2011

Taking proposals to the digital age

One man has used a jeweler’s digital billboard over a California freeway to propose to his girlfriend. Paul, from Tustin, Calif., used jeweler Robbins Brothers’ “Share the Love” Facebook application t... read more..

Excuse me, your watch is showing

During the course of my first year covering the watch industry, I was asked to cover an auction that included multiple lots of “erotic” watches, watches that contain a hidden-yet-naughty scene. After ... read more..

A holiday take on window shopping

One jewelry store is drawing traffic to its store with a mix of jewels and a few old-fashioned tales. For the holidays, Shreve & Co.’s window displays have been transformed into renderings of some of ... read more..

Editor’s picks: Elizabeth Taylor

Much already has been written about the upcoming auction of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry, clothing and art at Christie’s, including on National Jeweler's website, where stories about the late actress an... read more..

High-priced gifts with a heart

Greenwich Jewelers is giving back this holiday season--with the help of customers. New York City-based Greenwich Jeweler’s “3 Wishes” campaign will take the sales of three high-ticket pieces of jewelr... read more..

Is this what a recovery feels like?

In compiling our Majors newsletter yesterday afternoon, I noticed a trend among the stories I was loading, a trend that I haven’t seen in some time. All the quarterly financials for the major chains c... read more..

Celebrity Jewelry Gawk™ – Right on Time

With special timing features--think deep-water capabilities--complicated movements, special histories or diamond studding, timepieces can be as unique as those who wear them. This edition of CJG check... read more..

A closer look at the ‘Kinshasa contract’

Last week at its plenary meeting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Kimberley Process (KP) ended its long-standing impasse on the issue of exporting rough diamonds from the Marange area of Z... read more..

The malaise of the ‘Millennials’

In the four years I’ve worked here, much has been said about the generation labeled as “Generation Y” or the “Millennials” and its importance to the jewelry industry. As just one example, I penned thi... read more..

Celebrity Jewelry Gawk™ - Elegant Earrings

Jewel-drenched earrings are always a stand-out at coveted red carpet awards shows, but the love doesn’t stop there. This edition of CJG looks at the ear candy celebs favor for movie premieres, galas, ... read more..

NYC jeweler appears on E!’s Kendra

Imagine Designs made its television debut this month on Kendra when NFL player Hank Baskett stopped into the store to pick out a gift for his reality TV star wife, Kendra Wilkinson. Brian Hakimian of ... read more..

The Housewives get a visit from Erica Courtney

Erica Courtney made an appearance on Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Oct. 3, showing off her glamorous gems to some Housewives and their friend. “Oh I know your jewelry, yes,” Housewife Kyle ... read more..

Is all publicity positive?

My colleague and I just had a discussion this week about the tendency of some news websites to use too many clichés in their headlines. Yet I just can’t get around applying the cliché “any publicity i... read more..

Celebrity Jewelry Gawk™ - Bling on Rings

Drop earrings may have dominated the red carpet at the recent Emmy Awards, but there’s no denying celebrity love for cocktail rings. From large, ornamental designs to more delicate, feminine styles, h... read more..

Somebody’s following me...

It took me a while but I finally got there. I just surpassed the 1,000-follower mark on Twitter. For those of you who don’t know, Twitter is a micro-blogging site that allows users to share status upd... read more..

NYC steps out for Fashion’s Night Out

New York City celebrated Fashion’s Night Out last Thursday, a night dedicated to after-hours shopping where consumers, designers, models, fashion editors and celebrities take to the streets--and their... read more..

Sector makes a Fashion Week appearance

Watch brand Sector packed a punch into its 2011 re-entrance into the United States market with an appearance at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Lincoln Center in New York City last Thursday. An acti... read more..

Celebrity Jewelry Gawk™ - Dazzling diamonds

Diamonds are no stranger to the red carpet, serving as a globally recognized symbol of success and wealth. With a summer full of soirees, premieres and galas, celebrities donned this coveted stone in ... read more..

These boots were made for … jewelling?

Western boot brand Tony Lama Boots is celebrating 100 years of business this year, and to commemorate the event will be taking on tour a fourth-edition El Ray pair of bedazzled boots--the shoes are co... read more..

Peeking in Pandora’s box

I was surprised by Tuesday’s announcement that Pandora’s CEO was stepping down and the company retooling in the face of sliding sales and poor execution in both marketing and operations. The announcem... read more..

Celebrity Jewelry Gawk™ – Golden girls

The price of gold continues to escalate, but it’s no deterrent to the rich and famous looking to don a few pieces to attend an event. This week’s Celebrity Jewelry Gawk examines the best gold jewelry ... read more..

Forevermark ‘pops up’ in NYC

This week in New York, De Beers held a “pop-up” sale for its Forevermark diamond brand in conjunction with GiltCity and Long Island couture retailer London Jewelers. For those of you who don’t know, p... read more..

Keeping it real

A number of creative advertising campaigns have emerged in the jewelry industry lately that share a similar theme: companies eschewing the use of models and orchestrated photo shoots in favor of using... read more..

Tracking down the Taylor-Burton

The March death of screen stunner, fervent AIDS activist and jewelry collector Elizabeth Taylor turned my thoughts to one of the most astonishing stones to pass through this star’s hands--the 69.42-ca... read more..

Celebrity Jewelry Gawk™ - Red carpet rocks

Sleek and sophisticated, celebrities set the stage for style with their red carpet jewelry. Beyonce (below) sparkled in a platinum, diamond and ruby Lorraine Schwartz necklace and matching earrings wh... read more..

What will become of the KP?

When Brad Brooks-Rubin, the special advisor on conflict diamonds to the U.S. State Department, spoke about how the United States would remain vigilant on monitoring conflict diamonds even if the Kimbe... read more..

Ribbon necklaces lock in a cause

We love anything for a good cause here at National Jeweler, so I was excited to find out that DeLatori is introducing “Lockets for a Cause,” a group of 18-karat gold-plated sterling silver necklaces t... read more..

Yellow melee = caution

While in Carlsbad, Calif. for Gemological Institute of America’s (GIA) Symposium last month, the never-shy Martin Rapaport twice publicly named one specific high-end jeweler for selling what could be ... read more..

Celebrity Jewelry Gawk™ - Classy, colorful looks

It’s all earrings and bangles these days with celebrities, and while we’ve got the traditional white-gold and diamond look happening, more stars are hitting the red carpet in colored gems. Twilight st... read more..

Diamond dollars decorate Couture

As I returned to my hotel room in Las Vegas last Friday evening, ending my exciting day on the tradeshow floor at Couture, I noticed that an envelope with my name on it had been slid under my door. Up... read more..
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