By Ashley Davis

As summer came to a close, Stella & Dot announced its foray into fine jewelry and columnist Peter Smith weighed in on how retailers can break down their businesses to focus on the core accounts that matter.

In the Northwest, Blue Nile opened a web room in Portland, and the jewelry industry lost a Seattle-based legend in Alvin Goldfarb, who died at 84.

National Jeweler did some digging on the history of the signet ring, while the GIA began digitizing its extensive library of jewelry and gemstone-related tomes.

See all this and more in our Week in Photos.

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Since 1906, National Jeweler has been the must-read news source for smart jewelry professionals--jewelry retailers, designers, buyers, manufacturers, and suppliers. From market analysis to emerging jewelry trends, we cover the important industry topics vital to the everyday success of jewelry professionals worldwide. National Jeweler delivers the most urgent jewelry news necessary for running your day-to-day jewelry business here, and via our daily e-newsletter, website and other specialty publications, such as "The State of the Majors." National Jeweler is published by Jewelers of America, the leading nonprofit jewelry association in the United States.