Report on Fall 2018
Alabama Jewelers Association held their Saltwater Seminar at Orange Beach the last weekend in September. Some changes were made for this annual fun event.
It started on Thursday, a day earlier than the previous years, which gave us more time in our hospitality suite and dining at some of the new restaurants.
The main dinner event was held at the Orange Beach Senior Center. It was catered by the owners of Cosmos and G.T.’s Restaurant.
Maria and Cody Foote of Maria Jewelers in Opelika, AL, provided the music with their DJ style. They are also professional dancers so we had a lively group of learners on the dance floor.
In the past, we had an educational seminar on Sunday mornings, but this year it was decided that the entire weekend would be centered around socializing and networking. Instead, all of our education will be held at the Convention in Birmingham in April, 2019.
The weather was perfect all weekend except for Saturday afternoon when the rain came and cancelled our golf outing. But there’s always next year!
Looking Ahead to 2019
The Alabama Jewelers Association Board has lots of great ideas for next year’s convention and I am even more excited to be a part of this serving on the board.
Y’all come to Birmingham in April and enjoy our southern hospitality!
P.S. Here’s where we’ll be in 2019:
RJO Show Nashville Music Center, Nashville, TN 1/26-1/28
Atlanta Jewelry Show– Cobb Galleria Center, Atlanta, GA 3/2-3/4
Alabama Jewelers Convention April 5-7 Hyatt at the Galleria, Birmingham, AL
We’re happy to be here at the Atlanta Jewelry Show 2017; stop by our booth to get the juicy details on how our product keeps customers coming back AND engages them with a STORY!
Had so much fun in Denver, CO, participating in the annual golf tournament for RJO as both sponsors and players!
We shot 12 under par, a fabulous 60, and ended up in 2nd place!
Great team effort with great weather, great food, and great friendship!
We even announced our new product position around telling a story that sells. For our friends attending The Atlanta Jewelry Show this week, please stop by and we will fill you in on the exciting news in person! Our story is the one that keeps your jewelry customers coming back!
Jewelry stores in Mississippi gathered on June 24-25 in Gulfport, MS at the Marriott Courtyard Beach Front for learning sessions and fun at the annual Mississippi Jewelers Convention.
From the vendors’ perspective, it was an opportunity to socialize with the attendees, support the organization, and have an opportunity to bring some merchandise and new ideas for the 2017 Holiday Season.
For Start-to-Finish Diamond Link Bracelets, we were able to share how we’ve repositioned our product line to accommodate the lifestyles of customers and their jewelry gift buying needs. Our presentation consisted of “7 Must-Have Bracelets,” emphasizing how you as a store owner or associate can tell a story as you present a certain style bracelet.
For example, a customer comes in needing a baby gift. You might suggest our “baby bracelet” and how the bracelet will grow as the baby grows into a child, a teenager, a young adult. The finished product will be a 14K gold and diamond bracelet with exceptional value and built over time on special occasions. Jewelry stores in Mississippi who stock our product can tell their own stories for our bracelets, it just takes listening to the customer, some help from us, and some imagination!
We strongly believe in the “add-on” concept in our bracelet line because there is value in the finished product and the relationship is built with every important occasion in a customer’s life.
But it wasn’t all education and presentation… One of the highlights of the Mississippi Jewelers Convention was the Poker Tournament for Charity. There were two tables of players and the winner received a plaque. All the buy-in money was donated to a charity of the winner’s choice! This is certainly a reason to attend next year’s convention if you’re a jewelry store in Mississippi. Start-to-Finish will be there, will you?
Start-to-Finish was pleased to attend the Alabama/Georgia Jewelers convention 2017 last week, as we have in years past. And even more excited to WIN the Alabama/Georgia Jewelers convention 2017 golf tournament! We played the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail right there in Opelika and had a great time with our friends and jewelry store clients.
Here’s our celebration photo!
Today, March 1, 2017, Start-to-Finish Diamond Link Bracelets is celebrating its 15-year anniversary. And we have other jewelry milestones to celebrate too.
When Magnolia Diamonds closed its doors in 2002, Renee Singer was approached to purchase the diamond link bracelet company. Magnolia created the Start-to-Finish line in 1987 with 14 styles.
We now have 32 styles in 14 K Yellow or White Gold.
To make our product have wider appeal, we have made five of our styles in sterling silver with a choice of CZs or diamonds.
Start-to-Finish crossed another milestone in 2016: celebrating 10 years as a member of RJO (Retail Jewelers Organization). This organization has helped us create new accounts and grow our business.
This year will also mark 15 years attending the Atlanta Jewelry Show, where Magnolia Diamonds proudly sold its wholesale line in the Southeast region.
Start-to-Finish is committed to helping retail stores make more money from a single sale. The Magnolia Diamonds concept “Building on those Special Occasions” still holds true today. The link bracelet provides flexibility in building the perfect tennis style diamond bracelet over time. Starting with one or more links and adding on for each special occasion makes this an affordable gift and takes the guesswork out of gift giving. It is a bracelet that is custom-made to fit anyone’s wrist.
Thanks to everyone who has supported us on our journey.
We are still wondering, “Where has the time gone?”