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03 Jan
     
FILL IN THE BLANK:
All right, I swear it! This year, I'm finally going to ______.
 

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

03 Jan

While for just about everyone else — consumers, the retail majors, online merchants — the holiday shopping season seems to get longer every year, for independent jewelers it seems to shrink ever further into the heart of winter. The results from our final mini-survey of the 2013 holidays suggest the last couple of days before Christmas are now often making the difference between a great season and a poor one.

02 Jan

Was driving in to work today and heard a story on American Public Media’s Marketplace radio show of a new way thieves are exploiting credit cards.

30 Dec

Could design thinking provide the solution to the biggest problems in your business?

24 Dec

OK, this is a little more encouraging. After three weeks during which we watched jewelers’ expectations for the season steadily sink, sales perked up in the last week.

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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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