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4 Good Reads for February

Books that look toward the future of business and assist innovators in reaching their goals are among those National Jeweler is recommending to retailers this month.


The PR Adviser: Dear Lilian …

National Jeweler columnist Lilian Raji outlines the 3 most important steps up-and-coming designers need to take in order to get editorial placement in major consumer publications. 


What You Might Have Missed

Here are the top five stories published on last week, according to Google Analytics.


Kassoy Launches Latest Resource Newsletter

The jewelry supplier has released the most recent version of its Jeweler’s Resource newsletter to highlight its new products for the trade.


WJA Calls for Awards for Excellence Nominations

Know somebody in the industry who deserves recognition? Nominate them for one of the Women’s Jewelry Association’s  2016 Awards for Excellence.


Time for Action: A Multiple-Choice Quiz

In his latest quiz, columnist Jan Brassem explores how developments in technology over the past year are impacting the fine jewelry sector.


Edge Pulse Debuts Tracking, Benchmarking Features

The Edge Retail Academy has added a coaching feature, market trending, budget line and loose diamond benchmarking to its Edge Pulse live-feed system. 


Gold, Platinum and Silver Price Predictions for ‘16

Among the prognostications: the price of platinum will remain lower than gold for the entire year, which is “unprecedented.”


College Fund Created for Edelstein’s Daughter

The industry is coming together to help the family of Cindy Edelstein with a college crowdfunding effort for her daughter led by designer Erica Courtney.


Carelle Receives ‘Made in NY’ Designation

The family-owned fine jewelry brand said it has become the first in the industry to be certified under the initiative, which recognizes and celebrates New York City’s fashion sector by supporting brands and designers based there.  


Cindy Edelstein, a ‘Rare Gem’ in the Industry, Dies

The longtime jewelry industry consultant, entrepreneur, author and editor passed away unexpectedly Sunday. She was 51. 


What You Might Have Missed

Here are the top five stories published on last week, according to Google Analytics.


JVC Releases Guide on Quality Assurance

The JVC has published a guide that provides simple tools jewelers can use to implement programs to ensure the products they sell are compliant with the law.


What You Might Have Missed

Here are the top five stories published on last week, according to Google Analytics.


Column: Is Your Store’s Mantra Authentic?

Whether a store’s message is that it offers the “best service” or the “biggest selection,” jewelers better be able to back it up, Peter Smith writes.


Brandee Dallow Elected WJA President

Dallow, who is the director of Rio Tinto’s diamonds office in North America, succeeds Andrea Hansen in the position.


Kirk Kara Ring Used in On-Air Proposal

Kelsey Gerckens and Joey Buttita, winners of The Amazing Race, got engaged with a Kirk Kara ring on the Hallmark channel show Home & Family.


Keynotes for WJA’s ‘In the Know’ Announced

Randi Zuckerberg and Hitha Herzog will discuss being a three-dimensional woman, retail trends and a shift in consumer attitudes at the annual In the Know conference.


Coach’s Corner: Making a Dynamic Presentation

Customers sit through boring, passionless presentations every day because most sales associates have not been taught the basics of delivering an exciting sales pitch, Pat Henneberry writes.


Rings of Strength is Back for 2016

This is the fourth edition of the Jewelers for Children event, which asks participants to bike, run or do yoga to help support children in need.


ASC Acquired by Mi9 Retail

Retail software company Mi9 Retail has acquired Applications Systems Corporation (ASC) and is forming a new group dedicated entirely to jewelry retailers.


Here are the Winners of the 2016 Gem Awards

Rob Bates, Temple St. Clair and Cartier took home the awards for media, jewelry design and watch design, while WatchTime’s Joe Thompson was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.


What You Might Have Missed

Here are five most-read stories published on last week, according to Google Analytics.


Warren Retires, Kidder Moves Up at Stuller

Stuller Inc. announced this week that Darrell Warren, the vice president of tools supplies, is retiring and will be replaced by Tammy Kidder, who is being promoted.


Jewelry Manufacturer Marathon Acquires LeStage

The two Massachusetts-based jewelry-makers are now one, with the Marathon Company acquiring LeStage Manufacturing for an undisclosed amount.


AGS to Launch Consumer Ad Campaign

The aim of the campaign is not only to raise awareness about the American Gem Society but also to drive consumers to its “Find a Jeweler” website feature.


4 Good Reads to Kick Off 2016

A book discussing the power of habit and one on recognizing novel ideas are two books business owners could use to begin 2016 in the right direction.


What You Might Have Missed

Here are the top five stories published on last week, according to Google Analytics.


5 Stories You Might Have Missed Last Week

National Jeweler recaps five stories from the week of Dec. 21 to 26 that jewelers might have missed in the midst of the holiday rush.


The Most-Read Stories of 2015

What did National Jeweler’s readers click on the most this year? It turns out they found stories about the past and the future equally enthralling.


MJSA Strengthens ‘Be a Jeweler’ Outreach

MJSA’s “Be a Jeweler” initiative, launched earlier this year, has new web and social media sites to help attract people to a career in jewelry.


Changing Times: A Multiple-Choice Quiz

Columnist Jan Brassem pens another pop quiz, this one testing readers’ knowledge of the times, which he acknowledges are a-changin’. 


What You Might Have Missed

Here are the top five stories published on last week, according to Google Analytics.


British Designer Expands to Tackle US Market

In 2016, Polly Wales will move her studio, workshop and core team of artisan wax-workers and goldsmiths to a new space in downtown Los Angeles as she eyes growth in the United States.


JSA to Honor Sexton, Liscinsky at Luncheon

During its annual event in January, the Jewelers Security Alliance will give awards to Jewelers Mutual’s David Sexton and Senior Special Agent James Liscinsky of the ATF.


Exercising Tolerance and Respect on Social Media

Peter Smith says retailers need to be respectful when engaging in sensitive discussions on social media, or they run the risk of losing customers, vendors or employees with opposing viewpoints.


What You Might Have Missed

Here are the five most-read stories published on last week, according to Google Analytics.


Jewelers of America Launches New Website

The redesigned site, which debuted Friday, has expanded consumer education features as well as additional resources for the trade.


GIA Digitizes 101 Rare Gem and Jewelry Books

The historically significant books about gems and jewelry now are available to the public online following their digitization by staff at the GIA’s Richard T. Liddicoat Library.


Todd Reed Inc. Promotes Two

The promotions of Amy Ash and Anjanette Sinesio will give CEO Todd Reed the ability to focus more on design and driving the vision of the company.


Feldmar Watch President Sol Meller Dies at 69

Meller, who had been with the company since the early 1970s, died Nov. 30 from pancreatic cancer.


Jewelers Mutual Gets One More A+

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co. has been awarded its 29th consecutive A+ Superior financial strength rating from A.M. Best Company, an insurance rating and information source.


What You Might Have Missed

Here are the top five stories published on last week, according to Google Analytics.


New Book Explores Jewelry History, in 8 Pieces

Aja Raden, who spent seven years at Tacori, has released her first book, Stoned, which explores the role eight different pieces of jewelry played in shaping major world events.


What you might have missed

Here are the top five stories published on National Jeweler last week, according to Google Analytics.


Column: The price of integrity

Whether retailers choose to discount or not, it is vitally important that they have integrity in their pricing, columnist Peter Smith writes.


What you might have missed

Here are the top five stories published on last week, according to Google Analytics.


JA certifies 133 jewelers in 2015

Jewelers of America announced Thursday that it has certified 133 professionals in the sales, management and bench professional areas this year, more than double the amount it certified last year.


WJA debuts grant honoring Charlotte Preston

The Women’s Jewelry Association has announced a new “Gets It Done” member grant in honor of the late Charlotte Preston, who died in October of cancer.


Column: Where do we go from here?

In this age of extremely casual dress, what the jewelry industry needs is for the big retailers to step up and create an advertising campaign showing people wearing their diamond jewelry with blue jeans, jeweler and columnist Jim Alperin writes.


What you might have missed

Here are the top five stories on from Nov. 8 to 14, according to Google Analytics.


The PR Adviser: Dear Lilian …

Columnist and public relations professional Lilian Raji advises a Canadian jeweler on the best places to spend his limited social media marketing budget. (Hint: It’s not Facebook.) 


NCDIA Executive Director Gino Di Geso steps down

After nearly a decade with the association, Di Geso will transition out of his role as executive director of the Natural Color Diamond Association at the end of the month.


Open house aims to recruit future jewelers

MJSA is teaming up with a Boston-based trade school to offer a two-day event that will promote the Be a Jeweler initiative.


What you might have missed

Here are the top five stories published on last week, according to Google Analytics.


Longtime watch executive Mort Gershman dies

Mortimer “Mort” Gershman, whose career in the watch and jewelry industry spanned more than 40 years, died Monday at the age of 89.


Live contest added to Stuller’s Bench Workshop

Stuller’s 2016 Bench Jeweler Workshop will be the site of the company’s inaugural “Battle of the Benches,” which will give four bench jewelers the chance to showcase their jewelry-making skills on the spot.


JVC: Complying with transgender legal developments

Sex discrimination laws recently have been interpreted to include discrimination on the basis of gender identity--an individual’s perceived gender. Suzan Flamm with the JVC tells jewelers what they need to know about these developments.


5 good reads for November

A book celebrating life’s little victories and another on saying “yes to situations out of one’s comfort zone are two of the reads recommended for this month. 


What you might have missed

Here are the top five stories published on last week, according to Google Analytics.


Aurelia L. Roman dies at 94

Aurelia Roman, a constant at the side of husband Michael Roman during his long career in the jewelry industry, died Saturday, Oct. 24. She was 94 years old.


Designer’s Diary: First Impressions

The next time you shoot off a note or return a call to a new contact, remember that you’ve only got one chance to make a good first impression, Jacqueline Stone writes in her latest diary entry. 


What you might have missed

Here are the top five stories published on between Oct. 18 and 24, according to Google Analytics.


The Retail Landscape: A Multiple-Choice Quiz

Columnist Jan Brassem tests readers’ knowledge of the current luxury landscape with a nine-question pop quiz.


Smart Show changes its dates

Because JIS Miami changed its dates for April, The Smart Jewelry Show now is scheduled to take place a week later, from April 17 to 19. 


JFC reveals 2015 grant winners

Jewelers for Children has named the 10 charities that will receive $10,000 each as part of the organization’s annual Local Grants program.


Hearts On Fire names its Retailer of the Year

Texas retailer Thomas Markle Jewelers took home the title at the diamond brand’s recently concluded Hearts On Fire University event in Las Vegas.


What you might have missed

Here are the top five stories published on last week, according to Google Analytics.


Putting the social spotlight on Gen Y

Barbara Palumbo, author of the jewelry-centric blog Adornmentality, tells National Jeweler why she choose to highlight 50 jewelry industry millennials for her most recent “InstaSeries.”


Is your store relevant?

Peter Smith says the answer is no if a store isn’t open enough, doesn’t respond to customers’ emails or voicemails, and doesn’t have merchandise that tells a cohesive story.


What you might have missed

Here are the top five stories published on last week, according to Google Analytics.


Kassoy to distribute Bergeon watch tools

Supplier Kassoy announced last week that it has inked an agreement to distribute a wide selection of watch tools manufactured by Switzerland-based Bergeon.


WJA hosting ‘speed mentoring’ event

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with industry professionals to get advice and insight on their careers, businesses or ideas.


Stuller acquires CAD software company

Stuller Inc. now owns Barcelona-based TDM Solutions, which has created jewelry-making software including RhinoGold.


First look: The return of ‘A Diamond is Forever’

De Beers’ new Forevermark commercials, which include the iconic tagline “A Diamond is Forever,” will begin airing in the U.S. early next month. Watch it here.


Joe Thompson to receive Lifetime Achievement award

Jewelers of America announced Wednesday that WatchTime Editor-in-Chief Joe Thompson will be the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming Gem Awards.


Designer’s Diary: Starting Out, Part II

In part two of a two-part diary entry, Jacqueline Stone gives budding designers guidance on photographers, consultants, manufacturers and more. 


Adwar releases new product catalog

The casting company just debuted a new 140-page catalog showing its newest mounting styles, in both classic and modern designs.


What you might have missed

Here are the top five stories on from Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, according to Google Analytics.


5 good reads for October

A book focusing on managing ambiguity and another investigating how danger makes us safe are two of the reads recommended for this month.


What millennials really want

We talked with seven Generation Y shoppers about where, when, why and how they shop for jewelry. Their answers are in our next digital magazine.


JA reveals Gem nominees for watch design

Cartier, Piaget, and Roger Dubuis are 2016 Gem Awards nominees for watch design, a new category for the awards this year.


More Gem Awards nominees announced

Rob Bates, Kyle Anderson and Rachel Garrahan are in the running to be recognized in the event’s media excellence category.


New president, vice president named at Tivol

Brian Butler now is the president of the Kansas City, Mo. retailer while Hunter Tivol McGrath has been named vice president.


Designer’s Diary: Starting Out, Part I

In part one of a two-part diary entry, jewelry designer Jacqueline Stone dishes on the research, schools and tools one needs to get started in the industry.


JFC debuts 2015 holiday card designs

Jewelers for Children has launched this year’s Hope for the Holidays program with three card designs, an honor donation program, and contribution cards and inserts.


What you might have missed

Here are the top five stories on from Sept. 20 to 26, according to Google Analytics.


The PR Adviser: Dear Lilian …

This week, public relations professional Lilian Raji helps a Las Vegas jeweler who wants to know how to find a great jewelry photographer at a reasonable rate. 


Second report gives reasons to be upbeat

The president of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses joined longtime industry analyst Ken Gassman in expressing optimism ahead of the all-important fourth quarter.


When salespeople know just enough

There is nothing worse as a customer than asking a question and getting a blank stare. But that doesn’t mean all the sales necessarily go to those who know the most, Peter Smith writes.


DCA courses approved in Louisiana

The Louisiana Department of Education has approved the teaching of the Diamond Council of America’s beginning and advanced jewelry sales courses in all its high schools.


24 Karat Club to honor Peter Yantzer

The Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California will honor AGS Laboratories Executive Director Peter Yantzer with its inaugural Lifetime Service Award, as well as Mark Schneider and Steve Weiss with the Excellence in Service Award next month.


What you might have missed

Here are the top five stories on from Sept. 13 to 19, according to Google Analytics.


The good old days, gone by quickly

We’re living in a time not unlike the Industrial Revolution, with the speed of change making many long-standing professions obsolete. Jewelers have to adapt or they’ll be done, retailer and columnist Jim Alperin writes.


What you might have missed

Here are the top five stories on from Sept. 6 to 12, according to Google Analytics.


NAJA offering student chance to ACE It

The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers announced that it will cover the conference fee for its winter ACE It event for one gemology student.


Kassoy releases Jeweler’s Resource newsletter

The supplier has launched the most recent version of its newsletter, offering 16 pages of items across many product categories including gemological tools, bench tools, sales aids and more.


What you might have missed

Here are the top five stories on from Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, according to Google Analytics.


The PR Adviser: Dear Lilian …

In a column exclusive to National Jeweler, public relations professional Lilian Raji addresses jewelers’ questions about public relations and marketing. This week: How do multi-branded retailers deploy co-op materials without diluting their store’s brand? 


JFC rolls out 2015 Local Grants program

Jewelers for Children now is accepting nominations for its Local Grants program, which gives 10 separate $10,000 grants to local charities nominated by jewelers.


Colin Powell leads keynote lineup for 2016 Conclave

The 65th secretary of state, as well as The Happiness Advantage author Shawn Achor, are the first two speakers to be announced for AGS Conclave next year.


5 good reads for September

A book by a jeweler-turned-author James Alperin, of James Alperin Jewelers in Pepper Pike, Ohio, topped National Jeweler’s list of literary leads for the month of September.


SimplexDiam rolls out consulting services

The New-York based company now is offering its clients detailed plans to help grow their business or sell it, if that’s what they wish to do.


To brand or not to brand?

Should jewelers ditch big-name labels and start promoting their store’s heritage as the “real brand?” Columnist Peter Smith dives into the great debate.


RJO launches nonprofit foundation

The initial goal of the Retail Jewelers Organization’s foundation is to offer scholarships and/or grants for its members.


What you might have missed

Here are the top five stories on from Aug. 23 to 29, according to Google Analytics.


Jewelry Night Out scheduled for September

The WJA’s annual event will offer attendees not only the chance to network, but also apply for or renew their memberships for the one-time price of $99.


Appointments: London Jewelers, Bergio and the DDC

London Jewelers named a new SVP of business development while the DDC re-elected President Reuven Kaufman for another term.


What retailers should know about the chip card switch

With the deadline approaching for retailers to switch their credit card readers to accept the new EMV chip cards, National Jeweler speaks with one expert about what retailers need to do to prepare.


Designer’s Diary: The price of going overseas

Jacqueline Stone asked a Facebook forum of jewelers if they would outsource their work to companies overseas, and shares the range of responses it drew.


Fruchtman Marketing named a Google Partner

The marketing firm now is an official partner for the technology company, and also has launched a web-based data service called “Stream My Brands.”


Trends and tips among Stuller’s blog content

The manufacturer’s new blog will be regularly updated with content that includes technical tips, how-to videos and look books.


What you might have missed

Here are the top five stories on from Aug. 16 to 22, 2015, according to Google Analytics.


NAJA names associate director of education

Deborah Finleon of DJF Appraisal Services was appointed to associate director of the chair of education at the organization this week.


Dione Kenyon to retire from JBT next year

After serving as president of the association for the past 14 years, Dione Kenyon is set to retire sometime in 2016, dependent on when the organization finds and transitions a replacement.


Jewelers Mutual gives its University a makeover

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co. has updated JM University, the online safety and security training resource first launched in 2005.


Designer’s Diary: A Refund on Love?

In her latest diary entry, custom engagement ring designer Jacqueline Stone runs down the biggest mistakes jewelers make when bridal customers come through the door. 


What you might have missed

Here are the top five stories on from Aug. 9 to 15, according to Google Analytics.


Stuller’s SwissBacks are back

The manufacturer has released the second version of its SwissBacks earring findings, which are meant to eliminate the need for earring backs.


The PR Adviser: Dear Lilian …

In a new column exclusive to National Jeweler, public relations professional Lilian Raji addresses questions about public relations and marketing. This week: Desksides vs. press previews, which is better for getting the attention of editors? 


What you might have missed

Here are the top five stories on from Aug. 2 to 8, 2015, according to Google Analytics.


Silver demand increases in first half of 2015

Demand for silver in jewelry and industrial applications is up, and GFMS Thompson Reuters predicts that globally silver jewelry will increase 5 percent this year.


Academy expands young metalsmiths program

Creative Side Jewelry in Austin, Texas is extending its Youth Metalsmiths program into the fall, offering after-school, home-school and weekend workshops.


The PR Adviser: Dear Lilian …

In a new column exclusive to National Jeweler, public relations professional Lilian Raji addresses jewelers’ questions about public relations and marketing. This week: Help! Why am I not getting any publicity for my in-store event?


Jewelers Mutual launches ‘smart’ jewelry coverage

The coverage will protect against accidental loss, theft, damage or the mysterious disappearance of pieces of smart jewelry, including the Apple Watch.


Coach’s Corner: Managers, put your coaching caps on

Jewelry store managers need to leave their ego at the door and make sure they are motivated to help others succeed, “The Jewelry Coach” Pat Henneberry writes. 


London Jewelers’ Fran Udell dies at 94

Udell, a past co-owner of New York’s London Jewelers, died Saturday following a brief illness.


What you might have missed

Here are the top five stories on from July 26 to Aug. 1, according to Google Analytics.


Jewelers Mutual recognized as top insurance co.

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co. has been named to the 2015 list of Ward’s 50 top-performing insurance companies for the fifth year in a row.


Platinum to stay below gold, for now

Precious metals analysts expect the price of platinum to remain below that of gold into, and possibly through, 2016.


Designer, storeowner wins WJA-Carelle grant

Tina Chan is a Chicago-based jewelry designer who just opened a brick-and-mortar space she hopes will be resource and sales outlet for other independent designers.


Estelle Hedaya joins CBG

The 25-year industry veteran is leaving her position as director of sales for World Trade Jewelers to become the director of operations for the Continental Buying Group.


WJA names 2015 Awards for Excellence winners

The Women’s Jewelry Association announced the winners of its 2015 Awards for Excellence live in New York last night.


Would you hire your customer?

Columnist Peter Smith discusses the positives and the negatives that could come of trying to recruit a current client for a sales position at the store.


What you might have missed

 Here are the top five stories on from July 19 to 25, 2015, according to Google Analytics.


JA elects Ryan Berg as new board chairman

Jewelers of America tapped Berg, of Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry, to lead its board at a meeting held Saturday in New York. 


MJSA cuts Education Foundation director position

The association confirmed Wednesday that it has eliminated the director position at its nonprofit subsidiary, a position that Peggy Jo Donahue held for the last year.


Longtime jeweler Guy Rossberg dies at 67

The Green Lake, Wis. custom jeweler lost his battle with cancer earlier this summer.


What you might have missed

A feature on the New Designer Gallery at the upcoming JA New York Summer show and a blog post on the diamond industry’s new policy on color grades were among the most-read stories on National Jeweler last week.


WJA announces scholarship recipients

Among the awards this year is the new Female Veteran Scholarship, which went to a designing jeweler who served in the U.S. Army as an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technician. 


A new program to help move old inventory

The Edge Retail Academy has introduced a multi-tiered, targeted program to help jewelers reduce aging inventory and keep the cash flow going.


Ben Smithee to keynote Portland conference

The business marketing consultant is scheduled to speak on Oct. 4, the day before the Portland Jewelry Symposium begins.


Designer’s Diary: The bottom line

In an industry centered around product with such intrinsic value, designer and columnist Jacqueline Stone challenges today’s buyers to follow their love of the craft rather than a sales sheet in her latest Diary entry.


What you might have missed

A blog post on the diamond industry’s price problem and a story about what the U.S.’s largest retailers have in common were two of the top stories on National Jeweler last week.


Jewelers Mutual rebrands Perfect Circle

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co. is doing away with the Perfect Circle brand name, offering all insurance under the Jewelers Mutual name going forward. 


PAJ names Lori Kluempke as senior vice president

Global bridge jewelry manufacturer Prime Art & Jewel has appointed industry veteran Lori Kluempke in the newly created role of senior vice president, effective immediately.


It’s time for Christmas in July

The next issue of National Jeweler’s digital magazine, which focuses on helping retailers plan for the holiday season, is set to drop July 15.


What you might have missed

 Here are the top five stories on from June 28 to July 4, according to Google Analytics.


New JVC handbook covers intellectual property law

The guide provides legal education on protecting name brands, slogans and logos as well as inventions and industrial designs.


What you might have missed

 Here are the top five stories on from June 21 to 27, according to Google Analytics.


GemOro debuts Testerossa stone testing instrument

Sy Kessler’s GemOro Superior Instruments division has introduced its latest diamond, white sapphire and moissanite testing instrument, called the Testerossa.


WJA announces 2015 grant winners

The organization has awarded a total of $12,500 to its members across the country to be used toward professional growth.


AGS releases latest Conclave on Demand videos

The American Gem Society has made a video series of the top speakers and presentations at this year’s Conclave conference in New Orleans available online for the industry.


Designer’s Diary: Designing with millennials in mind

As Generation Y matures and becomes more prosperous, the jewelry industry will need to become more socially conscious, Jacqueline Stone writes in her latest diary entry.


5 good reads for June

It’s summertime, and the latest list of new releases from GoodReads indicates that the reading’s easy. 


What you might have missed

The top trends from Las Vegas market week and another bill for “sales tax fairness” being introduced in Congress were the top stories on National Jeweler last week.


The 2015-2016 Kassoy catalog is out

The newly redesigned 208-page book is available in both PDF and print formats. 


NRC issues notice on glow-in-the-dark watches

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission just reminded the industry that licenses are required to possess and distribute watches that contain tritium, the nuclear material used to make watch faces and hands visible in the dark.


Stuller appoints new VP of sales

Stuller has named Gary Davis as its new vice president of sales, replacing Robert Cox, who retired last month.


UPS Capital buys shipper Parcel Pro

The acquisition allows UPS Capital, the supply chain insurance and financing subsidiary of shipping giant UPS, to increase its presence in the jewelry industry.


Industry veteran Frank Fialkoff, 70, dies

The CEO of jewelry design and distributing company Haskell Jewels LLC died June 8 after battling cancer.


Registration open for GIA’s New York career fair

Recruiting companies now can register for the fair, which is scheduled for Monday, July 27 during the JA New York Summer show.


What you might have missed

Here are the top five stories on from June 7 to 13, according to Google Analytics.


JFC donation helps children in Nepal

Jewelers for Children has donated $25,000 to Save the Children’s Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund to support the efforts being made to help children and their families in the devastated area.


Designer’s Diary: Small players, sticking together

Independent retailers need to capitalize on the extra lengths emerging designers will go to in order to be heard in a sea of noise, designer and columnist Jacqueline Stone writes in her latest Diary entry.


Paul Moonga named CEO of Endless Jewelry

Moonga is replacing founder Jesper Nielsen, who will remain on board but focus on overall development of the brand.


NAJA schedules ‘Ace It’ conference for August

The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers will hold its 44th annual “Ace It” education conference in Washington, D.C. from Aug. 8 to 11.


What you might have missed

Here are the top five stories on from May 31 to June 6, according to Google Analytics.


JFC raises nearly $3M for charities

Jewelers for Children announced in Las Vegas that it has raised $2.8 million to support its charity partners in the year ahead. 


Coach’s Corner: The truth about clienteling

Columnist Pat Henneberry exposes some of the myths surrounding “clienteling,” which she says is nothing new. 


What you might have missed

Stories about the Las Vegas shows were among the most read on National Jeweler for the week of May 24 to 30. 


‘A Diamond is Forever’ is back

Forevermark announced in Las Vegas that its holiday marketing campaign will use the famed slogan first coined in the 1940s but will make it ‘fresh’ for millennial consumers.


Coach’s corner: 10 common mistakes salespeople make

Dressing too casually and paying more attention to their smartphone than to the customer are two of the most common blunders committed by salespeople today, Pat Henneberry says. 


What you might have missed

The GIA’s recall of hundreds of diamonds and a preview of the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch show were the most popular stories on National Jeweler last week. 


Former InStyle editor embarks on The Adventurine

After 19 years as the contributing editor of fine jewelry and watches at InStyle magazine, Marion Fasel is venturing out on her own with an online magazine and consulting company, joined by longtime colleague Lisa Jordon Helms.


Scott Kay Inc. names new president

Michael Benavente, the former managing director of Gucci watches and jewelry in the Americas, will take the helm at the brand.


JA offering payment processing benefits

Via a new program with FIS, Jewelers of America members now can receive discounts on materials they need to process non-cash payments.


What you might have missed

Pandora cutting 105 retailers and Blue Nile’s plans for a “webroom concept experience” at a New York mall were the top stories on National Jeweler last week.


Invest in your best people

Columnist Peter Smith writes that jewelers should spend time and energy on their top performers and not neglect them in favor of helping weaker players improve.


Jewelers Mutual gets emotional in new ad campaign

Targeted at consumers as well as the trade, “For All Its Worth” emphasizes people’s personal connection to their jewelry.


Former Ippolita exec joins Lagos

Lagos named luxury industry veteran Stephen Chambers as visual merchandising director, putting him in charge of conceptualization and execution of the brand’s visual directives.


Scott Kay Inc. continues to add to sales team

The brand, now owned by manufacturer Frederick Goldman, has named Nick Pirie as the regional account executive for the East Coast.  


Designer’s Diary: Focus on customization

Jacqueline Stone explains how she executes the sometimes-difficult dance of pleasing the customer when both parties are involved in the creation of a custom design.


What you might have missed

An article detailing the continued shrinkage of the jewelry industry was the most-read story on National Jeweler last week, while an article about the yellow diamond still for sale at Borsheims came in second.


5 good reads for May

From landing that dream job to wading through all the misinformation online, National Jeweler has chosen some books from Goodreads’ list of new releases for May that could be beneficial to business owners.


National Jeweler names publisher, adds to sales staff

The trade publication has named Jewelers of America’s Matthew Tratner as publisher and industry veteran Nancy Kelly as sales executive, effective immediately.


Sell or just shut down? Here’s how to tell

Howard Feller of MMG Advisors gives jewelers contemplating retirement a primer on evaluating which is the best option for their business: selling it or closing up shop.


IJO seeks millennials’ input with new board

The Independent Jewelers Organization has created a Millennial Advisory Board to involve the group’s younger jewelers and hear their ideas and concerns. 


Stuller’s new program puts clients ‘First’

The manufacturer and supplier has launched its first company-wide loyalty program, “Stuller First,” giving participating jewelers a number of shipping and ordering benefits. 


Cover Girl-branded jewelry line launches

Supplier Verigold will work with independents to create exclusive Cover Girl collections, made in alternative metals with crystals and cubic zirconia.


Post-purchase, layoffs occur at Scott Kay

Last week, Frederick Goldman Inc. began letting people go from the brand it acquired in February.


Three strategies for combating big competitors

Columnist Jan Brassem reminds independent jewelers of the advantages smaller, more nimble organizations have over big-box and chain stores.


PGI USA adds director of marketing role

Named to the new post was Meg Deedy, who has more than 10 years of experience with agencies such as, TracyLocke and MRM/McCann. 


What you might have missed

Here are the top five stories on from March 29 to April 4, according to Google Analytics. 


Thumbs down for the Up System

Columnist Peter Smith explains why he thinks the Up System, which dictates that a store’s sales staff take turns approaching customers, is inane.


What you might have missed

Here are the top five stories posted on between March 29 and April 4, according to Google Analytics.


Sales trainer shares 7 steps of proactive selling

 At a session held Thursday, gemologist Debbie Hiss gave AGS Conclave attendees the low-down on how to close a sale and keep customers coming back.


6 display changes that will increase sales

Stocking bridal merchandise by style instead of vendor and looking like the store you want to become are two ways retailers can increase revenues, an author and consultant said in an education session held Wednesday at AGS Conclave 2015. 


The ‘different schema’ of the millennial shopper

Understanding how millennials work can help retailers reach them, and one seminar at AGS Conclave 2015 helped to identify just who these consumers are.


Designer’s Diary: A Day in the Life

In Designer’s Diary, a new column for National Jeweler, Salt + Stone’s Jacqueline Stone will detail her ups and downs as an emerging jewelry designer. Her first column describes a typical day in the life. 


What you might have missed

Here are the top five stories posted on between March 29 and April 4, according to Google Analytics.


Circa expands into professional services

The New York-based company that specializes in buying from the public has a new division that purchases from professionals and sells the pieces via tender at its main office.


Coach’s corner: The need to “own it”

Trainer Pat Henneberry gives salespeople three pointers on how they can generate their own leads, instead of waiting for customers to come to them. 


C.R. Time’s Chuck Murphy dies at 85

Charles “Chuck” Murphy, who spent his entire career in the watch industry, died Saturday of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 85.


What you might have missed

Here are the top five stories posted on last week, according to Google Analytics.


Mayfair Jewelers’ Shirley Kulchinsky dies at 86

Shirley Kulchinsky, the trailblazing matriarch of Long Island, N.Y. retailer Mayfair Jewelers, died Saturday.


16 traits that say ‘I’m The Boss’

A true “boss” is someone who … Columnist Peter Smith fills in the blank in his latest article.


Superfit to open distribution center in Canada

Toronto-based Platinum Unlimited will operate the facility for jewelry manufacturer Superfit, with the opening set for June 1.  


SimplexDiam buys Martin Ross inventory

The New York jewelry company was the winning bidder at the bankruptcy auction for the inventory of the Martin Ross Group, an Ontario-based fine jewelry manufacturer.


Bodoh named deputy executive director of AGS

Katherine Bodoh is leaving Jewelers Mutual to join the American Gem Society, where she’ll be second in command behind Ruth Batson.


What you might have missed

Here are the top five stories posted on between March 29 and April 4, according to Google Analytics.


Gianmaria Buccellati dies at 86

Gianmaria Buccellati, the honorary president of family-owned Italian jewelry company Buccellati, has died following an illness. He was 86.


Mich. jeweler Brian Hobart dies at 47

Brian Henry Hobart, owner of B.H. Hobart Jewelers in Michigan, died suddenly on Feb. 12 as a result of a cardiac event. He was 47. 


Rio Grande campaign celebrates jewelers

Running in both print and digital, the advertising campaign focuses on metalsmiths. It won an award earlier this month.


Court reverses injunction against A’lor

A federal appeals court has overturned a ruling that barred A’lor from selling certain pieces of cable jewelry, the latest twist in the brand’s ongoing battle with Charriol.


When choice is not a good thing

The size of the menu at The Cheesecake Factory makes Peter Smith’s head hurt. Don’t let your store be the Cheesecake Factory of jewelry stores.


What you might have missed

The “never ever” scenarios for salespeople in a store and an Antwerp law enforcement official facing money laundering charges were two of the top stories on National Jeweler last week.


Silver price expected to fall again in 2015

The per-ounce price of silver is expected to decrease this year as the dollar continues to strengthen and investments move out of the commodities sector. 


Frederick Goldman patents new coatings

The manufacturer is applying the coating to its Triton, its line of silver and alternative metal jewelry for men.


Coach’s Corner: 6 things salespeople shouldn’t do

Taking cell phone calls and texting in front of customers are two of the “never ever” scenarios Pat Henneberry outlines in the latest Coach’s Corner.


PA jeweler, wife found dead at home

Police are investigating the deaths of a 65-year-old jewelry store owner and his wife whose bodies were discovered in their suburban Philadelphia home Sunday. 


What you might have missed

Swarovski’s official launch into fine jewelry and the rising average spend on engagement rings were two of the top stories on National Jeweler last week. 


Five good reads for March

National Jeweler has chosen four books from Goodreads’ March list of new releases that could be beneficial to business owners. 


Chicago Marathon runners can race for JFC

Jewelers for Children has guaranteed entries for the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, which allows for participants to select to raise funds for the charity. 


Charlotte Preston announces business closure

Preston, who has organized educational programs in the jewelry industry for 30 years through Charlotte Preston Catalysts, said she is closing due to a cancer diagnosis.  


Former Tiffany exec joins Worthy as president

Worthy, an online marketplace for pre-owned luxury goods, has named former Tiffany & Co. executive Peter Schneirla as its first president.


Jewelry Academy hosting summer metalsmith program

The weeklong program at Creative Side Jewelry Academy is geared toward metalsmiths between the ages of 10 and 16 who want to learn jewelry-making skills.


Coach’s Corner: The luck of the Irish

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, Pat Henneberry shares four tips on how jewelers can create their own good luck on the sales floor.


What you might have missed

A jeweler facing felony charges for replacing stones and the struggles with finding qualified help were among the top stories on last week.  


PGI USA appoints new vice president

Kevin Reilly, who has been with PGI USA for nine years and in the jewelry industry for more than 20, has been promoted to the position, effective immediately. 


National Jeweler’s new digital magazine is out

The latest issue of National Jeweler’s new digital magazine is available on (virtual) newsstands now.  


3 ways to be a happier person

Focusing on one’s body, eliminating clutter and cultivating relationships are three of the most important aspects to being happier, author and keynote speaker Gretchen Rubin said at WJA’s In the Know conference Tuesday. 


MJSA program aims to recruit bench jewelers

With many baby boomer generation jewelers heading into retirement, the MJSA Education Foundation has developed a new initiative to introduce more young people to the field of jewelry making.


What you might have missed

 The indictment of 17 individuals involved in smash-and-grab robberies and the increase in the number of jewelry companies consolidating or closing were the top stories last week.


Industry sees spike in business discontinuances

The JBT’s data shows a 32 percent increase in the number of companies that exited the industry in 2014. Dione Kenyon shares several plausible explanations for the spike.


JA accepting 2015 scholarship applications

Jewelers of America currently is accepting applications for its member scholarships, designed to provide education opportunities to employees at JA member stores who are at least 18 years old.


Coach’s corner: Give your customers a ‘carbo load’

Pat Henneberry draws on what she has learned as a competitive open-water swimmer to help retailers make sure their team members are in the best sales shape of their lives.


WJA names its ‘Shining Stars’ of 2015

The organization will honor these 12 members who have given extraordinary service to their respective regional chapters at its In the Spotlight event next week.


What you might have missed

The death of well-known Florida jeweler Mark Levinson and the closing of a store that helped many designers launch their careers were the top stories on National Jeweler last week.


Mobile consumption, video boost magazine audience

The audience for magazine media, both in print and online, grew 10 percent year-over-year in the six-month period spanning August to January.


Chris Cullen appointed CEO of Lagos

Chris Cullen has been promoted to CEO of Lagos while founder Steven Lagos, who has run the company since 1977, will focus on being chairman and creative director.


WJA announces In the Know lineup

Consumer trends, the bridal industry and leadership are among the topics that will be covered at the organization’s annual conference next month.


Fla. jeweler Mark Levinson found dead

Levinson Jewelers founder Mark Levinson was found dead in an apparent suicide on Tuesday, authorities said. He was 60 years old.


Salma Hayek poses for Pomellato

Italian fine jewelry brand Pomellato has named Academy Award-nominated actress Salma Hayek as the face of the brand, featuring her at the center of its newest ad campaign.


Stuller announces Bridge conference schedule

Back for its sixth year, the Bridge events will focus on helping retail jewelers do better business. 


The ‘cash for gold trend’ reverses

Consumers are loving gold once again, with the U.S. recording its best fourth quarter for jewelry demand since 2009 and “distress selling” on the decline.


After 30 years in business, Fragments to close

The New York City institution known for launching the careers of some of the industry’s most well-known designers is breaking up.


What you might have missed

Frederick Goldman’s plans for Scott Kay and the Jewelry Coach’s seven tips on creating customer love proved to be the most popular stories on last week.


Five good reads for February

National Jeweler has chosen four books from Goodreads’ February list of new releases that could be beneficial to business owners and added an editor’s pick for reading pleasure.


Rings of Strength returns, with a shorter path

Cyclists rejoice. This year, at the request of participants, JFC’s Rings of Strength will include a shorter biking route in addition to its usual 50 kilometer (31 mile) path.


The Edge Retail Academy launches new services

The consulting company has added a program to help retailers integrate The Edge data with QuickBook as well as two mentoring programs.


Frederick Goldman has luxurious plans for Scott Kay

With the brand now under its belt, executives at Frederick Goldman Inc. are planning to propel the business’s bridal and fashion lines into a more high-end arena and access an expanded base of consumers.


Richline to acquire Chrysalis line of bracelets

The Berkshire Hathaway-owned manufacturer and marketer has inked a deal to scoop up Chrysalis, a line of stackable bangles adorned with talismans, good luck charms and spiritual symbols.


Coach’s Corner: Cultivating customer love

When a customer loves working with a retailer, it means they trust them and most likely would recommend the retailer to their friends. Pat Henneberry shares seven rules for creating this kind of relationship.


What you might have missed

An article detailing a round of layoffs at Pandora Americas, which includes the U.S., Canada and Latin America, was the top story on National Jeweler last week.


Manfredi Jewels opens second location

Owner Roberto Chiappelloni said opening a store in New Canaan, Conn. not only brings him closer to many of his clients but allows him to offer a Rolex counter as well.


Lifelong retailer Tony Schiffman dies at 78

The president emeritus of Schiffman’s Jewelers died Monday at his home in Greensboro, N.C. following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.


Stephen Silver names former Tourneau exec president

Watch and jewelry house Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry has named Andrew Block to the newly created role of president, effective immediately.


Samuel Gordon Jewelers closing up shop

After 111 years in business, the Oklahoma City jewelry store is closing its doors.


Coach’s corner: What hospitals can teach us

Pat Henneberry, the “Jewelry Coach” who is now a vice president at Hearts on Fire, shares four takeaways on customer service gleaned from time recently spent in the hospital with a loved one.


Oklahoma jeweler BC Clark Jr. dies at 101

Benton Clyde Clark Jr., a pioneer in the industry who was known for his uncompromising integrity and humble spirit, died Wednesday at the age of 101.


What you might have missed

A story examining the current supply and demand trends for turquoise topped National Jeweler last week in terms of site traffic.


Stuller’s bench workshop set for March

The latest tools, equipment and techniques for jewelry professionals will be shared next month at Stuller’s annual Bench Jeweler Workshop.


Hearts On Fire hires a Jewelry Coach

Pat Henneberry, a sales trainer and founder of The Jewelry Coach, is Hearts On Fire’s newest executive. 


ViewPoint adds Efva Attling

The sales and marketing company will help the Swedish jewelry company expand its retail base in the United States. 


What you might have missed

 Dispatches from the Vicenzaoro show in Italy were the most popular on last week, according to Google Analytics. 


Designer debuts instructional DVDs on custom design

Rémy Rotenier has released two DVDs, priced at $175 each, to teach jewelers and help them bolster the custom part of their business.  


Gold price forecast to decline in 2015

Analysts predict that the strengthening U.S. dollar and increase in interest rates will drive a drop in the metal’s per-ounce price this year.  


Silver brand Thistle & Bee opens first store

Known for making high-quality, fashion-forward silver jewelry, the brand now has a flagship shop on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. 


Frederick Goldman hires former Tiffany executive

Frederick Goldman has announced the appointment of Mike Floskis as vice president finance and controller, effective immediately. 


Need resolution motivation? Jewelers Mutual can help

Knowing how hard it can be to stick to a New Year’s resolution, Jewelers Mutual is partnering with the Stacked New York brand for a sweepstakes to provide a little inspiration this year. 


What you might have missed

A roundup from a panel discussion at the JA New York Winter show regarding how jewelers can adapt to the changing bridal landscape was the top story on last week. 


What to do when it’s bye-bye best customers

Is your customer base dwindling? If so, you need to have a smart marketing person who understands how to attract new buyers, Ellen Fruchtman writes.


AGS brings back the ‘Perfect Proposal’

The American Gem Society is bringing back its Perfect Proposal Toolkit for consumers this year, providing new tips and advice for popping the question as well as a new proposal countdown clock. 


New MJSA tool connects members with retailers

MJSA has debuted a new benefit for its members, called Retail Link, to help them promote their latest designs and finished jewelry to a network of retail customers. 


PGI CEO James Courage to retire as office moves east

Platinum Guild International CEO James Courage will retire and be replaced by Huw Daniel as the company moves its head office from London to Hong Kong. 


Former Suberi exec joins The Aaron Group

The Aaron Group announced recently that Ross Markman, the former executive vice president of Suberi Brothers LLC, has joined the company as director of sales.  


What you might have missed

Tiffany’s first ad featuring a same-sex couple was the top story on last week.  


Jeweler hits $100K goal for 100th anniversary

Day’s Jewelers presented a check for $102,300 to Jewelers for Children after pledging to raise $100,000 for the charity to mark a century in business. 


WJA calls for applications for Carelle grant

The Women’s Jewelry Association now is accepting applications from members for a merit-based grant to help women in the industry get their businesses off the ground.


Jewelers Mutual still gets an A+

Insurer Jewelers Mutual has earned its 28th consecutive A+ Superior financial strength rating from A.M. Best Company, an insurance rating and information source.  


Slane to quit selling wholesale

Slane, the jewelry company started by sisters Landon and Heath Slane 18 years ago, is discontinuing its wholesale operations while the brand “considers a new direction for the future.” 


Va. jeweler Dorothy Burke dies

Dorothy Lee Thrift Burke, who founded Burkes Jewelers in Virginia’s Northern Neck with her husband Fred, has died at the age of 90.  


Displays designed to snag the modern shopper

 Holographic showcases can help jewelers tell the story behind their pieces, appealing to the desire of today’s consumers to find out information on their own.


WJA announces 2015 Hall of Fame honorees

The Women’s Jewelry Association will honor J.C. Penney’s Pam Mortensen, Underwood Jewelers’ C. Clayton Bromberg and Gumuchian at its 2015 Awards for Excellence gala. 


Shinola, Stephen Webster among Gem Award winners

 Shinola and Stephen Webster won for marketing/communications and design, respectively, while W magazine’s Claudia Mata took home the Gem for media excellence. 


What you might have missed

A story outlining eight jewelry trends expected to be prevalent in 2015 was the most popular story on National Jeweler last week.  


JA acquires National Jeweler

The operations of National Jeweler have transitioned from Emerald Expositions, the owner of the JA New York shows, Couture and the U.S. Antique & Jewelry shows, to Jewelers of America, the organizations announced jointly Friday afternoon.


Aaron Group chairman dies at 72

Robert J. Wueste, who has been head of The Aaron Group since 2003, died Tuesday at his home in California. 


GemFind names Bridel to business development post

GemFind, a technology and e-commerce provider to the gem and jewelry industry, has appointed former AGS CEO Robert Bridel as its executive director of business development. 


IJO appoints four new board members

The Independent Jewelers Organization has named three retailers and one vendor to its board of directors for a three-year term. 


US manufacturer Larter & Sons has shut down

Larter & Sons closed its doors at the end of last year after a century and a half of manufacturing jewelry.  


Richline Group wades into wearable tech

With wearable tech continuing to heat up, a number of companies, including the Richline Group, have announced their entry into the category in recent days with the launch of new smart products. 


8 New Year’s resolutions from retailers

At a time when many people are focusing on their health and happiness for the next year, jewelers across the country share with National Jeweler what goals they’ve set for 2015. 


5 good reads for January

A book on “conflict” minerals highlights this month’s list of the most intriguing new releases.  


What you might have missed

The top stories on National Jeweler last week reflected on the year, and the holiday season, that just passed and looked ahead to 2015. 


The 10 most popular stories of 2014

Remembering Scott Kay, a jeweler pleading guilty to selling fakes, and the biggest mistakes jewelers make in displaying merchandise were among National Jeweler’s most-clicked-on articles of the year. 


3 retail predictions for 2015

Analysts and independent jewelers offer their prognostications on the forces that will shape retail in the coming year.


What you might have missed

Articles on bridal jewelry trends for 2015 and three of the five forces that have transformed the jewelry industry over the last 35 years were among the top stories on National Jeweler last week. 


5 modern forces that shaped the industry, part II

In part two of a two-part series, columnist Jan Brassem examines the final three factors he says disrupted and transformed the jewelry industry over the past 35 years.  


JA to live stream 2015 Gem Awards

For the first time, Jewelers of America will broadcast live its annual Gem Awards ceremony on Jan. 9 through streaming television. 


JA to live stream 2015 Gem Awards

For the first time, Jewelers of America will broadcast live its annual Gem Awards ceremony on Jan. 9 through streaming television.


What you might have missed

The opening of a class action lawsuit against EGL International and major retailers in early 2015 and the closing of another lawsuit against a retailer for using the lab’s grading reports were among the top stories on National Jeweler last week.   


3 plead guilty in 2013 ‘tiger’ kidnapping case

Three men have pleaded guilty in federal court to charges stemming from their involvement in a violent kidnapping and jewelry store robbery in April 2013. 


Supplier News: Frederick Goldman signs Canada deal

 Frederick Goldman announced that it is partnering with Nouvo Mode to do sales and distribution for the Goldman, ArtCarved and Triton brands in Canada beginning in January.


5 modern forces that shaped the jewelry industry

 In part one of a two-part series, columnist Jan Brassem examines the first two of the five factors he says disrupted and transformed the jewelry industry over the past 35 years. 


‘Happiness’ author to keynote at WJA’s In the Know

The Women’s Jewelry Association announced Wednesday that Gretchen Rubin, author of bestseller The Happiness Project, and Rent the Runway CEO Jennifer Hyman will speak at the In The Know conference next year. 


KDM opening showcase supply service to retailers

Stuller Inc. is transitioning out of store interiors and will direct jewelers to KDM Retail going forward, the two companies told National Jeweler.  


8 tips for having a safe trunk show

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co., ISPS and Jewelers UnBlocked give pointers on having a safe trunk show during the holiday season and year-round. 


Johnson Matthey selling gold, silver refineries

Johnson Matthey just announced the sale of its gold and silver refining business to Japanese metal recycling firm Asahi Holdings for $186 million in cash as part of an ongoing shift to focus on chemistry and technology. 


What you might have missed

The industry remembering designer Scott Kay and an alert from the JVC about diamond grading reports were the top stories on National Jeweler last week.


24 Karat Club announces date for annual banquet

The 24 Karat Club of New York will hold its 113th annual banquet on Saturday, Jan. 10 at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Manhattan. 


PGI opens the ‘Platinum Hall of Fame’

The Platinum Guild International (PGI-USA) has a new program for jewelry store employees who exhibit exemplary platinum-selling skills.  


8 tips for achieving add-on sales

Fifteen days to go until Christmas. That makes it the perfect time to remind salespeople to ask for the add-on, or to refresh the store’s tactics for making multiple sales.  


Diamond dealer robbed after being followed from show

Investigators believe that thieves followed a van from a trade show in Chicago to a rest stop near Rochester, Minn. before allegedly carrying out a $500,000 heist in a matter of minutes. 


What you might have missed

An independent jeweler’s $170,000 sale and Q&A with the man working to clean up the grading practices of EGL labs outside the United States were the top stories on National Jeweler last week.


Jewelers Mutual to donate to children for holidays

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company is again teaming up with Sarah’s Hope Jewelry and Jewelers for Children to give to children in need through its “Hope for the Holidays” sweepstakes. 


White Pine adds buy-back program for retailers

White Pine Trading has launched its Retail Partnerships Service, a program designed to help retail jewelers improve sales and increase customer loyalty via their customers’ unwanted jewelry. 


5 good reads for December

Want to learn how to be more of a “do nothing” type of leader and manager? A book released this month coaches business owners on how to stop micromanaging. 


What you might have missed

The top lots from the “Bunny” Mellon sale and analysis of Signet Jewelers Ltd.’s latest financials were among the most read stories on National Jeweler last week.


Growing number of Americans getting remarried

Even though fewer people are tying the knot overall, those who already have been married once aren’t afraid to try again, the latest data from the Pew Research Center shows.  


Why consumers are starting to love gold again

The World Gold Council’s Sally Morrison and Marcus Grubb on price, demand, #FutureHeirlooms, and what Anthropologie launching a karat-gold collection says about young consumers’ interest in the category. 


What you might have missed

A roundup of the major chain stores that’ll be open on Thanksgiving Day and one independent retailer’s plan to compete with big-box Black Friday deals were the top stories on National Jeweler last week. 


Leader of grab-and-run ring sentenced

A 36-year-old man received 10 years in prison for being one of the leaders of a grab-and-run crime ring that stole millions in diamonds and jewelry from 23 stores in seven states, even using a Chihuahua to distract workers in one store.  


Supplier News: New GemOro magnifier available

GemOro, a division of Dallas-based Sy Kessler, has released its new iView handheld LED illuminated magnifier. 


PGI continues refining partnership with fashion site

Platinum Guild International (PGI-USA) just launched the latest edition of “Platinum Pairings,” a custom content series produced in conjunction with Refinery 29. 


What you might have missed

A story detailing the Jewelers Vigilance Committee’s new guide on the laws surrounding e-commerce was the most popular story on National Jeweler last week. 


US demand for gold hits highest level since ‘09

“Mounting conviction” in the economic recovery and lower prices helped boost U.S. demand for gold jewelry to its highest level in five years, the latest report from the World Gold Council shows.  


Jewelers warned of utility scam targeting small shops

One California jeweler recently received a call asking her to cough up $1,100 because she, allegedly, was behind on her electricity bill. She knew better than to pay it.  


How to sell online, legally

The Jewelers Vigilance Committee has released a legal compliance guide designed to help designers, jewelers and anyone else who engages in e-commerce at either the retail or wholesale level.


What you might have missed

 Robbins Brothers’ response to the Starbucks ban on stone-set rings was the most popular story on last week.


5 good reads for November

Ever wonder why people are so addicted to their iPhones? One of the month’s new releases explains how companies succeed in making products that are habit-forming.  


Supplier News: Stuller distributing Renata, Gel-Pak

Stuller has become the authorized distributor for Sy Kessler’s Renata watch batteries as well as Gel-Pak’s line of Gem-box products. 


The 4 social media platforms that matter most

A recent study from L2 shows that Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and messaging app WeChat, which is not widely used in the U.S., have the best reach and engagement rates while Vine, Tumblr, Pinterest and Google+ are on the decline.


Jewelers Mutual CEO to retire, new leader named

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co. announced Tuesday that its board of directors has selected a new president and CEO to replace Darwin Copeman, who will retire in 2015.  


The History Behind ... Victorian mourning jewelry

National Jeweler editors delve into the when, where and why of antique jewelry in The History Behind, a monthly feature. This month’s focus is mourning jewelry worn during the Victorian era, which spanned 1837 to 1901.  


What you might have missed

A story tracking five trends seen at JA New York Special Delivery was the most popular story on last week. 


Registration open for Rio Grande’s 2015 symposium

 Jewelry industry professionals now can sign up to attend the Santa Fe Symposium on jewelry technology, scheduled for May 17 to 20 in Albuquerque.


Calif. designer to debut boutique, jewelry line

 Allison Neumann is set to open her first store in San Diego next month and launch her new “River Rock” rough sapphire collection.


Officials charge 3 more in Mich. robberies

A trio of men charged with storming into two independent jewelers in Michigan this spring and ordering employees and customers to the floor at gunpoint could face life in prison, authorities announced this week.  


In a time when lending is tight, alternatives abound

Collateral lending and crowdfunding are two of the options available in an era when traditional banks are exiting the industry.


5 fun events to engage clients this holiday season

Innovative, intriguing events can not only attract new customers and bring in existing customers, but engage them in a way that will keep the store front of mind. National Jeweler talked to five retailers across the country about the events they came up with to do just that.


Man who plotted robbery gets 11 years behind bars

A U.S. district judge in Florida has sentenced the man who masterminded the 2013 robbery of the International Diamond Center in Tampa to 11 years and 6 months in federal prison.


What you might have missed

A recap of the country’s most expensive ZIP codes, according to Forbes, was the most popular story on last week.


Platinum to average $1477 in 2015

Platinum prices are expected to rise slightly in 2015, analysts say, with jewelry demand anticipated to increase as well.


WJA event aims to highlight local designers

The Northern California chapter of the Women’s Jewelry Association will hold its 17th annual “Designers by the Bay” event Oct. 29 in San Francisco.


JFC names local grant winners for 2014

The Facebook votes have been counted in Jewelers for Children’s 2014 Local Grants program, which distributes $10,000 to 10 local charities nominated by retailers and industry organizations.


Supplier News: Midas Chain goes mini

Midas Chain has launched its new East2West Mini Collection, which includes miniature versions of the manufacturer’s most popular styles.


Global seminar on appraisals to take place Tuesday

On Tuesday, the GIA Alumni Association Minnesota/Twin Cities Chapter is scheduled to hold a seminar both online and off on the profits and pitfalls of professional jewelry appraising.


What are the priciest places to live in the US?

Wealth in this country remains concentrated on the coasts, the Forbes 2014 list of America’s most expensive ZIP codes shows. 


What you might have missed

The most popular story on the website last week was a roundup of the fall’s most outstanding jewelry exhibitions. 


Former jeweler charged with embezzlement, theft

A man who once owned a jewelry store in the upscale San Diego suburb of La Jolla was charged and arraigned this week on 14 felony counts after police found 47 pieces of jewelry at his house that had been reported stolen by customers, the San Diego District Attorney’s Office said. 


Jewelers Mutual to host social media safety webinar

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company is hosting a free webinar later this month to teach jewelers how to use social media to their advantage without jeopardizing their business. 


White Pine launches fine jewelry division

White Pine Trading, which deals in recycled diamonds, has created a fine jewelry division in order to give retail jewelers across the country access to inventory that will boost margins, the company said.


Appointments: DEF, Jewelers for Children, more

New board members, officers, and directors at industry organizations across the country mark the most recent career moves in the industry.  


National Jeweler to launch digital magazine

Next week, the publication will unveil its new online-only magazine, which covers topics from alternative financing to creative in-store events for the holiday season. 


What you might have missed

The settlement of one lawsuit regarding EGL International reports and two jewelers facing charges were among the site’s most popular stories last week. 


Supplier News: Simon G. debuts new website, ads

Simon G. has unveiled a redesigned website, timed to coincide with the launch of its new advertising campaign, “Reclaim.” 


5 security mistakes jewelers make during the holidays

Two FBI agents recently took the time to talk with National Jeweler about security during the holiday season, a time when jewelers get busy and lapses could happen. 


AGS snags the ‘Blond Bomber’ for 2015 Conclave

Former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and four-time Super Bowl champion Terry Bradshaw will be the opening keynote speaker at the American Gem Society’s 2015 Conclave, the organization announced Tuesday. 


Forevermark’s new campaign centers on ‘Promise’

Forevermark’s new advertising campaign, called “Promise,” will run both digitally and in print, targeting affluent men and women who already are married or in the market to do so. 


128 more victims emerge in NY jeweler fraud case

Paul Blarr, the jeweler charged earlier this year with selling simulants that he misrepresented as real diamonds and plated gold as karat gold, pleaded guilty to four new charges Monday after hundreds more victims were uncovered, the Erie County (N.Y.) District Attorney’s Office said. 


Jeweler charged with selling diamonds reported stolen

A former jewelry store owner in Alabama faces money laundering charges for pawning a 3-carat diamond that was among a cache of jewels he said were taken during a robbery and collected $2.6 million in insurance for, federal officials said.  


What you might have missed

The top five stories on last week include a history lesson on Georgian-era mourning jewelry and a story about the sinking price of gold.  


Bittar, Reed and Webster among Gem Award nominees

Jewelers of America this week released the names of the nominees for the 13th annual Gem Awards, which recognize individuals and brands in jewelry design, marketing and communications, and media.


Gold expected to sink below $1,200 in Q4

The price of gold sunk to its lowest point of the year earlier this week and is expected to dip below $1,200 at some point in the fourth quarter, pushed down by the strengthening U.S. dollar. 


Crisis counseling now part of Jewelers Mutual coverage

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company announced Wednesday that it is partnering with an employee assistance program provider to offer crisis counseling to jewelers in the wake of traumatic events, such as a robbery or natural disaster.  


5 new, potentially good reads for October

Goodreads, an online book discussion website, has released its monthly list of recently published books in all categories, from historical fiction to biography and memoirs.  


8 shots from Todd Reed’s new Calif. store

Todd Reed has opened a new store in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles, the brand’s only other location besides its home base in Boulder, Colo. 


PGI, Garcia again pair up for platinum picks

The Platinum Guild International has again tapped Marie Claire Creative Director Nina Garcia to curate a selection of platinum jewelry that will be featured on The Knot. 


New Lagos campaign emphasizes personalization

Jewelry brand Lagos has a new advertising campaign that focuses on encouraging women to wear its signature design, Caviar, anyway they want.  


What you might have missed

Identifying people ‘wired’ for sales and a story that focused on the supply and demand dynamics for alexandrite were among the site’s most popular stories last week. 


More Americans than ever before have never married

According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, the number of American adults who have never been married currently is at a record high, a fact that is both good and bad news for jewelers.  


Appointments: 24 Karat Club, Buccellati, more

Another jeweler awarded the certified gemologist appraiser title, a new CEO at Buccellati and a former Tiffany executive joining the Talisman Collection are among the industry’s recent career moves.


Supplier News: Angelica recycles a ‘90s hit

Angelica Jewelry just launched a special-edition series of charm bracelets inspired by the TV show Friends thanks to a partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products. 


Jewelers Mutual adds data breach security protection

With the rising threat of data security breaches that can result in the loss of consumers’ confidential information, Jewelers Mutual has introduced data breach and cyber-related coverage options to serve the needs of jewelers. 


How to identify people ‘wired’ for sales

In a new book Leo Schachter executive Peter Smith provides retailers with a road map on hiring people who possess the three characteristics essential to be an effective salesperson. 


Industry veteran Larry Congress dies at 83

Lawrence (Larry) Congress, who had a career in the jewelry industry that spanned 60 years, died Friday. He was 83. 


What you might have missed

More reactions to RapNet’s decision to stop listing diamonds with EGL reports, the sale of a Mellon’s jewelry, and another bank leaving the industry were a few of the top stories on National Jeweler last week.  


Police make arrest in murder of Neb. jeweler

Police have arrested an 18-year-old man whom they suspect shot and killed a jewelry store owner during a robbery attempt at his store on Wednesday. 


ArtCarved invites shoppers to put a ring on it

ArtCarved has launched a nationwide contest that will drive shoppers into authorized retailers’ stores by giving them the chance to win bridal jewelry when they snap a picture wearing an ArtCarved creation.


Jewelry firm to attend Chinese investment event

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council is hosting a meeting today designed to introduce Chinese and Hong Kong companies to U.S. firms for potential investment, and a firm that specializes in jewelry mergers and acquisitions is attending. 


What you might have missed

All things Apple Watch and RapNet’s decision to part ways with EGL reports were among the top stories last week on National Jeweler.  


GIA to hold career fair in CA next month

The Gemological Institute of America’s next career fair is scheduled to take place Oct. 10 at its headquarters in Carlsbad, and registration is now open for companies that want to attend to find talent. 


5 new, potentially good reads for September

National Jeweler sifted through Goodreads’ releases again this month to bring jewelers four more books that could be good for business, as well as one editor’s suggestion for a nice read on the side. 


Stuller adds another workshop for bench jewelers

After an overwhelmingly positive response to its spring Bench Jewelers Workshop, Stuller announced Wednesday that it would host a second event this month. 


Refinery awards scholarships to students

Advanced Chemical has named Christine Harrington and Jack Livsey as the winners of its John Venditti Memorial Fund Scholarship, awarding the recent high school graduates $2,500 each.  


D.C. jeweler to display rare pink Argyle diamonds

Later this week, Tiny Jewel Box will host a public exhibit of the world’s rarest pink diamonds as part of a partnership with Argyle diamond wholesaler L.J. West Diamonds. 


White Pine offering discounted inventory

Recycled diamond and jewelry company White Pine Trading has purchased the inventory from recently liquidated wholesaler Bauman-Massa Jewelry Co., and will now sell the goods to retailers at a discount. 


Former Pulsar president Arthur Cohen dies

Arthur Cohen, the former president of watch brand Pulsar who began his career as a salesperson with Bulova, died last Wednesday. He was 90 years old.  


Jewelers boost offerings for same-gender couples

As more states fight to legalize gay marriage and the bridal market begins to grow for same-gender couples, two more retailers have expanded their product selection to tap into the growing opportunity. 


Fortunoff brings back brick-and-mortar model

Half a century after it opened the doors to its Long Island flagship, Fortunoff Fine Jewelers is returning to the area with the launch of a Westbury store as it takes its business from the Internet to brick-and-mortar. 


JA releases Cost of Doing Business Report

High-profit jewelers manage their profit margins and operating expenses more effectively than low-profit jewelers, according to Jewelers of America’s annual Cost of Doing Business Report, which is available to order now for members and non-members alike through JA’s website. 


Home décor designer launches jewelry line

Home and decorative arts designer Michael Aram has expanded into fine jewelry with the launch of a sterling silver and 18-karat gold collection that debuted in stores at the end of August. 


Retailer charged with buying stolen jewelry

A Topeka jewelry store owner has been indicted on charges that he knowingly purchased stolen jewelry, melted it and sold it as scrap gold for nearly half a million dollars, the United States Attorney’s Office said. 


What you might have missed

In case you may have missed the industry activity last week, here are the five most popular stories from and the top three from the blog, 10X, for the week of Aug. 24 to 30, according to Google Analytics.


Rolex smash-and-grab robberies on the rise

Crimes involving thieves using the smash-and-grab technique to nab Rolex watches have been increasing as of late, with nearly 10 reported incidents taking place across the country just this summer, according to Jewelers Mutual. 


Canadian co. takes diamond cutting on the road

Diamond cutter and polisher Embee Diamonds is embarking on a tour of stores in the United States next month to give consumers the opportunity to try their hand at cutting a diamond. 


RJO honors Vendors of the Year at buying event

Citizen Watch, Ostbye and RDI Diamonds are among the companies recently honored with Vendor of the Year Awards from the Retail Jewelers Organization, a buying group of independent jewelers based in Newton, Iowa. 


Florida jeweler, 89, shoots would-be robber

A store owner in Florida who also happens to be an octogenarian was able to put a stop to an armed robbery attempt on Saturday when he defended himself with his own gun and shot the suspect.  


Three arrested in home invasion of NY jeweler

Local news sources are reporting that police in the small town of Greece have arrested three men in connection with an Aug. 7 home invasion involving a local jewelry store employee. 


What jewelers can learn from crimes in California

A recent wave of crime in California holds a valuable lesson for retailers everywhere: always be mindful of being watched, Jewelers Mutual’s David Sexton writes.


Italian jewelry brand launches ad campaign

Italian jewelry brand Nomination just rolled out a new advertising campaign that “embraces the emotional heritage, the history and the future aspirations of the brand.” 


What you might have missed

National Jeweler recounts the top five stories and top three blog posts from the previous week.  


A retailer’s solution to diamond grading confusion

Jeweler James Alperin says labs that want to give diamonds ‘trumped-up’ grades should develop their own grading system and not use the same scale popularized by the GIA. 


JFC announces 2014 Local Grants program

Jewelers for Children soon will begin accepting nominations for its Local Grants program, which gives 10 separate $10,000 grants to local charities nominated by jewelers. 


In Calif., another diamond exhibition extended

Fueled by popularity and intrigue, a museum display in California that illustrates the stories of the world’s most famous diamonds and their equally well-known owners has been extended into the fall. 


MJSA awards six student scholarships for education

The MJSA Education Foundation recently gave six students in U.S. graduate and undergraduate programs $1,000 scholarships to help advance their skills in jewelry making and design. 


Jeweler, family held overnight in home invasion

Police in the town of Greece, a suburb of Rochester, N.Y., are searching for three suspects accused of keeping two jewelry store workers and their adult son tied up in their home for hours in order to rob the store. 


WJA announces date for ‘Jewelry Night Out’

The WJA will host its second annual “Jewelry Night Out” event next month, inviting designers, retailers and editors to network in cities across the country as well as in Hong Kong.


US gold demand grows for fifth straight quarter

U.S. demand for gold jewelry rose 15 percent year-over-year in the second quarter, topping growth in Eastern markets that typically are more robust. 


For the jeweler: A new growth opportunity

In today’s ultra-competitive retail environment, sales, margin and market share are increasingly hard to come by, columnist Jan Brassem writes. That’s why retailers shouldn’t be afraid to step outside their ‘comfort zone’ and consider acquisition as a way to grow their business.  


How much do your customers really like you?

Facebook is not simply about getting just anyone to “like” your page. It’s about attracting people who actually are going to buy jewelry at your store, columnist Ellen Fruchtman writes.


Why jewelry sales are like the weather

Retail today is comparable to the weather: the forecast depends largely on where the store is located and, just like weathermen and their wildly varying predictions, whom one asks for the outlook. 


Police on hunt for another credit card fraud gang

One woman has been arrested and two remain at large in the second case in recent months of criminals perpetrating credit card fraud schemes on jewelers.   


Arrests for jewelry crimes hit record level

Crimes against jewelers dropped in the first half of the year while the number of criminals being apprehended nearly doubled, Jewelers’ Security Alliance statistics for Jan. 1 to June 30 show.  


For customers, 8 tips for traveling with jewelry

As families scramble to fit in that last summer getaway before the season comes to a close, now is the time for jewelers to go beyond the sale and provide customers with advice on keeping their baubles safe while traveling. 


DCA initiative aims to build future of industry

The Diamond Council of America is launching a new program to drum up interest in the jewelry industry for a new generation by making its classes available to high school students and link graduates with employers. 


Five new, potentially good reads for August

Online book discussion website Goodreads has just come out with its list of new releases for the month of August, and National Jeweler has chosen four from the assortment that could be useful to business owners.


Supplier News: Marco Moore, ArtCarved, more

Fine jewelry brand Marco Moore has introduced two new collections: stackable rings and another line called “The Cage.” 


Appointments: JA adds two to board of directors

Jewelers of America has elected Karen Goracke of Borsheims and Cartier North America’s Mercedes Abramo to its board of directors. 


NAJA names first scholarship winners

Heidi Harders and Kathleen Marino are the winners of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers’ first annual scholarship to attend the World of Gems Conference this summer.


Pandora debuts ‘Hearts of Today’ to support charities

Pandora is launching a new initiative to celebrate the women around the world who work to improve the lives of women and children in their communities. 


Consumer confidence hits seven-year high

The latest data from The Conference Board shows that in July consumer confidence rose for the third straight month and reached its highest point since 2007.  


Private equity firm buys John Hardy

Catterton, a private equity firm that has sunk money into companies including crystal-maker Baccarat and haircare brand Frederic Fekkai, has purchased John Hardy for an undisclosed sum, the jewelry brand announced Thursday.  


Appointments: Diamond exchange names director

The Panama Diamond Exchange has appointed industry veteran Dirk Blommaert, who has held positions in the Antwerp diamond industry and with the Baselworld fair, as its business development director.  


Mayer Udell, owner of London Jewelers, dies at 96

Longtime retailer Mayer Udell, who began running London Jewelers alongside his wife Fran in 1946, has died at the age of 96. 


WJA names 2014 Awards for Excellence winners

The Women’s Jewelry Association honored the winners of its 31st annual Awards for Excellence Monday night in New York, recognizing innovative and successful leaders in the industry in a number of categories.


When lightning strikes, what will it cost you?

Summertime brings more than spring showers. The season’s lightning strikes and sometimes-downed power lines can lead to surges. Jeweler Mutual’s David Sexton shares 5 tips for ensuring a power surge doesn’t knock out your store.


Md. jeweler William Fleisher dies at 90

Retired Maryland jeweler William “Quarterback Bill” Fleisher died on July 3. He was 90 years old.


The History Behind … Mizpah jewelry

In this new monthly feature, National Jeweler editors delve into the when, where and why of antique jewelry. July’s focus is on Mizpah pieces, which first became popular in the Victorian era.


WJA grants 8 scholarships to jewelry students

Eight students currently studying jewelry and metalsmithing at various colleges across the country and abroad have been awarded scholarships from the Women’s Jewelry Association.


Electronic auction-based system to replace silver fix

Following a market consultation, the London Bullion Market Association has selected CME Group and Thomson Reuters to create an auction-based system to set the London silver price. 


Bankruptcy case converted for jeweler who sold fakes

After more than three years under Chapter 13 bankruptcy to pay back his debt, the case of Paul Blarr--the jeweler who pleaded guilty this spring to selling stones that he misrepresented as diamonds--now is under Chapter 7.


Judith Ripka inks wholesale deal with KGK Group

KGK Jewellery Manufacturing now exclusively will handle the wholesale business of Judith Ripka, including manufacturing, sourcing, sales and distribution of the brand’s fine, diamond and bridal jewelry.  


Portland conference speakers, seminars announced

Although the lineup still is coming together, organizers of the Portland Jewelry Symposium have revealed the speakers and topics for their seventh annual custom jewelry-focused event, scheduled for Oct. 5 and 6.


You Don’t Say

Columnist Ellen Fruchtman shares five facts about Millennial consumers so retailers understand how, when and where to reach them for bridal sales.


Two arrested in connection with credit fraud gang

Two suspects who were wanted for their alleged involvement with an in-store credit fraud gang were arrested within hours of each other in different states on July 11, the Jewelers’ Security Alliance said.


Jewelers Mutual recognized as top insurance co.

Ward Group, a provider of benchmarking and best practices studies for insurance businesses, has named Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company to its 2014 list of Ward’s 50 top- performing insurance companies for the fourth year in a row. 


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PGI taps stylist as latest platinum ambassador

Platinum Guild International’s latest collaboration has the organization teaming up with Emmy Award-winning costume designer Lyn Paolo to promote the metal. 


Second firm predicts stable precious metal prices

Another analyst has told National Jeweler that he expects gold and silver prices to remain relatively steady in the foreseeable future, as investors normalize their approach to buying in light of the improving global economy. 


Supplier News: Zina moves into gold

Sterling silver designer and manufacturer Zina now is offering the brand’s classic styles in 14- and 18-karat gold. 


Jewelers report losses from in-store credit fraud

Following a wave of in-store credit fraud in retail jewelry stores across multiple states, the Jewelers’ Security Alliance has issued a warning reminding jewelers to check their credit company’s policy concerning chargebacks and identity theft.  


Jewelry theft suspects caught in Maryland

Police in Baltimore County, Md. have arrested three suspects wanted in connection with a string of jewelry thefts that had law enforcement officials in six states on alert.  


The change that is bringing opportunity

More states legalizing gay marriage means more customers for jewelers who are open to selling to same-gender couples. National Jeweler talked to retailers who cater to this market about what they’re selling, the challenges and more. 


Police nab suspect who left cell phone behind

A Minnesota man recently was arrested in connection with a jewelry store robbery after he left behind one vital piece of evidence that led police right to him -- his cell phone. 


WGC begins discussions to reform gold pricing

Following a forum held Monday in London, the World Gold Council says that there is strong industry support for its plan to reform and update the London gold fix, the current mechanism for setting what is essentially the international benchmark for the daily price of gold.  


Tips and checklists to be hurricane ready

Both Jewelers Mutual and Jewelers Unblocked have released hurricane preparedness guides, tips and other emergency-related checklists for jewelers as the stormy season begins.


4 new, potentially good releases for July

This month’s new releases include a memoir about what it’s like to grow up in a family-owned business and a true tale about a Virginia furniture-maker who brought his company’s manufacturing back to the United States from Asia.


Police in multiple states search for jewelry thieves

Law enforcement agencies across a number of states are on the hunt for two suspects wanted for their alleged involvement in multiple jewelry store heists. 


Changing times, and the growing wealth gap

Retailer and columnist James Alperin, who owns a jewelry store in suburban Cleveland, reflects on the shrinking middle class and what it means for jewelers today.  


AGS introduces “GoTo” guilds

The American Gem Society has launched a virtual guild for members and non-members alike to allow the industry to come together online. 


Chicago designer awarded Carelle-WJA grant

Kelly Jacobson, a Chicago-based jewelry designer who started her own studio and also does custom design for four stores, has been awarded the 2014 Carelle-WJA grant.  


Now, jewelers have their own podcast

A Georgia-based marketing firm created by jewelers for jewelers has started a podcast, an online program that can be heard on demand, specifically for retailers, with an app to follow soon. 


21 ‘cash-for-gold’ stores cited in NJ crackdown

A recent investigation by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs on “cash-for-gold” retailers has resulted in 936 civil citations at 21 stores for alleged violations of state consumer laws, spurring a year-long investigation by state authorities. 


WJA awards 26 educational grants for 2014

In an effort to contribute to the ongoing education of women in the jewelry industry, the Women's Jewelry Association Member Grant Program has awarded a total of $13,000 to 26 members across the country. 


WJA awards 26 educational grants for 2014

In an effort to contribute to the ongoing education of women in the jewelry industry, the Women's Jewelry Association Member Grant Program has awarded a total of $13,000 to 26 members across the country. 


RJC appoints Ashish Deo to CEO

The Responsible Jewellery Council has named Ashish Deo as the organization’s new chief executive officer, effective Sept. 8. 


Gemvision campaigns against software piracy

Gemvision is pioneering a campaign to identify and take action against the unauthorized use of its software products, including its Matrix and CounterSketch CAD programs.  


Date set for Advanced Chemical golf tournament

Advanced Chemical will hold its 4th annual John Venditti Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament on Sept. 20, proceeds of which benefit the American Heart Association and academic atheltes. 


JAPAC talks sales tax fairness in Washington

On its recent trip to Capitol Hill, Jewelers of America’s Political Action Committee took the opportunity to discuss the Internet sales tax bill and protection of the Last In, First Out accounting method with legislators, among other topics. 


Consumer-grade resin for 3-D printing introduced

A California-based company said it is releasing a new 3-D printable material for jewelers called FireCast Resin, a consumer-grade resin compatible with more affordable printers and made specifically for casting metal parts. 


Six ways to safeguard your three-day weekend

Be discreet about vacation plans. Don’t let mail pile up at the store. These are just two of the vacation safety tips provided by David Sexton, vice president of loss prevention consulting at Jewelers Mutual. 


WGC wants to help fix the ‘Gold Fix’

The World Gold Council plans to hold a forum July 7 in London to discuss reforming and updating the London Gold Fix, the twice-a-day setting of the gold price that serves as an informal benchmark for the metal’s price worldwide.


GIA CEO to lead panel at NY career fair

Gemological Institute of America President and CEO Susan Jacques will moderate a panel on how to be successful in today’s market at the GIA’s upcoming career fair, scheduled for July 28 in New York.


Retailer pleads guilty in credit card fraud scheme

A New Jersey jewelry store owner who allowed fake credit cards to be used for phony transactions in his store has pleaded guilty to his role in the scheme, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office in New Jersey. 


WJA adds element of surprise to annual awards

National Jeweler’s Editor-in-Chief Michelle Graff is among the nominees for the Women’s Jewelry Association’s 2014 Awards for Excellence, which will be presented with a twist this year.


Bergman book discusses jewelry, relationships

Bridal jewelry designer Phyllis Bergman has published her first book, Married Fifty Years and Still Dating--A Guide to a Platinum Relationship.


Metal prices expected to remain relatively steady

Like the world’s stock markets, precious metals have entered a quiet period, with no huge price fluctuations anticipated and gold, silver and platinum expected to finish the year in line with analysts’ predictions.  


This year, JIC contest is about platinum engagements

The Jewelry Information Center is offering a sizeable prize for the winner of its fifth annual Ultimate Proposal Contest: $5,000 worth of platinum jewelry from any Jewelers of America retail member.


Supplier News: Stuller’s new bands catalog is out

Stuller has released its new band catalog to showcase its selection of new and best-selling bridal bands. 


ASA intros new education for appraisal reports

The American Society of Appraisers announced Wednesday that it will offer a new class next month for practicing gem and jewelry appraisers on how to write correct reports. 


4 new, potentially good releases

100 of the Worst Ideas in History and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s tome on her time in office are among National Jeweler’s chosen new releases for the month of June.


What are America’s wealthiest ZIP codes?

What do Short Hills, N.J., Great Falls, Va., and South Lake, Texas have in common? They are among the richest towns in America, according to a new report by Time magazine.


ArtCarved uses real couples in new campaign

Bridal brand ArtCarved will launch an advertising campaign this fall that features real couples and snapshots of milestones in their relationships, including first kisses, proposals and weddings.


Diamond co. says financing troubles led to Chap. 11

A New York-based loose stone dealer and its associated manufacturing firm have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing woes brought on by consignment and the exit of its longtime lender, Bank Leumi, from the diamond industry.


21 great pieces of business advice

Be ethical. Love what you do. Listen more than you talk. These are just a few bits of the business advice gleaned in Las Vegas. Read all 21 tips in this notecard-centric slideshow.


Appointments: The Edge Retail Academy, IDI, more

New finance directors, managing directors and learning officers at jewelry companies around the world are among the most recent career moves in the industry.


Market favors auction system to replace silver ‘fix’

Players in the silver market want an electronic auction-based solution to replace the price “fix” system that will end in August, according to a survey done by the London Bullion Market Association. 


GJEPC focusing on US, Canadian markets

India’s Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council has a new three-year marketing campaign designed to develop business relationships in the U.S., Canadian and South American markets. 


JFC raises $2.9M for charity partners

At its 16th annual Facets of Hope dinner, Jewelers for Children announced that it has raised nearly $3 million for distribution this year to the children’s charities it supports. 


Five forces shaping the future of the industry

What retailers need to know about lab-grown diamonds, the evolution of retail channels, the Millennials, the rise of experiential retailing and the potential end of growth all were covered at a panel held in Las Vegas. 


Forevermark debuts new ‘Promise’ campaign

During its annual breakfast held in Las Vegas, De Beers Forevermark diamond brand unveiled a new advertising campaign for the fall that will concentrate on classic diamond jewelry. 


Jewelers Mutual awards top agents and agencies

At its National Sales Conference held two weeks ago, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company handed out a number of awards, including its first inductees to the Agent Hall of Fame and the Legacy Award. 


Oscar Heyman on the hunt for its historical pieces

Oscar Heyman, a New York-based jewelry company that has been in business since 1912, is looking for estate jewelry pieces for possible inclusion in a new book it is creating in partnership with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. 


Know somebody who’s a real gem? Nominate them.

Submissions for potential nominees are being accepted for the 2015 Gem Awards, which honors individuals and companies whose work raises the visibility of fine jewelry and watches.


AGS brings mini-Conclave to Las Vegas

The American Gem Society will hold a one-day, all-inclusive mini-Conclave session, called Conclave X-Press, in Las Vegas during market week. 


JA introduces member discount program

Jewelers of America has launched the Buyer Discount Program to give its retail members merchandise and service discounts at select tradeshows, including the JA New York Summer show. 


AGS names NY/NJ chapter as guild of the year

The American Gem Society recognized the New York/New Jersey Guild as its most active and productive in 2013, naming it as the “Guild of the Year” at its recent Conclave in San Diego.


5 new, potentially good releases

National Jeweler sifted through Goodreads’ releases again this month to bring jewelers four more books that could be good for business owners, as well as one editor’s suggestion for a nice read on the side. 


Supplier News: Forevermark, Midas Chain, more

Forevermark has teamed with Precision Set to launch “Pure,” an exclusive collection that will debut at the JCK show in Las Vegas.


Silver jewelry demand rose 10 percent in 2013

The 2014 World Silver Survey shows that demand for silver jewelry continued to be strong last year while the metal’s average per-ounce price hit its third highest level on record.  


Industry continuing to shrink, but more slowly

The size of the jewelry industry continued to contract in the first quarter, with the number of new businesses increasing only 1 percent year-over-year while consolidations nearly doubled.


Jeweler admits to selling fakes for last 16 years

The New York jeweler charged with misrepresenting diamond simulants as the real thing pleaded guilty Friday to the charges brought against him, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.  


AGS to honor award recipients at Distinction dinner

Lee Berg, Doug Hucker and Joel Schechter are the American Gem Society’s 2014 Circle of Distinction honorees and will be recognized at a dinner at the Plaza Hotel.


Four charged in VA jewelry store shooting

Richmond police have arrested and charged four people in connection with the recent murder of 29-year-old Muhammad Baig, an employee at Victoria Jewelers. 


Report: Gold could dip as low as $1,100 this year

A new report states that the per-ounce price of gold might have already hit its high for the year and could briefly sink as low as $1,100 in the coming months.


Jewelry store employee killed during robbery

A 29-year-old employee of Victoria Jewelers was killed Monday during a robbery in the store, marking the first homicide in the jewelry industry this year.  


Louis Smith elected AGS president

Louis Smith, a certified gemologist at Smithworks Fine Jewelry in Spartanburg, S.C., has been elected as president of the American Gem Society’s board of directors. 


Entry period open for 24 Karat Club scholarships

The 24 Karat Club Southeastern U.S. is now accepting applications for the multiple scholarships it is offering. 


Stuller adds section on being ‘green’ to website

Stuller Inc. has launched a new page on its website that explains the company’s commitment to sustainability. 


Kelége’s national ad campaign conveys ‘Forever’

Jack Kelége & Co. has announced the launch of a national advertising campaign designed to show the true emotion of falling in love and being engaged, the company announced recently. 


Appointments: Crimmin now VP of GIA lab operations

Matt Crimmin has been appointed vice president of laboratory operations at the Gemological Institute of America, where he will oversee regional lab operations with a focus on Africa and the Middle East. 


Central American company acquires Chippenhook

Sigmaq Group has acquired Chippenhook Corp., a U.S.-based designer of visual merchandising, packaging and fixture products. 


Thieves targeting Rolex retailers in the Midwest

A group of thieves targeting Metro Detroit jewelry stores that sell Rolex watches has struck twice in the same day, and area jewelers should review their surveillance footage to look for suspicious behavior around their stores. 


7 tips for gaining and retaining clients

During his presentation at Conclave Thursday, retailer Peter Stavrianidis offered tips for jewelers to build customer loyalty and retention. 


From Conclave: Transitioning to customization

To help set them apart from the pack, Jim Tuttle of Seattle’s Green Lake Jewelry Works offered tips for jewelers to add custom design to their services at his seminar at Conclave on Thursday. 


The top 10 mistakes made in displaying merchandise

Jewelers tend to stick with the basics when it comes to their showcases and lose sales because of it, says consultant Larry Johnson. In a seminar held Wednesday at Conclave, he addressed the top 10 display mistakes and how retailers can avoid them. 


From Conclave: Five tips on closing the sale

In his presentation at AGS Conclave Wednesday, Shane Decker armed the crowd with knowledge about the different types of salespeople and closes, and how to handle customers’ objections when trying to close a sale. 


Conference to explore jewelry history, techniques

The history, science and artistry of fine jewelry will be explored at the Northwest Jewelry Conference in August, with jewelry historians and industry professionals holding presentations and seminars. 


In NYC, designer Ross shares secrets to success

Engaging in social media, participating in trade shows and developing a consistent campaign are among the factors designer Kara Ross attributes to her success. 


JFC’s ‘Rings’ event adds number of sponsors

Jewelers for Children announced that a number of big industry players have signed on to be sponsors for its 2014 Rings of Strength event in Las Vegas. 


Saul Gottlieb, of Gottlieb & Sons, dies at 88

Saul Gottlieb, a Holocaust survivor who immigrated to the United States in 1948 and started his own diamond company, has died at the age of 88.  


Supplier News: Suncrest’s ‘Radiant Orchid’ diamonds

A Utah-based company that specializes in treated colored diamonds is adding another hue to its palette: Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year. 


Diamond co. IDD partners for credit card program

Loose diamond supplier and jewelry manufacturer International Diamond Distributors is now providing retailers with a private label credit card service they can offer to customers. 


Alor ordered to stop selling Charriol-like jewelry

A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction barring Alor from selling jewelry that allegedly infringes upon Charriol’s cable trademarks and from publicly claiming that Charriol is being “rebranded” as Alor. 


Founder of Michael B. brand dies at 64

Michael Bogosian, founder of fine bridal brand Michael B., died April 8 from a heart attack. He was 64 years old. 


Report: Kate Moss returning to David Yurman

Model Kate Moss is reportedly shooting a campaign with David Yurman next week, marking a reconciling between the model and designer after a not-so-amicable split in 2011.


5 new, potentially good releases

National Jeweler peruses online book discussion site GoodReads to find four recently published books that could add to a jeweler’s business acumen, and then throws in an extra one just for fun.  


Investigation into actions of NY jeweler expands

Police say that jeweler Paul Blarr, who has been accused of selling diamond simulants as natural diamonds, also may have been misrepresenting colored gemstones and selling gold-plated jewelry as karat gold. 


Industry vets partner to sell 3D printers

Two longtime industry players have teamed to start a new company called Proto Products that sells products for 3D printing and casting and provides support for the trade. 


8 takeaways from the JSA’s 2013 crime stats

The number of reported incidences of jewelry crime fell again in 2013, continuing a trend that began in the 1990s.  


Brand co. buys Judith Ripka in $22M deal

Jewelry company Judith Ripka has been sold to Xcel Brands Inc., a New York-based brand management company that also owns Isaac Mizrahi New York and Liz Claiborne New York. 


New service lets retailers see their JBT rating

The Jewelers Board of Trade has launched a service that will allow non-JBT members to monitor and manage their credit profiles with the organization. 


Appointments: JBT, Gem Star, more

A former Zale Corp. executive joining Gem Star and elections for the Jewelers Board of Trade’s board of directors are among the recent career moves in the industry.  


What jewelers can learn from the NY larceny case

One retailer faces felony charges for allegedly selling moissanite and other man-made stones that he misrepresented as diamonds, a case that should serve as a reminder to jewelers that they are liable for what they sell. 


Jewelry brands recognize Autism Awareness Month

Two brands, Persona jewelry and Breitling watches, will donate a portion of their sales to foundations that support individuals with autism and their families as well as autism research. 


Retailer accused of larceny may face more charges

Police have charged a New York jeweler with three counts of grand larceny--and may charge him with more--for allegedly selling man-made stones that he misrepresented as diamonds, according to the local police department.


WJA intros individual international membership

The Women’s Jewelry Association announced Wednesday that it is now offering individual membership for women in the jewelry industry based outside of the United States. 


JVC webinar to address Dodd-Frank Act

The Jewelers Vigilance Committee is hosting a 45-minute webinar next month that will explain the Dodd-Frank Act and steps suppliers must take to assure customers that minerals are conflict-free. 


60 Minutes covers ‘Pink Panther’ diamond thieves

Last Sunday, CBS’s 60 Minutes included a segment about the “Pink Panthers,” a network of thieves who have stolen millions in diamonds, and showed footage of some of their biggest robberies. 


Nevada jeweler snags sweepstakes’ grand prize

Leroy Kisling of Rogers Jewelry Co. in Reno, Nev. is another grand prize winner in Frederick Goldman’s “ArtCarved in Rome” sweepstakes. 


Reward offered for smash-and-grab suspect

The FBI is offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest of a suspect involved in violent jewelry store “smash-and-grab” robberies across three states. 


Sales from Gemit, The Touch to benefit JFC

Two companies are donating a portion of proceeds from specific sales to the industry’s charity, Jewelers for Children. 


New AGS award honors its first female president

The American Gem Society has announced the new Sallie Morton Guild Award to recognize individuals who have gone over and above in their service to the AGS Guilds each year. 


Gemvision to stop production of milling machine

Gemvision is retiring its Revo540 Milling System as the company aims to deliver the most relevant tools and services to the jewelry industry in an ever-changing market, Gemvision said. 


Firm introduces inventory ‘health insurance’

The Edge Retail Academy has introduced a new program to help jewelers improve the strength and profitability of their inventories through one-on-one sessions with industry expert Sally Furrer.


For those who want more education, JA will help pay

Jewelers of America is helping to make professional development affordable to its members by offering scholarships on industry education that cover up to 60 percent of the cost of leading diploma, jewelry courses and certification programs, the organization announced recently. 


Metal supplier introduces 3D printer for jewelry

U.K.-based Cooksongold, a global supplier of fabricated precious metals, has announced a strategic partnership with consultancy firm A3DM Technologies to bring the 3D printing of precious metals to customers in North America. 


GIA adds web features to retailer support program

The Gemological Institute of America has recently added a number of features to its Retailer Support Program, including the ability to embed videos as well as graphics and images to websites, such as GIA’s Gem Encyclopedia.


Go east: Your future in jewelry could be in China

The Chinese jewelry market has become, and will remain so for generations, one of the most important on the globe. Columnist Jan Brassem provides a "Freshman 101" study guide for those who are considering expanding into this growing luxury market. 


Refiner debuts its ‘most significant’ furnace yet

Metallix Refinery Inc., a precious metals refiner with offices in Shrewsbury, N.J. and its facility in Greenville, announced recently that it has a new furnace that minimizes precious metal losses by creating a turbulence-free environment during the refining process.  


Supplier News: Ptak Brothers, Adwar and more

Manufacturer Ptak Brothers Jewelry has introduced the “Loving Embrace” program, a new business-to-business product designed to help jewelers close bridal sales.


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.


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. 


Manhattan jeweler and designer dies at 66

Alfred Albrizio, jewelry designer and owner of the C’est Magnifique jewelry store in New York City, died Feb. 2. He was 66 years old.


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. 


New JVC quiz tests retailers’ knowledge of the law

The Jewelers Vigilance Committee is hosting a contest that asks entrants to take a quiz on legal compliance for the chance to win a free or discounted membership to the organization. 


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.


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. 


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.


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. 


Lineup for WJA’s ‘In the Know’ announced

The Women’s Jewelry Association’s 11th annual In the Know Conference is scheduled for March 5, and this year will include a same-day awards ceremony.


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. 


AGS provides more tools for the ‘Perfect Proposal’

The American Gemological Society has released its second Perfect Proposal Toolkit, a free online guide offering tips and suggestions for those preparing to pop the question. 


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.


Jewelers Mutual gives tips on safe receiving

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company has released a new video to help policyholders avoid preventable losses during the shipping process. 


Stuller announces 2014 Bridge conference dates

Stuller Inc. has released the schedule for its 2014 Bridge Conferences, which are created to provide jewelers with profitable solutions for changing the retail landscape. 


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.


JVC program reviews online ads for compliance

The Jewelers Vigilance Committee has introduced a new program that reviews jewelers’ online advertisements to ensure they comply with federal laws.


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.


U-Boat owner looks to bring jewelry brand to US

The current head of watch company U-Boat is investing an undisclosed sum in Christina Debs Fine Jewelry, a Paris-based brand created by the designer of the same name.  


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.


After attack, stores raise money for cos. in need

A California jeweler who was injured when a customer attacked him with a hatchet in his store has inspired a fund to help other local businesses in similar situations. 


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. 


Appointments: Stuller names new VP of bridal

Maren Rosen has been promoted to vice president of bridal and jewelry at Stuller Inc.


Supplier News: PhotoScribe offers same-day service

In preparation for Valentine’s Day, PhotoScribe announced that it will do same-day laser inscription by appointment at its headquarters in New York City’s Diamond District.


Ritani makes Forbes ‘Most Promising’ list

Forbes has included bridal brand Ritani as one of “America’s Most Promising Companies,” listing the company at No. 40 out of 100. 


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. 


Kirk Kara introduces new branding

Bridal brand Kirk Kara has a new look that it’s rolling out across its advertising, website and merchandising displays.


The Edge hosting three-day seminar in Conn.

Retailers who use The Edge software are eligible to attend a three-day seminar taking place in late February-early March at The Edge headquarters in Shelton.  


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.


JVC elects board members, officers during event

The Jewelers’ Vigilance Committee elected a number of new board members and officers at its annual luncheon event Friday.


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.


Frederick Goldman announces sales program winner

Jewelry manufacturer Frederick Goldman Inc. has named retail sales associate Lindsay Soquent as the grand prize winner of its “ArtCarved in Rome” incentive program.


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.


ABC’s Lara Spencer to return as GEM Awards host

Lara Spencer of ABC’s Good Morning America will again host the GEM Awards, scheduled to take place Jan. 10 at Cipriani 42nd St. in New York.


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.


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. 


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.


Appointments: IDCA elects board, directors

Mehul Shah of Shivani Gems Inc. was re-elected president of the Indian Diamond & Colorstone Association by the organization’s board of directors.


Gurhan opening store in New York

Designer Gurhan’s first brick-and-mortar retail store will open in New York City’s TriBeCa neighborhood in January.


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.


Caretta founder Sam Spiegel dies at 93

Sam Spiegel, founder of manufacturer Caretta Inc. and the Jewelry Factory retail store, died Nov. 26 in California. He was 93.


Jewelers Mutual shares holiday shipping tips

Jewelers can learn how to avoid costly shipping losses in less than two minutes thanks to a new video created by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company.



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.


For jewelers, holiday season off to strong start

Retailers are more than cautiously optimistic about the holiday shopping season, following a weekend in which sales, particularly in diamonds, were strong.


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.


JA partners with social media platform Likeable

Jewelers of America (JA) is offering its members a new perk through its partnership with social media management platform Likeable Jewelers.


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 president and CEO to retire in December

Jay Jackson, president and CEO of Stuller Inc. since 2011, will retire on Dec. 27, the company announced late Wednesday afternoon.


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?


WJA ‘Shining Star’ nominations due this month

The deadline to submit nominations for the Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) Shining Star awards is Nov. 20, 2013.


Rapaport NY sale to offer estate, signed lots

Rapaport Auctions has released its jewelry sale dates for the remainder of the year, beginning with an auction scheduled for Nov. 11 to 19 in New York. 


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. 


Distraction thieves strike again, this time in NJ

A trio of jewelry thieves who first hit a store in Illinois in August are believed to have struck again, the Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA) reports. 


Le Vian unveils commercial for independents

Le Vian has launched its first television commercial for independent retailers and it will begin running this month. 


JFC announces winners of Local Grants program

Voting for Jewelers for Children’s (JFC) retailer-driven Local Grants program has closed, and the organization has released the list of the 10 winning charities. 


JFC unveils 2013 holiday card designs

Jewelers for Children (JFC) has launched its 2013 Hope for the Holidays program, a fundraising effort that benefits children’s charities.


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.


Is your brand fostering long-term relationships?

Columnist Diane Warga-Arias describes how a luxury brand can create long-lasting relationships with its customers, as opposed to just short-lived flings.


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.


Appointments: Sorrelli, David Yurman, IDE, more

A new CEO at Sorrelli and Evan Yurman stepping up to chief design director at his family’s company are among the recent career moves in the jewelry industry.


Overnight acquires metal caster at auction

Overnight Mountings announced that it purchased all assets of Satco Casting at auction Oct. 11.


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.


Ready. Set. Go.

Ellen Fruchtman of Fruchtman Marketing shares tips on how jewelers can survive and thrive this holiday season.


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.


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. 


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. 


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.


Marissa Collections partially reopens after fire

A little more than a month after a fire destroyed all merchandise except for its fine jewelry, Marissa Collections has reopened half of its store.