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Numbers Article Made Everything Clear …. and More April Reader Letters

Even if you feel like you’re living a dream, an occasional glimpse of reality can help.

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That’s Our Number

Last month’s lead article (Numerology, INSTORE, March 2015) was great! It put into perspective our numbers and allowed us to make comparisons with industry trends. While we feel like we are living a dream every day with how great business is, it’s refreshing to know our business really is doing amazingly well! — Jennifer Farnes, Revolution Jewelry Works, Colorado Springs, CO

Farewell to a Category

After selling class rings for over 45 years (upwards of 200 per year), last year we sold six. Walmart sells the same ring from the same parent company for less than half the price. Now we have the display in the drawer. Sad. — Mark Robinette, Robinette Jewelers, Seneca Falls, NY

Beware of Berkshire’s Growing Power

Berkshire Hathaway (aka Warren Buffett’s group) now owns a controlling interest or just outright owns more jewelry-related businesses than many people would believe (more than 20 by my count and everything from retailers to manufacturers to findings suppliers). Some of these companies have changed the way we do business, and the way we are able to buy product. And the way they do business (limiting product availability, aggressive pricing, etc) is not friendly to mom-and-pop stores. Further, Berkshire Hathaway has become a very prominent player in the “diamond world” with people related to the company taking up positions on industry boards and institutions. I think the jewelry industry needs help. — John Anthony, Jr., John Anthony Jewelers, Bala-Cynwyd, PA

A Good Read

I enjoyed the commentary, Semi-precious — Says Who? (The Business, February 2015) — we welcome that new approach here at our store! — Scott Kelly, Jems Jewels & Gold, North Wales, PA

Cover Shots

Some of your cover photos look overworked. More “natural looking” models are hot right now. — Paolo Salamone, paolo, A Modern Jeweler, Cincinnati, OH

I think your Brain Squad members should be featured on the covers! — MJ Chanski, Hannoush Jewelers, Rutland, VT

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When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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