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True Tales: Engaging Stories

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True Tales: Engaging Stories

BY INSTORE TEAM

Published in the October 2013 issue

CAUTIONARY TALE

I was showing sapphire engagement rings to a gentleman. He seemed trustworthy, so I disregarded caution and began piling a number of rings on the velvet mat for him to compare. He suddenly stopped me: “Should you be having so many rings out?”

I stammered: “Well, you look like a nice person …”

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“I should be, he said: I am the chief of police here! And you should be more cautious!”

But the story does not end there. After we had a chuckle and I promised to be more careful, I asked him how he had met his fiancée-to-be. “She was with a crowd who came to the station to demonstrate against us,” he said. “They carried signs and chanted slogans.”

“But,” I protested, “why then make contact with someone who is against you?”

“Ah,” he said knowingly, “Protesters are interesting!”

I did sell them a sapphire ring, and these two are now married 20 years. — Eve J. Alfillé, Eve J. Alfillé Gallery and Studio, Evanston, IL

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I once had an attractive young lady in with her fiancé looking at engagement rings. She had on a low-cut blouse that emphasized her cleavage. As I was taking them through diamond grading I noted an inclusion under the microscope and blurted out: “Take a look at that cleavage on the right.” I looked up and all three of us just burst into laughter. — Gary Youngberg, Ames Silversmithing, Ames, IA

GENTLE REMINDER

I had a client direct me to make an engagement ring for her son, using the center diamond from her failed marriage. The obvious question kept gnawing at me, and I eventually had to ask while we were designing it: “Why would you let your son get engaged with this stone? The history of it seems … less then romantic.” My client coolly replied, “That’s the whole point: So he is reminded every day not to turn into the @$$hole his father is.” — Deric Metzger, DeMer Jewelry, Oceanside, CA

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True Tales: Engaging Stories

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True Tales: Engaging Stories

BY INSTORE TEAM

Published in the October 2013 issue

CAUTIONARY TALE

I was showing sapphire engagement rings to a gentleman. He seemed trustworthy, so I disregarded caution and began piling a number of rings on the velvet mat for him to compare. He suddenly stopped me: “Should you be having so many rings out?”

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I stammered: “Well, you look like a nice person …”

“I should be, he said: I am the chief of police here! And you should be more cautious!”

But the story does not end there. After we had a chuckle and I promised to be more careful, I asked him how he had met his fiancée-to-be. “She was with a crowd who came to the station to demonstrate against us,” he said. “They carried signs and chanted slogans.”

“But,” I protested, “why then make contact with someone who is against you?”

“Ah,” he said knowingly, “Protesters are interesting!”

I did sell them a sapphire ring, and these two are now married 20 years. — Eve J. Alfillé, Eve J. Alfillé Gallery and Studio, Evanston, IL

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FLAWED COMMENT

I once had an attractive young lady in with her fiancé looking at engagement rings. She had on a low-cut blouse that emphasized her cleavage. As I was taking them through diamond grading I noted an inclusion under the microscope and blurted out: “Take a look at that cleavage on the right.” I looked up and all three of us just burst into laughter. — Gary Youngberg, Ames Silversmithing, Ames, IA

GENTLE REMINDER

I had a client direct me to make an engagement ring for her son, using the center diamond from her failed marriage. The obvious question kept gnawing at me, and I eventually had to ask while we were designing it: “Why would you let your son get engaged with this stone? The history of it seems … less then romantic.” My client coolly replied, “That’s the whole point: So he is reminded every day not to turn into the @$$hole his father is.” — Deric Metzger, DeMer Jewelry, Oceanside, CA

Continue Reading
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SPONSORED VIDEO

Wilkerson Testimonials

Retirement Made Easy with Wilkerson

The store was a landmark in Topeka, Kansas, but after 80 years in business, it was time for Briman’s Leading Jewelers to close up shop. Third generation jeweler and owner Rob Briman says the decision wasn’t easy, but the sale that followed was — all thanks to Wilkerson. Briman had decided a year prior to the summer 2020 sale that he wanted to retire. With a pandemic in full force, he had plenty of questions and concerns. “We had no real way to know if we were going to be successful or have a failure on our hands,” says Briman. “We didn’t know what to expect.” But with Wilkerson in charge, the experience was “fantastic” and now there’s plenty of time for relaxing and enjoying a more secure retirement. “I would recommend Wilkerson to any retailer considering a going-out-of-business sale,” says Briman. “They’ll help you reach your financial goal. Our experience was a tremendous success.”

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