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Here’s the Answer to October’s Gem Quiz

And congratulations to our winner.




CJ Grad

CJ GRAD, OWNER of Caffray Jewellers in Hinsdale, IL, was our Jewelry Geek of the Month in October, correctly identifying lapis lazuli as our mystery stone. Congratulations to CJ, and also to our many runner-up Geeks. A new Gem Quiz will be posted soon. Keep checking back at this space.

Honorable Mentions

Stuart Adelman
Artelle Designs Fine Jewelry & Custom Design
Plymouth, MN

Derrick Allen
Graham Jewelers
Wayzata, MN

Bill Becker
Beckers Jewelers
West Burlington, IA

Madelynn Benedict
Swierenga Jewelers
Caledonia, MI


Nannette Best
Gem Star Fine Jewelry, Inc.
Grayslake, IL

Kathy Bobb
Lily & Co.
Sanibel, FL

Sydne Brainard
Oak Valley Jewelers
Oakdale, CA

Michael Brothman
Designs by Flora
Dallas, TX

Mike Burnette
Gem Shopping Network
Duluth, GA

Bryan Cavitt
Images Jewelers, Inc
Elkhart, IN


Emily Cima
Either Ore Jewelers Hilltop West
Virginia Beach, VA

Katelyn Daski
Leitzel’s Jewelry
Hershey, PA

Sally Davis
Vierk’s Fine Jewelry
Lafayette, IN

James Dinkins
Paul Gross Jewelers
Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Katie Dye
Dye J. David Jewelry
Tulsa, OK

Michelle Gervais
Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry
Baton Rouge, LA


Leanne Goebel
Lantern Dancer
Pagosa Springs, CO

Alan Goodheart
Goodhearts Fine Jewelry
Overland Park, KS

Jonathan Hart
Karen’s Jewelers
Oak Ridge, TN

Catherine Hepburn-Schroeder
Avalon Fine Jewellery
Oakville, CA

Deb Hild
Stadheim Jewelers
Mason City, IA

Karen Jirsa
Village Goldsmith
Estes Park, CO

Suzanne Kluh
Kluh Jewelers
Lacey, WA

Autumn Knight
Arizona Watch & Jewelry Service
Tucson, AZ

Joseph Korona
Korona Jewelry
Buffalo, NY

Ira Kramer
Diamond Exchange of North Florida
Tallahassee, FL

Karen Kuhn
Arabesque Jewelers
High Ridge, MO

Laura Lehner
Lammons Fine Jewelry
Oxford, MS

Troy Lob
Liberty Diamonds
Irvine, CA

Andrea Mattei
Judith Ansteth Jewelers
Chicago, IL

Patrick McNeill
Garwood’s Jewelers
Fort Collins, CO

Elizabeth Menard
Romm Diamonds
Brockton, MS

Betty Methvin
Whitlock Jewelry Store
Eufaula, AL

Paula Morgan
Hollywood, FL

Mandy Mott
Becker’s Jewelers
Old Saybrook, CT

Lance Nygaard
Lance Nygaard Gems
Sioux Falls, SD

Kyla Ostler
Garwood’s Jewelers
Fort Collins, CO

Kendra Ostrinski
Ware Jewelers
Opelika, AL

Roger Pauling
Lapidary Arts
Plano, TX

Brette Peters
Dixon Jewellers
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Rebekah Reitz
Laney’s Diamonds & Jewelry
Williamsburg, VA

Alison Roedl
Redlands Jewelers
Redlands, CA

Pamela Rossi
P.J. Rossi Jewelers
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL

Kristen Skaziak
Griffins Jewelers
Guntersville, AL

Tia Smith
Alan Miller Jewelers
Oregon, OH

Kristi Suder
Starblaze Jewelers
Tucker, GA

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Wilkerson Testimonials | Sollberger’s

Going Out of Business Is an Emotional Journey. Wilkerson Is There to Make It Easier.

Jaki Cowan, the owner of Sollberger’s in Ridgeland, MS, decided the time was right to close up shop. The experience, she says, was like going into the great unknown. There were so many questions about the way to handle the store’s going-out-of-business sale. Luckily for Cowan, Wilkerson made the transition easier and managed everything, from marketing to markdowns.

“They think of everything that you don’t have the time to think of,” she says of the Wilkerson team that was assigned to manage the sale. And it was a total success, with financial goals met by Christmas with another sale month left to go.

Wilkerson even had a plan to manage things while Covid-19 restrictions were still in place. This included limiting the number of shoppers, masking and taking temperatures upon entrance. “We did everything we could to make the staff and public feel as safe as possible.”

Does she recommend Wilkerson to other retailers thinking of retiring, liquidating or selling excess merchandise? Absolutely. “If you are considering going out of business, it’s obviously an emotional journey. But truly rest assured that you’re in good hands with Wilkerson.”

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