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Mother-daughter duo blaze trail for female retail owners

Women-owned businesses are popping up everywhere. According to the 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express OPEN, women are starting 1, 288 new businesses per day! That’s double the rate from only three years ago. The jewelry industry is no exception. What was once unusual for this once male-dominated industry is now common as women rise to the top taking ownership roles typically occupied by men.


How combining merchandise and marketing turbo-charged Gems One

In the rapidly changing environment of the past six years many jewelry suppliers have experienced difficulties, and even gone out of business. In these challenging times Gems One has not only survived, but thrived. Understanding the story of how Gems One evolved to meet the difficulties of a post-recessionary world, in which a tepid recovery has placed increasing pressures on the entire fine jewelry supply chain, provides beneficial insights for many in the jewelry business.

E-Fairness legislation may soon become law

Jewelers of America’s (JA) fight for E-Fairness legislation seems like it has been going on as long as the internet has been around. During that time, the association has produced a number of tools - including JAPAC, Jewelers of America’s Political Action Committee. After a decade-long effort, the PAC dedicated to representing pivotal issues for retail jewelers may see one of its top-three missions (the other two are protection of LIFO – last in, first out – and a retroactive extension of 15-year depreciation of leasehold improvements) signed into law during this fall’s projected lame-duck session or in early 2015.

Historic collection in time for cameo comeback

Estate jewelry business partners Kate Peterson (CEO and president of Performance Concepts) and Patti Geolat (founder and CEO of Geolat Companies) have seen a lot in their years of serving the gem and jewelry industry. But nothing could have prepared them for the find of a lifetime in February when Geolat Mondial, the event and brokerage arm of Patti’s business, purchased one of the largest and most significant cameo collections of its kind ever assembled. Retail customers were able to view and purchase cameos from this incredible collection at two Midwest jewelry stores in May as part of a unique estate jewelry event.  

Jewelry Innovations strikes gold with alternative metal Vitalium

Alternative metals have made their mark during the past several years in the wedding band industry – and it seems Vitalium could be the hottest of the hot.

As the developer and major supplier of Vitalium, “The Perfect Contemporary Metal,” Jewelry Innovations of Sandy, Utah, couldn’t be happier. The manufacturer/wholesaler, which prides itself on excellent customer service with prompt turnarounds, stunning custom designs and cutting-edge manufacturing techniques, offers other alternatives as well, including titanium, ceramic, Damascus steel and black zirconium. Jewelry Innovations is the company to remember for contemporary metals.

Cumberland Diamond Exchange completes grand remodeling

What started as a goal more than 30 years ago for independent retail owners Mark and Rhonda Jacobson hit a new level of reality this year. The husband and wife team proudly cut the bright orange ribbon on the grand re-opening of their store, Cumberland Diamond Exchange, and celebrated not only the new look and feel of their store, but the enormous impact they’ve had on their Smyrna, GA (Atlanta suburb) community.

David Douglas Diamonds - Douglas Meadows success earned the hard way

It hasn’t always been easy for Georgia jeweler Doug Meadows. In fact, he’s seen some pretty dark times. Unlike other retailers who seamlessly moved from protégé to owner without so much as a blip, Doug’s jewelry career took a dip, actually several dips, that left him questioning himself and his future. But with the help of some amazing industry colleagues and Doug’s desire to make it work, he is now reaping the rewards of his commitment to his store, his community and this industry.

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