September 2014

198-carat rough diamond sells for $10.6M

Mining company Gem Diamonds Ltd. announced Wednesday that it sold the 198-carat white diamond discovered in July for $10.6 million, a price that works out to more than $53,000 per carat. London--Minin... read more..

Marina B’s luxury pieces go up on the block

Nine pieces of jewelry designed by Marina B, the granddaughter of the founder of Bulgari, will be offered at Bonhams this fall, and is expected to fetch more than $1 million. Marina B has dressed... read more..

8 shots from Todd Reed’s new Calif. store

Todd Reed has opened a new store in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles, the brand’s only other location besides its home base in Boulder, Colo. Los Angeles--Todd Reed has opened a new store in the... read more..

PGI, Garcia again pair up for platinum picks

The Platinum Guild International has again tapped Marie Claire Creative Director Nina Garcia to curate a selection of platinum jewelry that will be featured on The Knot. New York--The Platinum Guild I... read more..

Retailers missing mobile opportunities, survey says

While retailers focus on consumer-facing tactics to drive sales this holiday season, a number of untapped opportunities remain to help them compete, according to a recent survey. King of Prussia,... read more..

Yurman to be honored at Pratt’s Legends Awards

Jewelry designer David Yurman, fashion icon Iris Apfel and Paper magazine editor and publisher Kim Hastreiter will be recognized at the Pratt Institute’s Legends Awards this November. New York--J... read more..

New Lagos campaign emphasizes personalization

Jewelry brand Lagos has a new advertising campaign that focuses on encouraging women to wear its signature design, Caviar, anyway they want.  New York--Jewelry brand Lagos has a new advertising campai... read more..

Holiday hiring: Will majors up part-time staffing?

The answer, in short, is yes. Holiday retail hiring has improved every year since 2008 and it seems that trend will continue this year, with major retailers planning to hire either the same amount or ... read more..

Judge deals another blow to Pebble development

A judge has shot down a federal lawsuit seeking to halt the Environmental Protection Agency’s use of the Clean Water Act to review plans for the Pebble Mine in Alaska. Juneau, Alaska--A judge has shot... read more..

Apple takes its watch to fashion week

Apple is holding an open-to-the-public viewing of the Apple Watch Tuesday at Paris store Colette in what might turn out to be a preview of the type of retailer the tech giant will tap to carry its sma... read more..

GIA lowers prices for melee screening

The Gemological Institute of America announced that it has lowered prices for its Quality Assurance services, which screen parcels of both colored and colorless diamonds up to 0.20 carats to detect if... read more..

The History Behind … Georgian mourning jewelry

This month, National Jeweler delves into the when, where and why of mourning jewelry worn between roughly 1714 and 1830. In this Georgian-era mourning pendant, a mother kneels at the tomb of her ... read more..

The History Behind … Georgian mourning jewelry

This month, National Jeweler delves into the when, where and why of mourning jewelry worn between roughly 1714 and 1830.  In this Georgian-era mourning pendant, a mother kneels at the tomb of he... read more..

What you might have missed

Identifying people ‘wired’ for sales and a story that focused on the supply and demand dynamics for alexandrite were among the site’s most popular stories last week. New York--Here are the five most p... read more..

Richey debuts interactive blog with Rio Grande

Marlene Richey hopes to ignite a digital conversation with jewelers and designers through a series of articles she’ll file on The Studio, the blog of jewelry supply company Rio Grande. Marlene Ri... read more..

Sears Canada CEO resigns citing family issues

Sears Canada announced that after just a year on the job, CEO Doug Campbell will step down from the position by the end of the year. Toronto--Sears Canada announced that after just a year on the job, ... read more..

75 years of Cartier history to go on display

The Denver Art Museum will be the sole venue for a new exhibition of more than 250 pieces of jewelry, watches and other precious objects produced by Cartier between 1900 and 1975.  Cartier m... read more..

Appointments: 24 Karat Club, Buccellati, more

Another jeweler awarded the certified gemologist appraiser title, a new CEO at Buccellati and a former Tiffany executive joining the Talisman Collection are among the industry’s recent career moves.Ne... read more..

More Americans than ever before have never married

According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, the number of American adults who have never been married currently is at a record high, a fact that is both good and bad news for jewelers.  New Y... read more..

Dates set for fall Pier Antique Show

U.S. Antique Shows announced that its bi-annual Pier Antique Show will return on Nov. 22 and 23 to New York City’s Pier 94 on the Hudson River. New York--U.S. Antique Shows announced that its bi-... read more..

Gemstone Spotlight: Melissa Joy Manning

Since 1997, designer Melissa Joy Manning has created her jewelry using recycled metals and locally sourced stones.Since 1997, designer Melissa Joy Manning has created her jewelry using recycled metals... read more..

Week in Photos--September 21, 2014

Monday began with the resignation of Fyodor Andreev, president of Alrosa, the world’s largest diamond producer by volume.Monday began with the resignation of Fyodor Andreev, president of Alrosa, the w... read more..

Should jewelers hide price tags?

On Monday, NPR aired a story on why many jewelry stores choose to tuck away their price tags rather than display them.For me, the story highlighted two interesting points. Number one, many consumers r... read more..

Mikimoto unveils new global ad campaign

Mikimoto announced that it will launch its first global ad campaign in more than a decade this fall, coinciding with the launch of a redesigned website for the brand. Mikimoto’s first global camp... read more..

Revenue, profit up for Gemfields in fiscal 2014

Both revenue and profits increased this past fiscal year for Gemfields Plc, which saw the company push into the black as it began selling rubies for the first time.  London--Both revenue and profits i... read more..

Retailer asks customers to record their ‘Ideal’ love

Kay Jewelers and Tolkowsky, the creator of the Ideal Cut diamond, are hosting a video contest that will afford one grand-prize winner a proposal package that includes a European trip and engagement ri... read more..

Shinola expands into Europe with standalone store

Shinola is opening a brick-and-mortar location in London’s Soho district next month, marking the brand’s first standalone store outside the United States.  Bedrock Manufacturing makes Shinol... read more..

How to identify people ‘wired’ for sales

In a new book Leo Schachter executive Peter Smith provides retailers with a road map on hiring people who possess the three characteristics essential to be an effective salesperson. New York--Accordin... read more..

Jewelers Mutual adds data breach security protection

With the rising threat of data security breaches that can result in the loss of consumers’ confidential information, Jewelers Mutual has introduced data breach and cyber-related coverage options to se... read more..

Supplier News: Angelica recycles a ‘90s hit

Angelica Jewelry just launched a special-edition series of charm bracelets inspired by the TV show Friends thanks to a partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products. New York--Angelica Jewelry just ... read more..
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