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True Tales: A Pearl by Any Other Name

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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

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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You Won’t Believe Why This Customer Returned a Ring

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A lady came to get a ring for her boyfriend’s penis. We suggested that it would not be a good idea to get one that does not open as that could end up being dangerous. We had to get an arthritic shank from Stuller and make one that opens and closes like a mini baby bangle. Gene Arthur, Arthur’s Jewelry, Reidsville, NC 

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Funny But True: You Can’t Make These Surprising Stories Up

The joy of surprises…

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Customer was in the store buying his wife a surprise anniversary gift when his phone rang and we overheard him explaining that he was someplace else. His wife walks in to pick up her surprise gift to him while still on the phone with him. Ended up nicely, but the surprise gifts were no longer a surprise!

Customer came in on Friday to pick up a $60,000 ring we created. The next day, his girlfriend came by to scream at us for not having finished the ring. We just had to take it.

Provided anonymously to INSTORE’s 2016 Big Survey

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