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Wachler Estate Collection: Different generations combine old trust and respect with new social networking savvy

It’s a new day for Michigan’s Wachler family, whose jeweler patriarch David started the company way back in 1917. With great appreciation for traditional business practices and values, the family today has embraced a new store, a new concept and full utilization of modern social networking.

“My grandfather’s dad came from Germany and started a manufacturing jewelry business,” says the fourth generation’s David Wachler. Almost a century later, a lot of Wachler family members were working together in one store, and it wasn’t as comfortable as it had been in the beginning so David’s father Gary, who had long been collecting antique jewelry, revolutionized the basic custom design business by creating the Wachler Estate Collection in Birmingham, a Detroit suburb.


2014 Summer Atlanta Jewelry Show reports record attendance increase

(ATLANTA) - The August 9-11, 2014 Atlanta Jewelry Show recorded a 10% increase in attendance over August 2013 and a 5 percent increase over the March 2014 edition. The traffic uptick, combined with reports of steady order-writing and overwhelmingly positive feedback on the show’s upscale look, new resources, networking and after-hours events, all contributed to the positive vibe and buzz that was obvious on the show floor.

Jewelry criminal arrests up compared to last year

When reviewing crime data committed against jewelry stores there’s always a mixed bag of positive and negative news. Although rooftop and sidewall burglaries, as well as smash-and-grab robberies, are still leading security threats for jewelry store owners and their staff, the good news comes with a 77% increase of jewelry criminals captured in the first half of 2014 compared to the same period last year, according to recent data from the Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA).

NC jeweler supports budding designer employee

For more than 40 years the Yale family has served the Wilkes County community of North Carolina. Bob Yale jumped at the chance to open a catalog showroom back in the early 1970s and before he retired had expanded to six stores throughout North Carolina. Carrying everything from toasters to jewelry, Bob’s business thrived and, like many entrepreneurs he brought his children along for the ride.

Mother-daughter duo blaze trail for female retail owners

Women-owned businesses are popping up everywhere. According to the 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express OPEN, women are starting 1, 288 new businesses per day! That’s double the rate from only three years ago. The jewelry industry is no exception. What was once unusual for this once male-dominated industry is now common as women rise to the top taking ownership roles typically occupied by men.

How combining merchandise and marketing turbo-charged Gems One

In the rapidly changing environment of the past six years many jewelry suppliers have experienced difficulties, and even gone out of business. In these challenging times Gems One has not only survived, but thrived. Understanding the story of how Gems One evolved to meet the difficulties of a post-recessionary world, in which a tepid recovery has placed increasing pressures on the entire fine jewelry supply chain, provides beneficial insights for many in the jewelry business.

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