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Helen Colin – A remarkable life

ColinWhat drives a 65-year-old woman to ditch retirement, go in debt for hundreds of thousands of dollars and start a brand new jewelry business? Just one thing - strength.

Helen Colin, owner of The Jewel Box in Houston, TX is a Holocaust survivor who’s looked evil in the eye and not only survived, but created one of the only third generation, female-owned retail businesses in the industry. If heroes truly are “ordinary individuals who find the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles,” (Christopher Reeve) then Helen is a hero among heroes.


Retailer Roundtable – How do you deck the halls in your store for Christmas?

Q:How do you deck the halls in your store for Christmas?

“This year the holiday decorations for Marshall Pierce & Company will be a little different from years past. After 87 years, we are moving from our sixth floor location on Madison Street to a beautiful new street level space on Michigan Avenue. Holiday decorations will be in place when we open on Friday, November 20, 2015, the day before the traditional Lighting of Michigan Avenue. We decided on an understated elegance using winter white florals to complement featured emerald, ruby & diamond pieces. Our windows will also showcase our new partnerships with various timepieces from the Richemont group portfolio.”

Gold Creations celebrating 40 years of heritage

Gold creations familyThere’s no denying family owned businesses are central to the U.S. economy, with some sources citing as high as 85% of U.S. businesses as family owned. Aside from the obvious advantages of employee investment (when the family name is on the line everyone cares a little more), business flexibility and control of the future, family owned businesses provide second and third generations with a tangible link to their heritage.

Time did fly with jeweler’s drone delivery

Drone delivery DecIt’s difficult for Main Street retailers to compete with e-tailers like Amazon. But nothing says you can’t take a page out of the online retailer’s playbook. That’s what happened in late September when Tony D’Ortenzio, owner of Distinctive Gold Jewelry, delivered an anniversary gift from his jewelry store to a customer’s home using a manually controlled drone.

Stuller’s Bridge® event - inspiring and informative

Bridge Stuller DecIn early October, I was thrilled to be invited to one of Stuller’s Bridge events. Bridge is a 3-day conference held at Stuller’s headquarters designed to help independent retailers improve their businesses and stay relevant in the ever evolving jewelry industry. It had been many years since my last visit and I was excited to return. As the world headquarters of one of the largest U.S. based jewelry manufacturers, not only was I excited to get a behind-the-scenes view of their operation, but I was, honestly, ready to flee the unyielding rain that had covered the southeast for nearly 10 days.

Michigan gem cutter rallies jewelers across the U.S. to collect books for schoolchildren in Tanzania

Dery studentsAfter decades of traveling the world in search of precious stones, it was a school in Tanzania that proved to be the diamond in the rough that sparked passion and captured the heart of Michigan gem cutter and designer Roger Dery.

Nash Jewelry Company celebrates 60 years of family-owned business

Nash torch NovCelebrating 60 years in the jewelry business is about more than business. It’s about more than store fronts and inventory and customer service. Sixty years in this industry is a celebration of people - a testimony to those who’ve invested countless hours, dollars and family time to make it work. It’s about fathers and grandfathers and, sometimes, great grandfathers who’ve tirelessly stayed late and missed special events to be at the store. In this industry we celebrate those who’ve woven family into the fabric of their business.

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