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This Red Carpet Trend Conjures Dorothy Entering The Land of Oz

Technicolor has nothing on this jewelry.

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Elle Fanning at the Met Gala 2019 Awards in Tiffany & Co. Photo by Shutterstock

DESIGNERS ARE FEATURING an effect similar to what we experienced when Dorothy woke up and opened the door to the vibrant Technicolor land of Oz —exuberant and joyful color combinations. Many designers cite influences of the cultural crafts of faraway lands in a freewheeling kaleidoscope of vibrant jewelry.

Sofia Zakia

14K Rainbow Stardust ring with emerald, various sapphires, tsavorite, amethyst, ruby and diamond.

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$755

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Nouvel Heritage

18K gold medallion with sapphires, Paraiba tourmaline, spessartite, emerald, tsavorite and diamonds.

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$7,990

Robin Pelham

Synchronicity Sunset outer ring and Nebula inner ring in 18K yellow gold set with various sapphires, diamonds and tsavorite.

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$13,445 (set)

Beth Bernstein is a published author of three books and jewelry and fashion expert with 18+ years experience. A broad knowledge of the history of jewelry and fashion coupled with a background in "the story", writing, trends, design concepts has earned Beth a proven track record.

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Les Georgettes

It’s All About Choices

With beautiful jewelry from Les Georgettes, choice is everything. Choose a design. Change colors. With 30 styles, 3 finishes and 48 stunning leather colors, you’ll never be at a loss for a unique piece of jewelry. Create, mix, stack and collect Les Georgettes by Altesse. Made in France.

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Jewelry Pro Gear

A Portable Spectrometer, Cabinet Control Tech and More Pro Gear For Jewelers

This is the latest stuff you’ll want in your store.

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Time is on Your Side

This magnificent artwork by Berd Vay’e features a spectacular whirlwind of vintage watch components frozen within crystal clear, shatterproof Lucite. The result is a fascinating, ethereal sculpture shimmering with floating pieces of horological history. A unique objet d’art and guaranteed conversation starter.

$2,900

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Secure, Seamless, Smart

Senseon Plus is the next generation of intelligent cabinet-level access control, the perfect way to enhance security without sacrificing aesthetics. Users benefit from streamlined access management, concealed locks, automatic relocking, and locks four times as strong as traditional locks.

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Gems on Gems

This crystal-inspired ring holder from Modern Mud is the gorgeous, iridescent display that your treasures deserve. Handmade in ceramic, this ring holder is not just a useful tool: it’s a piece of functional art.

$86

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Sizing Secret

The patented Under Ring is for customers who suffer from loose rings but don’t want to permanently resize their pieces. This liquid silicone rubber band is grooved to fit between a loose ring and the finger. Perfect for seasonal size changes, delicate heirlooms and more. Bulk pricing available.

$29.95

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Golden Gadget

LinkSquare, the world’s first portable spectrometer, allows users to detect the purity of gold simply by holding the device over any sample. Through infrared spectroscopy, LinkSquare analyzes how an object’s molecules vibrate to create a unique “optical fingerprint.”

$549

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Tools and Services

Battery of Batteries, 2020 Jewelry Show and More Service News

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A Battery of Batteries

Sy Kessler Sales, Inc., the Sony authorized importer and distributor for watch batteries for the USA and Canada, is adding the Sony Quick Kit, which includes 200 popular watch batteries for $44 and a free 60-drawer battery organizer label-set.

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JA Health Care

Jewelers of America (JA) has partnered with MJM Global to offer access to health care options for its retail and supplier member companies. The program provides simple enrollment, flexible benefits, plan transparency, and money-saving opportunities.

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Findings Found

The Stuller Findings and Metals 2020-2021 catalog introduces updates, including additional tabs, semi-set pricing throughout, and the manufacturer’s largest expansion of 14K rose gold findings to date.

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2020 Vision

The first JIS Jewelry Show of 2020 returns to the Miami Beach Convention Center in sunny Miami Beach, FL, on Sunday, Feb. 9 – Tuesday, Feb. 11. Perfect for post-holiday restocking.

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Image Problems Solved

ThreeKit’s new Virtual Photographer software creates product images for e-commerce that look real but are computer-rendered, and for a fraction of the time and money required for traditional photography.

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Hot Sellers

The Hottest Sellers of August, According to Our Brain Squad

Two companies tied for most mentions.

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We have a lot of customers that collect E.L. Designs, and August was a very good month for us with them. — Shari Altman, B&E Jewelers, Southampton, PA

Top-selling vision brands in August

Gabriel & Co. (6), Stuller (6), Pandora (4), Frederic Duclos (3), John Hardy (3), Allison Kaufman (2), Benchmark (2), Citizen (2), Hearts On Fire (2), Lafonn (2), Maple Leaf Diamonds (2), Rolex (2), Sylvie Collection (2)

* Brands mentioned by at least two of 114 Brain Squad members when asked what they would be reordering in September.

  • Lab-created diamonds got “hot” over a 10-day period; we sold seven diamonds over a carat, and six were lab-created. — Mark Clodius, Clodius & Co. Jewelers, Rockford, IL
  • Engagement rings with marquise diamond centers! — Scott Lefcourt, Scottsdale Fine Jewelers, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Forevermark, Lafonn, John Hardy. — Gene Poole, Hudson-Poole Jewelers, Tuscaloosa, AL
  • I have been using Stuller‘s Showcase to sell engagement rings. It is their inventory tied to my website with a markup that I choose. I don’t get much action on it from our website, but when I show people how easy it is to use, it works. Sometimes we find something while they are in the store, and sometimes they go home and search around. — Cliff Yankovich, Chimera Design, Lowell, MI
  • Alamea always, Kovel has picked up, estate jewelry is good, and a million repairs and custom. — Rick Nichols, Nassau Jewelry, Fernandina Beach, FL
  • Three-stone engagement rings are so hot for us right now. Especially with pear-shaped side stones, most of them set in yellow gold. — Jen Hollywood, J Hollywood Designs, Chester Springs, PA
  • I set up my own one-of-a-kind mountings with morganite in them. They sell like crazy. I also use Stuller mountings, all in 14K rose gold. — Tommy Thobe, The Village Gem, Perry Hall, MD
  • Yellow gold chains and earrings (under $400) from Royal Chain sold well, as well as sterling pendants/necklaces from both Frederic Duclos and Gabriel & Co. Jane Johnson, RM Johnson & Sons, Salem, VA
  • Hot sellers were Allison Kaufman diamond earrings, Allison Kaufman diamond and sapphire necklaces, and customized Allison Kaufman diamond and sapphire (pink and blue!) anniversary and bridal rings! — Jill Keith, Enchanted Jewelry, Danielson, CT
  • Diamond engagement rings and wedding rings from Facets USA and CrownRing. — Laurie Cusher, Hyde Park Jeweler, Hyde Park, NY
  • Lots of bridal … custom wedding bands for our ladies, and the guys are really digging the new indestructible tantalum wedding bands. The guys love the fact that Benchmark rings are made in the USA! — Mary Jo Chanski, Hannoush Jewelers, Rutland, VT
  • August was the month for custom-made wedding bands, to go with the custom engagement rings sold around Valentine’s Day. — James Doggett, Doggett Jewelry, Kingston, NH
  • We are reordering a lot of our diamond and color gemstone best sellers while sprinkling in new trends in pearls, sterling, and also creating some exciting new custom collections. — Annette Kinzie, Leonard Jewelry, Stillwater, OK
  • Sylvie Collection bridal has continued to be strong, and we have seen an increased popularity of JORD watches. — Allison Leitzel-Williams, Leitzel’s Jewelry, Myerstown, PA
  • Gold did real well this month, and we will be doing a full year-old restock with one company, which we have never done before, in the five-digit range, so that will be exciting. Craig C. — Curtis, Belfast Jewelry, Belfast, ME
  • Diamond stack bands from Gabriel & Co. and Sylvie Collection, Frieda Rothman for fashion, and a variety of colored stone jewelry. — Robin Lies, Burnell’s Creative Gold, Wichita, KS

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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