April 2014

Following restructuring, WDC elects new board

The members of the World Diamond Council have elected a new board of directors in the first poll conducted since the organization amended its bylaws last November. New York--The members of the Wo... read more..

Entry period open for 24 Karat Club scholarships

The 24 Karat Club Southeastern U.S. is now accepting applications for the multiple scholarships it is offering. New York--The 24 Karat Club Southeastern U.S. is now accepting applications for the mult... read more..

Stuller adds section on being ‘green’ to website

Stuller Inc. has launched a new page on its website that explains the company’s commitment to sustainability. Lafayette, La.--Stuller Inc. has launched a new page on its website that explains the... read more..

21 digital security tips for retailers

With the recent data breaches impacting major retailers and web security issues stemming from Heartbleed, National Jeweler takes a look at what jewelers can do to protect their customers. New York--Th... read more..

Jeweler receives statewide family business award

Schiffman’s Jewelers has been named the 2014 North Carolina Family Business of the Year in the century category by the Wake Forest University Family Business Center and Business North Carolina. Greens... read more..

NRF: Consumers feeling practical this Mother’s Day

U.S. consumers are expected to spend slightly less on mom this Mother’s Day and they will keep practicality in mind when shopping.Washington--U.S. consumers are expected to spend slightly less on mom ... read more..

Week in Photos--April 26, 2014

The jewelry industry was abuzz with events this week, spanning one coast to the other.The jewelry industry was abuzz with events this week, spanning one coast to the other.The American Gem Society’s C... read more..

Jetting around with Jacqueline Cullen

Based in London, designer Jacqueline Cullen incorporates a unique and interesting material into her designs: Whitby jet, 182 million-year-old fossilized wood found only in Whitby, England.Cullen uses ... read more..

A conversation with: Monique Pean

Woolly mammoths and walruses and dinosaurs, oh my! Jewelry designer Monique Pean has carved out an interesting niche, literally --  she digs in the dirt for unique fossils -- in the accessories m... read more..

Ivory Coast now free to trade in diamonds

The United Nations Security Council has voted to lift the nearly decade-long ban on diamond exports from the Ivory Coast, freeing the country, which already has been cleared by the Kimberley Process, ... read more..

Circa 1920 pearl pendant garners $3.3M, sets record

Auction house Doyle New York sold a pendant with two matching pearls for $3.3 million Monday, breaking the previous world record for a pair of natural pearls set at Sotheby’s last year.  Suspende... read more..

Orangy pink diamond sells for $6M at Sotheby’s

A 15.23-carat fancy intense orangy pink diamond garnered $6.1 million at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale Tuesday in New York, coming in at the low end of its pre-sale estimate.The fancy intense oran... read more..

Marchesa launching fine jewelry line at Macy’s

This holiday season, Macy’s will begin selling both bridal and fashion Marchesa jewelry with the majority of pieces to be priced between $5,000 and $10,000. New York--This holiday season, Macy’s will ... read more..

Amazon now has store dedicated to wearable tech

Amazon.com Inc. announced Tuesday that an entire section of its website is now dedicated to wearable technology, allowing consumers to browse the latest gadgets and research devices, including smartwa... read more..

Target hires new CIO, announces security updates

In the wake of its massive data breach, Target Corp. announced Tuesday the hiring of a new chief information officer, Bob DeRodes, who has served as an advisor to both the U.S. Department of Homeland ... read more..

Q1 production climbs 18 percent for De Beers

Anglo American plc reported that De Beers produced 7.5 million carats of rough diamonds in the first quarter ended March 31, up from 6.4 million carats in the prior-year period. London--Anglo American... read more..

Shree Ramkrishna celebrates 50th anniversary

Diamond manufacturer Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt. Ltd. (SRK) recently marked its 50th anniversary by “Celebrating the Legend,” its founder and chairman, Govind Dholakia. Mumbai--Diamond manufacturer ... read more..

FIT students recognized in Gemesis design contest

Akanksha Gore and So Hyun Ahn are the winners of a jewelry design contest hosted by lab-grown diamond company Gemesis and the Fashion Institute of Technology that asked students to create renderings o... read more..

Pandora rolls out NFL-themed charms

Pandora has teamed with the National Football League to offer a collection of charms that represent each of the league’s 32 teams.Pandora’s NFL helmet charms (left) are sterling silver and 14-karat go... read more..

Kelége’s national ad campaign conveys ‘Forever’

Jack Kelége & Co. has announced the launch of a national advertising campaign designed to show the true emotion of falling in love and being engaged, the company announced recently. Jack Kelé... read more..

Soccer star Ronaldo joins TAG Heuer’s team

TAG Heuer announced Monday that it has added Cristiano Ronaldo, a forward for Real Madrid who is currently the world’s highest paid footballer, to its lineup of brand ambassadors. TAG Heuer has s... read more..

A conversation with: Monique Pean

Woolly mammoths and walruses and dinosaurs, oh my! Jewelry designer Monique Pean has carved out an interesting niche, literally -- she digs in the dirt for unique fossils--in the accessories market. M... read more..

AGS crowns 2014 Shipley Award winner

The American Gem Society named industry veteran Doug Parker as the 2014 Robert M. Shipley award winner on Friday during Conclave.San Diego--The American Gem Society named industry veteran Doug Parker ... read more..

Appointments: Crimmin now VP of GIA lab operations

Matt Crimmin has been appointed vice president of laboratory operations at the Gemological Institute of America, where he will oversee regional lab operations with a focus on Africa and the Middle Eas... read more..

Central American company acquires Chippenhook

Sigmaq Group has acquired Chippenhook Corp., a U.S.-based designer of visual merchandising, packaging and fixture products. San Salvador, El Salvador--Sigmaq Group has acquired Chippenhook Corp.,... read more..

Outlining the advantages of 4 social media sites

During her presentation at Conclave on Friday, Denise Chislett of Underwood Jewelers addressed how social media and a mobile website can increase engagement with customers and drive sales when done ri... read more..

Sales up, but Amazon losing ground in some states

Quarterly sales continue to climb for Amazon.com Inc. though a new study shows the online retailer is losing sales--particularly of larger-ticket items--in states where it collects sales tax. Seattle-... read more..

Kay releases Derby-themed jewels ahead of race

Kay Jewelers has launched a Kentucky Derby-themed collection of charms and bracelets to commemorate the race, which is scheduled to take place this weekend at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Kay J... read more..

Lessons from my father

I am writing this blog post from the sunny lanai (fancy Florida word for what we just called a porch when I lived in Pittsburgh) of my parents’ house in Florida.It’s a beautiful day here, sunny and 75... read more..

7 tips for gaining and retaining clients

During his presentation at Conclave Thursday, retailer Peter Stavrianidis offered tips for jewelers to build customer loyalty and retention. San Diego--While stores dedicate a significant portion... read more..
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