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John Mayer Will Be Keeping His Apple Watch in His Pants May 1, 2015
He won’t give it “wrist-space.” In an article inspired by pop star John Mayer’s gathering reputation as an astute and avid collector of wristwatches (to the tune of “tens of ...
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Are Diamond Body Chains the New Family Heirloom? May 1, 2015
LA’s edgy designers may be redefining old notions. Staid ole New York still may be clutching its Mikimotos, but in L.A., black diamond body chains are all the rage. Says the LA Times:...
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Here’s What Tiffany Is Doing to Combat Declining Jewelry Sales May 1, 2015
Industry-wide, numbers are down for the sixth straight month. The latest preliminary Commerce Department figures show a likely sixth-straight monthly decline for jewelry and watch sales,...
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Behold the Splendor That Is Berkshire Hathaway May 1, 2015
The stock has risen almost 3 million percent since Buffet got involved. As Berkshire Hathaway shareholders gather in Omaha for their annual meeting, the Wall Street Journal puts into perspective...
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Retailers Reporting Slower-Moving Stock, Says Analyst May 1, 2015
Cash is tied up 12 percent longer than it was two years ago, says Sageworks. A company that pores through financial statements to see which way the wind is blowing reports that retailers...
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Deskside Diary: Jennie Kwon and Ilana Ariel Deskside Diary: Jennie Kwon and Ilana Ariel May 1, 2015, published in Designers/Jewelry
In an odd coincidence, the collections of two ex-lawyers turned jewelry designers came across my desk the other week. Each is making...
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Larger Stores are Taking a Bigger Slice of the Diamond Pie Larger Stores are Taking a Bigger Slice of the Diamond Pie April 30, 2015, published in Money Matters
The typical small jewelry store in America has seen its diamond sales grow 10 percent in the last two years — which is not bad...
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Big Win at D.C.’s Big Party: Long Drops Big Win at D.C.’s Big Party: Long Drops April 29, 2015, published in Designers/Jewelry
Over the weekend, at the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner — an annual black tie event attended by...
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Spread It Around: Diamonds Do Good Spread It Around: Diamonds Do Good April 28, 2015, published in Best Practices
As jewelry retailers, questions from Millennial-generation diamond shoppers needn’t put you on the defensive, if you are proactive...
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Are You Missing Bridal Jewelry Sales Opportunities? Are You Missing Bridal Jewelry Sales Opportunities? April 25, 2015, published in Best Practices
According to The Knot’s 2015 Bridal Survey, about half of jewelry retailers are NOT reaching out to engaged couples after the...
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Do What Makes You Happy at Work Do What Makes You Happy at Work April 24, 2015, published in Best Practices
Joel Zeff is as much improv comic as motivational speaker. A featured speaker Thursday at the American Gem Society Conclave...
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