Admit it: You’re a freak. You like to dress up and get weird, and Halloween is your only legitimate outlet. You’re a dude who puts on makeup, stockings, pearl strands, and Victoria’s Secret–like angel wings, or a woman who craves a good gender-bending moment in suit and tie. It’s okay, JCK doesn’t judge. But be prepared, because the images you’re about to see are as kooky as the individuals (or canines—they can be strange, too) who’ve offered them up for posting. Yes, these folks have asked—okay, maybe I pushed just a little—for this spotlight, and we’re more than willing to oblige. So enjoy this glorious documentation and morning-after hangover of costume mayhem; stare, share, pin, Tweet, like, and tell everyone about the characters who work in this wacky jewelry industry that we’re so blessed to be a part of.
Mummy Meatloaf: It was for dinner last night in the household of Travis Piper, owner of Piper Diamond Co. in Vincennes, Ind.
Anna Blackburn, sales associate from Adolf Jewelers in Richmond, Va., dressed up as store manager Doug Stradlin. (Doug had no idea that Anna was going to dress up as him for Halloween!)
Doug Stradlin, store manager for 42 years at Adolf Jewelers in Richmond, Va., as Captain America
Here is Doug’s reaction when he saw Anna dressed up as him!
Brian Reid Alter, managing owner of Alter’s Gem Jewelry in Beaumont, Texas, as a pirate
Bridges Henneberry, fur child to Pat Henneberry, founder of The Jewelry Coach in Austin, Texas, as Nemo
The team at Belle Étoile in San Francisco
Pookie the dog owned by Carolyn Thamkul, vice president of Belle Étoile, as a hot dog
Dan Schuyler, co-owner of Lily & Co. Jewelers in Sanibel, Fla., as the Tooth Fairy, and a customer as Elvis
Angel the dog owned by Dan Schuyler of Lily & Co. as a devil dog
Gracie the dog owned by Dan Schuyler of Lily & Co. as a bumble bee
The team at Green Lake Jewelry Works in Seattle
A trio from Dawes Design (Jennifer Dawes is in the center) in Santa Rosa, Calif., as Wonder Woman, a witch, and…I suppose a lady who likes cheetah-print coats?
Barbara Palumbo, vice president of sales for Jeff Cooper Designs in Atlanta, as St. Patrick’s Day
Barbara’s husband, Todd, as Christmas
Bo Perry of the Cultured Pearl Association of America in East Providence, R.I., as Bozo the Terrifying Clown
Emily the dog owned by Josh Bazar of Imperial in East Providence, R.I., as a pumpkin fairy
Nancy Oliver Devlin, national accounts manager at Imperial, as an evil doll puppet
Kathy Grenier, marketing director with the Cultured Pearl Association of America and Imperial Pearl, in ’50s-chic attire: vintage Mikimoto earrings and other pearls, a fur stole, white gloves, and wide-leg black pants
Peter Bazar, president of Imperial, and Peter S. Ward, national account executive at Imperial, as Gene Simmons from KISS with a headless horseman
(All Kendra Scott photos courtesy Kendra Scott blog)
The Kendra Scott marketing and creative team in their own DIY PANTONE colors
Kendra Scott team members as beer pong games
The merchandising team at Kendra Scott as the Golden Girls
Sales associates from Kendra Scott’s Austin store as butterflies
Sales associates from Kendra Scott’s San Antonio, Texas, store as flappers
The Kendra Scott design team as unicorns
Team members at Kendra Scott dressed as Danielle earrings from the line
Kendra Scott team members as a pair of breasts in a bra, a reminder to patrons that Oct. 31 was the last day to purchase Danielle or Elle earrings in rose quartz to help benefit breast cancer research (KS donated a portion of proceeds)
Delphine Leymarie of Delphine Leymarie as Frida Kahlo
Eileen Alexanian, co-owner of Diamonds ’n Dunes in Kitty Hawk, N.C., as Elvis
Jen Gandia, co-owner of Greenwich Jewelers in New York City as a goth carnie dancer from a routine seen on So You Think You Can Dance
Monica Stephenson of iDazzle.com and editor of the newsletter for the Contemporary Jewelry Designer Group with her daughters; Monica is the Queen of Hearts and the girls are a ghost and the Midnight Fairy.
Staff at Blase DeNatale Jewelers in Forked River, N.J.: Christine Feci Lindsay as a biker; Michelle DeNatale as a vampire; Blase DeNatale (owner) as a knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail; and Darlene Naylor Buonomo as a Green Bay Packers fan, and Betty Pye-Gerstein, as a witch.
Ori Zemer, principal at Alor, as Rabbi Red Sox
Tal Zemer, principal at Alor, as Superman
The team at Pearl Paradise in Los Angeles
Kim Hawkins, wholesale account manager from Pearl Paradise as an evil puppet
Allison Moore in design and production from Pearl Paradise as Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest
Angela Peterman, photographer at Pearl Paradise, as Little Red Riding Hood
Chenai Nezungai, (pregnant) director of operations at Pearl Paradise as a Magic 8 Ball
Mia Mesa, chief operating officer at Pearl Paradise, as a cat
Jeremy and Hisano Shepherd, owners of Pearl Paradise, as Fred and Wilma Flinstone
Strudel, the fur child of designer Katrina Kelly, dressed as Skeletor
Jo Steuart of Passion for Pearls in Sydney, Australia, with a friend dressed as evil clowns
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