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Greek Blue Sapphire Wedding Ring

Engagement Ring with a Sapphire

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What do you think about using sapphire for an engagement ring-Yes or No?

First of all, sapphire occurs in all colors (when it is red it is ruby).  Technically sapphire is a variety of corundum and ruby is the red variety of corundum.  Sapphire is all of the other colors (other than red) of corundum.

Sapphire is hard (on s scale of 1 to 10, sapphire ranks a 9) and hardness refers to it’s resistance to scratching and thus it’s durability.

So if you want an alternative to diamond, then sapphire is a good consideration.  Customers can choose from genuine sapphires in many colors in our store.  We have a rainbow of sapphire colors in various yellows, oranges, greens, violets, blues and pinks.

Here are a few pictures of sapphire in rings that would work for an engagement ring.  What do you think of these?

Greek Pink Sapphire, Wedding Ring, Springfield, MO - Manolis Jewelers - Photography by Packy Savvenas

Greek Blue Sapphire Wedding Ring, Springfield, MO - Manolis Jewelers

Mike Pappas Wins Award

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Mike Pappas wins award.  Mike Pappas “aka” Manoli of Manoli’s Jewelers traveled to Tennessee lately and received the “Crowbar” award for his pro. wrestling skills and history.  The crowbar award is for a wrestler who wrestles aggressively and with integrity.

A fan of Mike Pappas the wrestler, created a website for him.  You can find out a lot of information and see simulated videos of Mike Pappas in his high flying stunts at this link.

If you enjoy pro wrestling, then enjoy browsing this website link. Check out the W2K 17 tab for simulated wrestling matches.

You can find Mike Pappas at Manoli’s Jewelers in Springfield, MO.  Mike Pappas ended his wrestling career when he moved to Springfield and got back into the jewelry business.  For more history on our jewelry business click here for about us.

After picture ring becomes earrings

Ring becomes Earrings

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Old diamond guard ring will be transformed.

Before-old diamond guard ring that is worn and outdated.

After picture ring becomes earrings



Before and after.

Ring becomes earrings.

Before you have an old worn-out yellow gold guard ring and after you have a very wearable pair of white gold earrings with diamonds that have a lot of sentimental value.

These are things that we do at Manoli’s Jewelers.



Mike Pappas the Flying Greek

Humans of the Ozarks and Manoli

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Manoli Savvenas can still remember smelling the Aegean Sea air as he tried to out-maneuver his friends kicking a soccer ball made from old rags.

“We didn’t have toys. But it was a very happy childhood. We’d get hungry from playing, so we’d go home and eat a slice of bread. We’d wet it with water and put a little sugar on it,” he says.

Growing up on the Greek island of Rhodes, Savvenas was aware of the ancient Roman and Byzantine artists, writers and philosophers who had called the island home.

“Believe me, we ate a lot of fish. And fresh vegetables like green beans and fresh tomatoes. And all the fruit you can imagine. We cut it from the trees ourselves,” he said.

There was no stove; his mother cooked with terra cotta pots over an open wood fire.

The son of a farmer, Savvenas remembers lighting the kerosene lamp at night to sit and do his homework.

“We didn’t have running water. Or electricity. We didn’t have a TV or radio. But we felt rich, because we relied on each other,” he said.

It was the postwar era, in which Greece, like other European nations, struggled to regain its economic footing. His mother could not read – “women didn’t go to school in her days” – but she saw the value in hard work and learning a trade. She wanted that for her seven children, all of whom shared a one-room house. All nine slept side by side every night.

“We didn’t even have a bathroom. You had to go outside,” Savvenas recalls.

His mother asked a neighbor to teach Savvenas the jewelry trade. He was 11 years old.

“Then when I was 12, we used to work late at night polishing jewelry just to make enough money to spend on something like a pair of socks. It was not hard labor — it was just a job. And appreciated the opportunity to learn,” Savvenas said.

Since the shop didn’t have electricity, Savvenas learned to melt silver and gold over glowing-hot coals.

“We made our own wire by hand. I can melt gold or silver down and make it as thin as your hair,” he said.

At 16, he started boxing. But his mother, a driving force in his life, begged him to stop. So he took up wrestling.

“It was like the Greco-Roman style of competition. I never thought I would become a professional wrestler. I wanted to compete, not perform,” Savvenas said.

But then, at 18, he left Greece in search of opportunity. After stops in Australia, Canada and Mexico, he found himself working as a professional wrestler in Madison Square Garden, New York.

“Now, [professional wrestling] is a monopoly. At that time, it was different. There were territories. My first one was the NWA, or North Wrestling Alliance out of St. Louis. And I wrestled for the WWF in New York,” he said.

“I wrestled Macho Man Randy Savage and Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase, and Bob Backlund,” he said. “My wrestling name was Mike Pappas.”

And so it went for nearly 12 years. He got married and had a son. He continued wrestling, trekking cross-country for events.

Published by the Springfield Newsleader

benchmark wedding bands sale

Benchmark Wedding Bands Sale

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All of our Benchmark wedding bands are half price……as long as you can wear a size 10…..then you are in luck.

Don’t wait, come check them out soon.

We are discontinuing our collection of Benchmark bands and that is the reason for this huge markdown in prices.

Rose-Cut Three Diamond Band

Unique Diamond Ring

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A truly unique diamond ring that is handmade by Margoni from Greece.

If you like to wear unique jewelry then our jewelry from these designers and Manoli’s Jewelers is for you.

See more of our unique jewelry at Greek Jewelry 

Faces of Manoli's Jewelers

Faces of Manoli’s Jewelers

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Some of the faces at Manoli’s Jewelers.  Our precious daughter-in-law, Amy.  Our longtime friend and salesperson, Karen Mitchell. Manoli the inspiration of Manoli’s Jewelers and Valerie who is Manoli’s wife, business and life partner and graduate gemologist.


chlorine dangerous for your jewelry

Chlorine is Dangerous for Your Jewelry

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Pool and Hot Tub alert! Chlorine is bad for your gold and silver jewelry!

Chlorine and chlorine-like-chemicals such as bromine attack the alloys used in karat gold, leaving the metal brittle and thus susceptible to breaking in areas that have been stressed, such as the bend in a prong or stretched segment of a shank.

Chlorine has an oxidizing effect on silver causing it to turn black.

So remove your jewelry and put it in a safe place to prevent these problems.

Then have a great pool party!