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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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The Plumb Club Elects New President, Vice President and Board Member - July 17, 2018

Posted in: Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Plumb Club has announced the results of their annual elections effective July 1st, 2018. Michael Lerche of Goldstar Jewellery, has been elected President, replacing Jonathan Cohen of IB Goodman Company after serving three years, which is the Club’s term limit. Replacing Mr. Lerche as Vice President is A.J. Tosyali of Benchmark. 

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Re-engineering Retail - July 13, 2018

Author and internationally renowned consumer futurist, Doug Stephens, paints a bold vision of the future where every aspect of the retail experience, as we know it will be radically transformed. Stephens, AKA “The Retail Prophet”, gave the keynote presentation at the annual Plumb Club Breakfast symposium during JCK Las Vegas in June, co-sponsored by the Diamond

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Driving Diamond Demand - July 6, 2018

Global consumer demand for diamond jewelry hit a new all-time high in 2017, climbing to US $82 billion, a two percent increase on the previous year, according to industry insight data published by De Beers Group prior to JCK Las Vegas. The U.S. was the main driver of growth for the fourth consecutive year, where

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Profiting from Pearls - June 30, 2018

Posted in: Fashion, Jewelry, Trends
Series: Pearls of Joy - 4 of 4

Pearls—second largest category to diamonds—give jewelers greater price flexibility, equating to higher profitability that cannot be realized in commoditized diamonds that are easily priced shopped. Moreover, pearls are at the top of their game in popularity, a favorite accessory to fashions for all seasons. InStyle magazine hails pearls perfect for work, a trip to the

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Empowering Pearls’ Message - June 22, 2018

Posted in: Fashion, Jewelry, Trends
Series: Pearls of Joy - 3 of 4

From layers of classic white round pearl strands a la Coco Chanel to colorful organic baroque shapes in playful designs, pearls are not only classic, they’re essential in any jewelry wardrobe. Throughout time, powerful women have tapped their inner goddess wearing pearls — from the Queens of Egypt and England to our favorite celebrities, broadcasters

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Merchandising Pearls’ Versatility - June 15, 2018

Posted in: Fashion, Jewelry, Trends
Series: Pearls of Joy - 2 of 4

Pearls are a favorite of all women but too often they get pushed to the back corner of a jewelry store. How jewelers merchandise pearls can speak to their versatility. Pearls effortlessly go with any metal, stone or design elements paired with them and can easily layer with other jewels. Good merchandising helps to tell

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Pearls’ Popularity Dominates Trends - June 8, 2018

Posted in: Fashion, Jewelry, Trends
Series: Pearls of Joy - 1 of 4

Pearls dominate the fashion press that hails all styles fair game, from your grandmother’s strand of Akoyas to more artsy freshwater baroque pieces. InStyle magazine paired pearls with a range of styles—feminine, eclectic, bohemian, minimal—citing pearls the perfect complement for work, a trip to the market, or a night out. Vogue Italia celebrates pearls in

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Keep a Close “Watch” On - May 31, 2018

Watch trends for 2018 are inspired by the past, offer better value, and use more color, with greater attention paid to the female wrist. Among the top 10 best watch brands on many popular lists post Baselworld watch fair in March—Seiko, Bulova and Citizen, all located in The Plumb Club at the upcoming JCK Las

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Timing is Everything - May 24, 2018

Posted in: Fashion, Jewelry, Trends

After several years of declining sales, 2017 marked a return to growth for the watch and jewelry sector, reports L2 research. The business intelligence firm that studies and benchmarks the digital performance of consumer brands says many of the 70 watch and jewelry brands it looked at in its Digital IQ Index Report 2018 can

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