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Retailer Roundtable: What do you do when a customer breaks an important piece in your store?

Q:What do you do when a customer breaks an important piece in your store?

“We don’t have a set policy for this type of incident. Pretty much in all cases we’ll cover the cost of repairing the item to avoid any ill will with the client. This is especially true today with so many peer review websites. Imagine what kind of Google Review or Yelp rating we’d have if there was a ‘you break it, you buy it’ policy. It wouldn’t be good. If the incident happened and it caused significant damage to the piece, we’d file an insurance claim. 


GA jeweler makes ‘Black Panther’ ring for Marvel movies

Hans and Lynn Allwicher, co-owners of Jewelry Expressions, don’t have any special powers with the exception of Hans’ several decades of experience as a goldsmith. Since his apprenticeship in Germany in 1972, Hans has dedicated his entire life’s work to being a goldsmith and custom jewelry maker. 

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Retailer Roundtable: Do you buy from the public? What is your procedure? What are the challenges?

“For precious metals we either buy outright, but a lot of times people opt for a trade in, which gives them an extra 10 percent more for the item(s) sold. Typically, we sort pieces by precious metal types and karatage, and then weigh the item. We then plug in the pennyweight of each item(s) into a formula using the day’s spot prices. If customers want gemstones that we aren’t interested in buying, we’ll remove those as well. For diamonds we typically buy at weights of half-carat and larger, but will purchase smaller sizes in complete jewelry pieces that we’re buying.

Pearl of a pup: Mosher’s Jewelers doubles as a training ground for Future Leader Dogs - and customers love it

Reporting to work every day, Pearl is the latest in a proud line of puppies learning their manners at Mosher’s Jewelers in Port Huron, Mich. When she has her basics down, Pearl will move along to Leader Dogs for the Blind about 50 miles southwest in Rochester for more rigorous training.

Reason to Hope: Jewelry industry steps up to help natural disaster victims

It’s so easy to get sucked into choosing a side. Trump or Hillary? Democrat or Republican? Sit or stand? The public intensity over everything from politics to sports can be emotionally bruising and intellectually battering. So many times I’ve wondered, “Where is the unity? Where is the good will?”

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