June 2015

About Retail: ‘Extreme’ exposure

The owners of Colorado independent Thollot Jewelers reached an audience of millions by agreeing to take part in a reality TV show. Here’s what they learned along the way.Thornton, Colo.--Return phone ... read more..

Andrew Bone to lead the RJC

The Responsible Jewellery Council has named longtime De Beers executive Andrew Bone as its executive director.London--The Responsible Jewellery Council has named longtime De Beers executive Andrew Bon... read more..

Antiquorum launches e-commerce site

The Antiquorum Watch Boutique is an online watch store that focuses primarily on accessibly priced watches.Geneva--Antiquorum is giving customers 24/7 access to timepieces with the launch of the Antiq... read more..

Week in Photos--June 28, 2015

Philadelphia residents were invited to uncover jewelry prizes at a “bubble bath” in a jewelry store this week, while across the country another gem was uncovered--an 8.52-carat rough diamond at a stat... read more..

London’s calling

The winners of the Editor’s Choice design competition at the International Jewellery London trade show were announced earlier this month.The competition recognizes designers and suppliers who exhibit ... read more..

Rocks On: Zircon’s got the blues

Once a gemstone that appealed mainly to collectors, zircon’s blue hues have mass market draw these days.Though the vivid blue hues of zircon are what’s popular right now, the gemstone also can come in... read more..

Rio Tinto sells stake in Zimbabwe diamond mine

The Murowa Diamond Mine, which is located in south central Zimbabwe, now will be locally owned and operated.London--Rio Tinto announced that it is selling its 78 percent stake in the Murowa Diamond Mi... read more..

How ‘Mobilegeddon’ affects your business

Likeable Local’s Beth Henderson explains what jewelers can do to ensure their SEO doesn’t drop as Google changes its search algorithm to favor mobile friendly sites.This past spring, Google had the bi... read more..

Jeweler says ‘It’s About Time’ for marriage equality

After the Supreme Court’s ruling declaring same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, Long’s Jewelers quickly crafted a newspaper advertisement showing where it stands on the issue.Burlington, Mass.--A... read more..

Craft, Accessories councils join JA NY Summer

The American Craft Council and the Accessories Council have signed on to exhibit at the JA New York Summer show and are bringing new brands, designers and artists with them.New York--The American Craf... read more..

Cindy’s TrendTracker: Rock crystal

Rock crystal, also known as clear quartz, is a staple in jewelry design dating back centuries.Rock crystal, also known as clear quartz, is a staple in jewelry design dating back centuries. It is a ver... read more..

Gemstone Spotlight: Goshwara

More and more, today’s consumer is looking for pieces that are rare and unique.More and more, today’s consumer is looking for pieces that are rare and unique. They want to know that their jewelry is e... read more..

Platinum Spotlight: Featherstone Design

There’s two things in life Deidre Featherstone is not lacking: an assortment of beautiful gemstones, and a list of accolades relating to her jewelry design.There’s two things in life Deidre Feathersto... read more..

8-carat diamond found in Arkansas park

The Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro has yielded another impressive piece of rough: an 8.52-carat stone that is among the largest diamonds ever found there.Murfreesboro, Ark.--Officials f... read more..

High-end NY antique show changes location, date

U.S. Antique Shows will launch its exclusive Lueur antique jewelry and watch show from Oct. 23 to 25 at the Jacob K. Javits Center, aligning it with a number of other trade shows occurring at the venu... read more..

GemOro debuts Testerossa stone testing instrument

Sy Kessler’s GemOro Superior Instruments division has introduced its latest diamond, white sapphire and moissanite testing instrument, called the Testerossa.Dallas--Sy Kessler’s GemOro Superior Instru... read more..

New JVC handbook covers intellectual property law

The guide provides legal education on protecting name brands, slogans and logos as well as inventions and industrial designs.New York--The Jewelers Vigilance Committee has released its latest publicat... read more..

What you might have missed

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Richland postpones first sapphire sale

The gemstone miner said it is moving the first sale of sapphires from the Capricorn mine in Australia back to the third quarter due to lower-than-expected production.A now-rectified electrical problem... read more..

Cecilia Gardner stepping down from the WDC

Jewelers Vigilance Committee President Cecilia Gardner is leaving her post as general counsel of the World Diamond Council, the organization that represents the diamond industry in the Kimberley Proce... read more..

Tourneau exec tapped to lead Bremont in US

The British watch brand announced late Thursday that Larry Barkley has been named president of its North American operations.New York--In an effort to boost its presence and support in the U.S. market... read more..

Breitling’s new Emergency now available in US

The watch, which has been awaiting FCC approval since its reintroduction at Baselworld 2013, will be available to retailers starting in July.New York--The latest version of Breitling’s Emergency watch... read more..

Genesis sets date of first summer silent auction

Toronto-based Genesis Rare Diamonds will hold the “The Radiant Diamonds of Summer” auction on July 5 and will donate the proceeds from the sale of one diamond to a local nonprofit.Toronto--Genesis Rar... read more..

Scott Kay names director of brand management

Kelly Kahn, who has worked for Montblanc, Movado and LVMH, has been hired for the position and her appointment is effective immediately.New York--Kelly Kahn has been named as the new director of brand... read more..

Protests surface over another proposed gold mine

Like the hotly contested Pebble mine in Alaska, the KSM project in British Columbia is a huge open-pit gold mine that is drawing opposition from a number of organizations.Toronto--Junior mining compan... read more..

Adweek: Shinola’s the ‘coolest brand in America’

After the Detroit-based watch company was featured in a segment on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the magazine explored Shinola’s rise to stardom.New York--Adweek has dubbed Shinola as “the coolest brand in Ameri... read more..

Week in Photos--June 21, 2015

It was a big week for retail news: A jeweler in Mississippi talked about an event that moved $57,000 in inventory while Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba announced it would be selling its first U.S.-... read more..

Jewelry exceeds expectations at Bonhams auction

A diamond rivière necklace and a turn-of-the-century brooch featuring imperial topaz were among the top lots of the auction, held Monday in New York.New York--A diamond rivière necklace boasting nearl... read more..

WJA announces 2015 grant winners

The organization has awarded a total of $12,500 to its members across the country to be used toward professional growth.New York--The Women’s Jewelry Association has awarded $12,500 in member grants t... read more..

Jeweler moves $57K in inventory with special sale

Steven and Tricia LaBiche, owners of LaBiche Jewelers in Mississippi, gave customers one hour to line up and reserve a chance to shop for inventory with a 60 percent discount.Meridian, Miss.--One jewe... read more..
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