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Business Targets $900 Billion LGBT Market June 30, 2015
“It is now a niche that cannot be ignored,” says one jewelry designer. Disposable personal income for the U.S. lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adult population in 2014 was $884...
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Bellbottoms and Layered Chains: Fashion Welcomes Back the 1970s June 30, 2015
Even peace-sign jewelry is popular again, says this designer. Nope, you didn’t imagine it. That woman in the shop the other day really was wearing bellbottoms. They’re back, along with...
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Van Cleef Cruise Line Stresses “Wearability” June 30, 2015
Seven Seas line is a first for high-jewelry brands. Van Cleef & Arpels has become the first high-jewelry brand to introduce a cruise collection, Seven Seas, which the company is touting...
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Tiffany Gem Chief Explains Diamonds 101 June 30, 2015
Impeccable Kirtly compares colored diamonds to Picassos. Tiffany’s chief gemologist Melvyn Kirtly is celebrating 30 years with the company – and wouldn’t you like to have been a fly...
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Let Automation Fill In for You June 30, 2015
What you need is a vacation. A USA Today columnist who doubles as an attorney specializing in small businesses says he frequently encounters owners who insist they just can’t get out...
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Stilettoes Kick Butt As #1 Earring Silhouette Stilettoes Kick Butt As #1 Earring Silhouette June 30, 2015, published in Designers/Jewelry
Although I very much like ear climbers (and I have since the beginning), ultimately, the more important earring shape this year is...
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Keep Cool and Quiet to Defuse Angry Customers Keep Cool and Quiet to Defuse Angry Customers June 30, 2015, published in Best Practices
I recently read about a technique for dealing with angry customers -- over the phone.
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The Jeweler: At the Movies The Jeweler: At the Movies June 24, 2015, published in Guest Blogs
Catch "The Jeweler" every other Wednesday on INSTOREMAG.COM. For more cartoons from Tim Searfoss, go here.
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Things Are Just Peachy Things Are Just Peachy June 24, 2015, published in Designers/Jewelry
It crossed my mind, during the recent jewelry shows in Las Vegas, that the somewhat sudden profusion of peach gemstones could be...
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Meet & Greet Your Next Star Staffer: GIA Career Fair Scheduled in New York Meet & Greet Your Next Star Staffer: GIA Career Fair Scheduled in New York June 23, 2015, published in Best Practices
Last year, when researching a package of articles for INSTORE about how to avoid “hires from hell!” , I got an earful as well...
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Jewelry Industry Summit to Provide Open Forum on Sourcing and Sustainability Jewelry Industry Summit to Provide Open Forum on Sourcing and Sustainability June 22, 2015, published in Customer Service
Several years ago , INDESIGN did a story on how to “green” your jewelry operation – but the story came out just as the...
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Five Jewelry Designs Men Will (Really) Want To Wear Five Jewelry Designs Men Will (Really) Want To Wear June 19, 2015, published in Designers/Jewelry
Some guys will always abide by the belief that the only jewelry a man should wear is a wedding band or a watch. Their ranks seem...
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O, Yes — Ovals are On-Trend in Jewelry O, Yes — Ovals are On-Trend in Jewelry June 18, 2015, published in Designers/Jewelry
While more than a few exhibitors of Las Vegas Jewelry Week told me squares are in for fall/holiday — ala another Deco redux —...
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