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The Rules of Engagement - March 7, 2018

Posted in: Jewelry, Trends

The Knot Jewelry & Engagement Study of 2017 reveals several key trends for jewelers to keep on their radar. Most notable is that engagement ring spend is at an all-time high. Among respondents polled, the survey finds they’re living together for longer, slightly older (average bride 29, groom 31), and making more money. They’re buying engagement

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Put the Pedal to the Metal: What’s New in Precious Metals - February 28, 2018

Posted in: Fashion, Trends
Series: And the Metal Goes to - 4 of 4

Silver Trends The U.S. economy is exhibiting growth and unemployment remains at a historic low. The economic climate in the United States is positive, benefitting jewelry as a category, with increases in silver, gold and platinum sales continuing. Key looks in silver jewelry include the use of more color, interesting links, and styles that can

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Going Platinum - February 21, 2018

Posted in: Design, Jewelry, Trends
Series: And the Metal Goes to - 3 of 4

The U.S. economy is not only exhibiting growth, unemployment remains at a historic low. Coupled with the current metal prices, the outlook for the jewelry industry in the U.S. remains strong and platinum continues to outperform the market, reports the Platinum Guild International (PGI). With platinum jewelry sales growing at +12% in the third quarter, it

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Go For the Gold - February 14, 2018

Posted in: Fashion, Jewelry, Trends
Series: And the Metal Goes to - 2 of 4

Gold Rush Gold signifies success, prestige, quality, and value. The “best” sets the gold standard, gets the gold medal, and is only genuine if it’s as good as gold. Linked to the power of the sun, gold was believed to possess an energy that brings warm, soothing vibrations to those who wear it. Since ancient

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And the “Metal” Goes to… - February 7, 2018

Posted in: Fashion, Jewelry, Trends
Series: And the Metal Goes to - 1 of 4

Silver Style Staples The mystique and splendor of silver have captivated our minds and inspired our imaginations since the dawn of time. This brilliant precious white metal has been used throughout the ages to commemorate historic milestones and mark important achievements, events and moments in our lives. In many early cultures, silver was thought to

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The Jewelry Industry Shows it’s Colors in Gemstones - January 31, 2018

Posted in: Fashion, Jewelry, Trends
Series: In Living Color - 4 of 4

Color Stones a Key Product Category The gem market is hitting its stride with fashion, as Pantone’s popular seasonal palettes have consumers clamoring for color. Color stones are an attractive product category to invest in offering a variety of hues, types and price points to choose from; not easily comparison-shopped; yielding larger margins than diamonds,

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The Plumb Club Welcomes Wilkerson and CH Hakimi as New Members - January 29, 2018

Posted in: Press Release

The Plumb Club is pleased to announce the addition of two new members: Wilkerson and CH Hakimi.  These two companies will complement the Associations nearly 50 member’s, representing over 100 brands and will join the other important and leading companies that exhibit in the Plumb Club Pavilion at the JCK Las Vegas Show. Wilkerson is

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It’s a Woman’s World - January 24, 2018

Posted in: Design, Fashion, Jewelry
Series: In Living Color - 3 of 4

The Future is Female The purchasing power of women in the United States ranges from $5 trillion to $15 trillion annually, touts Girl Power Marketing, communication, influencer and brand experiences agency. Women control more than 60% of all personal wealth in the U.S. Over the next decade women will control two-thirds of all consumer wealth

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The Plumb Club Announces Agreement with JCK through 2025 - January 18, 2018

The Plumb Club announced that they have reached an agreement with JCK and will continue their presence as an anchor of the JCK Las Vegas Show through 2025. The Plumb Club, a nonprofit trade association of leading and important suppliers spanning all facets of the jewelry, diamond and watch industries, and its well-known pavilion at

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Fashion’s Color Connection - January 17, 2018

Posted in: Fashion, Jewelry, Trends
Series: In Living Color - 2 of 4

The seasonal color palettes promoted by Pantone can help jewelers connect with fashion. Speaking the Pantone language communicates color in a way that resonates with consumers by reinforcing popular hues seen in other categories. The Pantone colors can help jewelers to market jewelry in new and exciting ways, especially because they go hand-in-hand with fashion

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Color Optimism - January 10, 2018

Posted in: Fashion, Jewelry, Trends
Series: In Living Color - 1 of 4

Consumers are discarding traditional color guidelines in fashion in favor of more color experimentation year round, and that’s reflected in the 16 hues Pantone is touting in its spring palette. For the first time in the 23 years since Pantone has been promoting the top 10 colors awash on the runways of leading fashion designers,

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For 2018, Be Market-Centered - December 31, 2017

Posted in: Jewelry, Strategy, Trends

Bain & Company just released its predictions for the luxury market in 2017, calling for 5% growth this year to reach €1.2 trillion globally. After what it calls a “reboot” from 2015 to 2016, it sees the luxury market reaching a “new normal” of 4% to 5% annual growth through 2020. The management consulting firm

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Make It Personal - December 22, 2017

Posted in: Jewelry, Strategy, Trends

When it comes to buying fine jewelry, the stakes are much higher, for both the gift giver and self-purchaser. Made of precious metals and stones, fine jewelry is typically priced higher than that of costume, and tends to carry more emotional weight in its purchase. Championing the competitive edge are specialty jewelers that offer a

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Omni-channel Surfing - December 15, 2017

Posted in: Strategy, Tactics, Trends

The biggest retail trend for 2018 is the growth of omni-channel retailing, a combination of both in-store and online shopping that’s experienced seamlessly across multiple channels via whichever mode the customer prefers, cites the customer relationship management platform Salesforce. Omni-channel retailing links all channels together, combining the showroom and website to create a unified experience.

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Holidays’ Opportunity - December 8, 2017

Posted in: Jewelry, Strategy, Trends

The December holiday shopping season is upon us, and for retail jewelers it’s their do-or-die month, with 20% of their annual sales expected to come in the last four to five weeks of the year. That’s about as much as jewelers make during each of the first three quarters of the year (21%, 23% and

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