What You’re Talking About on JCKonline, Week of Jan. 6

Closing jewelers, tsavorite, and great promotions were on commenters’ minds this week

“Very sad to see that Douglas Jewelry Design in Bend, Oregon, closed. Wonderful store with great people. This is a real loss to the industry. Sad day indeed. We are losing some of the finest professional jewelers in the industry. Thalheimers Jewelers in Naples, FL, also—great people and a traditional jeweler with high ethics and style. I wish them all well in their future endeavors.”  Robert James on “Roll Call of Departing Jewelers”

“The Gem Gallery in Reno, NV, began their Going out of Business sale on November 12, 2016, will be closed for good in mid-January. 31 years in Reno. It has been a whirlwind of emotion around here.”  Dean on “Roll Call of Departing Jewelers”

“Times are quickly changing! Are ‘brick and mortar’ retail stores on a mirror decline? At the mall near me this holiday season, I saw two stores with huge waiting lines…Apple and Pandora…which was interesting to see that tech and jewelry must be on top of holiday wishlists. What are people’s thoughts or advice to a young jeweler starting out…would it be wise to get into the retail side of the biz or better to stay in the repair/custom work side? Thanks.”  Tyler on “Amazon Sold a Watch Every 1.5 Seconds This Holiday”

“Tsavorite is one of my favorite stones—lovely pics on the jewelry and highlighting how gorgeous it is. It deserves lots of attention. Thanks for the article, Amy!”  Olga Gonzalez on “Are You Tsavorite Savvy?”

“…Those commercials with real people are so touching.”  Jack Vinson on “My 10 Favorite Jewelry Promotions of 2016”