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The SJG Smart Business Report: Ideas to increase sales in slow summer months

The SJG Smart Business Report: Ideas to increase sales in slow summer months

Sponsored content from the Southern Jewelers Guild

“Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.” ~ Mary Ellen Chase

People in the industry who know me know that I am a huge proponent of in-store events. Keeping your marketing calendar fr...

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JCK Las Vegas, LUXURY and JIS Exchange glistened during a sweltering week in the desert

JCK Las Vegas, LUXURY and JIS Exchange glistened during a sweltering week in the desert

(NORWALK, Conn.) - Going out with the heat, JCK Las Vegas concluded its 26th edition on Monday, June 6. The show welcomed the best of the best in the jewelry industry with over 2,400 exhibiting brands and manufacturers, as well as an abundant lineup o...

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Gemologist-writer Diana Jarrett is Best-of-the-Best in Writers Competition

Gemologist-writer Diana Jarrett is Best-of-the-Best in Writers Competition

Southern/Mid-America Jewelry News columnist earns national acclaim – again

(NEW YORK) - Popular gem industry writer/author Diana Jarrett accepted an award from the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies for their Editors, Writers, Poets & I...

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JBT’s Red Book available in new easy to use format

JBT’s Red Book available in new easy to use format

As technology evolves so does the well-known traditional Jewelers Board of Trade Red Book. Initially the Red Book was just that - a printed reference book with a red cover. Next came the CD. Now JBT is pleased to announce that future copies of the qu...

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Eager to grow, eager to please, Costar Imports realizing goal of going national

Eager to grow, eager to please, Costar Imports realizing goal of going national

With expansions to the San Francisco Bay Area and Thailand, Costar Imports has come a long way since Ram Kedia opened up shop in New Orleans back in 1988.

Costar began as a diamond wholesaler supplying independent retail jewelers in the Southeastern U...

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The SJG Smart Business Report: Ideas to increase sales in slow summer months

6 HOURS AGO
The SJG Smart Business Report: Ideas to increase sales in slow summer months

Sponsored content from the Southern Jewelers Guild

“Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.” ~ Mary Ellen Chase

People in the industry who know me know that I am a huge proponent of in-store events. Keeping your marketing calendar fresh and full are among the first recommendations I...

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Why gold may hit $1,500 by year’s end—and it’s not just about Brexit

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Why gold may hit $1,500 by year’s end—and it’s not just about Brexit

Implications for currencies, central banks point to more gold rallies

Gold’s impressive rally Friday offered a taste of what may be in store for the precious metal, as some analysts say it’s just a matter of time before prices top $1,500 or even $1,900 an ounce.

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JCK Las Vegas, LUXURY and JIS Exchange glistened during a sweltering week in the desert

8 DAYS AGO
JCK Las Vegas, LUXURY and JIS Exchange glistened during a sweltering week in the desert

(NORWALK, Conn.) - Going out with the heat, JCK Las Vegas concluded its 26th edition on Monday, June 6. The show welcomed the best of the best in the jewelry industry with over 2,400 exhibiting brands and manufacturers, as well as an abundant lineup of industry networking opportunities and informativ...

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Jewelers for Children celebrates 18 years, honors Stuart Lee and Dennis Ulrich

15 DAYS AGO
Jewelers for Children celebrates 18 years, honors Stuart Lee and Dennis Ulrich

(NEW YORK) - On June 5, 2016, Jewelers for Children (JFC) held the 18th Annual Facets of Hope event in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The charity announced that $3.1 million had been raised to support their charity partners in the year ahead and that since 1999 $51.4 million had bee...

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Gemologist-writer Diana Jarrett is Best-of-the-Best in Writers Competition

6 HOURS AGO
Gemologist-writer Diana Jarrett is Best-of-the-Best in Writers Competition

Southern/Mid-America Jewelry News columnist earns national acclaim – again

(NEW YORK) - Popular gem industry writer/author Diana Jarrett accepted an award from the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies for their Editors, Writers, Poets & Illustrators competition, reports the New York Mine...

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Holojem wins first prize at JCK Think Tank

15 DAYS AGO
Holojem wins first prize at JCK Think Tank

Jewelers Mutual, Excelion Partners team up for 3D projection aimed at creating customized jewelry store experiences

(NEENAH, Wis.) - Holojem™, a Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company partnership with Excelion Partners, won first prize at JCK Las Vegas’ Think Tank on Sunday, June 5.

Think Tank, an event hel...

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JBT’s Red Book available in new easy to use format

5 HOURS AGO
JBT’s Red Book available in new easy to use format

As technology evolves so does the well-known traditional Jewelers Board of Trade Red Book. Initially the Red Book was just that - a printed reference book with a red cover. Next came the CD. Now JBT is pleased to announce that future copies of the quarterly Red Book on CD will be distributed on a fl...

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Hoover & Strong introduces white label diamond auction services

8 DAYS AGO
Hoover & Strong introduces white label diamond auction services

Hoover & Strong has announced a new white label auction service called myAuction™. This is an innovative service offered to jewelry retailers nationwide, allowing them to offer their own online auction service where their customers can sell their jewelry items to industry qualified buyers. The s...

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The Retailer’s Perspective: Technology in a brave new world

About 2 or 3 years ago I was going to write about how retailers were dealing with the onslaught of employees bringing their personal cell phones into work. Right about then my cell phone rang and I got sidetracked and forgot.

Fast forward a few years and now we’ve got a whole new situation. MySpace, FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. have invaded the world. So now I wonder how everyone is dealing with it? Hang on a second, I’m getting a text:

R U N 4 hppy hr?

Yes I am! Sorry about that. Gotta meet a friend... er, I mean a client after work. As I was saying, businesses have a whole new situation to contend with... hang on again. I just got a FaceBook e-mail from an old high school classmate I haven’t seen since graduation. Give me just a second to respond.

Wow, that was cool. I haven’t heard from him in like 30 years. Anyway, as I was saying. Trying to keep a balance between social networking and business networking is... Oh look, one of my subcontractors just updated her MySpace page. She got a new puppy. How cute.

Like I was saying... NO WAY! Seems on my Twitter update, Jon Gosselin has just stolen $230,000 from Kate Gosselin and left her unable to pay her bills. How could he do that?

Sorry about that. Oh, hang on, a client just e-mailed me back through FaceBook. Let me get back with him real quick:

Yeah, I’m here tomorrow. Go ahead and send the package. Thanks.

Like I was saying, the social networking side and the business networking side are becoming almost interchangeable. There was a time when work was work, and personal was personal. In an interconnected world the lines are not so clear anymore. Hang on again. I just got an IM from my old friend Valerie Alexander that I must take.

Hey Girl. Give a minute, I’m finishing up a column?

Okay. I’m back. Where was I? Oh yeah.

Does your store have a policy about the amount of computer time your staff can spend on social networking sites? I’ve talked to a lot of retailers that have expressed concern over trying to make them all make sense. Almost everyone is on one of the social networking sites. Most people are on several. Personally for me, I’m... well, it appears I’m going to answer another FaceBook e-mail telling me the pearls I was having restrung are ready. Excuse me just a moment;

Thanks. I’ll pick them up in the morning.

Like I said... hang on again. Oh dear. My niece just updated her FaceBook page and it appears she has a headache. Where was I? Oh yeah, my niece has a headache. Let me respond to her real quick.

Is it a hangover? Ha ha...

I’m sooo funny I crack myself up sometimes. Now, back to business.... right after I respond to someone who has taken offense with my FaceBook status.

I still stand by my statement that Charlie Sheen is the best male actor working today.

Some people just have no appreciation for talent. Now, where was I? Oh yeah, my niece. No wait, I remember, my column.

Like I said, about 2-3 years ago I was wanting to write about how owners and managers were dealing with employees bringing their cell phones to work. The most common argument back then was; I need it in case there’s an emergency. Let me just tell you. I am an emergency responder and MY cell phone doesn’t go off that often for emergencies, so forget that one. But now, about 8 or 9 years later, cell phones are the norm. Every salesperson gives customers the store number and their cell phone in case they need to get in touch on their day off.

Most businesses now not only have a website, but they have a MySpace page and a FaceBook page. Hell, the whole point of this article is to... apparently answer Valerie’s IM real quick...

Ha Ha...

Sorry ya’ll, it’s been a busy day around here. Anyway, the whole point of this article really is to try and get all of the readers of Southern Jewelry News and Mid-America Jewelry News to go to our new FaceBook page “I’m a fan of Southern Jewelry News” and become a fan. We’d like everyone to participate in some of our new online discussion boards. Come on and join the fun. Heck who knows, we may even rehash the debate over the comedic genius of Charlie Sheen with....

Oops, gotta go again. Something unexpected just happened...

A real customer just walked in...

Chuck is the owner of Anthony Jewelers in Nashville, TN. Chuck also owns CMK Co., a wholesale trade shop that specializes in custom jewelry and repair services to the jewelry industry nationwide. You can contact him at 615-354-6361, www.CMKcompany.com or send e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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