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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.

Atlanta Jewelry Show “Town Hall” keynote headlines AJS University line-up for Feb. 28 - March 2 edition

(ATLANTA) - What new tools, strategies and emerging trends will help the independent jeweler not only  survive, but thrive in coming years? Jewelers and industry members are invited to participate in the Atlanta Jewelry Show Town Hall Meeting to find out. As the keynote session for the February 28 - March 2, 2015 edition’s popular “AJS U” educational series, this important program joins an expansive roster of free sessions full of practical, profitable tips and innovative ideas to help retailers strengthen their sales and store practices. In addition, the Atlanta Jewelry Show will also sponsor and bring GIA lab sessions to attendees.

Richmond jewelers join again to support children’s hospital

(RICHMOND, Vir.) - Ten of Richmond, Virginia’s most distinguished retail jewelers gathered at the 51st Children’s Hospital Foundation Ball at the Country Club of Virginia, where, together, they helped to raise over $9,000 in support of the Children’s Hospital at VCU. The evening marked the fifth year that the jewelers have partnered under the leadership of Cheryl Fornash to present a “Jewels” raffle, which have raised over $70,000 for two local organizations - the Children’s Hospital at VCU and Massey Cancer Center at VCU.

Atlanta Jewelry Show celebrates 65th anniversary

(ATLANTA) - For 65 years, the Atlanta Jewelry Show has been the meeting place for the independent jewelry retailer. The February 28 - March 2, 2015 edition at the Cobb Galleria Centre marks this milestone by bringing together even more of the insightful educational programs, networking opportunities, distinctive product resources and renowned Southern hospitality its buyer and member audience has come to expect and enjoy year after year.

Alabama jeweler a finalist in the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off

Over the years I’ve seen many jewelers who entertain interesting hobbies on the side. From Mardi Gras float builders to local clothing shelters, our industry consists of some really creative people. Joanne McGhee is no exception. Her passion for jewelry is matched only by her love of baking, and this year she created an original cookie recipe that catapulted her to the finalist round of the 47th Pillsbury Bake-off Contest.

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