Posted on May 28th, 2017 in News and Events | No Comments »

In observance of Memorial Day, we will be closed Monday, May 29th.



Posted on May 26th, 2017 in News and Events | No Comments »

30% off of all in stock pearl jewelry, including earrings, necklaces, pendants, bracelets and more. Pet adoption event June 17th from 9am to 2pm. Pet photo contest- get your pet’s photo taken and enter to win a gift basket of prizes for you and your pooch!! Treats for you and your furry friends June 17th.  In June check out the “models” in our windows… they are all up for adoption!!



Posted on May 25th, 2017 in News and Events | No Comments »

You can now shop Midwest Jewelers from anywhere with our “Shop Now” option!  Under the “Jewelry”, “The Watchatorium” or “Estate Buying” tabs there is an option to ‘SHOP NOW’.  Click the link- it will take you to our current online inventory of products. View all of our inventory under ‘Catalog’ or search for a specific designer or group of items (ie necklaces, earrings, etc…) under ‘Collections’.  Updated weekly, our stock is always changing.  Looking for something special?  Let us know- we would be happy to post photos!



Posted on May 23rd, 2017 in News and Events | No Comments »

Come in and visit the Watchatorium during the annual CruZionsville. Friday and Saturday, June 2-3, 2017. New and antique cars, as well as the new “Auto Indiana” exhibit located just outside our doors.



Posted on May 22nd, 2017 in Brian's Blog | No Comments »
Beauty Matters

It’s earlish here in Paris and the weather is gorgeous. We have had a terrific stretch of good weather since we arrived on Thursday. According to the locals it has only just changed as it has been quite rainy and cool till now, so we are thankful for that.

 

This is RTW 3 and we are actually stuck in traffic aboard a bus that is taking us toward Luxembourg and on to the boat for our cruise after touring the American cemetery including Patton’s grave.

 

Yesterday we had the opportunity to tour the Palace at Versailles and see the opulence contained therein. This was a hunting lodge for kings Louis the XIII, XIV, and XV. Ultimately here is where the royals were carted back to Paris from after showing showing utter obliviousness and even contempt for the starving masses. Looking around and hearing the stories of the unbridled narcissism, it is not hard to understand why the lost their heads.

 

Paris in the spring was one of the “pillars” of our ‘Round The World journey Cynthia and I began dreaming and praying about 15 years ago. There is so much history here, all over Europe, really. We in the U.S. of A. really don’t have much of a concept of “old”. Being in the antique jewelry and collectables business, I am dealing with things that are vintage an antique all the time. Actually some of my staff, painfully, uses my age as the benchmark breakoff between vintage and antique; if it’s older than me it must be antique- ouch.

 

The reality is here, that anything 100 years or less old is just the junk they throw in closets, 2-3-400 years old is where they start paying attention. In fact nothing in the Louvre is less than 170 years old. But oh my, what beauty is contained there!

 

As we enjoyed hundreds of years of art and the representations of beauty and important events in beautiful ways, I was reminded of how much beauty matters. It wasn’t just at the museum, it was at the palace of Versailles, the Arc de Trimophe,

the Eiffel Tower, all over this city really. The statues, the boulevards, the dozens of museums, Beauty Matters.

 

Buy why? We are taught from early on that beauty is only skin deep, that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover. While these things are true, beauty causes us to pause, causes us to smile, it can take our breath away, it can even bring a tear to our eye. Most of all though it should cause us to look up, to think about the Creator.

 

Even though most of the beauty we saw this week was man made, I firmly believe it is God above that gifted those artisans with the vision and creativity and skill to render the beautiful.

 

Finding beauty is easy in a place like Paris, but I believe beauty surrounds us everywhere. I sell jewelry and gemstones that I find beautiful. What is the beauty that matters to you?



Posted on May 14th, 2017 in News and Events | No Comments »

Come visit us for the annual Jill Duzan Trunk show during Zionsville’s Brick Street Market.  We will have treats, a give-away and fun for everyone!  Experience this local artist’s “rugged elegance” and support small businesses!



Posted on May 11th, 2017 in News and Events | No Comments »

Due to a memorial service, Midwest Jewelers and Estate Buyers will have amended hours on Saturday, May 13. We will open at 1:30pm and close at 5pm. We look forward to serving you during this time.



Posted on May 10th, 2017 in Brian's Blog | No Comments »

 

 

From Spiritual to Holy

I am fumbling to even begin to describe what we have seen and experienced in the past week, well two weeks actually.

 

There is no question that this trip was built around a series of sites and events that are decidedly spiritual.

It started in Egypt with the prayer conference for the Middle East, then on to a variety of sites there, many of which had Biblical roots.

 

When we got to Tel Aviv we were surprised and blessed to have a room overlooking the beach. We took the opportunity to just chill for a couple of days which included a leisurely, albeit long, walk to Jaffa. This is where Jonah tried to dodge God and got on the boat to escape, and where Peter was given the vision about all animals being clean to eat, thus opening the door for the gospel to be preached to the gentiles.

 

We had an opportunity to go to the Convent at Emmaus, the road to which two men met the newly risen Jesus. We read standing in the Valley of Elah from 1 Samuel 17 about how the Philistine giant taunted the Israelites and a too-young shepherd named David thumped him with a stone from a creek.

 

We once again had a chance to spend time meditating in the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem, and yes the Tomb is still empty.

We were blessed to read about Palm Sunday while walking from the Mount of Olives to The Garden of Gethsemane ON Palm Sunday.

 

Praying at the Western Wall, spending time in The City of David, even wondering on the Via Delarosa, the route Jesus carried the cross on, were all on our itinerary.

 

Finally we had an opportunity to share a Passover Seder meal with an explanation of how each of the elements of the meal point to what God has done and how Jesus is the fulfillment of these Ancient of Days promises.

 

I was struck how almost all of these experiences were spiritual in nature but for Cynthia and I some of them transcended from spiritual to Holy; standing in Goshen peering out into the wilderness where the Israelites fled from the Egyptians, standing in the creek bed where David selected his 5 stones, seeing the empty tomb during Holy Week all made that jump for us from spiritual to Holy.

 

When we landed in Toronto after 10 hours in the air we learned that my sister had succumbed to cancer. As I deal with all of the emotions that surround loosing a sibling it occurs to me that Nita has made the ultimate transcendence from spiritual to Holy. She is now dancing on streets of gold (quite the deal for a jeweler!) and sitting at the feet of the one who left the grave for all of us.

 

There is no Easter feast on earth that will compare to the one she will be sharing with the risen Messiah this week.

 

Thank you for joining us on this trip, thank you for sharing our joys and our sorrows with us.

 

Have a blessed Easter and know that the tomb is EMPTY! I saw it.

It was a REALLY long walk to Jaffa

Just a stones throw from the ultimate headache in the Elah Valley

 

Brian and Cynthia

 

 



Posted on May 10th, 2017 in Brian's Blog | No Comments »

 

 

The Best Drivers in the World

There is no way to accurately convey the things that we have seen over the past few days succinctly. I will do the level best I can to hit the highlights and ask your imagination to fill in the blanks.

 

I am writing this right now overlooking the Mediterranean from a beach in Tel Aviv.

 

We flew from Cairo to Amman Jordan because Israel and Egypt don’t play nice together. Then from Amman to Tel Aviv. It was late when we got in but we were both starving. So we walked down to a restaurant on the beach and had some sea bass at 11:30 at night.

 

That meant we had lunch on a boat floating on the Nile in Egypt and dinner on the Mediterranean in Israel. But I’m ahead of myself

 

For 3 days we traveled with our guide, Assem, to a variety of sites around Egypt, some very well known and some that were so obscure there were no people there, literally.

 

A quick dialog on the driving in Cairo. In the week that we were there, I saw exactly one stoplight and it wasn’t working. Turn indicators are simply wasted electronics on cars there. When people honk their horn (almost constantly) they are not complaining that they cut you off, they are warning you that they are getting ready to cut you off.

 

Assem is convinced that Egyptians are the best drivers in the world because they have to be constantly alert for anyone from any direction doing something crazy.

 

All I know is very few of the cars were without some kind of damage and and it was much more akin to chaos than control.

 

When we started the pyramid tour it began with the oldest pyramid, the Step Pyramid. It is the first structure, surviving, that man created. 4500 years old, give or take. 2500 years BEFORE Christ. Amazing.

 

We were treated to the inside of several tombs of some minor officials. These walls were filled from floor to ceiling with intricate low relief hieroglyphics. I was astonished at how many there were. Some even still had the paint on them from 4.5 millennia ago.

 

Assem spoke out loud what I was already thinking; if this is what they did for the minor folks, just think what they did for the pharos.

 

Then we were on to the Great Pyramids of Giza including a camel ride there, and the Sphinx.

 

Our guide has a degree in Egyptology and a passion for what we were looking at, in some places it bordered on reverence. We loved it!

 

Knowing we were Christians, he would enthusiastically connect what we were looking at to stories from the Bible for us including Josephs brothers throwing him in the well and selling him into slavery in Egypt as well as the Flight to Egypt by Joseph, Mary and Jesus.

 

By far our favorite place though was when we traveled down (North) to lower Egypt (closer to the Mediterranean) to the land of Goshen.

 

For reasons that are somewhat unclear a couple of things transpired:

 

First of all we were met at our hotel with an armed guard who would ride with us all day. Then when we got to the beginning of the state where Goshen was we were met by 2 vehicles with 4 more armed guards each that escorted us front and back all the way to 2 different archeological sites, several hours of driving.

 

Assem was laughing at the overkill and said nothing EVER happened here, it’s just the state doesn’t get many tourists here and the police are bored. But Assem did have to file our travel plans several days in advance, hmmmm.

 

The highlight of the day came when Cynthia was able to read from the book of Exodus the story of Pharaoh telling Moses to GO! We were absolutely the only people besides the guards that were there at the brink of where the story of wondering and reconciliation began.  Assem said this was the spot, they know for sure this is where the Israelites lived and where they left from.

 

He and I listened with rapt attention enjoying the idea that we were on the very spot. Did I mention that Assem was a Muslim?

 

It was very powerful.

 

He asked many questions and even bought a book when we were at the Coptic church that was full of illustrated stories from the Old AND New Testament.

 

I was stuck by the way we saw how God worked both in a population and a person.

 

I was worried that this was going to get long and it has.

 

Just know that God is at work as powerfully now as he was 3500 years ago. Be watchful.

 

More from the Israel portion later.

 

Got the stupid pictures to load (finally!)

 

View from our Hotel

7500 Egyptians worshiping Jesus

 

Fooling around on Camels

 

Safest people in Goshen

 

Brian McCall

 

 



Posted on May 10th, 2017 in News and Events | No Comments »

 

 

The Best Drivers in the World

There is no way to accurately convey the things that we have seen over the past few days succinctly. I will do the level best I can to hit the highlights and ask your imagination to fill in the blanks.

 

I am writing this right now overlooking the Mediterranean from a beach in Tel Aviv.

 

We flew from Cairo to Amman Jordan because Israel and Egypt don’t play nice together. Then from Amman to Tel Aviv. It was late when we got in but we were both starving. So we walked down to a restaurant on the beach and had some sea bass at 11:30 at night.

 

That meant we had lunch on a boat floating on the Nile in Egypt and dinner on the Mediterranean in Israel. But I’m ahead of myself

 

For 3 days we traveled with our guide, Assem, to a variety of sites around Egypt, some very well known and some that were so obscure there were no people there, literally.

 

A quick dialog on the driving in Cairo. In the week that we were there, I saw exactly one stoplight and it wasn’t working. Turn indicators are simply wasted electronics on cars there. When people honk their horn (almost constantly) they are not complaining that they cut you off, they are warning you that they are getting ready to cut you off.

 

Assem is convinced that Egyptians are the best drivers in the world because they have to be constantly alert for anyone from any direction doing something crazy.

 

All I know is very few of the cars were without some kind of damage and and it was much more akin to chaos than control.

 

When we started the pyramid tour it began with the oldest pyramid, the Step Pyramid. It is the first structure, surviving, that man created. 4500 years old, give or take. 2500 years BEFORE Christ. Amazing.

 

We were treated to the inside of several tombs of some minor officials. These walls were filled from floor to ceiling with intricate low relief hieroglyphics. I was astonished at how many there were. Some even still had the paint on them from 4.5 millennia ago.

 

Assem spoke out loud what I was already thinking; if this is what they did for the minor folks, just think what they did for the pharos.

 

Then we were on to the Great Pyramids of Giza including a camel ride there, and the Sphinx.

 

Our guide has a degree in Egyptology and a passion for what we were looking at, in some places it bordered on reverence. We loved it!

 

Knowing we were Christians, he would enthusiastically connect what we were looking at to stories from the Bible for us including Josephs brothers throwing him in the well and selling him into slavery in Egypt as well as the Flight to Egypt by Joseph, Mary and Jesus.

 

By far our favorite place though was when we traveled down (North) to lower Egypt (closer to the Mediterranean) to the land of Goshen.

 

For reasons that are somewhat unclear a couple of things transpired:

 

First of all we were met at our hotel with an armed guard who would ride with us all day. Then when we got to the beginning of the state where Goshen was we were met by 2 vehicles with 4 more armed guards each that escorted us front and back all the way to 2 different archeological sites, several hours of driving.

 

Assem was laughing at the overkill and said nothing EVER happened here, it’s just the state doesn’t get many tourists here and the police are bored. But Assem did have to file our travel plans several days in advance, hmmmm.

 

The highlight of the day came when Cynthia was able to read from the book of Exodus the story of Pharaoh telling Moses to GO! We were absolutely the only people besides the guards that were there at the brink of where the story of wondering and reconciliation began.  Assem said this was the spot, they know for sure this is where the Israelites lived and where they left from.

 

He and I listened with rapt attention enjoying the idea that we were on the very spot. Did I mention that Assem was a Muslim?

 

It was very powerful.

 

He asked many questions and even bought a book when we were at the Coptic church that was full of illustrated stories from the Old AND New Testament.

 

I was stuck by the way we saw how God worked both in a population and a person.

 

I was worried that this was going to get long and it has.

 

Just know that God is at work as powerfully now as he was 3500 years ago. Be watchful.

 

More from the Israel portion later.

 

Got the stupid pictures to load (finally!)

 

View from our Hotel

7500 Egyptians worshiping Jesus

 

Fooling around on Camels

 

Safest people in Goshen

 

Brian McCall