August 2015

Tiffany closes diamond polishing plant in Namibia

The company’s subsidiary, Laurelton Diamonds, has shuttered Laurelton Reign Diamonds and laid off the plant’s 157 workers.Windhoek, Namibia--Tiffany & Co. confirmed Monday that Laurelton Diamonds,... read more..

H. Stern to unveil new collection, campaign

The new Genesis line will be featured in the advertising campaign, which stars models including Bar Refaeli and was created to commemorate the brand’s 70th anniversary.New York--Brazilian jewelry bran... read more..

SimplexDiam rolls out consulting services

The New-York based company now is offering its clients detailed plans to help grow their business or sell it, if that’s what they wish to do.New York--Liquidation and asset recovery company SimplexDia... read more..

To brand or not to brand?

Should jewelers ditch big-name labels and start promoting their store’s heritage as the “real brand?” Columnist Peter Smith dives into the great debate.I read a piece this week on LinkedIn that implor... read more..

Specialty jewelers see strong growth in June

While U.S. fine jewelry and watch sales, as well as sales from multi-line retailers, were down, specialty jewelers bucked the trend.New York--U.S. fine jewelry and watch sales fell 2 percent year-over... read more..

Cindy’s TrendTracker: Y-necklaces

You knew it had to have a comeback soon . . . the Y-neck of the 1990s is back en vogue now and enough time has passed so that we’re actually enjoying it.  You knew it had to have a comeback soon... read more..

Rare gray pearl necklace to lead Sotheby’s auction

The auction house will put the Cowdray pearl necklace, a rare gray pearl necklace with historical provenance, up for sale in October in Hong Kong.Hong Kong--A single-strand of natural gray pearls with... read more..

Berlin-based designer nabs Star Wars jewelry rights

Women’s wear and jewelry brand MalaikaRaiss has acquired a license from production company Lucasfilm to create a 20-piece Star Wars-themed collection to launch this fall, ahead of the much-anticipated... read more..

RJO launches nonprofit foundation

The initial goal of the Retail Jewelers Organization’s foundation is to offer scholarships and/or grants for its members.St. Louis--The Retail Jewelers Organization has launched the nonprofit RJO Foun... read more..

What you might have missed

Here are the top five stories on NationalJeweler.com from Aug. 23 to 29, according to Google Analytics.New York--Here are the top five stories on NationalJeweler.com from Aug. 23 to 29, according to G... read more..

Movado sales up 1 percent in weak watch market

A challenging retail environment was offset by selective price increases and source improvements in the supply chain to slightly bump sales for Movado in its second quarter.Paramus, N.J.--A challengin... read more..

Second quarter sales flat for Tiffany

The company noted that comps and total sales were about equal to the prior year in the Americas due to the negative effect of the strength of the U.S. dollar and lower foreign tourist spending, leadin... read more..

Signet comps up 4 percent in Q2

Boosted by the continued integration of Zale and a strong performance from bridal jewelry, Signet reported an increase in both same-store sales and total sales in the second quarter on Thursday.Hamilt... read more..

Week in Photos--August 23, 2015

Breitling presented its limited edition Jet Team timepiece to the owners of new Bentley cars Breitling presented its limited edition Jet Team timepiece to the owners of new Bentley cars as part o... read more..

7 pieces from JacQueline Sanchez

For many of us, Lego bricks were a part of our childhood, affording us fond memories of immense discomfort and pain after stepping on a loose one buried in the carpet.I hadn’t seen a Lego in quite som... read more..

Colombia to host new emerald symposium

Fedesmeraldas, the Colombian Emerald Federation, is organizing the first international gathering of emerald-producing countries this fall to address issues facing the industry.Bogota, Colombia--Fedesm... read more..

Jewelry Night Out scheduled for September

The WJA’s annual event will offer attendees not only the chance to network, but also apply for or renew their memberships for the one-time price of $99.New York--The Women’s Jewelry Association’s annu... read more..

How to get sales out of social media

Displaying the best part of your brand, building trust and providing value are essential to making social media profitable, Likeable Local’s Evan Seto explains.Social media is a powerful tool for any ... read more..

Strong sales expected for holiday season

Market research company Emarketer said retail sales could reach $885.7 billion in the U.S. in November and December, a nearly 6 percent increase year-over-year.New York--Retail sales during the holida... read more..

From the stage to your arm

Upcycling used objects isn’t exactly new or groundbreaking, but when one company finds a way to do it that not only makes cool jewelry but brings together a few things that I think almost everyone lov... read more..

De Beers announces holiday ad campaign

Called “Seize the Day,” the marketing campaign will use simple taglines and diamond imagery to urge men to buy diamond jewelry as gifts.London--Aiming to create a sense of urgency and demand around bu... read more..

Appointments: London Jewelers, Bergio and the DDC

London Jewelers named a new SVP of business development while the DDC re-elected President Reuven Kaufman for another term.New York--A new senior vice president at London Jewelers and new and re-elect... read more..

Cindy’s TrendTracker: Alternative bridal, part 2

For week two of our alternative bridal trends, we’ve got even more unusual stones and unique settings.For week two of our alternative bridal trends, we’ve got even more unusual stones and unique setti... read more..

Rocks On: ‘Underrated’ iolite on a slow rise

Though iolite is not as well-known as similar gems as supply of fine quality material remains an issue, a slight uptick in demand and its affordability could mean good things for the colored stone.New... read more..

Upcoming events to cover gemstones, synthetics

The ASA’s webinar will explore “archaeogemology,” while the CGA’s annual conference focuses on synthetic and enhanced gemstones and their detection.Reston, Va.--Two events focused on gemstone educatio... read more..

Endless adds more leather pieces, colors for fall

The jewelry brand has introduced a range of new products for the coming season, including new leather designs and a silver bracelet created by brand ambassador Jennifer Lopez.New York--Endless Jewelry... read more..

Designer’s Diary: The price of going overseas

Jacqueline Stone asked a Facebook forum of jewelers if they would outsource their work to companies overseas, and shares the range of responses it drew.Recently, I was approached at a trade show about... read more..

What retailers should know about the chip card switch

With the deadline approaching for retailers to switch their credit card readers to accept the new EMV chip cards, National Jeweler speaks with one expert about what retailers need to do to prepare.New... read more..

Building a space to suit millennials

Jeweler Nick Blum knows what the millennial customer wants, because he is one, and he’s building a new store to appeal specifically to his own generation. New York--Jeweler Nick Blum may have an ... read more..

Copper Spotlight: John S. Brana

It was a customer request for a piece of copper jewelry that got John S. Brana working in the material.It was a customer request for a piece of copper jewelry that got John S. Brana working in the mat... read more..
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