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March 2011 Atlanta Jewelry Show gives independent retailers something to talk about

(ATLANTA) - Jewelers are talking about the semi-annual Atlanta Jewelry Show - and with good reason.  From the unsurpassed SJTA U educational series to the popular SJTA Rewards program to free gas, free breakfast and a terrific buyer gala, there is no show in the industry that does more for its attendees than this one.


Samuel Gordon Jewelers: On the forefront of a new frontier in marketing & sales

Daniel Gordon may consider himself “just a jewelry salesman,” but as president of Samuel Gordon Jewelers, he’s taken it to a new level in the age of digital marketing and social media.

Daniel, a fourth-generation jeweler at age 37, has 15 years under his belt with Samuel Gordon Jewelers, a store that dates back more than 100 years. But Daniel is thriving in the present, with an eye to the future, diving enthusiastically into the deep waters of social media and networking. He’s convinced it’s the way to go to keep his Oklahoma City business a leader in the jewelry industry.

Understated and elegant, North Carolina jewelry store is a timeless treasure

(GREENSBORO, N.C.) - Lorraine Dodds is 94 years old. She’s a businesswoman, soft and elegant like the cozy, boutique-like store she owns and loves. And she has no plans to retire anytime soon.

Her shop, nicely situated between a busy commercial avenue and the stately Irving Park neighborhood in the city of Greensboro, N.C., Lorraine’s Karat Gold Corner stands quietly and modestly as it has for decades. Nestled between Edward Jones Investments and the popular clothing shop Dress Code, its emerald green awning welcomes customers from all over, time and time again.

81-year-old retailer fights for her life after yellow jacket attack

Juanita Foshee suffers over 1,000 stings

Clyde and Juanita Foshee have been in the jewelry business for more than 57 years. As owners of Foshee Jewelers in Lakeland, Florida, Clyde opened his store in 1953, one year before marrying Juanita. Their business has grown and sustained itself through many trials, but today the couple faces the biggest trial of their 56 year marriage – one that is life threatening.

FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute receives grant for process to culture queen conch pearls

(BOCA RATON, Fla.) – Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute has received a State University Research Commercialization Assistance Grant (SURCAG) to accelerate commercialization of a patent-pending technique to produce cultured pearls from the queen conch (Strombus gigas) and create a new, Florida-based industry. Until recently, all attempts to reliably culture pearls from the queen conch were unsuccessful. Through a novel seeding technique developed at Harbor Branch, researchers have already achieved proof-of-concept production of more than 200 queen conch cultured pearls, and Rose Pearl, LLC was formed to serve as a business partner to introduce a new gem to industry.

Sit tight and wait for better times? Not us, say two South Carolina jewelers

For jewelers Jon Landon and Mark Meetze, boosting business in a dicey economy has been as simple as moving to where the money is.

Carolina Fine Jewelry is just that – fine jewelry – so it made sense to pull up roots and move to a location with a little more swank, a little more buying power. Now the store is nestled comfortably between an upscale furniture store and the elegantly casual Bonefish Grill in Columbia, S.C.

Rio Grande - powered by the sun

Rio Grande now generates enough electricity to meet its annual business and manufacturing needs. After installing close to five acres of solar panels (more than 5,000 of them) above the parking lot at their facility in New Mexico, Rio Grande now operates the state’s largest commercial solar array.

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