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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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Wilkerson Testimonials | MSG Jewelers

Wilkerson Takes the Worry Out of Closing

MSG Jewelers has always treated its customers like family. When owner Mike George decided to retire and close the doors of his St. Louis, Missouri jewelry store, he selected a company to manage his going-out-of-business sale that treats its customers like family, too. That’s why he chose Wilkerson. “Wilkerson was able to do all the things that we needed,” says George. In the end, the bittersweet store closing was so much easier with Wilkerson at the helm. From marketing to pricing to inventory, Wilkerson does it all. “It’s a package deal,” says George.

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