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Virginia jeweler takes top global prize

Owner of Simply Unique Jewelry Designs earns highest honor in the “Oscars of the jewelry industry”

(HONG KONG) - A custom jewelry store in York County, Virginia has achieved one of the highest honors in the industry - winning “Champion of the Champions” in the 2019 International Jewellery Design Excellence (IJDE) Awards. The IJDE Awards is a biennial competition held at the Hong Kong International Jewelry Show that attracts champions of the world’s leading jewelry design competitions, providing a platform for international award winning jewelry designers to exchange experience and compete for the highest honor - “Champion of the Champions”. 

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‘Getting women into trouble and men out of it since 1893’

Ernst Jewelers’ tagline is a sign of lighter times

Ernst Jewelers in Huntsville, Texas is well into its second century, having opened for business in 1893. Much has changed over the decades, but it’s been just recently that the store has loosened its tie. While still offering quality designer brands, custom design, jewelry repair and watch repair, customers and staff alike are treated to a more casual atmosphere.

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Retailer Roundtable: Are B2B social media-based groups helpful to you as a business owner?

"I’m very involved with such groups. I have been for five years and really increased my activity on the Flourish and Thrive Academy over the last two years. There’s a tremendous amount of information between the group’s Facebook page and their website. With downloads, podcasts, videos to watch and tons of other resources, it’s been very helpful to me and my business.

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States adopting hiring laws prohibiting criminal and salary history application questions

Hiring PetersonKate Peterson, president and CEO of Performance Concepts.Jewelry store owners have to stay current on a lot of information for a wide range of sound business practices reasons, from the latest gemological chicanery to breaking technology for digital marketing. Be sure to add state employment regulations to the mix, if you haven’t already. 

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Retailer Roundtable: What do you do when a suspicious character enters your store?

“Nine years ago we were victims of an armed robbery. And, when we were burglarized in recent years it was nearly a 100-percent loss. Although these are very unfortunate events, it made us better prepared for potential future crimes. After the armed robbery we installed a buzzer on our front door. You can’t judge every person that comes to your door, but the buzzer entry system can certainly keep armed robbers from barging in. A majority of our business is repeat customers and word of mouth, so we have a good idea of who’s coming to our store based on those connections.

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Avalon Solution: Turnkey E-commerce Solutions for the independent jeweler

Avalon Solution is a web services company offering turnkey e-commerce solutions for the independent jewelry retailer. Avalon is dedicated to helping jewelry retailers grow their online business and capitalize on the most cost-effective marketing channels. Prospective customers can easily use these marketing channels to find jewelry retailers nationwide, learn about them, browse their jewelry collections, and eventually purchase jewelry directly from them. Avalon understands the jewelry business, and what it takes for jewelers to be successful online.

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