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Crisscut Launches Latest In Lotus Collection

New York, NY—Christopher Designs has unveiled the latest ring it the Lotus Collection, featuring its patented Crisscut diamond. It's shown at left.


Silver Continues to Shine

New York, NY—According to results of its third annual Silver Sales Survey, the Silver Promotion Service says sales of the metal continued to rise last year. The survey, conducted online by Nielsen/National Jeweler, found that more than three-fourths (77%) of retailers responding saw silver jewelry sales grow last year, with 27% posting gains of 25% or more. More than half (53%) said the metal maintained the best margins throughout the holiday season of 2011, and the metal represented, on average, 27% of retailers’ dollar volume and 37% of unit sales.

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Edward Mirell Creates Piece for 50 Cent

Deerfield Beach, FL—Designer Edward Mirell has created a custom necklace for musician/actor/entrepreneur 50 Cent. The piece contains Mirell’s patented black Ti and 7.0 ctw. of diamonds.


Smart Show Goes to the Dogs To Raise Money for SDF

Chicago, IL—The SMART Jewelry Show, set for April 21-23 at the Navy Pier in Chicago, invites independent jewelers to demonstrate why their four-footed sales associate deserves top honors in the industry’s Top Dog competition.

Now in its second year, the SMART America’s Top Dog competition is a fun way to highlight an interesting trend in the industry: store owners who decide to make their dog a key part of the brand. But this year the contest also has a more serious side: all proceeds from the $15 contestant entry fees, plus a matching grant up to $1,000 from sponsor GE Capital Luxury, will benefit the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF).

This extraordinary organization rescues dogs from shelters, professionally trains them to find humans buried under rubble during disasters, then donates the dogs to fire departments and other first responders.

Not only does SDF provide this service for free, they ensure the care of the dogs for their entire lives. Never again will an SDF dog see the inside of a shelter.

"We are absolutely thrilled to be a part of this great contest once again, and are especially excited about the addition of all proceeds going to a tremendous charity," says Shelly Schulz of GE Capital Luxury. "Good luck to all, and may the best pooch win!"

America’s Top Dog will be determined from total votes cast on the show floor at the Top Dog SMART Station. A winner in a second category, National Search Dog Special Choice Award, will also be selected. Voting ends at 11 a.m. on April 23 and the winner will be announced at 12:30 p.m. the same day.

To enter the contest, click here. Deadline for entry is April 13. Learn more about SDF here.


Taio Cruz To Perform at Couture Opening Night

New York, NY—British recording artist Taio Cruz will be the opening night act at this year’s Couture show in Las Vegas. With number one hits that include “Dynamite” and “Break Your Heart,” Cruz will perform at this invitation-only event at the Wynn Sunset Pool Deck on opening day, Thursday, May 31.

In addition to performing his well-known hits, the British singer-songwriter will also present a unique DJ set. “Break Your Heart,” the lead single from Cruz’s second solo album, Rokstarr, topped the UK singles chart, and later was remixed to include rapper Ludacris as a featured guest before hitting number one in several different countries, including the United States.

The Couture opening night party is open to exhibitors, Cornerstone retailers and media. Couture 2012 will be held at the Wynn Las Vegas May 31-June 4, 2012.


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