August 2014

JA now offering TrendVision reports, books

Members of Jewelers of America now will receive monthly jewelry trends reports and a discount on books that outline and forecast jewelry trends, thanks to the organization’s new partnership with Trend... read more..

Canadian co. takes diamond cutting on the road

Diamond cutter and polisher Embee Diamonds is embarking on a tour of stores in the United States next month to give consumers the opportunity to try their hand at cutting a diamond. Prince Albert, Sas... read more..

Rolex smash-and-grab robberies on the rise

Crimes involving thieves using the smash-and-grab technique to nab Rolex watches have been increasing as of late, with nearly 10 reported incidents taking place across the country just this summer, ac... read more..

Gem-A creates online course on jewelry sourcing

Citing the rise in the number of consumers who want to know where their jewelry comes from, the Gemmological Association of Great Britain will unveil a new online course for jewelry professionals that... read more..

RJO honors Vendors of the Year at buying event

Citizen Watch, Ostbye and RDI Diamonds are among the companies recently honored with Vendor of the Year Awards from the Retail Jewelers Organization, a buying group of independent jewelers based in Ne... read more..

Q2 comps down for Zale, now officially part of Signet

Signet Jewelers Ltd. reported Thursday that second quarter same-store sales rose 7 percent for its Sterling Jewelers division but fell 1 percent at Zale Corp., which it officially acquired in late May... read more..

Tiffany reports comps up, strong sales in Q2

Tiffany & Co. reported Wednesday that same-store sales in the Americas were up 8 percent year-over-year in the company’s second quarter ended July 31, bolstered by strong performances across most ... read more..

Appointments: PDE, GJEPC, Scott Kay

The Panama Diamond Exchange has named Hecliton Santini Henriques, president of Instituto Brasileiro de Gemas e Metais Preciosos (IBGM), and Dr. Luciano Pataro, founder and director of Gold America S.A... read more..

Pandora names another new CEO

Danish jewelry brand Pandora announced Thursday that CEO Allan Leighton will step down in March 2015 and be replaced by tobacco company executive Anders Colding Friis. Copenhagen, Denmark--Danish jewe... read more..

Gemstone Spotlight: Laurie Kaiser

Designer Laurie Kaiser draws her inspiration from the shapes and styles that she finds in nature.Designer Laurie Kaiser draws her inspiration from the shapes and styles that she finds in nature.A fan ... read more..

Week in Photos--August 24, 2014

Two awards shows, the MTV Video Music Awards and the Emmys, added some red carpet glamour to an otherwise quiet late August week for the jewelry industry.Two awards shows, the MTV Video Music Awards a... read more..

14 great pieces from the Emmys and VMAs

The results are in, and they aren’t surprising: drop earrings and diamond pieces once again rocked the red carpet, this time at the recently held Primetime Emmy and MTV Video Music awards. New York--T... read more..

Florida jeweler, 89, shoots would-be robber

A store owner in Florida who also happens to be an octogenarian was able to put a stop to an armed robbery attempt on Saturday when he defended himself with his own gun and shot the suspect.  Palm Bea... read more..

Three arrested in home invasion of NY jeweler

Local news sources are reporting that police in the small town of Greece have arrested three men in connection with an Aug. 7 home invasion involving a local jewelry store employee. Greece, N.Y.--Loca... read more..

MJSA bench conference, trade fair set for next month

The MJSA’s second Jeweler’s Bench Conference & Trade Fair has been scheduled for Sept. 13 to 14, returning to the Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel in Providence, R.I. Attleboro, Mass.--The MJSA’s... read more..

‘America’s Team’ now has a Swiss watch

Hublot is adding another sport to its list of athletically inclined partnerships, one that is a billion-dollar business in America: football.  Dallas--Hublot is adding another sport to its list of ath... read more..

International Diamond Week delayed indefinitely

Tensions in the Middle East have led the Israel Diamond Exchange to postpone International Diamond Week, an organized trading event set to take place in Ramat Gan next month. Ramat Gan, Israel--Tensio... read more..

WJA calling for entries in ‘Diva Design’ competition

The Women’s Jewelry Association has begun accepting submissions for its 2015 Diva Design competition, which celebrates the organization’s current theme for the year of “transformation.” New York--The ... read more..

POS systems impacted by ‘Backoff’ breach

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has put the word out that thousands of large as well as small- and mid-sized businesses have been affected by a malicious point-of-sale software dubbed “Backof... read more..

Movado Group’s Q2 sales up 4 percent

Movado Group reported Tuesday that net sales rose 4 percent year-over-year in its fiscal second quarter, from $138.3 million to $143.6 million. Paramus, N.J.--Movado Group reported Tuesday that net sa... read more..

Online course educates on clarity-enhanced diamonds

Teva Diamonds has redesigned its website and the relaunch includes a new online educational system to teach retailers about clarity-enhanced diamonds. Dallas--Teva Diamonds has redesigned its web... read more..

Centurion new designer contest open for submissions

Submissions now are being accepted for the seventh annual Centurion Emerging Designer Competition, which will afford two winners showcase and exhibit space at next year’s Centurion show. Merrick, N.Y.... read more..

A retailer’s solution to diamond grading confusion

Jeweler James Alperin says labs that want to give diamonds ‘trumped-up’ grades should develop their own grading system and not use the same scale popularized by the GIA. Diamond grading reports have b... read more..

Italian jewelry brand launches ad campaign

Italian jewelry brand Nomination just rolled out a new advertising campaign that “embraces the emotional heritage, the history and the future aspirations of the brand.” Florence, Italy--Italian jewelr... read more..

What jewelers can learn from crimes in California

A recent wave of crime in California holds a valuable lesson for retailers everywhere: always be mindful of being watched, Jewelers Mutual’s David Sexton writes.Crime is an ever-present threat to jewe... read more..

What you might have missed

National Jeweler recounts the top five stories and top three blog posts from the previous week.  New York--Out on vacation? Too busy making sales to get to the Daily newsletter?  Don’t worry. ... read more..

These are your grandmother’s pearls

If you keep up with magazines or blogs that cover jewelry, you’ve likely seen the headline, or some variation of it, at least once: “These aren’t your grandmother’s pearls.”The article will feature an... read more..

Gemstone csarite now trademarked in US

Milenyum Mining announced that it has been granted two trademarks by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for csarite, the color-changing gemstone it mines in Turkey. Dubai--Milenyum Mining announced ... read more..

In Calif., another diamond exhibition extended

Fueled by popularity and intrigue, a museum display in California that illustrates the stories of the world’s most famous diamonds and their equally well-known owners has been extended into the fall. ... read more..

JFC announces 2014 Local Grants program

Jewelers for Children soon will begin accepting nominations for its Local Grants program, which gives 10 separate $10,000 grants to local charities nominated by jewelers. New York--Jewelers for Childr... read more..
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