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Jewelry criminal arrests up compared to last year

When reviewing crime data committed against jewelry stores there’s always a mixed bag of positive and negative news. Although rooftop and sidewall burglaries, as well as smash-and-grab robberies, are still leading security threats for jewelry store owners and their staff, the good news comes with a 77% increase of jewelry criminals captured in the first half of 2014 compared to the same period last year, according to recent data from the Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA).


NC jeweler supports budding designer employee

For more than 40 years the Yale family has served the Wilkes County community of North Carolina. Bob Yale jumped at the chance to open a catalog showroom back in the early 1970s and before he retired had expanded to six stores throughout North Carolina. Carrying everything from toasters to jewelry, Bob’s business thrived and, like many entrepreneurs he brought his children along for the ride.

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.  

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