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Corinne Herbst - A life well lived

This past January the fine jewelry industry said goodbye to a true gem. Thirty-year industry veteran Corinne Herbst, lost her gallantly fought battle with cancer leaving her family, co-workers, clients and friends sad, but grateful for her contributions to their lives. Corinne’s love of gemology, unique jewelry design and her passion for hand-created art culminated into an upscale, eclectic gallery that has become a mainstay in downtown Decatur, GA. But it is Corinne who has endeared herself to her Decatur neighbors.

From SEAL to Shining Gems

Ralph “Lish” Morgan went from being a Navy SEAL (Sea Air and Land) to a gemologist in 1987. When he talks about his special assignments in far-flung destinations like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, Venezuela and Sri Lanka, Ralph wasn’t armed with modern government-issued weaponry. He had the most advanced portable gemological equipment to complete what he calls “high-value gemological missions.” 

In the Pink - The Morganite Millionaire

Dr. Christopher W. Hartnett does everything in a big way. From pioneering a multi-million dollar company offering world-class gems for investors, International Gemstone Partners LLP, to forming USA Global Link, a multi-billion dollar telecommunications company, his vision is always global.

Recently I spent a fascinating afternoon enjoying a private showing of Dr. Hartnett’s exceptional world-class treasures from the vault as he traced his professional history.

Lessons from a seasoned veteran

In a society that values independence, speed and self-reliance, aspiring newbie’s in the industry may benefit from following a different business model; one of patience, apprenticeship and partnership. Barney Gilley, Sr., the 88 year old owner of Gilley’s Jewelers in Big Gap, VA, knows a thing or two about hard work, patience and running a successful business, and he’s willing to share his 60+ years of expertise with all of us.

Atlanta Jewelry Show offers affordable, convenient, one-stop-shopping experience

(ATLANTA) - Custom-tailored to the specialized needs of independent jewelers throughout the Southeastern United States, the Atlanta Jewelry Show truly embodies the “Buy Local” message. Returning to the Cobb Galleria Centre from March 2-4, 2013, the Atlanta Jewelry Show continues to deliver a true one-stop-shopping experience for these retailers:  close to home, affordable enough to bring the entire staff, vast product selection, exceptional education and everything else needed to increase profits and make the most of their time and travel dollars.

Jewelers report strong Christmas

Christmas sales in the U.S. grew by just .7 percent from October 28 to December 24, according to a MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse report. A significant drop from the same period in 2011, when Christmas sales went up by 2 percent. The report added that the 1.3 percent drop in holiday sales growth was due to holiday season jitters about the fiscal cliff, and the effects of Hurricane Sandy. 

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