March 2014

De Beers releases names of new sightholders

De Beers has named the five companies it has added as sightholders for the remainder of the 2012-2015 contract period. Gaborone, Botswana--De Beers has named the five companies it has added as sightho... read more..

Disney taps designer for Maleficent baubles

Fine jewelry brand Crow’s Nest has teamed with Walt Disney Pictures to create a limited-edition collection of jewelry for the upcoming film Maleficent, which tells the story of Sleeping Beauty’s villa... read more..

Retailer accused of larceny may face more charges

Police have charged a New York jeweler with three counts of grand larceny--and may charge him with more--for allegedly selling man-made stones that he misrepresented as diamonds, according to the loca... read more..

Appointments: Macy’s names new president

Jeffrey Gennette, who spent the past five years as chief merchandising officer at Macy’s, has been named president of the corporation. New York--Jeffrey Gennette, who spent the past five years as chie... read more..

Fabergé installs ‘digital mirror’ at Harrods

Fabergé has teamed with street style icon Miroslava Duma to launch a “digital mirror” at its nearly month-long in-store Easter promotion at Harrods department store in London. London--Fabergé has... read more..

From Basel: 4 watches from Breitling

A larger Navitimer and a special series to mark the 30th anniversary of its pilot’s chronograph, the Chronomat, are among the introductions from Breitling. Basel--A larger Navitimer and a special seri... read more..

WJA intros individual international membership

The Women’s Jewelry Association announced Wednesday that it is now offering individual membership for women in the jewelry industry based outside of the United States. New York--The Women’s Jewel... read more..

Exhibiting space, registration open for Select shows

Registration is open for the 2014 Select by Centurion shows, which cater to regional and hosted retailers by featuring small groups of designers and manufacturers.  New York--Registration is open for ... read more..

From Basel: 5 watches from 88 Rue du Rhone

Many of the new timepieces from 88 Rue du Rhone, the brand started by the grandsons of the late watchmaker Raymond Weil, reflect the brand’s focus going forward on aligning its marketing with the film... read more..

From Basel: 5 watches from Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe will mark its 175th anniversary this year by introducing new watches in two waves: one at the Baselworld show and the other in the fall, when the brand will debut a number of limited-ed... read more..

From Basel: 5 watches from Seiko

Japanese watch company Seiko is bringing its line of adventure sport watches to the U.S. market for the first time and has a new collection designed to attract younger consumers, with prices starting ... read more..

Antiquorum selling Paul Newman’s racing gear

The suit and helmet worn by actor and race-car driver Paul Newman in the 1980s is expected to sell for up to $70,000 at Antiquorum’s April 9 sale. His role in the 1969 film Winning sparked actor ... read more..

JVC webinar to address Dodd-Frank Act

The Jewelers Vigilance Committee is hosting a 45-minute webinar next month that will explain the Dodd-Frank Act and steps suppliers must take to assure customers that minerals are conflict-free. ... read more..

Signet U.S. comps up 4 percent in Q4

Same-store sales in the U.S. were up 4 percent for Signet Jewelers Ltd. in the fourth quarter, while e-commerce sales climbed 21 percent to $61.9 million. Hamilton, Bermuda--Same-store sales in the U.... read more..

Graff debuts $55M diamond watch in Basel

Graff Diamonds is marking its first appearance at Baselworld with the introduction of a $55 million colored diamond watch called “Hallucination,” a creation it estimates is the most valuable timepiece... read more..

Live from Basel: 5 watches from Raymond Weil

Raymond Weil has a new special-edition Nabucco watch as well as a new collection called Toccata, a line of quartz watches where the entry-level models start at $750. Basel--Raymond Weil has a new spec... read more..

Live from Basel: 5 watches from Citizen

Japanese watch brand Citizen has a new tagline, flagship model and a renewed focus on watches for women.  Citizen’s new 30 mm Eco-Drive Sunrise women’s watch will be available in stores in S... read more..

Gemstone Spotlight: Bochic

Bochic is introducing its new Core collection and additions to its one-of-a-kind line for fall 2014, both of which will feature gemstone-laden pieces.Bochic is introducing its new Core collection and ... read more..

Week in Photos--March 24, 2014

The opening of Baselworld in Switzerland, a party at the new International Gem Tower and a press preview at Robert Lee Morris in Manhattan were the buzzing events in the industry this week.The opening... read more..

Is your website living in the 90s?

Business Insider posted a slideshow online earlier this month that showed the websites of major companies in 1990s as compared with their domains today.The differences were staggering, to say the leas... read more..

60 Minutes covers ‘Pink Panther’ diamond thieves

Last Sunday, CBS’s 60 Minutes included a segment about the “Pink Panthers,” a network of thieves who have stolen millions in diamonds, and showed footage of some of their biggest robberies. New Y... read more..

Movado cutting back on distribution of ESQ brand

The Movado Group Inc. announced Wednesday that it is reducing distribution of its ESQ Movado brand in order to focus on “more productive” watches.  Paramus, N.J.--The Movado Group Inc. announced Wedne... read more..

Baume&Mercier ads position watches as gifts

Swiss watch brand Baume & Mercier has partnered with photographer Peter Lindbergh for the first advertising campaign it has launched in years, which aims to portray watches as the perfect gift for... read more..

Live from Basel: 5 watches from Longines

The 1920s, 30s and 70s are the eras on which Longines has drawn in creating new watches for 2014.  Basel--The 1920s, 30s and 70s are the eras on which Longines has drawn in creating new watches for 20... read more..

Checking in with Buddha Mama

Since I’m still getting acclimated with the fine jewelry industry and trying to expose myself to as many brands and people as possible, I decided to join National Jeweler Editor-in-Chief Michelle Graf... read more..

Large diamonds highlight Christie’s April sale

A pair of circular-cut D-color internally flawless diamond ear pendants are expected to sell for as much as $10 million at Christie’s April 16 sale of Magnificent Jewels.  The top lot of Chr... read more..

Nevada jeweler snags sweepstakes’ grand prize

Leroy Kisling of Rogers Jewelry Co. in Reno, Nev. is another grand prize winner in Frederick Goldman’s “ArtCarved in Rome” sweepstakes. New York--Leroy Kisling of Rogers Jewelry Co. in Reno, Nev. is a... read more..

Silver strong in 2013, SPS survey shows

A total of 73 percent of retailers reported an increase in sterling silver sales last year, and another 50 percent said the best selling opportunity with the metal is among female self-purchasers, the... read more..

Jeweler named Emerging Retailer of the Year

Kalyan Jewellers, which has stores in India and the United Arab Emirates, has been recognized with the Emerging Retailer of the Year Award from the Economic Times for “aggressively building a pan-Indi... read more..

In Basel, the shows are about to begin

The trees are in early bloom, the white asparagus is coming in and the small Swiss town of Basel is buzzing once again for the annual Baselworld trade show, which has some company this year. Base... read more..
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