February 2015

Women of the water

It has long been on my to-do list to chat with designer Michelle Pajak-Reynolds, who not only has a fabulous first name but also creates beautiful, unique pieces. Michelle’s pieces first crossed my d... read more..

Rocks On: Moonstone’s rising star

This installment of Rocks On looks at the current market for moonstone, including which varieties are most popular and where prices are heading. Blue sheen moonstones, like those pictured above, ... read more..

DEF will honor Indian prime minister in Las Vegas

 The Diamond Empowerment Fund again will hold its Diamonds in the Sky Gala during Las Vegas market week, this time honoring Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India.New York--The Diamond Empowerment read more..

The history behind … Whitby jet

Although the gemstone reached its peak of popularity in the second half of the 19th century, it’s experiencing a resurgence as designers pair the fossilized wood with other high-end materials.New York... read more..

Chris Cullen appointed CEO of Lagos

Chris Cullen has been promoted to CEO of Lagos while founder Steven Lagos, who has run the company since 1977, will focus on being chairman and creative director.New York--Chris Cullen has been promot... read more..

Gemstone Spotlight: Anzie

Founded by designer Anzie Stein, the Anzie brand, which now includes her daughters Jaclyn and Joanna, has become well known for its gemstone pieces in signature looks that are meant to reflect the sty... read more..

Platinum Spotlight: Alex Soldier

If it isn’t noble color, feel and beauty, it’s platinum’s flexibility that makes Alex Solider choose it over other metals for his jewelry.If it isn’t noble color, feel and beauty, it’s platinum’s flex... read more..

Faberge creates first Imperial Egg in nearly a century

The Gemfields-owned brand is bringing back the tradition of creating objets d’art with an egg set with 139 pearls and more than 3,000 diamonds. Faberge’s new Pearl Egg, its first Imperial Egg in ... read more..

Petra Diamonds revenue up 16 percent

 Despite production dropping 2 percent, the mining company saw a substantial increase in revenue in the first half of fiscal year 2015.London--Despite production dropping 2 percent, Petra Diamond read more..

Fla. jeweler Mark Levinson found dead

Levinson Jewelers founder Mark Levinson was found dead in an apparent suicide on Tuesday, authorities said. He was 60 years old.Fort Lauderdale, Fla.--Levinson Jewelers founder Mark Levinson was found... read more..

WJA announces In the Know lineup

Consumer trends, the bridal industry and leadership are among the topics that will be covered at the organization’s annual conference next month.New York--Consumer trends, the bridal industry and lead... read more..

Swatch watches ‘superlot’ could sell for $1M

Exclusive prototypes, limited and special edition watches, and artwork relating to the brand’s designs are all part of the huge lot of Swatch stuff Sotheby’s is offering this April.Hong Kong--Exclusiv... read more..

Week in Photos--February 22, 2015

The Apple Watch graced the pages of a fitness magazine, while Tiffany & Co. released the TV component of its new, “modern love” ad campaign.The Apple Watch graced the pages of a fitness magazine, ... read more..

Salma Hayek poses for Pomellato

Italian fine jewelry brand Pomellato has named Academy Award-nominated actress Salma Hayek as the face of the brand, featuring her at the center of its newest ad campaign.Milan--Italian fine jewelry b... read more..

Stuller announces Bridge conference schedule

Back for its sixth year, the Bridge events will focus on helping retail jewelers do better business. Lafayette, La.--Stuller is bringing its Bridge events back for 2015, which focus on helping retail ... read more..

About Retail: Inventory sharing, San Francisco style

The city that’s home to sharing-based services Airbnb and Uber also has 66 Mint, a company with a 100-year history that wants to give retailers worldwide virtual access to its inventory.San Francisco-... read more..

Tiffany releases TV ad with same-sex couple

The retailer’s “Will You?” campaign was designed to take a “modern look” at love. Now, the public can see the TV ad component of the campaign.  New York--In January, news surfaced that 178-year-old re... read more..

The ‘cash for gold trend’ reverses

Consumers are loving gold once again, with the U.S. recording its best fourth quarter for jewelry demand since 2009 and “distress selling” on the decline.London--Jewelers are once again selling more g... read more..

Desire to save tax refunds hits 12-year high

Nearly half of all Americans who expect to receive a tax refund this year will put that money into savings instead of spending it, the National Retail Federation said. Washington--Nearly half of all A... read more..

Virginia retailer named JAPAC chair

 The Jewelers of America Political Action Committee has elected Jenny Caro, owner of Jewelry by Design in Woodbridge, Va., as its new board chair.New York--The Jewelers of America Political Actio read more..

12 Oscar-worthy jewels

Statement necklaces and diamond-heavy pieces were the common trends in celebrity jewelry at the 87th Academy Awards, which were held Sunday in Los Angeles and recognized the best in film in 2014.State... read more..

Cindy's TrendTracker: Laughing Out Loud

The beauty of jewelry is that it can convey so many messages in an everlasting way--love, romance, power, adoration, a sense of style and wealth are most spoken in gold and diamonds but, once in a whi... read more..

6 trends that ruled in Arizona

Blue and pink hues took over Tucson during the gem shows earlier this month, while the jewelry at Centurion centered on fringe, chunky gold styles and the geometric shapes of decades past. Tucson... read more..

Leo Schachter leads Israel’s diamond exporter list

The company recorded net exports of $288 million in 2014, topping the list of the country’s polished diamond exporters for the fourth year in a row.Ramat Gan--For the fourth year in a row, Leo Schacht... read more..

After 30 years in business, Fragments to close

The New York City institution known for launching the careers of some of the industry’s most well-known designers is breaking up.New York--Fragments, a New York City institution known for launching th... read more..

What you might have missed

Frederick Goldman’s plans for Scott Kay and the Jewelry Coach’s seven tips on creating customer love proved to be the most popular stories on NationalJeweler.com last week.New York--Below are the five... read more..

JVC urges e-filing to report cash transactions

It is faster, more secure and might become mandatory one day so it’s best to learn how to use the system now, the Jewelers Vigilance Committee said.New York--The Jewelers Vigilance Committee is urging... read more..

Fitness mag features Apple Watch

While many publications have focused on the smartwatch’s fashion and productivity abilities, Self is touting the timepiece for its health-monitoring functions.This page from the March issue of Self ma... read more..

Neither bored nor brilliant

A couple weeks ago, I participated in the Bored and Brilliant project from public radio station WNYC, which challenged participants to log the time they spend per day on their smartphones and then see... read more..

Neither bored nor brilliant

A couple weeks ago, I participated in the Bored and Brilliant project from public radio station WNYC, which challenged participants to log the time they spend per day on their smartphones and then see... read more..
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