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Howard Kelrick

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.


24 Karat Corner: Every Year

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


When things get quiet in the office, as they often do at this time of year, I like to call a friend of mine who runs a jewelry store in the Florida Keys. He always has an interesting story to tell, and while we sometimes talk business, more often than not, we talk about business.

24 Karat Corner: Gold Buying

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

Like many "old-timers" I was a bit unsettled when so many fine retail jewelers got into the "we buy gold" business.  Our industry was built on celebrating life's special occasions such as engagements, anniversaries, and birthdays.  To many of us, buying back these treasures for the scrap value of the metal sent the wrong message to the consumers, tarnishing the allure and mystique of what we have been doing for generations.

24 Karat Corner: Leadership

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

My nephew is in the process of applying to some of those hyper-competitive colleges in the northeast, and the application requires an essay about a time he displayed real leadership.  He is co-captain of the swim team, but other than that, there aren't a lot of real opportunities for a 17 year old to display genuine leadership.  Screaming at your team mates "Swim like you've never swam before" before a meet isn't the type of stuff that gets you into the Ivy League these days.

24 Karat Corner: TLC

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

At the recent Atlanta Jewelry Show, a Florida retailer was telling me about his "TLC" policy:  Any piece he sells is covered by a lifetime TLC policy.  For as long as the customer owns the piece, he'll clean it, tighten loose stones, adjust the clasp, size it, etc., all for no charge.  The beauty and logic of this service policy is obvious.

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