2014

Four found guilty in murder of Campbell Bridges

Four of those involved in the deadly 2009 attack on renowned gemologist Campbell Bridges have been found guilty by a Kenyan court, a Scottish newspaper reports.Mombassa, Kenya--Four of those involved ... read more..

The 10 most popular stories of 2014

Remembering Scott Kay, a jeweler pleading guilty to selling fakes, and the biggest mistakes jewelers make in displaying merchandise were among National Jeweler’s most-clicked-on articles of the year.&... read more..

NPR profiles the last ‘radium girl’

Mae Keane, the last of a group of women who were hired to paint watch dials with radium in the 1920s, died this year.New York--It seems Mae Keane really dodged a bullet when she quit a job she didn’t ... read more..

Cindy’s TrendTracker: New Year’s Stars

The start of a new year is always cause for celebrations, resolutions and vows to make the next 365 days better than the last.The start of a new year is always cause for celebrations, resolutions and ... read more..

Year in Review, 2014

The year began with a bang--the merger of the country’s two largest specialty jewelers--and didn’t quit.The year began with a bang--the merger of the country’s two largest specialty jewelers--and didn... read more..

Interings’ Mehta elected IDCA president

The Indian Diamond & Colorstone Association Inc. recently announced the results of its elections for 2015.  New York--The Indian Diamond & Colorstone Association Inc. recently announced the re... read more..

GSI opens its ninth laboratory

The lab is located in Gaborone, Botswana, where Gemological Science International CEO Mark Gershburg said there is a demand for labs and gemological education.  Gaborone, Botswana--Gemological Science... read more..

Pharrell Williams pens song for Swarovski campaign

Swarovski teamed with fashion photographers Inez & Vinoodh for the next chapter of its ad campaign, which stars model Miranda Kerr and features a track by “Happy” singer-songwriter Pharrell Willia... read more..

Retailers share the words that sum up the season

National Jeweler asked retailers to use just one word to describe their holiday season sales. Responses ranged from mediocre to cheerful to unusual. New York--Who needs 140 characters?  National Jewel... read more..

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.  New York--Digitally savvy jewelry bran... read more..

Kiran Gems helps clean up Mumbai beach

Indian diamond manufacturer Kiran Gems participated in India’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan initiative earlier this month by cleaning up Juhu beach. Mumbia--Indian diamond manufacturer Kiran Gems partic... read more..

Niru Diamonds among Israel’s ‘outstanding’ exporters

Niru Diamonds Israel was one of 10 companies lauded for its exporting accomplishments during a ceremony held Sunday at the residence of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.  Ramat Gan--Niru Diamonds Israe... read more..

3 retail predictions for 2015

Analysts and independent jewelers offer their prognostications on the forces that will shape retail in the coming year.New York--Jewelers and market observers anticipate a more competitive year in 201... read more..

What you might have missed

Articles on bridal jewelry trends for 2015 and three of the five forces that have transformed the jewelry industry over the last 35 years were among the top stories on National Jeweler last week. New ... read more..

The 3 biggest stories of 2014

Earlier this year, it would have been hard to believe that anything could top the consolidation of the industry’s two largest players, Zale Corp. and Signet Jewelers Ltd., in terms of news for 2014.Wh... read more..

Need a colored stone? There’s now an app for that

Colored gemstone dealer Mayer & Watt has released an eponymous app dedicated to loose colored stones, allowing users to browse its inventory and/or use the app for gemstone education.Mayer&Wat... read more..

Chamilia readies for spring with brand new charms

Chamilia, the Swarovski Group brand that offers personalized jewelry, will release four new collections at the beginning of the year in addition to a number of new spring-inspired pieces. Cranston, R.... read more..

Survey: Holiday return fraud may cost retailers $3.8B

The retail industry as a whole will lose an estimated $10.9 billion to return fraud this year, with more than a third of that occurring during the holiday season, according to the National Retail Fede... read more..

Elvis’ watch, loved at tender

An Omega Black Dial Constellation Calendar once owned by “The King” nearly doubled its highest estimate at a recent Antiquorum auction.  New York--An Omega Black Dial Constellation Calendar ... read more..

My favorite gemstone pieces of 2014

At first, I thought this blog would be easy as pie. Pick my favorite gemstone jewels that I saw this year? You got it.But the more I started looking through old photos, stories and events, the harder ... read more..

Investors sink $2.5M into lab-grown diamond co.

Scio announced this week that a group of three investors calling themselves Heritage Gemstone Investors Inc. are providing $2.5 million in funding to the company. Greenville, S.C.--Scio announced... read more..

5 modern forces that shaped the industry, part II

In part two of a two-part series, columnist Jan Brassem examines the final three factors he says disrupted and transformed the jewelry industry over the past 35 years.  As discussed in Part I, I’d lik... read more..

JA to live stream 2015 Gem Awards

For the first time, Jewelers of America will broadcast live its annual Gem Awards ceremony on Jan. 9 through streaming television.New York--For the first time, Jewelers of America will broadcast live ... read more..

JA to live stream 2015 Gem Awards

For the first time, Jewelers of America will broadcast live its annual Gem Awards ceremony on Jan. 9 through streaming television. New York--For the first time, Jewelers of America will broadcast live... read more..

Cindy’s TrendTracker: Holiday cheer

Red and green jewels are perfectly great on their own but, somehow, during the holiday season, they take on a bigger significance as everyone pulls out their kitschy Christmas sweaters, Santa caps, re... read more..

Rocks On: Opal’s essence continues to delight

In this installment of Rocks On, National Jeweler delves into the supply/demand and pricing trends for the opulently colored opal. The popularity and value of opals come largely from the gemstone... read more..

6 bridal jewelry trends for 2015

When it comes to bridal jewelry, expect the unconventional--unusual shapes, modified halos and color--to become more common next year. New York--Celebrity couples threw caution to the wind this year, ... read more..

What you might have missed

The opening of a class action lawsuit against EGL International and major retailers in early 2015 and the closing of another lawsuit against a retailer for using the lab’s grading reports were among t... read more..

What readers ‘liked’ most in 2014

From colored stone rings to interesting hand accessories, National Jeweler recounts the top pictures on its Instagram account this year. New York--From trade shows to press events to interesting ... read more..

For jewelers, just how super was Saturday?

Christmas came early for some jewelers making this last weekend before the holiday less busy, while others reported strong sales. New York--For some jewelers, it seems that Santa came a bit early... read more..
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