My blog was created to inform and educate current and potential new customers about the small independent jewelry business we operate in Louisville, Ky. First a short history lesson. The name of our family owned business is J. Staples Jewelry which opened its doors in 1987 when my father, Jerry, sold his share in St. Charles Jewelry to his partner and opened his own store in the old Herman’s Plaza Center (Walgreens now owns that corner) at the Hurstbourne Lane and Shelbyville Rd intersection.

We have since moved from that location to 9800 Shelbyville Rd (about one block east of that major intersection). I joined our family business full-time in 1998 and since have learned what it takes to own and operate a small business in today’s marketplace. I have been fortunate to see the ups and downs of the economy starting with the boom to now..where we have seen large investment portfolios wiped out (twice), $3.85 per gallon gasoline, $4.00 gallon milk, and now RECORD METAL prices $900.00 Gold, $2,000.00 Platinum, and $21.00 Silver to name a few (not even considering copper and the other non-jewelry metals).

This is what triggered my interest in doing a blog. Customers often ask when selling scrap gold, coins, and misc. items… Why has the cost risen so much? I usually tell them it’s such a long and complicated story based on a Global Market of Economics that I have a hard time grasping the theories and Wall Street jargon. I will provide an inside look at the unique world of gold, silver, platinum and other precious metals and gemstones that, from the beginning of time, have amazed and dazzled the people who have adorned, collected, traded, and Invested in them.

Our newest website will be up and running soon and loaded with information on the modern day Gold Rush and how you can take advantage of the record high prices of these metals. Our current website, is currently online and I’ll will be making some new changes on that site as well. I will continue to Blog on my thoughts about the future of our business, the metal markets, new inventory purchases, diamond deals, and anything else that I feel relevant to pass onto our current clients and any future customers we hope to serve.

I read an interesting stat in one of our trade journals, “Some industry organizations say 30 percent of Independent jewelry stores will be out of business in the next five years” OUCH!! My goal with this blog is to help our independent jewelry business make it to the next couple of generations not FIVE years!!!. I believe my current and future customer base will help me secure those goals. If you have ever done business with J.Staples Jewelry and are reading this…….THANK YOU for the many awesome years you have allowed us into your lives and by marking a special moment in time with something from our store.

Please check back often to read Danthediamondman’s random thoughts.

Dan Staples