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Ellis Jewelers Tim Hiatt credits retail success to his genes

Ellis Jewelers Tim Hiatt credits retail success to his genes

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Illinois jeweler has just changed his 60,000th watch battery!

Illinois jeweler has just changed his 60,000th watch battery!

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Masters of Marketing - A century of sparkling insight - Part 2

Masters of Marketing - A century of sparkling insight - Part 2

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W magazine reviews the most outrageous jewelry from Paris Couture Week

W magazine reviews the most outrageous jewelry from Paris Couture Week

Paris Haute Couture is a special time of year where the top fashion houses put their best pieces forward twice a year with beautiful, handcrafted designs. In July, it seems as though the jewelry houses also get in on the fun, showing their own best o...

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JA to host several events at JA New York Show

JA to host several events at JA New York Show

Designer Preview & Member Meetup, Education Program, Idea Exchange and certification exams

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA) is hosting its Designer Preview & Member Meetup on Sunday, July 23 at Clyde Frazier’s Wine & Dine. JA Retail Me...

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Pe-Jay Creations partners with heartfelt birthstone line, “MY STORY”

Pe-Jay Creations partners with heartfelt birthstone line, “MY STORY”

A perfect match of creative and business smarts to continue MY STORY growth

(NEW YORK) - Mitchell Feuer of Pe-Jay Creations and  Jackie Cohen from Timeless Fine Jewelry have partnered to create a new company, MY STORY FINE JEWELRY, to breakout the hear...

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Rio Grande and B9Creations partner to bring 3D Printing to jewelers

Rio Grande and B9Creations partner to bring 3D Printing to jewelers

Rio Grande is pleased to announce a partnership with B9Creations that brings the “best in 3D printing” to professional jewelers. The new B9 Core Series 3D printer, sold by Rio Grande, marries “plug and grow” ease with some of the fastest printing spe...

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Retailer Roundtable:  What are your biggest hiring challenges?

Retailer Roundtable: What are your biggest hiring challenges?

Q:    What are your biggest hiring challenges?

“I’ve been in business for 30 years and hiring challenges have remained pretty consistent throughout that time - finding a sales associate that has an understanding and love of jewelry. One of the most comm...

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W magazine reviews the most outrageous jewelry from Paris Couture Week

5 DAYS AGO
W magazine reviews the most outrageous jewelry from Paris Couture Week

Paris Haute Couture is a special time of year where the top fashion houses put their best pieces forward twice a year with beautiful, handcrafted designs. In July, it seems as though the jewelry houses also get in on the fun, showing their own best offerings to both editors and the customers who may...

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Tennis ball-sized 'diamond in the rough' too big to sell

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Tennis ball-sized 'diamond in the rough' too big to sell

TORONTO (Reuters) - In the mysterious world of diamond mining, it turns out that some stones are too big to sell.

Canada's Lucara Diamond Corp will have to cut its tennis ball-sized rough diamond to find a buyer, industry insiders say, following Sotheby's failed auction for the world's largest uncut ...

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JA to host several events at JA New York Show

5 DAYS AGO
JA to host several events at JA New York Show

Designer Preview & Member Meetup, Education Program, Idea Exchange and certification exams

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA) is hosting its Designer Preview & Member Meetup on Sunday, July 23 at Clyde Frazier’s Wine & Dine. JA Retail Members will have the opportunity to mingle with fel...

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Atlanta Jewelry Show’s “The Loupe” buying group program to celebrate 2nd anniversary at August show

11 DAYS AGO
Atlanta Jewelry Show’s “The Loupe” buying group program to celebrate 2nd anniversary at August show

(ATLANTA) - The August, 2017 Atlanta Jewelry Show (AJS) will be celebrating a special anniversary when the show floor opens up for business on August 12th.  The AJS Buyer Group program, “The Loupe” is turning 2 years old, and continues to expand with new partners, programs and service offerings.

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Pe-Jay Creations partners with heartfelt birthstone line, “MY STORY”

5 DAYS AGO
Pe-Jay Creations partners with heartfelt birthstone line, “MY STORY”

A perfect match of creative and business smarts to continue MY STORY growth

(NEW YORK) - Mitchell Feuer of Pe-Jay Creations and  Jackie Cohen from Timeless Fine Jewelry have partnered to create a new company, MY STORY FINE JEWELRY, to breakout the heartfelt birthstone line, “MY STORY”

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International Gemological Institute (IGI) - India achieves RJC Certification

11 DAYS AGO
International Gemological Institute (IGI) - India achieves RJC Certification

(MUMBAI) - IGI India has announced it has achieved certification against the Responsible Jewellery Council’s (RJC) 2013 Code of Practices (COP), which signifies the Institute has met the ethical, social and environmental standards as established by the Council.

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Rio Grande and B9Creations partner to bring 3D Printing to jewelers

5 DAYS AGO
Rio Grande and B9Creations partner to bring 3D Printing to jewelers

Rio Grande is pleased to announce a partnership with B9Creations that brings the “best in 3D printing” to professional jewelers. The new B9 Core Series 3D printer, sold by Rio Grande, marries “plug and grow” ease with some of the fastest printing speeds and smoothest surface resolution of any 3D pri...

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New collections spur Alamea Hawaii to successful JCK Las Vegas Show

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New collections spur Alamea Hawaii to successful JCK Las Vegas Show

Hawaii-based Alamea, makers of sealife, tropical and nature jewelry as well as hand crafted wood rings, reported a very successful 2017 JCK Las Vegas Show. Owner Jay Wu attributed this success to their launch of new collections of 14kt larimar, two-tone 14kt and sterling with diamonds and abalone, a...

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Furry friends on the job: Bernadette

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Furry friends on the job: Bernadette

Meet Bernadette, the first feline sent in for our Furry Friends feature. Bernadette is the Queen of the castle at Creative Jewelers in Florence, AL. “She was without a home, so gladly we shared ours,” says Brandi Hammock. “She now rules here at CJ’s and we and our customers love it!

See all of our Fu...

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Furry friends on the job: Callie, the boxer, and Jewels, the poodle

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Furry friends on the job: Callie, the boxer, and Jewels, the poodle

Callie, the boxer, and Jewels, the poodle, “work” at Scott and Sons Fine Jewelry on Amelia Island in FL. Jewels (gotta love the name and the pink toenails) has been going to the store since she was just a pup and is a greeter extraordinaire. Callie is more bashful, which is hard to believe after see...

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The Best Policy: The watch shop burglary

The customer walked into Jim Cellar's Fine Jewelry with a watch that had not run in years. The bracelet was missing and the brand name was indistinguishable. The customer said that he would just like an estimate on what it would take to get it running again. Jim took the watch in without a discussion about the value except that the customer mentioned that it had belonged to a deceased relative.

Jim outsourced his watch work to I. Ken Fixit, who had a small shop across town that did nothing but watch repair, and so that's where he sent this customer's watch.

A few days later, Jim called the customer with the estimate, and the customer said he was undecided as to whether the old watch was really worth repairing, so he said he would think about it and let Jim know whether to proceed. In the meantime, the watch remained in Ken's fire safe.
Eventually the decision was made to clean and repair the watch, so Jim called Ken to give him the go-ahead.

"Well, uh, there's been a little problem, Jim."

Burglars had decided that Ken's watch shop would be a good target. They easily compromised his very basic alarm system and then had far more time than they needed to break into the old fire safe - it took them less than 2 minutes.

"That's terrible news, Ken; I guess you've turned this over to your insurance carrier."

"Well, that's another problem, Jim. My insurance is just for my tools and equipment, like for a fire, you know. It doesn't cover jewelry or watches. I just never thought that a watch shop needed to have a Jewelers Block policy."

Jim then had the unpleasant task of informing the customer that the watch had been stolen in a burglary at the repair shop, and that the shop had no insurance coverage for the loss. Thankfully, Jim knew that the watch was not of much real value.

The customer was irate. The rusty old watch which previously may not have been worth repairing suddenly had great value! According to the customer, though he did not know the brand he knew that it was surely crafted of solid gold and maybe even a "collector's item" because of a logo that was on the face. Also it was then a "priceless family heirloom," believed to have been given to an ancestor by the Queen of England.

"Why would you send my priceless watch off to someone who would lose it in a burglary! And so now it's gone forever and I want to know what you're going to do about it!"

With only a vague description of the watch on the take-in order and no value stated, Jim had nothing with which to dispute the customer's wild and escalating claims. This was a problem which was destined to consume a great deal of time and energy, and an indeterminable amount of money.

Did the customer have insurance? It would have to have been insured as "scheduled" property and Jim was certain that was not the case. Even if the customer had had personal insurance on the item, that carrier would likely seek recovery from Jim.

Jim looked to his own insurance policy for coverage - he did have a Jeweler's Block policy which insured watches as well as gemstones and other forms of jewelry; and it did cover customers' property in his care. But this loss was about an item that was not in his care.

The good news:
Jim read further. He read an option in the policy for "property in the custody of jewelry dealers . . . "and a limit of coverage was shown." He called his agent; was the watch repair shop a "jewelry dealer" under this definition? Did his policy provide coverage for his loss from the burglary at I. Ken Fixit?

The loss was turned in to the carrier, and it was determined that coverage did apply to Jim's situation; an insurance adjuster would be assigned to work out the details with the customer. With the limited information on take-in, the adjuster may also have difficulty in reaching agreement with the customer and will likely end up authorizing more than the watch was actually worth. Regardless of that, his insurance company's intervention allowed Jim to step out of the fray and turn the irate customer over to a professional - as long as the settlement was within his limit of coverage.

Tip No. 1 Jewelers Block is the insurance staple of the jewelry industry. Every jeweler who has inventory, memo goods, or customers' property should carry that type of insurance. And if property is sent to another jeweler for any reason, such as for repair, design work, appraisal, or on memo the policy should include other jeweler coverage with an adequate limit of insurance. (It may not be automatically included!)

Tip No. 2 When accepting customers' property, describe the item(s) and request the customer's estimate of value. It may be necessary to explain to a customer that the purpose of insurance is to replace an item with "like kind and quality" and that because of that, only the intrinsic value is insurable. Unfortunately there is no way to replace an item's sentimental value.

You may still receive an inflated value from a customer, but that often is better than no value at all.

Also be sure that the job envelop is not the only record. If the envelope is the only record and it remains with the item, then you would still have no information if both are lost or stolen. Consider job envelops that make double copies of all the information - original as a claim check for the customer, first copy separately filed, second copy remains with the piece.

Tip No. 3 Property that a retail jeweler sends to a shop often belongs to the retailer's customers. Does the shop have good security? Does the shop carry insurance - specifically Jewelers Block insurance? Since Jim regularly used the same shop, Jim could have requested a Certificate of Insurance - Ken's agent would have provided it.

And if this shop had had insurance, it might have had better security.

Tip No. 4 Check the deductible. Company A's policy states that the deductible is subtracted from the limit of coverage; Company B's deductible is taken from the amount of the loss. Same thing? Not always. Consider $10,000 limit on other jeweler coverage; $1,000 deductible. A jeweler suffers a loss that is greater than his limit, say, $15,000. Company A will pay $9,000 ($10,000 limit less $1,000 deductible). Company B pays $10,000 ($15,000 minus $1,000 = $14,000, so the policy pays its full limit of $10,000).

It may appear to be a minor distinction, but it can be major in some circumstances.

It pays to look at the details of your insurance coverage. Had Jim not had the optional coverage for property in the care of another jeweler, he would have been on his own in an embarrassing and difficult to handle situation - which may even have led to litigation. His insurance protected him not only financially, but emotionally. And always deal with a reliable jewelry insurance company and an experienced agent you can trust.



Bob Carroll of Robert G. Carroll and Associates is a Certified Insurance Counselor who has specialized in working with the jewelry industry from more than 25 years - representing Jewelers Mutual and other quality carriers in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Tennessee. "Jewelry insurance isn't just what we do, it's all we do!" [www.robertgcarroll.com]


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