The JCK 2008 It List

Fashion Crossover We've been talking and talking (and talking) about the merging of fine jewelry into the fashion world, and recent developments show that movement is continuing to grow. Watch for new competition from a breed of boutique retailers who mix fine-jewelry selections with other high-end fashion accessories, and even more big fashion brands launching their own fine-jewelry lines. How jewelers can address this issue: Female self-purchasers are driving both trends, and one of the best ways for traditional jewelers to compete is to offer a selection of fashion-conscious jewels, especially in lower-price semiprecious stones that represent the colors of the season. China Syndrome Among products recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission last year, some 60 percent were for items made in China. Meanwhile, nearly a half-dozen consumer studies, including one from Deloit

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