October 2014

The latest diamond industry row

I am not proud to admit it now, but I was the kind of little girl who wanted to quit games in the middle if it looked like I wasn’t going to win, a trait for which my mom, like any good mother should,... read more..

Mining co. cuts world’s largest csarite

Milenyum Mining has discovered and faceted the largest known csarite in the world, a 121.65-carat pear-shaped stone that it expects to retail for close to $1 million. Milenyum Mining cut this 121... read more..

Registration open for Rio Grande’s 2015 symposium

 Jewelry industry professionals now can sign up to attend the Santa Fe Symposium on jewelry technology, scheduled for May 17 to 20 in Albuquerque.Albuquerque, N.M.--Jewelry industry professionals read more..

Overstock buys Bidz.com’s inventory

Overstock has acquired the entire inventory of foreclosed jewelry auction site Bidz.com, which will serve to be the center of the company’s new Jewelry Liquidation Vault. New York--Overstock has acqui... read more..

Gemstone Spotlight: Parade Designs

With a background in sourcing fine gems for successful designers, international jewelers Allen and William Pung have built Parade based on finding the highest-quality gems while also speaking to the d... read more..

Week in Photos--October 26, 2014

The American Gem Trade Association revealed the winners of its 2015 Spectrum Awards, the organization’s annual colored gemstone-centric design contest, following judging over the weekend in New York.T... read more..

Calif. designer to debut boutique, jewelry line

 Allison Neumann is set to open her first store in San Diego next month and launch her new “River Rock” rough sapphire collection.San Diego--Allison Neumann is set to open her first store, which will ... read more..

Officials charge 3 more in Mich. robberies

A trio of men charged with storming into two independent jewelers in Michigan this spring and ordering employees and customers to the floor at gunpoint could face life in prison, authorities announced... read more..

Blue Nile forecasts 19 percent growth in Q4

Executives for Blue Nile said Thursday that they anticipate fourth quarter sales could grow as much as 19 percent due to the lowering of engagement ring prices and the addition of brands.  Seattle--Ex... read more..

What gemstone is the favorite among consumers?

Jewelry Television is asking the public to vote on their favorite gemstone to select the “Gem of the Year,” a promotion that gives the on-air retailer valuable insight into customer preferences.  ... read more..

Hari Krishna rewards employees with cars, homes

Cash bonuses, jewelry, trips--these are examples of rewards retail employees could see when a store meets its sales goals. And these might have been more than enough to satisfy, until they get word ab... read more..

Sotheby’s auctioning more Lauder jewels

Another round of jewels from the collections of the late Estée and Evelyn Lauder are the highlight of Sotheby’s upcoming Magnificent Jewels sale, scheduled for Dec. 9 in New York.New York--Another rou... read more..

5 looks to stock before the holiday season

Pieces with a Seventies flair, mismatched earrings and unusual shapes for engagement rings are among the trends on tap for the holiday season. Buyers at the booth of Los Angeles-based exhibitor M... read more..

In a time when lending is tight, alternatives abound

Collateral lending and crowdfunding are two of the options available in an era when traditional banks are exiting the industry.New York--When it comes to the jewelry industry and banking, 2013 did not... read more..

JA opens 2015 CASE Awards for submissions

 Jewelers of America now is accepting entries for its annual retailer design competition to be held at the JA New York Winter show in January. New York--Jewelers of America now is accepting entries fo... read more..

Effy opening its own stores on cruise ships

 Effy is teaming up with Princess Cruises to give the jewelry brand a new presence on three of the company’s ships.  New York--Effy is teaming up with Princess Cruises to give the jewelry brand a new ... read more..

Cindy’s TrendTracker: Skinny Cuff Love

Cuff bracelets have been around forever, and they bounce in and out of fashion often.Cuff bracelets have been around forever, and they bounce in and out of fashion often.This time around they’re skinn... read more..

Paraiba tourmaline ring wins Spectrum’s Best of Show

A platinum ring featuring a Paraiba tourmaline accented with French-cut diamonds by designer Leon Mege took home both the Best of Show award and top honors in the classical category at the American Ge... read more..

World Diamond Council names executive director

Just ahead of its annual meeting, the World Diamond Council announced that it has chosen Patricia Syvrud, a GIA graduate gemologist who owns a jewelry industry consulting firm, as its first executive ... read more..

Diamond grower producing 2-carat, E color stones

 A lab-grown diamond company announced Monday that it is now producing high-quality 2-carat diamonds and expects to be growing 3-carat stones by early 2015.  Washington, D.C.--A lab-grown diamond comp... read more..

Man who plotted robbery gets 11 years behind bars

A U.S. district judge in Florida has sentenced the man who masterminded the 2013 robbery of the International Diamond Center in Tampa to 11 years and 6 months in federal prison. Tampa, Fla.--A U.S. di... read more..

5 fun events to engage clients this holiday season

Innovative, intriguing events can not only attract new customers and bring in existing customers, but engage them in a way that will keep the store front of mind. National Jeweler talked to five retai... read more..

Man who plotted robbery gets 11 years behind bars

A U.S. district judge in Florida has sentenced the man who masterminded the 2013 robbery of the International Diamond Center in Tampa to 11 years and 6 months in federal prison.Tampa, Fla.--A U.S. dis... read more..

What you might have missed

A recap of the country’s most expensive ZIP codes, according to Forbes, was the most popular story on NationalJeweler.com last week.New York--Here are the five most popular stories from NationalJewele... read more..

The benefits of carrying a cause-related line

MJ Christensen Diamonds discusses the how and why behind their decision to carry BeadforLife, a line of fair trade, handmade paper jewelry crafted by women in Uganda.A BeadforLife employee in the U.S.... read more..

What retailers are buying at Special Delivery

The JA New York Special Delivery show opened Sunday to a lot of buzz and buying activity on the show floor, as retailers look to stock up on on-trend pieces for the holiday season.New York--The JA New... read more..

Struggling Sears could close more than 100 stores

Sears Holdings Corp. is slated to close more than 110 Sears and Kmart stores around the country, many before the holiday season, according to one reportHoffman Estates, Ill.--Sears Holdings Corp. is s... read more..

‘Exceptional’ white diamond brings $65K a carat

Diamond cutting and manufacturing firm Diacore paid $15.2 million, or $65,577 a carat, for the 232.08-carat white diamond recovered from the Cullinan mine earlier this year.London--Diamond cutting and... read more..

Another holiday sales forecast comes in at 4 percent

Synchrony Financial is the latest organization to release its forecast for the holiday season, and it predicts single-digit growth in the same range as the NRF and Deloitte.Stamford, Conn.--Synchrony ... read more..

Another conglomerate calls retailers ‘cautious’

The luxury conglomerate that owns Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard said that the third-party distributors that buy its watches remain “cautious” in their purchasing, echoing the sentiment expressed by... read more..
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