November Birthstone: Citrine

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Ye Olde Clock and Gift Shoppe, in Dallas, PA is a family-owned business since 1968. We hand select our clocks, fine collectibles, curio cabinets, watches and jewelry from craftsman all over the world. Our expert staff provides old fashioned, personalized customer service. We offer a dedicated service department on the premises. We gladly accept special orders and ship everywhere. Visit us and select your family heirloom today. www.yeoldeclockshoppe.com

October Birthstones: Opal and Pink Tourmaline

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Ye Olde Clock and Gift Shoppe, in Dallas, PA is a family-owned business since 1968. We hand select our clocks, fine collectibles, curio cabinets, watches and jewelry from craftsman all over the world. Our expert staff provides old fashioned, personalized customer service. We offer a dedicated service department on the premises. We gladly accept special orders and ship everywhere. Visit us and select your family heirloom today. www.yeoldeclockshoppe.com

September Birthstone: Blue Sapphire

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Ye Olde Clock and Gift Shoppe, in Dallas, PA is a family-owned business since 1968. We hand select our clocks, fine collectibles, curio cabinets, watches and jewelry from craftsman all over the world. Our expert staff provides old fashioned, personalized customer service. We offer a dedicated service department on the premises. We gladly accept special orders and ship everywhere. Visit us and select your family heirloom today. www.yeoldeclockshoppe.com

Gift Show Season

gift1It’s one of our favorite times of year… Gift Show Season! We’re traveling all over this summer to make sure we have the best selection of unique merchandise for you.  We meet artists and vendors from all over the world and bring their pieces back to Dallas, PA.  We’ll post to Facebook when we find something we just can’t wait to share.

Ye Olde Clock and Gift Shoppe, in Dallas, PA is a family-owned business since 1968. We hand select our clocks, fine collectibles, curio cabinets, watches and jewelry from craftsman all over the world. Our expert staff provides old fashioned, personalized customer service. We offer a dedicated service department on the premises. We gladly accept special orders and ship everywhere. Visit us and select your family heirloom today. www.yeoldeclockshoppe.com

July Birthstone: Ruby

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Ye Olde Clock and Gift Shoppe, in Dallas, PA is a family-owned business since 1968. We hand select our clocks, fine collectibles, curio cabinets, watches and jewelry from craftsman all over the world. Our expert staff provides old fashioned, personalized customer service. We offer a dedicated service department on the premises. We gladly accept special orders and ship everywhere. Visit us and select your family heirloom today. www.yeoldeclockshoppe.com

June Birthstone: Pearl

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Ye Olde Clock and Gift Shoppe, in Dallas, PA is a family-owned business since 1968. We hand select our clocks, fine collectibles, curio cabinets, watches and jewelry from craftsman all over the world. Our expert staff provides old fashioned, personalized customer service. We offer a dedicated service department on the premises. We gladly accept special orders and ship everywhere. Visit us and select your family heirloom today. www.yeoldeclockshoppe.com

The Beauty of Handmade Cuckoo Clocks

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Did you ever see a cuckoo clock being made? Now is your chance!  Our genuine German Cuckoos are all certified handmade in the Black Forest.  They’re all hand carved and hand painted and meant to last several lifetimes, with regular service that we perform here at Ye Olde Clock & Gift Shoppe. Check out this amazing video to see all the workmanship in every clock.

Ye Olde Clock and Gift Shoppe, in Dallas, PA is a family-owned business since 1968. We hand select our clocks, fine collectibles, curio cabinets, watches and jewelry from craftsman all over the world. Our expert staff provides old fashioned, personalized customer service. We offer a dedicated service department on the premises. We gladly accept special orders and ship everywhere. Visit us and select your family heirloom today.  www.yeoldeclockshoppe.com

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How were birthstones chosen?

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Almost everyone knows their birthstone, but have you ever thought about how they were originally selected?  The first known reference originated in the book of Exodus in the Old Testament of the Bible.  It is written that the Hebrew high priest had a breastplate with twelve specific stones mounted in four rows, one stone representing each of Israel’s tribes. In the first row there was ruby, topaz and beryl, the second row had turquoise, sapphire and emerald, the third row jacinth, agate and amethyst and in the fourth row there was chrysolite, onyx and jasper. They were all mounted in gold filigree settings, one for each of the names of the sons of Israel, each engraved with the name of one of the twelve tribes. (Exodus,Chapter 39:9-14, New International Version)

Throughout history, many have believed that gemstones hold special powers for those that wear them. In the 8th and 9th centuries, gemstones were believed to be connected to the twelve apostles. Since that time, the twelve gemstones have been related to zodiac signs and birth months. It is believed that the actual wearing of birthstones more than likely originated in Poland around the 15th and 16th century. Some believed that the powers of a gemstone for a particular month were heightened by the wearer. For this reason, it is believed that people wore the different birthstones for each month hoping to achieve the full effects of that particular stone.

In 1912 the Jewelers of America organized an official list that would connect each month with a particular stone.  This list is still used today to identify the stone that represents the month.

Stop back each month to see our post about the birthstone of the month!

Ye Olde Clock and Gift Shoppe, in Dallas, PA is a family-owned business since 1968. We hand select our clocks, fine collectibles, curio cabinets, watches and jewelry from craftsman all over the world. Our expert staff provides old fashioned, personalized customer service. We offer a dedicated service department on the premises. We gladly accept special orders and ship everywhere. Visit us and select your family heirloom today. www.yeoldeclockshoppe.com

Cuckoo…Cuckoo…

So why did the Black Forest Artisans choose a cuckoo bird to be the centerpiece of their clocks? The common cuckoo, native to Europe, had long served as a natural marker of time, a welcome harbinger of Spring whose familiar calls denoted the coming of the new season and warmer weather. Writing eloquently on the cuckoo in his 1849 book Natural History: Birds, English naturalist Philip Henry Gosse described the joy felt upon hearing the first coos of the season:

“There are few who do not feel a thrill cuckooof pleasure when it falls upon their ear. But more especially when, for the first time in the season, it is heard in a lovely Spring morning, mellowed by distance, borne softly from some thick tree, whose tender, and yellow-green leaves, but half-opened, are as yet barely sufficient to afford the welcome stranger the concealment he loves. At such a time it is peculiarly grateful; for it seems to assure us that indeed, winter is past.”

Over the centuries since it first emerged from the Black Forest, the cuckoo clock has remained largely unchanged.

Ye Olde Clock and Gift Shoppe, in Dallas, PA is a family-owned business since 1968. We hand select our clocks, fine collectibles, curio cabinets, watches and jewelry from craftsman all over the world. Our expert staff provides old fashioned, personalized customer service. We offer a dedicated service department on the premises. We gladly accept special orders and ship everywhere.

We also have a full service and repair department that can bring your family heirloom cuckoo clock back to life.  Call us or stop by The Shoppe with your clock.

Shop our selection here http://yeoldeclockshoppe.com/product-category/wall-clocks/cuckoo/

 

Featured Artist: Tom Miller Woodworking

featured artistTom Miller is a native of the Back Mountain.  He gained an interest in woodworking watching his Dad do carpentry work and had plans to open a small wood shop of his own.  The reality of needing to raise a family put these plans on hold.  In recent years, he has been able to start working with wood again.  The hardwood comes from right here in Pennsylvania.  Tom strives to do justice to the beauty of the wood and hates to waste even the smallest of scraps.  We are proud to offer Tom’s beautiful creations at The Shoppe!

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Ye Olde Clock and Gift Shoppe, in Dallas, PA is a family-owned business since 1968. We hand select our clocks, fine collectibles, curio cabinets, watches and jewelry from craftsman all over the world.

Our expert staff provides old fashioned, personalized customer service.

We offer a dedicated service department on the premises.

We gladly accept special orders and ship everywhere. Visit us and select your family heirloom today.