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  • June 21 to 27, 2015 It was a big week for retail news: A jeweler in Mississippi talked about an event that moved $57,000 in inventory while Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba announced it would be selling its first U.S.-based e-commerce site.

    On the appointment side of things, Borsheims promoted three women and Scott Kay put Kelly Kahn in the position of director of brand management.

    Meanwhile, in the gemstone world, wholesaler Veerasak Gems purchased a matching pair of 45-carat rubies from Gemfields, and an imperial topaz and diamond brooch soared past pre-sale estimates at Bonhams New York sale.

    It’s the week, in photos.

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  • Gemstone Spotlight: Goshwara New York--More and more, today’s consumer is looking for pieces that are rare and unique. They want to know that their jewelry is exclusive to them. 

    This definitely has been true for Goshwara, the brand told National Jeweler at the recent Couture show, and that is why the brand is focusing a little more on creating jewels that speak to the consumer.

    Even as the brand continues to add pieces to its production collections, such as Freedom, Beyond and Rock ‘n Roll, designer Sweta Jain is building more on the G-One collection of one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces.

    At the trade show, these newest additions were rich in greens, oranges and purples. The brand also debuted a limited edition collection of carved mother of pearl jewelry and though those pieces can be re-created, no two are exactly alike.

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  • Platinum Spotlight: Featherstone Design New York--There’s two things in life Deidre Featherstone is not lacking: an assortment of beautiful gemstones, and a list of accolades relating to her jewelry design.

    Based in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood, Featherstone Design primarily offers one-of-a-kind and interchangeable jewelry made in platinum and 18-karat gold with gemstones of “exceptional quality.” She’s known for her use of rare stones, which has netted her a total of 10 American Gem Trade Association Spectrum Awards throughout her career.

    She’s also one of the Platinum Guild International’s “Master American Platinumsmiths,” sharing with National Jeweler that the metal “sits in the foreground and supports the show, extending the color of a jewel and the continuation of a diamond.”

    “The heat requires you to work almost blind, from memory,” she said. “All you can see is the success indicated by an intense orange red line where a joint connects.”

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  • Cindy’s TrendTracker: Gladiator rings New York--This is one of those trend items that is very, very specific and will hit for just the right kind of client. It’s a little bit Goth and a little bit rock-and-roll.

    These long knuckle-grazing rings with open-work designs got the nickname “gladiator” because of their resemblance to the laces on the sandals of the same name. Both are trendy, edgy and cool, and both can be somewhat restrained and wild at the same time.

    It’s no surprise that these rings are often done in oxidized metals, since the blackened look just adds to the cool factor. Here are 10 versions from slightly risqué to far out there--and there’s definitely customers for all the incarnations.

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