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Hale’s Jewelers looks back on 160 years of business

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Canadian company looking for gold in South Carolina

Canadian company looking for gold in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, SC A Canadian corporation is looking for gold in an area of South Carolina near the historic Brewer mine, an abandoned operation that once produced tons of the precious mineral but today is undergoing a major pollution cleanup.

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Swiss Watch by JCK and LUXURY Watch to sponsor Time for Kids

Swiss Watch by JCK and LUXURY Watch to sponsor Time for Kids

Swiss Watch by JCK and the new LUXURY Watch will be sponsoring Time for Kids, the annual watch giveaway during the Jewelers for Children Facets of Hope event. Every attendee at the Facets of Hope event on June 5, 2016 at Mandalay Bay will be given a ...

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Adam Graham joins Omi Gems/Omi Privé

Adam Graham joins Omi Gems/Omi Privé

Jewelry industry veteran Adam Graham has joined Omi, Inc. as Director of Sales and Marketing. In this new role, he will oversee the selling, marketing and public relations functions of the gemstone company and its fine jewelry division Omi Privé.

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Jewelers Mutual to debut Immersive Technologies at LUXURY, JCK Las Vegas

Jewelers Mutual to debut Immersive Technologies at LUXURY, JCK Las Vegas

(IDEX Online News) – Jewelers Mutual Insurance (JMI) has announced that it will unveil three new technologies during the Intervision Salon at Luxury, Elite Enclave, and throughout JCK Las Vegas.

Jewelers Mutual has partnered with Excelion Partners to ...

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Not all was lost in the fire

Not all was lost in the fire

Namano salvages jewelry (and memories) scorched in house fire

There are over three hundred house fires each month in the state of Georgia alone. That’s a pretty mind-boggling number; multiply it nationally and the results are staggering: thousands and...

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Canadian company looking for gold in South Carolina

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Canadian company looking for gold in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, SC A Canadian corporation is looking for gold in an area of South Carolina near the historic Brewer mine, an abandoned operation that once produced tons of the precious mineral but today is undergoing a major pollution cleanup.

Pancontinental Uranium Corp. said in a news release last week t...

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Not a girl’s only best friend

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Not a girl’s only best friend

One of my favorite shows on TV is ESPN’s series 30 for 30. They are mini documentaries about important historical moments in sports, with the tagline “What if I told you…” The directors proceed to present a story the audience believes they know, only to reveal there is more than meets the eye. I’ve ...

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Swiss Watch by JCK and LUXURY Watch to sponsor Time for Kids

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Swiss Watch by JCK and LUXURY Watch to sponsor Time for Kids

Swiss Watch by JCK and the new LUXURY Watch will be sponsoring Time for Kids, the annual watch giveaway during the Jewelers for Children Facets of Hope event. Every attendee at the Facets of Hope event on June 5, 2016 at Mandalay Bay will be given a chance to win one of an array of donated watches. ...

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Rapaport Town Hall Meeting to debate synthetic diamonds

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JCK Las Vegas Jewelry Show - June 6, Monday, 8:00-10:00 am

(LAS VEGAS) - Rapaport is sponsoring a town hall meeting that will provide an open forum for members of the jewelry trade to respectfully debate the pros and cons of synthetic diamonds.

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Adam Graham joins Omi Gems/Omi Privé

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Adam Graham joins Omi Gems/Omi Privé

Jewelry industry veteran Adam Graham has joined Omi, Inc. as Director of Sales and Marketing. In this new role, he will oversee the selling, marketing and public relations functions of the gemstone company and its fine jewelry division Omi Privé.

“We are thrilled to have Adam join us at this stage in...

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AGS names Scott Berg new President, appoints Board of Directors

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AGS names Scott Berg new President, appoints Board of Directors

(LAS VEGAS) - The American Gem Society (AGS) elected Scott Berg, Certified Gemologist (CG) of Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry in Baton Rouge, LA, as President of the Society’s Board of Directors, assuming the role from outgoing president, Louis Smith, CG, of Smithworks Fine Jewelry. The appointment was mad...

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Jewelers Mutual to debut Immersive Technologies at LUXURY, JCK Las Vegas

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Jewelers Mutual to debut Immersive Technologies at LUXURY, JCK Las Vegas

(IDEX Online News) – Jewelers Mutual Insurance (JMI) has announced that it will unveil three new technologies during the Intervision Salon at Luxury, Elite Enclave, and throughout JCK Las Vegas.

Jewelers Mutual has partnered with Excelion Partners to offer these innovations: the JM Journey App, a hol...

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Sterling Reputation to unveil new collection at JCK

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Sterling Reputation to unveil new collection at JCK

Sterling Reputation is excited to announce that a new collection of adjustable lariat bracelets will make their debut at the JCK Las Vegas Show. Designed by Sterling Reputation’s resident stylist Pearl Woei, these stunning bracelets are available in 30 unique and detailed styles and have a triple ke...

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Buddy’s Big Give

You may not know Buddy or his jewelry stores in North Carolina but one thing's for sure, you can't miss his car. With big diamond magnets strewn all over it, along with the logo for his most recent promotion, no one can miss Buddy's car - and that's exactly the point.

Owner of Buddy's Jewelry (Mount Olive, Dunn & Goldsboro, NC), Thomas Turner was looking for ways to give back to a community that has supported him for more than sixty years. When he heard other jewelers using raffles to raise money for charity he got to thinking, ‘maybe we can do something like that. How about we give away a car?' And just like that Buddy's Big Give was born.

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The Volkswagen EOS convertible North Carolina based Buddy's Jewelry is raffling off in
their Buddy's Big Give promotion. All the proceeds collected will be donated to local schools and charities.

When Mr. Tommy, as he is affectionately known, gathered his employees to tell them his latest philanthropic idea, no one expected him to say he wanted to give away a car, but that's exactly what they heard.

Buddy's Jewelry has been a mainstay in Mt. Olive for the past 45 years. Thomas Turner proposed the idea of raffling off a car with the proceeds donated to local schools and charities. Immediately everyone started pitching in ideas, naming people to help get the contest up and running, as well as deciding the specifics of the program.

With his staff on board they started polling their clients asking what make and model would be most appealing. In the meantime Thomas Turner called a family friend who also ran the local car dealership and told him about their idea. Within a few weeks Thomas Turner purchased a Volkswagen EOS convertible and, three months after Mr. Tommy pitched the idea to his staff, Buddy's Big Give began.

"Everyone started getting really excited," recalls Kristen Moody, sales associate at the store. "We agreed to have the car decaled with the name of the contest and big images of diamonds covering the body of the car so that as we drove it between stores people would notice the contest."

Buddy's Big Give was designed to generate money for the sole purpose of giving that money away. Mr. Tommy wanted to sell $5 raffle tickets and let the buyer designate to which school or charity they wanted the money to go. The staff made it very clear that the car would have a few miles on it. Mr. Tommy allows the staff to drive it between all three locations to advertise the program.

The first raffle ticket for the car was sold August 2008 and the contest is still going on. Each month Buddy's staff sells hundreds of tickets and then, at the end of that month, draws one name from that month's sales. The monthly winners receive a $500 shopping spree in Buddy's and their names are put in the drawing for the car which is slated for November 2009.

"We've been intentional about making our customers wait a year on the drawing," states Kristen. "We really wanted to give everyone time to hear about the contest and see the car. We also wanted to raise a lot of money for the schools. We didn't want to start the contest and a few weeks later end it."

It seems that patience has paid off. Buddy's has seen a marked increase in ticket sales and store traffic. They've also seen an increase in new prospective customers come through the doors just to buy a raffle ticket.
"We've really created a buzz in the community and in the store about this car. People are dying to know who is going to win it and we've maximized the amount of money we've raised for charity."

With the final drawing less than a month away, the local ‘buzz' continues to grow. The staff is busy preparing the dinner reception at which the winner will be announced. And, the money keeps coming in. In total, Buddy's Big Give Away has generated thousands of dollars from hundreds of tickets sold. And all of the proceeds go directly to the purchaser's charity of choice.

"We're proud that we've been able to raise this much money for our local schools and charities," exclaims Kristen. "We really want to help the community that has been so good to us for so many years. We are all in this together and this is our way of saying thank you."

The Mt. Olive community has supported Buddy's since it opened in 1945. Buddy Turner found a love for watch making while recovering from tuberculosis as a young man. The medical centers would teach watch making to the infirm while they were bedridden and Buddy took a great interest in it. As soon as he was healthy again he found a storefront in the heart of downtown Mt. Olive, NC and opened the doors to Buddy's Jewelry.

Today, Buddy's son Thomas Turner is at the helm of the company and has been since the late seventies. He joined his father after obtaining his engineering degree and working several years for a chemical company. Thomas watched the Mt. Olive community, as well as Dunn and Goldsboro, embrace his family's store generation after generation, and he strives to find ways to give back to them with charitable giving like this program.

His children are now a part of the company, and they also recognize how the people of these small towns have supported their family's business. Scott Mohiser, stepson to Thomas, heads up Goldsboro while daughter Brandi Worth manages the Mt. Olive store.

When the winning ticket is drawn this month there will be one lucky person taking home a Volkswagen Eos. But the real winners are the children who are already benefiting from the extra funds donated to their schools. Buddy's Big Give makes everyone a winner!

Be sure to follow up with Thomas Turner and everyone at Buddy's to see just how this contest ends. You can call them at 910-892-1827.


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