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Innovation drives LaserStar’s growth

LaserStar Technologies is a company always on the move – upgrading designs, introducing new products and opening new facilities. The company’s passion for progress pays: During the past 24 months, LaserStar Technologies’ worldwide sales have increased by 20 percent.

Orlando, Fla., is home to the latest upgrade – a manufacturing facility surpassing the previous sales and training facility there, encompassing 12,000 square feet. The new location, which opened its doors last October, houses 22 employees and complements LaserStar’s flagship Rhode Island manufacturing facility, which boasts 25,000 square feet.


Four generations and 115 years of Waller & Company Jewelers

One of the oldest African American retailers in the US

The jewelry industry is a smelting pot of races and cultures from across the globe. The people are a rich mix of various religions, nationalities and cultures who bring their unique skills and customs to the business.

But where are the African American jewelers? Where are the men and women of color with a passion for gemology and a desire to create jewelry-art like only they can?

Cause for celebration - Atlanta Jewelry Show 65th anniversary edition

(ATLANTA) - Buoyed by strong Christmas and Valentine’s Day business, as well as reduced gas prices and a rising stock market, retailers and vendors alike had a spring in their step during the Spring 2015 Atlanta Jewelry Show, February 28 - March 2 at the Cobb Galleria Center. Providing the perfect backdrop to kick off the show’s 65th Anniversary celebration, attendance tracked slightly ahead of the 2014 edition and an optimistic atmosphere permeated the exhibition floor.

From flea markets to estate jewelry market leader

With Millennials marrying in record numbers, “something old” includes more than a handed down wedding dress. Ernest Perry, owner of Perry’s Fine Antique & Estate Jewelry, is reaping huge sales benefits with today’s bridal jewelry customers by establishing his Charlotte-based store as one of North Carolina’s leading antique and estate jewelry stores.

At Ernest’s store antique and estate jewelry accounts for about 70 percent of his inventory. The other 30 percent of his store’s inventory is new production jewelry. With his daughter Hadley working in the family store, her main goal is to incorporate the latest bridal jewelry designs to offer “something new” to marrying couples. 

Trish Parks and her unconventional road to success

When it comes to relationships few argue the fact that women have the upper hand. In fact, women from all walks of life gain personal satisfaction from emotionally connecting with others. It’s just how we’re hard-wired. But emotional connection isn’t typically viewed as an asset in business, especially if you’re the one running it. That is unless you’re Trish Parks at Corinth Jewelers in Corinth, Mississippi. Trish heads up an all-female staff at her retail jewelry store and cites her staff’s ability to relate to each and every customer as one of the cornerstones of her success.

Corinth MarStarting at the age of 16, Trish worked in jewelry for 10 years before deciding to step out of the workforce to raise her first child. Although she wasn’t gone for long, she held kept her skills sharp by working part-time at two local jewelry stores for nearly 17 years while her children were young. During those part-time years Trish dabbled in all aspects of the business, from sales to procurement to tradeshow buying; there wasn’t an area about which she didn’t learn.

Overnight’s Top 5 Jewelry Trends for 2015

Do you have the top five jewelry styles for 2015? We asked Overnight, which has more than 50,000 jewelry styles and specializes in finding the next big jewelry trend, to tell us the styles that independent jewelers across the country are selling most. Real trends: not jewels from the red carpet or designers in New York City, but the must-have bread and butter styles that sell in independent jewelry stores across the country.

NC jeweler recounts rubbing elbows with rock ‘n’ roll royalty

My mama used to tell me, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” It’s one of those euphemisms southern women threw around like sweet tea or homemade pound cake. And, the older I get the more truth I find in them, making me think, once again, mama is always right.

Delbert Fentress is one of the best living testimonies to the ‘book and cover’ saying I’ve ever known. The mild mannered, 60 plus year old custom jewelry designer has all the characteristics of a true jewelry artisan, including a love for the craft and true joy when customers are happy. But don’t assume you know his type. This quietly talented, soft spoken man has rubbed elbows with rock and roll royalty and, in spite of his many brushes with fame, he remains a most pleasant, humble man.

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