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Editor’s Note: Trace Shelton’s Nothing Short of Super



Retail champions prove that with great power comes great jewelry


When I was a kid, I fell in love with superheroes. Spider-Man, Iron Man, Green Lantern, The Flash. No problem was too big for them. And they didn’t just use their super powers; they had to use their wits as well. They were smart, they were brightly-colored, and they weren’t afraid of anything.

Today, I still love superheroes (just ask my wife about my collection of super-themed T-shirts), but I have a new group of heroes to admire: Jewelers. Who else can accessorize a particular outfit, face shape or complexion with the perfect piece? Who else can explain the mysteries of diamonds, gemstones and watches? More important, who else can help me get out of the doghouse?

So when our crack team of super editors suggested we do a story on “jewelry super powers” for this issue, I jumped at the chance to write it. After all, when else will I be able to write phrases like “mere mortal,” “evil’s greatest weapon,” and “Flash CAD Man to the rescue”?


As I dove into my research for the story, what I found was that you, our readers, are even more sensationally-powered than I realized. From on-call jewelry delivery, to unfathomable jewelry-making skills, to virtual mind-reading of your clients, you make jewelry retailing look way easier than it is.

I believe you’ll see a little bit of yourself in each of our 12 featured “jewelry superheroes.” I hope you enjoy it. And now I leave you to continue your fight for truth, justice, and beautiful jewelry for all!

Wishing you the very best business,

This article originally appeared in the December 2014 edition of INSTORE.




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