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


23 Dec

With Christmas coming up in just a couple of days, it occurred to me that with the heavy industry focus on making those sales, it could be easy to lose sight of what the holiday season is all about: Charity.

20 Dec
Is it almost over? I don't think I could take another _______.

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

18 Dec

This week, we dip once more into the INSTORE archives -- back to December, 2003, when we produced our own jewelry-store version of "The Night Before Christmas."

17 Dec

The Big Chill, continues, both outside and inside the walls of independent jewelers, with more and more store-owners reporting that the 2013 holiday season is shaping up as a disappointing one.

16 Dec

Over the years, whenever I’ve treated myself to a new pair of earrings, only once did I buy hoops. Okay, maybe twice. To me, the swinginess of dangles always seemed more fun to wear and, when they dropped longer than two inches, they surely seemed more alluring than hoops. Yet, for 2014, I’m considering some new hoops. Inevitably, as the year unfolds, other women will come round, too. Why? Pretty much, because many of the hippest new hoops aren’t round, and that’s exactly the shape needed for next year’s fashion.

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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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