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


27 Jan

With the show season approaching, a lot of retailers are thinking about merchandising (at least in a general way, like, “What am I gonna buy and hopefully sell this year?”). It’s not just a part of what you do as a jewelry retailer, it’s integral to your business, weaving and wrapping through it so tightly that it’s inseparable from who you are as a company. That’s why we’ve made it the focus theme of The SMART Show education program this year, and it’s why we’re now working on a couple of big stories for both INDESIGN and INSTORE on the subject.

24 Jan

Invest in your people, they are your most important asset. Paul James had always believed in this adage of business and it had served him well in his two decades as a jewelry-store owner.

23 Jan

We know how it is: We and everyone else are all telling you that in this day and age you have to be active on social media. But unless you have (or you are!) a young tech whiz who really loves the stuff, you run out of steam after a week. So many accounts ... so many passwords ... so much to stay on top of.

22 Jan

Came across a nice parable while reading Michael Port's Book Yourself Solid: The Fastest, Easiest, and Most Reliable System for Getting More Clients Than You Can Handle Even if You Hate Marketing and Selling. Review coming soon in the pages of INSTORE. Anyway, here goes:

21 Jan

Given that Radiant Orchid is the Color of the Year, was anyone surprised by all the red and blue we saw on the red carpet this past weekend at the Screen Actors Guild Awards? I wasn’t. Maybe that’s because Leatrice Eiseman of Pantone told me, just days after the color forecaster’s choice was announced, that we’ll be seeing a lot of all three colors this year. And that we did on Saturday at Hollywood’s 20th annual SAGSs. There was a lot of green, too—despite that 2013, the year of Emerald, has passed.

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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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