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?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. 
 
DARRYL M., 
KNOXVILLE, TN 
 
 
?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.? 
 
CHUCK J., 
ADRIAN, MI

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True Tales: Moment of Tooth

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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. 
 
DARRYL M., 
KNOXVILLE, TN 
 
 
?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.? 
 
CHUCK J., 
ADRIAN, MI

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If It’s Time to Consolidate, It’s Time to Call Wilkerson

When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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