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Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

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Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

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Researchers at the University of Southampton have found a prehistoric gold trade route between Ireland and southwest England. The route gives a glimps...

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(NEENAH, Wis.) - Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company recognized its top agencies and agents during the annual awards ceremony held at their National Sale...

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Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

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Researchers at the University of Southampton have found a prehistoric gold trade route between Ireland and southwest England. The route gives a glimpse into how ancient cultures regarded gold.

A new study has shed more light on how the value of gold has endured – and changed – since ancient times.

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Colorado woman finds 8.52 carat diamond in Arkansas state park

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MURFREESBORO, Ark. –  An 8.52 carat diamond has been found by a Colorado woman at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park at Murfreesboro.

Park officials said Friday that the gem found by Bobbie Oskarson of Longmont, Colorado, is the fifth largest diamond found since the park was established in 1972....

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From Jewels to Tools: Ivan Levi to speak on enhancing business practices at RJO Show in August

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From Jewels to Tools: Ivan Levi to speak on enhancing business practices at RJO Show in August

(HIGHLAND PARK, Ill.) - The jewelry industry has seen changes in the way business is being done since the advent of the Internet, and especially since the economic downturn began in 2007. Ivan Levi’s quest to find answers to questions about these changes led him to discover how one specific, yet easy...

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Rings of Strength collects over $60,000 for JFC

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(NEW YORK) - Jewelers for Children (JFC) held the 3rd Annual Rings of Strength Tour on Thursday, May 28, at Mandalay Bay Resort Casino in Las Vegas, NV. More than 125 participants assembled at 5:30 a.m. to either walk or run 5K, or bike one of two courses, a leisurely 15K route or a challenging 50K r...

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Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

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Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

The North Carolina Jewelers Association (NCJA) announced that Brad Padgett, an independent jeweler and native of Jacksonville, North Carolina, is the new president of the statewide association. His two-year term of office as the organization’s president began May 16.

Padgett graduated with a B.S.B.A....

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Two Houston jewelers named Distinction Winners in Houston Better Business Bureau Awards for Excellence

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(HOUSTON, Tex.) - Houston Jewelry and Jewelry Judge Ben Gordon were among the businesses recognized at the annual Houston Better Business Bureau Awards of Excellence held in May. Both businesses were named Distinction Winners, a designation awarded to businesses that maintain a superior commitment to...

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Designed by Elaine of Esprit Creations

New to SJTA and the Atlanta Jewelry Show, family business Esprit Creations has been successfully manufacturing and wholesaling fine sterling silver jewelry with genuine gemstones for over 2 decades. Standing apart from the ordinary, their wide selection of exclu...

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Mason-Kay Jade to make Atlanta Jewelry Show debut

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Mason-Kay Jade to make Atlanta Jewelry Show debut

Mason-Kay Jade has been a leading fine jade jewelry wholesaler/supplier/designer in the United States since 1976. The company specializes in all natural (type “A”) jadeite jade fine jewelry, designed in-house by their exclusive designer Kristina and MK design team. Mason-Kay Jade is excited to intro...

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Ellis Jewelers, small-town retailer leaving a big mark

ellis-octDeep southern roots have produced 55 years of business and three generations of jewelers for a local North Carolina family. The Levinson family, known throughout Concord for their active community involvement and their honest approach to jewelry, established their store on the same morals, values and intimacy that characterized their family. Ellis Levinson opened the doors to Ellis Jewelers in its current downtown location in July of 1953. Ever since the retail jeweler has been a mainstay in small town life.

With a small loan from his father (Morris Levinson), and the local bank, Ellis Levinson followed in his father's footsteps when he started his own retail jewelry store. Morris, who owned a retail store in Gastonia, North Carolina, exposed Ellis to retail jewelry life from a young age by encouraging him to work part-time in his store.

With a small amount of money and a brave vision Ellis met the challenges of opening a luxury item store in a small, southern mill town. He geared his inventory to appeal to his "good, hard-working, blue-collar" customers and he even offered credit to them.

"My dad used to carry a more diverse line of products with mass appeal. Items such as punchbowls, china, luggage, lamps and radios alongside the jewelry," recalls Ellis' son Dan. "And he never priced his products out of reach for his customers. He prided himself on offering quality pieces in the low hundreds, but, at the same time, concentrating on the diamond bridal market as well."

But over the years Ellis Jewelers started focusing strictly on the jewelry. Ellis Levinson loved working in retail and, as Dan describes it, "There wasn't a day my Dad didn't get up happy about going into work. He had retail in his blood."

With three children at home, Ellis anticipated at least one of them carrying on the family business, and he was right. Dan, the youngest of the children, worked briefly for Macy's Department store before returning home to work for his father. Discovering that, like his father, he really enjoyed it, Dan decided to make a career in retail jewelry, He started apprenticing under his father and spent years learning the trade, gleaning the expert knowledge that only 50+ years in the business can bring.

As Ellis neared retirement he offered to sell the business to Dan. In 2000 Dan became the official owner of Ellis Jewelers.

"When I came home to work for my dad I started off doing many of the everyday tasks that any new employee would handle. And, that's when I discovered I loved it," states Dan.

 

Dan Takes Over

 

Eight years ago Dan became the official owner of Ellis Jewelers. Understanding the need to keep up with the trends of his community he immediately began to broaden the product line. He introduced branded diamond lines and updated the décor. Gone are the mills which once fueled the local economy. Today, the citizens of Concord have a higher average income and, consequently a more sophisticated taste in jewelry. And Dan Levinson is responding to those changes.

"We still carry good quality, well-priced pieces that helped cement us in this community, but now we have more to offer," states Dan.

Ellis, who recently turned 80, still enjoys visiting

the store. As a founding member of the Southeastern Jewelers Organization (SJO) Ellis helped to form this buying organization to benefit small retail jewelers like him. Created to pool resources, buying power and business knowledge, SJO has been an integral part of the 50+ years that Ellis has been in business.

"The buying power we have as a group far exceeds what we have as individual stores. And, the friendships we have made are critical to our success," states Dan.

The future looks bright for Ellis Jewelers. Adapting to a changing community is the first step in maintaining and building business. As Dan puts it, "Evolving is critical to success and Ellis Jewelers will continue to evolve in the future. We will meet the needs of our customers and, in doing so, will continue to grow our business."

For more information about Ellis Jewelers check out their website at www.ellisfinejewelers.com or call 704-782-9314.

For more information about SJO and the impact they can have on your business contact the Charlotte office at 704-535-7709 or their Cleveland office at 216-374-3944 or visit www.sjorg.com.

 

 


 


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