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Podcast: A Blind Couple Inspires a Veteran Jeweler to Look At Jewelry Design in a New Way

It was one of the most unusual, and meaningful, sales he had ever made.

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OVER THE COUNTER EPISODE 5: LOVE IS BLIND (11:23 MINUTES)


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IN HIS popular podcast series Over the Counter, fourth-generation jeweler Kyle Bullock of Bullock’s Jewelry in Roswell, NM tells the stories of inspirational and/or memorable jewelry sales.

In this episode, Kyle tells the story one of the most unusual, and meaningful, sales ever made by Jim Saylor of Jim Saylor Jewelers in Kauai, HI. The item sold? A custom engagement ring … for a blind couple. How did this veteran jeweler, who had designed thousands of rings prior to this, change his creative process to serve a client who would never see the final work? And what did this particular sale end up meaning to him?

Discover the answers in this episode of Over the Counter.

Would you like Kyle to tell your story? Email him at kylerbullock@gmail.com.

Kyle Bullock is a fourth-generation jeweler who manages Bullock's Jewelry in Roswell, NM. He is also a best selling author, speaker and performer, and small business coach. To contact him, email him at KyleRBullock@gmail.com.

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Podcast: A Flash of Cash and Other Meditations on the Value of Jewelry

Reminder for today: Jewelry means different things to different people.

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OVER THE COUNTER EPISODE 12: A FLASH OF CASH (7:24 MINUTES)


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IN THIS MONTH’S Over the Counter, we’re bringing you a collection of stories aimed at reminding you of what is most important in life.

It is so easy to go day by day, nose to the grindstone, that we lose sight of what matters.

In fact, we may start to believe that what we are doing at work is what is most valuable — that our identity comes from work, or wealth, or from accomplishments.

And the truth is, it doesn’t.

Today’s episode is just one attempt to show you what the word “value” really means. (And it means different things to different customers.)

P.S. If you’ve been enjoying Over the Counter, Kyle Bullock has launched a new series on YouTube about pursuing growth, leadership, and celebrating what matters the most. It’s called the “Brilliantly Inspired Channel”. Visit this new source of weekly motivating and educational videos on YouTube.

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Podcast: This Diamond Heist Simply Didn’t Make the Grade

A simple education in the 4 C’s would have told the thief that this was a bad idea.

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OVER THE COUNTER EPISODE 11: HOW TO GRADE A DIAMOND HEIST (7:45 MINUTES)


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THIS MONTH, Over the Counter shares the story of one of the more poorly planned, under-rewarding diamond heists you’ll ever hear about. Let’s let host Kyle Bullock set up the episode: “When you sell valuable things, it’s not a matter of if, but when, a criminal will try to steal something from your cases, which is why safety and preparation should always be a top priority for jewelry stores. But in today’s story, the crime in question took place not in a jewelry store, but in a place that features even more unique and irreplaceable set of valuables. It also features a criminal who could have used, uh, a few tips before pulling off the heist of a lifetime.”

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Podcast: Against the Odds, a High School Student Fights to Keep the Family Jewelry Store Alive

His father died of cancer. He had no choice but to step up and take on the responsibility.

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OVER THE COUNTER EPISODE 10: HIGH-SCHOOL STUDENT FIGHTS TO KEEP FAMILY STORE ALIVE (7:55 MINUTES)

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“WHO DOESN’T LOVE a good underdog story?” asks Kyle Bullock at the start of the latest episode of Over the Counter.

We absolutely agree. That’s why we think you’ll love this particular underdog tale — of a 17-year-old high-school student who had to step up and run his family’s struggling jewelry store after his father died of cancer.

Learn the identity of this very special jeweler, and hear his story, in this month’s podcast.

Also, don’t miss the bonus episode in which Kyle talks with Andrea Hill of Hill Management, a jewelry industry management consultant, about what jewelers most need to do (and how they need to think) when facing the toughest of times.

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