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Industry writer goes from writing retail to working it

Industry writer goes from writing retail to working it

Paul Holewa, a freelance writer for Southern and Mi...

Ware Jewelers celebrates 70 years of small town, top notch business

Ware Jewelers celebrates 70 years of small town, top notch business

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Retailer Roundtable: How do you manage your store’s social media?

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Stuller, Inc. releases new bridal catalog

Stuller, Inc. releases new bridal catalog

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One fifth of the world's gold is buried in London - and here's where it's hidden

One fifth of the world's gold is buried in London - and here's where it's hidden

SECRET vaults in London house one fifth of all the gold on the planet, with a staggering £172 billion worth of bullion tucked away under the capital’s streets.

Vaults under the Bank of England on Threadneedle Street are said to hold 5,134 tonnes of go...

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Historic 8.52-carat “Esperanza Diamond” featured at The Smart Jewelry Show

Historic 8.52-carat “Esperanza Diamond” featured at The Smart Jewelry Show

Displayed with R. Harder Gallery Collection from Jewelers Mutual

(NEENAH, Wisc.) - The Smart Jewelry Show, April 17-19 in Chicago, will be hosting the historic Esperanza Diamond. The one-of-a-kind diamond will be on display with other pieces which are ...

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Mason-Kay celebrates 40 years of jade excellence

Mason-Kay celebrates 40 years of jade excellence

Mason-Kay, suppliers of jade jewelry and loose jade since 1976, is celebrating their 40th anniversary this year by formally introducing their exclusive designer, Kristina.

In 1976 two brothers-in-law had a vision of a company dedicated to selling jade...

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Star Gems unveils new custom design app – Custom Studio

Star Gems unveils new custom design app – Custom Studio

International jewelry manufacturer and loose diamond importer Star Gems has announced the soft launch of an innovative new custom design app, Custom Studio. Star Gems has recently transitioned totally into custom design, moving away from stocking a r...

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Revering a retiring patriarch, new generation at Ohio’s Leo Alfred Jewelers embraces simple recipe for success

Revering a retiring patriarch, new generation at Ohio’s Leo Alfred Jewelers embraces simple recipe for success

What makes Leo Alfred Jewelers in Dublin, Ohio, a special place? It’s a poignant subject these days. Tom Laudick, who has been in the jewelry industry for much of his life, retires this year but leaves an indelible mark on the next generation.

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One fifth of the world's gold is buried in London - and here's where it's hidden

2 DAYS AGO
One fifth of the world's gold is buried in London - and here's where it's hidden

SECRET vaults in London house one fifth of all the gold on the planet, with a staggering £172 billion worth of bullion tucked away under the capital’s streets.

Vaults under the Bank of England on Threadneedle Street are said to hold 5,134 tonnes of gold, making up the majority of the 6,256 tonne tota...

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Last chance to apply for one of GIA’s 125+ scholarships

2 DAYS AGO
Last chance to apply for one of GIA’s 125+ scholarships

GIA (Gemological Institue of America) has sent a reminder that their scholarship application deadline is this Saturday, April 30. Prospective GIA students have the opportunity to apply for 125+ scholarships, totaling more than $500,000, for Gemology and Jewelry Manufacturing Arts programs, courses a...

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Historic 8.52-carat “Esperanza Diamond” featured at The Smart Jewelry Show

17 DAYS AGO
Historic 8.52-carat “Esperanza Diamond” featured at The Smart Jewelry Show

Displayed with R. Harder Gallery Collection from Jewelers Mutual

(NEENAH, Wisc.) - The Smart Jewelry Show, April 17-19 in Chicago, will be hosting the historic Esperanza Diamond. The one-of-a-kind diamond will be on display with other pieces which are part of R. Harder Gallery of Gems and Minerals fro...

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Jewelers bring sparkle to a treasured Richmond tradition

26 DAYS AGO
Jewelers bring sparkle to a treasured Richmond tradition

(RICHMOND, Vir.) - Why make changes to an event that’s been successful for almost 50 years? Four years ago the organizers of the annual Children’s Hospital Foundation Ball, one of Richmond, Virginia’s most highly anticipated social events of the fall season, found themselves asking just that in respo...

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Mason-Kay celebrates 40 years of jade excellence

2 DAYS AGO
Mason-Kay celebrates 40 years of jade excellence

Mason-Kay, suppliers of jade jewelry and loose jade since 1976, is celebrating their 40th anniversary this year by formally introducing their exclusive designer, Kristina.

In 1976 two brothers-in-law had a vision of a company dedicated to selling jade. Not just jade, but high quality, untreated jadei...

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Allen Stricklin to represent Allison-Kaufman in the South

26 DAYS AGO

Allison-Kaufman Company, a respected and well-known Los Angeles-based diamond jewelry manufacturer, has announced that Allen Stricklin has been named territory manager for the southern region.

When asked to comment about the newest member of his team, Bart Kaufman, President of Allison-Kaufman Co., s...

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Star Gems unveils new custom design app – Custom Studio

9 DAYS AGO
Star Gems unveils new custom design app – Custom Studio

International jewelry manufacturer and loose diamond importer Star Gems has announced the soft launch of an innovative new custom design app, Custom Studio. Star Gems has recently transitioned totally into custom design, moving away from stocking a regular product line.

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JA launches Member benefit to help sell aged inventory

9 DAYS AGO
JA launches Member benefit to help sell aged inventory

Exclusive discounts on JewelryStockBalancing.com

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, has introduced JewelryStockBalancing.com as the newest membership benefit. Jewelers of America Members receive an exclusive discou...

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Selling wholesale may not be wholesome

It has become commonplace to buy in bulk here in America.  Wholesale clubs like Sam's Club and Costco are popping up all over the landscape and consumers are readily stuffing over-sized boxes of Cheerios and 5-gallon drums of mayonnaise into their massive buggies all in search of bargain prices.

 

Paying retail is simply passé.  Why would anyone agree to pay the MSRP when you can get more for less at a store that sells bulk volumes at bargain prices?  It's a craze that the jewelry industry is not immune to and it has many jewelers offering their wares at "wholesale" prices and customers looking for bigger, better, bargains on their baguettes.  And while it is understandable that retail jewelers would look for an edge to make their store and their prices more appealing to customers, most don't realize that selling "wholesale" is illegal in many states.

Suzan Flamm is an attorney with the Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) in New York.  She served as a prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney's office and in private practice before joining JVC in January of this year.  Now she, along with JVC, serve to help the industry cope with the ever-evolving political and legal landscape on which it finds itself operating.

It can be terribly difficult for independent jewelers to stay abreast of the continually changing statutes that are passed into law.  JVC, a non-profit organization, has made it their purpose to stay up-to-date with new legislation and then pass on to their members what that legislation means for how they run their business each day.

 

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Suzan says that one of the places they see the most problems is with retail jewelers who advertise "wholesale" pricing on their merchandise.  She says that many jewelers who advertise "wholesale" pricing have no idea that what they are doing is illegal.

A brochure published by JVC for jewelry shoppers states: "Many states... have strict laws prohibiting the use of the word wholesale in retail advertisements.  In some states this is a criminal offense, due to the word's ability to mislead consumers.  If a jeweler advertises as selling at wholesale prices, they must sell at the wholesale price."

In short, JVC is trying to educate both jewelers and their customers to the legalities of selling to end-user customers.  And this is just one area in which JVC is trying to empower jewelers.  In addition to helping jewelers be compliant with new legislation and rulings, JVC can also serve as a mediator in disputes that arise within the industry.

Whether it is instruction on sales ethics, anti-money laundering compliance, mediation between feuding jewelers or educational materials for customers, JVC can provide tremendous support for independent jewelers.  The Jewelers Vigilance Committee can be reached at 212-997-2002 or found at www.jvclegal.org.

 


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