2010

Are shoppers having fun yet?

Last week, I went to see the stage version of “Pee Wee’s Playhouse,” the 1980s TV series that was a mainstay at my house on Saturday mornings. For those that missed it, either voluntarily or otherwise... read more..

De Beers steering clear of lab-grown stones

Over the years, rumors have popped up from time to time about mining giant De Beers getting in the business of growing diamonds in a laboratory. The most recent round of rumors that I can recall--and ... read more..

Losing Allen Brill

Several years ago at an industry dinner, Allen Brill commented to me about an obituary I had written about diamond industry legend William Goldberg. "I hope someone writes something that nice about me... read more..

Designer Spotlight: Elisa Solomon

In my job covering the fashion side of jewelry for National Jeweler, I see more than my fair share of pieces so it's always a pleasure to come across designs that stand out and show a unique perspecti... read more..

A royal engagement

With Kate Middleton and Prince William's engagement making headlines around the world yesterday, thus began what is sure to be a long run of scrutiny over the style choices of the soon-to-be princess ... read more..

Fighting fire with fire

Here's a company that's doing something about it, rather than complaining about it. For the past few holiday seasons, electronics have eaten our lunch. They've just been sexier, with more fun, interes... read more..

NYT on millennials and personalization

Back in the August issue of National Jeweler, we wrote about the need among young engagement ring buyers--particularly those who are part of the generation known as the "Millennials" or "Generation Y"... read more..

Designer Spotlight: Nolan

Teeny-tiny stacking rings, pendant necklaces and stud earrings have been jewelry tradeshow staples over the last few seasons, and it's no wonder. The small size of these pieces means the price is ofte... read more..

Safe alternatives to toxic metals in jewelry

(Editor's Note: This post was written and supplied to us by Jack Gindi, CEO of FuFoo & Disney Precious Collection. You can find more information at www.fufoo.com or www.preciousjewelrycollections.com. read more..

Will we ever shop full price again?

(Editor's Note: this blog post was written and provided to us by Cindy Edelstein, widely know as the Jewelry Business Guru. Cindy also posted it on her own blog site, http://jewelrybusinessguru.typepa read more..

Breast cancer survivor Applegate designs for the cause

Breast cancer awareness month kicks off today, and for jewelry lovers looking to give back, there's no shortage of ways to do so (click here to jump to NationalJeweler.com for a story about timepiece ... read more..

Fragments pulls it all together

Fragments—a wholesale jeweler that also operates a boutique in New York’s hip SoHo neighborhood—is a good place to mine for jewelry trends and discover those brands you might not have heard of…yet. On... read more..

Becoming jaded

At this year's Vegas trade shows, I was falling for luminous gemstones such as moonstone and labradorite, but lately, it's a more unassuming gem that has captured my attention. At JA New York, I picke... read more..

At home between East and West

The influence of the Far East on Western jewelry design is nothing new to American jewelers, who can--these days--have their pick of chandelier earrings, pile-on bangles and stackable rings fit for a ... read more..

Dissecting De Beers' 'distribution update'

After a sleepy couple of weeks, news wise, De Beers woke up the diamond world on Monday when it announced a series of changes, a "distribution update" if you will, to the way it sells its rough diamon... read more..

A cool ring for a great cause

I was delighted Thursday afternoon when I received a package containing a Tagua ring by eco-friendly jewelry designer Lisa Linhardt, whose eponymous jewelry gallery coincidentally is located just bloc... read more..

What's next for De Beers class-action suit?

After the whirlwind of news that was the last two weeks I feel compelled to circle back around and delve deeper into one of the big headliners: the decision on the De Beers class-action lawsuit. As ma... read more..

Italy workshop visits: Day 2

Editor’s Note: This is part three in a three-part series. Scroll down on our 10X blog page for parts one and two. The retailers and I kicked off the final day of workshop visits in the coastal town of... read more..

Italy workshop visits: Day 1

Editor’s Note: This is part two of a three-part series. Scroll down on our 10X blog page for part one, and check back tomorrow for photos from the final day of workshop visits. On Tuesday, April 20, o... read more..

Behind the scenes in Italy

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a three-part series. Check back tomorrow for part two, which will feature photos from the first day of workshop visits. For more, view the article "Next stop for Ita... read more..

Sneak Peek: New Designer Gallery

Checking out the New Designer Gallery is one of the things I look forward to the most at each edition of the JA New York Show. The gallery has been a springboard for big-name designers such as David Y... read more..

Stellar silver designs at JIC

We're just halfway through the year, but the jewelry industry's getting an early start on 2011. At the Jewelry Information Center (JIC)'s annual fine jewelry preview and luncheon last week, editors fr... read more..

Winsome wallflowers in color

A knockout sapphire ring or a statement-making pearl necklace will always have their admirers (as well they should), but lately some of the wallflowers of the gemstone world are the ones drawing doubl... read more..

'Memphis' on my mind

Before I left for a lovely, long Memorial Day weekend I got the chance, via a ticket obtained through the Diamond Information Center (DIC), to see the new Broadway musical "Memphis." Set in Memphis, T... read more..

Vegas preview: Silver city

Over the last few weeks, I've spent a lot of time pulling together photos of jewelry for a Vegas Market Week preview in our June issue (look for it in the mail or at the shows next week). But with...O... read more..

Get tough on crime

A few weeks ago, I attended a great session hosted by the Diamond Dealers Club of New York on crime against diamond dealers and jewelers or, more specifically, on how to prevent it. I thought it was a... read more..

Tournaire gets into silver

I've been a fan of Tournaire's "Architectural" collection since seeing some of the pieces at last year's Couture show. The attention to detail is amazing, and so too is the idea of keeping close a lik... read more..

White House dinner jewelry

Spotted at the White House Correspondents' Association's annual dinner on May 1? President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, of course, along with First Lady Michelle Obama, host Jay Leno and lots o... read more..

ABJ Retailer Discussion Panels Set for Couture LV

Going into its second year of breakfast peer-to-peer jeweler discussion panels at Couture, National Jeweler's America's Best Jewelers program has put together a set of excellent topics. Each morning a... read more..

The emperor's old diamond

I made another trip to Christie's on Friday, this time to get a first-hand look at two historic gems: The Emperor Maximilian Diamond and the Catherine the Great Brooch. I enjoyed my afternoon just as ... read more..
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