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Mia Katrin


Tapping the Designer Trend

Looking to add another engine to your sales? The hot trend of designer lines can be a powerful tool to jump start your business. In today’s economy, it pays to be proactive. Relying on standard bridal and custom sales doesn’t tap your store’s full potential. You have to create the desire for your clients.

The Self-Purchasing Woman

Like bread and butter or peaches and cream - the connection of women and jewelry is powerful and primal. What makes it tick? Romance, beauty, sentiment, symbolism, all factor into this elemental relationship.

Old world meets new in historic Williamsburg

In 1973 Lisa, a young English teacher out for adventure, took a faculty position at a boarding school in Istanbul, Turkey. Little did she know that during her first few months there one of her students would introduce her to her future husband, jewelry designer Reggie Akdogan, at the time a shop manager in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar.

The charming Little Gallery at the idyllic resort

“I couldn’t love a job more,” effuses Carol Swain, co-owner with Kay King of The Little Gallery on Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta, Virginia (www.thelittlegallerysml.com). Celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, the award-winning gallery, chosen by Southern Living magazine as “a favorite place to shop,” clearly deserves its accolades.

Father and son team up in Concord, NC

“It tickles my fancy,” Richard MacPherson reveals, “when I show a client her newly created custom piece and she says ‘Wow! This is far beyond what I imagined.’”

Fortunately Richard of MacPherson’s Diamond and Design (11 Union St., Ste. 102, Concord NC, www.macphersonsjewelers.com) frequently enjoys such accolades. A master jeweler, he’s worked in the trade for decades, starting in NYC’s jewelry district, then working for years for several top Charlotte, NC stores.

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