January 2017

Live from Tucson: A New Book on Rubies, Sapphires

It gives all the information on the two corundum varieties a gem hound could want, and its author will be in Tucson.New York--Ruby and sapphire lovers, take note. There’s a new book out that will give... read more..

Dana Bronfman Wins FGI Rising Star Award

The jewelry designer, who is exhibiting at JCK Tucson, was honored last week at the Fashion Group International’s annual awards luncheon.New York--Last Thursday, Fashion Group International honored it... read more..

The American Craft Exposition is Now Accepting Entries

One hundred and forty artisans will be chosen to exhibit at the Chicago Botanical Gardens in Sept. 2017.Chicago--The American Craft Exposition now is accepting entries for the 2017 show, taking place ... read more..

Live from Centurion: Trending Pearls

The classic gemstone got a modern update from designers and pearl houses alike at the 2017 edition of Centurion.Pearls may never go out of style, but they’ve possibly become more stylish over the last... read more..

Pac Team Group to Open NYC Showroom

The packaging and display company’s showroom will be located on West 38th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues in Manhattan.Paramus, N.J.--Packaging and display company Pac Team Group announced r... read more..

The 10 Best Jewels from the SAG Awards

The gowns were demure but the jewels were piled on at the annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Los Angeles--The jewels were out at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles Sunday night, as the frei... read more..

Watch, Jewelry Sales Up 5% for LVMH in 2016

But the CEO of the luxury conglomerate has warned employees to be cautious and “very vigilant” in the year ahead due to geopolitical instability worldwide. Paris--LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, own... read more..

Ritani Names Omnichannel Veteran as CEO

Deborah Fine has two decades’ experience in the retail, fashion, beauty, lifestyle and media industries.New York--Ritani has named omnichannel expert Deborah Fine as CEO, effective immediately. Debo... read more..

What You Might Have Missed: Lessons on Rubies, Gen Z

National Jeweler’s most popular stories last week shared facts about Burmese rubies and Generation Z.New York--These were the five most-read stories on NationalJeweler.com last week, according to Goog... read more..

What the AGA Has on Tap for Tucson

Gemstone industry insights, an exploration of the Viking sunstone and secrets of the Hope diamond will be discussed at its conference.San Diego--Gemstone industry insights, an exploration of the Vikin... read more..

9 Things to Know About Generation Z

With a global population set to reach 2.6 billion by 2020 and access to $44 billion in buying power, jewelers will want to take notes on this generation.New York--Forget about millennials (for now). T... read more..

National Jeweler’s Retailer Hall of Fame Returns

John Henne, Sissy Jones and Jean-Christophe Bédos of Birks Group are the jewelers who comprise the 2017 class of inductees.New York--National Jeweler is bringing back yet another popular feature.For t... read more..

Cohen Named President of Alpina Frederique Constant USA

Jeffrey Cohen will continue in his role as president of Citizen Watch America, and the two companies will operate separately.New York--Jeffrey Cohen, currently president of Citizen Watch America, has ... read more..

Target Teams Up with BaubleBar

SugarFix by Baublebar is the new fashion jewelry line launching exclusively at Target this Tuesday.New York--BaubleBar has created a new line of wallet-friendly costume jewelry that will be available ... read more..

Piece of the Week: Lauren X Khoo’s Rooster Ring

With the Lunar New Year upon us, there could be no jewel more appropriate for “Piece of the Week” than this delightfully playful ring.New York--With the Lunar New Year upon us, there could be no jewel... read more..

To Start the Year, De Beers’ Sales Rise 32%

The diamond miner and marketer sold $720 million in rough at its first sales cycle of the year.Gaborone, Botswana--Rough diamond sales through Jan. 23 were up 32 percent year-over-year, De Beers Group... read more..

Sarine CEO Uzi Levami to Step Down

He’ll be replaced by David Block, who’s been the company’s deputy CEO and COO since 2012.Hod Hasharon, Israel--This spring, Sarine Technologies Ltd. CEO Uzi Levami will step down and be replaced by de... read more..

What the GIA Has Going On in Tucson

Lessons on lab-grown diamonds and on-site laboratory services are just two of the activities the GIA has planned for the upcoming gem shows.Carlsbad, Calif.--The Gemological Institute of America has a... read more..

Vicenzaoro Dubai Moves to November, Launches B2C Event

The newly formed Italian Exhibition Group will launch a business-to-consumer event to complement the Vicenzaoro Dubai trade show this fall.Vicenza, Italy--Vicenzaoro January 2017 marked the first trad... read more..

In New Program for Retailers, Tacori Turns to Neuroscience

Led by neuroscientist and business consultant Robert Cooper, the “Insiders Institute” aims to give jewelers the tools to succeed in a new retail environment.  New York--When Paul Tacorian heard n... read more..

Live from Vicenza: Top International Designers Spotlighted

This year, Italian trade show Vicenzaoro has debuted “The Design Room,” a section of the show dedicated to the top independent brands in fine jewelry today.Vicenza, Italy--Regular visitors to the Vice... read more..

Suna Bros.’ Perle Suna Dies at 95

The longtime driving force behind jewelry manufacturer Suna Bros. lived her life with “fierce courage, singular independence and elegant grace.”New York--Perle Suna, the longtime driving force behind ... read more..

5 Things to Know About … Burmese Rubies

Senior Editor Brecken Branstrator details a few interesting facts about the stones, which have been allowed back into the U.S. for the first time in nearly a decade.Burmese rubies have an almost mysti... read more..

Ross-Simons Parent Co. Names New President

James Speltz will report directly to Darrell Ross, who was president and CEO and now will serve as CEO and chairman of the board.Cranston, R.I.--Luxury Brand Holdings, the parent company of retailers ... read more..

Two Killed in Separate Weekend Robberies

Police in two cities are investigating jewelry store-related shootings that left an employee and a bystander who tried to intervene dead.New York--Police in two separate cities are investigating jewel... read more..

Samuel Aaron Inc. to Close Plant, Conduct Layoffs

The company is shutting down its factory in Mount Vernon, New York and laying off 42 employees after Richline Group’s recent acquisition of its parent company.New York--On the heels of the announcemen... read more..

JA Adds Consumer Voting Component to CASE

There now is a “People’s Choice” award in the competition, which is open for submissions from Jewelers of America retail members through Feb. 17.New York--Jewelers of America is now accepting entries ... read more..

Smith, Kibby Promoted at Edge Retail Academy

In addition, Kevin Sweeney has joined the company as a business advisor.Omaha, Neb.--The Edge Retail Academy recently announced that it has added jewelry business veteran Kevin Sweeney to its team and... read more..

Blue Nile Gets Into Diamond Buybacks

The e-tailer is officially partnering with a company called Mondiamo after testing the service on its own website for seven months.Seattle--Blue Nile announced that after seven months of testing, it i... read more..

Karl Lagerfeld and Swarovski are Partnering Up

Baselworld show-goers will get a sneak peek of the first fashion jewelry collection from the brands, which is part of a multi-year licensing agreement.Paris--Renowned fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld i... read more..
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