2009

Holiday sparkle

Heading full force into the last weeks of the holiday season, here are a few ideas for last-minute diamond jewelry gifts. To get a closer look, click on each image. Bill Levine Collection (top) “Crown... read more..

The 'Protector Collection'

Asprey has unveiled Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's latest foray into jewelry design. What do you think? Do these snake-inspired designs have you charmed? I've got my eye on the tiny "Children's/Adult'... read more..

This year's holiday jewelry ads

Last night, A Diamond is Forever (De Beers’ U.S. marketing team) hosted a special screening of the cinema-specific holiday commercial for the Everlon Diamond Knot Collection, followed by a complimenta... read more..

'Afternoon at the museum'

When I was a kid, I loved it when our class’ annual field trip was to Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Back then, life didn’t get much better than an afternoon out of the classroom sur... read more..

The kaleidoscope of Spectrum

Entries in the AGTA Spectrum Awards were especially diverse this year, with numerous examples of Windex-blue Paraiba tourmalines (one of my all-time favorite stones), baroque pearls, sapphires in ever... read more..

Bonjour, joaillerie!

If you're looking for an early dose of holiday cheer, there's no other place like New York, where twinkling lights and tinsel start going up the day after the pumpkins are put away. For city dwellers ... read more..

Want (what might be) Penelope Cruz’s ring?

Rumors have been swirling for the past few weeks that Penelope Cruz and boyfriend Javier Bardem are engaged. The notoriously private couple has yet to confirm anything, but one jewelry company is alre... read more..

Tech-focused displays

Working on the interactive display story this month gave me a fun taste of what's to come in jewelry retailing, and it’s something I'm very much looking forward to. I love perusing jewelry in stores--... read more..

Ivanka Trump's wedding jewelry

Ivanka Trump, the real estate scion, sometime model and owner of Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, tied the knot last night with New York Observer owner Jared Kushner, and while I don't envy her three-month ... read more..

Rough demand is picking up, but why?

I came across this great article on IDEX Online on Thursday by my colleague Edahn Golan in Israel attesting to an increase in rough-diamond demand ahead of De Beers’ upcoming sight. The sight, schedul... read more..

Getting up close with the Annenberg

For me, Friday mornings are usually pretty cheery. It's the end of the week, only one more day of work to go and the weekend is right there, just looming on the horizon. Last Friday was especially so ... read more..

An eventful couple of weeks

Deadlines, a brief trip to Boston and events have been keeping me away from this blog of late, but I’m not complaining. Better to be busy these days then to find yourself with nothing to do. In any ca... read more..

500K wedding gown for sale

Last year, when I was running around looking at wedding dresses, I started to get sticker shock pretty early on. So when I heard about the runway debut of a 500K gown, I was more than a little surpris... read more..

Live from Hollywood

Each month, I compile National Jeweler's "Star Sightings" page, a selection of images highlighting the jewelry celebrities are wearing on the red carpets and out and about. It's a fun, easy-to-digest ... read more..

A look into Verdura's archives

I have yet to check out the new film Coco Before Chanel, but when I do, I'll definitely be keeping a close eye on the jewelry. The iconic fashion designer helped to launch Verdura founder Fulco Verdur... read more..

Q & A: Catching up with Cassy

A little while back, I received an e-mail about Cassy’s Sassy Jewelry, a company run by a young woman who had established her business at the age of 12. Since then, Arizona-based designer and owner Ca... read more..

Create buzz around the cash register

One idea that popped into my head during Tuesday's eco-luxe event (other than ‘I am a wasteful human being who needs to recycle more’) is that it's probably not a bad time to invest in some socially c... read more..

Behind the scenes at Tacori

Early last week, I spent some time at Tacori's Los Angeles headquarters, where the brand was hosting a "Club Tacori" event for some of its best retailers (more on all the goings-on to come). I kicked ... read more..

Do shoppers enjoy coming to your store?

Last week, I attended the Rapaport Diamond Conference, which concluded with an interesting discussion on the Kimberley Process. While my original article focused on that--journalists are suckers for a... read more..

Breast cancer awareness

As one of the leading forms of cancer worldwide, it's likely that a number of your customers have been touched by breast cancer in their own families or know someone whose life has been altered by the... read more..

Pantone's picks for Spring

The color experts at Pantone completed a survey for Spring 2010 in which they asked fashion designers about their top color picks, inspirations and philosophies. Here are Pantone's top 10, plus jewelr... read more..

Would you wear a mustache?

After a few years in hipster-centric Brooklyn, I became well accustomed to ironic forms of fashion. One Bedford Avenue sighting that epitomized the trend in jewelry: a gold-plated retainer swinging as... read more..

For the Wii ones

When I first set out to write a story about the new Glennpeter Jewelers Diamond Centre in Albany, N.Y., I was really focused on the bar-in-store angle. But as I interviewed Chief Executive Officer Jef... read more..

Sneak peek: H. Stern, Simmons Jewelry

In addition to all the goings-on at the Javits Center the last week of July, there were quite a few industry happenings around town, including press previews held by H. Stern and the Simmons Jewelry C... read more..

A crazy week in crime

The news this week took me back to my days at the Marietta Daily Journal in suburban Atlanta, where I spent nearly a year on the police/courts beat. I loved it but, after a while, I had had enough. Th... read more..

Choose the Hope Diamond's new look

Growing up in the suburbs of D.C., I was lucky enough to be a quick Metro hop from some of the nation's greatest museums. Whenever I get a chance to go back, one of the stops on my shortlist is...Grow... read more..

The Wedding Diaries

With Michelle Graff’s recent wedding blogging (see her 7/13 and 7/16 posts), I decided it was time for me to chip in. Last week, I joyfully tied the knot. And as I went through the planning process ov... read more..

Cost of Doing Business dissected

This week, Jewelers of America (JA) released the results of its annual industry benchmarking survey, the “Cost of Doing Business.” We received the results mid-day on Tuesday and posted a story immedia... read more..

A week in review

Last week started out for me not at our offices at 770 Broadway in New York City but instead at the JA New York Summer Show at the Jacob K. Javits Center. The show received pretty much the same review... read more..

A favorite retailer closes

Exhausted enough from JA New York show week to feel a bit like crying on bad news. One of my favorite independent retailers has closed its doors for good. Since I was three, living in Yellowstone Nati... read more..
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