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“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” ~ Socrates

Spring is around the corner, and that means it must be time for the Spring edition of the Atlanta Jewelry Show. Warmer weather is on the way, and with it, all of the extra business that comes our way from spring time holidays and events including Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and graduations. There is no better place to prepare yourself and your store for extra business than the Spring, 2017 Atlanta Jewelry Show!

How to drive sales in a changed retail jewelry climate

Last year, Bob Dylan won a Nobel Prize in Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” One of the earliest poetic expressions he penned was “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” which has been acclaimed as one of the early ‘60s great protest songs. In later decades, it has been adopted as a general change anthem and used in everything from product announcements to advertisements, and I often think of it whenever a paradigm shift forces business in new directions. I specifically think of these brilliant lines, “Your old road is rapidly agin’ … For the times they are a-changin’.”

NAJA announces background check program

The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) is proud to announce the first of its kind, voluntary background check program to members of a jewelry association. NAJA has partnered with Global Investigative Services Inc., an expert in the background screening industry to help administer the program.  

How a group of retirees pulled off the biggest jewelry heist in British history

They pried open the elevator doors to the open shaft. Then one or more of them dropped down to the basement.

british jewelry heist

The audacious April 2015 ransacking of safe-deposit boxes in Hatton Garden, London’s jewelry district, was epic. So much cash, jewelry, and other valuables had been taken that the loot had been hauled away in giant trash containers on wheels. London’s newspapers were filled with artists’ renderings of the heist, featuring hard-bodied burglars in black turtlenecks doing superhuman |things. Experts insisted that the heist was the work of a foreign |team of Navy-Seal-like professionals, likely from the infamous Pink Panthers, an international gang of master jewelry thieves.

Printing up compassion in 3D

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There is no remedy to cure the tragic hurt caused by the loss of a child. For a grieving parent, the best one can hope for is time to process the pain and a few happy memories. Time comes easy, but for parents of stillborn children, happy memories are often in short order.

Srdjan Urosev hopes his company, eLUXE 3D might be able to change that.

Under Urosev’s guidance, eLUXE 3D has become one of the few companies in the technology landscape that is at the forefront of the 3D scanning industry. And it’s the only one that is having success when it comes to scanning detail jewelry pieces.

NRF forecasts retail sales will increase 3.7- 4.2 percent over 2016

retail sales increase e(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The National Retail Federation (NRF) released its economic forecast for 2017 last week, projecting retail industry sales, which exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants, will grow between 3.7 and 4.2 percent over 2016. Online and other non-store/online sales, which are included in the overall number, are expected to increase between 8 and 12 percent.