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Swatch to contest ruling in Tiffany case

Swatch to contest ruling in Tiffany case Biel/Bienne, Switzerland--The Swatch Group said it will appeal the Dutch court decision that voided the $449 million in damages Tiffany & Co. paid over the companies’ failed partnership. On Wednesday, the District Court of Amsterdam “set aside” the multi-million arbitration award issued in the case in December 2013. In that ruling, which followed months of confidential arbitration, the court ordered Tiffany to pay Read More »

Etsy moves to become a public company

Etsy moves to become a public company Brooklyn, N.Y.--Online marketplace Etsy has taken its first step toward going public, though the number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined. The company filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday, relating to a proposed initial public offering of its common stock on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “ETSY.” Etsy s Read More »

JA accepting 2015 scholarship applications

JA accepting 2015 scholarship applications New York--Jewelers of America currently is accepting applications for its member scholarships, which are designed to provide opportunities for industry diplomas, professional development or certification programs at leading industry education providers. Scholarships are awarded during the open enrollment period, which lasts through Sept. 30. Applicants must be an employee at a JA member store and at least 18 years ol Read More »

Art jewelry comes to the Driehaus Museum

Art jewelry comes to the Driehaus Museum Women were not only the intended wearers of art jewelry during the 20th century but also an essential part of its creation, the Driehaus Museum said. This circa 1900 Mermaid brooch, included in the exhibition, was made by German artist Karl Rothmüller. Chicago--A showcase of art jewelry from the early 20th century now is on display at Chicago’s Driehaus Museum. Called “Maker & Muse: Women and Early Twentieth Century Art Read More »

Art jewelry

Art jewelry French artist René Lalique created this “Winged Sylph” brooch circa 1900.  Print Art jewelry Ella Naper, an English artist, made these “Lily-Pad” hair combs around 1906. Print Read More »

Diamond prices remain ‘under pressure’

Diamond prices remain ‘under pressure’ New York--Polished diamond prices continued to slip in February though the market did see a bit of a lift for 1-carat stones, Rapaport’s RapNet Diamond Index shows. The RapNet Diamond Index for 1-carat laboratory-graded diamonds increased 1 percent last month while the index fell 1 percent for 0.30-carat and 0.50-carat diamonds and dropped 0.5 percent for 3-carat stones. All told, 1-carat diamond prices have risen 0.6 p Read More »

GIA, De Beers to talk lab-grown diamonds in Basel

GIA, De Beers to talk lab-grown diamonds in Basel GemFest Basel 2015 will include a panel discussion about synthetic diamonds moderated by the GIA’s Tom Moses, pictured at far left, and featuring Simon Lawson of De Beers (center) and Wuyi Wang, also from GIA. Carlsbad, Calif.--Three leading research scientists from the Gemological Institute of America and De Beers Technologies UK will speak about lab-grown (synthetic) diamonds during GIA GemFest Basel in Switzerla Read More »

Cindy's TrendTracker: One-of-a-kind

Cindy's TrendTracker: One-of-a-kind New York--There will always be the consumer who wants to follow the crowd or look like everyone else, but those true style mavericks out there, they just want to be one-of-a-kind. We've gathered pieces for these iconoclasts; true one-off jewels that showcase unique stones or hand-fabricated details that can't easily be done again, much less replicated exactly. Designers can let their imagination roam free when they find those sp Read More »

WJA names its ‘Shining Stars’ of 2015

WJA names its ‘Shining Stars’ of 2015 New York--The Women’s Jewelry Association has named the 12 recipients of its annual Shining Star Awards, which recognize those who have given extraordinary service to their respective regional chapters. The 2015 Shining Stars will be honored at WJA’s In the Spotlight event, scheduled for Tuesday, March 10 in New York immediately following the organization’s In the Know conference . This year’s Shining Stars are as foll Read More »

Groups organizing new Mediterranean conference

Groups organizing new Mediterranean conference Rego Park, N.Y.--Four industry organizations are launching a gem and jewelry conference that will take place at a “new and exotic” location in the Mediterranean region each year. The first Mediterranean Gemmological and Jewellery Conference is scheduled for June 27 and 28 in Athens, Greece. Organized by the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, the Independent Gemological Laboratory (in Hellas, Greece), CG Read More »

Kmart, JC Penney report strong jewelry sales

Kmart, JC Penney report strong jewelry sales This shot shows the fine jewelry department inside J.C. Penney’s store in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Plano, Texas-based retailer reported a 4 percent increase in total comps in Q4 and said fine jewelry was one of its top sellers. New York--While the fourth quarter and full year were not outstanding for department stores, some fared better than others and two even highlighted fine jewelry sales as among their strongest-performin Read More »

Coach’s corner: Give your customers a ‘carbo load’

Coach’s corner: Give your customers a ‘carbo load’ Pat Henneberry was just named vice president of global learning and development at Hearts on Fire. She also is founder of The Jewelry Coach, a sales training community for jewelers. Reach her at 512-203-3414 or pat@thejewelrycoach.com. I am a competitive open-water swimmer and before any swim we “carbo load.” The last open-water swim I did was a 10-mile swim for Colin’s Hope , a nonprofit organization that p Read More »

Christie’s gets sued by Elizabeth Taylor’s trust

Christie’s gets sued by Elizabeth Taylor’s trust Elizabeth Taylor had a jewelry collection worth millions and even penned a book called “My Love Affair with Jewelry.” Christie’s was tapped to auction the jewels following her death in March 2011 at the age of 79. (Photo credit: Getty Images) Los Angeles--It looks like the 2011 record-setting sale of Elizabeth Taylor’s famed jewelry collection isn’t done making headlines quite yet. Last week, The Sothern Trust, Read More »

17 individuals indicted in slate of smash-and-grabs

17 individuals indicted in slate of smash-and-grabs Detroit--Seventeen members of a Detroit-based robbery crew who allegedly smashed display cases to steal Rolex watches from jewelry stores in six different states have been indicted. The FBI announced Friday that the individuals, a mix of men and women ranging in age from 20 to 38, have been charged in three separate indictments, all filed over the past month.  The charge is conspiracy to interfere with commer Read More »

H. Stern opens pop-up while flagship is closed

H. Stern opens pop-up while flagship is closed H. Stern’s new pop-up boutique is located between Prince and Spring streets in SoHo, a popular shopping neighborhood in New York. New York--Brazilian jewelry brand H. Stern has opened a temporary boutique in New York’s SoHo neighborhood as its Fifth Avenue flagship store remains closed for renovations. The pop-up shop will stay open through July, with the Fifth Avenue store expected to reopen sometime this summer. Read More »

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