The Kimberley Process, which aims to halt the flow of conflict diamonds, never loses its power to frustrate and disappoint. Perhaps this is because the stakes are so high, the possibilities so real, and the results of its initiatives so meagre.
The growing popularity of gem-quality lab-grown (also known as ‘synthetic’ or ‘cultured’) diamonds has caused a relentless marketing battle between diamond mining companies and gem-quality lab-grown diamond producers. Both contenders know corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives are key in appealing to the values of consumers.
These days, we often hear lip service paid to the need for corporate social responsibility (CSR) and ethics in the gemstone industry. During the Second World Emerald Symposium (2WES), however, the focus was on concrete actions being taken in Colombia and around the world to improve the lives of...
Combining cultured pearls with coloured gems offers many benefits. It not only allows jewellers to make one-of-a-kind pieces and expand their jewellery lines, but also helps them add contrast to their coloured gem jewellery while making it more affordable.
Silver is sometimes looked at as secondary to gold. However, offering silver pieces (including gold-plated items) can make jewellery more accessible, increase turnover, and help retailers reach a wider customer base.
With the rise of cyberattacks, you can never be too careful or prepared when it comes to protecting your digital information. Whether you own one store or several, you need to be cautious—anyone can fall victim.
Whether you have 10 years of experience in the business, 30, or even two, at some point you have probably found yourself in front of a customer having a hard time coming up with natural options for gemstones that fit his/her budget, taste, and dreams.
The fees charged by credit card companies have long been a thorn in the side of retailers. To really make a difference in your bottom line, it may work better to start thinking outside the box when it comes to how your customers pay.