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Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Benefits of Travel To The Exotic Places Where Gemstones Are Born

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[Pictured: Southern Brazil Gemstone Mine]

Written by Lucian Lee, President & CEO of Hales Jewelers
The Benefits of Travel To The Exotic Places Where Gemstones Are Born [Pictured: The author, Lucien Lee]

The Experience…Every day as a brick and mortar retailer, we strive to create the best experience we can give to our customers. It is the service, the knowledge, the professionalism and the relationships we create that differentiate us from the competition. We want them to put the cell phone down, drive by two other retailers because of the joy and experience we give them.

Put yourself on the other side for a moment. See yourself in the buyers’ shoes, and then ask yourself as a retailer, “What do we have that cannot be found online?” I would submit to you that it is beyond the beauty and rarity. It is the power of the story we are able to present to that client. It is the story of your visit to the precious topaz mine in Brazil. The 200-meter drop into the shaft of an emerald mine on a little more than a bucket and a piece of rope.

Or a boating trip, out into a pearl farm to understand and see how pearls are cultured. When we connect a story to a beautiful piece of jewelry, it enriches the experience not only for the buyer but for the recipient as well.

I have just returned from a trip to Hong Kong with Gemstone Expeditions and Joe Menzie. I highly recommend traveling with Joe. For more than 40 years, Joe Menzie has worked with fine jewelers throughout the world to provide them with unique, extraordinary and beautiful gemstones in all sizes and price ranges.

Joe's career began in the jewelry business as an intern in his grandfather’s wholesale jewelry business where he learned the color gemstone business. Ten years later, he formed his own company, Joseph Menzies, Inc. The business has taken him to every corner of the world to buy precious gem stones.

In 2003, he was elected to the Presidency of the International Colored Gemstone Association, a position he held for 12 years. Menzie was instrumental in bringing the gemstone trade to Dubai, Korea, Russia, and most important, China. In 2013, he was honored with The lifetime Achievement Award by the International Colored Gemstone Association.

A trip with Joe will be not only an incredible experience, but it also will give you a powerful story to tell your clients when you return. The hospitality and warmth of the people in the mountains of Brazil made a lasting impression on me.

I understand the difficulty and the argument of, “How can I leave my store for a foreign trip?” It is hard enough to justify trips to the trade shows in this country. I will tell you that the cultural experience alone is worth it.

My experience reminds me of the smiles that the Brazilian gemstones that left my store gave my clients. I am excited to tell the story of the sapphires and rubies acquired in Hong Kong and the value of the Akoya pearls I bought just for them. The trip will pay for itself and will give you a lifetime of stories to tell.

The experiences and the friends you make will last forever... Kudos to you Joe.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Summer Retail Jewelry Trends Heating Up Stores in 2019

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Written by Lucy Forbes of Robert Gatward Jewellers

Though we don’t like to admit we are quickly heading towards June, it’s no secret that summer will be upon us before we know it — and with it comes a flock of consumers looking to stock a whole new wardrobe of clothes and accessories. However, what might be involved in that wardrobe and those accessories changes every year and with every season.

Jewelry specifically is one of this style accessories that can range with the times. Some seasons, retail jewelers are the go-to-source of stylish silvers, pristine platinums and gorgeous golds, while other fashion trends like chunky wood bracelets could leave retail jewelers with out-of-touch stock if they don't prepare.

So what is going to be trending in the jewelry world this summer?

Robert Gatward Jewellers , a prestigious family-run UK-based and online retailer of luxury watches and jewelry has already noticed an increase in sales in the following pieces across their Southern England stores.

Shell Jewelry
Matching perfectly with the beachy clothing trends of summer, seashell jewelry is big right now and will continue to be throughout summer 2019 — whether it’s real shells or shell-inspired shapes, creating rings and pendants reminiscent of time spent at the coast.

Pearl Jewelry
Pearl jewelry has been increasing in popularity since last summer when it featured heavily in Prada’s men’s AW17 and the women’s SS18 shows. However, it looks set to explode in demand this summer.
We’re not talking classic pearl sets, though — this summer’s pearl trend features gorgeous embellishments in the form of gold coins, gems, and semi-precious stones, or, for the more whimsically-inclined, delicate seashells and starfish. The gorgeous contents of a treasure chest springs to mind.

Layered Jewelry
More is certainly more this season when it comes to jewelry! Whether this look is achieved with one necklace or a selection worn together, layered is certainly in vogue this summer when it comes to neckwear. However, the layered look is also huge in wrist-wear and rings. Stacked rings have been on trend for a long while now, but this season will see larger layered rings take centre stage.

Chain Jewelry
When it comes to necklaces and bracelets, chains are literally big this summer — the bigger the better in fact! Medium chains lend themselves well to the layering trend, however medium or large chunky chains can be worn alone for a statement piece also. Worn with an elegant blouse, a chain necklace creates a real juxtaposition.

Arm Cuffs
Arm cuffs are back and they are bold. Simple designs are the most impactful this season, letting the size of the cuff speak for itself. Cuffs are an ideal cocktail piece and the perfect finish for a work outfit for the daring individual. Worn on one wrist or both, whichever is the preferred look.

About Robert Gatward Jewellers
Robert Gatward Jewellers combines the work of the world’s diamond experts with the UK’s gold and platinum manufacturers, bringing customers exceptional quality and value in bridal jewelry, fine jewelry, fashion jewelry and watches. The brand frequently showcases up-and-coming designers as well as local goldsmiths who take great pleasure in creating the perfect piece of jewelry. Robert Gatward’s family-run chain of luxury retailers offer an exceptional customer service experience, both in-store and online. For more information, please visit

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