Longtime downtown Winder jewelry shop going out of business

October 22, 2014 Posted by admin

As an 18 year old high school graduate Larry Evans had ambitions of going to college, but he knew his parents couldn’t afford to send him. His alternate plan was to join the Air Force and get an education through the GI bill.

Getting off the bus in downtown Atlanta, Evans found himself in unfamiliar territory. “I wasn’t used to the cussing and guys shooting craps and flashing switchblades. I was a country boy,” Evans laughs. He got a quick case of cold feet. “I asked the sergeant if I had signed anything committing myself to the Air Force, and he said we would take care of the paperwork in the morning. I knew right then that I was heading back home.”

Getting off the bus back in Winder, Evans realized he would have to get a job or do something fast. His parents would make certain he began earning his keep. The bus station was where McDonald’s is now so Evans walked up Broad Street to his Uncle W. O. Evans’ store, The Jewel Box. When he told his uncle what had happened, Uncle Orim suggested he go to school and prepare to take over his jewelry business. Evans believes God had a plan for him, and He was beginning to lay it out.

“I went to North Georgia College to take a two year course in jewelry and watch repair, and I worked at the store when I could,” says Evans. Within six months the instructor was allowing Evans to teach the class. “After 14 months, I went to the teacher and told him that I needed to get out of there and go to work. I knew everything in that course by then. We went up and talked to the dean, and he agreed to give me a diploma after just 14 months.”

In March of 1962 Evans began working fulltime at The Jewel Box. In 1967 he purchased the store from his uncle, and for the next 52 years, Larry Evans would continue his career in downtown Winder at Evans Jewel Box.

Now, Evans is in the process of closing down the business he devoted his life to.

There have been many changes in the jewelry business and also changes in the Winder market through the years. One of the biggest changes in the store came in the bridal business. Evans says the bridal department, consisting of china, crystal and silver, probably made up as much as 60 percent of his business years ago. Evans Jewel Box was the bridal center for Barrow County and also got a lot of business from surrounding counties. All that began to change about 30 years ago from both customers and marketing. The big box corporations took over the business with volume purchasing. Evans says those stores could sell the merchandise for what he had to pay for it. Also, customers began to adopt a more casual lifestyle, and the formal lines lost favor with a large portion of brides.

Evans encountered the same problems with other jewelry and gift lines such as Pandora and Vera Bradley. While he always tried to stay on top of the latest trends and offer the popular lines, he couldn’t compete with the corporate stores that offered a whole store full of that particular line.

Online shopping is another thing that has affected the jewelry and gift business.

Evans says for the last seven or eight years the repair service has become a more and more significant part of his business.

Meanwhile, downtown Winder has seen tremendous changes as well. Evans says he can remember when you could find just about anything you needed in downtown Winder. “Winder used to have four jewelry stores, three drug stores, a shoe store, two variety stores, three department stores, a grocery store and three banks – all that was right here in about a three block area. When the apparel manufacturers left, we lost walking traffic. When all those other businesses left, we lost potential customers.

Another thing is that people haven’t kept up their properties so they are hard to rent out to stable businesses. And then the streetscape project took so long. It kept people away, and we lost revenue.”

Still, Evans is not retiring with negative feelings. He says the business has been good to him. Now serving his second term as a Winder councilman, he plans to keep on trying to make Winder a better place to live and do business. In addition to serving on the city council, Evans has been chairman of the Downtown Development Authority; a board member at the YMCA, Project Adam and the Chamber of Commerce; and an active church member just to name a few things. He has donated money and merchandise to every organization and school in Barrow County.

Evans says he has always tried to do his part in the community, and he has always tried to do right by his customers. He has been recognized for his contributions locally and nationally. Evans received a Distinguished Service Award and Evans Jewel Box received the 2012 Small Business of the Year Award from the Barrow County Chamber of Commerce. Evans was also voted the Jeweler of the Year for the Southeast by the 24 Carat Gold Club in 2000. He considers that a high honor since it was voted on by his peers.

He has been able to raise his twin daughters through the business and both have followed his footsteps. Tracy Evans Kiley has worked alongside her dad at Evans Jewel Box for the past 33 years. She will continue her career at Roberts Co. Jewelers in Tifton, Georgia in 2015. Tammy Evans Morgan purchased the Monroe location of Evans Jewel Box from her dad and ran it until 2006. She is now employed by Floyd Green Jewelers in Aiken, South Carolina. Evans wife of 36 years, Frankie, worked in the business for many years and has always supported him in whatever he has undertaken.

Kiley is anticipating the changes coming for her with the closing of the store. She has also raised her son and daughter through the store. She treasures the chance she has had to work with her dad all these years, and says he deserves the credit for preparing her for her next job.

“My dad has taught me and given me a ‘degree’ in the jewelry business. Without him I wouldn’t have the opportunity I do now. My degree is not from a university, but I think it comes from the best place of learning available – the school of Larry Evans and hard knocks. I hope I have graduated with his honor and blessings.”

Evans and Kiley mention their gratitude, first to God, and then to all their customers and friends.

Evans is looking at this life event philosophically.

“It’s time to move on to another phase in my life now,” he says. “Frankie and I have prayed about this, and we’ve watched for signs from God. I’m not going away. I’m just retiring so I can enjoy some other things in my life.”

There is not a definite date for the store to close, but Evans says he expects it to be before the end of the year. He adds, “That final day that I walk out of here will be a very emotional day.” It’s going to be a sad day for Downtown Winder and Barrow County as a whole.

Article source: http://www.barrowcountynews.com/section/10/article/23430/

Gold Buying Rebounds in India on Diwali Jewelry Sales

October 21, 2014 Posted by admin

Shweta Anand took half a day off work to get a jump on India’s jewelry shopping spree before the Hindu festival of Diwali, and she was looking for bargains.

“The best time to buy is before the shops get crowded,” said Anand, 27, as she eyed trinkets on velvet shelves at a store in Mumbai’s Zaveri Bazaar, India’s biggest jewelry market. “I buy some gold jewelry every Diwali. Last year, I bought earrings. This time, I am getting a chain as prices are lower.” She spent 30,000 rupees ($490) on a necklace.

Even after a two-week rally in bullion, domestic prices remain 7.4 percent lower than a year ago just as sales are set to climb for the festival and wedding season. India is the largest gold buyer after China. The All India Gems Jewellery Trade Federation said fourth-quarter imports of the metal may jump 75 percent, which Barclays Plc said may support prices.

“The appetite for gold among physical buyers in India seems to have increased,” said Howie Lee, an investment analyst in Singapore for Phillip Futures Pte. “India’s attachment to gold is unlikely to break. This tradition has lasted for centuries. It’s a symbol of wealth or a form of investment, and the precious metal is deeply rooted in worship and culture.”

Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

A salesperson shows a gold bangle to a customer at a jewelry store during the festival of Dhanteras, two days before Diwali, in the Zaveri Bazaar area of Mumbai, India. Close

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A salesperson shows a gold bangle to a customer at a jewelry store during the festival of Dhanteras, two days before Diwali, in the Zaveri Bazaar area of Mumbai, India.

After import restrictions and a weak rupee led to a 34 percent drop in demand in the first half of 2014, purchases are set to improve in India, the world’s largest buyer as recently as 2012. Retail sales of everything from rings to pendants to necklaces may rise 30 percent to 40 percent during Dhanteras, the biggest gold-buying festival, said Rajesh Exports Ltd. (RJEX), a jewelry retailer and exporter. Dhanteras is celebrated today.

Demand Recovery

Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated by the country’s more than 800 million Hindus on Oct. 23, is considered an auspicious time for buying gold. Researcher CPM Group estimates the holiday generates about a fifth of annual purchases in India, more than any other time of year in a country with a long history of hoarding the metal. About 20,000 metric tons of gold are stashed in homes and temples, and Indians often inherit bullion in the form of ornaments or family treasure.

Jewelers in India, which represented 25 percent of global bullion purchases last year, are betting demand will be rekindled by four straight quarterly declines in domestic prices, the longest slump since 2004. The premium jewelers pay to suppliers over London prices has plunged to about $17 an ounce from $120 a year earlier, cutting costs for consumers.

Buying Surge

“Prices have fallen at the right time,” said Bachhraj Bamalwa, a director at the All India Gems Jewellery Trade Federation, which represents more than 300,000 retailers and bullion dealers. Domestic demand will rise 15 percent to 20 percent over the three months through December, with imports reaching 175 tons to 200 tons, compared with 114 tons a year earlier, Bamalwa said on Oct. 15.

Gold traded in London touched $1,183.24 an ounce on Oct. 6, the lowest this year. Prices have tumbled 28 percent in the past two years as the Federal Reserve signaled an end to stimulus measures intended to revive the U.S. economy, while inflation remained in check. Even as low prices fueled a surge in physical demand in China, the appeal of the metal as a hedge has waned for investors. Holdings in exchange-traded products backed by gold have dropped 12 percent in the past year, helping to erase about $13 billion of value.

Bullion for immediate delivery traded at $1,250.86 today, while futures on the Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd. were at 27,551 rupees per 10 grams ($1,397 an ounce).

More Imports

In India, signs of a rebound in festival demand emerged in September. Bullion imports were valued at $3.75 billion last month, 450 percent more than a year earlier, the Commerce Ministry estimates. Shipments jumped as jewelers replenished reserves to meet demand, said Bamalwa, the federation director.

Indians purchase gold at festivals and for marriages as part of the bridal trousseau and as gifts in the form of jewelry. Demand will be 850 to 950 tons this year, compared with 974.8 tons in 2013, the World Gold Council estimates. An average of about 5 million weddings every year fuels demand for gold, regardless of prices, according to Prithviraj Kothari, managing director of Riddhisiddhi Bullions Ltd. in Mumbai. He estimates average purchases for a wedding at about 200 grams.

The increase in demand from festivals and the wedding season “alongside the potential for a short-covering rally could see gold extend its gains,” Barclays said Oct. 13. “We believe the bounce is likely to be short-lived and remain cautious given the headwinds the macro-environment presents and would look for opportunities to sell into the rally,” it said.

Insatiable Appetite

The public’s insatiable appetite for gold raised concern for the government because almost all of the metal is imported, widening the current-account deficit and weakening the rupee. India last year raised import taxes three times to 10 percent and introduced a rule obliging shippers to supply 20 percent of their cargo to jewelers for re-export.

The import curbs sent gold demand for jewelry and investment down 34 percent to 394.4 tons in the first six months, World Gold Council data show.

After the curbs throttled imports and cut the deficit to about $32.4 billion in 2013-2014, compared with a record $87.8 billion a year earlier, the government in May eased controls to allow more trading houses to bring in gold. The government may consider re-imposing some curbs after Diwali as imports surged in the past couple of months, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told ET NOW television yesterday, the Press Trust of India reported.

Asian Buyers

Cheaper bullion may spur buyers in Asia, according to UBS AG. Prices at or below $1,200 will attract physical buyers and be seen as favorable by investors, UBS analysts Edel Tully and Joni Teves said in a report on Sept. 30. A rush to buy will not materialize unless prices fall closer to $1,100, they said.

Demand in Asia has declined this year after jumping in 2013, when global prices plunged 28 percent, the most in three decades. Consumption fell 16 percent in the second quarter to 963.8 tons, the World Gold Council estimates. While China was the top buyer in 2013, demand in the three months through the end of June fell 52 percent to 192.5 tons, less than the 204.1 tons purchased in India, council data said.

The metal will extend losses into 2015 as the dollar rallies, Morgan Stanley said on Oct. 8, listing the commodity among its least-preferred metals. Average prices will decline each quarter, reaching $1,165 in the three months through September, the bank said.

Jewelers are also hoping that steps taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was elected in May, will help revive growth in Asia’s third-largest economy and provide a boost to sales.

Harvesting Gold

“There’s a positive feeling in the economy after the Modi government came to power,” said Rajesh Mehta, chairman of Bengaluru-based Rajesh Exports. “For a reasonably long time, demand was subdued, and that pent-up demand will come in now at these price levels.”

A good crop will also help gold demand in India, where 833 million of the 1.2 billion population depend on agriculture for their livelihood. Rural India represents 60 percent of the nation’s gold consumption. After a weak start to the monsoon season, which limited planting, food-grain output will be 120.3 million tons compared with 129.2 million tons a year earlier, the Agriculture Ministry estimates. Cotton production will jump to a record 40 million bales of 170 kilograms each.

For Lynette D’Souza, a 30-year-old dentist in the western Indian state of Goa, the lower gold price means she can buy more with the 100,000 rupees she’s budgeted on a gift for her brother, whose wedding is scheduled next month.

“I was initially planning to gift my brother a honeymoon package to Southeast Asia, but I realized that people don’t value other gifts as much as they value gold,” D’Souza said in an interview on Oct. 14. “Years from now, they will still have the gold. It is also an investment.”

To contact the reporters on this story: Swansy Afonso in Mumbai at safonso2@bloomberg.net; Pratik Parija in New Delhi at pparija@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: James Poole at jpoole4@bloomberg.net Thomas Kutty Abraham, Steve Stroth

Article source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-21/gold-buying-rebounds-in-india-on-diwali-jewelry-sales.html

A business adding bling to downtown Rutland

October 20, 2014 Posted by admin

Between them Jean-Louis Desjardins and Ivan C. Rochon have clocked over 70 years in the jewelry business; they say the business runs in their veins. Partner-owners of Desjardins Rochon Jewelers located at 7 Center St. in downtown Rutland, they jokingly abbreviate the name of their business to DR Jewelers and call themselves the Doctors of Love. Here, they talk about their business which has been adding a little bling to downtown for over two generations.

What is the nature of your business?

We are a full-service jeweler. We sell everything from large diamond rings to watch batteries, with a full-service repair shop, including watch repair, with most repairs done on-site. We also buy gold, silver, platinum, and diamonds. We currently have one associate, Ruby Pecor, who has worked with the business for 27 years. If you have met Ruby, you know why everyone loves her.

How/why did the company begin? What was the inspiration, the story behind its beginning?

Desjardins Rochon Jewelers, Inc. was founded in 1935 by Leo Munsat as Munsat Jewelers, located at 35 West St., in Rutland. Leo moved the store sometime in the 1950s to the Tuttle Building on Center Street. He passed away in the early 1960s, and Ben Desjardins purchased the store from the estate in 1968.

Later the store moved a few doors down to 7 Center St., where FB Howard Jewelers was located. In 1990, Ben sold the business to his son Jean-Louis. Ivan Rochon became a partner in 2006, at which point the store was renamed Desjardins Rochon.

How did you get to where you are today with the business (if it has changed focus, grown, downsized, etc.)?

We are where we are today because of a blend of different cultures and mix of people, giving it the flavor of the great American mixing bowl. We are hometown people with no corporate rules. Our philosophy is, if it makes sense to do so, we can change.

What makes your business unique?

The most interesting aspect of our company is that you deal directly with the owners.

Why Rutland?

The fact that the business has been around for 79 years shows it must have been a good match for historic downtown Rutland. The store has touched the lives of many families from generation to generation.

As a business owner, what is most important lesson you’ve learned?

Jean-Louis and Ivan have learned that as a small business, you have to have the ability to change during economic turndown, and to continue to give our customers The Perfect Customer Experience.

Desjardins Rochon Jewelers

7 Center St., Rutland, Vermont


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Rescue operations cut down at Nepal trekking trail

October 19, 2014 Posted by admin

Nepal closes trekking route after 38 die in storm

Nepal closes trekking route after 38 die in storm

In this photo provided by the Nepalese army, a Nepalese army soldier searches for avalanche victims at Thorong La pass area in Nepal, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Nepalese officials closed a section of a popular Himalayan trekking route Sunday after rescuers, overwhelmed with last week’s snowstorms that killed 38 hikers, had to bring to safety new climbers who set out on the same mountain trails where the blizzards struck. (AP Photo/Nepalese Army)

Posted: Sunday, October 19, 2014 10:03 am

Updated: 11:45 am, Sun Oct 19, 2014.

Nepal closes trekking route after 38 die in storm

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KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepalese officials closed a section of a popular Himalayan trekking route Sunday after rescuers, overwhelmed with last week’s snowstorms that killed at least 38 people, had to save new hikers who set out after the blizzards on the same deadly trails.

The dead from the blizzards and avalanches that hit the upper section of the Annapurna trekking circuit in northern Nepal included foreign trekkers, local guides and villagers. Most of the hundreds of trekkers who had been stuck in the snow have been brought to safety, and government official Yama Bahadur Chokhyal said rescue helicopters were winding down flights.

But as the weather cleared, new trekkers began making their way up the same trails, prompting the government to close the route, Chokhyal said. In some sections, the trails were completely hidden beneath the heavy snows.

“Our rescuers and helicopters ended up having to bring down these new people while we were still trying to reach the ones who were stranded by the blizzard,” he said.

“It was burdening and confusing the rescuers,” he said.

So far, 25 bodies have been identified. Eight of the dead were Nepalese, with others from Canada, India, Israel, Slovakia, Poland and Japan. Thirteen others have not yet been identified.

The snowstorms were whipped up by the tail end of a cyclone that hit the Indian coast a few days earlier. Hikers were caught off-guard when the weather changed quickly.

Most of the victims were on or near the Annapurna route, a 220-kilometer (140-mile) collection of trails through the mountain range. The largest number of casualties was among those caught on Thorong La pass, one of the highest points on the circuit.

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Buying gold jewellery

October 18, 2014 Posted by admin

ALL that glitters is not always gold — and is one time of the year when many consumers buy gold jewellery to mark the auspicious festival of lights, Diwali.

There is also a rush to lay-by fine gold jewellery to be given on special occasions such as child birth, birthdays, engagements or weddings.

Buying gold jewellery is a big investment so buyers must ensure they are purchasing authentic gold. Gold is one of the most frequently imitated valuable.

It is easy to mistake with fake gold for the real one as they can look almost identical to the untrained eye.

The trend is clear — buyers often go for jewellery stores, which are either popular or cheaper. As they say in the jewellery world, a good name is as good as gold.

But how will a consumer know if a purchase is worth the money? Well, not everyone knows how to spot a real gold from other pretty looking yellow metal.

Consumers are often a victim of fraud where they are sold 22 karat (K) gold. When they later sell or opt to exchange the jewellery, they discover that the gold is of lower karat (18K, 14K or just gold plated) resulting in consumers losing their money

The good news is that consumers in Fiji can now access professional gold testing services at a minimum price of $15 to know if their jewellery is authentic or not.

Gold Traders Fiji, a division of Jewels Fiji, owns state-of-the-art technology, offering professional gold testing services at their Suva and Nadi branches.

What’s on offer?

* Test can be conducted for gold, platinum, silver and other metals;

* All tests are carried out in front of the consumer thus eliminating ambiguity and misrepresentation of actual gold content;

* Full test report is issued outlining the correct karat and all other metal content present in the jewellery; and

* Professionally trained test personnel will assist the consumers.

Gold jewellery is measured in 24 parts, called karats, which shows the quantity of actual gold in the jewellery. A higher number means more gold.

As the percentage of pure gold decreases, the strength of the metal increases affecting the price. So 14k gold will cost less than 18k gold. Let’s try to understand some terms related to gold.

* 24 karat gold is 99.9 per cent pure because all 24 parts are gold without traces of any other metals. 24K is referred to as 100 per cent pure gold. Since 24K gold is soft, it is often combined with other metals to make it stronger and more suitable for making jewellery — 24K is usually used for gold plating;

* 22 karat gold is 91.7 per cent pure. Generally large amount of delicate Indian and Chinese jewellery is made using 22k gold;

* 18 karat is about 75 per cent pure. It is used in more high-end gold jewelry pieces and has a deep and rich colour;

* 14 karat gold is 14/24 or 58.3 per cent pure. It provides good balance of durability and value;

* 12 karat gold is 50 per cent pure. For example, 12K would tell you that your “gold” jewellery has 12 parts of gold while the other 12 parts are other metals, making it 50 per cent gold; and

* Nine karat gold is 37.5 per cent pure while 62.5 per cent other metals.

There should be a stamp or symbol identifying the karat or percentage of gold in the jewellery. Knowing the karat will help you to establish the authenticity of the jewellery.

Gold-plated items are fast becoming fashion. With modern technology advances, the plating process and finish is so good that discolouration and gold turning colour in few days’ time will not happen. Consumers may not be able to know the difference between a gold-plated jewellery or one gram jewellery from 24k gold jewellery.

This is a regular contribution from the Consumer Council of Fiji. Email: mediaofficer@consumersfiji.org for feedback.

Article source: http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=283449

Garage sale strategies: How to make the most of your sale – FOX 13 Tampa Bay, WTVT

October 17, 2014 Posted by admin

TAMPA (FOX 13) -

?This weekend (or any weekend for that matter), ordinary people will purge, and hope to pocket a profit.

You can call it a yard sale, a garage sale or a tag sale. No matter the name, the format is exactly the same: we collect clutter, slap price tags on it, and open for business—often haphazardly.


David Landsman, the self-proclaimed Cleanout King, believes we can do better. 

“Everything must go,” he quips.

Landsman’s full time job is running estate sales. So he knows a thing or two about how to improve your next foray into driveway retail.

“This is just a glorified garage sale,” he said of a recent estate sale. As he raced form table to table, he generously dished pro advice for amateurs like us. 


An inventory is the first job in Landsman’s world. The best garage sales, he says, begin a few days beforehand with smart sellers plotting out exactly what will stay and what will go.


Landsman recommends an orderly sale. He groups items the same way a store would – and you should too.

“You’ll want to keep all the kitchen items all on one table and all the electronics on the other table,” he said. “Make it real organized.” 


Newspaper ads are a stalwart in garage sale playbook. But Landsman doesn’t recommend them anymore. He’s switched to online ads – which are often free.

“We used to advertise in the newspaper. It cost 50 bucks, but it doesn’t bring them in like Craigslist.”


Standout signs are key to attracting a crowd, Landsman says. He uses bright fluorescent colors and scribbles “Mega” on one ad.

“Give them something to go on,” he winks.

Stick to the basics: Address and time. Other text, like an item list, becomes clutter that robs valuable advertising real estate from what matters: your address. 


Landsman uses round numbers, like $1.00 and or .50. It’s easy for shoppers to understand and even easier for you to make change.


When you’re doing your inventory and choosing what to charge, be sure to compare prices on websites like eBay.com. Landsman says research is especially important if you plan to sell jewelry.

“People throw their real gold in with what they think is costume jewelry– for .50,” he said. “There are pickers that come along and snap that stuff up.”


Like it or not, garage sale prices are not fixed. Buyers are accustomed to bargaining. It’s engrained in the culture and you’ll simply have to deal with it.

“You’ll see me negotiating,” Landsman.

If you’re suddenly too attached to a particular item to haggle, Landsman is blunt.

“Let it go,” he said.


It’s easier than ever to attach a credit card reader to a smart phone. Using one is simple and inexpensive. Also, a garage sale that accepts credit cards makes it convenient for a buyer to spend more than their cash on hand.



Some sneaky shoppers are out for a 100% discount. Be on the lookout for them.

Landsman says savvy garage sales place valuable products near the cash box— which helps you keep a close eye on them. 


The folks at StatisticBrain.com have some interesting data regarding garage sales, such as:

  • There is an average of 165,000 garage sales in the U.S. each week
  • The average selling price per item is .85
  • The best time to start a garage sale is 7:00 a.m.
  • Saturday is the best day to hold a garage sale

Click here to read more stats from StatisticBrain.com.


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Thieves cut through brick wall, steal high-end jewelry

October 16, 2014 Posted by admin

Sanjay Zaveri was supposed to be on a plane for New Jersey early Wednesday morning. Instead, he and his wife, Usha, had to wake up in the middle of the night and drive to their Fort Mill jewelry store.

“There was a hole in the brick wall and it was a mess,” Zaveri said.

Someone cut a large hole through the brick wall in the rear of the shop and stole more than $33,000 worth of fine jewelry. Piles of broken brick and yellow insulation are strewn around the back of the store.

The burglars were inside the shop for more than 40 minutes, according to the security cameras.

Zaveri has tight security but said some of the sensors didn’t go off.

“We’ve never had a problem here,” he said.

The store is off Highway 51 near the state line and it’s not in a strip mall. There’s no outside display window and the location is off the beaten path. It’s called “Eshaan,” named after their son. They specialize in high-end gold and diamonds. Most of the gold they sell is 22-carat.

The couple hasn’t seen any crime in 14 years in the jewelry business in Fort Mill and in Charlotte.

In the grainy, dark surveillance video, shadowy figures with flashlights move around in the darkness.

The thieves smashed a display case and took the 22-carat gold items inside. A large amount of white backing paper was left after the thieves emptied box after box of jewelry on a table.

Instead of being angry, they’re looking on the bright side.

“Everything happens for a reason. We are glad there’s no loss of life or danger to anybody else,” Zaveri said.

They suspect the culprits must be people who’ve been inside the store, but they don’t remember anyone suspicious who may have recently come in.

The surveillance video appears to show at least three people inside the store.

York County sheriff’s deputies have seen that dark surveillance video. They have not released any information yet about the investigation.

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Seeing green with Herbalife

October 15, 2014 Posted by admin

Ruth Lopez used to wake up early each morning, put on her nice clothes and makeup and walk around the neighborhood handing strangers little photocopied invitations to a “free, healthy breakfast.”

She says she and her sister-in-law Cecilia Lopez, who worked in security, ran an Herbalife nutrition club in their home. Cecilia kept her day job, using that income to stock up on Herbalife inventory and reach purchasing levels that qualified them for additional points and discounts.

A former teacher, Lopez is a people person. “Selling for me wasn’t difficult, because I’m a good speaker and I talk too much,” she jokes, an easy laugh accompanying the swing of her long braids and clink of gold rings and necklaces — the cheap stuff, mind you. She had to pawn all her 18k gold jewelry from Colombia to pay down her Herbalife debt, she says. Lopez believed she had it in her to convince people to join her nutrition club. But it didn’t work.

While a busy day brought eight or so customers, Lopez says, “the problem is the people that were coming today, they were not coming tomorrow. We never had a client that went to our place to drink the shake every day. Never.”

This despite following Herbalife’s instructions to keep a list with each visitor’s name and phone number so Lopez could invite them back the next day. But people were busy, she says. I don’t have the time, they’d tell her. Maybe next week.

Meanwhile, in order to maintain their Herbalife discounts, Lopez and her sister-in-law had to keep buying more inventory — as much as $2,500 a month. To expand the club operation, Cecilia withdrew a few thousand dollars from her joint account with her husband, who became furious.

“Because he was telling us all the time that it was not working, it was a shitty business,” Lopez recalls. “And we were telling him, ‘No, no, no. You will see. Maybe the next month. Just wait.’”

And Lopez’s story is hardly unique. According to Herbalife’s 2014 pitch book, 88 percent of Herbalife’s nearly half a million U.S. members didn’t receive any payments from the company in 2012. Of those who reached supervisor level, with the prospect of monthly commissions, fewer than 1 percent (0.7) made $100,000 or more. Nearly 80 percent of those who did receive payments earned less than $1,000 for the year. Among the 47 members who made it to President’s Team level in 2012, where you can earn $10,000 per month or more, it took an average of nine years with the company.

Article source: http://projects.aljazeera.com/2014/multilevel-marketing/herbalife.html

/If you can get up to 80% for your gold, sell it! We’re paying out top dollar …

October 14, 2014 Posted by admin

Did you find some old gold or jewelry when you cleaned out your closets? What if you could get up to 80% of the value of your old items? We’re paying top dollar for your antiques, gold and silver, and loose gemstones!

Stop in to Rick’s Olde Gold on Willy Street today!

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Asian market hubs move into gold

October 13, 2014 Posted by admin

New banks present old challenge to UK economy

Small UK banks out to challenge their incumbent peers promise simple banking untainted by past errors

Article source: http://www.efinancialnews.com/story/2014-10-13/asian-market-hubs-move-into-gold?mod=home-more-tt