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Humor: This Former Marine Had a Burning Desire

This was one job that had to be left behind.




Humor: This Former Marine Had a Burning Desire

A guy asked Julie to make an earring for him out of his deceased wife’s engagement ring. She did. Then he asked her to solder it shut in his ear with her torch (this predated the permanent jewelry fad). When she told him the temperature needed to melt the gold in his ear, he said, ‘Go ahead and do it. I can take it. I am a Marine.’ We passed on the solder job — can you imagine the smell? — Cliff Yankovich, Chimera Design, Lowell, MI



This Third-Generation Jeweler Was Ready for Retirement. He Called Wilkerson

Retirement is never easy, especially when it means the end to a business that was founded in 1884. But for Laura and Sam Sipe, it was time to put their own needs first. They decided to close J.C. Sipe Jewelers, one of Indianapolis’ most trusted names in fine jewelry, and call Wilkerson. “Laura and I decided the conditions were right,” says Sam. Wilkerson handled every detail in their going-out-of-business sale, from marketing to manning the sales floor. “The main goal was to sell our existing inventory that’s all paid for and turn that into cash for our retirement,” says Sam. “It’s been very, very productive.” Would they recommend Wilkerson to other jewelers who want to enjoy their golden years? Absolutely! “Call Wilkerson,” says Laura. “They can help you achieve your goals so you’ll be able to move into retirement comfortably.”

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