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Full Circle: SOHO GEM

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According to sisters Maria Benavides and Irina Ferry, the success of SOHO GEM—a fine yet modern jewelry store in downtown New York City with an emphasis on gemstones—is credited to their dynamic partnership. The sisters’ heritage is deep rooted in fine art, antiques and jewelry, and they quickly learned the family business alongside their parents, collecting, buying and selling unique pieces. It is the synergy of their passions, talents, business senses and visions that has established the store as a New York jewelry landmark for many years. We got the inside scoop from Irina Ferry on how they keep up with…


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Full Circle: Grogan Jewelers by Lon

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Grogan Jewelers by Lon is a store with long, rich history of providing customers with lifetime jewelry and outstanding customer service. The Grogan legacy began in 1915 when Elisha A. Grogan founded Grogan Jewelers in Florence, Alabama. His son took over the family business in 1940 until Walker and Frankie Graham became the new owners in 1972, taking the store to an unmatched growth. Jay Klos purchased the store in 1985 and grew Grogan’s to two locations – the second in Hunstville, Alabama – before the Brown family purchased the stores in 2015. Lon Brown is a successful entrepreneur with…


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Full Circle: Olufson Designs

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Olufson Designs is family owned and operated in Corvallis, Oregon since 1999 and home to custom-made jewelry in 14K and 18K gold and platinum. While the store offers an extensive selection of diamonds and fine quality gemstones, their passion lies in fine natural colored gems, and their staff holds the knowledge and resources to find customers their perfect gemstones. Owners Elisa and Sean Olufson discovered their love for jewelry in high school when they took an elective jewelry class. Since then, they’ve opened their own store that includes a large workshop with cutting edge technology including laser welding, wax milling…


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Full Circle: Croghan’s Jewel Box

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Croghan’s Jewel Box – a resilient antique and estate jewelry store that occupies an 18th-century building in Charleston, South Carolina – was opened 100 years ago by hand engraver and jeweler William Joseph Croghan. Croghan started out with a long, skinny, small shop, occupying only the side porch of the building. Today, the store occupies the entire building and is the oldest family owned jewelry store in Charleston, offering unique estate and antique pieces, as well as gifts for different occasions, to its fourth generation of customers and Charleston visitors. Personal thank you letters from customers and vintage images of…


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Full Circle: Stephenie Bjorkman, Sami Fine Jewelry

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Sami Fine Jewelry has been voted “One of America’s Top 5 Cool Jewelry Stores” by Instore Magazine and is home to many unique, one-of-a-kind designs. The store is known as a destination for Arizona Four Peaks Amethyst as well as creative style and exotic gems. Stephenie Bjorkman has taken over the business after her mother—Sami Jack, founder of Sami’s—retired in 2013. Bjorkman has worked to successfully build the company’s reputation for consistently delighting customers. Soon after she joined the family business, she discovered a talent for attracting customers’ attention, and her promotions and in-store events have earned her Instore Magazine’s…


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