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Innovative Earring Backs, Octagonal Boxes and More Jewelry Pro Gear for January

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Time to Wind

Orbita, the world’s largest purveyor of luxury watchwinders, has partnered with Gerstner & Sons, a maker of fine wooden tool chests, to create exquisite new watch winders for the discerning timepiece enthusiast. Available in several sizes and woods.

$2,495

orbita.com

 

Master Metal

Metal Jewelry Workshop, by experienced metalsmith Helen Driggs, is a fantastic option for aspiring creators. The book features eight practice exercises and twelve beautiful projects with easy to follow instructions and step-by-step photos.

$17.99

foxchapelpublishing.com
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Heart’s Desire

These octagonal ring boxes by Voeu Du Coeur are an irresistibly geometric new take on the velvet ring box! They’re sweet as candy and available in a rainbow of colors and styles, as well as larger versions for use as display trays.

$77

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it’s a Snap

Gabby Shapiro was only 17 when she invented the innovative Oh Snap! earring back. This brilliant little product uses silicone cubes and magnets to revamp the traditional earring back in a way that keeps earring pairs together, on and off the ear.

$5

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I Need a Hero

Your Ring Hero is saving the day with their new solution to the age-old question: how do you keep your rings safe? This clever zippered wristband keeps your jewels on hand and your fingers free. Wholesale pricing available.

$19.99

yourringhero.com

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Hot Sellers

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

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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Personalized Display Tray, A Glamorous Tea Strainer and More Jewelry Pro Gear for March

Stephen Webster’s new tea strainer is a must-have.

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A Display for Today

You can fill your store with the most beautiful jewelry in the world, but your customers will have a hard time falling in love with it if it’s not displayed properly. This chic, minimalist display would flatter any number of styles.

$42

uniqdisplay.com

The Prettiest Planter

This Modern Mud Planter isn’t shaped precisely like a gemstone, but something about its unusual beauty calls to mind the treasures of the earth. If you don’t have a green thumb, this vessel would also make a gorgeous catchall.

$92

modernmudstudio.com

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Wood You Hold My Jewelry?

This unforgettable ring box from The Family Joolz is lined in velvet and lovingly handcrafted from a genuine wood burl. Burls like this one occur naturally and cannot be forced; this design is as unique as it gets.

$139.99

thefamilyjoolz.com

Terrific Tray

This lovely marble tray by Wanderweg comes in walnut, oak, or maple and can be personalized with either the name of a special customer or maybe the name of your store? Beautiful for displays or gifts!

$11

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Tea Time

We’re swooning over this glamorous tea strainer from jeweler Stephen Webster’s new homewares collection! Sure, it’s over the top … but aren’t we all a little extra sometimes?

$95

stephenwebster.com

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How Diamond Necklaces Heated Up the Golden Globes Red Carpet

Drop necklaces and chokers dominated.

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AT THE 76TH ANNUAL Golden Globe Awards, the diamond necklaces gracing A-list actresses’ necks ran the gamut from the high drama of the Tiffany & Co. drop necklace worn by Lada Gaga to antique-inspired styles like the delicate bow and garland Beladora look worn by Dakota Fanning. Chokers made a comeback as well, from geometric forms such as the Cartier stunner Rachel Weisz wore and the wide diamond Bulgari collar on Kiki Layne to the more delicate Messika diamond choker adorning Constance Wu’s neck. Why not inspire your customers to invest in a similar
statement-making style, within their budget?

Gumuchian

Cascade Riviera pear drop diamond and platinum necklace (14.60 TCW).

gumuchian.com

$86,000

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Forevermark

18K white gold Lace of Light diamond choker (43.15 TCW).

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Price on Request

Kwiat

Double strand diamond necklace with various cuts of diamonds set in platinum.

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Price on Request

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