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Here Were the Top-Selling Jewelry Brands for January, According to Our Brain Squad

Rolex led the way.

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  • We can’t seem to keep Tru-Reflections by Gemsone earrings and pendants in our store. We seem to replace them every week. Great quality for the price point. — Stephenie Bjorkman, Sami Fine Jewelry, Fountain Hills, AZ
Top-selling vision brands in January

Rolex (4), Gabriel & Co. (3), Lafonn (3), Artistry (2), ELLE (2), Gemsone (2), Hearts On Fire (2), Maple Leaf Diamonds (2), Michou (2), Officina Bernardi (2), Rembrandt Charms (2), Stuller (2), Vahan (2)

* Brands mentioned by at least two of 134 Brain Squad members when asked what they would be reordering in February.

  • Rolex timepieces are still strong. In fashion, John Hardy had a great month. Engagement rings rounded out our best category for January. — Tonia Ulsh, Mountz Jewelers, Camp Hill, PA
  • Customers have been coming in for wedding bands … lots of custom bands to make. We’ll take it! — Mary Jo Chanski, Hannoush Jewelers, Rutland, VT
  • Repairs and custom drove our sales for January. It seems like everything needs to be customized now so that it makes it personal and sentimental! — Annette Kinzie, Leonard Jewelry, Stillwater, OK
  • Surprisingly, pearls were the stars in January. I am seeing a return to the classic pearl choker with a simple diamond clasp. I have noticed clients being more knowledgeable, looking for ocean pearls vs. freshwater ones, white satin lined boxes for storage. One even checked every knot to be satisfied they were uniform. All things I typically lecture about, but lo and behold, most already knew what to do! I am liking these new knowledgeable clients; it makes sales so much easier. — James Doggett, Doggett Jewelry, Kingston, NH
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    The interest in lab-grown diamonds continues to grow among customers. We are surprised a bit as to their acceptance. — Alex Weil, Martin’s Jewelry, Torrance, CA

  • Hearts On Fire, Stuller (custom), Vahan and Coast Diamond. — Richard Frank, Goldstein’s, Mobile, AL
  • Ashi sterling and color, Lafonn, Les Georgettes inserts and bracelets, and Nambe sterling jewelry. — Karen Fitzpatrick, Harris Jewelers, Rio Rancho, NM
  • Gary Youngberg, Ames Silversmithing, Ames, IA
  • Our custom design keeps going strong. Leah Alexandra is also doing super for us. — Sandra Locken, Sarini Fine Jewellery, Vulcan, AB
  • Antwerp diamonds and inside/outside diamond hoops sold well! Also Michou and ELLE. — W.J. Smith III, Smith Jewelers, Franklin, VA
  • We are doing tons of repair. Two jewelers from two small towns within about a 20-mile radius of us closed last year, one in March and one in December. We are getting lots of work! — Cliff Yankovich, Chimera Design, Lowell, MI
  • With bad weather days, custom is keeping us going. Podium allows us to reach out to customers from our store phone numbers. Color is making more of a dent in our stores, not one specific color either, both precious and semi-precious. Slate and Tell does well for lower price point. Aspire is a great line by Berco for the price point. — Julee Johnson, Julee’s Jewelry, Mankato, MN
  • Antique and estate jewelry … particularly Victorian rings! — Patty Gallun Hansen, Dorothy Gallun Fine Jewelry, Cedarburg, WI
  • Custom jobs and bridal carried our month. We use Bellissima by Gemsone, and it’s streamlined our custom and made it much easier for the entire staff to sell custom. — Robert Mullen, Mullen Bros. Jewelers, Swanswa, MA
  • Rolex, Hamilton watches and Birks were our top three. — Rhonda Neary, Diamond Design, St. John’s, NL
  • Repairs were our top money take-in. We will be ordering more gold jewelry since we are expanding our case space for it. — Craig C. Curtis, Belfast Jewelry, Belfast, ME
  • Uno de 50 has been growing a new fan base almost every day. — mdash; Karen Hollis, K. Hollis Jewelers, Batavia, IL

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