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The history behind … acrostic jewelry

The history behind … acrostic jewelry Acrostic jewelry uses the first letter of each gemstone set in the jewelry to spell out certain messages or terms of endearment. Among the most popular was “regard”--ruby, emerald, garnet, amethyst, ruby and diamond--spelled out in this ring. New York--Antique acrostic jewelry is yet another indication that all trends really do just keep cycling in and out of fashion. Developed as a way to relay terms of endearment and impo Read More »

In highest regards

In highest regards This circa 1870 “regard” ring is set in 15-karat yellow gold spells out its message using ruby, emerald, garnet, amethyst, another ruby, and a diamond. The gems are set in a twisted wire frame with scrolled shoulders. Print In highest regards Read More »

Same-store sales soar, losses narrow for Birks

Same-store sales soar, losses narrow for Birks Montreal--Following a tough fiscal year, specialty jeweler Birks Group Inc. has rebounded with a strong second quarter and first half, driven by watch sales and an increase in average ticket, number of transactions and store traffic.  Montreal-based Birks operates the 18 Mayors stores located throughout the Southeastern U.S., as well as one Rolex store, Rolex Presented by Mayors, in Orlando, Fla.  In the second q Read More »

Online spending to reach $61B this holiday season

Online spending to reach $61B this holiday season Reston, Va.--Though Comscore Inc. is predicting double-digit gains for online spending this holiday, the digital metrics firm notes that wage stagnation and lack of discretionary income among the middle class could weigh on the season. Data released by the company Tuesday shows that total online retail spending is forecast to reach $61.1 billion during the two-month period, a 16 year increase as compared with la Read More »

About Retail: One-time king of King’s takes on steel

About Retail: One-time king of King’s takes on steel Published this year using independent publishing platform CreateSpace, Dale Perelman’s new book, “Steel,” traces 50 years in the history of the Pittsburgh area’s signature industry. New Castle, Pa.--After many years working long hours in their stores, many jewelers might wonder what they are going to do with themselves with they retire. Dale Perelman, who spent years heading King’s of New Castle, his family’s Read More »

5 jewels that once belonged to Lauren Bacall

5 jewels that once belonged to Lauren Bacall More than 30 pieces of jewelry from the estate of actress Lauren Bacall will be up for auction at Bonhams this spring, including many by renowned designer Jean Schlumberger, such as this enamel and 18-karat gold bangle. New York--When Bonhams New York auctions 700 pieces from the estate of the late Lauren Bacall this spring, it will include more than 30 of her favorite jewels from top brands like Cartier, Chanel and Tif Read More »

Earnings roundup: Chain store sales remain uneven

Earnings roundup: Chain store sales remain uneven New York--Third quarter sales were soft for major chain retailers, which are grappling with a lack of compelling product and continued competition from pure-play online retailers.  A number of the country’s largest department store chains, including Macy’s and J.C. Penney, as well as discounters such as Walmart and Kohl’s reported their third quarter earnings in November, just as the all-important holiday season Read More »

Kiran Gems invests in girls’ education in India

Kiran Gems invests in girls’ education in India Mumbai--Diamond manufacturer Kiran Gems is partnering with the Smile Foundation to bring quality education to underprivileged children in India through the Mission Education program. The collaboration will begin with the support of 100 girls across the country. Kiran will be investing in their education and healthcare for the coming academic session. The company said that it keeps these two initiatives as top pr Read More »

November 16 to 22, 2014

November 16 to 22, 2014 The week in New York began wet and turned freezing, an experience shared by much of the country. Forevermark brought people in from the rain Monday when it held an event in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood celebrating its new social media campaign, which is focused on the symbolism behind holding hands.   Meanwhile, independent retailers joined the big-box stores in gearing up for Black Friday, and National Jeweler picked its own candi Read More »

Bacall’s baubles

Photo credit: Bonhams Bacall’s baubles This 18-karat yellow gold and blue enamel bangle, created by designer Jean Schlumberger, is expected to sell for between $20,000 and $30,000.  Print Photo credit: Bonhams Bacall’s baubles Schlumberger also made this 18-kara Read More »

John Varvatos elevates its men’s jewelry offerings

John Varvatos elevates its men’s jewelry offerings John Varvatos will begin carrying select pieces of William Henry’s men’s jewelry in its boutiques, including this beaded skull bracelet featuring sterling silver, frosted black onyx, and a center bead with fossilized woolly mammoth tooth ($725). McMinnville, Ore.--Men’s jewelry and accessory brand William Henry is partnering with well-known fashion brand John Varvatos to bring a selection from its newest jewelry c Read More »

Another plan for pulling in customers on Black Friday

Another plan for pulling in customers on Black Friday Instead of offering electronics to customers who spend a certain amount during the Black Friday weekend, Lily & David Fine Jewelers in Saratoga, N.Y. is making it more personal for its customers with a trip to a nearby resort or a snow blower. Saratoga, N.Y.--At Lily & David Fine Jewelers in Saratoga, past Black Friday offerings have included deals similar to what big-box retailers offer holiday shoppers, elect Read More »

Cindy’s TrendTracker: This time, it’s personal

Cindy’s TrendTracker: This time, it’s personal New York--Personalized jewels have had fans since the beginning of time--one probably could find some kind of charm bracelet in more than a few pharaoh’s tombs.  Jewelry is handed down by generations, along with their stories of celebration and commemoration.  The latest crop of personalized jewels showcase modern designers’ innovative use of form and function. From monograms to initials to names of pets, it is poss Read More »

Supplier News: New GemOro magnifier available

Supplier News: New GemOro magnifier available Sy Kessler has released the new GemOro iView illuminated magnifier, which will be available at authorized GemOro dealers at an introductory price of $19.95. New York--GemOro, a division of Dallas-based Sy Kessler, has released its new iView handheld LED illuminated magnifier, featuring dual 5X and high-power 10X magnification with 55 mm and 20 mm optical quality lenses. It also has diamond and gemstone fluorescence Read More »

Appointments: AGTA, William Noble, more

Appointments: AGTA, William Noble, more New York--The American Gem Trade Association has announced the results of the recent election held for its board of directors.  Bruce Bridges of Bridges Tsavorite and Jeffrey Bilgore of Jeffrey Bilgore LLC were both re-elected to the board. Charles Carmona of Guild Laboratories and Robert Van Wagoner of Beija-Flor were newly elected and will take office in February, serving three-year terms. Continuing their positions o Read More »

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