August 2017

Feel-Good Friday: A Passion Turned Passion Project

Adwar Casting’s Keith Adwar started cycling after being diagnosed with diabetes but has since turned it into an opportunity to raise money to find a cure. Southampton, N.Y.--It started as a way to sta... read more..

A New Designer-Run Trade Show Debuts This Weekend

“Melee The Show” is the brainchild of northern California designer Rebecca Overmann and designer and Esqueleto store owner Lauren Wolf. New York--There’s a new trade show in town.As NY Now kicks into ... read more..

The Newest #TacoriGirl is Up-and-Coming Singer Bea Miller

The former “X Factor” contestant’s “Buy Me Diamonds” is a perfect theme song for the brand.Los Angeles--Who doesn’t love a catchy ode to diamonds?Tacori tapped “Buy Me Diamonds” singer Bea Miller, who... read more..

Piece of the Week: Stuller’s Diamond Moon Necklace

The 14-karat white gold piece is here to celebrate the upcoming total eclipse (of the sun, not your heart). New York--Next week will see a total eclipse of … the sun, not your heart. On Monday, the Ea... read more..

Differentiation is Key for Fastest Growing US Retailers

Companies providing unique products and experiences, like meal kit company Blue Apron, dominate Stores magazine’s “Hot 100 Retailers” list.Washington--These days, it doesn’t matter if a retailer is “c... read more..

US Jewelry and Watch Sales Hit a Record High Last Year

The U.S. Department of Commerce revised its figure for overall jewelry sales in 2016 upward, to $85 billion.New York--The U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis has released its revise... read more..

Reports: Israeli Billionaire Beny Steinmetz Arrested

Police detained the diamond and mining magnate Monday in connection with a fraud investigation, according to multiple reports.Jerusalem--Israeli diamond and mining mogul Beny Steinmetz was arrested Mo... read more..

This Year’s Portland Jewelry Symposium is Focused on the Future

“Future Think: Innovate, Create, & Thrive” is the theme of the tenth edition of the annual conference, to be held held Oct. 1 and 2.Portland, Ore.--The theme of the tenth edition of the annual Por... read more..

Costco Ordered to Pay Tiffany $19M-Plus in Trademark Lawsuit

A judge tripled the number the jury awarded the jeweler for unlawful profits Costco earned from sales of “Tiffany” rings.New York--A federal judge has ordered Costco to pay Tiffany & Co. more than... read more..

New John Hardy Creative Director’s First Collection is Here

Hollie Bonneville Barden, the brand’s first female design head, reimagined the classic Naga motif.Bali--For her first collection for John Hardy, designer Hollie Bonneville Barden, the first woman to t... read more..

DCA Members Vote ‘Yes’ on Agreement with JA

The Diamond Council of America’s members voted “overwhelmingly” in favor of the organization’s new affiliation agreement with Jewelers of America.New York--Jewelers of America and the Diamond Council ... read more..

Filson Notches Partnership with U.S. Forest Service

The collaboration is designed to support public lands in the Pacific Northwest through content creation and a fire tower restoration.Seattle--Filson, a brand that offers outdoor clothing, travel bags ... read more..

My 7 Picks from the AGTA Spectrum Awards

Senior Editor Brecken Branstrator blogs on the pieces she loved and why.Being a part of the AGTA Spectrum competition is the stuff a gem hound’s dreams are made of. This  year, my participation s... read more..

Diamond Foundry-Owned Brand to Open First Retail Location

The man-made diamond startup purchased Vrai & Oro last year and now will open a store in L.A.Los Angeles--Diamond Foundry, the San Francisco-based man-made diamond company backed by various Silico... read more..

Alrosa Calls Off Search for 4 of the Missing Miners

The men have been missing since Aug. 4, when water flooded the Mir diamond mine in Siberia.Moscow--Alrosa said Tuesday it is calling off the search for four of the eight men who have been trapped unde... read more..

For Sale: Jewelry Store - St. Louis, Missouri

Established location, turn-key ready with showcases, tower cases & TANN safe Fully updated Security System with four full-color screen Security Cameras Newly updated Heating, Ventilation and A read more..

Birks Sells Mayors to UK Company for $105M

Aurum Holdings Ltd. bought the Mayors chain of jewelry stores, which are located in Florida and Georgia.Montreal--Birks Group Inc. has sold the Mayors chain of jewelry stores in Florida and Georgia to... read more..

Neil Lane Poised to Become a Lifestyle Brand

Authentic Brands Group has purchased a majority stake in the fine jewelry brand, and announced plans for expansion.New York-- Authentic Brands Group has purchased a majority stake in fine jewelry bran... read more..

Entries Now Being Accepted for 2018 Saul Bell Awards

The annual design competition has added a new category: jewelry collection. Albuquerque, N.M.--Jewelry supply company Rio Grande now is accepting entries for the 2018 edition of the Saul Bell Design A... read more..

What You Might Have Missed

These were the top five stories on National Jeweler last week, according to Google Analytics.New York--These were the five most-read stories on NationalJeweler.com last week, according to Google Analy... read more..

Feel-Good Friday: A Generous Donation, Sealed with a Cuff

Kate Lacroix wanted to donate one of her kidneys to a friend in need. She wasn’t a match, but that didn’t stop her from giving.Boulder, Colo.--It started out as a very big favor to an old, and very de... read more..

Dominion Diamond’s New Owner Picks a CEO

The Washington Companies has selected Patrick Evans, who used to run Mountain Province Diamonds, to head the Canadian mining company.Missoula, Mont.--The Washington Companies has tapped a man with exp... read more..

Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference Slated for October

The two-day event will provide education and tools for people in all areas of the industry to learn how they can be involved in the movement. Chicago--A new event, the Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conf... read more..

Piece of the Week: Ricardo Basta’s Award-Winning Ring

How about a little love for men’s jewelry in the AGTA Spectrum Awards this week?How about a little love for men’s jewelry in the AGTA Spectrum Awards this week?On Tuesday, the American Gem Trade Assoc... read more..

2017 State of the Majors Request Form

Request your free print copy of the 2017 State of the Majors issue from National Jeweler. This must-have jewelry business reference features two comprehensive lists -- Top 50 North American Specialty ... read more..

50 Jewelers/50 States: Nevada

Desert Diamond Jewelers doesn’t have a website and isn’t big on Facebook, but with the help of Yelp, business has tripled in the last year.Las Vegas--In 50 Jewelers/50 States, National Jeweler intervi... read more..

5 Business Books to Round Out Your Summer Reading List

Improving the customer experience through the employee experience, the art of storytelling and a $20 marketing plan are among our latest recommendations.New York--From the “secret sauce” of creating a... read more..

Amanda’s Style File: August Birthstones

With spinel joining peridot last year, this month now has birthstones available in a wide variety of colors.August gained a new birthstone last year, and everyone warmly embraced spinel as a colorful ... read more..

Loriann Jewelry Nabs New Designer of the Year Honors

Helmed by Connecticut-based Lori Friedman, the line is designed to be casual and colorful.New York--Loriann Jewelry, the namesake brand of Connecticut-based Lori Ann Friedman, has been named the Mort ... read more..

Pair of Blue Tourmalines Are AGTA Spectrum’s ‘Best of Show’

This is the third time in as many years a Cutting Edge entry has received the top honors in the competition.New York--A pair of blue tourmalines were deemed tops at the American Gem Trade Association’... read more..
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