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

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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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Ring in Spring

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Spring is in the air. You can’t deny the sense of renewal that comes with the beginning of this beautiful season (even if you’re busy stocking up on Claritin). And with spring comes a desire for brighter colors. The muted tones of winter become a distant memory, put away until November rolls around again (not too soon!). To celebrate, we’ve compiled a selection of beautifully hued rings straight from our LUXURY exhibitors. From perfect pastels to dazzlingly vivid tones, these will make you feel alive again, in sync with the season’s blooming flowers, replenishing rains, and long-awaited sunshine. See them…


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Introducing the 2018 LUXURY Design Awards

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In 2018, LUXURY will introduce an exciting, new, and completely unique Awards program. Created to honor the jewelry designers and manufacturers that exemplify innovation, originality, and excellence in craftsmanship, winners of the awards will be partnered with one of our leading retailers for a special trunk show opportunity. In addition to an exclusive trunk show in partnership with one of the best jewelry retailers the industry has to offer, winners will also receive post-event coverage in JCK Magazine, JCK Online, and in social media. Prizes sound good? They’re better than good! Entering is simple: Select a piece of jewelry you’re…


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Full Circle with Maria Aguirre of Benold’s Jewelers

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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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New Year, New Trends

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4 styles for 2018 Happy 2018! A new year means hitting the refresh button for many, and stepping back to evaluate what to change, maintain, and expand. For retail stores, this often involves taking a look at the styles that worked and the ones that didn’t catch your customers’ attention quite as much as you hoped they would. There are a number of emerging trends worth taking a chance on, whether you want to dazzle your most fashion-forward clientele or appeal to those who prefer to play it safe. We believe the four styles below are worth a look—and we’ve…


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