Dates Set for Miami Antique Jewelry & Watch Show

U.S. Antique Shows has announced that the Miami Antique Jewelry & Watch Show will be held at the Miami Airport Convention Center, Nov. 7-9. Just 13 miles from Miami Beach, the event will showcase a fantastic variety of antique, vintage and estate jewelry and watches. 

The Miami Antique Jewelry & Watch Show gathers more than 100 well-established dealers presenting their pieces to antique jewelry enthusiasts in Miami, Coral Gables, Ft. Lauderdale, and beyond.

On the show floor, jewelry and watch collections from the Renaissance to Retro eras are represented as well as signed pieces from global brands like Cartier, Rolex, Tiffany & Co., Harry Winston, and more. 

The show will also be hosting a special session, Friday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m., for the GIA Alumni Association of South Florida. This year, Jennifer Heebner, senior editor for JCK Magazine and

JCK Online, will be speaking on The 10 Jewelry Trends You Need to Know Now and Why. 

Registration is required and the session is open to all GIA Alumni. 


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WJA Chapter Hosts Designers by the Bay

The Women’s Jewelry Association Northern California Chapter presents the 17th Designers by the Bay from 7:00 to 9:00 pm Wednesday, October 29 at Shreve & Co. Jewelers in San Francisco.

This year the group will be honoring Georgie Gleim, President of Gleim the Jeweler. One of the premier family-owned, independent jewelers in the United States, Gleim the Jeweler’s family heritage began with the Georgie's grandfather opening the first Gleim's jewelry store on University Avenue in Palo Alto in 1931. 


The event will feature the work of over 20 local jewelry designers, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as well as a design competition judged by three prominent judges in the jewelry industry: Tanya Dukes from InStore Magazine, Laura Compton from SF Chronicle, and Hank Stenner from Wilkes Bashford. Proceeds from the evening will support the Women’s Jewelry Association Northern California Chapter.

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National Jeweler Launches Digital Edition

Jewelry industry publication National Jeweler has launched its first digital magazine.

To be issued quarterly, the digital magazine is intended to bring jewelry store owners the same news and trend analysis that the print edition of National Jeweler did for over 100 years. 

The inaugural issue of the publication focuses on trending pieces for fall/winter, ideas for in-store events, and the growing world of alternative financing, while the  cover story discusses the ever-evolving world of celebrity styling, providing practical tips that even independent jewelers can follow to get their jewelry in the limelight.

“We’re very excited about the digital version of National Jeweler,” said editor in chief Michelle Graff. “The digital publication gives us the opportunity to offer a stand-alone piece that contains tips, trends and news that readers can continually reference.”


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Triton Introduces TungstenAIR

Triton has introduced TungstenAIR, an innovative, patented new metal that delivers the perfect balance of weight and strength to keep pace with any man who lives an active lifestyle.

“Triton is defined by strength, innovation and style. Our attention to detail, design artistry, and innovative engineering of contemporary metals create a bold statement,” says Jonathan Goldman, CEO of Frederick Goldman Inc.

 “Triton continues to lead the way for innovation in men’s rings and jewelry with the launch of TungstenAIR, built for today’s active lifestyle.” 

TungstenAIR has all of the benefits of Tungsten Carbide, including durability, strength and scratch-resistance, but with a reduced weight.  The lighter weight allows active men to partake in all daily activities without thinking about removing their ring or having it get in the way. 

The collection includes traditional styles as well as rings with a pop of color on the inside and edge.  These “Sport Collection” rings are available in four colors: Arctic White, Midnight, Electric Blue, and Fire Red. The entire TungstenAIR collection consists of 30 different styles of scratch-resistant men’s bands, including 24 rings in the Sport Collection. 


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Synchrony Financial Forecasts Moderate 2014 Holiday Sales Growth

Holiday sales this year are expected to grow 3.5 percent, according to Synchrony Financial, a consumer financial services company with 80 years of retail heritage. 

This estimate is in line with the 10-year historical average of 3.3 percent. Seasonally adjusted sales for November and December 2013 were $505.5 billion, and 2014 sales are expected to top this figure by more than $17 billion. This includes all online and offline purchase made in core retail categories.* 

This outlook for the 2014 holiday season is based on a number of indicators such as unemployment, gas prices, private residential construction, as well as non-traditional indicators Synchrony Financial identified as effective in developing its forecast. 

In addition to a steadying labor market, long-term strength in key economic indicators of personal consumption expenditures, consumer credit, and residential construction have produced a supportive environment for advancing retail sales. 

This year, increasing access to consumer credit and improving home equity have helped consumers spend with confidence. Year-over- year through August, consumers made $64.5 billion more in retail sales purchases, after adjusting for seasonality.

“We developed our Holiday Retail Sales forecast, analyzing multiple factors that influence shopping across segments,” said Toni White, chief marketing officer of Synchrony Financial. “These findings are supported by research we conduct in other areas, which indicates consumers are confident, yet cautious in making purchases, and increasingly use digital tools to research, compare deals and buy.”

Retail sales have kept pace with the gradual strengthening of the broader economy. From January to August 2014, retail sales categories of Non-store/E-retailers and Health & Personal Care led percentage gains and are up 6.7 percent and 6.3 percent, respectively, year-over-year. Last holiday season, both of these categories had strong year-over-year performance, as did specialty retailers. 

Although it is yet to be seen which categories will lead holiday advances in 2014, results of Synchrony Financial’s recently issued third annual Major Purchase Consumer Study indicate that while consumer confidence is rising, value overwhelmingly drives a major purchase decision, with more than 88 percent of accountholders surveyed, indicating they “always seek the best deal.” 

Similar to last year, there is a shortened shopping period of 26 days between Black Friday and Christmas 2014, compared to 31 days in 2012. This impact to the full two-month holiday sales period is mitigated by consumers’ shift to online and mobile shopping. The accessibility afforded by these channels has reduced delayed purchases of hard-to-find products and late season, in-store deal shopping. 


For the full fourth quarter of 2013, e-commerce sales accounted for six percent of total retail sales, and were up +15.7 percent from the previous year

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