January 2015

GIA updates colored stone and pearl reports

Beginning Feb. 1, the lab will launch a new format for its colored stone and pearl reports that includes better imagery and the most current gemological terminology.Carlsbad, Calif.--The Gemological I... read more..

MJSA brings live bench sessions to Tucson

 MJSA again will present its signature At the Bench Live program during the AGTA GemFair from Feb. 3 to 8, offering advice and insights to bench jewelers of all levels.Attleboro, Mass.--MJSA agai read more..

Rocks On: Turquoise’s upward trend

The latest installment in the Rocks On series examines current supply and demand for turquoise and displays several pieces of jewelry that highlight the stone’s hues. Much of the new turquoise in... read more..

Vicenzaoro buyer attendance up 13 percent

Vicenzaoro’s reformatted show closed Wednesday in Italy with show organizers reporting a double-digit increase in buyer attendance.  Vicenza, Italy--Vicenzaoro’s reformatted show closed Wednesday in I... read more..

Scott Kay to make QVC debut on Super Bowl Sunday

The Scott Kay brand will make its QVC debut hours before the big game, with Tiffany Kay stepping into the shoes of her late father to present the collection live on air.Teaneck, N.J.--When the Scott K... read more..

Gemstone Spotlight: Lauren Harper

Lauren Harper credits having had three daughters with influencing the way she approaches designing and creating her jewelry.Lauren Harper credits having had three daughters with influencing the way sh... read more..

Gold Spotlight: Michelle Fantaci

In chess, the queen is the king’s protector.In chess, the queen is the king’s protector. She can move in any direction, making her versatile and effortlessly powerful. She’s also the inspiration for t... read more..

Five easy picks

This year marked my first trip to Vicenza, Italy for the Vicenzaoro show and, I must say, it was the most fun I’ve had at a trade show in a long time.Part of this probably was due to the fact that, as... read more..

Designer debuts instructional DVDs on custom design

Rémy Rotenier has released two DVDs, priced at $175 each, to teach jewelers and help them bolster the custom part of their business.  New York--Rémy Rotenier has released two courses on DVD, Counter S... read more..

Gold price forecast to decline in 2015

Analysts predict that the strengthening U.S. dollar and increase in interest rates will drive a drop in the metal’s per-ounce price this year.  New York--Though gold is expected to decrease in price a... read more..

The History Behind … Signet rings

This month’s antique jewelry feature examines the role, and resurgence, in society of signet rings, which were used to seal deals (literally) and communicate rank. New York--Signet rings have bee... read more..

Cindy’s TrendTracker: A Cut Above the Rest

Sometimes a gemstone should take a walk on the wild side.Sometimes a gemstone should take a walk on the wild side. It can be good to give up the straight angles and symmetrical curves, and instead bus... read more..

The History Behind … Signet rings

This month’s antique jewelry feature examines the role, and resurgence, in society of signet rings, which were used to seal deals (literally) and communicate rank.It’s signet rings like this circa 192... read more..

8 education sessions at AGTA GemFair

National Jeweler combed through the AGTA GemFair seminars schedule to pick two per day that seem best suited to retailers.New York--Next week, many in the industry will converge on Tucson, looking to ... read more..

De Beers diamond production up 5 percent in ‘14

Though a safety stoppage impacted mining in the fourth quarter, parent company Anglo American reported that De Beers finished the year ahead.  London--Though a safety stoppage impacted mining in the f... read more..

TAG Heuer taps model Cara Delevingne

The LVMH-owned watch brand welcomed its newest female ambassador with a party in Paris that included live lions.Fashion model Cara Delevingne is the new face of TAG Heuer, a move meant to attract a yo... read more..

In Italy, Mattioli goes wild

There’s no lack of animal-inspired pieces to see at Vicenzaoro, but no brand did it quite like Mattioli, which deconstructed common beasts to create unique pieces. Vicenza, Italy--There is no lack of ... read more..

Pasquale Bruni continues US comeback

The Italian brand is beginning its fourth year back in the market after an 11-year absence. Vicenza, Italy--Well-made is just one of the adjectives that can be used to describe the jewelry produced by... read more..

Frederick Goldman hires former Tiffany executive

Frederick Goldman has announced the appointment of Mike Floskis as vice president finance and controller, effective immediately. New York--Frederick Goldman has announced the appointment of Mike Flosk... read more..

Silver brand Thistle&Bee opens first store

Known for making high-quality, fashion-forward silver jewelry, the brand now has a flagship shop on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. New York--Thistle & Bee, the brand known for its high-quality, fash... read more..

1 in 5 to buy jewelry this Valentine’s Day

More than 20 percent of shoppers plan on purchasing jewelry this Valentine’s Day, spending a total of $4.8 billion on the category, the National Retail Federation said.  New York--More than 20 percent... read more..

Le Vian launches an accessories line

The brand unveiled its new handbags, scarves and shoes in a middle-of-the-aisle fashion show held Sunday at Vicenzaoro. Vicenza, Italy--Le Vian unveiled its new line of made-in-Italy accessories at a ... read more..

Rio Tinto releases newest Select Diamantaires list

Mining company Rio Tinto has released the names of the companies that now have long-term contracts to buy diamonds from one or more of its three mines--Argyle, Diavik or Murowa.   London--Mining compa... read more..

A gem of a Friday

I had almost forgotten how much I loved stones, minerals, and gems until I found myself at this job and in the fine jewelry industry. But it makes so much sense now. I used to have a tumbled rock coll... read more..

Need resolution motivation? Jewelers Mutual can help

Knowing how hard it can be to stick to a New Year’s resolution, Jewelers Mutual is partnering with the Stacked New York brand for a sweepstakes to provide a little inspiration this year. Neenah, Wis.-... read more..

What you might have missed

A roundup from a panel discussion at the JA New York Winter show regarding how jewelers can adapt to the changing bridal landscape was the top story on NationalJeweler.com last week. New York--Here ar... read more..

Trendvision defines the 4 types of consumers

Creative Director Paolo De Luca breaks down the characteristics, favorite blogs and fitting design motifs for the consumers of today. New York--Nothing in design is ever really new, but those who are ... read more..

Falcon, secret garden take flight for Roberto Coin

In Vicenza, the Italian designer added new animals, enlarged his black jade line and introduced the Garden Collection.  The limited-edition “Falco,” Italian for falcon, embodies “future drea... read more..

AGS brings back the ‘Perfect Proposal’

The American Gem Society is bringing back its Perfect Proposal Toolkit for consumers this year, providing new tips and advice for popping the question as well as a new proposal countdown clock. Las Ve... read more..

New MJSA tool connects members with retailers

MJSA has debuted a new benefit for its members, called Retail Link, to help them promote their latest designs and finished jewelry to a network of retail customers. Attleboro, Mass.--MJSA has debuted ... read more..
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