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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

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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

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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

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He Thought It Was a Great Time to Retire — So He Called Wilkerson!

As David Kiselstein, owner of J. Albert Johnson Jewelers in Fairfield, CT says, it was a perfect time to close the store he’d owned for 45 years. “I’m 72-years old, the lease came due and I thought it would be a great time to retire.” A savvy businessman and one of the founders of the Continental Buying Group, Kiselstein urges others who want to conduct a retirement sale to pick up the phone and call Rick Hayes at Wilkerson. “He’ll talk you through it. He’ll help you understand it. He’ll give you the confidence you need to go through such a big experience.”

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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

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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New Tucson Event and More Service News for July-August

See what else is new for July and August.

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Time to Care

For every charity watch sold, BERING Time donates $15 to Polar Bears International to support their Maternal Den Research Project. This ongoing fundraising effort recently led to a major donation of $28,624. beringtime.com

Tucson Selected

The Select Jewelry Show has announced the addition of a Tucson event next year! The Tucson Select Show will take place at the luxurious Westin La Paloma Resort on February 2-3, 2020. Mark your calendars now.
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Step Right Up

Podium, the leading interaction management platform for local businesses, has announced an innovative new tool. Teamchat, often described as “similar to Slack for local/offline businesses,” is a great new way for local businesses to facilitate centralized communication. podium.com

Struck by Lightning

John Ford has launched an exclusive Mine Provenance Portfolio of loose gem-quality Lightning Ridge black opals with a transparent chain of custody to the mine of origin in Lightning Ridge, Australia. lightningridgecollection.com

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A 3-D Metal Printer, A Gem Popsocket and More Pro Gear for Jewelers

And don’t miss this fascinating Peruvian mineral specimen.

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Spa Day

The GEMORO combination ultrasonic and high-pressure steam cleaner for jewelry is a compact powerhouse that will keep your sparklies sparkling with its two-step cleaning process. It’s small but mighty.

$169.95

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Sweet Statement

This lovely little clay dish from The Painted Press features a hand-painted state of your choice on a white background rimmed with gold.

$20

thepaintedpress.com

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Blues Rock

If you want a truly unique décor item and talking point for your store, you can’t do better than an exquisite mineral specimen like this jaw-dropping quartz over chrysocolla from Peru.

$7,500

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Print It Out

Designer Christian Tse and 3-D printing pioneer Desktop Metal have joined forces to bring metal 3-D printing to the jewelry industry. The complete Formula 3D Studio System is available for lease or purchase.

$160,000

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Rockin’ Socket

A true bling aficionado might already have a sparkly phone case, but what about a Popsocket that looks like a giant gemstone? We’re betting some of you will order one of these babies before you get to the end of this sentence.

$15

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