February 2016

Earnings Roundup: TJ Maxx, JC Penney Come Out on Top

These two retailers reported some of the strongest year-end sales in retail, while competitors Macy’s and Kohl’s struggled.New York--The TJX Companies Inc. and J.C. Penney reported some of the stronge... read more..

AGTA Moves Spectrum Awards to the Summer

The American Gem Trade Association is shifting its annual design competition to June and July to make it easier for participants to submit their pieces.Dallas--The American Gem Trade Association annou... read more..

WJA Accepting Applications for Student Scholarships

Students enrolled in jewelry or metalsmithing programs at accredited colleges or training schools now can apply for the organization’s scholarships, available in three categories.Poughkeepsie, N.Y.--T... 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 on NationalJeweler.com from Feb. 21 to 27, according to ... read more..

Competitive Rates on Loans among New JA Benefits

Jewelers of America has partnered with Jewelry Asset Services (J.A.S) to offer its members competitive rates on business loans.New York--Jewelers of America announced this week that it has partnered w... read more..

NY Man Sentenced in 2012 Armed Robbery

Jesse Brewer, 41, was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of shooting a Pennsylvania jewelry store owner during a 2012 robbery.Harrisburg, N.Y.--A New York man who severely injured a ... read more..

Week in Photos – February 22, 2016

The latest JBT statistics on store closings, a 5-carat blue lab-grown diamond and Raymond Weil’s new streaming service--read all about it, and more, in our weekly photo rewind.This week National Jewel... read more..

A State-By-State Breakdown on Diamond Shapes and Sizes

Which states are home to the country’s biggest diamonds? What are the most popular diamond shapes where your store is located? Editor-in-Chief Michelle Graff examines it all via White Pine’s new repor... read more..

Winter 2016

inside this issue: Out & About in New YorkPantone's Spring ShadesTips from Jewelers Turning 100Baselword Preview Long & Lean EarringsRead This Issue »... read more..

Product Panel: How Do Your Silver Sales Compare?

Our Product Panel survey shows silver jewelry sales continue to be strong for jewelers around the nation, even with the price of gold dropping.New York--Even with the price of gold dropping and yellow... read more..

Raymond Weil’s Plan for Creating an Infinite Playlist

The watch brand is partnering with Universal Music Group to launch an exclusive digital music service that will give its customers access to bespoke playlists and the chance to win concert tickets.New... read more..

Zimbabwe Government Shuts Down Mines in Marange

The mines minister has ordered a number of foreign companies to stop mining and vacate the country’s diamond-rich Marange fields because he says they are operating illegally.Harare, Zimbabwe--Zimbabwe... read more..

Stuller Announces 2016 Bridge, Transform Tour dates

The first Bridge event of 2016 is scheduled to take place in mid-May while the initial stop on the Transform Tour is March 6 in Boston.Lafayette, La.--Stuller has set the dates for its 2016 Bridge con... read more..

5-Carat Lab-Grown Blue Diamond Graded by GIA

It’s the largest faceted lab-grown blue the Gemological Institute of America’s ever studied, and it received a color grade of fancy deep.New York--The Gemological Institute of America’s New York labor... read more..

De Beers Opens Its Labs to the General Trade

The International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research now has a greater geographic reach, and also will accept non-Forevermark stones.London--De Beers is expanding the reach of its three gradi... read more..

Amanda’s Style File: Big & Bold

Amanda Gizzi’s Style File is a new weekly feature that will highlight trends in jewelry. The first installment pays homage to the late, great Cindy Edelstein and her passion for beautiful pieces.Cindy... read more..

TAG Heuer Connects With Soccer in the U.S.

The watch brand has announced a long-term partnership that will see it become the official timekeeper of Major League Soccer and the U.S. Soccer Federation when the new season kicks off March 6.New Yo... read more..

Pandora Acquitted in Securities Case

The Eastern High Court in Copenhagen has cleared the jewelry company of charges it breached the Denmark Securities Trading Act.Copenhagen, Denmark--Pandora has been acquitted by the Eastern High Court... read more..

No. of US Jewelers Closing Climbs 24%

The latest statistics from the Jewelers Board of Trade show that in the United States, 760 retail jewelers/repairers ceased operations in 2015, up from 612 in 2014.Warwick, R.I.--The Jewelers Board of... read more..

Designer’s Diary: Celebrity Placements–Flash or Foe?

In her latest diary entry, designer Jacqueline Stone ponders the potential ROI on getting Kate Winslet to glide down in the red carpet in a piece of her jewelry. Jacqueline Stone is the chief creativ... read more..

AGS Names 2016 Circle of Distinction Honorees

Dione Kenyon, Stewart Wicht and Hank Siegel all will be honored at the organization’s annual dinner this summer in New York.Las Vegas--Dione Kenyon, Stewart Wicht and Hank Siegel are the American Gem ... read more..

Deborah Shamyer Joins Ed Levin Jewelry

The luxury industry veteran, who has been named the company’s Northeast key account manager, has worked at Pandora, Lalique and Waterford.Cambridge, N.Y.--Ed Levin Jewelry announced that it has hired ... read more..

T.I.A., Part 3: East Africa’s Changing Gemstone Market

As Tanzania and Kenya move to have the export of all rough banned, both will need to focus on growing their cutting industries. Associate Editor Brecken Branstrator talks to a few people who are playi... read more..

Rocks On: Kunzite

Though it can come in a vivid violet color and is readily available in large pieces, kunzite remains relatively low in demand in the market, keeping it at a more accessible price point.New York--Kunzi... read more..

Train to Perform at JCK Rocks the Beach

The band known for the hits “Drops of Jupiter” and “Meet Virginia” will entertain the crowd at the Beach at Mandalay Bay on June 5 in Las Vegas.New York--This year, award-winning musical group Train w... read more..

R.I. Refinery to Host West Point Melt Ceremony

Fifty-four West Point class rings have been donated for the 16th annual Ring Melt Ceremony, which is taking place at Pease & Curren.Warwick, R.I.--One Rhode Island refinery is playing a part in we... 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 on NationalJeweler.com from Feb. 14 to 20, according to ... read more..

Kering Reports Sharp Rise in Jewelry Sales

The French company, which owns Boucheron and Ulysse Nardin, said jewelry did well while its watch brands struggled in 2015.Paris--Sales for the jewelry brands owned by Kering rose sharply in 2015 whil... read more..

Week in Photos – February 15, 2016

Bulgari’s unveiling of its “perfect mistake” and New York-based designer Michal Kadar being named a “Rising Star” were among the stories we covered this week.Australian mining company Lucapa discovere... read more..

Saks Continues Expansion Efforts, Plans Concept Stores

In addition to opening new full-line stores across the country, Saks has announced that it will open single-focus concept stores, including one for jewelry and women’s clothing in Greenwich, Conn.New ... read more..
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