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Cool Stores Experience - Sponsored by Diamond Council of America [clear filter]
Sunday, April 17
 

2:00pm

Secrets of America’s Coolest Stores: Cut Fine Jewelers

Third Place Small Cool Division

Matt and Evan established their business in 2012 and added a $35,000 buildout in 2014. Business grew based on their use of social media and a strong referral culture. Matt describes himself as a networking ninja! The 2014 buildout allowed them to create the collaborative selling and designing space that provides a unique nontraditional store environment.

Find out what this business does to attract the young and the social wedding and engagement business!


Moderators
avatar for Terry Chandler

Terry Chandler

CEO and President, Diamond Council of America
His 22 year retail jewelry career began in Paducah, Kentucky as a trainee for what was then a small family-owned chain of four jewelry stores, Michelson Jewelers, Inc. During his almost 21 year career, he was a store manager, supervisor, Senior Vice President, and partner, in the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Patton

Matthew Patton

Owner, Cut Fine Jewelers
Four generations of jeweler genes made Matthew Patton love gemstones, but his own eye for innovative design drove him to Cut — an interactive showroom, where jewelers and clients together develop personal contemporary cut diamond creations that promise more than a lifetime. Rich... Read More →
avatar for Evan Patton

Evan Patton

Owner, Cut Fine Jewelers

Sponsors
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Diamond Council of America

The mission of the Diamond Council of America is to provide quality, affordable distance education to enhance the ability of our members’ associates to sell fine jewelry with expertise, integrity, and professionalism and to fuel the passion of all those looking to learn about our... Read More →



Sunday April 17, 2016 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Cool Stores Experience - Sponsored by DCA Show Floor

5:00pm

Secrets of America’s Coolest Stores: Fox Fine Jewelry

2015 First Place Big Cool Division

Fox Fine Jewelry opened in 2014 with a build-out cost of $1.1 million. While well-known for custom work, this store also carries numerous brands to entice customers into the heavily trafficked store.

This husband-and-wife team worked with designer Jesse Balaity to develop innovative ideas for displaying product — including the must-see diamond wall that makes shopping for that important diamond easy and awesome. Discover how this team of store owners and store designer transformed this business into a Cool Store!

 


Moderators
avatar for Terry Chandler

Terry Chandler

CEO and President, Diamond Council of America
His 22 year retail jewelry career began in Paducah, Kentucky as a trainee for what was then a small family-owned chain of four jewelry stores, Michelson Jewelers, Inc. During his almost 21 year career, he was a store manager, supervisor, Senior Vice President, and partner, in the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Balaity

Jesse Balaity

Owner, Balaity Property Enhancement
Jesse R. Balaity is a consultant specializing in retail environment design. His experience is a culmination of a traditional architecture education and hands-on experience. | | Jesse began in New Orleans, where he earned a Masters of Architecture at Tulane University. In New Orleans... Read More →
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Debbie Fox

Owner, Fox Fine Jewelry
Debbie Fox grew up studying art, dance and music but became a CPA for a more predictable income. In 1998 she moved to Ventura with her husband George and they opened Fox Fine Jewelry. With young children at home, she began assisting part time with the store operations, growing her... Read More →
avatar for George Fox

George Fox

Owner, Fox Fine Jewelry
George Fox began making jewelry at age sixteen because he thought it would help him meet girls and it did! He received his Graduate Gemologist in 1984, Certified Gemologist in 2004, had a store in Venice, CA and owned a trade shop. In 1998 Fox and his wife Debbie moved to Ventura... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Diamond Council of America

Diamond Council of America

The mission of the Diamond Council of America is to provide quality, affordable distance education to enhance the ability of our members’ associates to sell fine jewelry with expertise, integrity, and professionalism and to fuel the passion of all those looking to learn about our... Read More →




Sunday April 17, 2016 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Cool Stores Experience - Sponsored by DCA Show Floor
 
Monday, April 18
 

10:15am

Secrets of America's Coolest Stores: Veloce, Jewelry by Medawar
First Place Small Cool Division 

No, it is not an Apple store. It just feels like one!

No other jewelry store says interactive quite like this one. Pierre and Christina designed their own interactive showcases, which seem to float on air. The $200,000 build-out of this 1,500 square-foot space transforms the jewelry customer's experience. You will not want to miss the interview with this innovative brother and sister team!

Moderators
avatar for Terry Chandler

Terry Chandler

CEO and President, Diamond Council of America
His 22 year retail jewelry career began in Paducah, Kentucky as a trainee for what was then a small family-owned chain of four jewelry stores, Michelson Jewelers, Inc. During his almost 21 year career, he was a store manager, supervisor, Senior Vice President, and partner, in the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christina Medawar

Christina Medawar

Founder and Owner, Veloce, Jewelry by Medawar
Meet Christina: | | The Medawar legacy began in 1920 with Chakib Medawar, a renowned watchmaker and master craftsman. The Medawar family relocated from overseas to the United States in the mid-70s and began independent jewelry businesses on the West Coast and in the Midwest. | | In 1978, Pi... Read More →
avatar for Jon-Pierre Medawar

Jon-Pierre Medawar

President, Medawar Jewelers of West Lansing, Veloce, Jewelry by Medawar
The Medawar legacy began in 1920 with Chakib Medawar, a renowned watchmaker and master craftsman. The Medawar family relocated from overseas to the United States in the mid-70s and began independent jewelry businesses on the West Coast and in the Midwest. In 1978, Pierre Medawar... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Diamond Council of America

Diamond Council of America

The mission of the Diamond Council of America is to provide quality, affordable distance education to enhance the ability of our members’ associates to sell fine jewelry with expertise, integrity, and professionalism and to fuel the passion of all those looking to learn about our... Read More →



Monday April 18, 2016 10:15am - 11:00am
Cool Stores Experience - Sponsored by DCA Show Floor

4:00pm

Secrets of America’s Coolest Stores: Sparkles Fine Jewelry
2015 Fifth Place Small Cool Division 

It's all a little crazy at this Cool Chicago store devoted to sparkle!

Rachel Meyerling decided to open her own business at the age of 28. Find out how Sparkles became a jewelry store favorite of the LGBT community in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. Rachel is happy to share the secrets of her success.

You can expect dance breaks and outbursts of personal expression in this truly unique store. 



Moderators
avatar for Terry Chandler

Terry Chandler

CEO and President, Diamond Council of America
His 22 year retail jewelry career began in Paducah, Kentucky as a trainee for what was then a small family-owned chain of four jewelry stores, Michelson Jewelers, Inc. During his almost 21 year career, he was a store manager, supervisor, Senior Vice President, and partner, in the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rachael Meyering

Rachael Meyering

Owner, Sparkles Fine Jewelry
After a decade of working in various aspects of the jewelry industry, from wholesale to retail management, Meyering decided to open a retail business at age 28. With help from friends and family, she leased an empty storefront in Andersonville, and within a month, transformed it into... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Diamond Council of America

Diamond Council of America

The mission of the Diamond Council of America is to provide quality, affordable distance education to enhance the ability of our members’ associates to sell fine jewelry with expertise, integrity, and professionalism and to fuel the passion of all those looking to learn about our... Read More →



Monday April 18, 2016 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Cool Stores Experience - Sponsored by DCA Show Floor
 
Tuesday, April 19
 

11:00am

Secrets of America’s Coolest Stores: Crocker's Fine Jewelry
2015 Second Place Big Cool Division

This Cool store's current location opened in 2014 after a $2.5 million build-out.

Find out how designer Leslie McGuire worked with Cool Store owner, Shane Woodruff, purposed every inch of space in the newly remodeled store, while mixing up the mood and ambience. You definitely will want to discover how they transformed the bridal department into the stunning store center stage. 

Moderators
avatar for Terry Chandler

Terry Chandler

CEO and President, Diamond Council of America
His 22 year retail jewelry career began in Paducah, Kentucky as a trainee for what was then a small family-owned chain of four jewelry stores, Michelson Jewelers, Inc. During his almost 21 year career, he was a store manager, supervisor, Senior Vice President, and partner, in the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Leslie McGwire, ASID Allied

Leslie McGwire, ASID Allied

President, Leslie McGwire™ & Associates Interior Design Company
Leslie McGwire™ ASID Allied has over 30 years in the business development, commercial interior design, equipment, furniture sales, and marketing services for jewelry stores, retail, environments and salons, resorts, and spa businesses.  | In 2015, Leslie McGwire™ A.S.I.D... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Diamond Council of America

Diamond Council of America

The mission of the Diamond Council of America is to provide quality, affordable distance education to enhance the ability of our members’ associates to sell fine jewelry with expertise, integrity, and professionalism and to fuel the passion of all those looking to learn about our... Read More →



Tuesday April 19, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am
Cool Stores Experience - Sponsored by DCA Show Floor