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The Anderson Family’s three generations of jewelers

When they told Andy Anderson the air conditioning and refrigeration class he wanted to take was full, he wasn’t sure what to do. He’d just gotten back from Japan fighting in WWII and didn’t have a back-up plan. Then, by sheer accident, he took a professor’s advice and signed up for a watchmaking class instead. In that single moment of redirection in the late 1940s, the lives of three generations of Andersons were impacted for the better, beginning with Andy whose lifelong career in the jewelry industry was as much about the people as the jewelry.


Pre-selling Tucson creates increase in custom work

Many jewelry store owners gamble on their Vegas jewelry purchases to be hot sellers at Christmas. For T Lee, owner of T Lee Custom Designer Jewelry, the AGTA Tucson Gem Show is a safer bet. The odds of increasing custom work throughout the year favor the Minneapolis, MN-based jewelry designer/retail store owner when she and her staff contact the store’s top customer lists to pre-sell the annual gem show.

LaBiche Jewelers – A little piece of ‘Orleans in the middle of Meridian

When a group of nuns met with Mr. and Mrs. LaBiche in the early 1940s to tell them their sixth grade son just wasn’t cut out for school, the sweet couple took it in stride and guided their son toward finding a job. The young boy took several jobs before landing his first jewelry repair position at age 16, and the nuns couldn’t have predicted the long-term success the boy with a sixth grade education would experience.

Shefi Diamonds’ 4th generation honors family traditions of honesty, integrity, hard work

When Sanjay Hirawat reflects on the success of his family business, he speaks with great reverence about his father, Dharam Chand Hirawat. It seems everyone knows his dad, who’s widely regarded as knowledgeable, honorable and true to his work, not only to individuals but to the community at large. Customers and vendors alike call him “Mr. Shefi.”

How a Florida jeweler recovered large stolen diamond

For a 6.04-carat diamond, the pleasant passage of commemorating a milestone moment in a customer’s life was abruptly interrupted when a diamond-set ring was stolen from Old Northeast Jewelers in St. Petersburg, Florida. After more than a year of online searches, phone calls and tenacious follow-ups with authorities, store owners Jeffrey Hess and his wife Katrina found and eventually recovered their store’s lost treasure.

Innovation drives LaserStar’s growth

LaserStar Technologies is a company always on the move – upgrading designs, introducing new products and opening new facilities. The company’s passion for progress pays: During the past 24 months, LaserStar Technologies’ worldwide sales have increased by 20 percent.

Orlando, Fla., is home to the latest upgrade – a manufacturing facility surpassing the previous sales and training facility there, encompassing 12,000 square feet. The new location, which opened its doors last October, houses 22 employees and complements LaserStar’s flagship Rhode Island manufacturing facility, which boasts 25,000 square feet.

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