March 2015

Galatea names new Canadian distributor

The company, which recently released a line of “smart” pearl jewelry, has appointed Edmonton, Alberta-based JewelMark Canada as the exclusive distributor of its collections. San Dimas, Calif.--Galatea... read more..

Movado sales up 1 percent in weak watch market

Slow growth for watches and curtailed retailer spending were offset by an improved sell-through at retail, leading Movado Group to do better than expected in Q4. Paramus, N.J.--Slow growth for the wat... read more..

Net-a-Porter merges with Italian e-tailer

Richemont announced Tuesday that it will merge its online-only luxury marketplace Net-a-Porter, which sells fine jewelry along with clothes and accessories, with Yoox.London--Richemont announced Tuesd... read more..

Forevermark opens grading lab in India

Located in Surat, the new facility dedicated to the De Beers diamond brand will do both grading and inscription. London--De Beers diamond brand Forevermark has a new $10 million diamond inscripti... read more..

Court reverses injunction against A’lor

A federal appeals court has overturned a ruling that barred A’lor from selling certain pieces of cable jewelry, the latest twist in the brand’s ongoing battle with Charriol.San Diego--A federal appeal... read more..

Gianmaria Buccellati dies at 86

Gianmaria Buccellati, the honorary president of family-owned Italian jewelry company Buccellati, has died following an illness. He was 86.New York--Gianmaria Buccellati, the honorary president of fami... read more..

Mich. jeweler Brian Hobart dies at 47

Brian Henry Hobart, owner of B.H. Hobart Jewelers in Michigan, died suddenly on Feb. 12 as a result of a cardiac event. He was 47. Traverse City, Mich.--Brian Henry Hobart, owner of B.H. Hobart Jewele... read more..

Rio Grande campaign celebrates jewelers

Running in both print and digital, the advertising campaign focuses on metalsmiths. It won an award earlier this month.The print component of Rio Grande’s “For the Love of Jewelers” campaign, feauring... read more..

Two Indiana jewelers are ‘Open for Service’

Following the passage of a controversial religious freedom law, at least two Hoosier State jewelers are among the businesses that want to make their stance on discrimination known.The “Open for Servic... read more..

Cindy’s TrendTracker: Bevy of Baguettes

Baguettes are having their stylistic day in the sun, again, after falling out of fashion for a long while.Baguettes are having their stylistic day in the sun, again, after falling out of fashion for a... read more..

What you might have missed

The “never ever” scenarios for salespeople in a store and an Antwerp law enforcement official facing money laundering charges were two of the top stories on National Jeweler last week.New York--Here a... read more..

When choice is not a good thing

The size of the menu at The Cheesecake Factory makes Peter Smith’s head hurt. Don’t let your store be the Cheesecake Factory of jewelry stores.Have you ever visited a Cheesecake Factory restaurant? If... read more..

ICA latest org. trying to attract younger crowd

The International Colored Gemstone Association is lowering fees for Junior Members, making it the latest in a line of organizations trying to pique young people’s interest in jewelry. Hong Kong--As pa... read more..

Baselworld attendance declines again

More than 150,000 people attended the trade show in Switzerland this year, a 3 percent drop from last year.Basel--Though more than 150,000 people came to Baselworld over its eight-day run, show organi... read more..

Silver price expected to fall again in 2015

The per-ounce price of silver is expected to decrease this year as the dollar continues to strengthen and investments move out of the commodities sector. New York--The per-ounce price of silver is exp... read more..

Ethical sourcing organization celebrates 10 years

Milenyum Mining, miner of the color-change gemstone csarite, is among the sponsors of Ethical Metalsmiths’ “Gardens of Gold” auction celebrating the organization’s 10th anniversary. Milenyum Mini... read more..

Rocks On: Jadeite prices up, even as US ban goes on

This edition of Rocks On examines how the U.S.’s ban on the import of jadeite from Myanmar has affected the gemstone in the American market. Green jadeite, such as the piece pictured here, is the... read more..

Neil Lane to give lecture at Chicago museum

The designer will share how his drive, passion and eye for beauty has influenced his career.Neil Lane moved to Paris after college, where he developed an eye for vintage jewelry pieces and began his o... read more..

Gemstone Spotlight: J Hadley

Though many jewelry designers say that world travel has inspired their creations, Ashley Gilroy Wein of J/Hadley’s experience with creating jewelry actually did begin in earnest while she was abroad.T... read more..

Frederick Goldman patents new coatings

The manufacturer is applying the coating to its Triton, its line of silver and alternative metal jewelry for men.New York--Frederick Goldman Inc. has patented three coatings that provide durability, s... read more..

SPS reveals results of annual retailer survey

The Silver Promotion Service polled jewelers across the country to gauge how sales in the category fared in 2014. Here’s what the organization discovered.New York--The vast majority of silver sales ar... read more..

Retail academy to offer pre-show, holiday prep

The Edge Retail Academy will hold two conferences this year to help retailers develop their trade show and holiday season preparation strategies using The Edge software. Las Vegas--The Edge Retail Aca... read more..

Signet to open 35 Zale stores this fiscal year

The new owner of Zale Corp. will open more Zales and Piercing Pagoda stores than it closes, marking the first time in years that the chain’s physical footprint won’t shrink.New York--Signet Jewelers L... read more..

Journalist who exposed industry abuses now on trial

Rafael Marques de Morais, a reporter who authored a book detailing abuses in the diamond fields of Angola, now faces trial at the hands of those he implicated.Luanda--A reporter who authored a book de... read more..

Shinola introduces its first moon phase dials

The Detroit-based, U.S.-made watch brand has two new quartz movements powering its new watches: moon phase versions of the Runwell and the Gomelsky, and a travel watch called The Rambler GMT.Basel--Sh... read more..

Silver Spotlight: Shaun Leane

Designer Shaun Leane just introduced his Quill collection, which combines geometric shapes with silver and gold vermeil crafted in the shape of quills on pendants, rings, bracelets and cuffs.Designer ... read more..

Week in Photos--March 22, 2015

It was a busy week of timepiece unveiling for the industry, as major brands revealed new and revamped product at the 2015 edition of Baselworld.It was a busy week of timepiece unveiling for the indust... read more..

Alrosa’s sales climb but currency hurts profits

Russian diamond miner Alrosa saw diamond sales increase in 2014 but was stung by the sharp depreciation of the ruble. Moscow--Russian diamond miner Alrosa saw diamond sales increase in 2014 but w... read more..

‘Diamond Squad’ head accused of money laundering

An Antwerp law enforcement official who has been spearheading investigations into wrongdoing in the diamond industry for more than a decade now finds himself on the other side of the law.Antwerp--An A... read more..

Swarovski’s toned-down timepieces and smart jewelry

At Baselworld, the brand introduced watches with more subtle crystals and had its new line of activity-tracking jewelry on display, which it is considering making available for wholesale distribution.... read more..
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