Category: Full Circle

Full Circle with Eddie LeVian


Le Vian is a name that needs no introduction. It is instantly recognizable—and often associated with the company’s distinctive Chocolate Diamonds brand. But what many don’t know is how much Le Vian has to offer beyond its sweet signature stones. The company reportedly makes 40,000 pieces a year, including a line of red carpet–style jewelry, one-of-a-kind creations, designs featuring nearly every colored gemstone in the rainbow, and even timepieces. (For more fun facts, read 7 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Le Vian) Below, Eddie LeVian, CEO of the family business, gives us some insight into the world of Le…

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Full Circle: Bill Jones, CEO, Sissy’s Log Cabin


It all started when Sissy Jones spotted an actual log cabin for sale as she drove along U.S. Highway 79S in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, one day back in 1970. Intrigued, the avid antiques collector pulled off the road, called the number on the sign, and made a life-changing decision: to rent the $50-a-month space. She stocked it with antiques from her own home, and opened Sissy’s Log Cabin for sales and appraisals. Jones soon evolved into jewelry, honing her skills by studying at the Gemological Institute of America, and acquiring an antique jewelry appraiser’s license. Business boomed, and by 1991…

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Full Circle with Larry Schaffer of OK


  People. A simple six letter word that became the thesis of our conversation with Larry Schaffer, owner of OK. Years ago, the doors opened to a realm of beautiful jewelry, houseware, décor, gifts, hand crafted trinkets and other oddities. The two stores sit on 3rd St in West Hollywood and Silverlake Blvd, where they maintain a modern edge and epitomize all that is aesthetically pleasing. It has been said that OK is a one stop shop and the go-to destination for any special, thoughtful gift. Everything in the shop shares an essence of high quality and individuality. Hopefully you’ll…

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Full Circle with Maria Aguirre of Benold’s Jewelers


As the new owner of Benold’s Jewelers in Austin, TX, Maria Aguirre certainly has her work cut out for her. The business, founded in 1929, was family-owned for most of its lifespan and then sold in 2006 to its manager at the time, Milton Doolittle. It was in 2017 that Aguirre—already an employee of Benold’s—purchased the store. Below, we talk with her about longevity, keeping stock, and looking forward to the new year. JCK: Give us some background about how you got into the jewelry business. Maria Aguirre: I have owned Benold’s Jewelers since June 2017, but I have been…

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Full Circle with Anuschka Pashel of Bloom


It all started with flowers. Growing up in Germany, Anuschka Pashel fell in love with blossoms and was naturally drawn to beautiful handmade things. At just 18 years old, she left home with her adventurous soul for a career in modelling, eventually landing her in the states. Her travels merely expanded her curiosity and deepened her love for collecting only the most exquisite, unique items. Her flower-filled Denver boutiques by the name, BLOOM, can be found in the upscale shopping area, Cherry Creek and in the recently renovated Union Station. Her effervescence shines through her passion for all things design,…

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