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Diamond Emotions: Personal relationship with independent retailers remains job one

For Rick Gouthro, president of Diamond Emotions in East Lansing, Mich., business is personal by design – and he intends to keep it that way.

“Diamond Emotions takes pride in building to suit every customer,” Rick says. “We build the custom setting; we do it all. We want to be their factory, their design studio. There are big names out there that do this, but when I think of the independent jeweler who doesn’t have the resources or the relationship with large vendors to do these things, we kind of become part of their staff.


Simon Golub’s identity has evolved over its 91-year history, but core values remain strong & steady

Simon Golub and Sons (SGS) is a multi-generational legacy. Founded in 1922, the leading jewelry manufacturer and supplier has prevailed through the Great Depression, World War II, national calamities and economic crises, reinventing itself time after time to adapt and thrive.

One thing, however, that has never changed is Simon Golub’s commitment to the belief that trust, quality, service and innovation are the cornerstones for building and maintaining a long-lasting and profitable business.

Of the industry and for the industry

Jewelers Mutual Insurance celebrates a sparkling centennial

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, marking its 100th birthday this year, has been a constant presence and “family member” among the generations of jewelry-industry participants who through the years have seen their businesses grow and prosper, and have sometimes passed the family business down to the next generation.

With an eye for romance, Innovation Jewelry enjoys success with new bridal line

Innovation Jewelry made its mark in the beginning with expert work in invisible-set jewelry; now the company is capitalizing on its reputation for quick turnaround times and excellent quality with its popular bridal venture, Babiki Jewelry.

Babiki Jewelry is the bridal engagement brand created by Innovation’s owner, Simon Babikian, who has been designing jewelry for more than 40 years. Simon, who moved to the United States from Lebanon in 1990, began his career in jewelry at a young age after watching his father at work. After arriving in the United States, he joined his brother in the jewelry business before branching off in his own direction.

Eastern Lighting helps retail jewelers ‘illuminate the path to profit’

Jewelry lighting has come a long way in a short time, thanks to technological advances and one Texas company that focuses its lighting expertise on the industry.

Brent Neal, senior lighting consultant at Eastern Lighting in Stafford, just outside Houston, took three Gemological Institute of America courses to earn his Accredited Jewelry Professional diploma. “It’s just an example of how we are focused on the special lighting needs of jewelers,” Brent says. “You won’t find many lighting professionals who study jewelry to help them better understand their customers’ perspective.”

IDD’s mission: Help independent retailers succeed in today’s environment

Manufacturer features best-selling classic diamond jewelry & dazzling collections

Alok Mehta, owner and CEO of diamond jewelry manufacturer IDD, says his company’s philosophy is quite simple: “Provide a quality product at a great value, consistently, and service the customer at all times.”

Four generations strong, bridal jewelry manufacturer Ostbye builds relationships that last

Ostbye, a leading manufacturer of bridal and related jewelry, is a highly successful Minneapolis family operation that’s been around since 1920, spanning four generations. But that’s not to say it’s a big family.

“When my parents, my brother and I get together, basically it’s a family reunion,” laughs Craig MacBean, Ostbye’s president representing generation number 4.

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