Parties mum on alleged John Hardy sale
None of the firms allegedly jostling to buy John Hardy are commenting on the reported deal, which values the jewelry brand at $100 to $140 million.
De Beers’ Forevermark expands into Australia
Australian jewelry retailer Mazzucchelli’s is now an exclusive authorized jeweler of De Beers’ Forevermark brand in central, southern and western Australia and in the country’s most densely populated state, Victoria.
Supplier News: New catalogs released
A few design and manufacturing companies have rolled out catalogs in time for the holiday season, including Kameleon Jewelry and Charles Garnier Paris.
Holiday décor, brought to life
When decorating their stores for the holidays, jewelers need to remember that their sales people are part of the ambiance too. They should dress for holiday season success, columnist Diane Warga-Arias writes.
Georgia jewelers, Crime Stoppers form partnership
The Georgia Jewelers Association (GJA) has partnered with Crime Stoppers of Greater Atlanta to offer rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of people committing crimes against the jewelry industry, the GJA just announced.
Watch industry vet takes on his last race
A watch industry veteran who is also a former running aficionado participated in his final race Saturday, officially closing a chapter in his life dedicated to one of his greatest passions.
Jostens buys owner of ArtCarved, Keepsake brands
Yearbook and commemorative ring company Jostens Inc. announced Tuesday that it will acquire American Achievement, which also creates class rings as well as bridal and family jewelry.
JA offering discount on promotional insurance
Jewelers of America (JA) is offering its members an insurance promotion that will, in turn, allow them to offer sales promotions that tie refunds to certain events, such as the amount of snowfall or which team wins the big game.
Fashion conference to include jewelry sessions
Initiatives in Art & Culture’s (IAC) 15th annual Fashion Conference will include educational seminars from professionals in the jewelry industry hailing from well-known brands and publications.
Even lower silver price forecast for 2014
The average per-ounce price of silver is expected to drop 19 percent next year, the manager of precious metals for Thomson Reuters GFMS said following the release of the company’s interim report on the metal.
For first time since ’09, gold demand exceeds recycling
Gross demand for gold jewelry in the United States exceeded recycling in the third quarter, marking the first time that has happened in a non-holiday season quarter since 2009, the World Gold Council’s (WGC) latest Gold Demand Trends report shows.
Stuller now distributing Scrabble jewelry
Stuller is now the exclusive distributor of World Trade Jewelers’ Scrabble brand jewelry, a line of necklaces that are available in letters A through Z in sterling silver and gold-plated silver.
Lower-priced bridal driving platinum demand
The latest report from metals refiner and distributor Johnson Matthey indicates that platinum is experiencing a recovery in the North American market due in part to an increase in sales of less expensive platinum bridal jewelry.
What is your time worth?
Retailer Jim Alperin discusses how brick-and-mortar jewelry stores sometimes serve as the educational setting and in-person showroom for Internet diamond shoppers, and poses the question: Is it time for retailers to implement fees for these services?
Hearts on Fire names top retailers for 2013
Bernie Robbins Jewelers took home Global Retailer of the Year and Northeastern Retailer of the Year honors at this year’s Hearts on Fire University (HOFU), which took place Oct. 27 to 30.
Black Friday to reign as busiest shopping day
Four of the 10 busiest shopping days of the year will happen between Dec. 20 and 24, although Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is expected to remain the single busiest shopping day this holiday season, ShopperTrak said Tuesday.
PGI training retailers on Millennial interactions
With the increasing impact the generation known as the Millennials have on the bridal industry, Platinum Guild International USA (PGI) has launched a new training program to help retailers successfully sell platinum to this growing consumer group.
Business discontinuances continue to drop
After numbering as high as 900 a year during the recession, the number of businesses in the industry that are shutting down or consolidating keeps going down, the latest data from the Jewelers Board of Trade (JBT) shows.
17 security considerations for the holidays
There are 61 days to go until Dec. 25. There’s no better time to double check the store’s security setup and remind staff that it’s the most wonderful time of the year to be vigilant.
Ready. Set. Go.
Ellen Fruchtman of Fruchtman Marketing shares tips on how jewelers can survive and thrive this holiday season.
JVC’s Amy Greenbaum passes away
Amy Greenbaum, managing director of marketing and development for the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, died Sunday following a 15-year battle with cancer.
GJEPC honors India’s finest in Mumbai
Kiran Gems, Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt. Ltd. (SRK Exports) and Hari Krishna Exports Pvt. Ltd. were among the big winners at the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council’s (GJEPC) 40th annual India Gem & Jewellery Awards.
MJSA conference to focus on profits, selling
MJSA will present its annual ConFab conference at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York Nov. 3, offering jewelry makers and designers a day of lessons on how to be profitable.
IDEX Online: Police arrest 17 in $31M watch heist
Spanish police have arrested 17 people suspected of involvement in the biggest jewelry heist in Spain's history, the December 2012 theft of wristwatches valued at more than 23 million euros ($31.4 million) in Madrid.
JFC to host comedy event during JA show
Jewelers for Children (JFC) and the organization Gen-Next Jewelers are partnering with New York City’s Gotham Comedy Club to host an All Star Comedy showcase to benefit children in need.
Couture’s social outreach begins with a #Takeover
Beginning Tuesday, Couture is turning over its Instagram account to a different member of the industry for a few days each month. The “Couture Takeover” is one part of an overall effort to broaden the show’s social media outreach.