Commercial Construction & Renovation

MAY-JUN 2017

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The disruptors How Spence Diamonds is redefining the U.S. jewelry game L ast year, when Canada's leading diamond jewelry retailer entered the U.S. market, heads turned. With splashy new stores in Austin, Texas, San Jose, Calif. and Scottsdale, Ariz., it now is America's best new secret. The retailer's innovative store concept combines a fun, transpar- ent and educational experience in an open and bright environment. Add this to its breakthrough product offering, namely its Artisan Cre- ated Diamonds™, and Spence Diamonds is the Apple of the jewelry retail game. Founded in 1978, Spence is vertically integrated with offices and design studios in Antwerp, Belgium and Vancouver, Canada. Over the years, it has been recognized as one of Canada's "50 Best Managed Companies" by the National Post, as well as one of the country's "Most Admired Corporate Cultures" by Waterstone Human Capital. Today, Spence is the only U.S. retail store where consumers can learn about and choose between traditional stones and new Artisan Created Diamonds, carrying a wide array of diamonds for engage- ment rings and in numerous exclusive jewelry designs. Commercial Construction & Renovation sat down with Melissa Gallant, manager, New Store Development & Operations, to get a look at what the future holds for jewelry retail. 26 COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION & RENOVATION — MAY : JUNE 2017

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