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I Am a Late Bloomer with a Penchant for Pink

Yes, I’m a garnet, but a precious one with a Carolina accent to boot. Who am I?




I Am a Late Bloomer with a Penchant for Pink

GIVEN THE LONG history of using garnets in jewelry, I could be considered something of an upstart, only found in the New World in the late 1890s. (To be specific, it was North Carolina, home also to a lush pinkish-red flower from which I take my name.) In recent years, helped by rich new supplies from East Africa and Sri Lanka, not to mention my commonly inclusion-free nature, I have become something of a designer favorite, often in big, bold pendants and earrings.

Chris Burslem is Group Managing Editor at SmartWork Media.



Put Your Trust in Wilkerson

To do business successfully with anyone, you need a certain “comfort level.” That’s something that Phillips Pitts, owner of two Parris Jewelers stores in Hattiesburg, Miss., said he felt immediately when he first talked to Wilkerson’s Rick Hayes. He was just about to launch an anniversary sale. And he chose Wilkerson to handle all the details — from the marketing to the sales floor. “Rick cared what was going to happen to Parris Jewelers,” says Pitts. “Not just during the sale but after the sale.” Would he recommend Wilkerson to other jewelers contemplating a large-scale sale? Absolutely, says Pitts, who says the results “exceeded their expectations.” His trust in Wilkerson has only grown after the numbers came in. “They were interested in me fulfilling and what I need to fulfill to make my company better.”

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