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Jewelers for Children 2017 Local Grants contest

JFC eJewelers for Children (JFC) has announced the 2017 edition of their Local Grants contest. JFC has set aside $50,000 to be used for 10 - $5,000 grants to local organizations. Independent jewelers will have an opportunity to nominate a local organization to receive one of these grants. Once a final list of nominated charities is compiled, the retailer will be responsible for motivating their constituents to vote for their charity through a Facebook based campaign on JFC’s page.

Survey finds Millennials would rather spend on travel than engagement ring

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It used to be that etiquette experts recommended spending twice your monthly income on an engagement ring. But that’s a big chunk of change, and today’s couples aren’t buying it—literally. Thirty-seven percent of Millennials say they’d sell an engagement ring to fund a major life purchase, such as a home, travel or higher education, according to a survey by WP Diamonds. That’s a bump up from older generations, in which only 23% would choose to hock the ring.

NAJA offering scholarship for ACE© It Appraisal Conference

NAJA logoThe National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) is pleased to announce that it will award an ACE© It Appraisal Conference Scholarship to a deserving gemology student. NAJA invites GIA, FGA, FGAA, FGG, FCGmA, RGA students to apply for this scholarship for the 49th Annual ACE© It Winter Educational Conference scheduled on January 28 - 29, 2018 in Tucson AZ.

NRF Consumer View report finds bricks-and-mortar stores still American retail cornerstone

NRF(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The National Retail Federation (NRF) launched Consumer View (https://nrf.com/resources/consumer-research-and-data/consumer-view) on September 27, a new quarterly report designed to gauge consumer behavior and shopping trends related to stores, online channels, customer loyalty, technology and other issues.

Seasonal employee hiring tips from Jewelers Mutual

What every retailer needs to know

Mutual(NEENAH, Wis.) - The holidays are, no doubt, the busiest time of the year. According to a research study conducted by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., US retailers were expected to hire over 740,000 seasonal workers in 2016. These numbers excluded retail giant, Amazon, which hired an additional 120,000 seasonal workers last year.

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“Welcome October With Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice!” ~ Author Unknown

I am cautiously optimistic about sales for the 2017 holiday season. Many retailers that I have spoken with over the past several months have seen an uptick in business, especially in custom orders and design, and I feel an overall industry group-think that maybe the “worst of times” is finally behind us.

Belle Étoile raising awareness to fight breast cancer

Belle pendant(EMERYVILLE, Calif.) - Sterling silver jewelry designer and manufacturer Belle Étoile will be supporting breast cancer awareness through a special edition collection. Evermore by Belle Étoile will feature an exclusive hand-painted pink Italian enamel coloration available starting in October. Belle Étoile will partner with retailers to donate a portion of the proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to fund breast cancer research.