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Howard Kelrick

24 Karat Corner: Diamonds regain their sparkle while gold tarnishes

Is it just me, or have you noticed that diamond prices have really started to climb this year? And, surprisingly, gold prices have moved in the opposite direction! Unless you are in the jewelry business (or thought about buying a diamond last year and put it off until now) this really isn’t of much interest to you. But I was in New York City last weekend having lunch with some friends in the industry at a diner off 47th street, and that was about all we could talk about. I tried to point out the exorbitantly high price of a corned beef sandwich, but this being New York City, nobody else seemed to notice.

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24 Karat Corner: Getting rough with the customers

Frankie is one of the most resourceful jewelers I’ve ever met. Her showcases are filled with unique items and things I never see anywhere else. No diamond stud earrings...

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24 Karat Corner: Publish or perish?

Joe is a third generation retail jewelry store owner.   His son Mark runs the shop, his wife the books.   After school, or during the weekends and summer, there is ...

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24 Karat Corner: Been to a Radio Shack lately?

More than likely, probably not.   Years ago, I was a regular Radio Shack customer.   It seemed there was a store in just about every town.   You could count on t...

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24 Karat Corner: Read this column - Lose 10 pounds a month!

Outrageous false claim? Blatant lie? Of course!   But, if you’ve spent any time at all behind a jewelry counter, it’s probably not the most ridiculous thing you’...

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24 Karat Corner: We have a winner!

24 Karat Corner: We have a winner!

If your place of work is anything like mine, right now somebody is organizing the Super Bowl pool.   And, again, if your place is like mine, all the guys who can expla...

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24 Karat Corner: An off the rack world

Last night, after a vigorous twenty minutes of racket ball, the boys and I went out to dinner.   After ordering, the conversation turned to the normal topics, and my f...

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24 Karat Corner: Why we do the things we do

24 Karat Corner: Why we do the things we do

Christmas is just around the corner, and if you are like me, the only thing on your mind right now is:   What holiday gift should I get for the 55 members of The 24 Ka...

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24 Karat Corner - News and Views from the 24 Karat Club Southeastern U.S.

Time to renew

To celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary, Kiki thought it might be a good idea to renew our wedding vows.   When she told me of her plan, naturally I got...

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