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Designer Keeps Her Eye on the World, and Her Focus on New Orleans

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Ashley Porter
Porter Lyons, New Orleans, LA

Jewelry designer Ashley Porter derives her inspiration from cultures around the world, with a concentration on New Orleans, where her family heritage dates to the 1860s. She holds a bachelor of science degree in marketing and a master of finance from Tulane University, as well as a graduate degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. After working for Balenciaga and Ralph Lauren in New York, she returned to New Orleans and late last year opened her first retail location in the city’s French Quarter. Porter recently launched the Crescent City Collection, which features the astrological placement of New Orleans, with each piece hiding the altitude and longitude of the city in its design.


This article originally appeared in the May 2017 edition of INSTORE.

Gene the Jeweler

Video: Gene Shows His Competitive Spirit … and It’s Not Pretty

A viewer’s question brings out the worst in Gene.

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IN THIS EPISODE of Jimmy DeGroot’s satirical Gene the Jeweler series, Gene answers a viewer question: “It looks like you have a laser welder in your shop. Should I get one?”

Gene suspects he knows who sent the query. He’s not pleased.

In fact, the situation brings out the worst of Gene’s competitive spirit.

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Gene the Jeweler

Video: How Gene the Jeweler Hires Great People

Craigslist is always a great start, he says in this satirical video.

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IN THIS EPISODE of Jimmy DeGroot’s satirical Gene the Jeweler series, Gene answers a viewer question about hiring.

Where does Gene find good employees such as Jeremy?

Well, Craigslist, for starters.

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Gem Quiz

This Gem Has a Reputation for Mystical Powers

Test your knowledge.

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IN MEDIEVAL TIMES, devout Christians thought the red spatterings of iron oxide that dot my chalcedony core owed their origins to drops of Christ’s blood that had seeped into the earth from below the cross. They carved images of the crucifixion and of saints from my hard body (6.5-7 on the Mohs scale). Mystical powers have always been associated with me, back to the days of Babylon. Even today, in a finely powdered form, I’m still used as an aphrodisiac in India.

Who am I?

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