February 2018

What You Might Have Missed

These were the five most popular stories on National Jeweler last week, according to Google Analytics.1) Alex and Ani Files a Counterclaim in Sterling SuitThe bracelet company has come back with its o... read more..

Susan Abeles Leaves Bonhams for Phillips

She will be responsible for developing a strategy for its jewelry business in the Americas.New York--Phillips auction house has hired Susan Abeles, who spent the last eight years at Bonhams, to head a... read more..

Infamous Jewel Thief Doris Payne Is Getting Her Own Biopic

She will be played by “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Westworld” actress Tessa Thompson.New York--Infamous jewel thief Doris Payne is getting her own biopic in which she will be played by “Westworld” actress Te... read more..

Ira Kinsler, Former National Jeweler Publisher, Dies at 94

The World War II veteran got into the business of trade publications after working in the garment industry.Pompano Beach, Florida--Ira Kinsler, who ended his career working as the publisher of Nationa... read more..

Three Cool NYFW Jewelry Looks

Eye M by Ileana Makri and Alexis Bittar made appearances on the runways at New York Fashion Week.New York--Jewelry is often an afterthought for fashion brands when showing their collections to buyers ... read more..

In Rebranding, Oris Drops the Crest

The 113-year-old Swiss watch brand has a new logo and tagline.Hölstein, Switzerland--Swiss watch brand Oris is rebranding, swapping out its old crest logo for a clean new one and a tagline that emphas... read more..

Piece of the Week: Noor Fares’ Rutilated Quartz Pendant

This pendant is the ideal accessory for the new moon solar eclipse.Clear jewelry is trending, and the mystical quality of translucent stones like moonstone and rose quartz suit designer Noor Fares’ co... read more..

Clearly Trending: Translucent Stones

Rock crystal and moonstone are elevated when paired with gold and diamonds. New York--From imaginative and avant-garde to boldly primitive, designers are currently shaping their jewelry visions with t... read more..

Amazon to Lay Off Hundreds in the US

The online giant is cutting back in some areas but, it pointed out, rapidly expanding in others.Seattle--Amazon confirmed this week it is laying off several hundred employees at its Seattle headquarte... read more..

Man Convicted in 2015 Fatal Hit-and-Run of Jeweler

Charles Jordan faces up to 25 years in prison after being found guilty of first-degree manslaughter and a felony charge of leaving the scene of an incident.Queens, New York--A Long Island man has been... read more..

Alrosa’s Diamond Production Up 6% in 2017

The Russian mining company produced 39.6 million carats of diamonds last year, up from 37.4 million in 2016.Moscow--Production rose 6 percent year-over-year in 2017 for Alrosa, the Moscow-based mining... read more..

5 Tips for Buying Antique and Estate Jewelry

Dealers at The Original Miami Beach Antique Show dish on the telltale signs that something is a reproduction and the importance of experience. Last week I was in Miami for The Original Miami Beach Ant... read more..

Jewelry Brand to Know: Melissa Kaye

This is what jewelry looks like when an MIT alum and math whiz funnels her brilliance into design.  New York--Melissa Kaye doesn’t possess a typical jewelry design background. The New York-based ... read more..

Jewelers for Children ‘Rings of Strength’ Happening in May

The annual 5K walk, run or bike ride for charity is now in its sixth year.Las Vegas--Jewelers for Children’s annual “Rings of Strength” fundraiser is back for its sixth edition. Held during the Las Ve... read more..

De Beers Reports First Sales Results for 2018

Rough diamond sales totaled $665 million, down when compared with the same period last year but up over 2016.Gaborone, Botswana--De Beers reported that rough diamond sales totaled $665 million in its ... read more..

Alex and Ani Files a Counterclaim in Sterling Suit

The bracelet company has come back with its own breach of contract allegations.Akron, Ohio-- Alex and Ani has filed a counterclaim in response to the breach of contract lawsuit Sterling Jewelers filed... read more..

Squirrel Spotting: 5 Reasons I Hate Memo

Fresh off another trade show, Peter Smith shares his thoughts on the widely used, and much debated, practice. I have long detested memo but have never been exactly sure why. I mean, I don’t just disli... read more..

De Beers Puts Namibian Mine Up For Sale

It is looking for a buyer for Elizabeth Bay, located along the southwest coast near the town of Lüdertiz. Windhoek, Namibia--Namdeb Holdings, the partnership between De Beers and the government of Nam... read more..

WJA Elects Jenny Luker President of Board of Directors

Luker is president of Platinum Guild International.New York--The Women’s Jewelry Association has announced the newly elected officers for its International Board of Directors. Jenny Luker, president o... read more..

Amanda’s Style File: February Birthstone Bonanza

Amethyst is a glorious gemstone that provides a lot of bang for your buck. Amethyst, which is the birthstone for February, is a glorious gemstone that provides a lot of bang for your buck. The afforda... read more..

Retail Sales to Grow About 4 Percent This Year, NRF Says

Online and non-store sales, meanwhile, should increase between 10 and 12 percent. Washington--The National Retail Federation has released its growth predictions for the year ahead, and they’re slightl... read more..

Two Northeastern Retailers Offering Valentine’s Day Packages

Steven Singer Jewelers is offering a decadent dessert filled with diamonds while Northeastern Fine Jewelry will give a restaurant gift card to shoppers. New York--Valentine’s Day is nearly here, and a... read more..

Samuelson’s Diamonds Hires Director of Estate Jewelry

Baltimore native Allie Azrael Lopato joins the jeweler from Circa. Baltimore---Maryland retailer Samuelson’s Diamonds has hired its first director of estate jewelry to oversee buying operations at bo... read more..

6 ‘Modern-Day Must-Haves’ from Rahaminov

The family-owned diamond company introduced mismatched pairs and riviera chokers at Centurion. Scottsdale, Ariz.--Family-owned diamond company Rahaminov introduced mismatched pairs and riviera choker... 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-- These were the five most popular stories on National Jeweler last week, according to ... read more..

Sotheby’s Selling 100-Carat Round Brilliant for Over $33M

The D color, flawless diamond is available through private sale at the Sotheby’s Diamonds retail store in London. London--On the occasion of the first anniversary of the opening of Sotheby’s Diamonds,... read more..

Gold Jewelry Demand Rose 3% in the US Last Year

Improved consumer sentiment helped fourth quarter demand reach an eight-year high. London--Worldwide demand for gold jewelry saw its first annual increase since 2013 last year, the World Gold Council ... read more..

Manufacturer Superfit is Now ‘Cliq’

The Philadelphia company has rebranded to align its name with the product for which it is known.Philadelphia--Manufacturer Superfit announced that as of Jan. 1, it has changed its company name to Cliq... read more..

GIA Appoints Duncan Pay to Lead Education

He succeeds Bev Hori, who is retiring in May.Carlsbad, Calif.--The Gemological Institute of America has named Duncan Pay as vice president and chief academic officer, effective immediately. He succee... read more..

Piece of the Week: Kim Mee Hye’s Heart Earring

This inventive earring is an easy choice for Valentine’s Day. Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and classic heart motifs abound in jewelry design, even from edgy desig... read more..
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