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


07 Feb

It’s good to see the color turquoise return to fashion’s runways—that means turquoise jewelry will also be resurrected. Not that turquoise jewelry ever really goes away, of course. But remember how huge it was a dozen years ago? There wasn’t a designer who could resist it (and coral, too, as I recall). I’ll admit, this comeback kind of crept up on me—while I was watching the purple palette, like everyone else, I suspect.

07 Feb
If ________ were a sport, I'd be an Olympian.

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

07 Feb

A story from last Sunday’s New York Times carried the headline: “The Middle Class Is Steadily Eroding. Just Ask the Business World.” It could as easily have said, “Just Ask Jewelers.”

06 Feb

The revelation this week that General Motors’ new CEO Mary Barra is paid half of what her male predecessor received is sparking debate about the pay gap between men and women. This got me wondering if such a gap exists among independent jewelry store owners. In our 2013 Big Survey, we asked store owners what their total personal earnings were as well as their gender, so it took only a couple of minutes to come up with a graphic representation of any disparity in earnings between male and female store owners:

05 Feb

I'm currently reading "Do It! Marketing: 77 Instant-Action Ideas To Boost Sales, Maximize Profits and Crush Your Competition".

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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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