Coronavirus sparking a ‘focus on relationships’ and boosting Internet sales

Signet Jewelers (SIG), the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry, is seeing pent up demand for marriage proposals following COVID-19 lockdowns — with lots of help from soaring online sales.

The parent company of well-known brands such as Kay Jewelers, Zales, and Jared: The Galleria of Jewelry, gleaned this insight from conducting its bespoke jewelry research on consumer trends during the coronavirus outbreak.

CEO Gina Drosos told Yahoo Finance that more than half of couples who were already engaged decided to quarantine together; of that number, nearly half said their relationship had gotten better, according to a Signet survey — and in many cases accelerated timelines to get engaged.

“So, I think, if anything, COVID-19 has made all of us focus on relationships and those who we really care for and want to go ahead and make [a] commitment,” Drosos told “The Ticker” in a recent interview. 

The survey also

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Parents Got More Time Off. Then the Backlash Started.

A Los Angeles Unified School District student uses his fingers to solve a math problem while taking an online class at Boys & Girls Club of Hollywood in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A Los Angeles Unified School District student uses his fingers to solve a math problem while taking an online class at Boys & Girls Club of Hollywood in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

OAKLAND, Calif. — When the coronavirus closed schools and child care centers and turned American parenthood into a multitasking nightmare, many tech companies rushed to help their employees. They used their comfortable profit margins to extend workers new benefits, including extra time off for parents to help them care for their children.

It wasn’t long before employees without children started to ask: What about us?

At a recent companywide meeting, Facebook employees repeatedly argued that work policies created in response to COVID-19 “have primarily benefited parents.” At Twitter, a fight erupted on an internal message board after a worker who didn’t have children at home accused another employee, who was taking a leave to care for

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How A College Student Practices Self-Care During Coronavirus

Welcome to Refinery29’s Feel Good Diaries, where we chronicle the physical and mental wellness routines of women today, their costs, and whether or not these self-care rituals actually make you feel good.

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Today: A student takes advantage of her school’s free yoga classes, has a run-in with a bat, and enjoys some socially-distant beach yoga.

Age: 21
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Occupation: Student
Salary: Unemployed due to COVID-19

Day One

9 a.m. — I belong to my college’s yoga club, and the student in charge of it has been posting an easy morning flow a couple times a week. I am so grateful for that, especially being unemployed and having no money! Today she did a 20-ish minute power flow with a lot of ab and leg work. It was relaxing, but also sweaty. I

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15 innovative cleaning gadgets on sale for Labor Day

15 innovative cleaning gadgets on sale for Labor Day
15 innovative cleaning gadgets on sale for Labor Day

If you’re like most people, your extended time at home has made your humble abode a hot mess. Given how we do pretty much everything inside these days — from online workouts to working to cooking experiments — it’s understandable that our homes have become disasters.

Luckily, there are some cleaning tools and accessories that can help you out. Take advantage of these Labor Day sales to bring home some next-level cleaning devices on the cheap. Don’t forget to enter the code GOFORIT15 to enjoy your 15% off on all items. (Prices here reflect the promo code.)

Sonic Dot: Ultrasonic Cleaner

Ideal for making your personal belongings sparkle, the Sonic Dot is an ultrasonic cleaner that produces cavitation bubbles to clean at the microscopic level. Whether you’re washing clothes, personal hygiene tools, toys, watches, or even fruits and vegetables, it can

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