Diamonds and Scoundrels: My Life in the Jewelry Business

Diamonds and Scoundrels: My Life in the Jewelry Business

by Adrienne Rubin

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Overview

When Adrienne Rubin enters into the jewelry business in 1970s Los Angeles, she is a maverick in a world dominated by men. She soon meets a young hotshot salesman who doesn’t seem to struggle at all, and when he asks her to be his partner, she is excited to join him. She doesn’t know him well, but she does know his father, and she believes he is as trustworthy as the day is long . . .




Diamonds and Scoundrels shows us how a woman in a man’s world, with tenacity and sheer determination, can earn respect and obtain a true sense of accomplishment. Following Rubin’s experiences in the jewelry industry through the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s—with the ups and downs, good guys and bad—this is a tale of personal growth, of how to overcome challenges with courage and resilience. It’s a story for the woman today who, in addition to a rich family life, seeks a self-realized, fulfilling path toward a life well lived.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631525131
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Originally a high school French teacher, Adrienne Rubin published two cookbooks for charity before making the decision to go into business as an importer of fine jewelry, selling to the trade. She sold to stores all across the country and eventually opened Avanti Fine Jewelry, her own jewelry store in Beverly Hills. Today she pursues other investments while spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 From Whence Comes This Yearning? 1

Chapter 2 A Rough Beginning 13

Chapter 3 Learning from the Best 25

Chapter 4 Go for the Gold 32

Chapter 5 King Tut 36

Chapter 6 Juggling Time and Money 44

Chapter 7 From Gold to Diamonds 49

Chapter 8 When You Fall, the Only Place to Go is Up 60

Chapter 9 Staying the Course 72

Chapter 10 Buy, Buy, Buy 83

Chapter 11 Risky Business! 89

Chapter 12 A Full Time Job and Other Distractions 95

Chapter 13 Sergey, Dan, and a Special Offer 107

Chapter 14 A Penny Saved 116

Chapter 15 D & G Jewelry Manufacturing, Inc., A Start-Up Company 120

Chapter 16 Flashback 128

Chapter 17 Every Man for Himself, and Every Woman 133

Chapter 18 Sudden Wealth 146

Chapter 19 ABCDEFG 152

Chapter 20 Trust and Deception 161

Chapter 21 What's it All About, Alfie? 172

Chapter 22 A Friend Gets in Trouble 177

Chapter 23 Shenanigans 181

Chapter 24 The Last Straw 189

Chapter 25 My Dad Slips Away 196

Chapter 26 "You Can't Possibly Be That Smart" 200

Chapter 27 Diverting and Plundering the Profits 208

Chapter 28 Greedy Selfish Scoundrels 211

Chapter 29 Dan's Achilles Heel 216

Chapter 30 Resilience 220

Chapter 31 Colored Gems, Inc. 239

Chapter 32 Selling Diamonds Can be Tricky 242

Chapter 33 Heedless Gall 246

Chapter 34 Searching for Answers 254

Chapter 35 Enough is Enough 258

Chapter 36 Assessing the Future 265

Book Club Discussion Questions 271

Case Study of The Diamonds and Gold

Jewelry Manufacturing Company, Inc 273

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