October 2017

Transition Planning the Topic at March IJO Conference

The conference will take place in Houston, and the buying group will donate money to the food bank there.Southport, Conn.--The Independent Jewelers Organization has announced that at its March confere... read more..

AGA Releases Tucson Conference Lineup

This year’s event, scheduled for Jan. 31, will focus on the impact of the trade’s emphasis on gem origin.San Diego--The Accredited Gemologists Association has announced the schedule of speakers and to... read more..

Amanda’s Style File: Boo-utiful Halloween Jewelry

In honor of All Hallows’ Eve, here are 13 pieces that help wearers embrace their dark, creepy or over-the-top side.Ghosts and goblins, princesses and pumpkins, skulls and snakes--these are just a few ... read more..

Fura Gems Acquires Coscuez Emerald Mine in Colombia

The Toronto-based gemstone miner, which is led by a former Gemfields executive, plans to modernize the site and ramp up production. Toronto--Fura Gems has entered into an agreement that will see it ta... read more..

For the Third Quarter in a Row, Fewer Jewelers Closed

In the U.S., 146 jewelers ceased operations in the third quarter, down from 313 in the same period last year.New York--Recently released data from the Jewelers Board of Trade shows that for the third ... read more..

Reza Sells Through Moda Operandi

It’s the first time the high jeweler has been available outside of its atelier in Paris.New York--For the first time, Reza is expanding beyond its Place Vendôme atelier in Paris. The high jeweler land... read more..

11 Quick Tips for Motivating Your Employees This Season

Industry experts and leaders share ways to inspire and drive team members to make sales and stay focused during the busy holiday season.New York--The holiday season isn’t far off, which means it’s alm... read more..

50 Jewelers/50 States: Virginia

In Richmond, Carreras Jewelers has cracked the fine jewelry e-commerce code. Richmond, Va.--In 50 Jewelers/50 States, National Jeweler interviews one retailer in each of the 50 U.S. states to find out... read more..

David Yurman’s First Book Is Out

Surprise, surprise: It’s all about the cable, the material that made the sculptor-cum-jewelry designer famous.New York--The first book about jewelry designer David Yurman just came out and, surprise, ... read more..

These Brands Have the Best Word-of-Mouth Among Millennials

Social media channels, entertainment and retail top the list of a survey conducted by YouGov Brand Index.New York--YouGov Brand Index, which tracks the public perception of brands around the world, re... read more..

What You Might Have Missed

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

Selling for $17.8M, Paul Newman’s Rolex Sets Record

An anonymous phone bidder bought the Ref. 6239 Cosmograph Daytona and made it the most expensive wristwatch ever sold at auction.New York--The Rolex Daytona that once belonged to Paul Newman sold for ... read more..

Analysis: The State of the Colored Stone Market

With talk about responsible sourcing on the rise, here are the challenges facing the supply chain for colored gemstones.It’s a topic that seems to be on everyone’s lips right now, communicated through... read more..

Report: Scotiabank Looking to Get Out of Gold Business

The bank’s desire to exit reportedly comes in the aftermath of the gold smuggling scandal surrounding one of the refineries to which it lent money, Elemetal.New York--Scotiabank has put its gold busin... read more..

Alrosa’s Diamond Production Up 6% So Far This Year

In the first nine months of 2017, production has totaled 29.5 million carats of rough diamonds, compared with 27.9 million in the same period last year.Moscow--Russian diamond mining company Alrosa re... read more..

Piece of the Week: Fernando Jorge’s Clarity Earrings

Jorge’s “Brilliant” collection has made waves this year.If the change in seasons and hustle and bustle of autumn has one feeling foggy, might we suggest a little clarity in the form of these Fernando ... read more..

Analysis: The State of Jewelry Design

The most exciting design voices today are coming out of Los Angeles, and the community is determined to keep production domestic.Los Angeles--Chances are, if you hear about an up-and-coming fine jewel... read more..

Historic Donnersmarck Diamonds Go to Auction Next Month

Once owned by a famous 19th century French courtesan, the fancy intense yellow pair could sell for $14 million.Geneva--Two diamonds once owned by one of the most famous French courtesans of the 19th c... read more..

De Beers Considering Mine Closures in Namibia

Namdeb noted that satellite diamond mining operations Elizabeth Bay and Daberas are “well beyond their original planned life of mine.”London--Namdeb, the partnership between De Beers and Namibia, issu... read more..

Ross-Simons Parent Co. Adds New IT Position

Tejaswi Rampure is Luxury Brand Holdings’ first vice president, chief information officer.Cranston, R.I.--A month after announcing the addition of a new buyer, Luxury Brand Holdings has hired a vice p... read more..

Overnight Has Two New Catalogs Out This Month

One highlights bridal styles, and the other high-end finished jewelry.New York--Overnight Mountings is sending out two new catalogs to retailers this month, one highlighting bridal styles, and the oth... read more..

Analysis: The State of the Diamond Industry

Taking action to ensure it accurately differentiates between lab-grown diamonds and their mined counterparts is the biggest challenge the industry faces.New York--Although there is no way of knowing h... read more..

Lord & Taylor’s 5th Ave. Flagship Being Sold

The iconic retail space will become WeWork’s NYC headquarters, though a much smaller Lord & Taylor store will remain there.New York--Hudson’s Bay Co. announced Tuesday that it is selling the Lord ... read more..

50 Jewelers/50 States: Vermont

Dealing with the internet is one of Burlington jewelry store Tick Tock Jewelers’ biggest challenges, but not for the reason you’d think.Burlington, Vt.--In 50 Jewelers/50 States, National Jeweler... read more..

Birks Completes Sale of Mayors Chain of Stores

The $108 million proceeds from the sale helped it pay down most of its outstanding debt. Montreal--Birks Group announced that it has completed the sale of its Mayors subsidiary to Aurum Holdings Ltd.U... read more..

Analysis: The State of the Majors

It’s been a tough year for some of the biggest retail players in the jewelry industry, while others have seen their sales grow as they embrace technology and invest in the in-store experience.Trying t... read more..

Squirrel Spotting: Establishing a Habit of Learning

While the industry provides plenty of formal learning opportunities, maintaining an educational culture that starts closer to home is an absolute must, Peter Smith says.Gallup’s Marcus Buckingham wrot... read more..

More Sellers Calling Cultured Pearls ‘Natural’ Online

A special report by CIBJO’s Pearl Commission says an increasing number of marketers are describing colored freshwater pearls as “natural” in product descriptions.Milan--There’s a trend happening onlin... read more..

Memento Mori and Mourning Jewelry Collection Goes to Auction

The collection of historians and collectors Anita and Irvin G. Schorsch will be offered at Freeman’s this November. Philadelphia--The memento mori and mourning jewelry collection amassed by historians... read more..

The Theme of This Year’s IAC Conference is ‘White’

The 19th Annual Initiatives in Art & Culture Fashion + Design Conference, scheduled for Nov. 10 and 11, features many jewelry and watch players.New York--Jewelry and watches feature prominently in... read more..
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