December 27, 2013
This past year was a big one for jewelry, both from a market and design perspective.
December 11, 2013
Between what the retailers we interview tell us and our first holiday season poll, it looks like diamonds are going to do pretty well this season, which is not shocking. Solitaire pendants and diamond stud earrings are always popular gifts this time of year, and engagements are common as well.
December 9, 2013
Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, the holiday shopping season is in full swing. In addition to all the hectic sales and promotions at big-box retailers, the jewelry industry is well into its most important sales season.
December 6, 2013
I was just looking at my credit card accounts online--a dangerous venture at this time of the year--trying to add up just how much I’ve spent shopping on my iPad over the past five months. The answer is quite a bit.
December 3, 2013
It seems hard to believe considering that I feel like I am still new to New York, but this year marks my seventh straight calling retailers first thing on Monday morning to ask them how their weekend sales were.
November 26, 2013
Once again, diamonds reigned supreme at an awards show, adorning celebrities’ fingers, wrists and ears though not necessarily their necks.
November 22, 2013
October and November were golden months for celebrities and their jewelry styles, as they turned out in yellow- and white-hued bangles, rings and earrings for red carpet appearances, galas and parties.
November 21, 2013
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second movie in the series based on the popular books, comes out this week. One of the most visually interesting aspects of the movies--of which I am a huge fan, in addition to the books--is the way they outfit and style the characters that live in the Capital, where citizens are known for their particular brand of fashion.
November 8, 2013
Diamond jewelry was the popular choice at the 47th annual Country Music Association Awards, held Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn.
November 7, 2013
Though Jessica Hendricks grew up with a direct connection to jewelry, learning the ins and outs as her mother ran two stores, she didn’t anticipate going into the industry herself. She attended New York University to study theater, but a series of events and experiences would soon take her back into the industry she knew so well.
November 5, 2013
Many people in the jewelry industry are familiar with the big Red Book, the annual publication of the Jewelers Board of Trade that serves as the credit bible, so to speak, for the jewelry industry.
November 4, 2013
I fell in love with the late Princess Diana last Tuesday night--well, fell in love with her love story.
November 1, 2013
Paris-based House of Alexandre Reza has been known for its extraordinary gems, designs and craftsmanship since the 1950s.
October 30, 2013
As you might have already noticed, National Jeweler has a new look.
October 25, 2013
I’ve been reading all the reports this week about the next trade “crisis,” the apparently large volumes of undisclosed synthetic melee being mixed in with batches of natural diamonds.
October 24, 2013
As the new associate editor at National Jeweler, I can’t imagine a better way to get acquainted with the fine jewelry industry than to head straight to an event, where I got to see great pieces up close and in person. On Monday, I went to see all the jewelry involved in the AGTA’s 2014 Spectrum Awards.
October 11, 2013
I recently spent 48 hours in the City of Light with Mauboussin, visiting several of the brand’s stores, attending a launch party for its new collections and squeezing in a little sightseeing on the side.
October 11, 2013
Diamond-accented earrings were all the rage among celebrities last month as they donned drop and stud looks for a range of appearances, including movie premieres, casual outings and New York fashion week runway shows.
September 12, 2013
I went to Duane Reade during my lunch break Wednesday and was a bit startled to see a spinning rack of Halloween cards near the front of the store. It’s only the beginning of September, I thought. We just said goodbye to summer. Halloween is more than a month off, and I am just not ready for this.
September 4, 2013
Two of my favorite annual industry events took place in August, perking me up in spite of my inevitable and lurking end-of-summer blues.
September 3, 2013
No matter how positive their quarterly sales were, one common thread wound its way through retailers’ recently released financials: they’re treading lightly because they are not sure how consumers will behave in the coming months.
August 28, 2013
One thing is clear lately when it comes to celebrities and their jewelry: gold is back.
August 13, 2013
Women are familiar with all the guides and suggestions available on anything that has to do with their general appearance: from the most flattering bathing suit for their body shape to the best shade of shadow for their eye color to the most complementary cut for their face shape and hair type.
August 8, 2013
Recently, news surfaced that Mahair Borhanjoo, vice president of global sightholder sales for De Beers, has opted not to relocate when the company completes the move of its sales activities from London to Gaborone, Botswana this year.
August 7, 2013
The Couture Press Preview took place at the Midtown Loft & Terrace last week, and the smaller-scale, more intimate setting gave me an opportunity to catch up with designers I know well and better get to know brands who are newer blips on my radar.
August 1, 2013
I have done less reporting this year than I did last year on the Kimberley Process because news, as they taught me at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, is the new, the different, the unusual--the “man bites dog” aphorism.
July 29, 2013
Color and diamonds have been the main theme of celebrity jewelry as of late, with the stars accessorizing with rubies, colored Keshi pearls, diamonds and other gemstones set in drop earrings as well as full-finger and cocktail rings.
July 24, 2013
July 19, 2013
On Saturday, July 13, I returned from a two-week whirlwind vacation to sad news: my grandmother, Anna E. (Rothart) Graff, had died.
June 28, 2013
“It reflects poorly on everyone,” one industry player told me this week in discussing (one of) the latest reports to emerge that cast the diamond industry in a bad light.
June 27, 2013
Summer is here and the stars have been keeping it classy at their red carpet events, appearances and premieres. Though color in jewelry is still a major trend, many celebrities have been toning it down lately with elegant white diamond necklaces and earrings or simple gold hoops (with a twist).
June 24, 2013
If you’re looking to check out a movie that relates to our industry--and could possibly serve as a warning against oversharing on social media --The Bling Ring opened in theaters last Friday, a crime-drama film based on true events.
June 21, 2013
I often find myself in a circumstance difficult to describe with a single word. It’s not serendipity, exactly, but it goes something like this: there will be, for example, a country or person that I’ve never really much thought to and about which I know little. Then, all of the sudden, this certain country or person will come up multiple times in the span of a few days.
June 17, 2013
I recently came across the work of Corrado Giuspino, an Italian designer who launched his first collection in 2008.
June 7, 2013
We are not yet a full week removed from the madness and, I’ll be honest, I am exhausted. I stayed up too late on Sunday (along with many other nights) then had to catch a 7 a.m. flight home Monday. I definitely had the feeling all day that I had woken up in Vegas.
May 28, 2013
“It’s funny what you find out about Oklahomans,” jeweler Tim Lewis told me on the phone last Thursday. “Tragedy happens. We get up, dust ourselves off, thank God and go on.”
May 22, 2013
While gold and platinum are popular choices for celebrities, many accessorize with sterling silver, whether it’s for a movie premiere, celebrity gala or TV show appearance.
May 21, 2013
By now, I am sure many of you have seen the episode of Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares featuring Arizona restaurant Amy’s Baking Company Bakery Boutique & Bistro.
May 12, 2013
When Meghan Coomes’ grandparents first met at a park in Louisville, Ky., they didn’t have any idea that the very glue of their impending romance would inspire a line of jewelry.
May 6, 2013
We’ve published a few columns and articles this year on the growing importance of mobile commerce, also known as “m-commerce,” in today’s marketplace.
April 24, 2013
The longer I am in this industry, the more keenly aware I become of how much we can learn about world history through jewelry.
April 24, 2013
Color set in gold has been the name of the jewelry game for celebrities over the past month.
April 4, 2013
On March 27, I received a press release from a company called IIa Technologies about its opening of one of the world’s largest diamond growing facilities in the world in Singapore.
March 28, 2013
Although winter weather is lingering in certain regions of the country, spring is here and celebrities are bringing in the season with bold-colored baubles.
March 20, 2013
Last week, I had the chance to have a nice, long talk with industry veteran Neil Koppel, who is currently president and CEO of JewelNet.com Corp. and lab-grown diamond company Renaissance Diamonds.
February 26, 2013
While female stars typically are the subject of this blog, I had to pay special homage to our handsome counterparts today. Many famous men accessorize quietly with cufflinks and watches but when done right, it’s all they need.
January 29, 2013
For me, the current NFL season drew to a pitiful close on Dec. 23, when Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw the interception that ultimately ended the Steelers season.
January 25, 2013
Brazil produces more topaz than any other country in the world. Most of the production is colorless, which is irradiated and heated into various shades of blue. Precious and imperial topaz offer a rare and warmer alternative to the cool blue shades we are accustomed to seeing in jewelry stores. “Precious” topaz usually refers to yellow to orange colors while “imperial” topaz usually refers to pinkish-orange to pink to purple and even red colors (see figs. 1 and 6). However, some dealers argue that all topaz in these warmer hues should be classified as imperial. Since the origin of the word topaz is most likely from the Sanskrit word “tapas,” meaning fire, this argument seems to have merit. Recent price increases are due to limited mining, renewed interest from designers in these warmer hues and strong domestic demand in Brazil.
January 24, 2013
Barack Obama was sworn in for his second term on Monday, marking another four years under the same Commander in Chief and presenting an especially momentous occasion for attending celebrities and politicians to flaunt their best jewelry.
January 17, 2013
The Golden Globes, movie premieres, appearances on news segments--so far, 2013 has been full of events for celebrities. Color is proving to be a continually strong trend in star jewelry, namely vibrant hues such as turquoise, ruby and emerald.
January 14, 2013
The results are in and frankly I have no idea who, if anyone, has won.
January 10, 2013
For the first time in 70 years, De Beers’ executives entered the United States this week to conduct business, something they had been unable to do for the past seven decades due to anti-trust issues.
January 4, 2013
What do you create for a man who proposed to his girlfriend with an R2-D2 engagement ring around Halloween while dressed as Charlie Brown from the Peanuts?
January 3, 2013
Including all its variations, people in general like to use the quote, “When one door closes, another one opens.” I found this sentiment to be true when I met New York-based designer Michael Pereira.