The weather in New York City this weekend was exceptional. And since I wasn’t ready to let the good feelings of the weekend die a sad, lonely Monday death, I rounded up my five favorite feel-good jewelry industry stories. Check them out and start your week off with a smile!
I must have talked to jewelry store owners Cheryl Stark and Margery Meltzer for at least 45 minutes to an hour about their store’s 45th anniversary last September. They were both on the phone and their energy for the industry and their love for each other infused every second of our conversation. I remember pacing around the office with a nervous excitement knowing I had this great story to share. It remains my favorite story I’ve covered during my time at JCK magazine, and a perfect example of why the jewelry industry is so special.
This beautiful and moving tribute to Woody Justice, former owner of Justice Jewelers in Springfield, Mo., is instant inspiration for any jewelry industry lifer or for someone just starting out in the trade.
Need another reason why the gift of jewelry is still important in this day and age? Look no further than the story of David Kershaw. He kept two rings from a Polish jeweler who had just been released from a World War II concentration camp in a safe deposit box for his sweetheart Jeanne Walker until he proposed to her 65 years later.
If you don’t smile after seeing Uggie the dog—the scene-stealing star of this year’s Best Picture winner, The Artist—in his bejeweled bowtie, then you are simply dead inside.
One of my first assignments after taking on more writing duties at JCK was to interview a Maine jeweler who was displaying and selling a watch owned by Elvis in her story. Since my mother is from upstate Maine—and a good chunk of my family loves Elvis—I took this as a good omen for my editorial future. Kathy Byrnes, owner of Windham Jewelers in Windham, Maine, also gave me the best quote I’ve heard so far: “Nobody beats Elvis.”
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