Big, Bold, Beautiful: Takeaways from the JCK Las Vegas Jewelry Show

Most people go to Las Vegas to try their luck at the slot machines and take in a show. When my colleague and I make our annual pilgrimage to Sin City, it’s to surround ourselves with the most gorgeous jewelry in the world. From June 5th to June 8th, JCK hosts its annual jeweler’s wholesale show, where jewelry store owners and major department store buyers converge to see and buy the latest jewelry trends. Over 2,000 vendors showcase loose gemstones, watches, finished pieces of jewelry, and everything the jewelry trade needs to create and sell their merchandise. Continue reading

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Consigning Art? Answer Three Key Questions First

Spring is a busy season for the art fair scene. If you’re among the collectors making plans to consign art to a gallery exhibiting at a fair, you’re in good company. The global art market rose to $45 billion in … Continue reading

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Protecting On-The-Wall Assets: Fine Art

With $27 billion worth of art sold during 2015 in the U.S., it’s clear many Americans are increasingly turning to fine art for both personal and financial benefit. But regardless of whether collectors are making an investment or passion-based purchase, there are a number of risks to consider. Continue reading

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What to Know Before Buying Jewelry Online

As the broader retail industry continues to experience an uptick in e-commerce sales, the jewelry segment is no exception. In fact, by 2020, online fine jewelry and fashion jewelry sales will capture 10% and 15% of the market, respectively. While … Continue reading

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Jewelry: A Surprisingly Large, and Vulnerable, Pocket of Wealth

So, what can high-net-worth (HNW) individuals do to protect their fine jewelry? To start, take the time to learn proper jewelry safety and care. For example, while it may be tempting to store jewelry in the bedroom, the safest place is in a secure home safe (or even better, a bank vault). The same goes when traveling. If staying at a hotel, always store jewelry in the hotel’s main vault—not in the room’s safe. Additionally, never wear your valuable jewels while lounging at the pool or at the local beach. Continue reading

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Four Tips for Protecting Your Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Jewelry Purchase

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, roughly half of all shoppers are just starting to search for what to buy their loved ones this holiday (another 10% will wait until February 13!). For many, jewelry will be their go-to gift of choice.

But as the saying goes, all that glitters is not gold. Especially if you’re one of the last-minute shoppers looking to make a quick jewelry purchase, failure to ask the right questions or do the appropriate pre-purchase research could invite a wide range of risks. Continue reading

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Fine Jewelry Appreciates in Value – and Risk

For decades, high-net-worth individuals have made emotional investments in fine jewelry. However, times are changing and fine jewelry is being pursued for another reason—its skyrocketing value. Whether you purchase a rare diamond in a vivid color or inherit a family … Continue reading

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Simulants: An Alternative to Real Diamonds

Part 2 in a three-part series about diamonds. A simulant is an alternative to a real diamond. It is either a natural or synthetic (lab-created) stone, or multiple stones fused together to resemble a diamond. Simulants are not as durable … Continue reading

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Diamonds: Natural, Simulants and Synthetics

Have you ever shopped for a diamond and found the options to be overwhelming? Well, you’re not alone. There are a variety of natural, simulants, and synthetics to choose from. The qualities of each vary about as much as the price for each option. Continue reading

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Passionate About Luxury Watches?

Whether you are fortunate enough to attend the holy grail of watch sales–Baselworld in Basel, Switzerland–or prefer to search for your luxury timepiece through your favorite watch specialist, there are a few things you should know about protecting your favorite wearable art. Continue reading

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