June 2014

Gemesis rebrands as ‘Pure Grown Diamonds’

Following the appointment of a new CEO, lab-grown diamond company Gemesis Inc. has announced that it is rebranding itself as “Pure Grown Diamonds.” New York--Following the appointment of a new CEO, la... read more..

Fischler re-elected as AWDC president

Stéphane Fischler has been re-elected as president of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre. Antwerp--Stéphane Fischler has been re-elected as president of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre. He is a... read more..

WFDB adds Canada, Korea as members

The World Federation of Diamond Bourses added the Diamond Bourse of Canada and the Korea Diamond Bourse to its membership at the 36th World Diamond Congress in Antwerp. Antwerp, Belgium--The World Fed... read more..

21 ‘cash-for-gold’ stores cited in NJ crackdown

A recent investigation by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs on “cash-for-gold” retailers has resulted in 936 civil citations at 21 stores for alleged violations of state consumer laws, spurr... read more..

WJA awards 26 educational grants for 2014

In an effort to contribute to the ongoing education of women in the jewelry industry, the Women's Jewelry Association Member Grant Program has awarded a total of $13,000 to 26 members across the ... read more..

WJA awards 26 educational grants for 2014

In an effort to contribute to the ongoing education of women in the jewelry industry, the Women's Jewelry Association Member Grant Program has awarded a total of $13,000 to 26 members across the ... read more..

Patek Philippes top Antiquorum’s HK sale

A platinum Patek Philippe Ref. 3979 wristwatch sold for about $468,000 at Antiquorum’s sale of Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces on Saturday, the top lot of an auction heavy with examples from t... read more..

Gem-A’s annual conference returns to historic site

The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) will move its annual conference this year back to the former Royal Agricultural Hall in London, as it changes its program to make it more interact... read more..

Operations commence at Alrosa’s Udachny mine

Russian diamond mining company Alrosa has begun operations at its Udachny mine, and said it expects it to become one of the largest underground diamond mines in Russia and worldwide, eventually provid... read more..

Gemvision campaigns against software piracy

Gemvision is pioneering a campaign to identify and take action against the unauthorized use of its software products, including its Matrix and CounterSketch CAD programs.  Davenport, Iowa--G... read more..

RJC appoints Ashish Deo to CEO

The Responsible Jewellery Council has named Ashish Deo as the organization’s new chief executive officer, effective Sept. 8. London--The Responsible Jewellery Council has named Ashish Deo as the organ... read more..

Entry open for JTV Designer Showcase contest

Jewelry Television is inviting designers working in an array of mediums to compete in their annual Jewel School Designer Showcase Challenge, which will recognize more than 60 winners and award more th... read more..

Penny Preville taps into men’s jewelry with cufflink line

Designer Penny Preville is marking her expansion into men’s jewelry with the introduction of her 18-karat gold cufflink collection, “Rocks.” These 18-karat green gold beaded edge cufflinks with g... read more..

Date set for Advanced Chemical golf tournament

Advanced Chemical will hold its 4th annual John Venditti Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament on Sept. 20, proceeds of which benefit the American Heart Association and academic atheltes. Warwick, R.I-... read more..

AGS Conclave seminars now ‘on demand’

Videos of popular keynote addresses and featured sessions from the American Gem Society’s Conclave conferences are now available to the industry for free with Conclave On Demand. Las Vegas--Videos of ... read more..

Gemstone Spotlight: Syna

Design duo Dharmesh and Namrata Kothari launched Syna in 2003.Design duo Dharmesh and Namrata Kothari launched Syna in 2003. The brand name, which means “together,” comes from the pair’s idea that pos... read more..

CIBJO outlines pearl sustainability plan

At CIBJO’s recent Sustainable Pearls Forum, President Gaetano Cavalieri emphasized the need for a comprehensive approach to achieve sustainability in the cultured pearl sector, one that focuses on eco... read more..

GSI 'Joy' boxes bring essentials to children

Gemological Science International has partnered with charitable organization Each One Teach One to launch the “Joy Box” campaign, which will provide children in Mumbai with essential daily items.GSI i... read more..

Designer funds silver line with Kickstarter campaign

Fine jewelry designer Anthony Lent has successfully used Kickstarter to fund the development and initial production of a new sterling silver collection.  Anthony Lent’s sterling silver “Flyi... read more..

JAPAC talks sales tax fairness in Washington

On its recent trip to Capitol Hill, Jewelers of America’s Political Action Committee took the opportunity to discuss the Internet sales tax bill and protection of the Last In, First Out accounting met... read more..

Commemorative Patek Philippe to top Hong Kong sale

A limited-edition Patek Philippe Ref. 5029 made in platinum is expected to sell for about $593,400 at Antiquorum’s June 28 sale in Hong Kong.  This Chinese musical clock, made in the 19th ce... read more..

Alrosa reports 43 percent increase in Q1 sales

Russian diamond miner Alrosa saw revenue increase more than 40 percent in the first quarter, although net profit fell slightly year-over-year.  Moscow--Russian diamond miner Alrosa saw revenue increas... read more..

Gemesis names Lisa Bissell as president, CEO

Lisa Bissell has been named president and CEO of lab-grown diamond company Gemesis Inc., effective immediately. New York--Lisa Bissell has been named president and CEO of lab-grown diamond company Gem... read more..

Florida jewelers named ‘Outstanding Retail Leaders’

John and Marichi O’Rourke, owners of Montica Jewelry in Coral Gables, Fla., have been named “Outstanding Retail Leaders” by the Florida Retail Federation. Tallahassee, Fla.--John and Marichi O’Ro... read more..

Appointments: Sterling, Macy’s, RJC

Sterling Jewelers Inc. has announced a new hire as well as the promotions of two existing employees.  New York--Sterling Jewelers Inc. has announced a new hire as well as the promotions of two existin... read more..

Coach to focus on retail outlet division

As it struggles to compete with fast-growing rivals, Coach Inc. will close a number of full-line stores next year and revamp the brand’s outlet business, the company said during its recent analyst and... read more..

Target expands free shipping offers to consumers

After receiving shopper feedback that the previous policy was confusing, Target announced Monday that it will begin offering free standard shipping on nearly all orders over $50. Minneapolis--After re... read more..

Swatch expands Tourbillon boutiques to Houston

The Swatch Group has opened a Tourbillon boutique in Houston, following the recent and successful opening of another store in Dallas, the brand announced.  The new Tourbillon boutique in Hou... read more..

The second Clark sale

Everybody loves a mystery, and there is something particularly tantalizing about one that will never quite get solved.Last week, I wrote about Christie’s auctioning the possessions of Huguette M. Clar... read more..

30-carat yellow diamond sells for $500K

A 30-carat yellow diamond expected to garner up to $2 million sold for only $500,000 at a Canadian auction house on Sunday, possibly due to the fact that it lacked a grading report.Toronto--A 30-carat... read more..
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