By Brecken Branstrator
This week, two major e-tailers announced big news about expanding their physical footprints.

Meanwhile, two big brands also revealed plans to open new stores--one of which will have a brief program to teach consumers about jewelry-making--while one North Carolina store said it was closing down once all inventory was sold.

National Jeweler also delved into the hoop earrings trend, where the art jewelry market is headed and rounded up a number of books to give jewelry friends this holiday season.

Relive the week as it was, in photos.

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