Columnists Chuck Koehler

Chuck Koehler

The Retailer’s Perspective: Appraising jewelry my way

The Retailer’s Perspective: Appraising jewelry my way

With all the hubbub going around lately about bogus diamond certifications, I thought I’d discuss the other side of the scenario - assigning monetary values to all of those VSs and SIs and Gs and Hs. Having done thousands and thousands of appraisals throughout the years, I thought I’d show you how I assign dollar values to those shiny rocks and glittery gold objects. And the ring we’re going to appraise is the one in the picture.  Let’s get to work.

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The Retailer’s Perspective: Gemology 102 (since I’ve already written one called Gemology 101)

At a conference recently, I was reminded that not everyone that reads my column has been in this business for several decades. And, they might just be reading me to learn...

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The Retailer’s Perspective: What kind of dinosaur are you?

My editor recently told me that a reader in their late 20s was telling him that he thought I was too negative and too much of a dinosaur. And you know what I’d like to ...

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The Retailer’s Perspective: Houston, we have a problem

It appears that I’ve struck a nerve with something I’ve written about recently.  My phone and my e-mail have been pretty busy lately on the subject. And, surpris...

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The Retailer’s Perspective: The things I deal with on a daily basis

Keeping up with my internet properties

I have a hard time thinking of my various websites and such as properties, but they are, and they are mine, and I have to maintain t...

The Retailer’s Perspective: Cha Cha Cha Changes...

The old saying, “Times change, people don’t,” is so very true. I’m still the same person I was back in 1978 when I got into this business. But boy, the times and ...

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The Retailer’s Perspective: It’s a CAD CAD World...

They say that change is inevitable, and I agree. So many of us complain about how the internet has changed our businesses, but in the next breath talk about how much we l...

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The Retailer’s Perspective: An opinion or three...

For some reason here lately, I feel like passing on some knowledge to my younger readers out there. I remember when I first got into this business in 1978, I couldn’t r...

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The Retailer’s Perspective: Mistakes, misconceptions, wives’ tales and outright lies...

Throughout the years, I’ve heard them all; oil your opals, clean your jewelry with toothpaste, diamonds can’t break.   I haven’t written about this stuff in a co...

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