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What You Might Have Missed

GradingFeb 29, 2016

What You Might Have Missed

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

The GIA recently examined this 5.03-carat fancy deep blue lab-grown diamond at its lab in New York. The story about it was the most-read article on National Jeweler last week. (Photo credit: Sood (Oil) Judy Chia)

New York--Here are the top five stories on NationalJeweler.com from Feb. 21 to 27, according to Google Analytics.

1. 5-Carat Lab-Grown Blue Diamond Graded by GIA
It’s the largest faceted lab-grown blue the Gemological Institute of America’s ever studied, and it received a color grade of fancy deep.

2. No. of US Jewelers Closing Climbs 24%
The latest statistics from the Jewelers Board of Trade showed that in the United States, 760 retail jewelers/repairers ceased operations in 2015, up from 612 in 2014.

3. A State-By-State Breakdown on Diamond Shapes and Sizes
Which states are home to the country’s biggest diamonds? What are the most popular diamond shapes where your store is located? Editor-in-Chief Michelle Graff examined it all via White Pine’s new report.

4. Rocks On: Kunzite
Though it can come in a vivid violet color and is readily available in large pieces, kunzite remains in relatively low demand. The gemstone was the focus of this month’s Rocks On feature.

5. The Top 10 Trends Expected to Drive Retail in 2016
In its latest market brief, Synchrony Financial predicted that technology will shape eight of the top 10 trends expected to have the greatest impact on retail sales this year.

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