March 2017

SSEF Warns of Improperly Labeled Sapphires

The Swiss gem lab says it is seeing sapphires from a new source in Bemainty, Madagascar coming in labeled as Kashmir. Basel, Switzerland--The Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF is urging the trade to b... read more..

Baselworld 2018 Will Be Shorter by 2 Days

The news came Thursday after show organizers announced the fourth consecutive year of declining attendance at the now eight-day-long show.Basel, Switzerland--As the show concluded Thursday in Switzerl... read more..

Tissot Brings Back the 100-Year-Old ‘Banana’ Again

Plus, Hamilton marks the 60th anniversary of the “Elvis watch” with three new models.Basel, Switzerland--Tissot is bringing back its “Banana” watch again and this time, it’s not referencing the Prince... read more..

Silver Jewelry Sales Strong in 2016

According to a recent survey, 62 percent of retailers saw an increase in silver jewelry sales last year. New York--It seems last year was another strong year for silver jewelry sales, according to a r... read more..

Piece of the Week: Faidee’s ‘The Grand Phoenix’

Faidee displayed this unheated Burmese ruby necklace valued at $35 million at this year’s Baselworld show.Since the United States lifted its ban last year, Burmese rubies have been a hot topic, and th... read more..

NJ Retailers Sentenced in Credit Card Fraud Scheme

Two jewelry store owners involved in a scam that resulted in more than $200 million in losses have been sentenced to prison time and home confinement.Trenton, N.J.--Two owners of a New Jersey jewelry ... read more..

Oris Pays Homage to Pilot’s Watch from 1917

The Oris Big Crown 1917 Limited Edition looks nearly identical to the original model introduced 100 years ago.Basel, Switzerland--Oris introduced a new version of what it recently discovered was its f... read more..

Michelle Fantaci Is Launching a Bridal Collection

The designer is catering to the modern bride with her range of under-$5,000 engagement rings and wedding bands.New York--After 10 years in business, Michelle Fantaci is making her bridal line official... read more..

SSEF Unveils Pearl Scanning Machine

At Baselworld, the Swiss Gemmological Institute introduced a new system for scanning single and multi-strand pearl necklaces.Basel, Switzerland--The Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF has introduced a ... read more..

The Midwest is Getting a New Jewelry Trade Show

The New Horizons Jewelry Show will take place for the first time this August in Columbus, Ohio, and hit Illinois in 2018.Columbus, Ohio--This August will mark the debut of a new show for the Midwest m... read more..

What Spicer Greene Had to Say About Its Controversial Ad

Spicer Greene Jewelers’ “Throw Rocks at Girls” billboard sparked a nationwide debate. Here’s what they, and marketing experts, had to say about the campaign.Asheville, N.C.--When Asheville, North Caro... read more..

Bulova Archives Its Past, Plans Museum

The watch company continues to draw on its past for design inspiration as it works toward the opening of a brand museum early next year.Basel, Switzerland--Bulova introduced the second watch in its Ar... read more..

Australian Jeweler Wins Top Prize in Louisiana

Jyothi Forman of New South Wales-based Georgies Fine Jewellery took home the overall award at Stuller’s Battle of the Benches competition last weekend.Lafayette, Louisiana--She traveled all the way fr... read more..

Jewelry Historian Details the First 50 Years of Picchiotti

Vivienne Becker has authored a book on the Italian jewelry brand in honor of its 50th anniversary. Basel, Switzerland--Jewelry company Giuseppe Picchiotti, started in the late 1960s, is marking its 50... read more..

Rio Tinto Names New President for Diavik

Mining industry executive Patrick Boitumelo will move into the role of president and COO of Diavik at the end of July.Melbourne, Australia--Rio Tinto announced that it has appointed Patrick Boitumelo ... read more..

2 Jewelers Arrested for Allegedly Selling Counterfeit Goods

Police seized what they estimate is millions in fake merchandise during an investigation into The Lord of the Rings jewelry store in Miami.Miami--Two jewelers in Miami were arrested by police earlier ... read more..

Gübelin Gem Lab Debuts ‘Emerald Paternity Test’

The new technology introduced at Baselworld can trace an emerald to the mine of its origin.Basel, Switzerland--When developing a method to make emeralds completely traceable, Gübelin Gem Lab looked to... read more..

Dominion Diamond Exploring Potential Sale

The company’s board of directors has set up a committee to review its “strategic alternatives.”Yellowknife, Northwest Territories--Canadian diamond mining company Dominion Diamond Corp. said it is exp... read more..

Fabergé Documentary Coming to iTunes

The award-winning film on the history of the iconic Russian jewelry house will be widely available next month.New York--A century after the Russian Revolution, movie watchers will have a chance to loo... read more..

GJEPC Honors Top Indian Companies

The organization’s recently held India Gems & Jewellery Awards recognize top performers in the country’s gem and jewelry sector.Mumbai--The Gem and Jewelry Export Promotion Council recently honore... read more..

Former Lab-Grown Diamond Co. Exec Accused of Embezzlement

Edward S. Adams, 64, allegedly stole millions from investors in Apollo Diamond Corp. and its successor, Scio.Minneapolis--A former executive of two synthetic diamond companies is facing federal fraud ... read more..

5 New Watches from Patek Philippe

This year, the brand known for understated elegance marks the 20th anniversary of the Aquanaut and the 40th anniversary of its ultra-slim movement, the Caliber 214. Basel, Switzerland--Watch brands ar... read more..

Yeprem Launches Watches at Baselworld

The jewelry brand known for its elaborate and avant-garde diamond pieces is lending its bold touch to watches.Basel, Switzerland--Yeprem, the jewelry brand known for its elaborate and avant-garde diam... read more..

What You Might Have Missed

These were the five most popular stories on National Jeweler last week, according to Google Analytics.New York--“Midults,” fewer Baselworld exhibitors and a pink diamond coming to auction were among t... read more..

Rogers & Hollands Launches Outlet Stores

The jewelry retailer has selected two of its Chicago-area stores to be renovated and rebranded to open under a discount model next month. Chicago--For the first time in its 117-year history, jewelry r... read more..

Piaget Takes ‘Possession’ to Net-a-Porter

For the first time, the watch and jewelry company is selling through a luxury online retailer. New York--This April, Swiss watch and jewelry house Piaget is debuting the latest iteration of its P... read more..

Do Diamonds Matter?

That’s the subject of an upcoming panel discussion hosted by the WJA’s Boston chapter and the Harvard Museum.  Boston--Early next month, WJA Boston and the Harvard Museum are hosting a panel of i... read more..

NYJDI’s New Trio of Classes Promote Manufacturing and Design

The trilogy of courses for the spring is meant to encourage jewelry designers to become entrepreneurs. New York--The New York Jewelry Design Institute has launched a trilogy of courses meant to encour... read more..

Piece of the Week: Emily P. Wheeler’s ‘Rhomboid’ Ring

Designer-to-watch Emily P. Wheeler’s one-of-a-kind ring is ideal for an alternative engagement style.New-designer-to-watch Emily P. Wheeler harnessed several trends in this “Rhomboid” ring and transla... read more..

Baselworld 2017 Opens with 13% Fewer Exhibitors

The message from executives who spoke at the Baselworld opening press conference on Wednesday was clear: We know the situation is bad, and we don’t really want to talk about it.Basel, Switzerland--The... read more..
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