65 Days Until Christmas…

As I write this, the clock is ticking. Every year for nearly 50 years, it seems as if the year goes faster. When I was young Christmas seemed like it would never arrive. Now that I am wiser (and older) it seems as if it another year flies by in a heartbeat! My father always said, “It’s later than you think.” He would know. Having been in the jewelry business in Downtown Decatur for 55 years he saw a lot of trends in the watch and jewelry business. He would be in awe to know of this year’s tremendous demand for custom jewelry, special orders, and jewelry repairs! We have notified our staff of a backlog earlier than normal for October. That is a good thing and a bad thing. We have been blessed with business. We wish we could accommodate everyone’s last minute request, however, there are just not enough hours in the day to process everything. We humbly ask your patience. Yes, it is possible to accomplish some jobs “while you wait” or in as little as a few days but many require weeks if complex in nature. Most customers are understanding and try to bring in their projects early. Some think we have a magic wand. If only it was that simple…I lovingly explain, “If it was so easy, everyone would be doing it.” As the facilitator, I personally process the details of typically more than a hundred jobs a week. During November and December it is many, many more.

My most rewarding customer projects are jewelry design and repurposing. Last week my sister Kate and I co-designed a ring using the client’s five diamonds. It took considerable research time to locate a mounting she liked and our imagination combined with hers to create the perfect ring. Our bench jeweler executed his modifications and expert diamond setting techniques. The ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos can be seen on our facebook page (with permission from our client). She was as delighted as we were with the stunning results.

Patience is a virtue…