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True Tales: A Pearl by  Any Other Name

True Tales: A Pearl by Any Other Name

Published in the April 2014 issue

A PEARL BY ANY OTHER NAME

The Russian priest who performed my aunt’s funeral called me about a month later and said (in broken English): “I have a pearl I want to show you that you might be interested in.” I figured he was looking to sell me a pearl. I didn’t want to buy a pearl but didn’t want to be rude so I said to bring it in and I will take a look at it. He comes in later that week with his daughter, asks if he can have a word with me and says, “The pearl I spoke of is my daughter. Would you be interested in her?” I managed to keep my laughter to a chuckle and kindly told him I was already spoken for. — Gregory Fliegauf, Fliegauf Jewelers, Washington, NJ

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A fellow came in with a woman, acting lovey-dovey. She tried on diamond rings and held hands and kissed. Two weeks later, he came in with a different woman, same routine, except for the fearful glances at me, worried that I would spill the beans. Week six: back with the first woman. So nervous, his hands shook. We never did find what was going on. — Barry Tricker, SGC, Stowe, VT

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A guy came in to pick out an engagement ring. As we talked, I asked about his fiancée. Turns out he didn’t even have a girlfriend but wanted to be ready “just in case!” He ended up paying for it, but still no girlfriend. Last I heard, he had moved to a different city in hopes of finding a woman.— Lora S. Wright, Southern Jewelers, Sanford, NC

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For nearly three decades, Suzanne and Tom Arnold ran a successful business at Facets Fine Jewelry in Arlington, Va. But the time came when the Arnolds wanted to do some of the things you put off while you’ve got a business to run. “We decided it was time to retire,” says Suzanne, who claims the couple knew how to open a store, how to run a store but “didn’t know how to close a store.” So, they hired Wilkerson to do it for them. When she called, Suzanne says Wilkerson offered every option for the sale she could have hoped for. Better still, “the sale exceeded our financial goals like crazy,” she says. And customers came, not only to take advantage of the going-out-of-business buys and mark-downs, but to wish a bon voyage to the beloved proprietors of a neighborhood institution. “People were celebrating our retirement, and that was so special,” says says.

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True Tales: A Pearl by Any Other Name

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True Tales: A Pearl by  Any Other Name

True Tales: A Pearl by Any Other Name

Published in the April 2014 issue

A PEARL BY ANY OTHER NAME

The Russian priest who performed my aunt’s funeral called me about a month later and said (in broken English): “I have a pearl I want to show you that you might be interested in.” I figured he was looking to sell me a pearl. I didn’t want to buy a pearl but didn’t want to be rude so I said to bring it in and I will take a look at it. He comes in later that week with his daughter, asks if he can have a word with me and says, “The pearl I spoke of is my daughter. Would you be interested in her?” I managed to keep my laughter to a chuckle and kindly told him I was already spoken for. — Gregory Fliegauf, Fliegauf Jewelers, Washington, NJ

LOVE, UNEXPLAINED

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A fellow came in with a woman, acting lovey-dovey. She tried on diamond rings and held hands and kissed. Two weeks later, he came in with a different woman, same routine, except for the fearful glances at me, worried that I would spill the beans. Week six: back with the first woman. So nervous, his hands shook. We never did find what was going on. — Barry Tricker, SGC, Stowe, VT

GROOMSDAY PREPPER

A guy came in to pick out an engagement ring. As we talked, I asked about his fiancée. Turns out he didn’t even have a girlfriend but wanted to be ready “just in case!” He ended up paying for it, but still no girlfriend. Last I heard, he had moved to a different city in hopes of finding a woman.— Lora S. Wright, Southern Jewelers, Sanford, NC

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SPONSORED VIDEO

Celebrate Your Retirement with Wilkerson

For nearly three decades, Suzanne and Tom Arnold ran a successful business at Facets Fine Jewelry in Arlington, Va. But the time came when the Arnolds wanted to do some of the things you put off while you’ve got a business to run. “We decided it was time to retire,” says Suzanne, who claims the couple knew how to open a store, how to run a store but “didn’t know how to close a store.” So, they hired Wilkerson to do it for them. When she called, Suzanne says Wilkerson offered every option for the sale she could have hoped for. Better still, “the sale exceeded our financial goals like crazy,” she says. And customers came, not only to take advantage of the going-out-of-business buys and mark-downs, but to wish a bon voyage to the beloved proprietors of a neighborhood institution. “People were celebrating our retirement, and that was so special,” says says.

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