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Opal offerings

Opal offerings This limited-edition 14-karat yellow gold Mexican jelly opal ring is from Melissa Joy Manning ($525). Print Opal offerings These “Sylvie” rose opal bar earrings from Dana Rebecca Designs are accented with diamonds and 14-karat rose gold ($1,430) Read More »

Final predictions roll in as season winds down

Final predictions roll in as season winds down New York--This holiday season is in the homestretch, to be sure.  There’s only a week to go until Christmas Day and many retailers are banking on the upcoming weekend being big.  Among the positive indicators are lower gas prices and a better job market, along with the fact that some analysts predict a lot of late spending this year, which is normally the case for jewelers anyway.  “There is still a lot of str Read More »

December 14 to 20, 2014

December 14 to 20, 2014 New York--One retailer revealed a version of the Apple Watch set with more than 15 carats of diamonds while Breitling hosted an event in New York with an American astronaut. Google released its annual trends report for 2014, showing what Americans searched for the most this year in a number of categories, including celebrity weddings, fashion designers and podcasts. Additionally, JA New York announced the headline speaker for the opening Read More »

Belgium aiding Ivory Coast’s return

Belgium aiding Ivory Coast’s return Antwerp--The Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) recently completed a training program for three senior officials from the government of the Ivory Coast, which was cleared to reenter the diamond trade earlier this year. Belgium’s Federal Public Services (FPS) Foreign Affairs funded the eight-week program, with the hopes of expediting the Ivory Coast’s reentry into the trade. The United Nations banned the Ivory Coast from Read More »

3 plead guilty in 2013 ‘tiger’ kidnapping case

3 plead guilty in 2013 ‘tiger’ kidnapping case Hartford, Conn.--Three men have pleaded guilty in federal court to charges stemming from their involvement in a violent kidnapping and jewelry store robbery in April 2013. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Connecticut, William Davis, 27, Jeffrey Houston, 28, and 29-year-old Christopher Gay pleaded guilty to one count of interference with commerce by robbery and one count of use of a firearm during and in re Read More »

Supplier News: Frederick Goldman signs Canada deal

Supplier News: Frederick Goldman signs Canada deal New York-- Frederick Goldman announced that it is partnering with Nouvo Mode to do sales and distribution for the Goldman, ArtCarved and Triton brands in Canada beginning in January. Created in 2007, Nouvo Mode’s other jewelry clients include Alex and Ani, Scott Kay Inc., Breuning, Hera, Sartoro, Philip Stein, and Ernst Benz. “We look forward to tapping into their expertise with luxury brands to expand our pr Read More »

Rocks On: Opal’s essence continues to delight

Rocks On: Opal’s essence continues to delight The popularity and value of opals come largely from the gemstone’s play of color, shown here in a variety of opals from Australia and New South Wales. (Photo: Copyright GIA. Reprinted by permission.) New York--With an appearance that long inspired cultures to believe in its supernatural abilities and powers, the opal’s value comes not only from the range of colors it displays but also the increasing rarity of high-qual Read More »

KDM opening showcase supply service to retailers

KDM opening showcase supply service to retailers Stuller’s Interiors department designed the award-winning interior of Phoenix’s Schmitt Jewelers, which partnered with KDM for the showcases. Retailers now will have direct access to KDM Retail. Cincinnati --Stuller Inc. is transitioning out of store interiors and will direct jewelers to KDM Retail going forward, the two companies told National Jeweler.  KDM previously played a behind-the-scenes role working with Read More »

5 modern forces that shaped the jewelry industry

5 modern forces that shaped the jewelry industry Jan Brassem is a senior partner at MainBrace Global Partners, a global jewelry advisory and M&A firm with offices in New York and Hong Kong. You can e-mail him at Jan@MainBraceGlobalPartners.com. Since I got my start the gold jewelry industry about 37 years ago, I’ve found myself in the unique position to take a look back--through a rearview mirror, so to speak--to see how our industry has changed over all these yea Read More »

Kiran Gems renews contract, wins award

Kiran Gems renews contract, wins award The president of India, Shri Pranab Mukhrejee, presented the Niryat Shree silver trophy for export volume to Kiran Gems at an event held earlier this month in New Delhi. Mumbai--Indian diamond manufacturer Kiran Gems renewed its contract with Alrosa at the World Diamond Conference just held in New Delhi.  With Kiran Gems Managing Director Mavji Patel and Director Dinesh Lakhani in attendance, Kiran inked a long-term supply Read More »

Gemstone Spotlight: Penny Preville

Gemstone Spotlight: Penny Preville New York--First inspired by the treasures that she found in her grandmother’s jewelry box, Penny Preville has created a signature look inspired by fashion and culture and based on femininity and an eye for detail. The designer’s newest gemstone pieces incorporate a lot of her favorite color, blue, using aquamarine, opals, and sapphires, as well her other go-to stones, rubies, emeralds, and moonstones. Preville also told Natio Read More »

‘Happiness’ author to keynote at WJA’s In the Know

‘Happiness’ author to keynote at WJA’s In the Know WJA announced that the keynote speakers for its 2015 In the Know conference will be author Gretchen Rubin, pictured at left, and Jennifer Hyman, CEO of Rent the Runway. New York--The Women’s Jewelry Association announced Wednesday that Gretchen Rubin, author of bestseller The Happiness Project, and Rent the Runway CEO Jennifer Hyman will speak at the In The Know conference next year. Scheduled for March 10 at 9 Read More »

Stacked NY takes a trendy turn into earrings

Stacked NY takes a trendy turn into earrings Stacked New York’s “7th Avenue” line of studs can be purchased in a pair or separately to mix and match a look ($85 each). The line includes seven gemstone options. New York--Stacked New York, the brand that launched earlier this year with a line of stackable silver bangles and bands, has debuted its first collection of stud earrings, and they are designed to be mixed and matched. The “7th Avenue” line comes in seven Read More »

What was the most Googled celebrity wedding of the year?

What was the most Googled celebrity wedding of the year? New York--Google just released its year-end search trends for 2014, showing what Americans were looking for this year, category by category. While Google highlighted many categories in its annual Zeitgeist search roundup, one that might be of particular interest to jewelers is celebrity weddings , which tend to impact trends in engagement rings, wedding bands and wedding day jewelry.  This past year, Read More »

MSNBC anchor to deliver keynote at JA NY Winter

MSNBC anchor to deliver keynote at JA NY Winter New York--JJ Ramberg, who hosts Your Business, a show dedicated to issues affecting small business owners, will give JA New York Winter attendees tips for running their business on Jan. 18, the show’s opening day.    In a special session presented by show organizers and Jewelers of America, Ramberg will speak to both exhibitors and retailers beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the lobby of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Cent Read More »

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