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


09 Jan

We don’t run many mentions of retirements, mainly because we don’t hear about them until long after the fact. But today, we just got word of one jeweler retiring who is of personal significance to me — and by association, INSTORE — although I’m sure he’s not aware of it.

08 Jan

For the first half of this New Year, If there’s a single word we should all be thinking of, it’s simplicity. And if there’s a single necklace we should all be thinking of—a necklace that perfectly fits such simplicity-- it’s the trapeze. Some of you may know it as “the bar necklace”—but I think trapeze sounds more luxury than bar--no? Either way, I have high expectations for this necklace silhouette, with its horizontal bar suspended on a short chain.

08 Jan

I was really frustrated recently with my ice cube trays. Half of one tray was filled with stubborn ice cubes that simply would not disengage from their slots. I kept refilling the trays around the stuck ice cubes, but this seemed a terrific waste of resources, causing my overall ice-cube yield to come in 25% less than it should. Finally, determined to solve the problem, I pulled the tray out of the refrigerator and began banging it on the kitchen counter. Nothing. Banged sideways. Banged upside down. I even pulled out a steak knife and considered using that to pry the cubes out, but that seemed unwise. “How am I going to get these damned ice cubes out of the tray?” I thought. Then, all of a sudden, I thought: “Wait a minute …”

07 Jan

Jewelers make and sell beautiful pieces every day, but the jewelry made by David Putnam, owner of Alamo City Gold & Silver in San Antonio, is especially significant to its recipients.

06 Jan

It’s one of the most widespread, tried-and-true marketing promotions in the jewelry business: If it snows so many inches on a particular day, customers get their jewelry for free. The jeweler hires an insurance company to cover claims in case of snow. Generally speaking, it doesn’t snow – or at least, not enough to fulfill the required amount. That’s what the insurance company is banking on. But what happens if the snowfall seemingly meets the required amount to the layperson’s eye, but the insurance company refuses to pay because they find data that says otherwise?

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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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