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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.

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.”

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