August 2017

Wife of Former Cartier Owner’s Jewelry Heads to Auction

The Danziger family, which owned the brand for four years, tapped Bonhams New York to sell the personal collection of Gigi Guggenheim Danziger next month.New York--The wife of one of the former owners... read more..

Funds Being Raised for Houston Jewelers Affected by Hurricane

Jewelers of America, the Diamond Council of America and National Jeweler have launched a GoFundMe page to collect donations for independent jewelers in the area hit by Hurricane Harvey.New York--Jewel... read more..

New York City Jewelry & Watch Show Returns in October

The third edition of the antique-centric show is back at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan this fall. New York--The New York City Jewelry & Watch Show has announced it will return to the... read more..

Sarine Expands Services to Include Diamond Grading

The company’s enhanced Sarine Profile report now features cut, clarity, color and carat weight as well as diamond verification.Hod Hasharon, Israel--Sarine Technologies Ltd. has announced the expansio... read more..

De Beers Ups Diamond Marketing Investment to $140M This Year

It’s the largest budget the diamond company has allocated in nearly a decade.London--De Beers announced it is upping its diamond marketing spend to $140 million this year, with a focus on the United S... read more..

Sears Holdings to Close 28 More Kmart Stores

The news came as the parent company released Q2 results, with same-store sales down 12 percent. Hoffman Estates, Ill.--And so the struggles at Sears Holdings continue. The company has announced it wil... read more..

Dona Dirlam Retires as GIA’s Library Director

She stepped down after 38 years at the Gemological Institute of America and has been succeeded by Robert Weldon. Carlsbad, Calif.--The Gemological Institute of America’s longtime director of its libra... read more..

Borsheims Matches Nail Colors to Gemstones

The retailer set up a nail bar to promote jewels during Omaha Fashion Week.Omaha, Neb.--Omaha-based Borsheims is an annual supporter of its local Fashion Week, and this year the jeweler got extra crea... read more..

Alrosa Ends Search for Missing Miners

After calling off the search for four of the eight missing miners earlier this month, the Russian company has now stopped the rescue mission in its entirety.Moscow--Alrosa announced on Saturday that d... read more..

50 Jewelers/50 States: New Mexico

You won’t find pushy salespeople at Bella Fine Jewelry and Art, and that’s one of the things that sets it apart from its many local competitors. Santa Fe, N.M.--In 50 Jewelers/50 States, National Jewe... read more..

Movado Group Sees Flat Q2 Sales

The company said fashion watches and licensed brands were down in the United States.Paramus, N.J.--Movado Group said net sales were almost flat in the second quarter and down in the first-half of the ... read more..

Treatments, Synthetics at Center of Sept. GemWorld Conference

The two-day World of Gems event is geared toward manufacturers, retail jewelers, appraisers and gemologists.Glenview, Ill.--A few of the industry’s hottest current topics--gem treatments, undisclosed ... read more..

Gramming NY Now: 7 Top Designs

Here’s what our Associate Editor deemed worth Instagramming from the recently concluded trade show. When I was at the NY Now trade show last week, the exhibitors with whom I spoke said traffic was lac... read more..

Two Arrested in Fatal Calif. Jewelry Store Robbery

One more suspect remains at large in an August incident involving the robbing of a Fresno store and the fatal shooting of the store owner’s son. Fresno, Calif.--Police arrested two suspects who were w... read more..

Web Tech Co. Brings Augmented Reality to Jewelry Industry

Augmentes provides a shopping platform for retailers designed to entertain, engage and educate today’s consumers. Houston--Global technology firm Augmentes is bringing a shopping platform to the jewel... read more..

What You Might Have Missed

Here are the five most-read stories on National Jeweler last week, according to Google Analytics.New York--Here are the five most-read stories on National Jeweler last week, according to Google Analyt... read more..

50 Jewelers/50 States: New Jersey

In a state that favors diamonds, Devon Fine Jewelry has carved out its own colored gemstone niche.Wyckoff, N.J.--In 50 Jewelers/50 States, National Jeweler interviews one retailer in each of the 50 U.... read more..

Govberg Jewelers Opens New Headquarters in Philly Suburbs

The space underwent 18 months of renovation to better reflect its vision of tech-enabled luxury commerce, including a watch “trading floor.”Bala Cynwyd, Pa.--After an $8.5 million investment and 18 mo... read more..

AJS Attendance Up 8%, Organizers Say

The fall edition of the Atlanta Jewelry Show, which took place earlier this month, was the second since its redesign.  Atlanta--Organizers of the Atlanta Jewelry Show said preliminary figures ind... read more..

Piece of the Week: Petra Class’s Aquamarine Necklace

This hand-crafted piece was a standout among New York’s confluence of trade shows this week.New York was in high gear this week, with multiple trade shows happening. Melee The Show, Metal + Smith and ... read more..

Signet to Acquire JamesAllen.com Owner for $328M

The jeweler said it will operate JamesAllen.com as an independent division while also adding parent company R2Net’s technology to its own stores’ websites.New York--Signet Jewelers Ltd. has acquired R... read more..

Tiffany’s Q2 Comps in the Americas Down 1%

E-commerce sales contributed to global net sales growth for the jeweler, while lower foreign tourist spending in the Americas was responsible for softness in the region. New York--Tiffany & Co. fa... read more..

TheNextNow Crowns a New Winner

Emerging fine jewelry designer Eva Noga won the third edition of the competition that promotes new talent.New York--Only a year after Dallas retailer Ylang 23 and fashion incubator TrendSeeder inaugur... read more..

New Survey Findings Echo Idea of ‘Fewer, Better Things’

The Diamond Producers Association commissioned the survey, which polled nearly 1,000 women ages 18 to 34.New York--Survey results recently released by the Diamond Producers Association show that mille... read more..

4-Carat Fancy Blue Diamond to Top Bonhams London’s Sale

The stone, headlining the Fine Jewellery sale Sept. 20, could sell for as much as $1.9 million.London--The highlight of Bonhams London’s upcoming fine jewelry sale will be a fancy intense blue diamond... read more..

The Top American Brands, According to Public Perception

Market research firm YouGov has released its first BrandIndex, a list of companies that it says are currently resonating with consumers. New York--Market research firm YouGov has released its first Br... read more..

24 Karat Club of Southern California Names 2017 Honorees

The AGTA’s Doug Hucker is among those who will be recognized this October.Beverly Hills, Calif.--The Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California has announced its 2017 honorees.Doug Hucker, CEO of t... read more..

Luxury Watch Show Back for a Third Year

WatchTime New York is scheduled to return to Gotham Hall in mid-October.New York--WatchTime New York, a showcase of high-end timepieces aimed at watch lovers, is returning to Gotham Hall for the third... read more..

Montana Retailer Acquires, Reopens Yogo Sapphire Mine

The Gem Gallery’s purchase of the Vortex mine near Lewistown will allow the jewelry store to bring the high-quality sapphires back to the market. Bozeman, Mont.--One Montana retailer will soon be brin... read more..

US Comps Fall 9% for Michael Hill

The jeweler said it “struggled to gain traction” in the United States following a change in leadership and marketing strategy.Brisbane, Australia--Same-store sales dropped 9 percent at Michael Hill’s ... read more..
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