10 Things Rocking the Industry: November 2014

1. HolidaysChristmas is just about here, and everyone is wondering if customers will come with it. In September, Deloitte released its 2014 holiday sales forecast, predicting that retailers will see a bit of yuletide cheer. November and December sales will rise 4 to 4.5 percent, said the report—up from last year’s 2.8 percent increase. As to what those customers will buy, jewelers can’t go wrong with the trends du jour: rainbow palettes, geometric shapes, and celestial motifs, plus those now-ubiquitous ear cuffs and climbers.2. AuctionsFrom Wallis Simpson to Sarah Brightman to…you?Like animals on Noah’s Ark, these jewels travel as a pair. In the late 1950s, the fabulous feline brooch and bracelet, set with onyx and diamonds, with blazing emerald eyes, went from Cartier to ­Wallis ­Simpson—a gift from her husband, the Duke of Windsor. In 1987, at a landmark sale of the duche

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