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David Yurman creates new communications role

David Yurman creates new communications role CeCe Coffin, David Yurman’s new senior vice president of global communications, comes to the brand from The Estée Lauder Companies, where she headed communications for Clinique. New York--CeCe Coffin has been named senior vice president of global communications at David Yurman, a newly created role at the jewelry brand. Her appointment will be effective Aug. 4. In this new position, Coffin will be responsible for Read More »

Jewelry, watch sales stand out for LVMH

Jewelry, watch sales stand out for LVMH LVMH said that its Bulgari brand had an “excellent” first half, driven by the success of its new watch for women, the Lucea. Paris--LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton reported Tuesday that its Watches & Jewelry division saw sales grow by a double-digit percentage in the first half of the year, led by Bulgari. Watches & Jewelry sales totaled $1.72 billion in the first six months of 2015, compared with $1.40 billion in the s Read More »

Silver Spotlight: Anson

Silver Spotlight: Anson When we think of cufflinks, what typically comes to mind is men’s jewelry--but that isn’t always the case. Women accessorizing with cufflinks is something that has been around for some time, said jewelry and style expert Michael O’Connor. “It’s not something new,” he said. “I believe the first time we saw it was in the ‘40s. Because it was the first time many women had been in the workforce, their outfits took on more masculine ideals--l Read More »

Designer, storeowner wins WJA-Carelle grant

Designer, storeowner wins WJA-Carelle grant Tina Chan, the designer behind Tytin Jewelry and owner of a new brick-and-mortar space for independent jewelry designers in Chicago, is the winner of this year’s Carelle-WJA grant. New York--The winner of this year’s $5,000 Carelle-WJA Grant has big plans for helping independent designers in the Windy City. Tina Chan, who designs under the brand Tytin Jewelry, just opened a brick-and-mortar space in Chicago where she Read More »

Rocks On: Agate’s appealing color show

Rocks On: Agate’s appealing color show These two pieces of agate are from a deposit in Mexico called Coyamito. They have fortification banding and are cut into what gemstone dealer Mark Lasater of The Clam Shell calls a “spider web cut.” New York--Agate and its look are unique. The changes in color mean that every stone is genuinely different from the rest, which gives it a certain appeal in a market where everyone is clamoring for a one-of-a-kind piece. Agate Read More »

Rocks On: Agate

Rocks On: Agate This sterling silver ring from Stuller features a freshwater cultured pearl and black agate ($170). Print Rocks On: Agate Sabrina Designs’ 14-karat white gold pendant features black diamonds surrounding white agate ($850). Read More »

Estelle Hedaya joins CBG

Estelle Hedaya joins CBG New York--Estelle Hedaya is leaving manufacturer and wholesaler World Trade Jewelers to become the new director of operations for the Continental Buying Group. A Brooklyn, N.Y. native, Hedaya has been in the jewelry industry for a total of 25 years. She has experience on the retail side of the business, having worked in jewelry stores in both Brooklyn and Manhattan. For the past seven years she has been the director of sales for New Read More »

Jocelyn Prestia named New Designer of the Year

Jocelyn Prestia named New Designer of the Year New Designer Gallery coordinator Cindy Edelstein, left, with Unhada founder and New Designer of the Year award winner Jocelyn Prestia. New York--Jocelyn Prestia, the woman behind Unhada, was recognized with the 2015 Mort Abelson New Designer of the Year Award, presented to her Monday at the JA New York Summer show. New York-based Unhada’s pieces are 18-karat gold with colored gemstones, mostly one-of-a-kind works f Read More »

Would you hire your customer?

Would you hire your customer? Peter Smith, author of “Hiring Squirrels: 12 Essential Interview Questions to Uncover Great Retail Sales Talent,” has spent 30 years building retail sales teams and has worked in wholesale as well. He can be reached at A retailer friend of mine contacted me yesterday and asked for my advice on a hiring dilemma. He, like most people in our business, is faced with the need to hire a salesperson for his jewelry sto Read More »

Global, digital influences to inspire design in ‘16

Global, digital influences to inspire design in ‘16 Meghna Jewels’ ear cuffs illustrate the micro-trend of dark glamour, which includes jewelry shaped as wings and feathers in blackened material that “gives a lot of drama.” New York--Movement, openwork and jewelry with an air of spirituality are among the trends expected to be big in the coming year, and retailers who want to capitalize on selling these styles will need to consistently engage with their customers Read More »

Jewelry trends for 2016

Jewelry trends for 2016 Airy perspective. Carelle’s diamond earrings illustrate the pattern evolution micro-trend, with their geometric pattern and cut-out effect that lets the skin show through. Print Jewelry trends for 2016 Airy perspective. Sandy Leong’s ea Read More »

WJA names 2015 Awards for Excellence winners

WJA names 2015 Awards for Excellence winners New York-- The Women’s Jewelry Association announced the winners of its 2015 Awards for Excellence live in New York last night. Beginning last year, the WJA kept the names of winners a secret until the night of its annual gala, and the organization continued that tradition this year. The winners and the categories in which they won are as follows. --Pamela Froman, Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry (Design) --Laurie Watt Read More »

Gemstone Spotlight: Polly Wales

Gemstone Spotlight: Polly Wales Designer Polly Wales likes to set her gemstones in precious metals in such a way that the resulting effect has a “from-the-earth” aesthetic, like the stones are breaking through the surface of the gold.  Her designs are an eclectic mix of references from Byzantine and Indian jewelry as well as trends in high fashion, though the designer said that it is ultimately the women who wear her pieces who dictate how the jewelry evolves. W Read More »

Cindy’s TrendTracker: Gray diamonds

Cindy’s TrendTracker: Gray diamonds While diamonds are always a girl’s best friend, the time is ripe for diamonds of all colors to share the stage. Gray diamonds have come into fashion as designers embrace the moody hue that turns any design into a cooler version of its old self. Gray diamond engagement rings are great for the millennial customer who wants something new and fresh, while fashion jewelry looks updated and slightly cooler with a hint of gray. The p Read More »

JA elects Ryan Berg as new board chairman

JA elects Ryan Berg as new board chairman From left, Fred Weber along with Matthew Rosenheim, Craig Rottenberg, Simon Katz, new board Chairman Ryan Berg and Efraim Grinberg New York--Jewelers of America elected Ryan Berg of Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry as its new board chairman at a meeting held Saturday in New York.  Berg, who serves as market president in Texas for his family’s multi-state jewelry business, succeeds Lexington, Ky. retailer Bill Farmer Jr.  JA Read More »

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