Design of the Times: Conni Mainne


You’re prepping for (or in the midst of) the holiday rush now, but in the blink of an eye, it’ll be February, and you may be boarding a plane to JCK Tucson. While there, you’ll encounter a plentiful list of jewelry brands and designers—one of them, the wonderful Conni Mainne. A jewelry designer hailing from the north coast of California, Mainne is known for her handmade, nature-inspired creations, made with conflict-free and recycled materials. If you’re into moonstone, this is one you won’t want to miss—they’re an integral aspect of the artist’s work (though you’ll find a selection of other…

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Holiday Security Tips from JSA


Made your list, checked it twice… but did you remember to boost your security? We sat down with John Kennedy, President of Jewelers’ Security Alliance, to compile a helpful list of security tips specifically geared towards keeping you and yours safe this holiday season! Holiday inventories may be substantially greater than a jeweler’s normal inventory. Make sure your jewelers block insurance coverage is sufficient for any higher inventory. The holiday season may cause days of hectic selling (hopefully!). Even in busy times, keep all showcases locked except when actually taking out merchandise or returning merchandise to the showcase. At the…

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Black Friday Retailer Report


Retailers share news from the start of the holiday shopping season As you may have heard, predictions that shoppers would spend big this holiday shopping season have proven correct so far, with a record $5 billion reportedly taken in in 24 hours. But the real news is digital sales, which account for an increasing portion of Black Friday sales each year. In-store sales were reportedly down, but only slightly from 2016. While the final word on the holiday shopping season is still TBD, the news is encouraging for business owners everywhere. We wanted to know how retailers across the country…

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The 2017 Retailer Holiday Survival Guide


Tips from your fellow jewelry retailers on making the most of this holiday season   Ready or not, the holidays are here. You’re stocked. You’ve cleaned. You’ve advertised. Now, all you need to do is put on a big smile, greet those customers, and send them off with something just perfect for their gifting needs. But what about all the little things in between—when your feet ache, your stomach is growling, and you have paper cuts from wrapping those gifts in the back room? We asked some of our favorite retailers what they do to survive the holiday sales rush,…

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Full Circle with Britten Wolf of BVW Jewelers


Personality shines through every aspect of BVW Jewelers. Britten Wolf got his start with custom jewelry of his own, inspired by art and flowing organic patterns. After working as an independent wholesale jeweler for local retail locations, he was able to launch BVW Jewelers with the desire to share his jewelry and knowledge of all aspects of fine jewelry to the local Reno Nevada community. The store gives the locals a personal place to shop and socialize while enjoying unique surroundings. Bridal jewelry for any budget; we have an environment for customers who care about unique jewelry and enjoy a…

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