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10-Store Jewelry Chain Acquired

It’s described as a ‘very secure, well-known and highly valued brand.’

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SPRINGFIELD, MA – Michaels Jewelers, a Connecticut-based retail jewelry chain that operates 10 stores, has been purchased by 7C Diamonds Inc. of Springfield, MA.

Financial terms of the  deal were not disclosed.

W. Mark Michaels, CEO of the family-owned Michaels Jewelers, said, “Our family-owned business is proud to announce that we have reached a purchase agreement with our close family friend and highly revered jewelry retail specialist Camile Hannoush, president of 7C Diamonds, Inc. based in Springfield, Mass.”

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Michaels Jewelers stores in Connecticut are currently located in Danbury, Orange, Avon, Torrington and Bristol and in well-known malls that include Westfarms, Manchester’s Buckland Hills, Westfield Trumbull, Westfield Meriden and Waterbury’s Brass Mill Center.

“Nine of these stores will remain open with their management and employee teams in place,” Hannoush said. “We will repurpose and relocate the Torrington store inventory and staff to a yet-to-be-determined new store location, and on Aug. 16, that store, at 80 Main St., will begin to host a closing sale.”

Michaels Jewelers was founded in 1885 by Abraham L. Michaels and has been managed most recently by fourth- and fifth-generation family members.

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“As I approach my impending retirement, we have decided to sell our family-founded enterprise to another family-owned jewelry entrepreneur that will assure the continuation of our family’s legacy past our current fifth generation,” said W. Mark Michaels.

Hannoush said Michaels Jewelers is a “very secure, well-known and highly valued brand.”

“As another family-owned jewelry business, the 7C Diamonds Inc. team is highly honored to keep moving the Michaels brand forward to keep the well-established legacy prominently viable across Connecticut,” Hannoush said.

“Fourth-generation family member Mark Michaels will be much-welcomed as a revered supportive consultant to 7C Diamonds Inc. as will fifth-generation family member Lindsay Michaels-Gorski, who will provide insights into effective marketing strategies for Michaels Jewelers and continue as the ‘voice of the brand.’”

7C Diamonds welcomes DeAnna Syner as Michaels Jewelers director of marketing and Valentino Diaz as operations team support member. Employees in the nine Connecticut stores will remain in place.

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Tiffany Rolls Out Men’s Jewelry Collection

The line is ‘centered on craftsmanship as the foundation of our company.’

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Tiffany & Co. announced the launch of its Tiffany Men’s collections, including jewelry, watches and home and accessories products.

Tiffany Men’s includes two collections: Tiffany 1837 Makers and Diamond Point.

These pieces are from the Tiffany & Co.’s men’s collection. Photo: Roe Etheridge

“Tiffany Men’s is centered on craftsmanship as the foundation of our company,” said Reed Krakoff, chief artistic officer for Tiffany. “Tiffany 1837 Makers is a nod to the workmanship and time-honored techniques used in creating jewelry — the idea that there’s a person behind each object.”

According to a press release:

Embodying Tiffany’s craftsmanship heritage, the Tiffany 1837 Makers collection is inspired by the jeweler’s hollowware workshop and its tradition of handcrafting sports trophies. Designers experimented with concave and convex forms, flat edges and motifs evocative of utilitarian hardware when creating jewelry, barware and more. Stamped with symbols like “T & CO MAKERS,” “NY” and “AG925,” Tiffany 1837 Makers honors Tiffany’s silversmithing legacy and the fact that the luxury house set the U.S. standard for sterling silver (925 per 1,000 parts silver). The made-to-order Tiffany 1837 Makers trophy ring honors Tiffany’s 160-history of making sports trophies by hand and makes a bold statement and adds edge to any outfit.

Diamond Point, on the other hand, “represents the elevated, classic end of the style spectrum with a strong, graphic pattern.”

The company states:

This motif appears as a subtle accent or a prominent overlay on jewelry and Home & Accessories pieces like the Diamond Point rectangle pendant in sterling silver, cuff in sterling silver and cocktail mixer in lead crystal and sterling silver. Most of the Diamond Point jewelry designs are die struck and hand polished to achieve the distinctive textured motif.

Diamond Point takes a more modern and graphic approach, utilizing a pattern inspired by a diamond’s culet that ties back to our diamond authority.

The New York Post reports that the launch is “part of the Tiffany’s strategy to attract younger shoppers and pump up sales.”

In all, Tiffany Men’s includes about 100 pieces. Jewelry rices range from $200 to $15,000.

Among the accessories items on offer are ice tongs and cocktail shakers.

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Jeweler Sentenced for Theft, Ordered to Pay $85,000 in Restitution

He’ll have to serve 4 years of probation.

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A Colorado jeweler who was accused with stealing gold, jewelry and money from customers has been ordered to pay restitution and serve a probationary sentence.

David Kushnir, who operated D & D Jewelers in Thornton, pleaded guilty to theft, KMGH-TV reports. He was accused of stealing from nine customers, according to the news outlet.

The court ordered Kushnir to pay about $85,000 in restitution and serve four years of economic crime supervised probation.

In January, authorities accused Kushnir of defrauding customers after they brought their diamonds, watches and other jewelry to him for repair or consignment sale at his business. It was also alleged that he sold fake diamonds to three victims.

The Sentinel newspaper reported in January that in one case, he was accused of removing a movement piece worth $40,000 from a Rolex watch he was asked to repair and then substituting “a Chinese piece.”

Read more at KMGH-TV

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Pandora to Buy Back $75M in Jewelry from Retailers

The effort is part of a broader restructuring program.

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Pandora plans to buy back about $75 million in jewelry from retailers.

The idea is to help retailers avoid holding onto stock for too long, Rapaport News reports.

The repurchased inventory will be smelted, with new jewelry to be made from the material.

Rapaport reports that the program will be rolled out in “select global markets.”

The effort is part of a broader Pandora restructuring program expected to cost the company over $224 million.

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The plan comes as Pandora prepares for a brand relaunch that will kick off Aug. 28 in Los Angeles.

At the event, the company “will reveal its new company purpose, brand expression and visual identity, and show the Autumn 2019 collection.”

Read more at Rapaport News

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