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Watches & Waves

Let’s face it, with the introduction of battery-powered timepieces more than 50 years ago, the true art of watch making has become a rare thing. Most modern watchmakers service current or recent production watches. It is becoming increasingly rare to find one who builds mechanical watches from scratch. Edward Wright and his father, “Spyder,” are true horological artisans with a love for all things mechanical. The father/son team enjoys a passion for vintage timepieces, respecting the discipline and talent that went into their construction. But this family also shares another common love - the ocean.


Jewelers getting some justice

Retail jewelers are all about love. But they certainly aren’t getting any from criminals looking to make a fast buck. Although some crime statistics against jewelers are showing signs of leveling off and even coming down, it’s troubling that spending $200 to $300 on cutting wheel tools at a Home Depot can place even a motley crew on the same level as the pros.

Torch Awards winners announced

SJTA showcases winning entries from 2nd annual National Design Competition for Independent Jewelers

(ATLANTA) - Launched last year by the Southern Jewelry Travelers Association (SJTA) to showcase and recognize the design talents of bench jewelers/designers across the country, the second annual Torch Awards competition was held during the Spring 2012 edition of the Atlanta Jewelry Show. The competition invited all state jewelers associations to submit winners of their own individual 2011 design contests to compete nationally during the Atlanta Jewelry Show where attending buyers voted on the

Preparing for the surge of millennial marriages

Bridal is a big part of any retail jeweler’s business. And, it’s about to get even larger if projections by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) are accurate. Millennials born during the 1980s and early 1990s are coming of age and will soon be getting married in greater numbers. By the middle of this decade, the NCHS predicts that the number of marriages in the US could reach upwards of 2.4 million.

With a new ‘gorgeous face’ called Vogue, diamond importer Star Gems enjoys exploding growth

Offering independent jewelry retailers the convenience of one-stop shopping, Star Gems has taken off since its 1986 beginnings in Chicago. Now, with offices in both the Windy City and Georgia as well as a sizable factory in Mumbai, India, the diamond importer/jewelry manufacturer even boasts its own jewelry line called Vogue.

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