October 2015

Five finds at Spectrum

A few days after the AGTA revealed the winners of its annual Spectrum Awards design contest, Associate Editor Brecken Branstrator highlights a few of her own favorites from the contest.Attending the e... read more..

Aurelia L. Roman dies at 94

Aurelia Roman, a constant at the side of husband Michael Roman during his long career in the jewelry industry, died Saturday, Oct. 24. She was 94 years old.Easton, Md.--Aurelia L. Roman, a constant at... read more..

Week in Photos--October 25, 2015

The big story of the week was the news that the GIA has invalidated grading reports for 1,042 diamonds after discovering two now-former employees of TCSThe big story of the week was the news that the ... read more..

The History Behind … 1970s Style

With the big, bold yellow gold jewelry of the ‘70s making a comeback, National Jeweler takes a look back at the social and cultural forces that originally shaped this decade of design.New York--The 19... read more..

In the details: A great unveiling

Vacheron Constantin held an event last week to mark the unveiling of the world’s most complicated watch. Here’s how they did it right.If you follow the National Jeweler 10X blog, you know the editoria... read more..

Agents seize $2.85M in fake Tiffany goods

Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized a shipment of 1,200 counterfeit Tiffany & Co. bracelets this week at Miami International Airport.Miami--U.S. Customs and Border Protection (... read more..

Lord and Taylor latest to launch off-price chain

Hudson’s Bay Company will open the first Find @ Lord & Taylor off-price concept store in Paramus, N.J. next month and plans to open six more stores in the Northeast next year.New York--As discount... read more..

Breitling takes veterans on a flight to remember

Through the watch brand’s support of the Honor Flight Network, 67 Los Angeles area veterans flew to Washington, D.C. for free to see the memorials dedicated to their service.Wilton, Conn.--A group of ... read more..

Rocks On: Emeralds

The most popular of the beryl family and a stone that’s been beloved for ages, the emerald continues to be in demand as supply keeps up and pricing heads toward a more stable structure.New York--It’s ... read more..

FBI billboards target female jewelry thief

The FBI has activated multiple digital billboards in an attempt to catch the female suspect wanted in a string of jewelry store robberies.Washington--The Federal Bureau of Investigation has activated ... read more..

Sterling petitions for full review in EEOC case

Sterling Jewelers Inc. is asking a federal appeals court for an en banc review of the decision that revived the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s gender discrimination lawsuit against it.New Y... read more..

De Beers launches high-volume melee testing

De Beers now is using its automated melee screener at its International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research facility in Surat, and plans to launch the service at the IIDGR lab in Antwerp next ... read more..

Cindy’s TrendTracker: Spooky sparklers

We love this week in the calendar. Everyone seems a bit frivolous, having fun with zombies and ghouls in the weeks leading up to HalloweenWe love this week in the calendar. Everyone seems a bit frivol... read more..

Gemstone Spotlight: Takat

The Takat family takes its gemstones seriously. The company’s founder, Haji Nisar Ahmed Takat, came from an old Indian family of precious stone craftsmen.The Takat family takes its gemstones seri... read more..

Platinum Spotlight: Gumuchian

Gumuchian has introduced the Cascade collection, a line of diamond and platinum Riviera necklaces, drop earrings, pendant enhancers and engagement rings. Gumuchian has introduced the Cascade collecti... read more..

Carved Paraiba suite takes Spectrum’s top honors

A suite of Paraiba tourmaline carved in a nautilus shell shape from Allen Kleiman of A. Kleiman & Co. nabbed Best of Show honors at the AGTA’s annual Spectrum Design competition.Dallas--A sui... read more..

Designer’s Diary: First Impressions

The next time you shoot off a note or return a call to a new contact, remember that you’ve only got one chance to make a good first impression, Jacqueline Stone writes in her latest diary entry. ... read more..

Black, Starr and Frost opens Phoenix store

This is the second new location for the historic retailer since it was acquired in 2006 by jeweler Alfredo Molina.Phoenix--Jeweler Black, Starr & Frost has opened its Phoenix store in the city’s B... read more..

NRF: Holiday season to be ‘very digital’

Nearly half of all holiday shopping will be done online in 2015, as shopping on mobile devices picks up speed and consumers look for holiday promotions and shipping deals, according to a recent holida... read more..

Marco Bicego introduces e-commerce site

The website not only offers shoppers a range of ways to search, but will be where the brand unveils its newest collection, Luce, this December.New York--E-commerce now is part of Marco Bicego’s websit... read more..

GIA issues update on invalidated reports case

Two former employees of Tata Consultancy Services are in custody and the GIA has made public the client accounts connected to the 1,042 diamonds whose grading reports were altered.Carlsbad, Calif.--Tw... read more..

What you might have missed

Here are the top five stories published on NationalJeweler.com between Oct. 18 and 24, according to Google Analytics.New York--Here are the top five stories on NationalJeweler.com from Oct. 18 to 24, ... read more..

JFC announces 2016 Facets of Hope honorees

Stuart Lee of Signet Jewelers and Dennis Ulrich of the Richline Group will be Jewelers for Children’s guests of honor at its Facets of Hope event in Las Vegas next June.New York--Stuart Lee, Signet Je... read more..

Tiffany brings jewelry designs ‘Out of Retirement’

For the first time, Tiffany & Co. is partnering with another retailer on a capsule collection, which features jewelry and gift items inspired by designs in its Blue Book from the 1970s.New York--F... read more..

Alrosa reports finding 103-carat diamond

The Russian mining company recovered the stone, which weighed 102.85 carats to be exact, from its Jubilee kimberlite pipe. Moscow--Alrosa recovered a 102.85-carat diamond from its Yubileynaya (Ju... read more..

GIA invalidates 1,042 reports due to hacking

The Gemological Institute of America has invalidated grading reports for 1,042 diamonds after hackers gained access to its database and altered the reports.Carlsbad, Calif.--The Gemological Institute ... read more..

Stuller, Gemvision launch latest CounterSketch Studio

The two companies have released CounterSketch Studio Version 5, with a number of additions to help enhance the custom design experience. Lafayette, La.--Stuller and Gemvision have released the late... read more..

Etsy Manufacturing launches in beta mode

Etsy’s newest venture, Etsy Manufacturing, brings manufacturers into the website’s artisan world in an effort to connect them with Etsy sellers.  New York--Etsy officially has launched the beta v... read more..

De Beers cuts Q3 production by 27 percent

The diamond miner and marketer said the reduction is a reflection of “current trading conditions,” while competitor Alrosa also noted that diamond sales continue to be sluggish.London--Diamond miner a... read more..

Week in Photos - October 24, 2015

John Hardy announced it is ramping up its advertising spend to introduce “The Story of Touch,” a campaign aimed at increasing brand awareness and reaching new consumers.John Hardy announced it is ramp... read more..
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