James Avery Artisan Jewelry opening soon in Grand Parkway Marketplace

KERRVILLE, Texas, Oct. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — James Avery Artisan Jewelry, a family-owned jewelry retailer based in Texas, announces the upcoming opening of its new Grand Parkway Marketplace store on Wednesday, November 4 in Spring, Texas at 6615 N. Grand Parkway West, Suite 320.

North Houston is growing, and Grand Parkway Marketplace in Spring is a great location,” said James Avery Director of Customer Service and Marketing Communications Lindsey Avery Tognietti. “This beautiful new store brings the James Avery shopping experience closer to home for new and long-time customers in the area.”

Currently, the James Avery shopping experience may be a little different, but the company is committed to making each visit to their stores convenient, inviting and memorable for customers. Tognietti says customer and associate safety is the number one priority and the Grand Parkway Marketplace store will open following recommended health protocols which have been implemented in all James Avery stores. There are hand sanitizing stations in the store for customers and associates as well as regular cleaning and sanitizing of all jewelry and high-touch areas of the store. The company asks customers to honor social distancing guidelines and wear face coverings when in the store. James Avery associates undergo daily health screenings and wear facemasks.

The current store hours will be Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 12 to 6 p.m. and are subject to change. Grand Parkway Marketplace customers are welcome to shop in the new store or use the Contactless, Curbside Pickup or Buy Online, Pickup in Store options at JamesAvery.com. The James Avery team will announce plans for a grand opening celebration after regular store operations resume across the company.

About James Avery Artisan Jewelry®– James Avery is a vertically integrated, family-owned company located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. We offer finely crafted jewelry designs for men and women in sterling silver, 14K and 18K gold, gemstones and leather handbags. James Avery jewelry is designed by our own skilled artisans in Kerrville, Texas. We are a multi-channel retailer with 97 James Avery stores in four states. Our jewelry is also available in more than 220 Dillard’s stores in Texas and 28 additional states, airport stores in Austin and Houston, Army and Air Force Exchange Service locations at Fort Hood and Fort Belvoir and nationwide through JamesAvery.com. James Avery crafts jewelry in Texas workshops in Comfort, Hondo and Kerrville, made of the finest materials sourced worldwide. For more information, visit JamesAvery.com or facebook.com/JamesAvery.

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Winnipeg Art Gallery exhibition puts spotlight on Inuit clothing and jewelry

This beaded amauti would have been worn on special occasions. (Lenard Monkman/CBC)

Art fans will have a chance to preview some of the work that will be featured at the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Inuit art centre at a new exhibition on Inuit clothing and jewelry design. 

“The amount of detail that goes into making some of the parkas and then even the smaller, finer jewelry pieces, it really is spectacular to see,” said Jocelyn Piirainen, curator of the Inuk Style exhibition.

The exhibition opened Oct. 10 and runs until May 2. The Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Inuit art centre, which unveiled its name — Qaumajuq — on Wednesday, is expected to open in 2021.

Inuk Style features work from Inuit clothing designers and jewelry makers from all across the Canadian Arctic. The items from the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s permanent collection as well as the Government of Nunavut’s Fine Arts Collection, which is on long-term loan at the gallery.

Piirainen is Inuk, from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, and is the assistant curator of Inuit Art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. 

“I felt that these pieces are really quite contemporary and some of these works, I feel like they haven’t been given… enough spotlight,” said Piirainen.

Many of the pieces are considered wearable pieces of art and include hand-carved necklaces and jewelry, and a number of amautis — winter parkas worn and designed by Inuit women — some of which include intricate beading detail. 

Jocelyn Piirainen is the Assistant Curator of Inuit Art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. She pitched Inuk Style to highlight the contributions of past and present Inuit designers. (Lyzaville Sale/CBC)

Piirainen said today’s Inuit designers are often paying homage to the past by fusing old techniques with modern contemporary design, creating something new.

“I’ve been noticing that with Inuit artists and some Indigenous artists, that they have mostly been influenced by a lot of the elders and the traditional kind of styles and designs, and then making it their own,” said Piirainen.

“There’s a lot of contemporary jewelry artists and contemporary seamstresses that are taking from what they know and what they’ve grown up with, in terms of design work.”

‘You know right away that it’s Inuit’

Martha Kyak is an artist and clothing designer from Pond Inlet, Nunavut, who also teaches Inuktitut and Inuit history at Nunavut Sivuniksavut college in Ottawa.

When she moved to Ottawa nearly 10 years ago, she needed to supplement her income. She started making parkas, advertised them on social media and then turned it into a business called InukChiq, a riff on the term inukshuk.

Kyak doesn’t have a piece in the Inuk Style exhibition, but has contributed an amauti which will be on display at the Qaumajuq art centre when it opens in the new year.

This Canada Goose parka was designed by Inuk seamstress Mishael Gordon. (Lenard Monkman/CBC)

When it comes to Inuit style in general, she said the designs are inspired by the northern climate.

“Since Inuit live in a cold

Rebag Launches Designer Watches and Fine Jewelry

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Since Rebag’s founding in 2014, the reseller site has built a small empire of gently-used designer used bags, everything from vintage Fendi to one-of-a-kind Hermès Birkins. Earlier this year, they launched a selection of accessories, and now the company is expanding even further by venturing into watches and fine jewelry.

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Starting today, not only can shoppers select from Rebag’s edit of timepieces and jewels, they can also sell their own heirlooms for an instant online payment or Rebag credit. This new product category further’s the retailer’s mission of encouraging customers to create a sustainable, revolving door wardrobe. Buy, wear, sell, repeat.

All of the heavy hitters are represented: Rolex Datejusts are curated alongside Tiffany &. Co., Bvlgari, and more, so you can drop a new timepiece into your shopping bag while picking up this fall’s hottest carry-all. Entry-level prices start at around $180, but skyrocket to almost six figures for rarer pieces like a diamond-encrusted Patek Philippe. Casual.

You’ve been telling yourself to stop staring at your phone in quarantine. What better way to start keeping track of time than with a brand “new” Rolex?

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Rebag Launches New Categories, Expanding its Offering to Watches and Fine Jewelry

NEW YORK, Oct. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Rebag, the ultimate destination for buying and selling luxury goods, announces its category expansion into Watches and Fine Jewelry, debuting an extensive and curated selection of the most beloved and iconic luxury styles on Rebag.com and in select Rebag stores.


Beginning today, Rebag will be accepting and selling products from a range of the most premium Watches and Fine Jewelry brands including Rolex, Cartier, Patek Philippe, Hublot, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany & Co., and more.

Since launching in 2014, Rebag prides itself on being the ultimate handbag authority in the industry. Rebag now takes the dexterity and vigor that it applies to handbags and accessories, and expands it to entirely new categories, allowing Rebag to collect further insights on the resale industry as it pertains to Watches and Fine Jewelry, while simultaneously building upon its technological capabilities.

“After successfully expanding into accessories earlier this year, our entry into the Watches and Fine Jewelry category is the natural next step for us,” says Charles Gorra, CEO and Founder of Rebag. “Rebag is the expert and ultimate destination for all luxury goods. We’re excited to offer our customers a new category of items to invest in.”

The expansion is also compatible with Rebag’s two groundbreaking initiatives, Clair by Rebag and Rebag Infinity. Through Clair, consumers can access an instant offer online or in Rebag’s app. With Rebag Infinity, shoppers are given up to a year to trade their purchase back to Rebag for anywhere from 70% – 80% of the original Rebag price, replacing the traditional act of ownership.

Similar to Rebag’s existing categories, clients can sell all watches and fine jewelry within Rebag’s accepted designers and model lists in-person at any physical Rebag location across the country. Customers will receive an offer in less than 60 minutes, and payment within 5 business days upon completion of the vetting process. Online, customers can submit their accessories for a full buy-out via Clair by Rebag, or shop the new Watches and Fine Jewelry categories available on Rebag.com.

Rebag will also be sharing their knowledge via The Vault, its online trove of luxury resale content created by their in-house team of experts for the purpose of educating and empowering the resale consumer to make informed buying and selling decisions. The Vault will now cover Watches and Fine Jewelry by diving into designer histories, analyzing specific styles and models, demonstrating how-tos for styling, and providing tips on product maintenance and care.

Let’s face it, love affairs are rarely meant to last. Rebag makes it possible to shop from a constantly refreshed collection of the world’s most coveted designer brands, and move on from old flames the second you’re ready, with immediate upfront payment for luxury goods.

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83-Year-Old Builds Community and Friends with Jewelry Creations

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83 year-old jewelry artist, Nettie Laurita, a mother of eleven, resides at The Bristal Assisted Living at Wayne. One of Nettie’s greatest passions is creating spiritual jewelry, which she hopes will attract Guardian Angels.

Nettie’s daughters Caroline Manzo, Dina Manzo, and her son Chris Laurita have been featured in a prominent reality television series and have worn her creations on the program.

Ms. Laurita’s expertise is greatly appreciated by fellow residents of The Bristal who flock to her weekly classes and enjoy the challenge of creating unique pieces of jewelry under her guidance. According to Nettie, “My classes are not just about the intricacies of designing jewelry, or the artistic expression it allows, but more importantly it enables my fellow residents to socialize with one another, build new relationships and walk away from each class with a sense of accomplishment and a big smile on their face.”

Nettie says that, “All of us at The Bristal are like extended family, both residents and staff. It gives me great pleasure that we can work together and enjoy our creative efforts. Personal supportive relationships are always important, particularly during this difficult COVID time we are living through.”

Nettie has a workshop set up in her apartment – so in addition to sharing her expertise with her neighbors at The Bristal, she has crafted pieces of jewelry for each of The Bristal’s staff members in honor of their Staff Appreciation Week and she is now working on a handmade wooden centerpiece of pilgrims for The Bristal’s main lobby for Thanksgiving.

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Rebag Dives Into Fine Jewelry and Watches

It’s been six years since the launch of Rebag, a digital luxury handbag resale platform. They’ve extended the second (third, or fourth) lives of high-end handbags and small accessories. As of today, the company will further dig their heels into the luxury sector by adding fine jewelry and watches to their business. So, along with your Birkin or Box bag, you can pick up a Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT II-Pepsi Dial watch, or a Van Cleef Alhambra necklace.

“Our ambition is to offer customers a relevant platform to execute resale services on a large scale,” says CEO of Rebag, Charles Gorra. “Our entry into watches and jewelry was the logical next step. While these categories have their own specificities, they also share many characteristics with luxury handbags.”

From the outside, Gorra’s decision may seem curious, with a troubled economy and predictions of a double digit contraction in global personal luxury sales for this year from both Bain & Company and McKinsey & Company. But, as recently as last week, other studies and statistics show that, when it comes to jewelry, the sales aren’t as dire as predicted and McKinsey & Company does make mention of a small improvement for 2021.

With an eye on both the past and the future, Rebag’s launch could be a smart investment with online luxury sales increasing even before the shuttering of many brick and mortar stores and the fallout from COVID-19. That, along with the sheer fact that the resale business can also offer a discount that comes buying a pre owned anything. Below, some of our favorites from the initial offering.

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Cartier 18k-gold Love bracelet

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This Genius Hack Will Ensure You Never Lose or Tangle Your Jewelry While Traveling Again

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Sustainable, New York-based jewelry brand Aurate is known for its fine jewelry and close to at-cost prices. But because the brand’s styles are mostly quite delicate, a travel pouch that suits this type of jewelry is necessary when going places with your pieces. No more wearing every piece of jewelry you want to bring with you on a trip all at once. No more tangling your face mask chains when they’re not in use. Avoid tangles and losses with Aurate’s just-dropped Travel Pouch.

Available in a fitting (and gorgeous) jewel-toned emerald hue, the Aurate Travel Pouch is made from a vegan leather so deceptively faux that, upon unboxing my own, I couldn’t believe it wasn’t completely real. Its slender profile offers the appearance of a chic clutch purse, but inside is a highly-considered assortment of fasteners, a ring bar, and a detachable mini pouch — a secure place for every piece you have. It’s beautiful, functional, and made of high-quality sustainable materials, so it’s the only travel case I’ll be using for my jewelry for the foreseeable future.

Here's how to protect your necklaces, rings, and face mask chains.

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Keep your delicate necklaces from tangling with the pouch’s dedicated necklace fasteners, which elongate your chains and keep them from getting caught on themselves or others. The ring bar in the center of the pouch portfolio can fit up to 10 good-sized rings, but countless delicate, stackable ones.

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Wear face mask chains? Keep them tidy in the Travel Pouch when you’re not using them or when you’re out and about and need the option to swap out your silver for your gold.

To buy: auratenewyork.com, $100

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New Research Indicates That Millennials and Gen Z are More Likely to Shop For Fine Jewelry This Holiday Season

NEW YORK, Oct. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — In September 2020, Platinum Guild International USA, the US marketing association for the platinum jewelry industry, commissioned 360 Market Reach to conduct a jewelry buying study. Within the study, researchers specifically looked at the future intent of consumers for the upcoming holiday shopping season and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The focus group was comprised of 1,000 U.S. consumers age 18 to 64, who have or would be open to acquiring fine jewelry, defined as jewelry costing at least $1,000 made with precious metal.

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One of the key findings from the study was that approximately half of all Millennials and Gen Z consumers are likely to shop for fine jewelry this holiday season. This is significantly stronger than among older generations.

What type of fine jewelry items will Millennials and Gen Z consumers likely purchase? According to Jenny Luker, president of Platinum Guild International USA, “Given the rise in engagements during the pandemic combined with the holidays traditionally being a key time for proposals, we predict that there will be an increase in platinum engagement ring sales this year. More than ever, couples are looking for rings that symbolize their commitment to each other and are durable and hold their diamond or colored stone more securely, so platinum is the ideal setting. For gifting or self-purchase, we’ll see more platinum jewelry designs that are transformative, allowing for more options with one piece of jewelry like layered necklaces as well as timeless pieces including stud earrings and pendants. These are investment pieces of jewelry that will become heirlooms.”

When specifically asked about the effects of the pandemic, 1 out of 3 overall respondents cited concern over COVID-19 when planning their holiday shopping. However, 64% of respondents felt ‘completely’ or ‘mostly comfortable’ to shop in-store.

Across all age groups, 87% of respondents planned to shop in-store for jewelry, with the majority of shoppers looking to support local and independent retailers. In addition to their in-store shopping, 70% of respondents said they would also be shopping online, with a third selecting national chains’ websites as their go-to.

When asked specifically what jewelers can do to make the in-store experience less stressful and shoppers more comfortable, there was a resounding call for both employees and customers to be required to wear masks at all times. Masks were followed by a limitation of the number of customers in-store at one time and the strict enforcing of social distancing measures. Providing hand sanitizer upon entry also scored high marks from consumers. 

The research also reinforced the importance of retailers’ continued active communication with their consumers. Using e-blasts, social media channels and even direct mail, retailers should share key messaging that they are open, can offer a safe shopping environment or a seamless virtual experience, for those clients who opt to shop from home.

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One of Chattanooga’s oldest jewelry retailers gets new owner

One of Chattanooga’s oldest jewelry retailers has a new owner that is expanding into Tennessee for the first time.

The Fink’s jewelry chain, which began in Roanoke, Virginia in 1930 and has since expanded across Virginia and North Carolina, recently acquired Rone Regency Jewelers in Chattanooga from Bob and Sherry Mason.

Rone Regency celebrated its 75th anniversary last year and rebranded its Gunbarrel Road store earlier this month under the Fink’s name.

Fink’s is the biggest luxury watch and jewelry retail chain in Virginia and North Carolina with 10 showrooms in Roanoke, Forest, Charlottesville, Virginia Beach and Richmond in Virginia and in Raleigh, Charlotte, Huntersvile and Durham in North Carolina.

“We’ve looked at a lot of jewelry businesses, but we just felt that the Chattanooga market was a really good fit for us and that Rone Regency was aligned with a lot of our customer service principles and our businesses really fit well together,” said Matthew Fink, the president of Fink’s who is part of the fourth generation to work at his family-owned retail chain. “We’re not actively out looking to acquire other stores, but we are interested in growing in markets where it makes sense and we definitely think Chattanooga and Rone Regency made a lot of since for us and we’re very happy to be able to partner with Bob and Sherry Mason.”

Mason, 71, bought Rone Regency in 1970 from founder Frank Varello, who died in 2013. Varello, who started Rone Regency downtown in 1944, moved the store in 1960 to Brainerd Village at a time when Brainerd was growing and expanding. In 2009, Mason relocated the jewelry store again into its current 7,849-square-foot storefront at 1950 Gunbarrel Road.

The Masons and Fink began discussions about selling the Chattanooga store in January before the coronavirus pandemic shut down many retail businesses. The deal ultimately completed in early September and the store was recently renamed to Fink’s jewelers.

Rone Regency was authorized to sell Rolex, TAG Heuer and Breitling, which are also sold by Fink’s. The new owner will be adding the David David Yurman jewelry brand by November as well as adding the watch brand Tudor and the Mikimoto jewelry brand to the store portfolio, Fink said.

Fink’s was started in 1930 by Nathan Fink, a pharmacist who started pushing a jewelry cart around the streets of downtown Roanoke selling jewelry on credit. The storefront that later opened sold not only jewelry but everything from Samsonite Luggage to Sunbeam kitchen appliances.

Fink’s is now one of America’s 50 biggest jewelry retailers.

Contact Dave Flessner at dflessner@timesfreepress.com or a 423-757-6340.

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Photo by Dave Flessner / The new Fink’s jewelry name has replaced Rone Regency on Gunbarrel Road after the 76-year-old jewelry retailer was sold in September to Fink’s by Bob and Sherry Mason.

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LuisaViaRoma x Yun Yun Sun Jewelry Collection Launch

If your attention feels divvied up between Covid-19 (yikes), the election (*screaming*), Amy Coney Barrett (side-eye), and the return of murder hornets (WTF), may we suggest some escapism in the form of crystal-drop earrings and fringe-draped necklaces instead? It’s important to wean yourself off the media’s nonstop drip of doom from time to time, and one way to do this is by flexing that retail muscle of yours instead. That’s where Yun Yun Sun’s jewelry capsule with luxury retailer LuisaViaRoma comes in for all your anything-but-the-news needs.

Remember when, in Finding Nemo, Marlin and Dory were completely mesmerized by a shiny light as they just kept swimming away from their woes (“I’m feeling happy, which is a big deal… for me,” Marlin says to his equally enchanted ocean companion)? That’s pretty much exactly how we felt when we first laid our screen-fatigued eyes on this glittering jewelry collection — aside from the fact that there’s no scary monster attached to the other end of this shimmering goodness. The LuisaViaRoma x Yun Yun Sun capsule is just that: nothing but sparkle to brighten up your day.

The collaboration sprouted from the creative musings and cultural curiosities of Aimee Sun, designer and co-founder of the Taiwan-based independent jewelry label Yun Yun Sun. In addition to introducing her brand to LuisaViaRoma’s global audience, Sun’s hope was to come up with a selection of statement-making accessories that could add a touch of shine to our wardrobes. The pieces certainly aren’t cheap (ranging from $95 for an unmissable mono-earring to $470 for a wide-stacked crystal cuff), but they’re intended to ooze with ultra expensive-looking glamour and luxury through aesthetics rather than an exorbitant price point. Think flanking your face with curtains of diamond-like stones or adorning your décolleté with threads of twinkling baubles. If you’re starting to feel like Zsa Zsa Gabor just from reading this, well… that’s the whole point.

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