Ramble On Ron

Diamonds, Music and other Facets of Life

How Many Hats Can You Wear?

I’ve been doing a lot of things lately business wise. Blogging, speaking, facebooking, tweeting, event planning, marketing, consulting and who knows what else. But the more I think about these things, it becomes very clear as to what I should do. I should be doing what I do best, and it’s crystal clear what that [...]

Looking At Diamonds…And Myself

I had an enlightening experience today with a customer. He came in to look at some diamonds we were holding for him, only to tell me that he found another diamond from an e-tailer and just wanted to look at settings. I explained that we don’t just sell mountings and set other company’s diamonds in [...]

My Baltimore Blizzard Engagement Ring Story

The seventh biggest blizzard in Baltimore history and the biggest blizzard ever in December couldn’t have come at a worse time for retailers.  It was the Saturday before Christmas, and to make it even worse we were having our Holiday Party on Sunday, complete with live music, food and drinks.  Well, I had a diamond [...]

Large and Rare Colored Diamonds Are Still Strong

The US retail jewelry market is still a little weak, but the super high end/investment quality diamonds are very strong with both Christie’s and Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels Auctions doing very well in Geneva this week. From Diamonds.net: Sotheby’s Jewels: Jewels of historical significance garnered strong prices at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale, held in Geneva on November 17. [...]

Introducing BaltimoreDiamonds.com!

We are so excited here at Samuelson’s to announce the launch of our new updated website, with a new URL, BaltimoreDiamonds.com. I want to thank our team for a job well done. David and Garth did a great job! You’ll notice a new homepage, history page, diamond specials link, and more. We have a little [...]

The Diamond World is Changing

I knew it! The brands are breaking down. I just ran across this article from The Wall Street Journal about Tiffany and Co and other big retailers cutting and polishing their own diamonds in Botswana. Graff has owned Safdico Diamonds for a while, but he doesn’t sell to the masses like Tiffany. What jumped out [...]

Gold Spot Prices At 1000, What’s Next?

Gold has been floating around $1000 per ounce lately, reaching as high as $1034 and now dipping a little below $1000.  So the big question is where will it go?  Of course I don’t have a crystal ball and neither does Wall Street.  The weaker the dollar, the stronger gold will get. Here’s what some [...]

Etail 2009

Our first trip to Etail 2009 was a success!  The Samuelson’s Diamonds team had a great show and I met some nice connections as well.  On Thursday I spoke to a packed room on “Leveraging Social Media to Engage Your Customers”.  It went very well with a big Q & A after.  I may have [...]

Here’s What Social Networking Is All About

I never claim to be a Social Media “Evangelist” (whatever that means) like all the whako’s on twitter, but my brother-in-law, David, (who happens to be the CFO down here at Samuelson’s) got a Facebook response that really sums it up.   He posted a link to our Samuelson’s Diamonds Fan Page on his profile and [...]

Diamond Market Report

Like other financial and commodities markets, today’s diamond market is very volatile and unpredictable.  A lot of companies going into Chapter 11.  That being said, it’s a GREAT TIME to buy or to invest in diamonds.  They will be back!  The market for super high end colored diamonds is still strong and bridal is doing [...]

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