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August 25, 2014

New York--Out on vacation? Too busy making sales to get to the Daily newsletter? 

Don’t worry. There’s always room for a recap. 

Here are the five most popular stories from NationalJeweler.com and the top three from the blog, 10X, for the week of Aug. 17 to 23, according to Google Analytics. 

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1. De Beers launches secondhand diamond program in US. The diamond miner and marketer is opening an office in New York City next month that will evaluate, price and buy diamonds from an already-selected but not-yet-named group of four retailers with a total of 15 doors. 

2. Kay Jewelers adds another exclusive brand. The Signet Jewelers Ltd.-owned chain announced that it was partnering with Modern Family star Sofia Vergara on a new line of jewelry. 

3. ‘Most desirable’ pink diamond could sell for $15M. This October in Hong Kong, Sotheby’s will offer an 8.41-carat fancy vivid purple-pink diamond that is internally flawless. The stone’s estimated sale price is $12 to $15 million. 

4. Jeweler steps in to save one man’s proposal. Panama City, Fla. retailer Maharaja’s gave one young couple a Sylvie engagement ring after the store’s staff read about the couple’s lost-ring dilemma in the local newspaper. 

5. The History Behind … eye miniatures. The topic of this monthly feature for August was eye miniatures, portraits of eyes only popular in the Georgian and Victorian eras that were mounted in rings, pendants and brooches.

10X 

1. These are your grandmother’s pearls. Senior Editor Hannah Connorton details how she has come to appreciate her great-aunt’s jewelry and how she wears it in a modern way.

2. What’s ailing the Internet giants. Slim margins and more competition have made the world of e-tailing more competitive for online-only behemoths like Amazon.com and Blue Nile, Editor-in-Chief Michelle Graff writes. 

3. A new take on lace. Associate Editor Brecken Branstrator interviews jewelry designer Monica Knutsson about her gold-dipped lace jewelry.