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Patent Application May Reveal Amazon’s Store of the Future March 31, 2015
Hint: No cashiers, no registers, no check-out. A patent application filed recently by Amazon reveals details about a new kind of retail establishment that would allow shoppers to pick items...
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In Singapore, Synthetic Diamonds Are Now Grown in a Greenhouse March 31, 2015
Ila Technologies calls its facility the biggest diamond-lab in the world. With worldwide production of lab-grown diamonds projected to reach 200 million carats by 2050 – 55 million carats...
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Gianmaria Buccellati Dies at 86 March 31, 2015
It was his vision that brought the family name to international fame. Less than three weeks after Buccellati opened a dazzling flagship store in a repurposed mansion on Madison Avenue,...
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Signet Plans Expansion for Kay’s, Jared’s, IT March 31, 2015
Company will invest as much as $90 million. Signet Jewelers, which recently announced a 22 percent increase in its dividend payments to shareholders, is planning an expansion that will...
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Tiffany Will Make This Year’s World Series Rings March 31, 2015
Fun fact: Lou Gehrig had so many of the rings, he turned them into a bracelet. Yeah, well, the baseball World Series has championship rings, too, so take that, Tom Brady. Lou Gehrig owned...
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A Dozen New Designs from Basel 2015 A Dozen New Designs from Basel 2015 March 27, 2015, published in Designers/Jewelry
With yesterday the final hours of Basel, it’s safe to say that jewelry premieres this year have a distinct fearlessness. (Translation:...
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Luring Back Those Bead Customers Luring Back Those Bead Customers March 26, 2015, published in Money Matters
Sales figures continued to track well across our sample group in February. MTD gross sales at the typical jeweler were $117,369,...
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Smarter All the Time: Basel’s Newest High Tech Watches Smarter All the Time: Basel’s Newest High Tech Watches March 25, 2015, published in Designers/Jewelry
Apple may not be able to run away with the smartwatch category. Throughout the week at Baselworld, some of the shows biggest players...
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Staying Relevant as an Independent Jeweler, Part 2 Staying Relevant as an Independent Jeweler, Part 2 March 23, 2015, published in Customer Service
Like a lot of people in our industry these days, I’ve been thinking a ton about the changes that technology and consumer...
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Basel Briefing Basel Briefing March 23, 2015, published in Designers/Jewelry
It’s not always easy to get to Baselworld. The logistical hurdles are manifold: It can be a trek involving planes, trains and ...
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The Business of “I Do”: Expert Perspectives on The Bridal Industry The Business of “I Do”: Expert Perspectives on The Bridal Industry March 18, 2015, published in Designers/Jewelry
Last week, during the annual Women’s Jewelry Association In The Know Conference, I moderated a panel entitled "Do You? The...
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