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Retail e-commerce spending from desktop computers hit $46.5 billion in November and December, increasing 10 percent over last year but falling short of the $48 billion forecast, according to data released Tuesday by digital metrics firm comScore. 
Jewelry manufacturer Frederick Goldman Inc. has named retail sales associate Lindsay Soquent as the grand prize winner of its “ArtCarved in Rome” incentive program.
Gallup Daily Tracking found that Americans spent $96 a day in December, the highest monthly average since September 2008 and the highest average for any December in the six years the company has tracked daily spending. 
A Los Angeles jeweler accused of selling a Texas couple’s diamond, not paying them for it and then trying to make it look like the stone got stolen while in transit has pled guilty, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Midland/Odessa confirmed to National Jeweler.
This Valentine’s Day, retailer Sami Fine Jewelry will again try to get into the Guinness Book of World Records for most wedding vow renewals with its “Love in the Hills” event. The number to beat is 1,087 couples.
While U.S. consumer confidence is improving, Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index still ended the year in negative territory, and Gallup said the federal government will need to learn to work together to boost it into the positive. 
Trade show organizer Messe Frankfurt Inc. has announced that it is expanding its Ambiente trade show, which covers home design, furnishings and accessories, into India for the first time.
The Rapaport Group will be sponsoring four fairs organized by U.S. Antique Shows in 2014. 
Lab-grown and over-graded diamonds, smartwatches and the per-ounce price of gold are among the topics expected to have a big impact on the jewelry industry this year.
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