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Not for the faint-hearted: Ira Savoie loves the lively challenge of jewelry appraising

Not for the faint-hearted: Ira Savoie loves the lively challenge of jewelry appraising

For the past 17 years, Ira Savoie has been appraising jewelry of all sorts for the people of New Orleans and beyond. Sometimes, it’s business as usual at his appraisals-while-you-wait studio; other times things get animated as he delivers an unwelcom...

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AWDC announces “revolution in diamond polishing process”

AWDC announces “revolution in diamond polishing process”

(ANTWERP) - The Scientific and Technological Research Center for Diamonds (WTOCD) is the collective research center of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), the umbrella organization for the Antwerp diamond industry. The WTOCD has announced they ha...

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Time Delay marks 40 years of crafting custom enhancements for one-of-a-kind watches

Time Delay marks 40 years of crafting custom enhancements for one-of-a-kind watches

(DALLAS) - Time Delay Corporation is celebrating 40 years in the time-honored tradition of offering its independent jewelers exactly what they need: the latest and finest in custom dials, bezels and bracelets at competitive prices, along with custom d...

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GIA’s New York Jewelry Career Fair slated for July 13

GIA’s New York Jewelry Career Fair slated for July 13

Event offers job opportunities, career coaching, networking and more

(NEW YORK) - Leading networking event for the gem and jewelry industry, GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Jewelry Career Fair , returns to New York City on Friday, July 13. Whether...

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May retail sales increased 5.6% over last year as economy continues to grow

(WASHINGTON) - May retail sales increased 0.7 percent seasonally adjusted over April and 5.6 percent unadjusted year-over-year as a growing economy prompted consumers to continue to spend, the National Retail Federation reported. The numbers exclude a...

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May retail sales increased 5.6% over last year as economy continues to grow

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(WASHINGTON) - May retail sales increased 0.7 percent seasonally adjusted over April and 5.6 percent unadjusted year-over-year as a growing economy prompted consumers to continue to spend, the National Retail Federation reported. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants.

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IDEX reports China cuts tariffs on 18 jewelry categories

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IDEX reports China cuts tariffs on 18 jewelry categories

(IDEX Online) – China will be slashing import taxes on jewelry, as part of tariff reductions on a wide range of consumer goods, as of July 1.

The Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council in China issued the "Notice on Reducing the Import Tariffs of Daily Consumer Goods" last week. According to ...

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GIA’s New York Jewelry Career Fair slated for July 13

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GIA’s New York Jewelry Career Fair slated for July 13

Event offers job opportunities, career coaching, networking and more

(NEW YORK) - Leading networking event for the gem and jewelry industry, GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Jewelry Career Fair , returns to New York City on Friday, July 13. Whether you are looking to join the incredible gem and je...

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Thai jewelry sparkles at DITP Roadshow at JCK Las Vegas to promote 62nd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair

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Thai jewelry sparkles at DITP Roadshow at JCK Las Vegas to promote 62nd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair

(l-r) Sritala Sutapak, Deputy Director, Thai Trade Center Los Angeles; Boonkij Jitngamplang, President of Thai Gem and Jewelry Traders Association (TGJTA); Dr. Gaetano Cavalieri, President of CIBJO; Kwannapa Phivnil, Executive Director, Thai Trade Center Los Angeles; and Rung Julius Zheng, Vice Pres...

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Time Delay marks 40 years of crafting custom enhancements for one-of-a-kind watches

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Time Delay marks 40 years of crafting custom enhancements for one-of-a-kind watches

(DALLAS) - Time Delay Corporation is celebrating 40 years in the time-honored tradition of offering its independent jewelers exactly what they need: the latest and finest in custom dials, bezels and bracelets at competitive prices, along with custom diamond enhancements for most pre-owned, precious t...

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Sissy’s Log Cabin names Lamar McCubbin new president

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Sissy’s Log Cabin names Lamar McCubbin new president

Arkansas’s largest independently owned jewelry store promotes new president from within

(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.)  - Sissy’s Log Cabin has announced the promotion of Lamar McCubbin to president. An industry veteran with more than 25 years experience, McCubbin has worked with the brand since 2014. With ...

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AWDC announces “revolution in diamond polishing process”

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AWDC announces “revolution in diamond polishing process”

(ANTWERP) - The Scientific and Technological Research Center for Diamonds (WTOCD) is the collective research center of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), the umbrella organization for the Antwerp diamond industry. The WTOCD has announced they have developed a revolutionary technology that fully...

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Breaking the rules of engagement, Helzberg Diamonds introduces the “Will You?” Ring

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Breaking the rules of engagement, Helzberg Diamonds introduces the “Will You?” Ring

Couples have new way to propose and then select “the” ring together

(KANSAS CITY, Mo.)  - Many couples dream of that moment when one partner gets on bended knee and asks the big question with a small box - but what if their partner doesn’t love the ring inside? Enter Helzberg Diamonds and The “Wi...

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The Marketing Minute: Trend Spotting

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Marketing specialist George Prout produces a weekly marketing advice video for retail jewelers, The Monday Morning Marketing Minute. He’s generously agreed to let us share them with our eWeekly readers.

 

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The Marketing Minute: Pricing Strategy

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Marketing specialist George Prout produces a weekly marketing advice video for retail jewelers, The Monday Morning Marketing Minute. He’s generously agreed to let us share them with our eWeekly readers.

 

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The Retailer’s Perspective: Technology in a brave new world

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About 2 or 3 years ago I was going to write about how retailers were dealing with the onslaught of employees bringing their personal cell phones into work. Right about then my cell phone rang and I got sidetracked and forgot.

Fast forward a few years and now we’ve got a whole new situation. MySpace, FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. have invaded the world. So now I wonder how everyone is dealing with it? Hang on a second, I’m getting a text:

R U N 4 hppy hr?

Yes I am! Sorry about that. Gotta meet a friend... er, I mean a client after work. As I was saying, businesses have a whole new situation to contend with... hang on again. I just got a FaceBook e-mail from an old high school classmate I haven’t seen since graduation. Give me just a second to respond.

Wow, that was cool. I haven’t heard from him in like 30 years. Anyway, as I was saying. Trying to keep a balance between social networking and business networking is... Oh look, one of my subcontractors just updated her MySpace page. She got a new puppy. How cute.

Like I was saying... NO WAY! Seems on my Twitter update, Jon Gosselin has just stolen $230,000 from Kate Gosselin and left her unable to pay her bills. How could he do that?

Sorry about that. Oh, hang on, a client just e-mailed me back through FaceBook. Let me get back with him real quick:

Yeah, I’m here tomorrow. Go ahead and send the package. Thanks.

Like I was saying, the social networking side and the business networking side are becoming almost interchangeable. There was a time when work was work, and personal was personal. In an interconnected world the lines are not so clear anymore. Hang on again. I just got an IM from my old friend Valerie Alexander that I must take.

Hey Girl. Give a minute, I’m finishing up a column?

Okay. I’m back. Where was I? Oh yeah.

Does your store have a policy about the amount of computer time your staff can spend on social networking sites? I’ve talked to a lot of retailers that have expressed concern over trying to make them all make sense. Almost everyone is on one of the social networking sites. Most people are on several. Personally for me, I’m... well, it appears I’m going to answer another FaceBook e-mail telling me the pearls I was having restrung are ready. Excuse me just a moment;

Thanks. I’ll pick them up in the morning.

Like I said... hang on again. Oh dear. My niece just updated her FaceBook page and it appears she has a headache. Where was I? Oh yeah, my niece has a headache. Let me respond to her real quick.

Is it a hangover? Ha ha...

I’m sooo funny I crack myself up sometimes. Now, back to business.... right after I respond to someone who has taken offense with my FaceBook status.

I still stand by my statement that Charlie Sheen is the best male actor working today.

Some people just have no appreciation for talent. Now, where was I? Oh yeah, my niece. No wait, I remember, my column.

Like I said, about 2-3 years ago I was wanting to write about how owners and managers were dealing with employees bringing their cell phones to work. The most common argument back then was; I need it in case there’s an emergency. Let me just tell you. I am an emergency responder and MY cell phone doesn’t go off that often for emergencies, so forget that one. But now, about 8 or 9 years later, cell phones are the norm. Every salesperson gives customers the store number and their cell phone in case they need to get in touch on their day off.

Most businesses now not only have a website, but they have a MySpace page and a FaceBook page. Hell, the whole point of this article is to... apparently answer Valerie’s IM real quick...

Ha Ha...

Sorry ya’ll, it’s been a busy day around here. Anyway, the whole point of this article really is to try and get all of the readers of Southern Jewelry News and Mid-America Jewelry News to go to our new FaceBook page “I’m a fan of Southern Jewelry News” and become a fan. We’d like everyone to participate in some of our new online discussion boards. Come on and join the fun. Heck who knows, we may even rehash the debate over the comedic genius of Charlie Sheen with....

Oops, gotta go again. Something unexpected just happened...

A real customer just walked in...

Chuck is the owner of Anthony Jewelers in Nashville, TN. Chuck also owns CMK Co., a wholesale trade shop that specializes in custom jewelry and repair services to the jewelry industry nationwide. You can contact him at 615-354-6361, www.CMKcompany.com or send e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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