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Father Turns in His Own Son for Jewelry Heist September 3, 2015
The earrings in his room were a clue. A Utah man who broke into Sierra West Diamonds in Orem and got away with several thousand dollars worth of jewelry was turned in by his own father....
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Russia’s ALROSA May Cut Diamond Prices Again September 3, 2015
Company joins De Beers in hoping that discounts will stimulate sales. On the heels of 8-10 percent price cuts by De Beers, the Russian diamond miner ALROSA may cut prices again in the...
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Kendra Scott Looks for “Wow” Factor in Sales Associates September 3, 2015
Job description is a model of specificity. Kendra Scott, the Texas dynamo who famously started her jewelry empire in 2002 with a $500 bankroll, is looking to hire a sales associate for...
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Carolina Merchants Face Down the Chip-Enabled Card September 3, 2015
Local forum provides answers – and warnings. A merchants group in Charlotte, NC faced down the beast of chip-enabled credit cards this week at a forum about coming changes for retailers....
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Charges Say Accused “Blood Diamonds” Broker Knew What Was Going On September 3, 2015
He allegedly brokered diamonds for convicted war criminal Charles Taylor. While he is not accused of personally engaging in any of the forms of abuse that allegedly went on at the Kono...
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The Jeweler: Insider Info The Jeweler: Insider Info September 3, 2015, published in Guest Blogs
Catch "The Jeweler" every other Wednesday on INSTOREMAG.COM. For more cartoons from Tim Searfoss, go here.
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Hello, Fall . . . and “Oak Buff” Gems, Too Hello, Fall . . . and “Oak Buff” Gems, Too September 2, 2015, published in Designers/Jewelry
With September here, I’m thinking about all the new clothes coming to stores this month. And many will be in warmed-up yellow....
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Brainstorm Now for Holiday Party Success Later Brainstorm Now for Holiday Party Success Later September 1, 2015, published in Best Practices
With September here (already!), it occurred to me it’s time for party planning in your store. So I decided to revisit a story...
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Bario Neal Fuses Organic Style with Environmental Impact Bario Neal Fuses Organic Style with Environmental Impact August 31, 2015, published in Customer Service
Today’s jewelry customer cares about gem and metal sourcing and how those things affect the land and the people they come...
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I Got My Hands On Jade Trau's Latest Collection (and Didn't Want To Give It Back) I Got My Hands On Jade Trau's Latest Collection (and Didn't Want To Give It Back) August 28, 2015, published in Designers/Jewelry
The first time I laid eyes on jewelry designed by Jade Trau was three years ago during a meeting with Forevermark's PR team. As I...
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Celebrating Women’s Equality Day, 5 Female-Focused Jewels Celebrating Women’s Equality Day, 5 Female-Focused Jewels August 26, 2015, published in Designers/Jewelry
Over the weekend, when I realized that today we’d be recognizing annual Women’s Equality Day, I reached out to some designers,...
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Design Your Store With Your Community in Mind Design Your Store With Your Community in Mind August 25, 2015, published in Best Practices
Ruth Mellergaard, a principal with Grid 3/International, is a designer of note in two stores that took America’s Coolest Stores...
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Humor Breaks Through with Customers, Says Phibbs Humor Breaks Through with Customers, Says Phibbs August 24, 2015, published in Customer Service
Happy Monday! I have to admit, what I’m sharing with you today is borrowed insight, but it IS incredibly useful information...
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