July 1, 1996

Geneva's Luxury Show Grows With Time


appointments robert h. emmons, president of the longines division of smh (us), was named president of the company’s omega division. he succeeds gerald s. batt, who left the position in april after 11 years to pursue other opportunities. emmons has been with smh for 15 years. he started as a regional sales manager and then national sales manager for omega, was later named president of tissot and…


ja receives awards for two videos jewelers of america has received bronze telly awards for the ja 100 club documentary and the jewelry buyer’s guide infomercial. the telly awards are part of a 16-year-old national competition that recognizes outstanding video productions. the jewelry buyer’s guide, produced by broadcast news associates, new york, n.

Retailer News

wells fargo sells its barry’s stock the wells fargo bank of san francisco in may sold its 1.5 million shares of barry’s common stock (about 37.5% of shares outstanding) to a group of private investors. the largest investor in the group with 24% is gildea management co. of greenwich, conn., headed by john gildea, who invests in companies with big growth potential.

Book Reviews

wonderful reference handbook of jewelry store management, 2nd editon. 1996. $89.95 plus $3.50 handling and shipping. (jck data cr-028) to order, call (610) 964-4000. each month i look forward to the arrival of jewelers’ circular-keystone. the magazine provides me the opportunity to update myself on the latest in industry news and trends, read articles of current interest in the industry and rev…


new studies reveal consumers’ jewelry buying habits two new surveys on consumers’ jewelry buying habits took different routes to the same conclusion: independent and chain jewelry stores remain a healthy segment of the industry despite inroads by other types of jewelry retailers. the first survey, conducted for jewelers’ circular-keystone, asked 1,000 people nationwide about any fine jewelry an…

Letters To The Editor

auction competition i want to compliment you for the attention you have brought in the april magazine to probably the two most important issues facing high-end (and medium-end) independent jewelers. the first is the reprint of glenn rothman’s discussion in his di star report of the impact of the rapaport diamond report on all levels of diamond sale profitability — from the central selling orga…


redaurum: bargain mining at kelsey lake in the increasingly competitive world of diamond mining, redaurum, developer of the kelsey lake deposit in colorado, gets the job done for a fraction of what the big guys spend. de beers spends upward of half a billion dollars to develop its mines; bhp expects to spend almost the same bringing the lac de gras deposit in northern canada on line.

Supplier News

sector expands in u.s., opens outdoor center when jonathan nettelfield started his new job as marketing director of sector sport watches, he hit the ground running — at about 90 mph! he wasn’t really running — he was flying down an ice-slicked olympic toboggan run in cortina, italy. he didn’t stop there.

California: The Road To Recovery

for the first time in five years, the california economy has shown signs of recovery. more people are working, more of them are buying homes and retail sales are up (see “jobs & homes: the numbers”). that’s welcome news to a state that suffered severely when recession and massive cutbacks in the aerospace industry and government sent the economy reeling in the early 1990s.

Win Some, Lose Some

after a guinness book of records-type gestation, the federal trade commission finally has issued its revised guides for the jewelry industry. the request for an updating, with many suggestions for change, was filed with the ftc by the jewelers vigilance committee in april 1986. the final rulings out of washington are a mix of good news-bad news.

Classes & Courses

jsa plans seminar for traveling salespeople the jewelers’ security alliance will hold a full-day security training seminar for traveling jewelry salespeople and gem dealers from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on july 19. the site is the st. moritz hotel on central park south, new york city. jsa president john kennedy calls this the most comprehensive training session his group has ever offered for sale…

Publisher’s Notes

going, going…but not gone early in this century, bruce and beatrice gould molded the ladies home journal into one of the world’s most influential magazines. journalism professors still point to this as a remarkable and rare case of a successful husband-and-wife editorial partnership. rare as it may be, lhj has nothing on jck.

Geneva’s Luxury Show Grows With Time

more than 7,000 retailers and guests viewed an extensive array of new timepieces by car-tier, baume & mercier, piaget, franck muller and dunhill at the sixth annual salon international de la haute horlogerie, the luxury watch show founded by the cartier group. the event was held in april in geneva, switzerland.

Cool Silver Equals Hot Sales

sterling silver is a stellar growth category for jewelry, according to the silver information center. in fact a growing interest in white metal pushed 1995 sterling silver jewelry sales 15% ahead of 1994. the market shows no signs of slowing down either. diana shiel, public relations manager of the silver information center, says department and specialty stores placed huge silver orders at the …

Fashion Facets

around the world in gold the world gold council booth at the basel fair showcases leading gold jewelry designs from countries around the world. here are highlights of the jewelry shown there in april or featured in the council’s 11th gold trends book: so en”gage”ing elizabeth gage, a top london jewelry designer, makes her san francisco debut this year with an exhibition at the ritz carlton.

Computer Workstation Joins Jeweler’s Workbench

jewelry design and manufacturing are joining the rest of the manufacturing world by adopting the technology of cad (computer-aided design) and cam (computer-assisted manufacturing). the technology is especially useful to jewelers who want to build their custom design business. at the fashion institute of technology in new york, n.

Do-It-Yourself Design: A Growth Market

note: this is the second in a three-part series. for part 1, “the case for custom design,” see jck, may 1996. in an increasingly competitive marketplace, more and more retail jewelers find custom design a way to offer a unique and value-added service. but an informal jck poll suggests this proliferation of custom-designed product hasn’t hurt designers’ or major manufacturers’ sales of finished …

Trade Shows

pennsylvania jewelers plan convention, show the pennsylvania jewelers association will hold its 90th annual convention and 20th annual keystone jewelry show aug. 2-5 in the hershey lodge & convention center in hershey. the keynote speaker is shane decker, who will present “the art of selling 1-ct.

How To Profit From Packaging

in their fight for profits and market share, more jewelers are wielding an underused promotional tool: packaging. aiding them are packaging industry changes that have held down prices and resulted in more options than ever. but some of the changes have had a negative effect on quality and delivery times, say some jewelers and suppliers.

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