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Northeastern Fine Jewelry is paying it forward this year when it comes to holiday shopping: for every Lego watch purchased at the store’s Albany and Schenectady locations, the retailer will donate another Lego watch to the Boys & Girls Club. 
Despite the fact that the holiday shopping season is shorter and retailers were offering big promotions, consumers spending increased only slightly in the month of November, National Retail Federation data shows. 
Americans are holding on to their jewelry for the longest amount of time since right after the Great Depression, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). 
Shoppers took a bit of a break after the Black Friday weekend, as sales and traffic at brick-and-mortar stores were both down last week, according to data released by ShopperTrak. 
With the season in full swing, jewelers and designers are taking their Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram accounts to the next level. Read on to see how they’re using these social tools to engage consumers.
Jewelers for Children (JFC) is bringing back its Rings of Strength tour in two editions for 2014--an event at the close of the Centurion show and another during the jewelry shows in Las Vegas.
The greatest percentage of retailers surveyed in National Jeweler’s recent poll said they expect diamond fashion jewelry to be their best-selling category this holiday season.
The holiday shopping season is almost halfway over, but there’s still time to make sure the store’s staff and setup is doing everything possible to maximize sales. 
The Healthy Lifestyles Center at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) will receive $10,425 thanks to a dozen Richmond jewelers who raised money for the center via a raffle.
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