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Rings True - March 9, 2015

Posted in: Jewelry, Trends

Today’s bridal couples are anything but typical. From where and how they wed to what they wear, couples tying the knot are creating their own rules of engagement that reflect their unique personalities. “There are no rules when it comes to weddings these days,” tells Carley Roney, co-founder of The Knot, leading online wedding planner.

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Right on Time - February 28, 2015

Posted in: Design, Fashion, Trends

With 1.2 billion watches sold annually worldwide, cites the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry, there’s no doubt they’ve become an important fashion accessory and personal statement for men and women. While variety abounds, there are several directions that standout: classic chronographs and sports watches, fashion forward styles with gems and NATO straps, a mix

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Time on Your Side - February 20, 2015

Posted in: Design, Fashion, Trends

Why do some jewelers’ watch businesses soar, while others are a ticking time bomb? Experts in the field credit a nice assortment, knowledgeable sales staff, online and in-store engagement, and branding all key elements to keeping time on your side. • Curate Special Assortment A good watch retailer has to “curate” a collection of watches

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Trend Watchers - February 13, 2015

Posted in: Design, Fashion, Trends

With 1.2 billion watches sold annually worldwide, according to the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry, there’s no doubt they’ve become an important fashion accessory and personal statement for both men and women. While variety abounds, there are several directions that standout for 2015, including classic chronographs and sports watches, fashion forward styles with gems

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Watch For It - February 6, 2015

Posted in: Design, Fashion, Trends

Everyone is waiting for Apple to release its smartwatch any time now. Apple’s first wearable gadget—able to beam messages, Facebook updates and simplified apps to our wrists—bills itself as eliminating the all-too-common need to take out our devices to constantly check notifications. Cited in the Digital IQ Index Watches & Jewelry 2014 by L2 Intelligence,

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Color, Scale & Meaning - January 30, 2015

Key trends in jewelry for 2015 embrace color, scale and personal meaning. There’s also a blurring of gender roles realizing less preconception on adornment, and an increased casual style that has fueled a high/low approach to dressing. Trends reflect more customization and adopted symbols and themes. For Spring 2015, an eclectic, ethereal mix of understated

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Tapping Trends - January 23, 2015

Trends are not fads. They don’t happen over night and are not gone in six months. Trends happen over time. They develop and evolve, and are influenced by many things, most notably fashion, the economy and social shifts. In fashion there’s more color on the runways, more international influences, retro and vintage silhouettes, and larger

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Making a Statement - January 16, 2015

Statement making jewelry was prevalent on the runways for Spring 2015. In necklaces, there were bold collars, multi-colored bejeweled bibs, organic raw stone designs, and long neck-pieces with big medallion-style pendants. Shoulder-dusting hoops in new shapes, mismatched pairs, and button styles re-imagined topped the earrings on the catwalks, as well as boldly graphic bangle and

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Calming Blues & Greens Top Spring Palette - January 9, 2015

Posted in: Jewelry, Strategy, Trends

Blues and greens dominate the Spring 2015 Pantone color palette, with the lead hue, Aquamarine, embraced by many designers showing their collections for the season at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City. Four of the top 10 colors are in this spectrum, in addition to cool, calming airy aqua there’s Scuba Blue, an

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Future Looks Bright - December 31, 2014

Posted in: Jewelry, Strategy, Trends

The fine jewelry industry is poised for a sparkling future. Jewelry industry growth for the next five years is expected to be about 5% to 7% each year, forecasts McKinsey & Company, a New York-based management-consulting firm, in a report issued earlier this year. U.S. retail jewelry sales for 2014 are expected to reach a

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Engaging Your Customers - December 22, 2014

Posted in: Jewelry, Strategy, Trends

Online engagement will continue to play a key role in branding and marketing, and community partnerships will be even more important in developing loyal, local clients in 2015, cites Polygon, leading jewelry industry emarketplace, in a retail market report released earlier this year. For Millennials, most important demographic in the all-important bridal category, the Internet

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Ringing in the New Year - December 12, 2014

Posted in: Jewelry, Strategy, Trends

For 2015 on through 2020, the fine jewelry industry seems poised for a glittering future, hails McKinsey & Company. The New York City-based management consulting firm forecasts jewelry industry growth from 5% to 6% each year through 2020, in a report it released earlier this year. McKinsey cites five trends that shaped the adjacent apparel

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Year End Wrap Up - December 5, 2014

Posted in: Jewelry, Strategy, Trends

Total fine jewelry and watch sales in the U.S. grew to $76.9 billion in 2013, an increase of about 6% over 2012 revenues totaling $72.3 billion, according to U.S. Department of Commerce. U.S. jewelry retail sales for 2014 are forecasted to reach about $79.2 billion. “Three percent greater than 2013, and a record level,” says

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Always in Season - November 28, 2014

Posted in: Jewelry, Strategy, Trends

Next to Christmastime, Valentine and Mother’s days are top selling seasons for jewelry. Statistics from the National Retail Federation cite that more than 20% of gift givers for both occasions opt for jewelry, amounting to about $4 billion of the some $20 billion realized in sales for each celebration, with lots of room to grow.

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Come to Papa - November 21, 2014

Posted in: Jewelry, Strategy, Trends

While Valentine’s and Mother’s days are significant jewelry shopping occasions next to Christmas, Father’s Day lacks the same fervor, but has potential to shine. Consumer spending for Father’s Day is just over $12 billion ($1.8 billion of which is for apparel and accessories), according to a National Retail Federation (NRF) 2014 survey, which pales in

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