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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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  • 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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  • Cindy’s TrendTracker: Father’s Day Every four to five years, rumors circulate about men’s jewelry making a comeback. But this time around, it feels a bit different.

    There really are more men wearing bracelets and rings. And while it’s not quite the chain-swinging ‘70s, there are more necklaces on men too. It’s a metrosexual mash-up with a more casual dress code and, quite frankly, more interesting choices.

    It’s time to assume women might look at more than just watches for their Father’s Day gifts, so show them a few new leather, link or macrame bracelets or ways to upgrade a plain wedding band.

    Here are 15 options to get retailers thinking about what kind of man-bling they might want to showcase this week.

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  • 5 standout trends from Las Vegas New York--The use of baguette diamonds, as well as chokers and collars, were noticeable jewelry trends at both the Couture and JCK shows in Las Vegas earlier this month.

    Other ongoing trends that have been prevalent prior to the shows, and continued strong during market week, included the use of geometric shapes as well as ear cuffs, climbers and jackets. There was also stackable jewelry, most often see in rings but also in smaller, daintier necklaces and bangles.

    Flip through this gallery to see examples of them all.

    Editor-in-Chief Michelle Graff and Associate Editor Brecken Branstrator contributed to this story.

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