September 2016

Report: Graff Diamonds’ Henri Barguirdjian Steps Down

The man who headed the North American market for the high-end jeweler is said to be in talks to acquire the Marina B. brand.New York--The CEO of Graff Diamonds North America, Henri Barguirdjian, has s... read more..

2017 Gem Award Nominees Announced via Facebook Live

Jewelers of America’s annual awards gala honors nominees in four categories.New York--The 2017 Gem Award nominees were announced live on Facebook Thursday afternoon.Next year will mark the 15th instal... read more..

JFC Announces Local Grants Program for 2016

This year, Jewelers for Children has set aside $50,000 for independent jewelers to donate to the local organizations of their choosing.New York--Jewelers for Children has announced the 2016 edition of... read more..

Halstead Grant Goes to San Diego-Based Designer

The wholesale jewelry supplier has awarded its 11th annual grant for business-minded jewelry designers.Prescott, Ariz.--Wholesale jewelry supplier Halstead has awarded its 11th annual grant for jewelr... read more..

Week in Photos – September 26, 2016

The week began with news that the star stone of Sotheby’s New York jewelry sale, a 27-carat diamond, did not sell. The week began with a bit of news from late last week: the headlining stone at Sotheb... read more..

Mich. Jeweler Pleads Guilty in Case Involving Stolen Platinum

A wholesale jeweler with access to a supplier’s vault admitted to stealing precious metals and replacing them with scrap metals.Detroit--A wholesale jeweler with access to a supplier’s vault pleaded g... read more..

De Beers Wins Dispute over ‘’

The case has set a new intellectual property precedent regarding generic top-level domains.London--A case brought by De Beers regarding a generic top-level domain (an internet extension, such as .com,... read more..

Town & Country Editor Pens Book on Jewelry Design

Stellene Volandes’ Jeweler: Masters, Mavericks, and Visionaries of Modern Design is out this month.New York--In her new book, Town & Country Editor-in-Chief Stellene Volandes explores the fantasti... read more..

Scott Kay, FIT Partner for Jewelry Design Contest

Second-year jewelry design students at the Fashion Institute of Technology will design a bridal jewelry set to honor the brand’s founding designer.New York--Scott Kay and the Fashion Institute of Tech... read more..

Angolan Mine Yields Another 100-Carat-Plus Diamond

Just a week after Lucapa turned up a 104-carat diamond at its Lulo project, an even bigger stone has emerged.Lucapa, Angola--Just a week after Lucapa Diamond Company turned up a 104-carat diamond at i... read more..

London Museum to Put 9,381-Carat Blue Topaz on Display

On long-term loan from the family who discovered it in Brazil, “The Ostro Stone” will be available for public viewing at the Natural History Museum starting Oct. 19.London--The U.K. will present a uni... read more..

Jewelry Brand to Know: Redline

After a decade of success in Europe and Asia, Paris-based brand Redline is dipping its toes into the U.S.Paris--Over a decade since its launch, designer Laetitia Cohen-Skalli recalls how her jewelry b... read more..

Diamond Exports to Resume from 3 More Areas of CAR

The Kimberley Process has dubbed the Central African Republic’s Boda, Carnot and Nola sub-prefectures as compliant, which means they can begin exporting rough diamonds again soon.Dubai, United Arab Em... read more..

DEF Donates $130K to African School

The Diamond Empowerment Fund has made another donation to the African Leadership Academy, the Johannesburg-based program that helps prepare students for college.New York--The Diamond Empowerment Fund ... read more..

The PR Adviser: Dear Lilian …

Lilian Raji relinquishes control of her column this month to answer a question on how to obtain a licensing agreement with a major jewelry company. Dear Lilian, I have designed a couple proprietary pe... read more..

Designer Finds a Home at New African American Museum

The Smithsonian selected fine jewelry brand Mateo New York to retail at the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture.Washington--Museum gift shops are fertile retail ground... read more..

4 Designers I Discovered at Metal + Smith

The hotly debated and anticipated not-a-trade-show trade show hosted some fantastic up-and-coming fine jewelry brands. Before it even happened, there was a lot of talk about Metal + Smith. I heard ple... read more..

Steady Colored Gemstone Demand Gives Gemfields a Boost

The colored stone miner said revenue increased 13 percent to $193.1 million while net profit after taxes nearly doubled.London--Gemfields PLC reported Monday that revenue rose 13 percent in fiscal yea... read more..

One to Watch: Ilana Ariel

The subject of this month’s designer feature, Ilana Sarna creates her fine jewelry line with a nod to her family’s rich heritage.New York--Her designs may be pretty and whimsical, but don’t be fooled-... read more..

27-Carat Diamond Fails to Sell at Sotheby’s NY

The actual top lot of last Thursday’s Important Jewels sale turned out to be a 24.72-carat sapphire ring that went for $706,000.New York--The first jewelry sale of the fall at Sotheby’s New York didn’... read more..

TrueFacet Secures $6M in Funding

The pre-owned jewelry and watch marketplace just closed a Series A round to help it continue its growth.New York--Pre-owned jewelry and watch marketplace TrueFacet has announced the closing of a $6 mi... read more..

What You Might Have Missed: Emmy Jewelry, Pantone’s Palette

Here are the top five stories published on for the week of Sept. 18 to 24, according to Google Analytics.New York--Here are the top five stories published on fo... read more..

Lapis Is One of Pantone’s Top Colors for Spring

It is one of the 10 shades the color institute predicts to be a hit come spring 2017.Carlstadt, N.J.--With New York Fashion Week behind us, the Pantone Color Institute has weighed in on the 10 shades ... read more..

A Night at the Museum: Detroit Hosts Fine Jewelry Event

Part of the proceeds from the event benefitted The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, where the event was held. Detroit--The Motor City got a dose of sparkle Thursday night via a new fine jewelry col... read more..

Bulgari Flag Ring Goes For $319K at Reagan Auction

The ring, which was only expected to sell for $8,000, was the top lot at the Christie’s New York auction of The Private Collection of President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan.New York--Very appropriately, a B... read more..

De Beers Officially Opens New Canadian Mine

Gahcho Kué is expected to produce approximately 54 million carats of rough diamonds over its 13-year lifetime.Toronto--The De Beers Group announced that its new diamond mine, Gahcho Kué, has opened in... read more..

Week in Photos – September 19, 2016

From the Emmys to the auction houses, this week had no shortage of spectacular jewels. Relive the week that was, in photos.From the Emmys to the auction houses, this week suffered no shortage of spect... read more..

Business Pulse: What’s Your Average Price Point?

National Jeweler/Jewelers of America’s latest Business Pulse survey asked jewelers how much customers are spending and what they are buying.New York--The average price per unit sold in jewelry stores ... read more..

3.81-Carat Fancy Intense Blue Diamond Sells for $3M

The oval-cut stone went above its pre-sale estimate of $1.7 to $2.4 million at Bonhams London’s Fine Jewellery sale Tuesday.London--A fancy intense blue diamond from a private British collection went ... read more..

Lucapa Recovers Another Big Diamond in Angola

This time, the diamond mining company found a 104-carat chunk of white rough that is Type IIa and D color.Lucapa, Angola--Lucapa Diamond Company announced that it recovered a 104-carat white diamond f... read more..
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