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Alabama jeweler arrested for allegedly pawning customer's jewelry

Alabama jeweler arrested for allegedly pawning customer's jewelry

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Imagine taking your wedding ring to be cleaned only to find out weeks later it had been sold for cash.

For customers of Ray Boone Jewelers, that nightmare is their reality.

Police arrested owner Charles Rodney Wilkerson earlier ...

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Top 5 Reasons to attend JCK Las Vegas

Top 5 Reasons to attend JCK Las Vegas

(NORWALK, Conn.) - The countdown to Las Vegas Jewelry Week has begun. With 2 weeks left until show time, JCK Las Vegas has announced some attributes, features, and amenities that indicate both their readiness and allure. Here are the Top 5 Reasons not...

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ASHI Diamonds appoints Ash Shah, CG, as Director of Business Development

ASHI Diamonds appoints Ash Shah, CG, as Director of Business Development

(NEW YORK) - ASHI Diamonds is pleased to announce the addition of Ash Shah, CG, as their Director of Business Development. Ash’s appointment is part of ASHI’s marketing and expansion strategy that will enable it to better serve the independent jeweler...

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LovePendants launches innovative approach to customized jewelry

LovePendants launches innovative approach to customized jewelry

New custom cut semi-precious stones provide a canvas for engraving sentiments & more. 

(NEW YORK) - While engraved gold and silver jewelry is as ubiquitous as the companies that sell them, only LovePendants offers fine jewelry set with engraved sem...

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Drive-through jewelry store?

Drive-through jewelry store?

With no serious injuries and a great attitude, owner can laugh

McCarty’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry owner Bob McCarty was at home eating breakfast, looking forward to a routine day at his Evansville, Ind., store in late April when he got a jolting te...

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Alabama jeweler arrested for allegedly pawning customer's jewelry

6 DAYS AGO
Alabama jeweler arrested for allegedly pawning customer's jewelry

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Imagine taking your wedding ring to be cleaned only to find out weeks later it had been sold for cash.

For customers of Ray Boone Jewelers, that nightmare is their reality.

Police arrested owner Charles Rodney Wilkerson earlier this week on charges of first degree theft of prop...

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Texas Gold: first proposal for the state’s own bullion depository unveiled

6 DAYS AGO
Texas Gold: first proposal for the state’s own bullion depository unveiled

Almost a year after Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law to “repatriate $1 billion of gold bullion from the Federal Reserve in New York to Texas,” the state’s Republicans got a look at one proposal for what a Texas Bullion Depository could look like.

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Top 5 Reasons to attend JCK Las Vegas

6 DAYS AGO
Top 5 Reasons to attend JCK Las Vegas

(NORWALK, Conn.) - The countdown to Las Vegas Jewelry Week has begun. With 2 weeks left until show time, JCK Las Vegas has announced some attributes, features, and amenities that indicate both their readiness and allure. Here are the Top 5 Reasons not to miss JCK Las Vegas 2016 (Friday, June 3 - Mond...

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GIA announces dates for New York Jewelry Career Fair

13 DAYS AGO
GIA announces dates for New York Jewelry Career Fair

GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair will return to New York City on Monday, July 25, 2016. Dozens of gem and jewelry companies will be looking to hire skilled and motivated professionals at every career stage. The free event is expected to draw crowds similar to last year’s event in New York, which attracted ...

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ASHI Diamonds appoints Ash Shah, CG, as Director of Business Development

20 DAYS AGO
ASHI Diamonds appoints Ash Shah, CG, as Director of Business Development

(NEW YORK) - ASHI Diamonds is pleased to announce the addition of Ash Shah, CG, as their Director of Business Development. Ash’s appointment is part of ASHI’s marketing and expansion strategy that will enable it to better serve the independent jewelers in the United States.

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Cecilia Gardner’s role at JVC to change in 2017

23 DAYS AGO

(NEW YORK) - The Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) has announced that Cecilia Gardner, CEO/President and General Counsel, has decided to step down from her role as CEO/President at the beginning of 2017, after the planned celebration of JVC’s 100th year.

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LovePendants launches innovative approach to customized jewelry

6 DAYS AGO
LovePendants launches innovative approach to customized jewelry

New custom cut semi-precious stones provide a canvas for engraving sentiments & more. 

(NEW YORK) - While engraved gold and silver jewelry is as ubiquitous as the companies that sell them, only LovePendants offers fine jewelry set with engraved semi-precious gemstones with evocative sentiments mea...

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Southern Gates® sails into summer with new Harbor Series

6 DAYS AGO
Southern Gates® sails into summer with new Harbor Series

10 new sterling silver styles inspired by coastal living

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) - The Southern Gates® Harbor Series is now available from The Cargo Hold, Inc. This release includes ten new sterling silver styles inspired by timeless nautical elements.

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Stuller foresees two kinds of change for independent jewelers

At Las Vegas' JCK, Luxury and Couture Shows' seminars and conferences, speaker after speaker ended up saying something like, "When business does turn around, we won't be doing it the same way we used to." Presenters who are experts in marketing, inventory control, sales, technology and products seemed to agree that the American retail jeweler will be forever changed by the "current economic situation."

So, what is an independent retail jeweler to do? To keep doing things as in the past is probably a train to nowhere. One supplier was obviously way ahead of the curve when it came to forward thinking innovation.

Stuller, Inc. presented multiple new initiatives designed to help jewelry retailers change the business of jewelry.

Not content to offer only new merchandise that may or may not be on the jewelry retailer's radar, Stuller presented new, forward thinking tools to help jewelry retailers think beyond the old way of doing things and look into the future at what retailers of jewelry may become.

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Stuller's new 3D Ring Engraver enables retailers to show potential clients
a live 3 dimensional preview of what their engraved ring will look like.

Kerry Hand, executive director of Marketing Services and Public Relations at Stuller said that the theme for the show at Stuller represented two kinds of change: first, by offering evolutionary or "bite-size" changes such as the DTC Sightholder's diamond-based digital selling systems, prototype (or alloy-based) selling systems and others. The second, which moves retail further into the future, is more revolutionary as it relies on the latest technologies. "Its all about lowering the inventory investment while increasing profit opportunity potential," said Hand.

New digital technologies introduced will help expand the retailer's inventory by offering ways jewelers can utilize Stuller's expansive inventory while working with a customer in their store. The Virtual Diamond Selector, 3D Ring Engraver and Diamond Stud Earring Builder will all appear to be a part of the retailers own inventory.

The Virtual Diamond Selector will allow the retailer to search by size, shape, or color from among the approximately 10,000 diamonds in the Stuller inventory on a web page featuring the retailers logo, background color and retail prices all predetermined behind the scenes.

The retailer will be able to change the formula to set retail prices anytime he/she wants to as their local market requires.

3D Ring Engraver represents the most advanced web based wedding band engraving functionality to date. While sitting with a customer, the jeweler will be able to select the font style, size and placement, enter the engraving and see a live 3 dimensional preview of what the engraved ring will look like.

The Diamond Stud Earring program will allow the jeweler to work with his client while making selections based on shape, size and price as well as mounting choices. If you don't have exactly what they want in stock, jewelers will be able to show them exactly what they want or want to spend. With the Stuller just-in-time (JIT) shipping, retailers will be able to offer merchandise for the client's needs quickly.

All of these digital selling solutions have been developed by Stuller with Gemvision, Stuller's strategic partner to harness new technology and offer custom solutions to independent jewelers.

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new "Live Diamond Try On" iPhone application allows users to custom design an engagement ring, see how it looks on the wearer's hand, and locate and contact the nearest Stuller retailer to purchase, all from the users iPhone.

Mr. Hand rocked our world when he showed us a new application for the iPhone. Coming to an iPhone near you is Live Diamond Try On. This free application is one that the 20 to 40 year olds thinking about or shopping for an engagement ring will be sure to download. It allows the user to build a ring (mounting styles and colors, diamond four C's including all the diamond shapes and actual stone size), take a photo with the iPhone of the wearer's hand and then as if by magic, virtually place the ring on the soon to be bride's own finger.

This application won't mean much to my middle age friends and colleagues, but to my college student daughter and young adults her age this will be second nature. They look at their phones more than they talk on them! Twenty somethings will even be able to finds a jeweler and get Google map and directions to the nearest Stuller affiliated jeweler. A really cool marketing tool!

Also at the Stuller booth we previewed several prototype selling systems that will help the retail jeweler extend his inventory while reducing the costs of filling showcases. A sample kit for selling wedding bands features the most popular styles in different widths, styles and colors and is branded with the store color and logo. A colored stone selector kit features nine gemstones and assorted earring, ring and necklace styles to offer a custom alternative to supplement your inventory.

And to make your live inventory look better, Gemvision and Stuller introduced Case by Case, a really neat way to select custom displays for your showcases using 3D CAD software. With hundreds of fabrics, colors and arrangements that are married on screen to your showcase's exact size, style and finish your imagination won't be the only place you see what your refreshed showcase displays will look like.

For more information contact Stuller, Inc. at 800-877-7777 or visit www.stuller.com.


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