Jaipur Jewels in Texas

No Buyer's Remorse

Tina Jacobson

My friend came to a Showcase I had in South Dallas.  It was her first time to come. She came in and bought 5 pieces--3 rings, a bracelet, and a necklace. She did this in less than 20 minutes.

One of the rings was a large Akoya pearl ring surrounded by diamonds that I had bought for myself.  I will take rings that I buy for myself and put them up for sale to see if someone else wants to buy them.  I was sad to see this one go!

As I was packaging the jewelry for her, I asked her if these were gifts.  It was Christmas, and I gift wrap (for free!) at Christmas time. Without hesitation or blushing, she replied, “No these are all for me!”

I thought, “Good for her.” She is a longtime friend of mine, a woman who has never been married.  I was happy for her that she would treat herself and feel no shame in it.

She left, and I moved on to other women who were attending this showcase in South Dallas. We were having a wonderful time, laughing, talking, trying on jewelry. The doorbell rang again. It was my friend

She was back. Was she going to return one of the items? Maybe all of them?

I greeted her at the door, “Is something wrong?” (I always expect the worse 😊)

“No … Absolutely No Buyer’s Remorse!” she exclaimed loudly. “I left my coat. And by the way, I will be back at your next showcase to buy more and bring my friends.”

I hear this over and over. No buyer’s remorse. Why, I ask?  Here are some answers:

“Your jewelry is beautiful. The quality is unmatched.”

“Besides the quality and beauty, you can’t beat the price.”

“Your prices are wholesale or better!”

They are all right, and I can’t take the credit! I work with four Master Craft Jewelers. They’re all very talented and hold degrees from the International Gemological Institute and are GIA certified jewelers. Their gems are the highest quality, and not heat treated. Their diamonds are conflict-free. All of them come from generations of jewelers. They understand good quality, real gems and each of them has a creative genius that shows in the quality o their work.

I have also done some reconnaissance shopping, as I like to call it. I’ve been to some high-end jewelery stores…the one with the little blue boxes, one on 5th Avenue in New York, a department store that has a great Last Call, an exclusive shop in the Crescent. I have seen the same jewelry that I sell being purchased in these stores, and I have marveled at the prices.  In New York, I stopped in because I was wearing the very same bracelet they had in their window display.  The sales lady commented on my bracelet. As I looked at the price, I just smiled.  Mine was cheaper…1/7 of the price!  As we compared the gems and the craftsmanship, mine was equal…she thought I had bought it through their shop.

I am currently working on an engagement ring for a client. Comparing it with the same ring at the little blue box place, I will save him between $10,000-$30,000, depending on the carat size of the diamond and the quality that he chooses. The Akoya pearl ring that my friend bought, the same ring, was selling at the place in the Crescent for $3,000 more than what she paid for it.

You ask, how do you sell it at wholesale price? That’s an easy answer

I don’t have big overhead. I don’t invest in expensive packaging. I don’t get paid for what I do. So, I don’t have to mark up the products to cover these costs. While I have what I consider a large inventory, I really don’t have a huge inventory of products that I have to cover. So, I can pass the savings on to you.

Also, I want everyone to be able to enjoy a nice piece of jewelry. But more than that, I want everyone to be able to participate in this mission, to come along beside us and feed people with leprosy, and to provide a teacher for the leper’s children.  The mission also supports teaching for bi-vocational ministers, who work 16 hours day for $5 a day and then care for people in their homes every night, teaching the LOVE of Father. Whether you buy earrings for $7, a bracelet for $20, a ring for $100 or even an heirloom piece for thousands, each piece goes a long way to being able to help these dear people.

So yes, the jewelry is real. The gems and the gold/silver are equal, if not better,  quality than you can buy at a high-end jewelry store or department store. You can be assured that the jewelry you purchase as a gift for your wife, mother, daughter, sister, or friend is of the highest quality, not heat treated, and  conflict-free with fair wages and working conditions for the workers. You can have confidence that the person to whom you give the gift will adore the purchase. But the best part, you can know that people in India who are not allowed to help themselves, and who can’t make enough to feed their family, are being given nutritious food, quality teaching, and resources so that they can feed their souls and bring LIGHT to those around them.

Come and shop…and help bring LIGHT to dark places. You can do it with No Buyer’s Remorse.

 

Valentines Day Hater

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I used to hate Valentine’s Day.  Like every little girl, in grade school, I was always very excited to see if I got a valentine card from a special boy. Many times, that never happened. As a teenager, I just wanted a date for the church banquet.  That didn’t happen much either. In my 20’s I just wanted a date. I spent many Valentine’s Days alone in my apartment.  So, I grew to hate this day. All the angst about a date, a present, if someone liked me enough to ask me out, what would I wear…Good grief…it was an exhausting time of the year.

Then I met Terry. And I had a real boyfriend date for Valentine’s Day! I was excited to say the least.

Our first Valentine’s Day is one of those stories that gets told over and over.  I am not sure if our kids still roll their eyes when we tell it, but they could finish the story for me.

In 1987, I was actually anticipating Valentine’s Day. Terry and I had been dating for a while and we were already talking about marriage. So, I was excited to see what the night would hold.

A few days before Feb. 14th, an older friend and mentor asked me to take her place at a 4 hour conference on the 14th. It was one of those 1980’s political conferences. I wasn’t particularly interested in the topic, but she was my mentor and needed someone to go so I went. Ok, you want to know the topic don’t’ you….it was Star Wars (not the movie!) … SDI, Strategic Defense Initiative.

Fast forward a few hours and Terry and I are sitting in the restaurant. It was my favorite Chinese place in Dallas. I was all dressed up with a new dress on and yes with 80’s big hair. Terry wore a suit…yep he wore suits a lot back then! As we were eating Terry start to grill me on the conference. He wasn’t particularly positive about this initiative and he kept throwing questions at me. I was getting more and more upset. This was not what I wanted to talk about at our Valentine Dinner! And I certainly didn’t want to debate or argue about something I could have cared less about. I ended up in tears and ran to the bathroom. It was a few long minutes before I came out. Terry was sheepishly apologetic. 

I don’t remember if I actually got a gift that night. But I have received a gift every Valentine’s day since then. BTW, I know that I didn’t get an engagement ring that night but 2 months later he did propose.

Every girl, whether it is a girlfriend, a daughter, a wife, a granddaughter, or just a friend, likes to get a little something on Valentine’s Day. And…jewelry is always a good choice. Come and check out what we have. Our jewelry starts around $15 and goes up from there.  With 30% off for the Valentine’s showcase, you can get your special someone a gift she will remember and know that your money goes to help those in India who cannot help themselves.  Hopefully you will have a good story to tell your children as well.

Tina’s Toes reminding you to treat her right on Valentine’s Day!

Tina

Disappointments and Peace

Tina Jacobson

This past Thursday Madeline and I embarked on what we thought would be a big 10-day adventure (16 days for her)! But it seems there were other plans for us. 

We left our house at 7 AM and arrived at DFW at 8:30. The airport, not usually crowded at that time, was very full. We had a short wait to check our four very full suitcases, each with 50 lbs of goodies for our friends in India. The security line was a much longer line and it took 25 minutes to get through it. Did you know that since October TSA will stop and check you if you have more than one unopened bag of food in your carry on? Yep I had 4 unopened bags of very good food stuffs: Oreos, Reese’s, Doves dark chocolate and almonds. Chocolate is a must for me when traveling to India! So, I had to wait while they pulled everything out of my large carry on bag and check everything for drugs. Or is it gunpowder? 

Terry and I always get a hamburger before departure since it’s the last time until we return that we are able to eat beef. The Fuddruckers closed down last year. There was an Applebee’s but they didn’t serve lunch until 10 and we had to be at the gate around that time. So, Madeline and I settled on a good ole American breakfast instead. No beef. 

At the gate, we found out our boarding was delayed even though the plane was at the gate. Forty-five minutes later, we boarded. We got all settled in and then the plane pulled away from the gate...and stopped. We found out there was a mechanical issue. We sat for 30 minutes. Luckily the entertainment system was on and I was watching a movie. I got 2/3rds the way through the movie when they taxied back to the gate and asked us to deplane. Giving us food vouchers they asked us to come back to the gate at 3:30 pm. So we went and got the hamburger.

Processing what was going on, Madeline and I discussed our options. Then we prayed. We said we would be at peace however this turned out. We both felt that if the flight was cancelled that we should postpone the trip. Madeline would be able to go with us in March. So we went back to the gate and waited until 3:30. And we kept waiting until 5:45. That’s when they announced the flight was cancelled and that we needed to go and retrieve our luggage. No other information was given. 

Gathering our suitcases, we knew that our trip was postponed. Terry came and picked us up. We called T. I texted with my jewelers. We were sad. We were disappointed. But we were at peace. Last week Terry taught our family about peace. He reminded us that peace is not circumstance dependent. We can choose to believe and understand that there is Grace that is sufficient. 

We miss T & A. We miss the planning talks, feeding leper’s, discussing the possibility of getting a teacher for the leper’s children, the filming and fun things too...like looking through thousands of pieces of jewelry, riding elephants and camels, buying cute clothes and eating wonderful food. Madeline and I will miss our special time together. 

Disappointments happen . . . often. I have learned that it’s how I respond, instead of react that makes a difference in my life. Taking time to meditate and pray is important. But most importantly I know who is in control of all circumstances. And I can rest fully. The tears still came. The sadness is around. But I choose to know that my plans are not my own and I choose to receive Peace. 

I hope you have true lasting Peace today. 

Pashminas

Tina Jacobson

Pashminas are very soft scarves and wraps that, though not heavy, keep you very warm.

Do you ever wonder why they are so expensive?

The wool is produced from a goat. What’s the big deal about that? We have goats all over Texas, and they produce wool for sweaters and blankets and such. These wool sweaters don’t cost nearly as much as a Pashmina or Cashmere sweater. What is the difference?

 I did a little research on the world-wide net. Here are a few points that I found out why these little pieces of very soft cloth are so expensive.

 The wool comes from the Changthangi goat. (sounds like a Dr. Seuss character, right?) This goat is a big beautiful animal found in the cold, arid region surrounding the Himalayans in Kashmir, India. It is not an easy destination to get to.

 Point #1…It takes hours/days to find the goat.

 This breed is raised mainly for its ultra-fine wool production. This wool is called pashma. There are only a few of these types of goats, and they can only be found during the winter period. The goats that produce both types of wool are a similar breed. However, the goats that produce cashmere are more numerous and live in a wider area that is a little more accessible.

Point #2…These goats are rare, and you have to track them down in the dead of winter. Therefore their wool is rare.

 The pashma wool is a sister wool to cashmere, but it is a much finer, thinner thread. The wool is hand cut from the underbelly of the goat. It is then hand spun into a delicate fine thread. Once the threads are spun and dyed, the artisan's hand weaves and embroiders the thread into scarves and wraps. Depending upon the difficulty of the embordering, it can take from one month up to 12 months to produce a single scarf or wrap.

Point #3…it takes a very LOOONG Time to create the thread and to weave one scarf.

There is only one way to test a pashmina to find out if it is real or not. It involves burning. Taking a small portion, you light it and wait for it to burn. If it is real, it will smell like burnt hair, not like burning plastic. And it will still have a matte feel similar to the way it was before it was burned. I haven’t tried this technique…not sure I want to do that with the costly pashmina’s I have!

Point #4…Unless you like playing with matches and taking a chunk out of your scarf, trust the person who you buy your pashmina’s from!

Now I understand better the cost of these beautiful creations. The craftsmanship alone is worth the cost, but understanding how much work and effort it takes to get the wool and make the thread…it’s a multi-step very arduous (and cold!) project. I think I will just enjoy the ones that I have been able to purchase in Jaipur. They are works of art, and much better displayed hanging on a wall or table than around my neck. But for these winter months, I will enjoy keeping warm and feeling pretty with the few I have to wrap around my neck.

 Stay warm,

Tina

 

Trevor's Father

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Trevor traveled to his home state Bangalore this week. His father has been sick for several months.

Last night his father passed away. Please pray for Trevor, his brothers and his mother. His father was a believer as is his mother and one brother, Derek. Trevor’s oldest brother, Fredrick, is not a believer. Pray for Fredrick and his family, that they will come to know The LIGHT. Please also pray for Annie and Joshua as they will be traveling today to Bangalore. They are traveling by plane because it is a 3 day journey by car and not safe for them to drive it alone. Annie has borrowed the $500 needed for the flights from friends.

O.V.E.R.W.H.E.L.M.E.D

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Do you know the feeling?  I am sure you do.

I had a different agenda this week. I have our friends from India coming in. Besides my normal work tasks and the chaos with the house under remodeling, I was planning on getting everything ready for their arrival. But an interruption came along.

Do You Know About Frogs?

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I read a blog post this weekend about frogs.  Not the cute little amphibians that you find in your yard, or in our case, the pool. The post I read is about productivity. I always feel like I don’t get anything done. So, I am still searching for ways to achieve more, and yes, I click through on Facebook to those post about “getting things done.”

Frogs. If they are not the cute little green things hopping in the grass, what are they?