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Ben Adams’ journey to success

Independent jewelers have much to offer their customers and their employees: experience, knowledge and know-how. But wisdom gained through personal challenges may be their greatest gift, and their younger colleagues may benefit most.

Just ask Ben Adams, a 49 year jewelry veteran, what it takes to be successful and the door into extreme highs and lows opens to reveal a man with great business savvy and tremendous tenacity. His is more than just a good story, it’s an opportunity to learn from one of the best.

Roskin to focus on promoting color in new role at ICA

Roskin OctAs the new executive director of the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) Gary Roskin’s main goal is promotions – to advance the organization, its members and the colored stone trade.

“If we can help promote more natural colored gemstone sales, then more and more suppliers will see the ICA as being a great organization to be a part of,” says Gary. “So the most pressing issues for ICA as a trade organization is really summed up in one word – promotion, of natural colored gemstones and the ICA.”

Endless Jewelry puts a colorful spin on affordable luxury

Endless Jesper OctEndless Jewelry is a young, strong company with a passion for fun, for energy for growth and – with Jennifer Lopez as ambassador and co-designer – a flair for elegance.

“We want to be known for our new, colorful take on fashion jewelry,” says company founder Jesper Nielsen. “When we say ‘Color your life,’ it’s obviously about our colorful leather bracelets and necklaces with charms in unique designs, but it’s also about being who you are, adding that little extra that shows you dare – no matter the occasion, your outfit or mood.”

Retailer Roundtable

Q: What do you expect to be your hottest items for the upcoming Christmas season?

“This Christmas Alex & Ani will do well for us. The price points from $28 to $58 sell well and people love the positive energy of the line. For this designer ‘Positive Energy’ isn’t just a tagline. Customers really realize the genuineness of the message and in the jewelry. It’s made in America, it’s a new idea for personalized and customized jewelry, and there’s a piece of jewelry for just anyone. It’s all about the bangles as bracelets sell better over rings and earrings. We picked up sterling silver jewelry designer Frederic Duclos at the SMART Jewelry Show in April. We bought in to a lot of circle designs and have a lot of two-tone, rose gold and sterling silver jewelry, as well as all-white silver jewelry. This designer will do well in the $99 to $199 price point range. We’re hoping to do more with color this holiday season. There are some new pieces in the store from designer Allison-Kaufman. Blue topaz continues to be popular for us and people like rose gold with color. Price points for color range from $500 to $1,000. Diamond studs are a no-brainer. We can sell studs from $500 to $800 all day for Christmas. And, we’re excited for another holiday season!”

Jeweler Jimmy Green - A King among us

Green SeptJimmy Green is passionate - passionate about jewelry, passionate about his store and passionate about giving back. His love of jewelry started back in 1975 when he took his first jewelry job as an assistant manager of a jewelry store based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Starting from nothing was hard. Making only $4.30 an hour wasn’t much to support a wife and child. But living on his meager income drove his dream of making it happen, being the best and giving back.

As a young and eager jeweler Jimmy learned every aspect of the business, from mining to cutting gems to apprenticing under a master jeweler for 20 years; he never stopped. Hard work was the only path he knew and it paid off in 2005 when he opened his own store J Green Jewelers in San Antonio, TX.

Full-service offerings make Vardi Company retailers’ ‘back-office partner’

Vardi Bridestar SeptVardi Company was created with one central question in mind: “How can we ensure our members’ success?”

“We ensure success through innovative offerings, including free industry leading technology, powerful selling tools and beneficial services - all of which focus on making the independent retailer’s business more efficient and profitable,” says company co-founder and CEO Steven Vardi. “We are a hybrid jewelry manufacturing company whose offerings encompass those of a jewelry manufacturer, buying group, service provider and technology company.”

GA jeweler still recovering from dream family wedding

Doug accident SeptParents will do anything for their kids. Last year when Doug Meadows, owner of David Douglas Diamonds & Jewelry, learned of his then soon to be daughter-in-law Kathleen’s dream of getting married to his son, Peter, on her family’s farm, he went into action. As Doug, his family, friends, community and even the industry would soon learn, the best of intentions can sometimes meet with the worst of consequences.

Doug’s jewelry store is based in Marietta, Georgia. With Kathleen’s family farm based in Acworth, Georgia, the 22-mile commute was an easy one with weekends spent sprucing up neglected farmland. Getting Kathleen, her horse Ranger, and many of her belongings to the Atlanta area was the start of the many arduous tasks to make the family farm wedding day dream a reality.

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