September 2015

JA reveals Gem nominees for watch design

Cartier, Piaget, and Roger Dubuis are 2016 Gem Awards nominees for watch design, a new category for the awards this year.New York--Cartier, Piaget, and Roger Dubuis are the nominees in the watch desig... read more..

Michael Hill moves into New York

The Australian jeweler is opening its first stores in New York and said it has secured a spot for another store in New Jersey.Brisbane, Australia--Australian jeweler Michael Hill has moved beyond the ... read more..

HRD Antwerp grades 3.09-carat lab-grown diamond

The brilliant-cut stone has a color grade of I and a clarity of VS2, the laboratory said this week.Antwerp, Belgium--Diamond growers continue to be able to increase the size of the stones they produce... read more..

A 16-carat fancy vivid pink, up for sale

The 16.08-carat cushion-shaped diamond is expected to sell for as much as $28 million at the Christie’s Geneva jewelry auction next month.Geneva--The largest cushion-shaped fancy vivid pink diamond ev... read more..

This holiday season, it’s all about omnichannel

‘Tis the season for holiday surveys, with a recent one indicating that in order to be successful this holiday season, retailers are going to have to offer a consistent shopping experience across all c... read more..

Etsy to launch marketplace for manufacturers

The Brooklyn-based e-commerce site for artisan goods said Etsy Manufacturing will aid in connecting manufacturers with sellers who are looking for help in making their goods.New York--Brooklyn-based e... read more..

Lucapa unearths 90-carat rough in Angola

The diamond miner just announced a number of exceptional finds from its Lulo mine, including this big rock and eight other diamonds weighing more than 10 carats each.Perth, Western Australia--Lucapa D... read more..

Cindy’s TrendTracker: Chandeliers

Now that we’re focusing on bigger earrings again this season--spring fashion shows and this season’s award shows played up this trend--how can “chandelierings” be far behind?Now that we’re focusing on... read more..

Designer’s Diary: Starting Out, Part I

In part one of a two-part diary entry, jewelry designer Jacqueline Stone dishes on the research, schools and tools one needs to get started in the industry.Recently, an aspiring jewelry designer reach... read more..

More Gem Awards nominees announced

Rob Bates, Kyle Anderson and Rachel Garrahan are in the running to be recognized in the event’s media excellence category.New York--Rob Bates, Kyle Anderson and Rachel Garrahan are the nominees in the... read more..

New president, vice president named at Tivol

Brian Butler now is the president of the Kansas City, Mo. retailer while Hunter Tivol McGrath has been named vice president.Kansas City, Mo.--Brian Butler now is the president of Tivol while Hunter Ti... read more..

Rocks On: Labradorite

While demand for labradorite continues to be strong, the availability of fine labradorite seems to be taking the sideline to a more affordable, though lower quality, supply.New York--It’s no secret th... read more..

Jeweler brings trends from the runway inside

Arkansas retailer Roberson’s Fine Jewelry held a private event on Thursday, inviting female customers to talk trends and even take a stroll on the red carpet.Little Rock, Ark.--Retailer Roberson’s Fin... read more..

Scott Kay president exits after 5 months

Michael Benavente, who was tapped to lead the brand in May, has left to “pursue another opportunity.”New York--After just 5 months as president of Scott Kay, Michael Benavente has left the company to ... read more..

Gemstone Spotlight: Eden Presley

Gwen Myers says that she started her line, Eden Presley, one piece at a time.Gwen Myers says that she started her line, Eden Presley, one piece at a time. Named after her two daughters, Eden and Pres... read more..

JFC debuts 2015 holiday card designs

Jewelers for Children has launched this year’s Hope for the Holidays program with three card designs, an honor donation program, and contribution cards and inserts.New York--Jewelers for Children has ... read more..

What you might have missed

Here are the top five stories on from Sept. 20 to 26, according to Google Analytics.New York--Here are the top five stories on from Sept. 20 to 26, according to... read more..

Jewelers supporting Tanzanian book drive

Nine jewelry stores worked with Roger Dery Gem Design to collect books for donation to a library at the Kitarini Maasai Children’s School in Tanzania.Royal Oak, Mich.--Roger Dery Gem Design and nine j... read more..

6 insights on the diamond market

De Beers’ latest Diamond Insight Report shows that chain and department stores are taking diamond jewelry sales from independent retailers in the U.S. market.London--De Beers recently released its Dia... read more..

Gold Spotlight: Doryn Wallach

Doryn Wallach spent nearly two decades as an interior designer before she turned her focus to jewelry.Doryn Wallach spent nearly two decades as an interior designer before she turned her focus to jewe... read more..

Hasbro family jewels play well at auction

Jewelry from the estate of Rita Dee Hassenfeld was sold in Chicago last week, with all top 10 lots exceeding pre-sale high estimates.Chicago--Each of the top 10 lots in the sale of Rita Dee Hassenfeld... read more..

On ‘Forever’

Editor-in-Chief Michelle Graff tries to understand why diamonds end up the subject of so many “they’re a rip off”-type articles in an age where nobody has a problem constantly creating waste with chea... read more..

Longtime jewelry store employee dies at 94

Frances Wills Moore started working at Bromberg’s in Alabama when she was a teenager in 1939 and didn’t stop until this past spring.Mountain Brook, Ala.--Frances Wills Moore, who earned national atten... read more..

Manufacturing company names new hires

Patrick Bennett, Jalpa Pandit and Joe Perillo are the new hires at Riva Precision Manufacturing, assuming roles in the company’s marketing, operations and product development departments.New York--Pat... read more..

Week in Photos--September 20, 2015

Jewelers of America named the 2016 Gem Awards nominees in the jewelry design category this week, while classic diamond jewelry ruled the red carpetJewelers of America named the 2016 Gem Awards nominee... read more..

The ‘Hope’ raises the auction bar for spinel

The 50.13-carat rose-hued stone sold for $1.5 million at Bonhams Thursday, setting a new per-carat record for a faceted spinel at auction. London--The Hope Spinel, a rare and large gemstone not s... read more..

The PR Adviser: Dear Lilian

This week, public relations professional Lilian Raji helps a Las Vegas jeweler who wants to know how to find a great jewelry photographer at a reasonable rate. In a column exclusive to National J... read more..

Why a Maryland jeweler is now selling scooters

In addition to jewelry, Baltimore-based Smyth Jewelers carries a variety of gifts to bring in more traffic and increase profits. The latest addition? A self-balancing, two-wheeled scooter called the C... read more..

Reed launching Las Vegas cash-and-carry show

Reed Exhibitions, the company that owns the JCK and JIS shows, is introducing a new trade show next year that will take place during market week in Las Vegas.Norwalk, Conn.--Reed Exhibitions, the comp... read more..

Industry veteran Adam Graham joins Black Starr&Frost

The Newport Beach, Calif.-based jeweler has named the former Erica Courtney CEO as vice president/managing director.Newport Beach, Calif.--Jeweler Black Starr & Frost has named former Erica Courtn... read more..
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