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True Tales: Moment of Tooth



Strange stories from the frontlinesMOMENT OF TOOTH 
?The strangest engagement ring we ever made was for a woman who answered our ad in the Yellow Pages. She entered our store, saying she saw that we did custom work, then pulls from her pack a container holding her 40-something fiance’s baby tooth. It had been very difficult to retrieve from his mother, but the woman wanted his baby tooth to be the ring’s center stone. She went on to tell me how no other jeweler would help her. (The smart ones, I think!) Of course, she is also concerned about price, but does want some diamonds with it. Half-shocked, but always eager for a sale, I suggested a pear-shaped, cluster-top ring, since the closest shape to the baby tooth was a pear, with diamonds going around the tooth. She liked the idea, I quoted a price, and we had a deal. I guess I should have run the idea by my jeweler first, because you can always tell when a jeweler doesn’t want to do something. (They charge more.) It actually turned out pretty good. You had to look hard to see that it was a tooth and not a Tennessee pearl. She was delighted. 
?I once had a lady come into my store wearing an orange cabochon-cut stone ring. I complimented her on it, as a salesperson would, and asked what kind of stone it was. Her answer? ?Chlamydia!’ I think she meant carnelian. I managed to maintain my composure and even look impressed, telling her I had never seen that type of stone before. Then I called my boss over and asked the lady to tell us again what the name of the stone was. She did. The look on my boss’s face was priceless.? 



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Hosting a going-out-of-business sale when the coronavirus pandemic hit wasn’t a part of Bob Smith’s game plan for his retirement. Smith, the owner of E.M. Smith Jewelers in Chillicothe, Ohio, says the governor closed the state mid-way through. But Smith chose Wilkerson, and Wilkerson handled it like a champ, says Smith. And when it was time for the state to reopen, the sale continued like nothing had ever happened. “I’d recommend Wilkerson,” he says. “They do business the way we do business.”

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