JCK hit up retailers nationwide to find out what they will have in their inventories as we head into the holiday selling season. Here’s what seven told us; stay tuned for the November issue to learn more.
“I am most excited about stocking the Heart Throb jewelry from the Independent Jewelers Organization! As soon as we show the customer that the diamonds move while you wear them, it is a very easy sell!” —Jeanne Katsura, owner, Classic Rock, San Jose, Calif.
IJO Heart Throb diamond ring
“It would have to be halo diamond stud earrings in all sizes.” —Alex Weil, president, Martin’s Jewelry, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
“I’m a designer, so I’ll make one-of-a-kind pieces with bright, beautiful colored stones—pink spinel, briolette-cut Siberian-quality amethyst, golden beryl, and citrine—as center pieces that will range in price from $500 to $1,500.” —Justin Bortz, owner, Justin Bortz Jewelers, Reading, Pa.
“Our custom work that we design and fabricate in house. Our customers come to us looking for something unique, and we deliver a balance of metal fashion and stone.” —Michael Dostie, manager, J. Dostie Jewelers, Lewiston, Maine
“We do a lot of custom work, and we’re most excited to sell handmade bezel-set stones—diamonds and rare unique colored sapphires—in gold, though also we do quite a bit in palladium because it costs less than platinum and has the same properties.” —Brian Smith, owner, North Country Fair Jewelers, North Conway, N.H.
“The TAG Heuer boutique, and jewelry from Alwan Vahan and Hearts On Fire. We’ve done really well with TAG, and are excited about their new Aquaracers for the price point, and their quality is hard to beat right now.” —Victor Willis, president, Willis Fine Jewelers, Rockwall, Texas
Aquaracer watch from TAG Heuer
“Our strongest suit is doing Art Deco reproduction pieces and a lot of antique pieces. We’ve created a bunch of new mountings in that genre in platinum, so we’re excited about those.” —G. David Blevins, manager and appraiser, Juniker Jewelry Co., Jackson, Miss.
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