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Howard Kelrick

24 Karat Corner - News and Views from the 24 Karat Club Southeastern U.S.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday.  The gift decision is easy.  There is only one choice - jewelry.  Sure, flowers and candy are nice, but they are only the side dishes to the main course, which has to be a piece of jewelry.  Show up with anything else, and it might be, and deservedly so, your last Valentine’s Day together.


24 Karat Corner - News and Views from the 24 Karat Club Southeastern U.S.

Swimming with the sharks!

The day before the last Atlanta Jewelry Show, I took my good friend and customer Scott for a swim in the shark tank at the Georgia Aquarium.  You have to sign up for it months in advance, and sit through a ninety minute orientation, but eventually you get to squeeze into a wet suit, strap on a tank, and walk to the edge of a stadium sized fish tank filled with whale sharks, rays, and other potential man-eaters.

24 Karat Corner: News and Views from the 24 Karat Club Southeastern U.S.

Most influential people?  Really?

Time Magazine recently published their list of the world’s 100 most influential people.  They named the usual suspects: politicians, movie stars, athletes, rock stars, etc.  And, while I admire  the skills of the marathon runners from Kenya and the courage of the Chinese dissidents, with the exception of those knuckle-heads in Washington, I’m not  sure how much influence anyone on the list really has on me.  I’m not sure I even recognized half the names on the list!  Although I must admit, I do often dress like LeBron James.  No, not the fancy English Laundry  shirts he wears, just the baggy gym shorts and sweat suits.

24 Karat Corner: News and Views from the 24 Karat Club Southeastern U.S.

Where does this stuff come from?

The other day we needed a small piece of green gold (yes, it comes in green now) and a custom-cut fancy shaped diamond to finish a job for a customer.  Two phone calls and three days later we had both, completed the job, and shipped the ring off to the customer.  It was so fast and effortless for us to get two of the world’s most precious items (to say nothing of the special ways in which we needed them) that sometimes I forget how truly rare and difficult it is to find and produce the items we trade in every day.

24 Karat Corner - News and Views from the 24 Karat Club Southeastern U.S. : Father of the Bride

My daughter got married recently, so that gave me the pleasure of being the Father of the Bride.  It was a very special experience, and I highly recommend it if you ever get the chance.  But, there were a couple of things about the process I just didn’t understand.

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News and Views from the 24 Karat Club Southeastern U.S.

I spend a lot of time at the gym on the stationary bike.  And, although it doesn’t exactly work off the beer and pizza I have on the way home, it does give me the opportunity to talk to my fellow gym rats about things other than the latest news in the jewelry industry.

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