Business owner gives advice.

The price of gold is hovering around $1,300 an ounce, making the purchase of jewelry extremely expensive. Silver is over $20 an ounce. Companies are now setting diamonds and other precious stones in silver, because of its affordability. Not good. Most of us have gold and silver jewelry tucked away somewhere that has huge sentimental value, but we don't wear it anymore because it's out of style, broken or worn out. You can save money by gathering together those busted, mangled and tacky pieces of jewelry and have them made into something that you or someone special to you would be thrilled to wear. Although nobody wants to say it out loud, we all know that Christmas will be here before we know it. Restore Mom's pearls, have that ring made a bit heavier or beef up the prongs on your diamonds. Repair, remount or redesign, there are lots of options at Bits & Pieces Jewelry Co., at 114 Cranston Ave. in Fowler. Business hours are: Tuesday - Friday from 9:30 a.m.to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from noon until 4 p.m. Business phone is 263-4310. Don't let the construction scare you away, come in and see me for all your jewelry repairs or purchases.