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Mia Katrin

New jewelry stores opening! The untold story

This is not another article about jewelry stores closing. It’s the other side of the coin, the story you don’t hear reported, the story about new jewelry stores opening! It seems every few days you see online or in print news of jewelry stores closing.

Why I Love the Jewelry Business

Do you remember how you got started in the jewelry business? At the beginning of a new decade, and at a time when many independents, in business for years, are closing, it’s good to remember what drew us to jewelry to begin with.

Are you ready for the 2020s?

A new year, and a new decade, is a perfect time to stop and reflect, take stock and consider new options. The 2019 economy closed with record stock market highs and low unemployment. Yet substantial numbers of retail jewelry stores shuttered their doors during the year.  What’s the disconnect? What’s the true state of industry? And how does this relate to you?

Confessions of a Road Warrior: Tales from the trenches

Have you ever wondered what life is like for designers, vendors and reps who regularly appear at your store throughout the year? We’re part of a dying breed. I’m on the road hundreds of days a year, visiting retailer accounts, doing trunk shows, introducing our line to new prospective accounts. We put tens of thousands of miles per year on our cars. Although we also have regional reps, I like the personal touch of connecting with our retailers directly.

Treasures of Mumbai

Recently touching down in Mumbai after a whirlwind 15 hour nonstop flight (and a 9½ hours time-zone difference!), I was excited to be whisked away to the five star Marriott Renaissance Lake Powai for a three day “Gems and Jewellery Buyer Seller Meet” hosted by the Indian Government thru their GJEPC, Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council.

Go Green! How green is your business?

A 2017 study found that 88% of Millennial consumers are more loyal to a company that supports social or environmental issues while 76% will refuse to purchase a company’s product or service upon learning it supported an issue contrary to their beliefs. By tapping into this important trend of ethical sourcing, retailers can connect with their clients’ growing awareness. Jewelers who demonstrate their social conscience help win their client’s confidence.