January 2014

AGL performing on-site testing in Tucson

American Gemological Laboratories (AGL) will conduct on-site testing of colored stones for identification, enhancement and origin at the upcoming American Gem Trade Association GemFair.New York--Ameri... read more..

After attack, stores raise money for cos. in need

A California jeweler who was injured when a customer attacked him with a hatchet in his store has inspired a fund to help other local businesses in similar situations. El Cajon, Calif.--A California j... read more..

Amazon Q4 sales climb 20 percent, hit $25B

Sales were up again for Amazon.com in the fourth quarter, with the company reporting a 20 percent increase to $25.59 billion as compared with $21.27 billion in the same period last year.Seattle--Sales... read more..

LVMH jewelry, watch sales up 4 percent in 2013

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton reported 4 percent organic revenue growth for its jewelry and watch division in 2013, led by an “excellent” performance in its directly owned boutiques, particularly B... read more..

Will Bitcoin take off with jewelers?

Though I’m still working to familiarize myself with what it is and how it works, I have noticed that Bitcoin seems to be in the news a lot more recently.In case you haven’t had the chance to read up o... read more..

Alrosa’s 2014 forecast is ‘moderately optimistic’

Russian mining company Alrosa experienced an increase in both sales and production in 2013 and said it is “moderately optimistic” about the year ahead. Moscow--Russian mining company Alrosa experience... read more..

De Beers’ Q4, full-year production rise

De Beers’ parent company Anglo American PLC reported Wednesday that diamond production increased by 13 percent to 9.1 million carats in the fourth quarter while full-year production was up 12 percent ... read more..

Pandora taps Alyson Hannigan for ad campaign

Actress Alyson Hannigan, one of the stars of CBS’ soon-ending series How I Met Your Mother, is the face of Pandora for spring 2014.  Columbia, Md.--Actress Alyson Hannigan, one of the stars of CBS’ so... read more..

In Tiffany vs. Costco, the battle’s just begun

The judge’s latest ruling in its battle with Costco likely left Tiffany feeling a little blue. But the legal battle between these two retail giants over the term “Tiffany” in relation to enga read more..

Target opening more stores in Canada

Target Corp. is continuing its expansion into Canada with the opening of nine more stores in five provinces over the course of 2014. Mississauga, Ontario--Target Corp. is continuing its expansion into... read more..

JVC’s Dodd-Frank kit now available online

The Jewelers Vigilance Committee has announced that the Supply Chain Assurance Kit it created for members of the industry that need to comply with the “conflict” minerals provision of the Dodd-Frank A... read more..

Week in Photos--January 25, 2014

“I have been extremely fortunate to have had so many rewarding years carrying forward the Weber Jewelers tradition,” jeweler Fred Weber said upon his retirement.“I have been extremely fortunate to hav... read more..

Designer Courtney brings csarite to the US

Designer Erica Courtney’s eponymous jewelry company has launched a new division that focuses on collectible and rare gemstones and as part of the launch will be the only authorized distributor of the ... read more..

Fabergé brings scavenger-style egg hunt to NYC

This spring, Fabergé will introduce its Big Egg Hunt in the Big Apple, scattering almost 300 handcrafted eggs across the city and leading participants on a weeks-long scavenger hunt. This diamond... read more..

De Beers’ melee screener to go in Antwerp lab

De Beers is now in the manufacturing stage with its melee screener and will lease it to interested sightholders in the second quarter before placing the device in a grading and research facility it op... read more..

95-carat, Type IIa diamond found in Angola

Mining company Lucapa has unearthed a 95.45-carat diamond from its Lulo Diamond Concession in western Angola, the second-largest stone recovered to date at the alluvial deposit.Perth, Western Australi... read more..

10 pieces perfect for Valentine’s Day

The approach of Valentine’s Day has designers and brands promoting their heart-themed and pink-toned jewelry. Click through this slideshow to see 10 pieces worthy of any romance that retailers can sto... read more..

Charles Garnier donating entire line to JFC

Coinciding with the launch of its new Britannia 958 Heritage silver collection, Charles Garnier Paris will donate all 17 pieces from the line to Jewelers for Children for a silent auction scheduled to... read more..

GIA’s synthetic detection device debuts

The Gemological Institute of America has developed, and will sell to the trade, a screening device for the detection of lab-grown as well as high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) treated diamonds.New... read more..

Leo Schachter remains Israel’s No. 1 diamond exporter

For the third year in a row, Leo Schachter Diamonds tops the list of Israel’s polished diamond exporters, figures published recently by the Israel Diamond Controller’s Office show.Ramat Gan--For the t... read more..

US remains top market for Antwerp, Israel

The United States is still the No. 1 market for polished diamonds from both Antwerp and Israel, with both industry hubs reporting an increase in their respective diamond trades in 2013.New York--The U... read more..

Alex and Ani introduces Olympic bangles

As part of a partnership with the United States Olympic Committee, jewelry brand Alex and Ani will release five bangles with different charms commemorating the upcoming 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Win... read more..

Saks launching in Canada with Toronto stores

Hudson’s Bay Company announced Monday that Saks Fifth Avenue will officially enter the Canadian market with the opening of two stores in Toronto. Toronto--Hudson’s Bay Company announced Monday that Sa... read more..

Gold, cocktail rings steal the Grammy show

Although the jewelry choices were more subdued at the 56th annual Grammy Awards, which took place Sunday in Los Angeles, gold pieces with brightly colored gemstones were a popular accessory among atte... read more..

Niche Awards announces jewelry winners

Niche magazine has named the winners of its 2014 awards for excellence in fine craft, which includes various categories for jewelry design. Philadelphia--Niche magazine has named the winners of its 20... read more..

Appointments: Stuller names new VP of bridal

Maren Rosen has been promoted to vice president of bridal and jewelry at Stuller Inc.New York--Maren Rosen has been promoted to vice president of bridal and jewelry at Stuller Inc. Her former ... read more..

Supplier News: PhotoScribe offers same-day service

In preparation for Valentine’s Day, PhotoScribe announced that it will do same-day laser inscription by appointment at its headquarters in New York City’s Diamond District.New York--In preparation for... read more..

Investment firm acquires Robbins Bros

California retailer Robbins Brothers confirmed last week that the company has been sold to private equity firm Comvest Investment Partners. New York--California retailer Robbins Brothers confirmed las... read more..

Watch pioneer Raymond Weil dies at 87

Raymond Weil of the eponymous Swiss luxury watch brand died on Sunday, leaving behind a legacy of creating luxurious yet affordable timepieces.Geneva--Raymond Weil, founder of the Swiss luxury watch b... read more..

Color, statement pieces to rule the red carpet

In addition to fashion week runway shows, red carpet events are known for bringing the trends in fashion and jewelry to the masses. Check out what styles, metals and gemstones will rock celebrity awar... read more..
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