David Geller Here Are a Few Tips You Haven’t Seen to Make the Most of Your Bridal Custom Designs They’re simple yet brilliant. Published 1 year ago on September 8, 2019 By David S. Geller Instore September 2019 Issue Share Tweet IT’S 2019, AND it’s not your daddy’s jewelry store anymore. No more high margins on diamonds. Where’s the money now? The mounting. Keystone is the goal, and many get it on the mounting, but comparison shopping can make it difficult. That said, the really big problem with selling from the showcase is the amount of inventory you must carry. Jimmy Degroot Video: Sharpen Your Bridal Jewelry Presentations Jimmy Degroot Video: Maximize on the Opportunities That 2020 Brought the Jewelry Industry Jimmy Degroot Video: Sales Management Master Class Taught by Jewelry Professionals Begins Feb. 16 On the other hand, custom designing an engagement ring has many advantages: Higher profit margins You pay for the item after you’ve collected money from the customer. The customer feels like they are directing the process rather than being “sold.” If you share the process of designing their ring with the customer, they will likely share with their friends and family. It’ll be on social media, texts and emails. You can adjust which components go into the ring to more fit their budget. Selling from the showcase has a closing ratio of 30 percent in most stores, but custom design has a closing ratio of 70-80 percent. The downside? Someone must know how to design the ring, how it comes together and pricing. Training is essential, or having someone specific to sell the ring and lead the customer through the process. Figuring out how to price the item requires particular skills. Here are some additional tips to make the most of your custom design process: While designing the ring, if you use CAD/CAM, take a snapshot of the model on the screen and send it to the customer, saying something like, “Well, Jim has gotten started on your beautiful design.” If you hand-carve the wax or mill it, take a picture and send by text or email. Same goes for the casting process and another of the jeweler finishing up the ring. When appropriate, send out a handwritten thank-you note. Go to Office Depot and buy a pack of 100 sheets of do-it-yourself business cards. Make yourself a master blank company business card with no logo, just everything else about your store. Take a good picture of their new ring and paste it on the card, then print a sheet of 10 and have it in the envelope when you deliver the ring. After they “ooh and aah” over the ring, tell them, “I’m glad you love it. You know, we have more customers come in from referrals than anything else and would love for you to refer family and friends. Here are some of our cards.” Advertisement Then plop them down on the showcase face up. They will be so excited that they will not only place one on their refrigerator door, they’ll give them out to friends and show everyone how their ring is on “my jeweler’s business card.” Isn’t this a fun business? Related Topics: Featured click to Comment(Comment) Up Next What You Can Learn About Turn from Clothing and Furniture Stores Don't Miss Close More Sales, Courtesy of David Geller’s Uncle Irv David S. Geller David Geller is a 14th-generation bench jeweler who produces The Geller Blue Book To Jewelry Repair Pricing. David is the “go-to guy” for setting up QuickBooks for a jewelry store. Reach him at [email protected]. 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