May 2016

Selling to a Generation Not Interested in Possessions

Just having a regular retail space is not going to cut it today, writes Jim Alperin. Jewelers need to figure out how to turn their store into an experience.For literally thousands of years jewelry has... read more..

‘Aurora Green’ Diamond Sells for $16.8M at Christie’s

The 5.03-carat fancy vivid green diamond, purchased by Chow Tai Fook, now is the most expensive green diamond ever sold at auction.Hong Kong--A 5.03-carat fancy vivid green diamond is the latest big h... read more..

Customizable Jewelry Gets Taken Up a Notch with Tech

Irish jewelry company Love & Robots uses 3-D printing technology and historical weather data to commemorate the wind patterns of a particular date and place.Dublin--Customizable jewelry suffers no... read more..

Venus Challenges Show-Goers to Raise Funds for JFC

Venus Jewel will donate money to Jewelers for Children for every individual who participates in their in-booth diamond identification challenge at JCK Las Vegas.Las Vegas--Trade show-goers hoping to g... read more..

Gemfields’ May Emerald Auction Brings in $14M

Though the sale set a new record for per-carat prices for lower quality stones, it was only 76 percent sold by weight and 79 percent sold by value.London--Gemfields’ latest auction, which featured mos... read more..

Chaumet to be Commemorated in Three-Volume Book Set

The rich history of the French maison de haute joaillerie will be recounted in a series of books from Assouline due out this summer.Paris--Place Vendôme’s oldest fine jewelry tenant is being celebrate... read more..

AGL to Have On-Site Testing at 2 Shows

American Gemological Laboratories will perform on-site testing of colored stones at JCK Las Vegas as well as the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show.New York--American Gemological Laboratories ... read more..

What You Might Have Missed

Here are the top five stories published on NationalJeweler.com for the week of May 22 to 28, according to Google Analytics.New York--Here are the top five stories published on NationalJeweler.com for ... read more..

De Beers Names Bruce Cleaver as CEO

The group director of strategy and business for Anglo American will move into the position July 1 following Philippe Mellier’s decision to step down.London--De Beers announced Friday it has appointed ... read more..

Movado’s Q1 Sales Down 5 Percent

Sales and income were down for the watch company, which also lowered its annual outlook as the retail environment remains challenging.Paramus, N.J.--Movado Group reported Thursday that sales and incom... read more..

Week in Photos – May 23, 2016

Tiffany, Signet and Movado all released their first quarter numbers this week, with very mixed results amid a challenging retail environment.A number of majors reported their first quarter numbers thi... read more..

12 Jewelry Designers Not to Miss at Couture

Vegas is going to be a whirlwind, but Associate Editor Ashley Davis won’t leave Sin City without checking out this set of new and established jewelry designers. I’ve covered fine jewelry for a fe... read more..

Morais x Basha Collaboration to Debut at Couture

Jewelry brands Luis Morais and Aaron Basha are teaming up for an ongoing partnership that will be shown to buyers and press for the first time in Las Vegas.New York--Tellingly, the Morais x Basha coll... read more..

Tiffany’s Q1 Comps Drop 9% in a Difficult Quarter

Same-store sales fell in the United States too, with the jeweler stung by a slowdown in both tourist and domestic spending.New York--Tiffany & Co. had the difficult first quarter it expected, with... read more..

Signet Sees Same-Store Sales Rise 2% in First Quarter

Despite a “choppy” retail environment, the company saw comps and total sales increase on the strength of its Ever Us collection, diamond fashion jewelry and select branded bridal.Hamilton, Bermuda--Si... read more..

Amanda’s Style File: Life is Rosy, Part 1

In the first half of a two-part Style File exploring the popularity of all things rose-colored, Amanda Gizzi shows 12 great rose gold jewelry designs. Pink gemstones and rose gold are two parts o... read more..

In Vegas, KC Designs Will Fête 3 Decades

The “Everyday Diamonds” jewelry brand will toast its 30th anniversary throughout the JCK Las Vegas show. New York--KC Designs is hitting a milestone anniversary. The fashion fine jewelry line will cel... read more..

De Beers’ Rough Diamond Sales Dip to $630M

The diamond miner and marketer’s sales were down 5 percent in the fourth sales cycle of the year, the first time they have decreased this year.London--For the first time this year, rough diamond sales... read more..

JSA Offering $10K Reward in Las Vegas Robbery

The Jewelers’ Security Alliance is asking for information leading to the arrest of five men wanted for a violent smash-and-grab robbery of high-end watches.New York--The Jewelers’ Security Alliance is... read more..

‘Cullinan Dream’ Could Sell For $23-$29 Million

The 24.18-carat fancy intense blue diamond is the largest of four blue diamonds cut from a 122.52-carat rough discovered at the Cullinan mine in 2014.New York--Another big blue diamond is stepping int... read more..

Q&A: The Author of ‘Stoned’

Former Tacori designer Aja Raden on how the desire for jewelry has shaped the world and the diamond necklace she’d love to wear to Starbucks.New York--The idea for Stoned took shape at a dinner party ... read more..

2017 Gem Awards Now Open for Submissions

Jewelers of America is accepting nominations for its annual jewelry industry awards in five categories, including the new “Influencer of the Year".New York--It’s that time of year again. Jewelers of ... read more..

Alrosa Digs Up a 207-Carat Diamond

The rough diamond is the largest gem-quality stone found at the Zarnitsa pipeline, which was the first diamond deposit discovered in Russia.Udachny, Russia--Alrosa announced Tuesday the discovery of a... read more..

Rocks On: What Keeps Peridot Popular

While the larger, finer pieces of peridot are becoming more expensive, the price for this yellow-green gemstone remains relatively stable overall, helping spur demand.New York--Peridot has come to be ... read more..

Saul Bell Award Winners for 2016 Announced

Rio Grande revealed the winners of its annual jewelry design contest during a gala dinner at its recent Santa Fe Symposium.Albuquerque, N.M.--Jewelry supply company Rio Grande announced the winners of... read more..

Watch Industry Veteran Stuart Zuckerman Dies

The longtime watch industry executive died Saturday at the age of 67 after a long battle with Frontotemporal Degeneration.Atlantic Highlands, N.J.--Longtime watch industry executive Stuart Zuckerman, ... read more..

Richline Group Acquires Virginia’s John C. Nordt

The jewelry company bought the manufacturer and supplier of precious metal products for an undisclosed sum, marking its second acquisition in just under a month.New York--The Richline Group has made i... read more..

In Vegas, Lafonn’s Giving Away the Gold

The jewelry company is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a gold MacBook giveaway and a new collection, Lassaire In Motion. The countdown to Las Vegas market week continues. Las Vegas--Lafonn is... read more..

Product Pulse: How Are Your Gold Jewelry Sales?

Jewelers, see how your gold jewelry sales and margins stack up against other retailers.New York--Gold jewelry sales have been holding steady for the past three years, according to nearly half the reta... read more..

Millennial Author to Speak at Vegas Breakfast

Jason Dorsey will talk about the shopping habits of members of Gen Y at the Plumb Club breakfast in Las Vegas.New York--It’s no secret that as millennials take up a bigger piece of the buying pie, the... read more..
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