Archive for March, 2012

Good Morning Fellow IJO Members;

The Orlando IJO Show has come and gone and we are all back at our desks (offices, stores, etc.) getting ready for spring and the next big IJO event.

The winner of our dog collar & watchband giveaway is:  MurDuff Goldsmiths & Engravers of Florence, MA.  (www.murduff.com)


We would like to take this opportunity to thank those of you who stopped by our booth at the show.  It is always a wonderful thing to see our customers up close and personal, listen to their feedback about our website (www.watchbandsbygraham.com), and understand their needs and concerns in this economy.

As always, we come away with great insights and a renewed sense of what ‘customer service’ means.

Thank you for your continued patronage!

-Wendy Graham



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Ah, the glitz.  The glamour.  The baubles.  The baguettes (the jewelry kind, not the bakery kind, silly!).  The BLING.

Welcome to the International Jewelers Show in Orlando, Florida.  Home (for a few days) of jewelers and jewelry industry representatives, alike.  Warning: serious sunglasses required!

To be at an IJO show is to know why the jewelry industry is one of the largest industries in the world.  The beauty, craftsmanship and sheer volume in the converted ballroom of the Orlando World Center Marriott is staggering.  Wandering around admiring (and gawking) is a favorite pastime!  Here is where it is like a bakery to me:  one of each, please!

Rings to the left of our booth.  Amazingly large and wonderously beautiful rings.

Watches (http://www.beltime.com/) to the right of us.  Again, amazingly large and wonderously beautiful.

And the perfect neighboring booth for us: Watchbands By Graham. (www.watchbandsbygraham.com)

It’s a simple product, the watchband.  Some call it a watch strap; some separate the words watch and band: watch band instead of watchband.  Whatever your preference, these remarkable little pieces of leather (and silk, satin, silicone or rubber) perform a great service – they keep our beloved watches on our wrists.  But the watch band is more than just a keeper* of watches on wrists; it is a fashion statement all on its own.

If you wear a watch, you know of what I speak.   Especially if you wear one with a removable watch strap.  Business meeting?  Make your appearance even more polished with an alligator band (your choice of colors: black, brown, cognac, cobalt – and the band can be ‘polished ‘as well).  Semi-formal attire required?  How about a smart lizard watch strap – in a deep Bordeaux , Cognac or Havana?  Formal wear?  Try as exotic as it gets: ostrich or shark.  Their muted tones and rich patterning will surely catch the eye.  A casual dinner with friends at your favorite Italian Bistro?  A lively sport calf leather in a color such as saffron yellow or pumpkin orange should do very nicely and blend beautifully with the Tuscan feel of the restaurant.  And don’t forget your sporty side: classic polyurethanes in bold black.

So many watch bands in so many colors, styles and materials… so little time to try them all!  Come visit us at www.watchbandsbygraham.com and do some admiring (and gawking!) of your own.  We promise you ‘bling’ of a different variety with our metal bands in gold, stainless and two tone!

*Watchband Trivia: Keeper(s) are what those little loops on your watch strap – the ones you thread the end of your strap through to hold it in place – are called.

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