10 Things Rocking the Industry

1. SalesNot many people are griping about the 2010 holiday ­season. ­Comments from ­retailers (see "Holiday 2010: Mood Up, But Not Prices"), plus ­jewelry sales reports from SpendingPulse—showing gains of up to 8.4 percent—paint a pretty picture. The economy seems to be on the mend, but that’s not the only reason sales are up. A plethora of ads from players big and small—from Zales and Helzberg Diamonds to three-store New York chain Caze­novia Jewelry (who could resist the adorable Gizmo, the canine star of their popular commercials?)—melted hearts and drove shoppers through store doors. And while most ticket prices were low (beads and ­silver sold best), Jacob & Co.’s $1 ­million ­emerald ring sale made someone’s Christmas very merry indeed.2. OprahDuring the final season of The Oprah Winfrey Show, Oprah has given away everything from gourmet mac-and-cheese and

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