Five retailers on redefining the customer experience
Offering shoppers a unique experience and one-of-a-kind jewelry were among the pieces of advice offered during one panel discussion at the WJA’s In the Know conference, held Wednesday afternoon in New York.
WJA recognizes its ‘Shining Stars’ for 2014
Following its all-day conference on Wednesday, the Women’s Jewelry Association moved to the 44th floor of the Hearst Tower in Manhattan for the evening and recognized its 10 “Shining Stars” for the year.
Conference on gold jewelry slated for April
Initiatives in Art and Culture has announced the dates for its fourth annual gold conference, “Gold--Desire, Design, and Demand,” an event focusing on gold jewelry, looking in particular at the importance of design and the emotional value and durability of the metal.
Via contest, Jewelers Mutual promotes Perfect Circle
Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company recently partnered with Martha Stewart Weddings for a national sweepstakes that afforded one future bride a piece of Ivanka Trump jewelry, and gave the company a chance to promote its personal jewelry insurance.
Alor battles Charriol in court, reverts to ‘Alor’
Alor will no longer sell jewelry under the Charriol brand in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, as the two companies remain engaged in a legal battle over international distribution and Alor returns to selling jewelry under its own brand.
Calif. museum to highlight historical diamonds
The Museum of Ventura County in California will hold an exhibit this summer to showcase replicas of some of history’s most famous diamonds alongside their equally famous owners.
Charges brought in series of smash-and-grabs
The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced recently that it is bringing an indictment against eight Philadelphia men allegedly involved in a series of violent smash-and-grab robberies in the Northeast over the past few years.
JA’s PAC launches awards
Jewelers of America announced last week that it would introduce the JA Political Action Committee Awards to recognize individual members who make contributions to support the organization’s legislative advocacy for the fine jewelry industry.
Former Le Vian executive launches brand
David Zar, who spent the last 13 years at Le Vian, has founded a jewelry brand called Marco Moore, which will manufacture limited-edition jewelry and watches to be sold through independent retailers and, eventually, high-end department stores.
David Yurman CEO Glen Senk steps down
Glen Senk is resigning as CEO of David Yurman Inc. after a little less than two years in the position, effective immediately, the company confirmed Wednesday.
For gold, 2013 was the ‘year of the consumer’
Gold jewelry demand in the United States rose 13 percent in volume terms last year while total U.S. consumer demand for the metal was up 18 percent, the World Gold Council’s report for 2013 shows.
Market Q&A: Huw Daniel, PGI
In this question-and-answer session, Platinum Guild International USA President Huw Daniel discusses platinum’s per-ounce price, trends in engagement ring spending among young couples and jewelry styles in 2014.
Fruchtman to handle Pandora co-op in US
Pandora has selected Toledo-based Fruchtman Marketing as the exclusive provider of its co-op advertising program to offer digital exposure to the brand’s retailers across the country.
Men in Craigslist scam charged with attempted theft
Three men whose arrest last year led to the uncovering of a scheme to steal diamonds and jewelry from Craigslist sellers are now facing federal charges of conspiracy to commit robbery and attempted robbery.
Panama to open jewelry center in March
The Panama Diamond Exchange will launch the new, yet unfinished, Panama Gem & Jewelry Center next month, and a website has been established so visitors may register and book accommodations for the event.
Jeweler Lenny Friedman, 95, dies
Leonard “Lenny” Friedman, graduate gemologist and co-founder of Sarah Leonard Fine Jewelers in Los Angeles, died Friday, one day shy of his 96th birthday.
Consultant gives insight into the Millennial mind
Colin Cowie, a design consultant and event planner who has a partnership with the Platinum Guild International, emphasized the importance of the client-consumer relationship and offered tips on maintaining it in his recent presentation at the Centurion show.
Live from Tucson: Turning trends into profit
At the AGTA GemFair on Wednesday, Performance Concepts’ Kate Peterson outlined eight consumer trends for 2014 and how retailers can translate them into sales at their stores.
Batson to receive WJA Lifetime Achievement Award
Ruth Batson, Mark Light and the Richline Group will be inducted into the
Women’s Jewelry Association’s Hall of Fame this year and will be
honored at the organization’s annual Awards for Excellence gala in New
York on July 28.
Todd Reed opening second store in LA
Designer Todd Reed is opening a store on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Los Angeles this September that will carry a range of jewelry but primarily will serve as a men’s boutique.
Charles Garnier donating entire line to JFC
Coinciding with the launch of its new Britannia 958 Heritage silver collection, Charles Garnier Paris will donate all 17 pieces from the line to Jewelers for Children for a silent auction scheduled to take place at the Centurion Jewelry Show.
WJA elects board for 2014-2015
Andrea Hansen will lead the Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) in 2014-2015, the organization announced following its recent elections.
Jewelers Mutual earns top ratings
For the 27th year in a row, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company has received an A+ Superior financial strength rating from A.M. Best.
Dodd-Frank and supply chain assurance
Jewelers Vigilance Committee Senior Counsel Suzan Flamm supplies a list of resources for companies that must comply with the "conflict" minerals provision of the Dodd-Frank Act.
Gold, silver prices to fall in 2014
The per-ounce price of gold and silver both will decline more than 10 percent year-over-year in 2014 while labor issues and automotive demand are expected to push up the price of platinum slightly, analysts say.
WJA now accepting entries for Carelle grant
The Women’s Jewelry Association is inviting members to apply for a $5,000 merit-based grant that can help them get their business off the ground and stimulate growth.
Number of weddings to rise slightly in 2014
Researchers predict the number of weddings in the United States will increase 2 percent in 2014 due to a small increase in the total marrying age population combined with a marginal rise in the proportion of couples choosing to wed.
Morrow, Ross among Gem Award winners
Marie-Helene Morrow won the 2014 Gem Award for Lifetime Achievement while Kara Ross took home the Gem Award for Design, Tiffany & Co. won for Communications and Victoria Gomelsky was the winner for Media Excellence at the annual ceremony dubbed the “Academy Awards of the jewelry industry.”
Going ‘native:’ Untangling deceptive web ads
Retailers wishing to “go native”--utilize paid content online that looks very similar to editorial content, known as native advertising--need to be sure it is done lawfully, the Jewelers Vigilance Committee said.
MJSA publishes 2014 Buyer’s Guide
The 2014 edition of the MJSA Buyer’s Guide, which lists resources and information for purchasing jewelry-making tools, equipment, supplies and services, is now available.
Jeweler pleads guilty in mail fraud case
A Los Angeles jeweler accused of selling a Texas couple’s diamond, not paying them for it and then trying to make it look like the stone got stolen while in transit has pled guilty, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Midland/Odessa confirmed to National Jeweler.
5 stories to watch in 2014
Lab-grown and over-graded diamonds, smartwatches and the per-ounce price of gold are among the topics expected to have a big impact on the jewelry industry this year.
2013: The Year in Photos
For the jewelry industry, 2013 was another year of major changes as consumers adjust to what appears to be the new normal for spending, consumption and quality of life, and the Internet continues to transform the way people communicate and do business. Click through this slideshow to see the year that was, in pictures.
NJ’s top Instagram and Pinterest posts of 2013
From big diamonds to baroque pearls to pieces featuring the hue of 2014, “Radiant Orchid,” National Jeweler recounts the top pins and pictures of the year on its Pinterest and Instagram accounts.
New website endings and the jewelry industry
New "top-level domains"--the word that comes to the right of the dot in an Internet address--are now available, including ".diamonds". Here's what jewelry companies need to know about these new web address endings.
U.S. consumers are keeping their jewelry longer
Americans are holding on to their jewelry for the longest amount of time since right after the Great Depression, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).
JFC announces 2 dates for Rings of Strength
Jewelers for Children (JFC) is bringing back its Rings of Strength tour in two editions for 2014--an event at the close of the Centurion show and another during the jewelry shows in Las Vegas.
4 social media ideas for the holidays
With the season in full swing, jewelers and designers are taking their Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram accounts to the next level. Read on to see how they’re using these social tools to engage consumers.
21 sales tips for the holidays
The holiday shopping season is almost halfway over, but there’s still time to make sure the store’s staff and setup is doing everything possible to maximize sales.
Jewelers’ fundraising to benefit hospital center
The Healthy Lifestyles Center at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) will receive $10,425 thanks to a dozen Richmond jewelers who raised money for the center via a raffle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ready. Set. Go.
Ellen Fruchtman of Fruchtman Marketing shares tips on how jewelers can survive and thrive this holiday season.
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.
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.
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.