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From SEAL to Shining Gems

Ralph “Lish” Morgan went from being a Navy SEAL (Sea Air and Land) to a gemologist in 1987. When he talks about his special assignments in far-flung destinations like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, Venezuela and Sri Lanka, Ralph wasn’t armed with modern government-issued weaponry. He had the most advanced portable gemological equipment to complete what he calls “high-value gemological missions.” 

In the Pink - The Morganite Millionaire

Dr. Christopher W. Hartnett does everything in a big way. From pioneering a multi-million dollar company offering world-class gems for investors, International Gemstone Partners LLP, to forming USA Global Link, a multi-billion dollar telecommunications company, his vision is always global.

Recently I spent a fascinating afternoon enjoying a private showing of Dr. Hartnett’s exceptional world-class treasures from the vault as he traced his professional history.

Lessons from a seasoned veteran

In a society that values independence, speed and self-reliance, aspiring newbie’s in the industry may benefit from following a different business model; one of patience, apprenticeship and partnership. Barney Gilley, Sr., the 88 year old owner of Gilley’s Jewelers in Big Gap, VA, knows a thing or two about hard work, patience and running a successful business, and he’s willing to share his 60+ years of expertise with all of us.

Atlanta Jewelry Show offers affordable, convenient, one-stop-shopping experience

(ATLANTA) - Custom-tailored to the specialized needs of independent jewelers throughout the Southeastern United States, the Atlanta Jewelry Show truly embodies the “Buy Local” message. Returning to the Cobb Galleria Centre from March 2-4, 2013, the Atlanta Jewelry Show continues to deliver a true one-stop-shopping experience for these retailers:  close to home, affordable enough to bring the entire staff, vast product selection, exceptional education and everything else needed to increase profits and make the most of their time and travel dollars.

Jewelers report strong Christmas

Christmas sales in the U.S. grew by just .7 percent from October 28 to December 24, according to a MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse report. A significant drop from the same period in 2011, when Christmas sales went up by 2 percent. The report added that the 1.3 percent drop in holiday sales growth was due to holiday season jitters about the fiscal cliff, and the effects of Hurricane Sandy. 

Creating a positive customer experience through lighting

Ask Howard Gurock of Econo-Lite how his company is different from other lighting suppliers and you’ll get an education in illuminating retail spaces. He’ll quickly tell you to choose a lighting partner, not just a lighting supplier. Gurock quips, “Possessing lighting knowledge without an understanding of design, retail environments or positive customer experiences is like possessing precious metals and stones without the ability to turn them into a product you can sell.”

Loy Harn Jewelers carries on

Jason Harn had dreams just like any other 20 year old kid. He saw himself doing something in the aeronautical industry that matched his aviation interests. But right in the middle of his dreams the unthinkable happened. His father passed away and, after the shock settled, Jason was the new owner of a 32 year old Mt. Pleasant, SC legacy called Loy Harn Jewelers.