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Old 09-03-2014, 09:03 AM   #1
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As Calgarypuck’s newest sponsor, I’d like to formally introduce myself.
My name is Justin and I am the owner of Gem by Carati. I’ve been lurking on Calgarypuck for years and finally joined in 2012. I’ve been a die-hard Flames fan since I can remember and split season tickets with my Uncle. Since I spend so much time on here anyways, I figure it I may as well become a sponsor so I can pass off browsing Calgarypuck as work!

A little background of myself; I grew up in the business and started working for my Dad when I was about 15. It was always my dream to own my own store and follow in my father’s footsteps. So after University, I continued my education in the industry by becoming a Graduate Gemologist accredited by the GIA. Essentially this means I am able to expertly identify and grade diamonds and gemstones.

As a family, we own 3 jewellery stores downtown:



301 Lancaster Building (The Core shopping center)
304, 8th Avenue SW
403-269-3562
www.henrysjewellers.com
My father and Uncle Henry opened this store back in 1979. Henry has since retired but my Dad is still at work every day.



Main level Bankers Hall
#121, 315 8th Avenue SW
403-264-5557
www.carati.ca
My sister opened Carati in 2003, she is now on maternity leave so I manage the day to day operations at the Carati location



Second level Scotia Center
#234, 225 7th Avenue SW
403-264-8772
www.gembycarati.com
I opened Gem in 2011, I tend to spend the majority of my time at this location.


We specialize in diamonds, gemstones and custom designs. We also carry fine jewellery brands such as Forevermark, Alor, CARLEX, Jeff Cooper, ArtCarved, Noam Carver and much more.
For watches, we carry Tissot, Hamilton, Longines and Gucci.

As a member of Calgarypuck, you will receive special pricing so please email me directly at justin@gembycarati.com or give me a call at 403-264-8772 with any inquiries.


Thanks and I look forward to meeting some fellow cp members!
Justin
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Old 09-03-2014, 01:19 PM   #2
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Does this mean we're allowed to badmouth Spence Diamonds now?
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Old 09-03-2014, 04:06 PM   #3
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Does this mean we're allowed to badmouth Spence Diamonds now?
I'm too tired to read legal threats right now, maybe wait a few weeks lol.
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Old 09-04-2014, 08:50 AM   #4
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Welcome aboard Justin, I hope the Calgarypuck community supports your stores and makes this venture a great success.

Thanks for supporting us!

Glad to hear you're a Flames fan and a Calgarypuck guy to start, that makes it all the better.

Can't miss right? A bunch of dudes that know nothing about jewellry shopping! (no offense to our non dude minority!)
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Old 09-05-2014, 09:35 AM   #5
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Thanks for the warm welcome Bingo, looking forward to it!
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Old 09-12-2014, 08:16 AM   #6
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Justin is an awesome guy to deal with! Here's a review that I posted on another Calgary-based forum (Most of you can guess which one it is...don't know if I'm allowed to name it... )

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My fiancee's parents wanted to buy me a watch as a wedding gift, but they decided to let me go out and pick something that I wanted, obviously within their budget. I'm not a picky guy, but they really wanted me to get something that I would use on a regular basis.

So off I went, learning about what makes a good watch, and what to look for when buying one. A coworker helped me out a little bit as well. Tissot was high on my list of brands, as I liked their watches, and because this was my first "real" watch, I didn't want to spend boatloads of money on a high-end Rolex or something.

My above-mentioned coworker also spoke very highly of Tissot, and even brought in his watch to show me. So at this point, Tissot was almost a foregone conclusion. Seeing Steven Stamkos' face plastered on their website might have helped a little.

I started doing a couple of searches online, and came across Justin and GEM by Carati. I had read about Justin and his business before, so it jogged my memory a bit.

I went shopping in the Tissot catalog, and shortlisted three watches that were pretty similar. Then I sent Justin an e-mail to introduce myself, ask about what he had in stock, and what he could get.

Justin replied in short order with answers on all three watches, including whether or not he had them, how long it would take to order them if he didn't, and the price, including the member's discount!

Justin's communication was amazing, and he didn't pressure me at all, or ask me to "come in and we'll discuss" like you might hear from a typical used car salesman.

One of the watches I had shortlisted was the 'special' IIHF edition of the Tissot PRS200. He said that he didn't have it, but he had the Steven Stamkos Limited Edition in stock. It's basically the same watch, but a slightly different style. I didn't even know that you could GET this watch, as I hadn't noticed it in the Tissot catalog.

My fiancee isn't a sports fan at all, so she was originally going to veto it, but after a few seconds, she relented and said "Alright, if you like it that much, buy it." I have a feeling that I'm going to have to pay for that one later though!

The very next day, I went to pick up the watch, and meet Justin for the first time. He was an awesome guy to deal with. His store was easy to find in a great location. His staff were very pleasant and welcomed me immediately. When I asked to see Justin, he came out in a matter of seconds.

He showed me the watch, adjusted it to my wrist, had it packed up for me, and that was that. In 24 hours, I had picked a watch, found that I could get it in an even better style than I had imagined, and picked it up at a very decent price!!

I absolutely love the watch, and I will be going back to GEM by Carati for any future jewelry needs!!

Thanks, Justin!!

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Thanks for the great review Stealth22, much appreciated!
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Just a reminder that there's one week left to submit your custom orders to be completed in time for Christmas.

Please pm or email me at justin@gembycarati.com with any inquires. Thanks!
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Old 11-24-2014, 12:56 PM   #9
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Justin, just sent you an email!
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Old 12-06-2014, 04:39 PM   #10
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Just an update as we will now be open extended hours for Christmas:

Monday - Friday: 9:30am - 8:00pm
Saturday: 9:30am - 6:00pm
Sunday: Noon - 6:00pm

Anytime we're open, I'm working, so please don't hesitate to ask for me. Sometimes I'm hiding in the back office or at one of the other stores but I'm always around.

Thanks!
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Old 12-26-2014, 11:30 AM   #11
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Calgarypuck!!!

Gem by Carati will be having a boxing week special for CP members, so please let me know that you're from CP when you come in!

Hamilton:
CP discount plus your choice of:
1) A free Hamilton deployment buckle ($50 value)
or
2) A free Hirsch leather strap up to a value of $60

Tissot:
CP discount and a free Hirsch leather strap up to a value of $60

Longines:
CP discount and a free Hirsch leather strap up to a value of $60

Offer is valid from December 26th - December 31st, 2014.

For any quotes, please pm me or email me at justin@gembycarati.com
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A couple of announcements for today:

1) Due to the volatility of the Swiss Franc as well as our own dollar, we'll be seeing a price increase from Tissot, Hamilton and Longines.
The price change will be effective March 1st.

2) We'll be closed this week from Feb 18th to 20th for some minor renovations. We'll be re-open on Saturday the 21st.
If you have any questions or need to get in touch with us, please feel free to email me at: justin@gembycarati.com


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Old 12-07-2015, 11:09 AM   #13
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Christmas hours start today!

From now until Christmas, our new hours:
Monday - Friday: 9:30am - 7:30pm
Saturday: 9:30am - 7:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm

I'm here everyday before the stores open and after we close so please don't hesitate to ask for me if you come into the store.
Thanks for the continued support!
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A couple of announcements for today:

1) Due to the volatility of the Swiss Franc as well as our own dollar, we'll be seeing a price increase from Tissot, Hamilton and Longines.
The price change will be effective March 1st.

2) We'll be closed this week from Feb 18th to 20th for some minor renovations. We'll be re-open on Saturday the 21st.
If you have any questions or need to get in touch with us, please feel free to email me at: justin@gembycarati.com


Thanks!
Do you expect any price changes in Q1 due to currency fluctuations?
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Do you expect any price changes in Q1 due to currency fluctuations?
I haven't heard anything yet, but I'm personally expecting an increase of our dollar stays in this range.
We're generally told about a month before prices are officially raised, I'll be sure to update this thread if I hear of any price changes!
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Old 12-26-2015, 10:14 AM   #16
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Merry Christmas Calgary Puck!!

Boxing Week deals: Save the GST on top of the CP discount from December 26-December 31.

Valid on all in stock watches and jewellery.


We have also a handful of discontinued Tissot watches at 40% off!
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Update!
Effective March 1st, Hamilton and Tissot will be raising prices on all pieces due to the exchange rate.
On average, it's about a 5% increase.

Please feel free to pm or e-mail me with any questions or quotes.
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Old 04-11-2016, 12:05 PM   #18
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Big thanks to Justin for getting my wife's rings resized in time for our anniversary. And at 1/5th the cost of some other places...
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Thanks again for coming in Fuzz!
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Hey Justin. I was cruising your site and clicked on the 'Engagement Rings' link on the front page and mid sentence on the first paragraph I think the language changes to Latin? Are you aware of that?
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