June 2016

Why the Biggest Rough Diamond in a Century Failed to Sell

The CEO of the company that found the 1,109-carat Lesedi la Rona said, “the historical significance of the stone seems to have been missed based on the bids offered.”London--Even after a lot of public... read more..

6 Shots from Gemfields’ New Ruby Marketing Campaign

The mining company has unveiled “Ruby Inspired Stories,” a set of films designed to capture how gemstones resonate with women today.London--Gemfields has unveiled its new marketing camping designed to... read more..

7 Jewelry Designers Featured at ‘Nantucket Rocks’ Pop-Up

Housed in the Vanessa Noel boutique hotel, the pop-up shop will be open from July 1 to Labor Day.Nantucket, Mass.--The chic summer crowd in Nantucket is about to become even more stylish.Nina Runsdorf... read more..

Anonymous Buyer Snaps Up Trump-Maples Engagement Ring

The $300,000 paid for the Harry Winston diamond ring was not above the pre-auction estimate. Sad!New York--An anonymous buyer paid what was expected for the 7.45-carat emerald-cut Harry Winston diamon... read more..

NC Jeweler Wins White Pine Contest

White Pine gave away a trip for two to Hawaii during the JCK Las Vegas show this year.Las Vegas--One exhibitor got creative when thinking about how to generate booth traffic at this year’s JCK show in... read more..

Calif.’s Readers Fine Jewelers Closes After 72 Years

The family-run store closed its doors after noticing consumers were spending less and wanting more custom jewelry, eliminating the need for a large store and inventory.Santa Monica, Calif.--Another lo... read more..

Facebook #Fail: Thieves Arrested After Social Blunder

A video posted on social media helped police in south Florida arrest two suspects in connection with the theft of more than $500,000 in jewelry. Pinecrest, Fla.--It’s a lesson in Facebook Live 101: Th... read more..

JA Expands Team with New Hires

Jewelers of America has announced changes and additions for both National Jeweler and JA, including a hire for the newly created role of marketing coordinator.New York--Jewelers of America has announc... read more..

De Beers to Sell Other Companies’ Diamonds

It’s being done via a pilot program that allows the companies to sell their rough diamonds on De Beers’ auction platform.London--De Beers is launching a pilot program that will allow other diamond bus... read more..

The Best Emeralds from Couture

Associate Editor Ashley Davis takes us through her favorite emerald finds from the Las Vegas show. I was looking forward to seeing several designers at the Couture show in Las Vegas earlier this month... read more..

2 Still Sought in So. California Smash-and-Grabs

The pair allegedly are part of the crew of nine recently indicted in a spate of smash-and-grab robberies at L.A.-area jewelry stores.Los Angeles--Law enforcement officials are still searching for two ... read more..

Column: Upping Your Game, and Profits, with Watch Repairs

In part one of a multi-part column, Dan Gendron, C.M.H., teaches jewelers how to replace a customer’s watch battery in a manner that sets them apart from the competition.  We speak to many jewele... read more..

This Panic Button Ring Was Designed to Protect Women

A company in Silicon Valley wants to use wearable technology to alert law enforcement and family members to crimes as they happen.Los Altos, Calif.--Violent attacks in which victims couldn’t reach the... read more..

Zales Picks Up Collection for LGBT Customers

The Love and Pride collection is designed by Udi Behr, who launched the line in 2005. Akron, Ohio--Zales has picked up an exclusive jewelry collection aimed at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgend... read more..

Former Detroit Lions Exec Named Shinola CEO

As part of a reshuffling at the top, Shinola has tapped former Detroit Lions President Tom Lewand to succeed Steve Bock.Detroit--Motor City-based watch brand Shinola has named former Detroit Lions Pre... read more..

The Colors That Dominated Las Vegas

After walking the aisles at JCK Las Vegas and Couture, here are the colored stones Senior Editor Brecken Branstrator has picked out as being most prominent.After spending days walking the show floors ... read more..

Amazon Now Selling Lab-Grown Colored Diamond Line

House of Eléonore is a Dutch brand, and its “Paradise” collection consists of jewelry set with synthetics in shades like pink and blue.Seattle--Amazon.com Inc. now is carrying a line of lab-grown colo... read more..

Macy’s CEO to Step Down Next Year

Terry Lundgren, who has led the retailer since 2003, will become executive chairman while Macy’s President Jeff Gennette takes over as CEO. New York--Macy’s Inc. Chairman and CEO Terry Lundgren will s... read more..

Jennie Kwon Shows Her Softer Side

The jewelry designer discusses how she’s transitioned her aesthetic without losing the design signature that put her on the map.Los Angeles--Jennie Kwon is in the mood for pastels; specifically, Ceylo... read more..

What You Might Have Missed

Here are the top five stories published on NationalJeweler.com for the week of June 19 to 25, according to Google Analytics.New York--Here are the top five stories published on NationalJeweler.com for... read more..

About Retail: A Quiet Storm in Brooklyn

Co-founder of Think PR Reshma Patel wants her newly opened fine and fashion jewelry boutique to be a respite from the chaos of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Brooklyn, New York--On a peaceful street in the ... read more..

Joan Rivers’ Private Collection Goes for Over $2M

High points from Christie’s sale of the late comedian’s possessions include Faberge objets d’art and a Tiffany & Co. dog bowl. New York--The Private Collection of Joan Rivers garnered $2.2 million... read more..

10 Rainbow Jewels to Celebrate Gay Pride

In the wake of the Orlando attack, this week’s gay pride festivities in New York take on an extra layer of significance.New York--With the country still reeling from the recent attack on a gay nightcl... read more..

Israel Diamond Week Returns to New York

The event will take place Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 on the trading floor of the Diamond Dealers Club of New York. New York--The Israel Diamond Exchange and the Diamond Dealers Club of New York will hold thei... read more..

Week in Photos – June 20, 2016

Another big diamond find, a new marketing campaign for rubies and jewelers go to Washington--see it all and more in this week’s photo rewind.The KP chair traveled to the Central African Republic while... read more..

Convicted Robber Charged in ’09 Murder of Jeweler

Federal authorities say Stanislav “Steven” Yelizarov shot and killed Wayne Ruder at his Baltimore jewelry store on the day after Christmas.Baltimore--A 26-year-old man in prison for orchestrating the ... read more..

Meet the Website Consigning Jewelers’ Pieces

Kavador aims to be the online place where retailers can discount inventory without hurting their brand as well as get their jewelry in front of a wider audience.New York--Consignment is an issue that’... read more..

Amanda’s Style File: Fit to be Tied

Flowing curves, wave-like movement and delicate wrapping are three characteristics that define these pieces of ribbon-esque jewelry. Flowing curves, wave-like movement and delicate wrapping are three ... read more..

National Jeweler Bringing Back ‘State of the Majors’

The popular report will be printed in the fall and contain two lists: the $100 Million Supersellers and Top 50 North American Retail Jewelry Chains by store count.New York--National Jeweler is resurre... read more..

From Capitol Hill, An Update on Sales Tax ‘Fairness’

The issue continues to gain momentum on both sides of the aisle while resistance is waning, those who just visited the Hill say. Washington, D.C.—The Jewelers of America Political Action Committee led... read more..
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