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Jan. 29, 2009
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AGTA's Essential Guide to Memo Transactions
from AGTA
In the jewelry industry, a “memo” transaction, also known as consignment, allows a party to hold a supplier’s product for a specified period of time while a buyer is sought. The holder of the product pays for it only if a sale is made; otherwise, at the end of the specified period, the product is returned to the supplier. More

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Color Scores Best Dressed at Golden Globes
from AGTA
The most memorable looks along the red carpet of the 66 th Annual Golden Globe Awards were those in colorful gowns and jewels. While the expectation was to downplay the pomp and circumstance given the difficult economy, celebrities with an eye for style (or a really good stylist) chose a more optimistic, yet tasteful approach in their use of color. More

Bertolucci Stria Luce Watch With Fossil Shaped Jewels
from Luxist
This year's follow up to the Stria is the limited edition of five pieces Bertolucci Stria Luce. Using the same case shape and design, the theme behind the watch has been adjusted. This is the first time that the author has seen fossil-shaped jewels on any watch. Actually, it may be the first time anyone has seen a trilobite formed out of a peridot, or any gem for that matter. To form the look of ancient sea creatures, the gems are carved on the bottom side to resemble various carapaces and creature shells. More

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France Slashes Value Added Tax
from Israeli Diamond Industry News
France has slashed VAT on rare or high-value jewelry from 19.6 percent to 5.5 percent. This step is expected to increase the appeal of Paris as an auction center for high-end jewelry. The customs guidelines now state that the new rate also applies to jewelry “destined for different use from originally intended; special transactions other than the usual trading of similar items; landmarks in the evolution of human craftsmanship; and items illustrating a period of this evolution.” More

Wisconsin Uses eBay to Sell Abandoned Jewelry
from WQOW-TV
The State of Wisconsin is looking to eBay to help cash-in on some forgotten treasures. The state is using eBay to sell jewelry and other items that have been abandoned in safe deposit boxes. Among the items on the auction block: Columbian emerald earrings and an amethyst pendant. More

Ecommerce Marketing Tips for Valentine’s Day
from Ecommerce-Guide.com
Ah, Valentine's Day, a time of hearts and flowers, chocolate and jewelry — and some of the cleverest, most heartfelt e-marketing campaigns. Even if your e-commerce business isn't in the business of selling chocolate or jewelry or flowers, if you aren't capitalizing on Valentine's Day, you could find your heart broken and your site abandoned. More

Littman Jewelers Name to Change to Fred Meyer Jewelers
from PR Newswire
Littman Jewelers stores throughout Tennessee will change their name to Fred Meyer Jewelers effective Wednesday, Feb.11, 2009 to coincide with the grand opening of two new Fred Meyer Jewelers in Tennessee during the coming months. The nation's third largest jewelry retailer, Fred Meyer Jewelers has announced plans to open fifteen stores nationwide during 2009. "We are proud to continue our expansion in response to our customers who want quality jewelry at a great value along with the convenience of local shopping and a high level of service," said Peter Engel president of Fred Meyer Jewelers and Littman Jewelers. More

Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi to Launch Jewelry Line
fromCityFile New York
Don't be surprised if you see Padma Lakshmi sporting some mouth-watering jewelry on upcoming episodes of Top Chef. The TV hostess and cookbook author is planning to launch a line of necklaces and rings based on various cooking ingredients. More

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Celebs Get Their Bling Out for UNICEF
from Look To The Stars
Eva Longoria, Hilary Swank and Sienna Miller are among a host of stars to be photographed with their jewelry for charity. The celebrities will appear in posters for UNICEF’s childhood reading project on behalf of MontBlanc, the jewelry and pen manufacturer that is an important international partner of the organization. UNICEF and Montblanc have shared an important goal over the years - working together to fight illiteracy around the world by giving the “power to write” to children without proper access to education. More

Scorecard: Womens Fashion Spring 2009
from The New York Times Blog
Never mind the hellaciously cold weather - according to the fashion calendar, now is the time to start shopping for summery frocks and platform sandals. But before you invest your hard-earned income into a runway trend (jumpsuit, anyone?), read first what the top fashion critics had to say. More




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