September 2013

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. New ... read more..

Texas association names design contest winners

The Texas Jewelers Association (TJA) announced the winners of the jewelry design contest it held during the recent Smart Jewelry Show in Dallas.Winning in the student category ($250 prize and plaque) ... read more..

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. New York--A... read more..

ME retailer tests the strength of its Reactors

Day’s Jewelers will showcase the durability of the Reactor watches it carries with a “strength pull” demonstration at the Man Expo in Maine this weekend. Waterville, Maine--Day’s Jewelers will sh... read more..

Signet reportedly signing deal with Alrosa

Russia Today is reporting that Signet Jewelers, parent company of Sterling Jewelers, and diamond miner Alrosa are on the verge of inking a diamond sourcing deal worth $80 million. ... read more..

About Retail: Not quite as white

At the Diamond Gallery in Winnipeg, owners Allan, Anita and Lisa Malbranck opt not to plate any of their white gold jewelry, allowing those pieces to stand apart from platinum with their slightly warm... read more..

IDEX Online: AWDC welcomes sanctions lift

In an official statement published Tuesday the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) responded to the lifting of restrictive measures on the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC... read more..

33 percent of rich women want jewelry for the holidays

Fine jewelry and watches top the wish lists of some of the wealthiest American women this holiday season, a new survey finds. Atlanta--Fine jewelry and watches top the wish lists of some of the w... read more..

New report details ups, downs of the KP

Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) recently published a report on the Kimberley Process on behalf of the KP’s civil society coalition, intended for use by the industry and the general pub... read more..

AGTA names five judges for Spectrum Awards

The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) has named Jennifer McCurry, Jennie Ma, Barbara Heinrich, John Hatleberg and Jose Hess as the judges for its 2014 Spectrum Awards.Dallas--The American Gem Trad... read more..

Watch News: TAG introduces sailing smartwatch

TAG Heuer has created what it is calling the first Swiss sports “smartwatch,” made for the crew of Oracle Team USA to wear when competing in the 34th America’s Cup. TAG President and CEO Stephane Lin... read more..

Cocktail Rings, Drop Earrings Bedazzle Emmys

Rings boasting huge gemstones and glamorous diamond drop earrings topped the scene-stealing jewelry at the 65th Emmy Awards, held Sunday in Los Angeles.Rings boasting huge gemstones and glamorous diam... read more..

Jaeger Reverso sells for more than $250K

A limited-edition Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2 garnered $255,750 at Antiquorum’s auction held Wednesday in New York, just above its pre-sale high estimate. This Jaeger-LeCoultre Reve... read more..

Platinum Spotlight: Oscar Heyman

In the words of Tom Heyman, renowned jewelry brand Oscar Heyman "is all about the gemstone."In the words of Tom Heyman, renowned jewelry brand Oscar Heyman "is all about the gemstone.""Our jewelry des... read more..

NGO: EU lifting of Zimbabwe sanctions was rushed

A decision by European Union to lift sanctions against a state-run diamond mining company in Zimbabwe is drawing criticism from the same non-governmental organization that exited the K... read more..

French gem association honors Koivula, Liddicoat

The French Association of Gemmology has named gemologists John Koivula and the late Richard Liddicoat as among the 50 personalities who’ve shaped the history of gems. Carlsbad, Ca... read more..

Trend Spotting: It's the Little Things

Tiny pendants, little stud earrings and delicate bracelets have been appearing more frequently in the past month at jewelry trade shows, designer previews and on the wrists and fingers of celebrities.... read more..

TanzaniteOne names first Chinese sightholder

Chinese retailer Chow Tai Seng is now a TanzaniteOne sightholder, and will sell polished tanzanite stones through its 2,200 jewelry stores in the People’s Republic of China.Bermuda--Chinese retailer C... read more..

Anglo withdraws from Pebble mine project

Anglo American PLC announced Monday that it is no longer going to take part in the development of the Pebble mine in Alaska, a project that has sparked heated debated between mining co... read more..

Stock market index for diamonds to launch

An index that tracks the price of diamonds like the NASDAQ 100 follows the largest non-financial companies is slated to launch in the near future, with a diamonds-as-investment vehicle... read more..

Is it too early for holiday ads?

I went to Duane Reade during my lunch break Wednesday and was a bit startled to see a spinning rack of Halloween cards near the front of the store. It’s only the beginning of September, I thought. We ... read more..

New treatment could damage conch pearls

A Swiss gemology laboratory is warning the trade about a new coating being applied to the surface of conch pearls that does visible, nearly irreversible damage to them.Basel--A Swiss gemology laborato... read more..

Watch News: Bremont opens Hong Kong store

Following the opening of its standalone flagship store in London, English luxury watch brand Bremont now has its first overseas boutique, located in Hong Kong.  Bremont’s new store in Hong K... read more..

AGL calls attention to ‘composite’ change

The American Gemological Laboratories (AGL) recently pointed out a “pivotal” change in disclosure nomenclature by CIBJO: the use of the word “composite” now can be used to describe lead-glass treated ... read more..

Silver Spotlight: Athomie

Italian jewelry brand Athomie is introducing its sterling silver collection in the United States.Italian jewelry brand Athomie is introducing its sterling silver collection in the United States.Athomi... read more..

Belgium, EU at odds over Zimbabwe mining co.

Reuters reports that Belgium is pushing for the European Union to lift sanctions on the state-run Zimbabwe Mining Development Corp. (ZMDC) despite other countries’ concerns over allege... read more..

Designer with a heart raising funds for Zimbabwe

San Diego-based jewelry designer Alexandra Hart has a special connection to this nation, all because of meeting one extraordinary local woman. San Diego--For many in the jewelry industry,... read more..

Editor’s Picks, Part 3: Blue and silver hues

Two of my favorite annual industry events took place in August, perking me up in spite of my inevitable and lurking end-of-summer blues.Fragments’ Holiday Preview and the Jewelry Information Center’s ... read more..

Amazon still tops on the web

Stores Magazine just released a list of the retailers with the most enviable online operations as well as a ranking of consumers’ favorite e-commerce sites, and online commerce king made bo... read more..

An abundance of caution

No matter how positive their quarterly sales were, one common thread wound its way through retailers’ recently released financials: they’re treading lightly because they are not sure how consumers wil... read more..
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