The history behind … acrostic jewelry
This month, National Jeweler takes a look at the background of acrostic jewelry, which contained a message spelled out by the first letter of every gemstone in the piece.
John Varvatos elevates its men’s jewelry offerings
Men’s jewelry and accessory brand William Henry is partnering with well-known fashion brand John Varvatos to bring a selection from its newest jewelry collection into the latter’s boutiques.
7 great studs for the holiday season
Studs in geometric shapes and with colored gemstones are styles retailers should consider stocking alongside classic diamond earrings this Christmas.
Ritani bolsters offerings by adding brands
Ritani has partnered with a number of fine jewelry brands and designers, as well as up-and-coming talent from the Fashion Institute of Technology, to launch the Ritani Designer Collections program.
Ohio university's museum to host AJDC exhibition
After seven months at the Forbes Galleries in New York earlier this year, the American Jewelry Design Council’s “Variations on a Theme” exhibit will travel to the Kent State University Museum in Ohio before it heads west to the GIA.
Brands step up for breast cancer research
David Yurman is marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month by donating 10 percent of the purchase price of items sold on his new curated online shop to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Yurman to be honored at Pratt’s Legends Awards
Jewelry designer David Yurman, fashion icon Iris Apfel and Paper magazine editor and publisher Kim Hastreiter will be recognized at the Pratt Institute’s Legends Awards this November.
David Webb goes online, brings back the Nail
Jewelry house David Webb has debuted an e-commerce platform and commemorated the launch with the reintroduction of its Nail collection, which first came out in the 1970s.
Pandora official jeweler of NY fashion week
Pandora is the official jewelry sponsor for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, and the company’s pieces were spotted on the runway as part of designer Vivienne Tam’s show.
Neiman Marcus now carrying U.K. brand Astley Clarke
British fine jewelry brand Astley Clarke has expanded its presence in the U.S. with a launch in 11 Neiman Marcus stores across the country, including locations in Boston, Dallas and Los Angeles.
UK brand Annoushka expands to US market
Fine jewelry brand Annoushka has expanded from its London roots to enter the U.S. market, debuting this week exclusively with Saks Fifth Avenue in its New York and Beverly Hills locations.
A. Jaffe maps out new, personalized collection
A. Jaffe is taking personalized jewelry to the next level with its new Maps collection, which offers pieces that depict a particular spot on the globe to mark where people have met, fell in love or experienced some other significant or personal event.
JA now offering TrendVision reports, books
Members of Jewelers of America now will receive monthly jewelry trends reports and a discount on books that outline and forecast jewelry trends, thanks to the organization’s new partnership with TrendVision Jewellery + Forecasting.
The History Behind … eye miniatures
In this new monthly feature, National Jeweler editors delve into the when, where and why of antique jewelry. August’s focus is on eye miniatures, which first became popular in the 1770s.
10 standout pieces from the Couture Press Preview
This quartz, gold and diamond ring from Buddha Mama is just one of the many pieces that were on display at the Couture Press Preview held last week. Click through to see more from this year’s eclectic gathering of designers.
New silver line emulates popular bouquet blooms
Designer Michael Galmer used popular bridal flowers as inspiration for his new repoussé silver line, Forever Flowers, which offers pendants and earrings depicting on-trend blooms.
Rock Vault graduates two, adds two
While Fernando Jorge and Melanie Georgacopoulos have moved on from the Rock Vault, the showcase created to give young British jewelry designers exposure, two new designers have entered: Beth Gilmour and Shimell and Madden.
14 trends for the holiday and how to use them
Movement, openwork, bold colors and gemstone slices will be among the trends in jewelry this holiday season and into 2015, according to an educational seminar held at JA New York Summer Monday morning.
Pandora relocating regional HQ to Charm City
Pandora is moving its regional headquarters for the Americas from Columbia to Baltimore, where it will occupy five of the 24 floors of a high rise on a major throughway in the city.
NYC exhibition to feature Verdura jewels
American jewelry brand Verdura will mark its 75th anniversary with a nearly three- month-long exhibition of more than 150 pieces created by the late jeweler Duke Fulco di Verdura.
Three trends that rocked Couture
Three major trends were prevalent among the pieces showcased at this year’s Couture show: ear cuffs and climbers, pieces featuring openwork, and the use of Paraiba tourmaline both as center and accent stones.
H. Stern to launch Rock Season line
Brazilian jewelry company H. Stern is introducing designs with bird and butterfly motifs in varying shades of gold for its newest collection, Rock Season, which will launch this September.
From Couture: Four fine brands
Suzanne Kalan, Wendy Yue, Carla Amorim and Sutra all showcased new 18-karat gold pieces with vibrant gemstones and diamonds.
From Couture: New from Ivanka Trump
Ivanka Trump unveiled the Empire, Athènèe, Metropolis Sol and Metropolis Lune collections at the show, each made in 18-karat gold with diamonds and gemstones.
From Couture: New from Brumani
Brazilian brand Brumani debuted additions to its collections at the Couture show, including the Looping Shine, Panachè and Baobab lines.
From Couture: New from Anahita
At the Couture show designer Anahita Stein introduced her new 18-karat yellow gold pieces that were inspired by a trip to Southeast Asia.
From Couture: New from Irene Neuwirth
Irene Neuwirth brought a bevy of one-of-a-kind gemstone pieces to the Couture show this year, setting emeralds, opals, turquoise and tanzanite in 18-karat gold.
From Couture: New from 1884 Collection
1884 Collection debuted collections with a new look at the Couture show, offering its signature coin pieces with diamond pavé halos and colored titanium settings.
From Couture: New from Anzie
Anzie introduced extensions to its Starburst, Dewdrop, Aztec and Bouquet collections in 14-karat yellow gold and silver, debuting delicate and feminine bracelets as well as a bold bib necklace.
Live from Couture: New from Gemfields
Gemfields debuted its newest pieces from partnerships with various designers at the Couture show, as well as its limited-edition collection with fine jewelry brand Marina B.
Live from Couture: Astley Clarke
London-based fine jewelry brand Astley Clarke showcased pieces from its Fao and Muse collections in 18- and 14-karat gold with semi-precious gemstones and diamonds.
Live from Couture: New from Marco Bicego
Marco Bicego showcased its new Lunaria collection at the Couture show this year, a line comprised of 18-karat gold pieces meant to portray the movement of “leaves rustling in the wind.”
Live from Couture: New from Stephen Webster
Stephen Webster unveiled his new Albion Rose collection at this year’s Couture show, comprised of two suites of jewelry inspired by British culture, art and design.
Victoria Tse launches jewelry design company
Victoria Tse, who was once married to jewelry designer Christian Tse, has launched her own jewelry company and will debut her pieces at the JCK show later this month in Las Vegas.
Midi rings making a statement this year
Midi rings are popping up on fingers everywhere, bedazzling the space between the fingernail and knuckle. From pieces with gemstones and diamonds to motifs including initials and arrows, check out seven gold midi ring designs in this story.
Forevermark, Stephen Webster together again
Stephen Webster has partnered with Forevermark for a second time to launch a collection of bridal jewelry, creating engagement rings, wedding bands, pendants and earrings that incorporate the designer’s signature aesthetic.
Pandora rolls out NFL-themed charms
Pandora has teamed with the National Football League
to offer a collection of charms that represent each of the league’s 32
Tiffany opens latest Blue Book at the Guggenheim
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum was the backdrop for the unveiling of Tiffany & Co.’s 2014 Blue Book, an annual publication that showcases the company’s latest and most spectacular jewelry designs.
From Basel: 10 new pieces of jewelry
While Baselworld is known as a showcase for the latest watchmaking innovations, there was no lack of fresh jewelry designs at the show. A total of 10 pieces from three big brands--Stephen Webster, Mikimoto and Roberto Coin--are featured in this slideshow.
Disney taps designer for Maleficent baubles
Fine jewelry brand Crow’s Nest has teamed with Walt Disney Pictures to create a limited-edition collection of jewelry for the upcoming film Maleficent, which tells the story of Sleeping Beauty’s villain.
Bochic adds handbags to its lines
Jewelry brand Bochic will introduce a line of evening clutch bags in September, marking the brand’s first extension beyond fine jewelry.
Jewelry fit for even the king of ‘Thrones’ fans
Canadian jewelry brand Pyrrha has forged a partnership with HBO to craft a line of Game of Thrones-inspired ring and necklaces made in sterling silver and bronze that retail for up to $900.
Former industry editor launches jewelry line
Former MJSA Journal Editor-in-Chief Tina Snyder and Vice President of Kemp Metal Products Scott Raskin have partnered to create Stacked New York, a jewelry brand that will exhibit at the upcoming MJSA Expo New York.
From JA New York: Gina Pankowski
Seattle-based designer Gina Pankowski’s geometric pieces are “made to move” and that they do, with links that expand and contract and rings built to have gems rotating around each other.
Live from JA New York: Gumuchian
Gumuchian displayed some of its best-selling collections and pieces at the JA Winter show, including designs with horse motifs that complement 2014 being the Year of the Horse in the Chinese zodiac.
Color to guide platinum brides in 2014
Color, customization and two-tone metals will be the big looks in 2014 when it comes to bridal jewelry in platinum, a commonly requested and popular metal for bridal.
Live from Tucson: Erica Courtney
Erica Courtney is showing a number of new additions to the brand’s existing Drop Dead Gorgeous collection at the American Gem Trade Association’s GemFair show in Tucson this week.
Avilan pairs with designers for ‘sustainable’ style
Diamond wholesale company Avilan has launched a new program that pairs socially aware jewelry designers with its “recycled” diamonds, meaning previously owned stones that haven’t just emerged from any of the world’s mines.
Live from Tucson: Frederic Duclos
Frederic Duclos is showcasing an expanded colored gemstone collection in Tucson, matching the stones with its signature sterling silver, in addition to offering a new mixed- metal look featuring yellow gold and ruthenium finishes.
From Centurion: Slane goes gold
Scottsdale, Ariz.--Jewelry brand Slane is focusing on gold for 2014, expanding the 18-karat gold collection re-launched at Couture last June.
Live from Centurion: Lisa Nik
Lisa Nik unveiled new custom-designed engagement rings from her Honeymoon collection as well as other recently introduced pieces from other lines at Centurion, which is taking place now in Scottsdale.
10 pieces perfect for Valentine’s Day
The approach of Valentine’s Day has designers and brands promoting their heart-themed and pink-toned jewelry. Click through this slideshow to see 10 pieces worthy of any romance that retailers can stock for this special day.
Alex and Ani introduces Olympic bangles
As part of a partnership with the United States Olympic Committee, jewelry brand Alex and Ani will release five bangles with different charms commemorating the upcoming 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
From Vicenzaoro Winter: Moraglione
Moraglione showcased its new Madame Butterfly collection at the Vicenzaoro show, an 18-karat white and rose gold line featuring pieces with a butterfly motif.
From Vicenzaoro Winter: Casato
Casato introduced new pieces in existing collections at the Vicenzaoro show, including a range of multiple-finger rings and other designs made in 18-karat white and rose gold with white and brown diamonds and semi-precious stones.
From Vicenzaoro Winter: Bohemme
Bohemme, a Spanish jewelry brand new to the U.S. market, debuted additions to its Rose Cut and Bubbles collections at the Vicenzaoro show, with both lines offering sterling silver and 18-karat gold pieces with gemstones.
Live from Vicenzaoro Winter: Rosato
Rosato rolled out its spring/summer 2014 charm collections at Vicenzaoro Winter, including pieces in both sterling silver and 18-karat gold with precious and semi-precious gemstones and colored enamel.
Live from Vicenzaoro Winter: Roberto Coin
Renowned Italian designer Roberto Coin is showcasing both new and recent designs at the Vicenzaoro Winter show taking place right now in Italy, including dragon-themed pieces that incorporate baroque pearls.
Charles Garnier launches new silver collection
Silver jewelry designer and manufacturer Charles Garnier Paris has introduced the Britannia 958 Heritage Collection, a line featuring pieces made with the company’s proprietary manufacturing process that will debut next month at Centurion.
From Tucson to Philly, JIC promotes jewelry trends
The Jewelry Information Center (JIC), the consumer education arm of Jewelers of America, recently completed its annual media tour to promote jewelry gift ideas in time for the holiday shopping season.
‘Radiant Orchid’ named color of the year
“Radiant Orchid,” a purple hue that blends fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, is Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year, the color institute announced Thursday.
Pa. retailer introduces yellow diamond line
After seeing a growing number of celebrities donning yellow diamond rings and anticipating the trend is here to stay, Bernie Robbins Jewelers has released its own line of natural yellow diamond engagement rings.
SPS weighs in with silver holiday selections
The Silver Promotion Service (SPS) had identified five silver jewelry trends that will be popular among shoppers this holiday season, and has suggested a selection of fitting pieces that range in price from $200 to $2,000.
Meet Shaun Leane’s diamond glove in St. Louis
Designer Shaun Leane’s “Diamond Glove” is on display for the first time in the United States at the World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis as part of an exhibition that will run through April 18.
Carrera y Carrera introduces new bridal line
Carrera y Carrera has launched a new bridal line, the Ruedo collection, comprised of multi-band rings made in 18-karat yellow, white and rose gold with or without diamonds.
Pandora targeting women fans with MLB charms
Recognizing the growing base of women sports fans today, Pandora is teaming with Major League Baseball to offer a collection of sterling silver and wood charms representing the MLB’s 30 teams.