Technology


Facebook and the dangers of ‘TMI’

May 1, 2012
A recent Associated Press article ignited debate over employers asking for potential employees’ social media passwords, the combination of letters and numbers that open the door to the presumably personal worlds of accounts on sites such as Facebook and Twitter....

Pandora launching e-commerce site in Q4

February 24, 2012
I wanted to circle back around to an item in Pandora’s rather lengthy 2011 Annual Report that caught my attention and certainly seems to be a piece of information that would interest retailers that carry the brand. Pandora disclosed plans...

Put a pin on it

February 2, 2012
I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz lately about Pinterest, starting at the recent JA New York Show when an industry colleague, and budding jewelry designer, was showing off her boards in the press room. The topic of Pinterest arose...

Somebody’s following me...

September 20, 2011
It took me a while but I finally got there. I just surpassed the 1,000-follower mark on Twitter. For those of you who don’t know, Twitter is a micro-blogging site that allows users to share status updates, links to stories...

New year, new Diet

January 31, 2011
I had the opportunity recently to chat with newly inducted California Jewelers Association (CJA) President James Orloff about a cool new initiative the CJA has launched to help get recession-flogged California consumers interested in fine jewelry again. TheCaratDiet.com, which National...

Do you ‘like’ the idea of selling on Facebook?

January 10, 2011
In late December, 109-year-old retailer J.C. Penney took a bold social media step forward when it started hawking its wares on Facebook, a move that has been met with lukewarm reviews. While nobody can begrudge the Plano, Texas-based retailer that...

Tech-focused displays

October 27, 2009
Working on the interactive display story this month gave me a fun taste of what's to come in jewelry retailing, and it’s something I'm very much looking forward to. I love perusing jewelry in stores--who isn't attracted to bright, shiny...

App attack

June 15, 2009
I personally don't own an iPhone and probably never will. Instead, I have this phone called the "Instinct," which is basically Samsung's version of the iPhone and is a device so similar that it causes some people to actually envy...

Fashion in a flash

May 5, 2008
Last Christmas, I became obsessed with Amazon.com's Lightening Deals. Like clockwork, I would check the Web site every two hours to see if the next item to go on sale would make a great gift or had a Gold Box...

He proposed with a digital gem

April 16, 2008
Bejeweled, a popular video game that rewards its skillful players with points for maneuvering gems around the screen to create a chain, recently received a good media buzz when a financial software programmer used it to propose to his girlfriend....

Geek turned tech fashionista

November 29, 2007
What happened to the taped-up-glasses wearing, pocket-protector-donning geeks everyone knew, loved and occasionally teased? They jumped on the latest technology wave, rode it to the shores of success and morphed into trendsetting techies. You're still not likely to see Internet...

Bid on this diamond, please!

April 18, 2007
Many retail jewelers view e-commerce sites—and online auction sites in particular—with a skeptical eye. But some are discovering how to use these sites to their advantage. For example, Maryland-based Mervis Diamond Importers recently announced a partnership with auction site Bid4Assets.com...
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