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The charming Little Gallery at the idyllic resort

“I couldn’t love a job more,” effuses Carol Swain, co-owner with Kay King of The Little Gallery on Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta, Virginia (www.thelittlegallerysml.com). Celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, the award-winning gallery, chosen by Southern Living magazine as “a favorite place to shop,” clearly deserves its accolades.

Hard work and passion make Jorge Adeler’s dreams come true

Passion attracts. It brings with it an intensity all its own that draws people in like a moth to a flame. Jorge Adeler, a nationally recognized jewelry designer and owner of Adeler Jewelers in Great Falls, VA exudes passion for both his business and his family. The emotion with which he discusses the timeless existence of jewelry or the joy he has working with his daughters overflows like a wave crashing onto the shore. His love for all things beautiful convinces the listener to join him on a journey of admiration for what can be done with nature, and trust me, no one refuses his invitation.

Ruby: Red Alert for trade

Antoinette Matlins is spearheading the efforts of the Accredited Gemologists Association (AGA) to alert the trade to a very serious crisis that’s only now starting to rear its ugly head where the trade is concerned - especially for  retailers, designers, bench jewelers and anyone buying rubies for stores. Below is the entry Matlins wrote for a Rio Grande blog that summarizes the problem. At the end of this article there is information on how to get a more in-depth explanation of all the ways in which these newcomers differ from “treated ruby” with glass fillings or residues, what the trade needs to know about them and how costly they can be, financially as well as to one’s reputation.

Father and son team up in Concord, NC

“It tickles my fancy,” Richard MacPherson reveals, “when I show a client her newly created custom piece and she says ‘Wow! This is far beyond what I imagined.’”

Fortunately Richard of MacPherson’s Diamond and Design (11 Union St., Ste. 102, Concord NC, www.macphersonsjewelers.com) frequently enjoys such accolades. A master jeweler, he’s worked in the trade for decades, starting in NYC’s jewelry district, then working for years for several top Charlotte, NC stores.

Dylan Rings helps American soldier deliver on Christmas

Like many retail jewelry store owners, Josh Rider - owner of Dylan Rings in Montgomery, AL - wondered just how effective his social media efforts were... until recently. During the Christmas rush Josh received a ‘cry for help’ message from an Army National Guard soldier stationed in Iraq via Facebook. Thad Hutchinson, a Wetumpka, AL resident, wanted to surprise his wife Laurie with a Christmas present. But with only two days left before Christmas he wasn’t sure he could pull it off.

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.

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