Columnists Howard Kelrick

Howard Kelrick

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

Where does this stuff come from?

The other day we needed a small piece of green gold (yes, it comes in green now) and a custom-cut fancy shaped diamond to finish a job for a customer.  Two phone calls and three days later we had both, completed the job, and shipped the ring off to the customer.  It was so fast and effortless for us to get two of the world’s most precious items (to say nothing of the special ways in which we needed them) that sometimes I forget how truly rare and difficult it is to find and produce the items we trade in every day.

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24 Karat Corner - News and Views from the 24 Karat Club Southeastern U.S. : Father of the Bride

My daughter got married recently, so that gave me the pleasure of being the Father of the Bride.  It was a very special experience, and I highly recommend it if you ever...

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

Jeweler of the Year?

I had known Jerry for a number of years, but never met him personally, so when I was out west on an unrelated matter, I thought I’d rent a car, driv...

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24 Karat Corner: News and Views from the 24 Karat Club Southeastern U.S. Boys night out - new rules!

Years ago, boys night out meant finding a place where beer could be ordered by the pitcher, the game was on television, flirting with the waitresses was encouraged, and s...

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24 Karat Corner: Coupon for free dessert

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

I spend a lot of time at the gym on the stationary bike.  And, although it doesn’t exactly work off the beer and...

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24 Karat Corner: Dropping Acid

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

Traffic wasn't moving on the highway, so I got off a few exits early and headed to the "downtown" area and dropped ...

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24 Karat Corner: Stocks and Closings

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

I love watching talented retail jewelers work the counter.  I went up to Palm Beach the other day to have lunch wi...

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24 Karat Corner: Every Year

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


When things get quiet in the office, as they often do at this time of year, I like to call a friend of mine w...

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24 Karat Corner: Gold Buying

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

Like many "old-timers" I was a bit unsettled when so many fine retail jewelers got into the "we buy gold" business....

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