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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.

Jeweler Designs Bracelet to Benefit Make-A-Wish

Jewelry stores that do custom work often make couples’ jewelry dreams come true for a lifetime together. But a Milford, MI based jeweler is making jewelry that will make wishes come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions with a bracelet designed to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation’s wish-granting work.

Georgia jeweler gains knowledge, new perspective in Sri Lanka

Ian Brown knows the jewelry industry. He’s grown up working behind the counter, discussing the details over dinner and spending countless holidays helping customers choose just the right gift. But when he and his wife, Catherine, decided to leave the well-established, family-owned business they’d been a part of for decades, Ian couldn’t imagine the adventure that was just around the corner. His decision to take the ‘road less traveled’ left him in shock, in the jungle without phone, computer or a flight out.

The Shot(gun) Heard ‘Round the World

For some Atlanta-based hunters, preparing for this year’s deer hunting season started with a diamond purchase. The gift wasn’t a form of payment to wives and girlfriends to get multiple weekends off with the boys. It was a way to get a free hunting rifle as part of D. Geller and Son’s innovative gift-with-purchase program, which ran from September 20 to 22.

Jeweler ‘unfriends’ shoplifters

For most business owners Facebook is all about building a fan base, interacting with customers, and making friends. But Renn Farmer had to “unfriend” three people this year when The Renn’s Nest owner used Facebook to identify shoplifters in her store.

Renn is no stranger to shoplifting. The first five years of operating her business were in a shopping mall. Her store and neighboring businesses were often victims of shoplifting. Although losses for Renn were minimal, for many merchants these losses do add up. Recent figures from the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention indicate that nationally, there are 550,000 shoplifting incidents per day, resulting in $13 billion worth of goods being stolen each year – or, $35 million in losses per day. 

Eastern Lighting helps retail jewelers ‘illuminate the path to profit’

Jewelry lighting has come a long way in a short time, thanks to technological advances and one Texas company that focuses its lighting expertise on the industry.

Brent Neal, senior lighting consultant at Eastern Lighting in Stafford, just outside Houston, took three Gemological Institute of America courses to earn his Accredited Jewelry Professional diploma. “It’s just an example of how we are focused on the special lighting needs of jewelers,” Brent says. “You won’t find many lighting professionals who study jewelry to help them better understand their customers’ perspective.”

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