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I Was Feeling Down Until This 94-Year-Old Client Reminded Me Why We Do What We Do

She helped break this jeweler out of the blues.

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WINTER HERE IN the Midwest was brutal. Sales were way down. The news of more and more great stores and jewelry manufacturers closing was starting to weigh on me. Then last week, Lorraine walked in and wanted to design a ring. She had some gold and a 5 mm CZ that she had received for making purchases on a website. She just wanted a wide gold band with the CZ in the middle. She asked me how long it would take, then she told me she would be 94 the beginning of May, pointing out she didn’t know how much time she had left, so the sooner the better. She made me realize that I had forgotten to live forward and be in the moment. She was exactly what I needed to get out of the slump. Her ring was delivered within the week, and she was thrilled. — Jo Goralski, The Jewelry Mechanic, Oconomowoc, WI

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That Time the Manager Got Blown Across the Showroom By Electric Wires

The staff came to his rescue … from mouth-to-mouth.

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I HAD a great assistant manager who also happened to be very handy doing repairs around the store. One time, he was working on an electrical problem in the island in the front of the store. Somehow, some of the wires got crossed and blew him back onto the floor in a pile of debris in the center of the island semi-conscious. Another employee, a part-time ambulance attendant, asked, “Should I give him mouth-to-mouth?” And the chorus replied, “No, let him lie!” This is the stuff of legends! — Jon Walp, Long Jewelers, Virginia Beach, VA

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This Grandma Had An Unbelievable Plan to Escape If The Custom Design Estimate Was Too High

Even her grandkids were in on it.

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Recently, a new customer walked in hoping to have a custom ring made. We browsed through the counters, tried on rings, looked at wax patterns, and I had a good feeling about her. She was so excited and eager that while she had lunch, I sketched a design. She took a look and seemed very relieved! She then shared that she and her grandchildren, who were with her, were so nervous that the estimate would be out of their price range, they had came up with a plan to get her out of the store if she couldn’t afford it. She said she was supposed to fake a heart attack and the grandchildren would usher her out quickly to the car. I have never laughed so hard! Luckily, she loved the design, it was in her price range and they didn’t have to carry out their sneaky plan! I believe I now have an excellent new customer! — Linda McEathron, Design House, Waco, TX

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