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New technologies and better practices protect items in display cases

Senseon Secure Access: “Resolve to avoid theft this year” 

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 (SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif.) - Brisk sales and busy stores have a flip side for retail jewelers: They’re an open invitation for thieves, who thrive on distracting sales associates.

“Start the new year right by better protecting inventory kept in display cases from shoplifters and light-fingered employees,” advised Sid Kalantar, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Senseon™ Secure Access, which provides a keyless, hidden, electronic locking system ideal for jewelry showcases.

It ain’t over ‘til it’s over

126 million consumers plan to shop on Super Saturday

supersaturday(WASHINGTON) - Just over half of U.S. adults surveyed expected to finish their holiday gift shopping by yesterday, but others will still be buying gifts on Christmas Eve - and some will miss the deadline altogether. That’s according to the annual survey released by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.

Low cost ways to reward your employees

Tips from Jewelers Mutual’s Clarity Blog

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Did you know that recognizing and rewarding your store employees for a job well done increases employee engagement? Engaged employees tend to be happier and happy employees perform better at work.

The holidays are one of the busiest times of the year. Your employees are likely working extra hours and delivering outstanding customer service with an extra dose of holiday cheer.

If you have thought about rewarding your employees for all of their hard work but don’t have a large budget, that’s OK. You don’t need a ton of cash to make an impact. In fact, studies show that cash is only a short-term motivator for most people.

Here are a few low-cost, long-term ideas to reward your employees:

November retail sales up 6% over last year

Holiday spending on track to meet NRF forecast


(WASHINGTON) - Retail sales in November increased 0.9 percent over October on a seasonally adjusted basis and were up 6 percent year-over-year unadjusted, according to calculations released by the National Retail Federation (NRF). Online and other non-store sales grew 10.5 percent year-over-year, reflecting the growth of online shopping. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants.

Rapaport article busts common myths about the diamond industry

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RAPAPORT... Myths about the industry, especially among consumers, are some of the hardest to debunk. Here, leading experts correct some common misconceptions.

Myth: Customers are significantly at risk of buying a conflict diamond 

Reality: Perhaps the most pervasive myth of all, the issue of conflict diamonds — or “blood diamonds” — has a firm grip on the public consciousness. 

“Our industry has made great strides since the widespread awareness that came to light during the brutal civil wars in Sierra Leone and Angola in the 1990s,” says Don Palmieri, president of the Gem Certification & Assurance Lab (GCAL). The percentage of the global diamond trade funding or facilitating conflict at that time is up for debate, with estimates ranging from less than 1.5% to as much as 15%. But since the introduction of the Kimberley Process (KP) certification scheme and the World Diamond Council (WDC) System of Warranties, more than 99.8% of the world’s diamonds are certified conflict-free, with the support of 81 countries. 

CNBC survey finds holiday spending on record pace

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Buoyant American attitudes on the economy look set to show up in plentiful, record-setting holiday spending this season.

The CNBC All-America Survey found that average holiday spending intentions will top $900 for the first time in the 12-year history of the poll, eclipsing last year's estimate of $702 by a wide margin.

The survey of 800 Americans nationwide, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points, found a surge in the percentage of Americans planning to spend more than $1,000, to 29 percent from 24 percent.

Precious gems bear messages from Earth’s molten heart

New York Times article explores what gemstones tell scientists about the extreme forces at work deep underground 

GEM superJumboAround 1920, Justo Daza, an experienced mine worker, and Fritz Klein, a mining engineer, were scrambling over the steep mountainside terraces of Chivor, a legendary emerald site in northeast Colombia. They were breaking rocks apart with long iron poles and explosives packed into drill holes.