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NC jeweler recounts rubbing elbows with rock ‘n’ roll royalty

My mama used to tell me, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” It’s one of those euphemisms southern women threw around like sweet tea or homemade pound cake. And, the older I get the more truth I find in them, making me think, once again, mama is always right.

Delbert Fentress is one of the best living testimonies to the ‘book and cover’ saying I’ve ever known. The mild mannered, 60 plus year old custom jewelry designer has all the characteristics of a true jewelry artisan, including a love for the craft and true joy when customers are happy. But don’t assume you know his type. This quietly talented, soft spoken man has rubbed elbows with rock and roll royalty and, in spite of his many brushes with fame, he remains a most pleasant, humble man.

Atlanta Jewelry Show “Town Hall” keynote headlines AJS University line-up for Feb. 28 - March 2 edition

(ATLANTA) - What new tools, strategies and emerging trends will help the independent jeweler not only  survive, but thrive in coming years? Jewelers and industry members are invited to participate in the Atlanta Jewelry Show Town Hall Meeting to find out. As the keynote session for the February 28 - March 2, 2015 edition’s popular “AJS U” educational series, this important program joins an expansive roster of free sessions full of practical, profitable tips and innovative ideas to help retailers strengthen their sales and store practices. In addition, the Atlanta Jewelry Show will also sponsor and bring GIA lab sessions to attendees.

Richmond jewelers join again to support children’s hospital

(RICHMOND, Vir.) - Ten of Richmond, Virginia’s most distinguished retail jewelers gathered at the 51st Children’s Hospital Foundation Ball at the Country Club of Virginia, where, together, they helped to raise over $9,000 in support of the Children’s Hospital at VCU. The evening marked the fifth year that the jewelers have partnered under the leadership of Cheryl Fornash to present a “Jewels” raffle, which have raised over $70,000 for two local organizations - the Children’s Hospital at VCU and Massey Cancer Center at VCU.

Atlanta Jewelry Show celebrates 65th anniversary

(ATLANTA) - For 65 years, the Atlanta Jewelry Show has been the meeting place for the independent jewelry retailer. The February 28 - March 2, 2015 edition at the Cobb Galleria Centre marks this milestone by bringing together even more of the insightful educational programs, networking opportunities, distinctive product resources and renowned Southern hospitality its buyer and member audience has come to expect and enjoy year after year.

Alabama jeweler a finalist in the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off

Over the years I’ve seen many jewelers who entertain interesting hobbies on the side. From Mardi Gras float builders to local clothing shelters, our industry consists of some really creative people. Joanne McGhee is no exception. Her passion for jewelry is matched only by her love of baking, and this year she created an original cookie recipe that catapulted her to the finalist round of the 47th Pillsbury Bake-off Contest.

Two heads are better than one


For Lora Wright, owner of Southern Jewelers in Sanford, NC, working with manufacturers and wholesalers to spur business is good business, not just another marketing slogan. She has seen, first hand, the benefits of working with suppliers to think outside the box to market and sell products that fill a niche in her community. Working alongside Rebecca Shemwell, owner of Tracy Pearls, Lora created a unique spin on a classic piece and not only bolstered sales, but helped develop long-term customers with a life-long tie to her store.


Saunders Lux delivers southern warmth and artistic style

Located on the banks of the mighty Mississippi, Baton Rouge is home to the second largest oil refinery in the country, as well as sports greats like Shaquille O’Neal, Lolo Jones and Willie Davenport. In 2005, the city’s population temporarily exploded after Hurricane Katrina, accepting as many as 200,000 displaced residents. Sandy Lux, owner of Saunders Lux Jeweler, in Baton Rouge remembers those days well. Not only was he reeling from the aftermath of the hurricane, but he was also in the middle of making one of the biggest career moves of his career - opening his own retail store.