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The Esperanza diamond

The Esperanza diamond The 8.52-carat rough diamond found last week at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Ark. is pictured here next to a quarter. The diamond is described as being “clear white.” It is “stunning, sparkling with a metallic shine, and appears to be an unbroken, capsule-shaped crystal,” park officials said. Prin Read More »

8-carat diamond found in Arkansas park

8-carat diamond found in Arkansas park Seen here next to a quarter, the diamond is about three-quarters of an inch long and the same diameter as a No. 2 pencil, park officials said. Click below to see a larger image of the stone. Murfreesboro, Ark.--Officials from the Crater of Diamonds State Park reported that another large piece of rough has surfaced, an 8.52-carat white stone that is among the largest diamonds ever recovered there. Described by park officia Read More »

New JVC handbook covers intellectual property law

New JVC handbook covers intellectual property law New York--The Jewelers Vigilance Committee has released its latest publication for the jewelry industry, a guide on how to protect intellectual property sponsored by Kwiat. Called “I’ve got an Idea! JVC’s Guide to Intellectual Property Law,” the book provides legal education for JVC members and others in the jewelry industry who create intellectual property, including designs, inventions and brands. Specifica Read More »

GemOro debuts Testerossa stone testing instrument

GemOro debuts Testerossa stone testing instrument GemOro introduced its Testerossa at the JCK Las Vegas show this year. Dallas--Sy Kessler’s GemOro Superior Instruments division introduced its latest diamond, white sapphire and moissanite testing instrument called the Testerossa. The ergonomically designed thermal and electrical conductivity tester features new patent-pending technology designed to identify the widest range of materials, including the new super Read More »

High-end NY antique show changes location, date

High-end NY antique show changes location, date New York--Trade show organizer U.S. Antique Shows has announced that it will hold its exclusive new Lueur high-end antique jewelry and watch show at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York from Oct. 23 to 25. According to show organizers, Lueur was created to bring elite purveyors of highly prized and rare pieces together with both retailers and consumers just before the holiday season. It will offer exclusive tr Read More »

What you might have missed

What you might have missed The About Retail article about “The Paris Bracelet,” a price-point item being distributed in the United States by a Pennsylvania jeweler, was the most-read story on National Jeweler last week.  New York--Here are the top five stories on NationalJeweler.com from June 21 to 27, according to Google Analytics. 1. About Retail: An American takes on Paris Pennsylvania retailer Susan Fotos has become the U.S. distributor for “The Paris Br Read More »

Richland postpones first sapphire sale

Richland postpones first sapphire sale A now-rectified electrical problem lowered sapphire production in the initial operation phases at the Capricorn mine, leading Richland to delay its first sale of gems from the mine. Bermuda--Due to an electrical problem that slowed processing and decreased production, Richland Resources announced that it is moving its first sale of sapphires from the Capricorn mine in Queensland, Australia, back to the third quarter. The s Read More »

Breitling’s new Emergency now available in US

Breitling’s new Emergency now available in US This 52 mm titanium Breitling Emergency with a yellow dial retails for $16,475. Retail prices for the watch range from $15,825 to $18,910. New York--The latest version of Breitling’s Emergency watch, introduced by the brand at Baselworld 2013 , is finally available in the United States. The Grenchen, Switzerland-based watch brand announced late Thursday afternoon in New York that the watch has gained approval from Read More »

Tourneau exec tapped to lead Bremont in US

Tourneau exec tapped to lead Bremont in US In addition to Larry Barkley’s hire, Bremont also recently announced the opening of a standalone store in New York, “demonstrating the commitment that the brand has to the region.” New York--In an effort to boost its presence and support in the U.S. market, British timepiece brand Bremont has appointed Larry Barkley as president of its North American operations. Barkley has “a strong and credible background,” Bremont s Read More »

Tourneau exec tapped to lead Bremont in US

Tourneau exec tapped to lead Bremont in US In addition to Larry Barkley’s hire, Bremont also recently announced the opening of a standalone store in New York, “demonstrating the commitment that the brand has to the region.” New York--In an effort to boost its presence and support in the U.S. market, British timepiece brand Bremont has appointed Larry Barkley as president of its North American operations. Barkley has “a strong and credible background,” Bremont s Read More »

Cecilia Gardner stepping down from the WDC

Cecilia Gardner stepping down from the WDC Luanda, Angola--Cecilia Gardner is leaving her post as general counsel of the World Diamond Council, National Jeweler has learned. In an email sent from Angola Friday where she was attending the Kimberley Process intersessional meeting, Gardner, who’s also president of the U.S.’s Jewelers Vigilance Committee, said “very positive reasons” fueled her decision to step down after 15 years.  “The association has matured, Read More »

Adweek: Shinola’s the ‘coolest brand in America’

Adweek: Shinola’s the ‘coolest brand in America’ This year at Baselworld, Shinola introduced its first moonphase dial watches. Pictured here is the Gomelsky Moon Phase. New York--Adweek has dubbed Shinola as “the coolest brand in America” following the watch company’s appearance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live earlier this week. Detroit-based Shinola, which also makes bicycles, leather bags, wallets and belts, iPhone cases and pocket knives, got an in on the show a Read More »

Adweek: Shinola’s the ‘coolest brand in America’

Adweek: Shinola’s the ‘coolest brand in America’ This year at Baselworld, Shinola introduced its first moonphase dial watches. Pictured here is the Gomelsky Moon Phase. New York--Adweek has dubbed Shinola as “the coolest brand in America” following the watch company’s appearance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live earlier this week. Detroit-based Shinola, which also makes bicycles, leather bags, wallets and belts, iPhone cases and pocket knives, got an in on the show a Read More »

Genesis sets date of first summer silent auction

Genesis sets date of first summer silent auction Proceeds from the sale of this rectangular-cut, 0.50-carat fancy yellow diamond with VVS1 clarity, named the Yellow Brick Diamond, will go to the nonprofit organization Yellow Brick House, which offers services to abused women and children in Toronto. Toronto--Genesis Rare Diamonds is kicking of its summer auction season with “The Radiant Diamonds of Summer” silent auction on July 5 at 1 p.m. at its Toronto offices. Read More »

Protests surface over another proposed gold mine

Protests surface over another proposed gold mine Toronto--Junior mining company Seabridge Gold’s plan for a huge gold and copper mine in British Columbia is drawing opposition from indigenous peoples and environmental groups, opposition that might sound familiar to many in the jewelry industry. The arguments for and against construction of the KSM (Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell) mine echo those of the debate over the proposed Pebble mine in Alaska. Like Pebble, Read More »

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