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News analysis, retail advice, style insights, and life as a jeweler


21 Apr

David Liu, speaker at the Smart Show in Chicago, is co-founder and CEO of the, which has done extensive research of its bridal customer members. To attract these brides, which represent 11 billion worth of jewelry sales in everything from engagement rings to wedding party gifts, start with these ideas:

21 Apr

Shane Decker, a featured "monster of sales" at the Smart Show In Chicago says if you want to sell million dollar diamonds, you need a million dollar attitude -— not a poverty mentality. Never tell yourself, "We don't sell big diamonds."

21 Apr

Every retailer’s objective is to produce maximum profit with minimum inventory investment, says Lenny Prion from the Edge Retail Academy.

20 Apr

Brad Pitt took one year to design the engagement ring he presented actress Angelina Jolie last week. And since it was widely considered a flop, now the actor needs a redesign ...

20 Apr

For the last 14 years, the etailing group has conducted annual mystery shopping studies of online retailers, including the Web-based units of brick-and-mortar stores.

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Insights into today's headlines


Florida Policeman Charged with Theft Following Jewelry Store Break-in February 07, 2014

The third robber wore blue. The first two burglars cut a hole in the roof at a Jared's store in P...

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Buffett Backs Billion-Dollar Basketball Bet February 07, 2014

The odds are ever in his favor. With news of jeweler Jeff Dennis’s $70,000 Super Bowl bet still...

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Jeweler Faces Two Years in Prison for Buying Stolen Goods February 07, 2014

Robbery ring believed to have netted $3 million from break-ins. A jeweler in the New York City Di...

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Nerds Offer 3-D Jewelry to Help the Dudes February 07, 2014

There’s hope at last. An on-line jewelry start-up is offering a 3-D solution to the inevitable ...

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Czech Banks Lose Big on Gemstone Gamble February 07, 2014

Pssst: Wanna buy a suitcase full of rubies? A group of Czech banks lent almost $20 million agains...

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To-Do: Lose 100 Pounds, Break Engagement, Become a Jeweler February 06, 2014

A Valentine’s tale of love, will-power and the GIA. A master’s degree candidate in social wor...

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French Jewel Thief Kisses His Way to Prison February 06, 2014

We will always have Paris. Police have nailed one of the two men who invaded the home of a Parisi...

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Could Petra’s Big Blue Be Worth $60 Million? February 06, 2014

Company CEO isn’t saying. While the jewelry world waits breathlessly for Petra Diamonds to anno...

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Gold’s Price Decline Hits Olympic Medals February 06, 2014

Value is down 20 percent from 2012. The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics gold medal’s “podium value...

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Target Will Spend $100 Million to Protect Against Cyber Crime February 06, 2014

Many other retailers remain reluctant to foot the bill. Taking its apology tour to Washington D.C...

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