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Apr. 10, 2013
 
 
 

New ways for jewelers to learn at The Smart Jewelry Show Chicago
Southern Jewelry News
The SMART Jewelry Show has announced several innovative education programs that are designed to help independent jewelry retailers learn new business ideas at the 2013 SMART Show, held at Chicago's Navy Pier on April 13 - 15, 2013 (with the education conference beginning on April 12). New programs include two Experience Areas, a bonus Q&A session with the show's keynote speaker and courses from show partners - called "SMART Friends" - during the pre-show conference. MORE

Platinum Interview: Omi Prive - AGTA Member
National Jeweler
New York-The president of California-based jewelry company Omi Prive takes pride in all aspects of the brand, but one element is clearly prominent: colored gemstones. Pairing a bevy of hued precious and semi-precious jewels with platinum, the company offers jewelry including brooches, rings, earrings and pendants as well as loose gemstones. Rubies, sapphires, tanzanite and Paraiba tourmaline are among Omi's growing gemstone inventory and are included in its collection of pieces. MORE

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An amazing selection of super well cut gorgeous Blue Zircons from Cambodia (1-20ct+), Rose, Brown, Yellow, Honey, and Greens from Tanzania and Sri Lanka. Every stone super is well cut and clean, great price points for so much shine and dazzle. For over 27 years, Gem 2000 has been importing fine gems from all world sources in a large range of materials, offering exceptional service and expertise to our customers.

 

 

IBM Forecast: Jewelry Sales to Shine This Year
Chain Store Age
New York - Jewelry sales are expected to grow more than 11% in the second quarter and 9% overall this year, according to a new IBM Big Data-based forecast. According to the analysis, improved consumer confidence, lower unemployment and enhanced stock dividends from fourth quarter 2012 have combined to leave people ready to start spending on luxury items again, like jewelry. MORE

4 Stunning Websites from Independent Jewelry Retailers
JCK
Congratulations to AGTA Member Michael C. Fina for being named one of the four most stunning websites by JCK! The most gorgeous e-commerce jewelry retail sites almost always have two things in common: high-quality product photography and a clean design aesthetic featuring plenty of white space. The four independently owned websites featured in the article have these qualities in spades, though each site clearly broadcasts its own distinctive style. MORE

Brown Diamonds Set To Be The Next Big Thing
The Street
At a recent Due Diligence Tour offered by Rare Investment, a Vancouver-based firm focused on exposing clients to natural fancy colored diamonds and other rare jewel investments, Colin Ferguson, the company's founder, let attendees in on a surprising piece of information: brown diamonds are poised to be the next big thing in the diamond space. MORE

The Story Behind the Stone: Can you say Chrysophrase?
Southern Jewelry News
Chrysophrase; oh sure, that’s easy for you to say. But can you spell it? That's where many a jeweler trips up. Spelled chrysoprase, chrysophrase or chrysoprasus, this opaque gemstone variety of chalcedony owes its lively hue to small quantities of nickel. Find this stone in tints ranging from apple-green to deep green. The darker varieties of chrysoprase are also referred to as prase. MORE

RUSS ALLRED: Business value can be elusive as diamonds
The Bakersfield Californian
Would you rather have a million dollars worth of diamonds or a million dollars worth of peridot? Except for their color, sparkle and bulk, the monetary worth is the same. This comparison is indicative of the relative value of any two assets. The monetary value may be the same, but which is easier to liquidate or exchange for cash? Combining the stones in a setting can also enhance the value of both. MORE

Find Your "Something Blue" with Weddingstar's Newest Style Lookbook
PRWeb
Weddingstar Inc. has been renowned for 'Putting the Wow in Weddings' for the 30 years they've been in business. With the release of the fourth installment in their Wedding Style Lookbook series, entitled The Blue Color Story, they put a spin on the classic wedding rhyme "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." MORE

The Social Business Network
Forbes
I find it ironic that many executives struggle to see the business value of social networking, because as a group, executives tend to be some of the most highly networked individuals. Perhaps they feel that the Internet is too impersonal a meeting place compared to board rooms, fine restaurants and golf courses. Personally, I believe the underlying issue is one of missing the forest for the trees. On the surface, social networks like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn just look like so much fluff. How could any real business value be found in all that meaningless jibberish? MORE

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