We don’t run many mentions of retirements, mainly because we don’t hear about them until long after the fact. But today, we just got word of one jeweler retiring who is of personal significance to me — and by association, INSTORE — although I’m sure he’s not aware of it.
For the first half of this New Year, If there’s a single word we should all be thinking of, it’s simplicity. And if there’s a single necklace we should all be thinking of—a necklace that perfectly fits such simplicity-- it’s the trapeze. Some of you may know it as “the bar necklace”—but I think trapeze sounds more luxury than bar--no? Either way, I have high expectations for this necklace silhouette, with its horizontal bar suspended on a short chain.
I was really frustrated recently with my ice cube trays. Half of one tray was filled with stubborn ice cubes that simply would not disengage from their slots. I kept refilling the trays around the stuck ice cubes, but this seemed a terrific waste of resources, causing my overall ice-cube yield to come in 25% less than it should. Finally, determined to solve the problem, I pulled the tray out of the refrigerator and began banging it on the kitchen counter. Nothing. Banged sideways. Banged upside down. I even pulled out a steak knife and considered using that to pry the cubes out, but that seemed unwise. “How am I going to get these damned ice cubes out of the tray?” I thought. Then, all of a sudden, I thought: “Wait a minute …”
It’s one of the most widespread, tried-and-true marketing promotions in the jewelry business: If it snows so many inches on a particular day, customers get their jewelry for free. The jeweler hires an insurance company to cover claims in case of snow. Generally speaking, it doesn’t snow – or at least, not enough to fulfill the required amount. That’s what the insurance company is banking on. But what happens if the snowfall seemingly meets the required amount to the layperson’s eye, but the insurance company refuses to pay because they find data that says otherwise?