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2016_10_27_StanleyTruck

Inside Stanley Jewelers’ Going-Out-Of-Business Sale

North Little Rock, AR—The news was shocking to local residents: Stanley Jewelers Gemologists, Inc., the local fine jeweler and a mainstay in the town, was calling it quits after 80 years in business.

Phone calls started coming in (was this a joke?), some very nice letters arrived, and even a cake...

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2016_10_27_FMTrash

Retail News: Stores Collaborate For Charity; Tom Tivol’s New Store; Training Day For Sarah Leonard

Normally Competitors, Three Jewelers Collaborate For Forevermark Charity Night Out

Fairfield, County, CT–On October 19, Forevermark US and three Forevermark authorized jewelers in Connecticut, including David Harvey Jewelers in Darien, J. Albert Johnson Jewelers in Fairfield, and Lux Bond & Green...

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2015_8_20_Millennials

New Research Shows More Reasons Why The Jewelry Industry Struggles With Millennials

New York, NY—New research from Peter Hubbell of BoomAgers, in conjunction with NMI, a strategic consulting, market research and business development company, further explains why the jewelry industry continues to struggle to attract Millennials.

Apart from their well-documented preferences for...

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2016_10_27_Gypsies

Industry News: Gypsy Thieves On The Rise, D.E.F. Expands Board of Directors; More

Gypsy Distraction Thefts Surging, Says JSA

Gilroy, CA—Gypsy thieves are targeting jewelry stores. The Jewelers Security Alliance has received information that a large gang of Romanian gypsies is now operating in the United States, targeting retail jewelry stores with distraction thefts. Since late...

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2016_10_27_HintScreen

Brand News: ‘The Knot’ Launches ‘Hint’ Service To Help Couples Find The Right Ring

New York, NY—Bridal juggernaut The Knot announces the launch of “Hint,” a new service to assist couples in finding the right engagement ring and connect them to local jewelers.

Launched just in time for “proposal season” from November through Februrary—when 38% of couples get engaged, according to...

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2015_1_8_Arrow

Bain Forecasts 3.5% To 3.9% Growth In Holiday Retail Sales

Boston, MA—Bain & Co. expects total US retail sales to grow by 3.5% to 3.9% this holiday season, defined as in-store and e-commerce sales during the months of November and December, excluding automobiles, auto parts, gasoline, and restaurants.

According to a brief released last week, the midpoint...

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2016_10_13_SherrySmith

Running an Omnichannel Store

Omaha, NE--Today’s customers are tech savvy and multi-channel customers. Even though the majority of sales take place in brick & mortar, online channels and social media have a dramatic impact on costumer behavior. These customers demand an integrated, seamless experience across all channels. This...

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2016_10_20_MichelleObama

Celebrity News: First Lady Michelle Obama in Le Vian; Doves Does The Time Warp Again; More

First Lady Michelle Obama Wears Le Vian To Last State Dinner

Washington, DC—For the last state dinner President Obama will host in the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama (left) wore a show-stopping rose gold chainmail dress from Versace, accessorized with color-coordinated Peach Morganite...

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2016_10_13_JodiGoldsmith

Video: Jodi Goldsmith of Gumuchian

Las Vegas, NV--Jodi Goldsmith of Gumuchian reviews the 18k Secret Garden Collection, inspired by the gardens of Versailles, a headline of the brand's fall-winter 2016-2017 offerings. Click here to watch.

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2016-10_20_PhilipBosen

Five Ways To Tap Into Affluent And Lucrative LGBT Market

South Beach, FL—Marketers love to segment different population groups according to their buying power and interests. When it comes to targeting affluent consumers for luxury goods, there’s probably no single group that has more buying power per capita than the LGBT market.

Prestige jewelers...

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2016_10_20_SugarRayLeonard

Industry News: Sugar Ray Leonard To Headline AGS Conclave; JA’s Next Consumer Sweepstakes; More

Legendary Boxing Star Sugar Ray Leonard Tapped For AGS Conclave 2017 

Las Vegas, NV—Celebrated boxing legend, Olympian, and record-breaking world champion Sugar Ray Leonard (left) will headline as one of the primary keynote speakers at the 2017 AGS Conclave, set April 5-8, 2017 at the Loews...

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2016_10_20_CVDSynthetic

GIA Warns New Five-Carat CVD Synthetic Diamond Looks Natural Under Microscope

Carlsbad, CA—A CVD-method synthetic diamond weighing more than five carats was recently tested by Gemological Institute of America (GIA)’s laboratory in Hong Kong. GIA says this is both the largest CVD synthetic diamond it has examined to date, and the largest faceted CVD synthetic gem diamond...

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2016_10_20_JamesCaudill

In Memoriam: James Caudill, Gemologist, Engineer, And Visionary

Las Vegas, NV—James Caudill (left), a leader in the development of diamond performance assessment tools, died October 14 at his home in Las Vegas.

Caudill’s career in the jewelry industry included roles at both the American Gem Society (AGS) and AGS Laboratories, as well as at Gemological...

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2016_10_20_Lagerfeld

Brand News From Karl Lagerfeld Bridal, Stuller, Pease & Curren, Alex Soldier

Karl Lagerfeld Bridal Jewelry Makes Official North American Debut

New York, NY—KARL LAGERFELD Bridal Jewelry, a new brand under the creative direction of the legendary fashion icon and produced by Frederick Goldman, officially launched this week in North America. The brand was introduced at the...

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Classified: Charles Garnier Needs Major Account Reps; Liquidation Consultants Needed ASAP

Jewelry Liquidation Consultants Needed NOW!

Merrick, NY—With the holiday season fast approaching, we have an urgent need for field consultants.

Required Experience:   At least five years of high-end retail jewelry management experience.

Job Description Overview:  Recruiting company is a leader...

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2016_10_13_Laura_Dern_01

Celebrity News From Belle Etoile, Doves, Le Vian, Hearts On Fire, and Harry Kotlar

Laura Dern In Belle Étoile

New York City, NY—Actress Laura Dern (left) was spotted wearing two pieces from Belle Étoile while promoting her new movie “Certain Women” on the "TODAY Show" on Tuesday, October 4. She wore a Fontaine collection bangle and ring featuring 24k yellow gold vermeil. 

 

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2016_10_13_Mastoloni3

Product News: Mastoloni’s Caprice Collection; Nanis Honors Grandparents

Mastoloni Offers Caprice Collection Convertible Earrings

New York, NY—With a nod to the word “capricious,” Mastoloni's Caprice Collection of convertible earrings offers an effortless way to shift from one style to another. Among the pieces in the collection are the Multiway Diamond Eclipse...

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2016_10_13_RIR

New ‘Real Is Rare’ Campaign Departs From Standard Diamond Marketing Fare

New York, NY—Four months after promising to bring back generic diamond marketing from a 10+-year hiatus, the Diamond Producers Association has stepped up to the plate and delivered on its promise to engage Millennials with a series of provocative new videos that turn the norm for diamond...

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2016_10_13_PowerDressing2

Power Dressing: Beyond Celebrity, Jewelry That Makes A Statement

London, UK—Throughout history, jewelry has been used to make a personal statement. Whether it’s to show one’s wealth or even religious symbolism, jewelry has long had meaning beyond simple adornment.

Power jewelry was explored in The Economist’s new 1843 Magazine. While former U.S. secretary of...

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2016_3_3_BlueSynthetic

Industry News: U.S. Jewelry Council To Address Lab-Grown Diamonds; Delegation Heads To Myanmar

U.S. Jewelry Council To Host Roundtable On Undisclosed Lab-Grown Diamonds

New York, NY—The United States Jewelry Council (USJC) will host an industry summit about undisclosed lab-grown diamonds, an issue it calls “the most important consumer confidence issue of the day.” A roundtable discussion...

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2016_10_13_SherrySmith

The Important Task Everyone Loves To Hate: Physical Inventory

Omaha, NE—Please raise your hand if you’ve ever been shocked by your shrinkage number!

As a retailer, doing inventory is at the top of the list as one of our least favorite things to do, not to mention, as a small business owner your plate is already overflowing. Nonetheless, there are several...

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2016_10_13_RCPFDR

Brand News: Ritani Announces New Collaboration With Roberto Coin

New York, NY—Ritani has announced a new collaboration with iconic Italian jewelry designer Roberto Coin. The partnership will add more than 40 new pieces from Roberto Coin’s Princess Flower Collection to Ritani’s successful digital platform.

The Roberto Coin pieces will be available on Ritani.com,...

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2016_10_13_SwissWatch

1970s Redux? Swiss Watch Industry Sees North America As Savior In Downward Spiral

Geneva, Switzerland—It was only a few short years ago that high-end watches were one of the strongest categories in the luxury market. But today, executives of the Swiss watch industry are losing both sleep and sales. According to the Deloitte Swiss Watch Industry Study 2016, exports of fine Swiss...

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2016_10_6JRDunn1

We’re Battening Down The Hatches For Hurricane Matthew

Lighthouse Point, FL—We aren’t taking any chances with this storm after what the team at J.R. Dunn Jewelers went through in 2005 with Hurricane Wilma.  As I’m writing this on Wednesday, the latest model European model (ECMWF) runs show the possibility of a major (category 4) Hurricane Matthew...

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