March 2016

The History Behind … The Choker

Long before they encircled the necks of goth girls in the 1990s or were popularized by a princess in the late 1800s, chokers were donned by women in ancient civilizations to protect their throats.New ... read more..

What Are the Most Searched-For Watch Brands?

According to a recent report from Karus Chains, the Casio G-Shock and the Rolex Submariner share the No. 1 spot on the list of 50 most-Googled watch brands in 2014 and 2015.Dublin, Ireland--Karus Chai... read more..

Todd Wolleman Elected JBT Board Chair

Wolleman recently headed the search process to replace outgoing JBT President and CEO Dione Kenyon.Warwick, R.I.--The Jewelers Board of Trade just announced the results of its annual elections, held d... read more..

84-Carat Diamond Named for Mother(s) Russia

Mining company Alrosa has dubbed the 83.59-carat diamond it recently recovered from the Jubilee kimberlite pipe “Mothers of Russia.”Moscow--Diamond mining company Alrosa announced Wednesday that it ha... read more..

Vassi Design Group Hires Kurt Johnston

The company has tapped the visual retail veteran as its director of business development, to be based at its corporate office in Lewisville, Texas.Lewisville, Texas--The Vassi Design Group has appoint... read more..

4 Trends from Baselworld 2016

Small, thinner watches and jewelry that transitions easily from day to night were among the trends our editor-in-chief spotted in Switzerland. To me, every trade show has a different feel.In Basel thi... read more..

Remembering a Great Man

Senior Editor Brecken Branstrator and others who knew him well share fond memories of gemstone dealer and mine owner Gichuchu Okeno, who was changing the East African gemstone market for the better.I ... read more..

Amanda’s Style File: Collar Craze

Today’s collar and choker-style necklaces, less formal and more fashion-forward than those that preceded them, are great for bringing in younger, fashionable customers.From the runway to red carpets, ... read more..

Ringly Launches Line of Smart Bracelets

The smart jewelry company, which first created rings that connect to the wearer’s smartphone to receive notifications, is expanding its product line with a collection of bracelets.New York--A little o... read more..

167 New Titleholders Join the Ranks of AGS

The American Gem Society announced Tuesday the addition of 167 fully credentialed new titleholders, all of whom have completed the certification process required to earn their AGS titles.Las Vegas--Th... read more..

Rocks On: Rubies and Name Recognition

The future of the ruby market seems to lie with the stones originating from Africa, but will the trade ever hold them in the same high regard as it does the Burmese stones? New York--Rubies have long... read more..

Southern California Jewelers Hit by Violent Robberies

A total of seven retail jewelers in southern California have been victims of violent robberies recently, leading the JSA to reiterate its advice for escaping a robbery unscathed. New York--There has ... read more..

The PR Adviser: Dear Lilian …

In a continuation of last month’s column, Lilian Raji gives a jewelry designer with new collections two hard-and-fast rules for connecting with editors. In this month’s PR Adviser, Lilian Raji conti... read more..

Oregon Named as Site for Next Blue Nile ‘Webroom’

The brick-and-mortar location is slated to open this summer at the Washington Square Mall in Portland and will be the e-tailer’s fourth physical location.Seattle--Blue Nile is taking its “webrooms” We... read more..

Jacquie Aiche Gets Racy With Emily Ratajkowski

The model and Gone Girl actress has been tapped as the face of the brand in its latest shots for spring, featuring Ratajkowski donning its latest designs and not much else.New York--Jacquie Aiche has ... read more..

3 Indicted in Nationwide Credit Fraud Scheme

Federal prosecutors allege that the men presented fake California driver’s licenses when applying for in-store credit and then used it to purchase luxury watches from more than 40 jewelry stores.Willi... read more..

Roberto Coin’s Big Gold ‘70s-Inspired Riff

The always prolific Italian designer rolled out his usual slew of new collections at Baselworld, some with a ‘70s theme inspired by his time working in the hotel business in the Channel Islands.Basel-... read more..

March Trade Shows Report Mixed Results

JA New York and MJSA Expo reported increases in attendance for their recently held shows at the Javits Center while Baselworld saw a slight drop in the number of attendees.New York--The month of March... read more..

Kassoy Commemorates Anniversary with New Catalog

The vendor of supplies for the jewelry trade has released a Label and Barcode catalog supplement.Plainview, N.Y.--Kassoy, the New York state-based vendor of supplies for the jewelry trade, has release... read more..

What You Might Have Missed

Here are the top five stories published on for the week of March 20 to 26, according to Google Analytics.New York--Here are the top five stories published on la... read more..

Petra Finds, Sells Another Big Pink Diamond

Recovered from its mine in Tanzania, the 32.33-carat colored stone went for $15 million, or more than $460,000 per carat.London--Diamond miner Petra Diamonds Ltd. announced Thursday that it recently r... read more..

Viewers Make their Ring Picks for Today’s Wedding

Today show viewers selected a Todd Reed band for him and a Single Stone ring for her for the couple married live on the morning show.New York--When it comes to Kaitlin and John’s wedding rings, viewer... read more..

Week in Photos – March 21, 2016

The watch world was front and center this week with the Baselworld show in Switzerland and Apple’s announcement that it’s dropping the price of its least expensive smartwatch.The watch world was front... read more..

JA Announces 2016 CASE Award Winners

Jewelers of America has released the names of the four winners of its CASE Awards, which recognize JA retail members who exhibit creativity, artistry, style and excellence in jewelry design. New York... read more..

Scott Kay Now Offering ‘Proposal Pouch’

Jewelry brand Scott Kay has introduced another alternative for prospective grooms who want to surprise their intended with a ring but find the box a bit too bulky to hide.Teaneck, N.J.--Jewelry brand ... read more..

Deloitte: A US Recession Remains ‘Unlikely’

What is likely, however, is that the economy will keep growing at its current slow, and some would say unsatisfactory, pace.New York--A report released this week by Deloitte states that the chance the... read more..

‘Jubilee Ruby’ Expected to Garner $12-15M

The 15.99-carat Burmese ruby, set in a platinum and 18-karat gold Verdura ring with diamond accents, will be up for sale at Christie’s New York in April. New York--An exceptional Burmese ruby could s... read more..

Signet’s Full-Year Comps Rise 4 Percent

CEO Mark Light called it “an excellent finish to another strong year” for the retailer, aided by strong diamond fashion jewelry sales in the fourth quarter.Akron, Ohio--Signet Jewelers Ltd. finished t... read more..

How to: Sell More Watches

Experts share the best answer to the question, “Why do I need a watch when my phone tells the time?” and tell jewelers why they should carry smartwatches. New York--With the world’s biggest watch sho... read more..

NYC Exhibition Celebrates Phenomenal Gemstones

On Tuesday, the Aaron Faber Gallery will open “Phenomenal Jewelry” featuring commissioned pieces from 21 jewelry designers highlighting exceptional colored stones.New York--Though a beautiful gemstone... read more..
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