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Mia Katrin

A haven for the arts in the heart of Tennessee

“My parents told me to ‘go where your heart is,’” says Stephen Spicer recalling his college years, struggling with a marine biology major he thought would be practical. “I loved working with gems, but thought you couldn’t make a living creating jewelry.”

“I started collecting rocks when I was ten.  I was mesmerized by my first purchase, a quartz and pyrite mineral specimen - its beautiful crystalline structure. My parents spoke to a local Chattanooga lapidarist when I was 12 and they accepted me as an apprentice. I learned how to cut cabochons and cast jewelry and gained knowledge of gems. I made my first ring that year. My dad still wears it.”


Happy Holidays: Formulas for success in the emerging economy

Holiday Season 2010. What a great opportunity to take stock of the new retail landscape. It’s been two years since the economic meltdown. Though these years have been challenging, the economy has stabilized and we’re on the path forward again. Major financial institutions are no longer routinely on the brink of collapse, the stock market has regained a substantial portion of its loss, economic growth - although slow - is now growth rather than loss. This year is better than last. Although tightness of credit and recalcitrant unemployment remain, we’re moving again on the spiral upward.

A slice of the world in downtown Lincolnton

Carol walked into David Self’s shop in 1976 and asked for a job selling jewelry and antiques. She had always admired antiques as a child, savoring the richness of ornate wooden marble-top tables. Thirty-four years later, the Selfs continue to share their love for beautiful jewelry and antiques at elegant Estate Jewelers in picturesque Lincolnton, NC.

SJTA Atlanta Jewelry Show Fashion Wrap Up

Fall and Holiday Preview

It was all glamour and glitz at the SJTA Atlanta Show August 7-9 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. A new feature - “Jewelry on the Catwalk,” a fashion show with live models featuring some of the top designers at the show - was presented, receiving rave reviews. Models strutting the runway wearing ensembles of top selling pieces created an exciting atmosphere of fashion and fun, helping buyers visualize combinations and making the jewelry come alive.

At Precision Platinum it’s all in the family

“Every piece of jewelry has a story. Ask the story first,” suggests David Phelps as I join his family for wine and delicious catered Chinese cuisine provided by neighboring Neo China at Precision Platinum, their beautiful new store in Durham NC, now also featuring the Collections of Jewel Couture LLC.

Jolly’s Jewelers - A Southern Gem

“From almost as soon as I could walk, I greeted customers at the front door of our store. As I grew, I vacuumed and dusted, ran the hand-stamp Pitney Bowes machine, helped make home deliveries.” For Frank Jolly Ragsdale of Jolly’s Jewelers (Jollys.com) in Raleigh, NC, it’s all in the family. Founded in 1881, the family store spans four generations. The spacious building at the current North Hills Shopping Center location, a beautiful new open air pedestrian mall, boasts gleaming rich original mahogany cases dating back 100 years. Reflecting the cross-currents of the capital’s history over the past century and a half, Jolly’s story is the story of the city.

What’s Hot Now - The Designer’s Perspective

The power of fashion. It’s your secret tool. Tap into today’s hottest trends to add excitement, allure and entice your clients.

Featuring designer jewelry creates a cutting-edge climate for your store. Clients aware of designers will seek you out for what’s fresh and trendy.

For the retailer, the designer provides a perfect partner. Inspired by gems and nature, the designer taps the pulse of society. Drawing on the creative impulse, she tweaks current trends and shapes new ones. Your store is her showcase. She’ll provide promotional materials, displays and Trunk Shows. She wants you to succeed. It’s a win-win situation.

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