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      Wheatleigh located in Lenox Mass. next door to Edith Wharton's famed country manor The Mount is a grand estate based on a 16th century Florentine palazzo built in 1893 by New York financier Henry H. Cook for his daughter who married a Spanish count. Many of the materials and over 150 artisans were brought from Italy to produce intricate carvings and design flourishes for the grand interiors and facades. Frederick Law Olmsted tag heuer aquaracer replica the landscape architect who designed Central Park in New York was responsible for creating "Wheatleigh Park" on the land surrounding the palazzo. Following a four year multimillion dollar renovation it was transformed into one of the most unique luxurious small hotels in the world. The nineteen suites guest rooms and baths artfully combine antiques and custom furnishings with original museum quality contemporary art. The baths are finished with English limestone longines prestige gold replica sales marble and hand-blown glass fixtures and most rooms feature fireplaces and Bang & Olufsen TVs. Check out the gallery to see the perfect accoutrements for a stylish seasonal sojourn – from books to watches replica paypal bvlgari watches champagne to cashmere sweaters and boots to bags – no matter where your journey takes you.

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        Alex Popov President of the Moscow Diamond Bourse said that while the bourse had been strongly lobbying the government for either abolition or at least a reduction in customs duty the actual reduction could even take many years.

        Popov was speaking at the inauguration of the second Indo-Russian jewelry summit in Mumbai. The networking event throws Indian jewelry manufacturers together with Russian distributors and retailers.

        Explaining that diamonds and jewelry are a low-priority subject with the Russian government Popov noted that the value of the countrys entire annual production of diamonds amounted to just 1% of its oil production or 10 days of natural gas production.

        Russias jewelry consumption was however steadily growing and some 20 000 jewelry retail outlets currently employed about 150 000 people and generated an estimated $16 billion in turnover replica girard perregaux foudrayante watches online he said.

        Jewelry retail was not however evenly distributed through Russia. Moscow accounted for some 30% of the countrys jewelry stores and St. Petersburg for 10% while Russias remaining 82 regions with a population of 130 million people brought up the remaining 60%.

        Some 3 200 of Russias 4 500 jewelry manufacturers were individual workshops according to Popov. All told jewelry manufacture employed some 25 000 people currently.

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        Global brands like Faberge Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels had established local distribution centers imported jewelry at cost and took their profits in Russia.

        The lowering of tariff barriers to imports was he explained extremely important to the Russian jewelry and diamond industry.

        Friedman's Gets Auction Approval

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          Zenith Stratos Flyback

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            JCK Opinion Exclusive: 'M and M' (Margin and Memo)

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              JCK Opinion Exclusive: &#039;M and M&#039; (Margin and Memo)Not those colorful candy treats but two other enticements that can please us provided we do not overindulge.

              I refer to Margin and Memo. I capitalize these two words because of the frequency with which I heard them at The JCK Show in Las Vegas and otherwise in the press. This month I offer some thoughts about margins next month about memo.

              Sam Walton's concern about margins was bottom-line dollars-net profit. To achieve his targets he believed in lowering prices as volume rose replica watches and that volume would rise as he lowered prices. That concept obviously had something right. He built volume milus replica watch in part by selling many categories of products vacheron constantin royal eagle watches most either generic or branded. He wiped out most of his competitors by rigorously controlling costs at times brutally so.

              Wal-Mart sells jewelry but it has not wiped out competition. Unlike soap or garden hoses jewelry is an endlessly diversified product with a large element of service and knowledge. It's also easy to get into as scale or major capital investments are not necessarily required or advantageous.

              While that's part of the beauty of the business-its wonderful personal artistic expression-it also assures that there's always more capacity than demand. Too many people get into the business and that is true throughout the pipeline excepting mining. These days excess capacity creates acute problems because of sharply reduced consumer demand. This may be the long-term reality.

              A small decline in business in a jewelry store is probably manageable. Creative use of inventory carefully planned buying trimming costs and guerilla marketing can bring things into line. But in a severe recession one's thinking needs to go back to basics. Only so many costs can be cut.

              I always think of showcase space as real estate-most retailers do. How much rent can be extracted from any particular square foot? All the variables need to be considered. Lease line space for example is more valuable than a case in the back. Some products can generate more turn than others. A sit-down case for bridal jewelry often dictates where it can be located. Sight lines are important. Merchandising and visual displays that appeal to particular consumer lifestyles should not clash. The list of factors goes on.

              The first decision however should follow Sam Walton's idea. How many dollars of profit does any square foot produce? That comes down to that big word Margin and turn. For example a totally adequate display of diamond stud earrings can be displayed in a small space. But studs are what I call a "naked" item-a product that consumers can price shop just like a Tiffany-style solitaire or a solitaire pendant. That has driven many retailers to lower margins on such generics for two essential reasons. They want to capture whatever business they can especially in an over-stored market. More importantly when consumers price a "naked" item it establishes in their mind consciously or not just how competitive that retailer is with everything in the store.

              Every department in Wal-Mart has a loss leader and it changes regularly. The rest of the department is not discounted. Competitors are often priced lower than Wal-Mart on many items.

              That doesn't work well in a jewelry store. It's easy for a consumer to buy only the special. Nobody goes to Wal-Mart to buy one item.

              The judgment needs to come down to value and bottom dollars. Look at a product and decide the best price for that piece not by using a flat markup. Then apply the turn you think you can attain. Silver for example has become popular because in many cases higher markups can be attained and important price points held. But turnover may have to be very high to earn those net dollars. Unique items or exclusive lines might have good margin potential. But always work with perceived value as the final arbiter.

              This kind of exercise is essential in determining where money is being made and where space is being wasted. When you identify losers look for replacements. It might work to have some case space dedicated to new lines that might prove to be big earners. And don't compete with yourself-eliminate pieces that are too close in price and style.

              Less can be more.

              Make those showcases earn their keep!


              West Elm Sungkai Sawhorse Worktable

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                This is the West Elm Sungkai Sawhorse Worktable. We sought this product in response (somewhat) to our Gear Patrol faithful’s habit of keeping us faithfully aware that not every well-designed product fake maurice lacroix watch replica longines swiss watch in this case a desk commands three paychecks or forking over your 7 pounds.

                There exist quite a few beautifully designed desks out at attainable prices like the one you see above from Pottery Barn’s more well-priced sibling West Elm (shhh swiss replica watches odm pocket watches they don’t want you to believe they’re the same company). The Sungkai Sawhorse Worktable’s beauty comes from it’s simplicity. It’s modern and industrial yet wood. Its 60″ width and 23″ depth provide a larger worksurface and the sawhorse tables exude functionality. One inset drawer (it feels as if it were carved) exists in the middle and the entire desk is constructed of richly textured and grained sungkai wood veneer (no desk grain patterns are the same). This desk is actually the brother desk of another West Elm Sawhorse Table made of steel and glass so depending on your tastes you’ve got a choice. More photos after the jump.

                Cost: $599


                Flashback November 9, 2009

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                  Blueseventy Swim Socks

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                    There are two camps of open-water swimmers the purists who wear nothing but a Speedo and those who swaddle themselves in neoprene. If youre one of the masochists who prefer to swim au naturel replica blancpain or are an aspiring English Channel swimmer (wetsuits not allowed) read no further. But if youre like me and intend to keep all of your appendages intact replica watches this review is for you.

                    Last weekend I jumped into 58-degree San Francisco Bay to swim across from Alcatraz and was immediately thankful that I chose not only a 5mm wetsuit but a pair of Blueseventy swim socks. Blueseventy (the earth is 70% water get it?) is in the niche business of making gear for triathletes and open-water swimmers. We reviewed their Nero backpack a while ago here on GP and were impressed with the attention to detail and high quality. The swim socks also dont disappoint.

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                    Neoprene socks and booties are nothing new. But until now piaget fake watch theres never been a pair in which you could comfortably or effectively swim. The Blueseventy socks are made from thin neoprene that fits tight from toes up to ankles without being restrictive. The soles of the socks have a grippy rubber surfaces for traction on slippery rocks. Though there are only two sizes I had no problem fitting my size 13 dogs into the large size while my wifes size 8s worked equally well in the smalls.

                    The Achilles heel (sorry) of most neoprene socks is water entry. The Blueseventy socks work best when tucked under the ankle cuffs of a wetsuit but I tried them out without a wetsuit and they didnt fill up much and stayed snug. But odds are youre going to be wearing a wetsuit if the waters cold enough for swim socks. The socks would wear equally well with sport sandals for kayaking or rafting or as an added layer of insulation under cycling shoes on rainy pvc band watches manufacturer cold rides.

                    So how did they work? An hour in San Francisco Bay is about as good a test as you could dream up for swim socks. The Blueseventy socks stayed put for the whole swim and I exited the water with my feet as warm as they were when I jumped in. During the crossing I didnt even notice they were on my feet no flapping or sloshing. The last thing you want to think about when youre fighting current waves and rogue sea lions are your frozen feet or ill-fitting socks.

                    Cost: $30


                    Letter From The Editor: The Holidays The Baggage Claim of 2010

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                      With New Years nigh one cant help but notice the general relief in the air. There seems to be a general feeling that the pending year is chock-a-block with tones of hope and opportunities anew. 2009 has certainly been a memorable year one filled with its fair share of ups and downs perhaps more downs than anyone was ready for. Of course jewelry watches supplier no one knows exactly whats in store for us but there certainly arent any shortage of people looking for something better in 2010.

                      This years holidays is like an airport arrival baggage claim especially after a long turbulent flight stuck in the middle seat. Yes odm watches replica cheap harry winston watches youre tired everything is chaotic and everyone is clammoring for similarly packaged boxes around a circle with name tags on them but its the destination. Theres an air of eager anticipation of whats to come and the baggage claim is just that one final rampageous step to get you there. The hard part is over (we hope). Hopefully youll join us in manning (and gearing) up for whats to come.

                      The entire crew here at Gear Patrol and myself wish you the best this holiday season. Today is indeed Christmas and we wish you a merry one but regardless of what holiday you partake or celebrate dont deny yourself the pleasure of relishing in a few moments with your family and friends. Theyre what matter most. All of us here will be attempting to do the same.

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                      McDavid Hexpad Technology

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                        As I get a little older I don’t bounce back from bumps and bruises quite like I used to. My mind still wants to go like I’m a kid but my body inevitably pays the price. Now with McDavid Hexpad Technology beige watch I can still enjoy my contact sports without the fear of being gimpy the next day. McDavid HexPad Technology is protection that flexes and moves with your body to enhance performance.

                        McDavid’s offerings range from heavy-duty to lightweight protection and they offer pants shorts shirts replica watches and accessories. Finding the appropriate piece is as easy as selecting your intended sport. As you can see McDavid has placed just the right amount of padding in the right places for each sport they cover. Read more about Hexpad Technoligy here.My favorite aspect is that the apparel is very lightweight and easily conceals under normal clothing (read: no bulk). I took my 5-pad sleeveless body shirt with me for a little pick-up game in the park near my apartment. After a couple of hours of banging bodies under the glass I was very happy to have the protection and that no one was the wise to my secret.

                        The potential uses for McDavid Hexpad technology aren’t limited to contact sports. They offer sliding shorts for baseball or soccer wholesale chronograph watches as well as options that are perfect for mountain biking or snowboarding. Prices vary based on the amount and size of padding.

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