Jewelers’ Tales

When we asked the JCK Retail Panel to tell us their favorite stories "from the trenches," we got dozens of responses. Space considerations prevent us from using them all, but the following memorable moments remind us that there's more to selling jewelry than keystone and karats. Jewelry and remembrance. A woman came into Myers & Pugh Designers in Newark, Ohio, with a slide bracelet and asked Mike Myers if he remembered making it. He did, and he also recalled the gentleman who had purchased it the year before. After choosing two more slides, the woman revealed that her husband had died in October but had saved money in a Christmas club to purchase additional slides. She wanted to carry out his final wishes. When she picked up the finished piece, she was overcome with emotion. Says Myers, "People like that make you happy to have a profession that inspires such joy and hope." In R
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