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


14 Jan

Throughout the year , I try to encourage jewelry-store owners I meet, in person and on the phone, to enter America’s Coolest Stores contest.

14 Jan

For the first time in quite a few years, Sunday’s Golden Globes left me feeling hopeful about celebrity selections and fine jewelry’s direction. And it had nothing to do with the amount of jewelry worn to the annual awards event because, actually, it wasn’t uncommon for the stars to wear only one or two pieces. But it had everything to do with what they chose: In silhouette, size, materials, and historical influence, much of the Globes’ jewels kept with 2014 style: modern and simple, yet detailed to be distinctive. And yellow gold? For sure, it won out over all other metal colors.

13 Jan

Have you ever found yourself surfing the Internet when an ad pops up advertising a local business – perhaps in a category you’re interested in – just when and where you least expect it? As a digital advertiser, you have the ability to place your ads in front of people who have browsed your category in the past. Pretty incredible stuff, but just wait until you see what they’re working on now. It’s actually a little scary.

10 Jan

Amid a mid-December slump, when many jewelers were reporting that foot traffic in their stores had worryingly dried up, the outlook for the season seemed to be as dire as the freezing weather that was keeping so many shoppers at home.

10 Jan
Time for the Golden Globes! The star whose jewelry choices I'm most excited to see is ___________.

Welcome to "Fill in the Blank," a weekly helping of nutritious thought for growing jewelry store owners.

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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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