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Hot Sellers: September 2009

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INSTORE’s monthly round-up of hot products and sales trends in America’s jewelry stores.

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Jewelry brands mentioned by more than one of the 155 survey partici-pants who responded when we asked what they’d be reordering in August.

 

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Pandora (37)
Heart On Fire (7)
Elle (5)
Chamilia (4)
Hot Diamonds (6)
Rolex (4)
Simon Golub (4)
Lestage (3)
Tacori (3)
Tag Heuer (3)
Ashi (2)
John Hardy (2)
Natalie K (2)
Personality Beads (2)
Quality Gold (2)
Rebecca (2)
Sarah’s Hope (2)
SteelX (2)
Stuller (2)
Trollbeads (2)
Zable Beads (2)

We are selling a little bit of every-thing, but I was surprised to know that our watch sales are way up. (Citizen, bulova, and wittenaur.) — Charles Brushert; J.R. Brushert Jewelers, Wausau, WI

Sterling reputation is selling well. — James Sickinger; Sickinger’s Jewelry, Lowell, IN

Very good action on Rego shared prong diamond wedding bands. — Jeffrey Bertman; Roger’s Jewelry, Quincy, MA

Judith Ripka jewelry has been a good seller. In the watch department, it is the two extremes: Rolex and Swiss Army. — Renee Kopel; William Barthman Jewelers, New York, NY

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Batteries, Pandora and LeStage keep us going through the summer. — Casey Gallant; Stephen Gallant Jewelers, Orleans, MA

Halo rings under $995 are hot. — Woody Justice; Justice Jewelers, Springfield, MO

Rebecca is flying out of the case. — Lynn Greifenstein; Bartlett Jewelers, Bradenton, FL

Silver, the new platinum, is selling, selling and selling — any organic, yoga-momma-type items. Simple pendants with initials and maybe small gemstones. — Denise Oros; Linnea Jewelers, La Grange, IL

Michou. Brand new, and we’re almost sold out. — Terry & Sandy Smith; GoldSmith Jewelers, Little Falls, MN

We’ve designed new bridesmaid and groomsmen gift cases and we’ve done well with them. We stock mostly with items from Quality Gold, which look great and most of the items are triple key, which is great too. We also offer discounts for large wedding parties. — Lisa Baca; Princess Bride Diamonds, Huntington Beach, CA

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Marriage pendants by Dangler Studios! We promoted these pendants for the anniversary season of June, July and August and they’ve performed very well. — Peter Manka Jr.; Ben Garelick Jewelers, Williamsville, NY

[span class=note]This story is from the September 2009 edition of INSTORE[/span]

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A National Bridal Report, Plus Which Products Were Hot In July

Small-town jewelers reported the biggest improvements in bridal sales.

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While some items come and go as far as what’s “in,” one company’s products seem to always be steady and sell … that is from Stuller. — Alex Weil, Martin’s Jewelry, Torrance, CA

Top-selling vision brands in July

Stuller (6), Rolex (5), Gabriel & Co. (3), Hearts On Fire (3), Les Georgettes (3), Benchmark (2), Breitling (2), ELLE (2), Fana (2), Forevermark (2), Lafonn (2), Olympian Diamonds (2), Ostbye (2), Quality Gold (2)

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

  • Wedding bands, wedding bands and more wedding bands! We even had a groom arrive at our store an HOUR before he was getting married. “I need to get a wedding band.” Mind you, he was with his best man, in his tux, boutonniere and all. “When are you getting married??” He laughed and said, “In an hour at Elfin Lake.” Elfin Lake is 30 minutes away. But we did it! — Mary Jo Chanski, Hannoush Jewelers, Rutland, VT
  • Custom diamond rings are still this jeweler’s best friend 🙂 — Laura Sipe, JC Sipe, Indianapolis, IN
  • Loose diamonds, especially big diamonds this month (2-carat plus). Custom and Fana Bridal were the preferred mountings. Luvente fashion remains a best-seller. — Thomas Licciardi, Jacqueline’s Fine Jewelry, Morgantown, WV
  • We recently launched a line of bullet jewelry featuring precious gemstones. What started as a small line at our store has now expanded into its own entity of sorts being sold in four states! — Morgan Bartel, Susann’s Custom Jewelers, Corpus Christi, TX
  • Stuller still supplies the important bits for my custom work. Pearls remain popular, while chunky sterling has shown a resurgence. — James Doggett, Doggett Jewelry, Kingston, NH
  • Alexis Bittar and Kendra Scott have been so fun to play with our customers and show them how to stack and create their own look. — Karen Hollis, K. Hollis Jewelers, Batavia, IL
    All things diamond. The usual engagement and bridal but also diamond stackables, studs, tennis bracelets and pendants. — Chad Elliott Coogan, Gems Of La Costa, Carlsbad, CA
  • White gold diamond hoops in all carat weights, colored stone rings in the $1,000-1,500 range, as well as in the under $500 range. It was a big month for women’s self-purchases. — Dorothy Vodicka, The Gem Collection, Tallahassee, FL
  • Rolex continues to be strong, along with Tag Heuer. We also had a good month with Ippolita and Gabriel & Co. Tonia Ulsh, Mountz Jewelers, Camp Hill, PA
    Necklaces and bracelets from German designer Bernd Wolf were very popular. Estate, custom and repairs were the majority of our business this month. — Doreen Vashlishan, Werkheiser Jewelers, Bethlehem, PA
  • Custom bridal designs using lab-grown diamonds were huge. And engraved solitaires are making a big comeback. — Beth Cevasco, Scott’s Custom Jewelers, Fairlawn, OH
  • Our custom jewelry has exploded! We are redesigning while also creating new and unique rings and pendants! — Annette Kinzie, Leonard Jewelry, Stillwater, OK
  • Our own “Michi” line designed in house by Diane Berube-Catanzaro. More incredibly cool pieces are being designed right now by Diane for our fall season. — Joe Caron, Caron’s Jewelry, Bristol, RI
  • Omega and Breitling watches were moving pretty good and we actually had a nice month in bridal. We also sold some nice designer pieces as well. — Marc Majors, Sam L. Majors, Midland, TX
  • We are still re-ordering sterling jewelry that we picked up in Tucson last February. Silver does very well for us, including Rembrandt Charms. — Tommy Thobe, The Village Gem, Perry Hall, MD
  • We sold nothing out of our showcases! It was all custom and BIG repairs. I guess that means we are ordering more solder and stock! — Jennifer Farnes, Revolution Jewelry Works, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Ostbye silver Diamond Diva rings and Ostbye Shimmering Diamonds necklaces; Stuller Ever & Ever engagement rings and remounts with Stuller Studio and CounterSketch. — Jill Keith, Enchanted Jewelry, Danielson, CT

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What Were the Hottest Jewelry Brands for June? Here’s What Our Brain Squad Says

Stuller, Allison-Kaufman and Gabriel & Co. led the way.

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Royal Chain is single-handedly creating an interest in men’s jewelry, a category that’s been dead since Saturday Night Fever. — Frank Intorcia, Frank Anson Jewelers, Staten Island, NY

Top-selling vision brands in June

Stuller (7), Allison-Kaufman (5), Gabriel & Co. (5), Rolex (4), Breitling (3), Lafonn (3), Pandora (3), ArtCarved (2), ASHI (2), Carla (2), Hamilton (2), Hearts On Fire (2), Lashbrook (2), Les Georgettes (2), Maple Leaf Diamonds (2), Sylvie Collection (2)

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

  • Thumb rings and toe rings. It’s summer! — Janne Etz, Contemporary Concepts, Cocoa, FL
  • Lab-grown diamonds seem to be getting hotter and hotter. A very easy sale if you know how to sell them. — Michael Kanoff, Michael’s Jewelers, Yardley, PA
  • Custom design is definitely up, actually way up. The reverse is true of mid-priced items. — Bob Fisher, R.C. Fisher, Hendersonville, NC
  • We are selling and seeing a great demand for gold chains and earrings. Also we sold a lot of pearls for the June birthstone. — Annette Kinzie, Leonard Jewelry, Stillwater, OK
  • Anything from Allison-Kaufman; ArtCarved engagement rings. — Jim Wolf, James Wolf Jewelers, Mason, OH
  • Arizona turquoise is hot. — Stephenie Bjorkman, Sami Fine Jewelry, Fountain Hills, AZ
  • We had a nice month with timepieces. Breitling and Omega seemed to be on the radar for several folks. We also had a nice month with Konstantino and sold some beautiful pieces from Yossi Harari. — Marc Majors, Sam L. Majors, Midland, TX
  • Hearts on Fire was strong for us this month, along with engagement rings in general. We also had a good month with John Hardy and some movement with generic color. — Tonia Ulsh, Mountz Jewelers, Camp Hill, PA
  • Stuller’s Red Box Diamonds … we sold 7 in one month. We have educated our team to talk about the upgrade options and insurance. Makes the program a big win! — Jennifer Farnes, Revolution Jewelry Works, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Rolex and Hamilton timepieces … both huge for graduations and Father’s Day! — Rhonda Neary, Diamond Design, St. John’s, NL
  • We started manufacturing our own line tailored to our loyal Texas market and we cannot keep the items in stock. They are flying out of our cases! Morgan Bartel, Susann’s Custom Jewelers, Corpus Christi, TX
  • Custom engagement rings with lab-grown diamonds continue to be hot, as well as custom shadow bands and men’s rings. — Beth Cevasco, Scott’s Custom Jewelers, Fairlawn, OH
  • Three-stone engagement rings are super-popular now, and yellow gold is still gaining in popularity with our customers. — Jen Hollywood, J Hollywood Designs, Chester Springs, PA
  • Diamond wedding bands from First Image Design were all we could have asked for. The price and excellent quality provided a great June for all of our staff. They were quick and easy to work with on a few customer orders as well. It was nice to see a manufacturer that had stock available for a quick shipment. — Scott Kelly, Jems Jewels & Gold, North Wales, PA
  • It seems the classic diamond tennis bracelet is making a bit of a comeback. Good to see. It was always a nice item. — Alex Weil, Martin’s Jewelry, Torrance, CA
  • Stuller wedding bands were hot, then again they make it so easy to fill late orders. Diamond earrings were popular with the anniversary crowd in the 0.75 ct. to 1.25 ct. size per ear. — James Doggett, Doggett Jewelry, Kingston, NH
  • Estate jewelry and lab-grown diamonds (Alpha by Gemsone) have been huge for us lately. — Robert Mullen, Mullen Bros. Jewelers, Swanswa, MA

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50% of Brain Squad Sees Growth In May, Plus Their Hot Selling Jewelry

Gabriel & Co. leads the way.

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Sterling silver circle initial charms with little diamonds from Ostbye are great, and $350 to $800 diamond stud earrings for graduates are great sellers! — Paul Krueger, Krueger Jeweler, Fort Atkinson, WI

Top-selling vision brands in May

Gabriel & Co. (8), Stuller (6), Pandora (5), Citizen (4), Hearts On Fire (4), Rolex (4), Carla Corporation (3), Kelly Waters (3), Lashbrook (3), Ostbye (3), Allison Kaufman (2), Forevermark (2), Hamilton (2), John Hardy (2), Maple Leaf Diamonds (2), Rego Designs (2)

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

  • Sales were all over the place! Many categories, designers and brands were moving. Konstantino in particular was strong in May, as was Henri Daussi. — Marc Majors, Sam L. Majors, Midland, TX
  • Women’s right-hand rings with stones, especially stacking rings with personality. — Eve J. Alfille, Eve J. Alfille Gallery & Studio, Evanston, IL
  • Great month for custom wedding rings. We also sold some bigger high-ticket color from the bridal case. — Robert Mullen, Mullen Bros. Jewelers, Swanswa, MA
  • Diamond bands 0.10 TCW to 0.50 TCW, engagement rings $2,500 to $6,500. Silver from E.L. Designs. — Dorothy Vodicka, The Gem Collection, Tallahassee, FL
  • Inside-out diamond hoops continue to be a great item for us. — Alan Lindsay, Henry’s, Cape May, NJ
  • Wedding band season is upon us! Custom wedding bands for the ladies are on the rise. Men want function and ladies want bling! — Mary Jo Chanski, Hannoush Jewelers, Rutland, VT
  • May was a large engagement month. We sold many engagement rings from Gabriel & Co. Silver is still doing well for us in the $200 – $600 price points, and Peter Storm’s silver fashion line was a big seller last month. We placed a large reorder at the Las Vegas show. — Shari Altman, B&E Jewelers, Southampton, PA
  • We sold some higher end watches during the month, Citizen and Bulova. Chains were a favorite for the month, too — a nice gift for moms. — Robin Laughlin, Wiford Jeweler, Sidney, OH
  • We’re doing a good job with lab-grown diamonds in custom engagement rings, especially ovals. — Laura Sipe, JC Sipe, Indianapolis, IN
  • Diamonds of a carat or more from Star Solitaire with custom mountings from Overnight Mountings! — W.J. Smith III, Smith Jewelers, Franklin, VA
  • Diamond studs are always a hit, and earrings in general have always been our biggest sellers. Our goal for June is to provide customers with a wider array of diamond studs to choose from at different size, clarity, and price points. We’re also looking at adding in colored diamond studs as they tend to get snapped up very quickly! — Wadeana Beveridge, Community Jewelry, Brandon, FL
  • We had a great month with John Hardy. We also had an uptick in watches. — Tonia Ulsh, Mountz Jewelers, Camp Hill, PA
  • It was an outstanding month. Sales up almost 50 percent, almost like Christmas in May. Everything sold well across the board, from Rolex to diamond stud to bracelets. You name it. Really don’t know what to attribute it to, just thankful and don’t question why. Just one outstanding month. — Bob Richards, Bob Richards Jewelers, Germantown, TN
  • Earrings! Lots and lots of earrings! — Susan Kauffman, Black Dog Jewelers, Lewisburg, PA
  • Orders for custom were up in May. Meaning June anniversaries will be well-celebrated in platinum set with diamonds. Diamonds between 1.50 and 2.00 carats were popular. Estate diamond cocktail rings were a close runner-up. Pieces in turquoise and silver were the surprising sleeper of the month. — James Doggett, Doggett Jewelry, Kingston, NH

What’s the Brain Squad?

If you’re the owner or top manager of a U.S. jewelry store, you’re invited to join the INSTORE Brain Squad. By taking one five-minute quiz a month, you can get a free t-shirt, be featured prominently in this magazine, and make your voice heard on key issues affecting the jewelry industry. Good deal, right? Sign up here.

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