February 2017

Coach’s Corner: Winning Customers … or Not

National Jeweler’s resident Jewelry Coach Pat Henneberry shares her top 10 sales rules to live by.Even in a changing retail world, core customer services strategies still are business essentials. Here... read more..

Jewelry Store Distraction Thefts ‘Rampant,’ JSA Says

The Jewelers’ Security Alliance has issued another bulletin warning retailers of small bands of distraction thieves who are hitting jewelry stores around the country.New York--The Jewelers’ Security A... read more..

JVC Names New President and CEO

Tiffany Stevens, who comes to jewelry from a cancer research foundation, has been tapped to replace longtime JVC leader Cecilia Gardner.New York--The Jewelers Vigilance Committee announced Tuesday tha... read more..

Rolex’s Oscars Spot Highlights Its Cinematic History

The commercial featured clips from the most famous films in which Rolex watches were worn, like “Titanic,” “The Pink Panther,” “Frantic” and “Selma.”Los Angeles--Think about some of the biggest names ... read more..

JC Penney to Close 13-14% of Its Stores

Over the next few months, it also will shut down two distribution facilities as part of a plan to improve profitability.Plano, Texas--J.C. Penney said it will close 130 to 140 stores over the next few... read more..

Tiaras and Yellow Gold: Here Are the Oscars’ Best Jewels

And our awards for best jewelry go to … Oh, sorry, wrong envelope.Los Angeles--The 89th annual Academy Awards might have ended in a major gaffe last night when the wrong film was announced as the winn... read more..

WJA Names 2017 Hall of Fame Honorees

The JVC’s Cecilia Gardner, Hyde Park Jewelers’ Michael Pollak and Day’s Jewelers will be honored on July 24 in New York.Poughkeepsie, N.Y.--The Women’s Jewelry Association has announced the Hall of Fa... read more..

NRF: Nearly 50% of Americans Plan to Save Tax Refunds

Of those who plan to spend them, the greatest percentage will put that money toward everyday expenses.Washington, D.C.--Nearly half of U.S. consumers recently surveyed said they plan to put some or al... read more..

What You Might Have Missed

National Jeweler’s response to a heated discussion on social media and the pastel gemstone trend in design were two of the most-read stories on the site last week.New York--These were the most popular... read more..

5 Things That Were Hot in Tucson

Senior Editor Brecken Branstrator talks about the stones and colors most prominent at the gem shows.The annual Tucson gem shows in February are a blessing for a number of reasons. The first is that it... read more..

Jewelry Industry Bullying on Facebook

A heated discussion over a ring featured in National Jeweler shows that jewelry designers (and editors) are not immune to online trolling.On Wednesday, National Jeweler published an article I wrote on... read more..

Tiffany & Co. Board Gets an Overhaul

The jeweler has added three retail veterans to its board while announcing that three current directors won’t be up for re-election in 2017 and 2018.New York--Grappling with sliding sales and on the hu... read more..

WWD Shutters Weekly Publication

The fashion trade journal, which was a daily publication at one point, also laid off eight people.New York--Women’s Wear Daily has ceased publication of its now-weekly magazine and laid off eight staf... read more..

Piece of the Week: Ileana Makri’s Evil Eye Pendant

When life throws you shade, put on a piece of evil eye jewelry.New York--When life throws you shade, put on a piece of evil eye jewelry.The evil eye is an ancient symbol worn for protection that conti... read more..

JA Joins Retailers Lobbying Against Import Tax

The proposed “Border Adjustment Tax” imposes a 20 percent tax on goods imported from overseas, be they raw or finished.Washington, D.C.--Jewelers of America is joining the growing list of retailers an... read more..

Swarovski to Unveil Lab-Grown Diamond Line at the Oscars

This is the first lab-grown diamond line by the Austrian company, which is known for its crystals.Los Angeles--Swarovski, the Austrian crystal company that’s been in business since 1895, will debut it... read more..

JA New York Announces Education Lineup for Spring Show

Competing online and hiring--and keeping--good salespeople will be among the topics addressed.New York--JA New York has announced the lineup for its education programming at the upcoming spring show. ... read more..

Bonhams LA to Auction Estate of Author Jackie Collins

The romance novelist’s jewels include a signed 18-karat gold Cartier “Panthere” collar that could garner up to $15,000.Los Angeles--The glamorous jewels of a best-selling romance author who penned tal... read more..

Brilliant Earth Set to Open Fifth Physical Location

The fine jewelry retailer will debut a new 2,000-square-foot showroom in San Diego in late March.San Francisco--Brilliant Earth is set to open its fifth brick-and-mortar location when it opens a new s... read more..

Spring Awakening: Pastel-Hued Stones Are In Style

National Jeweler has rounded up 30-plus pieces that showcase the versatility of colored gemstone designs.New York--It’s not yet spring, but the saccharine hues associated with spring flowers and Easte... read more..

The Single Biggest Key to Email Marketing Success

It’s the subject line and Jim Ackerman has some tips for writing a good one.Wouldn’t it be nice if email marketing could really do what we hoped it would do all along? That is, replace all that expens... read more..

JA Expands Partnership with IDEX

Jewelers of America’s retail members now will get an IDEX Premium yearly membership for free.New York--Jewelers of America announced Tuesday that it is expanding its partnership with the International... read more..

Gemfields’ Revenue Falls 46 Percent

The colored gemstone miner said the decline was due largely to the postponement of December’s higher quality rough emerald auction.London--The delay of an auction led to both a revenue decrease and a ... read more..

GIA Scholarship Application Period is Open

Scholarship funding totaling $2 million is available in 2017.New York--The Gemological Institute of America’s scholarship application period for 2017 is now open, with $2 million in funding up for gra... read more..

Third Individual Sentenced in Multi-State Jewelry Heists

Michael Bernard Gilmore got 32 years in prison for his role in the robberies carried out by Abigail Lee Kemp but he will appeal the sentence.Tallahassee, Fla.--Another individual found guilty in the m... read more..

De Beers Sees Sales, Profits Jump in 2016

The diamond miner and marketer said U.S. diamond jewelry demand continued to grow, boosted in part by fourth quarter marketing campaigns.London--De Beers’ sales and profits jumped in 2016 due to stron... read more..

Amanda’s Style File: New Art Deco

Designers are updating filigree patterns and geometric motifs in fresh ways.Art Deco jewelry designs have been popular since their debut in in the mid- to late 1920s. With Art Deco style now consider... read more..

Updated Blue Books Available on CIBJO Website

The latest editions of the books providing grading standards and nomenclature across a number of categories can now be downloaded. Milan--CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, has made the latest ... read more..

What You Might Have Missed: Grammys Jewelry, Diamond Spend

A roundup of the best jewels from the 2017 Grammy Awards and U.S. consumer spend on engagement rings were two of the top stories last week.New York--Here were the top stories on NationalJeweler.com la... read more..

Diamond Commercial to Air During the Oscars

The 15-second version of the Diamond Producers Association’s “Runaways” is set to come on sometime between 9 and 10:45 p.m. during the Academy Awards.New York--First it was Tiffany & Co. during th... read more..
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