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The Week In Photos

  • August 23 to 29, 2015 New York--Breitling presented its limited edition Jet Team timepiece to the owners of new Bentley cars as part of a partnership the timepiece brand has with the automaker, while Indian jewelry brand Nirav Modi opened a boutique on Madison Avenue.

    Gemfields is partnering with a range of designers to create jewelry to commemorate the opening of Bergdorf Goodman’s new jewelry salon, while a millennial retailer in Indianapolis announced his plans to open a retail location catering to his own generation.

    In other news, De Beers announced a new holiday marketing campaign that will urge men to buy diamond jewelry as gifts, and Tiffany & Co. said sales in the second quarter were about equal to the prior year due to the negative effect of the strength of the U.S. dollar.

    It’s the week that happened, in photos.

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  • Cindy’s TrendTracker: Y-necklaces You knew it had to have a comeback soon … the Y-neck of the 1990s is back en vogue now and enough time has passed so that we’re actually enjoying it. This time around they’re quite long and really do dress up a button-downed look.

    Here are 12 styles to show to trendier clientele who might be looking for a something new to make their fall fashions shine.

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  • Cindy’s TrendTracker: Alternative bridal, part 2 For week two of our alternative bridal trends, we’ve got even more unusual stones and unique settings.

    If you don’t show more than traditional bridal rings, you won’t be getting the new customer who isn’t as interested in the 4Cs as with their own personal fashion statement. They might want to try something that speaks to their generation. For many of the alternative bridal choices, the emphasis is in responsibly-mined stones and metals, and that customer base is growing.

    Here is another batch of rings that can make the off-beat customer’s heart melt.

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  • Copper Spotlight: John S. Brana It was a customer request for a piece of copper jewelry that got John S. Brana working in the material.

    “Ever since, I have favored the metal,” the San Francisco-based designer said. “Its rich color is easily confused with rose gold, and at a fraction of the price, has proved to be one of my hottest-selling lines.”

    Brana said copper is an ideal metal for jewelry design because it is malleable, ductile and resilient, perfect for fold forming, anticlastic raising, forging and corrugating. The metal also can be fused, making chain necklaces and bracelets a “breeze to fabricate.”

    Brana said his clients very much enjoy copper jewelry.

    “Since the introduction of (my copper line) in 2007, I’ve found that my customers buy copper jewelry simply because they like the look of copper, are looking for a more affordable alternative to rose gold jewelry, (are) seeking unique gifts for the seventh wedding anniversary, or are interested in copper jewelry for perceived health benefits,” he said.

    Click through the gallery to see 10 pieces of handmade copper jewelry from John S. Brana. All prices listed are retail.

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