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NRF says Senate passage of tax reform could give shoppers ‘free Christmas’

NRF says Senate passage of tax reform could give shoppers ‘free Christmas’

(WASHINGTON) - The National Retail Federation (NRF) welcomed Senate passage of landmark tax reform legislation, saying congressional action on the pro-growth plan is helping boost consumer confidence and that savings from reform could be enough to pay...

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GIA reports well attended Jewelry Career Fair and Open House

GIA reports well attended Jewelry Career Fair and Open House

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) Jewelry Career Fair and Open House drew nearly 900 gem and jewelry professionals, job seekers and members of the local community to the event’s 26th anniversary on October 13. This annual e...

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American Gem Trade Association GemFair™ and U.S. Antique Shows to co-locate in Las Vegas

American Gem Trade Association GemFair™ and U.S. Antique Shows to co-locate in Las Vegas

Partnership will mutually benefit exhibitors and attendees

(NEW YORK) - The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) and U.S. Antique Shows are pleased to announce that their Las Vegas events will be co-located at the Las Vegas Convention Center, beginnin...

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GN Diamond unveils Diamond Hunt

GN Diamond unveils Diamond Hunt

Free in-store tool designed to help retailers sell more diamonds

Qualifying a customer’s budget is a common hurdle faced by jewelers and their sales associates on a daily basis. GN Diamond listens to the common pain points experienced by jewelers and ...

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NRF says Senate passage of tax reform could give shoppers ‘free Christmas’

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NRF says Senate passage of tax reform could give shoppers ‘free Christmas’

(WASHINGTON) - The National Retail Federation (NRF) welcomed Senate passage of landmark tax reform legislation, saying congressional action on the pro-growth plan is helping boost consumer confidence and that savings from reform could be enough to pay for many families’ holiday shopping.

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Maximize the store experience

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Jewelers Mutual’s 5 tips to go beyond the sale this holiday season

(NEENAH, Wis.) - We’ve all heard the catch phrase “don’t sweat the small stuff”, but in retail nothing could be further from the truth, especially this holiday season. Facing the busiest time of year and increased traffic, it’s easy to...

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GIA reports well attended Jewelry Career Fair and Open House

10 DAYS AGO
GIA reports well attended Jewelry Career Fair and Open House

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) Jewelry Career Fair and Open House drew nearly 900 gem and jewelry professionals, job seekers and members of the local community to the event’s 26th anniversary on October 13. This annual event at GIA’s Carlsbad World Headquarters was bust...

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IGI presents at AliExpress event ahead of Major Chinese Ecommerce Day

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(SHANGHAI, China) - The International Gemological Institute’s (IGI) Shanghai team delivered a lecture at the AliExpress “Double Eleven Jewelry Industry Gold Sellers Training Session” in Hangzhou, China. AliExpress is an ecommerce platform owned by Alibaba (currently the world’s largest retailer).

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American Gem Trade Association GemFair™ and U.S. Antique Shows to co-locate in Las Vegas

5 DAYS AGO
American Gem Trade Association GemFair™ and U.S. Antique Shows to co-locate in Las Vegas

Partnership will mutually benefit exhibitors and attendees

(NEW YORK) - The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) and U.S. Antique Shows are pleased to announce that their Las Vegas events will be co-located at the Las Vegas Convention Center, beginning in June of 2019. AGTA GemFair™ Las Vegas is a de...

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Rembrandt expanding U.S. operations to support sales growth of traditional charm bracelet business

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Rembrandt expanding U.S. operations to support sales growth of traditional charm bracelet business

(WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y.) - Rembrandt Charms is expanding its Williamsville, New York operations to include a new state of the art, eco-friendly electroplating facility. Rembrandt Charms was awarded an Empire State Development Grant by New York State for this project. The expansion is an integral part of...

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GN Diamond unveils Diamond Hunt

5 DAYS AGO
GN Diamond unveils Diamond Hunt

Free in-store tool designed to help retailers sell more diamonds

Qualifying a customer’s budget is a common hurdle faced by jewelers and their sales associates on a daily basis. GN Diamond listens to the common pain points experienced by jewelers and has responded by now offering retailers the abilit...

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Brad Huisken introduces retail sales training app

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(DENVER) – As retailers face more pressure from online competition, it’s important for brick-and-mortar stores to make the most of every sales opportunity they have. Brad Huisken’s IAS Training provides sales associates and managers with the tools to build customer relationships and increase sales, a...

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Furry friends on the job: Otto from Kester Jewelry store

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Furry friends on the job: Otto from Kester Jewelry store

Otto the laser welding cat is a 4 year old rescue kitty. The second feline featured in our Furry Friends, Otto is the 4th kitty in 45 years to grace the Kester Jewelry store in Craig, Colorado, where he works side-by-side with owner Richard Tyser. 

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Furry friends on the job: Riley of M Lange Pearl Company

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Furry friends on the job: Riley of M Lange Pearl Company

This is Riley. Riley is an 8 1/2 year-old full-sized male standard poodle. He goes to work daily with pearl dealer Norman Lange at M Lange Pearl Company in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, where he serves as the “office manager.” Norman says the suave poodle is especially excited to greet his female customers...

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The Marketing Minute: Trend Spotting

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Marketing specialist George Prout produces a weekly marketing advice video for retail jewelers, The Monday Morning Marketing Minute. He’s generously agreed to let us share them with our eWeekly readers.

 

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The Marketing Minute: Pricing Strategy

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Marketing specialist George Prout produces a weekly marketing advice video for retail jewelers, The Monday Morning Marketing Minute. He’s generously agreed to let us share them with our eWeekly readers.

 

Click here  to see more of George Prout’s The Marketing Minute

 

 

 

 

 

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Solidscape brings CAM to the little guy

Craving out a niche in one's local community can mean consistent, loyal customers and customization is one way to do that. Twenty years ago that meant wax carving which was cumbersome and time consuming. Today, technology has caught up with customer demand. Solidscape, Inc. produces two desktop machines designed to help jewelers create highly precise wax masters perfect for casting. For the local jeweler it is custom efficiency at its best; for Solidscape, Inc., it is a specialty.

Solid-tree-AprilSolidscape, Inc., designs, develops, manufactures and sells modelmaking hardware and software. Headquartered out of Merrimack, New Hampshire the privately-held company was founded by the same man who helped develop radar tracking technology. Today they market to a myriad of different industries including: medical/dental, aerospace, automotive, sporting goods and jewelry. With more than 2500 systems installed in over 20 countries, they continue to discover new uses for their products every day.

Bruce Lustig, product marketing manager, has been with the company for 10 years and has watched customer demand for more intricate, complicated jewelry pieces grow. "I've watched technology advance over the years. From hand carvings to computer-guided mills; each served a purpose in their own time. But today, customers want intricate micro-pave's or hollowed out shanks and undercuts which make it hard for mills to keep up."

Are you a cutter or a grower?
Today's Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) model technology comes in one of two forms: subtractive or additive. Subtractive technology cuts away material to create a mold by drilling out each and every detail, hence the name Cutter or Mill. Additive technology creates 3-D images by printing ultra-small layers of wax-like build material on top of one another until the model is finished, substantiating its nickname Grower. The result is a very accurately detailed piece ready for casting.

Solidscape's T76 and R66 systems combine a proprietary thermoplastic ink jetting technology and a high-precision cutter with ModelWorks graphical front-end software. The results are prototype models with an achievable accuracy of 0.001 in. per inch. These machines can build in slices or layers as small as 0.5 thousandths of an inch. (image above: Solidscape's T76 and R66 systems create prototype models with an achievable accuracy of 0.001 in. per inch. These machines can build in slices or layers as small as 0.5 thousandths of an inch.)

"Solidscape entered the jewelry industry by marketing to manufacturers. Today we still service that market but, over the last few years, we've noticed a marked increase in the number of retailers acquiring the tools necessary to design their own pieces," states Bruce. "Our machines are small and easy to use which makes them the perfect choice for a retailer. Not to mention their great return on investment."

Solid-AprilThe T76, which retails for $45,650, will pay for itself in 21 months if the user produces 30 models per month. R66 users recoup their investment in just 15 months when averaging 30 models per month and paying $35,650.

 

"We've revamped our customer service to cover more retailer-centric issues," states Bruce. "We always provided a high quality product but, now we have the tools and support in place to really help our customers whether they are manufacturers or retailers."

For those in the industry that consider CAM pieces less desirable than hand carved pieces Bruce has this to say: "The machine is a tool. Your mind is the real designer. Wax carvings are simply a physical expression. True jewelry design lives only in the mind. Our machines help designers express their talents."

Go to the Solidscape website, www.solid-scape.com, for a list of resellers around the U.S. or around the world or call them directly at 603-429-9700.

 


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