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This Ring Had a Disturbing Beginning

The custom job involved two wedding bands, a bullet casing … and a suicide.





I had a client ask if I could make a ring using her recently deceased husband’s wedding band, her wedding band, and a 9mm bullet casing. I thought this was unusual, but I said yes, and we made an appointment. While designing the ring, she told me that he had committed suicide, and the bullet casing held the bullet that killed him. I almost backed out but decided to go ahead and do it. It was the quickest custom job I have ever done. — Rick Sanders, Sanders Jewelers, Gainesville, FL

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When There’s No Succession Plan, Call Wilkerson

Bob Wesley, owner of Robert C. Wesley Jewelers in Scottsdale, Ariz., was a third-generation jeweler. When it was time to enjoy life on the other side of the counter, he weighed his options. His lease was nearing renewal time and with no succession plan, he decided it was time to call Wilkerson. There was plenty of inventory to sell and at first, says Wesley, he thought he might try to manage a sale himself. But he’s glad he didn’t. “There’s no way I could have done this as well as Wilkerson,” he says. Wilkerson took responsibility for the entire event, with every detail — from advertising to accounting — done, dusted and managed by the Wilkerson team. “It’s the complete package,” he says of the Wilkerson method of helping jewelers to easily go on to the next phase of their lives. “There’s no way any retailer can duplicate what they’ve done.”

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