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After a long Winter, Spring!

What a year. It’s a stretch to remember day-to-day business before the economic meltdown of fall 2008. A new shifting landscape is emerging - economic, social, business. Change is in the air.

Change breeds opportunity. The successful will be the most alert, quick to adapt and take advantage of new prospects. Business as usual is not an option.

What is it about Valentine’s Day?

It’s the dead of winter with no end in sight to cold, short days and dark, longer nights. Suddenly a breath of whimsy, caprice and romance stirs the air with a ray of hope, a glimpse of spring just around the corner - Valentine’s Day!

What a perfect occasion for an unexpected gift. The traditional flowers, cards and chocolates have their charm. But why not think outside the box? Consider a glittering necklace or bracelet with a heart motif. Pink pearls capture the first blush of budding romance. Rich red rubies reflect the romance of deep passion. Or diamonds - what could be more romantic than the promise of forever love?

The Madoff Plunder - Record auction sales benefit victims

A platinum Edwardian emerald and diamond link bracelet.  Pre-Victorian era diamond earrings.  Over 40 watches including 17 Rolexes, one a famed WWII “prisoner watch” valued at $87,000. They were all part of the spoils from the estate of Bernie Madoff, the notorious swindler who bilked investors out of billions in the most devastating Ponzi scheme in history. Madoff is now serving a sentence of 150 years in a NC prison. His wife Ruth, who has not been charged, worked out a deal with prosecutors forfeiting a claim to $80 million in assets. She will be left with $2.5 million.

To Bee or not to Bee?

Former Secretary of State Albright’s “Pin Diplomacy”

When Madeleine Albright, the former US Secretary of State, donned a wasp pin before an important meeting with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, he was visibly disturbed. Brooches had become her diplomatic calling card, a way of non-verbally signifying her mood or intentions. Bees or wasps could signal “something like a sting. I wore wasps on days I wanted to do a little stinging and deliver a tough message,” she explains.

A small town store with a big heart

Everybody loves Opal. The diminutive Shih-Poo puppy is the first to greet customers as they drop by friendly neighborhood Banks Jewelry and Gifts. According to owner Tina Sink, “Everyone in town knows Opal. People come to see her all the time. The men are the most affected. They talk to her before they talk to us!”

What’s Hot Now! Finds from the SJTA Atlanta August Jewelry Show

Mia-Waters-OctInterchangable jewelry is hot. Pictured is a "build your own" necklace from Kelly Water's new Ones We Love (OWL) line.

 

Mia-Kameleon-OctKameleon's Jewel Pops come in a variety of colors and are all the same size, designed to migrate amongst the entire collection of necklaces, earrings and bracelets.

 

Mia-Nguyen-OctNina Nguyen's designs offer a variety of colors suited to the seasons, such as amethyst for Fall.

 

Mia-KC-OctKC Designs' Symbology Disc Collection - jewelry with a message.

 

Mia-Cargo-OctThe Cargo Hold's Southern Gates Jewelry delivers the regional flavor of the old south.

The hottest trends. The newest looks. They were all there at the August Atlanta Jewelry Show. A preview of what's selling now, what your customers are looking for in Fall/Winter 09:

Interchangeable Is In
From Pandora to Trollbeads, anything with interchangeable components are flying off the shelves. Your customers can design and personalize their own bracelets or necklaces, expressing their individuality. Versatile pieces with a variety of looks in one piece entice. Starting simple and adding on over time adds appeal, especially in this economy. It also drives repeat business for you!
The OWL (Ones We Love) Collection by Kelly Waters offers "Build Your Own Necklaces" with add-on charms in semiprecious gems and Murano glass. Their "Life Expression" Collection, "lets her say it to the world," sporting messages from green living to the internet and special causes. The OWL "Minis" are especially hot.
For Kameleon, "Change is Natural." Their Jewel Pops in a rainbow of colors like Strawberry Shortcake (rhodochrosite) are all the same size, designed to migrate amongst the entire collection of necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Their rings are their fastest-selling.

It's Personal.
Jewelry with a Message

Jewelry that makes a statement is everywhere. Expressing your individuality through pieces with symbols and uplifting messages is in. The cross, fleur de lis and heart pendants in Symbology's Harmony Disc Collection by KC Designs are their most popular.

Inspired by Nature.
The Organic Look

Green continues to grow. The organic look is thriving, from earth tones in gems to metals, including blackened steel, oxidized silver and green and brown gold.

Nina Nguyen offers necklaces, earrings and bracelets in fluid organic styles with a variety of colors suited to the seasons, such as amethyst for Fall or green amethyst for Spring. According to Nina, gunmetal oxidized silver with vermeil is especially popular. Her collections are manufactured by a rural women's co-op in her native Vietnam, a current trend in transparent manufacturing with an awareness of social causes. Jewelry designed and manufactured by women is a growing trend.

Jewelry with a Story
Everyone loves a story. The Southern Gates Collection by Cargo Hold features exquisite sterling silver filigree designs inspired by Charleston's historic decorative iron gates. They even enlist the support of local college art students in rendering their designs. Such regional flavor adds a local color customers crave, distinguishing a collection from mass-produced "generic" jewelry. Pieces made in the USA, especially by regional designers and artists, add appeal.

As Good as Gold
In challenging economic times, people gravitate to gold. Even with gold hovering at $1000 an ounce, gold is hot. According to Oro International, who features beautiful Italian-made selections, chains are always best sellers. New trends include gold in colors such as chocolate and green.

Color and Pearls, Pearls, Pearls
Color is everywhere. Chocolate's very hot in gems including diamonds and pearls. Pearls in fresh fashion-forward designs with gems are a favorite. The Pearl Exporting Company offers exquisite designer torsades featuring multi-strands of tiny Japanese Akoya Keshi pearls accented with sapphire briolettes.

An abundant palette of offerings awaits to whet your customer's appetite. Tune into what's now. Be fashion-forward and your reputation as a jeweler in the know will help you grow.



Mia Katrin is an award-winning, internationally celebrated couture jewelry designer, specializing in one-of-a-kind and limited edition high-end necklaces with precious gems in 18-24 karat gold and platinum. Her Collections, which have been worn by A-List Hollywood celebrities, are featured in many top galleries and stores throughout the country, where she regularly hosts Trunk Shows. Contact Mia via her website, http://jeweljewel.com, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (877) JEWEL-MY.

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