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Gemstone Spotlight: J Hadley

Gemstone Spotlight: J Hadley New York--Though many jewelry designers say that world travel has inspired their creations, Ashley Gilroy Wein of J/Hadley’s experience with creating jewelry actually did begin in earnest while she was abroad. After graduating college and embarking on a trip, she saw pieces in a small family jewelry shop in India that were unlike any she had seen before, kicking off a two-year apprenticeship with the Jain family to learn about design, g Read More »

Jade jewels

Jade jewels These three jadeite bracelets all are from Jade by Nikolai. From left, a Burmese apricot jadeite polished bead bracelet ($900); a Burmese icy honey jadeite polished bangle ($3,000); and a Burmese honey jadeite carved bead bracelet ($1,500) Print Jade jewels Read More »

Ethical sourcing organization celebrates 10 years

Ethical sourcing organization celebrates 10 years Milenyum Mining has donated this 8.36-carat oval-cut csarite to the online auction portion of Ethical Metalsmiths’ “Gardens of Gold” event. New York--Milenyum Mining, miner of the color-change gemstone csarite, is among the sponsors of Ethical Metalsmiths’ “Gardens of Gold” auction celebrating the organization’s 10th anniversary. In addition to its financial support of the event, the mining company also has dona Read More »

Neil Lane to give lecture at Chicago museum

Neil Lane to give lecture at Chicago museum Neil Lane moved to Paris after college, where he developed an eye for vintage jewelry pieces and began his own period jewelry collection. Chicago--Neil Lane will discuss how his drive, passion and eye for beauty has helped him create his jewelry collection and a legacy in the industry in a lecture scheduled to take place at Chicago’s Richard H. Driehaus Museum next month. Titled “From Brooklyn to Hollywood: A Journe Read More »

Collection of Neil Lane

Collection of Neil Lane The Nelson Dawson and Edith Dawson necklace, made in 1904, from the Collection of Neil Lane. Print Collection of Neil Lane The “Louis Comfort Tiffany” zircon necklace, from the Collection of Neil Lane. Read More »

Silver price expected to fall again in 2015

Silver price expected to fall again in 2015 New York--The per-ounce price of silver is expected to decrease this year as the dollar continues to strengthen and investments move out of the commodities sector. However, the metal could end the year on a strong note poised for growth in 2016. London-based analyst Andrew Leyland, manager of precious metals demand at Thomson Reuters GFMS, told National Jeweler in an email that they are predicting the average silver pr Read More »

Rocks On: Jadeite prices up, even as US ban goes on

Rocks On: Jadeite prices up, even as US ban goes on Green jadeite, such as the piece pictured here, is the most in demand and the most expensive of all colors. (Photo credit: Pillar & Stone International) New York--While the story of a challenging supply isn’t unusual to anyone familiar with the colored gemstone world, fine jadeite has a particularly rare story to tell. With a ban currently in place that prohibits the import of jadeite mined in Myanmar (formerl Read More »

Signet to open 35 Zale stores this fiscal year

Signet to open 35 Zale stores this fiscal year New York--Signet Jewelers Ltd. executives said Thursday that it plans to open more Zales and Piercing Pagoda stores this year than it closes, marking the first time in years that Zale Corp.’s physical footprint won’t shrink. The announcement came Thursday as Signet reported its fourth quarter and full-year results for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31. Signet owns Zale Corp. as well as Sterling Jewelers, operator of Ka Read More »

Silver Spotlight: Shaun Leane

Silver Spotlight: Shaun Leane New York--Designer Shaun Leane just introduced his Quill collection, which combines geometric shapes with silver and gold vermeil crafted in the shape of quills on pendants, rings, bracelets and cuffs. The collection “embodies the essence of creativity seen in the work Shaun Leane produced for the late Alexander McQueen,” the brand said. Leane met the fashion designer in London during the 1990s and the two partnered for 17 years. McQue Read More »

March 22 to 28, 2015

March 22 to 28, 2015   New York--It was a busy week of timepiece unveiling for the industry, as major brands revealed new and revamped product at the 2015 edition of Baselworld. In other news, an Angolan reporter who detailed human rights abuses in the country’s diamond fields went on trial and Signet Jewelers Ltd. announced that it will open more Zales stores this year than it closes. It’s the week that was, in photos. Read More »

Journalist who exposed industry abuses now on trial

Journalist who exposed industry abuses now on trial Luanda--A reporter who authored a book detailing abuses in the diamond fields of Angola and was just honored for his contribution to free speech now faces trial in his home country at the hands of those he implicated. Rafael Marques de Morais went on trial Tuesday to face charges of criminal defamation brought by seven generals, all of whom are shareholders in the companies (among them Sociedade Mineira do Cua Read More »

Retail academy to offer pre-show, holiday prep

Retail academy to offer pre-show, holiday prep Las Vegas--The Edge Retail Academy will hold two conferences this year, one in Las Vegas and the other in Florida, to help retailers develop their trade show and holiday season preparation strategies using The Edge software. The first conference is scheduled for Thursday, May 28, at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, one day before the JCK Las Vegas show begins. Titled “Show Me the Money,” the one-day session will foc Read More »

Shinola introduces its first moon phase dials

Shinola introduces its first moon phase dials The Gomelsky Moon Phase, shown here with a two-tone case, cream-colored dial and light brown strap, was one of the new models Shinola displayed in Basel. Basel--Shinola, the Detroit-based, U.S.-made watch brand, has two new quartz movements powering its new watches: moon phase versions of the Runwell and the Gomelsky and a travel watch called The Rambler GMT. The Gomelsky Moon Phase is powered by the Argonite 708 m Read More »

New from Shinola

New from Shinola The Gomelsky Moon Phase with the two-tone case, cream dial and light brown strap. This model retails for $650. Print New from Shinola The black and stainless steel version of the Gomelsky Moon Phase retails for $600. Both are available now for Read More »

Frederick Goldman patents new coatings

Frederick Goldman patents new coatings Frederick Goldman will apply its recently patented coatings to its Triton line of men’s jewelry. Bands from the collection are shown here. New York--Frederick Goldman Inc. has patented three coatings that provide durability, scratch resistance and hardness to the surface of its Triton line of men’s jewelry, the manufacturer said. Granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the patents are for a high-tech coating that Read More »

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