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Zombie Rings: How to Tell A Good Ring From a Bad Ring

“I feel that some jewelry retailers are racing to see who can have the cheapest goods in their store. It is a race to the bottom. I do not see this ending well for them.” – Paul Levin Owner of Tairona Co. at the American Gem Trade Association Jewelry Show. Bitten by Zombie Jewelry Don’t you…

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Dogs in Jewelry – Jewelers Decorate Their Dogs

  Could Anything be Cuter than Dogs in Jewelry? One way busy jewelers stay sane is to include their dogs in their business. This helps with our fitness and it lifts our mood. Putting our dogs in jewelry is irresistible. Stuart Greenway’s shop dog is Dixie the Jewel Queen. Dixie is a beautiful and sweet…

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Teeth Jewelry, From Ancient Dentistry to Hip-Hop Accessory

Teeth Jewelry, It’s a Thing Over the last 7+ years of blogging I’ve blogged about almost every jewelry topic out there. This is why it’s always a pleasant surprise when I stumble across something new I can write about, such as my last blog on Engagement Ring Piercings. I was intrigued to see that yet…

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Cindy Edelstein and the Super Rad Award She Helped InStore to Win

A Vision, A Prize and me Deciding to Share It’s been almost two and one-half years since my industry friend Cindy Edelstein passed away. Read at the end of the post the fundraiser she inspired. Several years before she passed, Cindy shared some jewelry designs she pulled together for what she called her “Customer Types,”…

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Jewelers and Their Tattoos – Celebrating Why We Love Our Work

Jewelers are pretty expressive and artistic people. Some are also a bit spiky socially and say some salty things, which I find entertaining. There are a lot of philosophers in the bunch as well. And real givers. The passion that I see in my industry inspires me. I’ve been seeing a lot of tattooed jewelers…

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Fire and Flood, My Stormy Jeweler Life – Part 2

This is Part 2, the flood. Read Part 1. The New Year had come and gone. The fire was no longer near us. The street sweepers had cleaned the last ash piles away and a breeze no longer meant that it suddenly smelled like an ashtray.

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