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


13 Dec

I moved to New Orleans a couple of weeks ago. Last weekend, I had brunch at Commander’s Palace in the Garden District with my cousin Margie and her husband, Clyde, who were our first visitors here.

13 Dec
My holiday season? So far, so _______.

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

12 Dec

Word from Jewelers For Children this week is that they are hosting a Rings of Strength walk/run/bike ride in both Tucson and Las Vegas this year.

11 Dec

Came across this valuable little nugget of Seth Godin’s (from his book, “The Dip”) on the subject of quitting.

10 Dec

After an encouraging start , independent jewelers are reporting that the 2013 holiday season has chilled along with the weather in the last week. More store owners are saying their average ticket is down compared to last year, more are seeing fewer customers in their store compared to 2013 and more are describing this holiday season as either “dismal” (7% versus 4% last week) or “disappointing” (26% compared with 24% last week).

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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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