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New Industry Challenges Force Longstanding Boston Jeweler to Say Goodbye

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Owners didn’t see business getting any better after a “quirky year in retailing.”

Dorfman Jewelers, owned by two brothers whose family has ran a jewelry store in Boston since the Great Depression, is closing after what one of the brothers calls a “quirky year in retailing,” the Boston Globe reports. Jonathan Dorfman pointed to a number of factors that prompted the brothers’ decision to close, including changing consumer sentiment and uncertainty in China. “The luxury business is going through a difficult time,” he told the Globe. “I didn’t see it getting better for several years. We figured it made sense to monetize the inventory and say goodbye.”

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