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J.C. Penney CEO Marvin Ellison told a Dallas real estate conference the department store will likely have to close more stores. "We have certain locations that we readily admit we have to downsize,” he said, according to The Dallas Morning News. He offered no further details as to numbers or...
Rob Bates | January 23, 2017

J.C. Penney CEO Predicts More Store Closings

Rob Bates | January 23, 2017
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Wasim Shazad, who operates three storefronts on Philadelphia’s Jewelers Row, has been arrested and charged with fencing and other crimes, according to a statement from the Montgomery County district attorney, Kevin Steele. Shazad (pictured) has been charged with corrupt organizations, dealing in...
Rob Bates | January 23, 2017
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The new year got off to a grim start as far as jewelry crime was concerned, with two people killed in two separate incidents.   In the first episode, a security guard accidentally shot a store employee; in the second, a Good Samaritan was killed while trying to intervene following a robbery...
Rob Bates | January 23, 2017
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This week Europol held an international conference on jewelry burglaries and robberies. The event, at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague, brought together more than 70 experts from European Union member states and jewelry and watch companies. The conference grew out of Interpol’s...
Rob Bates | January 20, 2017

Europol Hosts Conference on Jewelry Robberies

Rob Bates | January 20, 2017
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When judging jewelry, most people say bigger is better, notes Blake Gopnik’s catalog essay for the “Beyond Bling” show, which runs through Feb. 5 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. And yet the objects on display show that beautiful jewelry doesn’t have to be splashy. At times, it can...
Rob Bates | January 20, 2017 | Cutting Remarks

How Weird Can Jewelry Get?

Rob Bates | January 20, 2017 | Cutting Remarks
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De Beers announced that its online auction division will experiment with fixed-price forward contracts. These contracts will give auction customers the ability to bid for guaranteed access to future supply at a set price. The initial agreements run for three months. The first will cover...
Rob Bates | January 20, 2017

De Beers Tries Fixed-Price Contracts

Rob Bates | January 20, 2017
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This week: Why more large diamonds may be coming up. The man who might save Tiffany. And a jeweler suffers Trump blowback. All below.   Tiffany & Co. holiday comps fall, as it takes Trump Tower hit. - “Not just Trump.” - The New York Times: Can Reed Krakoff save Tiffany...
Rob Bates | January 20, 2017 | Cutting Remarks
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"So…if Malachite is leaping back into fashion, does that mean Malachite & Azurite or, better yet, Malachite and Chrysocolla will be the must-have for 2018?"  —Sarah on “Suddenly Everywhere: Malachite” "I have been a fan of Montana sapphires for many years, and am glad to see that an...
Rob Bates | January 20, 2017 | Social Setting
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Blue Nile is rolling out a new service that will buy back consumers’ diamonds of 30 points or more using an algorithm based on their Blue Nile price. Mondiamo, a new company, will run the service out of its New York City office, in conjunction with Blue Nile’s Seattle-based customer service...
Rob Bates | January 19, 2017

Blue Nile Launches Diamond Buy-Back Service

Rob Bates | January 19, 2017
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EBay is rolling out a program to authenticate high-end handbags sold on the site—and it could broaden the service to other categories. The new program, eBay Authenticate, aims to build trust among purchasers of high-end items, said its head, Laura Chambers, in an interview. Sellers of...
Rob Bates | January 19, 2017

EBay Aims to Authenticate High-End Items

Rob Bates | January 19, 2017
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makes me think of esme hecht's pieces: https://ritzycouturejewelry.co...

it will be nice to get a copy of the video posted on utube and a link...

So, another "respectable" outfit hangs out the pawn balls. So funny...

Eye-catching and artsy. Does anyone know what the "DewDrop" necklace...

Some nice pieces here, very well crafted.