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Jon’s Fine Jewelry Creating Community for over 20 years

What began as a fun elective in high school has become the career of a lifetime for Jon Miller, owner of Jon’s Fine Jewelry in Cocoa Village, Florida. The 30 year jewelry veteran has created a retail store that’s woven itself into the very fabric of the community, and he couldn’t be happier. Jon gladly recounts stories of finding the perfect stone or working for days on a custom design, but the modest retailer doesn’t promote the tremendous amount of philanthropy in which his store participates every year. The man with the large heart can’t refuse his neighbors in need.


Prakash Mehta, Interings, honored with RJO’s Lifetime Achievement Award

(COVINGTON, Ky.) - Prakash Mehta, was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Retail Jewelers Organization (RJO) for his outstanding dedication and commitment to the retail jewelry industry.   Mehta, a member of RJO since 1987, was honored at the exclusive 2013 RJO Buying Show in Covington, KY.

August Atlanta Jewelry Show delivered new events, educational offerings, product categories

(ATLANTA) - From the new “Mingle” after-hours networking events to new product categories and educational offerings, the latest initiatives for the August 2013 Atlanta Jewelry Show generated enthusiastic feedback from buyers and exhibitors alike. Further strengthening the upbeat atmosphere, the show’s attendance, which tracked evenly with the August 2012 edition, included independent jewelers from throughout the southeast region who arrived ready to buy.

Simon Golub’s identity has evolved over its 91-year history, but core values remain strong & steady

Simon Golub and Sons (SGS) is a multi-generational legacy. Founded in 1922, the leading jewelry manufacturer and supplier has prevailed through the Great Depression, World War II, national calamities and economic crises, reinventing itself time after time to adapt and thrive.

One thing, however, that has never changed is Simon Golub’s commitment to the belief that trust, quality, service and innovation are the cornerstones for building and maintaining a long-lasting and profitable business.

Mike and Vikki Parsons face tragedy head-on, but not alone

Connection, community and commitment - these are the cornerstones of independent retailers. For one North Carolina independent they were a lifeline as he traversed the horrible road of cancer with his wife. Mike Parsons, owner of Mike’s Jewelry in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina (www.michaelsjewelryonline.com) stood with and supported his wife, Vikki, during her two year battle with pancreatic cancer, and it was their staff, customers and community who lifted them up, supported them and helped them get through the toughest times of their lives.

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.

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 of working nights and weekends, turning a calling into a career, had finally paid off. As president and CEO of her Omaha, Nebraska-based company, Laurie’s wholesale jewelry division is quickly gaining traction with retail jewelers at the industry’s major shows including a first-time exhibitor at the June JCK Las Vegas Show. 

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