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  • November 15 to 21, 2015 The second-largest gem-quality diamond ever found was discovered this week by Lucara Diamond Corp., when workers recovered the 1,111-carat stone from materials that originated in the south lobe of the Karowe Mine in Botswana.

    In retail news, G. Thrapp Jewelers founder Gary Thrapp announced he would be retiring and closing his Indianapolis store in the coming months, and Northeastern Fine Jewelry revealed that an Apple Watch Sport was its Black Friday deal this year.

    In addition, Movado revealed its new smartwatches and the organizations that comprise the Kimberley Process’s Civil Society Coalition confirmed that they would be boycotting the KP in 2016.

    It’s the week that happened, in photos.

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  • Cindy’s TrendTracker: Gothica Every once in a while we all want to take a walk on the wild side, and jewelry designers are no different. Before the holiday season settles in, let’s celebrate the inner rebel and champion the rock ‘n’ roll spirit.

    Here are 13 designs that celebrate originality.

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  • Gemstone Spotlight: Imperial Pearl A player in the pearl industry for more than 100 years, Imperial Pearl continues to bring new and innovative designs into the fold. 

    This year, the brand enjoyed a successful venture into rose gold, matching the metal with its natural pink Windsor pearls in modern and fresh settings.

    Imperial’s latest designs also are on-trend: front-back pearl studs, Y necklaces and more, proving that pearls can be the perfect fit for today’s consumers. 

    Along with its newest styles, the brand just unveiled a new lifestyle campaign for 2016 featuring Miss Universe Olivia Culpo wearing its jewelry. The brand’s retail partners can use the images for marketing. 

    Click through this slideshow to see 10 of the newest designs from Imperial Pearl. All prices listed are retail. 

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  • Silver Spotlight: Beth Macri In Beth Macri’s customizable collection, Hidden Messages, each piece offers two looks.

    From one angle, they appear to be simple bars. But then the wearer flips the piece up, revealing a special letter, number or symbol chosen from a stock of characters created by Macri.

    “The Hidden Messages collection was inspired from my years working as a structural engineer,” Macri told National Jeweler. “Engineers and architects work in cross sections; there is a lot of significant detail hidden from plain sight in buildings and structures. This collection represents the hidden details.”

    Although the line is available both in sterling silver and 14-karat yellow and rose gold vermeil, Macri said she likes working in silver because it’s a great medium.

    “It’s high quality and still affordable,” she said. “It looks beautiful when it is polished, yet acquires a beautiful patina over time. I also love how we can obtain the deep black from our oxidation process, giving the pieces much more depth and interest.”

    Click through this gallery to see sterling silver rings, earrings and necklaces in the Hidden Message collection. All prices listed are retail.

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