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Saunders Lux delivers southern warmth and artistic style

Located on the banks of the mighty Mississippi, Baton Rouge is home to the second largest oil refinery in the country, as well as sports greats like Shaquille O’Neal, Lolo Jones and Willie Davenport. In 2005, the city’s population temporarily exploded after Hurricane Katrina, accepting as many as 200,000 displaced residents. Sandy Lux, owner of Saunders Lux Jeweler, in Baton Rouge remembers those days well. Not only was he reeling from the aftermath of the hurricane, but he was also in the middle of making one of the biggest career moves of his career - opening his own retail store.


Federated Insurance - tailored to meet specific needs

In many ways, the insurance industry is a mirror image of our diverse and dynamic society. Virtually no aspect of our culture is immune to risk. This is particularly true in our free enterprise system, which is driven in large part by family-owned and operated businesses. More than a century ago, the founders of Federated Insurance sensed the unique contributions family businesses made in America. From this understanding has grown a commitment to serve these companies in a way that extends well beyond merely selling insurance products.

Largest family-owned jewelry store in the south opens in Memphis

Sissy Jones’ start in jewelry retail experienced steady growth in the early days at her Pine Bluff, Arkansas store. That growth has not declined over the last decade, and it’s been difficult to keep up with the Joneses. The family has been quickly reacting to lucrative market opportunities by doubling the space of their first Pine Bluff store in 2005 and opening three stores in five years, with two store openings in Arkansas (2010 and 2012) and a brand-new store that opened last month in Memphis.  

Just Perfect MSP stacks up rave reviews with its online build-your-own-ring program

 

Have it your way – that’s what Just Perfect MSP is promoting with an online interface program that allows retailers to work with customers at the counter to personalize stackables and other bands. The program, viewable via desktop computers, tablets and smart phones, is effective and ultimately user-friendly, clients say.

Just Perfect, a New York City manufacturer of precision-set jewelry for the past 20 years, has been going direct to the retailer for about 3½ years. “Before, we were contracting to other diamond dealers who would sell to the retailer,” says Eli Borochoff, vice president of marketing and sales. He notes that the company has made a huge commitment in uploading its entire collection to the online interface.

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).

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