114 ;e Costco Connection NOVEMBER 2013
dard full money-back guarantee for these
Costco’s jewelry depot
At the Costco jewelry depot, a secure
facility where all jewelry is received from sup-
pliers and processed for shipment to mem-
bers, security is as tight as any bank’s. While I
am touring the building, Mike Paulsell, gen-
eral manager, Costco Trading, tells me, “We
maintain a constant chain of custody from the
moment the jewels arrive at the depot to the
time they are inspected by our gemologists
and shipped back out to our worldwide ware-
houses or directly to members.”
Lisa takes me into the vault where some
of the most magnificent jewels imaginable
rest until shipment; one stunner is a ring fea-
turing a 4-carat VVS2, E color central dia-
mond with excellent cut, symmetry and
polish, surrounded by 34 colorless diamonds
of 0.68 ctw; this beauty flashed with the bril-
liance of sunshine slicing through ice.
Another treasure is an exquisite necklace
with 38.00 ctw oval and emerald-cut dia-
monds set in platinum, destined for a very
lucky member. I learn of one Costco member
who purchased a gorgeous 12-plus-carat
fancy intense yellow diamond ring and is
already considering matching earrings of
more than 10 carats. Obviously Costco has
something to pamper everyone.
Think of Costco as a little gem in its own
right when it comes to fine jewelry; if you
can’t resist a good deal and don’t want to pay
a premium at upscale retail stores simply for
the marketing experience, then Costco’s
unbelievable selection and prices are for you.
When you purchase jewelry from Costco,
you’re making a statement that you demand
the highest quality for the best possible price.
Now that’s some savvy—and gem dandy—
gift shopping! C
Sherrie Newman (
a marketing and communications consultant
who lives in the Seattle area with her family.
EACH HOLIDAY SEASON, Costco buyers highlight special deals on
top-quality jewels, which are displayed on pallets in the warehouse.
Beginning November 15, three lovely items will be showcased.
Dazzling 8 mm Swiss blue topaz earrings ($199.99, below left), a
matching 10 mm pendant ($249.99, right) and 14-karat Italian yellow
or white gold hoop earrings ($179.99) will surely be a hit this season! i
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