Free lifetime cleaning, maintenance inspections, and polishing.  At Medlars your purchase is the beginning of a lifetime of our personal attention and care.

Return and Exchange Policy

  • If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your jewelry purchase, you may return it within 30 days of the purchase date for a full refund or exchange (not just a store credit) .
  • Custom designed jewelry is not returnable.
  • You may trade in your undamaged diamond, purchased from Medlars, for any diamond at least twice the trade-in value of your diamond. The trade-in value is your full original purchase price excluding sales tax and any labor. Colored gems are not eligible for trade in.

Price Protection Guarantee

If within 90 days of your purchase, you find a diamond with the same specifications, graded by the same gemological laboratory, at a lower price in the United States, Medlars will match it and give you 10% of the difference.   

Here's how it works:   
  • Bring in the actual diamond with certification and sales receipt.
  • A competitor’s diamond certification must be from the same laboratory . The competing diamond must have the following matching characteristics:
  • Shape, weight, color, clarity, diameter, cut grade and fluorescence (if any).
  • Sales taxes are not included in the cost comparison.

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