Doris Payne, Jewel Thief

Doris Payne has been a jewel thief since forever. She grew up with a father who physically abused her and her mother. When she stole her first diamond ring she sold it to get her mother away from her husband. In the years since, I, and many others have written countless stories about Payne’s six…

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9/11

Once more families gathered at ground zero, where nearly 3,000 people died on that bright September morning. Once more, there was an outpouring of grief. Once more, there was the sound of a bell tolling in mourning. And there was the rhythm of names being recited. Eighteen years have passed since terrorists commandeered airplanes and the twin…

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End of the week retail news

Apparently you don’t have to be perfect at what you do to get the job done. Three men entered a store in the diamond district in New York and got away with $4 million in jewelry. Three men posing as customers robbed New York City jewelry store Avianne & Co. Sunday after bringing employees into the back room and binding them…

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Sapphire, September birthstone

Sapphire comes in a variety of colors but blue reigns as number one among sapphire lovers. Sapphire is one of the three top colored gemstones, along with emerald and ruby. It is hard to beat any one of these three when it comes to choosing a piece of jewelry. The most valuable color of Sapphire…

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Weather really can be responsible for brick and mortar stores breakdown

Retailers are notorious for blaming the weather when things go south for their business. But the truth is it can affect sales big time. When you have an unnaturally cold Spring, summer clothing sales will not flourish but a natural disaster such as a hurricane can spell disaster for suppliers, buyers and the business as…

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Chinese Jewelry to be tariffed in three weeks

The Trump administration is delaying planned tariffs in order to save Christmas for toy, clothing, footwear, and electronic retailers—although some in the jewelry business are wondering why it also didn’t get a last-minute reprieve. Might be because the other items seem to be a little more in the line of necessity for Christmas presents. In…

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Jewelry on the tariff list

Diamonds, pearls, natural pearls, precious stones, including rubies, sapphires, emeralds, synthetic precious stones and diamonds, silver jewelry, gold necklaces, religious jewelry, toy jewelry and more. This is the beginning of the list. The 10% increase on tariffs is due on Sept 1, 2019, but could go to 25%. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, China is…

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End of Summer Jewels

Summer is coming to a close even though it is hot hot hot here in Houston. As with all fashion, even jewelry has a season and presented here is the end of summer moving into fall jewelry.  Marco Bicego is perfectly suited to high-summer dressing and the transitional pre-fall season’s minidresses and multilayered looks and hopefully,…

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Barneys and JC Penney, the end is near

Barneys of New York as they are preparing themselves for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy, they find that morale is low and vendors want their merchandise back!!! An employee who wishes to remain anonymous has stated that certain designers have asked for a return now for their merchandise bypassing the usual return to vendor (RTV). The…

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Trump going ahead with tariffs on Chinese goods

Trump said he will place a tariff on $300 billion of Chinese goods coming into the US. That just about covers all Chinese goods coming into the US. The new tariffs could hit US consumers harder than the earlier rounds. It would tax goods like iPhones and other consumer electronics, sneakers, and toys. Last year, Trump…

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