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From Dead Horse Tails to Live Human Heads: Some Jobs You Just Have to Decline

Two jewelers tell of the jobs they’ve turned down.




  • A woman walked into the studio carrying a dead horse’s tail. “My mom’s horse died, and I want to make a bracelet for her.” I explained we are metalsmiths, and the tail was hair. She answered, “I know, I need a bracelet.” Deep sigh. — Jo Goralski, The Jewelry Mechanic, Oconomowoc, WI
  • A customer asked me to solder a chain clasp closed while she was wearing it so she could never take it off. Offered to wear a wet towel on her head so she didn’t “catch on fire”… We politely declined the job. — Christine Graichen, Malloves Jewelers, Middletown, CT



Moving Up — Not Out — with Wilkerson

Trish Parks has always wanted to be in the jewelry business and that passion has fueled her success. The original Corinth Jewelers opened in the Mississippi town of the same name in 2007. This year, Parks moved her business from its original strip mall location to a 10,000-square foot standalone store. To make room for fresh, new merchandise, she asked Wilkerson to organize a moving sale. “What I remember most about the sale is the outpouring excitement and appreciation from our customers,” says Parks. Would she recommend Wilkerson to other jewelers? “I would recommend Wilkerson because they came in, did what they were supposed to and made us all comfortable. And we met our goals.”

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