Pearls of Wisdom Jewelry Podcast

Pearls of Wisdom Jewelry Podcast

The Pearls of Wisdom Jewelry Podcast is a collaboration between Elesa Dillon of Southern Jewelry News and Guy Pineda of Jewelry Store Marketers. The duo interviews key people in the industry to reveal nuggets of knowledge to help jewelers improve their businesses through marketing, sales, product knowledge, customer service, and much more. The interviews and more lively and fun so that it is entertaining and educational at the same time.


September 25, 2023 27 mins

In this episode of Pearls of Wisdom Jewelry Podcast, we’ve got an important and eye-opening discussion as a special guest and security expert joins us—Kenny Mullins of Positive Protection, Inc. Kenny has a wealth of experience in the security field, and he's here to share his insights on keeping your precious gems and jewelry safe. 

We start by discussing the common pitfalls and complacency that often catc...

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Welcome to the Pearls of Wisdom podcast. In this episode, we’re diving headfirst into the world of precious gems and captivating stories with an incredible guest, Doug Meadows, the mastermind behind David Douglas Diamonds & Jewelry. 

Doug’s journey takes us back to 1926, when his grandfather started a trade shop in Detroit. After his dad and uncle took over the business, Doug began his apprenticeship as a ...

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Welcome to the Pearls of Wisdom Podcast. Today, we have a very special guest with us — the amazing John Atencio. When you think of amazing jewelry, John’s name really stands out. He’s been making stunning jewelry for over 50 years, including Gold fashion, Luxury Sterling Silver, Men’s jewelry, Bridal Rings, Wedding bands, and his unique Signature collection. He’s not just a designer; he’s a visionary with an extraordin...

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Welcome to the Pearls of Wisdom podcast! In this new episode, I had an exciting conversation with Brittany Jones, the brilliant mind behind JF Jones Jewelers Inc in Greece, New York. And they’re celebrating their 95 years in the business this year! 

As a third-generation jeweler focusing on bridal and custom, Brittany opens up about her fascinating journey of 19 years in the industry, sharing her recent ac...

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Welcome to Pearls of Wisdom! Today, we have a special guest with us, the co-founder and president of Two Authenticators, Inc., the incredible Frederick Mannella. Fred takes us to the world of vintage luxury handbags from renowned brands like Hermes, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton and how they perfectly complement the desires of modern women seeking to boost their style.  

Learn the secret behind Two Authenticat...

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Welcome to the Pearls of Wisdom! Last year, a flattering article was published in Mid-America/ Southern Jewelry News, highlighting three generations of excellence at Pattons Fine Jewelry. 

We're eager to hear more about this family-owned business, so in this episode, we're delighted to have Kevin Patton.

Kevin shares it started as a humble mom-and-pop shop in downtown Alexandria, founded by hi...

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Welcome to another exciting episode of Pearls of Wisdom! In this episode, we have Kyle Bullock from Bullock Jewelers in New Mexico, a cornerstone of the community for 97 years! 

Now, Kyle’s journey in the industry is quite fascinating. Growing up in a family of jewelry experts, he was practically immersed in diamonds and gemstones from day one. After college, he initially ventured down a different path, bu...

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Welcome to Pearls of Wisdom. In this episode, we enjoy interviewing Brooke and Chase Brinson, the minds behind Ed & Ethel’s Fine Jewelry. Brace yourself for an inspiring story that unfolds against the backdrop of an unprecedented time. 

Brooke and Chase are a breath of fresh air in an industry dominated by multi-generational businesses. September 2020 was a time when the world was grappling with the pandem...

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Welcome to Pearls of Wisdom. Here we are again in a special episode with a guest set to inspire and enlighten us, Aleah Arundale, the brilliant mind behind Jewelers Helping Jewelers! 

Aleah comes from a long line of jewelers, with her family’s legacy spanning five generations. Starting out in the retail business, she quickly realized that her passion lay in the fast-paced world of diamond wholesale. Travel...

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Welcome to another episode of the Pearls of Wisdom Podcast! I’m thrilled to introduce our guest for today, Christy Davidson, an RDI Diamond expert with an impressive 23 years of experience in the retail jewelry industry.

Get ready for an exciting discussion as Christy tells us about the exclusive “Rare and Forever Natural Diamonds” program by RDI. This program sets RDI apart by carefully screening rough di...

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Welcome back to the Pearls of Wisdom podcast. In this episode, we’re thrilled to be joined by Anish Desai, the visionary behind Star Gems Inc. This custom jewelry manufacturing company is no stranger to the jewelry industry, but today, we’re peeling back the layers to reveal the man behind the innovative ideas. 

Based in Atlanta and Chicago, Anish brings his insights and experiences to the table, giving us...

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Welcome to the latest episode of the Pearls of Wisdom podcast, where we discuss the world of jewelry and the incredible stories that unfold within it. Today we have an extraordinary lineup of guests who will bring you on a journey filled with passion, generosity, and empowerment. 

Our first guest is Matthew Gross, an exceptionally talented jeweler from Berkley, Michigan. Matthew’s unwavering dedication to ...

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Happy to see you here again at the Pearls of Wisdom podcast. In this episode, Chuck and I were joined by Ross Wesdorp from Jewel-Craft Inc. 

Now, Ross and I have a bit of history—we’ve been competitors for over two decades! But hey, as they say, keep your friends close and your competition closer. And today, we’re happy to have him on board. 

As a special guest in this episode, Ross talks abou...

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Welcome to the Pearls of Wisdom jewelry podcast! I’m thrilled to introduce our guest for today’s episode. We are honored to speak with Doris Butler, a second-generation jeweler from Butler Diamonds in Selma, Alabama. 

Have you heard about her family store, Butler Diamonds? It has a long-standing history and was recently featured in the Southern Jewelry News. Doris grew up in that jewelry store and has been...

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Hey there, welcome to another episode of the Pearls of Wisdom podcast, your go-to source for everything related to jewelry and the world of precious metals. In today’s episode, a special guest, David Siminski, of the United Precious Metal Refining, joins us. 

David is here to share his expert knowledge on refining precious metals, from weighing to pouring the bar. We’ll delve deep into the world of refinin...

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Welcome to another episode of Pearls of Wisdom. Get ready to learn insightful financial advice from Senior Wealth Advisor, John Bruggemann. While our discussion is centered around the jewelry industry, his advice applies to individuals across all sectors—so be sure not to miss out! 

John starts by introducing Advisors Capital Management, a family-owned independent registered investment advisor. He explains...

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In this episode of the Pearls of Wisdom Chatting with Chuck podcast with Chuck Koehler of Anthony Jewelers, we interview Konrad Darling from Darling Imports, a wholesale gemstone and colored stone business since 1992. 

Konrad shares the start of their family jewelry stone business with us. He talks about their focus on loose colors, from amethysts, garnets, and citrines, to emeralds, rubies, and sapphires....

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In this video podcast episode, we have the pleasure of featuring a special guest who has been in the industry for over 20 years—Chuck Koehler of Anthony Jewelers. This is a new Pearls of Wisdom segment called Chatting with Chuck.

Chuck is a renowned writer for Southern Jewelry News and Mid-America Jewelry News. He has an associate degree in applied science in jewelry technology and gemological certificatio...

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Welcome to the Pearls of Wisdom Podcast, where we always discover something new! In this latest episode, we have an extraordinary guest, David Holloway, an expert in permanent jewelry with decades of experience working for Sunstone. Sunstone is a company that manufactures micro welding products for various industries, including jewelry.  

David will be sharing the latest trend in permanent jewelry and givi...

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Welcome to the latest Pearls of Wisdom podcast. In today's episode, we have a special guest, Mark Priest, who owns Legend Jewelers in rural west Texas. 

Now, we know what you're thinking—what's so special about a jewelry store in a small town? Well, Legend Jewelers is not your average jewelry store. In fact, it's a former bordello-turned-museum!

That's right, Mark shares with us the fascinatin...

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