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College jewelry maker’s two-year “Made in USA” odyssey keeps American jobs from moving overseas

Collegiate Bead Company will keep production and growth in U.S. through partnership with Terryberry

(ROYAL OAK, Mich.) – A Detroit area jewelry maker’s unwavering refusal to move production to China led him on a two-year cross-country odyssey. The journey ultimately brought him home to Michigan and to a partnership with Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Terryberry that will enable Royal Oak, Mich.-based Collegiate Bead Company to create up to 50 jobs in Michigan and keep the company’s college beads, sorority bracelets and charms as truly “Made in USA” products.

Contemporary metals for a contemporary world

Once considered a passing fad a decade ago, contemporary metal wedding bands are now a must-have product component of a successful retail jewelry store.

Gone are the days when manufacturers only offered titanium bands in a few select styles. Now, an elite group of manufacturers are producing cutting-edge, high-end pieces that equal or exceed the design aspects of those found in gold and platinum. Custom design is not just for precious metals anymore.

Restyling Events continue to be successful in spite of high gold pricesRestyling Events continue to be successful in spite of high gold prices

Independent jewelers throughout the country are finding in-store restyling events to be highly successful in spite of the high price of gold.  Joe Hershon, the owner of Davriel Promotions explains why: “The largest percentage of the population right now are baby boomers 55 and older who are inheriting jewelry from their mothers, have outdated or worn out jewelry of their own, or who want to change from yellow to white gold (or vice versa).  They have more disposable income than their parents generation, and are spending more for vintage semi mounts or high fashion designs. The average remount sale is now  $1800, so ten or eleven sales quickly becomes a $20,000 event.”

2011 U.S. holiday spirit recommences

Momentum is good, but headwinds intensify

(NEW YORK) - The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) forecasts that U.S. holiday sales in 2011 will post a moderate gain, though somewhat subdued relative to its prior year’s pace.  Based on ICSC’s metric of industry performance, shopping-center sales are expected to increase by 2.2 percent during November and December 2011 and relative to those same months of the prior year.  In 2010, the holiday season posted a 5.0 percent gain following two back-to-back declines, which were a result of the severe 2007-09 recession.

JIC’s Fall Trends media frenzy garners attention

(NEW YORK) - Jewelry Information Center (JIC), the consumer education arm of Jewelers of America (JA), kicked off a jewelry-centric media frenzy on September 14, 2011, when spokeswomen Amanda Gizzi and Helena Krodel appeared on over 20 TV morning shows via satellite. They promoted fall fine jewelry and fashion trends in tandem with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City.

AusRegistry International to support .jewelers new Top-Level Domain

(MUNICH, Germany) - On September 27, GJB Partners, a US leader in business and brand management, announced they have appointed AusRegistry International as the Domain Name Registry Services provider for its bid to operate the .jewelers new Top-Level Domain to provide jewelers within North America with a distinct and authoritative home on the Internet.

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