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Luck Favors Those Who Work Hard, Says This Motorsports-Loving Jeweler

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Nick Boulle

Nick Boulle
de Boulle, Houston, TX

Nick Boulle is best known for his passions: motorsports, cycling, watches, design and family. His love for cars and competition drove him early in life to racing cars, where he competed at the amateur and eventually the professional levels of the sport. In January, Nick won the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona event. He officially became a part of his family’s business, de Boulle Diamond & Jewelry, when the family opened its Houston location, which was named America’s Coolest Store in the big category in 2016.

 

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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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13 Painfully Relatable Memes for Anyone Working Holiday Retail

Some things about holiday retail are awesome (ka-ching!) Others, not so much.

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This Gem Looks Like Amethyst, Has A Color Range Like Quartz, But Isn’t Often Used In Jewelry

Yet, there’s hardly a gemologist who doesn’t own at least one specimen.

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A CLASSIC GEMOLOGY LESSON is to place me beside amethyst and see who — based on color alone — can tell us apart (it is but folly to try). While purple is my hallmark color, it is but just one in my wide spectrum. In terms of range of color, I am rivaled only by quartz. And whereas some varieties of quartz can dazzle, I glow. I am luminescent, sometimes even phosphorescent. I’m also pretty darn useful. I am used as a flux in the production of steel and aluminum, as an added mineral in water, to make camera lenses and telescopes. The one area I’m not so commonly employed is jewelry — too soft they say. Still there’s hardly a budding gemologist in the world who doesn’t own at least one specimen of me.

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