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Mia Katrin

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.

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.

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