Category: Full Circle

Full Circle: Benold’s Jewelers


Benold’s Jewelers has been in business in Austin, TX for more than 85 years, serving as the trusted partner for bridal jewelry for generations. In addition to bridal jewelry, Benold’s offers exceptional service to help guide customers through their selection of diamonds, wedding bands and custom engagement rings, as well as an assortment of fashion jewelry and precious gemstones. We caught up with Benold’s owner Maria Aguirre to learn more about her journey in the jewelry industry, her purchasing process and much more. What is your background in the jewelry industry and how did you get your start?While attending the…

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Full Circle: Tapper’s


Tapper’s, Michigan’s largest direct diamond importer, is a multi-generation family-owned business, selling many leading luxury brands. Their collection continually grows as the Tapper family travels the world to create a curated collection of jewelry that simultaneously includes the classics as well as new trends. We connected with Eve Cholagh, Fine Jewelery Buyer of Tapper’s for an inside look into their purchasing decisions. What is your background in the jewelry industry and how did you get your start? I started in the business when I was 19. I quickly became a top sales person and came to the realization that this…

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Full Circle: Underwood Jewelers


Underwood Jewelers opened in 1928 and has earned a reputation of dedication to fine quality, creating new customers and building trusting relationships. Underwood’s defines quality as not only materials and craftsmanship, but also “design, presentation, service, integrity and your experience in [the] store.” In addition to being Vice President of Underwood’s Michael Richards is also a Certified Gemologist, a member of the American Gem Society (AGS) and a Fireside Chat panelist at JCK Tucson 2019. We caught up with Richards to get the inside scoop on Underwood’s, his favorite JCK memory, being an AGS member and more: Describe your day…

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Full Circle: Metalmark Fine Jewelry


For Samantha Larkins and Mary Leppert, jewelry is their number one passion, which led them to owning and running Colorado-based fine jewelry boutique Metalmark Fine Jewelry. Metalmark has become a reliable go-to among the LoHi community known for its boutiques. The store has become a home for Samantha Louise Jewelry, designed by Larkins herself, as well as a vast but cohesive collection of unique jewelry, and Leppert is a reliable source for anyone searching for diamonds or other precious stones, jewelry repairs, watch repairs and estate jewelry needs. Shared passion, love for design and expertise are what creates the unique…

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Full Circle: Gem Jewelry Boutique


Over 13 years ago, Laura Kitsos opened a quaint little boutique and atelier under the name Gem Jewelry Boutique to make and sell her own jewelry designs. Within a year, the store was recognized by publications such as DailyCandy, Crain’s Business, Vogue and more. Gem focuses on pursuing and collecting from small, independent jewelers with one-of-a-kind styles—introducing different brands to their Chicago customers and some becoming major players in the jewelry industry—and all the jewelry offered at the store is made with ethically sourced stones and/or recycle diamonds and goods. This week, we caught up with Kitsos herself to discuss…

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