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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.

H.P. Johnson Company serves small business market for 65 years

Within the jewelry industry lives a wonderful, unique breed of business owner; the type of entrepreneur who consciously makes the choice to forego big profit and overblown growth for the sake of serving small businesses, one store at a time. H.P. Johnson Company built their business serving independent jewelers and, today, they remain committed to providing small, independent retailers the terms, products and pricing they need to survive.

Secrets of Sirgold’s success passed down through three generations

Since the early 1900s Avni Patel’s family has sold precious gems. His grandfather started the business as a colored stone dealer in India, specializing in rubies and sapphires. When the second generation took the reins, Avni’s father opened and operated the Hong Kong location for more than 35 years. Today Avni operates the U.S. office located in the New York Diamond District as the third generation of family to take the helm, and he owes it all to his family.

Marietta jeweler truly “one of a kind”

(MARIETTA, Ga.) - Successful retailers usually fall into two groups; those who are good at business and enjoy jewelry, and those with a passion for jewelry who are good at business. Gerald, owner of the Jeweler on the Square retail store in historic Marietta, Georgia finds his first love in gems and the metal that holds them. A self-taught silversmith at age 14, Gerald followed his passions to an unusual, eclectic retail jewelry shop located on the town square in Middle America.

A slice of the world in downtown Lincolnton

Carol walked into David Self’s shop in 1976 and asked for a job selling jewelry and antiques. She had always admired antiques as a child, savoring the richness of ornate wooden marble-top tables. Thirty-four years later, the Selfs continue to share their love for beautiful jewelry and antiques at elegant Estate Jewelers in picturesque Lincolnton, NC.

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