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Charges against ‘Blood Diamonds’ journalist dropped

Charges against ‘Blood Diamonds’ journalist dropped All charges have been dropped against Rafael Marques de Morais, though the investigative journalist had to a make a few concessions in the settlement reached in his case Thursday. (Photo credit: Maka Angola) Luanda, Angola--A tribunal in Angola has dropped the criminal libel charges against Rafael Marques de Morais, the Angolan journalist put on trial by the generals and companies he named in his book detailing c Read More »

AGA to address lab-grown diamonds in Las Vegas

AGA to address lab-grown diamonds in Las Vegas San Diego, Calif.--In response to the growing presence of lab-grown diamonds in the trade, the Accredited Gemologists Association is holding a half-day conference in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 28 to help people at all points along the supply pipeline understand the stones.  The session will be moderated by Gary Roskin, GG, FGA, and host of the Roskin Gem News Report.  Panelists will include Tom Chatham of Chatham Read More »

Rocks On: With blue hues hot, topaz stays popular

Rocks On: With blue hues hot, topaz stays popular Most blue topaz has undergone a treatment process to achieve the color, such as these irradiated stones. (Photo by Robert Weldon. (c) GIA) New York--If the Tucson gem shows in February were any indication, blue stones of all shades are having their day. Blue remains a popular color in jewelry right now, and in fact was one of the colors that was trending in Arizona this year . Topaz, which provides a variety of Read More »

Gemstone Spotlight: Katherine Jetter

Gemstone Spotlight: Katherine Jetter New York--Since she began designing jewelry, Melbourne, Australia-born Katherine Jetter has made it her mission to elevate opals, incorporating the gemstone into one-of-a-kind pieces and pairing them with diamonds and other colored stones.  When she exhibits at the upcoming Couture show, Jetter will have a number of new pieces in the showcase.  The designer said that for the show, her jewelry will go in two directions--one in Read More »

IDCA to honor 4 in Las Vegas

IDCA to honor 4 in Las Vegas New York--The Indian Diamond & Colorstone Association is set to celebrate its 31st annual gala and awards ceremony in Las Vegas on the evening of Friday, May 29. The event will include a cocktail reception, dinner, entertainment and the opportunity for business networking. The IDCA also will honor a number of recipients with awards. The honorees this year are as follows. --Diamond Mining Company of the Year: Alrosa Mining Co. - Read More »

Rocks On: Topaz

Rocks On: Topaz Amy Bruml of Bruml Designs created these London blue topaz earrings in 14-karat yellow gold ($425). Print Rocks On: Topaz On this necklace from E. Shaw Jewels, a large faceted white topaz drop is surrounded by blue apatite interspersed with lab Read More »

May 17 to 23, 2015

May 17 to 23, 2015 New York--Jewelers Mutual introduced an ad campaign that plays on people’s emotional connections to their jewelry, and Nordstrom rolled out a new purchasing program that works via text message. Scott Kay, which has undergone constant change since late last year when its founder died, named a new president, while veteran industry journalist Marion Fasel announced a new online magazine and consulting company for jewelry industry. It’s the week Read More »

Couture collaborates to build watch segment

Couture collaborates to build watch segment New York--Couture has announced a strategic partnership with consulting agency Kaiser Time to help the trade show grow its luxury watch category. With more than 30 years of relationships established with both prestigious watch brands and retailers alike, Kaiser Time is well positioned to help develop Couture’s strategic initiatives in this market, show organizers said. Kaiser Time founder Steven Kaiser was an owner Read More »

Data revision paints grim picture for jewelers

Data revision paints grim picture for jewelers Glen Allen, Va.--This past March marked the sixth consecutive month of weak consumer demand for fine jewelry and watches in the United States, and revised government data for specialty jewelers shows that their market share has slipped below 40 percent. According to the latest data from the U.S. Commerce Department, sales totaled $5.2 billion for the month, a nearly 2 percent drop when compared with jewelry and watc Read More »

Antique show preview

Antique show preview This Art Deco platinum, sapphire and diamond cuff bracelet is available at J.S. Fearnley. Exhibitor: J.S. Fearnley Booth: 1307 Print Antique show preview This platinum diamond and emerald necklace, signed by Tiffany & Co., contains appro Read More »

11 pieces to see at the antique jewelry show

11 pieces to see at the antique jewelry show This Art Deco-era platinum sapphire and diamond cuff bracelet is just one of the pieces dealers will have on display at the upcoming trade-only antique jewelry show in Las Vegas. It’s available at the booth of exhibitor J.S. Fearnley. New York--The antique and estate portion of the jewelry business has the same dilemma as the rest of the industry--a lack of young talent. The average age of a consumer or trade show buyer Read More »

Gold Spotlight: Arya Esha

Gold Spotlight: Arya Esha New York--Launched in 2014, Priyanka Murthy’s fine jewelry line already has two accolades under its belt and a handful of celebrities who have accessorized with its pieces. Called Arya Esha, the company won a 2015 JCK Rising Star Award and a 2014 Commendation Award from the Cultured Pearl Association of America. Claire Danes and Jordana Brewster are among the stars who have donned the brand’s jewelry.  The line is made up of three coll Read More »

Former InStyle editor embarks on The Adventurine

Former InStyle editor embarks on The Adventurine Longtime InStyle colleagues Marion Fasel (left) and Lisa Jordon Helms have joined forces again for The Adventurine, which will publish an online magazine and provide consulting services to the fine jewelry industry. (Photo credit: Craig Blankenhorn) New York--Marion Fasel is no longer with InStyle, though the longtime jewelry editor and author is hardly out of fashion. Fasel officially announced this week that sh Read More »

Nordstrom introduces shopping via text

Nordstrom introduces shopping via text Nordstrom customers can now buy merchandise, including fine jewelry, via text message through a new service called TextStyle. The necklaces and earrings pictures here are from Lana Jewelry. Seattle--Nordstrom just launched a service that allows customers to buy from their salesperson or personal stylist via text message. Called TextStyle, the service is open only to customers who already are using Next. Next is a texting Read More »

A look back: 20 years of Couture

A look back: 20 years of Couture Ahead of the 20th Couture show, we asked show organizers, designers and retailers to tell us: What memories do you have from your first Couture experience? What follows are the recollections of 20 industry players who have contributed to the show’s growth and evolution over the past two decades, from designers such as Todd Reed and Stephen Webster to retailers like Marie Helene Morrow and Jim Rosenheim. And, they also answere Read More »

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