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St Patrick's Day

Nearly 122 million Americans say they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  Most popular way to mark the holiday? By wearing green!  What started as a religious celebration in Ireland to honor the life of their patron saint, now has evolved into rivers, chrysanthemums and libations dyed green, miles of marching parades and countless corned beef and cabbage dinners.

To mark St. Patrick’s Day, we share with you two watchbands to showcase your Irish heritage…


Item 814-7a


Item 177-7p

…and a traditional St. Patrick’s Day toast:

May your blessings outnumber

The shamrocks that grow,

And may trouble avoid you

Wherever you go

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from all of us at Graham International!


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Wondering how folks show their affection on Cupid’s big day?  According to our friends at Researchmaniacs.com, 70% give a card, 49% phone the object of their affections, 48% give a gift, 37% plan a special dinner, 33% give candy (my particular favorite – especially chocolate of course), 30% have a meal in a restaurant and 19% give flowers.

Here’s an idea:  Encourage your customers to consider a stylish new watchband to make this Valentine’s Day special.

We’ve got delicious, Valentine’s gorgeous wholesale watchbands….

xo bands

For her, consider a padded and stitched alligator or lizard grained leather strap, or a simple leather strap in a festive or classic color.  Want something a little more polished and shiny? Try a genuine polished alligator in pink, white or cranberry .  For him, a sporty waterproof calf leather strap with red stitching!

Happy, happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Graham International!

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We love this photo by Mbgrigby on Flickr.com, delightfully illustrating one person’s clever way to “save time.”  We’re always looking for ways to save time too, especially now that the holidays are upon us.  National Jeweler  writes that online retail spending is up for the 12th consecutive quarter, confirming that one way many are trying to save time (and money) is by shopping online.

Many of our customers have an online presence, and many others are traditional store-front retailers. But whether online or in-store, customers continue to seek out the best selection, value and service, even for items as simple as a replacement watchband.

Make sure you have a nice assortment on hand for your holiday shoppers…you can even save yourself some time by ordering through our spanking new e-commerce website!  Our warehouse manager Laticia (who knows a thing or two about being efficient and saving time herself) makes sure your orders go out within 48 hours or less.

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Our warehouse manager Laticia just spoke with a new customer who was dissatisfied with the ever-shrinking selection offered by her past watchstrap vendor.

We know you need colors, styles and prices that will please your customers, and you don’t have the time or patience to shop multiple vendors. That’s why we work hard to offer a comprehensive, high quality selection, always available to ship from our Connecticut warehouse Monday to Friday within 48 hours.

Why not use an eye-catching display of watchstraps to draw customers into your store or past some particularly prime merchandise this holiday season?

Check out these holiday-inspired colors….

Or consider showcasing straps suitable for special occasions in patent leather or satin:

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On a mission to read all pertinent blogs about dogs and jewelry (yes, I know – why aren’t there more?), we stumbled upon this little goodie:  The Top Dog competition is returning to the SMART jewelry show this year in Chicago.  It seems to be not only a night of extreme fun, but also for an extremely worthy cause:  This year’s proceeds go to National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF), an organization that rescues dogs from shelters, professionally trains them to find people buried during disasters, then donates the dogs to fire departments and other first responders.

A worthy cause indeed.  To read more about this endeavor, go to: http://www.nationaljeweler.com/nj/independents/a/~28141-SMART-Show-brings-back-Top .

We like to find ‘do good’ stories about an industry we appreciate and participate in.  Here at Hennessy & Sons (www.hennessyandsons.us / www.hennessyandsons.ca), provider of luxury European dog collars and leashes, we ‘do good’ things every day: two percent of our proceeds is donated to the International Animal Rescue Fund.  How is Hennessy & Sons related to the jewelry industry?  Our line of European style leather dog collars serves as classic ‘jewelry’ for your canine companions – after all, they do dress up a neck quite nicely, don’t they?

And now that line of companion accessories will be available in yet another handsome collection: Hennessy & Sons is proud to announce that it will be unveiling a new line of Scottish waxed cotton dog collars in Spring 2012! The waterproof Scottish waxed cotton is known for its strength, durability and vibrant colors.  The fashion dog collars will be available in deep blue, moss green and midnight black.

Beauty, style, vibrancy, strength and durability – who could ask for anything more?

Well, turns out we could ask for more and deliver it: the complete line of Hennessy & Sons designer dog accessories includes ecological tanned Italian leather collars and leashes, genuine Harris Tweed dog collars, and collars embroidered with Edelweiss, a small white flower that is revered in Switzerland. All metal components, including an engravable tag, are rendered in high quality, anti-allergenic 316L surgical stainless steel.

The luxury collars retail for suggested prices ranging from $69.00 to $89.00. They measure from 8” (small) to 18.5” (large), the measurement being taken from first hole to last hole on the individual collar.  These are the first size offerings from Hennessy & Sons; we look forward to bringing you more sizes later this year.   The leather dog leashes are 48” long, 5/8” wide, and retail for suggested prices ranging from $99.00 to $109.00.

Graham International, a distributor of fine European accessories & the exclusive North American distributor for Hennessy & Sons offers a website for wholesale orders at http://www.grahamintl.com.  The website is a quick, efficient way for your business to keep track of inventory, restocking dates and current trends in the jewelry industry where watchbands and companion accessories are concerned.

Come join us in ‘doing good’ while keeping your store stocked with items your clients will love to keep their favorite canine companions ‘looking good’!

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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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