Columnists Chuck Koehler

Chuck Koehler

The ABCs of things with no ABCs

Recently on Facebook an old high school classmate asked a question about diamond grading.  I posted a response and was surprised at the number of my friends in the jewelry business that wanted me to explain the diamond grading system in more detail.  It was then I realized that not everyone has been doing this their whole life.  So I promised everyone I’d go through the ABCs of diamond grading for them at the very basic level and explain how we do it.  If you’ve been doing this for a while, you’re not going to learn anything today, so stop reading now.  But if you’re new to the industry and just don’t understand the VS’s and SI’s and whatnots, this is for you.

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The Retailer’s Perspective: Even Elvis loved gold

I took a tour of Graceland a few weeks ago to do some research and background for my latest novel. For some reason (that has nothing to do with being a jeweler), the thin...

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The Retailer’s Perspective Exact same stone, different colors

Over the last two decades, something of a phenomenon has swept across our industry. So much so in fact that I don’t know how to handle it most times. See, I used to be ...

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The Retailer’s Perspective: It’s October...again!

Two years ago this month the inevitable happened.  The world economy collapsed. As I prepare this year to go forward from October through December I can’t help but loo...

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The Retailer’s Perspective: “Can I pick your brain for a minute?”

A common question around my store is; “Have you got a minute? I’d like to pick your brain.” We’ve all heard those words countless times. Professionally, I don’t m...

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The Retailer’s Perspective: A trip down memory lane

I recently went to my 30th high school class reunion and gave the keynote address at the big formal event Saturday night. My presentation was supposed to rattle some long...

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The Retailer’s Perspective: Water, water everywhere - but not a drop to drink

On May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of 2010, Nashville , TN experienced what is known in emergency response circles as an MCI - a Major Catastrophic Incident.  We fell victim to the wo...

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The Retailer’s Perspective: So that’s how you wanna play it...

What is it about lunch and craziness? One second I’m sitting outside on the patio of my store having a nice lunch (a Greek salad with grilled chicken, extra feta cheese...

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The Retailer’s Perspective: It was broken when you brought it to me

There is a phenomena that’s been around for thousands of years (or at least since 1978 when I started in the jewelry business).  It’s the ‘you ruined my jewelry’...

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