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Miami Diamond Importer Caters to Retail Clients

He says he’s found the American dream.




Miami Diamond Importer Caters to Retail Clients

Aslam Bakshi was 21 and living in India when he had the opportunity to move to the Caribbean for a job in a jewelry store, where he became a top seller. When his boss’s invitation to help open a store in Miami met obstacles, he worked for other Miami companies before opening his own, Diamond Images, 15 years ago. Although his wife, Rubina, is his only co-worker in their Miami office, which is retail focused, every custom piece is made from scratch in his building; many of his 300 neighbors are manufacturers. In the beginning, he says, he would drive 80 miles to make $150 profit on repair jobs. Now he has 182 5-Star Google reviews, his sweet spot in retail sales is $20,000 to $100,000 and he imports diamonds for other retailers, some of whom make jewelry for rappers.



This Third-Generation Jeweler Was Ready for Retirement. He Called Wilkerson

Retirement is never easy, especially when it means the end to a business that was founded in 1884. But for Laura and Sam Sipe, it was time to put their own needs first. They decided to close J.C. Sipe Jewelers, one of Indianapolis’ most trusted names in fine jewelry, and call Wilkerson. “Laura and I decided the conditions were right,” says Sam. Wilkerson handled every detail in their going-out-of-business sale, from marketing to manning the sales floor. “The main goal was to sell our existing inventory that’s all paid for and turn that into cash for our retirement,” says Sam. “It’s been very, very productive.” Would they recommend Wilkerson to other jewelers who want to enjoy their golden years? Absolutely! “Call Wilkerson,” says Laura. “They can help you achieve your goals so you’ll be able to move into retirement comfortably.”

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