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 t... read more..

NJ’s top Instagram and Pinterest posts of 2013

From big diamonds to baroque pearls to pieces featuring the hue of 2014, “Radiant Orchid,” National Jeweler recounts the top pins and pictures of the year on its Pinterest and Instagram accounts.New Y... read more..

Overall, jewelers report a solid holiday

Most retailers reported that the 2013 holiday season ended with sales up slightly or on par with last year, though a few noted that the average price point plummeted.New York--Most retailers reported ... read more..

Fiera di Vicenza names new president

Matteo Marzotto is the new president of Fiera di Vicenza S.p.A., the company that organizes the Vicenzaoro trade shows that are held in Italy three times a year.Vicenza, Italy--Matteo Marzotto is the ... read more..

Swatch assessing damage following factory fire

A spokeswoman for the Swatch Group said the company is still trying to determine how a fire that destroyed a unit within its ETA factory on Sunday will impact production.Grenchen, Switzerland--A spoke... read more..

Editor’s Picks: My favorite pieces of 2013

This past year was a big one for jewelry, both from a market and design perspective.Gold came back on the scene in a major way, and green was everywhere after Pantone named “Emerald” as its Color of t... read more..

DEF donates $175K to educational institutions

The Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF) has given a $175,000 grant to be split among its three beneficiaries, all of which provide higher education in diamond-producing nations.New York--The Diamond Empowe... read more..

KP vice chair continues support of artisanal mining

The Government of Angola, the current vice chair of the Kimberley Process (KP), has renewed its financial support of the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI), the Ottawa-based nonprofit that is workin... read more..

Jewelry among top performers this holiday season

Despite a shorter shopping period and severe weather, early numbers indicate that holiday sales increased year-over-year, with jewelry cited as one of the season’s best-selling categories. New Yo... read more..

‘Conflict’ minerals seminar added to Vicenzaoro

CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, announced Monday that a session addressing the regulation of minerals from areas of conflict in Africa and their impact on the jewelry industry will be held d... read more..

First machinery expo held in Surat

The inaugural India Gem & Jewellery Machinery Expo (IGJME) took place in Surat from Dec. 13 to 15, attracting attendees from the production and retail segments of the jewelry industry.Surat--The i... read more..

Former Tiffany executive gets 1 year in theft case

A former vice president of product development at Tiffany & Co. was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for stealing more than $2 million in jewelry from the New York-based retailer.New York--... read more..

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 w... read more..

For many jewelers, Saturday was super indeed

For a number of jewelers, this past Saturday lived up to its billing, perhaps due to pent-up demand and an economy that is recovering, albeit slowly. Retailers told National Jeweler that diamond basic... read more..

French court sides with Van Cleef in designer case

France’s highest court has upheld a ruling mandating that pieces created by full-time employees of jewelry firms belong to the firms themselves and are not the property of the individual designer, a r... read more..

Lull in Chinese luxury market hurts watches

The luxury market in China has slowed considerably in 2013, impacting high-end watch sales there, according to a report from global consulting firm Bain & Co. Shanghai, China--The luxury mark... read more..

Tiffany ordered to pay Swatch $449M in watch case

Following confidential arbitration, a court in The Netherlands has ruled in Swatch Group’s favor in its multi-million-dollar legal battle with Tiffany & Co. over the companies’ now-severed watch c... read more..

Antwerp Diamond Bank sold to Chinese company

KBC announced Thursday that Shanghai-based Yinren Group has acquired its subsidiary Antwerp Diamond Bank (ADB), one of the leading financers of the diamond trade, for an undisclosed sum.  Br... read more..

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.New York--Mehul Shah of Shivani Gems Inc. was re-el... read more..

Jeweler collecting ‘she said yes’ stories, good and bad

Inspired by a client and current NFL player who proposed on the field, retailer Mervis Diamond Importers launched a contest to hear the best, and worst, engagement stories for a chance to win money to... read more..

Emerald Expositions acquiring GLM in $335M deal

Emerald Expositions, the parent company of National Jeweler, JA New York and Couture, announced Friday that it has agreed to acquire George Little Management LLC (GLM) from Providence Equity Partners ... read more..

40M could be impacted by Target data breach

It couldn’t have come at a worse time. Target Corp. confirmed Thursday that there was unauthorized access to the credit and debit card data of shoppers who made purchases in its ... read more..

Barneys to open new flagship in 2017

Luxury retailer Barneys New York will open a store on Seventh Avenue in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood three years from now, marking the company’s return to the neighborhood where it got its start.N... read more..

Week in Photos--December 14, 2013

There are only four days left until Dec. 25.There are only four days left until Dec. 25. For jewelers, that means that their busiest days are ahead of them: this weekend right up through Dec. 24, they... read more..

JA opens 2014 Case Awards for entries

Entries now are being accepted for Jewelers of America’s 2014 Case Awards, which recognizes JA retail members who exhibit creativity, artistry, style and excellence in jewelry design.New York--Entries... read more..

PA retailer dreaming of a white New Year’s Eve

“Let it Snow” has morphed from a classic holiday tune into a Dec. 31 mantra for one Pennsylvania retailer. Here’s why.Johnstown, Pa.--“Let it Snow” has become more than a classic holiday tune to one P... read more..

Weather brings drop in sales, foot traffic

ShopperTrak, a firm that has devices installed in stores across the country to count the number of people coming in, said that both retail sales and foot traffic were down last week due in large part ... read more..

Macy’s stores to stay open all night until Dec. 24

More than 30 Macy’s stores in cities across the country will stay open 24 hours a day for four days in a row, beginning this Friday and continuing until Christmas Eve, the retailer announced Wednesday... read more..

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. New York--Google has released its Ze... read more..

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.New York--Designer Gurhan’s first brick-and-mortar retail store will open in New York... read more..
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