February 2014

Hari Krishna’s Kisna diamond jewelry wins award

The All India Gems & Jewellery Trade Federation awarded Hari Krishna Exports’ diamond jewelry brand Kisna with its 2014 Paramparik (Traditional) Jewelry of the Year Award for the west. Mumbai, Ind... read more..

Via contest, Jewelers Mutual promotes Perfect Circle

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company recently partnered with Martha Stewart Weddings for a national sweepstakes that afforded one future bride a piece of Ivanka Trump jewelry, and gave the company a chan... read more..

More consumers to save tax refunds, not spend

Nearly half of consumers recently surveyed said they will be saving their tax refund money this year rather than spending it, according to the National Retail Federation.Washington--Nearly half of con... read more..

Earnings roundup: Kohl’s, Sears

Kohl’s and Sears reported declines in same-store sales in the fourth quarter, despite it being the period that includes the all-important holiday season. New York--Kohl’s and Sears reported declines i... read more..

“Going dark” on Facebook

I recently made the decision to deactivate my Facebook account, nearly 10 years after I first signed up and created a profile on the social media platform.I’ve been very Facebook-oriented since the we... read more..

Gemfields emerald, beryl auction nets $36M

Gemfields’ recent auction of predominantly higher quality rough emerald and beryl in Lusaka realized $36.5 million, a company record for any auction. Lusaka, Zambia--Gemfields’ recent auction of predo... read more..

Alor battles Charriol in court, reverts to ‘Alor’

Alor will no longer sell jewelry under the Charriol brand in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, as the two companies remain engaged in a legal battle over international distribution and Alor... read more..

Calif. museum to highlight historical diamonds

The Museum of Ventura County in California will hold an exhibit this summer to showcase replicas of some of history’s most famous diamonds alongside their equally famous owners. Ventura, Calif.--The M... read more..

Earnings roundup: JC Penney, Target, more

Both J.C. Penney and T.J. Maxx/Marshalls recorded same-store sales increases in the fourth quarter while Target’s quarterly comps fell in the wake of the massive data breach that impacted millions of ... read more..

Q2 comps up 2 percent, profits rise for Zale

Zale Corp. recorded a 2 percent increase in the same-store sales in the second quarter ended Jan. 31, with its Zales and Zales Outlet stores turning in the strongest performance.Dallas--Zale Corp. rec... read more..

Effy launches bridal line at Macy’s

Jewelry brand Effy is introducing its first bridal collection and will launch the line for spring 2014 at Macy’s, selling both in store and online on Macy’s and Effy’s websites.The new Effy Bridal col... read more..

A gemstone’s journey, start to finish

While I was in Tucson earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending a small event to meet the team behind a documentary that’s in the works called Sharing the Rough.Orin Mazzoni, who grew up in ... read more..

Lagos taps fashion blogger to promote collection

Fashion and accessories writer Kimberly Pesch will be promoting Lagos’ new Covet line on her blog, Eat. Sleep. Wear.Blogger Kim Pesch will promote Lagos’ new 18-karat Covet collection on her blog, Eat... read more..

Consumer sentiment on current economy best since ‘08

Though Nielsen research shows that their confidence retreated slightly in February, consumers overall are feeling more upbeat than they have in nearly six years.New York--Though Nielsen research shows... read more..

Macy’s disappointed with Jan. sales, blames weather

Same-store sales increased by only 1 percent in the fourth quarter for Macy’s Inc. despite a strong holiday season performance, the retailer reported Tuesday. New York--Same-store sales increased by o... read more..

Platinum Patek sells for $800K in Hong Kong

A platinum Patek Philippe Ref. 5207 tourbillon minute-repeater with a perpetual calendar sold for $807,845 at Antiquorum’s auction held Saturday, the highest-grossing lot of the sale.Hong Kong--A plat... read more..

Trends from Tucson: Cool colors dominate

The most in-demand stones and colors during the annual Tucson gem shows can set the tone for the year, or even years, to come. So, what was popular this year? Colors on the cooler end of the spectrum ... read more..

Fugitive in diamond investment scam dies at 57

A man wanted by federal authorities in Las Vegas in connection with an alleged diamond mining company stock scam that bilked investors out of millions has died in Canada, authorities have confirmed.Sa... read more..

Charges brought in series of smash-and-grabs

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced recently that it is bringing an indictment against eight Philadelphia men allegedly involved in a series of violent smash-and-grab ... read more..

GJEPC launches new jewelry show in Dubai

The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre along with the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council will premiere a new industry fair next month in Dubai, the Global Gem & Jewellery Fair.Dubai--The Dub... read more..

Appointments: Tiffany names new creative agency

Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide is now the global marketing communications partner for Tiffany & Co. and will complement the retailer’s international marketing capabilities with brand positioning an... read more..

Babe Ruth’s World Series watch sells for $717K

The pocket watch given to Babe Ruth after the New York Yankees won the World Series in 1923 went for $717,000 at an auction held Saturday in New York City.New York--The pocket watch given to Babe Ruth... read more..

A litigious follow-up

When I arrived at work on Friday morning, a headline relating to the big news that has the industry buzzing--the pending merger of Signet and Zale--caught my eye immediately. “Signet to Buy Zale, Law ... read more..

GIA temporarily suspends rush services to relocate

The Gemological Institute of America’s New York Laboratory announced recently that it is suspending two of its services next month as the organization prepares to relocate from its current offices to ... read more..

JA’s PAC launches awards

Jewelers of America announced last week that it would introduce the JA Political Action Committee Awards to recognize individual members who make contributions to support the organization’s legislativ... read more..

Fla. retailer brings glamour with ‘Red Carpet’ event

As the Oscars approach, retailer Hamilton Jewelers is looking to bring some star power to the community with an event celebrating red carpet styles at its Palm Beach Gardens store. Palm Beach Gardens,... read more..

Gemstone Spotlight: Victor Velyan

With a penchant for metallurgy and an attraction to gemstones with the best color saturation, designer Victor Velyan has created a collection of pieces with a very distinct look that he describes as “... read more..

Christie’s announces online-only auction

Christie’s is holding an online-only auction of jewelry beginning Tuesday that will offer pieces by Chopard and Van Cleef & Arpels.Hong Kong--Christie’s is holding an online-only auction of jewelr... read more..

Former Le Vian executive launches brand

David Zar, who spent the last 13 years at Le Vian, has founded a jewelry brand called Marco Moore, which will manufacture limited-edition jewelry and watches to be sold through independent retailers a... read more..

Earnings roundup: HSN, Walmart, Nordstrom

Three jewelry-selling retailers that reported their financials Thursday did not record strong increases in sales in the fourth quarter, despite the fact that it is generally the most wonderful time of... read more..
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