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.

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