We are entering the last few days of our 20% off sale. This event,
which runs January and July, is our best sale of the year.
This week we will be getting 4 new designs of silk purses from
Vietnam in. The fabric is gorgeous and each style comes in 4 colors
that will be perfect for Spring. There are three designs of handbag,
and the fourth design is a medium sized pocket book that my wife
says is good for "monthly supplies," whatever that means...
The other designs of these Vietnamese purses we already stock are
doing really well. Vietnam seems to be emerging as a new source
of quality textile products at a good price.
Our monthly newsletter went out yesterday. Click here
to see it if you haven't already received it. There are articles
on Amethyst and on the origins and promotion of Valentine's Day.
I am leaving on Wednesday morning for Tucson. The Tucson
Gem and Jewelry show will go from January 31 to February 13.
This is our first time exhibiting there, and we have made a huge
investment in hundreds of different styles of silver jewelry. Others
may have more quantity than Whirled Planet, but probably none will
have more variety...
At the end of February I will be traveling to Thailand and India
for about 10 days to meet with suppliers. If you have any suggestions
or tips for items you'd like to see us carry, please let
Silver prices have been rising for several months now. They follow
gold prices, to a certain extent. Gold is at a 10 year high so silver
was bound to move upward with it. Prices have increased about 25%
over the past 4 months. Although this hasn't really worked its way
into our pricing yet, it will shortly.
Everybody hates to raise prices and silver has been so stable for
so long that we've gotten used to certain benchmark prices for certain
items. We're going to try to limit the upward movement of our pricing,
but it will happen shortly. This will be an industry trend, so don't
be surprised when it happens....
Right now our focus is on Tucson. We will be exhibiting at the
Gem Mall, near the Holiday Inn. If you are not familiar with this
show, the entire town of Tucson turns into one big exhibition.
Vendors come from all over the world to show their wares. There
is something for everyone, be they rockhounds, fine jewelers, vintage
jewelry retailers, bead shops, or jewelry stores. While the show
is mainly geared for resellers, some of the shows do allow consumers
to come in and buy. Most vendors have some sort of minimum dollar
purchase, but the prices, quality and variety found in Tucson in
the first half of February cannot be beaten anywhere in the world.
Nearly every public venue, hotel and motel has some version of
a show. If you would like to find out more about this event, visit
the Tucson Show Guide.
If you are interested in attending some of these shows, finding
lists of exhibitors or just want to see all that Tucson has to offer
at this annual event, check out the site.
We are partnering with one of our suppliers to bring in merchandise
specially for this show. We will be displaying over 200 kg. (more
than 440 lbs.!) of silver set with semi-precious stones. We'll have
it all: Faceted and cabochon rings, pendants, necklaces, earrings,
wire bezel set jewelry, multi stone pieces, one of a kind show pieces,
druzy, amber, carved jade and more. This will be unlike anything
we have done before, so don't miss seeing us if you come to Tucson.
Can't make it this year? Take heart, as we will be selling the
balance of our goods on our site in late February. There will be
great deals to be had: unique styles and great prices. Keep an eye
out for good things to come!
This is the inaugural issue of our blog, or weblog. You have probably
heard about them in the news or on the net, but may not have read
one before. We intend to update this blog twice weekly with jewelry
and fashion industry updates, news, comments and our goings on within
our company. To start off, we've provided a short list of useful
sites to help you increase your knowledge and have a little fun.
Where to find information about jewelry related items:
All About Jewels
Great site with an "illustrated glossary" of jewelry.
Highly recommended whether you are looking for info on gemstones
for your business or just for fun.
Lots of great resources on the trade and suppliers.
Jewelry Information Center
Has information mainly about fine jewelry and diamonds.
Retail shopping mall with lots of info links.
Nice site with consumer level info about all aspects of gems, jewelry,
purchasing and care.
Gemological Institute of America
The authority on stones, grading and certification. Serious site...