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August Atlanta Jewelry Show delivered new events, educational offerings, product categories

(ATLANTA) - From the new “Mingle” after-hours networking events to new product categories and educational offerings, the latest initiatives for the August 2013 Atlanta Jewelry Show generated enthusiastic feedback from buyers and exhibitors alike. Further strengthening the upbeat atmosphere, the show’s attendance, which tracked evenly with the August 2012 edition, included independent jewelers from throughout the southeast region who arrived ready to buy.

Simon Golub’s identity has evolved over its 91-year history, but core values remain strong & steady

Simon Golub and Sons (SGS) is a multi-generational legacy. Founded in 1922, the leading jewelry manufacturer and supplier has prevailed through the Great Depression, World War II, national calamities and economic crises, reinventing itself time after time to adapt and thrive.

One thing, however, that has never changed is Simon Golub’s commitment to the belief that trust, quality, service and innovation are the cornerstones for building and maintaining a long-lasting and profitable business.

Mike and Vikki Parsons face tragedy head-on, but not alone

Connection, community and commitment - these are the cornerstones of independent retailers. For one North Carolina independent they were a lifeline as he traversed the horrible road of cancer with his wife. Mike Parsons, owner of Mike’s Jewelry in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina (www.michaelsjewelryonline.com) stood with and supported his wife, Vikki, during her two year battle with pancreatic cancer, and it was their staff, customers and community who lifted them up, supported them and helped them get through the toughest times of their lives.

Thriving in today’s market

Jim Langolf remembers the days when a number of vendors would stop by the store each week. “No matter what, I’d always buy something, go out for lunch, and then put the jewelry in inventory,” says the owner of Alexander Fine Jewelers in Fort Gratiot, Michigan.

Those days are “long gone” for Jim and pretty much every retail jeweler in the country since the housing market crash in October 2008. The year that followed, and the mild recovery that still characterizes what many are calling the “new normal,” is the hand that has been dealt to retail jewelers.

Elisa Ilana’s new wholesale division enjoying early success

Milestones in a business serve as a reminder of how it all got started. When Laurie Langdon added a wholesale division to Elisa Ilana jewelry last year, she knew the days of working nights and weekends, turning a calling into a career, had finally paid off. As president and CEO of her Omaha, Nebraska-based company, Laurie’s wholesale jewelry division is quickly gaining traction with retail jewelers at the industry’s major shows including a first-time exhibitor at the June JCK Las Vegas Show. 

Moore, OK jewelers count their blessings

Glenn and Tim Lewis are true Oklahomans committed to calling the “Sooner State” home. But living in “tornado alley” comes with its share of risks, which the brothers and co-owners of Lewis Jewelers willingly accept. 

Even with a deeply-rooted commitment to the land, and an inherent sense of rugged individualism that’s almost genetic in this part of the nation, nothing could have prepared the Lewis family, friends and members of the Moore, Oklahoma community for two major tornadoes in 11 days in May.

Sergio Pages and his crazy life

Sergio Pages was a big man. With a 64 inch waist and a weight of almost 400 pounds, he was not only big in business but in stature as well. He’d built a successful multi-million dollar retail jewelry business in Tampa, Florida and was the face behind the brand. With TV commercials and radio ads made by him, it was hard not to know the big man with the big personality. 

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