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Howard Kelrick

24 Karat Corner: News and Views from the 24 Karat Club Southeastern U.S.

Most influential people?  Really?

Time Magazine recently published their list of the world’s 100 most influential people.  They named the usual suspects: politicians, movie stars, athletes, rock stars, etc.  And, while I admire  the skills of the marathon runners from Kenya and the courage of the Chinese dissidents, with the exception of those knuckle-heads in Washington, I’m not  sure how much influence anyone on the list really has on me.  I’m not sure I even recognized half the names on the list!  Although I must admit, I do often dress like LeBron James.  No, not the fancy English Laundry  shirts he wears, just the baggy gym shorts and sweat suits.


24 Karat Corner: News and Views from the 24 Karat Club Southeastern U.S.

Where does this stuff come from?

The other day we needed a small piece of green gold (yes, it comes in green now) and a custom-cut fancy shaped diamond to finish a job for a customer.  Two phone calls and three days later we had both, completed the job, and shipped the ring off to the customer.  It was so fast and effortless for us to get two of the world’s most precious items (to say nothing of the special ways in which we needed them) that sometimes I forget how truly rare and difficult it is to find and produce the items we trade in every day.

24 Karat Corner - News and Views from the 24 Karat Club Southeastern U.S. : Father of the Bride

My daughter got married recently, so that gave me the pleasure of being the Father of the Bride.  It was a very special experience, and I highly recommend it if you ever get the chance.  But, there were a couple of things about the process I just didn’t understand.

24 Karat Corner: Coupon for free dessert

News and Views from the 24 Karat Club Southeastern U.S.

I spend a lot of time at the gym on the stationary bike.  And, although it doesn’t exactly work off the beer and pizza I have on the way home, it does give me the opportunity to talk to my fellow gym rats about things other than the latest news in the jewelry industry.

24 Karat Corner: Dropping Acid

News and Views from the 24 Karat Club Southeastern U.S.

Traffic wasn't moving on the highway, so I got off a few exits early and headed to the "downtown" area and dropped in at my friend Mike's jewelry store.  Like a lot of downtowns across the country, this one has seen better times, with many of the merchants having closed or leaving for the mall back by the interstate.

24 Karat Corner: Stocks and Closings

News and Views from the 24 Karat Club Southeastern U.S.

I love watching talented retail jewelers work the counter.  I went up to Palm Beach the other day to have lunch with my friend Randy.  She has a beautiful boutique in the fancy part of town and caters to the up-scale crowd.  When I got there, she was already well into her presentation with a customer, so I parked myself out of the way, but close enough to listen in.

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