Congratulations Karen Pociluyko of Silverstone Jewelers for being featured in our local paper! This is the Heart of Howell’s newest tenant and we wish you many many many years of success!
Address: 120 W. Grand River Ave. in downtown Howell
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays (by appointment only on Sundays or Mondays)
This story was reposted from the Livingston Daily website.
Mike Lammi, Livingston Daily
Karen Pociluyko has always loved jewelry.
Buying it. Wearing it. Studying it.
Now, she is selling it.
The retired nurse practitioner opened Silverstone Jewelers in downtown Howell in December.
“I’ve always had a keen interest in jewelry. I’ve bought a lot of jewelry, but I’ve also studied it over the course of 25 years or so,” she said. “A closet gemologist, I called myself.”
Not long after retiring from a 30-year career in nursing, Pociluyko decided to open her own jewelry store. She said her family and close friends only wondered what took her so long.
“When I told them I was opening a jewelry store, they said, ‘It’s about time,’ ” she said.
Pociluyko calls Silverstone Jewelers a “contemporary, edgy, fun” store where a customer can spend $30 or $30,000.
“I wanted a place where people could find really good, high-quality jewelry at all price points,” she said. “I didn’t want a jewelry store where people walk in and go, ‘Oh, I don’t have $5,000 to spend.’ I get excited when someone buys a $40 ring. I love making people happy with jewelry and sending them out with a smile on their face.”
The store offers earrings, necklaces, engagement and wedding rings, pendants, bracelets, pens and more from designers such as Frederic Duclos, Lauren G. Adams and Michael M.
Other services include appraisals, customized jewelry and buying gold.
Pociluyko wants Silverstone to be a place for jewelry lovers to gather have a good time — even if they don’t buy anything.
“You can pull up a stool, grab a mug of coffee, and talk and try on jewelry,” she said. “As long as you have fun and leave with a smile on your face, that makes me happy.”
Free jewelry cleanings are offered to anyone who walks into the store.
“Sometimes they come in, we clean their rings, and they leave feeling like they have brand-new jewelry. Then they come back,” Pociluyko said.
While Pociluyko never worked in a jewelry store before opening Silverstone, she has experience in running a business. Even while working as a nurse practitioner, she helped run her husband’s plastics business in Howell and did the books for other small businesses for many years.
She is proud to live and work in Howell.
“I tell everyone that I live in Howell, because I want them to know I’m invested in this community, not just because I have a store here but because I live here,” she said.
Meanwhile, Pociluyko is having the time of her life and living her dream as the owner of a jewelry store.
“My dad worked for Ford Motor Co., so his obsession was always cars,” she said. “For him, every day was a treat for the whole 35 years he worked at Ford. I had lunch with him a couple of weeks ago and told him, ‘I get what you mean now.’ I wake up every morning and say, ‘I get to go to the store today.’ ”
Contact Livingston Daily business editor Mike Lammi at 517-552-2854 or at mlammi @ livingstondaily.com.