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Thriving in today’s market

Thriving in today’s market

Jim Langolf remembers the days when a number of vendors would stop by the store each week. “No matter what, I’d always buy something, go out for lunch, and then put the jewelry in inventory,” says the owner of Alexander Fine Jewelers in Fort Gratiot, Michigan.

Those days are “long gone” for Jim and pretty much every retail jeweler in the country since the housing market crash in October 2008. The year that followed, and the mild recovery that still characterizes what many are calling the “new normal,” is the hand that has been dealt to retail jewelers.

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Elisa Ilana’s new wholesale division enjoying early success

Elisa Ilana’s new wholesale division enjoying early success

Milestones in a business serve as a reminder of how it all got started. When Laurie Langdon added a wholesale division to Elisa Ilana jewelry last year, she knew the days...

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Moore, OK jewelers count their blessings

Moore, OK jewelers count their blessings

Glenn and Tim Lewis are true Oklahomans committed to calling the “Sooner State” home. But living in “tornado alley” comes with its share of risks, which the broth...

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Sergio Pages and his crazy life

Sergio Pages and his crazy life

Sergio Pages was a big man. With a 64 inch waist and a weight of almost 400 pounds, he was not only big in business but in stature as well. He’d built a successful mult...

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JCK Show Review: Looking “Up”

JCK Show Review: Looking “Up”

When retail jewelers talk about this year’s JCK Las Vegas Show, it sounds much like a Delta airlines commercial. The usual barometers for a good show (buyer numbers, wr...

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Stuller launches Create Bar

Stuller launches Create Bar

Stuller’s new Create Bar combines the best of the company’s CounterSketch customization software with their prototype jewelry systems. Launched at last month’s JCK ...

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Marc Geller – Applying smart business practices to wholesale diamonds

Marc Geller – Applying smart business practices to wholesale diamonds

The diamond wholesale business seems straight forward. You go to the mines, buy the goods, bring ’em back and wait on somebody to buy them. It’s a simple process that...

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Atlanta Diamond Design provides exceptional quality alongside family atmosphere

Atlanta Diamond Design provides exceptional quality alongside family atmosphere

Most retailers know that customer comfort translates into sales. Izzy Israeli wants his customers to feel comfortable too, but he has a different goal in mind. Instead of...

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Making a floor plan a security plan

Making a floor plan a security plan

“Rob me once, shame on you. Rob me twice, shame on me.” A jewelry store security spin on this commonly known Southern saying went through Charles Beaudet’s mind in ...

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