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The most recent holiday sales forecast, released Tuesday by the National Retail Federation, predicts that consumers will spend 4 percent more this November and December than they did last year. 
One jewelry store in the Midwest is harnessing the power of social media and hashtags to attract younger consumers.  
A former jewelry store owner in Alabama faces money laundering charges for pawning a 3-carat diamond that was among a cache of jewels he said were taken during a robbery and collected $2.6 million in insurance for, federal officials said.  
The top five stories on last week include a history lesson on Georgian-era mourning jewelry and a story about the sinking price of gold.  
U.S. small business owners are more satisfied today with their role as entrepreneur than they were at the end of the recession but also are less likely to see themselves as successful, a recent Wells Fargo/Gallup survey shows. 
Jewelers of America this week released the names of the nominees for the 13th annual Gem Awards, which recognize individuals and brands in jewelry design, marketing and communications, and media.
The price of gold sunk to its lowest point of the year earlier this week and is expected to dip below $1,200 at some point in the fourth quarter, pushed down by the strengthening U.S. dollar. 
Brides-to-be who purchase a Tacori engagement ring at one Florida jeweler’s trunk show this month will have the option to borrow up to $100,000 in jewelry for their wedding day, a promotion the store is calling “Something Borrowed.”  
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