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Parker’s Karat Patch carves out big local niche

Parker’s Karat Patch carves out big local niche

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Southern Gates® Jewelry launches exclusive collection with Biltmore®

Southern Gates® Jewelry launches exclusive collection with Biltmore®

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Libby Brown, the perfect fit to lead the Atlanta Jewelry Show

Libby Brown, the perfect fit to lead the Atlanta Jewelry Show

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Retailer Roundtable: What is your business outlook for 2018?

Retailer Roundtable: What is your business outlook for 2018?

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January retail sales remain strong after holidays

January retail sales remain strong after holidays

Up 5.4 percent over last year

(WASHINGTON) - An improving economy kept January retail sales nearly as good as the holiday season’s strong showing - dropping only 0.26 percent seasonally adjusted from December - and fueled a healthy 5.4 percent increas...

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Jewelers for Children announces annual Rings of Strength

Jewelers for Children announces annual Rings of Strength

The annual Jewelers for Children Rings of Strength will be held on Thursday, May 31, at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The very popular event includes options for a 5K walk or run, a challenging bike ride in the scenic foothills of Red ...

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Wilkerson and CH Hakimi join the Plumb Club

Wilkerson and CH Hakimi join the Plumb Club

The Plumb Club is pleased to announce the addition of two new members: Wilkerson and CH Hakimi.  These two companies will complement the Association’s nearly 50 members, representing over 100 brands and will join the other important and leading compa...

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Jewelers Mutual unveils nationwide JM Care Plan™ program

Jewelers Mutual unveils nationwide JM Care Plan™ program

Jewelry and watch plans generate additional revenue for retail jewelers

(NEENAH, Wis.) - In its latest move to support the prosperity of the jewelry industry, Jewelers Mutual Group introduces JM Care Plan™ to retail jewelers throughout the United State...

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Retailer Roundtable: With repairs, what’s your response when asked about switching a diamond?

Retailer Roundtable: With repairs, what’s your response when asked about switching a diamond?

Q: With repairs, what’s your response when asked about switching a diamond?  

“I think the industry is still feeling the effects of that high profile [NBC] Dateline story from 2005 when a New York-based jeweler was caught and arrested for doing just th...

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January retail sales remain strong after holidays

21 HOURS AGO
January retail sales remain strong after holidays

Up 5.4 percent over last year

(WASHINGTON) - An improving economy kept January retail sales nearly as good as the holiday season’s strong showing - dropping only 0.26 percent seasonally adjusted from December - and fueled a healthy 5.4 percent increase year-over year, the National Retail Federation (...

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Unique Settings offering completely free Custom CAD Designs in March

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Unique Settings offering completely free Custom CAD Designs in March

(NEW YORK) - Unique Settings of New York, a premier bridal and fine jewelry manufacturer is proud to announce that all their Custom CAD Designs will be completely free throughout the month of March – “no gimmicks, no catches.” During March, all Custom CAD Designs are free including but not limited to, ...

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Jewelers for Children announces annual Rings of Strength

7 DAYS AGO
Jewelers for Children announces annual Rings of Strength

The annual Jewelers for Children Rings of Strength will be held on Thursday, May 31, at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The very popular event includes options for a 5K walk or run, a challenging bike ride in the scenic foothills of Red Rock Valley, or a less strenuous, street level bik...

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American Gem Trade Association GemFair™ Tucson 2018 increases buyer company attendance by 10%

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American Gem Trade Association GemFair™ Tucson 2018 increases buyer company attendance by 10%

(TUCSON, Ariz.) - The 36th edition of the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) GemFair™ Tucson 2018, held annually at the Tucson Convention Center, came to a close on Sunday, February 4. AGTA reported an increase in buyer company attendance by 10%, representing over 90 countries, who flocked to expl...

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Wilkerson and CH Hakimi join the Plumb Club

14 DAYS AGO
Wilkerson and CH Hakimi join the Plumb Club

The Plumb Club is pleased to announce the addition of two new members: Wilkerson and CH Hakimi.  These two companies will complement the Association’s nearly 50 members, representing over 100 brands and will join the other important and leading companies that exhibit in the Plumb Club Pavilion at th...

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ASHI announces winner for latest Lovebright Sweepstakes

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ASHI announces winner for latest Lovebright Sweepstakes

(NEW YORK) - ASHI Diamonds has announced the winner of their Lovebright Sweepstakes. Among all the retailers that participated in the Sweepstakes, Bohland Jewelers from Ashland, Ohio had the highest number of participant entries and the winner was randomly selected from their customer participation l...

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Jewelers Mutual unveils nationwide JM Care Plan™ program

21 HOURS AGO
Jewelers Mutual unveils nationwide JM Care Plan™ program

Jewelry and watch plans generate additional revenue for retail jewelers

(NEENAH, Wis.) - In its latest move to support the prosperity of the jewelry industry, Jewelers Mutual Group introduces JM Care Plan™ to retail jewelers throughout the United States. JM Care Plan is a program designed to increase ...

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Hoover & Strong, Polygon announce launch of online diamond auction service to Polygon Members

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Hoover & Strong, Polygon announce launch of online diamond auction service to Polygon Members

Hoover & Strong announced February 14 a new partnership with Polygon to offer their Harmony Diamond Auctions to Polygon members directly through the Polygon platform. The auctions are ideal for retail jewelry and pawn brokers to sell secondary market/over the counter goods, or for any seller to ...

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Furry friends on the job: Jordyn of First Class Diamonds & Jewelry

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Furry friends on the job: Jordyn of First Class Diamonds & Jewelry

This is Jordyn, the “furry daughter” of Joanne and Jim McGhee, owners of First Class Diamonds & Jewelry in Dothan, Alabama. The precious Maltese works as the store greeter. An avid fan of Alabama football, Jordyn loves to wear the team colors to work. She works every day except Football Saturdays wh...

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Furry friends on the job: Ned from Southern and Mid-America Jewelry News

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Furry friends on the job: Ned from Southern and Mid-America Jewelry News

Say hello to Ned. He is the 3-year-old Australian Shepherd of Chris Smith, publisher of Southern and Mid-America Jewelry News . While Ned drops in at the office from time to time, he generally works from home. We’d love to have Ned come in every day, but we’ve already got a full time office dog here (Ho...

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The Marketing Minute: Trend Spotting

4 MONTHS AGO

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

4 MONTHS AGO

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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JA welcomes small business assistance in Economic Recovery Act

The bill includes tax and loan relief for jewelers, as well as tax credits to help boost consumer spending

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry retail marketplace, welcomes passage of "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009," which includes much-needed small business provisions that will benefit the jewelry industry, as well as tax relief designed to get consumers spending again.

"The economic stimulus measure is a step in the right direction and will provide essential relief to jewelers during this challenging period," says JA President and CEO Matthew A. Runci. "However, Jewelers of America will continue to pressure Congress on other issues that affect our members' economic viability, such as assistance with business health care costs and passage of a Sales Tax Fairness & Simplification Act, to level the playing field between brick and mortar and Internet-only businesses."

Among the business provisions in the new law that could have the biggest impact on jewelers:

  • Small businesses can use losses from 2008 to offset profits in earlier years (any year more than two but less than six years ago) to obtain an immediate refund. The provision is limited to businesses with annual revenues under $15 million.
  • The Small Business Administration (SBA) will eliminate or reduce fees for participation in its flagship loan guarantee program, which insures banks against default by small business borrowers. The new law also increases to 90% the percentage of qualifying loans that the SBA can guarantee.
  • The new law will also allow "small business stabilization financing," in which the SBA will loan money to pay off existing loans. Under the program, the SBA can issue or back loans of up to $35,000. Businesses can then use the money to make up to six months of payments on previous loans. Interest on stabilization loans will be fully subsidized, and the loans won't have any payments due for the first year. Borrowers must repay them within five years.
  • Businesses restructuring their debt could delay paying taxes on the transaction for five years, and then spread the payments over an additional five years.

 

The recovery bill also includes critical tax incentives to get consumers back in stores, such as a refundable tax credit - effective in 2009 and 2010 - of up to $400 for working individuals making $75,000 and less and $800 for working families making $150,000 and less. There is also a refundable first-time home buyer credit, which could have an impact on young couples spending money in the bridal market. Overall about a third of the stimulus funds, totaling $286 billion, will be spent on tax cuts designed to jump start consumer spending.

Additional stimulus measures geared toward business include an extension of bonus depreciation on capital expenditures through 2009, allowing businesses to immediately write-off 50% of the cost of depreciable property. Businesses buying equipment can also speed up depreciation through 2009. There's also a per worker tax credit of $2,400 for companies that hire unemployed veterans and youth who have not been regularly employed or in school in the past six months; a reduction of the 2009 required estimated tax payments for certain small businesses; and a break on capital gains taxes for small business investors.

Where To Go For Further Information
To take advantage of the various business tax relief measures in the stimulus act, jewelers should check with their local tax consultants. For more information on the Small Business Administration provisions in the act, go to www.sba.gov. SBA announced that it plans to release more details on implementation of the stimulus act provisions soon.

 


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