June 2017

Well-Known Jeweler Helped Cover Up Murder, Lawsuit Says

Jeffrey Rackover, a “jeweler to the stars” who operates out of New York’s Diamond District, is facing a civil suit for his alleged connection to a Manhattan murder.New York--A New York-based jeweler k... read more..

50 Jewelers/50 States: Louisiana

In Lafayette, new store Dianna Rae Jewelry is learning how to integrate itself into a tight-knit local community. Lafayette, La.--In 50 Jewelers/50 States, National Jeweler interviews one retailer in ... read more..

New Lab Launched in Bangkok in Association with ICA

The Federated International GemLab, located in the city’s Silom district, is led by renowned colored stone gemologist Dietmar Schwarz. Bangkok--There’s a new gem lab open for business. The Federated I... read more..

Piece of the Week: Sole of London’s Mystery Clock

On display at the Somlo Antiques booth at Masterpiece London , this impressive design is a jewel unto itself.As art, antique and design fair Masterpiece London gets underway, we’ve found ourselves tur... read more..

Consumer Group Asks FTC to Enforce Influencer Disclosure

Public Citizen sent a letter to the FTC asking them to take action against the influencers who are still not disclosing sponsored posts on Instagram. Washington, D.C.--It appears the letters the Feder... read more..

Messika Celebrates 10 Years of ‘Move’

In Vegas, the French jewelry brand unveiled new editions of its most popular design. Las Vegas--To fete 10 years of its most recognizable collection, French jewelry brand Messika unveiled a number of ... read more..

World Diamond Council President Resigns

Andrey Polyakov is leaving his post as vice president of Alrosa and, subsequently, his role as president of the WDC.New York--Andrey Polyakov, a member of the international diamond community who was a... read more..

‘Lone Survivor’ Luttrell Links Up with Traser

Former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell will represent the brand, which makes glow-in-the-dark watches intended for outdoor use.Niederwangen, Switzerland--Marcus Luttrell, the former Navy SEAL who penned a b... read more..

Colorado Timeworks to Hold Watch Repair Seminars This Summer

The Colorado Springs-based watch repair shop will bring back its three-day seminars in July and August.Colorado Springs, Co.--Watch repair shop Colorado Timeworks is bringing back its three-day watch ... read more..

The Importance of Being Politically Active

If there are things you’d like lawmakers to do to help your business, then tell the people who were elected to represent you, Editor-in-Chief Michelle Graff writes.After the election in November, I ha... read more..

6 Sought in California Distraction Theft

The Glendale Police Department is looking for one man and five women who allegedly carried out a “grand distraction theft” at Honolulu Jewelers in Montrose.Glendale, Calif.--Police are looking for six... read more..

Squirrel Spotting: You Don’t Need To Outrun the Bear

You just need to outrun the other jewelers who haven’t adapted their businesses, Peter Smith writes. When we find ourselves in the middle of challenging days, we would do well to remember the story of... read more..

The New Collection That Aims to Shatter Female Stereotypes

Jewelry e-tailer Stone & Strand is redefining what it means to be a “good girl.”New York--With its new “Good Girl” collection, jewelry e-commerce website Stone & Strand is making a statement a... read more..

Dominion Diamond Corp. Names Jewelry Design Contest Winner

La Pierre Précieuse Inc. is the winner of the competition, which invited retailers to submit creations using CanadaMark diamonds.Yellowknife, Northwest Territories--Dominion Diamond Corporation has an... read more..

Socially Engineered Shipping Scheme Hits Jewelry Industry

The perpetrators are mining information from company websites and Facebook in order to appear legitimate when placing fraudulent orders for high-end items, the JSA warns.New York--A group of perpetrat... read more..

Pallinghurst Gets Go-Ahead in its Bid for Gemfields

Pallinghurst Resources Ltd. announced Monday that it has received the shareholder support needed to move ahead with its bid to fully acquire Gemfields.London--Pallinghurst Resources Ltd. announced Mon... read more..

Retail Job Losses Called the ‘Next Big Political Problem’

Meet the Press tackled the issue Sunday, as did The New York Times with a spotlight on the Western Pennsylvania city of Johnstown.New York--Two major media outlets addressed the issue of retail job lo... read more..

Nelson Coleman Jewelers Takes Home Maryland Business Award

The sixth generation-owned store was named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2017 Maryland Family Owned Small Business of the Year.Woodlawn, Maryland--A jewelry store in Maryland has been recog... read more..

Todd Reed Moves into Australia

The jewelry brand is now present in e.g.etal Gallery in Melbourne, marking its first sales outlet in the country.Boulder, Co.--Todd Reed jewelry has moved into a new market: Australia. The brand is no... read more..

50 Jewelers/50 States: Kentucky

Fourth generation jeweler Ashley Davis Sigman of Louisville’s Davis Jewelers hasn’t let go of old-school customer service values in a modern world. Louisville, Ky.--In 50 Jewelers/50 States, National ... read more..

GIA Selling Mounted Gem Testing Device at a Discount

The iD100, which is used to identify lab-grown diamonds even when they’re set in jewelry, is available for $3,995--for now.Hong Kong--The Gemological Institute of America’s new testing device that can... read more..

Al Capone’s Diamond Pocket Watch Sells for $84K

It more than tripled its pre-sale estimate at RR Auction’s “Gangsters, Outlaws and Lawmen” sale, while a ring Clyde gave to Bonnie sold for $25,000.Boston--A diamond and platinum pocket watch once own... read more..

Longtime Royal Chain Sales Rep Dies at 68

Rick Wolf, who was with the company for more than 11 years, died unexpectedly June 6 of natural causes. New York--Longtime Royal Chain sales representative Rick Wolf died unexpectedly June 6 of natura... read more..

What You Might Have Missed

These were the five most-read stories on National Jeweler last week, according to Google Analytics.New York--These were the five most-read stories on National Jeweler last week, according to Google An... read more..

An Out-of-This-World Jewelry Trend

Futuristic jewels that transcend simple star and moon motifs indicate a generation’s renewed fascination with outer space. New York--In a case of life inspiring art, contemporary space exploration is ... read more..

Etsy Has Cut Nearly a Quarter of Its Workforce This Year

The online retailer of mostly handcrafted things faces increasing competition from the Handmade section of Amazon.com.Brooklyn, N.Y.--Online retailer of mostly handmade things Etsy announced Wednesday... read more..

Discover Exec Appointed to Signet’s Board

Discover Financial Services CFO R. Mark Graf joins the retailer as longtime board member Dale W. Hilpert retires.Akron, Ohio--The chief financial officer of Discover has been tapped to join Signet Jew... read more..

Dominion to Offer CanadaMark Diamonds Direct to Consumers

The company has signed a deal to make JamesAllen.com the exclusive online retailer of CanadaMark diamonds and to take them directly from mine to market. New York--Online retailer JamesAllen.com and Do... read more..

Piece of the Week: Buddha Mama’s Lantern Box Ring

Symbols, enamel and a major blue zircon contribute to the maximalist drama of this Buddha Mama ring.All of the elements that make a Buddha Mama piece so distinctive are represented in this Piece of th... read more..

Report: Luxury Continues to Underperform in the US

Though sales of luxury goods are expected to grow globally, the U.S. market is grappling with ongoing political uncertainty and struggling department stores, Bain & Co. said.Milan--The luxury mark... read more..
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