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2016_3_31_TaraWorking

Jewelry Restores Wounded Warrior’s Life

San Antonio, TX—When Tara Hutchinson was a little girl, becoming a jeweler was the last thing on her mind. Instead, the Anchorage, AK native who often played “army” with her older brother later enlisted in the U.S. Army for real. She spent 10 years as a military police officer, and eventually was...

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2015_4_2_Gold

Downward Spiral Slows For Gold

New York, NYGold prices continued to slide in 2015, albeit at a slower pace than in 2014, as investors sought equities, real estate, and other investments instead of gold and commodities.

Commodities research and consulting firm CPM predicted in late 2010 that the bull market for gold and...

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2016_3_31_ClarkJayne

Retail News: AZ Jeweler Helps Make A Wish Come True; Horologist Bruce Blackman Dies At 86

Scottsdale, AZ—The Arizona Make-A-Wish Foundation has chosen Paul Johnson Jewelers for its “jeweler sponsor,” after the jeweler made a special collection of jewelry for the organization’s Make-A-Wish child who wants to be a dress designer.

Through Make-A-Wish, Jayne visited the jeweler to select...

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2016_3_3_TinaFey

The Month In Review: March

Merrick, NY—March was a busy month for the jewelry industry, beginning with the Oscars—the jewelry industry’s version of Fashion Week. Diamond prices seem to have hit bottom and business at both the Hong Kong and the Baselworld fairs was a bit better than many expected, though the terrorist attacks...

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2016_3_31_Scott_Saunders_Newsday

London Jewelers’ Scott Saunders Discusses The Store’s Growth, Evolution, And Opening At Ground Zero

New York, NY—Scott Saunders (left), senior vice president of business development for Manhasset, NY-based London Jewelers, was one of the Power Talk speakers at the recent WJA In The Know conference. The Q&A focused on the changing jewelry industry and how to succeed in the new marketplace. (Image:...

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2016_3_31_Robber

Industry News: JSA Says String Of Violent Robberies May Be Linked; AGS Adds Titleholders; More

JSA Alert: Violent SoCal Robberies May Be Connected

New York, NY—The Jewelers Security Alliance has issued a special alert warning that seven violent jewelry store robberies in southern California may be connected and that suspects (one pictured left) still may be at large.

The incidents, which...

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2016_3_31_KaitlinRoyal

Celebrity News: ‘Empire,’ ‘Boss’ Stars in Royal Jewelry; Amy Adams In Meira T; More

Empire, Boss Stars In Royal Jewelry

Los Angeles, CA—Actresses Kaitlin Doubleday (Empire) and Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, The Boss) wore Royal Jewelry during recent press appearances. Doubleday (left) wore a white gold and diamond ring while being interviewed on Watch What Happens Live, and...

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2016_3_31_MarkHenry

Brand And Product News From Mark Henry, Shinola, And Jewelry Innovations

Mark Henry Announces New Interchangeable Jewelry Set

New York, NY—Mark Henry announces a new interchangeable jewelry set (left) using color-change Alexandrite and diamond accents. The set features Alexandrite pavé in 18k yellow, rose, or white gold, with 0.42 ctw of diamond accents. Total...

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2016_3_24_Pandora

What Millennials Really Want From Luxury Watches And Jewelry

New York, NY—By now, most people in the luxury business can sum up the conventional wisdom about Millennial shoppers: they’re wired, thrifty, and value experiences over things.

While these traits are indeed true, a recent article by Leah Swartz in the Luxury Society newsletter says there’s more to...

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2016_3_24_naomi-dunford

Easy, Almost-Free Tips To Spring Clean Your Website And Your Brand

Merrick, NY—While you may spring clean your house or store annually, did you know that freshening up your website, and your brand, should be your newest annual tradition?

It’s easy to ignore your website. It doesn’t walk in front of you every day and you don’t have to look at it unless you want...

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2016_3_24_HithaHerzog

Expert Says Women Buy Lots Of Jewelry For Themselves; Online Is Best To Reach Them

New York, NY—Take a cue from the Eurythmics. Great women are no longer hiding behind great men; the sisters are doin’ it for themselves.

And when it comes to jewelry, they’re also buying it for themselves. Hitha Herzog, chief research officer of H Squared Research, investigative reporter and...

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2016_3_24_LBAmarcord

Product News: Some Basel Introductions From Nanis, Frederique Constant, and Alpina

Nanis Introduces Amarcord, Ipanema, Lagoon Collections In Basel

Basel, Switzerland—Nanis launched multiple new collections of jewelry during the Baselworld Fair, which concludes today. The Amarcord collection (closeup shown left) is inspired by the images of the great movie director Fellini, with...

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2016_3_24_DorotheeGizenga

Industry News From D.E.F., World Diamond Council, Jewelry Industry Summit, JA, More

Dorothée Gizenga And Chow Tai Fook To Be Honored At ‘Diamonds Do Good’ Awards

New York, NY—The Diamond Empowerment Fund (D.E.F) will honor two industry luminaries at its upcoming Diamonds Do Good Awards Gala June 2 in Las Vegas. D.E.F. will present its “Diamonds Do Good” Awards for Sustainable...

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2016_3_24_KathyIreland

Brand News: Kathy Ireland Features Martin Flyer; ‘Today’ Show Highlights Two By London, Others; More

Martin Flyer Jewelry Featured on ‘Worldwide Business with kathy ireland’

Los Angeles, CA— Joshua Kaufman, CEO of Martin Flyer Jewelry was featured on Worldwide Business with kathy ireland Sunday, in an exclusive feature story giving independent jewelers an edge in their bridal business. Kathy...

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2016_3_24_reference-check

Yes, He Worked Here. How To Give References In A Litigious Market

Brentwood, TN—Employer references are a sticky subject these days. On one hand, hiring managers are urged to dig deep and check not only the references a candidate lists on his or her application, but to find other former colleagues and talk to them as well. In a tight-knit, insular industry such...

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2016_3_24_JenniferLopez

Celebrity News: J. Lo, Alicia Quarles, and Gal Gadot in Le Vian; Alex Soldier In Harper’s Bazaar

Los Angeles, CA—Jennifer Lopez (left) wore Le Vian Strawberry ’N Vanilla Link’ing earrings to Justin Bieber's 2016 Purpose World Tour, March 20 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Actress Gal Gadot wore three Le Vian Chocolate Diamonds rings to the Batman v Superman premiere at Auditorio Nacional,...

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Classified: Experienced Rep Seeks Mid-Atlantic Position; Ed Levin And FACET Barcelona Need Reps

Experienced Rep Seeks New Position

Merrick, NY—High-end sales rep with more than 35 years’ experience on the road at two top branded companies is seeking a new challenge with a well-established line of jewelry that needs representation in the mid-Atlantic states. Please contact...

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2016_3_17_JBEarrs

Celebrity News From Sylvie Collection, Royal Jewelry, And Doves

MOFY and OITNB Stars In Royal Jewelry

Los Angeles, CA—Actress Julie Bowen of Modern Family wore Royal Jewelry earrings (left) to the Alliance for Children’s Rights’ 24th Annual Dinner, while Dascha Polanco, who stars in Orange is the New Black and The Perfect Match, wore Royal earrings and a ring...

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2016_3_17_Montelongos

As The Market Moves Down, Montelongo’s Moves Up

College Station, TX—Few jewelers looking at a lackluster sales market would think that’s the perfect time to revamp their business and go really high-end. While that’s far from the norm, that’s exactly what jeweler Jesse Montelongo of Montelongo’s Fine Jewelry, College Station, Texas, did in 2008...

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2016_3_17_DorfmanFront

Retail News: Dorfman Closes Its Doors; Florida Jeweler Tips Off Industry To Siri’s Sales Pitch

Dorfman Closes Its Doors; Liquidates Through Auction House

Boston, MA—Just one short year after a million-dollar remodel that took six months to complete, Dorfman is the latest luxury jeweler to shutter its doors.  Brothers Jonathan and Douglas Dorfman, third-generation owners of the business,...

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2016_3_17_ExceptionalEmplloyee

How To Recognize An Exceptional Employee

Merrick, NY—You may not know exactly why an employee is exceptional, but you likely know exactly who your exceptional employee is when you have one. Successful businesses depend on good employees, and every business would like to have more that are exceptional.  

You’ve likely managed an...

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2016_3_17_KMRingGold

Industry News: Gold Conference Set For April; Precious Metal Prices To Rise; More

Sixth Annual Gold Conference Set For April

New York, NY—Initiatives in Art & Culture announces its sixth annual Gold Conference will be held April 28 & 29 in New York City. The event will feature two full days of presentations, book sales and signings, and special jewelry viewings and receptions.... Read more...

diamonds

Brand And Product News From De Beers, Scott Kay, Roberto Demeglio, Ed Levin, More

De Beers Launches Diamond Buyback Service

New York, NY—Now that the street is becoming as important to the diamond supply chain as the mines, De Beers wants a piece of the pie. On Wednesday, it formally launched the International Institute of Diamond Valuation (IIDV) in the United States after an...

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2016_3_17_BllueNile

The Top 10 Luxury Jewelry Brands On Facebook And Instagram

Merrick, NY—A few weeks ago we examined which luxury watch and jewelry brands had the biggest presence on Twitter. Now Luxury Society, in partnership with Digital Luxury Group, has taken a look at how they stack up on the jewelry industry’s most popular social media, Facebook, and on Instagram,...

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