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Retailer Roundtable: What is your business outlook for 2018?

Retailer Roundtable: What is your business outlook for 2018?

“Based on our December 2017 sales, which were up 2...

Travis Piper, the $1 Million Man

Travis Piper, the $1 Million Man

In 1997, Travis Piper went off to college with an ...

Parker’s Karat Patch carves out big local niche

Parker’s Karat Patch carves out big local niche

It was an unlikely career for Kristin and Terrence...

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

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

My mom always said, “Raise a child in the way he s...

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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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Industry Events

JIS Miami, Centurion South Beach Show to co-locate in October

JIS Miami, Centurion South Beach Show to co-locate in October

(NORWALK, Conn.) - This October, the 2018 JIS Miami October Show and the Centurion South Beach Show will be co-locating their events in the beautifully remodeled Miami Beach Convention Center in the heart of South Beach, Florida. The co-location follo...

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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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Featured Articles

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

3 DAYS 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

3 DAYS AGO
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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JIS Miami, Centurion South Beach Show to co-locate in October

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JIS Miami, Centurion South Beach Show to co-locate in October

(NORWALK, Conn.) - This October, the 2018 JIS Miami October Show and the Centurion South Beach Show will be co-locating their events in the beautifully remodeled Miami Beach Convention Center in the heart of South Beach, Florida. The co-location following a $620 million renovation of the venue, promi...

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Jewelers for Children announces annual Rings of Strength

10 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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Wilkerson and CH Hakimi join the Plumb Club

17 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

24 DAYS AGO
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

3 DAYS 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

3 DAYS AGO
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

10 DAYS AGO
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.

 

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Jewelers for Children announces Board of Director elections

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers for Children (JFC), the jewelry industry’s charity, is pleased to announce the election of its new Board of Directors. Ed Bridge, President of Ben Bridge Jeweler, has replaced Howard Sherwood as Chairman. Sherwood concluded his two-year term on September 30.

“It is an honor to be selected by my peers to lead this incredible organization,” Bridge said. “Jewelers for Children brings the industry together in the service of so many worthwhile causes. I am excited to work with the board in expanding our support for children whose lives have been affected by illness, abuse, or neglect.”

Also elected to officer positions were Ruth Batson of the American Gem Society, who will serve as Vice President for Charity Programs; Terry Chandler of the Diamond Council of America, who will serve as Vice President of Special Programs; Peter Engel of Fred Meyer Jewelers, who will serve as Vice President for Fundraising; Joel Schechter of Honora, who will serve as Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations; John Green of Lux Bond & Green, who will serve as Treasurer and Steven Kaiser of Kaiser Time, Inc., who will serve as Secretary.  The officers of the organization serve as the executive committee, along with Sherwood who serves as Immediate Past Chairman and Chairman of the Nominating Committee.

Nine directors were elected to a three-year term on the board for the first time.  They are: Gail Friedman, Sarah Leonard Fine Jewelers; John Hayes, Goodman’s Jewelers; Haridas Kotahwala, Royal India, USA; Mark Light, Sterling, Inc.; Sally Morrison, J. Walter Thompson; Pamela Mortensen, J. C. Penney; Debra Puzio, QVC; Dennis Ulrich, Richline Group; and Howard Hauben, Centurion/H2 Exhibits.

Directors re-elected to three-year terms are:  John Bosco, HSN; Cathy Calhoun, Calhoun Jewelers; Laurence Grunstein, Citizen Watch Co. of America; Susan Jacques, Borsheims; Anna Martin, Standard Chartered Bank; Doug Meine, Rolex Watch USA; Jan-Patrick Schmitz; Laura Swan, Kohl’s; Craig Underwood, Underwood’s Fine Jewelers; and Rachel Wertheimer, JewelAmerica.

Directors whose terms were not expiring, but continue to serve the organization are: Ofer Azrielant, Andin/Jewelry.com; Lee Berg, Lee Michaels Fine Jewelers; Jim De Mattei, Viewpoint Sales and Marketing; David Bonaparte of Reed Exhibition/JCK Shows; Terry Burman, Sterling, Inc.; Neal Goldberg, Zale Corporation; Jerry Ehrenwald, International Gemological Institute; Cecilia Gardner, Jewelers Vigilance Committee; Jonathan Goldman, Frederick Goldman; Efraim Grinberg, Movado Group; Howard Hurwitz,  Howard’s Jewelry; Abhey Jhaveri, M. Suresh/SDC Designs; Dan Kisch, Instore Magazine; Eddie Le Vian, Le Vian; Marvin Markman, Suberi Bros.; Samir Mehta, Paras Diamond Corp.; Michael Paolercio, Richline Group; Martin Rapaport, Rapaport; Nancy Robey, Jim Rosenheim, Tiny Jewel Box; Glenn Rothman, Hearts on Fire; Matthew Runci, Jewelers of America; Whitney Sielaff, National Jeweler Network; Elliot Tannenbaum, Leo Schachter Diamonds, LLC; Alex Weindling, A. G. Weindling, LLC; and Victor Weinman, Tache USA, Inc.

Jewelers For Children was founded in 1999 by the U.S. jewelry industry with the mission of helping children in need. Since its inception, JFC has donated nearly $32 million to programs benefiting children whose lives have been affected by illness, abuse, or neglect. This nationwide success is due to the continuing generosity of jewelry trade organizations, jewelry and watch manufacturing companies, jewelry retail stores, individual jewelry professionals, and jewelry consumers. Visit JFC’s website at www.jewelersforchildren.org.


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