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Master hand engraver John Wade

Happy by design, enjoying life after retail  

John Wade of North Carolina is a master artisan and hand engraver, one of the best. Much of his journey to the comfortable life he lives now is typical in the jewelry trade - he started off in a small shop, moved to a retail location, and ended up back in the custom design studio he loves. But before any of that, he ventured out west as a teenager to dig for opals in Nevada.

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Watches & Waves: Palm Beach & Nantucket are lucrative playgrounds for jet-setting jeweler

Trinity coupleHusband and wife team Edward and Sherie Townsend holding a custom Spyder Wright surfboard.Edward Townsend Wright III gets casual texts and calls from rock stars, movie stars and billionaire CEOs who have a desire for exquisite timepieces - or the latest in cool surf gear. It’s a unique combo, and Edward has fun with it, splitting his time between his Trinity Collection and Spyder Wright Surf stores in Palm Beach, Fla., and Nantucket, Mass. He considers Palm Beach home, with his shop nestled in the sun-drenched, bougainvillea-draped Via Mizner along Worth Avenue.

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Rembrandt Charms: Sentimental treasures that stand the test of time

Back in the 1960s, Christopher Lux converted a chicken coop in his parents’ backyard into a workshop, and started selling jewelry and giftware out of his station wagon to retail jewelers across the Northeast. During his time on the road, he discovered there was a niche for high-quality charms and charm bracelets.

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AZ jeweler leverages design awards to attract customers

There’s a saying in Hollywood that getting nominated for an Oscar is just as good as earning one. Tell that to Scott and Danielle Bohall, owners of Treasures Custom Jewelers. Back in the late 1990s the couple, along with their daughter Jessica Kelly, first entered a jewelry design contest that didn’t go as well as they’d hoped.

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Retailer Roundtable: What are your favorite charities?

“My local church gets a lot of our charity budget and time. Second to that would be Life School International, a group that trains pastors to work in developing nations. In addition to contributing funds, we also donate our time by helping with charitable events such as dinner and golf outings. For me and my business, my faith is important. The Bible says to take care of the orphans and the widows.

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