January 2016

Report: Mobile Jewelry Searches Up 100 Percent

The latest report from Karus Chains shows that the number of Google searches for gold and silver jewelry made on mobile devices increased 100 percent worldwide in 2015, and was up 110 percent in the U... read more..

WJA Calls for Awards for Excellence Nominations

Know somebody in the industry who deserves recognition? Nominate them for one of the Women’s Jewelry Association’s  2016 Awards for Excellence.New York--The Women’s Jewelry Association is calling... read more..

Helzberg Gives Customer 48 Hours to Propose

As part of its “We Propose You Propose” Valentine’s Day promotion, Helzberg Diamonds told one man that he could have his engagement ring for free if he popped the question within 48 hours.Kansas City,... read more..

Amazon Passes $100B in Sales

The online retailing giant known for sacrificing profits for the sake of growth also reported a substantial increase in net income in 2015.Seattle--Amazon recorded more than $100 billion in net sales ... read more..

Week in Photos--January 25, 2016

A somber mood settled over the jewelry industry this week with news of the passing of Cindy Edelstein, a consultant, entrepreneur, author, editor and friend who died suddenly Sunday at the age of 51. ... read more..

The History Behind … Posy rings

In the latest installment of The History Behind, National Jeweler explores the origin of posy rings, one of the first examples of personalized jewelry. New York--Long before today’s couples were ... read more..

Edge Pulse Debuts Tracking, Benchmarking Features

The Edge Retail Academy has added a coaching feature, market trending, budget line and loose diamond benchmarking to its Edge Pulse live-feed system. Las Vegas--The Edge Retail Academy has added a num... read more..

Gold, Platinum and Silver Price Predictions for ‘16

Among the prognostications: the price of platinum will remain lower than gold for the entire year, which is “unprecedented.”New York--Thomson Reuters GFMS has lowered its outlook on precious metal pri... read more..

Time for Action: A Multiple-Choice Quiz

In his latest quiz, columnist Jan Brassem explores how developments in technology over the past year are impacting the fine jewelry sector.Not that long ago, I was a part-time, antediluvian professor ... read more..

Tiffany Pushes More into Perfume

The brand announced Wednesday that it will launch a new line of men’s and women’s fragrances in an agreement with perfume-maker Coty, which makes scents for Chopard and celebrities such as Beyonce and... read more..

Diamond Production, Sales Down for De Beers

Diamond production fell by double-digit percentages in both the fourth quarter and full year for De Beers, as the company has scaled back operations due to muted demand worldwide.London--De Beers’ par... read more..

College Fund Created for Edelstein’s Daughter

The industry is coming together to help the family of Cindy Edelstein with a college crowdfunding effort for her daughter led by designer Erica Courtney.New York--The industry is coming together to he... read more..

Rocks On: Color Predictions for the Tucson Gem Shows

In this month’s Rocks On, National Jeweler looks at which colored gemstones dealers expect to be most popular at the upcoming Tucson gem shows.New York--It’s about that time of year again. Just as ma... read more..

GIA Extends Deadline for No-Cost Confirmation

The Gemological Institute of America has extended the submission date for the no-charge confirmation service it announced in the fall by two months, to March 31.Carlsbad, Calif.--The Gemological Insti... read more..

Bulova Names Jeffrey Cohen as New President

Cohen now heads both Bulova Corp. and Citizen Watch Company of America, though they will continue to operate as separate entities.New York--Jeffrey Cohen is now the president of both Bulova Corp. and ... read more..

Saying Goodbye to Cindy

Editor-in-Chief Michelle Graff shares her thoughts, and others’ memories, of Cindy Edelstein, who was everything to the jewelry industry.I spent the greater part of the day Monday trying to remove mys... read more..

Editor’s Picks of Jewels of Italy

Senior Editor Hannah Connorton shares six strong jewelry looks from the Vicenzaoro Winter show in Vicenza, which runs through Wednesday.It’s my first day back in the states since visiting the winter e... read more..

Live from Italy: Vianna Brasil

Vianna Brasil introduced three new collections at the Vicenzaoro Winter show, employing both vibrant and milky gemstones in an array of colors.Vicenza, Italy--Brazilian jewelry brand Vianna Brasil int... read more..

Lucapa Recovers 133-Carat Diamond

Though the company said the stone is not of high quality, its discovery underscores the potential for more big finds.New York--Lucapa has announced the recovery of more “special” diamonds, those weigh... read more..

GIA Debuts Jewelry Design, Tech Program in NY

The Gemological Institute of America’s Jewelry Design & Technology diploma program now is being offered in both Carlsbad, Calif. and New York City.  New York--The Gemological Institute of Ame... read more..

Swiss Watch Exports Drop in 2015

Recently released statistics show that Swiss watch exports declined in 2015, the first slump for the sector in six years. Biel/Bienne, Switzerland--Recently released statistics show that Swiss wa... read more..

Carelle Receives ‘Made in NY’ Designation

The family-owned fine jewelry brand said it has become the first in the industry to be certified under the initiative, which recognizes and celebrates New York City’s fashion sector by supporting bran... read more..

Cindy Edelstein, a ‘Rare Gem’ in the Industry, Dies

The longtime jewelry industry consultant, entrepreneur, author and editor passed away unexpectedly Sunday. She was 51. New York--Cindy Edelstein, a fierce force in multiple facets of the jewelry ... read more..

What You Might Have Missed

Here are the top five stories published on NationalJeweler.com last week, according to Google Analytics.New York--Here are the top five stories published on NationalJeweler.com last week, according to... read more..

Live from Italy: Casato

The brand debuted its new Aquarius collection at the Vicenzaoro Winter show, a line of pieces in 18-karat gold with diamonds that are meant to be worn every day.Vicenza, Italy--Inspired by the popular... read more..

Live from Italy: Roberto Coin

Exhibiting in the city where he was born, Roberto Coin unveiled both new collections and additions to existing lines at the Vicenzaoro Winter show this past weekend.Vicenza, Italy--Exhibiting in the c... read more..

T.I.A., Part 2: Visiting Small-Scale Mines in Kenya

In the second installment of a multi-part series about her trip to East Africa, Associate Editor Brecken Branstrator talks about her experience visiting two mines in southern Kenya. Much of why this ... read more..

JVC Releases Guide on Quality Assurance

The JVC has published a guide that provides simple tools jewelers can use to implement programs to ensure the products they sell are compliant with the law.New York--The Jewelers Vigilance Committee h... read more..

Midwest Jewelers’ Event Has New Name, Home

The Jewelers Education Conference & Show is now called the Midwest Jewelers Conference & Show and will take place in downtown Kansas City, Mo.Kansas City, Mo.--The former Jewelers Education Co... read more..

Diamond Grower IIa Responds in Patent Fight

IIa Technologies, sister company to Pure Grown Diamonds, is refuting claims of patent infringement made by De Beers subsidiary Element Six.Singapore--IIa Technologies, the lab-grown diamond company th... read more..
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