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Definitely not hematite.

Many years ago my new salesperson “Nancy” was so excited when I came back from lunch. She was beaming with pride about how a gentleman had come in and asked for a hematite pendant in a cage. So she found a stone, put it in a silver cage, put a chain on it, boxed it, and took payment. What she didn’t know was I had knocked over a Speidel display at closing and in the rush, threw all the ball bearings in a cigar box, and being a newbie she mistook a ball bearing for a hematite bead. Sadly, it was a cash sale so I couldn’t track it for a refund. — Gayle Chinn, Chinn Jewelry, Royal Oak, MI

When I was 12 years old and apprenticing for a jeweler in an upscale store, in an effort to teach me about setting stones, the jeweler handed me a silver marcasite brooch about 3 inches in diameter and asked me to clean it up as best I could. Thinking I knew everything already, I took it straight over to the buffer and had at it. I quickly threw it in the ultrasonic and then straight into the steamer! … It looked as if it was snowing in the room. The jeweler allowed me to rattle and steam out all of the marcasites in order to give me practice setting over 400 new ones! Here is the best part: I can’t wait to teach my son the same lesson. — Mark T., Sacramento. CA

This article originally appeared in the April 2015 edition of INSTORE.

 

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True Tales: Learning Curve

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True Tales: Learning Curve
Definitely not hematite.

Many years ago my new salesperson “Nancy” was so excited when I came back from lunch. She was beaming with pride about how a gentleman had come in and asked for a hematite pendant in a cage. So she found a stone, put it in a silver cage, put a chain on it, boxed it, and took payment. What she didn’t know was I had knocked over a Speidel display at closing and in the rush, threw all the ball bearings in a cigar box, and being a newbie she mistook a ball bearing for a hematite bead. Sadly, it was a cash sale so I couldn’t track it for a refund. — Gayle Chinn, Chinn Jewelry, Royal Oak, MI

When I was 12 years old and apprenticing for a jeweler in an upscale store, in an effort to teach me about setting stones, the jeweler handed me a silver marcasite brooch about 3 inches in diameter and asked me to clean it up as best I could. Thinking I knew everything already, I took it straight over to the buffer and had at it. I quickly threw it in the ultrasonic and then straight into the steamer! … It looked as if it was snowing in the room. The jeweler allowed me to rattle and steam out all of the marcasites in order to give me practice setting over 400 new ones! Here is the best part: I can’t wait to teach my son the same lesson. — Mark T., Sacramento. CA

This article originally appeared in the April 2015 edition of INSTORE.

 

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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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