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Old world meets new in historic Williamsburg

In 1973 Lisa, a young English teacher out for adventure, took a faculty position at a boarding school in Istanbul, Turkey. Little did she know that during her first few months there one of her students would introduce her to her future husband, jewelry designer Reggie Akdogan, at the time a shop manager in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar.

Tennessee jeweler a blessing to local community

Nashville is known for many things; southern cooking, country music and superstars. But no one shines brighter than Carolyn Linder, owner and operator of Lindell Jewelers in Brentwood, TN. Carolyn’s 20 years of success is the result of what some people would call bad boundaries: a blurry line between business and personal relationships. Calling all of her customers “true friends,” Carolyn’s deep southern accent (think Paula Dean) coupled with a desire to give back make her an unforgettable personality in the Nashville jewelry scene. And it all began in a most unusual way.

United’s state of the art Analytical Department driving growth

For more than 20 years, United Precious Metals Refining, Inc. has been a trusted partner businesses turn to for the best in precious metal product and services.  With the precious metals market holding its high values, the influx of refining materials has increased tremendously.  United has added two additional new gold reactors and they have been installed in combination with a 15,000 CFM Knox Air Scrubber.  The Stone Removal Department has also been upgraded to accommodate 5 times the volume of jewelry for gemstone recovery.  As part of this massive expansion, additional electrolytic refining equipment for silver has been installed.

Stuller’s Bridge Conference provides path to a successful future

The idea of change is easy for some people, but for most of us change is a daunting prospect. Doing things the same way is perceived as easier than learning a new way, which can be fraught with problems such as “learning curves” and “re dos.” And the older we are, the more hesitant we usually are to learning a new way to do something that is “working just fine.”

Melancon Jewelers takes 1st place at inaugural SJTA Torch Awards

Richard Melancon never gets tired of creating. The retail jeweler and his wife, LaNell, have won more than 30 state and national jewelry design competitions, yet they remain enthusiastic about each new piece they create. Harmonizing the delicate balance between creativity, feasibility and aesthetics, Richard and his team of jewelry craftsmen never fail to produce pieces that are both stunning and unique. His latest creation, Croix du Soleil, is no exception. Winning 1st place at the inaugural SJTA Torch Awards, Croix du Soleil was born out of a request from his wife and some very beautiful canary yellow diamonds. The piece has taken not one but two 1st place awards in the past year, and his enthusiasm has yet to wane.

Like father, like daughter - Kelley Jewelers thrives for 80 years

What does a team of intelligent women and a 1930s farmer-turned-horologist have in common? Kristen Kelley.


The granddaughter of F.L. Kelley, founder of Kelley Jewelers, is now the third generation of Kelley family to sit at the helm of a business that has become an integral part of the Weatherford, Oklahoma community.  Kristen successfully ties past family traditions with savvy business acumen to give the Kelley customer a good reason to come back. In fact, they come from more than 100 miles away just to own a Kelley piece. But like all great businesses it didn’t start out like this.

Retailers have a lot at stake in Interchange Reform legislation

As if retailers needed any more fallout from the 2008 economic crisis, the National Retail Federation (NRF) reported that recent proposed legislation would delay implementation of the credit/debit card swipe fee reform act. The reform, known as the Durbin Agreement, was introduced in 2010 by Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) as part of the Wall Street Reform Act. The main goal of the agreement is to place legal restrictions on the fees banks charge merchants on debit card processing fees. According to Brad Cohen, a U.S. Department of Justice attorney, congress passed the regulations to resolve accusations of price fixing by Visa and MasterCard. He said debit card interchange fees have gone up 234 percent from 1998 to 2006.

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