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Feature Friday – Bernard Jewelers

The store centered on family, fashion, and fine quality

At 18 years old and right out of high school, Bernard Mecherkany began apprenticing for a jeweler in the Jewelers Building in Boston. He loved the work and decided to pursue it further. In 1989, Bernard became acquainted with Tewksbury, Massachusetts, a large town just outside of Boston, through a read more…

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Feature Friday – Sarah Bond

The second-generation successor with a passion for jewelry design

My dad was more or less brought up in the jewelry business. His mother worked as the credit manager in the original Zales store in downtown Wichita Falls, Texas (The store where Zales started). As a little kid, he always enjoyed going downtown with his mom on Saturdays. He would read more…

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Feature Friday – David Konkle

The CAD master from Peter Franklin Jewelers

The owner of Peter Franklin, Peter F. Ball, had been good friends with my dad growing up. Around May 2010, I heard he needed help with CAD drawings to meet the demand for more custom pieces. Having prior CAD experience, I helped out and quickly realized how comfortable I was read more…

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Feature Friday – Blake Dickler

The son of the jewelry repair specialists

Days off from school playing with the sales people, carrying dinners to the store, and of course, the annual holiday party: these are just a few of my memories growing up at Mitchell’s Jewelers, the store my parents run together. When my dad, Mitchell, entered the jewelry business in 1979 read more…

The Countdown to JCK Las Vegas Begins!

Talisman Collection's Andrea Riso shares her JCK excitement

In 11 days (and counting), the industry’s premier U.S. trade show event – JCK Las Vegas – kicks off. The show promises rising trends, current styles, and the newest tools and technology. Once again this year, Stuller will be housed in one 2,800 square feet area in Booths B60046 and read more…

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Feature Friday – Alex Maryaskin

The award-winning hand fabricator

I started in the jewelry business after doing restoration work to a 2000-year-old church. I was tasked with repairing a filigree box, in addition to a few more items after finishing that job. This is where my love of jewelry stemmed. In the Ukraine, you have to spend two years read more…

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Feature Friday – Mona Stott

The deliverer of budgeted, quality jewelry tailored to taste

Years ago, I managed a local retail clothing when the management of a neighboring jewelry chain had a headhunter approach me. Terrified, I repeatedly refused, for I knew nothing about jewelry. However, they persisted, assuming I was playing hardball for the purpose of salary negotiation. Eventually, I gave in and read more…

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Customer Events: Rocks on the Rocks

Host your customers to boost relationships and returns

Developing a relationship with your clientele should be as fun as it is rewarding. As their jeweler, you know their needs and style. So why not invite them over for a party? But not just any party, host a “Rocks on the Rocks.” These after-hour events are gaining popularity as read more…

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Meet the March Bridal Madness Champion

All about Carlos Arizmendi — the designer since day one

I was roughly 14 years old when my mom sent me to my uncle’s jewelry shop to lend a hand. I began as an errand boy, though unbeknownst to me, I was training to make jewelry. Most apprentices learn their craft by first doing repairs. However, my uncle taught me read more…

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