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I Am the Ugly Duckling of the Garnet Family

Most people look at me and think jadeite, but I’m harder and more politically correct.




I Am the Ugly Duckling of the Garnet Family

I DIFFER FROM MOST garnets in that I am almost never faceted and most casual observers would swear that given my fabulous hue, translucency, and toughness I am from a far distant gemological family: jadeite. Indeed, shortly after I was discovered on a South African farm in the 1930s, I quickly acquired the misnomer “Transvaal jade.” Use that name today and you’re likely to run into legal trouble. But that shouldn’t dissuade you from suggesting me as a substitute for Myanmar’s finest green rock. Politically and environmentally, I make a much better choice as well.

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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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