November 2016

Calif. Jeweler Pleads Guilty in Scam Targeting Marines

Randy Abalkhad, the former owner of Romano’s Jewelers stores, pleaded guilty to charges of identity theft and fraud.San Diego--The former owner of Romano’s Jewelers stores pleaded guilty to charges of... read more..

Tiffany Has Better Than Expected Quarter

But the jeweler’s overall outlook remains cautious and it acknowledged that post-election activity around Trump Tower is impacting foot traffic at its flagship store.New York--Tiffany & Co. report... read more..

GIA Board Elects Kenyon as Chair, Inducts New Members

At its annual board meeting, the Gemological Institute of America appointed the former president of the Jewelers Board of Trade as the new board chair.Carlsbad, Calif.--At its annual board meeting hel... read more..

JFC Announces 2017 Facets of Hope Honorees

Jewelers for Children will honor Charles Stanley of Forevermark and Yancy Weinrich of JCK Events at its annual dinner.New York--Jewelers for Children announced its two Facets of Hope honorees for 2017... read more..

Marketing Minute: For Best Results, Plan

Dissatisfied because your “throw-it-at-the-wall-and-see-if-it-sticks” approach to marketing isn’t working? Try this five-part plan from Jim Ackerman instead.Most jewelers, frankly, are dissatisfied wi... read more..

Tanzanite’s Story Gets the Publishing Treatment

Tanzanite: Born From Lightning tells the gem’s story, from discovery at Mount Kilimanjaro to the designer jewelry world. I can’t get enough of all the jewelry books coming out right now. I don’t know ... read more..

A ‘Rare’ Glimpse of Brilliance Coming to LA

L.J. West Diamonds is partnering with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County on an exhibition of natural colored diamonds called “Diamonds: Rare Brilliance.”Los Angeles--A brilliant display ... read more..

See the New Tiffany Holiday Windows

This year, the jeweler paid homage to the magic of Christmas in New York.New York--Once Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue jewelers and department stores unveil their elaborately decorated windows each year, pa... read more..

Here’s How Thanksgiving Weekend Was for Retailers Overall

Initial results show that a lot of shopping took place online and that average spending per person was down slightly.New York--The numbers are in for how the long Thanksgiving weekend was for retailer... read more..

Holiday Season Off to a Strong Start, Jewelers Say

A dozen retailers shared with National Jeweler their weekend results, thoughts on the election and predictions for the holiday season ahead.New York--Ask almost any independent jeweler and they’ll tel... read more..

Christie’s To Sell Jewels of Socialite Betsy Bloomingdale

Jewelry from the woman who married the department store heir will be featured in the Magnificent Jewels sale scheduled for Dec. 7 in New York.New York--She was an iconic American socialite who epitomi... read more..

JCK Now Accepting Entries for 2017 Industry Fund Grants

Last year, JCK’s Industry Fund awarded more than $293,000 to groups that better the jewelry industry. Norwalk, Conn.--JCK has opened its submission process for 2017 Industry Fund grant proposals.Indus... read more..

What the MJSA Has On Tap for Tucson

The organization will hold a series of education sessions during the upcoming American Gem Trade Association GemFair.Boston--MJSA announced that it will hold a series of education sessions during the ... read more..

What You Might Have Missed: Sales Down for Signet

A report on the retail jeweler’s third quarter results was the most-read story on National Jeweler last week.New York--Signet’s third quarter financial results, a column on the benefit of asking custo... read more..

NRF: 137 Million Consumers Plan to Shop Thanksgiving Weekend

This is up from 135.8 million people last year, with Black Friday expected to be the busiest day of them all.Washington--Now that the election is over, American shoppers are eager to begin their holid... read more..

Movado Group Reports 3 Percent Decrease in Sales for Q3

The company is maintaining its outlook for the full fiscal year, with net sales predicted to fall between $550 million and $560 million.Paramus, New Jersey--Movado Group, Inc. has released its third q... read more..

Demand for Blue Drives Q3 Fancy Colored Diamond Prices Up

Prices of fancy colored pink and blue diamonds are up, but partially offset by continued price declines in lower-cost, commercial yellow diamonds.New York--Fancy colored diamond prices continued a mod... read more..

AGS Launches ‘Find a Professional Jeweler’

The American Gem Society has expanded its website’s “Find a Jeweler” search tool to highlight jewelers with professional credentials.Las Vegas--The American Gem Society has expanded the “Find a Jewele... read more..

Signet Same-Stores Sales Down 2 Percent in Q3

The decrease, less than initially expected for the period, is attributed to declining sales in under-performing stores and weakness in energy-dependent regions.Hamilton, Bermuda--Signet Jewelers Ltd. ... read more..

Amanda’s Style File: Interesting Agate

With such a wide variation--from moss agate to white agate and everything in between--agate is poised to be a trend contender for 2017.More and more women are calling for pieces of jewelry to be uniqu... read more..

3 Pieces with Wallace Chan

Today’s greatest living jeweler straddles the line between fine art and high jewelry.When the TEFAF Art Fair came to New York this fall, it was the city’s first opportunity to experience the work of W... read more..

Macy’s Brings Chow Tai Fook to Queens, New York

It’s the first branded shop-in-shop for the Chinese jewelry mega-retailer.New York--The Flushing neighborhood of Queens, New York, known as the “Chinese Manhattan,” is now home to the first branded sh... read more..

Gem Cutting Expert Al Gilbertson Wins Bonanno Award

The Accredited Gemologists Association has chosen the project manager of cut research at the GIA’s Carlsbad laboratory as the recipient of the 2017 Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology.... read more..

Squirrel Spotting: The Necessity of Open-Ended Questions

Peter Smith discusses the possibilities that come with asking customers to talk about the person for whom they are buying.I’ve been busy these past few weeks conducting Vibhor launch trainings at vari... read more..

From Dubai, A Puzzling Press Release Follows KP Plenary

The Kimberley Process chair touted the passage of two “historic” agreements but others are saying that’s actually not what happened at the meeting.Dubai, United Arab Emirates--Following the Kimberley ... read more..

Retailer Launches Bridal Line Designed by Phyllis Bergman

In addition to creating the collection for Robbins Brothers, the industry executive also wrote a book about her 50-year marriage that will be gifted with purchase.New York--Robbins Brothers, the multi... read more..

Buy a Diamond From This Retailer, Get a Benz For ‘Free’

One Ohio jeweler is offering a luxury package for the holidays that includes a 16-carat, $1 million Forevermark diamond and a 2017 Mercedes Benz S550 Cabriolet. New York--One Ohio retailer is giving t... read more..

What You Might Have Missed: Lab-Growns and Political Fall-Out

See National Jeweler’s top five most-read stories last week.New York--Undisclosed lab-grown diamonds, controversy over the marketing of an Ivanka Trump bracelet and a column about one retailer's exper... read more..

Amazon Files 2 Lawsuits Against Alleged Counterfeiters

The e-commerce giant has filed suit over a product called the Forearm Forklift and another over exercise equipment.Seattle--Just as the all-important holiday shopping season kicks off, Amazon has file... read more..

CFDA Brings Out Top Jewelry Talent

The Council of Fashion Designers of America brought 16 jewelers together for its third annual fine jewelry showcase.New York--Of the 508 designers that are current members of the Council of Fashion De... read more..
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