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Marco Bicego introduces e-commerce site

The website not only offers shoppers a range of ways to search, but will be where the brand unveils its newest collection, Luce, this December.


Etsy Manufacturing launches in beta mode

Etsy’s newest venture, Etsy Manufacturing, brings manufacturers into the website’s artisan world in an effort to connect them with Etsy sellers.  


Etsy to launch marketplace for manufacturers

The Brooklyn-based e-commerce site for artisan goods said Etsy Manufacturing will aid in connecting manufacturers with sellers who are looking for help in making their goods.


Iconery sets the stage for emerging designers

The new consumer-facing e-commerce website offers a turnkey solution for designers to enter the fine jewelry market via made-to-order manufacturing.


Macy’s links itself with fashion tech startup

The retailer has a new, exclusive partnership with Nineteenth Amendment on, putting the tech firm’s designers and their made-to-order items in front of Macy’s millennial shoppers.


Synchrony links private label cards to Samsung Pay

Synchrony Financial’s private label credit card holders will be able to connect their cards to the new Samsung Pay mobile payment system when it launches next month.


Macy’s expands same-day delivery service

The retailer has added nine cities to the list of places where it will do same-day delivery for purchases made online.


Survey: More retailers resorting to paid posts

According to a recent study, retailers are pumping greater amounts of money into social media marketing, particularly paid posts.


Amazon moves record number of units on ‘Prime Day’

But the e-tailer isn’t being specific about the dollar amount of merchandise sold, and the reaction on social media was less than favorable.


Omnichannel is the ‘new reality’ for retailers

Stores magazine’s annual list of the U.S.’s largest retailers shows that the chains that are faring best are those that have learned to connect with customers both online and off.


Alibaba backs down in the US market

The Chinese e-commerce company is selling its first U.S.-based e-commerce site, 11 Main, because the site hasn’t gained traction here and faces too much competition, reports state.


Overstock selling 1M pieces of jewelry for $1.3M

The online retailer is looking for a buyer for a lot of jewelry from its liquidation of, pricing each piece at about $1 each and asking for $1.3 million for the whole thing.


Is Amazon looking to take on Etsy?

Two online postings suggest the online retail giant is establishing a handmade marketplace to rival Etsy, which has seen its stock drop since going public in March.


Nordstrom introduces shopping via text

Salespeople or stylists now can send customers messages about a product they might like and all they have to do is text back “BUY” to purchase it.


Blue Nile store to open in New York mall

The online retailer revealed a bit more about its plans to open a store where consumers can try on--but not buy--jewelry during the company’s earnings call Friday morning.


Amazon relaunches B-to-B marketplace

The online retailer will close Amazon Supply next month and redirect customers to its new business-to-business wholesale site, Amazon Business.


Pandora now selling online in the United States

The brand’s U.S. e-store opened for business today, offering the full range of Pandora jewelry direct to consumers in the market. 


Net-a-Porter merges with Italian e-tailer

Richemont announced Tuesday that it will merge its online-only luxury marketplace Net-a-Porter, which sells fine jewelry along with clothes and accessories, with Yoox.


Blue Nile eyes Indian market

The e-tailer has signed a deal with Indian manufacturer PC Jeweller, establishing a partnership that will help Blue Nile evaluate jewelry demand in India.


Knoxville, TN reclaims its romantic lead

How about a little love just before Valentine’s Day? Here’s Amazon’s annual list of America’s most romantic cities, based on residents’ purchases of romance-related paraphernalia. 


Smart ring company raises $5M in funding

Ringly, a company that makes rings that alert wearers to incoming calls and messages, has dialed in on more funding for its future. 


Online holiday spending increases as expected

U.S. retail e-commerce spending from desktop computers in November and December increased 15 percent year-over-year, which is very close to the 14 percent sales growth comScore forecast. 


Jewelry, watch brands that are digital ‘Geniuses’

Four--David Yurman, Tiffany & Co., Alex and Ani, and Swarovski--ranked above the rest in a recent study evaluating the industry’s online presence. 


Strong in stores, fine jewelry does well online too

E-tailers said they did well over the holiday weekend, with consumers buying everything from bridal jewelry to colored gemstones to trendy pearl pieces online.  


Online spending to reach $61B this holiday season

Though Comscore Inc. is predicting double-digit gains for online spending this holiday, the digital metrics firm notes that wage stagnation and lack of discretionary income among the middle class could weigh on the season.


Samuels Jewelers to roll out ‘bricks-and-clicks’

Gitanjali Group-owned chain Samuels Jewelers remains focused on U.S. market growth, with an eye toward strengthening its online presence specifically.  


The specialty retailer with the highest ‘Digital IQ’

A new study shows that among specialty jewelers, Zales does it best when it comes to digital while other retailers suffer from a lack of omnichannel integration. 


Overstock buys’s inventory

Overstock has acquired the entire inventory of foreclosed jewelry auction site, which will serve to be the center of the company’s new Jewelry Liquidation Vault. 


Blue Nile adds another brand, Zac Posen

Fashion designer Zac Posen will sell his new collections of engagement rings and fine jewelry on Blue Nile beginning next month. 


Blue Nile app lets shoppers virtually try on rings

Online jeweler Blue Nile has launched a new mobile shopping application that includes the addition of augmented reality to its “Dream Box” feature, allowing consumers to see what a Blue Nile ring will look like on their hand. 


Retailers missing mobile opportunities, survey says

While retailers focus on consumer-facing tactics to drive sales this holiday season, a number of untapped opportunities remain to help them compete, according to a recent survey. 


Retailer asks customers to record their ‘Ideal’ love

Kay Jewelers and Tolkowsky, the creator of the Ideal Cut diamond, are hosting a video contest that will afford one grand-prize winner a proposal package that includes a European trip and engagement ring. 


Study: Stores now using social channels more for ads

Department stores’ strategies on social media are shifting from a focus on community growth to leveraging the networks for more traditional marketing methods, a recent report from think tank L2 shows. 


Macy’s boosts omnichannel shopping strategy

In a move that underscores the increasing importance of omnichannel shopping, Macy’s announced Monday a number of new developments to attract and service customers both in store and online. 


Five features consumers look for in a mobile site

Tiffany & Co. is at the top of the game when it comes to reaching its customers on their smartphones, a new study shows, due in part to the retailer’s inclusion of five key elements on the mobile version of its website. 


Jewelry chain to launch revamped website

Aiming to make shopping easier and more enjoyable for their customers, Rogers Enterprises, which owns two branded jewelry store chains, will be launching a custom-designed website with improved navigation and functionality. 


Nordstrom launches Instagram shopping experience

Consumers perusing photos on Nordstrom’s Instagram account now have a more seamless method of purchasing items they see there and want to own. 


New Blue Nile site focuses on the UAE

In an ongoing attempt to grow outside of the U.S., Blue Nile has launched an Arabic language version of its website, allowing consumers in the United Arab Emirates to shop in their native language. 


Etsy pushes wholesale business out of test mode

Aiming to get its products in more stores across the country, Etsy, the popular marketplace for handmade goods, officially has launched its wholesale division to allow retailers access to products from smaller designers. 


Amazon still has the lowest watch, jewelry prices

While Amazon continues to have the lowest jewelry and watch prices online, other retailers slowly are gaining ground on the Internet giant, a recent report by think tank L2 shows. 


Study: Retailers’ omnichannel strategies lag

E-commerce sales growth at The Home Depot, Costco, Macy’s and Walmart surpassed the growth rate at in the first quarter due to continued investment in omnichannel retail, showing the importance of brick-and-mortar retailers streamlining sales across all channels, a recent report by think tank L2 shows. 


Jewelry e-commerce site BaubleBar raises $10M

Online fashion jewelry retailer BaubleBar has raised $10 million in a Series B financing round led by Burch Creative Capital, which is headed by retail and fashion veteran Christopher Burch.


LVMH, eBay reach settlement over fake goods

LVMH and eBay announced Thursday that they have come to an agreement in their long-running court battle over the sale of counterfeit goods on the online auction site. 


Target expands free shipping offers to consumers

After receiving shopper feedback that the previous policy was confusing, Target announced Monday that it will begin offering free standard shipping on nearly all orders over $50. 


Christie’s enters retail with online watch store

Christie’s is expanding its sales reach with the launch of an online retail boutique that will offer rare, vintage and luxury timepieces, the auction house said Wednesday.


Target hires new CIO, announces security updates

In the wake of its massive data breach, Target Corp. announced Tuesday the hiring of a new chief information officer, Bob DeRodes, who has served as an advisor to both the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department. 


Amazon now has store dedicated to wearable tech Inc. announced Tuesday that an entire section of its website is now dedicated to wearable technology, allowing consumers to browse the latest gadgets and research devices, including smartwatches. 


Loehmann’s coming back, but just online

Defunct discount chain Loehmann’s is slated to return to the retail scene next month but as an e-tailer only. 


Groupon makes a commitment to the wedding market

Marketing to consumers who are tying the knot, Groupon launched the “Wedding Shop” Monday, which sells engagement rings, wedding-day jewelry and other baubles associated with the big day at steeply discounted prices. 


Gemvara: What we learned from our pop-up shop

Online retailer Gemvara has decided not to open a permanent brick-and-mortar location after a temporary store designed to test the brand’s brick-and-mortar appeal didn’t attract many customers. 


Fabergé installs ‘digital mirror’ at Harrods

Fabergé has teamed with street style icon Miroslava Duma to launch a “digital mirror” at its nearly month-long in-store Easter promotion at Harrods department store in London. 


New site gives consumers jewelry insight

Two digital consultants have launched a website that explores the world of jewelry through the eyes of different players in the industry.


What was most Googled jewelry brand in 2013? Gucci

Google has released its Zeitgeist 2013 report on the top searches in the United States this year and Gucci leads the list of most-searched-for jewelry brands. 


Michael Hill now selling jewelry online

Retail chain Michael Hill International has launched four new interactive e-commerce sites in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States to support the brand’s expansion across major markets.


Blue Nile now displaying its rings in a store

Nordstrom is showcasing Blue Nile engagement rings and wedding bands at its flagship location in downtown Seattle, marking the first time the e-tailer’s pieces have been shown in a brick-and-mortar store.


Web roundup: Gurhan now selling online

A new e-commerce website, mobile applications and revamped websites are among the recent online developments in the jewelry industry.


This year’s Cyber Monday biggest ever, firms say

Online retail sales reached new highs on Cyber Monday, and purchases made via mobile devices played a big part in the increase, data collected on the day shows.  


Blue Nile banking on big deals this holiday season

Blue Nile will offer its largest discounts ever on diamond jewelry this holiday season, the 14-year-old company announced this week.


Kohl’s takes integrated approach to Black Friday

Kohl’s Department Stores is teaming up with Jennifer Lopez, one of its collection designers, to launch an on-air and online Black Friday campaign that will include a preview of the singer’s new branded line of fine jewelry.  


Consumers can ‘shop it’ wherever with Macy’s app

Macy’s will give mobile shoppers a hand this holiday season when it introduces an application that will allow users to request information on and purchase items from Macy’s Star Gifts wherever they may see them: on a billboard or in a magazine or catalog.

10/31/13 now selling moissanite

Off-price department store chain Kohl’s has partnered with Charles & Colvard to sell the company’s Forever Brilliant line of moissanite jewelry on its website. 


Web Roundup: Tiffany & Co. launches new website

Tiffany & Co. has redesigned website, turning it into a “personal invitation” for visitors to shop or learn about the company and its jewelry and also presenting Tiffany as a founder of American luxury.


Brands win injunction in cyber counterfeiting case

Six brands under the Richemont Group umbrella recently scored a victory in what their attorney is calling a “landmark” case in the ongoing battle against an online sale of counterfeit luxury goods. 


Saks Fifth Avenue takes Off 5th online

Saks Inc.’s Off 5th chain of department stores launched an e-commerce site Monday, making the company’s deeply discounted merchandise available to consumers around the clock. 


Digital roundup: Hamilton Jewelers, Tacori, more

A blog on straight and same-gender wedding jewelry and a new engagement ring application from a retailer are among the most recent online developments in the industry.