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How will Trump’s election affect retail jewelers?

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President-elect Donald Trump has been in the public spotlight for decades. Domestic and international television viewers have watched and perhaps learned of the famous billionaire turned reality TV host. But his campaign was all business, pure showmanship and marketing, the likes of which the media, social media and the American public has never witnessed.

Retailer Roundtable: What is your outlook for the industry in 2017?

Q:What is your outlook for the industry in 2017? 

“My outlook for the gem and jewelry industry in 2017 is positive. Here in Texas, it’s oil country and as long as oil stays above $50 per barrel, we’ll be in good shape down here. I believe another positive indicator is seeing the stock market continuing to go up. When the stock market goes up, so does consumer confidence. In just a few weeks after the election, we already see people feeling better about buying jewelry and other luxury items. People are glad the election is over and we can continue to make progress.  Again, we’re already seeing more optimism about buying jewelry and getting ready for the holiday season and the new year ahead.”

Female wounded warrior finds passion, career and calling in jewelry

Tara humveeThere are many paths to finding the right career. Most are predictable, but sometimes the path becomes clear only through adversity. Richard Branson, whose net worth of $4.9 billion makes him nearly 10 times wealthier than Queen Elizabeth II, dropped out of school at 17 to start a newspaper. Although he loved journalism, keeping the paper afloat required him to stop writing and focus on production and financing instead. His deep commitment to the paper ensured the development of his then fledgling business skills helping him become a world renowned business man.

Leading the state in estate jewelry

Levy’s capitalizing on estate jewelry popularity

Levy 4 braceletsEstablished in 1922, Birmingham-based Levy’s Fine Jewelry has the oldest gold buying license in Alabama. Purchasing pre-owned jewelry and old gold is a policy that dates back to the store’s founding by Joe Denaburg, but it wasn’t until 10 years after his death in 1972 that his daughter Rhoda Denaburg Link (co-owner), her son Jared Nadler and nephew Todd Denaburg (general managers) took this founding principle to the next level by buying and selling finer estate jewelry.

Retailer Roundtable: How do you wish customers happy holidays?

Q: How do you wish customers happy holidays?

“Starting in the first week of November we try to do a little something interesting each week. This year we’re starting things off with a pearl jewelry trunk show with Mastoloni. Following that, we’ll host events with Heather Moore, Lagos and others. In the first week of December, we host a customer appreciation party featuring select vendors. We’re primarily a bridal store, so this event allows us to put bridal and non-bridal vendors in front of our best customers and serve up foods and drinks. This event allows us to showcase color and diamond fashion, bridal of course, and even watches with TAG Heuer our primary watch brand. For our top customers we usually send out some sort of Christmas basket or flower arrangement. The flower arrangements typically last a few weeks serving as a centerpiece through the holidays. We try to shake things up with the Christmas holiday baskets. This year we’re assembling an array of products from small local businesses that people can enjoy snacking on, like jams and chocolates. We give back year-round, but in November and December more so. This November watch battery proceeds will benefit Harvest Texarkana and in December we’ll find another local charity to support.”

Fit for Miss Denmark: ‘Project of passion’ is the crowning glory for U.S. team

Crown MaryIt takes an American village to make a crown for Miss Denmark.

Mary van der Aa, a jewelry designer from Michigan who works mainly in Tucson, Ariz., is part of a talented team creating the crown - a far cry from the “brass and glass” variety. The crown is made of solid sterling silver with 1,400 handset stones including a 4.50ct umbalite garnet in the center, as well as blue topaz and cubic zirconia for spectacular sparkle. It’s a one-of-a-kind regal masterpiece valued at $25,000, fully assembled by hand.

Gary Dulac looks back on 40 years of gemstones, jewelry design and the one that got away

Dulac saph ringWhat do you do when you can’t get over the one that got away? Whether it’s been a few years or 30, you still think about it, realizing that everything else is forever benchmarked by it. Goldsmith Gary Dulac in Vero Beach, Florida understands. His ‘lost love’ occurred nearly 30 years ago and was a stunner to behold. With rich, vibrant red hues, vivid color saturation and little to no inclusions, he still regrets sending it back. It was one of the most stunning rubies he’s ever seen. And, he’s seen a lot!