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Signet Jewelers Ltd. announced early Tuesday that CEO Mike Barnes has stepped down, citing his “personal desire” to find a job closer to his home and family in Dallas.  
J.C. Penney Co. Inc.’s board of directors announced Monday the appointment of Marvin Ellison to president and CEO-designee, effective Nov. 1. 
Citing “people familiar with the plans,” The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Inc. is opening a facility in Manhattan that will be a place for customers to return and exchange merchandise and pick up their orders.   
What are the most recognizable and revered brands around the globe? Cartier and Tiffany are two of them. 
The fine jewelry section of its stores is one area J.C. Penney, which just gave its Modern Bride line a makeover, expects to contribute to growth over the next couple years. 
One of the “Fantasy Gifts” in the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book this year is a custom-made locket designed in collaboration with Monica Rich Kosann, a present with a $100,000 price tag attached.
Online jeweler Blue Nile has launched a new mobile shopping application that includes the addition of augmented reality to its “Dream Box” feature, allowing consumers to see what a Blue Nile ring will look like on their hand. 
Columnist Jan Brassem advises retailers and others in the U.S. jewelry business to keep a close eye on the Umbrella Revolution that’s opened in Hong Kong. 
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