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I Earned My Stripes Among Royalty and Gave Birth to a Gem-Cutting Town

Today I am more likely to be found at arts and crafts shows.




I Earned My Stripes Among Royalty and Gave Birth to a Gem-Cutting Town

NO GEMSTONE IS more creatively striped by nature than I. At times, I can look like the rings of a tree trunk, eyes, fanciful scallops or even a landscape with trees. I was highly valued as a talisman or amulet in ancient times. And collecting bowls made of my funky chalcedony quartz base were popular among European royalty during the Renaissance. Indeed, such was demand for me that I gave a start to a cutting industry in the small German town of Idar-Oberstein that persists to this day. While once acquired by kings and queens, I am now more likely to be sought out by the kind of shoppers who go to arts and crafts shows.

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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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