Ramble On Ron

Diamonds, Music and other Facets of Life

We Are Moving, We Are Moving!

“We are moving, we are moving” is one of my favorite lines from Trading Places.  Well, we are moving our store across the street.  Please check out our Flickr Page to see the progress.  We are very excited about this change for our store and for the entire block.  The corner we are on now [...]

How was 2008 for the BIG retailers?

Well, the fourth quarter numbers haven’t come out yet, but this Holiday season was a tough one for retail, especially jewelry and luxury.  According to National Jeweler, “online sales of jewelry and watches didn’t fare well this holiday season (Nov. 1-Dec. 24), falling 24 percent compared with the same period last year, according to the [...]

Larry David and Me

My life mirrors Larry David’s experiences in Curb Your Enthusiasm in so many ways.  From getting into an argument with the Chinese restaurant about the amount of shrimp put in a dish, to his other problems and misunderstandings, it’s really unbelievable.  Recently, I experienced an incident where this scene comes to mind: Oh well, what [...]

In The Wall Street Journal…And Some Great Spanish Food

Well, the facebook unfriending or de-friending fiasco has almost come to a close.  The Wall St Journal found my blog post and interviewed me about this issue.  Wow – and I even got a sketch in there or a “hedcut” – although I don’t like the chins they put in there – oy vey.  Click [...]

Gold and Platinum, Big Blue Diamond – Watch These Kids Play Phish

It’s been a while since I posted, but that’s a good thing because we are busy selling (and buying) diamonds. Now is the time.  We have a lot of items on sale, and we are making some great jewelry buys from customers coming in to our store, and from all over the country.  We are [...]

A Crazy Facebook Fan Page

Well, the job of Facebook never ends. Here’s a good one. The jeweler that I talked about before who unfriended me has a son in his business. I created a group for jewelers and other people in the trade called the “Facebook Jewelers Network”. I get a request from this guy’s son to join. Well [...]

Unfriended on Facebook – Compliment or Diss?

So I friend requested a jeweler in the Midwest, has a big luxury store, Rolex, Cartier, the whole deal. He also likes music and is a third generation family business, like me. I said that in my request and an hour later he accepted. Then I look on my page the next day and I’m [...]

Diamonds as an Investment

Stocks are in the toilet, real estate is going down, and even the commodities market is too volatile to stay invested. Our positions in gold and other metals are short term, and I would not recommend holding gold at this point. So what about diamonds? There will always be a demand for them and it’s [...]

Crazy Times in the Jewelry World

The jewelry industry, like most other retail sectors, is really feeling the hit of this economy. Check out this article about the what the wealthy want to spend this Christmas. Nothing makes sense. Of course retail sales are pretty slow, but in this economy there is money to be made if you can lay out [...]