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2015_2_26_CherylBoone

Now Hear This! Bold Earrings Take Center Stage At Oscars

Hollywood, CA—Oscar night is as much about the red-carpet parade of fashion as the awards for Best Picture. This year, accessorizing was all about the earring—big, bold, and statement making.

The fashion parade for the 87th Academy Awards was notable for its elegance and lack of costume-y getups....

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2015_2_26_Margot_Robbie

Celebrity News: Anna Kendrick And Margot Robbie In Le Vian; Jack Kelege In California Wedding Mag

Anna Kendrick, Margot Robbie In Le Vian

Hollywood, CA--Actress Anna Kendrick (bottom of page) wore a Le Vian Exotics ring to the premiere of RADiUS' The Last Five Years at ArcLight Hollywood on February 11. Actress Margot Robbie (left) wore a Le Vian Exotics ring at Sanremo 2015 Day 3 Photocall...

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2015_2_19_CatRing

Want More Social Media Hits? Try Posting Pictures Of Cats Instead Of Jewelry

Merrick, NY—Need to boost your social media page? Try posting cat pictures. Even better if you can find a cooperative feline who’s willing to both wear a diamond necklace and sit still for the camera, or do something cat lovers can relate to, such as this kitty about to play hockey with a diamond...

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2015_2_26_TinyJewelBox1

Seizing A Growth Opportunity: Tiny Jewel Box Has Big Expansion Plans

Washington, DC—Tiny Jewel Box, which already occupies 12,500 square feet, is growing again. The Centurion caught up with CEO Jim Rosenheim, who shared his 2015 expansion plans—all 6,000 square feet of them.

When the Tiny Jewel Box began, the name was fitting. At 100 square feet, it truly was tiny....

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2015_2_26_Layaway

Is Luxury Layaway The Answer For Cash-Strapped Millennials?

New York, NY—Layaway is something most people associate with Kmart, not luxury retail. But it might be the next big thing to happen to the luxury market, says a report from JWT Intelligence.

Luxury retailers will always remember the fire sales of fall 2008 with a shudder, but since then, prices...

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2015_2_26_CashPile

Industry News: JVC Offers Guidance For Electronic Cash Transaction Reports; MJSA Expo Seminar List

Reporting Cash Transactions: File Electronically for Security and Speed

New York, NY—Our industry has an obligation to report transactions of more than $10,000 cash to the U.S. Treasury Department. Suzan Flamm, senior counsel of the Jewelers’ Vigilance Committee, reminds jewelers that the...

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2015_2_26_Adrienne_Fay_and_Joyce_Davis

Retail News: Borsheims Hosts Speed Networking Event About Ethics

Omaha, NE—Business executives and young professionals here met at Borsheims last week, for a speed-networking event focused on ethics in business. The event, sponsored by Borsheims and Creighton University’s Business Ethics Alliance, brought 30 participants together inside the Omaha jewelry store...

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2015_2_26_MarkLevinson

In Memoriam: Mark Levinson, Levinson Jewelers

Ft. Lauderdale, FL—Mark Levinson, co-owner of Levinson Jewelers, died early Tuesday morning of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 60.

According to a report in the Sun Sentinel, Levinson sent a suicide note via text message to his wife, Robin, who co-owns the eponymous jewelry store. His body...

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2015_2_26_AnnieFensterstock

Brand News: Fragments Closes; Ritani Partners With Jewelers Mutual; Stuller Conference Dates; More

Fragments, NYC Designer Showroom And Retailer, Is Closing

New York, NY—Fragments, the showroom-cum-retailer known for launching the careers of many successful jewelry brands, is closing. (At left, cuff and earrings from Annie Fensterstock, one of Fragments’ well-known designers.)

Owner Janet...

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2015_2_19_MirandaMeiraT

Celebrity News: Meira T, Le Vian At The Grammys; Charlize Theron In Royal Jewelry; More

More Grammy Jewels: Miranda Lambert In Meira T; Giuliana Rancic in Le Vian

Los Angeles, CA—Country singer Miranda Lambert (who won Best Country Music Album) wore Meira T jewelry at the Grammy Awards on February 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. She Instagramed a picture holding her Grammy...

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2015_2_19_Website

Back To Basics: Take A Fresh Look At Your Website Navigation

Merrick, NY—In a world where mavericks often reign, you might not believe that sometimes it pays to play by the rules. The rules, in this case, are those of basic website design. One of the most basic tenets of building a website is labeling your various website sections or pages, collectively...

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2015_2_19_ValentineHeart

Exclusive Centurion Survey: Valentine’s Day Sales Rocket Up For Prestige Jewelers

Merrick, NY—According to a Centurion spot-check survey of top prestige jewelers, almost half (44.12%) posted sales gains of 10% or more for Valentine’s Day 2015 over 2014. In total, two-thirds of respondents said Valentine sales increased this year over last year. 11.76% said sales increased...

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diamondmine

Industry News From De Beers, Jewelers For Veterans, And Jewelers For Children

De Beers Posts Strong Financial, Operating Performance

London, UK—Anglo American, parent company of De Beers, has released its preliminary results for the full year 2014. The diamond mining division was a strong performer, contributing $1.4 billion of underlying EBIT in 2014, which represents 28%...

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2015_2_19_ToyWatch

Brand News: Edge Retail Academy’s New Quickbooks Service; ToyWatch Relaunch; More

Edge Retail Academy Adds Quickbooks Integration Service; Mentoring

Las Vegas, NV—The Edge Retail Academy (ERA) has developed a new service to help more than 3,000 retail store users of The Edge software easily integrate and reconcile data with QuickBooks.

ERA’s QuickBooks Integration Service was...

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2015_2_19_Rolex

Swiss Watch Prices Set To Soar As Franc Is Uncoupled From Euro

Merrick, NY—Jewelers heading to Basel next month may get sticker shock in both their hotel bills and their purchase orders. The Swiss National Bank’s decision in January to unpeg the Swiss franc from the Euro already sent ripples through the Zurich stock exchange—a 9% plunge in one day—and is...

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2015_2_19_Lamborghini

Make Vroom For Jewelry From Luxury Auto Parts

Los Angeles, CA—Recycling is a growing trend in luxury jewelry, but usually it means diamonds bought from the street or gold from old jewelry that’s been melted down. It typically doesn’t suggest pieces made from the front end of a Mercedes-Benz.

Enter Crash by Minabea. The company was born when,...

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Classified: Heather Moore Jewelry Seeks Marketing Manager; More

Cleveland, OH—Heather Moore Jewelry is seeking a Marketing Manager to be the newest member of our team.  This is a dynamic position that focuses on internal and external communication, while maintaining the culture of the company. Primary responsibilities include project management, new product...

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2015_2_19_Visla

Just Call Him The Diamond Dog

New York, NY—As dog-lovers across the nation watched breathlessly to see who would be crowned as America’s top dog at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in Madison Square Garden Tuesday night, host David Frei regaled TV viewers with a tale guaranteed to make a jeweler cringe.

The owners of...

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The Centurion 2015 Valentine’s Day Sales Success Index

Merrick, NY--The Centurion is conducting a spot-check survey of Valentine's Day sales for 2015. Please click here to take a three-minute survey that will help us identify the benchmark for prestige jewelers' holiday sales.

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