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The Plumb Club Supports the Industry through JCK Industry Fund - November 7, 2018

The JCK  Industry Fund was founded in 1997 at the behest of members of The Plumb Club, who urged the JCK show management to give back to the trade. Since then, The Plumb Club has continued its support of the Fund, which, to date, has awarded more than $6 million in grants to organizations working

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Speak Their Language - October 24, 2018

Posted in: Jewelry, Strategy, Trends

Local independent jewelry stores remain a preferred retail channel for couples getting married to buy their rings. In fact, the online wedding hub, The Knot, in a 2017 consumer study found that nearly half of all men surveyed listed a local or independent jeweler as the place where they ultimately bought the engagement ring, up

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Diamonds & The Zeitgeist - October 17, 2018

Posted in: Jewelry, Trends

Millennials, people currently aged 21 to 39, represent 29% of the world’s population and are the largest group of diamond consumers today. They accounted for nearly 60% of diamond jewelry demand in the U.S. in 2017, according to data published by the De Beers Group.

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The Plumb Club Announces New Website, Logo and Tagline - October 16, 2018

Posted in: Press Release

(October 16, 2018) – The Plumb Club has announced the launch of a new, completely redesigned website: PlumbClub.Com. The launch also marks the official transition to their new logo and tagline, “Educate. Innovate. Connect.” previewed during the 2018 Las Vegas Jewelry Market Week this past June. The new website is the next step in the

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Bridal Trends Embrace the Unexpected - October 5, 2018

Posted in: Jewelry, Trends

The unconventional is conventional in the wedding ring category today. It used to be that trends changed very slowly in ring designs, but that is no longer the case. In recent seasons,

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Aneri _Laxmi

Put a Bow on It: Upcoming Gift Trends - September 30, 2018

Retail sales projections for the winter holiday selling season and year-end are optimistic as we enter the important fourth quarter spending drive. The National Retail Federation (NRF) just upgraded its retail sales forecast for 2018,

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Best Gifts Guide - September 21, 2018

Posted in: Jewelry, Strategy, Trends

When it comes to gifts of love, jewelry almost always shows up in several spots in a top 10 list, with diamonds, color stones and pearls among the favorites. While all of these gems are definitely a girl’s best friends, jewelers who spotlight their bestsellers for different occasions offer customers a starting point to find

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The Retail Strategy of Gifting - September 14, 2018

Posted in: Jewelry, Strategy, Trends

Gifting can be a powerful retailing strategy that builds customer loyalty and repeat business, not to mention enables retailers to reach two target consumer markets at one time, advocates Pam Danziger, president of Unity Marketing, Stevens, Pennsylvania, and author of “Shops That Pop”. To say that gifting is important to retailers is an understatement, underscores

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4Q Retail Sales Forecast Is Strong - September 7, 2018

Posted in: Jewelry, Strategy, Trends

The National Retail Federation (NRF) just upgraded its retail sales forecast for 2018, expecting sales to grow at a minimum of 4.5 percent over 2017 rather than the 3.8 to 4.4 percent range forecasted earlier this year (excluding auto sales, gas stations and restaurants), signaling momentum going into the important holiday season and fourth quarter.

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Outlook Positive for Jewelry - August 31, 2018

Optimism is high in the jewelry business into 2019, finds JCK’s first State of the Industry Jewelry Report, shared during JCK Las Vegas in June. Some 88 percent of more than 500 jewelry professionals surveyed, mostly retail jewelers, and some wholesalers, manufacturers and designers are optimistic about the current state and near future of the

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Jewelry Industry Confidence is High - August 24, 2018

Kiplinger’s latest forecast on retail sales and consumer spending for 2018 is bright. Excluding gasoline and autos sales, retail is expected to grow 5.1 percent, up from 4.2 percent in 2017, according to the Washington, D.C.-based publisher of business forecasts and personal finance advice. E-commerce will have another banner year, growing 15 percent, while in-store

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Store of Future Embraces Technology - August 17, 2018

Jewelers have to up their game by embracing technology to better understand and deliver the experiences consumers want and expect. That was a key takeaway imparted by author and renowned consumer futurist, Doug Stephens, AKA “The Retail Prophet”, to jewelers attending a The Plumb Club symposium at JCK Las Vegas in June. Stephens shared findings

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Branding Matters - August 10, 2018

Posted in: Strategy, Tactics, Trends

Branding is perhaps more important now than it has ever been, an imperative for differentiation through authentic storytelling relating to the products and services you promote. The need to differentiate and deliver your message to your target market is critical in a business climate where the Internet, social media and other technology create a lot

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Lessons from Las Vegas - July 31, 2018

Retail jewelers planning their fourth quarter and holiday season sales strategy left JCK Las Vegas in June with optimism for the diamond and jewelry market as we move ahead. Days prior to JCK, the De Beers Group reported that global consumer demand for diamond jewelry hit a new all-time high in 2017—rising 2% to $82

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Tracking Trends in Vegas - July 20, 2018

Victoria Gomelsky, editor-in-chief of JCK Magazine, shared the buzz on the show floor at JCK Las Vegas in June, highlighting jewelry trends that champion individuality. In a JCK Talks presentation, Gomelsky describes accessorizing to be more about personal expression than following style rules. She says women today mix and match, fine and costume jewelry, with

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