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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.

With an eye for romance, Innovation Jewelry enjoys success with new bridal line

Innovation Jewelry made its mark in the beginning with expert work in invisible-set jewelry; now the company is capitalizing on its reputation for quick turnaround times and excellent quality with its popular bridal venture, Babiki Jewelry.

Babiki Jewelry is the bridal engagement brand created by Innovation’s owner, Simon Babikian, who has been designing jewelry for more than 40 years. Simon, who moved to the United States from Lebanon in 1990, began his career in jewelry at a young age after watching his father at work. After arriving in the United States, he joined his brother in the jewelry business before branching off in his own direction.

Jeweler recovers from store shoot out

March 31, 2010 was much like any other last day of that month. On that afternoon, Bill Cano, his business partner and watchmaker Domingo Diaz, and Bill’s wife talked about April Fool’s Day pranks. But what happened shortly after that conversation ended was no joke.

Bill’s wife left the store to get lunch for her husband, owner of Cano’s Diamonds, located in San Angelo, TX, and Domingo. Minutes after her departure a young man entered the store. Within moments he pointed a gun at Bill and demanded the cash and loose diamonds the armed robber knew were in a container under the store’s main counter.

True Southern Charm at Johnson Brothers Jewelry in Pascagoula, MS

In the sleepy little town of Pascagoula, Mississippi, exists a tangible piece of Southern history; Johnson Brothers Jewelry Company. The elegant, well appointed shop has operated in the same location since 1946, serving second and third generations of Pascagoula’s families. The shop, its original owners and the foundation they established reminds everyone what true Southern charm is all about.

Wisconsin Wells

History has a way of repeating itself. Back in 1876, workers digging a well in Eagle, WI discovered a 14-carat diamond. The find came to be known as the Eagle Diamond, which changed hands many times until it was stolen from the American Museum of Natural History in 1964. Its whereabouts remain a mystery to this day.

Fast-forward to 2012 and a much smaller, but perhaps now equally famous, diamond was discovered the same way in the Badger State by Dan Fagnan. A CNC (Computer Numeric Controls) milling machine operator by trade, Dan began panning for gold this summer as a part-time hobby.