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Colombia to host new emerald symposium

Colombia to host new emerald symposium Bogota, Colombia--Fedesmeraldas, the Colombian Emerald Federation, is organizing the first international gathering of emerald-producing countries this fall to address issues facing the industry. The inaugural International Emerald Symposium will be held in Bogota from Oct. 13 to 15. It will bring together producing countries, gemological laboratories, wholesale and manufacturing companies, luxury brands, government and Read More »

Jewelry Night Out scheduled for September

Jewelry Night Out scheduled for September Iris Apfel, center, was the star guest at the New York Metro Chapter’s JNO event in 2014, pictured here with current president-elect Amanda Gizzi (left) and President Danielle Ingwer Cohen (right). New York--The Women’s Jewelry Association’s annual “Jewelry Night Out” will take place in 19 cities across the country on Sept. 10.  The cities where WJA chapters are participating are Bethesda, Md.; Birmingham, Al.; Ft. Laud Read More »

Strong sales expected for holiday season

Strong sales expected for holiday season New York--Retail sales during the holiday season are expected to be “strong” and could reach $885.7 billion, a 5.7 percent increase year-over-year, according to market research company Emarketer.  It’s an upward adjustment from the 3 percent growth rate predicted earlier this year, as well as the highest forecast since the 6.3 percent sales increase projected for 2011. “Retail sales in November and December 2015 are ex Read More »

How to get sales out of social media

How to get sales out of social media Evan Seto is the marketing apprentice at Likeable Local, a social media marketing platform and app for small and mid-sized businesses. He can be reached at evan@likeablelocal.com. Social media is a powerful tool for any jewelry business’ strategic plan. Just a few years ago it was barely part of the equation, and now it’s an essential aspect of any game plan. Best practices dictate some particular things about social media and Read More »

De Beers announces holiday ad campaign

De Beers announces holiday ad campaign Specifically targeting men in the U.S. and China, De Beers’ Seize the Day holiday campaign draws on past ads. Pictured here is a mock-up (not final) ad for the campaign, which generally promotes diamonds while still incorporating Forevermark. London--Aiming to create a sense of urgency and demand around buying diamond jewelry gifts for the holiday season, De Beers is introducing a marketing campaign that will use simple tagli Read More »

Appointments: London Jewelers, Bergio and the DDC

Appointments: London Jewelers, Bergio and the DDC Scott Saunders now is the senior vice president of business development at London Jewelers, which has five locations in New York. New York--A new senior vice president at London Jewelers and new and re-elected officer at the Diamond Dealers Club of New York are among the recent career advancements in the industry.  Scott Saunders has been appointed to the newly created role of senior vice president of business d Read More »

Cindy’s TrendTracker: Alternative bridal, part 2

Cindy’s TrendTracker: Alternative bridal, part 2 For week two of our alternative bridal trends, we’ve got even more unusual stones and unique settings. If you don’t show more than traditional bridal rings, you won’t be getting the new customer who isn’t as interested in the 4Cs as with their own personal fashion statement. They might want to try something that speaks to their generation. For many of the alternative bridal choices, the emphasis is in responsibly-mi Read More »

Designer’s Diary: The price of going overseas

Designer’s Diary: The price of going overseas Jacqueline Stone is the chief creative officer of her company, Salt + Stone, working primarily with private clients to build custom engagement rings and wedding bands. She can be reached at shine@saltandstone.com. Recently, I was approached at a trade show about producing my line in Thailand.  Intrigued, I gave the gentlemen a few samples and asked him to get back to me with pricing. No shock here, the cost was a me Read More »

Endless adds more leather pieces, colors for fall

Endless adds more leather pieces, colors for fall Endless Jewelry has added two new leather bracelet colors to the Jennifer Lopez Collection: bronze metallic (pictured here) and pearl metallic. New York--Endless Jewelry is stepping into the coming season with the introduction of a few gemstone colors for its pieces as well as new leather bracelets and necklaces.   To its signature Endless Jewelry Collection, the brand has added three new colors for its fall/win Read More »

Endless autumn

Endless autumn Three new colors were introduced to the Endless Jewelry Collection: green bayou, purple sage and blue sapphire Print Endless autumn Forty-five new charm designs were added to the lineup, a variety of which are shown here, in silver, plated yello Read More »

Upcoming events to cover gemstones, synthetics

Upcoming events to cover gemstones, synthetics Reston, Va.--Two events focused on gemstone education are slated to take place in the next few months. On Friday, Sept. 11, the American Society of Appraisers will host “Introduction to Archaeogemology,” which the organization describes as the combination of gemology, archaeology and geology to identify gems and determine their origins. The webinar will discuss details of how gems were interpreted and traded by Read More »

Rocks On: ‘Underrated’ iolite on a slow rise

Rocks On: ‘Underrated’ iolite on a slow rise Certain inclusions in the right orientation can create phenomenal iolite. Flat, metallic inclusions create a glittery, aventurescent effect in the stone, as seen here. (Photo credit: Robert Weldon. (c) GIA.) New York--It is said that iolite dates back to the time of the Vikings, who would use the stone to guide them on their journeys. Using thin slices of iolite could help them determine the exact location of the sun Read More »

What retailers should know about the chip card switch

What retailers should know about the chip card switch Bob Legters, senior vice president of payment products at banking and payment technology provider FIS Global New York--After the many security breaches that plagued a number of large retailers in the holiday season and throughout the winter months, a switch is being made that aims to give consumers better protection against counterfeit fraud. A new type of credit card is being issued across the country, equi Read More »

Copper Spotlight: John S. Brana

Copper Spotlight: John S. Brana It was a customer request for a piece of copper jewelry that got John S. Brana working in the material. “Ever since, I have favored the metal,” the San Francisco-based designer said. “Its rich color is easily confused with rose gold, and at a fraction of the price, has proved to be one of my hottest-selling lines.” Brana said copper is an ideal metal for jewelry design because it is malleable, ductile and resilient, perfect for Read More »

Building a space to suit millennials

Building a space to suit millennials Nick Blum, who designs his own jewelry and watches for his Indianapolis-based jewelry boutique, Blumlux. New York--Jeweler Nick Blum may have an advantage when it comes to appealing to the millennial consumer, because he is one.  Blum is the owner and designer of Blumlux, an appointment-only jewelry design boutique in Indianapolis’ Broad Ripple Village that he opened in 2005 after studying watch and jewelry manufacturing and Read More »

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