(AP) If you’re buying something from a jewelry store, chances are it’s Mary’s, a local jewelry maker that started in Missouri and is expanding into Kansas and Arkansas.
The Mary’s jewelry box has become a staple in the Midwest, and the company is expanding across the country.
It’s been called the “golden child” of the jewelry business by the Associated Press, and Mary’s has earned more than $1 billion in sales since opening in 2007.
It is now one of the top three jewelers in the world, according to its website.
But in this market, the gold jewelry box is a different beast, with the company’s competitors, like Tiffany and Louis Vuitton, also doing well.
The business is expanding as more people buy jewelry and the demand for the goods is growing, said Mary Ellen Sosnoff, president of Mary Ellen Jewelers in Lovesville, Missouri.
But the jewelry box’s popularity has grown by leaps and bounds over the last year or so, said Sosneff.
It has become so popular that a lot of jewelry is being sent to its customers from other stores.
Mary Ellen has about 10 employees and a warehouse full of jewelry.
They’re making jewelry that has a lot more gold in it, Sosneeff said.
That’s not something you could find at Tiffany or Louis Vuitchards.
“They’ve got a little bit of gold in there, but not the gold that they would get from Tiffany or the gold they get from Louis Vuittards,” she said.
The company was born in Likesville, a town of about 3,000 that is about a half-hour from the Missouri border and is home to the world’s second-largest silver mining town, Lovesport.
It sits on the Missouri River and has an annual population of about 8,000 people.
Mary’s began making jewelry for the local community in 2008.
Its employees are mostly students, said co-owner Anna Ritter, a fourth-year accounting major from Lovesburg.
“It was a very easy decision to go into business with a small town, and I’m just happy to be able to be part of it.”
She added that Mary’s is a business that makes jewelry for herself, her family and her friends.
The box is not only affordable, but it’s also not expensive.
Sosnaff said her employees make a living selling their work for the store.
She said she made more than the average retail employee in the United States last year, but that she was also able to save money on some of the costs associated with the business, such as the cost of cleaning up and shipping.
She doesn’t believe that any of that would have been possible if the business was in Losesville.
“The jewelry box itself is very inexpensive,” she added.
“The box, if you can find a person who can handle it, is $250 or $300.
They can put it in a drawer and just go to the store and pick it up.
They just don’t want to deal with a lot.”
Mary Ellen Jeweleries started out making jewelry in the 1950s.
Today, the company makes more than 60 different kinds of jewelry, ranging from small jewelry to high-end jewelry.
The average piece costs about $400.
The gold jewelry boxes that are made are priced at $5,000 or more.
The majority of the boxes are made of pure gold, which is hard to find.
But, the silver and gold boxes are more common.
There are about 10 gold boxes in the warehouse.
Srosnoff said that when the company began making gold jewelry, there were no customers that would buy a gold box.
Today there are about 200 customers who would buy one.
“The customer base is so large, we don’t really have to worry about that,” Sosnedoff said.
She has seen customers come in and say, ‘I’m going to buy the gold box for my mom.’
“I think they feel the jewelry is worth it because they can’t afford the jewelry they were looking at before.
It also helps us keep up with the demand because when the jewelry’s gone, they can get another box.”
The business is making jewelry from recycled materials and recycled plastic.
It uses materials that are environmentally friendly and that help it reduce waste, said Paul McRae, a product manager for Mary Ellen.
The company’s biggest challenge has been finding a supplier for the metal.
It currently has about 100 metal suppliers and that’s a number that has grown steadily over the past few years, McRael said.
Mary Elizabeth is the first company to buy its metal from an international supplier.
McRaul said that’s been the hardest part of the process for Mary Elizabeth, because the company has to send it overseas for processing.