July 2015

August birthstone baubles

Associate Editor Brecken Branstrator highlights six pieces of jewelry set with peridot, the green gemstone that has long been associated with light, healing and happiness and is the birthstone for thi... read more..

3 stories to keep following in ‘15

I apologize for this blog being a little late. The exact halfway point of the year technically was about a month ago.But I was inspired to write this blog after spending the greater part of the week a... read more..

Jewelers Mutual recognized as top insurance co.

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co. has been named to the 2015 list of Ward’s 50 top-performing insurance companies for the fifth year in a row.Neenah, Wis.--Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co. has been named to ... read more..

Arrest made in hit-and-run death of jeweler

Police are charging a 46-year-old MTA train operator with murder and manslaughter in the death of Aron “Eric” Aranbayev, a jeweler in New York’s Diamond District.New York--Police have made an arrest i... read more..

Henry Platt, former Tiffany chairman, dies at 91

The great-great-grandson of the retailer’s founder and the one who gave tanzanite its name died at his home in Palm Beach, Fla. on July 22.New York--Henry Platt, the great-great-grandson of Tiffany &a... read more..

Just call me Mr. Wonderful

Senior Editor Hannah Connorton channeled her inner investor this week to participate in a panel designed to help new designers with their sales pitches and collections.I got to be a shark this week. W... read more..

Platinum to stay below gold, for now

Precious metals analysts expect the price of platinum to remain below that of gold into, and possibly through, 2016.New York--Depressed by weak investment demand and oversupply, the per-ounce price of... read more..

Survey: More retailers resorting to paid posts

According to a recent study, retailers are pumping greater amounts of money into social media marketing, particularly paid posts.Washington, D.C.--Retailers are putting more of their marketing dollars... read more..

Former DTC executive tapped for WFDB post

Louise Prior, who spent a total of 18 years with De Beers, is the new executive director of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses. Antwerp--Louise Prior, who spent 18 years working for De Beers, has... read more..

Week in Photos--July 26, 2015

A number of events took place in New York City this week, with Jocelyn Prestia of jewelry brand Unhada named New Designer of the Year...A number of events took place in New York City this week, with J... read more..

Designer, storeowner wins WJA-Carelle grant

Tina Chan is a Chicago-based jewelry designer who just opened a brick-and-mortar space she hopes will be resource and sales outlet for other independent designers.New York--The winner of this year’s $... read more..

Rocks On: Agate’s appealing color show

This gemstone’s varying colors means that every stone is different from the rest, making it extra appealing in a market where everyone is clamoring for a one-of-a-kind piece.These two pieces of agate ... read more..

David Yurman creates new communications role

The brand has tapped cosmetics executive CeCe Coffin for the position, which includes handling media relations, social media and reputation management globally.New York--CeCe Coffin has been named sen... read more..

Jewelry, watch sales stand out for LVMH

The Paris-based luxury goods conglomerate reported Tuesday that its Watches & Jewelry division saw sales increase by double digits in the first half of the year, led by Bulgari.Paris--LVMH Moët He... read more..

Silver Spotlight: Anson

When we think of cufflinks, what typically comes to mind is men’s jewelry--but that isn’t always the case.When we think of cufflinks, what typically comes to mind is men’s jewelry--but that isn’t alwa... read more..

Favorites from the Gallery

I think that the line-up in this year’s New Designer Gallery at the JA New York Summer show was fantastic.Not only are these designers talented, up-and-coming women, but they are offering a lot of bea... read more..

Estelle Hedaya joins CBG

The 25-year industry veteran is leaving her position as director of sales for World Trade Jewelers to become the director of operations for the Continental Buying Group.New York--Estelle Hedaya is lea... read more..

WJA names 2015 Awards for Excellence winners

The Women’s Jewelry Association announced the winners of its 2015 Awards for Excellence live in New York last night.New York-- The Women’s Jewelry Association announced the winners of its 2015 Awards ... read more..

Would you hire your customer?

Columnist Peter Smith discusses the positives and the negatives that could come of trying to recruit a current client for a sales position at the store.A retailer friend of mine contacted me yesterday... read more..

Global, digital influences to inspire design in ‘16

But just knowing the trends won’t be enough for jewelers to sell these pieces. They’ll need to market them accordingly too, said Jewelers of America’s Amanda Gizzi.New York--Movement, openwork and jew... read more..

Jocelyn Prestia named New Designer of the Year

Prestia, the woman behind Unhada, was recognized with the award Monday afternoon at the JA New York Summer show.New York--Jocelyn Prestia, the woman behind Unhada, was recognized with the 2015 Mort Ab... read more..

Gemstone Spotlight: Polly Wales

Designer Polly Wales likes to set her gemstones in precious metals.Designer Polly Wales likes to set her gemstones in precious metals in such a way that the resulting effect has a “from-the-earth” aes... read more..

Cindy’s TrendTracker: Gray diamonds

While diamonds are always a girl’s best friend, the time is ripe for diamonds of all colors to share the stage.While diamonds are always a girl’s best friend, the time is ripe for diamonds of all colo... read more..

JA elects Ryan Berg as new board chairman

Jewelers of America tapped Berg, of Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry, to lead its board at a meeting held Saturday in New York. New York--Jewelers of America elected Ryan Berg of Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry as... read more..

What you might have missed

 Here are the top five stories on NationalJeweler.com from July 19 to 25, 2015, according to Google Analytics.New York--Here are the top five stories on NationalJeweler.com from July 19 to 25, 20 read more..

What’ll make millennials ‘walk away’ from jewelry

At a session held Sunday at JA New York Summer, the DCA’s Terry Chandler discussed how selling over-graded diamonds could turn off an entire generation.New York--Diamond grading reports and millennial... read more..

Designer thanks her ‘lucky stars’ for 40 years

To celebrate her jewelry brand’s 40th anniversary, Penny Preville has launched the Celestial collection featuring starbursts and crescent moons set in 18-karat gold.New York--Forty years in business d... read more..

Late philanthropist’s jewels go to auction

The Estate of Rita Dee Hassenfeld, who was married to Harold Hassenfeld of Hasbro Industries, includes signed pieces from Cartier, Harry Winston and Belperron.Hassenfeld’s platinum and diamond ring by... read more..

Tiffany&Co. all tied up for fall

The New York retailer seems to be betting high on classic diamond designs for the coming season, rebooting existing collections that include bows, infinity symbols and flowers.  New York--Tiffany &... read more..

De Beers first-half sales drop 21 percent

The underlying issue for the diamond miner and marketer is weak consumer demand for diamond jewelry, which has persisted so far in 2015.London--De Beers sales in the first half of the year fell 21 per... read more..
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