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Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

The North Carolina Jewelers Association (NCJA) ann...

Schnack’s Fine Jewelry turns 150

Schnack’s Fine Jewelry turns 150

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From Vicenza with Love: At Oro International, Italian family values shine

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Mason-Kay Jade to make Atlanta Jewelry Show debut

Mason-Kay Jade to make Atlanta Jewelry Show debut

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Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

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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Jewelers Mutual presents honors at National Sale Conference

Jewelers Mutual presents honors at National Sale Conference

(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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Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

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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Colorado woman finds 8.52 carat diamond in Arkansas state park

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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Rings of Strength collects over $60,000 for JFC

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

(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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In tune with the times? New Unisex Ring Collection keeps the beat

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In tune with the times? New Unisex Ring Collection keeps the beat

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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Don’t judge a book

Chuck,

Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your articles. Being a bench jeweler and operator of our family owned jewelry store, I have encountered many of the same funny experiences as you have. Everyone should have to work with the public for at least a year.

I wanted to share a story about the old farmer with a lot of money that some think is only a myth...

In 1999 we had three stores in operation in western Kentucky. One particular store was in Hopkinsville in the downtown district. At this time we were moving this location to a new building that we were in the process of building. The highway commission was going to make us build a turning lane on 41A, a very busy highway in front of the store.

In the meantime, this old man came into the store. He was in bib overalls, muddy boots, and a dirty hat. He looked around and bought a silver charm for $5.00. As I was ringing it up, he wanted to look at a ring. My thoughts were, “hurry up, I can’t stand it anymore.” He looked at a ring for over $1,000 and said he would take it. While I was wrapping it, he looked at another and then another until his bill exceeded $7,500.00.

While he was counting his cash, and I was getting up off the floor from shock, we began talking about our move and the new building. We told him about the problem with the turning lane that was going to cost us over $125,000 to build. I guess he decided he liked us and he said, “Well, I’ll talk to Paul about it.” Later in the conversation, Paul turned out to be Paul Patton, the governor of Kentucky at that time.

A couple of weeks later, we were notified we no longer had to pay for the turning lane. Turns out, this dirty, smelly man was visiting in town on a hunting expedition, owned a regional bank in eastern Kentucky and was a Cabinet member of the Governor’s.

WOW!!! Never know who is coming through the door. A thousand times it may be a slob, but the one time you don’t take it seriously, it could be a savior like it was for us.

By the way, our 2008 business has exceeded the best years we have had in the past and we have been in business 30 years.

Keep writing!!

Josh Stevenson
James’ Jewel Box
Mount Washington, KY


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